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Aztecs avoid upset on another wild night in Mountain West, top San Jose State 72-64

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There was no monumental upset in Viejas Arena on Tuesday night despite a sluggish start by San Diego State against a team 234 spots below them in the NET metric.

Undermanned San Jose State nearly pulled it off against the underwhelming Aztecs before the nation’s No. 20-ranked team avoided what would have ranked among the worst losses in ...Read more

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Heat overcomes poor start, beats Portland to win fifth in a row

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Five takeaways from the Heat’s 106-96 win on Tuesday night in Portland:

▪ A night after one of its most satisfying victories of the season, the Heat came out shooting blanks and handling the ball carelessly against a bad team before order was restored with a very good second half.

Like in Sacramento a night earlier, the Heat seized on a ...Read more

Hawks welcome John Collins, then beat Jazz

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ATLANTA -- The Hawks got the better of the Jazz and former teammate John Collins in Tuesday’s matchup at State Farm Arena. They downed the Jazz 124-97.

Here are five observations:

1. The Hawks’ Jalen Johnson stepped up, taking over the game in the third quarter. The third-year forward gave the Hawks everything to help them get out to a 20-...Read more

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Knicks fall to Pelicans, 115-92, after injuries to Jalen Brunson, Isaiah Hartenstein

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NEW YORK — The hallmark of a Tom Thibodeau-coached team isn’t a drive-and-kick offense, nor is it isolation scoring, despite both prominently featured in this year’s Knicks team.

The hallmark of a Thibodeau team is mental toughness. All other things equal, it can decide a game, a season, a series.

Mental toughness, however strong, cannot...Read more

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Celtics dominate Joel Embiid-less 76ers inside for ninth consecutive victory

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BOSTON — Joe Mazzulla recognized after last season that they couldn’t rely on their 3-point shot-making in the playoffs. It’s a big reason why they added Kristaps Porzingis. And while they have still taken the most 3-pointers in the league this year, they’ve proven they can win in other ways.

Tuesday night represented the latest example...Read more

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Timberwolves coast to 114-105 victory over Spurs

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MINNEAPOLIS — For as bad as the Spurs have been all season, the Timberwolves have had their issues with them. The Wolves lost the teams' last meeting, and their largest margin of victory in their two wins entering Tuesday was just eight. Plus, they were without Karl-Anthony Towns on Tuesday, as Towns was out for personal reasons to mourn the ...Read more

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BYU stuns Kansas basketball in Allen Fieldhouse upset

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas coach Bill Self looked down in disgust.

At one point, his team led by 12 in the second half. Now his Jayhawks were on the verge of collapse late in Tuesday’s 76-68 upset loss to unranked BYU.

Naturally, Self threw his arms down and yelled, “Come on,” after KU made another crucial mistake. Those mistakes — ...Read more

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Pistons beat Bulls and snap six-game losing streak, one day after no-call controversy

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Twenty four hours after a devastating loss in New York, the Pistons traveled to Chicago to face their longtime Central Division rival.

The emotions of a controversial no-call from the previous night didn't appear to affect Detroit's young roster and Monty Williams relied heavily on his starting unit to compete with the postseason-seeking Bulls....Read more

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Dayton improves to 14-0 at home with 80-66 victory against Davidson

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DAYTON, Ohio — The No. 21 Dayton Flyers stayed perfect at UD Arena with an 80-66 victory against Davidson on Tuesday night.

Here’s a quick recap of the game:

What it means

Dayton (22-5, 12-3) bounced back from a 71-67 loss at George Mason on Wednesday in its first game in six days. The Flyers improved to 13-0 at home with one home game ...Read more

New bench look with Thompson, Paul pushes Warriors past Wizards

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Late in the first half, Brandin Podziemski intercepted a pass and kept it from going out of bounds by tip-toeing the sideline in front of the scorer’s table. Gary Payton II collected the rookie’s save and found Jonathan Kuminga with a behind-the-back pass for a two-handed dunk.

At the moment, Podziemski’s pick was Golden State’s seventh...Read more

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Reed Sheppard's buzzer-beater leads Kentucky past Mississippi State, 91-89

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — For the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night, it was better late than never.

Reed Sheppard hit a runner in the lane a half-second before time expired to give Kentucky a 91-89 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night in Humphrey Coliseum. The Cats trailed for most of the game.

Rob Dillingham’s 3-pointer with 4:24 ...Read more

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Magic adjust to playing without Paolo Banchero, dominate Nets

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ORLANDO, Fla. — After being available for the first 57 games of the season, Magic forward Paolo Banchero missed his second consecutive contest Tuesday against the Nets at Kia Center.

Unlike the 17-point loss at Atlanta two days ago, Orlando got it right with a 108-82 rout of the Nets.

Listed as questionable entering the day, Banchero was a ...Read more

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After 'embarrassing' loss, UCLA's Mick Cronin takes solace in friend who doesn't bark back

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LOS ANGELES — Sometimes all he needs is Mick's best friend.

His team having coughed up a hairball of a loss against rival USC, Mick Cronin returned to his Encino home Saturday night to find comfort in a furry companion.

"Having the Bookster helps me," the UCLA coach said Tuesday of the Australian and German shepard mix that also has a touch ...Read more

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John Clay: A much-needed rule change has made college basketball a much better game in 2023-24

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — If you’re one of those unfortunate souls who tuned out college basketball ages ago, who complained about the physical play and the plodding pace, you’re missing out.

In case you haven’t noticed, the 2023-24 version of college hoops has featured teams that actually know how to put the ball through the basket.

Lots of ...Read more

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Paul George to miss Clippers' game vs. Lakers on Wednesday

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LOS ANGELES — Clippers All-Star forward Paul George will miss his second straight game because of left knee soreness, coach Tyronn Lue said.

Lue said George would not practice Tuesday and would not be available for the Clippers' home game against the Lakers on Wednesday night at Crypto.com Arena.

He is averaging 22.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: Trae Young's injury will have silver lining if Hawks play young guys more

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ATLANTA — It should go without saying that the Hawks are not a better team without Trae Young, the NBA’s best scorer/playmaker. They had a tenuous hold on the final spot for the play-in tournament with Young available. It’s going to slip away now that he’s out for at least a month because of a torn ligament in his left pinkie.

If there�...Read more

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LeBron James' message to media over son Bronny's NBA future: 'Let the kid be a kid'

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James is not shy about sharing his thoughts on social media.

Sometimes those thoughts are pretty run-of-the-mill, like what stand-up special he's enjoying or random thoughts on whatever sporting event he happens to be watching at that moment.

Sometimes he's more enigmatic, like his hourglass emoji post late last month ...Read more

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Mark Story: You know who deserves an apology? Kentucky basketball's much-maligned Rupp Arena fans.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — In the run-up to Saturday’s SEC showdown between No. 17 Kentucky and No. 13 Alabama, I overheard a sportswriter on hand to cover the Crimson Tide saying it would be his first game at Rupp Arena.

“I hear the atmosphere isn’t that great,” he said.

What followed, of course, was one of the more electric game environments...Read more

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No. 15 Baylor's zone defense shuts down TCU in ugly defeat, 62-54

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TCU couldn’t complete the season sweep of No. 15 Baylor as the Bears shut down the Horned Frogs’ offense in an ugly 62-54 loss at Schollmaier Arena Monday night.

TCU won the first matchup in Waco, a 105-102 triple-overtime thriller on Jan. 27.

Despite a tightly contested first half Monday night, there was no fantastic finish this time ...Read more

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Amid suspensions and injuries, short-handed Heat survive for impressive win over Kings. Takeaways

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Amid suspensions and injuries, the Heat played without a chunk of its roster against a Kings team at full strength. But the Heat turned in an inspiring performance to continue its winning ways.

The Heat was without Thomas Bryant (league suspension), Jimmy Butler (league suspension), Tyler Herro (left knee hyperextension), Nikola Jovic (league ...Read more