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Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) greets Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet (23) after an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Raptors won 107-103. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

VanVleet scores career-best 36, Raptors top Heat 107-103

Aug. 3, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Fred VanVleet made another case for a big payday later this year VanVleet scored a career-high 36 points and made seven 3-pointers, and the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors added to their strong restart with a 107-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday. VanVleet, who...

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler dribbles up court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Butler misses Heat practice, teammate hints he's isolating

Aug. 2, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team. The Heat said only that Butler, who scored 22 points in Miami’s restart-opening win over Denver on Saturday, had “an...

Denver Nuggets' Monte Morris tangles for the ball against Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Butler, Adebayo score 22 each as Heat top Nuggets 125-105

Aug. 1, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each scored 22 points to help the Miami Heat beat the Denver Nuggets 125-105 on Saturday in the first restart game for both teams. Kelly Olynyk scored all of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field. It was a...

Miami Heat's Meyers Leonard stands during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

AP Interview: Heat's Leonard stands for anthem, explains why

Aug. 1, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Meyers Leonard has a brother who served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. He carries a military-themed backpack, wears combat boots and has a phone loaded with Navy SEALs who are his friends. He also makes this clear: “I absolutely believe Black Lives...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, right, passes the ball as Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba (5) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. Forget dealing with a rookie wall or stumbling into the playoffs exhausted and banged-up. The NBA's break for the coronavirus pandemic gave rookies an offseason within a season. They have had the chance to heal up, study lots of film and gain some much-needed pounds to better handle the grueling season in a league filled with savvy veterans. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

Top NBA rookies poised to close out debut seasons in style

Jul. 28, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

Forget hitting a rookie wall or stumbling into the playoffs exhausted and banged-up. The NBA's break because of the coronavirus pandemic gave rookies an offseason within a season. They've had the chance to heal up, study film and gain some much-needed pounds to better handle the grueling season in a league filled...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' head coach Tom Thibodeau calls out to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis.  A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks are finishing a deal to make Thibodeau their coach. The person told The Associated Press, Saturday, July 25, 2020, that no contract has been signed but a deal is expected to be announced next week, ESPN first reported that the Knicks and Thibodeau were completing a five-year contract.(AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

AP source: Knicks close to deal to make Tom Thibodeau coach

Jul. 25, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau is coming back to the New York Knicks, who are still seeking the success they enjoyed when he was an assistant two decades ago. The Knicks are finishing a deal to make Thibodeau their coach, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday. No contract has been signed but...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra calls out a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Miami. The Heat enter the NBA restart fourth in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Heat hoping their 'culture' pays off at NBA restart

Jul. 23, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Heat like to have sayings, or buzz words, on the shirts that they wear to work every day. And one of the shirts that coach Erik Spoelstra likes the most is printed with a simple one-word message. Culture. The Heat use that word probably more than any team in the NBA,...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, Denver Nuggets' Will Barton (5) is shown in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, in Denver. Barton says that he decided against wearing a social justice message on the back of his jersey at the NBA restart because he does not believe those actions will make enough of a real impact. Many NBA players took advantage of the chance to wear a saying like “Black Lives Matter” or “Equality” on the backs of their jerseys for the season that will resume July 30 at Walt Disney World. Barton is a native of the Baltimore area, and said he’s active where he’s from through conversations with schools and YMCAs. He believes efforts like those have more impact. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Nuggets' Barton: Jersey messages won't make enough impact

Jul. 17, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Denver guard Will Barton said Friday that he decided against wearing a social justice message on the back of his jersey at the NBA restart because he does not believe it those actions will make enough of a real impact. Many NBA players took advantage of the chance to wear a...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, the entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is closed in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Splash Mountain ride at Disney parks in California and Florida is being recast. Disney officials said the ride would no longer be tied to the 1946 movie,

The NBA is coming back, and here's 10 things to know

Jun. 27, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

The deals are done. The NBA is coming back. The season will resume on July 30 at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida. Here are 10 things to know about the restarted season: THE RACE FOR 8 There are six teams in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference — Memphis, Portland, New...