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Blazers open series with win over Thunder

Basketball / NBA Apr 15, 2019

Blazers open series with win over Thunder

Damian Lillard scored 30 points and third-seeded Portland opened its playoff series against No. 6 Oklahoma City with a victory. Enes Kanter added 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who were making their sixth straight postseason appearance. CJ McCollum added ...

Nets, Magic, Spurs win road openers as playoffs begin

Basketball / NBA Apr 14, 2019

Nets, Magic, Spurs win road openers as playoffs begin

D'Angelo Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff ...

Luke Walton gone after three seasons coaching the Lakers

Basketball / NBA Apr 13, 2019

Luke Walton gone after three seasons coaching the Lakers

Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton's departure Friday, three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Pelinka called Walton leaving a mutual decision. Walton went ...

Rui Hachimura wins Julius Erving Award

Basketball Apr 13, 2019

Rui Hachimura wins Julius Erving Award

Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura was named the recipient of the Julius Erving Award as the best small forward in the nation at the College Basketball Awards on Friday night in Los Angeles. The top honors went to Duke forward Zion Williamson, who won the John R. ...

Toyama holds off Yokohama in series opener

Basketball / B. League Apr 12, 2019

Toyama holds off Yokohama in series opener

by Ed Odeven

The Yokohama B-Corsairs faced a 58-43 deficit at halftime in Friday's series opener against the Toyama Grouses. They dominated the third quarter, pulling in front by three points entering the final stanza. The fourth quarter, ultimately, came down to free throws. The Grouses sank 10 of ...

Pistons clinch final playoff spot in East

Basketball / NBA Apr 11, 2019

Pistons clinch final playoff spot in East

The Detroit Pistons knew a victory Wednesday night would guarantee them a playoff spot. And, from the opening tip, they left no doubt that was going to happen. Luke Kennard scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson had 21 and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 18 ...

Basketball Apr 11, 2019

JBA lifts ban on four ex-national team players caught paying for sex

The Japan Basketball Association said Thursday it has lifted the suspension of four former national team players who were caught buying sex during last year's Asian Games in Indonesia. The B-League players — Yuya Nagayoshi (Kyoto Hannaryz), Takuya Hashimoto (Osaka Evessa), Takuma Sato (Shiga Lakestars) ...