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Who won the trade? 5 takeaways as Clippers beat Thunder for sixth win in row

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LOS ANGELES — No defender made James Harden work harder for his points in last season’s playoffs than Oklahoma City’s Luguentz Dort, a stocky, little-known player.

If the performance didn’t make Dort a household name, it made sure he was a fixture of every scouting report. He has been a pain for opposing stars ever since, and was on the...Read more

Friday night fight: Kings toughen up to snap losing streak with win over New York Knicks

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marvin Bagley III took a charge. Chimezie Metu blocked a shot. Tyrese Haliburton threw down a breakaway dunk, howled into the rafters and ran back on defense to swat a shot by Reggie Bullock, helping his team force a shot-clock violation.

The Sacramento Kings fought back Friday night, finally matching the physicality of ...Read more

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Lakers sharpshooter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is taking it 'to another level'

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LOS ANGELES — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope heard the boos at the start of last season. So did his new coach, Frank Vogel.

For a month it was miserable, a shooter who didn’t make shots drawing the ire of the Lakers’ home fans brick after brick.

But on Thursday night in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 113-106 win at Milwaukee, here was the same ...Read more

Jerami Grant game-winner ruled late as Pistons lose heartbreaker to Rockets, 103-102

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Win or lose, the Detroit Pistons do it in spectacular fashion this season.

Only two days after blowing a 17-point lead against the Atlanta Hawks in an overtime loss, they nearly pulled off a 20-point comeback against the Houston Rockets at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.

With the Pistons down one, Jerami Grant was set to take the final shot of...Read more

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Turnovers haunt Magic in overtime loss to Pacers

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Two late turnovers proved costly as the Orlando Magic missed a chance to win in regulation and wound up suffering a 120-118 overtime loss to the host Indiana Pacers on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Malcolm Brogdon sank a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in overtime to put Indiana on top. Evan Fournier had a chance at a game-winning 3,...Read more

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Nets' defensive issues on full display in second consecutive loss to Cavaliers

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Here’s one thing we know about the Nets: They have three superstar offensive talents.

Here are three more important things to note: They struggle defensively, struggle on the boards, and struggle taking care of the ball.

It’s a recipe for disaster, as evidenced in the Nets’ 125-113 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Kevin Durant ...Read more

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Heat unable to complete comeback, fall to Raptors, 101-81

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There was a 13-0 surge in the third quarter.

A rally to a 61-61 tie after an early 21-point deficit.

A zone defense that helped torment the Toronto Raptors into 22 turnovers.

But, in the end Friday night, as it seemingly has been all season for the Miami Heat, there was not enough, in what turned into a 101-81 loss at Amalie Arena in Tampa, ...Read more

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In Seth Curry's return, Sixers top Celtics to complete two-game series sweep

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PHILADELPHIA — For Seth Curry, this was the return game.

This was the 76ers shooting guard’s first contest since Jan. 6. In all, he was sidelined seven games. The last six due to the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

His time away sure didn’t hinder his shooting in the Sixers’ 122-110 victory over the Boston Celtics Friday ...Read more

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Timberwolves continue to struggle, lose to Hawks, 116-98

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Atlanta Hawks aren't the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks or any other team that is billed as a title contender this season.

They are a young team currently going through their own struggles in finding an identity, and still they made the Timberwolves look like they didn't belong on the same floor in a 116-98 demolition at Target ...Read more

Michigan continues to roll through Big Ten, derailing Purdue, 70-53

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Michigan did not play a clean basketball game Friday night.

The Wolverines struggled to hold onto the ball, turning it over 14 times. They shot just 44.6% from the field.

But U-M's defense held Purdue to its lowest-scoring game of the season in a 70-53 victory on Friday night, and the Wolverines left Mackey Arena with sole possession of first ...Read more

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Bulls capitalize on Hornets miscues en route to 123-110 victory

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets did themselves in Friday, committing 20 turnovers in a 123-110 home loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Those 20 turnovers resulted in 26 Chicago points, as the Bulls controlled the game throughout the second half. The Hornets lost their fourth straight game, falling to 6-9. The Bulls improved to 7-8.

Gordon ...Read more

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Kyrie Irving: 'Resolve, compromise, sacrifice, communication' keys to past Big 3 successes

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NEW YORK — If you ask Kyrie Irving, it didn’t happen overnight.

Yes, Irving hit the fading, side-step shot over Stephen Curry’s outstretched arms to dethrone the 73-9 Golden State Warriors and deliver the 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers their first NBA title in franchise history.

But that moment, he says, was years in the making, not just ...Read more

Report: NBA rescinds Draymond Green's second technical foul after officiating error

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The NBA is rescinding the second technical foul assessed to Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during a 119-104 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday at the Chase Center.

The Athletic first reported the NBA's decision to rescind the technical foul.

The technical foul called by second-year official John Butler will no longer lead to...Read more

Draymond Green's ejection sinks Warriors in loss to Knicks

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Tired in their second game in two nights and disorganized without one of their most important players, the Golden State Warriors lost to the New York Knicks, 119-104, Thursday night at Chase Center.

Twenty-four hours after their most complete win of the season over the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors (8-7) had a difficult time mustering the ...Read more

Michael Cunningham: Hawks ready to take off with tougher defense

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The top six or so Hawks players were good enough to make them competitive last season. There weren’t enough quality players beyond them. The Hawks are thin again this season because injuries have prevented the expected improvement in depth to materialize. Despite that, they’ve shown through the season’s first month that one important thing...Read more

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How meditation and mom's advice helped UNC's Caleb Love break out of a shooting slump

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Video clips of North Carolina freshman guard Caleb Love alone on the Dean E. Smith Center court after midnight shooting by himself spread through social media following a 2-for-10 shooting performance against Syracuse last week.

Along with comments that praised his dedication, came the sarcastic ones too. Remarks that “...Read more

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LeBron James and the road-warrior Lakers overwhelm Bucks in win

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LeBron James and the Lakers took their undefeated road record into Milwaukee to face one of the NBA’s better teams in the Bucks.

James’ 34 points, eight assists and six rebounds helped carry the Lakers past the Bucks 113-106 and pushed L.A.'s record to 7-0 on the road.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 25 points and 12 rebounds ...Read more

UCLA extends Pac-12 unbeaten streak with narrow victory over Cal

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Living dangerously continues to work for UCLA against some of the worst teams on its schedule.

The Bruins walked off the court Thursday night still holding the distinction of being unbeaten in Pac-12 Conference play after surviving another scare.

Jules Bernard made a big three-pointer to make his 21st birthday especially ...Read more

Clippers dominate late to defeat Kings

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Having watched his team give up at least 122 points in eight consecutive games, Sacramento coach Luke Walton set a small goal for his team before tipoff inside Staples Center.

“I’ll settle for anything under 120 right now,” Walton said.

He got his wish Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. It still didn’t help.

Behind Paul ...Read more

Steph Curry, James Wiseman lead Warriors in 121-99 win over Spurs

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Dressed in navy blue with dashes of orange and gold Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors wearing their Oakland-inspired uniforms looked more like the dominant team that closed out Oracle Arena with five-straight Finals runs than the one rebuilding since the move to San Francisco.

In Golden State’s 121-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs ...Read more