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Mikal Bridges' 26-point first quarter leads Nets to blowout win over Magic

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NEW YORK — Thursday’s loss to an undermanned Charlotte Hornets squad came down to a lack of concentration for the Nets. But in Saturday’s 129-101 defeat of the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center, Mikal Bridges and his teammates were locked in from the start to finish against the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets’ bounce-back ...Read more

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Pistons fade late again against Cavaliers, lose 17th in a row

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DETROIT — Close, but no cigar.

The Pistons kept a game competitive again for three quarters, but came up short again in the fourth to keep their franchise-record losing streak going.

Detroit lost its 17th consecutive game with a 110-101 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena.

The Pistons trailed by three...Read more

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Heat defenseless in 144-129 loss to Pacers with Adebayo out

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MIAMI — The Miami Heat made a case for Bam Adebayo as Defensive Player of the Year on Saturday night.

In his absence.

In a defenseless effort.

Unable to contain an Indiana Pacers offense lacking scoring and assist leader Tyrese Haliburton, the Heat fell, 144-129, at Kaseya Center to close out a 1-2 homestand and fall to 11-9 at the season�...Read more

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UNC Wilmington shocks Kentucky with major upset in first game on new Rupp Arena court

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s new basketball court in Rupp Arena was the scene of a major upset Saturday evening.

UNC Wilmington held off multiple rallies to shock Kentucky with an 80-73 victory, giving Seahawks coach Takayo Siddle another marquee win in the home of UK basketball. Siddle played for Gardner-Webb when that program knocked off ...Read more

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Clippers rally from 22 down to beat Warriors on Paul George's 3-pointer

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LOS ANGELES — The Clippers spent Saturday afternoon much as they'd spent their past month: Immediately digging themselves into an enormous hole, then furiously working to extricate themselves.

How they ultimately come out of their all-in move to acquire James Harden is a long-term question that won't be known for months. But Saturday, they ...Read more

Timberwolves grind out 123-117 road victory over Hornets

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There was a lot of skepticism throughout the NBA that the Timberwolves' insistence on playing two centers on the floor at the same time, all the time, was a smart basketball idea.

On a night like Saturday, when the rest of the offense was struggling, it made all the sense in the world.

Each of the Wolves' centers — Karl-...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Northwestern upsets No. 1 Purdue but still is playing the underdog despite a rare taste of March Madness

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Northwestern coach Chris Collins didn’t expect the Wildcats to get the benefit of the doubt.

Not even after finishing second in the Big Ten last season or beating No. 1 Purdue in February or winning its NCAA Tournament opener against Boise State or losing a nail-biter to UCLA in the second round.

Nothing had changed, and that was perfectly ...Read more

Duke continues to struggle, falls on the road to Georgia Tech in ACC opener

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ATLANTA — No. 7 Duke’s bad week on the road got worse Saturday.

The Blue Devils lost their second game in a row, 72-68 to Georgia Tech, and also lost starting point guard Tyrese Proctor to a leg injury.

Baye Ndongo, a 6-9 freshman from Senegal, scored 21 points for Georgia Tech. That included two baskets on lob passes that erased Duke’s ...Read more

UNC overcomes poor start, rides big second-half run to beat Florida State

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 17 North Carolina defeated Florida State in the teams’ ACC opener Saturday, the Tar Heels coming back from a slow start, and a 14-point, second-half deficit, to post a 78-70 win.

The Heels (7-1, 1-0 ACC) struggled before the break, and early in the second half, but stormed back with a 22-0 run in fewer than five ...Read more

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Nuggets survive Jusuf Nurkic's big night for 119-111 win over Suns

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They needed to fend off a second-half surge from the Phoenix Suns, but the Denver Nuggets held on Friday in Phoenix for a 119-111 win over one of the top contenders in the West.

Denver (14-6) shot 57% from the field and only turned the ball over nine times to win its fourth consecutive game. Next is the end of a road back-to-back Saturday at ...Read more

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Kansas wins thriller vs. defending champion UConn, 69-65

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas guard Kevin McCullar released a well-deserved roar on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

As the Jayhawks struggled to score late in the second half vs. UConn, McCullar canned two straight 3-pointers.

After one of McCullar’s 3-pointers, star big man Hunter Dickinson hit a trey to give KU a 61-54 lead over the Huskies....Read more

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Jayson Tatum ejected, but Celtics survive for wild victory over 76ers

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BOSTON — Jayson Tatum had to be restrained. Even well after he said the magic word that got him ejected for just the second time in his career, Tatum continued barking at referee Bill Kennedy — a rare display of emotion from the Celtics superstar — so much so that he had to be held back by coaches Joe Mazzulla and Charles Lee before he ...Read more

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Donte DiVincenzo remains hot in Knicks' win over Raptors

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Donte DiVincenzo is the answer at the two.

It’s been the biggest revelation for the Knicks, who have not gotten the production they expected out of Quentin Grimes in the starting lineup at the shooting guard spot this season.

Grimes’ cold shooting streak continued in the Knicks’ 119-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

The ...Read more

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Focused Magic fend off Wizards for 9th consecutive win

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Winners of nine in a row after Friday night’s 130-125 home victory over the Washington Wizards, the Magic are aware there’s still a long season ahead of them.

Nevertheless, coach Jamahl Mosley’s squad is focused on taking things one game at a time.

“Because that’s what brought us here,” Magic big man Moe Wagner ...Read more

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Juwan Howard transitioning back to coaching role on Michigan bench

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Juwan Howard is officially beginning his transition back to the Michigan basketball bench.

According to a program spokesperson, Howard “will be designated as an assistant coach” for Saturday’s game at Oregon as he continues to work his way back from mid-September heart surgery.

There’s no time frame for when Howard, 50, will return to ...Read more

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Foot injury will sideline Bulls' Zach LaVine for a week: 'It felt a little better and just progressively got worse'

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CHICAGO — For Zach LaVine, the last two weeks have been defined by one thing — not the latest round of trade rumors, but an injury to his right foot.

The Chicago Bulls star guard will be sidelined a week with a right foot sprain he incurred during a home game against the Miami Heat on Nov. 20. That means he will likely miss Friday’s game ...Read more

Dylan Andrews hits game-winner as UCLA barely beats UC Riverside with Mick Cronin out

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LOS ANGELES — Assuming he was among the handful of people with access to the Pac-12 Network, Mick Cronin couldn’t have liked what he was seeing Thursday night.

The UCLA coach who was home sick with COVID-19 watched his Bruins get outplayed on their home court for long stretches by UC Riverside, a team with a losing record from the Big West ...Read more

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Clippers go small and come up short against Stephen Curry and Warriors

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Los Angeles Clippers avoided a hit to their rotation when Norman Powell played on Thursday night despite suffering a knee contusion only one night earlier in Sacramento.

It was one of few breaks the Clippers received in a 120-114 loss that drops them to 8-10, with a rematch against the Warriors coming Saturday in Los ...Read more

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Heat lose Adebayo but get 36 points from Butler in 142-132 win over Pacers

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MIAMI – This wasn’t a singular test.

It was contending with the frenetic pace of the Indiana Pacers at the outset.

It was dealing with the 28-point first half of Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton.

It was Bam Adebayo checking out with his recurring hip issue in the second period and not returning.

So the Miami Heat did what they seemingly ...Read more

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Lakers end trip with blowout loss to Thunder, giving up a double-digit lead

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OKLAHOMA CITY — There's the truth and then there's the truth the Lakers believe.

Thursday against the Thunder was the fourth and final game on a trip that lasted less than a week, but the way their bones creaked and their eyelids hung heavy, it felt like much longer.

The 133-110 loss meant the team finished .500 on the trip, the accepted ...Read more