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NBA’s Adam Silver enters protocols, missing Game 5 of finals

Also unclear is when Silver will be able to resume attending games

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver canceled plans to attend Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics on Monday night because of the league’s health and safety protocols. Silver typically attends…

NBA fines Mavs $100,000 for 3rd bench violation in playoffs

The first fine was $25,000, the second $50,000

DALLAS (AP) — The NBA fined the Dallas Mavericks for a third time in the playoffs on Sunday because of violations of rules regarding their bench. The fine has doubled each time, with the latest at $100,000 after Game 2…

Mavs down 2-0 again, this time against title-tested Warriors

The Mavericks are headed home to try to stay in the Western Conference finals

Luka Doncic didn’t have another “believe” in him with the Mavericks facing a 2-0 deficit for a second consecutive series. Not that the Dallas superstar doesn’t believe. There’s just a difference after losing a 19-point lead against title-tested Stephen Curry…

Rockets get third pick in lottery, Magic get first

CHICAGO (AP) — Orlando Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman was supposed to be at the podium for the NBA draft lottery. He benched himself in favor of coach Jamahl Mosley. “I haven’t been very good at this,” Weltman…

Doncic leads Mavs over Suns 123-90 in Game 7 blowout

Doncic and Dinwiddie combined to pour in 48 of the Mavericks’ 57 points

PHOENIX (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 and the Dallas Mavericks stunned the top-seeded Phoenix Suns with a 123-90 Game 7 blowout Sunday night, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since…

Doncic, Mavericks cruise past Suns 113-86 to force Game 7

Doncic scored 33 points

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic has his first victory in an elimination game. Now the young Dallas superstar gets another one — and another Game 7 to boot. Doncic scored 33 points and the Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns 113-86…

Horford, Tatum help Celtics even series with 116-108 victory

The two teams have alternated victories in this best-of-seven series

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Al Horford and Jayson Tatum scored 30 points apiece and led the Boston Celtics’ fourth-quarter comeback in a 116-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night that tied their Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece.…

Doncic, Mavs beat foul-plagued Paul, Suns to even series 2-2

Dorian Finney-Smith scored a playoff career-high 24 points

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 26 points and the Dallas Mavericks took advantage of foul trouble for Chris Paul to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-101 on Sunday, evening the Western Conference semifinal series at 2-2. Paul was out of…

Mavs get defensive, top Suns 103-94 for 2-1 series deficit

The Dallas superstar had 26 points and 13 rebounds

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic got the help he and the Dallas Mavericks needed — from Jalen Brunson on offense and himself, Reggie Bullock and others on defense. The Dallas superstar had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Mavericks…

Mavericks, Suns both adversity-tested in these playoffs

The Mavericks travel to face the top-seeded Suns in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have proven they can win playoff games without All-Star Devin Booker. The Dallas Mavericks showed the same when their own superstar Luka Doncic was out of the lineup. If adversity builds strength, then this…

Jazz beat Mavericks to tie series, spoil Doncic’s return

Luka Doncic had 30 points, 10 rebounds four assists

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert gave Utah the lead with an alley-oop dunk with 11.0 seconds left and the Jazz held off the Dallas Mavericks 100-99 on Saturday in Game 4 to tie the first-round series. Spencer Dinwiddie…

Mitchell, Jazz win opener 99-93 as Mavs play without Doncic

The fourth-seeded Mavs, starting the playoffs at home for the first time since their NBA title season 11 years ago

DALLAS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic put Utah ahead to stay just before halftime, Donovan Michell got aggressive in the second half and the only made shot by Royce O’Neale was a huge one late for the Jazz. All that injured…

76ers need Harden to deliver in postseason for title shot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James Harden says he’s “ready to hoop.” The Philadelphia 76ers sure hope The Beard is good to go — not just for the opening-round Eastern Conference series against Toronto — but for a deep run into June.…

Mavs put no timetable on Doncic return with playoffs looming

The team said Tuesday that the 23-year-old superstar had begun treatment

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are not putting a timetable on Luka Doncic’s return from a calf strain four days before the opener of a first-round playoff series against Utah. The team said Tuesday that the 23-year-old superstar had…

Doncic leads Mavericks to 118-112 victory over Bucks

Doncic scored 32 points and matched a season high with 15 assists

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Luka Doncic continues to feel right at home when he’s facing the Milwaukee Bucks, even when his Dallas Mavericks are on the road facing a fourth-quarter deficit. Doncic scored 32 points and matched a season high with…

Spurs maintain 10th place in West with big win over Blazers

The Spurs had eight players score in double figures

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Devin Vassell had 22 points, Keldon Johnson added 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs maintained their hold on 10th place in the Western Conference by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 130-111 on Friday night. Dejounte…

Porzingis scores 24 against Mavericks as Wizards win 135-103

Luka Doncic had 36 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Dallas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once introductions for the game against the Dallas Mavericks were complete Friday night, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope delivered a direct message to Washington Wizards teammate Kristaps Porzingis. “We called up the huddle and I told him, ‘KP, since they…

Doncic, Mavs top Jazz 114-100 for inside track to home court

Doncic scored 32 points and the Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic knows the Mavericks haven’t had home-court advantage in the playoffs since the young superstar came to Dallas. Coach Jason Kidd might remember the last time the club did, since he was the point guard on…

Hornets rout road-weary Mavs 129-108 for 4th straight win

Luka Doncic had 37 points and eight 3s for the Mavericks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Miles Bridges scored 23 points, P.J. Washington added a season-high 21 and the Charlotte Hornets routed the road-weary Dallas Mavericks 129-108 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Terry Rozier scored 18 points, and LaMelo…

James passes Malone, but Lakers blow lead in loss to Wizards

James came into the night needing 19 points to tie Malone.

WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James passed Karl Malone on the career scoring list, leaving only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still to catch. Then the Los Angeles Lakers wasted another stellar performance by their star. James came into the night needing 19 points…

Wolves top Spurs 149-139

Towns scores NBA-high 60 points

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had a team-record 60 points — the most scored in the NBA this season — and the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 149-139 on Monday night. Towns shot 19 for 31 and…