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NCAA Tournament: Let the games begin - in earnest

Mar. 21, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks. There's Kansas and Michigan State to provide some blue-blood flavor, and Murray State's Ja Morant and Marquette counterpart...

Lopez's 3-pointers have become a key for NBA-best Bucks

Mar. 21, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

In case more proof was needed that the game of basketball has changed wildly in the last few years, check out the starting center for the team with the best record in the NBA — he is often nowhere near the basket. It's by design. Milwaukee's Brook Lopez hardly ever took 3-pointers in high school, or...

Siakam has 33 and 13 as Raptors hold off Thunder in OT

Mar. 21, 2019 1:52 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forced to play overtime after blowing a 20-point second-half lead, the Toronto Raptors found their groove again in the extra period. Pascal Siakam had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Fred VanVleet added 23 points and six assists and the Raptors won the first of two games in three days...

Lillard scores 33 points, Blazers beat Mavericks 126-118

Mar. 21, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers believe they can use games like this one against Dallas to help them prepare for the final push toward the playoffs. "It's not about who our opponent is, it's about the style of play that we want to play, the discipline we want to have,...

Dragic scores 22 as Heat snap Spurs' 9-game winning streak

Mar. 21, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Dwyane Wade was upset, ecstatic, tenacious and gracious in his final battle with the San Antonio Spurs. It was the perfect ending to Wade's fiery showdowns with San Antonio, albeit an unusual one with the fans serenading him with cheers as he walked off the AT&T Center court after...

Harden scores 57 but Grizzlies top Rockets 126-125 in OT

Mar. 21, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — James Harden did everything he could to bring the Houston Rockets back from a big deficit in the fourth quarter. He got them to overtime, but his 57 points weren't enough. All because of a last-second free throw. Mike Conley scored 35 points and Jonas Valanciunas had a career-best 33,...

Markkanen, Dunn lead Bulls over Wizards 126-120 in OT

Mar. 20, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The fading Washington Wizards were going against a struggling team missing two of its top players. It's fair to say their latest loss had a little extra sting. Lauri Markkanen had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kris Dunn scored a season-high 26 — including eight in overtime — to go...

Embiid gets 37 and 22 to lead 76ers past Celtics 118-115

Mar. 20, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Boston's recent dominance of the Philadelphia 76ers has been frustrating for Joel Embiid. So when Marcus Smart angrily shoved the star big man to the ground, Embiid had finally had enough. Embiid had 37 points, 22 rebounds and a key block on Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining, and...

Mitchell scores 30, Jazz pound Knicks 137-116

Mar. 20, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles poured in shots from the outside and Rudy Gobert couldn't miss from inside. The Utah Jazz are making the game look easy, and there was nothing the lowly New York Knicks could do to stop that. Mitchell scored 30 points, Gobert made all seven shots and added...

Sexton's 25 leads Cavs over bruised, Giannis-less Bucks

Mar. 20, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Collin Sexton has left a sluggish, sometimes painful start to his pro career, behind him. He's taking off, and he might just take the Cavaliers with him. Sexton scored 25 points and became the first NBA rookie to score at least 23 in seven straight games since 1998 as Cleveland delayed...