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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

Booker to replace ailing Lillard in All-Star Game

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Suns star Devin Booker gets a last-minute All-Star call-up as streaky Trail Blazer guard Damian Lillard suffers an injury

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

NBA fines Paul George $35,000 for ripping refs

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Clippers star Paul George gets fined for saying there's 'homecourt cooking tonight' following his team's loss to the Sixers

Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Red-hot Lakers outlast Nuggets in overtime

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:40 PM

LeBron James records a season-best 12th triple-double as the Lakers trip the Nuggets in a showdown between two top West teams

DENVER, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers puts up a shot against Torrey Craig #3 of the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter at Pepsi Center on February 12, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. 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. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Pacers snap losing skid against Giannis-less Bucks

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:32 PM

The Pacers take advantage of a Bucks side playing minus MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for the second straight game

SIZZLING. There's no stopping TJ Warren as he pours in 35 points against the league-leading Bucks. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers, Warriors join Knicks at $4 billion value

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:55 AM

Three NBA teams land in the Forbes' list of top 5 most valuable North American sports franchises

POWERHOUSE. Lakers’ LeBron James and Warriors’ Steph Curry bring in the star power. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

No bull! D-Rose, LaVine didn't get nod but show must go on

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:31 PM

This season’s All-Star showdown heads to Chicago minus resident Bulls star Zach LaVine and hometown hero Derrick Rose

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - OCTOBER 23: Derrick Rose #25 of the Detroit Pistons dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 23, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Another court mural done to remember Kobe Bryant

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:55 PM

A massive mural showing Kobe Bryant with angel wings and a halo is painted on a hardcourt in Sta Ana, Manila

MAMBA OUT. This massive Kobe Bryant mural in Sta. Ana, Manila took almost a week to finish. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Zion Williamson firing on all cylinders puts away Trail Blazers

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'I don't really think he's comparable to anyone that I have seen,' Portland's Melo Anthony says of Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson

HULKING. Zion Williamson pumps in a career-high 31 points. Photo from NBA

Simmons drops triple-double to power Sixers past Clippers

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:39 PM

Sixers star Ben Simmons unleashes his sixth triple-double of the season against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers

Dwyane Wade reveals his 12-year-old a transgender child

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade proves to be an All-Star father as well

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Dwyane Wade recalls how his child Zion, now called Zaya, came out to him. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Giannis Antetokounmpo welcomes son as Bucks stay on top

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo misses the Bucks game for the birth of his son Liam Charles

MVP FATHER. Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes a father.  File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Without Giannis, Bucks roll to 46th season win

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Even without reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks rally past the Sacramento Kings

'BEST TEAM'. Khris Middleton believes that the Milwaukee Bucks can manage with or without star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Photo from Khris Middleton's Instagram

Defending champions Raptors stretch winning streak to 15

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:06 PM

'I think these guys have proven enough that they can win' says Raptors coach Nick Nurse after their 15th straight win

BREAKOUT. Pascal Siakam leads the Toronto Raptors with 34 points. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers overpower Suns to hold Western Conference No.1

Feb 11, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Anthony Davis and 5 others finish with double-digit tallies to blow past the Phoenix Suns

NO.1. The Los Angeles Lakers stay on top fo the NBA Western Conference standings. File photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Clarkson drops 30, Bogdanovic hits winner as Jazz beat Rockets

Feb 10, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Jordan Clarkson comes off the bench and scores a team-high 30 points as the Utah Jazz begin to pick up steam again

BACK-TO-BACK WINS. Jordan Clarkson and the Jazz strengthen their hold of the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference. Photo from Instagram/@jordanclarksons

Kemba, Celtics topple Thunder to stretch win streak

Feb 10, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The Celtics win their seventh straight game as Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and Daniel Theis return from injuries

ON A ROLL. Kemba Walker and the Celtics extend their win run. Photo from Twitter/@celtics

Lakers outlast new-look Warriors

Feb 09, 2020 - 3:42 PM

LeBron James and Anthony Davis prop up Los Angeles in the final stretch as the Lakers push the Warriors to a league-worst record

ORDER RESTORED. LeBron James and Anthony Davis make sure the Lakers fend off the Warriors' late charge. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors escape Nets to extend club-best winning streak

Feb 09, 2020 - 2:18 PM

The reigning champions stay on a roll as the Raptors stretch their winning run to 14 games

IN CHARGE. Fred VanVleet (right) takes over in the final quarter. Photo from Toronto Raptors

Seething Lillard slams refs over blown call

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:50 AM

'Plenty money,' says Damian Lillard as the Portland star expects a fine after lashing out at officials for a non-call in a pivotal play

FUMING. There’s no appeasing Damian Lillard after a non-call cost the Blazers the game. Photo by Steve Dipaola/EPA-EFE

Streaking Raptors beat Pacers, Celtics down Hawks

Feb 08, 2020 - 5:34 PM

The Raptors notch a franchise-record 13th straight win as they beat the Pacers for the second time in 3 days

HOT STREAK. Serge Ibaka and the Raptors have not lost a game since January 15. Photo from Twitter/@Raptors

Jazz escape Blazers in controversial ending, leave Lillard fuming

Feb 08, 2020 - 3:19 PM

The referees miss what should have been a goaltending call on a potential game-tying basket by Damian Lillard in the last 10 seconds

SORRY LOSS. Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers fall short of their sixth win in the last 7 games. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Kai Sotto selected for Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:27 PM

Basketball Without Borders has produced a number of up-and-coming NBA players, among them Pascal Siakam, Deande Ayton, and Jamal Murray

PRODIGY. Kai Sotto has been selected by the NBA and FIBA among the top 64 high school players from 32 countries. File photo from

NBA fines Magic coach over outburst

Feb 08, 2020 - 12:18 PM

Magic coach Steve Clifford barks at officials after he tried unsuccessfully to call a timeout with a chance to win against the Knicks

FRUSTRATED. Steve Clifford says referees, just like players and coaches, should have awareness in late-game situations. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Drummond criticizes Pistons’ loyalty after trade to Cleveland

Feb 07, 2020 - 4:40 PM

'Trust no one,' says Andre Drummond as the Pistons ship the two-time All-Star to the Cavs in a lopsided deal

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook's 41 points shoot Rockets past Lakers

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:46 PM

Russell Westbrook and the Rockets drop a 16-3 bomb against a stunned Lakers to close out the game

ON FIRE. Russell Westbrook reaches a scoring milestone in the Rockets’ big win. Photo from NBA

WATCH: Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball link up for smooth alley-oop

Feb 07, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Young standouts Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball continue to bring in the fun for the New Orleans Pelicans

epa08199077 New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (C) battles for a loose ball with Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (R) of Brazil and Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (L) during the NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 06 February 2020. EPA-EFE/TANNEN MAURY SHUTTERSTOCK OUT