Warriors bested by Kings, 100-79, as frustrating losses mount

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Over the years, the Sacramento Kings have adopted little-brother status as they've looked to emulate the Warriors' success.

On Sunday, the big-brother Warriors (5-23) were bested by the Kings 100-79 at Chase Center. This was the Kings' first visit to the $1.4 billion facility. In the third quarter, when a spirited "LET'S GO ...Read more

Hawks take Lakers down to the wire, but fall in final seconds

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ATLANTA -- Odds are you didn't have Hawks-Lakers down as being a competitive game from start to finish.

Thanks to the Hawks stymieing Los Angeles' normally hot shooting, the Lakers' 22 turnovers and limited contributions on offense from players not named LeBron James or Anthony Davis, Atlanta stuck around against the top team in the Western ...Read more

Carmichael roars once more, but no retro comeback for UNC as Wofford pulls upset

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- This was the noise, the roar, the sound that would have dared anyone to put the words "wine" or "cheese" next to it. As North Carolina started to chip away at a second-half lead, the fans stomped their feet and screamed and rattled the girders atop Carmichael Arena as if three decades had never passed.

It wouldn't have been...Read more

Heat benefiting from space Duncan Robinson provides them

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DALLAS -- Meyers Leonard remembers a time Duncan Robinson was a little more hesitant to let it fly.

The second-year guard/forward who went undrafted out of Michigan in 2018 was going through one of the tougher shooting stretches in his young career.

Robinson, a 41.9% three-point shooter in college and 48% long-distance shooter in the G-League ...Read more

A Warriors trade primer: Analyzing D'Angelo Russell's fit and solving the Ky Bowman problem

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This season hasn't gone as planned, and the Warriors have already had to shift expectations. After Sunday, further recalibration could be on the way.

While coach Steve Kerr anticipated the team to take a step back, he did not expect to be sitting at the bottom of the league standings more than a quarter of the way into the season. A stumbling ...Read more

Short-handed, weary Clippers lose to Bulls to end road trip

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CHICAGO -- As tipoff approached Saturday night, the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls found themselves in positions neither wanted to be in.

After an 8:45 p.m. tipoff in Minneapolis the previous night, the Clippers arrived at their Chicago hotel just before 4 a.m. Saturday. Playing on consecutive nights is part of the NBA life. But ...Read more

LeBron James questionable for Lakers game Sunday because of sore elbow

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers listed LeBron James as questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta because of a sore right elbow.

James collided with Miami star Jimmy Butler during the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 113-110 win over the Heat. James consulted with his trainer, Mike Mancias, after the game and had an ice pack on the elbow in ...Read more

Heat clip Mavericks in overtime, 122-118; Doncic exits early with ankle sprain

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DALLAS -- It looked like the Miami Heat's back-to-back woes this season were going to persist.

They jumped out a quick 21-7 lead against the Dallas Mavericks midway through the first quarter on Saturday at the American Airlines Center. Miami led by as much as 24 and had an energy it seemed to have lacked when it this position so far this season...Read more

Zach LaVine's three-point play leads Bulls to 109-106 win against short-handed Clippers

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls needed one of those big moments they've talked about -- the kind that can make the difference between a win and loss -- and they got several of them Saturday night against the Clippers.

There was Wendell Carter Jr.'s put-back dunk with just over two minutes left when the Clippers were leading by five, followed by Zach ...Read more

Inconsistent Kentucky still pulls away for win against Georgia Tech

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A sixth straight victory and a top-10 ranking might suggest a Kentucky team settling into a groove. But Saturday's 67-53 victory over Georgia Tech was anything but a model of consistency.

EJ Montgomery, who had career high for points in each of the last two games, was scoreless for the first time this season and the first time...Read more

David McCormack scores career-high 28 points in Kansas' 98-57 victory vs. UMKC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas sophomore David McCormack, who had scored 16 points total in the Jayhawks' last three games, certainly found Sprint Center's rims to his liking on Saturday.

The 6-foot-10, 265-pound forward from Norfolk, Va., exploded for 16 points the first half -- a career-high 28 points for the game on 11-of-14 shooting -- as the ...Read more

Hornets lose rookie forward P.J. Washington to broken finger

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets lost a starter for Sunday and perhaps beyond, after the team announced Saturday that rookie forward P.J. Washington broke a finger.

Washington has a fracture on the fifth finger (pinkie) on his right hand. The Hornets announced Washington is out for Sunday's 5 p.m. road game against the Indiana Pacers. ...Read more

Michigan State has no problem with Oakland, rolling to 72-49 win

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DETROIT -- Make it 18-0.

No. 16 Michigan State used an interior advantage and its deep rotation to craft big scoring runs while relying on its defense to knock out Oakland, 72-49, on Saturday in front of 18,145 fans at Little Caesars Arena.

Twelve Spartans scored, including six of them netting between seven and 10 points each, led by Aaron ...Read more

NBA says Heat's Jimmy Butler fouled twice on final possession against Lakers

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DALLAS -- The Miami Heat may have been two missed calls away from a different fate in their 113-110 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Per the NBA's last 2-minute report, the Lakers committed two fouls against Jimmy Butler that weren't called on the Heat's final possession of the game.

The first foul occurred ...Read more

Paul George, Kawhi Leonard top 40 points as Clippers hold off Timberwolves

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MINNEAPOLIS -- On the same night a Los Angeles Clippers duo put on a stunning offensive display, their team barely avoided a defeat of equal measure.

Paul George finished with 46 points and Kawhi Leonard scored 42 at Target Center, the 21st time in NBA history that teammates had each scored 40 or more in the same game, the first time Clippers ...Read more

Five-star basketball recruit from France among players on Kentucky's radar for next season

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Less than a month removed from college basketball's early signing period, Kentucky's 2020 recruiting board has already gone through quite a transformation.

Coming out of that early period -- when UK signed six top-50 players for next season -- it appeared that five-star power forward Greg Brown and four-star center Cliff ...Read more

Warriors show grit but let another winnable game slip away in 114-106 loss to Jazz

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Warriors center Marquese Chriss grimaced as he grabbed his leg, but he and the Warriors did not want an opportunity to earn rare win slip away because of a banged knee.

A collision with Jazz guard Emmanuel Mudiay sent Chriss limping to the locker room with a left knee contusion. Shortly after, Chriss checked back into the game...Read more

Lakers win 13th in a row on road, giving Heat first home loss

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MIAMI -- A team that just doesn't lose on the road traveled to face a team that just doesn't lose at home.

On Friday night in Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers prevailed.

They beat the Heat 113-110, handing the Miami its first home loss of the season. The Lakers (23-3) have now won 13 consecutive road games, the most the franchise has had since ...Read more

Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox expects to return from ankle injury next week

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox has been sidelined for five weeks with a severely sprained ankle, but he thinks he will be back in the lineup soon -- very soon.

Fox said he expects to return sometime next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday when the Kings visit the Charlotte Hornets. He believes he will be back before the ...Read more

Bulls shoot 30% in 83-73 loss to Hornets

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CHICAGO -- Something about the Hornets gives the Bulls problems. That held true Friday night at the United Center.

When it wasn't Bismack Biyombo and P.J. Washington having their way down low with rebounds and short-range shots, it was the speedy Devonte Graham drawing fouls and getting to the free-throw line.

The Bulls went on a 14-5 run ...Read more