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Les Motes and his two-year-old daughter Mahalia leave flowers, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Atlanta, near the spot where a ball hit for a home run by Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron cleared the wall to break Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974. Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died peacefully in his sleep early Friday. He was 86. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Aaron's death prompts call to change name: Braves to Hammers

Jan. 23, 2021 2:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As his adopted hometown mourned Hank Aaron's death, some fans called on the Atlanta Braves to change their name to the Hammers in his honor. “Hammerin' Hank” died Friday at age 86, drawing praise from all segments of society — including the current and former presidents...

Washington Wizards guard Raul Neto (19) goes to the basket past Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Devin Booker (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Washington. Wizards center Robin Lopez (15) looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Shorthanded Wizards sign 2 centers, set to resume Sunday

Jan. 23, 2021 1:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The shorthanded Washington Wizards signed free agent centers Alex Len and Jordan Bell on Saturday, trying to fill out a roster decimated by COVID-19 and injuries. The Wizards have scrapped six games since a win over Phoenix on Jan. 11 made them 3-8. They’re scheduled to play Sunday...

New York Knicks forward Julius Randle, right, is fouled by Sacramento Kings forward Glenn Robinson III, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Kings overcome late cold spell to beat Knicks 103-94

Jan. 23, 2021 1:38 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Harrison Barnes had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Sacramento Kings overcame a cold shooting spell late in the fourth quarter to hold off the New York Knicks 103-94 on Friday night and end a four-game losing streak. The Kings made only three shots over the...

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Jokic scores 31, Nuggets rally to beat Suns 130-126 in OT

Jan. 23, 2021 1:38 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Denver coach Michael Malone is a little exasperated with his players after 15 games. Sometimes the Nuggets look like one of the NBA's best teams. Sometimes they've looked awful. He's just thankful the good version showed up in time on Friday night. Nikola Jokic scored 31 points, Gary Harris...

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots during the first quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Clippers dominate, beat Thunder 120-106 for 6th win in row

Jan. 23, 2021 1:11 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points, Paul George added 29 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-106 on Friday night for their sixth straight win. Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Clippers improve to 12-4, tying the Lakers for the NBA’s...

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, center, battles San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and guard Lonnie Walker IV, left, for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Doncic, Mavericks fend off late rally to beat Spurs, 122-107

Jan. 22, 2021 11:45 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are learning to keep their cool when the game gets heated, and that proved meaningful against the San Antonio Spurs. Doncic had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and the Mavericks withstood a late rally to beat the Spurs 122-117 on Friday night....

Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, right, goes around Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Brogdon's 3-pointer lifts Pacers past Magic 120-118 in OT

Jan. 22, 2021 11:21 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Malcolm Brogdon caught a pass from Doug McDermott on the right wing in the waning seconds of overtime, he didn't hesitate to launch the deep shot. “I like to take big shots,” Brogdon said. “My teammates and coaches trust me to take shots. I trust myself to take...

Philadelphia 76ers' Seth Curry, left, looks to make his move against Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Embiid dominates again in 76ers' 122-110 win over Celtics

Jan. 22, 2021 11:14 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid dropped a step-back 3-pointer and stated the shot was “nasty.” His game at MVP level, Embiid has avoided the flops that have dogged his career — putting up numbers as he dodged the claim he should be too big to flail. Embiid had 38 points and 11...

Cleveland Cavaliers' Andre Drummond (3) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' James Harden (13) and DeAndre Jordan (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Sexton scores 25, Cavaliers beat Durant-less Nets 125-113

Jan. 22, 2021 11:10 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Collin Sexton had 25 points and nine assists, Andre Drummond added 19 points and 16 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets for the second time in three days, 125-113 on Friday night. The Nets played without superstar forward Kevin Durant, who was held out as a...

Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young (11) handles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves' Jaylen Nowell (4) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Young scores 43, Capela nets triple-double in Hawks' win

Jan. 22, 2021 11:02 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trae Young scored a season-high 43 points, Clint Capela had 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks, and the Atlanta Hawks topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98 on Friday night. Young scored 25 points in the first half as the Hawks took a 19-point lead at halftime. He reached 40 points...