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Pelicans fire Gentry after 5 seasons

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry, left, talks with guard Frank Jackson (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Alvin Gentry on Saturday after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.

The Pelicans went 30-42 this season, finishing with just two victories in their final eight games despite the presence of top overall draft choice Zion Williamson and first-time All-Star Brandon Ingram in the lineup.

Gentry was hired by former Pelicans general manager Dell Demps after the club fired Monte Williams following the 2014-15 season, when Anthony Davis was the face of the franchise.


Lillard, Blazers face Memphis in play-in

The Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers get first crack at the NBA's new play-in tournament Saturday afternoon when the playoff hopefuls meet near Orlando for what could be the first of two straight days.

The Grizzlies (34-39) finished ninth and the Trail Blazers (35-39) eighth in the Western Conference in the regular season, earning a head-to-head matchup in which Portland, as the higher seed, must be defeated twice in order to be denied the West's final playoff spot.


Divac steps down as Kings' GM, Dumars in

Vlade Divac has stepped down as general manager of the Sacramento Kings and will be replaced on an interim basis by Joe Dumars.

The Kings announced the move Friday, a day after they ended their 14th straight season without a playoff berth. That's the longest active drought in the NBA and one shy of the record.


Boylen fired as Bulls continue makeover

Months after the world was reminded of the best run in Chicago Bulls history, the franchise closed a chapter on one of its worst.

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday as the new front office begins its remake of a team that missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five years - - a tough stretch for a franchise whose dominance in the 1990s was chronicled in the ESPN documentary "The Last Dance."


Heat's Jones strains neck in loss

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Doug McDermott scored 23 points and the Indiana Pacers beat Miami 109-92 on Friday in a game delayed for several minutes late in the third quarter when Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. was carted off the court.

Jones was attempting to get around a screen when he collided with 6-foot-11 Indiana center Goga Bitadze and fell to the floor. Jones lay on his stomach with his right arm on the back of his head for several minutes before he was fitted for a neck brace and carted off the floor.


Mann's late 3 lifts Clippers by Thunder

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Rookie Terance Mann hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:30 left in overtime and had 25 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists for the Los Angeles Clippers, who beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-103 Friday night in a final seeding game for both teams devoid of stars.

The Clippers rested Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams for the playoffs starting next week. They wrapped up the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 124-111 victory over Denver on Wednesday night.


76ers close regular season, rip Rockets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Tobias Harris scored 18 points and the Philadelphia 76ers closed the regular season by trouncing the Houston Rockets 134-96 on Friday night.

The 76ers and Rockets played most of their regulars for about the first 2 1/2 quarters even though both teams already were locked into playoff matchups, making Friday night's game meaningless.


Johnson scores 23, Raptors top Nuggets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Stanley Johnson scored 19 of his season-high 23 points in the second half, and the Toronto Raptors closed out their regular season with a 117-109 victory over the slipping Denver Nuggets on Friday.

The seldom used Johnson, who came in averaging 1.5 points per game, hit three 3-pointers and a floating bank shot during a span of less than four minutes in the fourth quarter, helping the Raptors push their lead to 103-92 with six minutes to go.


Basketball Hall induction delayed to '21

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Spurs' 22-season playoff streak ends

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Gregg Popovich didn't put much thought into San Antonio's playoff streak when it was rolling along.

He's not thinking about it now, either.

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