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Teamwork has Tochigi flourishing

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Camaraderie pays off for successful teams. The Tochigi Brex and SeaHorses Mikawa are prime examples of that. Last weekend when the teams collided at Brex Arena Utsunomiya, there were numerous examples of players encouraging one another, making the extra pass, doing the unselfish things that don’t show up in the ...

Warriors waltz past Clippers

Dec 8, 2016

Warriors waltz past Clippers

Golden State lacked its usual outside shooting touch. The Warriors still had an easy time with the Clippers. Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Draymond Green added 22 points and the Warriors won 115-98 Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory over Los Angeles. Stephen ...

Gibson, Harrellson propel Evessa past Grouses

Dec 6, 2016

Gibson, Harrellson propel Evessa past Grouses

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Frontcourt mates Xavier Gibson and Josh Harrellson combined for 45 points for the second straight night to lead the Osaka Evessa to a 98-93 win over the Toyama Grouses on Tuesday. Osaka (12-9) completed a two-game series sweep at Fumin Kyosai Super Arena, with ...

Dec 6, 2016

NBA legend Magic Johnson returning to studio as TV analyst

Magic Johnson watches NBA games every day, amazed by the way Russell Westbrook is compiling triple-doubles even faster than he could. Now Johnson is ready to start talking about it on the air again. The Hall of Famer is returning to ESPN to work ...

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Ex-referee Vanak helped improve job with courage

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John Vanak was a quiet revolutionary. The humble, simple man from his beloved Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, about 145 km northwest of Philadelphia, was one of the four men who defied the National Basketball Association and, effectively, created modern refereeing in the NBA. Vanak, a 30-year ...

Thompson drops 60 on listless Pacers

Dec 6, 2016

Thompson drops 60 on listless Pacers

Klay Thompson wanted one more quarter. He wanted to score 80, and thinks he absolutely could have. Hard to argue that one: He went off for 60 points in 29 head-shaking, jaw-dropping, defense-breaking minutes. “Who knows? I know he would have kept shooting,” coach ...

Dec 6, 2016

Evessa start fast, hold off Grouses

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The Osaka Evessa took an 18-point lead into the second quarter and held on for an 85-79 home win over the Toyama Grouses on Monday night in the B. League. Former University of Kentucky and NBA big man Josh Harrellson paced the Evessa (11-9) ...

Westbrook notches another triple-double

Dec 5, 2016

Westbrook notches another triple-double

A few weeks ago, Michael Jordan helped induct Russell Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and called himself a fan of the Thunder guard’s game. Now, Westbrook has accomplished something no one has since Jordan — he became the first player with five ...

Brex edge SeaHorses in heavyweight matchup

Dec 4, 2016

Brex edge SeaHorses in heavyweight matchup

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Both Tochigi Brex-SeaHorses Mikawa games lived up to their lofty expectations over the weekend. The powerhouse basketball clubs exchanged down-to-the-wire wins, not unlike two heavyweight boxers trading knockout punches in back-to-back title bouts. On Sunday, it was Tochigi’s turn to chalk up a number ...

Curry leads charge in win over Suns

Dec 4, 2016

Curry leads charge in win over Suns

Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors ran their NBA-record streak of regular season games without consecutive losses to 106 by beating the Phoenix Suns 138-109 on Saturday night. “It’s an incredible mark of ...

Albirex edge Lakestars, improve to 10-10

Dec 3, 2016

Albirex edge Lakestars, improve to 10-10

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The Niigata Albirex BB overcame Lakestars star Julian Mavunga’s 41-point performance and escaped with a 92-91 road victory on Saturday over Shiga. Tenyoku You nailed a pair of free throws with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Albirex in front 92-85. ...

Bulls deal Cavs third straight loss

Dec 3, 2016

Bulls deal Cavs third straight loss

LeBron James wasn’t holding back. Cleveland’s superstar had plenty to say after the Cavaliers gave up 78 points in the paint on the way to another loss. The condensed version was this: It’s time to start playing like a championship team again. Jimmy Butler ...