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Michael Cunningham: More March sadness in store for men's college basketball in Georgia

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ATLANTA — The chances are high that the best event on the domestic sports calendar will take place without an entry from the state of Georgia. Once again, we’ll watch the best college players from Georgia help schools elsewhere create memories in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

It seems there’s not much sadness about the lack of ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Born to fail?: Bronny James, Charlie Woods and the impossible footsteps of LeBron and Tiger.

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MIAMI — You could call them rich and entitled. You might be right. Their name and fame are inherited; so, too, the wealth. Chances are pretty good they will never need to carry a lunch pail or punch a time clock.

It might even be tempting to privately wish they fail, because the darker side of human nature can involve stuff like jealousy, and...Read more

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Nuggets defeat Heat in NBA Finals rematch after Thomas Bryant receives championship ring mid-suspension

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DENVER — One of the enduring memories from the 2023 NBA Finals for Nuggets fans will always be Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray matching each other with 30-point triple-doubles in a clutch Game 3 win.

Eight months later, in their first rematch against the Miami Heat since that series, the Nuggets had to survive a half without Murray, who ...Read more

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Anthony Davis and Lakers outlast Wizards for back-to-back overtime wins

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LOS ANGELES — The crowd cheered unusually loud, at least relative to how it normally sounds for successful free throws in the second quarter.

But this particular free throw from Anthony Davis with 2:49 left in the first half earned a semi-sarcastic roar. The Los Angeles Lakers had tied the game, ending a healthy stretch where they trailed the...Read more

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Nets' Cam Johnson scores 29 points in pivotal 124-97 victory vs. Hawks

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NEW YORK — The Nets were without Ben Simmons and Cam Thomas in Tuesday’s 27-point loss to the Orlando Magic. Few stepped up in their absence and the on-court product spoke for itself.

Brooklyn, with play-in positioning on the line, found itself in a similar situation on Thursday in the first of back-to-back meetings with the Atlanta Hawks ...Read more

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Warriors beat Knicks for seventh straight road win

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Now they can get greedy.

The Warriors won for the 12th time in their last 15 games and made it seven in a row on the road Tuesday night with a 110-99 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Now 31-27, the Warriors visit Toronto Friday night with a chance to win their third game on the current four-game road trip against a team ...Read more

Paolo Banchero returns for Magic while Jalen Suggs' clutch 3s clinch victory vs. Jazz

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Paolo Banchero returned to the Magic’s starting lineup against the Jazz on Thursday night at Kia Center after missing two games in a row with an illness.

Banchero, who played the first 57 games without an absence, was considered a game-time decision but looked more like himself in pregame warmups before he was upgraded from ...Read more

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Onuralp Bitim makes a strong impression in 1st extended outing with Bulls: 'I was dreaming of this moment for a long time'

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CHICAGO — Onuralp Bitim knew his chance at a true first impression for the Chicago Bulls would come around only once.

The rookie already had earned a full-time contract with the Bulls before he stepped onto the court and into a bigger role Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But in his first true outing for the Bulls — 10 points and ...Read more

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Knicks' OG Anunoby (elbow surgery) resumes on-court activities: 'He can shoot, dribble, pass'

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NEW YORK — The Knicks are one step closer to reaching fully healthy status.

After undergoing a minor procedure on his right elbow, starting forward OG Anunoby has been cleared to resume on-court activities, head coach Tom Thibodeau said on Thursday.

“He can shoot, dribble, pass,” Thibodeau said ahead of tipoff against the Golden State ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Naz Reid doesn't start, but he's still found a way to lead

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The Timberwolves might not win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award this season, but, if it existed, they would easily win the Sixth Men of the Year trophy.

The Wolves have gone decades without having three standout players on their roster. This year, they have three standouts who often aren't even mentioned during pregame introductions.

Naz ...Read more

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Tristen Newton's name now next to Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson on NCAA's all-time triple-double list

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HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn point guard Tristen Newton‘s triple-double tendencies have him in some heady company when it comes to the NCAA’s all-time leaderboard.

Newton is already the Huskies’ all-time leader in the stat, having posted the fourth triple-double of his career in a win over Villanova on Saturday. No other Husky has more than ...Read more

Warriors: Slumping Steph Curry could use another Madison Square Garden moment

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Only a couple weeks after one of the biggest heaters of his career, Steph Curry is suddenly cold.

Before the All-Star break, Curry became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3-pointers in four consecutive games. Then he put on an unbelievable display of shooting against Sabrina Ionescu during All-Star weekend and came out of ...Read more

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Joel Embiid expects to rejoin the Sixers this season: 'That's the plan'

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PHILADELPHIA — Swiftly sliding down the stands, the 76ers shouldn’t be armed with this much hope. Yet inside the team’s practice facility on Thursday, there was a clear sense of optimism from the Eastern Conference’s sixth-place team.

While the Sixers (33-25) have stumbled and stalled while losing 12 of their last 16 games, they remain ...Read more

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Hornets set to hire Nets assistant GM Jeff Peterson as president of basketball operations

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mitch Kupchak’s replacement has been found.

The Charlotte Hornets have zeroed in on Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Jeff Peterson and are working toward an agreement to hire him as their next president of basketball operations, league sources confirmed to the Charlotte Observer on Thursday. He’ll be tabbed to ...Read more

Dylan Hernández: When LeBron James plays in 'sicko mode,' flawed Lakers always have a chance

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LOS ANGELES — The victory wasn't just a statement. The 21-point comeback against the Clippers was a warning to the entire Western Conference.

The Lakers should be feared.

How can they not be after what LeBron James did to the Clippers?

How can any team want to play the Lakers in the playoffs after James knocked down 3 after 3 after 3?

The ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: The NCAA Tournament at-large selection process makes the whole thing a farce

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PITTSBURGH — Pitt men's basketball lost a must-win game against Clemson on Tuesday night, but it is ridiculous the Panthers needed to win it in order to make the NCAA Tournament.

Pitt looks like an NCAA Tournament team. It feels like an NCAA Tournament team and, most importantly, it plays like an NCAA Tournament team.

One thing the Panthers ...Read more

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Lakers rally to conclude Hallway Series with a win over Clippers

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LeBron James’ tongue wagged from his mouth after he glided from right to left to bank in a one-footer runner. He shook his head from side to side after he drained another three-point shot.

And after the last horn, he held his hands in the air in celebration.

In the final regular-season showdown between the Lakers and the Clippers with the ...Read more

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Gophers offense keeps pace for a while, but can't match No. 13 Illinois

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It took Dan Monson midway through his first Big Ten season. It took Tubby Smith until the Big Ten tournament in his first season after a miracle shot. It took Richard Pitino early in his first Big Ten season.

Entering Wednesday, third-year Gophers coach Ben Johnson hadn't beaten his first ranked opponent — something his predecessors did much ...Read more

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Nuggets flip switch again, turn 15-point deficit into blowout win to avoid season sweep to Sacramento Kings

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DENVER -- Three nights after completing an impressive season sweep of one Northern California opponent, the Nuggets were in danger of getting swept by another.

They at least wanted to get the last word, for now.

Denver turned a 15-point hole into a 10-point lead in the last eight minutes of the second quarter Wednesday night to finally ...Read more

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Anthony Edwards, Timberwolves take one half to get untracked before polishing off Grizzlies

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MINNEAPOLIS — There are times the Timberwolves can win games when Anthony Edwards doesn't play all that well. Their defense is good enough to carry them, and some nights others can pick up the slack on offense.

Wednesday was not one of those nights. When Edwards looked disengaged, the Wolves did as a whole. But when he finally locked in, so ...Read more