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NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Westbrook was voted NBA MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season. Westbrook's victory ended the first NBA Awards show, which included two wins apiece for the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks. Westbrook joined Oscar...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the NBA awards show (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Golden State's Draymond Green was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive team. He was joined on the first team by Utah center Rudy Gobert and Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard — who join Green as...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — At 31 and entering his 14th NBA season, eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard says his best basketball is ahead of him. Wearing a teal suit with black trim, a smiling Howard insisted Monday he can return to being a dominant center with the Charlotte Hornets,...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A year ago, uncertainty surrounded Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant stunned the league by leaving Oklahoma City for rival Golden State in free agency. The four-time scoring champion and former MVP had been the central piece in making the Thunder one of the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Shavonte Zellous is thrilled that the New York Liberty will have a float in Sunday's pride parade, the first for a sports franchise in the city. "I'm excited. I haven't been in a pride parade before, so I think I'm more excited than most," said Zellous, a guard...
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions' nine retired numbers hang over the practice court. "I'm going to put a little pressure on you right now," Johnson said to...
Blake Griffin has decided to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract. A person with direct knowledge of Griffin's plans confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity...
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA draft averaged more than 3.5 million viewers, the second-biggest audience ever on ESPN. The telecast Thursday peaked with 5.2 million viewers from 8:15 to 8:30 p.m. EDT, shortly after the first picks were made. Philadelphia took Markelle Fultz with the No...
NEW YORK (AP) — John McEnroe had a ringside seat for the ugliest bout at Madison Square Garden last season. He was sitting just feet away when former Knicks star Charles Oakley was surrounded by security officials at his seat, shoving them away before being handcuffed and...