No. 4 Virginia handles Clemson as Tigers fall to 0-3 in ACC

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson guard Marcquise Reed knifed his way through traffic, scored and was fouled early during the second half of Saturday's game against No. 4 Virginia, and the Cavaliers' once 12-point first-half lead was down to 2.

The crowd was into the game, the Tigers were on a 10-2 run, and Clemson appeared on the cusp of earning its ...Read more

Barry Brown lifts Kansas State to 58-57 upset victory at Iowa State with late heroics

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AMES, Iowa -- Barry Brown hit a game-winning layup to lift the Kansas State basketball team past Iowa State 58-57 on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum.

The senior guard flexed his muscles at midcourt and then hugged teammates to celebrate.

He deserved to soak up the moment. This was a big upset victory for the Wildcats (12-4, 2-2 Big 12), who not ...Read more

Kuzma, Lakers can't find basket in lopsided loss to Jazz

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SALT LAKE CITY -- As Donovan Mitchell rose in the air with the ball in his right hand, JaVale McGee rose toward the basket but there was little he could do. Mitchell powered the ball past McGee's outstretched hand for a dunk.

It was Mitchell's most jaw-dropping play of the night, part of a dominant performance that helped his Utah Jazz beat the...Read more

Stephen Curry climbs up the NBA's all-time 3-point list in Warriors' big win over Bulls

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors cruised to a 146-109 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday for a pretty simple reasons.

Klay Thompson (30 points), Stephen Curry (28) and Kevin Durant (22) are pretty good at basketball. With the Warriors leading by as many as 44 points, the only intriguing elements involved some milestones.

...Read more

Timberwolves fall to Mavericks in Ryan Saunders' home debut

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MINNEAPOLIS -- For one of the few times this season, the Timberwolves' game operations team didn't have to pipe in music after the pregame introductions for the team's coach. Instead, when public address announcer Shawn Parker said Ryan Saunders' name, a loud ovation overtook Target Center as Saunders' name was emblazoned on the scoreboard on ...Read more

Sixers upset by Hawks while missing Joel Embiid

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers lose a lot without Joel Embiid. On Friday, they lost to the lowly Atlanta Hawks without their All-Star center.

Jimmy Butler missed a pair of foul shots with 2.4 seconds left and the Hawks escaped with a 123-121 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

Atlanta went up by two points after John Collins' 13-foot jumper with 9.5...Read more

Maryland rallies from 14-point first-half deficit, beats No. 22 Indiana, 78-75

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland fans have grown accustomed to their team starting flat in big games and spending the rest of the night playing catchup, often clawing out a victory at the end.

On a Friday night when coach Mark Turgeon's hot team got off to a frigid start and fell behind as many as 14 points in the first half against No. 22 Indiana...Read more

Kentucky, Vanderbilt battle themselves, and now each other

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- As a precaution, Saturday night's Kentucky-Vanderbilt game should remind fans with weak stomachs to take their anti-nausea medicine. Because youth will be served.

Youthful impulse (served with a side of inattention to game plans) could be all over the menu, er, Rupp Arena floor. Ken Pomeroy's rating of No. 304 in terms of ...Read more

'Student of the game,' Kansas' Dedric Lawson abandons Netflix for now, gears for Baylor game

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Dedric Lawson's late-night TV and internet viewing habits have changed the past couple weeks in his McCarthy Hall apartment on Kansas' campus.

"I ran out of shows on Netflix," Lawson, KU's 6-foot-9 junior power forward from Memphis, said with a smile.

So, since scoring a mere eight points against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 29, 13 points against ...Read more

Despite win over Celtics, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra not pleased at midway point of season

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MIAMI -- So how did Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra feel at Friday's practice after a convincing Thursday night home victory over the surging Boston Celtics in front of a national TV audience on TNT?

Well, not quite what one would imagine.

Spoelstra was asked about the state of the team -- the next game for the Heat (20-20) will mark the ...Read more

Clippers' defense remains concern in 121-100 loss to Nuggets

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DENVER -- Nothing much went right Thursday night for the Los Angeles Clippers against the team holding the Western Conference's best record.

Denver led by as many as 16 points in the first half and squelched every attempt at a Clippers rally in the second. After a jump shot by Tobias Harris cut Denver's lead to seven two minutes into the third ...Read more

Michigan beats Illinois, ties record with 16-0 start

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- John Beilein's latest version of Michigan basketball has earned a place in the history books.

Zavier Simpson had 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds and the No. 2-ranked Wolverines clamped down on Illinois defensively in the second half to pick up a 79-69 road win at Illinois in Champaign on Thursday night.

With the ...Read more

Dwyane Wade steps up as Heat push past Celtics, 115-99

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MIAMI -- It was a rollercoaster night, which only makes sense during a rollercoaster season.

So, up 26 in the third quarter and then up only eight in that same period.

For the Miami Heat, it seemingly was par for the uneven course these past few months, considering how four days after they found a way to lose to the dreary Atlanta Hawks, the ...Read more

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins will start in his first game

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- After a long year filled with frustration, determination and progress, DeMarcus Cousins finally has some clarity about his future.

The first involves Cousins' pending return after spending nearly the past 11 months rehabbing his left Achilles tendon. Warriors coach Steve Kerr clarified "we should give ourselves some leeway on...Read more

Northwestern quiets 'The Shrieker,' the loud student fan at basketball games

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Emily Harriott received text messages Wednesday night from concerned friends: "Where are you? Are you still alive?"

Harriott spent the evening in her happy place -- the student section at Welsh-Ryan Arena. But this was an unusual night for the Northwestern senior: She could be seen but not heard.

"It was different," she said. "Quieter."

Yes, ...Read more

Lakers' LeBron James, who continues to lead All-Star voting, is cleared for more on-court work

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LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James has been cleared to increase "on-court functional basketball movements" and will be re-evaluated next Wednesday, the Lakers announced on Thursday.

James was examined by the Lakers' medical team and physicians on Wednesday. He had already been ruled out of games through this weekend.

The Lakers play the Jazz in Utah ...Read more

Kuzma shines with a career-high 41 points to lead Lakers to 113-100 win over Pistons

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LOS ANGELES -- It was Kyle Kuzma's turn Wednesday.

His turn to get hot and shoulder the load as the Los Angeles Lakers get through their slate of games without LeBron James. It was Kuzma's turn to get the superstar calls and the superstar reception.

Against the Detroit Pistons, the team he grew up loving, Kuzma scored 41 points, setting a new ...Read more

Bulls' backcourt begins big West Coast test with a 124-112 loss to the Trail Blazers

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Even when the Chicago Bulls trotted out, say, Kyle Macy and Steve Colter in the 1980s, they were in the conversation for the league's best backcourt.

Such was the greatness of Michael Jordan.

From 2008 onward, Derrick Rose's meteoric rise placed the Bulls there again, or at least in consideration for one of the game's elite ...Read more

Lawson scores 31 points, Agbaji seven in debut as Kansas defeats TCU, 77-68

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- One-time Kansas redshirt freshman Ochai Agbaji walked through the northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse onto James Naismith Court with fellow first-year player Quentin Grimes 90 minutes before Wednesday's Kansas-TCU basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.

The two were the first Jayhawks to begin stretching and shooting drills, ...Read more


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