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Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo celebrates after winning his heat in NBA basketball's All-Star skills challenge Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

The Latest: Miami's Derrick Jones Jr. wins slam dunk contest

Feb. 15, 2020 10:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night at NBA All-Star weekend. (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable showdown that required two tiebreaker jams....

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveils the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award during a news conference Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Silver: NBA, USA Basketball still may play in China in 2020

Feb. 15, 2020 8:59 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain. NBA...

Trail Blazers' Lillard using break to treat groin injury

Feb. 15, 2020 4:54 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is grateful for the All-Star break. He had to pull out of the All-Star Game and Saturday night's 3-point competition after he strained his groin during Wednesday night's 111-104 loss to Memphis. He was replaced by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker....

FILE - At left, in a March 4, 2018, file photo, Kobe Bryant attends the Governors Ball after the Oscars  in Los Angeles. At right, in a May 28, 2019, file photo, Jennifer Hudson sings

Jennifer Hudson set for Kobe Bryant tribute at All-Star Game

Feb. 13, 2020 4:09 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jennifer Hudson is coming to the All-Star Game to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant with her voice. The NBA has released a list of entertainers headed to All-Star weekend, the group headlined by Hudson — the two-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner — who, just before Sunday...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks to pass as Golden State Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins (22) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Booker to replace Lillard at All-Star, 3-point contest

Feb. 13, 2020 11:52 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Devin Booker is finally headed to his first NBA All-Star Game. The Phoenix guard — who felt he was snubbed by voters and coaches when he didn't make the original list for Sunday's game in Chicago — was tabbed Thursday as the player who will replace injured Portland guard Damian...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives around Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Devin Booker scores 27 points, Suns top Warriors 112-106

Feb. 13, 2020 1:02 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Suns guard Devin Booker was serenaded with chants of “All-Star! All-Star!” in the final seconds Wednesday night as he hit two free throws that sealed his team's 112-106 win over the Golden State Warriors. Despite the crowd's insistence, Booker isn't an All-Star just yet. That...

Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) shoots against Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Clarke leads Grizzlies to a 111-104 win over Trail Blazers

Feb. 13, 2020 12:01 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies cushioned their lead for the final playoff spot in the West on a night when Portland’s Damian Lillard injured his groin. Brandon Clarke matched his career high with 27 points, Ja Morant had 20 points and nine assists as the Grizzlies went into the...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Williamson's 31 points pushes Pelicans past Blazers, 138-117

Feb. 12, 2020 12:40 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson has recorded his first 30-point performance just nine games into his NBA career. Williamson scored 31 points in barely 28 minutes on the court, and the New Orleans Pelicans used a dominant second half to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 138-117 on Tuesday night. ...

The Los Angeles Lakers honor the late Kobe Bryant by laying out t-shirts for fans prior to an NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

All-Star Weekend nears, and Kobe will be at the forefront

Feb. 11, 2020 3:21 AM EST

Kobe Bryant will be announced Friday at All-Star Weekend in Chicago as one of the finalists for this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction class, which isn’t a secret and never was. Bryant always was a lock to be a first-ballot pick. Fellow first-time nominees Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will...

LeBron James among 44 US Olympic basketball team finalists

Feb. 11, 2020 2:30 AM EST

LeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics. James — a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian — was among 44 players announced by USA Basketball on Monday as finalists for the team that will play in the Tokyo Games this summer. James played in 2004, 2008 and 2012, helping the U.S....