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Kyle Kuzma's last-second three-pointer lifts Lakers to victory over Nuggets

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kyle Kuzma had done this so many times before -- enough so that his teammates identified him as their go-to if they needed a game-winner.

They had 4.5 seconds to win this game. LeBron James inbounded the ball and with a play to get him open, Kuzma stepped behind the three-point line to take an open shot. It swished through with...Read more

Jimmy Butler turns showdown into 114-92 Heat rout of Pacers

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No fireworks this time between Jimmy Butler and T.J. Warren.

Then again, perhaps the two were merely sparring for the main event -- next week's start of the NBA playoffs.

Meeting for the first of two games this week, and seeded for a potential best-of-seven postseason series that would start next week, the Miami Heat pushed past the Indiana ...Read more

Clippers' Montrezl Harrell returns to NBA bubble after three weeks away

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In a series of social media posts, Los Angeles Clippers center Montrezl Harrell indicated he has returned to the NBA's Disney World campus after three weeks away and is in the process of rejoining his team ahead of its playoff push.

"I'm back!!!!!!!!" Harrell tweeted Monday morning. On Instagram, he posted a video that he'd geotagged at Disney ...Read more

Saban, Krzyzewski among 74 coaches supporting Calipari's minority hiring program

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With John Calipari among 74 coaches taking part, the John McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative is now taking applications for Future Leader opportunities at schools across the country.

Calipari will fund six positions at the University of Kentucky, UK announced Monday. Information about the program and how to apply can be found at ...Read more

Ben Simmons to be re-evaluated in two weeks after Monday's surgery; Joel Embiid, Josh Richardson to miss Suns game

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The 76ers could be a shell of themselves during Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns at The Arena.

Joel Embiid will be sidelined with a twisted left ankle. Josh Richardson will miss the game due to rest. Tobias Harris (right ankle soreness) and Al Horford (left knee soreness) are questionable.

Meanwhile, Ben Simmons, who...Read more

Kings eliminated from playoff contention and annihilated by Rockets' Austin Rivers

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The Kings played meaningful games into August after the season was postponed nearly four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They went to the NBA bubble with an opportunity to end the league's longest active postseason drought after 13 consecutive losing seasons, but it will feel like any other March or April in Sacramento now that the ...Read more

Lakers are losing and their offense ranks last in the bubble. Is the problem mental?

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A month in the NBA bubble has presented the Los Angeles Lakers with some mental hurdles, causing them to get what center JaVale McGee described as "a little cabin fever."

But that is a small price to pay, McGee said, because the goal is to win the Lakers' 17th NBA championship even while going through some unique circumstances.

"It definitely ...Read more

Sixers-Trail Blazers rapid reaction: Josh Richardson takes over, Lillard a handful

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This was the fifth seeding game for the 76ers in the NBA's restart and second without Ben Simmons, who will undergo surgery in the coming days to remove a loose body in his left knee. Then the Sixers lost Joel Embiid for good in the first quarter with a left ankle injury.

Not the best news with the playoffs a week away. The Sixers still showed ...Read more

Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal has brain cancer

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LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Famer Paul Westphal, the legendary high school basketball player from Southern California who became an All-American at USC, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, it was announced Sunday by close friend Mike Lupica.

Lupica said in a tweet that Westphal has glioblastoma, which is a rapidly growing tumor in the brain. "...Read more

Butler, Dragic expected back for Heat, as Butler-Warren rematch looms vs. Pacers

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As the stakes increase for the Miami Heat so do the options for coach Erik Spoelstra.

Forward Jimmy Butler and guard Goran Dragic returned to practice Sunday at Disney World, in the wake of injuries that have the Heat on a two-game losing streak going into Monday night's playoff-seeding showdown against the Indiana Pacers.

Butler has missed ...Read more

Draymond Green fined $50K for tampering with Devin Booker live on TNT

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Draymond Green may not be playing in the NBA's Disney World bubble, but that hasn't stopped him from being fined during the league's restart.

The NBA levied a $50,000 fine on the Warriors forward for comments he made as a TNT analyst Friday, saying Suns guard Devin Booker needs a new home.

"It's not good for him. It's not good for his career,"...Read more

Devin Booker, Suns drop Heat, 119-112, as East race tightens

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The University of Kentucky held an alumni meeting Saturday night at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

The Miami Heat's guest list had two.

The Phoenix Suns had one -- but that also had happened to be the night's best former Wildcat.

With Devin Booker scoring 35, the Suns pushed past the Heat, 119-112, dropping the Heat into a tie for the No. 4 ...Read more

Lakers start slowly and fall short late in losing to Pacers

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The hottest conspiracy theory in the NBA's bubble is that the Western Conference playoff teams that aren't the Lakers are trying to help the Portland Trail Blazers become the eighth seed in the playoffs.

Portland has been one of the most impressive teams in the bubble, with wins over the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. The ...Read more

Sixers' Ben Simmons leaving NBA bubble to have left knee surgery

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The 76ers must prepare for a postseason run without Ben Simmons.

The two-time All-Star is leaving the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World to undergo surgery in the coming days to remove a loose body in his left knee. The body was a result of his suffering a temporary partial dislocation of his left kneecap on Wednesday against the ...Read more

Clippers reserves finish off victory over Trail Blazers

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dressed in street clothes because of an injury, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley opened his right hand and waved goodbye toward Portland's opposing bench during the final seconds of the Clippers' 122-117 victory Saturday inside HP Field House.

Five minutes before, the Clippers removed leading scorer Paul George in a three-point ...Read more

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Clippers' super subs among NBA Awards finalists

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Los Angeles stars LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have been announced as finalists for the NBA's top individual honors, it was announced Saturday.

Winners for most valuable player, defensive player of the year and sixth man of the year, among others, will be announced in the upcoming weeks during TNT's coverage of...Read more

Storm star Sue Bird finds her voice, and becomes an influential advocate for social justice

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There's a poignant moment during an interview with Sue Bird when ESPN's Lisa Salters asks the suddenly opinionated Storm star if she ever wants to revert to the soft-spoken wunderkind who shied away from controversial topics.

"I never want to retreat back," Bird says. "I couldn't go back. And there are times when it's difficult. Whether it's ...Read more

Lakers and Frank Vogel take the experimental route in loss to Rockets

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Just as halftime was about to expire, Dwight Howard took a three-pointer and sank it. Then he shuffled to his right and sank another from the top of the arc.

During the regular season, the Lakers joked about Howard being a three-point specialist given that his shooting percentage was so high. After all, at one point in the ...Read more

Devin Booker and Suns are wildest things about West race

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When Devin Booker packed for Orlando, Fla., he probably didn't think his Phoenix Suns would be one of the biggest stories during the NBA's restart to its season. Nobody thought Phoenix would be undefeated at the midpoint of the eight seeding games inside the bubble.

On a day that felt a lot like the first Thursday of the NCAA tournament, with ...Read more

Ivica Zubac stands out in Clippers' 126-111 win over Mavericks

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Clippers center Ivica Zubac slipped toward the rim Thursday night and, catching a pass, dunked with both hands as a chorus of yells erupted from his team's bench in the opposite corner inside HP Field House.

Dallas immediately called a timeout, its deficit now eight points with four minutes to play in the third quarter. But ...Read more