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Blake Griffin scores 43 as Clippers hold off Hornets, 124-121, in OT

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LOS ANGELES -- Game 2 of Chris Paul's return from an injured left thumb was infinitely more rewarding than his first game back, because of his tough defense against Kemba Walker in overtime and also because of the all-around brilliance of Blake Griffin.

Paul's smothering defense on Walker in the final tense seconds of OT, with the Los Angeles ...Read more

Bucks hold off Suns for 100-96 victory

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MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo was sitting on the bench and the Milwaukee Bucks' seemingly comfortable lead was melting away.

Fast.

Three successive dunks by Marquese Chriss brought the Phoenix Suns within one point and had the BMO Harris Bradley Center crowd of 16,051 on edge.

And where was Giannis?

Coach Jason Kidd inserted him back in...Read more

Bulls' Butler puts his stamp on closing time

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In Friday's Bulls victory, Jimmy Butler missed 11 of his first 15 shots and then buried a tying 3-pointer with 48.2 seconds left in regulation, a go-ahead jumper with 9.1 seconds left in regulation and scored seven of his 22 points in overtime.

In Saturday's victory, Butler missed his first five shots, had three points at halftime and finished ...Read more

Pistons' comeback comes up short against Celtics

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Boston Celtics showed why they have designs on reaching the NBA Finals.

And the Detroit Pistons' litany of miscues proved decisive in the 104-98 loss at the Palace on Sunday.

Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points and his Celtics (38-21) were able to beat back another late offensive surge from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who ...Read more

Lakers do not back up vow to emulate Spurs in 119-98 loss

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LOS ANGELES -- The sustained consistency, depth and Hall-of-Fame caliber coaching once provided the Lakers a gauge on their playoff readiness.

With the Lakers far removed from that picture in recent seasons, the San Antonio Spurs have since offered clarity on the gap between both franchises. As demonstrated in their 119-98 loss to the Spurs on ...Read more

Warriors prepare to enter the most 'insane' part of their schedule

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Warriors upcoming road trip reads five games. But the team is referring to it as an eight-gamer "with one of those stops being in Oracle," Steve Kerr said.

It starts with a back-to-back in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. on Monday and Tuesday. Then a Thursday night game in Chicago. Then a Sunday, Monday back-to-back in New ...Read more

Heat's Rodney McGruder emerges as 'scavenger' and 'pit bull'

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DALLAS -- We can't be exactly sure of what Paul George called Rodney McGruder during and after the incidents that left the Indiana Pacers forward ejected from Saturday night's game against the Miami Heat. Nor might it be suitable for publication.

But there is little difficulty culling what teammates call the gritty Heat rookie forward.

"He's ...Read more

Warriors expected to sign Jose Calderon following Briante Weber's release

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Briante Weber finished up the Warriors' Saturday night game against the Nets and was then informed of his release. The Warriors are going elsewhere with that 15th roster spot.

That elsewhere is expected to be veteran guard Jose Calderon, according to team sources. Calderon must first officially come to terms on a buyout and ...Read more

Warriors demolish Nets without Durant

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Brooklyn Nets entered Oracle Arena on Saturday night having lost 15 straight and 20 of their past 21 games, sprinting away in the race for the NBA's worst record.

The Warriors were missing Kevin Durant. But on this night, three other All-Stars -- even at mostly half-speed -- were plenty against a team full of fringe NBA ...Read more

Rockets rain down 3-pointers to defeat Timberwolves, 142-130

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HOUSTON -- Newly hired Rockets general manager Daryl Morey arrived with his Massachusetts Institute of Technology education about the time Tom Thibodeau and his boss Jeff Van Gundy were told to leave a decade ago.

In the years that passed, neither Thibodeau nor new Houston coach Mike D'Antoni could have imagined how simple mathematics and the ...Read more

Kings' offense goes cold in loss to Hornets, 99-85

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SACRAMENTO -- Adrenaline eventually wears off, and emotion can carry a team only so far.

For the Kings, that's when the reality of life without DeMarcus Cousins sets in and the struggle to score becomes obvious.

On Saturday, the Kings couldn't get going on offense and lost to the slumping Charlotte Hornets 99-85 at Golden 1 Center.

The ...Read more

No LeBron, no victory as Cavs fall to Jimmy Butler-led Bulls

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CLEVELAND -- Sooner or later, the Cavaliers will make the psychological breakthrough of winning a game without their leader, LeBron James.

As the numbers of futility mount, the task could seem more daunting with every loss.

But with James sitting out Saturday's nationally televised game because of what ABC reported as strep throat, there were ...Read more

Bulls defeat LeBron-less Cavs, 117-99

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CLEVELAND -- Michael Carter-Williams didn't travel to Cleveland because of patellar tendinitis, and Jerian Grant started in his place at point guard. Coach Fred Hoiberg said there's no timetable set yet for Carter-Williams' return.

The Cavaliers' absence was a bit more impactful: LeBron James wasn't at Quicken Loans Arena due to an illness.

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Heat roll past Pacers 113-95, with George ejected, Reed injured

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MIAMI -- The day began with a reference in the Indianapolis Star to the Miami Heat as an "inferior team." Because the record continues to deceive.

But not the recent results, including Saturday night's 113-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena that made it 16 victories in the last 18 games and extended the franchise ...Read more

Deron Williams clears waivers, expected to sign with Cavaliers

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Former Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams cleared waivers as the league's 5 p.m. deadline passed Saturday and is likely to be signed by the Cavaliers, a league source said.

ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst first reported Williams made it through unclaimed, which a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal.

Logistics may prevent the...Read more

Spurs spoil Paul's happy return

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LOS ANGELES--Chris Paul was back in the Los Angeles Clippers' starting lineup Friday night, his return finally making them whole for the first time in just over two months, his presence sorely needed as L.A. enters the stretch drive of the regular season.

Paul came back from having been sidelined for 14 games recovering from surgery to repair a...Read more

Balanced Jazz cruise past Bucks, 109-95

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks' playoff push started with a big thud Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

An efficient Utah Jazz team made all the key plays on the way to a 109-95 victory over the Bucks in both teams' return from the All-Star break.

Milwaukee (25-31) had a three-game winning streak snapped despite Giannis ...Read more

Lakers get back to work and lose to the Thunder, 110-93

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- For a few hours on Friday, the drama of the past week gave way to the part of this the Los Angeles Lakers love.

Actual basketball.

The result wasn't what they wanted, but some normalcy returned for the Lakers on Friday, after an All-Star break that included a complete restructuring of the front office and two trades.

With new...Read more

Lakers' season-long issues on display in 110-93 loss to Thunder

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The cast of characters has changed on the court and behind the scenes, but, at least for now, the end result remains the same.

The Lakers suffered a 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in another game that highlighted many of their season-long issues.

Poor shooting overall (40 for 101)...Read more

Reps discuss a new Clippers arena

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LOS ANGELES--Representatives of Steve Ballmer and Stan Kroenke, two of the richest owners in professional sports, have had multiple discussions about the Los Angeles Clippers joining the Rams and Chargers in the sports and entertainment district Kroenke is building in Inglewood.

Five people with knowledge of the conversations told the Los ...Read more