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# Basketball

All time
Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia 76ers to overtime win over Miami Heat
There were also wins for the Lakers, Nets and Jazz.
# That's the Ball Game
LaMelo Ball leads Charlotte over Atlanta with historic triple double
The younger Ball brother’s dizzying rise in the NBA continued with another stellar performance.
Pritchard's last-second score saves Celtics from disaster against Heat
Payton Pritchard rescued a missed lay-up from Marcus Smart in the last second to clinch victory.
# the beard
Harden points the way as Rockets finish 2020 with Kings win
The 76ers ended Orlando’s 100% start, while the Toronto Raptors posted their first win of the new campaign.
# Off the Mark
Grizzlies' first win of the season marred by Morant blow, Lakers lose again
Ja Morant was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair after injuring his ankle against Brooklyn Nets.
The Mavericks thrash the Clippers as Nets suffer first loss of NBA season
The Dallas team powered to an NBA-record 50-point half-time lead.
# we go again
A new era of superstars and more talking points ahead of the NBA tip-off
A preview of the 2020-21 season, which gets underway tonight.
# Record
Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo signs richest deal in NBA history
The NBA MVP’s five-year contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks is reportedly worth $228 million.
# Splash Bro
Cruel blow as Warriors star Klay Thompson set to miss another full season with new injury
‘These are those phone calls when the colour drains from your face,’ Warriors GM Bob Myers said.
# Boston Celtics
10-time NBA championship winner and Boston Celtics legend dies aged 86
Tommy Heinsohn was part of the Celtics team which dominated US basketball during the late 1950s to mid-1960s.
# feeling the heat
Butler puts the brakes on LA Lakers' bid for record-equalling 17th NBA title
The Lakers still lead Miami Heat 3-2 in the series and can secure the title with a game-six victory on Sunday.
# game 4
LeBron and Lakers on the brink of NBA title after six-point win over Miami
Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined for 50 points as the Lakers took a 3-1 series lead.
Jimmy Butler carries Miami Heat to 11-point win over LA Lakers
The Heat secured their first win of the NBA Finals series.
# Strong start
Lakers power past Heat in NBA Finals opener
After a 10-year absence from the championship series, the Lakers returned with a vengeance.
# Back in the big time
LeBron's triple-double leads the Lakers to their first NBA Finals in a decade
They’ll meet the winner of the Eastern Conference decider between Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.
# NBA Playoffs
Nuggets comeback starts early as Murray leads them to Game 3 win
The LA Lakers’ series lead is cut to 2-1 with game four on Thursday.
# Pastures new
Michael Jordan buys NASCAR team, Bubba Wallace to be driver
The former basketball star also owns the Charlotte Hornets NBA team.
# golden brown
Heated locker-room exchange inspires Boston Celtics revival against Miami Heat
The Celtics avoided falling into an 0-3 hole from which no team has rallied to win a best-of-seven series.
# While you were sleeping
Denver trump Clippers in Game 7 to clinch place in Western Conference finals
The Nuggets will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.
# The Heat Is On
Miami Heat blaze on after sending injury-hit Milwaukee Bucks home
LeBron James helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a 2-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets.
# While you were sleeping
Bucks on the brink as Miami move one win away from NBA Playoffs upset
Milwaukee had the best regular-season record but are on the verge of playoff exit.
# NBA Playoffs
Nuggets edge past Jazz in Game 7 to book conference semi spot
The Nuggets go on to face the Clippers.
# NBA Playoffs
Late blitz as OKC force Houston Rockets to Game 7
Elsewhere, the Heat upset the Bucks.
# Solidarity
NBA postpone playoff games as players stage boycott in protest at police shooting
The Milwaukee Bucks did not show up on court for tonight’s game in protest at the shooting of unarmed African-American Jacob Blake in Wisconsin on Sunday.
# While you were sleeping
Denver Nuggets rally to avoid elimination against Utah Jazz
The Colorado side fought back from a 63-54 deficit at half time to win by 10 and now trail 3-2 in the seven-game series.
LeBron's Lakers steamroll Blazers, Heat close out Pacers
The Lakers wore special black and yellow-trimmed “Black Mamba” jerseys to remember former Laker great Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash seven months ago.
# blazing a trail
LeBron James closes in on NBA play-off record as Lakers take the lead
He finished with 38 points to help his side get the better of the Portland Trail Blazers.
# Wrap
Upsets aplenty as top seeds Lakers and Bucks stunned in NBA playoff openers
Wins for the Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic, as the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat were also victorious.
# In form
Portland Trail Blazers sneak into post-season with one-point victory
The Brooklyn Nets missed a jumper at the death which would have given them the win.
# Hoops
Warren and Pacers hand Lakers another loss as NBA playoffs loom
It was another busy night in the bubble.
Westbrook fires Rockets to win over Bucks, Boston see off Portland fightback
Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward delivered at crucial moments for the Celtics after the Trailblazers stormed back.
# Adrian Wojnarowski
James among NBA stars supporting under-fire ESPN reporter
ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski has reportedly been suspended for a vulgar response to an email from a US senator.
# Return to Play
16 NBA players have tested positive for Covid-19
The 2019-20 season is due to resume in a “bubble” quarantine setting next month.
# good news
NBA great Patrick Ewing released from hospital
The New York Knicks legend is recovering from Covid-19.
# Swish
Quiz: How well do you remember 90s NBA?
Take a trip down memory lane as we test your knowledge.
'Maybe I suppressed a laugh that it took 30 years for Jordan to say, 'Ok, I was a jerk, but who cares?'
Sam Smith, author of the controversial Jordan Rules, is our guest on this week’s Behind the Lines.
# On the box
TV Wrap - In The Last Dance, Jordan's political silence is another emblem of the 1990s
Were he playing the game today, Jordan might not be afforded the chance to stay silent and say that “Republicans buy sneakers too”.
# the last dance
Quiz: How well do you know the career of Michael Jordan?
Jordan’s career is the focus of the eagerly-awaited ‘The Last Dance’ series that landed this week.
# class of 2020
Lakers great Kobe Bryant posthumously inducted into Hall of Fame
‘We wish he was here with us to celebrate, but it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career,’ his wife Vanessa said.
Celtics star Smart and two LA Lakers test positive for Covid-19
Marcus Smart revealed his diagnosis via social media.