Latest National Basketball Association News

Cavs hire former Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff

May. 20, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have given new coach John Beilein a seasoned right-hand man. Former Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff is joining Beilein's staff as an associate head coach, and potentially as his replacement in a few years. Bickerstaff was a candidate for Cleveland's opening and interviewed...

Leonard scores 36, Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2 OTs

May. 19, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam felt guilty about a pair of missed free throws and the extra minutes they added to his teammates' night. Fortunately for Siakam and the rest of the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard didn't seem to feel any fatigue. Leonard scored 36 points, including eight in the second overtime, and...

Green shows a more mature side for the Warriors

May. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Draymond Green would rather do more playing than complaining these days. Known at times for his temper and tangles with officials, a more mature Green has the Golden State Warriors on the brink of a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals. "I realized I got to a point where I was doing...

Pelicans hire Trajan Langdon as general manager

May. 19, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pelicans have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon to serve as New Orleans' GM under new executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin. Langdon, whose hiring was announced by the Pelicans on Sunday, is a former Duke and NBA player who also...

Lillard separated ribs in Game 2 against the Warriors

May. 19, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's Damian Lillard sustained separated ribs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. Lillard confirmed the injury on Sunday, a day after the Trail Blazers lost 110-99 in Game 3. Lillard was 5 of 18 from the floor and finished with 19 points...

Green, Warriors beat Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals

May. 19, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With Kevin Durant out, Draymond Green has taken it upon himself to boost Golden State. And boy, has he. Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Green had...

Bucks lead East finals 2-0, and now series shifts to Toronto

May. 18, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have more than held their own against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton so far in these Eastern Conference finals. Other than some pretty boxscores, the Toronto Raptors have nothing to show for those efforts. The supporting cast hasn't supported much for Toronto, and with what...

Blazers head home for Game 3, down 2-0 to Golden State

May. 18, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard says Golden State did its job and protected home court. Now it's time for the Trail Blazers to do the same. The Western Conference finals between the upstart Blazers and the defending champion Warriors shifts to Portland on Saturday with Golden State holding a 2-0...

Halfway: Bucks top Raptors 125-103 for 2-0 East finals lead

May. 18, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo started the game with an emphatic dunk. The next possession, a sprawling block to deny Marc Gasol. The next possession, another dunk. The tone was set. And it never changed. The Eastern Conference doesn't belong to Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks — yet....

Giannis, George finalists for NBA MVP and defensive award

May. 17, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George have a chance to be both the NBA's MVP and its Defensive Player of the Year. Reigning MVP James Harden is the other finalist for the league's top award. The NBA announced three finalists for six individual award categories Friday, based on voting...