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LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James says he will not stick to sports. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation’s political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star Game. ”I will not just shut up and dribble,” James said. ”I get to sit up …

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among the 13 finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the …

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA dunk contest was a throwback in many ways, with a 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro fighting it out for the trophy. Larry Nance Jr. rolled out his father’s old uniform – down to the knee-high socks – and then rolled out his father himself to help with one …

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World’s latest victory over the NBA’s young Americans. Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World team’s 155-124 victory …

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves were flat, facing a double-digit deficit for long stretches of the game. This is why they traded for Jimmy Butler and signed Taj Gibson, for fourth-quarter lifts like these. Gibson scored a season-high 28 points and Butler added 24, providing the Timberwolves with the production and energy for a 119-111 …

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MILWAUKEE (AP) There’s something about playing in Milwaukee that brings out the best in Nikola Jokic. Just over a year after recording the first triple-double of his career at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Jokic wrapped up the feat in the first half on the same floor Thursday night. Besides Jokic’s big night, the Denver …

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard said it may have been Portland’s best win of the season. Lillard had 44 points and eight assists, and the Trail Blazers overcame Kevin Durant’s 50 points to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Golden State Warriors with a 123-117 victory on Wednesday night. CJ McCollum added 29 points …

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Stepping up in the fourth quarter is becoming natural for the Utah Jazz. The Jazz survived another close game on Wednesday, pulling out a 107-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns for their 11th straight win after making the right plays at the right time on both ends of the court in …

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony will return to action Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers after recovering from sprained ankles. Thunder coach Billy Donovan made the announcement during his pregame media session Tuesday. Westbrook had been nursing a sprained left ankle. He missed Oklahoma City’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers …

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With the grind of a long NBA season wearing on his team, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believed it was time for his players to hear a new voice in the huddle: their own. Kerr turned over most of the coaching duties to his players on Monday night and they responded …

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