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Believe it! 76ers roll with Meek Mill past Heat in Game 5

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:58pm

Joel Embiid hoisted diminutive comedian Kevin Hart not unlike the way a parent would toss up a toddler. Embiid then pulled him in for a hug as confetti rained on the court, team flags waved around them and the promise of a rowdy late-night celebration was on deck.

Horford, Smart lift Celtics over Bucks 92-87 for 3-2 lead

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:30pm

Al Horford has been the Celtics' quiet leader this postseason, and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee.

Ricky Rubio's play points to winning ways in NBA postseason

Cliff Brunt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:44pm

A poised and productive Ricky Rubio has been smiling and laughing, masterfully running Utah's offense in his matchup with Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.

Thunder G Westbrook gets fine, tech for confronting Gobert

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:34pm

Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert on Monday.

The Latest: Rapper Meek Mill rings bell at basketball game

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:12pm

The Latest on rapper Meek Mill's release from jail on bail (all times local):

Rapper Meek Mill, just freed from prison, rings bell before start of Game 5 of Sixers-Heat series in Philadelphia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:08pm

Rapper Meek Mill, just freed from prison, rings bell before start of Game 5 of Sixers-Heat series in Philadelphia .

Celtics' Smart active for Game 5 against Bucks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:10pm

Celtics guard Marcus Smart is active for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against Milwaukee.

Pelicans void about 2,500 improperly bought playoff tickets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:46pm

The New Orleans Pelicans say they've voided around 2,500 playoff tickets that were purchased improperly during a pre-sale event for the second round of the NBA playoffs.

High 5: LeBron, Cavaliers set for critical game with Pacers

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:02pm

By now, LeBron James is usually getting some rest in the NBA playoffs.

Cavs guard George Hill (back spasms) questionable for Game 5

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:42pm

Cavaliers point guard George Hill is questionable for Wednesday's crucial Game 5 against Indiana because of back spasms.

Nets hire Prigioni as assistant coach, Splitter as pro scout

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:43pm

The Brooklyn Nets have hired former NBA player and Argentine guard Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach.

Draft deadline gone, now it's time to wait on NBA decisions

Aaron Beard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:44am

The deadline has passed for college players to declare early for the NBA draft. Now it's time to wait for the draft entries who didn't hire an agent to decide whether they're staying in or heading back to school.

Bucks' Maker, other reserves step into NBA playoff spotlight

Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:31am

Thon Maker is having his biggest games at the biggest time of the year.

Harden, Rockets soar past Wolves 119-100 with 50-point 3rd

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:27pm

Though James Harden and most of the Houston Rockets were misfiring throughout the first half, their confidence never wavered.

Rockets match 1st-half total with 50-point 3rd vs. Wolves

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 8:19pm

The Houston Rockets have scored 50 points in the third quarter at Minnesota to take control of Game 4 of their first-round series with the Timberwolves, the same total they produced for the entire first half.

AP Source: Pelicans pick up Gentry's option for next season

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:27pm

A person familiar with the situation says Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry's contract option for next season has been exercised by the club.

Bucks' Giannis says inability to score lunch not a big deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:35pm

Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks win a playoff game but couldn't score a table at a Mexican restaurant.

Trust the prayers: Embiid surprises churchgoers near Philly

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:13pm

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is shaping up to be the answer to Philly fans' prayers, and he shocked parishioners by showing up during the middle of some at a small Roman Catholic church this weekend.

John Wall at his elite, explosive best for Wiz in playoffs

Howard Fendrich, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:29pm

Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks knew John Wall would be back to his explosive, elite self for the playoffs when the All-Star point guard was able to play 38 minutes in a regular-season loss at Cleveland.