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  • Spurs rally to keep Lakers winless with LeBron, 143-142

    LeBron James hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation. He led a Lakers lineup of three second-year pros and a rookie making his NBA debut to a 142-136 lead with 55 seconds left overtime. James was then reminded in spectacular fashion that nothing will be easy in this West Coast chapter of...

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  • Lakers' Ingram grateful 4-game suspension wasn't harsher

    Just three games into LeBron James' tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, they were missing two suspended starters when they faced the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. Although nobody thought James' time on the West Coast would be boring, Brandon Ingram is sorry for his role in getting this...

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  • Indiana museum to tell story of basketball great Larry Bird

    A museum is being planned to tell the story of basketball great Larry Bird, an Indiana native. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Saturday that the museum will be located in a new convention center that's being built in Terre Haute in western Indiana. The Tribune-Star reports Bird...

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  • Borrego: Hiring female coaches shows NBA trending right way

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants more women throughout the league. He's getting his wish. In recent days, two significant moves were made, with Kristi Toliver being added to Washington's staff of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin getting hired as an assistant coach with Charlotte's G...

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  • Hernangomez's late block helps Nuggets beat Warriors 100-98

    Gary Harris scored 28 points, Juancho Hernangomez blocked a tying layup just before the buzzer and the Denver Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 100-98 on Sunday night. Trailing by 13 points in the fourth quarter, the Warriors rallied and had a chance to tie it in the waning seconds....

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  • Rookie Young scores 35, Hawks rout LeBron-less Cavs 133-111

    Trae Young had 35 points with 11 assists — the best line for an NBA rookie in eight years — and Kent Bazemore scored 23 as the Atlanta Hawks rolled to an easy 133-111 win on Sunday over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost their home opener and fell to 0-3 in their first season without LeBron...

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  • AP source: NBA investigating Lakers-Rockets dustup

    The NBA is looking to see what sanctions Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram should face for their roles in an altercation that marred the final minutes of Saturday's game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. A person with knowledge of the situation said that an NBA...

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  • Fight in LeBron's home Lakers debut, 124-115 loss to Houston

    LeBron James scored 24 points for the Los Angeles Lakers in his wild home debut, which included three players getting ejected for fighting late in the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets' 124-115 victory Saturday night. Chris Paul and the Lakers' Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo were tossed...

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  • Butler leads T-wolves with 33 points in 131-123 win vs. Cavs

    Jimmy Butler's trade request last month instantly turned him from fan favorite to scorned superstar in Minnesota. With some hustle steals and highlight-reel baskets, he quickly had the crowd at the home opener on his side. Butler brushed off some early jeers, scoring 33 points in 36...

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  • Kawhi Leonard scores 31 points, Raptors beat Celtics 113-101

    Kawhi Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 113-101 on Friday night in an early matchup between Eastern Conference contenders. Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, Danny Green had 14, and Fred VanVleet 11 to help the...

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  • Blazers spoil James' debut with 128-119 win over the Lakers

    LeBron James opened with two thunderous dunks and had 26 points and 12 rebounds in his first game with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Portland Trail Blazers prevailed 128-119 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Damian Lillard had 28 points and Nik Stauskas came off the...

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  • Olynyk's putback off Wade's miss lifts Heat past Wiz 113-112

    Kelly Olynyk's putback of Dwyane Wade's missed jumper produced the go-ahead basket with 0.2 seconds left Thursday night, lifting the Miami Heat to a ragged 113-112 comeback victory over the Washington Wizards, who were without new center Dwight Howard for their season opener. Olynyk was...

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  • G League to offer $125,000 contracts to elite prospects

    The G League is planning to offer an option to players who are not yet eligible for the NBA draft a chance to turn pro out of high school and avoid the college one-and-done route. Players will be eligible to sign a "select contract" if they turn 18 by Sept. 15 prior to the season that they...

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  • Welcome, rooks: Ayton, Bamba, Trier sparkle in NBA debuts

    Mo Bamba heard his name over Orlando's public address system for the first time during introductions, and waved his arms to the crowd asking for their cheers. Then the game started. He didn't have to solicit noise anymore. Welcome to the NBA, rookie class of 2018-19. There were 31...

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  • DeRozan leads Spurs past Wolves 112-108; Butler scores 23

    DeMar DeRozan responded to a trade he didn't want with his usual boundless energy and fearless style in the fourth quarter for San Antonio. Jimmy Butler hasn't received a trade he's requested, and turned in a similar performance for Minnesota. DeRozan had 28 points in his San Antonio debut,...

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  • Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks 126-107 in Fizdale's debut

    The nervous Knicks had missed their first nine shots and just needed somebody to make one to get them started. Turned out to be a fan. And once he made a halfcourt shot, the basket really opened up for Tim Hardaway Jr. and the Knicks. "I think that might have been the reason we...

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  • Curry, Durant lead Warriors past Thunder in festive opener

    Stephen Curry is coming off an injury-plagued season and a summer he thought might be among his best yet. On a festive night of celebration as another championship banner went up, Curry brought his usual flair and dazzle. Kevin Durant did all of the little things, too. Curry had 32...

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  • Celtics beat 76ers 105-87 as Hayward, Irving make returns

    The Celtics will need time to figure out how to get the most out of their loaded roster this season. It didn't stop them from picking up their first victory on a night they celebrated the official return of their two biggest stars. Jayson Tatum had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the...

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  • Future of Paul Allen's sports holdings remains unclear

    Paul Allen's love was basketball and he delved into professional football out of loyalty to his hometown Seattle. In the wake of his death, Allen's ownership of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and NFL's Seattle Seahawks has come into focus because of questions about how the franchises will...

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  • Butler to join Wolves in opener at Spurs, despite asking out

    Just like last season, Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves traveled to San Antonio for their opener. After all the disruption caused by Butler's trade request that became public a week before training camp began, no deal has been made. So the four-time All-Star will be on the court...

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  • Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

    Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. He died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's...

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  • Paul Allen was major part of sports landscape in Northwest

    No one had more influence on professional sports in the Pacific Northwest than Paul Allen. But though he was the owner of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and partial owner of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders, Allen usually shied away from the spotlight...

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  • Reaction to Paul Allen's death

    Reaction to the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died Monday: Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and...

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  • Krzyzewsi, Duke reload with another strong freshman class

    One star-studded freshman class has left Duke for the NBA. Another has come in right behind them. A national title once again is a realistic goal for the latest crop of blue-chip Blue Devils who seem to fit into neatly defined roles. Tre Jones looks capable of running the show...

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