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Bucks hold off Kings, 133-127

Jan. 22, 2022 23:11 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One night after overcoming a defensive struggle to beat the Chicago Bulls, the Milwaukee Bucks unleashed their offense on the Sacramento Kings. The end result was the same, with the Bucks claiming a 133-127 victory Saturday night behind the play of veterans Khris...

Antetokounmpo scores 30 as Bucks beat Bulls 94-90

Jan. 22, 2022 00:02 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks displayed a championship mentality by beating a quality opponent even when their shots didn't fall. Of course, it helped that the Chicago Bulls were also ice cold from the field. Antetokounmpo had 30...

Irving fined $25,000 by NBA for cursing at fan in Cleveland

Jan. 20, 2022 15:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for cursing at a fan in Cleveland. Irving's comments to the fan during the second quarter of Brooklyn's 114-107 loss on Monday were captured on video. Irving used profanity in reminding the...

Lakers' Frank Vogel shrugs off worries about job insecurity

Jan. 19, 2022 21:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers coach Frank Vogel shrugged off widespread reports of his job insecurity Wednesday night, saying it's all part of being in charge of a 17-time NBA champion franchise. “In this business and with this team, if you’re not winning at a super-high level,...

NBA at 75: Dr. J says players from many eras built league

Jan. 18, 2022 11:35 AM EST

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Hall of Famer Julius Erving, an NBA and ABA champion, is considered one of the greatest basketball players ever and one of the sport's finest ambassadors. He is an 11-time NBA All-Star and league MVP. As part of an Associated Press series on the NBA at 75, the player known as...

Stern, talent influx led to NBA transformation during 1980's

Jan. 17, 2022 14:21 PM EST

The NBA had enormous problems. Drug abuse among players was believed to be rampant. Many arenas were half-empty or worse on game nights. Most franchises were losing money. Some were on the cusp of folding. And when games were on television, nobody was watching. That was how the 1980s...

AP Was There: Magic plays center, Lakers clinch NBA title

Jan. 17, 2022 11:57 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) — Rookie Earvin “Magic” Johnson steps in and plays center for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 of the NBA Finals with his Los Angeles Lakers holding a 3-2 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson, a 6-foot-9 point guard, finishes with 42 points, 15...

Timeline of NBA in 1980s as league celebrates 75th season

Jan. 17, 2022 10:46 AM EST

Timeline of the National Basketball Association during the 1980s. The timeline includes milestone moments in the league’s history and key moments off the court as the NBA celebrates its 75th season: Feb. 22, 1980: The U.S. men’s ice hockey team beats the Soviet Union 4-3 in the...

AP Was There: Bird beats Magic in 1st Finals showdown

Jan. 17, 2022 10:35 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — June 12, 1984: The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-102 in Game 7 in the first NBA Finals between Boston’s Larry Bird and Los Angeles’ Magic Johnson. They would meet in the finals two more times, with the Lakers winning both. The Associated Press is republishing...

Rivals Magic, Bird highlight AP's 1980s all-decade NBA team

Jan. 17, 2022 02:08 AM EST

LARRY BIRD “Larry Legend” played his entire 13-year career with the Boston Celtics, and his rivalry with Los Angeles Lakers guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson catapulted the league to new heights. Bird's sharp shooting, pinpoint passing and rugged rebounding helped the Celtics win...