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Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes dunks as Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson, right, watches during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Barnes makes 7 3-pointers in Kings' win over Grizzlies

Feb. 21, 2020 1:57 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Five days after winning the 3-point competition during All-Star weekend, Buddy Hield’s free throw shooting made the difference for Sacramento and has the Kings pondering a potential late run at the postseason. That might be a lofty aspiration for a team still 11 games under...

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

LeBron: MLB's Manfred needs to listen to players' Astros ire

Feb. 18, 2020 6:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James is stepping to the plate for ballplayers furious over baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred's handling of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam. The four-time NBA MVP and star with the Los Angeles Lakers unleashed in two tweets Tuesday, echoing calls for harsher punishments...

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant holds his daughter, Kaari Jaidyn Morant, before the team's NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Surprise! Raptors, Heat, Grizzlies and Thunder in good place

Feb. 18, 2020 2:03 AM EST

The oddsmakers in Las Vegas usually know what they’re talking about. But even they get things wrong from time to time, and this season in the NBA there have been a few notable misses from all those preseason prognostications — specifically, ones made in relation to the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma...

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

For NBA players, a little rest now before a hectic finish

Feb. 17, 2020 10:23 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — And now, they rest. Until Thursday, anyway. That’s when the NBA comes back for a frantic eight-week sprint to the finish of the regular season, with teams having from anywhere between 25 and 29 games left to play before the 16-team field for the playoffs is filled and set. The...

Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers holds up his NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award after the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Kawhi Leonard wins first Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award

Feb. 17, 2020 1:05 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard made it look effortless, nailing one 3-pointer after another and nearly matching an All-Star Game record. The tough part came afterward. Finding the right words to express how he felt after becoming the first Kobe Bryant MVP award winner wasn't so easy. Leonard scored 30 points...

Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Last shot wins: Team LeBron wins All-Star Game 157-155

Feb. 17, 2020 12:14 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Players were taking charges, bodies were hitting the floor, calls and non-calls were being screamed about on both ends. The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game was as intense as the final moments of a playoff game, the biggest stars in the league holding absolutely nothing back. And in...

Jennifer Hudson sings a tribute to former NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who were killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 26, before the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring Kobe

Feb. 16, 2020 11:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game’s...

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Leonard, LeBron, Davis lead Team LeBron over Team Giannis

Feb. 16, 2020 11:42 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game (all times local): 10:35 p.m. Kawhi Leonard scored 30, LeBron James scored 23 and Chicago product Anthony Davis finished with 20 points after hitting the winning free throw to lift Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis in the...

Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo celebrates after winning his heat in NBA basketball's All-Star skills challenge Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

The Latest: Miami's Derrick Jones Jr. wins slam dunk contest

Feb. 15, 2020 10:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night at NBA All-Star weekend. (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable showdown that required two tiebreaker jams....

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets forward Jerami Grant defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Lakers' Davis back in hometown for All-Star Game

Feb. 15, 2020 3:30 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Davis knows smooth. He has been making basketball look easy for years, from his early days in his native Chicago all the way through to NBA stardom. When it comes to his seemingly effortless transition to life with the Los Angeles Lakers, Davis makes it sound as if it's no big deal....