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Ira Winderman: Heat need enduring playoff run to obtain enduring answers

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MIAMI — When it comes to a potential extended playoff run, Pat Riley, Andy Elisburg and the rest of the Miami Heat braintrust need something extended, something more than one or two games of the play-in round.

No, not for the ego providing themselves right with this roster, or the organizational credit that would come from another deep run.

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Lakers played extra time against Grizzlies because of clock error

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NEW ORLEANS — The Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies actually played more than 13 minutes in the third quarter Friday because of a clock error that went unnoticed.

"We have confirmed that the game clock was inaccurately set in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers-Memphis Grizzlies game last night at FedExForum," an NBA spokesperson said ...Read more

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Stakes are clear for Lakers: Beat Pelicans and win 8th spot in West

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NEW ORLEANS — Finally, the stakes are perfectly clear.

Sunday, in their last game of the season, the Lakers can win their way out of the back half of the NBA's play-in tournament, a spot where they could face a horror-movie fate — Stephen Curry in a win-or-go-home game.

A win Sunday in New Orleans against the Pelicans, who helped the ...Read more

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Sparks ready to restock team with No. 2 and No. 4 picks in WNBA draft

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LOS ANGELES — Rebecca Lobo has been in the WNBA from the very beginning. The former New York Liberty center played in the league's inaugural game in 1997, watched the WNBA become the longest-running women's professional sports league in the United States and witnessed every draft class with stars like Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Candace...Read more

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David Murphy: Meet Fabulous Flournoy -- Sixers assistant, Member of the Order of the British Empire, and former player coach

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Twenty-five years after he left the housing projects of the Bronx to chase his teenage hoop dreams at a Texas junior college, Fab Flournoy stood amid the grandeur of Buckingham Palace and smiled as Prince William pinned a medal to his chest honoring him as a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

The year after that, the current Sixers ...Read more

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How each UConn men's basketball player contributed to 2024 national title run

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Here is a closer look at the 2023-24 national championship roster. Everyone played a role:

Solomon Ball, Fr., G: When injuries to Spencer and Clingan opened up a rotation spot early in the season, Ball stepped up– playing 29 minutes and posting a season-high 13 points in a December win over North Carolina. His minutes started to decline as ...Read more

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Clippers lose to Jazz with their playoff seeding and first-round opponent locked in

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers' first-round playoff matchup was set before tip-off Friday night.

With Dallas losing to Detroit, the Clippers already knew before their 110-109 loss to the Utah Jazz that they had clinched the fourth seed in the Western Conference and will play the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

"It ...Read more

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Nuggets blow 23-point lead to Spurs, losing 1-seed footing before finale

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SAN ANTONIO — To hold serve at the top of the Western Conference standings, the Nuggets had to weather one last Wemby storm.

In what might have been the last game of Victor Wembanyama’s Rookie of the Year-destined season, the Nuggets kept him flustered for one half before he started flaming the other. Denver couldn’t survive the surge, ...Read more

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Pelicans shoot down Warriors' hopes of escaping lowest play-in round

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SAN FRANCISCO — Earlier this week, the Golden State Warriors shot an earth-shattering 63.4% from behind the arc to stun the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now they know how it feels.

Playing with a chance to climb up to the eighth seed in the West, the Warriors couldn’t find an answer to the Pelicans’ aerial assault. New Orleans shot 20-for-38 (52....Read more

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Timberwolves escape over Hawks 109-106 as Western Conference standings get crowded

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MINNEAPOLIS — A few notable people were back in Target Center on Friday night for the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Minority owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez were sitting across from the Wolves bench for the first time since their public spat over the future of the team began with controlling owner Taylor late ...Read more

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Lakers struggle in Memphis before pulling out win over Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On one end, you had the Los Angeles Lakers fumbling their way through the game like someone waking up in a strange, dark room with no idea how to flip on the lights.

And on the other end, you had the team the Lakers battled in the first round of the playoffs — all in their street clothes watching a collection of young ...Read more

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Payton Pritchard's career night leads Celtics over Hornets in penultimate game of season

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BOSTON — Jrue Holiday’s contract extension this week made sure that the Celtics’ starting core – which has led the team to the NBA’s best record – remains intact for the foreseeable future.

And while that deal was critical to help Boston sustain its championship hopes, the Celtics got a reminder Friday night that they also boast one...Read more

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Heat earns win over Raptors to keep hopes of avoiding play-in alive. Takeaways and details

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MIAMI — Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra doesn’t want his players worrying about the standings in the final days of the regular season — not during the late-season rough patch the Heat has run into.

But after dropping three of its previous five games, the Heat (45-36) took care of business against the struggling Toronto Raptors 125-103 on ...Read more

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Sixers top the Orlando Magic to win their seventh straight but remain in play-in tournament picture

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PHILADELPHIA — Even when things were at their worst, some of the 76ers targeted an automatic postseason berth. And they’re on the cusp of making that a reality.

Friday’s 125-113 victory over the Orlando Magic briefly put the Sixers in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings with one game remaining. However, just a few minutes ...Read more

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Pistons rookie Sasser scores 24 points against Mavs in rare win, 107-89

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The stars at night were battered and bruised.

Deep in the heart of Texas.

But in a game devoid of the typical marquee names, it was Dallas' own — Detroit Pistons' rookie Marcus Sasser — who lit up the scoreboard Friday night at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

Sasser scored a team-high 24 points on the night, including 13 ...Read more

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Knicks survive Cam Thomas' 41-point game, finish sweep of Nets with 111-107 win

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NEW YORK — An upset was brewing early in Friday’s fourth and final inner-borough matchup between the Nets and Knicks at Madison Square Garden. But it was not sustainable, and that has been the story for Brooklyn all season.

The Knicks, trying to lock up a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket, missed their first five shots...Read more

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Former Sixers star Allen Iverson fights back tears during statue unveiling: 'It don't even feel real'

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It was a statue reveal celebrated unlike no other at the 76ers’ practice facility.

Members of the Sixers’ 2001 Eastern Conference championship team, NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, four-time All-Star Rasheed Wallace, family members and friends were among the standing-room-only crowd Friday to celebrate the NBA Hall of Famer also known as �...Read more

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UConn men's basketball star Donovan Clingan declares for NBA Draft

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Donovan Clingan has declared for the 2024 NBA Draft.

The 7-foot-2 sophomore from Bristol announced his decision on social media Friday after it was originally reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, just four days after winning a second consecutive national title with the UConn men’s basketball team. Clingan was named to the All-Tournament ...Read more

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Duke basketball star Kyle Filipowski leaves Blue Devils, enters 2024 NBA Draft

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DURHAM, N.C. — After leading Duke in scoring and rebounding in each of the past two seasons, Kyle Filipowski is leaving school for the NBA.

The 7-foot forward announced his plans to forgo his final two seasons of eligibility on Friday, the same day Duke freshman guard Jared McCain announced he was leaving school early.

“This has been a ...Read more

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Why is the Allen Iverson statue so tiny? The internet lost its mind but there's a reason for its size

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The Sixers unveiled a statue in Allen Iverson’s honor along “Legends Walk” outside the team’s practice facility in Camden on Friday afternoon.

Iverson is one of the most iconic players in Sixers history. He led the franchise to its most recent NBA Finals appearance in 2001 and is the second leading scorer in franchise history. Honoring ...Read more