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Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday has season-ending surgery

Mar. 26, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say guard Jrue Holiday has had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and won't play again this season. The Pelicans say Holiday had the procedure done in Philadelphia on Tuesday by Dr. William Meyers, who is known as a sports hernia specialist. The club says the...

On Basketball: Rest does help, but luck is essential

Mar. 26, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

Jusuf Nurkic's season-ending and gruesome leg injury, especially at this time of year, will strike fear into everyone in the NBA. In this age of "load management" being a fancy term for "night off" and even as the NBA frowns upon resting players anyway, the question will be asked: Should teams sit their stars...

Celtics' Kyrie Irving to rest against Cavs, his former team

Mar. 26, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Boston Celtics will rest star guard Kyrie Irving against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving is averaging 23.8 points and the Celtics want to keep him as fresh as possible going into the postseason. The Celtics have lost four straight and are fifth in the Eastern Conference entering...

Blazers lose Nurkic to severe leg injury, edge Nets in 2 OTs

Mar. 26, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — They had just clinched a playoff spot, though there were no cheers or celebrations from the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, just silence and prayers for Jusuf Nurkic. The gruesome injury suffered by their center overshadowed everything else Monday night. "Devastating," Blazers coach...

Gobert sets dunk record, Jazz cruise despite Booker's 59

Mar. 26, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Devin Booker scored from all over the court. Rudy Gobert and a host of Utah Jazz players did their damage from much closer to the rim. Gobert dunked his way to a season-high 27 points and set the single-season NBA dunk record to fuel Utah to a 125-92 victory Monday night over the...

Campbell records 2nd shutout, Kings beat Flames 3-0

Mar. 26, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The team in last place in the West tripped up the conference leaders Monday night. Backup goaltender Jack Campbell made 42 saves in his second shutout of the season as the Los Angeles Kings beat the conference-leading Calgary Flames 3-0. Jonny Brodzinski and defenseman Derek Forbort...

Caboclo's career-high 24 points lead Grizzlies past Thunder

Mar. 26, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis is becoming a tough place to visit for contenders in the Western Conference playoff race. The Grizzlies continued to play spoiler for those jockeying for postseason position, this time beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-103 on Monday night. The win was the fifth at home in...

Magic shut down 76ers in 2nd half, win 119-98, close on 8th

Mar. 25, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A little desperation went a long way for the Orlando Magic. The Magic shut down the Philadelphia 76ers in the second half of a 119-98 victory on Monday night that moved them within a half-game of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. "They were desperate. They played like it and we...

Former Knicks, NYU player Cal Ramsey dies at 81

Mar. 25, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cal Ramsey, who starred at NYU in the 1950s and went on to play and broadcast for the New York Knicks, died Monday. He was 81. The Knicks said Ramsey died of cardiac arrest at The Riverside Premier Rehabilitation and Healing Center in Manhattan. After his playing career, Ramsey worked for...

Breaking down the NBA playoff races, which are winding down

Mar. 25, 2019 2:10 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The playoff field is largely set. The positioning, that's still anyone's guess. So even while some of what we could have had for drama over the final 2½ weeks of the NBA regular season won't materialize — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are already out of the playoffs,...