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Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook reacts to a call during the fourth quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)

NBA adjusts schedules for virus-affected teams, like Wizards

Jan. 27, 2021 5:16 PM EST

Washington’s second-half schedule might not be as jam-packed as first thought, after the NBA said Wednesday it was rescheduling some Wizards games after a half-dozen of their contests were postponed in recent weeks for virus-related reasons. Portland will now visit Washington on Tuesday, a game that was...

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) leaves the court after being ejected in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Nuggets' Murray fined $25,000 for striking Hardaway's groin

Jan. 27, 2021 3:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for a shot to the groin area of Dallas' Tim Hardaway Jr. Murray was ejected after the apparently intentional act in the third quarter of a game Monday night. The Nuggets won 117-113. Murray stumbled backward after...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) drives to the basket between Cleveland Cavaliers' Taurean Prince (12) and Dylan Windler (9) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Cleveland. The Lakers won 115-108. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Game or no game, NBA All-Star voting starts Thursday

Jan. 27, 2021 1:27 PM EST

NBA All-Star voting opens Thursday, without any final determination yet if there will be an actual All-Star Game this season. The league said Wednesday that “discussions surrounding a potential NBA All-Star Game are ongoing.” The Associated Press reported Monday that there have been talks about...

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, lays the ball up as New York Knicks center Nerlens Noel (3) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Gobert shines as Utah Jazz rally past New York Knicks 108-94

Jan. 27, 2021 1:09 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz leaned on their tough defense to keep their win streak alive. Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Jazz beat the New York Knicks 108-94 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive victory. “We did a lot of good things that...

Houston Rockets' John Wall reacts during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)

Wall scores 24 to lead Rockets over Wizards 107-88

Jan. 27, 2021 12:06 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston's John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night's game against his former team. When he finally checked in, it didn't take long for him to put a punctuation mark on a solid...

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Young's 38 points lead Hawks past depleted Clippers, 108-99

Jan. 26, 2021 10:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 38 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the depleted Los Angeles Clippers 108-99 on Tuesday night, ending the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak. The Clippers were without three starters. Leading scorers Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were ruled out due to health and...

Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) shoots past Houston Rockets center Christian Wood (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Bulls C Carter to miss at least a month with quad injury

Jan. 26, 2021 7:30 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. is expected to miss at least another month because of a bruised right quadriceps after an MRI on Tuesday confirmed the original diagnosis, the team announced. Carter, averaging 12.8 points and eight rebounds, sat out the past three games following a...

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) passes the ball as New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah lawmakers defend Jazz star Mitchell in feud with Shaq

Jan. 26, 2021 4:39 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers took a stand Tuesday to defend Jazz star Donovan Mitchell against critiques by Shaquille O’Neal by passing a playful resolution that calls out O'Neal for his poor free throw shooting during his playing days and makes fun of the “Kazaam” movie he...

Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes up for a layup with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) defending and Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

LeVert undergoes surgery to treat cancerous growth on kidney

Jan. 26, 2021 3:12 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to treat a cancerous growth on his left kidney. Team officials made the announcement Tuesday and said the 26-year-old LeVert is expected to make a full recovery. The Pacers said no additional treatment...

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, center, talks to his players during a time out in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 121-101. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Spurs-Pelicans game called off, as NBA's virus woes continue

Jan. 26, 2021 1:13 PM EST

San Antonio’s game in New Orleans was called off Monday night in the latest virus-related postponement for the NBA, one that came when the league determined that neither team would have enough players available. Also Monday: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the two best players on the Los Angeles Clippers,...