Jimmy Butler wants more from Heat: 'You can learn from your wins'

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MIAMI -- Jimmy Butler says he will celebrate success when he sees it. Even at 18-6, he's not sure the Miami Heat are there yet.

After a lopsided loss to the Boston Celtics, an 11-point deficit to the Washington Wizards and the need to go to overtime against the struggling Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks over the past four games, Butler said the...Read more

Former NC State coach Mark Gottfried responds to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The response to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations submitted by Mark Gottfried argues the former N.C. State basketball coach has been denied due process and questions the validity of the evidence in the case centered around violations connected to former Wolfpack star Dennis Smith Jr.

Gottfried and his attorneys responded to the ...Read more

Parenthood strengthens Andrew Wiggins' bond with Wolves bosses

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The first time Gersson Rosas met Andrew Wiggins after taking over as Timberwolves president, Rosas immediately went to pick up Wiggins' daughter, Amyah. Wiggins wasn't sure how the interaction would go.

"She lets people pick her up, but ... she's better with women," Wiggins said. "With guys, she's more skeptical."

Not knowing ...Read more

Kansas routs Milwaukee, 95-68, for its 300th win this decade

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas' last home basketball game of the decade goes down in history as ... a win. What else?

Devon Dotson scored 22 points and dished a career high nine assists, Ochai Agbaji contributed 22 points and Udoka Azubuike went for 15 points and a career best 17 rebounds, as KU downed Milwaukee of the Horizon League, 95-68, on ...Read more

Heat turn overtime into a celebration in 135-121 victory against Hawks

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat again played with fire Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

They still have yet to get burned.

Going overtime at home for the second consecutive game against an opponent with a losing record, the Heat got individual statistical brilliance across the board to hold off the Atlanta Hawks, 135-121, in overtime at ...Read more

Numbers don't lie: Lakers' LeBron James, Anthony Davis among top duos in NBA

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LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James extends a hand toward Anthony Davis. Neither Los Angeles Lakers star flinches as they engage in their seconds-long handshake.

The intricate series of slaps and hand twists ends with each player snapping their fingers twice while their hands are still intertwined. The handshake is orchestrated just as perfectly as ...Read more

No. 4 Maryland's winning streak to start season ends with 76-69 loss to Penn State

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The skepticism of Las Vegas bookies descended on the Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday night, where the nation's No. 4 men's basketball team came in unbeaten and upbeat after a last-second win as a slight underdog to a team coming off a 32-point road defeat.

In reality, the bettors showed more faith in Maryland than the Terps...Read more

Kawhi Leonard didn't spark Canada's love of basketball, he completed it

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TORONTO -- As he became known as one of Canada's best teenage basketball players, Javonte Brown-Ferguson had a decision to make.

Prep schools in the United States were wooing the 6-foot-11, 230-pound center. It was an attractive opportunity. Many top Canadian recruits had used the same pipeline to reach the NBA.

Instead, he stayed at Thornlea ...Read more

Devonte Graham leads Hornets past Wizards, nailing six 3-pointers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Miles Bridges hit a corner 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds left and Devonte Graham had his sixth game of six or more 3-pointers this season, leading the Charlotte Hornets over the Washington Wizards 114-107.

Graham finished with 29 points as the Hornets improved to 10-16 at the end of a five-game home stand.

The Wizards got a ...Read more

Raptors built last season a mentality for winning without Kawhi Leonard

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CHICAGO -- As the clocks inside Chicago's United Center counted down toward zero, Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry calmly dribbled the basketball, the rim dead in his sights, with his team in need of a basket.

These are the times a season ago when the Raptors would have turned to Kawhi Leonard, who would put the Raptors on his door-frame-...Read more

Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. out for at least another month after seeing foot specialist

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls will be without Otto Porter Jr. for at least one more month after the small forward had his bruised left foot evaluated Monday by a specialist, the team announced.

Dr. Bob Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist, confirmed the injury's healing response is "consistent with a small fracture that has become more clearly defined ...Read more

NBA legend Isiah Thomas raves about Heat's selfless play

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MIAMI -- They have a dominant player in Jimmy Butler, but not necessarily a dominating scorer, with seven players averaging in double figures.

That, NBA Hall of Fame guard and current NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas said, is what makes this season's Miami Heat so refreshing.

"Don't you get the feeling that they're not playing for numbers?" the ...Read more

Calipari on Ashton Hagans: 'Who's better?' Both say he can be even better.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- More than once in this early-season period, Kentucky Coach John Calipari has challenged listeners to name a better point guard in the country than Ashton Hagans.

So, it was eye-catching last week when the United States Basketball Writers Association seemed to suggest Hagans might not even be the best point guard on Kentucky's ...Read more

Paul George drops 36 in Clippers' win at Indiana, tells fans 'I'm not the one to boo'

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INDIANAPOLIS -- In the eyes of Indiana fans, Paul George is now a villain as a Los Angeles Clipper and not the hero he had been playing for the Pacers for the first seven years of his NBA career.

They booed George from the time he was introduced and throughout his 35 minutes and 45 seconds of playing time Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse...Read more

Disjointed Warriors fall to Grizzlies, 110-102

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SAN FRANCISCO -- As the Golden State Warriors get healthy, more bodies present a whole new set of challenges.

Having added three players to the lineup within the last week -- including starting point guard D'Angelo Russell and reserves Kevon Looney and Jacob Evans -- the Warriors seemed disjointed in their 110-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies ...Read more

Where is everybody? UK sees empty seats as a made-for-TV challenge.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Before every Kentucky home game this season, a short film titled "All Roads" and narrated by Tom Hammond plays on Rupp Arena's video screens. "All roads lead to Lexington ...," the Lexington native and former NBC sportscaster intones. "In Kentucky, we're known by the way we care. In Kentucky, we're one Big Blue Nation."

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Already a national champion, Kings' Kyle Guy stands ready if Walton calls his number

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings rookie Kyle Guy quietly went about his business on this Kings road trip. With a Thursday night off, Guy joined a few teammates to play three-on-three at a gym in San Antonio.

During games, he sits near the end of the Kings bench. He's ready if the Kings need him. And given the injuries to guards De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan ...Read more

Wolves stumble against Suns, go 0-4 on road trip

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PHOENIX – This was a four-game road trip that began with a lot of promise. The Timberwolves were thriving on the road before it, and they were hopeful they would avoid a repeat of their nightmarish road swings a season ago.

But after dropping the first three games, it wasn't meant to be again on Monday, as the Wolves completed a winless road ...Read more

Bjelica drains last-second 3-pointer to beat one of the West's best

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HOUSTON -- Nemanja Bjelica wasn't having it.

With 1 second remaining against the Houston Rockets on Monday night, the Kings big man took an inbounds pass, turned and coolly drained a 3-pointer from about 30 feet out. The win gave the Kings a crazy 119-118 win over one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Russell Westbrook seemed to ...Read more

Bulls lose to the Raptors 93-92 as Zach LaVine's final shot misses the mark

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CHICAGO -- Zach LaVine missed a driving shot over Marc Gasol in the final seconds of the Bulls' 93-92 loss to the Raptors on Monday night at the United Center.

The Bulls scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to break a 71-71 tie, with Denzel Valentine scoring five of those points. They maintained an 85-77 lead after Daniel Gafford...Read more