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Capela is backbone of Hawks -- and quite a trash talker, too

Jun. 04, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — If Trae Young is the unquestioned star of the Atlanta Hawks, then Clint Capela is the backbone. A pretty good trash talker, too. The burly, 6-foot-10 Swiss center has given the Hawks the gritty defensive presence they so desperately...

Young scores 36 points, Hawks finish off Knicks in Game 5

Jun. 02, 2021 23:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In his first time on stage, Trae Young was already the star of the show. And just like an actor on nearby Broadway, he closed his impressive debut performance with a bow, after making a long 3-pointer in the final minute. “Leading...

Young, Westbrook, Morant back at scenes of ugly fan actions

Jun. 01, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia, Utah and Atlanta can reach the second round. Dallas or the Los Angeles Clippers will get to the verge of it. Yet as Russell Westbrook and Ja Morant try to save their seasons and Trae Young looks for a clinching victory, eyes will be on the action in the...

After spitting incident, Young, Hawks beat Knicks 105-94

May. 28, 2021 22:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young wanted to make a big impression in his first trip to the playoffs. It's going just as he planned. Shaking off an ugly spitting incident at Madison Square Garden, Young dazzled in the first home playoff game of his career,...

Doc Rivers baffled by continued criticism of Ben Simmons

May. 25, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doc Rivers can’t fathom criticism of Ben Simmons, especially after the three-time All-Star became just the sixth player in NBA history to have at least 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a playoff game. “Only in Philadelphia,” Rivers said Tuesday...

They're back: Knicks, Hawks to return with big playoff crowd

May. 22, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's being hyped as the largest indoor event in New York since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with a crowd of 15,000 expected at Madison Square Garden. For a long time, like back when Tom Thibodeau was an assistant coach with the Knicks in the...

Randle, Harden the keys for a playoff run, or 2, in New York

May. 20, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden was the final piece to a Big Three. Julius Randle is an unquestioned No. 1. Their status may not be the same, but there's no difference in what their teams need for there to be a deep playoff run — or two of them — in New York. ...

Randle, Knicks beat Celtics to clinch No. 4 seed in East

May. 16, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Usually at home when the playoffs start, the New York Knicks will be on their home court this time. Julius Randle capped his All-Star season with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 96-92 on Sunday to...

Suns stay in hunt for NBA's top record, beat Knicks 128-105

May. 08, 2021 01:27 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul got knocked to the ground by a flagrant foul and popped up angry. The Phoenix Suns guard first took his frustration out by yelling at New York coach Tom Thibodeau. Then he turned his attention to handling the rest of the Knicks on the...

Randle, Rose lead Knicks to win over Grizzlies

May. 04, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Julius Randle scored 28 points, Derrick Rose added 25, converting 11 of 15 shots and the New York Knicks held off the Memphis Grizzlies 118-104 on Monday night for their 12th win in 13 games. “I like the toughness of the team,” Knicks coach Tom...