Best NBA photos from March: Anthony Edwards, LeBron James, Nikola Jokić and more – The Athletic

Jeff MailletApr 1, 2024

The madness of March never disappoints.

While your favorite men’s and women’s college teams are probably eliminated, every NBA team is still playing, jockeying for playoff positioning, a postseason berth or its draft order.

But there have been issues in The Association. Complaints about the officiating have escalated, there’s a gambling investigation and teams are averaging about four fewer points per game than before mid-February. Will that change when the playoffs begin in April? We shall see.

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In the meantime, catch a glimpse of some of March’s NBA action right here in this month’s photo gallery, which contains extra photos courtesy of Anthony Edwards and Jalen Johnson.

As always, thanks for viewing. Enjoy!

(Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)

This scrum for the ball involves Buddy Hield and Paul Reed of the 76ers and Precious Achiuwa (I think) of the Knicks in New York.

(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

Nikola Jokić of the Nuggets discards Kristaps Porziņģis of the Celtics on a drive to the basket in Denver. The Nuggets won both games against the Celtics this season despite Boston having the best record in the NBA.

(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

D’Angelo Russell (left), Spencer Dinwiddie and Jaxson Hayes of the Lakers celebrate a thrilling 123-122 win over the Bucks in Los Angeles. Dinwiddie blocked Damian Lillard’s shot with 3 seconds left to preserve the victory for the Lakers.

(Steve Dykes / Associated Press)

Jalen Green of the Rockets takes off for a slam as Anfernee Simons of the Trail Blazers attempts to defend in Portland, Ore.

(Arlyn McAdorey / The Canadian Press via Associated Press)

Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Jakob Poeltl and Gary Trent Jr. of the Raptors all tumble to the court while pursuing a loose ball in Toronto.

(Matthew Hinton / Associated Press)

Zion Williamson of the Pelicans hollers after scoring and getting fouled against the Clippers in New Orleans.

(John Bazemore / Associated Press)

It’s been that kind of a season for the Hawks and Hornets. Bruno Fernando of the Hawks hits the deck after being fouled by Grant Williams of the Hornets in Atlanta.

(Eric Gay / Associated Press)

The Spurs have Devin Booker of the Suns surrounded and trapped, but the four-time All-Star still sneaks a pass through to a teammate in San Antonio.

(Alex Goodlett / Getty Images)

Is this the dunk of the season? Anthony Edwards of the Timberwolves soars over John Collins of the Jazz for a slam in Salt Lake City. It’s so outstanding that here’s another photo of it from a different angle:

(Melissa Majchrzak / NBAE via Getty Images) (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Unfortunately for Jalen Johnson of the Hawks, his magnificent dunk over Austin Reaves of the Lakers in Los Angeles occurred on the same night as Edwards’ tremendous play. And it’s deserving of another shot from a different angle:

(Kirby Lee / USA Today) (LM Otero / Associated Press)

Kyrie Irving of the Mavericks releases a running, left-handed 20-footer over Nikola Jokić of the Nuggets. The shot dropped through the net at the buzzer to lift the Mavs to a 107-105 victory in Dallas.

(Sarah Stier / Getty Images)

Kelly Oubre Jr. of the 76ers is amused during a minor scuffle with Donte DiVincenzo of the Knicks in New York.

(Brad Rempel / USA Today)

Get that shot outta here! Rudy Gobert of the Timberwolves rejects an attempt by Jabari Walker of the Trail Blazers in Minneapolis.

(Cary Edmondson / USA Today)

After getting the ball stolen, Damian Lillard of the Bucks tries to return the favor to Moses Moody of the Warriors in San Francisco.

(Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today)

MVP candidate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Thunder sees an opening as Royce O’Neale of the Suns defends in Phoenix.

(Kevin Jairaj / USA Today)

Daniel Gafford of the Mavericks excels at dunking and blocking shots as Jamal Murray of the Nuggets discovers on this drive in Dallas.

(Gary A. Vasquez / USA Today)

LeBron James, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, knows how to finish. James flushes this dunk and gets whacked in the face by Alex Len of the Kings in Los Angeles.

(Kirby Lee / USA Today)

De’Andre Hunter of the Hawks meets Daniel Theis of the Clippers at the apex of Theis’ shot attempt in Los Angeles.

(David Butler II / USA Today)

Is that Jaylen Brown of the Celtics using his left hand? It is, against James Wiseman of the Pistons in Boston.

(Gary A. Vasquez / USA Today)

Naz Reid of the Timberwolves does his best Superman impression as he and Ivica Zubac of the Clippers pursue a loose ball in Los Angeles.

(Gary A. Vasquez / USA Today)

Lakers fans are ecstatic after D’Angelo Russell makes a 3-pointer against the Thunder in Los Angeles.

(Sam Hodde / Getty Images)

There’s a lot to unpack here. Luka Dončić of the Mavericks appears to be tipping over while Buddy Hield of the 76ers and referee Justin Van Duyne are already past that point in Dallas.

Parting shot

(Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Jarrett Allen of the Cavaliers and De’Andre Hunter of the Hawks (and their shadows) battle for a rebound in Atlanta.

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February: Anthony Edwards, Domantas Sabonis, Victor Wembanyama and more

January: Victor Wembanyama, Steph Curry, The Coyote and more

December: LeBron James, Giannis, Luka Dončić and more

November: Victor Wembanyama, Anthony Edwards, Draymond Green and more

June: Nikola Jokić, Jamal Murray, Jimmy Butler, Victor Wembanyama and more

May: Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum, LeBron James, Joel Embiid and more

(Top photo of Jayson Tatum: Brian Babineau / NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jeff Maillet is a senior editor of The Athletic NBA. He is formerly the managing editor of The Athletic Wisconsin and Indiana. He also worked 25 years at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, most recently as deputy sports editor. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_maillet

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