Clippers don't have time to relax in win over Suns

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PHOENIX -- This was supposed to be an easy one for the Los angeles Clippers, but their 128-117 victory over an overwhelmed Phoenix Suns team made L.A. feel some angst toward the end of the game Friday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Clippers looked to be trouble-free when they built a 29-point lead and had 79 points at halftime. It was...Read more

Randle dazzles in Lakers rout

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LOS ANGELES--The night that Lonzo Ball returned to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup, Julius Randle stole the show.

Randle notched his fifth career triple double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-102. With the win, the Lakers improved to 24-34 while the Mavericks fell to 18-41.

"I was just ...Read more

Big names at USC and Arizona linked to corruption case

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The bribery and corruption case enveloping college basketball could roil Arizona and USC, the teams at the top of the Pac-12 Conference standings.

Expense reports obtained by federal authorities from ASM Sports, a high-powered agency that represents professional basketball players, detail payments to people close to USC stars Chimezie Metu and ...Read more

Bruins need to give Holiday some assists

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Try as he might, Aaron Holiday can't win games on his own.

The UCLA point guard is usually his team's leading scorer and playmaker, but there are also times when it seems as if he's the only productive Bruin on the court.

That was the case for much of the second half Thursday night against Utah. Holiday sparked a comeback ...Read more

Jimmy Butler suffers non-contact leg injury in Timberwolves' loss to Rockets

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HOUSTON -- The Timberwolves lost the game and quite possibly their star in Friday's 120-102 defeat at Houston.

Four-time All Star Jimmy Butler was helped off the floor late in the third quarter by teammates after he was unable to put weight on his right leg.

He was injured when he pivoted to take a shot and his right knee gave way without any ...Read more

Davis, Holiday help Pelicans edge Heat in OT, 124-123

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NEW ORLEANS -- If nothing else, the Miami Heat know drama.

Trouble is, they also know plenty about losing lately.

Putting themselves into yet another fight to the finish, the Heat emerged with a now all-too-familiar result Friday night at Smoothie King Center, falling 124-123 in overtime to the New Orleans Pelicans.

With guard Jrue Holiday ...Read more

Pistons' shooting woes continue in 110-98 loss to Celtics

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons' shooting forms didn't return from the NBA All-Star break.

And the Boston Celtics took advantage Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.

Several 3-pointers during garbage time allowed the Pistons to finish 10 for 33 from behind the arc in a 110-98 loss.

It was both teams' first game out of the break and the ...Read more

Dwyane Wade: Yes, Heat have measured my body fat … twice

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NEW ORLEANS -- Dwyane Wade has not been able to avoid the calipers during this second chapter with the Miami Heat. He expected nothing less -- even as the Heat do.

"I've had it twice already since I've been here," Wade said of the Heat's renowned body-fat measurements. "But it's a part of what I need on this team, especially as we get down the ...Read more

Lonzo Ball on college players: 'Everybody's getting paid anyway, you might as well make it legal'

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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball essentially shrugged at the FBI investigation that alleges several current and former college basketball players received money from an agent while in college.

"Everybody knows everybody's getting paid," Ball said of college athletes. "That's just how it is. Everybody's getting paid anyway, you might as ...Read more

Big Ten Commissioner: Condensed basketball schedule 'wasn't healthy' and won't be repeated

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One and done.

That was essentially the message from Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, who told the Tribune on Friday the conference tournament would return to Madison Square Garden in New York only if the Big Ten can have the premier weekend -- the one the Big East has had locked in since 1983.

Why? Because moving this season's event to MSG ...Read more

Michigan State's Tom Izzo denies wrongdoing in response to Miles Bridges report

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Michigan State is tied to another major scandal, this time involving the FBI's probe into college basketball corruption.

And Miles Bridges is part of the focus.

Federal documents obtained by Yahoo Sports link the MSU star's mother, Cynthia Bridges, to Christian Dawkins, a middle man for former NBA agent Andy Miller and his ASM Sports agency.

...Read more

Michael Porter Jr. returns to practice, but it's unclear if he will play for Missouri

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri star freshman Michael Porter Jr. has been cleared to practice. That means the 6-foot-10 forward could play for MU this season before he likely enters the NBA draft.

Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin said Porter would be worked into practice Friday but had no update on a potential return to game action. For now, Porter will ...Read more

Duke, UNC, NC State players mentioned in federal basketball investigation documents, report says

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former and current Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State players are among those named in discovery documents in the federal investigation into college basketball, according to Yahoo Sports.

The report from Yahoo on Friday says "hundreds of pages of documents" provide "a clear-eyed view into the pervasive nature of the game's ...Read more

Curry leads Warriors over Clippers

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- His prophecy came true, much to the chagrin of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

He predicted before the game that it was going to take the Clippers scoring an abundance of points in order to have a chance at defeating the high-octane offense that is the Golden State Warriors.

The Clippers did score a lot, but the ...Read more

UCLA hits a Utah salt flat

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SALT LAKE CITY -- March is quickly approaching for UCLA. The madness may have already begun.

Four months and 28 games into the season, the Bruins can't always count on a full game's worth of effort defensively.

Repeated failures to contest shots or get in the way of penetrating guards more than offset a spirited comeback during UCLA's 84-78 ...Read more

Chief Illiniwek protesters, supporters turn out for Illinois' final home basketball game

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Nearly 100 demonstrators stood outside the main entrance to the State Farm Center chanting, "Down with the Chief," and holding signs demanding a new university mascot before Illinois' final home basketball game Thursday.

Fans wearing symbols of Chief Illiniwek walked by, some thumping the logo on their jackets or waving an ...Read more

Drexel stuns Delaware by overcoming 34-point deficit in record win

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PHILADELPHIA -- When Drexel coach Zach Spiker talks to his team about never giving up, he'll cite Thursday's record-setting comeback against Delaware as the No. 1 example.

Down by as many as 34 points in the first half and 27 at intermission, the Dragons stormed back for a stunning 85-83 win over visiting Delaware at the Daskalakis Athletic ...Read more

Latter part of Lakers season could feature Thomas and Ball working in tandem

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LOS ANGELES--Isaiah Thomas had only been a Laker for three days, and had just completed his first road trip with his new team, when he received a text message.

Lonzo Ball had a couple of questions.

Did Thomas work out on his days off?

There are no days off, Thomas told the rookie.

Could Ball join him for his workout?

Of course.

Ball met ...Read more

Cavs momentum halted as they go cold from long range, fall to Wizards

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CLEVELAND -- Thursday night seemed like more than just the first game after the All-Star break with the new-look Cavs the talk of the NBA, at least when it comes to basketball.

Four players acquired via Feb. 8 trades, including Akron native and Revere High School product Larry Nance Jr., made their Quicken Loans Arena debuts against the ...Read more

Ben Simmons' pair of foul shots with 5.6 seconds left lifts Sixers over Chicago Bulls, 116-115

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CHICAGO -- As good as the 76ers have been at home, they were the exact opposite on the road.

They headed into Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center with four consecutive road losses.

So the Sixers had this matchup targeted as one they needed to win. Thanks to Ben Simmons, they were able to do just that.

The rookie ...Read more

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