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

Drummond powers Pistons to 104-81 rout of Heat

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy thought his team would play well tonight against the Miami Heat.

And it proved him right with a 104-81 thumping of the Heat -- two nights after the poorest effort of the young season in a 21-point loss at Milwaukee.

Andre Drummond scored 18 points and grabbed 20 rebounds -- his third 20-...Read more

Timberwolves fend off Hawks for second consecutive home win

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A repeat of the game these two teams played a couple weeks ago was too much to ask.

In Atlanta on Nov. 9 the Wolves beat the Hawks in a game that came in three acts. The first was the Wolves building a 30-point halftime lead. The second was the Hawks storming back to take a brief fourth-quarter lead. The third was the Wolves ...Read more

Raptors pull away in fourth quarter to hand Cavs 103-99 defeat

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TORONTO -- Kevin Love scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and LeBron James climbed higher on the career scoring list, but the Cavaliers fell to the Toronto Raptors 103-99 Wednesday night.

It was the Cavs' fourth loss of the season -- all on the road. Unlike the first three, however, this one was decided before the final minute.

Kyle Lowry...Read more

Hornets use 25-0 run to race past Wizards, 101-87

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets went on a 25-0 run in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 101-87 Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The victory extended the Hornets' home winning streak to seven, making them 9-6 on the season.

The Wizards went 0-for-17 from the field during their drought. The Hornets outscored ...Read more

Lakers coach Byron Scott says struggling Kobe Bryant can still play in NBA

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LOS ANGELES -- It has been a mighty struggle so far this season for Kobe Bryant, resulting in Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott having to answer numerous questions from reporters about his star after practice Wednesday.

It was Bryant's woeful one-for-14 shooting performance in the Lakers' 111-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday ...Read more

Stephen Curry's new shoe pays ode to Charlotte

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Charlotte native Stephen Curry is paying homage to his hometown with his new shoe, the Under Armour Curry Two "Providence Road."

Under Armour describes the shoe as "a nod to his roots in North Carolina, where Stephen Curry fell in love with the game."

"I was raised in Charlotte," Curry said in a promotional video. "It's who I am. This is where...Read more

Kings use green card program to get overseas investments for development near new arena

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Tapping into a federal program that dangles green cards to wealthy foreigners, the Sacramento Kings are seeking Chinese investment dollars to help finance the redevelopment of the site around the new downtown arena.

Officials with the Kings and their development partner, JMA Ventures of San Francisco, recently traveled to China to pitch the ...Read more

Rose nets 17 in return to help Bulls top Blazers

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Derrick Rose was in the starting lineup Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Chicago Bulls guard's first action since suffering a left ankle sprain Nov. 16 against the Indian Pacers.

Rose missed games against the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors, but in recent days he participated fully in practice and ...Read more

Sweet 16 for Warriors, sour 1 for 14 for Kobe

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- History was created Tuesday with the Los Angeles Lakers on the court.

It wasn't the type their franchise was built upon, continuing an unsettling downward spiral that chewed them into tiny pieces since acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the seemingly perfect summer of 2012.

The Golden State Warriors pasted the Lakers ...Read more

Clippers end losing streak with win over Nuggets

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DENVER--It was the kind of fling one might try in the backyard, if there was no one around to see how silly you looked.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin leaped to catch a pass from Wesley Johnson with the shot clock about to expire midway through the third quarter, launching a three-pointer while hanging in the air.

The ball went ...Read more

Timberwolves keep 76ers winless, 100-95

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a six-point deficit with fewer than six minutes left and sent the Philadephia 76ers to their 15th consecutive defeat this season and their 25th straight, dating to last season.

The Timberwolves' 100-95 victory was their first this season at Target Center after a 0-6 start, and their first ...Read more

Bucks overpower Pistons, 109-88

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks put an emphatic end to a three-game losing streak with a 109-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons Monday night.

Bucks center Greg Monroe, playing in his first regular-season game against his former team, delivered with 20 points and 13 rebounds despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo...Read more

Cavaliers beat Magic 117-103 as James reaches a milestone

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson's elite company and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points in the Cavaliers' 117-103 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday.

James joined Robertson as the only players in NBA history to rank in the top 25 in both scoring and assists. James' assist on Kevin Love's 3-pointer with five minutes left...Read more

Kemba Walker leads Hornets to OT win over Kings

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored 25 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 127-122 home victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Walker's put-back of a missed layup by Jeremy Lin clinched the game with 5.9 seconds left in OT. The Hornets improved to 8-6, while the Kings fell to 5-10. The Hornets ...Read more