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DeRozan delivers for Raptors in victory over Pacers

Apr 27, 2016

DeRozan delivers for Raptors in victory over Pacers

DeMar DeRozan finally turned in the All-Star effort Toronto has been waiting for in the playoffs. DeRozan’s big game, and an even bigger Raptors comeback, put Toronto on the brink of a second-round berth. DeRozan scored 34 points and the Raptors held on for ...

Gaines gets to work with Japan's women's hoop team

Apr 26, 2016

Gaines gets to work with Japan's women's hoop team

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Japan’s Olympic-bound women’s national basketball team has entered its second training camp in Tokyo, with Phoenix Suns assistant Corey Gaines as a guest coach. Gaines, a former guard for four NBA teams as well as the now-defunct Japan Energy Griffins, is expected to teach ...

Westbrook silences Cuban as Thunder eliminate Mavericks

Apr 26, 2016

Westbrook silences Cuban as Thunder eliminate Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook is an All-Star, but not a superstar. Westbrook gave him plenty of reasons to reconsider. He had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Thunder beat the Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night ...

Thunder star Durant says testy playoffs just part of game

Apr 25, 2016

Thunder star Durant says testy playoffs just part of game

Kevin Durant suddenly, and reluctantly, found himself at the center of a conversation over whether Oklahoma City’s rough-and-tumble series with Dallas was out of control. LeBron James steadfastly believes he won’t have the same problem, even though the Cleveland star was called out twice ...

Scott out as Lakers coach

Apr 25, 2016

Scott out as Lakers coach

Byron Scott will not return to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season, the team announced late Sunday night. Scott coached the Lakers for the two worst seasons in the 16-time NBA champion franchise’s history, going 38-126. The Lakers are making another break from ...

Warriors rout Rockets, lose Curry in Game 4

Apr 25, 2016

Warriors rout Rockets, lose Curry in Game 4

Stephen Curry sat on the bench with his head in his hands, facing another injury that could derail Golden State’s playoff run. The Warriors felt bad for the reigning MVP, but instead of sulking about their misfortune, they responded with a huge third quarter ...

Apr 24, 2016

Steady Evessa beat rival Golden Kings

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Balanced scoring fueled the Osaka Evessa’s 81-77 win over the Ryukyu Golden Kings, a fierce rival, in Saturday’s series opener. Led by Lawrence Blackledge’s 17 points and ex-Golden King Narito Namizato’s 16, Osaka improved to 35-16. Three teammates also reached double figures in points: ...

Hornets end long wait for victory

Apr 24, 2016

Hornets end long wait for victory

After the Charlotte Hornets dropped the first two games of their first-round series against the Miami Heat, team owner Michael Jordan and assistant coach Patrick Ewing approached coach Steve Clifford with a suggestion: Post up 213-cm-rookie Frank Kaminsky more. “When you have two first-ballot ...

Celtics revive hopes against Hawks

Apr 23, 2016

Celtics revive hopes against Hawks

On the heels of slow starts and lackluster offensive efforts in their first two playoff games, the Celtics knew they would need to play like a desperate bunch in their Game 3 matchup with the Hawks. Boston did, and Isaiah Thomas delivered a career-high ...