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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...

Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway, right, and guard Kent Bazemore chase the loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Rose, Jackson lead Pistons to 127-106 rout of reeling Kings

Jan. 23, 2020 1:37 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — One Detroit point guard has been carrying the scoring load. Another joined him Wednesday night, with his back now healthy enough to pitch in. Derrick Rose scored 22 points and Reggie Jackson also had 22 in his return to lineup as the Pistons beat Sacramento 127-106 to hand the Kings their...

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, reaches for a rebound past Golden State Warriors' Willie Cauley-Stein (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Rudy Gobert does it all as Jazz rout young Warriors, 129-96

Jan. 23, 2020 12:52 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Utah Jazz thrive on making that one extra pass to pile up assists, even if it means they run right up against the shot clock on many possessions. It sure helps to have the steady hand of Rudy Gobert in the post to finish. Gobert had 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots,...

Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio, center, loses the ball as Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren, left, and Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Warren scores 25 points in Phoenix return, Pacers rout Suns

Jan. 23, 2020 12:35 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — T.J. Warren's first game against his former team went about as well as possible. He scored a game-high 25 points, had three steals and played excellent defense against former teammate Devin Booker. Most importantly, he won. Warren was the star, Domantas Sabonis added 24 points and the...

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, front, shoots against Chicago Bulls forward Luke Kornet during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LaVine scores 25 points, Bulls beat Timberwolves 117-110

Jan. 23, 2020 12:17 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls envisioned Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen providing a powerful one-two punch and leading them to the playoffs coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history. This was more like it. LaVine scored 25 points, Markkanen added 21 and the Chicago Bulls overcame a big...

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) passes the ball as Denver Nuggets' Malik Beasley (25) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Houston. The Rockets won 121-105. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Westbrook, Harden lead Rockets past Nuggets, 121-105

Jan. 22, 2020 11:41 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston saw what potential it could achieve when Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Eric Gordon play well on the same night. Westbrook had 28 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists, Harden added 27 points and the Rockets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 121-105 victory over the...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for two points as New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) is restrained by a Lakers defender, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

James closes on Kobe, Davis has 28 as Lakers beat Knicks

Jan. 22, 2020 11:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James spent the first half showing why he will soon pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's career scoring list. Then this season's assists leader put his own offense aside to help Anthony Davis find his. James scored 19 of his 21 points before halftime to quickly cut into...

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) reacts after hitting a three-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

VanVleet scores 22 as Raptors top 76ers for 5th straight win

Jan. 22, 2020 11:16 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Already without star center Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers couldn’t overcome losing another starter to injury. Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Fred VanVleet scored 22 and the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed 76ers 107-95 on Wednesday night, extending their...