Latest National Basketball Association News

Georgia Tech center James Banks declares for NBA draft

Apr. 22, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech center James Banks is entering the NBA draft. The school said Monday the 6-foot-9 junior has submitted paperwork for the June 20 draft. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 2.5 blocks a game while averaging 10.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. He was named to the ACC's...

Lloyd Pierce replacing Nate McMillan on USA coaching staff

Apr. 22, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been added as an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer, when the Americans will compete in the FIBA World Cup in China and try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Pierce is replacing Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan, who withdrew because of scheduling conflicts....

Pacers face offseason questions after another 1st round exit

Apr. 22, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — General manager Kevin Pritchard convinced himself the Indiana Pacers could contend for an Eastern Conference title by basically keeping the core rotation intact. Victor Oladipo's season-ending knee injury changed the whole equation. While the Pacers continued playing hard and won more...

On Basketball: This first round sorely lacks playoff drama

Apr. 22, 2019 2:13 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...

Celtics face tough road after sweeping Pacers

Apr. 22, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics proved they could be every bit as physical as the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. They may need to be even tougher for the rest of the postseason. After delivering the knockout blow to the Pacers with a first-round sweep, the Celtics quickly turned...

Lillard sparks Portland past Oklahoma City for 3-1 lead

Apr. 22, 2019 1:34 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook went cold just when Dame Time hit in the third quarter again. Now time's almost up for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Damian Lillard scored 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers held Westbrook without a basket in the second half in...

Gonzaga's Killian Tillie declares for NBA draft

Apr. 22, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie will test the NBA waters. The school said Sunday that Tillie will submit his name for the NBA draft, but the junior could return to school. Under new NCAA rules, college players can retain the services of an agent during the evaluation process but must...

Road, sweet road! NBA away teams go 8-0 over weekend

Apr. 22, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Road, sweet road. There were eight NBA playoff games this weekend, and all eight were won by the road team. It's the first time in NBA history there were eight road playoff wins in a two-day span. "Road wins are the best, especially in the playoffs," Toronto's Kawhi Leonard said. The...

Nets GM fined $25K, suspended for entering refs' locker room

Apr. 21, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nets general manager Sean Marks was suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for entering the referees' locker room after Brooklyn's loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of their playoff series. The Nets lost 112-108 on Saturday in a game in which Brooklyn's Jared...

Leonard scores 34, Raptors top Magic 107-85 for 3-1 lead

Apr. 21, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard missed the NBA playoffs last season, in multiple ways. He wasn't playing the games. He wasn't feeling the games, either. That's not a problem this season for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Healthy and happy, Leonard has the Toronto Raptors one win away from the second round. He...