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Warriors enjoy Stephen Curry's return in 121-114 win over Pistons

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors cruised to a 121-114 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Oracle Arena nearly 24 hours after experiencing a 35-point loss to Dallas. The Warriors (50-23) also created a one-game cushion over the Denver Nuggets (49-23) for the best record in the Western Conference with nine regular-season games remaining. ...Read more

No. 1 Duke survives Central Florida's upset bid, advance to Sweet 16

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No. 1 Duke stayed alive in the NCAA tournament Sunday night by the thinnest of margins.

No. 9 seed Central Florida missed two shots in the final four seconds, allowing the Blue Devils to escape with a 77-76 East Region second-round win at Colonial Life Arena.

RJ Barrett rebounded Zion Williamson's missed free throw to score with 11.8 seconds ...Read more

Lou Williams, Clippers close out Knicks for win, as they hope to do in free agency

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NEW YORK -- When two teams whose seasons had gone in opposite directions met Sunday at Madison Square Garden, the greatest suspense was reserved not for their result after the day's 48 minutes but for how they would fare in three months' time.

Led by Lou Williams, the Los Angeles Clippers outscored the New York Knicks 21-9 during the fourth ...Read more

North Carolina beats Washington 81-59, advances to the Sweet 16

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When North Carolina got on a roll in the second half of its game against No. 9 seeded Washington, it was hard to stop them.

The Tar Heels led by eight points at halftime but went on a 13-3 run at the start of the second half to take an 18-point lead. Senior forward Luke Maye was a big part of that surge, as was freshman ...Read more

Heat's Dwyane Wade seeking an ending that eluded Jordan, Bryant, Iverson, Barkley

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It likely will come down to the final week of the Miami Heat's season if not the final game to determine if there is to be more for Dwyane Wade.

It is something that the 37-year-old icon wants as much for his teammates as himself, with Tuesday night's showdown at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Orlando Magic likely to go a long way toward ...Read more

What will Kansas basketball roster look like next season? Only time will tell

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Kansas' basketball roster figures to undergo some significant change prior to the start of the 2019-20 season.

What's known at this time -- just hours after the Jayhawks' 89-75 season-ending loss to Auburn in a second-round NCAA Tournament game in Salt Lake City -- is KU on paper has a full allotment of 13 scholarship players following the ...Read more

Hield breaks a franchise three-point shooting record, leads Kings over Suns

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Buddy Hield broke a franchise record for 3-point shooting and helped the Sacramento Kings overcome a slow start in a 112-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night at Golden 1 Center.

Hield made seven 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for the Kings (36-36). Harrison Barnes also scored 25 points, Marvin Bagley...Read more

Blazers rally, overcome Pistons, 117-112

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Detroit Pistons took a seven-point lead against the Portland Trail Blazers with 4:28 remaining Saturday night.

They failed to score again until 28.5 seconds were left at the Moda Center.

The Blazers (45-27) finished the game on a 14-3 run to send the Pistons to a 117-112 loss, a crucial setback in the Eastern Conference ...Read more

Auburn blazes to 26-point halftime lead, knocks out Kansas in second round, 89-75

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Kansas and its legion of fans will not be descending upon the Sprint Center this week.

At least not to watch the Jayhawks play basketball.

KU's bid to play an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 contest Friday against the winner of Sunday's North Carolina-Washington game in Kansas City's downtown arena ended on Saturday. No. 5 seed ...Read more

John Paxson expresses optimism for the future before short-handed Bulls' 114-83 loss to the Jazz

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CHICAGO -- Chandler Hutchison is now officially out for the season, joining Wendell Carter Jr. and Denzel Valentine.

Otto Porter Jr., in executive vice president John Paxson's words, is "kind of trending that way."

And Zach LaVine, who missed his second straight game Saturday with a bruised right thigh and patellar tendinitis in his right knee...Read more

Lakers might be out of it, but McGee is not letting up

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LOS ANGELES--On the night when the Los Angeles Lakers were officially eliminated from playoff contention, JaVale McGee had the best statistical game of his 11-year career.

The 7-foot center was as active as he has ever been, leading to a career-high 33 points on 15-for-20 shooting and a career-high 20 rebounds.

"It feels good, definitely," ...Read more

Irvine and Oregon, unlikely second-round opponents, don't feel like Cinderellas

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cinderella returns to the NCAA tournament floor Sunday at SAP Center.

And so do the 13th seeds from charming, diminutive UC Irvine.

When the Anteaters and Oregon meet in the second round of the South Regional, the teams will be competing to extend their respective seasons and fairy tales.

"I guess we're a Cinderella too," ...Read more

Brandon Clarke scores 36 points as Gonzaga takes down Baylor, 83-71

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The plan that Baylor concocted, the strategy that was supposed to upset top-seeded Gonzaga, seemed logical enough.

The underdog Bears hoped to play their particular brand of hard-nosed defense and battle for rebounds on both ends of the floor.

That worked against Gonzaga's star forward, Rui Hachimura, who was neutralized all ...Read more

Young, Hawks snap Sixers' six-game winning streak

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks are in complete rebuild mode, but that didn't stop them from beating the 76ers for the second straight time.

This time, Trae Young scored on a 14-foot driving shot with 0.1 second left, lifting the Hawks to a 129-127 outcome Saturday night at the State Farm Arena.

The loss snapped the Sixers' six-game winning ...Read more

Edwards, Purdue oust defending-champion Villanova in dominating fashion

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Everything that concerned Jay Wright when he was studying film of Purdue for Saturday night's NCAA Tournament game against the Boilermakers was realized, and the result was one of the ugliest postseason losses in Villanova history.

The Wildcats fell behind under a blizzard of 3-pointers by Carsen Edwards, scored two points in...Read more

Timberwolves open final stretch of season with a win vs. Grizzlies

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- On Friday night, the inevitable happened in the Timberwolves season -- they were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

On Saturday, they conducted business as usual on the court in Memphis at the FedEx Center, the location of one of their most excruciating road losses this season in February when a late foul on Josh ...Read more

Michigan State routs Minnesota, rolls into Sweet 16

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- At times, it was beautiful basketball. At times, it was some of the sloppiest Michigan State has played in a while.

None of the mistakes could keep the Spartans from moving on to their first Sweet 16 since 2015.

Cassius Winston had 13 points and nine assists, including a critical seven-point stretch in the second half, to ...Read more

Brandon Clarke joins exclusive group in Gonzaga's win over Baylor

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Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke joined an exclusive club.

Clarke's 36 points, eight rebounds and five blocks led the Bulldogs past Baylor, 83-71, in a NCAA Tournament West Regional second-round game on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Clarke now stands with Navy's David Robinson and LSU's Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to record at least 35 points ...Read more

Dwyane Wade sparks Heat past Wizards to close out 3-1 trip

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WASHINGTON -- The crowd arrived to celebrate Dwyane Wade's final D.C. appearance.

Wade, as he has throughout this "One Last Dance" retirement tour, provided ample opportunity for applause.

And, in the end, it left the Miami Heat in particularly good cheer, capping off a successful road trip with a 113-108 victory Saturday night over the ...Read more

Missouri's Jontay Porter re-injures torn ACL that kept him out for the season

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Jontay Porter's NBA stock has taken a turn for the worse.

Porter, the Missouri power forward who missed his sophomore season after tearing ligaments in his right knee during a preseason scrimmage against Southern Illinois, recently re-tore his right ACL while in Denver, multiple sources told The Star. The Missouri basketball team confirmed the ...Read more