Men's basketball

Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates sinking a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Dallas, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 10, 2019 - 2:41 am
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki notched season highs in points, shots and minutes before telling Dallas Mavericks fans that his record 21st season with the same franchise would be his last. Then the 40-year-old said he gave just about all he had in what he knew would be his final home game , which...
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade tosses a basketball before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Miami. Wade is playing his final home regular season game before retiring at the end of the season.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
April 09, 2019 - 11:55 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade's final home game was memorable for countless reasons. All of his children were there. Former President Barack Obama sent a video, one of many tributes. Fans came early and stayed late, chanting his name. His wife slapped his backside in recognition of his making a 3-...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry greets fans as he takes the court for warm up shots prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 09, 2019 - 8:08 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Warriors guard Stephen Curry left Tuesday night's game against the Pelicans with what team officials say is a mild sprain of his right foot. The club says Curry was ruled out for the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons. Curry played nine minutes during the first...
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In this Feb. 6, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins celebrates a score against the San Antonio Spurs during an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif. Cousins cannot wait for his playoff chance at last. He has anticipated this moment so many times and it never happened. That is why he approached the Warriors last summer and asked for a chance, even though he was working back from season-ending surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon. Cousins joined the two-time defending champions for $5.3 million and this very opportunity. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
April 09, 2019 - 1:26 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins shoves off assistant coach Jarron Collins and goes hard for the basket. He swishes a 3-pointer from up top, then hits a jumper inside the arc on the right wing. Cousins drives to the hoop and makes a shot from close range, then a turnaround jumper goes in...
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Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, center, dribbles the ball down court during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
April 08, 2019 - 12:34 pm
Pascal Siakam confidently launches shots he may not have dared attempt in previous seasons. He makes plays during times of the game when he would have been sitting on the bench. The Toronto Raptors forward might be the leading candidate for the most improved player award and he'd like to win it...
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Brooklyn Nets' D'Angelo Russell reacts after a Brooklyn basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. Brooklyn won 108-96. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
April 08, 2019 - 1:24 am
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with three days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE Finally, a lot of clarity. On Sunday, two of the remaining three spots got grabbed. Three more seeds were locked in, as was the first official matchup for when the playoffs...
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Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, left, talks with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Miami. The Celtics won 112-102. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
April 07, 2019 - 1:41 am
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with four days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE Miami controls its destiny, which sounds good. Miami could also be eliminated on Sunday as well. And Dwyane Wade's "One Last Dance" might end without a playoff berth. The Heat...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2003, file photo, Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac, top, fights to keep his balance after New Jersey Nets forward Kenyon Marton tried to steal the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The honorees were announced Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis before the Final Four. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)
April 06, 2019 - 5:22 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The longest active streak of missing the NBA playoffs belongs to Sacramento, where general manager Vlade Divac has been trying to return the Kings to the league's elite over the last four seasons. Back when the slick-passing Serbian big man was in the paint, the Kings had quite...
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April 06, 2019 - 12:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Big3 basketball league will have a new television home for the upcoming season while also remaining in the mix to acquire a network of its own. The 3-on-3 league of former NBA players — co-founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz — will have its games televised on CBS and CBS...
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The Orlando Magic bench celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
April 06, 2019 - 1:25 am
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with five days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE The Orlando Magic won 20 of their first 51 games. They've won 20 of their 29 games since. They're not in — yet — but the Magic are on the brink of ending the longest playoff...
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