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Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker shoots the game-winning basket over Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

In the NBA bubble, the race for No. 8 out West is quite wild

Aug. 5, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Devin Booker does not like the notion that the Phoenix Suns, whose playoff chances were beyond slim when the season was suspended, should simply be happy to be in the NBA’s bubble. He sees it quite differently. “People can say we have a nothing-to-lose...

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) is fouled by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Lakers beat Jazz 116-108 to clinch top seed in West

Aug. 4, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the Utah Jazz 116-108 on Monday night. The Lakers (51-15) own a six-game lead over the second-place Los Angeles Clippers and have five...

San Antonio Spurs' DeMar DeRozan, center, reacts after a play against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Spurs edge Grizzlies 108-106, move into 9th place in West

Aug. 2, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — DeMar DeRozan made two free throws with a second to play, giving the San Antonio Spurs a 108-106 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday that moved them into ninth place in the Western Conference. The Spurs built an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter but needed a bunch...

Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles against Washington Wizards forward Isaac Bonga (17) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Caris LeVert's 34 lead Nets past Wizards, 118-110

Aug. 2, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Caris LeVert scored 14 of his 34 points in the final seven minutes to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Washington Wizards 118-110 on Sunday and move closer to a playoff berth. “That was my favorite show to watch — watching Caris LeVert go to work, seeing how far...

Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball against Los Angeles Clippers Kawhi Leonard (2) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

James' layup late lifts Lakers past Clippers, 103-101

Jul. 31, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers showed some rust. They knocked it off with time to spare. Anthony Davis scored 34 points, James had the go-ahead basket with 12.8 seconds left and the Lakers moved closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs by...

New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson, left, shoots over Utah Jazz's Georges Niang during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Zion Williamson starts, but doesn't finish, for Pelicans

Jul. 31, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

Zion Williamson completed the Pelicans' opening possession by slicing through two converging Jazz defenders and laying the ball in off the glass with his left hand as he was fouled. It was an auspicious beginning to a performance that was efficient and produced some dazzling moments — while it lasted. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau smiles in the waning moments as his team defeats the Orlando Magic in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Thibodeau is back in New York as the Knicks’ new coach. The former NBA Coach of the Year was hired Thursday, July 30,2020, returning to the team he helped lead to the NBA Finals as an assistant coach. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Knicks bring Tom Thibodeau back to New York as new coach

Jul. 30, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau brought the Chicago Bulls to their greatest success since Michael Jordan. He returned the Minnesota Timberwolves to the playoffs after a 13-year absence. All the while, there was one challenge he sought. He has seen what it's like in New York when the Knicks win and wanted to...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers talks to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

Here's 10 things to know about the NBA season restart

Jul. 30, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Welcome back, NBA. The games start Thursday night at Walt Disney World, and here's 10 things to know as the season enters its restart phase. WHERE WE WERE In case you forgot, and you likely did, the hottest team when the NBA shut down for the coronavirus pandemic was ... the...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson walks onto the court during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in New Orleans. The rookie sensation’s availability to play remained unclear as the season’s resumption in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, approached. He left the NBA’s so-called “bubble” setup on July 16 to attend to an unspecified family medical matter. A week later, the club had yet to provide an update on his possible return.  (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)

Zion Williamson practicing, could play in Pelicans' opener

Jul. 28, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

Zion Williamson returned to New Orleans Pelicans practice for the first time in nearly two weeks on Tuesday night and coach Alvin Gentry said the NBA’s top overall draft pick might play when the club resumes its season against Utah on Thursday night. “It really isn’t a tough decision,”...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' head coach Tom Thibodeau calls out to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis.  A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks are finishing a deal to make Thibodeau their coach. The person told The Associated Press, Saturday, July 25, 2020, that no contract has been signed but a deal is expected to be announced next week, ESPN first reported that the Knicks and Thibodeau were completing a five-year contract.(AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

AP source: Knicks close to deal to make Tom Thibodeau coach

Jul. 25, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau is coming back to the New York Knicks, who are still seeking the success they enjoyed when he was an assistant two decades ago. The Knicks are finishing a deal to make Thibodeau their coach, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday. No contract has been signed but...