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Wade expresses his gratitude at jersey retirement cremony

By STEVEN WINE | February 22, 2020

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade went through a long list of thank-yous as he delivered a 20-minute speech at his jersey retirement ceremony Saturday night, mentioning everyone from his business manager and the Miami Heat ball boys to Pat Riley.“I could have...

Raptors beat Suns 118-101 for 16th win in 17 games

By IAN HARRISON | February 21, 2020

TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 37 points and 12 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 118-101 on Friday night for their 16th victory in 17 games.Serge Ibaka scored 16 points, Fred VanVleet and Terence Davis each had 14, Kyle Lowry...

Young’s career-high 50 points lead Hawks past Heat, 129-124

By CHARLES ODUM | February 20, 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young didn't attribute his first 50-point game to confidence gained from his first All-Star start.Belief in himself has never been a problem for the high-scoring guard with a fondness for 30-foot jumpers.Young had a career-high 50...

All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring Kobe

By TIM REYNOLDS | February 16, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year...

The Latest: Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. wins slam dunk contest

February 15, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night at NBA All-Star weekend. (all times local):9:45 p.m.Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in...

Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame

By TIM REYNOLDS | February 14, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — The list of finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame is considerably shorter than usual.The voters really didn’t need more this year.Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — 48 All-Star nods between them — headlined the class...

Raptors’ 15-game win streak snapped with 101-91 loss to Nets

By BRIAN MAHONEY | February 12, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were hoping to keep rolling right into the All-Star break.Instead, they had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Still, the reigning NBA champions are...

Blazers beat Heat 115-109 in Iguodala’s debut for Miami

By BY ERIK GARCÍA GUNDERSEN | February 9, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 33 points and eight assists, Gary Trent Jr. scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Miami 115-109 on Sunday night in Andre Iguodala's debut with the Heat.Iguodala had two points in his first game...

NBA changing 3-point contest format at All-Star Saturday

By TIM REYNOLDS | February 4, 2020

The NBA is changing the format to this season’s 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece.That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25, and...

Raptors win 9th straight, beat Cleveland 115-109

By STEVE HERRICK | January 30, 2020

CLEVELAND (AP) — Toronto's ninth straight win didn't come easily.The Raptors nearly let a big lead slip away in the fourth quarter before holding on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-109 on Thursday night.Serge Ibaka scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry...

Paul, Lowry among the All-Star reserves, with 6 first-timers

By TIM REYNOLDS | January 30, 2020

The All-Star Game is going to have plenty of new faces.The NBA released the list of the players Thursday voted by the league’s head coaches as reserves for the Feb. 16 game in Chicago, including six who will be All-Stars for the first time.Kyle Lowry...

Embiid scores 24 in uniform No. 24 for Bryant in 76ers’ win

By DAN GELSTON | January 28, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had to do it like the kids on the playground, a yell of "Kobe!" as he shot a fadeaway in the one-night-only No. 24 jersey he wore for his basketball idol.Embiid buried the bucket to give him a tidy 24 points — and yes,...