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Lakers hire Walton to be head coach

Apr 30, 2016

Lakers hire Walton to be head coach

Luke Walton is coming home to rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers reached an agreement Friday night with the Golden State assistant to become their head coach, dramatically choosing a leader for their new era after Kobe Bryant. The Lakers grabbed Walton just ...

Drug dealers use Curry's likeness to market heroin

Apr 30, 2016

Drug dealers use Curry's likeness to market heroin

Philadelphia drug dealers looking to market their heroin as top of the line are stamping packets with the likeness of Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry. Regional transit police chief Thomas Nestel tweeted a picture of several packets featuring Curry’s face and name. His ...

Hawks put away Celtics with Game 6 win

Apr 29, 2016

Hawks put away Celtics with Game 6 win

The Atlanta Hawks had their best regular season in franchise history spoiled last year by a dismal showing against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals. They will get another shot at the Cavs in the second round of this year’s NBA playoffs. Paul Millsap ...

Warriors eliminate Rockets

Apr 28, 2016

Warriors eliminate Rockets

Klay Thompson knew Golden State had to come together, that every player needed to raise his game with Stephen Curry on the sidelines. “None of us can do it alone,” Thompson insisted hours earlier. He sure got things started, scoring 27 points with seven ...

Apr 28, 2016

Warriors grant Lakers permission to interview Walton

The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said before Game 5 of the playoffs against Houston that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak contacted Warriors GM Bob Myers, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...