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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James celebrates after making a 3-point shot during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron James makes All-NBA team for record 16th time

Sep. 16, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James now stands alone in All-NBA recognition history, getting there unanimously. James was revealed Wednesday as an All-NBA player for a record 16th time, breaking the mark he shared with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. He was a first-team pick on all...

Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, rear, looks onto the court as Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) walks by during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Billy Donovan out as Thunder coach after 5 seasons

Sep. 8, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

Billy Donovan won't return as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after five seasons, the team announced Tuesday night, ending a largely successful run that ought to make him an attractive candidate for jobs around the league. Donovan, who was at the end of his contract, took the Thunder to the playoffs every year...

Clams are placed into a bucket by digger Mike Soule, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Freeport, Maine. America's industry for the wild harvesting of softshell clams is located almost entirely in Maine and Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

They can dig it: New England clammers press through pandemic

Sep. 7, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — For New England's vanishing commercial clam harvesters, the coronavirus pandemic represents only the most recent in a string of setbacks that have held down the centuries-old industry. The clamdiggers, who pull softshell clams for use in chowders and clambakes from tidal muck, have...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) gives a thumbs-up during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

James, Davis help Lakers hold on to beat Rockets, tie series

Sep. 7, 2020 12:17 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers were on a wild ride at Disney. A huge lead in the first half had turned into a two-point deficit after three quarters. If they didn't turn things around, the No. 1 seeds would be down 2-0, though Anthony Davis said they weren't thinking about that....

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) blocks a shot by Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rockets run away from No. 1 seed Lakers, take Game 1 112-97

Sep. 5, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets may play small, but they don't use size to determine toughness. And in Game 1, their style caused big problems for the Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden scored 36 points and the Rockets ran away from the Lakers 112-97 on Friday night, the second straight...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James plays in the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 131-122 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Lakers brace for Harden, Westbrook and small-ball Rockets

Sep. 3, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers pushed aside one of the NBA’s best backcourts in the first round. Here comes another. James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets are the opponent when the top-seeded Lakers open the Western Conference semifinals...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, Kyle Kuzma (0) and Anthony Davis, right, watch the final seconds of the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 131-122 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Lakers play video games, practice, watch hoops during layoff

Sep. 2, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers planned to get together Wednesday night to watch basketball, which is about all they've been able to do lately. Soon enough, they'll get to play it again. For now, their competition comes from video games. Their superstar player is also adept at those,...

Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook (0), Eric Gordon (10) and Robert Covington celebrate during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Rockets can advance, Thunder look to force a Game 7

Aug. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

The law of averages says an Oklahoma City Thunder starter will make a 3-pointer relatively quickly on Monday night. Someone better, or else. Houston — which famously wasted a chance to reach the NBA Finals by missing 27 consecutive 3-pointers in Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference finals — is a...

A general view inside The Field House before Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. NBA players made their strongest statement yet against racial injustice Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the floor for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Back to work: Bucks, Lakers again try to get to second round

Aug. 28, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

The Orlando Magic are going to be thrilled to see the Milwaukee Bucks take the floor on Saturday for Game 5 of their matchup. And they'll be even happier if they can face them again in a Game 6 on Monday. The NBA playoffs — which stopped for three days after the Bucks refused to take the floor on Wednesday...

Referees huddle on an empty court at game time of a scheduled game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Boycott: NBA playoff games called off amid player protest

Aug. 26, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Making their strongest statement yet in the fight against racial injustice, players from six NBA teams decided not to play postseason games on Wednesday in a boycott that quickly reverberated across other professional leagues. Also called off: Some games in Major League...