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Olynyk's putback off Wade's miss lifts Heat past Wiz 113-112

Oct. 19, 2018 12:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kelly Olynyk certainly wasn't counting on Dwyane Wade to miss. When Wade did, Olynyk was in the perfect spot. Olynyk grabbed the rebound off Wade's errant turnaround jumper and layed in the go-ahead basket with 0.2 seconds left Thursday night, lifting the Miami Heat to a ragged 113-112...

NBA Preview: It's the Warriors, and then everyone else

Oct. 15, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons. A banner will be displayed. Highlights will be shown. And then the Warriors will have to start all over again. The NBA's 73rd...

No surprise, the West title still runs through the Warriors

Oct. 12, 2018 5:46 AM EDT

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a happy man these days. He's got a new contract. He's got his son Nick, who was helping out in San Antonio, working in the Warriors' video room now. He's leading a team that has won three of the last four NBA championships and is the overwhelming favorite to win it again this...

Kerr, Wright, McMillan to be US basketball assistant coaches

Oct. 11, 2018 9:18 AM EDT

Steve Kerr and Jay Wright will be assistant coaches for the U.S. national basketball team, putting the coaches of the NBA and NCAA championship teams on Gregg Popovich's staff. Nate McMillan will be the other assistant, USA Basketball announced Thursday. The trio of coaches will work with Popovich in the 2019...

As Butler drama lingers, Wolves aim for return to playoffs

Oct. 10, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves parlayed the arrival of Jimmy Butler into the franchise's first appearance in the playoffs in 14 years. Butler, naturally, has been the focal point for Minnesota with the start of this season fast approaching, but in a most surprising and...

LeBron in LA: Superstar begins next chapter with Lakers

Oct. 10, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When LeBron James chose the Los Angeles Lakers, the burgeoning entertainment mogul realized many people would think he joined a mediocre team with a five-year playoff drought because he wanted to be in Hollywood. James simply scoffs at the notion he's thinking about anything but his day...

Lillard, McCollum look to erase last season's playoff exit

Oct. 10, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — There's a big difference between comfort and complacency for Damian Lillard. Yes, the Portland Trail Blazers return all five starters from a team that finished third in the Western Conference. So there's a level of ease among the players. But their season went sideways in the first...

With promising core, Bulls open season eyeing bigger things

Oct. 10, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls missed the playoffs for the second time in three years last season and finished with their worst record in a decade-and-a-half. Even so, management believes the team is setting itself up to climb the Eastern Conference standings. "You're not going to hear (general manager)...

Happy and healthy, Steve Clifford takes over in Orlando

Oct. 8, 2018 12:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Steve Clifford knew very quickly that he was going into the family business. His father was a teacher and a high school coach in a tiny town in northern Vermont, and when he was a sophomore on his dad's team Clifford was telling his parents that he intended to head down that very same...

As NBA training camps open, and many stories worth noting

Sep. 25, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Training camps for most NBA teams open Tuesday, and with the season fast approaching, here's 10 items of note as the league heads into the 2018-19 campaign: ___ JIMMY BUTLER As media days were ending Monday, Jimmy Butler was still with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It's likely temporary. The...