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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) dribbles the ball as New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
December 07, 2019 - 4:01 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 28 points in 26 minutes, leading Dallas in a rout of New Orleans 130-84 on Saturday. The Mavericks’ 46-point win wasn’t the largest margin of victory this season — they outscored the Golden State Warriors by 48 last month. Dallas (18-8) has won five in a row and 10...
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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein reacts in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
December 07, 2019 - 1:43 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson battled Orlando's big men and then defended his rookie coach. At least some of the Cavaliers have John Beilein's back. Following a 93-87 loss to the Magic — Cleveland's 11th loss in 12 games — Thompson said he was disappointed to learn that some...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks 0ver Los Angeles Clippers' Ivica Zubac during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
December 06, 2019 - 11:46 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had plenty of time to relax and enjoy his 25th birthday Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds before exiting the game with 8:56 to play and his Milwaukee Bucks ahead by 36. The Bucks went on to win 119-91...
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New York Knicks coach David Fizdale reacts during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 06, 2019 - 7:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — David Fizdale was the latest coach tasked with trying to turn around the New York Knicks. He was given barely 100 games before the longtime losers decided it was time to try someone else. The Knicks cut ties with Fizdale and promoted assistant Mike Miller to interim head coach...
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Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) controls the ball between Toronto Raptors' defenders, left to right, Terence Davis, Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry during second half NBA action in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 11:54 pm
TORONTO (AP) — No matter what, the Toronto Raptors were determined to double-team James Harden. The rest of the Houston Rockets made sure that strategy didn’t pay off. Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, Harden shook off a slow start to score 23 and the Rockets beat the...
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Utah Jazz forward Jeff Green, right, defends against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, as he drives to the basket in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 05, 2019 - 12:25 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers had plenty of energy left for the second night of a difficult back-to-back. Anthony Davis scored 26 points, LeBron James added 20 points and 12 assists for his 17th double-double in 22 games, and the Lakers dominated on both ends of the court in a 121-96...
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Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) exchange words after a foul on the floor during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
December 04, 2019 - 9:52 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was ready to go toe to toe with Blake Griffin during a second-quarter flareup between division rivals Milwaukee and Detroit. The game was turning contentious. It wouldn't stay close for long. “They're just a great defensive team and just play really physical,"...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Denver. The Lakers won 105-96. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
December 04, 2019 - 12:11 am
DENVER (AP) — LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan for his entire career, though on Tuesday night it was Anthony Davis who emulated the Hall of Famer. Davis, ailing from flu-like symptoms, took an IV at halftime and then scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter to lead the Los...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
November 30, 2019 - 1:18 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have won 10 straight games for the first time since December 2009, when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol rode that fast start all the way to their most recent championship. Nobody is ready to declare the current Lakers are headed for a similar summer after their...
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