Wolves dominate Kings, inch closer to playoff spot

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- To reach the NBA playoffs, the Minnesota Timberwolves have to chase down three other teams before they worry about catching Denver, currently situated in the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff step.

Now with 22 games remaining, they stepped forward with Monday night's 102-88 victory over a Sacramento team that ...Read more

Hawks rout Celtics after Howard ejected, 114-98

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BOSTON -- No fourth-quarter comeback here.

With the Boston crowd all too willing to remind Atlanta that the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the Hawks exacted a measure of revenge with a 114-98 victory Monday at TD Garden. The Hawks led by as many as 24 points and didn't let the Celtics close to a chance.

Go figure ...Read more

Cavs sign Deron Williams to fill gaping hole at backup point guard

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CLEVELAND -- Kyle Korver was single when he fed off Deron Williams' assists in Utah for three seasons. So they spent a lot of their summers playing golf together in Park City.

"A shooter always wants to have a good relationship with his point guard," Korver said Saturday.

Korver deserves the bulk of the credit for luring the 32-year-old former...Read more

Cavs have just enough as James, Irving lead way against Bucks

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James' quick recovery had flu-stricken fans and perhaps even now-ailing Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue lusting over the effective treatment his star received.

Three-point specialist Kyle Korver proved to be a quick healer as well.

After sitting out Saturday night's loss to the Chicago Bulls with strep throat, James returned to ...Read more

Warriors handle the Sixers, 119-108, despite ice-cold night from 3

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PHILADELPHIA -- Steph Curry's two first quarter airballs served as an omen for the brutal shooting night ahead for both Curry and the Warriors. Curry took 11 3s and made zero. The team took 29 3s and only made six.

But even in an NBA world gone 3-crazy -- a renaissance led partly by Golden State -- you can still win in other ways. The Warriors ...Read more

Lakers waive guard Jose Calderon

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers waived reserve point guard Jose Calderon on Monday, after working on a buyout with the veteran guard.

"Jose wanted to play and the Lakers were going in the direction of trying to play the younger guys, which we understood," said Mark Bartelstein, Calderon's agent. "I am really appreciative of Magic (Johnson...Read more

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says surging Miami Heat are legit

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DALLAS -- At one point during his interview session with the media following Monday morning's shootaround at American Airlines Center, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle had a grim look on his face.

And it had nothing to do with the mix-up from Sunday night's Oscar ceremonies.

Carlisle looked grim because the Mavericks (23-35) will host the ...Read more

Bulls' Bobby Portis kept working during his demotion, and it's paying off

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Early last season, when the third-person references came playfully and plentifully, Bobby Portis had a spirit and energy to him.

In a session with reporters after practice Monday at the Advocate Center, Portis used only one third-person reference, and it carried more of an edge to it.

"I don't really care about anybody judging me at this point...Read more

Andrew Bogut waived, but Cavs must fend off three others for big man

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(Andrew Bogut and the Philadelphia 76ers reached a buyout agreement on Monday and the 7-foot forward/center from Australia was waived.

But while a league source said the Cavs were the front-runners to sign Bogut, competition is expected after he clears waivers. ESPN's Marc Stein reported that Bogut will talk with Cleveland, Boston, San Antonio ...Read more

Sixers' Joel Embiid now out indefinitely due to injured left knee

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So much for Friday's expected return against the New York Knicks.

The 76ers announced Monday that Joel Embiid will be sidelined indefinitely due to his left knee injury. With 24 games remaining, it looks like the rookie center might not play again this season.

He still experiences swelling and soreness in the knee following practices. The ...Read more

Erik Spoelstra says referee not his 'puppet' in ejecting Paul George

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Monday he did not exert sideline influence in an attempt to have Indiana Pacers forward Paul George ejected from Saturday's game at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In the wake of being ejected early in the third quarter of the Pacers' loss, George said in the Indiana locker room after the game that referee Gary Zielinski ...Read more

Blake Griffin scores 43 as Clippers hold off Hornets, 124-121, in OT

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LOS ANGELES -- Game 2 of Chris Paul's return from an injured left thumb was infinitely more rewarding than his first game back, because of his tough defense against Kemba Walker in overtime and also because of the all-around brilliance of Blake Griffin.

Paul's smothering defense on Walker in the final tense seconds of OT, with the Los Angeles ...Read more

Bucks hold off Suns for 100-96 victory

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MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo was sitting on the bench and the Milwaukee Bucks' seemingly comfortable lead was melting away.


Three successive dunks by Marquese Chriss brought the Phoenix Suns within one point and had the BMO Harris Bradley Center crowd of 16,051 on edge.

And where was Giannis?

Coach Jason Kidd inserted him back in...Read more

Bulls' Butler puts his stamp on closing time

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In Friday's Bulls victory, Jimmy Butler missed 11 of his first 15 shots and then buried a tying 3-pointer with 48.2 seconds left in regulation, a go-ahead jumper with 9.1 seconds left in regulation and scored seven of his 22 points in overtime.

In Saturday's victory, Butler missed his first five shots, had three points at halftime and finished ...Read more

Pistons' comeback comes up short against Celtics

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Boston Celtics showed why they have designs on reaching the NBA Finals.

And the Detroit Pistons' litany of miscues proved decisive in the 104-98 loss at the Palace on Sunday.

Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points and his Celtics (38-21) were able to beat back another late offensive surge from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who ...Read more

Lakers do not back up vow to emulate Spurs in 119-98 loss

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LOS ANGELES -- The sustained consistency, depth and Hall-of-Fame caliber coaching once provided the Lakers a gauge on their playoff readiness.

With the Lakers far removed from that picture in recent seasons, the San Antonio Spurs have since offered clarity on the gap between both franchises. As demonstrated in their 119-98 loss to the Spurs on ...Read more

Warriors prepare to enter the most 'insane' part of their schedule

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Warriors upcoming road trip reads five games. But the team is referring to it as an eight-gamer "with one of those stops being in Oracle," Steve Kerr said.

It starts with a back-to-back in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. on Monday and Tuesday. Then a Thursday night game in Chicago. Then a Sunday, Monday back-to-back in New ...Read more

Heat's Rodney McGruder emerges as 'scavenger' and 'pit bull'

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DALLAS -- We can't be exactly sure of what Paul George called Rodney McGruder during and after the incidents that left the Indiana Pacers forward ejected from Saturday night's game against the Miami Heat. Nor might it be suitable for publication.

But there is little difficulty culling what teammates call the gritty Heat rookie forward.

"He's ...Read more

Warriors expected to sign Jose Calderon following Briante Weber's release

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Briante Weber finished up the Warriors' Saturday night game against the Nets and was then informed of his release. The Warriors are going elsewhere with that 15th roster spot.

That elsewhere is expected to be veteran guard Jose Calderon, according to team sources. Calderon must first officially come to terms on a buyout and ...Read more

Warriors demolish Nets without Durant

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Brooklyn Nets entered Oracle Arena on Saturday night having lost 15 straight and 20 of their past 21 games, sprinting away in the race for the NBA's worst record.

The Warriors were missing Kevin Durant. But on this night, three other All-Stars -- even at mostly half-speed -- were plenty against a team full of fringe NBA ...Read more