Lakers trip on finish line in road loss to Nets

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NEW YORK -- With the finish line on a rough road trip palpably close, the Los Angeles Lakers trudged across it in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

The Nets beat the Lakers, 115-110, behind 22 points from point guard D'Angelo Russell, whom the Lakers drafted second overall in 2015 and traded to Brooklyn in the summer of 2017. Russell is enjoying ...Read more

Charlie Moore scores 18 points as Kansas upends South Dakota, 89-53

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Charlie Moore had not shown the ability to score in bunches during his first nine games at Kansas.

That all changed on Tuesday night as the sophomore transfer from Cal hit six 3s in nine tries and scored 18 points as the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks beat South Dakota of the Summit League 89-53 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The 5-foot-11 ...Read more

Duke starts slow before rolling to 101-50 rout of Princeton

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DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 2 Duke needed 14 minutes before it took its first lead over Princeton on Tuesday night.

While the Blue Devils started slowly due to poor shooting, they heated up before halftime and finished with a flourish.

Scoring on 14 of 15 possessions during a eight-minute stretch that bridged the halves, Duke turned a two-point ...Read more

Frustrated by foul trouble, Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. is learning life lessons on and off the court

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CHICAGO -- Wendell Carter Jr. has a life coach. His agency set him up with one shortly after the Bulls drafted him in June with the seventh overall pick.

Carter talks to him by phone about anything that's on his mind.

"It can be on the court stuff, off the court stuff. Maybe the NBA lifestyle, everything else I have going on," Carter said. "He...Read more

Dion Waiters back practicing with Heat

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MIAMI -- Dion Waiters returned to practice Tuesday with the Miami Heat for the first time since his January ankle surgery.

Coach Erik Spoelstra was quick to caution that it was not a full-contact practice, with the team declining to make Waiters available for comment until he completes such a session.

"He's doing more work right now," ...Read more

Kevin Ollie alleges racial discrimination, accuses UConn of deterring him from filing complaint

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Former UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie has filed litigation alleging that UConn has illegally attempted to deter Ollie from filing a racial discrimination complaint.

In the complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. district court, Ollie claims that he faced "disparate treatment" from that of his predecessor, Jim Calhoun, who kept ...Read more

Torn tendon in foot could sideline Kansas State forward Dean Wade three to eight weeks

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber provided some clarity on Dean Wade's foot injury Tuesday.

"It's a tendon in his foot," Weber said. "He had a slight tear. It's just a freak thing. If you go back and watch it, he shot a jump shot and landed on his foot just like you always do. He backed up a step and all of a sudden ...Read more

Trail Blazers fend off rally, top Clippers

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles fought back from an 18-point deficit Monday against Portland until they trailed by just one point in the final minute.

But the breakthrough this team so badly needs remained out of reach.

The Clippers' 131-127 loss to the Trail Blazers at Staples Center was their fourth consecutive loss and their seventh defeat in ...Read more

Curry, Durant, Thompson all hit scoring milestones

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors cruised to a 110-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at Oracle Arena for a simple reason. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are really good at basketball. The Warriors also nearly have a fully healthy roster.

With Curry finishing with 20 points on 6-of-16 shooting and 3-of-9 ...Read more

Sixers are no match for the Spurs in a 27-point loss

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SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs were far from hospitable in Brett Brown's and Monty Williams' homecoming.

The Spurs rolled to a 123-96 victory of the 76ers here at the AT&T Center on Monday night.

It marked the third loss in four games for the Sixers (20-12). Meanwhile, the Spurs (16-15) have won four of their last five contests. This ...Read more

Kings coach Dave Joerger clarifies Luka Doncic comments: 'It was all out of love and positivity'

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Complimentary words can sometimes be taken out of context. Just ask Dave Joerger.

The Kings coach has been the topic of speculation following his statement about Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic.

On Monday, a day after the Kings' 120-113 victory snapped the Mavericks' 11-game home winning streak, some media outlets, including...Read more

Wolves return to comforts of home with resounding rout of Kings

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MINNEAPOLIS -- So far this season Target Center has, for the Timberwolves, been a refuge. Shelter from the cruel road. A place to heal.

And so it was, again, Monday.

After limping home from an 0-4 road trip out west, the Wolves got home and got busy, running to a 30-point halftime lead en route to a 131-105 victory over the Sacramento Kings --...Read more

Russell Westbrook posts triple-double as Thunder blow out Bulls in chippy affair

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Bulls are now 2-5 under Jim Boylen after Monday's 121-96 loss to the Thunder.

They've been competitive in four games, suffered a franchise-record 56-point loss to the Celtics, got outscored by 30 points in the second half by the Kings and committed 23 turnovers in a sloppy but feisty effort that featured a third-quarter ...Read more

Turnovers plague Pistons in loss to Bucks

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DETROIT -- No deep analysis is necessary for the latest Detroit Pistons loss.

The Milwaukee Bucks turned 16 turnovers into 29 points in the Pistons' 107-104 loss Monday night -- their seventh loss in eight games.

Stanley Johnson scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Pistons tried to overcome a 15-point deficit. He made four 3...Read more

Jabari Parker is the 2nd player and 13th member of the Bulls' traveling party to fall ill after the trip to Mexico City

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- It's up to unlucky 13.

The Bulls got hit hard by a stomach virus during their trip to Mexico City, with Jabari Parker becoming the latest to be affected. Parker, who has fallen out of Jim Boylen's playing rotation, attended the Bulls' team meeting in the morning and bussed to the arena for shootaround before his symptoms ...Read more

Heat clamp down on Pelicans for 102-96 win to finish road trip 4-2

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MIAMI -- Erik Spoelstra said his pregame message to the Miami Heat as they wrapped up a six-game road trip in New Orleans on Sunday night was about finishing.

"We've been on the road for a while, but we don't want our minds or our bodies at all in Miami," the Heat coach said.

And finish the Heat did. With a 102-96 win at Smoothie King Center, ...Read more

John Wall scores 40 to lead the Wizards past the Lakers

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WASHINGTON -- John Wall put on a show during the first half Sunday, and didn't need to do too much more the rest of the game.

A night after their largest margin of victory this season, the Lakers came out flat and never recovered. The Washington Wizards (12-18) beat them 128-110 behind 40 points from Wall and 25 points from Bradley Beal. ...Read more

Michigan State basketball scorches Green Bay, 104-83, led by Nick Ward

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State's finals-week haze lasted 7 minutes Sunday.

The Spartans quickly dispatched Wisconsin-Green Bay with one of its most dominant halves in recent memory, earning a 104-83 victory at Breslin Center.

No. 9 MSU closed the opening half with a 44-11 run, behind perfect shooting from Nick Ward, who set four ...Read more

Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid lead balanced attack in Sixers' 128-105 victory over Cavaliers

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CLEVELAND -- The 76ers are back to winning.

They snapped a two-game skid Sunday afternoon with a 128-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Sixers (20-11) used a balanced attack and got a lift from Jimmy Butler's return. They had six double-figures scorers. But Ben Simmons' star shined the brightest against the ...Read more

Clippers find mojo in loss

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Doc Rivers was arguing for a call midway through the third quarter Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena when referee Natalie Sago turned to face him.

"You're done," she said, and the Los Angeles Clippers' coach seethed, if this time silently.

Reasons were many why Rivers' team should have been done for the night at that moment,...Read more