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Clippers pull off biggest comeback in team history in stunner over Wizards

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WASHINGTON — First, Serge Ibaka danced the robot, arms and feet jutting in sharp, mechanical bursts. Shuffling into the team’s pregame huddle in front of fellow Clippers center Ivica Zubac, in a tunnel just off Capital One Arena’s court, he switched to a Michael Jackson impression that made Zubac laugh hard enough to turn away.

The end of...Read more

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Anthony Davis helps Lakers rekindle some of their potential in win over Nets

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NEW YORK — Anthony Davis spread his arms wide, his brow focused directly on James Harden as the Nets guard bounced from left to right.

Without overreacting to Harden’s fakes, Davis stayed engaged, extending an arm to force Harden into a miss. Russell Westbrook skied for the rebound, pounding it off the Barclays Center court as he ...Read more

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Lakers turn Barclays Center into Crypto.com Arena in landslide win against Nets

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NEW YORK — Here’s what Barclays Center and Los Angeles’ newly-minted Crypto.com Arena have in common: blockchain technology, and fans who cheer for the Lakers.

It sounded like the Nets were on the road and the Lakers were at home as LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony put on a show and coasted to a 106-96 victory on Tuesday ...Read more

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Duke basketball holds on to beat Clemson, 71-69

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DURHAM, N.C. — Injury and foul trouble rendered No. 9 Duke less than its best against Clemson on Tuesday night.

So the Blue Devils needed help from an unexpected place. Joey Baker provided it.

The senior reserve forward scored 11 points, including a basket in the lane with 2:16 to play that put the Blue Devils on top for good in a 71-69 ACC ...Read more

No. 10 Michigan State can't overcome miserable shooting night in 56-55 loss to Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Michigan State played one of its best games of the season in Friday’s victory at Wisconsin.

Four days later, it took the Spartans the better part of two halves before they came anything close. However, even a late flurry couldn’t save No. 10 Michigan State, which couldn’t overcome a miserable shooting night in a 56-55 ...Read more

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Gina Mizell: Sixers pull away from Pelicans late to win, 117-107

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Tyrese Maxey stood near center court, hands on his head and eyes wide open as the New Orleans Pelicans’ Nikeil Alexander-Walker stepped to the line for a pair of third-quarter free throws.

The 76ers point guard’s pose exemplified his team’s Tuesday-night slog against an inferior opponent. It took until the fourth quarter for the Sixers to...Read more

Cade Cunningham's career night not enough as Pistons lose to Nuggets, 110-105

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DETROIT — Detroit Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham played the best game of his short NBA career. As electric as his night was, it wasn't quite enough against the reigning MVP.

Cunningham scored a career-high 34 points, dished eight assists, grabbed eight rebounds, blocked four shots and also tallied two steals against the Denver Nuggets. It was...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: What's really going on with James Harden and the 76ers?

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NEW YORK — How do you make sense of the recent stories linking James Harden to Philadelphia this offseason?

Start with the source.

The source on Tuesday’s story is Jake Fischer, a reporter for Bleacher Report who has climbed into the ranks of reliable NBA news-breakers not named Adrian Wojnarowski or Shams Charania.

Fischer is reporting ...Read more

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No matter his role, No. 9 Duke needs a steady Jeremy Roach to be at its best

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DURHAM, N.C. — Whether in the starting lineup or coming off the bench, Jeremy Roach is a key player in Duke’s rotation this season.

The 6-1 sophomore guard found himself in both roles, in and out and back into the starting lineup, for the Blue Devils over the past two weeks.

Despite that, he’s still played in 76.7% of the minutes in Duke...Read more

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Michael Beasley explains how Knicks broke his heart

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For the briefest of moments in recent Knicks history, Michael Beasley was THE compelling player.

It wasn’t just that he was scoring in bunches for a bad team. He also turned an interview into a zany lecture on the human brain while wearing three watches: one on each wrist, one on his ankle. He was a character. And a sound bite.

Beasley also ...Read more

No. 15 USC overcomes ugly start and rolls to dominant win over Arizona State

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As the drought dragged into its seventh minute, disaster knocked at USC’s door.

Shots simply refused to fall. Errant passes flew inexplicably out of bounds. Turnovers piled up at an alarming clip. Any rhythm the Trojans had found on their two-game Rocky Mountain trip apparently had been lost upon the team landing in Los Angeles. The first ...Read more

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Kansas Jayhawks basketball wins Big 12 double overtime thriller over Texas Tech, 94-91

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas followed its remarkable comeback victory over Kansas State on Saturday in Manhattan with a 94-91 double-overtime win over Texas Tech on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Ochai Agbaji hit seven 3s and scored a career-high 37 points while Christian Braun added 15 points and David McCormack 13 points as the No. 5-ranked ...Read more

As Zach LaVine and Javonte Green return from injuries and DeMar DeRozan rests, Ayo Dosunmu helps save the Chicago Bulls in a 111-110 win in Oklahoma City

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In the final three minutes of Monday’s game in Oklahoma City, the Chicago Bulls panicked.

Zach LaVine and Troy Brown Jr. ran straight into half-court traps. Nikola Vučevic sent off-balance 3-pointers sailing past the rim. Billy Donovan called timeouts in an urgent attempt to calm his team, watching as the Thunder carved a 28-point Bulls lead...Read more

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LeBron James says 'nothing but respect' as Jimmy Butler passes his Heat triple-double record

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Jimmy Butler not only has LeBron James’ Miami Heat franchise record for triple-doubles, he also has James’ ongoing respect.

Speaking after Butler recorded his 10th triple-double as a member of the Heat, one more than James recorded in his four seasons with the franchise, James said his admiration for Butler has been enduring.

“Any time ...Read more

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James Harden or bust? Sources indicate the Sixers are all in even if it means prolonging Ben Simmons saga

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James Harden or bust? That’s the feeling around the NBA as the 76ers search for ways to end the Ben Simmons saga.

The Sixers are looking to trade Simmons, who has yet to play this season after requesting to be moved in August.

“At the end of the day, it’s Harden all the way,” said a league source, speaking on condition of anonymity. �...Read more

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NBA player Jaxson Hayes charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest in L.A.

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New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes has been charged with domestic violence abuse, resisting arrest and battery against a police officer in connection with a July incident at his Woodland Hills home in which LAPD officers choked him and hit him with a Taser.

The Los Angeles city attorney's office charged Hayes on Monday with five counts of...Read more

Klay Thompson a late scratch for Warriors' game vs. Utah Jazz

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SAN FRANCISCO — Hours before tipoff Sunday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr learned that Klay Thompson wouldn't be available against the Utah Jazz.

Thompson felt a "tweak" in the left knee he had surgically repaired approximately 18 months ago, Kerr said, prompting Dr. Rick Celebrini to deliver the news that Thompson would need to be a late scratch...Read more

Karl-Anthony Towns' big finish pushes Timberwolves over Nets; Anthony Edwards injured

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After a slow star, the center scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to hold off Brooklyn.

MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns' 13 fourth-quarter points repelled James Harden, Kyrie Irving and a Brooklyn Nets team missing superstar Kevin Durant 136-125 Sunday night at Target Center.

Until that fourth quarter, Towns ...Read more

Pistons' fourth-quarter rally falls short to Nuggets, 117-111

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DENVER — This time, it wasn’t the third quarter that did the Pistons in, as has happened so many times this season. The third quarter wasn’t good, as the Denver Nuggets used a 16-point advantage to pull ahead.

Instead of folding, the Pistons had a bounce-back fourth quarter, and they erased the deficit, tying the game in the final two ...Read more

Magic return to familiar starting lineup, Wagner bros lead Orlando in win over Bulls

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ORLANDO, Fla. — After two-plus months of not playing together, the Orlando Magic returned to a familiar — and their best — starting lineup for Sunday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls.

Although that unit didn’t play many minutes together (seven), it helped the Magic — who were led by Moe Wagner’s team-high 23 points of the bench...Read more