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NBA, DMX, Mega Millions among Google's top US trending searches of 2021

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dunks during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dunks during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

What topics dominated Google search in 2021? Professional basketball and money.

The NBA was the most popular trending search in the U.S. this year, according to data released Wednesday by Google.

Second on the list was DMX, the rap icon who died in April after suffering a heart attack.

Gabby Petito was third on Google's list. Petito was a YouTube star whose murder captured nationwide attention.

Trending searches related to money were higher this year. "Mega Millions," "AMC stock" and "stimulus check" ranked in the top 10 of overall trending searches and top three trending News searches in the U.S.

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Mega Millions lottery jackpots reached new heights this year, most recently capped by one winning ticket in October claiming a $700 million prize, the seventh largest in U.S. lottery history. Meanwhile, AMC was one of several meme stocks that surged in popularity this year.

Google says their 2021 search lists are based on terms with the highest spike this year compared to the previous year.

Scroll down to check out more of Google's top trending searches.

Google's top US trending searches

1. NBA

2. DMX

3. Gabby Petito

4. Kyle Rittenhouse

5. Brian Laundrie

6. Mega Millions

7. AMC Stock

8. Stimulus Check

9. Georgia Senate Race

10. Squid Game

Google's top US trending news searches

1. Mega Millions

2. AMC Stock

3. Stimulus Check

4. Georgia Senate Race

5. GME

6. Dogecoin

7. Hurricane Ida

8. Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

9. Afghanistan

10. Ethereum price

Google's top trending people searches

1. Kyle Rittenhouse

2. Tiger Woods

3. Alec Baldwin

4. Travis Scott

5. Simone Biles

6. Derek Chauvin

7. Morgan Wallen

8. Henry Ruggs III

9. Pete Davidson

10. Shailene Woodley

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Google trends 2021: NBA, DMX, Mega Millions top searches