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Shorthanded Warriors lose to Suns in last game before All-Star break

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Without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Kelly Oubre Jr., the Golden State Warriors lost 120-98 to the Phoenix Suns Thursday in Phoenix.

Facing a Suns team that entered the night winners of 15 of their last 18 games and with the second-best record in the Western Conference, the Warriors decided to rest Curry and Green on the second night of a ...Read more

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Heat reaches All-Star break at .500. Takeaways from a Jimmy Butler-led win over Pelicans

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Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 103-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans (15-21) on Thursday night at Smoothie King Center in the final game before the All-Star break. The Heat, which resumes its schedule with a March 11 home game against the Orlando Magic, enters the break at 18-18 after a 7-14 start to the season:

-- Jimmy Butler ...Read more

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NBA All-Star Game draft: LeBron James selects Giannis Antetokounmpo first overall

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A year after LeBron James selected Kevin Durant as the first overall pick, the two superstars found themselves as opponents on Thursday for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game draft.

James, the Western Conference captain, said he is less than enthused by the festivities this year due to the shortened offseason and the COVID-19 pandemic, and Durant won't...Read more

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Knicks continue positive trend with 114-104 victory against Pistons

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NEW YORK — The hallmark of a good team is consistently beating the not-so good teams. After all the pump-faking they’ve done over the years, it’s too early to crown the Knicks a good team, but they sure looked like one in their 114-104 win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.

It’s a result that has been consistent over what could be ...Read more

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Kansas rallies, edges UTEP 67-62 at Allen Fieldhouse to close out regular season

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — No. 13-ranked Kansas, which defeated then-No. 2-ranked Baylor by 13 points on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, entered Thursday’s add-on home game against unheralded UTEP as 17-point favorites.

In a shocking development, the Jayhawks (18-9) came out flat. They trailed by 11 points early, 12 points at the final TV time ...Read more

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Paul George-less Clippers let game slip away to Wizards

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For a moment during Thursday’s second quarter, it looked as though the Clippers were about to make any more handwringing over their crunch-time efficiency moot.

Coming off of two losses in which their offense stalled in the fourth quarter’s final minutes, the Clippers were not leaving their matchup against Washington to chance. Despite foul...Read more

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Greg Cote: NBA Top Shot? We time-travel to childhood in the 1960s, when the baseball card was king.

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MIAMI — The evolution of sports memorabilia, of collectibles, struck me this week as I discovered for the first time a phenomenon of a fad called NBA Top Shot.

I'm closer to a Luddite than someone out front on the latest trends, so it was no surprise I'd been unfamiliar with these so-called "digital basketball cards."

I happened to learn of ...Read more

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Kevin Durant's early absence should provide context on Derrick Rose's situation

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NEW YORK — If Knicks fans are looking for some clarity on why Derrick Rose did not play against the Pistons on Thursday, they can look across the bridge to the league’s handling of Nets star Kevin Durant.

Rose was first held out of the team’s Tuesday loss to the San Antonio Spurs due to an inconclusive COVID-19 test result. He ...Read more

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Mark Story: Is UK basketball a 'one-year fix?' To make it so, Calipari will have to defy history.

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The optimistic line regarding the “troubles” that have enveloped the Kentucky men’s basketball program this winter is that the Wildcats’ competitive collapse is a “one-off” created by unique circumstances unlikely ever to be replicated.

By that school of thought, a chastened John Calipari will preside over a “return to normalcy”...Read more

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Michigan powers past Michigan State, 69-50, clinches Big Ten regular-season crown

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan wasn’t going to waste another chance to secure the Big Ten crown.

Not after getting run over by Illinois. Not on Senior Night. And especially not against rival Michigan State.

The No. 2 Wolverines refused to be denied as they dominated the second half to bury the Spartans, 69-50, in a foul-filled, wire-to-wire ...Read more

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TCU basketball can't overcome dreadful first half, falling 76-67 at No. 6 West Virginia

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TCU basketball is reeling toward the finish line.

The Horned Frogs suffered another loss to a ranked team as No. 6 West Virginia pulled away for a 76-67 victory on Thursday night at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

TCU (12-12, 5-10 Big 12) scored a season-low 18 points in the first half en route to dropping to 0-9 all-time in Morgantown. The Frogs ...Read more

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Nic Claxton is the breakout player Sean Marks banked on

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When Nets general manager Sean Marks lost defensive anchor Jarrett Allen in the James Harden deal, he acknowledged there was no replacing what Allen brought to the team. Marks also acknowledged The Fro’s departure as an opportunity for someone else on the roster to step up.

“People can sort of seize this moment and take their games to ...Read more

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Villanova's Collin Gillespie diagnosed with torn ligament in his left knee, expected to miss rest of season

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The news came back Thursday about Villanova point guard Collin Gillespie’s knee injury, and it wasn’t good.

Villanova’s senior leader tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the first half of Wednesday night’s win over Creighton and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, the program announced. The diagnosis was...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: James Harden's leadership is the same as it was in Houston, but his role is different

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After he forced a trade from the Houston to Brooklyn, much to the chagrin of the Rockets’ organization and fans, and after he emerged as a Most Valuable Player of the Year candidate for a Nets team that has thrived since his arrival, James Harden says nothing has changed, that he’s the same player and leader in Brooklyn that he was in ...Read more

Kevin Garnett says that his bid to purchase the Timberwolves is over

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It appears Kevin Garnett won't be involved in any potential sale of the Timberwolves

The former All-Star posted to his Instagram story that he "got the news that this process in trying to acquire the TWolves is over" for me and my group, Garnett wrote.

Garnett did not provide details on why his group is now no longer part of the process. At ...Read more

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Keith Pompey: No, Joel Embiid isn't scared, but he's missed his share of games against the NBA's top centers

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PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps I should be flattered that Joel Embiid is using me as motivation.

Give the 76ers’ All-Star center credit. He posted an MVP-worthy performance while dominating the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert in Wednesday night’s 131-123 overtime victory.

His 40-point, 19-rebound effort against Gobert, a two-time NBA Defensive Player ...Read more

Warriors' Steph Curry, Draymond Green out Thursday vs. Suns

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Golden State guard Stephen Curry and forward Draymond Green will miss Thursday night’s game in Phoenix, the Warriors’ final game before the All-Star break, according to a team source.

Neither made the trip with the team to Phoenix, as Curry will get some rest before traveling to Atlanta Saturday to participate in Sunday’s All-Star Game ...Read more

As NBA All-Star Game features HBCUs, all three referees are alums

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ATLANTA — When NBA referee Tom Washington told his mom, Mildred, a North Carolina A&T graduate, that this year’s All-Star game would feature HBCUs and he’d be working the game, she was blown away.

“It’s almost like traditionally, we’ve carried that HBCU torch, and I told her about it, and she was ecstatic to find out about it and ...Read more

How one dinner helped James Wiseman win over the Warriors

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One night last October, 19-year-old, 7-foot James Wiseman, walked alone into a swanky restaurant in Miami's fashionable South Beach district. He was there for a job interview.

At an outdoor table sat the brass of the three-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors: owner Joe Lacob, GM Bob Myers, coach Steve Kerr and head trainer Rick Celebrini. ...Read more

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Mac Engel: To fix Indiana Hoosiers basketball could require Texas intervention

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FORT WORTH, Texas — As the college basketball season painfully plows towards its March Madness, a pair of coaches in Texas are persons of interest for a blue-blood program that is now only blue only because of its sadness.

Baylor’s Scott Drew and Texas Tech’s Chris Beard make sense to potentially replace current Indiana University coach ...Read more