Kawhi Leonard faces NBA MVP for first time since meeting in Eastern Conference Finals

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MILWAUKEE -- He's arms, shoulders and legs -- a combination of strength, size and skill that's rare even in the NBA. He's Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, and the player that gets the most ink in scouting reports -- and not because of his last name's wingspan.

"He's aggressive, plays the game extremely hard, very ...Read more

Luke Walton accuser drops lawsuit against former Lakers coach

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LOS ANGELES -- Former Spectrum SportsNet reporter Kelli Tennant filed to have her lawsuit against Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton dismissed this week, according to a document filed in the L.A. County Superior Court.

The request came nearly four months after the NBA's investigation into Tennant's allegations of sexual assault against Walton ...Read more

Wizards top Sixers, 119-113, for 10th straight series win in D.C.

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WASHINGTON -- There is something about playing here for the 76ers.

The nation's capital is where they come to lose to the Washington Wizards. Thursday night was no different.

Washington defeated the Sixers, 119-113, at the Capital One Arena. It was the Sixers' 10th consecutive loss to the Wizards in D.C. They've lost 23 of their last 29 games ...Read more

As struggling Cavaliers reach first-quarter mark, coach John Beilein undaunted by disappointment: 'I'm not flinching'

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CLEVELAND -- John Beilein wore a blue tie Tuesday night, but was almost oblivious to the fact that Michigan, the team he coached for the previous 12 seasons, was taking on No. 1 Louisville.

"I didn't even know ... I know they're playing," Beilein said. "It's very hard for me. I love those kids so much. I've got to concentrate on what's really ...Read more

Why Roy Williams decided to empty his bench with 10 minutes left against Ohio State

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- There were about four minutes left in North Carolina's game against Ohio State when Roy Williams finally looked into the stands.

What he saw didn't shock him. He saw Tar Heels fans leaving the Dean Smith Center in lines like school kids exiting a building during a fire drill. They had seen enough.

"I didn't blame them," ...Read more

Eric Paschall is learning to use his strength without picking up fouls

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CHICAGO -- Villanova head coach Jay Wright avoided putting burly Eric Paschall in isolation situations because he knew there was a good chance he'd get called for a foul.

Wright often said Paschall's game translated better to the NBA, where there is more room to operate in a league with better shooters and less restrictive rules. Now, more than...Read more

Kentucky basketball game vs. Michigan in London is Calipari's way of saying thank you

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Kentucky's trip to London to play Michigan next season is John Calipari's way to say thank you, the UK coach said Thursday.

"He took Bam under his wing," Calipari said of first-year Michigan Coach Juwan Howard working with Bam Adebayo when the former UK player was a rookie with the Miami Heat.

"And look what he's doing now," Calipari said of ...Read more

Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins remains committed to getting to the basket

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DALLAS – As the third quarter ended Wednesday, Andrew Wiggins was still pleading his case to officials.

The quiet Wiggins lets a lot of stuff go, and has even received criticism from fans who take his placidity for disinterest.

But in Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks, he made sure to plead his case after officials didn't call a foul on his ...Read more

Sexual assault lawsuit against Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton dropped

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kelli Tennant, who earlier this year accused Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her in 2017, dropped her lawsuit this week against the Kings coach, court documents show.

Court filings show Tennant has asked a judge to dismiss the case, with the dismissal entered as requested on Wednesday. It is not ...Read more

Huskies keep high-scoring trend rolling with 90-80 victory over EWU, now look toward Gonzaga

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SEATTLE -- Gonzaga Week officially began at 9:15 Wednesday night.

Once No. 22 Washington knocked off Eastern Washington 90-80 to finish a stretch of five blowout home victories, the Huskies turned their attention to the showdown Sunday against the ninth-ranked Bulldogs.

During two weeks of tune-ups, UW seemingly regained its footing and jumped...Read more

Big night by Richaun Holmes not enough in Kings' loss to Trail Blazers

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The Sacramento Kings haven't enjoyed much success in the Pacific Northwest in recent years. The frustration continued in a 127-116 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night at Moda Center.

The Kings (8-12) were playing without guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, who joined point guard De'Aaron Fox and forward Marvin Bagley III on the injured ...Read more

Wolves open four-game road trip with 121-114 loss at Dallas

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DALLAS -- The Mavericks started wearing out the bottom of the net midway through the fourth quarter. American Airlines Center started rocking – and this was all before MVP candidate Luka Doncic re-entered the game. A Timberwolves lead had vanished, but in other spots this year the Wolves found ways to get it back.

Except the Mavericks, who ...Read more

Bulls hold off the Grizzlies 106-99 to win consecutive games for the 1st time this season

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls won back-to-back games for the first time this season with their 106-99 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Naturally, they didn't make it easy on themselves.

The Bulls led by as many as 22 points in the first half, but by late in the fourth quarter they had let their lead dwindle to 88-87.

The Grizzlies started...Read more

Lakers adopt Lamar Jackson's 'Nobody cares, work harder' motto, then pummel Jazz

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SALT LAKE CITY -- On a group text thread between Los Angeles Lakers players earlier this week, someone made reference to a social media slogan Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has adopted.

"Nobody cares, work harder."

It resonated with the Lakers.

"That's kind of the motto we talked about after our loss," Alex Caruso said. "Nobody ...Read more

No. 6 Ohio State dominates No. 7 UNC in ACC-Big Ten challenge

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Roy Williams had seen enough.

The Tar Heels just kept missing. And with about 10 minutes left, trailing by 14 to Ohio State, Williams benched his starters and put in three walk-ons and two reserves.

Yes, the Tar Heels were that bad.

They shot below 30% from the floor, and lost to the sixth-ranked Buckeyes at the Dean ...Read more

Heat ends encouraging road trip with loss to Celtics on second night of back-to-back

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BOSTON -- Another back-to-back set, another Heat loss.

Just 24 hours after Tuesday's dramatic overtime win in Toronto, the Heat (15-6) fell to the Celtics 112-93 on Wednesday at TD Garden to close its three-game trip. Miami posted a 2-1 record on the trip, with quality wins over the Nets and Raptors.

The Heat has played four back-to-backs so ...Read more

Detroit Pistons drop 10th straight to Milwaukee Bucks, 127-103

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DETROIT -- Giannis Antetokounmpo earned an MVP trophy without a reliable 3-point shot.

Opponents can only shudder if he ever masters the shot.

Wednesday night was a step in that direction and the Detroit Pistons were the victims in a 127-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP, scored 35 points and was 4-for-8 from 3-...Read more

No. 3 Maryland routs Notre Dame, 72-51, for milestone win in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Aaron Wiggins fired up the 3-point attempt from the wing and quickly raced forward, knowing his shot was going to end Maryland's streak of consecutive makes. He sought to start another.

As Wiggins approached the basket, the ball ricocheted off the rim, then the backboard, then into the air, where Wiggins corralled it and ...Read more

Devonte Graham's career game from 3-point range pushes Hornets past Warriors

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Devonte Graham made a career-high 10 3-pointers as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Golden State Warriors 106-91 Wednesday.

The Hornets won both games with the Warriors for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Charlotte's backcourt of Graham and Terry Rozier combined for 58 points, 16 assists and 14 rebounds in pushing the ...Read more

Villanova 80, Penn 69: Statistics, highlights, and reactions from the Big 5 game

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VILLANOVA, Penn. -- Villanova and Penn were seeing each other on the basketball court Wednesday night for the first time since the Quakers' broke the Wildcats' 25-game Big 5 winning streak last season at the Palestra.

And as much as the Quakers tried to make it back-to-back wins over 'Nova, and yes they tried, the Wildcats pulled away with ...Read more