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The Rundown: Knicks, Celtics put on a show at MSG

The Knicks needed two overtime sessions to hold off the Celtics, while Zach Lavine had an impressive night to lead the Bulls to their first win.

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Extra Pass: Nets looking to spoil Bucks’ ring ceremony in season opener

After losing to the Bucks in Game 7 of the East semifinal, Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets head back to Milwaukee for an exciting matchup to open the season.

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Revisiting past WNBA franchises

Take a trip down memory lane as NBA.com Philippines looks back on some memorable WNBA franchises.

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Ignite performance coach Ernie DeLosAngeles happy to see players succeed

Ernie DeLosAngeles finds fulfillment in training and developing young athletes, including fellow Filipino-American and incoming Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green.

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NBA preseason games you shouldn’t miss

Lakers-Nets and other preseason games NBA fans should watch out for.

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Point A to Point B: How moving cities transformed NBA franchises

NBA.com Philippines’ Renee Ticzon and Jon Carlos Rodriguez draw a connection between the past and present locations of five NBA franchises.

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Iconic plays: Kawhi Leonard’s spectacular one-finger block

Kawhi Leonard only needed one finger to avoid being on the wrong side of a Jamal Murray poster dunk.

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NBA player conversations we want to hear

Iverson-Carter on early 2000s basketball, Doncic-Nowitzki on leading the Mavs franchise, and other player conversations that would be interesting to listen to.

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Finals Flashback: The one the LA Lakers want to forget

No one expected the Detroit Pistons would beat a stacked Los Angeles Lakers squad for the 2004 title.

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Offseason Update: NBA stars enjoying life off the court

Fashion, music, and entertainment. Several NBA players are making the most of the offseason.

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Iconic plays: Throwback to Ginobili’s poster block on Harden

Remember when Manu Ginobili and the Spurs crushed the Rockets’ hopes in the 2017 West semifinals with a game-saving, series-leading block on James Harden?

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Fear the ‘Fro: Ben Wallace goes from undrafted to Hall of Famer

Pistons legend Ben Wallace worked his way to a Hall of Fame career through his elite rebounding, blocking, and defensive skills.

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Best NBA podcast episodes to listen to

From twins Brook and Robin Lopez giving us a glimpse of their relationship to Jeremy Lin talking about anti-Asian violence, we give you a list of NBA podcast episodes that you should check out.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Mercury, Sky, Lynx clinch playoff spots

The Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky, and Minnesota Lynx secured playoff berths this week, joining the Connecticut Sun, Las Vegas Aces, and Seattle Storm in the Top 6.

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Offseason Update: What are the players up to?

The NBA may be on a break but NBA social media remains abuzz. Let's check in on what the players are doing this offseason based on Twitter and Instagram posts.

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The parallel between Russell Westbrook and Spencer Dinwiddie

The trajectory of Russell Westbrook and Spencer Dinwiddie’s careers has always been aligned. Will playing for the Lakers and Wizards, respectively, change that?

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Warriors Hype Man: the Filipino voice of Roaracle

Franco Finn, the first and only Filipino hype man in the NBA, has been the life of the Golden State Warriors' party for two decades.

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Durant, Team USA maintain basketball supremacy

The world may have been catching up in men's basketball, but Team USA, for now, remains the Olympic gold standard.

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Team USA takes down Australia, enters gold medal match

Kevin Durant and Devin Booker spearheaded the attack as the US men’s basketball team cruised past Australia in the semis.

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Team USA wraps up group play with a win over France in women's basketball

The U.S. women's basketball team preserved their Olympic winning streak as they grabbed their 52nd straight victory ahead of the quarterfinals.

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Team USA back on track in men's basketball after Iran rout

The U.S. men's basketball team bounced back big after a loss that ended their 25-game Olympic win streak.

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Jalen Green to bring G League learnings to NBA

Top prospect Jalen Green says he will use all the knowledge, advice, and experience he got from his G League stint.

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First Olympic loss in 17 years a wake-up call for Team USA Men

It's been evident in the last few years that the world has been catching up to the U.S. in men's basketball. The opening loss to France in Tokyo just magnified it.

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Pau Gasol and his pursuit of gold

Spanish legend Pau Gasol continues his quest for gold as he makes his fifth appearance in the Olympics.

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Giannis is a champion, Finals MVP, and more

Giannis Antetokounmpo is at the top of the top because he did everything in his power to help the Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA championship.

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Jrue Holiday's value to the Bucks summed up in one iconic moment

Jrue Holiday's winning steal and lob in Game 5 will be remembered as one of the most legendary moments in NBA Finals history.

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Giannis dominates again for a crucial Bucks win

Giannis Antetokounmpo posted back-to-back 40-point, 10-rebound Finals performances to cut Suns lead to 2-1.

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Giannis went supernova in Game 2, but Bucks need more from him

Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything to keep the Bucks in step with the Suns in Game 2, but it still wasn't enough.

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Trae Young and the Hawks are just getting started

The Hawks saw their magical run end in the Eastern Conference Finals, but it's just the beginning of something great for the franchise.

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2021 NBA Finals wishlist

Here's a list of things we want to see during the NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Laney steps up for Liberty, Lynx win four straight

Betnijah Laney helped carry the load for the New York Liberty, while the Minnesota Lynx grabbed their fourth straight win and fifth in six games.

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Prophecy fulfilled: Bucks finally break through

“Bucks in six” was redefined as Milwaukee had six players in double figures to eliminate the Atlanta Hawks and move onto the finals.

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Season on the line, can Hawks force Game 7?

The Milwaukee Bucks got their way in Game 5. How will the Hawks respond?

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Hawks and Bucks rely on next man up

With Trae Young and Giannis Antetokounmpo injured, both the Hawks and the Bucks need to dig deep in their lineup to get a shot at the championship.

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GP-approved: Pat Bev, Smart got that Glove mentality

NBA legend Gary Payton says notable defensive players like Patrick Beverley and Marcus Smart “have that dog in them.”

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How will Hawks respond in Game 4?

Down 2-1 with an injured Trae Young, the Atlanta Hawks are at a disadvantage heading into Game 4.

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Game 2: Dominant for Milwaukee, disastrous for Atlanta

The second quarter storm that the Bucks unleashed in Game 2 destroyed the Hawks with very little chance for recovery.

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Trae Young has a knack for dominating Game 1s

Putting up stellar performances in Game 1s is nothing new for Trae Young.

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Shoot your shot, Ben Simmons

After getting criticized for the way he played in the Hawks series, what's next for Ben Simmons?

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Eastern Conference Finals preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Milwaukee Bucks took a grueling path to the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a pair of upsets to get to this stage.

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Still in flight: Hawks’ magical playoff run continues

No one expected the Atlanta Hawks to be where they are now.

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LaMelo Ball's dazzling court vision

Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball captivated the league with his incredible passing skills and high basketball IQ.

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Unlikely heroes for the Sixers and Hawks

Different players have stepped up for the Sixers and Hawks throughout the series. Who will be the X-factor in Game 7?

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Trae Young keeps soaring to new heights

This may be his first postseason appearance, but Trae Young continues to impress in each game.

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Trae Young is unfazed by playoff spotlight

Trae Young's remarkable postseason journey continues after he lit up the 76ers with 25 points and 18 dimes in Game 4.

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How the Sixers regained control of series vs. Hawks

The Sixers stole home court in Game 3 against the Hawks, who need some big adjustments to get back in the series.

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Sixers-Hawks gets interesting as series shifts to Atlanta

Both the Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks need to find ways to be consistent. How will Game 3 unfold?

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The Mavericks go where Luka Magic takes them

After another first-round exit, the consensus is that Luka Doncic needs help. But finding a co-star for the Mavs' young superstar is more complicated than it seems.

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Young’s show-stopping playoff run continues against Sixers

Trae Young took over early in Game 1 to steal the show from Triple H, Joel Embiid, and the Sixers.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Loyd, Ogunbowale exchange game-winners

The Seattle Storm and Dallas Wings had iconic matches this week that both ended in game-winners.

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Unpredictable Clippers-Mavs series culminates in deciding Game 7

The series between the Clippers and Mavericks, which has been fun and full of surprises, will come down to one last game.

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East semis preview: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks

The top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers will be challenged by an Atlanta Hawks team with nothing to lose.

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We out: Knicks’ rollercoaster season ends with pain and hope

From ‘we here’ to ‘we out’ real quick, the Knicks move forward with painful battle scars that can fuel them for their next campaign.

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The Rundown: Kawhi goes off for 45 to push series to Game 7

Kawhi Leonard had an amazing two-way display for the Clippers in Game 6 to avoid elimination.

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The Rundown: Wizards avoid sweep, beat Sixers in Game 4

Behind Russell Westbrook's triple-double, the Wizards were able to stave off elimination with a Game 4 win over the Sixers.

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Unexpected rivalries in the NBA Playoffs

Four battles in the 2021 NBA Playoffs that not too many people saw coming.

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The Rundown: Rivers steps up for Nuggets, Davis takes over for Lakers

Austin Rivers scored 21 points to help Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets take a 2-1 lead, while Anthony Davis had 33 to lead the Lakers in Game 3.

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Clippers need answers quick to come back from 0-2 hole

The LA Clippers were unable to keep up with the Dallas Mavericks in Games 1 and 2. And they must make a few tweaks to make this a series.

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Julius Randle is just getting started

All the hard work Julius Randle did behind the scenes made him the league's Most Improved Player. And he's only scratching the surface.

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Hope for Dub Nation

The odds were stacked against the Warriors this season, but Steph's phenomenal showing and Klay's imminent return are enough reasons to get excited for the future.

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The Rundown: Trae Young silences Knicks, Madison Square Garden

Trae Young scored 32 points, including the game-winning floater, to help the Hawks steal Game 1 over the Knicks.

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The Rundown: LeBron nails crucial 3 as Lakers sink Curry, Warriors

LeBron James knocked down a game-clinching triple in the final moments of the game as the Lakers escaped the Warriors to become the 7th seed.

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First round series preview: New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Knicks and Hawks are two young and inexperienced teams on a collision course in the first round.

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First round series preview: LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks

The Kawhi Leonard-Paul George duo prevailed in last year's playoff matchup. Can Luka Doncic and the Mavericks get their revenge?

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Nothing quiet about Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett is a Hall of Famer because he was an intense, loud, and fearless player who gave so much to the game.

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On the Lookout: Lakers need a win over Pelicans for a shot at 6th

To clinch the sixth spot in the West, the Lakers need to defeat the Pelicans and hope that the Blazers lose to the Nuggets.

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The Rundown: Booker's late FTs help Suns escape Blazers

Devin Booker made two crucial free throws in the closing seconds to help the Suns eke past the Blazers on Friday (PHT).

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On the Lookout: LeBron likely to return as Lakers face Knicks

LeBron James' much-awaited return might happen against the Knicks as the Lakers continue their late-season push to avoid the play-in tournament.

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League Pass power rankings: Keeping an eye on Bucks and Lakers

Five teams you need to watch out for this week as the postseason approaches.

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The Rundown: Westbrook ties triple-double record, Curry explodes for 49 in 29 minutes

Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson's record of 181 triple-doubles in the Wizards' win over Pacers, while Stephen Curry torched the hoop with 11 3s for 49 points in only three quarters.

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On the Lookout: Luka Magic to be tested by Irving and the Nets

Luka Doncic and the Mavericks need all the wins they can get to secure a guaranteed playoffs spot but the Nets, despite their losing streak, are going to be a tough test for them.

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The Rundown: Lakers end slump, Westbrook gets impressive triple-double

The Los Angeles Lakers finally put a stop their losing skid, while Russell Westbrook produced a 14-21-24 line on Tuesday (PHT).

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Why Erik Spoelstra is one of the greatest NBA coaches

Erik Spoelstra has come a long way from being the Miami Heat's video coordinator over two decades ago to earning his 600th career win in his 13th year as head coach.

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On the Lookout: Can Warriors get back on track vs. Rockets?

The Warriors, who lost their last two games, will need to beat the Rockets to increase their chances of making the play-in tournament.

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The Rundown: Nuggets put clamps on Pelicans, Suns clinch playoff berth

Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets used defense to shoot down Zion Williamson's Pelicans, while the Suns secured a playoff spot for the first time in 11 years.

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Clarkson’s transformation from 46th pick to top 6th man

Jordan Clarkson has continuously evolved his game from his rookie year in Los Angeles to his ongoing career year in Utah.

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On the Lookout: Knicks gunning for 10th straight win vs. Suns

Currently enjoying their longest streak in eight years, the Knicks have no plans of slowing down as they prepare to host CP3 and the Suns.

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The Rundown: Curry, Green star as Warriors take down Nuggets

Steph Curry and Draymond Green led the attack in the Warriors' win over the Nuggets on Saturday (PHT).

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On the Lookout: Will Curry's scorching hot shooting continue vs. Wizards?

Steph Curry has been torching the league with his incredible shooting display, but Bradley Beal and the streaking Wizards are also heating up as of late.

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The Rundown: Randle wins duel vs. Zion, Adebayo nails game-winner

Julius Randle and the Knicks took care of Zion Williamson and the Pelicans, while Bam Adebayo hit a buzzer-beater to lift the Heat past the Nets.

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On the Lookout: Nets look to add to Hornets' woes

The Nets will take on the undermanned Hornets who are on a three-game losing streak.

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Details in the fabric: Top 5 WNBA Rebel edition jerseys

The WNBA's new Rebel jerseys have eye-popping designs, but they also tell stories that represent each city.

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The Rundown: Tatum saves Celtics, Dort drops career-high 42

Jayson Tatum came through in the clutch for the Celtics, while Lu Dort scored a career-high 42 points for the Thunder.

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On the Lookout: Heat begin four-game road trip with Blazers match

Portland is the first stop in the Heat's West Coast trip, followed by Phoenix, Denver, and Minnesota.

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The Rundown: Clippers take down Suns in heavyweight clash

The LA Clippers played impressive basketball on Friday, scoring a huge win over the Phoenix Suns, the second-best team in the league.

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Aaron Gordon and the Nuggets are out for revenge

Is Aaron Gordon the best acquisition from this year's trade deadline given his seamless fit with the Denver Nuggets?

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On the Lookout: Short-handed Pelicans aim to rebound against Hawks

Zion Williamson (thumb sprain) and Brandon Ingram (first MTP irritation) are probable for Wednesday's rematch against the Hawks.

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League Pass power rankings: Blazers, Raptors worth the watch

The Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors finally make an appearance on NBA.com Philippines' weekly list of must-watch teams.

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The Rundown: Sixers win in Embiid return, Jazz set record 18 3s in a half

MVP candidate Joel Embiid returns after a 10-game absence and immediately helps the Sixers earn a win over the Timberwolves.

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On the Lookout: Warriors hope to build momentum vs Heat

Fighting to at least secure a spot in the play-in tournament, the Warriors are looking to get a second straight win when they battle the Heat on the road.

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Brooklyn Nets navigate championship-or-bust territory

It was already championship or bust for the Nets when James Harden formed a Big 3 with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. What more now that they acquired Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge?

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The Rundown: Pelicans get past Celtics, Westbrook has 35-10-20 game

New Orleans managed to beat Boston again, while Russell Westbrook produced a line for the history books.

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On the Lookout: Sixers, Clippers look to keep momentum going

Two top-contending teams currently on a four-game winning streak collide on Sunday (PHT).

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The Rundown: Bucks hold off Celtics, LeVert carries Pacers

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics even with Giannis Antetokounmpo struggling, while Caris LeVert had 28-6-4 to lift the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.

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Be legendary: The Devin Booker 70-point game

Devin Booker became the youngest player to score 60 points or more in a game when he dropped 70 on the Boston Celtics on March 24, 2017.

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On the Lookout: Can LaVine rock the Bulls to a win over the Jazz?

Zach LaVine and the Bulls take on the Jazz, who are in the final stretch of a tough five-game road trip.

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The Rundown: Lillard, McCollum steer Blazers past Mavericks

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum carried the Portland Trail Blazers to a big win over Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

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Breaking barriers: Bet on Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon has been blazing a trail for other women coaches. She stands out not because of her gender but because she is one of the best in her job and she absolutely deserves it.

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‘I’m back’: The game Michael Jordan returned to basketball

After being away from the game for a year and a half, Michael Jordan made his NBA return on March 19, 1995.

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On the Lookout: LeVert set to face former team in Pacers-Nets matchup

Caris LeVert, who had been stellar for the Pacers in his first two games back from surgery, is about to take on his former team as the Nets head to Indiana.

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The Caris LeVert comeback tour

Caris LeVert is back on the court doing what he does best, overcoming adversity in all shapes and forms.

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The Rundown: Curry, Warriors end skid against league-leading Jazz

Steph Curry scored 32 points on his birthday to help the Warriors beat the Jazz, putting a stop to their four-game losing streak.

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On the Lookout: Nuggets hope to get 5th straight win vs Grizzlies

The Nuggets are looking to further improve their position in the West as they head to Memphis for a battle with the Grizzlies.

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Undefeated All-Star captain: LeBron and his pursuit of happiness

LeBron James, who enjoyed his 17th All-Star Game despite not getting his usual numbers, says he wants to “retire” as All-Star captain to preserve his perfect 4-0 record.

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Big Question: Can the Nets overtake the Knicks as New York's team?

The Nets have only been in Brooklyn for nine years but they are starting to make a case that they can be New York City's team. Knicks fans, of course, would argue that it's never gonna happen.

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Throwback Rundown: D-Rose’s Bulls vs LeBron's Heat

What happened when the Bulls’ Derrick Rose—at the peak of his powers—faced the Heat’s Big 3 of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh 10 years ago?

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The Rundown: Bucks sink Grizzlies on Holiday game-winner

The Milwaukee Bucks escaped the Memphis Grizzlies after Jrue Holiday made a jumper with two seconds left in the game.

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Julius Randle embodies true New York grit

The New York Knicks have finally found their identity this season, mostly thanks to Julius Randle blossoming into the All-Star that he was meant to be.

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On the Lookout: Rising Suns hope to torch Lakers in LA

The Suns have been rising in the West but can they withstand the challenge of taking down the No. 2 seed in the Lakers?

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League Pass power rankings: Wizards, Knicks still must-watch

This is NBA.com Philippines' list of top five low-key teams that fans need to be watching on League Pass.

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The Rundown: Sexton, Garland carry Cavs past 76ers

Collin Sexton and Darius Garland spearheaded the Cavaliers to an OT win over the Sixers.

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Watching the 1998 All-Star Game in 2021

What happens when a young NBA fan watches the '98 All-Star Game for the first time? Let's look back at the classic showdown, which served as the passing of the torch from one generation of legends (and fans) to the next.

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2021 All-Star Game wishlist

Here's a list of things we wish would happen at the All-Star Game on March 8.

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On the Lookout: Will Luka Magic work against the 76ers?

Coming off a win powered by Luka Doncic's clutch shots, the Mavericks are about to get tested by Joel Embiid and the Sixers.

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The kind of shots that Kobe made

Over a decade ago, Kobe Bryant hit a game-winner against the Kings. NBA.com Philippines writer Jon Rodriguez recounts the events that led to the buzzer-beating shot.

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The Rundown: Lakers take another L, Booker gets 34 easy

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers lost their third straight game, while Devin Booker needed just three quarters to torch the Blazers with 34 points.

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On the Lookout: Next episode of LeBron vs Butler coming up

The LA Lakers and Miami Heat meet for the first time since the NBA Finals.

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In defense of Lu Dort

Lu Dort is slowly gaining credibility for his supervillain brand of defense that makes opposing players just wanna give up.

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The Rundown: Wizards, Bulls, Warriors claw back from huge deficits

The Wizards, Bulls, and Warriors overcame double-digit deficits on the same day Domantas Sabonis had a franchise record-setting triple-double for the Pacers.

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On the Lookout: Jazz and 76ers collide in titanic clash

It's automatically a must-watch when the West and East Conference leaders face off.

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The Rundown: Luka, Zion put on a show; Rozier explodes for 41

The game between the Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans had big this-is-the-future energy.

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On the Lookout: Nets hope to end slump against reeling Pacers

Which team will put an end to its three-game losing streak?

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The Rundown: Heat take down Knicks, Fox conquers Clippers

The Heat used a balanced attack to get past the Knicks, while De'Aaron Fox lit up the Clippers with 36 markers on Monday.

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On the Lookout: Nets-Raptors, Clippers-Celtics headline Saturday matchups

Will a red-hot VanVleet show up against the Nets? Leonard-George vs Tatum-Brown, who's going to win?

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Eight rare NBA moments we love to see

A compilation of rare gems of NBA moments that we love to see in an already unusual season.

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The Rundown: Fred VanVleet's record-breaking hits, Dame Time as usual

Fred VanVleet erupted for a franchise record 54 points for the Toronto Raptors; it's Dame Time as usual for Lillard in Washington.

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2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Burning questions about the Atlantic Division

NBA.com Philippines writer Jon Rodriguez answers questions about the Nets, Knicks, Celtics, 76ers, and Raptors.

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Everything you need to know about the 2020-21 NBA season

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the 2020-21 NBA season.