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Booker, Ayton lead Suns to 133-104 blowout of Mavericks

DALLAS (AP) — All Devin Booker can do now is wait for the announcement of All-Star reserves. The last impression for the Phoenix guard was a good one. Booker scored 20 of his 32 points in a decisive third quarter, Deandre Ayton had a season-high 31 points and the Suns never trailed in a 133-104 dismantling of the Dallas Mavericks ...

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Middleton has career-best 51, Bucks win minus Antetokounmpo

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton dedicated the best game of his career to Kobe Bryant. Middleton scored a career-high 51 points, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 151-131 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Middleton, hoping to be chosen an All-Star reserve for the second straight year on Thursday, helped the Bucks hold off a determined second-half Wizards ...

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Zion scores 14 in road debut, Pelicans down Cavs 125-111

CLEVELAND (AP) — Zion Williamson’s NBA road debut didn’t have much flash or any fireworks. It wasn’t a show, and that was just fine with the hyped rookie. Check off another box. Williamson scored 14 points — all inside — in his first pro game outside New Orleans and Jrue Holiday had 26, leading the Pelicans to a 125-111 victory ...

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Middleton scores 51 as Bucks beat Wizards 151-131

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton scored a career-high 51 points in the absence of injured teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 151-131 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Middleton, hoping to be chosen an All-Star reserve for the second straight year on Thursday, helped the Bucks hold off a second-half Wizards rally. Middleton also had ...

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In #MeToo era, Kobe and other athletes often get a pass

DENVER (AP) — Folded conveniently into the narratives about his “complicated past” was the detail about Kobe Bryant that could’ve wrecked him. It was a rape allegation by a 19-year-old employee of a Colorado hotel. It happened in 2003. Some argued that making that life-altering detail a mere footnote to the stories detailing Bryant’s life and unexpected death was the ...

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Bryant and Philly: From hero to traitor to beloved

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeered like a traitor just a few miles from the high school where he won a state title, Kobe Bryant stewed on the bench as the final minutes of the 2002 All-Star game ticked away. Nearly every fan in Philadelphia had booed the hometown guy whenever he touched the ball. Never one to forget a slight, Bryant ...

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Los Angeles unites in grief for adopted son Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chants rose in the plaza across from Staples Center. “Kobe!” and “MVP! MVP!” They came from hundreds of fans gathered to mourn the death of Kobe Bryant. Candles burned alongside hand-lettered messages scrawled on signs and the pavement. Bunches of flowers piled up, some with purple-and-gold balloons attached. Men, women and children of every ethnicity ...

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In appreciation: Kobe Bryant, a life defined by hard work

It was April 14, 2016. It was the first full day of Kobe Bryant’s new chapter as a retired NBA player. All he had done the night before was score a mind-boggling 60 points in his farewell game, not getting out of Staples Center until around midnight. His staff at Kobe, Inc. were certain they would beat their boss to ...

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Zach LaVine scores 44 as Bulls beat Cavaliers 118-106

CLEVELAND (AP) — Zach LaVine fell just short of a perfect night Saturday. LaVine scored 44 points and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-106. The 6-foot-5 guard also finished with 10 rebounds and eight assists, barely missing his first career triple-double. “I haven’t had one before, so when it got to the last two minutes, I was thinking ...

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