Ailing Clippers can't get it going against Warriors

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LOS ANGELES--Doc Rivers strolled into the room abnormally crammed with reporters Friday evening and could not resist.

"What the hell is going on with all these people?" Rivers said with a grin as he surveyed the group before taking his pregame questions.

But he knew. Most of those people were not in attendance for the coach or his Los Angeles ...Read more

Zubac hitting his stride for Lakers

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Ivica Zubac worked all summer to make his body leaner and his game more effective in hopes that his third season in the NBA would be one during which he showed he belonged.

His body had other plans.

"I just got sick like three days before training camp as I was coming back before the (Croatian) national team," said Zubac, who turns 22 in March...Read more

Villanova uses 3-point shooting to defeat Xavier, 85-75

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PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova and Xavier spent much of their Big East game Friday night showing a difference in their offensive philosophies. The Wildcats relied on the 3-point shot while the Musketeers were more focused on going inside for their points.

In the end, it was the 22nd-ranked Wildcats' 3-point shooting, especially at a key stretch of ...Read more

Pistons fend off Heat, 98-93, in Dwyane Wade's final Detroit visit

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons survived a 12-point third quarter and a nose injury to center Andre Drummond to gain a key victory Friday night.

Blake Griffin's near triple-double of 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists allowed the Pistons to escape with a 98-93 victory over the Miami Heat at Little Caesars Arena.

The Heat were missing guard...Read more

Hot shooting lifts No. 19 Maryland over Ohio State, 75-61, for seventh straight win

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Maryland men's basketball team came into Friday night's game against Ohio State at Value City Arena leading the Big Ten in 3-point shooting and nearly at the bottom of the league in assists. That changed in a big way -- and a good way -- for the nation's No. 19 team.

The Terps continued their hot shooting, especially in ...Read more

No 3-pointers: Kentucky's mantra clearly defined ahead of game at Auburn

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The next-to-last thing Kentucky wants at Auburn on Saturday is a 3-for-all. Why? Because trying to make more 3-pointers than Auburn probably will lead to the last thing Kentucky wants: a loss.

"No threes in practice is really what's been going on," Tyler Herro said of the preparation for the game. "If you give up a catch-and-...Read more

Wendell Carter Jr.'s rookie season likely over as Bulls recommend surgery on his injured left thumb

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The roller-coaster week for rookie Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. continued Friday when a follow-up examination on his injured left thumb revealed ligament damage, which the team has recommended surgery to address.

The Bulls estimated his recovery and "return to sport time" at eight to 12 weeks. That likely would end Carter's promising rookie ...Read more

UConn self-imposes sanctions on men's basketball team, including one fewer scholarship, following NCAA investigation

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- UConn is self-imposing sanctions on its men's basketball program, including the loss of one scholarship for next season, in response to the NCAA allegations released in October.

The sanctions, announced Friday afternoon, have been expected for several months. Former coach Kevin Ollie was charged with unethical conduct, a ...Read more

Rajon Rondo cleared for full contact practices with Lakers

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The Lakers medical staff has cleared Rajon Rondo to participate in full-contact practices as he recovers from hand surgery last month.

The team does not have an official practice scheduled for Friday in Houston, and will play the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Rondo tore a ligament in his right ring finger on Dec. 25 in Oakland and had surgery ...Read more

Dwyane Wade, playing final game in Detroit, looks back on playoff battles vs. Pistons

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BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -- Before Dwyane Wade could become an NBA champion, he had to get through the rough and tough Detroit Pistons of the past decade.

As the Miami Heat's retiring 16-year guard is making his final visit to Detroit, he reminisces on the back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals in 2005 and 2006, the second and third seasons of Wade's ...Read more

Kansas wary of last-place West Virginia: 'They hit a little speed bump'

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Kansas junior forward Mitch Lightfoot plans on bringing an extra piece of protective equipment to Saturday's Big 12 battle against West Virginia: That is, a mouth guard.

"Definitely. I'm not going to let that happen again. Mom was pretty (upset) about that one," the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Lightfoot said with a smile, referring to his getting hit ...Read more

Zu keeper: Young center plays key role in Lakers' big win over Thunder

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- When the stakes were at their highest, the young Los Angeles Lakers excelled and the veteran-laden Thunder crumbled.

The Lakers (25-21) beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-18), 138-128, in overtime, notching what is easily their most impressive win without LeBron James.

"Really proud of the way our guys just fought and fought ...Read more

Bulls' 135-105 loss to Nuggets is their 9th straight overall and 12th consecutive in Denver

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DENVER -- Kris Dunn didn't need a team film session to know he played poorly his last game.

But that's when the guard, who has said becoming a more vocal leader is on his to-do list, decided to acknowledge his poor play, which bothered him spiritually more than statistically. So Dunn said something to his teammates, trying to show ...Read more

Winston and Ward power Michigan State past Nebraska, 70-64

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Cassius Winston let it fly from deep behind the arc, nearly standing on the sideline next to coach Tom Izzo.


Winston and Nick Ward provided the offensive punch, and No. 6 Michigan State's defense did the rest en route to a 70-64 road victory over Nebraska on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Spartans stifled ...Read more

Walker, bench fuel Hornets' 114-95 win over Kings

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Since the Charlotte Hornets play very few home games in January, Thursday felt important. The Hornets treated it that way.

Playing at Spectrum Center for the first time in seven games, the Hornets made up a 13-point first-quarter deficit and controlled the Sacramento Kings the rest of the way en route to a 114-95 victory.

It...Read more

Sixers beat Pacers behind Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid

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INDIANAPOLIS -- This was a solid way to open a tough stretch.

The 76ers got a confidence-building 120-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The victory improved them to 30-16 and put them a half-game behind the Pacers (29-15) for third place in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers have also won two ...Read more

Kentucky's next challenge? A point guard who 'makes everything go'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After a star turn at Georgia that figures to find a place in Kentucky basketball lore, Ashton Hagans made a telling comment.

"I'm getting comfortable," he said Tuesday night. "But I've got to keep it going."

Kentucky probably needs Hagans to keep it going, if not improve upon his celebrated performances of late.

It does not ...Read more

Dion Waiters fined by Heat for expletive-laced rant

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BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -- The Miami Heat fined guard Dion Waiters for conduct detrimental to the team Thursday, following his explosive comments about his lack of playing time after Tuesday's 124-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"Obviously, it's not acceptable behavior, particularly coming off the type of disappointing loss we had the other night," ...Read more

Inspiring guard Jaylen Fisher done with TCU due to injury

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Once the highest ranked recruit to ever sign with TCU, and one of the program's most inspiring stories, Jaylen Fisher's playing career in Fort Worth is over, sources said.

The school has issued a press release confirming this report.

The junior point guard from Memphis, whose story of being born with Albinism has ...Read more

April's Final Four will cost US Bank Stadium millions more than Super Bowl

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The upcoming NCAA men's basketball Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium will cost the public millions more than the Super Bowl did last year.

After reimbursements, the cost of the Final Four to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) -- the public body that oversees the stadium budget on behalf of taxpayers -- is estimated at $10 million, ...Read more


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