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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots during a training session ahead of the NBA basketball game against Charlotte Hornets, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Analysis: Too many players making mockery of All-Star voting

Jan. 24, 2020 2:50 AM EST

Once again, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are All-Star captains. Once again, the fans — mostly, anyway — got who they wanted as the game’s starters. And once again, too many NBA players made a mockery of their vote to decide which colleagues should start the league’s showcase...

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Mavericks make 22 3-pointers, beat Trail Blazers 133-125

Jan. 24, 2020 2:09 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had another big performance, scoring a game-high 47 points. But a tough loss and issues with the officiating had the Portland Trail Blazers star in a foul mood. Luka Doncic scored 27 points to go with nine assists and six rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks made 22...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James talks to teammates during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LeBron has triple-double, Lakers pull away to beat Nets

Jan. 23, 2020 11:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is on his way to Philadelphia, set to pass Kobe Bryant on the NBA's career scoring list in the former Lakers star's hometown. It'll be another milestone achievement, but scoring has never been the most important thing to James. He prefers winning, and it looks like he'll do...

Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Cleveland. Washington won 124-112. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Beal scores 36 as weary Wizards down Cavs 124-112

Jan. 23, 2020 11:31 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks wanted his players to embrace the adversity they faced going into Thursday night. They certainly listened. Bradley Beal scored 36 points and the weary Wizards, overcoming an overtime loss and early morning arrival in town, defeated the Cleveland...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures after scoring and drawing a foul during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rematch! James, Antetokounmpo are All-Star captains again

Jan. 23, 2020 10:44 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — It’ll be an All-Star rematch: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will be the captains for the NBA All-Star Game, just as they were last season. They earned the captaincies by being the top overall...

Professional Women's Hockey Players Association representative Annie Pankowski competes in the accuracy shot contest at the 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic in Wichita, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Hayden Barber/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Women's players hope NHL All-Star Weekend helps their cause

Jan. 23, 2020 9:16 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Annie Pankowski got an email from the NHL asking if she’d like to be a part of its All-Star Weekend and jumped at the opportunity. Then she found out she wouldn’t be alone. A year after U.S. teammate Kendall Coyne Schofield grabbed the spotlight by becoming the first woman to...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives as Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

In tight race, Suns' Booker pushes into All-Star discussion

Jan. 23, 2020 5:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker has produced the kind of all-around numbers for the past few seasons that suggest he should be an NBA All-Star. He usually commands the respect of opposing defenses like an All-Star. His teammates and coach believe there is no doubt that he's an All-Star. Yet the fifth-year...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson goes to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The Spurs won 121-117. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Zion Williamson's exceptional debut provides Pelicans hope

Jan. 23, 2020 4:10 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson’s sublime 17-point surge in a span of barely more than three minutes could very well become part of New Orleans' pro sports lore — even if the final score won't. For the Pelicans, a narrow loss to a well-coached, savvy San Antonio Spurs team carried far less...

Miami Heat's Goran Dragic, left, talks to coach Erik Spoelstra during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in New York. The Nets won 117-113. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Dragic says his retirement from international game is final

Jan. 23, 2020 2:29 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic is not going to play for Slovenia in this summer’s Olympic qualifying tournament, insisting Thursday that he will not change his stance on being retired from international basketball. The Miami Heat guard has a slew of reasons why he won’t change his mind, including...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after making a 3-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The Spurs won 121-117. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Williamson's 22 in debut not enough for Pelicans vs. Spurs

Jan. 23, 2020 2:07 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson scored the final point of his first NBA regular season game as a packed and standing crowd belted out chants of “M-V-P!” Then the NBA's No. 1 overall draft pick went to the bench — as mandated by medical staff — and watched the game slip away...