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March Badness: NBA finding it's not so easy to stop tanking

Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:54am

After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can't be fooled.

Davis, Moore, propel Pelicans past Pacers, 96-92

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:08am

Anthony Davis stood in front of Indiana's bench, holding up his right arm triumphantly as his tough, 15-foot baseline fade went through to give New Orleans a four-point lead with 53 seconds left.

Jordan, Clippers beat Bucks after Giannis leaves with injury

Rich Rovito, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:18pm

Their playoff hopes fading after a deflating loss a night earlier, the Los Angeles Clippers were desperate for a win.

Howard has 32 points, 30 rebounds in Hornets' win over Nets

Adry Torres, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:18pm

One of Dwight Howard's close friends wasn't too enthused with the center's effort at halftime. So, he sent him a text message to let him know.

Aldridge helps Spurs extend streak, down Wizards 98-90

Raul Dominguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:08pm

LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and nine rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth straight, 98-90 over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Royal decree: LeBron scores 35, carries Cavs past Raptors

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:48pm

The standings show the Eastern Conference's top team plays in Canada.

Jokic stars on "Serbian Heritage Night," Nuggets pound Bulls

Jay Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:26pm

It started when Nikola Jokic was introduced with Denver's starting lineup, and the cheering continued throughout the night. There were chants of "Serbia! Serbia!"

Olynyk's big night helps Heat past Knicks, 119-98

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:44pm

A big lead was slipping away, so the Miami Heat called upon their best offensive option: The 3-point shot.

76ers rest starters in 4th quarter after thumping Grizzlies

Aaron Bracy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:38pm

The 76ers are closing in on their first playoff berth since 2012, but they're not satisfied with merely making the postseason. So there was no chance they would take lowly Memphis lightly.

Bucks' Antetokounmpo leaves game with ankle sprain

Rich Rovito, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:38pm

Giannis Antetokounmpo has left the Milwaukee Bucks' game Wednesday night and will not return after rolling his right ankle.

Stayed in school: Texas A&M's Williams stars in 2nd season

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:52pm

Robert Williams is a living, breathing, windmill-dunking advertisement for the upside of staying in school.

Pelicans guard Holiday returns from flu vs. Pacers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:15pm

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guard Jrue Holiday has recovered enough from flu symptoms to play Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Hawks sign rookie Jaylen Morris to multiyear deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:46pm

The Atlanta Hawks have signed rookie guard Jaylen Morris to a multiyear contract.

Big East recommends replacing 1-and-done with 2-or-none

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:43pm

The Big East has recommended replacing one-and-done with a two-or-none policy in college basketball, along with NCAA regulation of agents and the creation of an elite player unit to focus on "players with realistic aspirations of playing in the NBA."

Post players may be key to reaching women's Final Four

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:50pm

Reaching the women's Final Four and winning a national championship may come down to play in the post.

Magic Johnson firm agrees to buy Detroit fairgrounds land

Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:29pm

A company with ties to former NBA star Magic Johnson plans to redevelop property at the old Michigan Fairgrounds in Detroit.

Arizona big man Deandre Ayton leaving early for NBA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:34pm

Arizona freshman big man Deandre Ayton is leaving early for the NBA after one dominating season.

Visitation for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:52am

Dozens lined up outside a New Orleans seminary to pay their final respects to Saints owner Tom Benson.

Cavs' Korver leaves team following brother's death

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:42am

Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused from the team to be with family following the death of a younger brother.