Lakers suffer stinger shock

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LOS ANGELES--Julius Randle's eyes widened as he saw the path to the rim in front of him. He'd stolen the ball, then he sped ahead on a fast break and dunked it to give the Lakers an early one-point lead.

It was exactly what his coach wanted from him. In fact, all game long, Lakers Coach Luke Walton saw just what he wanted to see from his ...Read more

Nuggets storm past Bulls for 125-107 victory

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls led the Nuggets by one point with just over 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter Tuesday night at the United Center.

They lost 125-107, allowing an opponent season-high while doing so. Talk about second-half domination.

Danilo Gallinari's 22 points led six Nuggets in double figures as the Bulls' four-game win streak ...Read more

Andrew Bogut headed to Cavaliers if he clears waivers Wednesday

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The Cavaliers' final piece of the puzzle as the defending NBA champions restock for their playoff run is headed to Cleveland, providing his next destination is his to choose.

A league source said Tuesday night that 7-foot forward/center Andrew Bogut will sign with the Cavs if he clears waivers at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Cavs have no available ...Read more

Warriors lose Durant to knee injury, fall to Wizards

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WASHINGTON -- Fifty-seven seconds into what would normally amount to a meaningless late February NBA game, Wizards big man Marcin Gortat decided to aggressively pursue an offensive rebound. That random decision may have altered the direction of the Warriors season and changed the tenor of the league's title chase.

Pursuing a miss, Gortat wildly...Read more

Warriors' Durant suffers concerning left knee injury, scheduled for an MRI

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WASHINGTON -- Less than two minutes into the Warriors' Tuesday night game in the nation's capital, Zaza Pachulia was fouled on a rebound attempt and went tumbling backward. On the way down, Pachulia fell into Kevin Durant's left knee. The result could have massive implications for the Warriors' season.

As Pachulia made hard contact, Durant ...Read more

Chris Bosh again on the clock in Heat bid for salary-cap relief

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There have been several moments of truth for the Miami Heat over the past month when it comes to a resolution of the medical status of sidelined power forward Chris Bosh. Wednesday is another.

Beginning on Feb. 9, the one-year anniversary of Bosh's last game appearance before being sidelined by a second bout with blood clots, the Heat became ...Read more

Saric making case to supplant Embiid as rookie of year

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MIAMI -- Dario Saric is giving voters something to think about.

A month ago, Saric's 76ers teammate, Joel Embiid, was a lock to be named the NBA's rookie of the year. However, his inactivity combined with Saric's emergence could have even the staunchest Embiid supporters reevaluating things.

Saric paced the Sixers with 21 points and seven ...Read more

Wolves dominate Kings, inch closer to playoff spot

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- To reach the NBA playoffs, the Minnesota Timberwolves have to chase down three other teams before they worry about catching Denver, currently situated in the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff step.

Now with 22 games remaining, they stepped forward with Monday night's 102-88 victory over a Sacramento team that ...Read more

Hawks rout Celtics after Howard ejected, 114-98

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BOSTON -- No fourth-quarter comeback here.

With the Boston crowd all too willing to remind Atlanta that the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the Hawks exacted a measure of revenge with a 114-98 victory Monday at TD Garden. The Hawks led by as many as 24 points and didn't let the Celtics close to a chance.

Go figure ...Read more

Cavs sign Deron Williams to fill gaping hole at backup point guard

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CLEVELAND -- Kyle Korver was single when he fed off Deron Williams' assists in Utah for three seasons. So they spent a lot of their summers playing golf together in Park City.

"A shooter always wants to have a good relationship with his point guard," Korver said Saturday.

Korver deserves the bulk of the credit for luring the 32-year-old former...Read more

Cavs have just enough as James, Irving lead way against Bucks

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James' quick recovery had flu-stricken fans and perhaps even now-ailing Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue lusting over the effective treatment his star received.

Three-point specialist Kyle Korver proved to be a quick healer as well.

After sitting out Saturday night's loss to the Chicago Bulls with strep throat, James returned to ...Read more

Warriors handle the Sixers, 119-108, despite ice-cold night from 3

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PHILADELPHIA -- Steph Curry's two first quarter airballs served as an omen for the brutal shooting night ahead for both Curry and the Warriors. Curry took 11 3s and made zero. The team took 29 3s and only made six.

But even in an NBA world gone 3-crazy -- a renaissance led partly by Golden State -- you can still win in other ways. The Warriors ...Read more

Lakers waive guard Jose Calderon

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers waived reserve point guard Jose Calderon on Monday, after working on a buyout with the veteran guard.

"Jose wanted to play and the Lakers were going in the direction of trying to play the younger guys, which we understood," said Mark Bartelstein, Calderon's agent. "I am really appreciative of Magic (Johnson...Read more

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says surging Miami Heat are legit

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DALLAS -- At one point during his interview session with the media following Monday morning's shootaround at American Airlines Center, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle had a grim look on his face.

And it had nothing to do with the mix-up from Sunday night's Oscar ceremonies.

Carlisle looked grim because the Mavericks (23-35) will host the ...Read more

Bulls' Bobby Portis kept working during his demotion, and it's paying off

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Early last season, when the third-person references came playfully and plentifully, Bobby Portis had a spirit and energy to him.

In a session with reporters after practice Monday at the Advocate Center, Portis used only one third-person reference, and it carried more of an edge to it.

"I don't really care about anybody judging me at this point...Read more

Andrew Bogut waived, but Cavs must fend off three others for big man

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(Andrew Bogut and the Philadelphia 76ers reached a buyout agreement on Monday and the 7-foot forward/center from Australia was waived.

But while a league source said the Cavs were the front-runners to sign Bogut, competition is expected after he clears waivers. ESPN's Marc Stein reported that Bogut will talk with Cleveland, Boston, San Antonio ...Read more

Sixers' Joel Embiid now out indefinitely due to injured left knee

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So much for Friday's expected return against the New York Knicks.

The 76ers announced Monday that Joel Embiid will be sidelined indefinitely due to his left knee injury. With 24 games remaining, it looks like the rookie center might not play again this season.

He still experiences swelling and soreness in the knee following practices. The ...Read more

Erik Spoelstra says referee not his 'puppet' in ejecting Paul George

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Monday he did not exert sideline influence in an attempt to have Indiana Pacers forward Paul George ejected from Saturday's game at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In the wake of being ejected early in the third quarter of the Pacers' loss, George said in the Indiana locker room after the game that referee Gary Zielinski ...Read more

Blake Griffin scores 43 as Clippers hold off Hornets, 124-121, in OT

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LOS ANGELES -- Game 2 of Chris Paul's return from an injured left thumb was infinitely more rewarding than his first game back, because of his tough defense against Kemba Walker in overtime and also because of the all-around brilliance of Blake Griffin.

Paul's smothering defense on Walker in the final tense seconds of OT, with the Los Angeles ...Read more

Bucks hold off Suns for 100-96 victory

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MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo was sitting on the bench and the Milwaukee Bucks' seemingly comfortable lead was melting away.


Three successive dunks by Marquese Chriss brought the Phoenix Suns within one point and had the BMO Harris Bradley Center crowd of 16,051 on edge.

And where was Giannis?

Coach Jason Kidd inserted him back in...Read more