Sixers impressive in much-needed 114-95 win over Cleveland Cavaliers

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CLEVELAND – The 76ers got back to their winning ways, and looked like a contender in doing so.

They defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 114-95, Sunday afternoon at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The Sixers (8-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last eight games. Meanwhile, the Cavs (4-8) extended their ...Read more

Jim Boylen says Kris Dunn's 'role acceptance' is 'huge' for the Bulls

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CHICAGO -- Before the Bulls season started, guard Kris Dunn promised to readily accept whatever role he was asked to fulfill. Thirteen games into the season, coach Jim Boylen can see Dunn was being honest.

"It's one of the biggest stories of the season," Boylen said. "Sharing your minutes, giving up your starting spot and still helping the team...Read more

Heat's Dion Waiters says this is 'not the end of my story' in first comments to media since initial suspension

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MIAMI -- Dion Waiters served the fourth game of his 10-game suspension in a familiar place.

While the Miami Heat were putting away the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night to stay undefeated at AmericanAirlines Arena, Waiters made an appearance at his alma mater, Syracuse, during the Orange's victory against Seattle.

"I just wanted to come ...Read more

Paul George dominates as Clippers crush Hawks without Kawhi Leonard

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LOS ANGELES -- The debut of the Los Angeles Clippers' superstar duo never materialized Saturday.

Instead, fans saw a one-man show.

With Kawhi Leonard absent for his fourth game of the season, Paul George provided a commanding performance in his first home game as a Clipper by scoring 37 points in 20 minutes in his team's 150-101 victory over ...Read more

James Harden's 49 points send Rockets to rout of Wolves

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Both teams were tired, playing on the back end of back-to-backs. But Houston, likely, more so, because they had to travel to the Twin Cities after Friday's gams to play the Timberwolves on Saturday.

Both teams were missing players, But Houston, definitely, more so. The Wolves were without Andrew Wiggins for a second straight game...Read more

Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn lead Heat to win over Pelicans

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MIAMI -- Another game, another Miami Heat win.

The Heat continued its fast start to the season with a 109-94 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans (3-9) on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat extended its winning streak to three games.

The victory also pushed the Heat's record to 9-3, which is tied for the best start to a season in ...Read more

Why UNC's Roy Williams was 'ticked off' after the Tar Heels' win over Gardner-Webb

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams had heard enough questions about the Tar Heels' game against Gardner-Webb. It was nearly midnight, his team had just won 77-61 at home, and Williams was annoyed.

"Do I believe we're getting better? 'Yes,'" Williams said. "Am I ticked off right now? 'Yes.' Am I a scrooge probably this time ...Read more

Isaiah Jackson's commitment makes this Calipari's biggest early recruiting class ever

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- This is the 11th recruiting cycle that John Calipari has been at Kentucky for an early signing period.

Isaiah Jackson's commitment to the Wildcats on Saturday makes it the biggest fall recruiting class during Calipari's tenure in Lexington.

Jackson became UK's sixth commitment from the class of 2020 with his announcement ...Read more

Maryland recovers from slow start to blow past Oakland, 80-50

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Shaking off another slow start, Maryland cruised to its third straight victory to open the young season.

The seventh-ranked Terps downed Oakland, 80-50, despite trailing halfway through the first half. Mount Saint Joseph product Jalen Smith finished short of his third straight double-double but posted eight points, seven ...Read more

D'Angelo Russell to miss at least two weeks with thumb injury

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NEW ORLEANS -- Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell will miss at least two weeks with a sprained right thumb he suffered in Friday's loss to the Boston Celtics.

An MRI Friday night confirmed the sprain. Russell will be re-evaluated in two weeks and will miss at least eight games. The injury further depletes a roster that now has just one healthy ...Read more

UCLA embraces focus on defense as it beats UNLV and moves to 3-0

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LOS ANGELES--All 205 pounds of Jules Bernard's body slammed against the floor.

On a night full of defensive highlights and hustle plays, Bernard's all-out dive for a loose ball was the loudest, sending a thud echoing around Pauley Pavilion.

The UCLA forward didn't stay down for long, though. One Bruins assistant coach pulled him to his feet. ...Read more

LeBron James and Anthony Davis power Lakers to victory over Kings

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LOS ANGELES--For a moment, the lane to the basket was open. Anthony Davis closed it quickly.

The All-Star forward stonewalled Harrison Barnes' drive on a game-tying layup attempt at the buzzer as the Lakers held on for a 99-97 win over the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on Friday.

The Lakers (10-2) overcame the loss of defensive stalwart ...Read more

Celtics rally past the Warriors

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In a season defined by moral victories, the Golden State Warriors may have gotten another one in Saturday's 105-100 loss to the Boston Celtics. However, they may have also suffered another team-altering injury.

The Warriors (2-11) entered the game against the Eastern Conference contending Celtics (10-1) with a five-game losing ...Read more

Lakers' Avery Bradley has hairline fracture in his right leg

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LOS ANGELES--Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has a hairline fracture in a non-weight-bearing bone in his right leg, an MRI exam performed Thursday night confirmed.

The Lakers announced that the injury was on the fibular head of Bradley's leg and that he will be reevaluated in one to two weeks.

"We have the No. 1 defense in the league in...Read more

Sixers fall to Thunder in overtime, 127-119

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OKLAHOMA CITY – This one had to be tough.

The 76ers checked all the offensive boxes that their coach Brett Brown doubled-down on and still lost.

The Oklahoma City Thunder made 5 of 7 shots and all eight of their free throws in the extra session en route to posting a 127-119 overtime victory over the Sixers Friday night at Chesapeake Energy ...Read more

Minus Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves stumble to 137-116 loss to Washington

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Without Andrew Wiggins on Friday night, the Timberwolves didn't look like themselves.

Entering the game, Wiggins' absence seemed like not a huge deal. After all, the Wolves had beaten their opponent Friday, the Wizards, by 22 on the road without Karl-Anthony Towns on Nov. 2.

But the Wolves turned in their first true clunker of ...Read more

Cole Anthony's 27 points helps UNC defeat Gardner-Webb at home

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- When North Carolina is struggling to score, the Tar Heels know who to count on.

Cole Anthony.

The freshman guard, who entered Friday's game against Gardner-Webb averaging 27 points and 10.5 rebounds, finished with 28 points, and helped the Tar Heels win 77-61 at the Dean Smith Center.

No. 6 UNC is now 3-0 to start the ...Read more

Kansas gets in high gear early and crushes Monmouth 112-57 at Allen Fieldhouse

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Monmouth, the tiny New Jersey school that led Kansas State by nine points at halftime Wednesday before ultimately losing by 19, wasn't near as competitive against No. 5-ranked Kansas on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks, who rolled to early leads of 19-2, 26-4 and 45-19, thanks in part to the three-point ...Read more

Tre Jones propels No. 2 Duke past Georgia State

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DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 2 Duke needed a second-half push to stay unbeaten on Friday night and Tre Jones delivered in a big way.

The sophomore guard scored a game-high 31 points, including 10 during a key 13-0 Duke second-half run that propelled the Blue Devils to a 74-63 win over Georgia State at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The win puts Duke (4-0) in ...Read more

Heat's Silva has managed to pack 11 games into 8 days of NBA service

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MIAMI -- Of all the unexpected accomplishments by undrafted forward Chris Silva, none may be more impressive than this: In appearing in every Miami Heat game this season during this 8-3 start, Silva has utilized only eight days of NBA service of the allowable 45 for the season on his two-way contract.

Thanks to the clock not starting until the ...Read more