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The Latest: Steve Nash, Jason Kidd headline 2018 HOF class

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off NBA All-Star Saturday. Article continues below … Mitchell edged Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk ...

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Former Suns Nash, Kidd, Hill among 13 Hall of Fame finalists

LOS ANGELES — Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and Jason Kidd among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning. Nash and Kidd had many of their finest seasons with the Phoenix Suns, and they are joined among the finalists by another ex-Sun: Forward Grant Hill. ...

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LeBron says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James says he will not stick to sports. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation’s political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star Game. ”I will not just shut up and dribble,” James said. ”I get to sit up here and talk about what’s ...

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2 Kings lead World past US 155-124 in Rising Stars game

LOS ANGELES (AP) Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World’s latest victory over the NBA’s young Americans. Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World team’s 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in ...

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Lakers fall late to Timberwolves 119-11

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves were flat, facing a double-digit deficit for long stretches of the game. This is why they traded for Jimmy Butler and signed Taj Gibson, for fourth-quarter lifts like these. Gibson scored a season-high 28 points and Butler added 24, providing the Timberwolves with the production and energy for a 119-111 comeback victory over the ...

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Sophomore Tyus Battle trying to keep Syracuse in the hunt

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle has trained his focus on one thing since summer – a postseason experience different from the first he had last year as a freshman at Syracuse. In other words, playing in the NCAA Tournament, which is all that really matters around here. Although those dreams took a big hit on Wednesday night when the Orange ...

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