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NBA Playoffs: Jayson Tatum lifts Celtics over Nets in buzzer beater; Heat, Bucks win
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NBA Playoffs: Jayson Tatum lifts Celtics over Nets in buzzer beater; Heat, Bucks win

Tatum scored 31 points to lead the Celtics, who thwarted a fourth-quarter comeback bid by the Nets to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

NBA, players agree to additional protocols through holidays
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NBA, players agree to additional protocols through holidays

The upgraded mask rules will be in place "until agreed otherwise by the NBA and Players Association," according to a memo shared with teams

US sport on alert as Covid cases surge in NFL, NBA, NHL
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US sport on alert as Covid cases surge in NFL, NBA, NHL

The NFL, NBA and National Hockey League were scrambling to counter a sharp uptick in coronavirus cases as the Geneva-based World Health Organization warned the new Omicron variant was spreading at an unprecedented rate.

NBA: MVP Nikola Jokic stars in Nuggets' 113-99 win over Knicks; Spurs defeat Warriors
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NBA: MVP Nikola Jokic stars in Nuggets' 113-99 win over Knicks; Spurs defeat Warriors

Jokic connected on 14 of his 19 shots from the floor and handed out five assists in just under 27 minutes on court in his third game back since missing four games in late November with a wrist injury.

NA: Demar DeRozan, Zach LaVine help Bulls beat Raptors for fourth straight win
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NA: Demar DeRozan, Zach LaVine help Bulls beat Raptors for fourth straight win

Nikola Vucevic scored 17 points and Lonzo Ball had 15 as the Bulls won their fourth straight meeting with Toronto. Ball shot 5 for 9 from 3-point range.

NBA: Lakers and Warriors set for 7-8 play-in clash in LA; Jazz finish with No 1 seed
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NBA: Lakers and Warriors set for 7-8 play-in clash in LA; Jazz finish with No 1 seed

No 7 Los Angeles will host No 8 Golden State in the Western Conference play-in with the winner taking the seventh seed and a spot against Phoenix and the loser having to play another game to determine the eighth seed.

NBA: LeBron James returns to help Lakers beat Pacers; Bucks maintain bid for East's No 2 seed
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NBA: LeBron James returns to help Lakers beat Pacers; Bucks maintain bid for East's No 2 seed

The Lakers can take the No 6 seed if they win at New Orleans on Sunday and Portland loses to Denver that day. If the Lakers finish No 7, they will be in the play-in tournament against the No 8 seed.

NBA: Bojan Bogdanovic scores 48 points, Jazz rally to beat Nuggets; 76ers inch closer top spot in East
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NBA: Bojan Bogdanovic scores 48 points, Jazz rally to beat Nuggets; 76ers inch closer top spot in East

Bogdanovic went 16 of 23 from the field — making a career-high eight 3-pointers — to lead the NBA-leading Jazz to their fourth straight victory.

NBA: Devin Booker, Suns end Knicks' 9-game win streak; Thunder suffer 14th straight loss
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NBA: Devin Booker, Suns end Knicks' 9-game win streak; Thunder suffer 14th straight loss

The New York Knicks were on their longest winning streak since a 13-game run late in the 2012-13 season.

NBA: Julius Randle stars as New York Knicks win ninth straight game; Dallas Mavericks beat Los Angeles Lakers
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NBA: Julius Randle stars as New York Knicks win ninth straight game; Dallas Mavericks beat Los Angeles Lakers

Derrick Rose scored 19 points to help the Knicks move into fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining. They are on their longest winning streak since a 13-game run late in the 2012-13 season, when they won the Atlantic Division title in what was their last playoff appearance.

NBA: Trade deadline passes, and Kyle Lowry remains with Raptors; Nikola Vucevic moves to Bulls
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NBA: Trade deadline passes, and Kyle Lowry remains with Raptors; Nikola Vucevic moves to Bulls

Lowry — a free-agent-to-be and considered perhaps the biggest prize on this year's trade market — did not get traded, the Raptors apparently unable to find enough assets to their liking

NBA: Jazz back in tune with victory over Raptors; Magic shock Nets despite Kyrie Irving's 43 points
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NBA: Jazz back in tune with victory over Raptors; Magic shock Nets despite Kyrie Irving's 43 points

In a fourth quarter that featured eight lead changes, Donovan made the difference for the Jazz, scoring eight straight points in the final minute and a half.

NBA: Joel Embiid injured in East-leading 76ers' victory over Wizards, Lakers rally to beat Pacers
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NBA: Joel Embiid injured in East-leading 76ers' victory over Wizards, Lakers rally to beat Pacers

Following a dunk for his last points, Embiid landed awkwardly on his left leg, his knee joint appearing to bend slightly forward.

NBA: Utah Jazz thump defending champions Lakers; Lu Dort shines in Oklahoma City Thunder's win
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NBA: Utah Jazz thump defending champions Lakers; Lu Dort shines in Oklahoma City Thunder's win

The Western Conference-leading Jazz made 22 three-pointers to the Lakers' eight, pulling away in the second quarter as they improved to 26-6.

NBA: Tim Hardaway Jr, Luka Doncic star in Dallas Mavericks win; Washington Wizards beat Los Angeles Lakers
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NBA: Tim Hardaway Jr, Luka Doncic star in Dallas Mavericks win; Washington Wizards beat Los Angeles Lakers

Dallas were playing for the first time in eight days after two postponements because of a wintry weather blast in Texas. Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play after showing up on the injury report the day of the game with back stiffness.

NBA: Joel Embiid scores career-high 50 points in 76ers' win over Bulls; Nuggets beat Cavaliers
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NBA: Joel Embiid scores career-high 50 points in 76ers' win over Bulls; Nuggets beat Cavaliers

Embiid added 17 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals in a dominating performance at both ends.

NBA postpones Maverick-Pelicans and Bulls-Celtic games due to COVID-19
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NBA postpones Maverick-Pelicans and Bulls-Celtic games due to COVID-19

NBA also said it would meet with the National Basketball Players Association about possible modifications in the joint safety protocols.

NBA: D'Angelo Russell, Timberwolves snap 7-game losing streak; Kawhi Leonard gets 10,000th point in Clippers win
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NBA: D'Angelo Russell, Timberwolves snap 7-game losing streak; Kawhi Leonard gets 10,000th point in Clippers win

This was the first time the Timberwolves had held an opponent to under 100 points since 2 January, 2020.

NBA: Jerami Grant helps Detroit Pistons beat Phoenix Suns; Milwaukee Bucks suffer first home loss against Utah Jazz
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NBA: Jerami Grant helps Detroit Pistons beat Phoenix Suns; Milwaukee Bucks suffer first home loss against Utah Jazz

LeBron James had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Los Angeles overcame the absence of two injured starters to beat Chicago.

NBA: Lakers stretch winning streak to four; Spurs stop 4-game skid at Clippers
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NBA: Lakers stretch winning streak to four; Spurs stop 4-game skid at Clippers

On a poor shooting night for both teams, the Lakers were able to depend on James and Davis down the stretch. James and Davis combined for a run of 15 points late in the fourth to take the lead to 92-83 with 31.1 seconds left.