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Dazzling LaVine wins All-Star dunk contest

Aaron Gordon soared over his mascot, but nobody flies higher than Zach LaVine in the slam dunk contest. LaVine was perfect just a little longer than Gordon and won a thrilling final event to cap off an entertaining NBA All-Star Saturday. LaVine captured his second straight dunk title — and ...

Feb 13, 2016

LaVine shines in Rising Stars Challenge

Zach LaVine had 30 points and seven rebounds and the United States team beat the World team 157-154 in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night to kick off the NBA’s All-Star weekend. In the game featuring some of the best rookies and sophomores ...

Injured Bosh to miss All-Star Game

Feb 13, 2016

Injured Bosh to miss All-Star Game

Chris Bosh’s All-Star participation for this year is over, before he ever took the floor in the city where his career began. The Miami Heat forward has withdrawn from Saturday’s 3-point contest and Sunday’s All-Star Game, citing a strained right calf. Bosh — who ...

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

Feb 13, 2016

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

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Star forward Ramu Tokashiki has signed a multiyear contract with the Seattle Storm, the WNBA club announced on Friday. Although the length of the contract was undisclosed, Tokashiki’s return to the team shows that she’s an important piece of the puzzle for the rebuilding ...

Mourning Thunder beat Pelicans

Feb 12, 2016

Mourning Thunder beat Pelicans

Basketball didn’t matter much to Kevin Durant on Thursday night. Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams’ wife, Ingrid, was involved in a car crash Tuesday night in Oklahoma City and died Wednesday. Monty Williams coached the Pelicans last season before coming to Oklahoma City to ...

Kobe set to take center stage in first ASG outside U.S.

Feb 12, 2016

Kobe set to take center stage in first ASG outside U.S.

Of all the goodies Kobe Bryant collects in his farewell season, one this weekend might be particularly useful. After all, you need a good winter coat in Canada. Though Bryant probably wouldn’t be too unhappy walking away with another All-Star Game MVP trophy. The ...

Feb 11, 2016

Shiga pounds Hiroshima to complete series sweep

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The Shiga Lakestars hammered the Hiroshima Lightning for the second straight day on Thursday, winning an afternoon matinee 98-56. The Lakestars (22-10) led 30-14 after the opening period in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and extended their advantage to 27 points by halftime. Shiga out-rebounded the ...

Kobe, LeBron share spotlight for last time as Cavs triumph

Feb 11, 2016

Kobe, LeBron share spotlight for last time as Cavs triumph

With 20,000 fans roaring, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own. One on one. “It was just a lot of mutual respect,” James said of the embrace. “Sometimes what is known doesn’t need to be ...

Wizards use fast start to spoil Rambis' Knicks debut

Feb 10, 2016

Wizards use fast start to spoil Rambis' Knicks debut

The Washington Wizards put the New York Knicks in the same kind of hole under Kurt Rambis they kept falling into under Derek Fisher. John Wall had 28 points and 17 assists, Bradley Beal scored 26, and the Wizards beat New York 111-108 on ...

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Feb 10, 2016

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

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Japanese athletes have always been labeled inferior in size and power, forcing them to rely on skill and technique to compete on the international stage. But here’s the question: Is their skill and technique really cutting-edge? And are they enough to make them competitive ...

Clippers suspend Griffin for punch

Feb 10, 2016

Clippers suspend Griffin for punch

Blake Griffin was suspended four games without pay on Tuesday for punching a team staff member, and the Los Angeles Clippers will dock the star forward’s pay for an additional game because he broke his shooting hand. In all, Griffin will lose $859,442 from ...

George delivers in crunch time for Pacers

Feb 9, 2016

George delivers in crunch time for Pacers

Kobe Bryant gave Indiana Pacers fans one last thrill Monday night. Paul George made sure there was no Hollywood finish for one of the game’s biggest stars. After Bryant made three straight 3-pointers to give the Los Angeles Lakers a three-point lead with 2:30 ...