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US women to begin Olympic 3x3 basketball title defense against Germany

Jun. 17, 2024 18:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The U.S. women will begin the defense of their Olympic 3x3 basketball title against Germany. The 3x3 schedule and first-round matchups at the Paris Games were announced on Monday. La Concorde Square in the heart of Paris will stage the competition from July 30-Aug. 5....

Allisha Gray, Tina Charles propel Dream to 87-74 victory over Sparks

Jun. 16, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Allisha Gray scored 25 points, Tina Charles added a double-double and the Atlanta Dream pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 87-74 on Sunday. Gray made 9 of 14 shots from the floor, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, for the Dream (6-6)....

Kahleah Copper, Brittney Griner guide Mercury to 87-78 wire-to-wire victory over Storm

Jun. 16, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Kahleah Copper had 30 points, Brittney Griner scored a season-high 28 and the Phoenix Mercury never trailed in an 87-78 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday. Copper sank 11 of 20 shots from the floor with three 3-pointers, adding six rebounds for the Mercury...

Rookie Lively leaving an impression as Mavericks try to stay alive in NBA Finals

Jun. 16, 2024 16:53 PM EDT

Dereck Lively II drained the first 3-pointer of his career, forced a missed layup at the other end and ping-ponged back down the court to slam home an alley-oop pass. The Dallas Mavericks didn't trail again in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against Boston following that first-quarter...

Ariel Atkins scores 29, Mystics blow 15-point lead before beating Sky 83-81

Jun. 14, 2024 22:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ariel Atkins scored a season-high 29 points on 9-of-13 shooting to help the Washington Mystics hold on to beat the Chicago Sky 83-81 on Friday night for their second consecutive win after 12 straight losses to open the season. Julie Vanloo hit a 3-pointer with...

Former NBA star Luol Deng has steered South Sudan's basketball journey to Paris Olympics

Jun. 13, 2024 06:09 AM EDT

Luol Deng was watching his vision coming into focus right in front of him. It was September 2023, barely six years since South Sudan had played in its first international basketball tournament. Yet there was Deng, a Sudanese native turned refugee and NBA star,...

Alyssa Thomas scores 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Sun beat the Sky 83-75

Jun. 12, 2024 23:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, Brionna Jones scored 14 of her 18 in the first half and the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 83-75 on Wednesday night. Connecticut opened the fourth quarter on a 10-3 run, started by Tiffany...

NBA mock draft: Frenchmen go 1-2, then Sheppard and Castle follow as best of the one-and-dones

Jun. 12, 2024 09:38 AM EDT

The only certainty in the NBA draft used to be a college freshman at the top of it. From John Wall in 2010 to Paolo Banchero in 2022, 13 straight drafts began with a one-and-done player. That streak ended last year, when San Antonio selected Victor Wembanyama with the No. 1 pick. ...

US opts for experience and versatility on Olympic women's basketball roster, passes on Caitlin Clark

Jun. 11, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

USA Basketball said experience was a major reason Caitlin Clark was not on the U.S. women's Olympic roster that was officially revealed Tuesday. The selection committee didn't believe the talented Clark had enough of high-level reps to be a member of the group headed to the Paris...

Celtics beat Mavericks 105-98, take 2-0 lead in NBA Finals as series heads to Dallas

Jun. 10, 2024 00:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jrue Holiday led the scoring. Derrick White added a chase-down block. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown pitched in, too — with their passing and defense. The Mavericks can stop worrying about who Boston's best player is. Everyone is contributing to the Celtics' quest...