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2017 NBA awards finalists announced

May 20, 2017

As expected, Houston's James Harden, left, and OKC's Russell Westbrook are MVP finalists. Thomas B. Shea/USA TODAY SportsFinalists for the 2017 NBA awards were announced Friday night prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. There are three finalists each for the following awards: Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Sixth Man Award, Kia NBA Most Improved Player and NBA Coach of the Year. Rapper/entertainer Drake will help reveal the winners when he hosts the first-ever NBA Awards show June 26.

Here is a running list of the award finalists:

Most Improved Player of the Year

Milwaukee PG/F Giannis Antetokounmpo: He became just the fifth player in NBA history to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, joining LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Scottie Pippen and Dave Cowens. Antetokounmpo has increased his points per game, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and field goal percentage averages in each of his four seasons....

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LaVar Ball: Michael Jordan can't sell $495 shoes because he's not Lonzo

May 10, 2017

LaVar Ball says his son Lonzo Ball is doing something Michael Jordan could never do: sell shoes for $495.

During a panel discussion on Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed" about the new $495 ZO2s that debuted last week under the Big Baller Brand, co-host Shannon Sharpe advised LaVar Ball that "Michael Jordan couldn't command [$495] for shoes."

"Because he ain't Lonzo Ball, that's why," LaVar Ball said. "Did he have his own brand coming in? It's a new era called the Ball era."...

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Dragic, Heat top Hornets 112-99; pull into tie for 8th place

April 06, 2017

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic.CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There was a time in his career when Hassan Whiteside might not have reacted so well to a frustrating night.

But when Whiteside was whistled for a technical foul, the 7-footer channeled his anger and sparked the Miami Heat to a crucial 112-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

He got plenty of help from his teammates, too....

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Wall dominates third quarter as Wizards snap Hornets' streak

April 05, 2017

Wahington Wizards guard john Wall.WASHINGTON -- John Wall took coach Scott Brooks' defensive message to heart and decided to get aggressive on the offensive end.

It worked out quite well for the Washington Wizards.

Wall scored 14 of his 23 points and dished out six of his 13 assists in a dominant third quarter, and Washington hurt Charlotte's playoff chances with a 118-111 victory over the Hornets on Tuesday night....

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Belinelli helps Hornets beat Raptors 110-106

March 30, 2017

Charlotte Hornets forward Marco Belinelli of Italy..TORONTO -- Kemba Walker founding his shooting stroke in the nick of time for the Charlotte Hornets.

Walker scored 11 of his 19 points in the final 5:03, leading the Hornets past the Toronto Raptors 110-106 on Wednesday night.

The All-Star guard was 3 for 18 from the field through three quarters. But he stepped up in the fourth, helping Charlotte (34-41) stop Toronto's six-game win streak....

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