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In this Dec. 1, 2015 file photo Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant smiles as he jogs to the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. The Retired NBA superstar has died in helicopter crash in Southern California, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Jan. 26, 2020 3:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. Bryant died in a helicopter crash near...

Reports: Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has died in helicopter crash in Southern California

Jan. 26, 2020 3:12 PM EST
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Reports: Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has died in helicopter crash in Southern California.
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) passes the ball as Denver Nuggets' Malik Beasley (25) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Houston. The Rockets won 121-105. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

James Harden sits against Nuggets with bruised left thigh

Jan. 26, 2020 2:36 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Houston Rockets star James Harden will miss the game Sunday against the Denver Nuggets with a bruised left thigh. This marks the second game Harden has missed this season. He also sat out a loss in New Orleans on Dec. 29. The NBA scoring leader left Friday's game in Minnesota during the third...

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet (20) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Waiters takes blame for the issues that led to suspensions

Jan. 26, 2020 2:21 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Dion Waiters spoke about his issues for the first time in months Sunday, accepting responsibility for the matters that led him to being suspended by the Miami Heat on three separate occasions already this season. Waiters didn’t specifically address any incidents, including his decision...

Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Cedi Osman in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Zach LaVine scores 44 as Bulls beat Cavaliers 118-106

Jan. 26, 2020 12:26 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Zach LaVine fell just short of a perfect night Saturday. LaVine scored 44 points and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-106. The 6-foot-5 guard also finished with 10 rebounds and eight assists, barely missing his first career triple-double. "I haven't had one before, so...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, passes the ball with Philadelphia 76ers' Matisse Thybulle, right, defending during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

James passes Bryant on NBA scoring list in Lakers' loss

Jan. 26, 2020 12:23 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeBron James was a teenager when he first met Kobe Bryant at a youth basketball camp, in awe of his idol and ears open as the Los Angeles Lakers star offered advice to the prodigy that has lasted to this day. "I was just listening," James said. "I was just trying to soak everything up I...

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Deonte Burton, center, blocks a shot by Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver, left, as Thunder forward Mike Muscala (33) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

Schroder scores 26, Paul 25 as Thunder beat T-Wolves 113-104

Jan. 26, 2020 12:20 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With veterans banged up, Oklahoma City’s young players are gaining valuable experience and learning how to win on the road. Having Chris Paul around to stabilize things certainly helps, too. Paul scored 25 points and hit timely shots to deflate Minnesota’s runs, and Dennis...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) reacts after moving to No. 3 on the NBA's career scoring list during the second half of a basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for 3rd on NBA scoring list

Jan. 25, 2020 10:47 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeBron James moved past Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's career scoring list, getting the milestone on a driving layup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. The Los Angeles Lakers star scored the basket with 7:23 left in the third quarter and he waved to a Sixers...

Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood (35), Brooklyn Nets forward Nicolas Claxton (33) and Joe Harris (12) battle for a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Kyrie Irving scores 45 points, Nets beat Pistons in OT

Jan. 25, 2020 10:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Kyrie Irving took over, scoring on an array of shots and even over a backboard that was simply in his way. Irving scored 17 of his 45 points in the third quarter to overcome a double-digit deficit and the Brooklyn Nets went on to beat the Detroit Pistons 121-111 in overtime Saturday night....

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends against Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) in the second half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Jazz rally past Mavericks 112-107, have won 14 of 15

Jan. 25, 2020 9:13 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once again, Rudy Gobert was there to clean up the mess. On the final few possessions, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year made a tip-in, blocked a layup just before it hit the glass, got a key rebound and made a free throw. In all, Gobert had 22 points, 17 rebounds and five...