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Birthday boy Antetokounmpo scores 27 as Bucks thump Clippers

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:54 PM

'Giannis' birthday and we searched all over the city to find a gift – couldn't find one so we gave him this one. That's all I can come up with ... because we were awful,' said losing Clippers coach Doc Rivers

BIRTHDAY BOY. File photo of Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks driving to the basket against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on December 04, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook triple-double fuels Rockets over Raptors

Dec 06, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Ben McLemore unloads a season-high 28 points in helping the Houston Rockets blast the Toronto Raptors

TD NIGHT. File photo Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets during a game against  the Los Angeles Clippers. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo leads Bucks past Pistons; Lakers trump Jazz

Dec 05, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The Bucks improve to 19-3 – tied for best record in the league with the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 04: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second half of the game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at TD Garden on December 04, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Heat 112-93. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP Maddie Meyer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Harden cracks half-century but Rockets pipped by Spurs in 2 OT

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Despite 50 points from James Harden and Russell Westbrook's triple-double, the Houston Rockets fall to a double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs

RESTRAINT. Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers is restrained by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lebron James after being called for a foul against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter at Pepsi Center on December 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.  Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Bucks keep streak alive; Sixers still undefeated at home

Dec 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks now lead the NBA Eastern Conference

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Another double-double night for Giannis Antetokounmpo. AFP Photo

Luka Doncic dominates as Mavericks end Lakers's winning streak

Dec 02, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Doncic is just one rebound short of the triple double finishing with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, as the visiting Mavericks avenge a 119-110 overtime loss to the Lakers one month ago

STREAK ENDS. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers brings the ball down during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on December 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Harden joins Jordan for third most 60-point games in NBA history

Dec 01, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Despite sitting out the entire 4th quarter, James Harden pumps in 60 points to tie Michael Jordan in the rankings

GREATNESS. James Harden joins an elite group of all-time great scorers. Photo from Houston Rockets

Bucks streak to 10th straight win; Spurs upset Clippers

Nov 30, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo unloads 33 points and 12 boards as the Bucks cruise past the Cavs

TOO GOOD. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks stay on top of the Eastern Conference. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Dinwiddie paces Nets in win over Celtics as Kyrie looks on

Nov 30, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Kyrie Irving misses his eighth straight game but the Brooklyn Nets make sure to get the job done against his former team, the Boston Celtics

STEPPING UP. Spencer Dinwiddie drops a double-double of 32 points and 11 assists to power the Brooklyn Nets past Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers' Davis fires 41 but draws boos in New Orleans return

Nov 28, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Heckled by Pelicans fans, Anthony Davis responds by powering the Lakers to a come-from-behind win against his former team

Lakers Anthony Davis  Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi, PG power Clippers in romp over Mavericks

Nov 27, 2019 - 5:39 PM

'It's scary now. We're getting this thing rolling,' Paul George says of the Clippers

POWER PAIR. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard team up for 54 points for the Clippers. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Giannis hits 50 to lead Bucks win; LeBron sparks Lakers

Nov 26, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks stay on top of the Eastern Conference while LeBron James and the Lakers lead the West with an NBA-best record

HOT RUN. Giannis Antetokounmpo records 17 straight double-doubles to start a season. File photo

Doncic dominates as Mavs outgun Harden, Rockets

Nov 25, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Luka Doncic flirts with a triple-double anew to power the Mavericks to their fifth straight win

OTHERWORLDLY. Luka Doncic continues to take the NBA by storm in his second season. File photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers eke out win over Grizzlies; Spurs halt skid

Nov 24, 2019 - 3:59 PM

LeBron James and Anthony Davis team up for 52 points as the Lakers streak to their seventh straight victory

COMEBACK. LeBron James and the Lakers turn the game around just in time. Photo from LA Lakers

NBA pondering playoff shake-up

Nov 24, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Two teams from the same conference may battle in the NBA Finals if the new proposals get the green light

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers controls possession of the ball in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers late in the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clipper win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers' Rondo fined $35,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:13 AM

The NBA slaps Lakers guard Rajon Rondo a hefty penalty for incidents involving OKC Thunder's Dennis Schroder and a game official

PENALIZED. Lakers veteran Rajon Rondo avoids suspension. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Jazz arena evacuated due to suspicious package

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Players and coaches from both the Jazz and the Warriors are seen heading into their cars still in their uniforms

CAUSE OF CONCERN. Jolly turns to worry as a suspicious package is found at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Photo from Instagram/@utahjazz

Clippers nip Rockets off Leonard, Williams heroics

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Lou Williams scores all of his 26 points in the second half as the Clippers win their fourth straight game

CRUISING. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers pick up their 11th win of the young NBA season. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

James, Davis power Lakers past Thunder

Nov 23, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The Lakers win their sixth straight game and earn their 13th victory in the past 14 contests

NO. 1. LeBron James and the Lakers remain atop the NBA standings. Photo from Twitter/@Lakers

Smooth-sailing Jazz add to Warriors' woes

Nov 23, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley conspire as the Jazz notch their 10th win

LEGIT. Mike Conley and the Jazz continue to prove they are a legitimate Western Conference contender. Photo from Twitter/@utahjazz

Kemba Walker leaves game with possible neck injury

Nov 23, 2019 - 12:20 PM

The Boston Celtics announce that Kemba Walker was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms

UNFORTUNATE. Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker rushes to the hospital after displaying concussion symptoms. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Harassment charge against Lakers' Cousins dropped

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The Mobile city attorney ultimately decides to drop the charges against DeMarcus Cousins

DROPPED. DeMarcus Cousins moves on after criminal charges against him were dropped. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo's big triple-double leads Bucks over Blazers

Nov 22, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo dishes out a career-high 15 assists on top of 24 points and 19 rebounds

FULL CONTROL. Giannis Antetokounmpo drops his 16th career triple-double. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers win OT thriller over Celtics in Kawhi-PG show

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George team up for 42 points in their first Clippers game together

Doncic delivers another triple-double as Mavs rout Warriors

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Mavs star Luka Doncic unleashes his seventh triple-double of the season against the Warriors

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Trail Blazers waive Spanish veteran Pau Gasol

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Paul Gasol says he still has the 'same excitement and passion for the game' and the Trail Blazers’ offer of a coaching role would just be a stopgap

ON THE MOVE. Still recuperating from injury, veteran big man Pau Gasol saw action with the San Antonio Spurs before heading to the Milwaukee Bucks last season. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Triple-double history for King James as Lakers roll Thunder

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:01 PM

LeBron James becomes the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against every team

HISTORIC. LeBron James sets a league milestone against Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Carmelo Anthony seals Portland move

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:28 AM

A year after getting axed by the Houston Rockets, 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony finds a new home in the Portland Blazers

NEW CHAPTER. Carmelo Anthony sees his move to the Trail Blazers as a 'perfect opportunity.' Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

NBA Philippines hits jackpot with Facebook, Twitter livestreaming

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:51 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers are online kings as their early games generate 5 million total views and 3.9 million total viewers on NBA Philippines Facebook

THE KING. LeBron James is arguably the most followed NBA player in the Philippines and the Lakers are one of the more popular teams in the country, so it was a no-brainer why their games attracted millions in Filipino viewers. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: ABS-CBN to broadcast NBA on free TV starting Dec 22

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:39 PM

NBA Philippines denied the claim, saying the Facebook page that posted it ‘is fraud’

Luka Doncic nails career game of 42 points

Nov 19, 2019 - 4:02 PM

'It's a phenomenal thing to be a part of. His teammates, we're all just kind of along for the ride,' says Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle

PHENOMENAL. Luka Doncic lifts Dallas past the Spurs. File photo by Andy Lyons/ Getty Images North America/ AFP

Harden, Westbrook shine as Rockets extend win streak

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:14 PM

James Harden and Russell Westbrook combine for 64 points to lead the Rockets to 8 straight wins

STREAKING. James Harden leads the Houston Rockets to 8 straight wins. Photo from NBA Twitter

Lakers crush Hawks for NBA-best record

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Playing in his 17th season, LeBron James hardly looks like he ever slowed down with a near-triple-double as the Lakers tie the Celtics for the best NBA record

DYNAMIC DUO. LeBron James and Anthony Davis power the Lakers to their 10th win. Photo from Twitter/@Lakers

Injury-riddled Pelicans deal Warriors 7th straight loss

Nov 18, 2019 - 12:45 PM

JJ Redick catches fire from deep to help the Pelicans topple the Warriors in a battle of the bottom two teams in the Western Conference

MARKSMAN. JJ Redick torches the Warriors with 6 three-pointers as the Pelicans pick up their fourth win of the young season. Photo from Twitter/@PelicansNBA

Hield hits 35 as Kings snap Celtics' 10-game NBA win streak

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The Celtics lose for the first time in almost a month as Buddy Hield sets a personal season-high in points for the Kings

STREAK BUSTERS. Buddy Hield and the Kings stop the Celtics' hot run. Photo from Twitter/@celtics

Clippers post 49-point win over struggling Hawks

Nov 17, 2019 - 5:01 PM

After missing his first 11 games with the Clippers, Paul George drops 37 points in his home game debut

Bombs away as Harden torches Wolves for 49 points

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:24 PM

It's just another day in the office for James Harden as the Rockets star pumps in 49 points on a career-high 41 shot attempts

Warriors lose Russell for 2 weeks to thumb injury

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Hard luck continues to follow the former champions as the Warriors – already toting an NBA-worst 2-11 record – lose another star in D'Angelo Russell

MAJOR BLOW. Team top scorer D'Angelo Russell (left) won't see action during the Warriors' four-game road trip. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Harden powers shorthanded Rockets past Pacers

Nov 16, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The Rockets extend their winning streak to 6 games as James Harden scores 40-plus points for the fourth time in that stretch

SCORING MACHINE. James Harden drops another 40-point game for title-contender Rockets. Photo from Twitter/@nbastats

Celtics adds to Warriors' woes for 10th straight win

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, and Jaylen Brown all breach the 20-point mark for the Celtics, who boast of an NBA-best 10-1 record

CAN'T BE STOPPED. Jaylen Brown and the Celtics extend their hot streak. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Lakers escape Kings for solo lead in West behind James, Davis

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

LeBron James delivers an impressive performance across the board, while Anthony Davis comes up with the game-sealing block for the streaking Lakers

STILL GOT IT. LeBron James turns back the clock with a poster dunk over Nemanja Bjelica. Photo from Twitter/@Lakers

Knicks beat Mavs as Porzingis booed in his first game back

Nov 15, 2019 - 4:04 PM

New York fans scream 'traitor' as the Knicks give their former star Kristaps Porzingis a rude welcome

THRILLER. Kristaps Porzingis drops a double-double but the Mavericks still absorb a narrow loss to the Knicks. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Struggling Blazers pick up Carmelo Anthony

Nov 15, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Carmelo Anthony joins his fifth team in 3 years as the Portland Trail Blazers try to pump life into their campaign with the former All-Star

ROCKY RUN. Carmelo Anthony last played over a year ago with the Rockets. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

No-mercy Lakers thrash Warriors

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:52 PM

The nightmare continues for the Warriors as LeBron James and the Lakers crush the former champions by 26 points

LOPSIDED. LeBron James and the Lakers slip past Glenn Robinson III and the Warriors. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Harden erupts as Rockets down Clippers

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:16 PM

James Harden unleashes 47 points as the Rockets rip Kawhi Leonard's Clippers

SIZZLING. Former MVP James Harden delivers one of his usual scoring outbursts. Photo from Houston Rockets

Kuzma late show as Lakers eclipse Suns

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Kyle Kuzma knocks in clutch treys as the Lakers bounce back on the road against the Suns

RESURGENT. Kyle Kuzma and the Lakers stay on top of the Western Conference. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

NBA games back on free TV in PH

Nov 13, 2019 - 1:01 PM

Starting November 16, select NBA games will be televised on CNN Philippines

FILIPINO FANS REJOICE. LeBron James and the Lakers can now be watched on free television again in the Philippines. Photo from Twitter/@nbastats

LOOK: Spurs retire French NBA star Parker's number in ceremony

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'Thanks for all those years. It was a crazy ride,' says Tony Parker in his emotional jersey retirement ceremony

LEGEND. Tony Parker is remembered for winning 4 NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs. Photo from NBA Twitter

Kawhi's Clippers struggle to win over NBA champion Raptors

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard leads the Clippers over his former team defending champions Toronto Raptors

FAMILIAR FOE. Kawhi Leonard goes up against the Toronto Raptors, the team he led to an NBA championship. Photo by from NBA Twitter

Steph Curry expects to return before NBA season ends

Nov 12, 2019 - 12:57 PM

'I'm excited that potentially the rest of the season isn't lost', says Golden State Warriors star Curry

WORST INJURY. Steph Curry hopes to return before the NBA season ends to salvage the Warriors' lackluster start. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP