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Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum goes to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans' Jaxson Hayes during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Jayson Tatum scores 41, Celtics cruise past Pelicans 140-105

Jan. 11, 2020 10:38 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens said giving his team a day off following its worst losing streak of the season felt like the right thing to do. It certainly re-energized Jayson Tatum. The third-year forward made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 41 points as Boston cruised past the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 file photo, Former Boston Celtics basketball player Bill Russell, left, hugs National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern during an award ceremony for the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FGile)

Remembering David Stern, and some of his top accomplishments

Jan. 2, 2020 5:01 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Nick Nurse has quite a few reasons to be thankful for David Stern. The coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors first encountered Stern around 20 years ago. Nurse, who was coaching in London, met Stern — then the NBA commissioner — through a mutual friend and remembers how...

FILE -  In this June 7, 2009, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern announces Los Angeles will be the site of the 2011 NBA All-Star basketball game, at a news conference, in Los Angeles. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77

Jan. 2, 2020 2:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had basketball as a passion and law as a profession, one he figured he could return to if a job at the NBA didn’t work out. He never did. Instead he went to Europe, Asia and plenty of other places around the world, bringing with him a league that was previously an...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo, David Stern, NBA Commissioner, right, and Adam Silver, Deputy Commissioner, speak before the start of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat in Miami. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Reaction to the death of former NBA Commissioner David Stern

Jan. 2, 2020 2:27 AM EST

Reaction from the basketball world and beyond to the death of former NBA Commissioner David Stern on Wednesday at age 77: “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever...

Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes (22) defends Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton's, right, shot from the perimeter in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 in Denver. Denver won 120-115. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Barton, Porter each score 19 as Nuggets beat Kings 120-115

Dec. 30, 2019 12:42 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Michael Porter Jr. found out just before the opening tip he was getting his first career start. The rookie wasted little time making an impact. Porter scored a career-high 19 points while filling in for injured Gary Harris to help the Denver Nuggets hold off the skidding Sacramento Kings...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, and Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 111-106. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Fun Guy: Kawhi Leonard is the AP's male athlete of 2019

Dec. 27, 2019 1:06 PM EST

He was the Fun Guy. The board man who got paid. He overcame injury to reclaim his rightful place as one of the very best basketball players on the planet. He conquered the NBA world for a second time, bringing a championship to Canada. And then he joined the Los Angeles Clippers, ready to start anew. “What...

Atlanta Hawks' Jabari Parker (5) goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Lamb, Warren lead Pacers past Young, Hawks in OT

Nov. 29, 2019 11:55 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When the Indiana Pacers finally asserted themselves after a sluggish half, the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young continually made shots to remind nothing would be easy. Young tied a career high with 49 points, but the host Pacers overcame an 11-point halftime deficit as well as being...