Professional basketball Headlines

  • Bucks player says he tried to stay calm during arrest

    NBA player Sterling Brown says he tried to remain calm when Milwaukee police used a stun gun to take him down during his arrest for a parking violation. In an interview aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks player says police pinned him down and held his hands...

    ABC News
  • Rockets use strong defense to move a win from NBA Finals

    The Houston Rockets are so full of physical defenders that Golden State coach Steve Kerr said many look like they could play football. And with three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt watching from a courtside seat Thursday night, this team long known for its powerful offense...

    ABC News
  • Now 25 years in, Bettman is never off as NHL commissioner

    There's usually another guest at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife, Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs. Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ready to go from enjoying a nice meal to running a...

    ABC News
  • Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to take series lead

    Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State's last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night that gave the Houston Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. The Rockets head into Game 6 on Saturday night in Oakland one win away from...

    ABC News
  • Golden State's Iguodala to miss Game 5 against Rockets

    Golden State's Andre Iguodala will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. It will be the second straight game Iguodala has missed after he bruised his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. Houston got a 95-92 win in Game 4...

    ABC News
  • Alarmed: LeBron, Cavs facing win-or-else Game 6 vs Celtics

    Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston's defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home. A piercing alarm sounded. "Uh-oh," Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming siren. While Lue...

    ABC News
  • DC Relief: Capitals' run to Cup Final ends 20-year drought

    Jimmy Patterson was a fresh-faced 22-year-old in the stands at the old Capital Centre in October 1974 when the expansion Washington Capitals won their first NHL game. As he was leaving, an elderly man from Brooklyn told Patterson he'd always get to say he saw the Capitals' first win. The...

    ABC News
  • Sharks finalize 7-year deal with high-scoring Evander Kane

    Evander Kane knew San Jose was a good fit when Joe Thornton showed up for a late-night airport pickup following a trade deadline deal. That comfort was only reinforced over the next 10 weeks on the ice and in the dressing room. It left Kane with an easy choice as he headed toward free...

    ABC News
  • NBA defends quest for 'integrity fee' payment in sports bets

    The NBA is defending its quest to receive part of the money that states or gambling companies take in as part of legal sports betting. On Wednesday, New Jersey's state Senate president called on all 50 states to reject so-called "integrity fees" as part of any sports betting legislation...

    ABC News
  • Video of Brown arrest sparks criticism of Milwaukee police

    Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has apologized to Bucks player Sterling Brown for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined. Brown, who is African-American, says the incident was...

    ABC News
  • Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

    Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined. Brown, who is African-American, responded with...

    ABC News
  • Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

    Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this postseason with...

    ABC News
  • Celtics, Cavs scuffle in first half of Game 5

    Boston's Marcus Morris and Cleveland's Larry Nance Jr. had to be pulled apart in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night after a hard defensive play by Morris sent Nance to the floor. Morris and Nance both went up for a pass, and the Cavaliers forward wound up crashing into...

    ABC News
  • Rockets return home for Game 5 against Warriors

    The Houston Rockets have a chance to take their first lead in the Western Conference finals with a victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. To do that they'll need their superstars to step up again, with the pressure on James Harden and Chris Paul to deliver after their big...

    ABC News
  • Harden scores 30, Rockets even series at 2 games apiece

    James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 95-92 victory Tuesday night. Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 27 points and 12...

    ABC News
  • Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5

    The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals Two games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he's been to seven straight NBA finals. Boston will be...

    ABC News
  • Simmons, Mitchell unanimous picks for NBA All-Rookie team

    Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Utah's Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA's All-Rookie team. The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs. ...

    ABC News
  • LA moves to top of AP WNBA power poll after win vs Lynx

    Los Angeles has jumped over Minnesota to the top spot in The Associated Press WNBA power poll following the Sparks' season-opening victory over the Lynx. The Sparks received all 14 first-place votes from the national media panel in the first regular-season poll Tuesday. Minnesota, which had...

    ABC News
  • All tied up: LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics

    LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game. And unless the Boston Celtics do something soon, he'll get there again. James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the...

    ABC News
  • Mike Budenholzer looks to unlock Bucks' defensive potential

    Preparing for Giannis Antetokounmpo kept Mike Budenholzer up at night. Now, one of the NBA's budding superstars will be on Budenholzer's side after the former Atlanta Hawks coach was formally introduced on Monday as the new leader of the Milwaukee Bucks. "It was miserable coaching...

    ABC News
  • Rockets-Warriors a roller-coaster of blowouts after 3 games

    One thing is clear through three games of the power-packed Western Conference finals between a Golden State team that has won two of the past three championships and a Houston team that had a league-best 65 wins. If either team is off its game, a blowout could ensue. The Rockets found...

    ABC News
  • LeBronzed? James honored by drive to build statue of him

    LeBron James may go from idolized to immortalized in his hometown. A GoFundMe account has been established with a goal to raise $1 million to sculpt and erect a life-size statue of James in Akron, where he began his basketball career before becoming a superstar with the Cleveland Cavaliers....

    ABC News
  • After a year lost to hoops scandal, Bowen seeks answers

    Brian Bowen had the opportunity to spend a couple of days last week playing in real basketball games, replete with scoreboards and referees and with every courtside seat filled. It's unclear when he'll be able to do that again. Bowen might have been one of the most talked-about...

    ABC News
  • Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

    Stephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points with five 3-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past the Houston star as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Kevin...

    ABC News