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Lillard steals show in win over Thunder

In a matchup of star Western Conference point guards, Portland’s Damian Lillard made the big shots and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook didn’t. Lillard scored 40 points, making a tying 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation, and the Trail Blazers rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Thunder ...

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

Dec 23, 2014

Fukuoka fires Duncan after 6-16 start

by Ed Odeven

The Rizing Fukuoka, who gutted their roster of several prominent bj-league veterans in the offseason, made another big move on Monday. Head coach James Duncan was relieved of his duties a day after his team defeated the Saitama Broncos twice in their two-game series ...

Harden drops 44 on Trail Blazers

Dec 23, 2014

Harden drops 44 on Trail Blazers

James Harden wouldn’t admit he was thinking about last season in Houston’s first game against Portland since the Trail Blazers eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs in the first round. Dwight Howard was certain he was. “I know it’s kind of like a weight ...

Dec 23, 2014

Herrera recovering after shooting

Former NBA player Carl Herrera is out of intensive care and improving following a weekend shooting, the club he coaches said Monday. The Gigantes de Guayana team said in a series of Twitter posts that Herrera is no longer in critical condition “and is ...

LeBron, Waiters lead Cavaliers to win over Grizzlies

Dec 22, 2014

LeBron, Waiters lead Cavaliers to win over Grizzlies

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving stepped aside and let one of their teammates polish off an opponent. On Sunday, Dion Waiters finished Memphis. Waiters scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers handled one of the Western Conference’s ...

Dec 22, 2014

Gallinari out with torn meniscus

Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to soon undergo surgery. The team has yet to announce a timetable for his return. Gallinari turned in one of his best games of the season Saturday in a ...

Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

Dec 21, 2014

Joho sparks Toyama in victory over rival Iwate

by Ed Odeven

Star guard Masashi Joho’s return to the Toyama Grouses lineup this weekend delivered what the team has come to expect during his tenure with the franchise: victories. Joho, the 2013-14 bj-league MVP, scored a game-high 20 points and made three steals in the Grouses’ ...

Ellis shines in Rondo's Mavs debut

Dec 21, 2014

Ellis shines in Rondo's Mavs debut

The star of Rajon Rondo’s debut with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night was Monta Ellis — the teammate whom the Mavericks hope helps Rondo form a lethal backcourt combination that will make them championship contenders. Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, ...

Dec 21, 2014

Togashi gains experience in D-League

Texas Legends guard Yuki Togashi has now appeared in nine NBA Development League games. In Saturday’s game, a 138-126 home loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Togashi, a Niigata native, played 15 minutes, one shy of his season-high total on Dec. 4. He was ...

Dec 20, 2014

Johnson scores 40 points as 89ers beat Crane Thunders

by Ed Odeven

Sendai 89ers star Kejuan Johnson delivered a brilliant offensive performance on Saturday. The Long Beach State product scored a game-high 40 points on 12-for-17 shooting and went 13-for-13 at the free-throw line. Repeatedly, Sendai fans heard “swish!” as shot after shot taken by Johnson ...

Spurs crash in OT again as Lillard lifts Blazers to win

Dec 20, 2014

Spurs crash in OT again as Lillard lifts Blazers to win

The Portland Trail Blazers know firsthand how cold and methodical the veteran San Antonio Spurs can be when they have a team in trouble. So when the defending champions failed to close out the Blazers in the first two overtimes, Portland point guard Damian ...

Rondo eager to win championship for Mavs

Dec 20, 2014

Rondo eager to win championship for Mavs

Rajon Rondo wants another ring and another parade and knew it probably wasn’t happening anytime soon with the rebuilding Celtics. When he was on his way to Dallas with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as the centerpiece of a five-player trade, championship talk dominated the ...