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Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) dribbles as Dallas Mavericks' Trey Burke defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Suns top Mavs to finish 8-0 in bubble, but fail to advance

Aug. 13, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns did all they could in the bubble. It still wasn't enough. Devin Booker scored 27 points and Phoenix beat the Dallas Mavericks 128-102 on Thursday to finish as the only team to win all eight games seeding games. That kept the Suns alive for a few hours, but...

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) dribbles against Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

The NBA's regular season, at long last, is about to close

Aug. 13, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The last day of an NBA regular season typically sees just about every team in action, with plenty of drama surrounding down-to-the-wire playoff races and statistical titles on the line. Typical doesn’t seem to exist in 2020. The NBA’s regular season ends —...

Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

George, Leonard lead Clippers past Nuggets for No. 2 seed

Aug. 13, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Paul George scored 27 points, Kawhi Leonard had 26 and the Los Angeles Clippers wrapped up the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 124-111 victory over the third-seeded Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. The Clippers will face seventh-seeded Dallas when the...

Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Nets start fast, beat Clippers to take No. 7 seed in East

Aug. 10, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Caris LeVert had 27 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets used the best-shooting quarter in the NBA this season on their way to a 129-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. Joe Harris added 25 points — 23 in the first half — for the...

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard shoots next to Philadelphia 76ers' Matisse Thybulle, left, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Lillard drops 51 as Trail Blazers top 76ers; Embiid injured

Aug. 9, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Everything is back to normal for Damian Lillard. The All-Star point guard scored 51 points after a frustrating finish a night earlier, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 124-121 on Sunday. On Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers, Lillard missed a...

Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13), left, and Portland Trail Blazers forward Wenyen Gabriel (35) battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

McGruder's late 3 helps Clippers edge Trail Blazers 122-117

Aug. 8, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Clippers coach Doc Rivers rested Kawhi Leonard and sat Paul George for the final five minutes following Los Angeles' plan to restrict playing time. They still pulled out a very big win over the Portland Trail Blazers when All-Star Damian Lillard missed a couple free throws...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James speaks during the NBA basketball team's media day in El Segundo, Calif. This season’s NBA MVP has won the award before. A trio of past winners of the award — reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, four-time MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and 2017-18 winner James Harden of the Houston Rockets — were announced Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, as the finalists for this season’s top NBA individual honor. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

The NBA MVP finalists: Antetokounmpo, James and Harden

Aug. 8, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — This season’s NBA MVP has won the award before. A trio of past winners of the award — reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, four-time MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and 2017-18 winner James Harden of the Houston Rockets —...

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers argues a call during the team's NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

NBA time zone: body clocks get a reset inside the bubble

Aug. 8, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA body clock is finely tuned. Game days are marked by a morning shootaround, afternoon nap and then the actual contest in early evening. Practice days typically feature a late-morning or midday workout. Teams tend not to deviate much. In normal times, anyway. In the...

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...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker draws a foul from Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George, rear, during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Booker's shot at buzzer leads Suns over Clippers 117-115

Aug. 4, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Devin Booker made a turnaround jumper over Paul George as time expired, capping a 35-point performance and giving the Phoenix Suns a 117-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. “I’m happy for him, but he’d be the first one to tell you...