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Brandon Ingram shows Lakers he isn't same player they traded away

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LOS ANGELES — The black-and-gold sign in the corner of Staples Center where the 2019-20 NBA championship banner eventually will hang says “Stay tuned, Lakers family.”

Before the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, they had been telling their fans to “stay tuned” for years. That’s the nature of rebuilds, lottery after ...Read more

Clippers still rule in Kings' castle: Five takeaways from Friday night’s victory

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In a city where the Los Angeles Clippers have ruled for nearly a decade, there was no lost double-digit lead Friday, and no second-half suspense.

A 33-8 run during a nine-minute stretch of the third quarter broke open a comfortable 138-100 Clippers victory over Sacramento.

The victory was the Clippers’ 15th consecutive in Sacramento, ...Read more

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Short-handed Magic fall to Tatum-less Celtics, 124-97

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The short-handed Orlando Magic struggled to find their offense. The short-handed Boston Celtics had no such trouble.

The Magic watched the Celtics break open a six-point game in the third quarter and coast to a 124-97 win Friday night at TD Garden.

Aaron Gordon finished with 17 points, while Nikola Vucevic, Dwayne Bacon and Cole Anthony each ...Read more

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Late game mistakes vs. Cavs extend Knicks' losing streak to 5 games

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The Knicks botched this one. Especially RJ Barrett.

A series of late-game mistakes and turnovers cost the Knicks against the short-handed Cavaliers in a 106-103 loss Friday night, a gut-wrencher that left the Knicks on a five-game losing streak.

Barrett committed two of the turnovers in the final 80 seconds, including dribbling off Andre ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: Warriors are going to run Steph Curry into the ground

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Nearly a month into the Warriors season and nothing has changed.

Yes, Golden State has some games after their inauspicious start to the season. Yes, we've seen some development from James Wiseman, the return of Draymond Green, and a new role for Eric Paschall. Yes, the Warriors look like a viable playoff team in the Western Conference.

But ...Read more

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Kansas coach Bill Self reacts to Iowa State game postponement: ‘I'm not upset’

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The Kansas-Iowa State men’s basketball game which was scheduled to be played Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, has been postponed because of COVID-19 protocols within the Iowa State program.

According to a KU release, the schools will work with the Big 12 conference to reschedule.

Iowa State coach Steve Prohm explained the situation:

“The ...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: All James Harden wanted was a real chance, and in Brooklyn, he has one

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NEW YORK — For James Harden, the road to Brooklyn began in Orlando.

The latest, greatest iteration of the Houston Rockets made it to the second round of the playoffs on the backs of Harden and his star teammate Russell Westbrook. That iteration, much like every previous version of the Harden-led Rockets, fell short to LeBron James’ Lakers ...Read more

Friday's Timberwolves-Grizzlies game postponed; Karl-Anthony Towns tests positive for COVID-19

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MINNEAPOLIS — Friday evening the Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies game became the 13th NBA game this season postponed as the league battles the effects of COVID-19, and shortly after the announcement, star center Karl-Anthony Towns revealed he has tested positive for the virus.

The game, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. at Target Center, was...Read more

Dennis Young: All the tortured euphemisms being used to call James Harden overweight

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NEW YORK — What you can get away with saying changes quickly. It was just 2016 when former Rockets coach Kevin McHale complained that he got fired because “James Harden had sprained his ankle during the summer and came in overweight.” It was only 2014 when the New York Daily News ran a “Fat-letes” slideshow centered around Bartolo ...Read more

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Commentary: Save the athletes: Cancel college basketball games, but keep March Madness

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Producers of the Grammy Awards recently announced they were postponing the ceremony — scheduled for later this month — to March 14. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community,” the producers stated, noting the rising number of coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles area.

As fate would have it, ...Read more

Warriors fall to Nuggets, 114-104, despite Steph Curry's efforts

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Stephen Curry can only do so much. Before Friday night, the Golden State Warriors had been 5-0 when Curry scored 30 points or more. But that record received its first blemish after the Warriors lost to the Denver Nuggets, 114-104, at Ball Arena.

Curry led the Warriors (6-6) with 35 points on 14-for-23 shooting (5-for-11 from 3-point range) but ...Read more

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Charlotte Hornets' fourth-quarter rally falls short in loss to the Toronto Raptors

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P.J. Washington missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds, as the Charlotte Hornets fell on the road to the Toronto Raptors 111-108.

Washington finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, as the Hornets lost their second in a row to slip to 6-7. Terry Rozier had 22 points and five assists for the Hornets.

The Raptors, playing home games in Tampa. ...Read more

UCLA blows out Washington State to stay unbeaten in Pac-12

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LOS ANGELES — Mick Cronin had envisioned this for a while now, an efficient UCLA offense being supercharged by some of his struggling shooters all making a high percentage of baskets in the same game.

The Bruins fully enjoyed that scenario Thursday against Washington State, one ball after another falling through the net.

Cody Riley continued...Read more

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Villanova returns to practice after COVID-19 outbreak among players, set to resume season next week

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Jay Wright opened his Zoom conference call with reporters Thursday by declaring, “I’m the happiest guy in the world today.”

When the Villanova coach is that happy, you know it has to do with his players getting to play basketball. The Wildcats returned to the practice court for the first time since Jan. 3 after pausing team activities due...Read more

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Shake Milton's 31 points lead Sixers’ rout of depleted Heat

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PHILADELPHIA — This time the 76ers, with reinforcements returning, had no problem with the depleted Miami Heat.

The Sixers welcomed back Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, and Matisse Thybulle, who each missed the past three games due to health and safety protocols and none of them showed much rust in Thursday’s 125-108 win over the Heat at the ...Read more

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Mark Story: Looking for a ray of Kentucky basketball optimism? Here is one.

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Kentucky’s dispiriting 20-point loss to Alabama in Rupp Arena on Tuesday night can be looked at one of two ways.

On the negative side, Nate Oats and the Crimson Tide blew the doors off UK on the Wildcats’ home court in spite of the fact that Alabama:

1. Played all but eight minutes of the game without its best all-around player, Herbert ...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: For super team Nets, anything shy of Finals is a disaster

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NEW YORK — When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces in Miami, it was Finals or bust, and the Heat did not bust. When Kevin Durant joined Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the Warriors, Golden State became an instant dynasty. When Dennis Rodman joined Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls won another ...Read more

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Nets GM Sean Marks explains why he bet the house on James Harden

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NEW YORK — The Nets made official their trade for Rockets star James Harden, and pending the passing of physicals of all players involved in the deal, the former league MVP can suit up for Brooklyn’s next game against the Orlando Magic on Saturday.

Harden who averaged 35 points per game through each of his last two seasons in Houston, now ...Read more

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David Murphy: Time will tell if Sixers missed out on the James Harden trade sweepstakes

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PHILADELPHIA — Call me old-fashioned, but bring on the Nets. Bring on James Harden. Bring on a future with Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle and a full complement of first-round picks at the Sixers' disposal. Bring on a team that is built the way the old codgers used to build them.

Once upon a time, championships were expected...Read more

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Clippers stop short-handed Pelicans

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Clippers coach Tyronn Lue dismissed the notion his team would overlook their short-handed opponent Wednesday night inside Staples Center.

“It’s definitely a dangerous game,” Lue said before tipoff against New Orleans, which was missing three starters, “and we’re definitely keeping our team alert that, you ...Read more