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Clippers return to .500 with rare win over Denver Nuggets

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LOS ANGELES — One-quarter of the way through the Clippers’ regular-season schedule, taking stock of the team is like looking into a funhouse mirror – each glance revealing something different, even contradictory.

Their roller-coaster ride continued Wednesday when Los Angeles, one of the worst performers in close games this season, had ...Read more

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Behind Curry and Kuminga, Warriors flip flat start into win over Portland

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors overcame a flat first half and turned out a 110-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night at Chase Center.

After being down by as many as many as 11 to the bottom-feeding Trail Blazers, Golden State’s turning point came late in the third quarter. Portland’s young stars Anfernee Simons and ...Read more

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Same old story: Pistons' losing streak hits 18 games with 116-102 loss to Grizzlies

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DETROIT — Desperately seeking their first win in 39 days, the Pistons hosted another struggling team in the Memphis Grizzlies but were again unable to capitalize when the moment presented itself.

The Pistons maintained control of the game for the majority of the night and led by as many as eight points in the third quarter, but couldn't slow ...Read more

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Paolo Banchero's 42 points not enough as Magic fall to Cavs

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Magic forward Paolo Banchero scored 42 points in Cleveland on Wednesday night but it wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers prevailed, 121-111, over Orlando, for which forward Jonathan Isaac (right ankle sprain) missed his second straight and fourth game of the last five.

Entering the Magic’s first regular-season meeting with the Cavaliers, Orlando...Read more

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Joel Embiid scores 50 points, propels Sixers to victory over Wizards

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WASHINGTON — Joel Embiid collected the ball that had slipped out of his grasp, then drew the contact underneath the basket.

And with boos raining from the Capital One Arena crowd, the 76ers superstar swished both free throws.

That all but secured the Sixers’ victory over the Washington Wizards. But the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player ...Read more

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A pair of Robinsons help guide short-handed Heat past Raptors, 112-103

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TORONTO – This time, the track meet only lasted for the first two quarters.

And then a grind.

As seemingly always is the case when the Miami Heat play the Toronto Raptors.

So even after going up 15 in the first quarter, 14 in the third quarter and 10 early in the fourth, the Heat found themselves again fighting to the finish against the ...Read more

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Mikal Bridges hits game-winner as Nets top Trae Young, Hawks in nail-biting victory

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For reasons only the basketball Gods can grasp, matchups between the Nets and Hawks have been wildly entertaining this season.

While neither team shot the ball particularly well at times in their latest meeting on Wednesday, the game was still a back-and-forth affair that went down to the wire. Entering the night, Brooklyn’s last six games in...Read more

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Rudy Gobert, Timberwolves salvage victory with big fourth quarter against Spurs

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MINNEAPOLIS — In a refreshing turn from a year ago, the Timberwolves haven't turned in too many clunkers this season, and they have made sure to take care of the teams who are down in the standings.

They saved one of those down nights for Wednesday's national TV audience on ESPN, perhaps trying to throw the rest of the league off the scent ...Read more

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The Bulls suddenly are playing with pace. How did that happen? Can they keep it up when Zach LaVine returns?

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls finally are picking up the pace.

Through the first quarter of the season, the Bulls have been the slowest team in the NBA. Their average pace of 96.61 — measured by the number of possessions in a 48-minute game — is nearly eight fewer than the Indiana Pacers, who lead the league with their up-tempo offense.

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Austin Reaves' three-pointer lifts Lakers past the Phoenix Suns

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The joke, publicly and privately, among the Lakers leading up to and during the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament was the amazement at how badly a room of rich people could want to win the $500,000 prize waiting for each winning player Las Vegas.

“The bag,” they said was an amazing motivator, the kind that could turn regular season ...Read more

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No. 5 UConn beats No. 9 North Carolina, 87-76, in Jimmy V Classic battle of blue bloods

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NEW YORK — Four players scored in double figures as the fifth-ranked UConn men’s basketball team defeated No. 9 North Carolina, in a battle between blue bloods at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.

It was UConn’s first win in five appearances in the Jimmy V Classic and first over North Carolina since 2002.

Cam Spencer put his shooting ...Read more

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Grand Canyon wreaks havoc with No. 25 San Diego State in 79-73 win

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PHOENIX — The contractual buyout on the home-and-home series to avoid coming to one of the nation’s loudest, craziest, wackiest college basketball venues was $150,000.

San Diego State opted to play.

It paid for not paying.

The 79-73 loss Tuesday night at Grand Canyon University will most certainly knock the No. 25 Aztecs from the ...Read more

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Three takeaways from Kansas State's thrilling overtime victory against Villanova

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Call him Mr. Clutch.

Kansas State point guard Tylor Perry once again showed off his uncanny ability to make important shots when he drained a step-back 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lift his Wildcats to a 72-71 victory over Villanova in the Big 12/Big East Battle.

Perry’s game-winning bucket Tuesday ...Read more

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Knicks eliminated from In-Season Tournament in blowout loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

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MILWAUKEE — Julius Randle will have to find another reason to go to Las Vegas.

Randle packed an additional set of clothes in anticipation of defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in the In-Season Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday.

After earning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors in the opening week of December, Randle turned in his best ...Read more

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Takeaways from Kansas' win over Kansas City ... that got a little too close late

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas basketball team has a knack for elevating its play when absolutely necessary late in a game.

And for the second time this season, that was needed against an inferior opponent inside Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks led the KC Roos by only eight points with 3:52 to play on Tuesday night. They flipped the switch and ...Read more

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Michigan State digs deep hole in 70-57 loss to No. 23 Wisconsin in Big Ten opener

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State looked disjointed, outsized and overmatched in the first half of Tuesday’s Big Ten opener against No. 23 Wisconsin.

The Spartans got off to a slow start, missed open shots from behind the arc and trailed the Badgers by 11 points at halftime.

But something changed early in the second half.

Tyson Walker ...Read more

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Fan dies in medical emergency during Kings-Pelicans game in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings issued a statement expressing their condolences after a fan died Monday night during their nationally televised game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings were playing the Pelicans in an In-Season Tournament game on TNT when the fan experienced a medical emergency just before ...Read more

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What we've learned about the Sixers nearing the season's quarter mark, plus three lingering questions

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PHILADELPHIA — Conventional wisdom is that the first checkpoint of the NBA season occurs at the 20-game mark.

Nick Nurse generally agrees. The 76ers’ coach says that time frame allows teams to play a variety of opponents, and to see if stats hold up over an initial sample size.

The loss on Friday at Boston was Game 19 for the Sixers. But ...Read more

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KU guard Kevin McCullar on NBA's radar thanks to stellar start to 2023-24 season

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Kansas senior guard Kevin McCullar, who takes an 18.5 points-per-game scoring average into Tuesday night’s nonconference clash against Kansas City compared to a 10.7-point scoring mark a year ago, suddenly is being projected as a first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

“I know that he’s really helped himself with the start of the season. ...Read more

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Celtics eliminated from In-Season Tournament with loss to Tyrese Haliburton, Pacers

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Aaron Nesmith took a transition pass from Tyrese Haliburton and dunked it over Al Horford. The former Celtic galloped around the court and chest-pumped Myles Turner as the rest of his Pacers teammates flooded the court to celebrate an imminent victory.

The Celtics proved they cared about the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament with how they ...Read more