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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James talks to teammates during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LeBron has triple-double, Lakers pull away to beat Nets

Jan. 23, 2020 11:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is on his way to Philadelphia, set to pass Kobe Bryant on the NBA's career scoring list in the former Lakers star's hometown. It'll be another milestone achievement, but scoring has never been the most important thing to James. He prefers winning, and it looks like he'll do...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) practices before an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Clippers in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Williamson is expected to return to play Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

As wait for Zion ends, 76ers' Brown recalls challenges await

Jan. 21, 2020 3:26 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson is set to make his NBA debut, which will bring plenty of excitement to New Orleans. It will also bring some challenges to coach Alvin Gentry. That's what Philadelphia coach Brett Brown learned from his experiences when the wait for a franchise star was finally over....

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) goes to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Chris Chiozza (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Simmons scores 34 in triple-double, carries 76ers past Nets

Jan. 20, 2020 6:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons was chosen Monday as the Eastern Conference player of the week for the way he performed last week. Then he got a sensational start on winning the next week's award, too. Simmons tied a career high with 34 points and added 12 rebounds and 12 assists, carrying the Philadelphia...

Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, right, drives on Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews, left, during a NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Nets' Irving sits out vs 76ers with hamstring tightness

Jan. 20, 2020 2:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Nets guard Kyrie Irving is missing Brooklyn's game against Philadelphia because of right hamstring tightness. Coach Kenny Atkinson said Irving was feeling soreness Sunday and then was checked again Monday before the team decided the All-Star point guard wouldn't play. Atkinson said the Nets...

Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) drives past Brooklyn Nets forward Caris LeVert (22), during a NBA basketball game, Saturday Jan. 18, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Bucks win easily again, beat Nets 117-97 for 6th straight

Jan. 18, 2020 9:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Their lead was only nine with a minute left in the first half and it looked like the Milwaukee Bucks might be on their way to a close game. Then Khris Middleton hit two 3-pointers, and another rout was on for a team that just keeps racking them up. “I think they are playing as good...

Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons, left, goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Harris scores 34, leads Sixers past Nets 117-106

Jan. 15, 2020 10:42 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At the start of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers said that they would bank their NBA title hopes on a “BullyBall” formula of physical defense and inside presence. In a tight game in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night, that mixture worked to perfection. Tobias Harris...

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots with Brooklyn Nets guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (9) defending during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Jazz run winning streak to 10 with 118-107 victory over Nets

Jan. 14, 2020 11:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Gobert is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, as good a stopper as there is in the league. Even he wouldn't want to mess with the Utah Jazz right now. “I wouldn’t like to guard ourselves," he said. The Brooklyn Nets didn't enjoy it, either. Joe Ingles matched...

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) slaps hands with his teammates, including DeAndre Jordan (6), during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Irving returns with 21 points, Nets pound Hawks 108-86

Jan. 12, 2020 10:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving hadn't played in two months and all he did in his return was make 10 of 11 shots in the best shooting night of his career. He knows it won't always be that easy. “I mean, I’m not going to shoot 10 for 11," he said with a laugh. “I hope I can shoot 10 for...

Irving returns to start for Nets, Trae Young out for Hawks

Jan. 12, 2020 5:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving is back for the Brooklyn Nets. Trae Young is out for the Atlanta Hawks. Irving had been sidelined for 26 games with a right shoulder injury. But he recently returned to practice, and Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said the point guard would start Sunday night. Irving hasn't played...

Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen (31) dunks in front of Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo (13), Meyers Leonard (0) and Tyler Herro (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in New York. The Nets won 117-113. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Nets snap 7-game skid with 117-113 win over Heat

Jan. 10, 2020 11:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie had the best passing night of his career, and Rodions Kurucs played his best game of the season for Brooklyn. Dinwiddie scored 26 points and had a career-high 14 assists, Kurucs scored a season-best 19 points and Taurean Prince added 17 as the Nets snapped a seven-game...