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Bryce Thompson, No. 19 player in 2020 class, commits to Kansas

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Blue-chip basketball prospect Bryce Thompson, the most sought-after high school player in the state of Oklahoma since former OU Sooners guard Trae Young of Norman, has announced he will play college basketball at Kansas.

Thompson, a 6-foot-4 senior guard out of Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High, orally committed to KU on Tuesday morning in a ...Read more

Raptors attack Kawhi Leonard with double teams, but Clippers still get 98-88 win

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LOS ANGELES -- Early on during their lone season together in Toronto, Raptors coach Nick Nurse learned that Kawhi Leonard was difficult to rattle.

Emotionally, the star forward was never too high, never too low, and as the most valuable player of an NBA Finals, he'd seen nearly everything in the NBA.

But then, within last season's first week, ...Read more

Defensive woes continue as Warriors fall to Jazz, 122-108

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green hit the floor as Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley fell on top of him.

When the referee assessed a blocking foul, Green made it clear he disagreed in his typical fashion. A fiery argument was met with a technical foul, and the continued berating garnered a second. Within seconds, Green was...Read more

Detroit Pistons' loss to Timberwolves mars Blake Griffin's debut, 120-114

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons entered Monday night's game having enjoyed two consecutive rest days for the first time this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves were playing their third game in four nights, with the first two going to overtime.

But it was the T'wolves who looked fresh, putting on an early shooting clinic, then using hustle and ...Read more

Dave Hyde: Heat's Era of Lost Causes almost closed with Waiters' coming exit

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Carry on. Move along. There's little left to see from the latest and loudest Dion Waiters mess other than the sports version of a spill on aisle five now awaiting cleanup.

Waiters is not just invisible but irrelevant to the Heat now, as Monday's practice underlined. His time left in town is down to red tape, league rules, proper timing, finding...Read more

'Hear those roars': Kings' Harry Giles III eager for home debut against Trail Blazers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In the 35-year love affair between this city and its basketball team, few players have captured the hearts of Kings fans like Harry Giles III, the young big man who has been so warmly embraced by the community.

Giles is expected to make his season home debut when the Kings (3-6) play the Portland Trail Blazers (4-6) on ...Read more

Kentucky's No. 1 ranking will have others 'trying to take our heads off'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Sophomore Immanuel Quickley drew a big laugh when asked his reaction to Kentucky being voted No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Monday.

"Well, we haven't been No. 1 that long," he said. "I think it's been, like, 20 minutes."

When the reporters' laughter subsided, Quickley acknowledged that a No. 1 ranking ...Read more

Heat points to statement as final word on Dion Waiters. What's next?

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MIAMI -- For the most part, the Heat stood by its statement Monday regarding guard Dion Waiters.

Just a day after the Heat announced it has suspended Waiters' for 10 games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and players pointed to the team's statement issued Sunday when asked about Waiters following Monday...Read more

Heat's Justise Winslow out for third consecutive game as injuries mount

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MIAMI -- Justise Winslow will miss a third consecutive game due to a concussion when the Miami Heat take on the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"He's feeling better," coach Erik Spoelstra said after Monday's practice. "He's starting to feel more normal. He looked normal (Monday). With each day, we'll find out more."

...Read more

Short-handed Raptors rally to deal Lakers a 113-104 loss

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LOS ANGELES -- On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers faced an opponent that refused to wallow in its recent misfortune.

The Toronto Raptors preferred to sprint past it.

They ended the Lakers' win streak at seven, beating the team with the best record in the NBA 113-104.

The Raptors (7-2) won despite missing two key players, and despite a ...Read more

David Murphy: Matisse Thybulle spent a second straight game on the bench, and other takeaways from the Sixers' win over the Hornets

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PHILADELPHIA -- First impressions from a 114-106 Sixers win over the Hornets on Sunday:

1) It wasn't long ago that Sixers fans were wondering whether Matisse Thybulle would end up warranting consideration in the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year voting. Now, they're more likely wondering when he'll get back on the court. Two nights after he ...Read more

'Always preaching team': Bold move pays off for Kings coach Luke Walton as team rebounds

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ATLANTA -- Kings coach Luke Walton made a bold move when he sat three starters and turned to his bench in the fourth quarter Friday night after the Atlanta Hawks cut a 21-point deficit to one.

The Hawks were hot. Trae Young was taking over. Atlanta had all the momentum. Sacramento -- seemingly clinging to life already in a playoff race that ...Read more

With D'Angelo Russell leading, the Warriors are finding their way on offense

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- When the Warriors signed D'Angelo Russell to a four-year, $117 million contract, speculation mounted as to whether or not Russell, the 23-year-old All-Star point guard accustomed to having the ball in his hands, could fit within Golden State's motion offense. Now, the Warriors are tailoring their offense to him.

Facing injuries...Read more

Timberwolves fall in overtime to Denver after rallying from 16 points down in fourth quarter

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sunday at Target Center the Timberwolves pushed through an ice-cold shooting day to rally from 16 down in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

All, it turns out, for naught.

With the game tied at 98, Denver center Nikola Jokic hit a turn-around, 15-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds left to give Denver – which didn't score for more...Read more

Dwyane Wade on new-look Heat: 'I really love this team'

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Friday ended with a 15-point road loss to the Lakers, but it was what happened that afternoon that had the Heat smiling at the end of the night.

Retired guard Dwyane Wade, who has relocated to the Los Angeles area with his family, spent time with Heat players and staff and even spoke to his former team hours before tip-off about the importance ...Read more

Dion Waiters suspended 10 games by Heat for 'conduct detrimental to team'

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat have suspended guard Dion Waiters 10 games without pay for "conduct detrimental to the team."

The suspension began with Friday night's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, when Waiters was not with the team for the game at Staples Center. Multiple team officials declined Friday to comment to the Sun Sentinel about whether ...Read more

Kawhi Leonard vs. Raptors will be the rarest kind of reunion of a star and his former team

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LOS ANGELES -- When the Toronto Raptors became the first NBA franchise outside the U.S. to win the championship last June, Mfiondu Kabengele was in Florida.

Wanting to experience the celebration unfolding in Toronto, the city that was a 50-minute drive from his Ontario hometown, the 6-foot-10 center from Florida State grabbed his laptop and ...Read more

Rondo might be able to begin season against Raptors

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LOS ANGELES -- Rajon Rondo went through a full-court, five-on-five drill Saturday as part of the final progression in his rehabilitation from a mild calf strain. The Los Angeles Lakers did not have an official practice, but Rondo worked with a combination of teammates and assistant coaches.

Although there is hope that he will play Sunday when ...Read more

No. 7 Maryland overcomes 14 first-half turnovers to beat Rhode Island, 73-55

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The No. 7 Maryland men's basketball team overcame a messy start Saturday night against Rhode Island, turning the ball over 10 times in the first 10 minutes and 14 times in the first half while falling behind by 12 points.

Still, the Terps somehow took a three-point halftime lead and went on to a 73-55 victory over the Rams ...Read more

Bulls are no match for James Harden and Rockets, who roll to 117-94 win

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls knew the Rockets could hurt them mainly in three ways: from 3-point range, at the free-throw line and on fast breaks.

They did a good job of handling the United Center visitors in the first quarter Saturday night but couldn't keep it up. Not against James Harden, who led all scorers with 42 points, and Russell Westbrook, ...Read more