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Boston Celtics bench reacts after guard Jaylen Brown (not pictured) makes a basket against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Hayward scores 31 as Celtics edge Magic 122-119 in OT

Aug. 9, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gordon Hayward hit three free throws with 2:29 left in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 122-119 on Sunday for their third straight victory. The Celtics hadn't scored in overtime until Hayward went to the line after being fouled by Nikola...

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) leaves an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

76ers C Embiid leaves game with left ankle injury

Aug. 9, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia center Joel Embiid left in the first quarter of the 76ers' game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday after hurting his left ankle. Embiid went up to contest a shot, then he backed up and stepped awkwardly into the stanchion. He came out of the game with...

San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) takes a shot over New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Spurs help playoff chances, top Pelicans, Zion 122-113

Aug. 9, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs came to the NBA's restart bubble looking to develop their young talent. The playoffs might be a nice bonus. For Zion Williamson, postseason hopes might have to wait until next year. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Rudy Gay added 19 off...

Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam, left, is charged with an offensive foul against Memphis Grizzlies' Gorgui Dieng, right, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Siakam scores 26; Raptors hang on to top Grizzlies, 108-99

Aug. 9, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 26 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat Memphis 108-99 on Sunday, preventing the Grizzlies from clinching a spot in the Western Conference play-in series. Norman Powell scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry added 15 for the Raptors, who clinched the No. 2...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks during the Major League Soccer 25th Season kickoff event in New York. Major League Soccer said Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, it will resume its season once the MLS is Back tournament in Florida wraps up.  The league's 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Aug. 12.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

MLS navigates resuming the season in local markets

Aug. 9, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

In light of Major League Baseball's trouble with its season, Major League Soccer's plan to resume play in its local markets is under scrutiny. The league has been buoyed by the success of its MLS is Back tournament in Florida, which concludes Tuesday with the title game between the Portland Timbers and Orlando...

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies' dribbles the ball down court during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

It's official: NBA will have a play-in series in the West

Aug. 9, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It’s now official: There will be a play-in series to determine the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Memphis’ 108-99 loss to Toronto on Sunday means that it’s no longer possible for more than a four-game difference in the standings between the...

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Terrance Ferguson (23), forward Darius Bazley (7), guard Chris Paul (3), guard Devon Hall (14) and guard Luguentz Dort (5) celebrate after defeating the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Thunder keep Wizards winless in bubble with 121-103 win

Aug. 9, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Darius Bazley scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Washington 121-103 on Sunday to keep the Wizards the only winless team inside the NBA bubble. Bazley was 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points, and...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) goes to the basket over Miami Heat's Andre Iguodala, left, and Tyler Herro, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The suns won 119-112. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

NBA fines Draymond Green $50,000 for Devin Booker comments

Aug. 9, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s suggestion for Devin Booker’s future did not amuse the NBA. The league fined Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule with his comments about Booker, the Phoenix Suns’ star...

Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren (1) celebrates with guards Malcolm Brogdon (7) and Victor Oladipo (4) after a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

No shortage of points scored inside the NBA's bubble

Aug. 9, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The last time there was a slate of five or more NBA games on the same day, with every team scoring at least 110 points, was more than 32 years ago. That is, until the opening of the league's so-called bubble amid the coronavirus pandemic — where it already has happened...

Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (77) celebrates a three point-basket with teammate Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Doncic gets 17th triple-double, Mavs top Bucks 136-132 in OT

Aug. 9, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 36 points in his NBA-leading 17th triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks scored the last seven points of regulation to force overtime, going on to a 136-132 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Doncic also had a career-high 19 assists and 14...