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Ira Winderman: Can Heat seduce with blemished trade assets?

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The names have been out there and will continue to be out there when it comes to Miami Heat trade speculation.

But this is not about Jae Crowder, D’Angelo Russell, Bojan Bojdanovic, Jarred Vanderbilt, O.G. Anunoby, P.J. Washington, Norman Powell, Dorian Finney Smith, Malik Beasley, Kelly Olynyk or some other unknown target.

It’s about the ...Read more

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Meet Nadia Rawlinson, the Sky's new operating chairman and co-owner: 'I believe in the future. This isn't just a passion thing.'

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CHICAGO — Amid the swirling uncertainty of WNBA free agency, the Chicago Sky made a major addition this week — to their front office, not their roster.

The Sky hired Nadia Rawlinson for a newly created role of operating chairman. Rawlinson aims to establish a stronger base for the business aspects of the team as the WNBA continues to grow ...Read more

Hawks are halted by Clippers' 19 3-pointers

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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to knock down 19 3-pointers on Saturday night and fell 120-113 at State Farm Arena.

Here are five observations:

1. Despite hustling on both ends of the floor, the Hawks could not overcome the Clippers’ power from long distance.

The Hawks did a good job of forcing the Clippers ...Read more

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LeBron James and Lakers left frustrated after missed foul call in OT loss to Celtics

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BOSTON — The road trips have been long, the games have been stacked and, inside the Los Angeles Lakers’ locker room, the eyes have been droopier. The NBA schedule is long — the comparisons to a marathon too accurate for them to be fully dismissed as merely a cliche.

But the Lakers — they’re lucky, lucky to be in Boston on Saturday to...Read more

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Jaylen Brown redeems himself as Celtics hold off Lakers in wild overtime thriller

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BOSTON — As the Celtics backpedaled into a rare losing streak this week, Jaylen Brown took the blame. His pair of free throws with seconds left in overtime cost them, and he took accountability for not bringing the right energy in a poor performance.

On Saturday, he brought it at just the right time.

Brown shook off one of his worst games of...Read more

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Magic's second-half comeback attempt falls short against Bulls

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ORLANDO, Fla. — For most of Saturday, the Orlando Magic’s 128-109 home loss to the Chicago Bulls looked like it was going to go how most of their games on the second night of a back-to-back have gone.

The defensive intensity was lacking early. Their 3-point shots weren’t falling.

The Bulls took advantage of the Magic’s lackluster play,...Read more

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Pistons can't execute down the stretch in 117-114 loss to Rockets

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DETROIT — The Pistons haven’t had many victories that would be considered easy. There was an opportunity for them to have one on Saturday, but instead Detroit relinquished an early 14-point lead to a lowly Houston Rockets team.

With two teams at the bottom of the league’s standings, the game was an opportunity for the Pistons to show they...Read more

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Kansas survives raucous Rupp Arena and puts an end to Kentucky winning streak

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A prime opportunity to earn a major boost to its NCAA Tournament résumé slipped through Kentucky’s grasp Saturday night in Rupp Arena.

Reigning national champion Kansas came to town ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll and sitting at No. 9 in the NCAA’s NET ratings, and the Jayhawks left Lexington with a 77-68 ...Read more

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Timberwolves continue strong play in hard-fought 117-110 victory over Kings

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MINNEAPOLIS — Saturday's game at Target Center offered the Timberwolves two opportunities:

— To see how they stacked up against a quality opponent in the first of two consecutive games against Sacramento, third in the Western Conference, and;

— A forum on two All-Star hopefuls in Anthony Edwards and the Kings' De'Aaron Fox.

The verdict:...Read more

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Nets win 9th straight against Knicks in battle of New York

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NEW YORK — It can’t be a rivalry if the results are this lopsided.

Even if the Knicks and Nets wanted to feed into the cross-bridge rivalry narrative — which they don’t — the numbers lean too drastically in Brooklyn’s favor.

Sunday’s 122-115 victory marked the Nets’ ninth straight victory over their nearby opponent. The Knicks ...Read more

Washington blown out in second half by No. 6 Arizona for 15th straight loss to ranked opponent

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SEATTLE — The Washington men's basketball team targeted Saturday's rematch against No. 6 Arizona as a chance to rekindle their flickering NCAA Tournament hopes.

And for about 25 minutes, the Huskies kept pace with fleet-footed Wildcats.

However, midway in the second half, Arizona shifted its high-octane offense into another gear that sparked...Read more

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Three takeaways from Kansas State's victory over Florida in Big 12/SEC Challenge

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State’s basketball game against Florida was far from the challenge it was billed as when the Big 12 and SEC scheduled the matchup as part of their final conference crossover series.

The Wildcats dominated the Gators from start to finish on their way to a 64-50 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Bramlage Coliseum...Read more

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Joel Embiid's 47 points and 18 rebounds propels Sixers to comeback win over Nuggets in battle of MVP contenders

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PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid got the ball as the shot clock ticked down, dribbled, and pulled up against Nikola Jokić.

The 3-pointer went bang, Embiid shrugged his shoulders on the way back to the bench, and the Wells Fargo Center crowd unleashed into an “M-V-P!” chant that reminded everyone who they believed was most worthy of the award. ...Read more

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Dramatic final push lifts Pitt to huge home victory over No. 20 Miami

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PITTSBURGH — For nearly the entire game, it seemed as though Jeff Capel’s team couldn’t catch a break. Matched up at home against a ranked opponent, any sort of momentum Pitt could gather would be matched by the opposition.

That was until the very end. An 11-0 run in the game’s final two minutes lifted the Panthers to a thrilling 71-68 ...Read more

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Candace Parker signing with Aces, ending memorable 2-year run with her hometown Sky

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CHICAGO — Candace Parker chose to leave the Chicago Sky for the same reason she joined the team in 2021 — to go home.

The Naperville, Ill., native and two-time WNBA champion on Saturday announced her decision to sign with the Las Vegas Aces as a free agent. In an Instagram post, she cited her family as her primary decision for returning ...Read more

Missouri hammers No. 12 Iowa State in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri’s throwback uniforms might have to stick around.

Wearing the classic Block M jerseys and Tiger paw shorts from the program’s banner years, the Tigers throttled former conference nemesis and 12th-ranked Iowa State, 78-61, on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge behind another flurry of 3-pointers. The win was ...Read more

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Markelle Fultz quietly improving away from spotlight in Orlando

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We’re almost four years removed from the Philadelphia 76ers trading Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic following a disappointing start to his career. His tenure in Philly was plagued with criticism due to poor shooting stemming from a rare arm injury, and the guard was sidelined nearly 14 months after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in ...Read more

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Mark Bradley: Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remains a towering figure

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ATLANTA — In his penultimate NBA game against the nasty Pistons in the 1989 finals, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 24 points. He was 42.

Today the matter of basketball’s best-ever player splits the audience into Team Jordan or Team LeBron, the latter being only a few games from surpassing Abdul-Jabbar as the career scoring leader. For someone ...Read more

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Steph Curry scores 35 points to lead Warriors to 129-117 win

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SAN FRANCISCO — Jonathan Kuminga has shown glimpses of his two-way potential this season.

But a glaring hole in his game has been his unsteady outside shot.

That wasn’t a problem Friday night in the Golden State Warriors’ 129-117 win over the Toronto Raptors.

After a slow start, the flood gates opened for Kuminga in a 2:49 span at the ...Read more

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With Kyle Anderson leading with way, Timberwolves turn in complete effort to beat Grizzlies, 111-100

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MINNEAPOLIS — Kyle Anderson was on the other side of the Grizzlies-Timberwolves rivalry last season, and his heady defense and solid play offensively was one reason the Wolves wanted to bring him in this offseason when Anderson was a free agent.

Anderson played a big part in sending his former team home Friday in a 111-100 Wolves win.

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