Russell Westbrook’s Lakers debut was downright ugly, but please hold your overreactions until a later date

SAN FRANCISCO — Oh you thought Russell Westbrook would have a pedestrian Los Angeles Lakers debut? Come on, now. This is the Lakers we’re talking about. Westbrook took the court for the first time in a...

‘We hold ourselves to a high standard’

As Kevin Durant enters his fifteenth season in the NBA, he looks to pick up right where he left off in Tokyo: Dominating the competition. In previous years, the 33-year-old had a different approach to the...

Sparks hold off Dream to win 18th consecutive game at Staples Center

Sparks’ Amanda Zahui B reaches to try to steal the ball from Atlanta Dream forward Monique Billings in the paint on Thursday at Staples Center. (Steve Galluzzo / For The Times) This time around, the Sparks...

Bucks hold off Suns late in thrilling Game 5 to move one win from NBA championship

PHOENIX — Just one more victory. That’s how close the Milwaukee Bucks are to their first NBA championship since 1971 and the first title for two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee overcame a 16-point first-quarter deficit and...