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Memphis' Ja Morant wins NBA's Most Improved Player award

Apr. 25, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

Ja Morant was rookie of the year in 2020, vowing he would get better from there. And he’s done exactly that. The Memphis Grizzlies guard picked up his second major award in three seasons Monday, getting announced as the NBA’s Most Improved Player. He is the first...

Jokic, Embiid, Antetokounmpo finalists for NBA MVP honors

Apr. 17, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nikola Jokic is a finalist to win a second straight NBA MVP award, along with two-time winner Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid. The NBA unveiled the top-three finishers in voting for its individual awards Sunday, with the expected names in the running for the...

Cavs overcome injuries, show promise in bounce-back season

Apr. 16, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The mood in the Cavaliers' locker room alternated between disbelief and delight in the raw moments following their play-in loss to Atlanta. Pain mixed with pride. And as Cleveland's players — many of them with zero postseason experience —...

Young's 38 lift Hawks past Cavs for No. 8 playoff seed

Apr. 16, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — When the final horn sounded and Trae Young's work was done, he slammed the ball off the floor, sending it spinning skyward. He then turned and waved goodbye to the Cleveland fans retreating to the the exits. So cold. Ice Trae stings again. ...

Irving, Durant lead Nets past Cavs in play-in for No. 7 seed

Apr. 12, 2022 22:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bring on Boston. That's the next stop on a recent rise for the Brooklyn Nets, who were in 10th place not long ago but don't look like an underdog right now. Kyrie Irving had 34 points and 12 assists, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 11 assists, and...

Cavs blast Bucks backups 133-115 to earn No. 8 play-in seed

Apr. 10, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks used the final game of the regular season to rest up before defending their NBA crown. The Cavaliers didn't have any such luxury. Kevin Love made eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points as Cleveland took the No. 8 play-in spot —...

Durant, Nets beat Cavs, in position to take No. 7 in East

Apr. 08, 2022 23:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After a season full of complications, things are finally simple for the Brooklyn Nets. Win two games at home and they're in the playoffs. Kevin Durant scored 36 points, leading a pair of fourth-quarter surges that carried the Nets into a tie for...

Magic break 6-game losing streak, beat Cavaliers 120-115

Apr. 05, 2022 23:31 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers gave up 120 points to one of the NBA's most offensively challenged teams Tuesday night and took a loss that locked them into the Eastern Conference play-in tournament. Mo Bamba had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Ignas Brazdeikis scored 20...

Cavaliers, Bulls pushing for playoffs in East after droughts

Apr. 05, 2022 03:43 AM EDT

Not since 1998 have the Cleveland Cavaliers made the playoffs without LeBron James. This season, they're at least assured of a spot in the play-in tournament after an impressive turnaround. The 10 teams in the Eastern Conference that will advance beyond the 82-game...

Cavs coach Bickerstaff fined $15,000 by NBA for ripping refs

Apr. 04, 2022 20:07 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff was fined $15,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officials following Sunday night's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Upset by inconsistency in calls and the Sixers getting 42 free throws, Bickerstaff said the game “was...