Spurs spoil Paul's happy return

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LOS ANGELES--Chris Paul was back in the Los Angeles Clippers' starting lineup Friday night, his return finally making them whole for the first time in just over two months, his presence sorely needed as L.A. enters the stretch drive of the regular season.

Paul came back from having been sidelined for 14 games recovering from surgery to repair a...Read more

Balanced Jazz cruise past Bucks, 109-95

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks' playoff push started with a big thud Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

An efficient Utah Jazz team made all the key plays on the way to a 109-95 victory over the Bucks in both teams' return from the All-Star break.

Milwaukee (25-31) had a three-game winning streak snapped despite Giannis ...Read more

Lakers get back to work and lose to the Thunder, 110-93

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- For a few hours on Friday, the drama of the past week gave way to the part of this the Los Angeles Lakers love.

Actual basketball.

The result wasn't what they wanted, but some normalcy returned for the Lakers on Friday, after an All-Star break that included a complete restructuring of the front office and two trades.

With new...Read more

Lakers' season-long issues on display in 110-93 loss to Thunder

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The cast of characters has changed on the court and behind the scenes, but, at least for now, the end result remains the same.

The Lakers suffered a 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in another game that highlighted many of their season-long issues.

Poor shooting overall (40 for 101)...Read more

Reps discuss a new Clippers arena

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LOS ANGELES--Representatives of Steve Ballmer and Stan Kroenke, two of the richest owners in professional sports, have had multiple discussions about the Los Angeles Clippers joining the Rams and Chargers in the sports and entertainment district Kroenke is building in Inglewood.

Five people with knowledge of the conversations told the Los ...Read more

Saric, Covington lead 76ers to 120-112 win over Wizards

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PHILADELPHIA -- 76ers president Bryan Colangelo was basically asked Friday morning if his team was tanking.

It seemed like an obvious question after the Sixers traded away their best shooter in Ersan Ilyasova and an accomplished rim-protector in Nerlens Noel.

But Colangelo calmly looked the questioner in the eyes and said: "Dario Saric."

"He ...Read more

Heat keep motor revving, rout Hawks, 108-90

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ATLANTA -- This isn't merely sustained winning. It's become more fun than that. It's also sustained scoring.

Friday night's 108-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena not only made it 15 victories in the Heat's last 17 games, but extended the Heat's streak of consecutive games with 100 or more points to 15 consecutive games.

As a ...Read more

Timberwolves return from All-Star break with 97-84 victory over Mavs

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MINNEAPOLIS -- There was one player who had no interest in taking a week-plus-long holiday:

Andrew Wiggins.

Wiggins said as much Friday morning.

"I didn't want the break," he said of the time off due to the All Star break. "I was in a rhythm and I was feeling good."

If was worried he might lose that mojo, he need not have worried. Wiggins ...Read more

Bulls rally in regulation, knock off Suns in overtime

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CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, including a posterizing dunk with 41.6 seconds left, and Jimmy Butler added 22 as the Bulls rallied from a late 11-point deficit to down the Suns, 128-121, in overtime Friday at the United Center.

Nikola Mirotic tied his season-high with 20 points, while Robin Lopez added 19.

The Bulls tied a franchise-...Read more

Sixers: Ben Simmons won't play this season

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76ers president Bryan Colangelo opened his posttrade-deadline news conference with devastating news for some.

He announced on Friday morning that Ben Simmons would be sidelined for the entire season.

Simmons, the first overall pick in last June's NBA draft, had a scan on his broken right foot a day earlier at the Hospital of Special Surgery in...Read more

Love expects to return to court in plenty of time to help Cavaliers in playoffs

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Kevin Love called his arthroscopic surgery a minor procedure on Friday, and said he believes he'll be back in plenty of time to get his rhythm and legs ready for the playoffs.

Still, the Cavaliers forward sounds as if he'll need the full six weeks to be healthy and ready.

"As far as how I feel now, I feel great. But I'll go through all the ...Read more

Durant, Kerr strongly back McGee in online feud with O'Neal

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- For years, JaVale McGee has privately stewed as Shaquille O'Neal has routinely roasted him during his Shaqtin' A Fool segments on NBA TV and TNT, highlighting McGee's bloopers.

This season, McGee has publicly responded, letting his displeasure about Shaq's clowning known in several interviews. The rift between the two boiled ...Read more

Mavericks believe Nerlens Noel can become another Tyson Chandler

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Nerlens Noel will be making his debut with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night when they host the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Mavericks are just hoping Noel's time with Dallas winds up the way the career of another of the team's former centers ended.

As the Mavericks were revealing details of why they decided to trade for Noel,...Read more

Chris Bosh says he's moving into TNT studio 'for a little bit'

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ATLANTA -- Chris Bosh started with perspective, in case anyone attempted to attach permanency to this move into a role as TNT studio analyst.

"It's going to be different," the sidelined Miami Heat power forward said during a brief appearance on NBA TV at the trading deadline, "a little different being on the other side for a little bit."

A ...Read more

Kings GM Divac won't fire back after Cousins calls him, Ranadive 'cowards'

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Kings general manager Vlade Divac refuted some of the details but refused to engage DeMarcus Cousins in a nasty public debate after the All-Star center called Divac and Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive "cowards" for their handling of his trade to the New Orleans Pelicans.

In an article published early Friday on, Cousins ...Read more

Hawks suspend Schroder for one game

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The Hawks suspended starting point guard Dennis Schroder for one game without play for failure to report to the team on time following the NBA All-Star break. He will miss Friday's game against the Heat and will return for Saturday's game at the Magic.

Schroder returned to his native Germany for the All-Star break, but did not take his visa to ...Read more

Warriors make a sweeping statement

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The eruption hit the Los Angeles Clippers in the third quarter, knocking them straight out of a game they once had a measure of control against the Golden State Warriors.

But by the time the Clippers had absorbed the 50-point third quarter from the Warriors, L.A. was well on its way to a 123-113 loss Thursday night at Oracle ...Read more

Bucks send Roy Hibbert to Nuggets

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ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- It was a quiet trade deadline day for the Milwaukee Bucks, with one exception.

The Bucks sent veteran center Roy Hibbert to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a heavily protected 2019 second-round draft pick, a league source confirmed just before the trade deadline.

Hibbert was on his phone after practice and shook hands ...Read more

Gibson leaves Bulls for Thunder with head high and job well done

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In 2001, on the draft night the Bulls traded him to the Clippers for the draft rights to Tyson Chandler, Elton Brand made the almost unprecedented move of returning to the Berto Center to address reporters.

Given that Taj Gibson has a similar reputation to Brand's as honest, upbeat, selfless and accessible, it shouldn't surprise that the heart-...Read more

Caldwell-Pope carries Pistons to comeback win over Hornets, 114-108, in overtime

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope showed why he was drew much interest at the NBA trade deadline.

Mere hours after Detroit Pistons president of basketball operations and coach Stan Van Gundy decided to stand pat at Thursday's deadline, the young shooting guard put the Pistons on his back in a thrilling 114-108 victory over the ...Read more