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

Warriors' Ezeli to have exploratory surgery on left knee

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors backup center Festus Ezeli was scheduled to undergo exploratory surgery on his sore left knee Monday and will be sidelined for an undetermined length of time, coach Steve Kerr said.

"It's a big loss. Hopefully, he'll be back before too long," Kerr said after practice Monday. "Festus is a huge part of our rotation. He...Read more

Bulls point finger at selves, not Fred Hoiberg, for late-game failures

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Over 10 NBA seasons and 541 career games, Fred Hoiberg never drew a technical foul in his playing career.

So it's not like Hoiberg all of a sudden will start kicking and screaming along the sideline as the Bulls' inconsistencies and late-game collapses continue.

But don't confuse rules compliance with complacency or a lack of competitiveness. ...Read more

Clippers defeat Heat after losing another player

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MIAMI -- So many bad things have happened to the Los Angeles Clippers that there are starting to be some redundancies.

They learned that reserve guard Austin Rivers had broken his hand, at a time when All-Star power forward Blake Griffin was already sidelined by a similar injury.

A day after receiving this latest bad news, the franchise did ...Read more

Rookie Justin Anderson has provided a spark for Mavericks

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DALLAS -- Justin Anderson's game log is filled with a bunch of did not play-coach's decision.

However, that's the life of a rookie drafted to a Dallas Mavericks team filled with veterans. But a lot has changed for Anderson.

Over the past three games, the rookie small forward from Virginia has played 53 minutes, scored 24 points, grabbed 14 ...Read more

Cavaliers enter All-Star week debating rest vs. work

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CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers are in a precarious position as they enter the All-Star break this week: They're tired because they're not in shape, so they need to rest. But they need to get in shape and they can't get in shape if they're resting.

Confused yet?

There are those within the organization who believe part of the reason they haven't ...Read more

Heat return home far less than super in 100-93 loss to Clippers

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MIAMI -- The Los Angeles Clippers couldn't make a shot early. They made all they needed late.

And, with that, the Miami Heat's Super Bowl Sunday homecoming came to an ugly close, with a 100-93 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Despite missing 14 consecutive shots at the outset after making their first, the Clippers pushed back behind the scoring...Read more

Fans give Bryant a standing ovation, but Spurs spoil the party in 106-102 win over Lakers

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SAN ANTONIO -- The Kobe Bryant tribute video lasted 2 minutes 29 seconds, a sharply produced compilation with kind words from San Antonio players and Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich.

Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant's shot was neither sharp nor kind and they lost a relatively entertaining game to the Spurs, 106-102.

It was a ...Read more

Warriors hold off Thunder for 116-108 victory

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- For the third time in three weeks, the Warriors were tested by one of the NBA's elite.

For the third time, the NBA champions were too good.

The Oklahoma City Thunder put up a far better fight than Cleveland and San Antonio, but the Warriors never trailed after the first quarter on the way to a 116-108 victory at Oracle Arena...Read more

76ers hold off Nets for 103-98 victory

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers held on to thrilling victory on Darryl Dawkins Tribute Night.

After blowing a 15-point lead, they came through in the clutch to post a 103-98 decision over the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The Sixers improved to 8-32 despite playing without their lifeline, point guard Ish Smith (sprained left ...Read more

Final push sends Timberwolves past Bulls, 112-105

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Much of this might sound familiar.

Saturday night at Target Center, the Timberwolves showed signs of brilliance, had spurts of explosive offense.

This has happened before. But here is where the script changes: Down five points late to a Bulls team missing its best player but looking ready to close out a close game, the Wolves ...Read more