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Oh, yes! Nurse, Raptors look to finish series with Magic

Apr. 23, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In response to an early call, Toronto coach Nick Nurse formed the perfect "O'' with his mouth and held it for a dozen or so seconds. Oh, these playoffs. They can leave your mouth agape — just like Nurse's gone-viral expression on the bench during a win Sunday in Orlando. Now leading...

Jazz stave off elimination with 107-91 win over Rockets

Apr. 23, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell turned a rough start into a fantastic finish. Mitchell dominated in the fourth quarter, rallying the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference series on Monday night. Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the final...

Bucks advance for 1st time in 18 years and face Celtics

Apr. 23, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo will have his unique talents on display in the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in his six-year career. If Milwaukee's superstar can match or beat his latest jaw-dropping highlight, everyone is in for a treat, unless they play or root for the Boston...

Suns fire Igor Kokoskov after 1 losing season

Apr. 23, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — One season was not enough for Igor Kokoskov to convince the Phoenix Suns that he was the man to lead the franchise into the future. The Suns fired Kokoskov Monday night, ending the tenure of the NBA's first European-born coach after one disappointing season. "After extensive evaluation, I...

The Phoenix Suns say they have fired coach Igor Kokoskov after one season.

Apr. 23, 2019 1:45 AM EDT
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns say they have fired coach Igor Kokoskov after one season. .

Kings coach Luke Walton sued for sexual assault

Apr. 23, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by a former sports reporter. Kelli Tennant filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday alleging that Walton assaulted her in a hotel room in Santa Monica during his time as an...

Antetokounmpo scores 41, leads Bucks to sweep of Detroit

Apr. 23, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo drove to the basket and drew yet another foul, this one a hard hack on the arm by Blake Griffin. Griffin fouled out and headed to the bench, and the home crowd gave him a standing ovation. Then many fans headed toward the exits. Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks...

On Basketball: This first round sorely lacks playoff drama

Apr. 22, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If there was a silver lining for Indiana fans after the Pacers were the first team to be bounced from the 2019 NBA playoffs, it's this: They won't have to watch any more first-round games. For that, they should be thankful. Drama is in very short supply so far in these playoffs. Close...

SEC's Sankey: Wave of NCAA waivers 'creates difficulties'

Apr. 22, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey says it's too early to tell for sure if the transfer portal is a net positive for college athletics. He doesn't need more data to see that the NCAA is not denying as many waiver requests for athletes wanting to head to another school....

Nets minority owner fined $35,000 for tweet about NBA refs

Apr. 22, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn minority owner Joe Tsai was fined $35,000 by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Monday for public statements detrimental to the league, becoming the latest member of the Nets organization to be penalized for actions during their playoff series against Philadelphia. Tsai tweeted...