National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver said the organisation will not apologise over a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressing support for Hong Kong's protesters.
Houston Rockets and NBA were forced into defensive mode as China's state broadcaster said it was yanking Rockets games from the air and sponsors abandoned them.
Though not expected to go deep into the tournament, China's performance was seen as a disappointment, especially since they had been drawn in one of the easiest preliminary groups.
The 24-year-old from Greece wept as he accepted the honour beating out 2018 MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George.
Kevin Durant scored 50 points as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 129-110 to advance to the Western Conference semi-finals.
The Golden State Warriors meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the NBA championship series on Thursday. The same two teams met in the previous three finals, with Golden State winning the title in 2015 and 2017, and Cleveland in 2016.
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