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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces Karl-Anthony Towns as the overall first pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) **FILE**

Adam Silver: Playoff changes likely in NBA, moratorium mulled

- Associated Press

Silver said Tuesday the league is leaning toward eliminating any protection for division winners in playoff seeding and instead placing the eight teams in the Eastern and Western Conference brackets based solely by record.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015.  The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Commissioner: NBA relationship with players 'best' in sports

- Associated Press

With a multi-billion dollar new broadcast rights deal set to kick in from the 2016-17 season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says "it's a very good time" for the league right now and, he stressed on Thursday, the players, too.

Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) shoots against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Moore, Lynx spoil Candace Parker's season debut

Associated Press

Maya Moore scored 27 points and Lindsay Whalen had 24 to help the Minnesota Lynx hold off the Los Angeles Sparks 82-76 on Wednesday night, spoiling the season debut of two-time MVP Candace Parker.

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- Associated Press

Maya Moore scored 27 points and Lindsay Whalen had 24 to help the Minnesota Lynx hold off the Los Angeles Sparks 82-76 on Wednesday night, spoiling the season debut of two-time MVP Candace Parker.

Mystics win 4th straight with 87-74 win over Storm

Associated Press

Ivory Latta made four three-pointers and scored 20 points to lead the Washington Mystics to their fourth-straight victory with an 87-74 win over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday.