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Michigan State basketball needs Cassius Winston's supporting cast to shine on the road

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Aaron Henry scored the first basket of both halves Friday, attacking aggressively all night.

Gabe Brown didn't miss, from outside or above the rim.

Rocket Watts continued to look more and more like the sniper Tom Izzo recruited.

A well-rounded 67-55 win over previously hot Wisconsin gave No. 14 Michigan State basketball...Read more

Turnover-plagued Tech missing out on all the college basketball fun

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The disco ball of confusion that is college basketball continued its crazed spin Saturday. By this point, all logic and reason have been blinded by the colored lights.

More upsets here 72 days before the Final Four commences in Atlanta as two more top-five-ranked teams -- No. 4 Auburn and No. 5 Butler -- lost to an unranked opponent, both times...Read more

Heat's Kendrick Nunn regained hot hand by staying true to himself

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Kendrick Nunn has regained a hot hand, and he's done it his way: By staying aggressive.

Nunn has averaged 19.7 points on 60.2% shooting from the field and 46.4% shooting from beyond the arc during the Miami Heat's past six games.

He kept the hot streak up in the Heat's loss against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, scoring...Read more

How the Hornets plan to maximize NBA exposure and minimize exhaustion from Paris trip

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The NBA is about competition: Figuring how to maintain optimal performance over an 82-game regular-season schedule.

The NBA is about entertainment: Wherever and whenever two teams are told to play, the show must go on.

Charlotte Hornets president Fred Whitfield oversaw a special logistics challenge this season: How to get maximum global ...Read more

Cole Anthony's absence being felt, as UNC continues to struggle

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PITTSBURGH -- When it was time for North Carolina's players to finish packing the visitor's locker room and board the bus to the airport, Cole Anthony stayed back and waited for his teammates as they got dressed and finished up their media interviews.

Anthony was already dressed in a burgundy suit, a burgundy and white tie and white tennis ...Read more

Heat open second half of season with 107-102 loss to Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- It didn't look pretty.

As has been the case for a Miami Heat team that has struggled on the road for most of the season. And those shortcomings away from AmericanAirlines Arena reared their ugly head during the Heat's 107-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

Early on, it looked like Miami was going to carry the ...Read more

Kings trade Trevor Ariza to Trail Blazers for Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Kings executed the first in what could be a series of moves leading up to next month's NBA trade deadline Saturday, striking a five-player deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

A league source told The Sacramento Bee the Kings traded Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan to the Blazers in exchange for Kent ...Read more

USC rallies from huge second-half deficit, stuns Stanford in overtime

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LOS ANGELES -- After USC scratched and clawed its way back from a deep deficit, the Trojans' Jonah Mathews stood at half court with 10 seconds remaining Saturday in Galen Center and a frantic Stanford inbound pass soaring in his direction.

The senior guard had already played a fearless role in USC's frenetic comeback -- he finished with 19 ...Read more

Lakers dominate in the second half to beat Rockets

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HOUSTON -- With a little more than five minutes remaining in the game, Anthony Davis turned his index fingers outward and faced the crowd that would be his orchestra.

They chanted, "Let's go Lakers," and Davis waved his fingers like he was their conductor.

Then he stopped, leaned toward them and pointed at his left ear as if he couldn't hear ...Read more

Utah rocks in first quarter as Kings can't roll with the punches in Jazz win

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Six minutes. That was all it took for the Utah Jazz to wipe out the Kings on Saturday night.

The Utah Jazz went nuclear in the first six minutes, scoring 24 points in the first 5:30 to build a double-digit lead they never came close to losing in a 123-101 win. It was the Kings' fourth-straight loss.

The Jazz's run started ...Read more

Zach LaVine scores 21 of his 42 points in 4th quarter as Bulls come back from 19 down to beat Cavs, 118-116

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CHICAGO -- With each made basket by Zach LaVine, each point that willed a frantic fourth-quarter comeback, the crowd at the United Center erupted louder and louder in anticipation. By the time he hit a reverse layup and knocked down the ensuing free throw to put the Bulls ahead by four points late in the game, the crowd had worked itself into a ...Read more

Sixers get much-needed road win against struggling Knicks

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NEW YORK -- We'll find out shortly if the 76ers can attribute Saturday night's win to actual late-game road improvements or the scheduling gods.

Tobias Harris scored the go-ahead basket with 28.2 seconds left as the Sixers defeated the New York Knicks, 90-87, at Madison Square Garden to snap their six-game road losing streak. But it came ...Read more

Poole, Russell help lift Warriors over Magic, snap losing streak

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Hands raised in the air, Warriors guard Jordan Poole turned with a grin to celebrate a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. On this night, he had several reasons to smile.

Poole's career night helped lift the Warriors to a 109-95 win over the Magic at Chase Center Saturday evening and snap a 10-game losing streak. After stepping back into...Read more

No. 7 San Diego State starts slow, still has enough to beat Nevada

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SAN DIEGO -- Give San Diego State's basketball team this much. It has chutzpah.

Remember how they used to wear red uniforms and had some of their most wrenching losses in recent history in them, and then stopped wearing them because of that?

And how they brought them back earlier this season against San Jose State, picked to finish last in the...Read more

Pistons keep Trae Young in check, coast to 136-103 win against Hawks

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ATLANTA -- The tanking is on hold.

Derrick Rose extended his streak of scoring 20-plus points with 27 points and nine assists to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 136-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

The Pistons shot 59.3% at State Farm Arena as they won their second straight road game after losing 12 of 15 to give the tanking...Read more

Andrew Wiggins' first triple-double not enough as Timberwolves fall to Raptors

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MINNEAPOLIS -- For the Timberwolves offense, it was a too-familiar case of diminishing returns.

Saturday night at Target Center against the Toronto Raptors -- a game played by two teams that played elsewhere on Friday -- the Wolves started out hot but ended ... well, not.

Up after a quarter and again at the half, the Wolves allowed the Raptors...Read more

Washington lets upset slip away as Payton Pritchard lifts No. 8 Oregon in OT

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SEATTLE -- Washington put a bullseye on Payton Pritchard and realized they had to stop the national player of the year candidate if they were going to have any chance of upsetting No. 8 Oregon.

And yet, in the final seconds of a tense battle against their Northwest rival, the Huskies surrendered a game-winning shot to the guy at the top of its ...Read more

No. 11 Louisville outlasts No. 3 Duke, 79-73

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DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 11 Louisville extended No. 3 Duke's rough week on Saturday night.

Freshman David Johnson scored 19 points as the Cardinals beat Duke, 79-73, in ACC basketball at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils (15-3, 5-2) suffered losses in consecutive games for the first time since February 2018. Duke lost, 79-72, at Clemson last ...Read more

Houston slaps No. 16 Wichita State with double-digit home loss, 65-54

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WICHITA, Kan. -- After a no-energy showing in its road loss at Temple on Wednesday, two days off and a return home didn't solve those issues for the Wichita State men's basketball team against Houston on Saturday.

The Shockers were once again stagnant on offense, lacking crisp movement, cutting, passing and screening. That led to a lot of ...Read more

Trent Frazier, Ayo Dosunmu help Illinois overcome inspired effort by Northwestern for 75-71 win

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- No. 24 Illinois kept its momentum rolling. Barely

The Illini won their fourth straight game -- the longest current winning streak in the Big Ten -- by holding off hungry rival Northwestern, 75-71, on Saturday at State Farm Center.

With former coach Lou Henson on the sideline wearing his famed orange blazer, senior guard ...Read more