NBA Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter, left, and NBA Commissioner David Stern shake hands at a news conference in New York announcing a collective bargaining agreement ending the 191-day NBA player lockout Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999. (AP Photo/William Regan)

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The NBA and the players’ union reached an agreement to end the lockout and save what was left of the season after a secret all-night bargaining session.

The deal between commissioner David Stern and union head Billy Hunter was struck about 6 a.m., just 29 hours before the league’s Board of Governors was set to vote on canceling the remainder of the season.

A season of 52 games began in February, with playoffs starting in May.