NBA

Curry scores 36 as Warriors hold off Kings 125-123

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fresh off his MVP performance in the All-Star game, Kevin Durant made certain the Golden State Warriors got off on the right foot for their stretch run to the playoffs. He also gave Sacramento’s prized rookie Marvin Bagley III quite a lesson on defense. Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds and tied his career-high with seven ...

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Thomas ready for any role as Nuggets make playoff push

DENVER (AP) — Only one game back on the court and Isaiah Thomas already began lobbying for an even broader role — to appear in the movie “Space Jam 2” starring LeBron James. With filming set to start this summer , the Denver Nuggets point guard wants to be cast as the Muggsy Bogues character from the original picture featuring ...

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Anthony Davis to remain in Pelicans’ lineup, for now

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When the Pelicans finished practice on Thursday, Anthony Davis went into coach Alvin Gentry’s office, followed later by interim general manager Danny Ferry. As they spoke, privacy shades on windows that otherwise offer a view of practice courts were pulled down. After the meeting, Gentry said Davis was slated to start at Indiana on Friday night. ...

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Pacers find themselves standing tall without Oladipo

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Victor Oladipo crashed to the floor in late January, the silence inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse was deafening. Teammates quietly expressed best wishes to their injured teammate as he was wheeled off the court on a stretcher. Fans wondered aloud if this was just another chapter in Indianapolis’ injury curse that has claimed Peyton Manning, Paul George ...

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AP Source: NBA, union forward talks on ending ‘one-and-done’

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the “one-and-done” rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months. The league has sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on lowering the minimum age for entering the NBA draft from 19 to 18, and ...

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Love healthy, optimistic as Cavs fight to season’s finish

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season. Offering optimism about his future and Cleveland’s, Love returned to the practice floor with his teammates on Wednesday following the league’s annual ...

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Blazers in familiar territory but with 2 new additions

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in much the same position as last season heading into the post-All-Star break stretch run. They’re coming off a confidence-boosting win over Golden State. One thing is new this year, however. The Blazers made a couple of key moves before the break to shore up their bench and to help ...

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Jeff Van Gundy on All-Star Game: Eliminate it

MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked ...

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Russell on the rise in Brooklyn and seeking first postseason

NEW YORK (AP) — D’Angelo Russell stood high above Times Square, a spot where stars are showcased in New York. He was front and center on a billboard celebrating the Nets’ midseason success, pictured with three teammates who joined him in Charlotte for the NBA’s All-Star festivities. “Brooklyn is having an All-Star weekend,” it read. Russell hopes it will turn ...

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The NBA playoff push starts now with All-Star break ending

MIAMI (AP) — Golden State is still the favorite for a fourth title in five years. Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Denver can all go ahead and cancel those mid-April vacation plans if they were foolish enough to have made them in the first place. For LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, some work awaits. The All-Star break ...

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