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Cavaliers' struggles with ball movement, turnovers becoming a growing concern

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The longer this goes, the more difficult it is becoming to ignore. The Cavaliers did not play particularly well in any game on their recently-concluded West Coast trip in large part because they aren't moving the ball and they're turning it over far too frequently.

All of these problems are correctable, but for now they are certainly problems. ...Read more

Durant reflects on Harden and Westbrook, the younger years

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant spent the weeks following the 2009 season scouting draft prospects. This was a monster moment for his young Thunder. The two Junes prior, Sam Presti nailed his top picks, selecting Durant second in 2007 and Russell Westbrook fourth in 2008. Hit on one more -- right before the flood of lottery chances would stop --...Read more

Clippers' Chris Paul will need surgery to repair a thumb injury, out six to eight weeks

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul has sustained a torn ligament in his left thumb that will require surgery, the team announced after the All-Star got an MRI Tuesday that revealed the seriousness of his injury.

Paul will have the procedure on Wednesday to repair the torn ligaments, and it will be done by Dr. Steve Shin, the ...Read more

Clippers rout the Thunder despite losing Chris Paul to a thumb injury

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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul was upset as soon as it happened, obviously knowing his body well enough to recognize he had suffered an injury that would prevent him from finishing the game at Staples Center on Monday night.

That injury, suffered late in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' easy 120-98 victory over the Oklahoma City ...Read more

Warriors unleash monster all-around effort in blowout win over Cavaliers

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- During the condensed, grueling NBA season, three days of rest and practice tend to turn talented teams into sharp, lethal world-beaters. The Golden State Warriors stewed on the Christmas loss for three weeks, prepared for the rematch for three days and arrived laser focused on Monday night in Oracle.

The result: a 126-91 ...Read more

Lakers reluctant to play 'youth' card as season goes on and losses pile up

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LOS ANGELES -- What Lou Williams said Sunday night after the Los Angeles Lakers' 30th loss of the season wasn't new to the rhetoric coming from within his team.

The veteran guard was asked if the callow Lakers can make the improvements they need to make now, or if a growing-up process must be completed first.

"It definitely can improve right ...Read more

76ers, led by Antetokounmpo and Embiid, beat Bucks 113-104

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MILWAUKEE – When you talk to people around the NBA about Philadelphia 76ers rookie Joel Embiid and Milwaukee's "Greek Freak," Giannis Antetokounmpo, the fourth-year forward, the praise is very similar.

"He's a great story, from where he started and just understanding the work that he's put in. Each day and each game he gets better. He's got a...Read more

Lakers battle to the end but fall to the Pistons, 102-97

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LOS ANGELES -- Something clicked for D'Angelo Russell offensively Sunday and he tried to take the rest of his team with him. But as the rest of the starting group struggled to contribute, Russell's impact didn't lead to a win.

After two consecutive blowout losses, the Los Angeles Lakers were more competitive. Still, they fell to the Detroit ...Read more

McDermott scores career-high 31 as Bulls fight past Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- There's at least one positive to the Bulls playing in such short-handed fashion of late: The youth movement has gained traction.

With Dwyane Wade resting back in Chicago and Nikola Mirotic staying home as well while missing his fourth game because of illness, the Bulls at one point Sunday night ran veteran Rajon Rondo with ...Read more

Despite addition of Durant, Curry remains focus of Cavaliers defense against Warriors

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Throughout the last two thrilling NBA Finals, the Cavaliers' scouting report on the Golden State Warriors started and ended with Steph Curry.

For all of the talent gushing out of the Warriors locker room, the Cavs devoted the most time to blanketing Curry and making life as miserable as possible for the two-time Most Valuable ...Read more

Timberwolves fall to Mavs after winning three in a row

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DALLAS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves entered their game against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday looking for their first four-game winning streak since December of 2012.

Still looking.

With suspect ball movement and defense that in no way resembled the defense the Wolves showed by winning three straight, the Wolves fell to the Mavs 98-87 at ...Read more

Dunleavy fitting right in as Hawks defeat Bucks

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ATLANTA -- Mike Dunleavy has shown every sign of fitting in with the Atlanta Hawks.

The wing scored 20 points off the bench, including four 3-pointers, as the Hawks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98 at Philips Arena Sunday afternoon. Dunleavy is now 6 of 8 from 3-point range in his two games with the Hawks after being acquired in a trade with...Read more

Jordan dominant in victory over Lakers

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LOS ANGELES--Austin Rivers laughed as he scanned teammate DeAndre Jordan's line on the scoresheet of the Clippers' 113-97 victory over the Lakers on Saturday, the numbers seeming too absurd for Rivers' mind to grasp what his eyes were telling him.

"He was pretty much unguardable. Twelve for 13 from the field. Twenty-one rebounds," Rivers said, ...Read more

Okafor gets surprise start as Embiid-less Sixers fall to Wizards

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WASHINGTON -- After he saw no action in four games, the 76ers decided to start Jahlil Okafor at center on Saturday night.

Even more surprising was that Sixers coach Brett Brown would not commit to Nerlens Noel's regaining his spot as Joel Embiid's backup.

Okafor got the start in a 109-93 loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center as ...Read more

Clippers punish Lakers to avenge loss on Christmas

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LOS ANGELES--Redemption arrived for the Los Angeles Clippers borne by forceful offense and unrelenting defense against the Los Angeles Lakers.

There was purpose throughout the game when the Clippers did on Saturday afternoon as they throttled the Lakers, 113-97, at Staples Center.

The Clippers played as if determined to extract payback for ...Read more

Mavs center Andrew Bogut out for foreseeable future with strained hamstring

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DALLAS -- Center Andrew Bogut will miss the Dallas Mavericks' home game on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a strained right hamstring.

And that's not the worst of it.

"He's probably out for the foreseeable near future," coach Rick Carlisle said following Saturday's practice. "We don't consider this serious.

"But we want to make...Read more

Butler returns to lead Bulls past Pelicans, 107-99

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CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler is 10 pounds lighter following his illness, according to coach Fred Hoiberg.

That didn't stop Butler from dropping 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists on the Pelicans as the Bulls snapped their three-game skid with a 107-99 victory Saturday afternoon at the United Center.

Butler had missed two games and left early...Read more

Jazz roll to easy win over Pistons

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy decided to shuffle the deck Friday night against the Utah Jazz.

With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope joining Jon Leuer on the injured list, back-up center Aron Baynes was inserted into the starting lineup at power forward.

And it was Beno Udrih in for Ish Smith at backup point guard, with Reggie ...Read more

Korver heats up, leads Cavs to win over Kings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kyle Korver only needed one shootaround session to get a little more acclimated to the Cleveland Cavaliers' system. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has more in store for him, too.

Korver scored 18 points off the bench, including shooting 4-of-6 on 3-pointers in Friday's 120-108 win over the Sacramento Kings to end a brief two-game ...Read more

Antetokounmpo soars in Bucks' 116-108 win over Heat

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MILWAUKEE -- There's no mistaking it, Giannis Antetokounmpo is feeling much better.

After missing Sunday's game and being limited to nine minutes Tuesday because of illness, Antetokounmpo was back to his gravity-defying tricks Friday night in helping the Milwaukee Bucks score a 116-108 victory over the Miami Heat at the BMO Harris Bradley ...Read more