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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) and Anthony Davis (3) celebrate after defeating the Denver Nuggets 124-121 during an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

NBA lays out plan for player guests to enter Disney bubble

Aug. 12, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could have some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble with them by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The league detailed the policies for guest...

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) celebrates after their win over the Dallas Mavericks in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Analysis: Lillard has enough motivation for his playoff push

Aug. 12, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Damian Lillard has no shortage of motivation. There’s the painful kind, the kind that comes from dealing with the death three months ago of a cousin who was very close to him. There’s the made-up variety, stemming from the belief he shared Tuesday night that...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) heads to the locker room after being ejected during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Bucks beat Wizards 126-113 despite Antetokounmpo ejection

Aug. 12, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was fed up with the pushing and shoving. The normally mild-mannered Bucks star lost his cool Tuesday night and was ejected in the second quarter of Milwaukee's 126-113 win over the Washington Wizards after he headbutted Moritz Wagner. Wagner took a charge...

Josh Gray, left, of the New Orleans Pelicans goes up for a dunk against Bogdan Bogdanovic, right, of the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Barnes leads Kings to another win over Pelicans, 112-106

Aug. 12, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and the Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-106 on Tuesday night. The Kings earned their second win in the NBA restart — each over the Pelicans. Barnes said the competition in the NBA...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) heads to the locker room after being ejected during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Antetokounmpo ejected for headbutting Wizards player

Aug. 11, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected from Milwaukee's game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night after the NBA MVP headbutted Moritz Wagner. Wagner took a charge from Antetokounmpo, who didn’t like the call in what had become a physical game. During a break in...

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard holds the ball while defended by Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Lillard pours in 61 to lift Blazers past Mavs, 134-131

Aug. 11, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Damian Lillard is simply willing the Portland Trail Blazers toward the postseason. The veteran guard tied a career high with 61 points, leading the Blazers to a 134-131 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night that moved his team into eighth place in the Western...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives past Philadelphia 76ers forward Glenn Robinson III (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Booker's 35 points help streaking Suns beat 76ers 130-117

Aug. 11, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 35 points and the Phoenix Suns protected their playoff hopes by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 130-117 on Tuesday to remain undefeated in the NBA restart. Mikal Bridges added 24 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 points with 10 assists as the Suns pulled into a...

Memphis Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke (15) handles the ball as Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (20) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Ehrmann, Pool)

Celtics keep Grizzlies from clinching spot in play-in series

Aug. 11, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and the Boston Celtics ran past Memphis 122-107 on Tuesday, putting the Grizzlies in further danger of missing the playoffs. The Grizzlies missed another chance to guarantee themselves a spot in the Western Conference play-in series, and fell out of...

San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) drives past Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington (33) off a screen by center Jakob Poeltl (25) during the second half of a NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Spurs keep playoff hopes alive with 123-105 win over Rockets

Aug. 11, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Spurs aren’t out of it yet. Keldon Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio kept alive its chances of becoming the first team in NBA history to make 23 consecutive playoff appearances with a 123-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. San...

Brooklyn Nets' Jeremiah Martin (0) moves the ball against the Orlando Magic during the first half at of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Nets beat Magic 108-96, improve to 5-2 in restart

Aug. 11, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jeremiah Martin and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot each scored 24 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 108-96 on Tuesday as both teams looked ahead to the playoffs. Dzanan Musa added 17 points and Tyler Johnson had 14 for the Nets, who improved to 5-2 in the restart...