Clippers blow 15-point lead in 111-102 loss to Pacers

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LOS ANGELES -- A week later, nothing had changed between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Indiana Pacers where it mattered most.

A more energized start and a frantic comeback could not compensate for the Clippers' shortcomings during the balance of their 111-102 loss Sunday night at Staples Center.

The Clippers' reserves struggled early in the...Read more

Warriors blast Suns, 138-109

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Bledsoe, stalky and powerful for a point guard, contorted his body like a shield, barreling into a contesting Kevin Durant to push him back and create ample room for a fastbreak layup. But Durant absorbed the hit, kept those Inspector Gadget arms straight up and easily spiked Bledsoe's reverse straight down into the court...Read more

As he morphs from 'bad guy' to calming presence, Cavs coach Lue growing in stature

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CLEVELAND -- During his five seasons working under Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue admitted he served as Rivers' "bad guy."

Lue was the one Rivers called on to deliver his tough messages, usually about players' shortcomings on the court. Lue may have been a 6-foot, 175-pound former NBA ...Read more

Dellavedova comes up clutch as Bucks hold off Nets, 112-103

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MILWAUKEE -- Matthew Dellavedova made key plays down the stretch and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Brooklyn Nets, 112-103, to sweep their two-game miniseries over three days.

Dellavedova worked his way into the lane for key baskets and scored 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Bucks (10-8) won their fourth straight game.

John Henson had...Read more

Hobbled Lakers fall short vs. Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Los Angeles Lakers closed out a bruising road trip with a dramatic loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, 103-100.

After a Memphis turnover in the waning seconds of the game, Julius Randle was fouled shooting a three-pointer with the Lakers down by three and 5.9 seconds left.

Randle missed all three free throws. He rebounded the ...Read more

Bulls fall flat in 107-82 loss to Mavericks

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DALLAS -- Friday night marked one of the Bulls' most impressive victories of the season over the Cavaliers.

Saturday night didn't produce a repeat.

Missing their first six shots and trailing start to finish, the Bulls meekly succumbed to the 4-15 Mavericks 107-82 at American Airlines Center.

Wes Matthews scored 26 points and Harrison Barnes ...Read more

Sixers, without Embiid, drop sixth in a row

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PHILADELPHIA -- It was a typical night for the 76ers.

They had an 11-point cushion late in the second quarter only to blow it after intermission and didn't make enough plays down the stretch. All of that led to a 107-106 victory by the Boston Celtics on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The loss dropped the Sixers to 4-16 and extended ...Read more

Timberwolves rally, beat Hornets in OT, 125-120

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This time the comeback continued. This time the Wolves hit the big shots. This time the Wolves, down 10 to start the fourth quarter, down seven late in the game, found a way to win.

Wolves 125, Charlotte 120 in overtime.

Down seven late, 3-pointers by Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins forced overtime.

And then the...Read more

Raptors deal Hawks another lopsided loss

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TORONTO -- The Hawks are not just digging holes.

They are digging canyons.

For the second straight game, the Hawks trailed by 37 or more points. It was another deficit from which they could not recover. The Hawks trailed by as many as 44 points in a 128-84 loss to the Raptors Saturday night. They trailed by as many as 37 points in a lopsided ...Read more

Draymond Green criticizes the NBA league office for its handling of 'unnatural acts'

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Draymond Green was tagged with a flagrant foul late Thursday night. While exaggerating contact on a put-back attempt, his flailing leg connected with James Harden's head.

The referees reviewed the play and levied the ruling, something the NBA sanctioned against this past offseason after Green's kicks became a major storyline in the postseason. ...Read more

Dinner on the house for Heat at Erik Spoelstra's Portland restaurant

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The bill was no obstacle when it came to the Miami Heat's team dinner, with coach Erik Spoelstra picking up the check at 23 Hoyt. Then again, there was no check, with Spoelstra a partner in the venture.

"It's amazing because you get to order whatever you want -- on the house, for sure," forward and team captain Udonis Haslem ...Read more

Raptors rip punchless Lakers, 113-80

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TORONTO -- It took almost two minutes of playing time for the Toronto Raptors to score on Friday night, but their first bucket began an avalanche that buried the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers.

Toronto (13-6) won its fifth consecutive game, a 113-80 defeat of the Lakers (10-11).

The Raptors made 75 percent of their second-quarter shots, and 60...Read more

Clippers beat Pelicans, 114-96, to end trip with back-to-back wins

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NEW ORLEANS -- At the start of this six-game excursion, when the Los Angeles Clippers were still on a high because of their optimized play, none of them would have imagined that by the end they'd just be hoping the salvage the trip.

But that was the fate they had to accept after a 114-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night ...Read more

Dwyane Wade outduels friendly rival LeBron James in Bulls victory over Cavs

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CHICAGO -- As LeBron James trotted downcourt after sinking a tough third-quarter jumper in Dwyane Wade's face, he slapped his former teammate and close friend on the rear.

Seconds later, Wade returned the favor, burying a 3-pointer in James' grill and slapping him back. Both smiled.

James' first look at Wade as a Bull lived up to its billing, ...Read more

Veteran James Jones planning to retire after 2017-18 season

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CHICAGO -- LeBron James has made it clear James Jones has a place on his team as long as he wants to keep playing. Jones has now decided when that will be.

Jones told the Beacon Journal he will retire after next season, which will be his 15th in the NBA. His ultimate dream is to ride off after three consecutive championships in Cleveland, he ...Read more

Pistons coast to 121-85 romp over Hawks

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ATLANTA -- The Detroit Pistons delivered such a thorough beating of the Atlanta Hawks Friday that Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer pretty much waved the white flag at halftime.

The Pistons (11-10) blitzed the Hawks with a 31-10 run to start the second quarter to end all pretense of a competitive game.

They rolled to a 37-point lead in the second ...Read more

Bulls dominant in paint, hand Cavs their third consecutive loss

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CHICAGO -- LeBron James dismissed any problems facing the Cavaliers following their second troubling loss in as many games Thursday when the Cavaliers lost to the Clippers. Lose three straight, James reasoned, and there's something to talk about.

So, let's talk,

The same problems that have plagued the Cavs all season -- and have been ...Read more

Steve Kerr admits to trying medical marijuana for ailing back, hopes sports leagues soften stance

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Appearing on a CSN podcast on Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted to trying medical marijuana over the past 18 months while searching for remedies to deal with his ailing back.

"I guess maybe I could even get in some trouble for this, but I've actually tried (marijuana) twice during the last year and a half when I've been going through ...Read more

Pistons' Reggie Jackson doesn't rule out Sunday return

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ATLANTA -- Reggie Jackson was standing on the Philips Arena floor Friday morning, a short distance from the walkway that leads toward the locker rooms. The Detroit Pistons point guard, who has missed the entire season while rehabbing his left knee, was asked the possibility of making his season debut Sunday, against the Orlando Magic at the ...Read more

Bulls will rest Wade on Saturday vs. Mavericks

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls' only four-games-in-five-nights stretch comes with a cost. Dwyane Wade will rest for the second time this season and won't travel to Dallas for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

Coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the decision before Friday's game against the Cavaliers.

After a day off Sunday, the Bulls face the Trail ...Read more