NBA legend Isiah Thomas raves about Heat's selfless play

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MIAMI -- They have a dominant player in Jimmy Butler, but not necessarily a dominating scorer, with seven players averaging in double figures.

That, NBA Hall of Fame guard and current NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas said, is what makes this season's Miami Heat so refreshing.

"Don't you get the feeling that they're not playing for numbers?" the ...Read more

Calipari on Ashton Hagans: 'Who's better?' Both say he can be even better.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- More than once in this early-season period, Kentucky Coach John Calipari has challenged listeners to name a better point guard in the country than Ashton Hagans.

So, it was eye-catching last week when the United States Basketball Writers Association seemed to suggest Hagans might not even be the best point guard on Kentucky's ...Read more

Paul George drops 36 in Clippers' win at Indiana, tells fans 'I'm not the one to boo'

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INDIANAPOLIS -- In the eyes of Indiana fans, Paul George is now a villain as a Los Angeles Clipper and not the hero he had been playing for the Pacers for the first seven years of his NBA career.

They booed George from the time he was introduced and throughout his 35 minutes and 45 seconds of playing time Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse...Read more

Disjointed Warriors fall to Grizzlies, 110-102

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SAN FRANCISCO -- As the Golden State Warriors get healthy, more bodies present a whole new set of challenges.

Having added three players to the lineup within the last week -- including starting point guard D'Angelo Russell and reserves Kevon Looney and Jacob Evans -- the Warriors seemed disjointed in their 110-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies ...Read more

Where is everybody? UK sees empty seats as a made-for-TV challenge.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Before every Kentucky home game this season, a short film titled "All Roads" and narrated by Tom Hammond plays on Rupp Arena's video screens. "All roads lead to Lexington ...," the Lexington native and former NBC sportscaster intones. "In Kentucky, we're known by the way we care. In Kentucky, we're one Big Blue Nation."

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Already a national champion, Kings' Kyle Guy stands ready if Walton calls his number

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings rookie Kyle Guy quietly went about his business on this Kings road trip. With a Thursday night off, Guy joined a few teammates to play three-on-three at a gym in San Antonio.

During games, he sits near the end of the Kings bench. He's ready if the Kings need him. And given the injuries to guards De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan ...Read more

Wolves stumble against Suns, go 0-4 on road trip

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PHOENIX – This was a four-game road trip that began with a lot of promise. The Timberwolves were thriving on the road before it, and they were hopeful they would avoid a repeat of their nightmarish road swings a season ago.

But after dropping the first three games, it wasn't meant to be again on Monday, as the Wolves completed a winless road ...Read more

Bjelica drains last-second 3-pointer to beat one of the West's best

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HOUSTON -- Nemanja Bjelica wasn't having it.

With 1 second remaining against the Houston Rockets on Monday night, the Kings big man took an inbounds pass, turned and coolly drained a 3-pointer from about 30 feet out. The win gave the Kings a crazy 119-118 win over one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Russell Westbrook seemed to ...Read more

Bulls lose to the Raptors 93-92 as Zach LaVine's final shot misses the mark

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CHICAGO -- Zach LaVine missed a driving shot over Marc Gasol in the final seconds of the Bulls' 93-92 loss to the Raptors on Monday night at the United Center.

The Bulls scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to break a 71-71 tie, with Denzel Valentine scoring five of those points. They maintained an 85-77 lead after Daniel Gafford...Read more

Lakers' Anthony Davis is named NBA Western Conference player of the week

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LOS ANGELES -- One day after dropping just the fourth 50-point performance for a Los Angeles Laker since 2000, forward Anthony Davis was named NBA Western Conference player of the week on Monday.

Davis averaged 35 points per game on 63.3% shooting with eight rebounds, 2.5 assists, two blocks and 1.8 steals as the league-leading Lakers (21-3) ...Read more

N.C. State responds to its NCAA Notice of Allegations

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An alleged $40,000 payment to former basketball star Dennis Smith Jr. is at the center of the NCAA's case against N.C. State.

In its 66-page response to the Notice of Allegations the NCAA sent in July, N.C. State questioned the evidence of the payment by T.J. Gassnola, a former Adidas associate, and the veracity of Gassnola's testimony during a...Read more

Anthony Davis scores 50 points as Lakers beat Timberwolves

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LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Davis ran toward the basket, went left and then completed a superstar rite of passage for the Los Angeles Lakers.

He scored 50 points for the first time this season, joining LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the only Lakers with 50-point games this decade.

Davis proved nearly unstoppable and led the Lakers to a 142-125 win...Read more

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are too much for Wizards in Clippers victory

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WASHINGTON -- Gradually the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the final quarter behind a show from extraordinaire reserve Montrezl Harrell, the steadiness of Kawhi Leonard and the energy from seldom-used reserve Derrick Walton Jr.

After the Clippers had defeated the Washington Wizards 135-119 on Sunday at Capital One Arena, some of the ...Read more

Kings haul in a shocking win thanks to hot-shooting first half

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DALLAS -- With the Kings offense gone cold and chances of a shocking win over the Mavericks seemingly waning, Sacramento's biggest play Sunday night was a rebound.

Richaun Holmes hauled in a loose ball after a shot from Dallas' Luka Doncic hit the front of the rim with 4.4 seconds left. After a timeout following Holmes' rebound, the Kings ...Read more

No. 9 Gonzaga holds on for 83-76 victory over No. 22 Washington

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SEATTLE -- The jam-packed Alaska Airlines Arena, which was crammed to the rafters with Huskies fans Sunday night, waited all night for a reason to explode and unleash years worth of frustration.

At times it felt as if the building might erupt when No. 22 Washington came within striking distance of surging past No. 9 Gonzaga.

However, the 48th ...Read more

Michigan State basketball pulls away from Rutgers, 77-65, led by Cassius Winston

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Rutgers has made Michigan State basketball earn every win between the teams over the past two seasons.

Sunday night's Big Ten opener was no different. And neither was the final outcome.

The 12th-ranked Spartans shuffled their lineup and struggled at times. To find consistency, to know where each other would be, to score ...Read more

Sixers hold off Raptors, 110-104, as Tobias Harris pours in 26 points

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers passed their first test of the pivotal stretch.

They defeated the Toronto Raptors, 110-104, in Sunday's much-anticipated matchup at the Wells Fargo Center.

This was the Sixers' first of 13 games against a team with a winning record in an 18-game stretch. Ten of the games are against squads ranked in the top five of ...Read more

Hornets' poor shooting ends in ugly loss to Hawks

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets learned Sunday how thoroughly they depend on their backcourt for scoring, getting thumped by the Atlanta Hawks 122-107 at Spectrum Center.

Guards Devonte Graham and Terry Rozier combined to make just seven of 30 shots for the Hornets, who fell to 9-16. Graham and Rozier combined for 20 points, about 17 ...Read more

No. 5 Virginia hands No. 7 UNC its third loss in four games

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams was "99.9999"% certain on Friday that freshman forward Armando Bacot was not going to play against Virginia Sunday.

After all, he saw his ankle and it didn't look good. It was swollen after Bacot sprained it trying to tip in a miss in UNC's game against Ohio State earlier that week.

But...Read more