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Griffin goes 1st in guard-heavy draft

NEW YORK – Blake Griffin was the consensus No. 1 pick. The Los Angeles Clippers started Thursday night’s draft with the obvious choice: Griffin, the only player considered a sure …


Magic add Carter to star mix

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Vince Carter is going home to Orlando and to the Eastern Conference champion Magic. On a draft day when the Cleveland Cavaliers made the biggest splash …


Pistons pick Daye 15th in draft

The Detroit Pistons selected Gonzaga’s Austin Daye with the 15th overall pick in the NBA draft.


O’Neal to shack up with James, Cavs

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired center Shaquille O’Neal in a trade with the Phoenix Suns, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press on Thursday. Yahoo! …


Spurs deal three to get Jefferson

The Spurs acquired scoring swingman Richard Jefferson from Milwaukee in a four-player deal on Tuesday, giving San Antonio the extra offensive punch the aging former champions sorely needed. The Spurs …


Daye is done

Austin Daye’s playing career at Gonzaga is officially over. The 6-foot-11 forward said Monday he will forgo his final two years of eligibility at Gonzaga and keep his name in …


Lakers’ title a milestone for Bryant, Jackson

ORLANDO, Fla. – Kobe Bryant pulled Phil Jackson close, embracing his coach and looking him straight in the eyes. After all they’d been through, this was their moment, their championship, …


Lakers on verge of title

ORLANDO, Fla. – Like any couple, they’ve had their fair share of ups and downs. They’ve feuded publicly and fought privately. They separated for a year and reunited with an …


L.A.’s Fisher sets hook

ORLANDO, Fla. – Arms raised in triumph, Derek Fisher walked up the floor looking as if he had just landed the knockout punch. He delivered two.


Magic heat up for first win

ORLANDO, Fla. – Missing for two games, Orlando found its Magic touch. Making easy shots and tough ones from everywhere, the Magic won their first game in two visits to …


Ex-college stars struggle as pros

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three years ago, it would have been college basketball’s version of Kobe vs. LeBron. J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison were sharpshooters on the court, friendly rivals off …


Orlando’s best shot falls short

LOS ANGELES – Stopped cold by a pick near the free-throw line, Kobe Bryant watched as Orlando’s Courtney Lee headed toward the basket and a shot at history. Bryant was …


Bryant pours in 40 as Lakers rout Magic

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant has waited a year, a long year, for another chance at NBA title. He’s not about to let this one slip away. The Olympic gold …


Bryant’s demeanor takes stern turn on eve of the NBA Finals

LOS ANGELES – His smile has vanished, replaced by something closer to a scowl. His days of joking around are seemingly on hold. Kobe Bryant has become deadly serious.


Nelson may suit up for Magic in finals

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Magic players say Jameer Nelson will play in the NBA finals, even though the All-Star point guard and his coach remain publicly pessimistic. Nelson participated in …


Lakers pull an inside job on Nuggets

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant offered himself up as bait and the Denver Nuggets bit. That freed up Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol on the inside, where the Lakers’ big …


Magic outlast Cavs in OT

ORLANDO, Fla. – Superman swooped in just in time. Dwight Howard scored 10 points in overtime and the Orlando Magic, raining down 3-pointers like a Florida thunderstorm, withstood 44 points …


NBA assesses foul to Nuggets’ Jones

DENVER – A day later, the NBA blew the whistle on Dahntay Jones for tripping Kobe Bryant. The league assessed Denver’s defensive specialist a flagrant-1 foul for sending the Lakers’ …


Nuggets get even in West

DENVER – The Denver Nuggets evened the Western Conference finals Monday night, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 120-101 in Game 4 despite a hobbled Carmelo Anthony. Chauncey Billups and J.R. …


Lakers finish off Rockets

LOS ANGELES — All is well again in La-La Land. The real Los Angeles Lakers showed up, and in a Game 7, no less. With Pau Gasol dominating on both …


Magic oust champs

BOSTON — Dwight Howard remembers the reaction when he first talked about bringing an NBA championship to Orlando. “Everybody laughed,” the Magic center said after helping Orlando beat the defending …


In brief: Blazers beat Rockets, stave off elimination

Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 25 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers staved off elimination in the playoffs with an 88-77 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday …


Sports in brief: Trail Blazers edge Rockets

Brandon Roy scored 42 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 107-103 on Tuesday night in Portland to even their playoff series at one game apiece. Aaron …


Lakers appalled by win

LOS ANGELES – The Lakers actually won a playoff opener on their home court, which Boston, San Antonio, Orlando and alleged up-and-comer Portland couldn’t claim. But nobody beyond a briefly …


Local legend makes national Hall of Fame

John Stockton completed a remarkable journey Monday – from the sometimes vicious driveway games with his brother Steve at the family’s Spokane home on North Superior to the Basketball Hall …


Magic top Heat despite Wade’s career-high 50

NBA: Dwight Howard had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and the Magic withstood a career-high 50 points by Dwyane Wade to rout the Miami Heat 122-99 at Orlando, Fla. Hedo …


Morrison happy as a Laker despite limited playing time

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Larry Brown arrived in Charlotte to find Adam Morrison tentative and lacking confidence as he recovered from knee surgery. Soon the veteran coach said he was dealing …


With Bryant ailing, Lakers no match for Bibby, Hawks

Kobe Bryant wasn’t feeling well. It showed. Mike Bibby scored 21 points – including an improbable 3 off the top of the backboard – and the Atlanta Hawks took advantage …


Celtics, Magic battle for East’s second seed

ORLANDO, Fla. — Doc Rivers said the defending champions can win anywhere and getting his banged up Boston Celtics healthy for the playoffs is more important than home-court advantage. Orlando …


For Suns, it’s the end of an era

PHOENIX – The end came at 9:28 p.m. PDT. When the horn sounded on the Dallas Mavericks’ 122-117 victory over the Suns on Tuesday, it was over. The season.