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Villanova cruises past Lafayette in last tune-up game

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The last time Villanova traveled to PPL Center it was to give senior Darrun Hilliard, a native of nearby Bethlehem, the opportunity to play in front of his hometown fans. The opponent was Lehigh, in the 2014-15 opener. Hilliard struggled, as did the Wildcats. They still won by 11 points.

That team would finish 33-3, losing in ...Read more

Timberwolves rout Mavs after quiet first half

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DALLAS -- Ask any NBA player and they will tell you theirs is a game of runs.

On Friday night in Dallas, the Wolves trailed a Mavericks team that came into American Airlines Center with a 2-13 record by as many as 14 points, and still the Wolves headed off with a careening 111-87 victory.

They improved to 10-5 and won their third consecutive ...Read more

Kansas rolls past South Dakota State, 98-64

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Thanks in part to sizzling senior Svi Mykhailiuk, Kansas' basketball players did not come close to suffering a letdown three nights after defeating fellow blueblood Kentucky at the Champions Classic.

Mykhailiuk scored a career-high 27 points as the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks, who committed zero turnovers the first half and seven in...Read more

Cavs rally before beating Clippers in OT, 118-113

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CLEVELAND -- When asked his starting lineup before the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers jokingly said, "My fighting lineup?"

That proved to be true, despite the Clippers' six consecutive losses coming in after a 4-0 start. The visitors from Los Angeles forced the Cavaliers to work much harder than expected Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena ...Read more

Holiday, Dunn fuel Bulls' 123-120 victory vs. Hornets

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CHICAGO -- Something had to give Friday when the Bulls faced the Hornets at the United Center.

Both teams had lost five in a row, with the Bulls falling by an average of 25.7 in their last three.

Turned out the Bulls gave a little more, thanks Justin Holiday and Kris Dunn, during the team's 123-120 victory.

Holiday scored a team-high 27 ...Read more

Pistons blow 22-point second-half lead in 107-100 loss to Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS -- There is a long way to go before we know if the Detroit Pistons are a good team this season.

The Pistons (10-5) coughed up a 22-point second half lead to drop their second straight game on this three-game trip, 107-100, to the Pacers.

The Pistons' bench allowed the Pacers to get back in the game.

The Pistons were able to take ...Read more

Defense, Quade Green carry Kentucky past East Tennessee State, 78-61

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- At this early stage of the season, Kentucky coach John Calipari said he was not worried about nor expecting flawless execution.

"I'm more concerned about their fight and their aggressiveness and their attacking mode," he said of his Cats on Thursday.

By contrast, East Tennessee State Coach Steve Forbes worried about Kentucky ...Read more

Duke overcomes sluggish start to beat Southern, 78-61

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DURHAM, N.C. -- After coming off a big win over No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday, the expectation coming into Friday's game was that Duke should easily take care of business against Southern, which had lost three games to start its season.

But that wasn't the case.

Southern played No. 1 Duke tough, and even tied the game with a little more than...Read more

Heat hold on against Wizards after losing large lead

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WASHINGTON -- What does a 25-point lead get you in the NBA? To the Miami Heat, nothing more than a thrill ride.

Having previously blown such a lead before coming back for a victory against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Heat returned to the script in Friday night's 91-88 victory over the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.

This time there ...Read more

Cavs' Rose to miss at least two more weeks as ankle injury fails to improve

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CLEVELAND -- The news was so painful, in more ways than one, that Derrick Rose could barely pay attention.

The Cavaliers point guard underwent an MRI on his sprained left ankle Friday and the team announced he will miss at least two more weeks.

Rose was evaluated at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health by team physician Dr. James Rosneck and Dr. ...Read more

Heat's Whiteside: 'Nutmeg' brought no shame, just spices up game

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WASHINGTON -- The term is best known internationally from a soccer perspective, being "nutmegged" when an opposing player dibbles or passes the ball through an opponent's legs.

In the NBA, it is among the game's most humbling or humorous moments -- depending whether the perspective is from the initiator or the victim.

Miami Heat center Hassan ...Read more

Xavier's J.P. Macura, Trevon Bluiett too much for Wisconsin in 80-70 win

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MADISON, Wis. -- When Wisconsin eliminated Xavier from the NCAA Tournament two seasons ago, guard J.P. Macura sat down on the court and appeared stunned that the Musketeers' season was over.

Macura, now a senior guard, stood tall Thursday night at the Kohl Center and helped take down a Wisconsin team that took the 17th-ranked Musketeers into ...Read more

Brother's arrest in China weighed on Lakers' rookie Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton suggests

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LOS ANGELES--Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton believes that point guard Lonzo Ball was deeply affected by the arrest of his brother LiAngelo last week during a trip to China with the UCLA basketball team.

"(It's) got to. It's family," Walton said. "They're a close family. If my younger brother was in China being arrested, that would weigh ...Read more

Warriors stumble late, lose to Celtics

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BOSTON -- For a team that has tried to prepare itself for more basketball in June, the Warriors may have already received a sneak preview on what that might entail.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, those moments contained more frustrating lows than emotional highs.

The Warriors fell to the Boston Celtics, 92-88, on Thursday in a nationally ...Read more

UCLA dean has wide latitude in ruling on the case of three basketball players

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LOS ANGELES--When UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero and coach Steve Alford read statements to a roomful of television cameras and journalists Wednesday, they offered few specifics about punishment for three basketball players whose shoplifting created an international incident.

The players -- freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley ...Read more

No. 11 Miami remains undefeated after defeating Florida A&M, 90-59

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- They remain undefeated -- but still untested.

The 11th-ranked University of Miami men's basketball team won its third game in a week Thursday night, 90-59 over Florida A&M. It was another relatively easy game for UM, which is 30-2 at the Watsco Center over the past three seasons.

The most significant news of the night ...Read more

Joel Embiid's domination comes quicker than Sixers envisioned

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LOS ANGELES -- Thanksgiving came a week early for the 76ers.

Sixers coach Brett Brown thought it would take Joel Embiid until at least Thanksgiving before the center found his groove. That's because it would take at least another week for Embiid to get in the optimum playing shape needed to dominate.

At least, that was the thought before ...Read more

Draymond Green on how the Warriors would have handled a White House visit

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BOSTON -- It never would have gotten to this point, amid the Warriors' public criticisms of President Donald Trump and his eventual withdrawn invitation to visit the White House to celebrate the team's 2017 NBA championship.

But what if none of that happened?

What if Warriors guard Stephen Curry, among others, never admitted publicly that they...Read more

UCLA survives in overtime against a feisty Central Arkansas team

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LOS ANGELES -- The UCLA students conducted their usual pregame roll call Wednesday night, chanting each player's name and rhythmically clapping until being acknowledged with a hand wave.

There were a few notable absences.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were excluded from the routine after being suspended indefinitely from ...Read more

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