NBA basketball

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, dribbles as Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
December 22, 2018 - 9:12 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden took control for the Houston Rockets in the first game of what could be a lengthy period without point guard Chris Paul. Harden played a bruising 41 minutes and had 39 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Rockets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 108-101...
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Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet (23) goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Jonah Bolden (43) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
December 22, 2018 - 7:01 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Ben Simmons added 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the short-handed Toronto Raptors 126-101 on Saturday night. JJ Redick added 22 points for the 76ers, who pulled within 2½ games of first-place...
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December 22, 2018 - 5:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are unsure if Markelle Fultz will play again this season. The 20-year-old Fultz was diagnosed this month with thoracic outlet syndrome and is doing physical therapy in Los Angeles. General manager Elton Brand said Saturday prior to a game against Toronto...
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Connecticut guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson, center, loses possession after colliding with California guard Asha Thomas (1) and forward Alaysia Styles, right, in the second quarter of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
December 22, 2018 - 2:39 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Geno Auriemma expects this UConn team to be regularly tested this season, and the top-ranked Huskies certainly had to earn their two road victories in a four-day span. "This is how the majority of the world lives," UConn's coach said of playing tough games out of town. "It's...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, smiles as he walks past New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 21, 2018 - 11:49 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James got plenty of attention this week for his comments about Anthony Davis, prompting allegations of tampering and ramping up speculation about the two superstars playing together for the Los Angeles Lakers. It turns out James is also pretty good at playing with his...
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New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
December 21, 2018 - 7:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry had one coherent message Friday, that center Anthony Davis will not be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers or anywhere else as long as he remains under contract to the Pelicans. Gentry's stance on comments by Lakers forward LeBron James about Davis...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) goes to the hoop against Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
December 21, 2018 - 7:58 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, Khris Middleton had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Boston Celtics 120-107 on Friday night. Tony Snell scored 15 and Thon Maker added 12 points for Milwaukee, which has won six of seven. Kyrie Irving...
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Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, passes to center Clint Capela (15) as Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 21, 2018 - 5:17 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Chris Paul has a grade 2 strain of his left hamstring and will be out at least two weeks. The point guard was injured in the second quarter on Thursday night in a loss to Miami. General manager Daryl Morey announced the injury on Friday after Paul had an MRI and said he...
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Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) attempts a three-pointer in the closing seconds as Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 101-99. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 20, 2018 - 8:44 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The plan for the Miami Heat on the game's final play was simple: Do not let James Harden win the game for Houston. Dwyane Wade and the Heat pulled it off. Wade ran at Harden and got him to give the ball up as the clock ran down, Eric Gordon missed a 3-pointer — one that Wade said he...
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Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket past Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
December 20, 2018 - 8:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson was the must-see player to watch on an NBA stage. The Duke star was heckled when he missed a dunk in warmups and had Blue Devils diehards — and casual hoops fans and NBA stars — roaring each time he touched the ball. He felt at home as a guest inside the New York...
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