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Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) celebrates with teammate Mikal Bridges after scoring the game winning basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

In the bubble, the Phoenix Suns have been perfect so far

Aug. 7, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The last time Devin Booker walked off the court as a winner in four consecutive games, these were the opponents: Hampton, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Notre Dame. That is, until now. Booker and the Phoenix Suns — the team that came to the NBA restart at Walt Disney...

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) handles the ball against Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Holiday scores 28; Pelicans top Wizards without Williamson

Aug. 7, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 28 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Washington Wizards 118-107 without star rookie Zion Williamson on Friday night, improving their chances of earning a Western Conference playoff spot. Williamson, the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft,...

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Nets, Magic grab last two NBA playoff spots in the East

Aug. 7, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoff picture is getting a little clearer, and the Eastern Conference field of qualifiers is now set. Brooklyn and Orlando clinched the last two remaining East spots Friday, meaning no play-in series — a new wrinkle added to the rules of the NBA's season...

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts after a basket during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Harris, Embiid lead 76ers past Magic 108-101

Aug. 7, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Joel Embiid changed his disposition — and then the momentum of the game. Tobias Harris had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Embiid locked in and turned aggressive in the second half and finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Orlando...

New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson (1) goes up for a shot against Sacramento Kings' Richaun Holmes (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Pelicans resting Zion Williamson against Wizards

Aug. 7, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have scratched rookie Zion Williamson from the lineup for Friday night's game against the Washington Wizards. The team designated Friday a rest day for the NBA's top overall draft choice after he scored 24 points in 22 minutes in the Pelicans' 140-125...

Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen (31) and Caris LeVert (22) react after a play against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Minus stars, Nets clinch playoff spot in victory over Kings

Aug. 7, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Caris LeVert scored 22 points, Jarrett Allen added 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and the patchwork Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff berth by beating the Sacramento Kings 119-106 on Friday. The surprising Nets came to the bubble without stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie...

Utah Jazz' Juwan Morgan (16), fouls San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White during second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

White, Poeltl lead Spurs past short-handed Jazz 119-111

Aug. 7, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jakob Poeltl knew the Utah Jazz were going to try to take away the perimeter. So he took advantage of the interior scoring repeatedly on pick-and-roll and interior moves. Derrick White scored 24 points, Poeltl added 19 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs got a...

FILE - In this March 8, 2018 file photo, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales poses at the Milwaukee Police Administration in Milwaukee. An oversight board is considering firing Morales after he ordered officers to use tear gas to break up protests over George Floyd’s death, the last straw for members upset with how the chief has handled incidents since the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown in 2018. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

ACLU: New Milwaukee police chief shouldn't use harsh tactics

Aug. 7, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union warned the Milwaukee Police Department and city leaders Friday that the new police chief shouldn't treat protesters harshly after former Chief Alfonso Morales was demoted in part for using tear gas against demonstrators The city's Fire and Police...

FILE - In this March 8, 2018 file photo, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales poses at the Milwaukee Police Administration in Milwaukee. An oversight board is considering firing Morales after he ordered officers to use tear gas to break up protests over George Floyd’s death, the last straw for members upset with how the chief has handled incidents since the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown in 2018. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Milwaukee chief demoted over tear-gas use, other concerns

Aug. 7, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An oversight board demoted Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales after questioning how he handled multiple incidents, including ordering officers to fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters demonstrating over George Floyd’s death. The city’s Fire and Police...

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Lakers not exactly rolling along as playoffs approach

Aug. 7, 2020 4:23 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — This is the land of in-between for the Los Angeles Lakers. Games right now matter, in the sense that only three contests are left to build momentum for the postseason. And games right now don’t matter, in the sense that the Lakers basically knew five months ago that...