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‘King’ James celebrates birthday with milestone in Lakers win

Los Angeles superstar LeBron James celebrated his 36th birthday Wednesday with another NBA milestone, scoring double-digit points for the 1,000th straight game in the Lakers' 121-107 victory over the Spurs in San Antonio. James finished with 26 points to extend...

NBA says no players were Covid-19 positive in past week

No new NBA players from among 495 tested since last Thursday have returned positive Covid-19 results, the league announced Wednesday (December 30). Any players returning a confirmed positive result would be isolated until they are cleared to return to team...

NBA fine 76ers exec Morey $50,000 for Harden tweet

Philadelphia 76ers' president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, whose tweet last year about Hong Kong protesters led to an NBA-China rift, is in trouble again for another social media posting. The NBA said Monday it has issued Morey a $50,000...

Durant ‘scary’ after long injury layoff

Kevin Durant's smooth-as-silk NBA return is "kind of scary for the rest of the league," Steve Kerr, his former coach at the Golden State Warriors, has said. Kerr coached Durant through two NBA Championship runs with the Warriors and had...

NBA champion Lakers rout Mavs while Nets, Bucks, Heat roll

Anthony Davis scored 28 points while LeBron James added 22 as the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers routed Dallas 138-115 in Friday's feature game of a record-setting Christmas slate. James had a game-high 10 assists and seven rebounds in...

Harden to return but NBA Rockets send only nine to Portland

Three-time reigning NBA scoring champion James Harden will play for the virus-hit Houston Rockets when they open the season Saturday at Portland with only one player over the league minimum. The Rockets were forced to cancel their scheduled opener Wednesday...

Tatum hits game-winner as Celtics edge Bucks, Heat fall in NBA opener

Boston Forward Jayson Tatum banked in a game-winning three pointer over Giannis Antetokounmpo with 1.5 seconds left to give the Celtics an 122-121 NBA season-opening victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Antetokounmpo, the two-time defending NBA Most Valuable Player,...

NBA champion Lakers lose opener to Clippers, Nets rout Warriors

The Los Angeles Lakers sure didn't have long to savor their 17th NBA title. Little more than two months after the Lakers locked up the 2020 crown with a Finals win over the Miami Heat, they were back to the...

Durant, Nets open new NBA season in style

Kevin Durant's long-awaited Brooklyn Nets debut didn't disappoint Tuesday (December 22), the two-time NBA Finals MVP teaming seamlessly with Kyrie Irving in a 125-99 opening day blowout over the Golden State Warriors. The game was one of two that marked the...

“Numbers don’t lie”. The statistics game in African basketball – and other sports.

Providing accurate statistics for basketball games is still about as foreign as keeping time in African basketball culture. But I believe the tide is turning, especially with people like Coach Liz Mills providing advanced stats for major tournaments, like...