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Extra Pass: Doncic, Young face off in Mavericks-Hawks opener

Luka Doncic and the Mavericks clash with Trae Young and the Hawks to open their first season with Jason Kidd as head coach.

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Game Guide: East semis rematch, Walker’s Knicks debut, Luka vs Trae

Can’t decide which games to watch in this season’s opening week? Check out NBA.com Philippines’ Game Guide to help you pick.

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WNBA Finals: Mercury escape with OT win in Game 2 to tie the series

The Mercury carved out a thrilling overtime victory over the Sky at home before the series shifts to Chicago for Games 3 and 4.

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Your guide to picking a favorite NBA team

Need an NBA team to root for in the 2021-22 season? This guide is for you.

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Sun, Aces move on after failed title bid

After dominating the regular season, the Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces took heartbreaking defeats in the semifinals.

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WNBA Finals preview: Mercury, Sky clash for the crown

The Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury ousted title favorites Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces, respectively, en route to the 2021 WNBA Finals.

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WNBA Playoffs: Sky advance to finals, Aces force Game 5

The Chicago Sky reached the WNBA Finals after closing out the top-seeded Connecticut Sun, while the Las Vegas Aces beat the Phoenix Mercury to force a rubber match.

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Young players poised for a breakout season

We list down a few second- and third-year players who could turn out to be solid assets for their respective teams this upcoming season.

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WNBA Playoffs: Taurasi balls out as Mercury even series, Sun hold off Sky

Diana Taurasi scored a playoff career-high 37 points in the Mercury's Game 2 win over the Aces, while the Sun leaned on a balanced attack to take down the Sky.

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Early playoff exit for Storm, Lynx, Wings, Liberty

Defending champions Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx suffered upsets in the second round of the playoffs, while the New York Liberty and Dallas Wings exited in the first round.

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WNBA Semifinals: Vandersloot powers Sky past Sun in Game 1

The Chicago Sky took a road win in an exciting double overtime game against the Connecticut Sun. The Las Vegas Aces also drew first blood over the Phoenix Mercury.

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WNBA Playoffs preview: Sun-Sky, Aces-Mercury in best-of-five semifinals

It’s down to four WNBA teams as the top two seeds Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces kick off their postseason campaigns against the Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury, respectively.

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WNBA Playoffs: Sky, Mercury advance to second round

The Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury took care of their respective opponents to reach the second round of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs.

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WNBA playoff preview: Sky vs. Wings, Mercury vs. Liberty

The Chicago Sky host the Dallas Wings, while the Phoenix Mercury host the New York Liberty in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.

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What’s next for eliminated WNBA teams?

A quick recap of the season that was for the Mystics, Sparks, Dream, and Fever before we move on to the playoffs.

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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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Add to Cart: Tucker, Morris fit into Heat Culture

PJ Tucker and Markieff Morris give the Miami Heat more shooting and frontline grit.

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Yearbook awards for the 2021 WNBA season

Comeback player of the year? Biggest breakthrough moment? Best team Twitter account? Before the WNBA's regular season ends, let's hand out some yearbook-style awards.

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No edits: When a team's icon wore a different jersey

A look at several players who changed teams after being iconic superstars for another franchise.

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Chris Webber finally gets his due

It took a while, but Chris Webber, who had a stellar career and greatly impacted the game, will enter the Hall of Fame at long last.

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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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Finals Flashback: Spurs’ last title in the Duncan-Ginobili-Parker era

In 2014, the Spurs crushed the 3-peat hopes of the Heat's Big 3 of James, Wade, and Bosh.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Sun enjoy eight-game streak

Sitting on top of the WNBA standings, the Connecticut Sun are the hottest team in the league right now with eight straight wins.

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Content creator Jake Soriano living out his dream with the Kings

Filipino-American Jake Soriano has been having a blast working as a video producer for the Kings organization: "I'm just lucky to be here."

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Seattle Storm win first-ever WNBA Commissioner’s Cup

The Seattle Storm dominated the Connecticut Sun to claim the inaugural WNBA Commissioner’s Cup.

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Team USA claims 7th straight Olympic women's basketball gold

The U.S. women's basketball team tied the record for most consecutive wins in Oympic team sports history after defeating host country Japan in the gold medal match.

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Can Team USA claim Olympic gold over France?

The US men's basketball team takes on a tough French team in the gold medal game of the Tokyo Olympics.

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Semis-bound: Team USA overcomes Rubio's 38 to beat Spain

The US men's basketball squad, behind Kevin Durant, reached the semifinals after withstanding Spain and Ricky Rubio's 38 points.

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Wilson steers USA women’s team to second straight win

A'ja Wilson had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in Team USA’s win over Japan in the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

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USA defeats Nigeria in women's basketball, extends Olympic win streak to 50

A'ja Wilson's impressive Olympic debut helped Team USA grab a victory over Nigeria.

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Close to home: Jalen Green's ties to the Philippines

When Filipino-American Jalen Green gets drafted in the NBA next week, he will have an entire nation of basketball fans rooting for him.

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Other side of hard: Suns swallow crushing Finals loss

The pain the Phoenix Suns feel after losing in the NBA Finals might fade someday, but not anytime soon.

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Jonquel Jones leads tight WNBA MVP race

Having the season of her life, Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun is a strong candidate for this year's MVP.

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Bucks shake off slow start, move one win away from NBA title

An iconic alley-oop play by Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo sealed the win that gave the Bucks a 3-2 lead in the series.

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The significance of Giannis' clutch block in Game 4

Giannis Antetokounmpo's block on Deandre Ayton that helped the Bucks win Game 4 will be talked about for a long time.

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MJ or Shaq? Giannis is a star in his own right

Giannis says he’s ‘not Michael Jordan’ but his Finals outbursts prove that he’s capable of elevating his game on the biggest stage.

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Bridges an asset for the Suns in more ways than one

Mikal Bridges showed in Game 2 why he is a key ingredient for the Phoenix Suns' success.

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CP3 shines in NBA Finals debut as Suns take Game 1

Chris Paul’s historic performance helped the Phoenix Suns to a 118-105 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1.

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NBA Finals preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Can Giannis Antetokounmpo return from injury and lead the Bucks to a title? Or will Chris Paul finally win a ring with the Suns?

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Clippers' future hinges on Kawhi's decision

After a rollercoaster season that showcased their resilience, the Clippers now head to the offseason awaiting Kawhi Leonard's decision to stay or go.

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'Can't give up now': Chris Paul finally reaches NBA Finals

Chris Paul advanced to the championship stage for the first time in his 16-year career.

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Give Paul George his flowers

Paul George continues to receive unwarranted criticisms despite his spectacular playoff performance this season.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Gray tows Aces past Storm, Taurasi back for Mercury

Chelsea Gray hit the winning jumper in the Aces' overtime win over the Storm.

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CP3 key to Suns surviving a shooting nightmare

The eyesore shooting was a product of both teams simply missing shots and the defense cranking up. In the end, CP3's decision-making led the Suns to the win and the 3-1 lead.

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Reggie Jackson’s time has arrived

With Kawhi Leonard sidelined, Reggie Jackson has stepped up and given the Clippers the added firepower they badly need.

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Career-defining moments for Ayton and Payne

Deandre Ayton's game-winning alley-oop and Cameron Payne's career night were the biggest defining moments for the Suns in Game 2.

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Suns are another puzzle Clippers need to figure out

The LA Clippers lost a series opener for the third straight time after the Phoenix Suns delivered the first punch. Now, it's time for them to throw one back.

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Jazz need time to recover from latest heartbreak

Outside of franchise cornerstones Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the Jazz need to take a hard look at their roster as they move on from a heartbreaking finale.

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West Conference Finals preview: Phoenix Suns vs. LA Clippers

The Suns and the Clippers will begin the series without their best players Chris Paul (health and safety protocols) and Kawhi Leonard (knee sprain).

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Next Mann up: Clippers find a way to overcome the odds

Behind an incredible performance from Terance Mann, the Clippers climbed out of a 25-point hole and persevered against the Jazz to move on to the conference finals.

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George shows everyone he can carry Clippers on his own

The Clippers played Game 5 without Kawhi Leonard, but it didn't really matter as Paul George stepped up to the plate to deliver monster numbers and the W.

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No point guard, no problem: Clippers learn to adjust vs. Conley-less Jazz

The Clippers have managed to tie the series even without a true point guard because of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George's playmaking. The Jazz, meanwhile, are struggling without Mike Conley.

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Clippers’ success hinges on Kawhi and PG

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George need to take control for the Clippers to achieve playoff success.

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Stifle Tower: The Rudy Gobert era of defense

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert set the standard for defenders in the modern basketball era.

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Down 0-2 again, Clippers searching for answers vs. Jazz

The LA Clippers are staring at another 0-2 hole. What do they have to do to beat the Utah Jazz in Game 3?

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Jordan Clarkson helps out vandalized Filipino food truck

The Utah Jazz guard came to the rescue of a Filipino food truck that was vandalized with anti-Asian graffiti.

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Mitchell responds to Snyders's challenge, takes over for the Jazz

Despite battling illness, Donovan Mitchell overcame a sluggish start and carried the Jazz to a come-from-behind victory.

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West semis preview: Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers

It’s a battle between two teams who get much of their scoring from the 3-point line. But what other factors will play into this series?

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Young Grizzlies have bright future ahead

The Memphis Grizzlies have plenty to build on for next season as its young core continues to progress.

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Celtics regroup after first round exit

Whatever rebuild or improvements the Celtics will make, they should be centered around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

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The Rundown: Sixers, Hawks, Jazz reach conference semis

The Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, and Utah Jazz all advanced to the next round after ending their respective series on Thursday (PHT).

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Storm take No. 1 spot, Jonquel Jones shines for Sun

The Seattle Storm (5-1) overtook the Connecticut Sun (6-2) in the standings. Jonquel Jones continues her stellar performance for the Sun.

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‘It’s surreal’: Conley relishing playoff experience against Grizzlies

Villain or not, Mike Conley has been having fun battling his old team in the playoffs.

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The Rundown: Bucks complete Heat sweep, Sixers go 3-0

The Bucks advanced to the next round after a 4-0 sweep of the Heat, while the Sixers moved one win away from the semis.

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Tatum's 50-point masterpiece against the Nets' Big 3

Jayson Tatum unpacked his full offensive arsenal for an iconic performance that led to a Game 3 win.

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Ja standing in the Jazz's way

If the Jazz want to prove that they are legit title contenders, they need to survive the Ja Morant challenge first.

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The Rundown: Davis shows up for Lakers; Nets, Mavs win their Game 2s

Behind Anthony Davis, the Lakers were able to get a Game 2 victory over the Suns. The Nets and Mavericks, meanwhile, took a 2-0 lead in their respective series.

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What jitters? Here’s your NBA Playoffs' All-Debut Team

Five players who performed spectacularly well in their first game in the NBA Playoffs.

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First round preview: Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies

The top-seeded Jazz take on the Grizzlies, the last team to secure a playoff spot. We break down the matchup.

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The Rundown: Grizzlies survive Warriors to enter playoffs

The Memphis Grizzlies scored an overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors to earn the 8th seed in the West.

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First round series preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics

Is it enough for Brooklyn to rely on its Big 3? Which Kemba Walker will show up for Boston? Here’s a breakdown of the Nets-Celtics matchup.

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‘He wanted to win’: Bosh reflects on bond with Heat coach Spoelstra

Former NBA player Chris Bosh, who won two titles in Miami, shared that he had a great relationship with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

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Play-In Tournament: Breaking down the Eastern Conference

The East matchups are set with the No. 7 Celtics taking on the No. 8 Wizards, and the No. 9 Pacers battling the No. 10 Hornets.

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The Rundown: Lakers notch crucial win against Pacers in LeBron return

LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the Lakers to a victory that kept their bid for the 6th seed alive.

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Kobe's Mamba Mentality lives on

In the first installment of a series on 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, Yoyo Sarmenta touches on Kobe Bryant's work ethic and what Mamba Mentality personally means to him.

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On the Lookout: Watch out for the Sixers-Heat and Suns-Blazers showdown

Exciting games with crucial playoff seeding implications are coming your way as the regular season winds down.

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Triple-Double King: Breaking down Westbrook's historic moment

Russell Westbrook makes triple-doubles look easy nowadays, but that doesn’t make them any less special.

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The Rundown: Westbrook makes history with 182nd triple-double

Russell Westbrook set the all-time record for triple-doubles after posting 28 points, 13 boards, and 21 dimes on Tuesday (PHT).

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On the Lookout: Can Nets end slump against Nuggets?

The Brooklyn Nets hope to break out of their four-game slump when they take on the Denver Nuggets on Sunday (PHT).

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Mavericks and Knicks still have some fixing to do

Dallas and New York can be potentially dangerous come playoff time, but there are some minor things they can still improve on.

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The Rundown: Wizards escape Bucks, Clarkson provides spark for Jazz

The Wizards held off the Bucks behind Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook, while the Jazz leaned on Jordan Clarkson's 30-6-4 to beat the Spurs.

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Rookie Watch: Edwards, Ball still on top of the ROY race

Anthony Edwards continues to flourish with the Timberwolves, while LaMelo Ball picks up where he left off upon his return from injury.

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On the Lookout: Streaking Nuggets look to add to Lakers' woes

The Nuggets are hoping to extend their winning run to six games at the expense of the reeling Lakers, who are on the verge of sliding down to the play-in bracket.

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The Rundown: Tatum drops 60, steers Celtics to comeback win

Jayson Tatum helped the Celtics battle from a huge deficit by scoring a career-high 60 points, which tied a franchise record set by Larry Bird.

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On the Lookout: Beal-Westbrook duo hope to lift Wizards past Lakers

Prior to their recent loss, the Wizards are winners of eight straight games. They are looking to regain momentum as they face the Lakers.

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The Rundown: Nets down Suns behind KD, Wizards keep winning

Kevin Durant returned from a three-game absence to lead the Nets past the Suns, while the Wizards extended their winning streak to eight games.

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On the Lookout: Catch the Heat-Hawks and Celtics-Nets showdowns

As the race to the playoffs gets more intense, watch the Heat-Hawks and Celtics-Nets games as they shake up the East Conference standings.

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The Rundown: George’s clutch baskets help Clippers edge Blazers

Paul George and his late-game heroics enabled the LA Clippers to escape the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday (PHT).

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Big Question: Who is the Celtics’ barometer for success?

Jayson Tatum is the Boston Celtics' main weapon, but if they want to make a deep playoff run, they'll need consistency from other players as well.

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League Pass power rankings: Time to pay attention to the Celtics, Warriors

The streaking Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, who are leaning heavily on Steph Curry's scoring outbursts, are two of this week's must-watch teams.

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On the Lookout: Butler hopes Heat get fired up against Nets

Jimmy Butler and the Heat are looking to end a three-game slump as they host the visiting Nets.

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WNBA Draft Results: Profiling the top 3 picks

A quick rundown of the first three picks of the 2021 WNBA Draft.

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The Rundown: Brown's 40-point game helps Celtics beat Lakers

Jaylen Brown shot an efficient 85 percent from the field to score 40 points and lead the Celtics to a win over the Lakers.

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On the Lookout: Celtics on the rise ahead of Trail Blazers game

Jayson Tatum and the Celtics are looking to continue their winning ways when they face off with the Trail Blazers.

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The Rundown: Lakers crush Nets, Trent Jr. erupts for 44 points

The undermanned Lakers took down the star-studded Nets by 25 points, while Gary Trent Jr. had a career night to help the Raptors win over the Cavs.

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Three moments that capture the greatness of Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade was a beast during his prime. Here are three notable moments that encapsulate how great of a player he was.

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On the Lookout: Heat look to get back on track vs. Lakers

The Miami Heat hope to get back into the win column against an undermanned LA Lakers squad on Friday.

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Do the Spurs have enough to creep back into the playoffs?

The San Antonio Spurs' chances of making the playoffs this season will depend on DeMar DeRozan's consistency and the contributions they get from their young core.

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The Rundown: Mavs tune out Jazz, Nets escape Knicks

Luka Doncic helped the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz, while Kyrie Irving had a 40-point game in the Brooklyn Nets’ win over the New York Knicks.

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On the Lookout: Jazz to put home win streak on the line vs. Magic

The Utah Jazz hope to extend their home winning streak to 22 games when the Orlando Magic visit Salt Lake City on Sunday (PHT).

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Fil-Am Ron Harper Jr. declares for 2021 NBA Draft

Rutgers University's Ron Harper Jr., the Filipino-American son of NBA champion Ron Harper, announced his intention to enter the 2021 NBA Draft.

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James Harden’s transformation: A tale of three acts

NBA.com Philippines writer Yoyo Sarmenta breaks down James Harden's ever-evolving career into three acts.

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The Rundown: Booker, Doncic go on scoring sprees; Drummond hurts toe

Devin Booker and Luka Doncic torched the nets, while Andre Drummond's Lakers debut was cut short because of a toe contusion.

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On the Lookout: Heat hope to end slump against streaking Knicks

The Heat are looking to snap their six-game slide when they head to New York to battle the Knicks.

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The Rundown: Timberwolves stun Rockets with late flurry; Zion sets career-high 39

Minnesota ended the game on a 22-0 run to beat Houston. Meanwhile, Zion Williamson and John Collins had career-high scoring games.

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On the Lookout: After tough road trip, Jazz return home to face Nets

Undefeated for 16 straight games at home, the Jazz take on James Harden and the Nets to open their four-game stretch in Salt Lake City.

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Big Question: Who has been the third most important Laker?

Two players have been integral for the Lakers this season, but they need to elevate their game and carry the load in the absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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The Rundown: CP3 joins 10K-assist club, Knicks fall to Sixers

Chris Paul hit a huge milestone on Monday, reaching 10,000 career assists. The Knicks, meanwhile, suffered a tough loss at home against the 76ers.

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Mavericks need more than Luka Magic to reach next level

If the Dallas Mavericks want to become a great playoff team, they can't expect Luka Doncic to save them every single game.

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Pinoy fans are top NBA All-Star international viewers

The Philippines drew the largest audience across all measured international markets for this year's NBA All-Star on One Sports.

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On the Lookout: Luka Magic versus Dame Time

The Mavericks are recently gaining steam but will Luka Magic prevail over Dame Time in Portland?

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The Rundown: Pelicans get caught up in Dame Time

Damian Lillard exploded for 50 and came up big in the clutch to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a comeback win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

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League Pass power rankings: Spurs, Pacers make things interesting

The San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers make NBA.com Philippines' weekly list of top five under-the-radar League Pass teams.

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On the Lookout: Pelicans hope to avenge previous loss to Clippers

Both the Pelicans and Clippers are looking to carry the momentum from their lopsided victories over the Cavaliers and Warriors, respectively, when they face each other for the second time this season.

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The Rundown: Kyrie drops 40 as Nets stay hot

Kyrie Irving handed in a 40-point game to lead the Brooklyn Nets to their 11th win in 12 games.

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All about fun: Giannis crowned All-Star MVP

"I was just thinking about having fun," Giannis said after leading Team LeBron to a win and earning the Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP award.

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Classic Rewind: Revisiting the 2001 All-Star Game

Relive one of the most competitive All-Star Games in NBA history, where Allen Iverson powered the East to an iconic 21-point comeback.

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On the Lookout: Zion and Pelicans look to bounce back against Heat

Catch the Pelicans and the Heat in the last game day before the All-Star break.

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Zach LaVine has arrived and it’s time to take notice

Zach LaVine is showing everyone that he has blossomed into a certified do-it-all superstar the Chicago Bulls can consistently rely on.

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The Rundown: Zion's Pelicans take down Jazz, Jokic overwhelms Bulls

Zion Williamson led the Pelicans to an impressive win over the Jazz, while Nikola Jokic carried the Nuggets past the Bulls.

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The Rundown: Heat take down Jazz, LeBron helps Lakers stop skid

The Miami Heat used their defense to stop the league-leading Utah Jazz, while LeBron James filled up the stat sheet to lead the Lakers to a win.

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The Rundown: Jazz cruise past Lakers, SGA hits new career-high

The Utah Jazz sent the LA Lakers to their fourth straight loss on the same day Shai Gilgeous-Alexander erupted for a career-high 42.

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Big Question: Can the Timberwolves and Pistons turn their fortunes around?

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons have been struggling. Here's what they can do to make a comeback this season.

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On the Lookout: Battle of elite guards in Trail Blazers-Suns showdown

Dame Lillard and the Trail Blazers hope to return to the win column when they face Chris Paul and the Suns in Phoenix.

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The Rundown: Embiid, Murray come in hot with 50-point games

Joel Embiid and Jamal Murray made history after they each recorded a career-high 50 points on Saturday.

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Rookie Watch: LaMelo Ball ahead of the pack

With LaMelo Ball leading the way, this season's top rookies have been performing pretty well despite the circumstances.

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On the Lookout: Will Steph Curry catch fire against the Heat?

Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors face Jimmy Buttler and the Miami Heat.

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The Rundown: Nuggets punish Lakers, Doncic hits 40 again

The Nuggets dominated the Lakers in easy fashion, while Luka Doncic had another scoring spree for the Mavs.

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On the Lookout: Bucks aim to stop league-leading Jazz

Can Giannis and the Bucks avenge their previous loss to the Jazz?

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The Rundown: Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz continue their surge

Donovan Mitchell scored 36 points as the Utah Jazz continue to dominate the league.

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On the Lookout: Mitchell, Jazz look to extend win streak

After having their 11-game win streak snapped, the Jazz won three straight and hope to get another W in Indiana.

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The Rundown: Lakers turn it up, Oubre shoots the lights out

The Lakers used a strong second half to beat the Nuggets on the same night Kelly Oubre dropped a career-high of 40 points.

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On the Lookout: Tune in to Bucks-Pacers and Mavericks-Hawks

Eastern Conference contenders Bucks and Pacers meet for the first time this season. Young superstars Luka Doncic and Trae Young face off in Mavericks-Hawks.

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League Pass spotlight: Teams that you should be watching

NBA.com Philippines writer Yoyo Sarmenta drops a list of teams that are worth the watch.

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Kai Sotto making strides toward NBA dream

The journey to the NBA continues for Filipino hoops star and G League Ignite member Kai Sotto.

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Revisiting scene-stealers in the NBA bubble

A look back on the players who shone the brightest during the NBA bubble in Florida.

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

NBA.com Philippines writer Yoyo Sarmenta answers burning questions about the Rockets, Mavericks, Spurs, Pelicans, and Grizzlies