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May

07
Dallas Mavericks sign coach Jason Kidd to multiyear extension

Jason Kidd has signed a multiyear contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks, the team revealed Monday. The deal comes just days after ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that Kidd’s name had been mentioned as a potential candidate for Los Angeles Lakers head coach, a job that came open when the team fired Darvin Ham. “We are excited to have Coach Kidd continue to lead our team throughout the coming years with this well-earned contract extension,” Mavericks governor Patrick Dumont said. “Kidd led our team to two playoff appearances in three seasons, and we are looking forward to his leadership in continuing to build and grow […]

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April

29
LeBron has 30 as Lakers battle pass Nuggets to force Game 5

The Los Angeles Lakers finally cracked the Denver Nuggets’ mastery of this rivalry and extended their playoff lives for at least another match. To absolutely nobody’s surprise, LeBron James led the way. James scored 30 points, Anthony Davis added 25 points and 23 rebounds, and the Lakers avoided postseason elimination with a 119-108 triumph over Denver in Game 4 of their first-round series Saturday night. D’Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves scored 21 points apiece for the seventh-seeded Lakers, who snapped their 11-game losing streak versus the defending NBA champions with their first win over the Nuggets since December 2022. “We get another opportunity to go play one more game, and […]

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April

22
D’Angelo Russell falters late as Lakers drop Game 1

As much as the story of the Los Angeles Lakers’ season has been centered on the team looking to make up for its flameout in the Western Conference finals a year ago to pursuit a championship, there’s also been a personal redemption arc for point guard D’Angelo Russell. However Saturday’s 114-103 Game 1 loss to the Denver Nuggets, where Russell missed 13 of his final 16 shot attempts and scored 13 points, brought to mind some of his past struggles. “D-Lo is a huge reason why we’re here in the first place,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “I’m not going to bail out on my […]

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April

17
Lakers survive Pelicans’ rally, advance to matchup vs. Nuggets

LeBron James posted 23 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers secured a playoff berth with a 110-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference play-in tournament on Tuesday night. Zion Williamson had 40 points and 11 rebounds in his NBA postseason debut. But shortly after tying the game at 95 on a driving layup with 3:19 to go, Williamson went to the locker room, throwing a towel to the floor in disgust as he walked into the tunnel with an apparent injury. After the game, Pelicans coach Willie Green stated Williamson had “left leg soreness.” “He’s going to have some […]

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April

08
‘Confident’ Lakers finally see rise in standings after win

The Lakers are playing their best basketball in months as the NBA schedule enters the final week of the regular season. And after Saturday’s 116-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, they finally have something to show for it. The victory, which was L.A.’s ninth in its past 10 games, moved the Lakers up to No. 8 in the Western Conference standings — the best position they’ve been since Dec. 29th when they were 17-15. Now 45-33 with four games left, L.A. does not sound like a team barely eking its way into the playoff picture. “We’re very confident in our ballclub,” Anthony Davis said after […]

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April

04
Celtics clinch NBA’s best record with runaway win against OKC

Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault likened the Celtics’ performance this season to that of a Ferrari. Boston’s latest triumph over the Thunder earned it yet another luxury with the playoffs fast approaching. Kristaps Porzingis had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks, helping the Celtics power past the Thunder 135-100 on Wednesday night to secure the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Boston, which won its 11th consecutive home match, improved to 60-16 on the season to notch its 14th 60-win season in franchise history. The only other franchise with at least 10 such seasons is the Lakers, who have 11, […]

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December

25
LeBron James scores 40 as Lakers end skid with ‘big win’

With the Lakers’ once 26-point lead cut to 10 in the waning minutes Saturday, LeBron James scored 11 consecutive points for Los Angeles. The spurt boosted his total to a season-best 40 points and assured the Lakers one of their best wins of the season, 129-120 versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. Coming into the night on a four-game losing streak and tweaking the starting lineup before tipoff — looking like a shell of the team that went 7-0 en route to the in-season tournament championship in the past couple of weeks — the Lakers made good on the “must win” directive Anthony Davis labeled the game earlier in […]

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December

08
Pacers advance over Bucks to championship game of tournament

As Tyrese Haliburton watched his step-back 3-pointer fall through the net, giving the Indiana Pacers what would become an insurmountable lead over the Milwaukee Bucks inside the final minute of the Eastern Conference semifinal in the NBA’s in-season tournament, he turned and stared at his wrist. The implication was obvious: The closing moments of the game, which usually are reserved for “Dame Time” when Damian Lillard is involved, had become Haliburton’s time to shine this Thursday at T-Mobile Arena. There were still 48 seconds on the clock as Haliburton celebrated, but they were a mere formality. By the time they ticked off, Haliburton — who finished with 27 […]

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November

23
Lakers go 4-0 in group play, make in-season tournament quarters

The Lakers are one step closer to Las Vegas. The Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz 131-99 on Tuesday to win their group and advance to the quarterfinals in the NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament. It appears the in-season tournament came at the perfect time for Lakers. Just 3-5 on the season and riding a three-game losing streak when group play started, L.A. swept through the qualifying round, going 4-0 against the Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah to win Group A in the Western Conference. A couple of weeks into the competition, the Lakers notched their third straight win to bring their record to 9-6. L.A. […]

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October

06
LeBron James to miss Lakers preseason opener, but is ‘100% healthy’

LeBron James won’t be on the court with the Los Angeles Lakers for their preseason opener versus the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. James and the Lakers, however, aren’t concerned one bit. Despite being the oldest player in the league, and coming off a season where he missed 27 matches due to a right foot injury, James is “100% healthy.” “He looks fine,” coach Darvin Ham said Thursday, via ESPN. “He looks like third- or fourth-year LeBron.” James averaged 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists last season, his fifth with the Lakers. James, however, has yet to play a full season since arriving in Los […]

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