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Mar 23, 2019 - 11:00 PM

James Harden records another NBA milestone as LeBron James sees his personal playoff streak end

CONTRAST. James Harden (left) relishes a memorable night with the Rockets while LeBron James absorbs a big blow in his debut season with the Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Ginebra waylays NLEX to keep twice-to-beat bid running

Mar 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The Gin Kings show immense composure in the endgame to stretch their winning streak to 3 games

STREAK. Japeth Aguilar scores timely baskets in the endgame as Barangay Ginebra continues its winning ways. Photo from PBA Images


WATCH: Is The King's crown slipping?

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:51 PM

LeBron James looks ahead after his Tinseltown debut with the Lakers ends without a playoff berth

LOOKING FORWARD. LeBron James says the Lakers still have an opportunity to get better ‘from a personnel standpoint.’ Photo from Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers out: LeBron misses playoffs for 1st time since 2005

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) LeBron James and the Lakers bow to the Nets as Los Angeles misses the playoffs for the sixth straight season

FAILURE. LeBron James misses the playoffs for the first time since 2005. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder rip Raptors to get payback for OT loss

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Behind Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder avenge Wednesday's loss to the Raptors to snap a four-game skid

TRIP-DUB MACHINE. Russell Westbrook tallies his 28th triple-double of the season. Photo from Oklahoma City Thunder Twitter

Harden equals career-high 61 in Rockets win over Spurs

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Reigning MVP James Harden erupts for 61 points to become only the fourth player with multiple 60-point games in a season

CAREER-HIGH. James Harden sizzles in another record-setting night. Photo from NBA Twitter

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Mar 23, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Check out Steph Curry and Ricky Rubio's slick moves and Kevin Durant's huge block

Parks might have made a difference for Blackwater, says Ramos

Mar 23, 2019 - 9:52 AM

The Elite end the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the bottom of the standings, winning only two of their 11 games

DIFFERENT LEAGUE. Ray Parks is still honoring his commitments to Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League. Photo from ABL


Magnolia quashes Blackwater to boost playoff bid

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The Hotshots lock in on solo 6th place as the Elite end their horrendous campaign at the bottom of the standings

CARRYING THE LOAD. Ian Sangalang puts up another double-double for Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images


Castro thrives on off-the-bench role for streaking TNT

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The KaTropa have now won 5 straight games with the 32-year-old guard coming off the bench 4 times

RED-HOT. Jayson Castro and the TNT KaTropa contend for the last twice-to-beat incentive. Photo from PBA Images


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Mar 22, 2019 - 9:33 PM

DeMarcus Cousins returns from injury and Kevin Durant puts aside a personal tragedy as the Warriors keep hold of the top spot in the Western Conference

TNT's twice-to-beat hunt still alive with 5th straight win

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Jayson Castro catches fire off the bench as TNT survives a gallant stand from Columbian

JUST IN TIME. Jayson Castro delivers for TNT after back-to-back quiet nights. Photo from PBA Images


Spurs honor 103-year-old Filipino guerrilla

Mar 22, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Born and raised in the Philippines, Liban Brillantes joined the US Army's 121st Infantry during World War 2

HONORED. Liban Brillantes is a San Antonio resident and an avid Spurs fan. Photo from San Antonio Spurs' Twitter account (@spurs)


Durant puts personal tragedy aside to power Warriors past Pacers

Mar 22, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Despite losing a close friend earlier in the day, Kevin Durant fires 15 points as all 5 Warriors starters finish in double figures

FOCUSED. Kevin Durant shows up in the game despite losing childhood friend Cliff Dixon early in the day. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Nuggets grind out victory over fading Wizards

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Playoff-bound Denver leans on a balanced charge as the Nuggets struggle to dispose of the Wizards

ON A ROLL. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets still hold 2nd behind the defending champion Warriors in the Western Conference. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Durant’s 'adopted brother' shot, killed on his birthday

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Former Western Kentucky basketball player Cliff Dixon succumbs to multiple gunshot injuries

Kevin Durant. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

NBA fines Boston's Smart $50,000 for shoving Embiid

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Celtics guard Marcus Smart gets slapped with a hefty fine for the third time this season

REPEAT OFFENDER. Marcus Smart figures in another altercation, this time with Sixers star Joel Embiid. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Timberwolves lose Derrick Rose for season

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Former MVP Derrick Rose, along with Jeff Teague and Robert Covington, have been ruled out due to injuries

MAJOR BLOW. Another injury sidelines Timberwolves star Derrick Rose. Photo from NBA Twitter

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Mar 21, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The Sixers pull off a comeback win over the Celtics in the showdown of Eastern contenders

BREAKTHROUGH. Kyrie Irving and the Celtics bow to the Sixers for the first time this season. Photo from NBA Twitter

Virtuoso Harden, Westbrook efforts go in vain

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:14 PM

James Harden erupts for 57 points and Russell Westbrook also scatters 42 points but both fail to lead their teams to victory

NOT ENOUGH. Russell Westbrook and Paul George deliver the numbers but fall short in leading the Thunder past the Raptors. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Sexton powers Cavs over Giannis-less Bucks

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Behind Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson, the Cavs upset a Bucks side playing minus MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo

TAKE CHARGE. Collin Sexton and the Cavs make the most out of a lucky break. Photo from NBA Twitter

Butler, Embiid star as Sixers rattle Celtics

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:27 AM

The Sixers stage a huge rally to seal their first win of the season against the Celtics

CLUTCH. Jimmy Butler (center) comes through the clutch as Joel Embiid (left) and JJ Redick also deliver the numbers for the Sixers.  Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

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Mar 21, 2019 - 11:02 AM

James Harden and Chris Paul put on a show for the Houston Rockets

DAZZLING DUO. Chris Paul and James Harden spice up the Rockets' dominant win over the Hawks. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

NBA-best Bucks lose Mirotic with broken left thumb

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:33 AM

The Bucks suffer another injury blow as Spanish forward Nikola Mirotic may be out for at least two weeks

KEY COG. Nikola Mirotic averages a career-high 15.6 points for the Bucks. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Banged up Lee endures pain to steer Magnolia back to playoff race

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The Hotshots improve to 7th place in the team standings behind the shifty guard's work from beyond the arc

NO PAIN, NO GAIN. Paul Lee shrugs off his injury. Photo from PBA Images


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Mar 20, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Steph Curry goes on a scoring tear yet again as the defending champion Warriors rebound against the Timberwolves

STREAKY. Steph Curry’s late scoring surge fuels the Warriors past the Timberwolves. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Magnolia back on track as NorthPort free fall continues

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The Hotshots return to the playoff picture after limiting the Batang Pier to a franchise-low mark

LETHAL WEAPON. Paul Lee comes off the bench on fire to power Magnolia back to the winning column. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska keeps playoff hunt going, virtually eliminates Meralco

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The Aces bank on a balanced scoring attack to snap a three-game skid

TAKING CHARGE. Jeron Teng continues to impress for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images


SEA Games 2019: Basketball events back at MOA Arena

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the PHISGOC successfully carve out a way to bring the basketball events back to Mall of Asia Arena

DYNASTY. Gilas Pilipinas cops its 18th SEA Games gold in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Games. File photo

Harden first in NBA history to drop 30 vs all 29 foes in same season

Mar 20, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The reigning MVP completes the feat with a 31-point outing in the Rockets' dominant win over the Hawks

HISTORY MADE. James Harden becomes the first player since Michael Jordan to score at least 30 points against all NBA teams. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)


Antetokounmpo sits out but Bucks still trounce Lakers

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The Lakers continue to teeter on the brink of playoff elimination as they miss the services of LeBron James

SPLASH MOUNTAIN. Brook Lopez takes over the scoring cudgels from Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Bucks' win over the Lakers. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Curry sizzles late as Warriors drub Timberwolves

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Warriors bounce back from an upset loss as Steph Curry erupts for 22 points in the 3rd quarter

ON FIRE. Steph Curry drains 8 triples in the Warriors’ game against the Timberwolves to record at least 300 triples in a season for the third time. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Former NBA star pleads guilty in bribery scheme

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Chuck Person, the former Auburn University deputy who played in the NBA for 13 years, has been linked to corruption in college basketball

GUILTY. Former NBA player Chuck Person (center) may face up to 5 years in prison. Photo from Athletic Business

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Mar 20, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Steph Curry knocks in the longest shot of the NBA season

SNIPER. Steph Curry is just one of a handful NBA players who have hit multiple shots from at least 50 feet. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

D-League: CEU's Diouf sets rebounding record, UST overpowers CSB

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:11 PM

CEU claims the top spot behind Senegalese big man Malick Diouf's record-setting output

ETCHED. Senegalese big man Malick Diouf makes a mark in the developmental leagues as he set a new rebounding record with 30 boards. Photo by PBA Images

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Mar 19, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Watch the San Antonio Spurs cruise to a ninth straight win over the Golden State Warriors, and more thrilling action

TEAMWORK. The San Antonio Spurs gain control over the Golden State Warriors. Photo from San Antonio Spurs Twitter

Klay Thompson: Spurs' defense had no effect on Warriors

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:56 PM

'Absolutely nothing. We just missed shots,' says Klay Thompson, when asked what the San Antonio Spurs did to bottle up the Golden State Warriors

MISSING SHOTS. Klay Thompson believes that the Warriors' loss is mainly caused by their poor shooting. Photo from NBA Twitter

Spurs roll on at Warriors' expense as Nuggets clinch playoff spot

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:14 PM

The Spurs win their 11th consecutive home game and improve to 42-29 in the season

WINNING STREAK. The San Antonio Spurs continue their dominant winning streak at home. Photo from San Antonio Spurs Twitter

WATCH: Dirk Nowitzki passes Chamberlain on NBA scoring list

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:59 AM

40-year-old German Nowitzki hits the milestone in his 21st and possibly final season with the Dallas Mavericks

MILESTONE. Dirk Nowitzki moves up to No. 6 in the NBA's all-time scoring. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

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Mar 19, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Mario Hezonja pulls off a play of a lifetime by blocking LeBron James' potential game-winner

PLAY OF A LIFETIME. Mario Hezonja does not back out from the challenge and denies LeBron James. Photo from New York Knicks Twitter account (@nyknicks)


Patrimonio passes Iron Man torch to Tenorio

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:54 PM

The Barangay Ginebra guard breaks the PBA legend's long-standing record of most consecutive games played

MUTUAL RESPECT. Alvin Patrimonio (right) salutes LA Patrimonio for his feat. Photos from PBA Images (Tenorio) and Rappler Talk (Patrimonio)


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Mar 18, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The Lakers' chances of reaching the playoffs continue to dwindle after a stunning loss to the Knicks

SUPER MARIO. Mario Hezonja denies LeBron James of a potential game-winner. Photo from Mario Hezonja's Twitter account (@mariohezonja)


D-League: Letran buries McDavid, St. Clare stays spotless

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The Knights arrest a meltdown for their second win in 3 games

BIG MAN, BIG PROBLEM. Jeo Ambohot frolicks in the paint for the Letran Knights. Photo from PBA Images


Bong Galanza fuels NLEX's resurgence to bag weekly PBA citation

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The NLEX guard bests Barangay Ginebra's Scottie Thompson and Phoenix's Matthew Wright, among others, for the Player of the Week award

PLAYOFF HUNT. Bong Galanza helped key NLEX back to relevance in the playoff race. Photo from PBA Images


Joshua Munzon hailed as PH's top 3x3 player

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The 6-foot-4 swingman beats Pasig-Grindhouse Kings teammates Taylor Statham and Troy Rike for the top spot

TOP PLAYER. Joshua Munzon (center) is the king of 3x3 basketball in the Philippines. Photo from Chooks-to-Go


Thunder star Westbrook hit with suspension

Mar 18, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The former MVP incurs his 16th technical foul, which automatically earns a suspension under NBA rules, after charging on Klay Thompson

SIDELINED. Russell Westbrook will miss one game for the Oklahoma City Thunder. File photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP


Lou Williams' game-winner lifts Clippers past Nets

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Los Angeles strengthens its hold of 8th place for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference

CLUTCH KILLER. Lou Williams hits a game-winner for the nth time in his NBA career. Photo from Twitter (@nbastats)


Sixers beat East-leading Bucks to clinch playoffs spot

Mar 18, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo outduels Joel Embiid in their individual matchup but Philadelphia takes one over Milwaukee in a battle of Eastern Conference giants

NO EARLY VACATIONS. Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers are playoff-bound again. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)


Rest far from Tenorio's mind even after seizing PBA Iron Man crown

Mar 18, 2019 - 7:23 AM

The Barangay Ginebra veteran considers breaking Alvin Patrimonio's long-standing record of most consecutive games played a 'miracle'

PUSHING THE LIMIT. LA Tenorio says he will play as long as he can. Photo from PBA Images


Brawl mars Alab Pilipinas-Taiwan game

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Tempers flare late in the game as Taiwan's Formosa Dreamers spoil Alab's perfect home record

THROWN OUT. Alab stalwart PJ Ramos gets ejected after figuring in a late skirmish. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler