After Game 7 win, Mavericks will enjoy, prepare for Warriors

PHOENIX (AP) — Coach Jason Kidd made it clear during an interview before Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals that no matter what happened on Sunday night, the Dallas Mavericks should consider this a successful season. A few hours later, it became even more special. Luka Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 … Read more

Tiring Giannis, Bucks fall short in NBA title repeat bid

Giannis Antetokounmpo powered his way to the rim, trying to keep the Milwaukee Bucks’ title defense alive. Again and again, the ball just wouldn’t drop. Layups, putbacks — shots that are usually automatic for the two-time MVP and reigning NBA champion — bounced fruitlessly away. And the Bucks kept dropping further behind. “I’d rather miss … Read more

5 takeaways from Bucks’ Game 3 escape vs. Celtics in Eastern Conference semifinal

Giannis Antetokounmpo hulks out for 42 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in the Bucks’ Game 3 victory. MILWAUKEE – Five takeaways from the Milwaukee Bucks’ 103-101 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 Saturday at Fiserv Forum to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series: 1. … Read more

Doncic leads Mavs over Suns 123-90 in Game 7 blowout

PHOENIX (AP) — It was no surprise when Luka Doncic looked ready for Game 7, calmly draining his first three shots to give the Dallas Mavericks an early lead. The stunner came over the next two hours: The top-seeded Phoenix Suns had no response. Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 and the Mavericks … Read more

How the bond between Deandre and Andrea Ayton shaped path for Suns’ star

Deandre embraces his mother, Andrea, after being selected No. 1 overall by the Suns in the 2018 Draft. • Suns vs. Mavericks: Complete series coverage More errands awaited. So did the last-minute packing. But the excitement in Andrea Ayton’s voice grew as she talked about awaiting something both familiar and unique. The familiar? Just like … Read more

Warriors welcome back coach Steve Kerr from COVID protocols

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Steve Kerr is out of the NBA’s health and safety protocols and preparing to coach the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals after missing the last three games of the semifinal round against Memphis with COVID-19. Kerr said his symptoms were mild with a cough and congestion but his … Read more

Celtics topple Bucks in Game 7 to advance to conference finals

BOSTON — Grant Williams scored a career-high 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum added 23 and the Boston Celtics set a Game 7 record with 22 3-pointers to eliminate the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston will face top-seeded Miami beginning Tuesday in a rematch of … Read more

Williams has 27, Celtics make 22 3s in Game 7 rout of Bucks

BOSTON (AP) — Grant Williams scored a career-high 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum added 23 and the Boston Celtics set a Game 7 record with 22 3-pointers to eliminate the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston will face top-seeded Miami beginning Tuesday in a rematch … Read more

How Falstaff helped the rise of Duke star Shayeann Day-Wilson

When Toronto’s Shayeann Day-Wilson was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year by NCAA coaches, not one person from her Falstaff neighborhood was surprised. This is the same five-foot-six point guard who grew up doing basketball drills with NBA talent at eight years old. She entered college hoops with Duke this past season … Read more