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Tobias Harris shines as shorthanded Sixers rip Knicks

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:12 PM

'Just taking the opportunities that were presented,' says Tobias Harris as the Sixers survive even without injured All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons

Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron-less Lakers dump spiraling Warriors

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Even minus the injured LeBron James, the Lakers cruise past the hapless Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on February 27, 2020 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

NBA fines Timberwolves $25,000 for resting D'Angelo Russell

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:39 AM

The league continues its crackdown on teams trying to use the term 'load management' to sit out players

NEW CHAPTER. Traded by the Warriors, D'Angelo Russell averages over 25 points a game with the Timberwolves. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant memorabilia items to go on auction block

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:07 AM

A worn Lakers championship jersey and a pair of autographed shoes are among the Kobe Bryant memorabilia that will be up for sale

MEMENTO. The Lakers retired Kobe Bryant's jersey numbers 8 and 24. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

NBA suspends Charlotte's Monk indefinitely for drug violation

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:22 PM

A Hornets squad struggling to reach the playoffs absorb a major blow

BANNED. Hornets guard Malik Monk (left) plays his last game against the Pacers before serving an indefinite suspension. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Cavaliers sink 76ers as Embiid hurts shoulder

Feb 27, 2020 - 2:47 PM

Collin Sexton fires 28 points as the Cavs drub a Sixers side that lost All-Star Joel Embiid to injury

Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

NBA fines Embiid $25,000 for gesture, profanity

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Sixers star Joel Embiid gets fined higher than usual for his 'multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum'

FINED. Joel Embiid gets in trouble again. Photo by Peter Foley/EPA-EFE

LeBron won't face struggling Warriors due to groin injury

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:16 AM

After firing a season-high 40 points, LeBron James sustains another groin injury

TIME OUT. The Lakers didn't disclose the extent of LeBron James' injury. Photo by Rhona Wise/EPA-EFE

LeBron outguns Zion as Lakers clip Pelicans

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Just 24 hours after an emotional memorial service for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers get back to work with LeBron James erupting for a season-high 40 points

Giannis on target as Bucks down Raptors for 50th win

Feb 26, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Assured of a playoff berth, the Bucks roll past the Raptors in a potential preview of the Eastern Conference Finals

MEAN MACHINE. MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (right) unleashes another double-double against Pascal Siakam and the Raptors. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Curry poised for return on March 1

Feb 26, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Languishing all season, the Warriors get a bit of good news with the return of Steph Curry

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: NBA stars pour in more tributes during Kobe-Gigi memorial

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The NBA still continues to commemorate the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna

TRIBUTE. Kobe Bryant (right) and Gianna Bryant are remembered by NBA greats. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Jordan jokes about crying meme in candid Kobe eulogy

Feb 25, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Despite being pitted against each other due to their matching style of play and dogged mentality, Michael Jordan says he treated Kobe Bryant as his 'little brother'

LEGEND TO LEGEND. Retired NBA great Michael Jordan cries as he speaks during the "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Photo Frederic J. Brown/AFP

WATCH: LeBron keeps Kobe jersey in Lakers locker

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:55 PM

LeBron James grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant before the two faced off in countless NBA wars and won back-to-back Olympic gold medals for Team USA

MAMBA MENTALITY. Kobe Bryant is being used as inspiration by the Lakers in their title push in the NBA. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

NBA reviewing Mavs protest, Cuban outburst over officiating

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:34 AM

There will be no NBA discipline yet for Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as the league reviews the protest

PROTEST. NBA's replay center determined that Dorian Finney-Smith's block was not goaltending, and therefore decided that Collins' basket should stand because it was an 'inadvertent whistle'. Photo from Dallas Mavericks Twitter

Pacers' Lamb out for season with torn knee ligament, broken leg

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Indiana Pacers forward Jeremy Lamb suffers from gruesome season-ending injuries

SEASON-ENDING INJURY. Jeremy Lamb sustains multiple injuries on his left knee that leaves him out for the remainder of the season. Photo from Indiana Pacers Twitter

Vintage Carmelo shows up to lift Blazers past Pistons

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Carmelo Anthony records his first 30-point game since 2017 as the Blazers snap a three-game skid

STILL GOT IT. Carmelo Anthony proves he can still play at a high level. Photo from Twitter/@trailblazers

LeBron serves up version of Dream Shake as Lakers nip Celtics

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:36 PM

LeBron James hits the go-ahead jumper to help the Lakers tighten their grip on the top spot in the Western Conference

RENEWED RIVALRY. LeBron James and the Lakers survive rival Celtics. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Young, Collins fuel Hawks comeback over Mavs

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Days after erupting for a career-high 50 points, Trae Young takes over late to power the Hawks’ huge rally

STREAKY. Trae Young  pumps in 13 of his 25 points in the closing quarter. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Harden, Westbrook team up for 72 as Rockets cruise past Jazz

Feb 23, 2020 - 2:38 PM

With their three-point prowess in full show, the Rockets silence the Jazz on the road

SANDWICHED. Utah Jazz players Royce O'Neale (left) and Derrick Favors try to get in the way of Rockets swingman Danuel House Jr. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE

LOOK: Miami celebrates Dwyane Wade’s Heat jersey retirement

Feb 23, 2020 - 1:31 PM

The Miami Heat pull out all the stops in their tribute to the man responsible for all 3 franchise championships

epa08239349 Former Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade addresses the crowd during his jersey retirement ceremony prior to the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, USA 22 February 2020. EPA-EFE/RHONA WISE SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

Bazemore drops 23 as Kings continue winning ways over Clippers

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Playing their first game after the All-Stars, the Kings sustain their hot streak against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers

RED-HOT. De'Aaron Fox (right) and the Kings overcome the 31-point outburst of Clippers star Kawhi Leonard. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors guard Curry returns to full-contact practice

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Running dead last this campaign, the Warriors hope to build momentum heading into next season with the return of Steph Curry

COMEBACK. The Warriors have sorely missed the leadership of Steph Curry. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors rout Suns; Pacers hold on to beat Knicks

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:35 PM

'I just feel energized,' says Pascal Siakam as the Raptors roll to their 16th win in the last 17 games

ON FIRE. Pascal Siakam pumps in a double-double for the red-hot Raptors. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook says he's unfairly branded 'bad guy'

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:38 AM

After another ejection hiked his tally of techs to a league-leading 13, Russell Westbrook finds it all 'unfair'

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets reacts after a dunk in the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Toyota Center on October 24, 2019 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Postponed Lakers game after Kobe’s death rescheduled

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The Lakers-Clippers game that was canceled following the shocking death of Kobe Bryant has been moved to April 9

TRIBUTE. The Lakers led by LeBron James (center) huddle as they wear jerseys with NBA legend Kobe Bryant's numbers last January 31, their first game since the NBA icon's death. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Trae Young erupts for 50 points as Hawks down Heat

Feb 21, 2020 - 3:33 PM

Just days after his NBA All-Star debut, Trae Young unleashes a career-high performance

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

NBA-best Bucks continue dominance of sputtering Pistons

Feb 21, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo returns after a two-game absence as the Bucks roll to a league-best 47th win

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Kyrie Irving to undergo surgery, miss rest of NBA season

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:06 AM

With Brooklyn star Kyrie Irving out, the Nets' playoff push takes another hit

epa07944703 Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving runs up court during the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 23 October 2019. EPA-EFE/JASON SZENES SHUTTERSTOCK OUT

Bulls without Dunn for up to 6 more weeks

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Kris Dunn, the 5th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, remains sidelined as the Bulls continue to struggle in their playoff push

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Chicago Bulls deputy says Kai Sotto ‘quite right on ready’ for NBA

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:13 PM

'At his size, to be able to take down a dribble and make a move for himself, it's really impressive,' Bulls assistant Karen Umlauf says of the 7-foot-2 Filipino teen

HIGH HOPES. Kai Sotto showcases his wares at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Hungry Lakers, Bucks pace NBA title chase

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:42 PM

Weeks after Kobe Bryant's shocking death, there's extra hunger for LeBron James and the Lakers to go for the NBA crown

FACE OFF. After leading their teams in the All-Stars, Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) and LeBron James resume their title quest. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

Kai Sotto expects more Filipinos to pursue NBA dream

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Kai Sotto served as the sole Filipino representative in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp organized by the NBA and FIBA

LESSONS. Kai Sotto has learned to also have fun while competing in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kai Sotto glad to have pursued U.S. stint: 'Dami kong natutunan'

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Kai Sotto, who seeks to become the first Filipino-born player to reach the NBA, has come a long way since deciding to train in the United States

BIG ACHIEVEMENT. Kai Sotto is the only Filipino in the 64-player selection in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kawhi dedicates All-Star MVP to Kobe: 'This one's for him'

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard wins the first-ever Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP award after helping Team LeBron topple Team Giannis

MAIDEN. Kawhi Leonard captures his first NBA All-Star Game MVP plum. Photo from Instagram/@nba

NBA stars agree: New All-Star Game format 'pretty damn fun'

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The new format, which pays tribute to late NBA icon Kobe Bryant, sets up a highly competitive match that is decided by one possession

CELEBRATE. LeBron James and Team LeBron are all smiles after beating Team Giannis for back-to-back years. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

WATCH: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis in All-Star Game to remember

Feb 17, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The NBA All-Star Game becomes more than just a showcase of dunks and long bombs with its format tweaked in honor of the late Kobe Bryant

FALLING SHORT. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Team Giannis still could not get over the hump against LeBron James and Team LeBron. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Team LeBron nips Team Giannis in All-Star Game honoring Kobe

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:34 PM

A tweaked format paying homage to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant turns the All-Star Game into an ultra-competitive match

REPEAT. LeBron James and Team LeBron frustrate Giannis Antetokounmpo and Team Giannis anew. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Team Giannis, Team LeBron chill in All-Star practice

Feb 16, 2020 - 6:25 PM

NBA superstars head to the Windy City all bundled up as they gear up for the All-Star spectacle

NBA loses 'hundreds of millions' in China over Hong Kong tweet

Feb 16, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Months after the fallout between the NBA and China over a tweet, commissioner Adam Silvers expects the league to lose 'less than $400 million'

Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

WATCH: Derrick Jones tops All-Star dunk delights

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:26 PM

Heat forward Derrick Jones bags the Slam Dunk crown while Kings guard Buddy Hield emerges as Three-Point king

INSANE. Derrick Jones Jr soars and finishes through the legs in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk competition. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

NBA names All-Star MVP award in honor of Kobe Bryant

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo describes Kobe Bryant as the 'Michael Jordan of our generation'

ICONIC. The NBA continues to pay tribute to league legend Kobe Bryant. Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images/AFP

Zion Williamson caught in first All-Star whirlwind

Feb 15, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Teen sensation Zion Williamson rocks the Rising Stars game, quite literally, as his rim-rattling dunk bends the backboard

BIG JAM. Pelicans star Zion Williamson puts on a dunk show. Photo by  Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

No missing Trae Young in busy All-Star action

Feb 15, 2020 - 4:42 PM

It isn't exactly an All-Star break for young Hawks star Trae Young as he sees action in all 3 days of the annual NBA spectacle

HAMMING IT UP. Trae Young shares a laugh with fellow sophomore sensation Luka Doncic. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

Team USA rallies past Team World in Rising Stars contest

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Team USA overpowers Team World in the NBA's Rising Stars showdown that virtually turns into a dunk contest

WORLD'S TARGET. Team USA star Zion Williamson (center) gets ganged up on by Team World's (from left) RJ Barrett of Canada, Rui Hachimura of Japan and Brandon Clarke of Canada. Photo by Nuccio Dinuzzo/EPA-EFE

LOOK: NBA young guns gear up for Rising Stars duel

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:41 AM

Mavs hotshot Luka Doncic banners the World Team going up against the US Team of Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson

HOTSHOT. It's going to be a busy weekend for Mavs sensation Luka Doncic as he sees action in both the Rising Stars and All-Star games. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame

Feb 15, 2020 - 9:51 AM

The late Kobe Bryant may join NBA icons Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett in this year's Hall of Fame class

LEGACY. Kobe Bryant is likely to be inducted among the sport’s all-time greats. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images/AFP

NBA All-Stars, rookie phenom Zion marvel at fan Obama

Feb 15, 2020 - 9:27 AM

'He said I was playing great. I kind of zoned out after that,' says 19-year-old star rookie Zion Williamson after meeting former US President Barack Obama

STARSTRUCK. Zion Williamson says he's surprised that Barack Obama follows his games. Photo by Sean Gardner / Getty Images North America/AFP

Tatum powers Celtics over Clippers in double overtime

Feb 14, 2020 - 2:13 PM

'This was a tough one,' says Boston star Jayson Tatum as the Celtics needed two extra periods to dispose of Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers

STREAKY. Celtics' Jayson Tatum flirts with a career-high performance against Landry Shamet and the Clippers. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe tributes abound at NBA All-Star Game in Chicago

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:54 AM

Tributes to 18-time All-Star Kobe Bryant take center stage as the annual league spectacle honors the late NBA icon

Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA