Heat's Green works his way back from purgatory as more complete player

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For a while, it was as if the preseason was a tease, that the bargain hunting during 2015 free agency would provide as minimal a payoff as what was mined at that level a year before.

Gerald Green seemingly was lost. There was 1-of-5 shooting against Minnesota, followed by 2-of-6 against Sacramento, 0-for-5 against Philadelphia.

And then the ...Read more

LeBron James not thinking about following Michael Jordan into NBA ownership just yet

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- LeBron James followed Michael Jordan's jersey number and in some ways followed his trajectory to the top of the NBA.

But he's not ready to follow him onto the other side of the bargaining table. At least, he's not ready to start talking about it.

"I'm not there," James said Friday when asked if he'd like to own an NBA team ...Read more

Bucks coach Kidd suspended for game vs. Magic

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Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd has been suspended one game without pay for aggressively pursuing and confronting a game official, slapping the ball out of his hands and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection, it was announced Friday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, executive vice president/basketball operations for the NBA.

Kidd will ...Read more

Clippers' win over Pelicans is big and easy

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LOS ANGELES--It was as if the Los Angeles Clippers read "Winning for Dummies" after inexplicably mucking up most of the season's first month.

A team with three of the NBA's top players and a fortified supporting cast finally played like it Friday night at Staples Center, looking strong for most of a 111-90 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans....Read more

Wiggins leads Timberwolves over Kings, 101-91

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings coach George Karl has seen much in his many years of coaching from Montana and Madrid to Cleveland, Milwaukee, Denver and beyond, but he has never seen anything quite like these Minnesota Timberwolves and maybe even their young star, Andrew Wiggins.

Particularly not after the Wolves' 101-91 victory.

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Warriors extend streak to 17, clobber Suns, 135-116

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PHOENIX--So much for the theory that the Golden State Warriors might suffer a letdown after having already notched the best start in NBA history.

The Warriors shot their way into the record books again, setting the league mark for most 3-pointers in a half with 15 and the franchise record with 22 for the game on their way to a 135-116 win ...Read more

George propels Pacers to 104-92 victory vs. Bulls

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bulls finished an abbreviated circus trip 2-2 with a 104-92 loss to the Pacers on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Paul George scored 33 points with eight rebounds to lead five Pacers in double figures. Nikola Mirotic's season-high 25 points led the Bulls, who shot 34.8 percent with 15 turnovers.

Turning point

The ...Read more

Hawks pull away from Grizzlies in fourth quarter for 116-101 win

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MEMPHIS -- The Hawks, in the middle of a grueling stretch, found themselves in a track meet with the Grizzlies.

They won.

The Hawks used a 21-10 run in the fourth quarter en route to a 116-101 victory over the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum Friday night.

The Hawks (11-7) conclude their second stretch of four games in five nights (in four cities...Read more

Sixers set dubious mark with 116-114 loss to Rockets

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HOUSTON -- A franchise record-breaking night almost turned into a record-stopping night, but in the end, as usual of late, the 76ers couldn't find ways to hold a lead late in the fourth quarter Friday night and dropped a 116-114 decision to the Houston Rockets.

The Sixers are now 0-17, tying the NBA record for most losses to start a season. ...Read more

Thunder spoil Jackson's return with 103-87 win over Pistons

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson struggled with foul trouble and inconsistency in his first game against the team that drafted him in 2011.

And Kevin Durant made sure the Pistons paid for it.

Durant scored 34 points Friday night in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 103-87 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena. He added 13 ...Read more

Green, Heat cruise to 97-78 win over Knicks

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NEW YORK -- For extended stretches, especially at the outset, it was a sluggish game with lethargic players in front of a muted crowd at Madison Square Garden.

What this one called for was someone to step up and generate enough moments to make a difference.

Gerald Green obliged. So did Chris Bosh. And Dwyane Wade. Ultimately that was more than...Read more

Cavs' comeback victory helps James extend winning streak over Hornets to 21 games

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan has more rings. He has more Most Valuable Player trophies. But he's never been able to beat LeBron James. Sort of.

James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists Friday, Kevin Love added 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Cavaliers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Hornets, 95-90. The ...Read more

Kobe Bryant's playing time during Lakers grueling stretch not determined

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LOS ANGELES--Faced with back-to-back games this weekend and an eight-game trip starting next week, Los Angeles Lakers Coach Byron Scott has been mulling how much Kobe Bryant should play during the grueling stretch.

To be sure, there won't be any changes to Bryant's status, Scott said. But the immediate question for Scott is should Bryant also ...Read more

Kobe Bryant's struggles cause some in NBA circles to say it's time he retires

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LOS ANGELES -- The pump fakes began in earnest when Kobe Bryant got stuck with the ball against Denver this month.

He had nowhere to go in the lane so he relied on an old trick to get himself out of a jam -- and possibly a defender in the air.

He pump-faked once. He pump-faked again. He might have done it a third time but briefly lost control ...Read more

Clippers are still looking for answers

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LOS ANGELES--The heated exchanges that followed the Los Angeles Clippers' previous home defeat were replaced by the quiet of a fast-emptying locker room Wednesday night after their latest letdown.

It wasn't that there wasn't anything left to say as much as the talking points had already become a tired refrain.

Their struggles alternate between...Read more

Sixers' Okafor reportedly involved in nightclub fight

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PHILADELPHIA--Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor was involved in a fight outside a Boston nightclub early Thursday morning, according to a video obtained and published by the website

In the video, Okafor -- who stands 6-foot-11, weighs 271 pounds, and turns 20 on Dec. 15 -- is seen shouting at several individuals, then ...Read more

LeBron James would like to win 70 games one season, but this year seems unlikely

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TORONTO -- For all he has accomplished in a glistening career -- two championships, four Most Valuable Player awards and two NBA Finals MVP trophies -- there is one elusive milestone LeBron James has yet to grasp.

The best regular-season finish in his career was 66 wins, which he accomplished once with the Cavs and once with the Miami Heat. He'...Read more

Bucks fail to take advantage of Cousins' absence in 129-118 loss to Kings

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks were presented with a golden opportunity Wednesday night when Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins sat out due to a strained back.

Somebody forgot to tell Rudy Gay and the rest of the Kings, and they repelled every Bucks comeback attempt to grab a 129-118 victory Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley ...Read more

Clippers feeling heat again after losing to Jazz, 102-91

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LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin's frustration level rose late in the third quarter even as his shots continued to fall.

It was as if the Los Angeles Clippers forward and teammate Chris Paul were going two-on-five against the Utah Jazz, so negligible were the contributions from the players around them.

Griffin hopped in fury after another in a ...Read more

Winless Sixers crumble down stretch in 84-80 loss to Celtics

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BOSTON -- The 76ers lost their way into the U.S. professional record book in fitting fashion -- not with a blowout, but with the kind of occurrences typical of a team that can't get out of its own way.

They missed seven of their final eight shots after holding an 11-point lead with 6 minutes, 16 seconds remaining. They turned the ball over on ...Read more