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Turnovers and mistakes doom UCLA late in 71-60 loss to Colorado

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They knew they would hold onto first place in the Pac-12 Conference standings no matter what happened, the UCLA Bruins gifted the top spot by virtue of their hated rival getting flattened earlier in the evening.

The Bruins came out against Colorado on Saturday night and played as if buoyed by the chance for some separation. They were patient on...Read more

James Harden, Nets outmatched by Mavs; win streak ends at 8

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NEW YORK — In a perfect world, the Nets’ superstar trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving would have shot it out with the Dallas duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Perfection, however, has evaded the Nets this season.

Durant missed his seventh straight game with a hamstring strain, and Irving sat out due to injury ...Read more

Clippers take aim at Bucks, who have had their number

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LOS ANGELES — Only two opponents are unbeaten against the Los Angeles Clippers while handing them multiple losses since Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joined forces a season and a half ago.

Brooklyn is 3-0, and, short of meeting the Nets in the NBA Finals, there’ll be no opportunity the rest of this season for the Clippers to notch their ...Read more

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Kevin Durant won't play in the All-Star Game, will still pick his team

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NEW YORK — Nets star Kevin Durant will not play in the NBA All-Star Game due to an injured hamstring, but he will play captain and general manager for his All-Star squad Team Durant, the New York Daily News confirmed Saturday.

Durant, who was named Eastern Conference All-Star captain for the the March 7 game by raking in more combined fan, ...Read more

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Sixers lose to Cavaliers, 112-109, in overtime, for rare home defeat

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PHILADELPHIA — “Preparation, Process, Parade” is a mantra Doc Rivers has the 76ers focusing on this season.

“That’s the only things on our minds,” Dwight Howard said recently, “preparing every day, going through the process. Hopefully the end of the year, we’ll have a parade.”

But the Sixers know winning the title and having ...Read more

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Wizards come alive after slow start to hand Timberwolves seventh loss in a row

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For a half, the Minnesota Timberwolves kept pace with the Washington Wizards, one of the NBA's faster teams. For a half — or most of a half — they controlled Wizards guard Bradley Beal, the NBA's scoring leader. For a half the Timberwolves used hustle and defense to make up for the loss of Malik Beasley, who began serving his 12-game ...Read more

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Matthew Hurt scores 37 but Duke suffers OT loss to Louisville

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Matthew Hurt’s huge scoring night got Duke to overtime but Louisville’s balance, behind Carlik Jones, gave the Cardinals the win.

On a night Hurt scored 37 points, Jones countered with 25, including a free throw to force overtime and seven points in the extra period, as the Cardinals outlasted the Blue Devils, 80-73, in ACC basketball at ...Read more

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Magic stumble in second half as Jazz pull away

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic were hoping to be the first team to beat the Utah Jazz this season when trailing after three quarters.

The Jazz would have none of it.

The Magic took a small bite out of a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter but couldn’t gain any traction after that and took a 124-109 loss Saturday against the ...Read more

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Kansas hands Baylor its first loss of season, 71-58, on Jayhawks' Senior Night

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Baylor’s No. 2-ranked men’s basketball team will not go undefeated this season.

David McCormack scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and senior point guard Marcus Garrett added 14 points and seven rebounds to pace the No. 17 Kansas Jayhawks to a 71-58 victory over the previously unbeaten Bears (18-1, 10-1) on Saturday ...Read more

Julius Randle outplays Domantas Sabonis as Knicks beat Pacers, 110-107

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NEW YORK — Julius Randle showed why he was an All-Star selection over Domantas Sabonis.

In a head-to-head physical battle between the two powerful forwards, Randle won the box score battle and the game, 110-107, pushing the Knicks (17-17) to .500 for the first time since January.

Randle finished with 28 points and 10 boards in 42 minutes, ...Read more

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Luke DeCock: North Carolina's signature win a comeback nobody saw coming

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We’ve reached the point in the season where even the improbable seems routine, and if anyone saw North Carolina not only coming back from 16 down to beat Florida State but with Walker Kessler as the fulcrum of the turnaround, they’re probably the one taking bets, not making them.

Oh, and North Carolina didn’t miss a free throw in the ...Read more

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Roy Williams earns milestone 900th win as UNC comes back to beat No. 11 Florida State, 78-70

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North Carolina pulled off the kind of comeback that could change the course of its season. The Tar Heels rallied from a 16-point deficit against No. 11 Florida State for a 78-70 victory before a spirited crowd in the Dean E. Smith Center.

It was the 900th career win for coach Roy Williams.

It was UNC's first win over a ranked team in four ...Read more

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San Diego State makes it 10 consecutive wins with sweep of Boise State

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SAN DIEGO — When the Mountain West agreed to a new television contract with CBS and Fox Sports, it allowed them to schedule games six days a week on one condition: Teams wouldn’t have to play twice within 48 hours except in the conference tournament.

That went out the window with the global pandemic, and the result Saturday was an ugly game...Read more

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Nets keep Kyrie Irving out vs. Mavs for right shoulder 'maintenance'

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NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving is out for the Nets’ matchup against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. The team announced Irving was out due to right shoulder injury recovery, though Nets coach Steve Nash said he doesn’t think the injury is serious. It is the same shoulder Irving had surgery on last season, though the All-Star guard has not re-...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Heat about to hit games with double meaning

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As we brace for an eight-way tie for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference (or something like that), the importance of the NBA’s release of the second half of the 2020-21 schedule looms even more important for teams such as the Miami Heat.

Going into the weekend, eight teams stood within three games of fourth place in the East, the final ...Read more

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Without Nijel Pack, Kansas State's winning streak comes to an end at West Virginia

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Here’s the main thing you need to know about Kansas State’s 65-43 loss against West Virginia on Saturday at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.: Nijel Pack was unable to play because of an eye infection.

The Wildcats have performed miserably without their starting point guard this season, and that was once again the case in this game.

K-...Read more

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No. 5 Illinois — without Ayo Dosunmu — almost blows late double-digit lead but hangs on for 74-69 win against No. 23 Wisconsin

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Illinois wasn’t perfect but got the job done in its second game without star guard Ayo Dosunmu.

Dosunmu, who suffered a facial injury Tuesday at Michigan State, sat on the sideline and watched the No. 5 Illini hang on to beat No. 23 Wisconsin, 74-69, on Saturday in Madison.

Illinois (18-6, 14-4) struggled with 20 turnovers, which the Badgers...Read more

Texas Tech capitalizes on Texas' missed opportunities in 68-59 victory

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At some point, losing like this just gets old for No. 14 Texas.

Put Saturday’s loss in the pile with so many others in recent years. Too much reliance on the 3-point shot and not enough on what is annually one of the most athletic front lines in the Big 12.

In the first eight minutes of the second half, the Longhorns missed their first 11 ...Read more

Franz Wagner, Michigan roll past Indiana, 73-57, stand one win from Big Ten title

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Michigan presses on toward a Big Ten championship.

The third-ranked Wolverines blew out Indiana, 73-57, in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall, and drew one game closer to winning their first conference title since the 2014. Michigan can secure the title by winning one of its three remaining games.

Despite a short ...Read more

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LeBron James answers Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'I would never shut up'

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James, responding to criticism from soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, vowed to continue to use his platform to speak on off-court issues he's passionate about.

"I would never shut up about things that are wrong," James said Friday after the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-93 victory over Portland.

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