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Bulls survive Kings as Wade scores 13 of his 30 points in final quarter

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CHICAGO -- Nobody knows where this Bulls season will wind up, but it's pretty clear it will go only as far as Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade take it.

Wade scored 13 of his 30 points in the final period, including two steals in the final 20 seconds, as the Bulls outlasted the Kings, 102-99, in a wild affair Saturday night at the United Center.

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Short-handed Clippers can't keep pace with the Nuggets

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DENVER -- Nikola Jokic scored 19 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers, 123-98, on Saturday night.

Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton and Wilson Chandler added 18 points apiece for the Nuggets, who have won four of their last five games.

The Clippers have lost two in a row since opening January with seven ...Read more

Lakers' Ingram beefs up his numbers

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LOS ANGELES--Brandon Ingram is 19, and he still needs to add muscle to his wiry 6-foot-9, 190-pound frame, but the rookie forward and second overall pick in last year's draft is beginning to show he belongs in what Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton commonly calls "a grown man's league."

After averaging 7.3 points and shooting 34.7 percent ...Read more

Leonard scores career-high 41 points in Spurs' 118-115 OT win over Cavs

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CLEVELAND -- Kawhi Leonard capped his career-high, 41-point night with a dunk in the final seconds and the San Antonio Spurs held on for a 118-115 overtime victory Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James tied up Leonard for a jump ball with 13 seconds left and the Cavs down 3. James won the tip, but the ball was headed out ...Read more

Waiters ties career high with 33 points to lead Heat past Bucks, 109-97

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MIAMI -- Well, what do you know? A three-game winning streak. Even as the incredibly shrinking roster continues to shrink.

On a night Dion Waiters was given additional ballhandling responsibilities to compensate for the latest roster blow, a shoulder injury for Tyler Johnson, the Miami Heat moved to 3-0 on their four-game homestand with a 109-...Read more

Cavs' James not ruling out 2020 Olympics return

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LeBron James won't rule out a return to Olympic play in 2020 now that Gregg Popovich is the head coach. James did not play for Team USA last summer in Rio, Mike Krzyzewski's final year as coach, in part because he has participated in the last six NBA Finals. But James said Saturday Popovich's presence will make him at least consider the idea of ...Read more

Batum helps Hornets hold off Nets, 112-105

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets continue to take full advantage of this homestand.

With Nic Batum completing a four-point play, then making a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, the Hornets held on for a 112-105 victory at Spectrum Center. It was their third consecutive victory after a five-game losing streak, improving to 23-21.

The ...Read more

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich slams Donald Trump

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CLEVELAND -- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called President Donald Trump a bully among other names and drew a line between respecting the office of the presidency and respecting the man holding office in more blistering comments Saturday prior to San Antonio's game against the Cavs.

"We've got (to) a point where you really can't believe anything ...Read more

Marcus Morris' tip-in over twin gives Pistons 113-112 win against Wizards

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Marcus Morris' tip-in at the buzzer saved the Detroit Pistons Saturday and gave his team a 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The tip capped off a 25-point night for Morris and helped the Pistons avoid the embarrassment of blowing a 16-point lead to start the fourth quarter.

Instead, the Pistons (21-24) appear ...Read more

Hawks win sixth straight over 76ers, 110-93

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ATLANTA -- Not now.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer wants to see 76ers coach Brett Brown succeed. Just not when the good friends are facing each other.

And so the Hawks continued their recent dominance over the 76ers with a 110-93 victory Saturday night at Philips Arena. The Hawks have won six straight games over the 76ers, including all three ...Read more

Lakers topple Pacers to end slide

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Lakers should have installed one of those Turn-o-Matic ticket dispensers -- like the ones at supermarket deli counters -- outside their training room Friday night. "Now serving No. 1 ... Now serving No. 0."

Their 108-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Staples Center wasn't two minutes old when point guard D'...Read more

Family, girlfriend surprise Antetokounmpo after he gets All-Star nod

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Giannis Antetokounmpo heard the knock at his hotel door and figured it was the room service he ordered.

It was, but there was something more. Tagging along outside the door were his mom, Veronica, and his girlfriend, Mariah, who surprised the 22-year-old to celebrate his newfound All-Star status.

Antetokounmpo said he watched ...Read more

Pistons' Van Gundy denies report of Jackson-Rubio trade talk

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Detroit Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy denied an ESPN report that there are currently trade discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves involving point guard Reggie Jackson.

In a series of texts to the Free Press, Van Gundy said the organization doesn't "have a single thing under consideration."

ESPN.com, citing unnamed sources, is ...Read more

Warriors cap impressive week with 125-108 win over Rockets

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HOUSTON -- The Warriors entered the week an NBA-best 34-6, but lacking signature wins against the league's best competition. Five days later, they're 37-6 with a much more sparkling resume.

After pounding the Cavaliers by 35 on Monday and blasting the Thunder by 21 on Wednesday, the Warriors capped a three-game run of dominance with a 125-108 ...Read more

Covington hits winner, Embiid gets injury scare as 76ers beat Trail Blazers, 93-92

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PHILADELPHIA -- The emotions that Joel Embiid can elicit from 76ers fans were on full display in the span of seconds Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Holding the ball at the foul line extended to the right of the basket with just over seven minutes left in the third quarter, the 7-2, 265-pounder took one ...Read more

Hawks rebound from rout with 102-93 victory vs. Bulls

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ATLANTA -- Someone had to pay.

So he Hawks took out their frustrations on the Bulls -- for three quarters.

The Hawks led by as many as 34 points but had to hold on for a 102-93 victory over the Bulls Friday night at Philips Arena. The win came two nights after the Hawks trailed by as many as 30 points in a loss to the Pistons.

The Hawks (25-...Read more

Walker leads way as Hornets rout Raptors, 113-78

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets were tired of all the questions about never beating one of the NBA Eastern Conference's best teams.

Friday, the Hornets provided an emphatic response, building a 30-point lead midway through the fourth quarter to beat the Toronto Raptors 113-78 at Spectrum Center.

Hornets point guard Kemba Walker led ...Read more

Wade on possibility of Bosh to Bulls: 'That's news to me'

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ATLANTA -- If Chris Bosh joining the Chicago Bulls next season is a possibility, it is news to the veteran's close friend Dwyane Wade.

An ESPN report said that if Bosh returns to playing basketball after missing all of this season with the Miami Heat with life-threatening blood clots, the Bulls would make a serious run at adding the 11-time All...Read more

Towns without pity in Twolves win over Clippers

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LOS ANGELES--The thumb injury that will sideline star point guard Chris Paul for six to eight weeks was a punch in the gut to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. Their 104-101 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night at Staples Center, ending their seven-game winning streak, was a kick in the teeth, almost literally.

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Lakers' Nance nears return from injury

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Lakers ruled out Larry Nance Jr. for Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers, but he is nearing his return to playing.

Nance went through a full practice Thursday at the Toyota Sports Center and impressed Coach Luke Walton.

"Yesterday they left out the last thing, more physical drills," Nance said Thursday. "Today...Read more