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Washington men finally get going, push past Mount St. Mary's 56-46

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SEATTLE--On a night when top-ranked Kentucky made the wrong type of history and lost at home against unranked Evansville, No. 20 Washington nearly provided further proof that there's no such thing as a sure thing in college basketball.

During a tougher-than-expected 56-46 win over Mount St. Mary's, the Huskies fired up errant shots at the start...Read more

Trae Young goes off for 42 in Hawks' win over Nuggets

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Trae Young led the way with 42 points and 11 assists as the Atlanta Hawks (4-6) beat the Denver Nuggets, 125-121, Tuesday in Denver.

Below are some takeaways from the win:

1. This marked Trae Young's fifth 30-point game of the season (which is only 10 games old), and his third in a row. He finished with a season-high 42 points, to go with 11 ...Read more

LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma ignite Lakers' late surge in win over Suns

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PHOENIX -- The Lakers followed their first loss of the season with a seven-game winning streak.

They followed their second loss of the season by beating the Phoenix Suns, 123-115.

With a raucous crowd chanting for defense, LeBron James stepped back to hit a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a 114-113 lead with 3:12 left. One possession later, ...Read more

Shorthanded Heat assists on 33 of 40 field goals to hold off Detroit Pistons in Miami

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat only had 10 players healthy and available Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons. Two of those players were undrafted rookies. Two more were undrafted players in their second seasons.

Another of those two, however, were Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic -- a pair of former All-Stars and tone-setters. The two guards combined for...Read more

It's another miracle for McCarty as Evansville stuns No. 1 Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Evansville Coach Walter McCarty, the former Kentucky player who hit a key basket in the Mardi Gras Miracle, can say after Tuesday's game that he has been part of two enduring basketball memories.

Evansville's 67-64 victory over No. 1 Kentucky was a November upset to remember.

It was no fluke. Unranked Evansville led for 29 ...Read more

No. 2 Duke makes short work of Central Arkansas

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DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 2 Duke so dominated Central Arkansas it scored 19 consecutive points in one stretch and went four deep into its bench rotation.

And that was just in the game's first 10 minutes Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils led by as many as 41 points in the game's first half on the way to an easy 105-54 nonconference basketball win at ...Read more

Sixers need to rally to defeat Cavaliers, 98-97

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PHILADELPHIA -- It appears as if the lower level of NBA teams haven't received the memo about the 76ers' championship aspirations.

The Sixers have proven in the early going they can beat the lesser lights of the NBA, but little has come easy.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were the latest team not to back off when the Sixers puffed their collective ...Read more

Bulls' Lauri Markkanen has been playing with a sore oblique, coach Jim Boylen says

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CHICAGO -- Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has been playing with a sore oblique muscle for two weeks, coach Jim Boylen said Tuesday.

"If you've ever had one of those, it's just a weird injury," Boylen told reporters at the Advocate Center hours before the Bulls played host to the Knicks. "It's not enough to keep you out; it's not enough to stop ...Read more

Jim Calhoun, Glen Miller to coach St. Joseph this season despite sexual discrimination lawsuit allegations

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Jim Calhoun and Glen Miller will coach the University of St. Joseph men's basketball team this season, beginning with Saturday's season opener, despite a sexual discrimination lawsuit from a former athletic department employee, a university spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

The lawsuit, filed in early October by former ...Read more

Bryce Thompson, No. 19 player in 2020 class, commits to Kansas

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Blue-chip basketball prospect Bryce Thompson, the most sought-after high school player in the state of Oklahoma since former OU Sooners guard Trae Young of Norman, has announced he will play college basketball at Kansas.

Thompson, a 6-foot-4 senior guard out of Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High, orally committed to KU on Tuesday morning in a ...Read more

Raptors attack Kawhi Leonard with double teams, but Clippers still get 98-88 win

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LOS ANGELES -- Early on during their lone season together in Toronto, Raptors coach Nick Nurse learned that Kawhi Leonard was difficult to rattle.

Emotionally, the star forward was never too high, never too low, and as the most valuable player of an NBA Finals, he'd seen nearly everything in the NBA.

But then, within last season's first week, ...Read more

Defensive woes continue as Warriors fall to Jazz, 122-108

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green hit the floor as Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley fell on top of him.

When the referee assessed a blocking foul, Green made it clear he disagreed in his typical fashion. A fiery argument was met with a technical foul, and the continued berating garnered a second. Within seconds, Green was...Read more

Detroit Pistons' loss to Timberwolves mars Blake Griffin's debut, 120-114

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons entered Monday night's game having enjoyed two consecutive rest days for the first time this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves were playing their third game in four nights, with the first two going to overtime.

But it was the T'wolves who looked fresh, putting on an early shooting clinic, then using hustle and ...Read more

Dave Hyde: Heat's Era of Lost Causes almost closed with Waiters' coming exit

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Carry on. Move along. There's little left to see from the latest and loudest Dion Waiters mess other than the sports version of a spill on aisle five now awaiting cleanup.

Waiters is not just invisible but irrelevant to the Heat now, as Monday's practice underlined. His time left in town is down to red tape, league rules, proper timing, finding...Read more

'Hear those roars': Kings' Harry Giles III eager for home debut against Trail Blazers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In the 35-year love affair between this city and its basketball team, few players have captured the hearts of Kings fans like Harry Giles III, the young big man who has been so warmly embraced by the community.

Giles is expected to make his season home debut when the Kings (3-6) play the Portland Trail Blazers (4-6) on ...Read more

Kentucky's No. 1 ranking will have others 'trying to take our heads off'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Sophomore Immanuel Quickley drew a big laugh when asked his reaction to Kentucky being voted No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Monday.

"Well, we haven't been No. 1 that long," he said. "I think it's been, like, 20 minutes."

When the reporters' laughter subsided, Quickley acknowledged that a No. 1 ranking ...Read more

Heat points to statement as final word on Dion Waiters. What's next?

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MIAMI -- For the most part, the Heat stood by its statement Monday regarding guard Dion Waiters.

Just a day after the Heat announced it has suspended Waiters' for 10 games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and players pointed to the team's statement issued Sunday when asked about Waiters following Monday...Read more

Heat's Justise Winslow out for third consecutive game as injuries mount

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MIAMI -- Justise Winslow will miss a third consecutive game due to a concussion when the Miami Heat take on the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"He's feeling better," coach Erik Spoelstra said after Monday's practice. "He's starting to feel more normal. He looked normal (Monday). With each day, we'll find out more."

...Read more

Short-handed Raptors rally to deal Lakers a 113-104 loss

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LOS ANGELES -- On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers faced an opponent that refused to wallow in its recent misfortune.

The Toronto Raptors preferred to sprint past it.

They ended the Lakers' win streak at seven, beating the team with the best record in the NBA 113-104.

The Raptors (7-2) won despite missing two key players, and despite a ...Read more

David Murphy: Matisse Thybulle spent a second straight game on the bench, and other takeaways from the Sixers' win over the Hornets

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PHILADELPHIA -- First impressions from a 114-106 Sixers win over the Hornets on Sunday:

1) It wasn't long ago that Sixers fans were wondering whether Matisse Thybulle would end up warranting consideration in the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year voting. Now, they're more likely wondering when he'll get back on the court. Two nights after he ...Read more