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In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, photo, Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player LeBron James watches a high school basketball game between his son's team, Sierra Canyon, and Paul VI at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
January 21, 2020 - 8:17 am
BOSTON (AP) — Lakers star LeBron James took in his son's high school game in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday afternoon before returning to Boston to face the Celtics. “It's truly a blessing, and I didn't mind going down to Springfield to check the game out,” James said after the Celtics beat...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, David Stern, a member of the 2014 class of inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame, listens to a question during a news conference in Springfield, Mass. A tribute to late NBA Commissioner Stern is to be held at New York's Radio City on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
January 21, 2020 - 8:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern's life and career will be celebrated Tuesday at a memorial service, three weeks after the former NBA commissioner's death. Friends, family and colleagues from around the basketball world will gather for the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, just a couple blocks from...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots a 3-point basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
January 21, 2020 - 1:45 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After setting a Portland record with 61 points, Damian Lillard knew exactly who held the old mark. He did. Lillard topped his own franchise scoring high Monday night in the Trail Blazers' 129-124 overtime victory against the Golden State Warriors. He also established a team...
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Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) drives to the basket past Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (11) and forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
January 20, 2020 - 9:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 20 points to end a career-long personal losing streak against LeBron James, and Jayson Tatum scored 27 to lead the Boston Celtics past the Los Angeles Lakers 139-107 on Monday night and send the top team in the Western Conference to its biggest loss of the season...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots over Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
January 20, 2020 - 8:09 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul scored 28 points and Danilo Gallinari added 25 as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat cold-shooting James Harden and the Houston Rockets 112-107 on Monday. Paul scored 27 of his 28 points in the first half against his former...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons (31) passes the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit. Parsons' attorneys say the Hawks forward suffered “severe and permanent injuries" in a car wreck last week that could jeopardize his career. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
January 20, 2020 - 3:31 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Chandler Parsons' attorneys say the Atlanta Hawks forward suffered “severe and permanent injuries" in a car wreck last week that could jeopardize his career. Attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis of the firm Morgan & Morgan say the injuries Parsons suffered in Wednesday's...
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Dallas Mavericks forwards Kristaps Porzingis, right, and Dwight Powell watch from the bench during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
January 20, 2020 - 1:12 am
DALLAS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis stopped short of saying he was ready to return from a right knee issue that has sidelined him for 10 games because the Dallas Mavericks forward was a late scratch the last time he thought he was close. The 7-foot-3 Latvian also says he has recovered from an illness...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) bumps Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
January 18, 2020 - 11:30 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers were determined to start the second half of their season on a high note following a loss that snapped a nine-game winning streak. They were able to do that by riding a big third quarter to a 124-115 win over the Houston Rockets. LeBron James had 31 points and...
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Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) lays the ball up over Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) and forward Grant Williams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
January 18, 2020 - 8:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Devin Booker had 39 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and the Phoenix Suns overcame a franchise-record 11 3-pointers by Boston's Marcus Smart and beat the Celtics 123-119 on Saturday night. Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Mikal Bridges added a career-best 26 points...
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks against New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes (10) in the second half an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
January 18, 2020 - 7:46 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As disappointed as Clippers coach Doc Rivers was to see his team give up 80 first-half points, he now has evidence that his team can do that and still find a way to win — on the road. Kawhi Leonard scored 39 points and the Clippers rallied to beat the recently resurgent New...
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