NBA basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George reacts after making a basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 107-100. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 02, 2019 - 11:53 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George got booed last season in Indianapolis because he left. He got booed by Lakers fans on Wednesday night because he never arrived. The Oklahoma City star learned from the first experience and translated it into a performance that quieted Staples Center. George scored 37...
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) gets fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Phoenix. The 76ers defeated the Suns 132-127. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
January 02, 2019 - 9:04 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a strong second-half rally to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127 on Wednesday night. Ben Simmons added 29 points and J.J...
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Brooklyn Nets' Jared Dudley, right, and D'Angelo Russell, left, defend New Orleans Pelicans' Julius Randle (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
January 02, 2019 - 7:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets built up a big enough lead with a 73-point first half to withstand Anthony Davis' monstrous return to the lineup, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 126-121 on Wednesday night. Davis finished with 34 points and a...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks to pass the ball under pressure from Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
December 31, 2018 - 7:53 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — While Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni and James Harden's teammates raved about his latest big game on Monday night, the Beard was busy critiquing himself and pointing out ways he could have played better. "I did a poor job of just not controlling the basketball, basically giving...
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) goes to the basket as Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 30, 2018 - 6:45 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had a perfect day, unlike many Minnesota fans. His beloved Philadelphia Eagles earned the chance to defend their Super Bowl title — and got that postseason berth because Minnesota lost its season finale, which kept the Vikings from the playoffs. "Fly Eagles Fly,"...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball as Chicago Bulls forward Justin Holiday (7) defends during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Ontario, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 30, 2018 - 5:34 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat Chicago 95-89 on Sunday night, their seventh straight win over the Bulls. Danny Green and Fred VanVleet each scored 10 points as the Raptors bounced back from their largest defeat...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) passes the ball around New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
December 29, 2018 - 9:12 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — James Harden is on a run the NBA hasn't seen since Oscar Robertson. Harden had 41 points and six assists to become the first player since the Hall of Fame guard to record at least 35 points and five assists in seven consecutive games, and the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans...
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Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green (32) celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)
December 29, 2018 - 8:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards will need more of the balance they displayed on Saturday night if they hope to make the playoffs without injured All-Star guard John Wall. Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and was one of seven Washington players in double figures as the Wizards defeated the...
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Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) goes to the basket past Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Detroit. The Pistons defeated the Wizards 106-95. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
December 29, 2018 - 3:39 pm
Washington point guard John Wall has been told that he needs surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel, a procedure that would keep the five-time All-Star sidelined for at least six months. Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it is "likely" that Wall will have the surgery, though the team's...
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
December 28, 2018 - 11:09 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even while playing without LeBron James on the tail end of a back-to-back set, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to carve out a double-digit lead in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers. That's when the Clippers' four toughest defenders clamped down and Sweet Lou went...
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