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Mercury fall short on championship bid

The trio of Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins-Smith, and Diana Taurasi showed out in the playoffs but the Mercury ended up losing to the Sky in the WNBA Finals.

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The Rundown: Bucks, Warriors win as NBA opens 75th season

The NBA is back! The Warriors took down the Lakers and the Bucks got past the Nets on opening day of the 2021-22 season.

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WNBA Finals: Sky on the cusp of first WNBA title

The Chicago Sky clamped down on the Phoenix Mercury to move one win away from the 2021 WNBA championship.

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WNBA Playoffs: Taurasi comes up big as Mercury march on to finals

Diana Taurasi delivered when it mattered most to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Las Vegas Aces and make the WNBA Finals.

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WNBA Semifinals: Sky, Mercury move one win away from WNBA Finals

The Chicago Sky and Phoenix Mercury took care of business at home, getting a 2-1 series lead against the Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces, respectively.

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WNBA playoff preview: Storm vs. Mercury, Lynx vs. Sky

The action continues in the 2021 WNBA Playoffs with the Seattle Storm-Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx-Chicago Sky second-round matchups.

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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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WNBA Wrap: Liberty clinch final playoff spot

The New York Liberty secured the No. 8 seed as the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks lost their chance of advancing to the playoffs.

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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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Add to Cart: Aldridge’s return provides Nets more depth

After getting cleared from his heart concerns, LaMarcus Aldridge came out of retirement for another stint with the Nets.

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What do NBA players like to collect?

Several NBA players like to spoil themselves and splurge on different things.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Sparks 4-0 since Ogwumike return

Nneka Ogwumike returned to action after being sidelined by a knee injury for over two months.

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Camille Nolasco grateful to learn from WNBA players in virtual camp

"I always consider it a blessing to be able to interact with WNBA players at this age. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says Nolasco.

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Schroder looks to make the most out of Celtics stint

"This is one of the best franchises in NBA history and it will be an honour to put on the green and white and do what I love," says Schroder.

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Meet the Filipina behind the Mavericks' social media accounts

Lizelle Lauron, a Filipino born and raised in Dallas, says it has been a dream to work as the social media manager for the Mavericks.

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US women’s team reaches finals after cruising past Serbia

Team USA Women dominated Serbia, 79-59, to advance to the gold medal game in the Tokyo Olympics.

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More work to be done for Team USA

Even after beating Spain, the US men's basketball team's journey to the gold medal remains tough.

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Team USA reaches quarterfinals behind Durant, Tatum

Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum led the way as the US men's team beat Czech Republic to advance to the quarterfinals of the Olympics men's basketball event.

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USA dominates Iran for first Tokyo Olympics win in men's basketball

Team USA nailed 19 3-pointers against Iran, with Damian Lillard’s seven triples leading the way.

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Chris Paul's title hopes end in heartbreak

Chris Paul did not get the fairytale ending that he wanted but it should not diminish what he accomplished with the young Suns team.

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Middleton takes charge as Bucks tie series

Khris Middleton scored 40 points to help the Bucks to a 109-103 win over the Suns in Game 4, tying the series 2-2.

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Ayton’s foul trouble plagues Suns in Game 3 loss

Deandre Ayton is a big part of the Suns’ offense, but he played limited minutes in Game 3 due to foul trouble.

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Even with Giannis, Bucks fail to outwork Suns in Game 1

The Milwaukee Bucks had Giannis Antetokounmpo back, but they just couldn't hold off the Phoenix Suns in the series opener.

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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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Veteran role players shine in the playoffs

Veterans like Lou Williams, Reggie Jackson, and Brook Lopez showed out for their teams in the playoffs.

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Collective effort propels Suns to first NBA Finals in 28 years

The entire team showed up to help the Suns close out the Clippers and put an end to the franchise's Finals drought.

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Suns' lack of inside presence led to Game 5 downfall

The LA Clippers dominated the Phoenix Suns in the shaded area, 58-32.

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Suns, Clippers heading to pivotal Game 5

After an ugly Game 4 battle, both the Suns and the Clippers have plenty of things to address, which could define how the rest of their respective seasons play out.

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Struggles of Booker, Paul doom Suns in Game 3

The Phoenix Suns were unable to overcome the shooting woes of Chris Paul and Devin Booker in Game 3.

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Clippers may have lost Game 2, but Beverley did his part

Stats don’t tell the entire story. Patrick Beverley’s efforts in Game 2 is proof of that.

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With CP3 out, Booker steps up to run the show

Devin Booker embraced the challenge of leading the Suns in Game 1 with Chris Paul unavailable, which resulted in a 40-point triple-double statement game.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Atkins stars for Mystics, Bird soars to 2nd in all-time 3PM

Even without Tina Charles, the Mystics managed to bounce back from a blowout loss to the Dream behind Ariel Atkins' career-best 32 points.

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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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Semifinals sweep should not define Nuggets' season

Despite getting swept by the Suns in the West semis, league MVP Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets still have a lot to look forward to.

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An unexpected end to Jokic's MVP season

Getting swept in the semis was tough enough, but not being there on the floor with your team in the most crucial part of the series made it even tougher for Nikola Jokic.

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Can the Suns complete Nuggets sweep?

With Chris Paul in the lead, the Suns have been torching the Nuggets in the semis. Can they close out the series in Game 4?

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No joke: Jokic’s MVP win is culmination of years of hard work

From being an unknown kid from Serbia to the league’s best player, Nikola Jokic’s MVP journey is inspiring.

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Jokic needs serious help from supporting cast

The Denver Nuggets can’t let Nikola Jokic do all the work — other players have to step up if they want to beat the Phoenix Suns.

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CP3's Game 1 performance shows his value to Suns

The series-opening victory over the Nuggets was proof of how important Chris Paul is to the Suns.

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West semis preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets

Chris Paul and Devin Booker against Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter, Jr. Which team will be able to neutralize the other team's superstars?

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Lillard, Blazers moving in different direction with coaching change

The Portland Trail Blazers have begun making changes after another first-round exit from the playoffs.

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The Rundown: Suns dethrone Lakers, Nuggets close out Blazers

The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets closed out their respective series on Friday (PHT) to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

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Taking a moment to appreciate Lillard's 55-point outburst

Damian Lillard played like a man possessed in Game 5 when he exploded for 55 points and set a record for most 3-pointers made in a playoff game.

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Former WNBA players paving the way for women coaches

In honor of Noelle Quinn's recent appointment as Storm head coach, we listed down some former WNBA players who transitioned into coaching in the league.

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The Rundown: Hawks push Knicks to brink of elimination

Trae Young scored 27 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the New York Knicks, 113-96, in Game 4.

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How Carmelo Anthony has remained relevant in the NBA

After years of being a superstar, Carmelo Anthony has found peace in playing a reduced role.

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The Rundown: Knicks even series with Hawks

Derrick Rose and Julius Randle led the New York Knicks to a Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Sun remain undefeated, Ionescu records triple-double

The Connecticut Sun are on top of the standings with a perfect 5-0 record. New York Liberty's Sabrina Ionescu became the youngest WNBA player to notch a triple-double.

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The Rundown: Blazers win Game 1 in Denver, Doncic leads Mavs past Clippers

Damian Lillard steered the Trail Blazers to a series opening win against the Nuggets. Luka Doncic put on a triple-double show as the Mavericks take Game 1 over the Clippers.

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First-round series preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers

How each team can contain stars Nikola Jokic and Damian Lillard could decide this playoff series.

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The Rundown: Curry bags scoring title, Lakers to face Warriors in play-in

The regular season is over and the play-in tournament matchups are complete.

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On the Lookout: Wizards look to secure play-in berth vs Cavaliers

After losing back-to-back to the Hawks, the Wizards are hoping to bounce back against the Cavaliers to clinch a play-in spot.

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What's next for the eliminated teams?

Let’s take a look at the bottom three teams from each conference before they officially close their season and move on to the next.

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The Rundown: Heat down Celtics, clinch playoff spot

The Miami Heat outplayed the reeling Boston Celtics, 129-121, to secure a postseason berth on Wednesday (PHT).

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On the Lookout: Celtics, Heat clash in tight race to playoffs

With the playoffs just around the corner, the Heat and the Celtics will both try to secure a slot in the East's Top 6 as they face off twice in the next three days.

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The Rundown: Clippers knock down Lakers in battle of LA

The Clippers, led by Paul George's 24 points, cruised past the Lakers who were still without LeBron James.

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On the Lookout: Pelicans need to bounce back in Warriors rematch

After getting blown out by the Warriors in the first game of their back-to-back, Zion Williamson and the Pelicans need to regroup quickly if they want to keep their play-in hopes alive.

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The Rundown: Mavericks clinch No. 5 seed after beating Wizards

Luka Doncic posted a triple-double of 31 points, 20 assists, and 12 rebounds, leading the Mavericks to a third straight win that pushed them up to fifth place.

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‘The talent has always been there’ for Jordan Clarkson

Yeng Guiao, who coached Jordan Clarkson in the Asian Games, said playing for the Utah Jazz has brought out the best in the Fil-Am player.

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On the Lookout: Warriors need to rebound against streaking Timberwolves

Losing is not an option for the Warriors, who are desperately clinging on to the 10th seed, especially against an eliminated team like the Timberwolves.

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MVP race: Checking in on the top 5 candidates

NBA.com Philippines writer Renee Ticzon breaks down the top five candidates for the Most Valuable Player award.

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The Rundown: Suns put an end to Knicks’ hot streak

Devin Booker and Chris Paul led the attack as the Phoenix Suns stopped the New York Knicks’ nine-game winning streak.

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League Pass power rankings: Red-hot Knicks a top draw

The New York Knicks, who are on a nine-game winning streak, lead NBA.com Philippines' list of top must-watch teams this week.

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On the Lookout: Davis, Lakers seek to avenge loss to Mavericks

Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers will get another shot at Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.

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The grind is about to get tougher for Kai Sotto

Kai Sotto's basketball career has taken a different turn, but the challenges that lie ahead are only going to make him a better player.

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The Rundown: CP3, Suns ruin Embiid’s huge performance

Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns overcame Joel Embiid’s 38-point, 17-rebound effort to post a 116-113 win.

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Why Ben Simmons is a legitimate DPOY candidate

If you’ve been watching the 76ers, it will come as no surprise that Ben Simmons is a top contender for Defensive Player of the Year.

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NBA prospect Kai Sotto signs with Adelaide 36ers

Kai Sotto moved closer to his NBA dream after signing with the Adelaide 36ers in Australia's National Basketball League.

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On the Lookout: Lakers hope to repeat against Jazz in rematch

After escaping in overtime last Sunday, the Lakers are looking to grab another home win against the league-leading Jazz.

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The Rundown: Knicks keep rolling behind Randle's 44

Julius Randle tied his season-high of 44 points, and added 10 boards and seven dimes, as the Knicks won their 5th in a row.

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On the Lookout: Nets take on 76ers in battle of East powerhouses

Brooklyn and Philadelphia, the two top teams in the Eastern Conference, will collide on Thursday (PHT).

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With Murray out, who will step up for the Nuggets?

Jamal Murray's injury puts the Denver Nuggets in a tough situation. But they have other guys who can step up in Murray's absence.

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The Rundown: Heat trip Blazers, DeRozan game-winner sinks Mavs

The Heat got their second straight win after defeating the Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, DeMar DeRozan nailed a stepback jumper to lift the Spurs past the Mavs.

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#StopAsianHate: NBA stars show support to Asian American community

Asian Americans Jeremy Lin, Erik Spoelstra, and Jordan Clarkson are just some of the NBA personalities who spoke out against anti-Asian hate crimes in the US.

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On the Lookout: Bucks host Hornets, aim to stop skid

The Bucks hope to put an end to their two-game slide when they play the Charlotte Hornets in Milwaukee on Saturday (PHT).

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The Rundown: Bulls stop Pacers, Embiid shines in Sixers win

The Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers for back-to-back wins, while Joel Embiid’s 35 points powered the Philadelphia 76ers past the Boston Celtics.

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On the Lookout: Rondo to debut for Clippers in battle of LA teams

Former Laker Rajon Rondo is expected to debut for the Clippers in time for the first Los Angeles rivalry match this season.

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Time to shine for Jazz sixth man Jordan Clarkson

Jordan Clarkson's transformation into a more dynamic role player with the Jazz made him an overwhelming favorite for this season's Sixth Man of the Year award.

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The Rundown: Nuggets slip past Clippers for fourth straight win

Behind Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., the Denver Nuggets were able to avenge their Christmas Day loss to the LA Clippers.

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Dare to Dream: Renee Montgomery makes history with Atlanta ownership

Atlanta Dream co-owner Renee Montgomery opened the door for women athletes to consider pursuing team ownership and executive roles after their playing careers.

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On the Lookout: Sixers take on revamped Nuggets in Denver

Ben Simmons and the East-leading 76ers head to Denver for a match against the Nuggets.

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The Rundown: Clippers win 5th straight; Barnes buries game-winner to beat Cavs

The Clippers grabbed their fifth win in a row while ending the Sixers' four-game winning run.

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The evolution of Russell Westbrook

Over the course of his career, Russell Westbrook has learned to evolve his game and adapt to different team situations.

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Women's Month: Celebrating and empowering women

Before March ends, NBA.com Philippines features some of the league’s Women’s Month initiatives that aim to honor women and their contributions to the community.

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On the Lookout: Heat seek to end slump vs Trail Blazers

The Heat hope to get out of a four-game slide as they host Dame Lillard's Trail Blazers.

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The Rundown: Streaks end as Hawks lose and Rockets finally win

The Los Angeles Clippers put an end to the Atlanta Hawks’ winning streak on the same day the Houston Rockets got their first win since early February.

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League Pass power rankings: Hawks, Nuggets join the list

The New York Knicks return to NBA.com Philippines’ list of must-watch teams on League Pass, while the Atlanta Hawks and the Denver Nuggets join the fray for the first time this week.

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On the Lookout: Curry-less Warriors hope to repeat against Grizzlies

Without Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins dropped 40 to lead the Warriors to a victory over the Grizzlies today. Can they score back-to-back wins?

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The Rundown: Antetokounmpo, Bucks rally to beat 76ers

The Milwaukee Bucks erased a 19-point deficit to notch an overtime win against the East-leading Philadelphia 76ers.

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Changemakers: WNBA players continue to make an impact

WNBA players have been at the forefront of using their platforms to demand change way before activism in professional sports became mainstream.

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On the Lookout: Nuggets put 5-game streak at stake against Mavericks

After a tight one-point victory over the Grizzlies, the Nuggets are looking to secure their sixth straight win when they host Luka Doncic's Mavericks.

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Athlete Advocacy: NBA players use their platform for change

NBA.com Philippines lists down NBA players who have been using their platform and influence to make a difference in their communities.

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On the Lookout: Will the Mavericks retain their streak?

The Mavericks, who entered the midseason break with a 3-game streak, are hoping to continue winning as they open their 2nd half campaign against the Spurs.

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Curry and Lillard enjoy being teammates for one game

Backcourt foes Steph Curry and Damian Lillard admit they had fun playing together at the All-Star Game.

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Damian Lillard continues to carry the Blazers

Damian Lillard is truly one of the best in the NBA, and there is no doubt that Portland will be great down the stretch because of him.

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The Rundown: Celtics win third straight, Jokic gets triple-double no. 50

The Boston Celtics held off a late rally from the LA Clippers to snag a 117-112 win, while Nikola Jokic's 50th career triple-double lifted the Nuggets past the Bucks.

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On the Lookout: Bucks hope to keep winning in Holiday's return

The Bucks carry a four-game streak ahead of match against Clippers, where Holiday is expected to suit up after a 10-game absence.

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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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The Rundown: Wizards outlast Nuggets behind Beal's 33

The Wizards escaped with a close win as the Nuggets failed to capitalize on a fastbreak opportunity in the endgame.

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On the Lookout: Nuggets aim to stop Lillard's Trail Blazers

After losing three of their last four road games, the Nuggets are looking to find consistency when they return home and host the Trail Blazers.

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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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The Rundown: Heat hold off Lakers, Scary Terry sinks Warriors

The Heat were able to secure a win in a finals rematch with the Lakers, while Terry Rozier made a game-winning shot to help the Hornets beat the Warriors.

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On the Lookout: Nets and Lakers face off without Durant, Davis

The Nets will be without Kevin Durant as they take on the Anthony Davis-less Lakers.

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The Rundown: Clarkson goes for 40 as Jazz win 8th straight

Jordan Clarkson dropped a 40-piece as the Utah Jazz kept their winning streak alive against the best in the East.

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On the Lookout: Kevin Durant returns from virus scare in time for Warriors battle

Kevin Durant is cleared to play as the Nets visit the Bay Area.

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The Rundown: LeBron, Lakers keep winning

Lebron James makes a big defensive stop to help the Lakers extend their winning streak to six games.

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On the Lookout: Hornets aim for back-to-back wins at home

The Hornets take on the Rockets, following a dominant homestand against the Wizards.

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The Rundown: KD pulled from game twice, Ball hands in career night

It was a strange day in the NBA on Saturday as Kevin Durant was pulled from their game against the Raptors twice.

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Looking at the impact of four major trades this season

NBA.com Philippines writer Renee Ticzon examines some of the major deals that went down and the impact they made.

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On the Lookout: Clippers' Leonard-George duo face the Nets' Big 3

The West Conference leader will face the league's top-scoring team as the Clippers take on the Nets.

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Why MLK Day matters to the NBA and fans all over the world

MLK Day aims to continue and honor the work done by Martin Luther King, Jr., a prominent African American Civil Rights leader.

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Five players ready to bounce back from injuries

NBA.com Philippines writer Renee Ticzon lists down five players who have recovered from their respective injuries and are poised for a comeback this season.

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2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Burning questions about the Northwest Divison

NBA.com Philippines writer Renee Ticzon answers burning questions about the Nuggets, Timberwolves, Thunder, Jazz, and Trail Blazers.