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FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen prepares for a team timeout during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, in New York. The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, as the new front office begins its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Bulls fire coach Jim Boylen after missing playoffs again

Aug. 14, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. The Bulls were 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn't qualify for the NBA's restart at Walt Disney World. That meant they wouldn't make the...

The Sacramento Kings take the court against the New Orleans Pelicans prior to the start of the game of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Into the unknown: NBA teams face concerns outside of bubble

Aug. 14, 2020 2:37 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Luke Walton was trying to find the right words to motivate his players to finish the season strong. The Sacramento Kings had been eliminated from playoff contention, which was nothing new for the team with the NBA’s longest streak of missing the postseason. Yet, even...

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) controls the ball against New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes, front left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Magic snap 5-game skid with 133-127 victory over Pelicans

Aug. 14, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the floor and the Orlando Magic tuned up for the postseason by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 133-127 on Thursday to snap a five-game skid. Both teams were missing many of their top players in a regular-season finale...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) dribbles as Dallas Mavericks' Trey Burke defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Suns top Mavs to finish 8-0 in bubble, but fail to advance

Aug. 13, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns did all they could in the bubble. It still wasn't enough. Devin Booker scored 27 points and Phoenix beat the Dallas Mavericks 128-102 on Thursday to finish as the only team to win all eight games seeding games. That kept the Suns alive for a few hours, but...

Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks (24) drives against Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo, top right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Grizzlies roll past Bucks 119-106, reach West play-in round

Aug. 13, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — With their season on the line, Jonas Valanciunas and Ja Morant teamed up to make history and keep the Memphis Grizzlies’ playoff hopes alive. Valanciunas and Moranth had triple-doubles, Dillon Brooks scored 31 points and the Grizzlies beat the Milwaukee Bucks 119-106 on...

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich calls a timeout during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

It's over: For first time in 23 seasons, Spurs miss playoffs

Aug. 13, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Popovich didn't put much thought into San Antonio's playoff streak when it was rolling along. He's not thinking about it now, either. The Spurs' record-tying run of 22 consecutive playoff appearances is over, and the longest season in team history — almost 300...

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) dribbles against Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

The NBA's regular season, at long last, is about to close

Aug. 13, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The last day of an NBA regular season typically sees just about every team in action, with plenty of drama surrounding down-to-the-wire playoff races and statistical titles on the line. Typical doesn’t seem to exist in 2020. The NBA’s regular season ends —...

Boston Celtics' Javonte Green, left, heads to the basket past Washington Wizards' Isaac Bonga and Thomas Bryant (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Bryant's 26 lead Wizards past Celtics for 1st win in restart

Aug. 13, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Thomas Bryant had 26 points and nine rebounds to help the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 96-90 on Thursday for their lone win in the restart. Troy Brown Jr. added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who had long been eliminated from the playoff race and...

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler waits between plays during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

NBA sees seven of the eight first-round matchups set

Aug. 13, 2020 2:59 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoff bracket is nearly set. Wednesday’s results filled in five of what were the six unknown matchups for Round 1 of the postseason, which starts next week at Walt Disney World. In the Western Conference: Houston and Oklahoma City will meet in the first round,...

Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

George, Leonard lead Clippers past Nuggets for No. 2 seed

Aug. 13, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Paul George scored 27 points, Kawhi Leonard had 26 and the Los Angeles Clippers wrapped up the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 124-111 victory over the third-seeded Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. The Clippers will face seventh-seeded Dallas when the...