Kansas Jayhawks No. 1 in Associated Press basketball poll following win over Baylor

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas on Monday ascended to the top spot in the Associated Press men's basketball poll for the second time this season.

The Jayhawks, who were ranked No. 3 last week, defeated then-No. 1 Baylor, 64-61, on Saturday in Waco, Texas. The win vaulted KU past not only Baylor in Monday's latest rankings, but also previous No. 2 ...Read more

Street in front of Miami Heat arena named Dwyane Wade Boulevard

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CLEVELAND -- The building may no longer be his business home, but it will forever be his address.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on Monday announced that Northeast 7th Street, which runs perpendicular to the front of AmericanAirlines Arena, will now be called Dwyane Wade Boulevard.

"To my great honor, on the weekend of commemoration and retirement...Read more

Magic Johnson on Kobe Bryant's death: It will be hard for LA to move on

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LOS ANGELES -- On the eve of when the Lakers and the NBA will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson eloquently spoke about how the iconic player's death has affected Los Angeles and basketball fans around the world.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others died last month in a helicopter crash in nearby Calabasas.

"It's ...Read more

Undermanned Wolves can't keep up with Denver

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DENVER – The Wolves had just a split squad available in Denver. D'Angelo Russell was watching from the bench in street clothes. Karl-Anthony Towns was still in Minnesota rehabilitating his fractured left wrist away from the team. Also away from the team was Allen Crabbe, who left Denver for personal reasons, leaving the Wolves with only nine ...Read more

Dragan Bender makes Warriors debut in loss to Pelicans

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Dragan Bender faked the pass to his left, pausing his defender, and drained an open 3-pointer from the top of the arc to score his first points with the Warriors.

In his first game with the Warriors, a 115-101 loss to the Pelicans Sunday at Chase Center, Bender displayed the floor spacing and ball skills Golden State hopes to ...Read more

Coby White scores 33 points for the 2nd straight game as the Bulls snap an 8-game skid with a 126-117 win over the Wizards

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CHICAGO -- Coby White has teased the Bulls with several tantalizing streaks of brilliance this season.

Sometimes the rookie guard's hot streak lasts only a quarter, other times for a half or maybe a full game. The spurts have remained as unpredictable as they are exhilarating, and as sporadic as they are encouraging, for a player who just ...Read more

Miami Heat will be without Jimmy Butler, two other rotation players for game at Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- All-Star wing Jimmy Butler remains away from the Heat due to personal reasons and will miss his second consecutive game.

Butler has been ruled out of Monday's road game against the Cavaliers and did not travel with the team Sunday afternoon to Cleveland. The next opportunity for Butler to return to the court will come when the Heat...Read more

LeBron James and Anthony Davis deliver clutch baskets in Lakers' win over Celtics

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LOS ANGELES -- A game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics matters most only in June, but that doesn't mean the ones in between don't matter.

Because no matter how intertwined the two teams have become -- Frank Vogel began his pro career on the Boston bench, two of his players made their names in the NBA as Celtics and Boston's...Read more

No. 7 Maryland's rally falls short in 79-72 loss to No. 25 Ohio State, ending 9-game winning streak

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The week began with Maryland returning to No. 7 in Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll, matching the Terps' preseason ranking. By the time Sunday's ranked matchup with No. 25 Ohio State approached, Maryland found itself in position to make a leap heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

No. 9 Penn ...Read more

Harry Giles III is happy, healthy, helping Kings' slim playoff hopes

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LOS ANGELES -- Kings center Harry Giles III had to bide his time when he was relegated to the end of the bench earlier in the season, but now he's finding a little time to shine.

Giles recorded his first career double-double Saturday, posting 14 points and 12 rebounds to help the Kings beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-103 at Staples Center. ...Read more

For Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat another chance to avoid road to ruin

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CLEVELAND -- The redundancy is in the losses, the Miami Heat 3-8 in their past 11 road games.

But there also is a redundancy in the message from Erik Spoelstra, that his team still has enough time to make things right away from AmericanAirlines Arena.

The next opportunity comes Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage ...Read more

Dwyane Wade's film screening on Day 3 of jersey retirement closes a chapter for Heat legend

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MIAMI -- In addition to bringing finality to the first-of-its-kind three-day event to retire Dwyane Wade's jersey, Sunday's exclusive screening of the Miami Heat star's documentary, "D. Wade: Life Unexpected," also closed a chapter for Wade.

As Wade presented his film at AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday afternoon to Heat fans, who also got to ...Read more

Should NBA consider using the All-Star game's fourth quarter for games that count?

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LOS ANGELES -- Almost everyone raves when asked about the All-Star game in Chicago. The tributes to Kobe Bryant, the player introductions, the musical acts -- it was all great. The format changes that led to one of the most competitive All-Star games in recent history? They were almost universally loved.

But the initial reaction to the switch ...Read more

Sixers lose to Bucks, 119-98, as Simmons leaves early and Antetokounmpo scores 31 points

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MILWAUKEE -- The 76ers are far from road warriors. They have ended up more like roadkill when venturing away from their home arena.

But their confidence was high heading into their game Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Sixers were riding a four-game winning streak -- all at home -- and looked at this game as a barometer of their...Read more

Dwyane Wade's Heat jersey officially retired, goes up to AmericanAirlines Arena rafters

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MIAMI -- It was a moment clinched long ago for Dwyane Wade that became official at halftime of the Miami Heat's Saturday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wade, the star guard that has had the most decorated Heat career in franchise history, watched his No. 3 jersey ascend into the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena.

As the second of ...Read more

San Diego State's unbeaten season ends with 66-63 home loss to UNLV

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SAN DIEGO -- The bright side: Sergio Ibarra can shave now.

The athletic trainer for San Diego State's basketball team hasn't since the start of the season, got superstitious and let the beard grow as the Aztecs kept winning. It quickly passed Abraham Lincoln stage, moved into Fidel Castro territory and now has approached Mountain Man status.

...Read more

Duke bounces back from NC State loss, storms past Virginia Tech

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DURHAM, N.C. -- It's hard enough playing Duke after a Blue Devils loss.

But after a 22-point loss?

Virginia Tech had the unenviable task Saturday of facing the sixth-ranked Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the first game after Duke's thorough beating at N.C. State. The result was in many ways predictable.

The Blue Devils, who showed ...Read more

Heat celebrate Wade night with record-setting 124-105 rout of Cavaliers

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MIAMI -- The coronation came at halftime, Dwyane Wade's iconic No. 3 raised to the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The celebration by his former team was well under way by then, the Miami Heat scoring a franchise-record 82 first-half points in what turned into a 124-105 rout Saturday night of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Playing with the spirit...Read more

Coby White scores career-high 33 points, but Bulls drop 8th straight with 112-104 loss to Suns

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CHICAGO -- It had been a while since the Bulls saw a game like this from rookie guard Coby White, a reason to be optimistic about one of the most important pieces of their young core.

White knocked down seven 3-pointers, matching a career high, and scored a career-best 33 points, but it was not enough in a 112-104 loss to the Suns on Saturday ...Read more

Quickley's career-high 26 points help Kentucky hold off Florida, 65-59

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Earlier in the week, Kentucky coach John Calipari said he'd like at least five players to have scored 25 points in a game this season. This would make for confident player options in the NCAA Tournament, he said.

Calipari pointedly added that Immanuel Quickley had not joined the club.

Quickley answered that with a career-high...Read more