Hield breaks a franchise three-point shooting record, leads Kings over Suns

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Buddy Hield broke a franchise record for 3-point shooting and helped the Sacramento Kings overcome a slow start in a 112-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night at Golden 1 Center.

Hield made seven 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for the Kings (36-36). Harrison Barnes also scored 25 points, Marvin Bagley...Read more

Blazers rally, overcome Pistons, 117-112

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Detroit Pistons took a seven-point lead against the Portland Trail Blazers with 4:28 remaining Saturday night.

They failed to score again until 28.5 seconds were left at the Moda Center.

The Blazers (45-27) finished the game on a 14-3 run to send the Pistons to a 117-112 loss, a crucial setback in the Eastern Conference ...Read more

Auburn blazes to 26-point halftime lead, knocks out Kansas in second round, 89-75

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Kansas and its legion of fans will not be descending upon the Sprint Center this week.

At least not to watch the Jayhawks play basketball.

KU's bid to play an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 contest Friday against the winner of Sunday's North Carolina-Washington game in Kansas City's downtown arena ended on Saturday. No. 5 seed ...Read more

John Paxson expresses optimism for the future before short-handed Bulls' 114-83 loss to the Jazz

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CHICAGO -- Chandler Hutchison is now officially out for the season, joining Wendell Carter Jr. and Denzel Valentine.

Otto Porter Jr., in executive vice president John Paxson's words, is "kind of trending that way."

And Zach LaVine, who missed his second straight game Saturday with a bruised right thigh and patellar tendinitis in his right knee...Read more

Lakers might be out of it, but McGee is not letting up

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LOS ANGELES--On the night when the Los Angeles Lakers were officially eliminated from playoff contention, JaVale McGee had the best statistical game of his 11-year career.

The 7-foot center was as active as he has ever been, leading to a career-high 33 points on 15-for-20 shooting and a career-high 20 rebounds.

"It feels good, definitely," ...Read more

Irvine and Oregon, unlikely second-round opponents, don't feel like Cinderellas

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cinderella returns to the NCAA tournament floor Sunday at SAP Center.

And so do the 13th seeds from charming, diminutive UC Irvine.

When the Anteaters and Oregon meet in the second round of the South Regional, the teams will be competing to extend their respective seasons and fairy tales.

"I guess we're a Cinderella too," ...Read more

Brandon Clarke scores 36 points as Gonzaga takes down Baylor, 83-71

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The plan that Baylor concocted, the strategy that was supposed to upset top-seeded Gonzaga, seemed logical enough.

The underdog Bears hoped to play their particular brand of hard-nosed defense and battle for rebounds on both ends of the floor.

That worked against Gonzaga's star forward, Rui Hachimura, who was neutralized all ...Read more

Young, Hawks snap Sixers' six-game winning streak

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks are in complete rebuild mode, but that didn't stop them from beating the 76ers for the second straight time.

This time, Trae Young scored on a 14-foot driving shot with 0.1 second left, lifting the Hawks to a 129-127 outcome Saturday night at the State Farm Arena.

The loss snapped the Sixers' six-game winning ...Read more

Edwards, Purdue oust defending-champion Villanova in dominating fashion

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Everything that concerned Jay Wright when he was studying film of Purdue for Saturday night's NCAA Tournament game against the Boilermakers was realized, and the result was one of the ugliest postseason losses in Villanova history.

The Wildcats fell behind under a blizzard of 3-pointers by Carsen Edwards, scored two points in...Read more

Timberwolves open final stretch of season with a win vs. Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- On Friday night, the inevitable happened in the Timberwolves season -- they were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

On Saturday, they conducted business as usual on the court in Memphis at the FedEx Center, the location of one of their most excruciating road losses this season in February when a late foul on Josh ...Read more

Michigan State routs Minnesota, rolls into Sweet 16

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- At times, it was beautiful basketball. At times, it was some of the sloppiest Michigan State has played in a while.

None of the mistakes could keep the Spartans from moving on to their first Sweet 16 since 2015.

Cassius Winston had 13 points and nine assists, including a critical seven-point stretch in the second half, to ...Read more

Brandon Clarke joins exclusive group in Gonzaga's win over Baylor

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Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke joined an exclusive club.

Clarke's 36 points, eight rebounds and five blocks led the Bulldogs past Baylor, 83-71, in a NCAA Tournament West Regional second-round game on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Clarke now stands with Navy's David Robinson and LSU's Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to record at least 35 points ...Read more

Dwyane Wade sparks Heat past Wizards to close out 3-1 trip

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WASHINGTON -- The crowd arrived to celebrate Dwyane Wade's final D.C. appearance.

Wade, as he has throughout this "One Last Dance" retirement tour, provided ample opportunity for applause.

And, in the end, it left the Miami Heat in particularly good cheer, capping off a successful road trip with a 113-108 victory Saturday night over the ...Read more

Missouri's Jontay Porter re-injures torn ACL that kept him out for the season

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Jontay Porter's NBA stock has taken a turn for the worse.

Porter, the Missouri power forward who missed his sophomore season after tearing ligaments in his right knee during a preseason scrimmage against Southern Illinois, recently re-tore his right ACL while in Denver, multiple sources told The Star. The Missouri basketball team confirmed the ...Read more

Michigan pulls away from Florida in second half to advance to Sweet 16

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- John Beilein came to Michigan in 2007 just hoping to get the school's name called on Selection Sunday.

Nearly 12 years later, he's blitzed by that goal -- and just about everything else.

No. 2 Michigan got 19 points from Jordan Poole and clamped down on No. 10 Florida for a 64-49 win Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des ...Read more

Duke forward Jack White unlikely to return Sunday

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Duke will likely be without reserve forward Jack White for its second consecutive NCAA Tournament game.

The 6-7 White, a team captain, remains unable to practice at full speed due to a torn hamstring he suffered during the March 16 ACC tournament championship game.

The No. 1 Blue Devils play ninth-seeded Central Florida on ...Read more

Kentucky headed to Sweet 16 after limiting Wofford's 3-point attack

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Kansas City, here we come.

Kentucky can sing that classic song after a 62-56 victory over Wofford on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament's second round. The victory advanced UK to the Midwest Region semifinals next Friday in Kansas City, Mo. It will be the first time UK has played an NCAA Tournament game there.

UK (29-6) got ...Read more

LSU knocks off Maryland with 69-67 victory

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the beginning, the Maryland men's basketball team had hope for a possible trip home to play in the Sweet 16 at Capital One Arena in Washington.

In the middle, there was a sense of hopelessness, as third-seeded LSU led by as many as 15 early in the second half. But after the sixth-seeded Terps stormed back to take the ...Read more

Lakers officially eliminated from playoffs in loss to Nets

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LOS ANGELES--LeBron James will not be participating in the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2005.

The Los Angeles Lakers will not be participating in the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

James and the Lakers officially were eliminated from the playoff race Friday night following a 111-106 defeat by the Brooklyn Nets at Staples ...Read more

Lonzo Ball cuts ties to Big Baller Brand part owner

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LOS ANGELES--Lonzo Ball severed ties with a part owner of Big Baller Brand and his father's best friend, over his belief that he took money without permission.

Gregory Alan Foster was accused by Ball's financial planner, Humble Lukanga, of taking money from Big Baller Brand and general mismanagement of the Lakers point guard's finances. ESPN ...Read more


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