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Warriors fail to contain Damian Lillard, fall to Trail Blazers in overtime

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All Stephen Curry could do was shake his head in appreciation and, perhaps, envy. The Golden State Warriors did what they could to stop Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. They trapped him, they denied him the ball and they blocked his shot, but it wasn't enough.

In their 129-124 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers at Moda Center in ...Read more

Steve Hummer: Hawks' Trae Young makes one old sportswriter rethink good and bad

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Having followed basketball since shortly after the first peach basket went up in Springfield, Mass., I thought I had a pretty clear idea of what constituted a bad shot.

It's like the old Supreme Court standard for obscenity -- you know it when you see it. And, indeed, what is a bad shot if not basketball porn?

It's a bad shot if the shooter is...Read more

John Clay: Has the quality of officiating gone down, or have our expectations just gone up?

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- I hate to talk about the officials, but everybody is talking about the officials.

At the checkout desk of the doctor's office Friday morning, the nice ladies there informed me it would take a minute or so for my report to print. "Good," said one. "That gives us time to ask you to explain some of those calls the other night...Read more

Detroit Pistons' Derrick Rose reportedly a trade target for 76ers, Lakers

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As the NBA trade deadline nears, circumstances continue to point to the Detroit Pistons being sellers.

And other teams continue to circle over the Pistons' roster like buzzards in the desert.

Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes reports that the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, among other NBA title contenders, have expressed an interest in ...Read more

Timberwolves can't take advantage of depleted Denver, fall 107-100

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Entering, Monday, no team had benefited more from the growing pains of this new iteration of the Timberwolves more than the Denver Nuggets.

In the teams' previous two matchups, the Wolves chucked and missed a fair number of three-pointers -- 71 to be exact, for a percentage of .18.

At times Monday night, the Nuggets dared the ...Read more

Lakers suffer worst loss this season against rival Boston Celtics

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BOSTON -- More than half of the fourth quarter remained when the Los Angeles Lakers began to admit defeat.

LeBron James sat, so did Anthony Davis, and the Celtics began pulling their starters, too. They led the Lakers by 31 points -- the largest lead any team had on the Lakers all season.

On the parquet floor against their hated rivals, there ...Read more

Orlando Magic pounds Charlotte Hornets as losing streak grows to 7 games

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets are taking some unwanted baggage to Paris this week.

The Hornets lost 106-83 to the Orlando Magic on Monday at Spectrum Center, running a season-long losing streak to seven games as they head to France to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

The Hornets led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter, ...Read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo's triple-double leads Bucks to 111-98 win over Bulls

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MILWAUKEE -- In each of their previous meetings this season, the Bulls have entered halftime within striking distance of the Bucks -- even leading by a point during their first matchup -- only to watch the game slip away quickly in the second half.

That familiar story unfolded again Monday in Milwaukee. The Bulls entered the break trailing by a...Read more

Knicks 106, Cavaliers 86: Losing streak reaches five as lethargic 36-point second half dooms Cavs

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CLEVELAND -- Not only were the Cavaliers playing their first game at home after a six-game, 11-day trip, they were also shorthanded.

Because of injury and illness, the Cavs had only 10 available players, including two on two-way contracts with the G League's Canton Charge.

"Ultimate next-man up game," Cavs coach John Beilein said before facing...Read more

Heat survive Kings 118-113 to move 7-0 in overtime, 19-1 at home

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MIAMI -- Not in this house.

And never in overtime.

Basically, the Sacramento Kings found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

So make it 19-1 at home and 7-0 in overtime for the Miami Heat after a game salvaged at the end of regulation turned into 118-113 victory.

With a Bam Adebayo dunk off a ...Read more

Duke basketball's Wendell Moore is progressing, but his return from injury isn't close

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Two weeks into his recovery from surgery to repair a broken right hand, Duke freshman Wendell Moore likely won't return until February, according to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"We hope that in a few weeks, in February, he'll be back with us," Krzyzewski said Monday, in response to a question from the News and Observer, during ...Read more

Fourth-quarter comeback stalls as Hawks fall to Raptors

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ATLANTA -- The Hawks very nearly came back from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Ultimately, they couldn't overcome digging themselves out of a hole created by 23 turnovers, Norman Powell's four 3's in the fourth and an unfortunately timed foul in a 122-117 loss to the Raptors Monday at State Farm Arena. The Hawks move to 10-34 on the ...Read more

Takeaways from Sixers' 117-111 win over the Nets: Ben Simmons dominates

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NEW YORK -- Ben Simmons played so many roles, all well. Brooklyn came out with an interesting defensive concept on Simmons -- try to have a big man on him at all times. Whether in a zone or man-to-man, the Nets' Jarret Allen was often matched up with Simmons. The problem is that Simmons is took quick for a big man. If a smaller man is on him, he...Read more

'They're fighting for their livelihoods.' UK's intensity can yield unintended results.

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Referees called 52 fouls against Kentucky players in last week's two games. On average, that's about a foul every 90 seconds.

At a news conference Monday, assistant coach Tony Barbee offered an explanation that UK fans might not have seriously considered.

"We did a lot of fouling," Barbee said.

Barbee suggested that competitive practices that...Read more

Hawks forward Chandler Parsons facing career-ending injuries after car crash

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Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons, who starred at the University of Florida, might never play NBA basketball again.

Parsons' legal team at Morgan & Morgan released a statement Monday, according to Yahoo Sports, that Parsons "suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn ...Read more

Michigan State basketball needs Cassius Winston's supporting cast to shine on the road

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Aaron Henry scored the first basket of both halves Friday, attacking aggressively all night.

Gabe Brown didn't miss, from outside or above the rim.

Rocket Watts continued to look more and more like the sniper Tom Izzo recruited.

A well-rounded 67-55 win over previously hot Wisconsin gave No. 14 Michigan State basketball...Read more

Turnover-plagued Tech missing out on all the college basketball fun

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The disco ball of confusion that is college basketball continued its crazed spin Saturday. By this point, all logic and reason have been blinded by the colored lights.

More upsets here 72 days before the Final Four commences in Atlanta as two more top-five-ranked teams -- No. 4 Auburn and No. 5 Butler -- lost to an unranked opponent, both times...Read more

Heat's Kendrick Nunn regained hot hand by staying true to himself

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Kendrick Nunn has regained a hot hand, and he's done it his way: By staying aggressive.

Nunn has averaged 19.7 points on 60.2% shooting from the field and 46.4% shooting from beyond the arc during the Miami Heat's past six games.

He kept the hot streak up in the Heat's loss against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, scoring...Read more

How the Hornets plan to maximize NBA exposure and minimize exhaustion from Paris trip

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The NBA is about competition: Figuring how to maintain optimal performance over an 82-game regular-season schedule.

The NBA is about entertainment: Wherever and whenever two teams are told to play, the show must go on.

Charlotte Hornets president Fred Whitfield oversaw a special logistics challenge this season: How to get maximum global ...Read more

Cole Anthony's absence being felt, as UNC continues to struggle

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PITTSBURGH -- When it was time for North Carolina's players to finish packing the visitor's locker room and board the bus to the airport, Cole Anthony stayed back and waited for his teammates as they got dressed and finished up their media interviews.

Anthony was already dressed in a burgundy suit, a burgundy and white tie and white tennis ...Read more