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Bulls end Spurs winning streak on road, win 95-91

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls denied the Spurs NBA history Thursday night at the United Center, handing them their first road loss with a 95-91 victory.

The Spurs fell one road victory shy of tying the Warriors' 14-0 road start to last season, shooting just 40.2 percent.

Dwyane Wade's 20 points led the Bulls, who led by as many as 18 points. Rajon ...Read more

Warriors use 29-1 run, survive late against injured Jazz

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Draymond Green tweaked his left ankle and limped to the locker room. Joe Ingles, a Jazz third-stringer turned sixth man by all of Utah's injuries, popped a pair of early fourth quarter 3s.

Golden State's one-time 25-point lead had been sliced to five. Some minor drama had materialized on an otherwise sleepy Thursday night in ...Read more

Lakers' Russell is eager as he nears return to lineup

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LOS ANGELES--While the rest of their teammates went five on five against their coaches, D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young went through shooting drills on the other end of the Los Angeles Lakers' practice court.

The team's starting backcourt is getting closer to its return, but neither player has returned to contact drills yet. They both ...Read more

Sixers snap long losing streak with win at New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS -- Streaks, like records, are made to be broken. The 76ers have challenged many losing streaks, and broken some, over the past four seasons. They stopped one Thursday, a big one, as they won a road game for the first time after 23 consecutive losses, a 99-88 decision over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The game turned toward the Sixers ...Read more

Raptors use late run to down Timberwolves, 124-110

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TORONTO -- Before Toronto's 124-110 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday, someone asked Raptors coach Dwane Casey how he intended to exploit the opposition's youthfulness that night.

"I want to do what Charlotte didn't do," he said. "They didn't close it out and Minnesota got them in overtime."

Casey referred to the Wolves' free-shooting,...Read more

A reminder of what was: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade up next for Heat

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CLEVELAND -- Three seasons ago, as the Miami Heat were moving toward a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance, this impending scheduling seemed unfathomable, back-to-back road games against LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

But here it is, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena and then Wade and the Chicago Bulls...Read more

Doug McDermott returns to Bulls after missing 11 games with 2nd concussion

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There were down moments, to be sure. That's what experiencing the first two concussions of your life in the span of 13 days will do.

Sudden movement might trigger headaches. Being away from teammates during a six-game trip produced pangs of guilt and loneliness.

Doug McDermott was active for Thursday night's game with the Spurs, his first ...Read more

Cavaliers not yet a finished product at season's quarter-pole

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The Cavaliers have reached the quarter-pole of the season, which is typically when teams begin to make self-evaluations, but coach Tyronn Lue isn't ready to do that quite yet.

Despite being the defending champions and holding the best record in the East, Lue still doesn't think the Cavs are a finished product. Therefore, now isn't the time to ...Read more

Warriors pound the Clippers, 115-98, in Staples Center

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers sprinted out to a 10-1 record. After a brief cold spell, they blasted the Cavaliers in Cleveland last week. Statement games are overblown in the NBA. But Wednesday night's tilt with the Golden State Warriors at least gave the Clippers a chance to squeak back in the national consciousness as a title threat ...Read more

Keefe is a key to the Lakers' mentoring

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LOS ANGELES -- Before each game they worked together on the court, reaching for the same goal.

A skinny 6-foot-9 forward -- a teenager who was a second overall pick -- and a coach tasked with his development. The player was given a schedule to create a routine so he could learn habits that would stay with him throughout his career.

That's the ...Read more

Bucks survive 3-point blitz in win over Blazers

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks finally stopped the Portland Trail Blazers' 3-point blitz.

When they did, the Bucks walked out of the BMO Harris Bradley Center with a victory on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee erased a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat the Trail Blazers, 115-107, before a crowd of 14,033. Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his ...Read more

Injury-plagued Lakers are routed by the Rockets, 134-95

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HOUSTON -- When Lou Williams sank a 66-foot heave at the halftime buzzer to make the score 67-55, it seemed perhaps that the Los Angeles Lakers were still within striking distance of a talented Houston Rockets team, perhaps the lift heading into halftime pushing the Lakers to a more competitive second half.

No momentum shift followed. The ...Read more

Hawks snap seven-game losing streak with win over Heat

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ATLANTA -- Deep breath.

The losing streak is over.

The Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak at the expense of the injury-ravaged Heat, winning 103-95 Wednesday night at Philips Arena. The win was only the second in the past 12 games for the Hawks. No matter the circumstances, the Hawks will take it. It's been a long time. The last win came...Read more

Cavs turn up defensive intensity in rout of Knicks

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NEW YORK -- He said it with disdain in his voice, the defensive coach for so many years acknowledging what has become apparent through the first quarter of this season. The Cavaliers' identity is built on their offense right now, nothing else.

Tyronn Lue is trying to turn that. The defensive effort was evident in Wednesday's 126-94 dismantling ...Read more

Rajon Rondo remains comfortable with who he is, suspensions and all

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Talk to people who have worked with Rajon Rondo and almost always the subject of his high intelligence arises.

"He's a basketball savant," former teammate Brian Scalabrine said Wednesday.

This knowledge -- and Rondo's devotion to film study -- leads to his strong opinions on how to play.

"I always try to increase my intelligence. I'm always ...Read more

LeBron James' decision to not stay in Trump SoHo hotel just 'personal preference'

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NEW YORK -- LeBron James wished President-elect Donald Trump well and likened his decision not to stay with the team at Trump SoHo to choosing between chicken and steak.

For the first time in his career, James stayed at a hotel separate from his teammates as a sort of protest against Trump, whom he was sharply critical of in the weeks leading ...Read more

Drummond's big night can't save Pistons in 87-77 loss to Hornets

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Detroit Pistons held the Charlotte Hornets to below 30 percent shooting well into the second half Wednesday night, but the Pistons' largest lead was only four points.

It turned into a Pistons loss.

The Hornets finally caught fire late in the third quarter and forged an 87-77 victory at the Spectrum Center.

Hornets point...Read more

Undermanned Sixers hang tough, but miscues lead to loss to Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After Monday's loss to the visiting Denver Nuggets, the 76ers boarded their charter flight and headed to Memphis with only nine players and carrying the baggage of a seven-game losing streak.

The Grizzlies had won a grueling double-overtime game Monday in New Orleans, with eight players getting the bulk of the minutes.

In ...Read more

Pistons use team effort to run past Bulls, 102-91

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons averted disaster Tuesday when they were able to hold off Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls with a 102-91 victory at the Palace.

After blowing a 17-point first-half lead, the Pistons bench and Tobias Harris (22 points, seven rebounds) retook control with a late 12-0 run that turned a four-point deficit into a 83-...Read more

Spurs improve to 13-0 on the road with convincing comeback over Wolves

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Mere mortals at home at AT&T Center, the San Antonio Spurs remained perfect on the road with Tuesday's 105-91 victory over the Timberwolves at Target Center.

Even if San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich might still have been as confused as he sounded following Monday's victory at Milwaukee.

The Spurs now are 13-0 away from home ...Read more