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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

Sixers escape with 116-109 win against struggling Pelicans

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PHILADELPHIA -- Sometime in the NBA, you have snoozers -- games that will put fans to sleep if they're not careful.

Well, the 76ers had one Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, less than 24 hours after an emotional road win against the Boston Celtics.

They dozed off after a 39-point first quarter but awakened in time to emerge with ...Read more

LeBron, Davis, Lakers hand Heat first home loss, 113-110

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MIAMI -- In a league that has gone from an era of Big Threes to power duos, the Los Angeles Lakers offered a prime example of the NBA's new math Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

With Anthony Davis scoring 33 and LeBron James 28, the Miami Heat lacked an ample counter -- barely -- in falling to their first home loss of the season, 113-110...Read more

Thaddeus Young says limited role with Bulls 'is not the best-case scenario,' but he's 'rolling with it'

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CHICAGO -- Thaddeus Young surveyed the reporters gathered to talk with him after the Bulls' morning shootaround Friday -- a day after he expressed his unhappiness with his limited role in a couple of published reports -- and he knew what was he in for.

"Can't tell me I didn't know this was coming," he laughed.

Young, 31, is averaging 21.6 ...Read more

With Heat's Dion Waiters again suspended, could nuclear option of termination follow?

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MIAMI -- In the wake of Dion Waiters' third suspension of the season by the Miami Heat the question is whether team president Pat Riley has reached his limit.

Or whether a nuclear option remains.

With the Heat for the third time this season withholding pay from Waiters, this time a six-game sanction for what the team termed in a statement, "...Read more

Takeaways from the Sixers' 115-109 win over the Celtics: Embiid's dominant performance; Harris versatility

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BOSTON -- The 76ers ended Boston's homecourt dominance with Thursday's 115-109 win over the Celtics at TD Bank Garden. It was Boston's first home loss of the season.

Here are some takeaways from the game.

Embiid's all-around dominance

This was by far Joel Embiid's best game of the year.

The Celtics weakness is their interior defense and ...Read more

Has LeBron James found Fountain of Youth? Heat coach Erik Spoelstra offers thoughts.

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MIAMI -- This is the LeBron James that Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra worked with during four trips to the NBA Finals and two championships. The LeBron James who then went on to an additional four NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

At 34, after an uneven, injury-filled season, the second year of the LeBron James experience with the Los ...Read more

John Calipari for president? 'I think he'll go into politics. … I'm being dead serious.'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Here's something you've probably not thought of: President John Calipari. To be clear, that's ... president ... of ... the ... United ... States.

Josh Pastner, who will lead Georgia Tech against Kentucky on Saturday in Rupp Arena, worked for Calipari as an assistant coach one season at Memphis. He said he could see Calipari ...Read more

Jabari Parker explains 'street cred' comment and dreams of a Bulls roster centered on Chicago natives: 'We get it'

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CHICAGO -- Other players who have had bad breakups with their former teams, like Jabari Parker had with the Bulls, may shy away from revenge talk, but Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce knew otherwise.

"Yeah, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't" important to Parker, Pierce said before the Hawks' 136-102 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday night. "We go to ...Read more

Joel Embiid agrees with critique of his play from Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal

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BOSTON -- What did Joel Embiid have to say about the criticism that Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal offered about his level of play?

The 76ers center accepted the criticism ... and agreed with it.

"I mean that's what they do. Maybe they're right," Embiid said after Thursday's shootaround at TD Garden. "I do think they're right. I need to ...Read more

Kawhi Leonard gets his ring from Raptors, leads Clippers to win in Toronto

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TORONTO -- Encrusted with more than 640 diamonds, the Toronto Raptors' title ring is said to be the most expensive ever produced for an NBA champion. Inside is a maple leaf featuring a ruby. On top is a diamond-studded Toronto skyline.

Standing at midcourt inside Scotiabank Arena during a pregame ceremony welcoming last season's NBA Finals MVP ...Read more

Timberwolves' Jarrett Culver thrilled for brother, J.J., after scoring 100 in college game

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jarrett Culver only saw part of it. But he heard all about it.

There are three Culver brothers. Jarrett, the Wolves rookie guard, is 20. J.J. is 21 and Trey is 23.

Jarrett was in the gym working out Tuesday when he started getting texts from Trey about J.J., who is a star for Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, which...Read more

James Harden matches arena record as Cavs falter down stretch vs. Rockets

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CLEVELAND -- Their daunting December schedule is loaded with playoff teams, but Cavaliers coach John Beilein believed one big victory would give his team "super confidence."

Against the Houston Rockets, who have been to the Western Conference semifinals or finals the past three seasons, the Cavs had that long-awaited emotional boost within ...Read more

Jazz pull away in second half as Timberwolves' losing streak reaches six games

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The problem is pretty clear. But the answer continues to elude the Timberwolves.

Defense.

It was the major topic of conversation after the Timberwolves completed their morning shoot Wednesday. After their losing streak had stretched to six with a 127-116 loss to Utah in an eerily quiet Target Center -- the longest losing streak ...Read more

Zach LaVine scores 35 and Kris Dunn holds Trae Young in check in the Bulls' 136-102 rout of the Hawks

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CHICAGO -- After the Bulls held Hawks star Trae Young to nine points, three assists and four turnovers last month in Atlanta, the Hawks had a plan to counter the Bulls' strategy.

"Quickness," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said before Wednesday's game at the United Center. "He's very good at rejecting pick and roll, he's very good changing speeds ...Read more