Heat get opportunity to exhale with 115-89 rout of Grizzlies

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MIAMI -- Eric Spoelstra offered no pretense during his pregame media session.

"It's time."

He paused, offered nothing more until prodded.

"It's absolutely time right now," he finally continued. "Our guys understand that it starts tonight."

That was the hope and it continues to remain the hope, with the Miami Heat opening their five-game ...Read more

With Marvin Bagley III back, Duke beats Syracuse, 60-44

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DURHAM, N.C. -- When Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III checked into the game Saturday, the some 9,300 fans in Cameron Indoor Stadium gave him a standing ovation.

They had waited for his return since he injured his knee in a game against North Carolina on Feb. 8. He had missed the last four games with a mild knee sprain. And in his first game back...Read more

Joel Embiid powers Sixers past Magic, 116-105

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers did their best to downplay it.

They'll tell you the goal heading into Saturday night's matchup against the Orlando Magic was to play a complete game. But you had to know that "complete game" were the code words for not having a let-down against the struggling Orlando Magic.

They didn't, beating the Magic, 116-105, in ...Read more

Kansas claims at least a share of 14th consecutive Big 12 title by winning at Texas Tech

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Kansas has won 14 straight Big 12 championships ... and counting.

The No. 8-ranked Jayhawks (23-6, 12-4) busted a tie with UCLA for most consecutive conference titles on Saturday by claiming an historic 74-72 victory over No. 6 Texas Tech (22-7, 10-6) at United Supermarkets Arena.

Devonte Graham scored 26 points, including ...Read more

Timberwolves say Jimmy Butler has meniscus injury; no timetable for return

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Saturday afternoon that Jimmy Butler -- who hurt his right knee in the third quarter of Friday's loss in Houston -- has an injury to the meniscus cartilage in the knee.

Team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm of Mayo Clinic evaluated the MRI, which was taken after the Wolves -- delayed by ...Read more

Michigan adds to resume, routs Maryland, 85-61

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Michigan put together its best half in a long time and never looked back.

As a result, the Wolverines will enter next week's Big Ten tournament with momentum at their backs.

Michigan received a career-high 28 points from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, 22 of which came in the first half, as the Wolverines blew by Maryland on ...Read more

Markis McDuffie helps lead Wichita State past SMU, 84-78

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DALLAS -- Wichita State's offense is seemingly growing more explosive by the game.

After Conner Frankamp regained his swagger earlier in the week against Tulane, Markis McDuffie regained his scoring touch to help lead No. 13 Wichita State to an 84-78 victory over SMU at Moody Coliseum on Saturday. The Shockers won their sixth straight game and ...Read more

Villanova goes cold in key spots, loses to Creighton in OT, 89-83

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Another road game, another half-crazed sellout crowd, and another chance to grind out a win in a tough environment was the task Saturday for third-ranked Villanova.

But it wasn't to be for the Wildcats. They gave up an eight-point lead in the final 41/2 minutes of regulation as Creighton forced overtime, then went on an extended ...Read more

Kentucky says Knox's eligibility not threatened by report

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After an internal review, the University of Kentucky has concluded that no player's eligibility is threatened by the Yahoo Sports story that implicated UK in the ongoing FBI investigation of college basketball.

"Based on the available information, (UK) determined that there were no eligibility issues or rules violations for any current student-...Read more

Arizona freshman DeAndre Ayton had odd recruitment

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The latest bombshell report related to the federal investigation into college basketball dropped late Friday night.

Sources told ESPN that FBI wiretaps used in the investigation intercepted telephone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, an aspiring agent and central figure in the corruption case. The ...Read more

Shaquille O'Neal's son, Shareef, backs off Arizona commitment

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Highly touted basketball recruit Shareef O'Neal -- the son of former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal -- announced Saturday that he is no longer committed to Arizona, a program that has been mired in reports of wrongdoing as a result of the federal investigation into corruption in college basketball.

O'Neal is the No. 33 overall prospect in the ...Read more

Clippers don't have time to relax in win over Suns

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PHOENIX -- This was supposed to be an easy one for the Los angeles Clippers, but their 128-117 victory over an overwhelmed Phoenix Suns team made L.A. feel some angst toward the end of the game Friday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Clippers looked to be trouble-free when they built a 29-point lead and had 79 points at halftime. It was...Read more

Randle dazzles in Lakers rout

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LOS ANGELES--The night that Lonzo Ball returned to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup, Julius Randle stole the show.

Randle notched his fifth career triple double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-102. With the win, the Lakers improved to 24-34 while the Mavericks fell to 18-41.

"I was just ...Read more

Big names at USC and Arizona linked to corruption case

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The bribery and corruption case enveloping college basketball could roil Arizona and USC, the teams at the top of the Pac-12 Conference standings.

Expense reports obtained by federal authorities from ASM Sports, a high-powered agency that represents professional basketball players, detail payments to people close to USC stars Chimezie Metu and ...Read more

Bruins need to give Holiday some assists

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Try as he might, Aaron Holiday can't win games on his own.

The UCLA point guard is usually his team's leading scorer and playmaker, but there are also times when it seems as if he's the only productive Bruin on the court.

That was the case for much of the second half Thursday night against Utah. Holiday sparked a comeback ...Read more

Jimmy Butler suffers non-contact leg injury in Timberwolves' loss to Rockets

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HOUSTON -- The Timberwolves lost the game and quite possibly their star in Friday's 120-102 defeat at Houston.

Four-time All Star Jimmy Butler was helped off the floor late in the third quarter by teammates after he was unable to put weight on his right leg.

He was injured when he pivoted to take a shot and his right knee gave way without any ...Read more

Davis, Holiday help Pelicans edge Heat in OT, 124-123

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NEW ORLEANS -- If nothing else, the Miami Heat know drama.

Trouble is, they also know plenty about losing lately.

Putting themselves into yet another fight to the finish, the Heat emerged with a now all-too-familiar result Friday night at Smoothie King Center, falling 124-123 in overtime to the New Orleans Pelicans.

With guard Jrue Holiday ...Read more

Pistons' shooting woes continue in 110-98 loss to Celtics

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons' shooting forms didn't return from the NBA All-Star break.

And the Boston Celtics took advantage Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.

Several 3-pointers during garbage time allowed the Pistons to finish 10 for 33 from behind the arc in a 110-98 loss.

It was both teams' first game out of the break and the ...Read more

Dwyane Wade: Yes, Heat have measured my body fat … twice

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NEW ORLEANS -- Dwyane Wade has not been able to avoid the calipers during this second chapter with the Miami Heat. He expected nothing less -- even as the Heat do.

"I've had it twice already since I've been here," Wade said of the Heat's renowned body-fat measurements. "But it's a part of what I need on this team, especially as we get down the ...Read more

Lonzo Ball on college players: 'Everybody's getting paid anyway, you might as well make it legal'

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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball essentially shrugged at the FBI investigation that alleges several current and former college basketball players received money from an agent while in college.

"Everybody knows everybody's getting paid," Ball said of college athletes. "That's just how it is. Everybody's getting paid anyway, you might as ...Read more