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Paolo's Diary: Magic rookie says he's doing much learning

Dec. 07, 2022 08:01 AM EST

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Orlando Magic rookie and No. 1 overall draft pick Paolo Banchero is doing a periodic diary with The Associated Press this season to chronicle his first year in the NBA. This is his second installment, the first since the regular season started. The Magic are an NBA-worst 5-20...

Finney-Smith's late 3 helps Mavs to 116-115 win over Nuggets

Dec. 07, 2022 01:43 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith had someone in his ear after missing a late 3-pointer. It was Luka Doncic and his message was straightforward: Shoot it again if the opportunity arises. He followed Doncic's directions. He wouldn't miss. Finney-Smith...

Lakers lose star Davis with flu-like symptoms, fall to Cavs

Dec. 06, 2022 23:37 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The flu shut down Anthony Davis. That's the only thing that has stopped him lately. Davis was forced to leave Los Angeles' game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after the first quarter on Tuesday night and the Lakers struggled without their All-Star center in a...

St. Francis (BKN) secures 68-50 win over Hartford

Dec. 06, 2022 23:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Moreno had 18 points in St. Francis (BKN)'s 68-50 win against Hartford on Tuesday night. Moreno added three steals for the Terriers (4-4). Rob Higgins scored 13 points while going 6 of 12 from the field, and added three steals. Zion Bethea shot 2 of 5 from the...

Mitchell upstages LeBron at home, Cavs down Lakers 116-102

Dec. 06, 2022 23:15 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — As a kid growing up in New York, Donovan Mitchell idolized LeBron James. On Tuesday night, he upstaged him. Mitchell scored a season-high 43 points and Jarrett Allen returned from injury to add 24, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 116-102 victory over the Los...

Pistons run away in 2nd half, embarrass Heat 116-96

Dec. 06, 2022 22:30 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Detroit Pistons had a rare easy win. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 of his 31 points in the second half, Alec Burks added 18 and the Pistons ran away in the final two quarters to beat the Miami Heat 116-96 on Tuesday night. “Second half, we wanted to...

FACT FOCUS: 5 full-court shots a stretch even for Curry

Dec. 06, 2022 12:58 PM EST

Stephen Curry is known for hitting deep 3-point shots and buzzer-beaters from half-court — but even the celebrated Warriors guard didn't sink five consecutive full-court baskets, despite a convincingly edited video that swept social media this week. The clip of the 34-year-old NBA...

Nike says Nets' Kyrie Irving no longer one of its athletes

Dec. 06, 2022 09:27 AM EST

Kyrie Irving’s relationship with Nike is officially over, the shoe and athletic apparel maker said Monday, a move that came a month after the company suspended the Brooklyn Nets guard as part of the fallout from him tweeting a link to a film containing antisemitic material. It was...

Analysis: In the NBA, 100 points no longer assures anything

Dec. 06, 2022 08:11 AM EST

If the NBA has a magic number, it’s 100. Wilt Chamberlain’s single-game scoring record. A perfect shooting percentage. And the rule pretty much seemed to be that if a team scored 100 points in a game, it probably was going to walk off the floor as a winner. Not...

Rookie Nembhard has 31, leads Pacers past Warriors, 112-104

Dec. 06, 2022 01:12 AM EST

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) — Rookie Andrew Nembhard outshined the Splash Brothers on their home court. Nembhard scored a season-high 31 points and added 13 assists and eight rebounds to lead the undermanned Indiana Pacers to a 112-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night....