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Lineup shuffle helps Bucks beat Celtics, end five-game skid

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd pulled a pregame stunner Tuesday night when he announced Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams would come off the bench.

But the bench roles suited the usual Bucks starters just fine as they combined to spark Milwaukee to a 112-111 victory over the Boston Celtics at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. ...Read more

Curry, Bogut lead Warriors to convincing win over Rockets

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OAKLAND, Calif.--Stephen Curry scored 35 points, but it was Andrew Bogut's do-everything performance that helped keep the Golden State Warriors' home win streak intact.

In their final game at Oracle Arena until March, the Warriors broke open a tie game after three quarters Tuesday night and beat the Houston Rockets for the 11th time in 12 games...Read more

Tyronn Lue, Cavs prepare to welcome Kobe Bryant to Cleveland for final time

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Tyronn Lue was a second-year guard with the Los Angeles Lakers when he made a life-threatening decision: He blocked Kobe Bryant's shot one day in practice.

The Lakers' reserve unit was scrimmaging the starters when Bryant drove baseline for the game-winning basket. Lue moved over from the elbow and blocked Bryant against ...Read more

Lakers' Randle working double shifts

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CLEVELAND -- Someone had to try to grab all the wacky caroms off the Los Angeles Lakers' many misses. Julius Randle was up for it.

The 19 rebounds he took Monday in a duck-and-cover loss to Indiana were emblematic of a young career bouncing the right way lately.

He has 21 double-doubles, more than any second-year player, and is showing ...Read more

Whiteside ejected, Heat crumble in 119-101 loss to Spurs

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MIAMI -- The lasting impression the Miami Heat will carry through their nine-day All-Star break is of the next level of the NBA.

The tutorial was presented Tuesday night by the San Antonio Spurs in a 119-101 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena, the most points allowed by the Heat this season.

It was thorough and dominating and accentuated the ...Read more

How Marv Albert, Reggie Miller helped Steve Kerr

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TNT analysts Marv Albert and Reggie Miller communicated regularly with Warriors coach Steve Kerr during his medical leave and took the same approach when it came to elevating Kerr's spirits.

They never talked X's and O's with their former broadcast partner. It was all about W-I-T.

"He maintained his sense of humor," Albert said Tuesday on a ...Read more

Bulls' Butler will miss 3-4 weeks with knee injury

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The Bulls finally released a timeline on Jimmy Butler's left knee injury.

It's not a good one.

The Bulls said Butler will miss three to four weeks after team physician Brian Cole re-examined the strained knee. That means Butler will miss this weekend's All-Star Game in Toronto, for which coaches voted him a reserve for the second straight ...Read more

George Karl will stay as Kings coach

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George Karl will continue as the Kings' coach, general manager Vlade Divic said after meeting with Karl in Philadelphia on Tuesday, just one day after Karl's firing appeared imminent.

"George is our coach and we're collectively working through our issues," Divac said in a statement.

The meeting focused on how Karl can get the Kings to improve ...Read more

Clippers suspend Blake Griffin for four games

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LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers announced Tuesday they had suspended forward Blake Griffin four games for his role in an altercation with a team assistant equipment manager last month.

The team also said his wages will be withheld for one additional game for injuries he sustained and that he will donate the salary from the five games to charities ...Read more

Heat to retire Shaquille O'Neal's jersey next season

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The Heat announced Tuesday that it will retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 jersey at the start of next season, even though his relationship with the Heat did not end on good terms. The Heat traded Shaq to Phoenix because he wanted out and criticized the Heat initially after leaving. But there has been a thawing in the relationship, and Shaq has ...Read more

Kobe Bryant gets hot then cools off in final minutes of Lakers' 89-87 loss to Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS -- It was like the good old days, Kobe Bryant heating up quickly and yanking the Los Angeles Lakers back into a game.

But now they're simply old days for the 37-year-old. He was unable to finish his flourish and missed five shots in the final two minutes of a brutally played 89-87 loss Monday to the Indiana Pacers.

There was fiery...Read more

Clippers rally to defeat Sixers in overtime, 98-92

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PHILADELPHIA -- This was the spot of happy times for the Los Angeles Clippers last season. Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers mimicked each other's style of play during a morning shoot-around, with video of Griffin's spoof going viral before a laugher against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The joke was almost on the Clippers on Monday night.

They looked...Read more

Doc Rivers says he feels the same about Austin Rivers' injury as he does other players'

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PHILADELPHIA -- And now for the downside to coaching your son. Or maybe not.

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked Monday whether the father part of him felt differently about Austin Rivers sustaining a broken left hand.

"Not really," Rivers said, prompting laughter from reporters. "I mean, really. He's one of my players and I'd feel...Read more

Still no timetable for Jimmy Butler's return to Bulls lineup

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There was mixed news on the Jimmy Butler injury front Monday.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Butler, who suffered a strained left knee against the Nuggets on Friday, "is feeling a lot better."

Hoiberg went on to say there is no timetable for Butler's return to the lineup, other than the All-Star guard is doubtful to face the ...Read more

Pistons can't stop Lowry, Raptors in 103-89 loss

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DETROIT -- All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry was in complete control Monday.

And the Detroit Pistons remained in defensive array.

Lowry put on a masterful display in scoring 25 points and handing out seven assists and leading the rampaging Raptors to a 103-89 thumping of the Pistons at the Palace.

The Raptors (35-16) have won 15 of 16 and look ...Read more

Timberwolves' winning streak ends as Pelicans score early, often

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MINNEAPOLIS -- New Orleans' streak-busting victory over the Timberwolves came without the flinging of beads or exchange of doubloons on Fat Monday but their 116-102 rout at Target Center was quite the celebration nonetheless.

The Pelicans scored 63 points by halftime, led by as many as 28 points in the second half and ended their own four-game ...Read more

Sixers give up big lead, fall to Clippers in overtime

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PHILADELPHIA -- Coming off Saturday's win over the Brooklyn Nets, the 76ers had a chance -- a legitimate chance -- to start an actual winning streak.

For the first 6 minutes, 36 seconds of Monday's game, they led the favored Los Angeles Clippers by 12 points. After weathering a Clippers run, the Sixers extended their lead to 19 points with 4:24...Read more

LeBron James notches triple-double in Cavs win over Kings

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James recorded his first triple-double of the season and Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points in the Cavaliers' 122-100 victory against the reeling Sacramento Kings on Monday.

James had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 40th career triple-double, while Irving matched a career high with 12 assists. ...Read more

Bulls end tough road trip with disappointing loss to Hornets

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Chicago Bulls concluded their season-long, seven-game road trip with a 108-91 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Kemba Walker paced the Hornets with 30 while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 20 and Nicolas Batum had 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Pau Gasol had 22 points and 10 rebounds for ...Read more

Derek Fisher is fired as Knicks coach by his mentor, team President Phil Jackson

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Derek Fisher, a former Los Angeles Lakers guard won who five NBA championships with the team, was fired as the coach of the New York Knicks on Monday by the very man he played for in L.A.

Knicks President Phil Jackson, who coached all five of the Lakers championship teams Fisher played for, said that associate head coach Kurt Rambis, a former ...Read more