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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts after being injured in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
December 09, 2018 - 5:54 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Alvin Gentry knew he needed Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans coach didn't get his star at 100 percent. It was still enough. Davis left with a right hip injury after a first-quarter collision with Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin and missed the rest of the first half. When he...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts after being injured in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
December 09, 2018 - 3:54 pm
DETROIT (AP) — All-Star center Anthony Davis was pulled from the New Orleans Pelicans' game Sunday against the Detroit Pistons with a right hip injury but returned in the second half. The Pelicans announced after the first quarter that his return was questionable, but Davis checked back into the...
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, passes the ball as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Heat won 121-98. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
December 09, 2018 - 1:59 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade showed he still has his scoring touch. Wade scored 25 points in his 1,000th career game, leading the Miami Heat to a 121-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. The veteran guard was 8 for 21 from the field and 5 for 10 from 3-point range en route...
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Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) fouls Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 07, 2018 - 10:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kawhi Leonard's short shot went in and out. Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer went around the rim and spun out. For 3 1/2 years, the Toronto Raptors had always found a way to beat the Brooklyn Nets. This time, not one, but two chances just wouldn't fall. "Just how the game goes sometimes,"...
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Denver Nuggets' Mason Plumlee (24) dunks against Charlotte Hornets' Marvin Williams (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
December 07, 2018 - 9:43 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nic Batum knew exactly what was coming when fellow Frenchman Tony Parker raced down the court with a head of steam on a fast break. Parker stopped momentarily planting his right foot, then spun 360 degrees to avoid a defender and scored on a layup on the other side of the rim...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Matthew Dellavedova, middle, is, fouled between Detroit Pistons' Langston Galloway (9) and Bruce Brown (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
December 07, 2018 - 6:57 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Another popular Cavaliers player is coming "home." LeBron's gone. Delly's back. The Cavaliers have agreed to a trade with Milwaukee that will return fan favorite Matthew Dellavedova to Cleveland along with forward John Henson and a pair of draft picks in 2021. The Bucks will get...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, former Connecticut basketball great Rebecca Lobo waves to the crowd after receiving her Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony prior to an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and California, in Storrs, Conn. Connecticut will retire the numbers of former basketball stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo. The numbers 34 and 50 will become the first retired by the school during a ceremony in March. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)
December 07, 2018 - 1:27 pm
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut will retire the numbers of former basketball stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo. The numbers 34 and 50 will become the first retired by the school during a ceremony in March. The university says it's an honor reserved for Hall of Famers. In 2017, Lobo was the first...
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San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, right, tries to pass as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
December 06, 2018 - 1:45 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had no idea why he was so tired. He slept 11 hours overnight, missing his company Christmas party in the process, and then had a 2½-hour nap before the Los Angeles Lakers' game against San Antonio. Perhaps his body just knew he would need all that stored-up energy to...
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Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) fouls Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) as he looks for the shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 05, 2018 - 11:52 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard insisted he doesn't try to do anything extra in big games. His numbers suggest otherwise. Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 113-102 on Wednesday night, handing the...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder fails to keep the ball in bounds during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
December 05, 2018 - 10:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Once Paul George got going, he didn't slow down until he carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to their biggest comeback victory ever. George scored 25 of his 47 points in a sensational fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left that gave the Thunder a 114-112...
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