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Matt Eppers, USA TODAY

Milwaukee Bucks become earliest team to clinch playoff spot in NBA history

The Milwaukee Bucks are officially in the postseason, and Feb. 23 is the earliest date on the calendar that a team has clinched in NBA history.

       

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Zion Williamson's 28 Points Lead Pelicans to Win over Andrew Wiggins, Warriors

The only way to realistically make a late playoff charge is by winning the games one is supposed to, and the New Orleans Pelicans did just that Sunday...

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J. Michael, IndyStar

Raptors embarrass Pacers with franchise-record blowout

Toronto was in control from the opening tip, cruising to a 127-81 win that marked the largest margin of victory in team history.

       

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Thunder's Chris Paul Passes Clyde Drexler for 7th on NBA's All-Time Steals List

Chris Paul made history late in the first half of the Oklahoma City Thunder's matchup with the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday evening...

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Nikola Jokic, Nuggets Defeat Timberwolves with KAT, D'Angelo Russell Out

The Denver Nuggets ended a two-game skid with a 128-116 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center on Sunday evening...

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Mark Medina, USA TODAY

Kobe Bryant's close friend, high school teammate reflects on what he meant to Lower Merion

Doug Young played high school basketball with Kobe Bryant at Lower Merion and remained his friend and gatekeeper of his legacy at their alma mater.

       

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Evan Barnes, The Commercial Appeal

Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson Jr. out at least two weeks with left knee sprain

Jaren Jackson Jr. suffered the injury in Friday's loss to Lakers and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

       

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Heather Tucker, USA TODAY

Kobe Bryant memorial: Who may attend, what to expect

A memorial for NBA icon Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna, and the seven other victims of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash is Monday at Staples Center.

       

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Fantasy Basketball Streaming Options After Ben Simmons' Injury

It appears the Philadelphia 76ers could be without Ben Simmons for an extended period. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Simmons will continue to undergo testing on his injured ...

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Derrick Jones Jr. Says 'I Laugh At' Aaron Gordon-Slam Dunk Contest Controversy

Derrick Jones Jr. has heard all of the criticism of his dunk contest win over Aaron Gordon. He just isn't paying it any mind. "I laugh at it. I don't care about that," Jones told Five Reasons Sports...

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Giannis Praises Embiid After Bucks Beat 76ers: 'I Feel Like Joel Is a Great Guy'

After a dominating performance just days after Joel Embiid declared himself the best player in the world, Giannis Antetokounmpo could have gloated...

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Josh Peter, USA TODAY

How Kobe Bryant memorial can help wife Vanessa, others with grieving

Vanessa Bryant, married to Kobe Bryant for almost 20 years, has used Instagram to communicate with the public since he and daughter Gianna died.

       

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Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks put Joel Embiid, Sixers in their place with rout

Giannis Antetokounmpo took it to the Sixers in a 119-98 win two days after Joe Embiid referred to himself as "the best player in the world."

       

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Giannis, Bucks Dominate Joel Embiid, 76ers After Ben Simmons Leaves with Injury

The Milwaukee Bucks coasted to a 119-98 home victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday behind Giannis Antetokounmpo 's 31 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists...

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Doc Rivers Hopes Ray Allen Attends Kevin Garnett's Celtics Jersey Retirement

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said Saturday he'll do everything in his power to help eliminate any lingering issues between Ray Allen and other members of the Boston ...

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Mark Medina, USA TODAY

Despite injury scare, Lakers' Anthony Davis has proven he can stay durable

Anthony Davis has spent his first season with L.A. in front of an audience nervously awaiting for him to suffer a injury. Yet, he has been reliable.

       

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Zion Williamson's 25 Points Lead Pelicans Past Blazers with Damian Lillard Out

The New Orleans Pelicans took advantage of Damian Lillard 's absence by topping the Portland Trail Blazers 128-115 at the Moda Center on Friday night. New Orleans also defeated Portland 138-117 on Feb...

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What's Next for Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins with LA Set to Waive 4-Time All-Star?

LOS ANGELES — DeMarcus Cousins ' time with the Los Angeles Lakers appears to be coming to an end...

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis Dominate as Lakers Silence Ja Morant, Grizzlies

The Los Angeles Lakers opened their post-All-Star break schedule with a 117-105 win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Friday in Staples Center in what may be a potential Western Conference first-round playoff preview...

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LeBron James Honors Dwyane Wade in Tribute Video Ahead of Heat Jersey Retirement

Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade 's No. 3 jersey will be retired by the team in the midst of a three-day series of tributes that began Friday...

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