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Edwards' 3s in the 3rd send Celtics to perfect preseason

Oct. 15, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

From Larry Bird to Ray Allen, the Boston Celtics have suited up some of the best perimeter shooters in NBA history. None of them ever had a hotter hand from behind the arc in a quarter than rookie Carsen Edwards on Tuesday night. Edwards made eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points in the third period, leading the...

Izzo welcomes expectations for 1 of top Michigan State teams

Oct. 15, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tom Izzo's 25th team at Michigan State might be one of his best. All-America guard Cassius Winston is one of four returning starters from last season's team that won the Big Ten title and advanced to the Final Four. Izzo has another quartet of players with some experience along...

Lakers' Anthony Davis grateful thumb injury isn't serious

Oct. 15, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Davis hopes to return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for their next preseason game after confirming his thumb injury isn't serious. Davis went through a full practice with the Lakers on Tuesday. The Lakers' superstar newcomer jammed his thumb while playing in an...

As NBA-China tweet rift continues, James enters spotlight

Oct. 15, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a "misinformed" tweet. Politicians, human rights groups and ordinary fans...

After Russ: It's a new start for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Oct. 15, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

No one knew. Russell Westbrook had a chance to put the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead in the final moments of Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series against Portland. He tried a layup with 18 seconds left. It missed. No one knew that was the 17,350th and final shot he would take as a Thunder player,...

Zion Williamson makes new-look Pelicans a compelling draw

Oct. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson celebrated a recent alley-oop dunk with an ebullient smile and a flexed left bicep as an energized crowd roared approvingly. The NBA preseason has provided a tantalizing taste of the excitement the league's top overall draft choice — a charismatic, 6-foot-6,...

Young Denver Nuggets set sights much higher this season

Oct. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Nuggets didn't make major upgrades over the summer like so many of their Western Conference opponents, and they're fine with that — they figure Denver will turn into a desired destination soon enough. The Nuggets return a young corps that won 54 games last season and came within...

Towns, Timberwolves take stronger chemistry into season

Oct. 15, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The featured attraction of this latest fresh start for the Minnesota Timberwolves is Karl-Anthony Towns, the two-time All-Star center who finished in the top 20 in the NBA last season in more than a dozen major statistical categories. After a tumultuous start to 2018-19 that led to a...

Jimmy's era: Butler arrives in Miami, and Heat hopes soar

Oct. 15, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler wants this made clear: He is not in Miami to be the next Dwyane Wade. He wanted to be in Miami to honor his retired friend's legacy — and pick up where Wade left off. Wade's "one last dance" is over, his retirement has come after 16 seasons and now Butler has arrived to...

From tank to title talk, 76ers primed for championship run

Oct. 15, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Barkley had a statue dedicated in his honor outside the 76ers' complex, the franchise for which he played the bulk of his Hall of Fame career — and later poked fun at as an analyst when the team tanked. Billy Cunningham was Barkley's first NBA coach and joked the Sixers...