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Leaning Into His Role as the Villain, Ben Simmons Leads 76ers’ Rout of Nets

Before Game 3, Embiid admitted: “I probably should’ve been ejected. I saw the play, and that was a bad play.” The foul was ruled a Flagrant 1; a Flagrant 2 would have resulted in an ejection.“I was trying to...

Those Denver Upstarts Save Their Season Thanks to Jamal Murray

Fortunately for Barton and the rest of the Nuggets, it was all love in the fourth quarter, thanks largely to Murray, who shot 8-for-24 in Game 1 — including a wide-open elbow jumper he clanked in crunchtime that clearly...

A Hunger Artist Off the Bench, Lou Williams Helps the Clippers Feast

Atkinson, now the head coach of the Nets, imbued Williams with the importance of routine.“Kenny is one of my all-time favorite people in the world,” Williams said. “I give him a lot of credit for getting me back on...

N.B.A. Playoffs: Philadelphia Steamrolls Its Way to a Game 2 Win Over the Nets

After the Philadelphia 76ers were booed off their home court in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series, Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson had a feeling that they would punch back hard in Game 2.“We expect a haymaker,”...

Mike Budenholzer Has Come a Long Way From Bucket of Blood Street

HOLBROOK, Ariz. — A wind that would not stop tugged at flags and sent sand devils spinning into this desert town as I walked past Mr. Maestas Restaurant and the Arizona Pawnman and the Empty Pockets Saloon and came...

N.B.A. Photographers ‘Do It for the Gram,’ Too

Nathaniel Butler has been an N.B.A. senior photographer since 1984. Those were the days of shooting on film and developing photos in hotel rooms after games. Today, players text Butler as they arrive at the arena so he can...

The Triumphs and Trade-Offs of Reporting on Four Decades of N.B.A. Playoffs

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.The N.B.A. playoffs begin this weekend, which for those who report regularly on the world’s premier professional basketball league means...

The Warriors’ Biggest Rivals? Injuries and Boredom

The Golden State Warriors followed up their second consecutive N.B.A. title — and third in four years — by adding DeMarcus Cousins, the four-time All-Star. It became commonplace to declare that they had ruined the league by removing any...

With a Flurry of Shots, Dirk Nowitzki Wraps Up His Time in Dallas

The game itself, predictably, was also all about Nowitzki, with teammates, particularly the league’s rookie of the year favorite, Luka Doncic, feeding him incessantly as fans bayed at him to shoot at every opportunity.Before tipoff, Nowitzki jokingly asked a...

Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers’ Team President

LOS ANGELES — At the end of a disastrous season in which the Los Angeles Lakers failed to make the playoffs, despite having added LeBron James via free agency, Magic Johnson made the stunning announcement on Tuesday that he...

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