CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is changing his team's name to the Hornets, said a person familiar with the situation.
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs opened the Western Conference finals resembling the past champions who've been there so many times before.
INDIANAPOLIS — Lance Stephenson scored nine of his playoff career-high 23 points during a late 11-2 run Saturday night, leading the Indiana Pacers past the New York Knicks, 106-99 and into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On the best playoff run in their short history, the Memphis Grizzlies refuse to be satisfied with just reaching their first Western Conference final.
MIAMI — A fast start and faster finish were enough to send the Miami Heat back to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Indiana Pacers finally figured it out.When given the chance to take command of a playoff series, they can't give it back. On Tuesday night, they didn't.
CHICAGO — LeBron James scored 27 points and the Miami Heat nearly matched a franchise record for points allowed in a playoff game, pounding the listless and short-handed Chicago Bulls 88-65 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference...
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CHICAGO — Welcome to the Eastern Conference semifinals, Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer.All but absent the first two games, the big men for Miami and Chicago asserted themselves in a big way in Game 3 on Friday night.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Marc Gasol scored 20 points and hit two free throws with 1:03 left to put Memphis ahead to stay, and the Grizzlies held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 87-81 Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in this Western Conference semifinal.
CHICAGO — LeBron James came on strong down the stretch to finish with 25 points, Chris Bosh added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Miami Heat followed up the most lopsided playoff win in franchise history with a 104-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday...
The Associated PressINDIANAPOLIS — Indiana follows a simple formula for success. Play hard, be tough and get rough if necessary.
Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.DENVER (AP) — Selfless and starless. These were the staples of the exhilarating Denver Nuggets' NBA franchise-record 57-win regular season.
MIAMI — So much for that notion of the Miami Heat being in trouble.
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game.
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NEW YORK — After spending $350 million to upgrade their roster last summer, the Brooklyn Nets will start this offseason by looking for a coach.
NEW YORK — David West scored 20 points, Paul George added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 102-95 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies are ready to rumble again.
Talk is cheap in these NBA playoffs, and it seems as if everyone wants in on the act.
MIAMI — Miami Heat practice had ended, and LeBron James lingered under a basket, fetching free throws for two teammates as he awaited his turn to shoot.
NEW YORK — Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-93 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round series.
BOSTON — Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and the New York Knicks held on after blowing most of a 26-point lead to beat the Boston Celtics 88-80 in Game 6 on Friday night and advance in the postseason for the first time since 2000.
ATLANTA — George Hill and David West each scored 21 points and the Indiana Pacers withstood a furious Atlanta comeback in the fourth quarter, beating the Hawks 81-73 on Friday night to close out the opening-round playoff series four games to two.
LeBron James is getting his fourth Most Valuable Player award — and the only mystery left is whether the vote was unanimous.
CHICAGO — Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets again avoided elimination, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls 95-92 Thursday to tie their first-round series at 3.
Lillard named top rookiePORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been unanimously chosen the NBA's Rookie of the Year.
NEW YORK — Back in the series, now back to Boston.The Celtics, winners of the most NBA championships, are two victories from making more history.
DENVER — Kenneth Faried brought the energy and the Denver Nuggets rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off elimination Tuesday night with a 107-100 win over the Golden State Warriors.
The coming-out part is over.Now Jason Collins needs a job.