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Lakers snap 10-game losing streak

Feb 3, 2016

Lakers snap 10-game losing streak

Kobe Bryant has lifted the Los Angeles Lakers onto his shoulders countless times over the past two decades, and he rarely flinches under the weight. Even during a demoralizing losing streak in his farewell season, the 37-year-old superstar summoned his skills to carry the ...

Hoop sage Bach lived incredible life

| Feb 2, 2016

Hoop sage Bach lived incredible life

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You probably don’t know Johnny Bach. You’ve seen him, the ruddy-faced guy with the stern demeanor sitting on the bench of the champion Chicago Bulls next to Phil Jackson in the 1990s, steely grey eyes fixed on the defensive play, his “Doberman defense” as ...

Feb 2, 2016

Lowly Suns dump Hornacek

The Phoenix Suns, mired in one of the worst stretches in their history, have fired coach Jeff Hornacek and promoted Earl Watson to interim coach. Watson was selected after interviews were conducted Monday with all three Suns assistants. Watson was an NBA point guard ...

Denver halts Toronto's 11-game surge

Feb 2, 2016

Denver halts Toronto's 11-game surge

The Toronto Raptors were ready for Danilo Gallinari. They didn’t have an answer for Nikola Jokic. The rookie center had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets ended Toronto’s 11-game winning streak with a 112-93 victory over the Raptors on Monday. Jokic’s ...

Warriors need late heroics from Barnes to put away Sixers

Jan 31, 2016

Warriors need late heroics from Barnes to put away Sixers

This was a game even the Warriors felt they should have lost. Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining and Golden State escaped with a 108-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Klay Thompson had 32 points and Stephen Curry scored ...

Thunder storm past Rockets

Jan 30, 2016

Thunder storm past Rockets

Russell Westbrook once again did a little bit of everything for the Thunder. He finished Friday night with 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, his sixth triple-double of the season, the third in his past nine games and the 25th of the Oklahoma ...

Raptors reel off 10th straight

Jan 29, 2016

Raptors reel off 10th straight

The 10-game winning streak the Toronto Raptors are on now is all part of the process coach Dwane Casey put in place five years ago. “He told us to stick to everything he’s showing us and teaching us from the beginning,” DeMar DeRozan said. ...

Spurs rip Rockets for 34th consecutive home victory

Jan 28, 2016

Spurs rip Rockets for 34th consecutive home victory

The San Antonio Spurs were an angry team looking to take out some frustration and they did so swiftly. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs rebounded from their worst loss in three years to bash the Houston Rockets 130-99 ...

LeBron rejects 'coach killer' tag

Jan 28, 2016

LeBron rejects 'coach killer' tag

LeBron James disdains the notion he’s a coach killer. Widely criticized in basketball circles for a perception that he pushed for Cleveland’s front office to fire David Blatt last week, James said the criticism that he undercuts coaches is unfair. “But what can I ...

Durant steals show in win at MSG

Jan 27, 2016

Durant steals show in win at MSG

Kevin Durant heard all about Golden State and San Antonio the last few days, and isn’t bothered the NBA’s best have been hogging all the headlines. “We just try to worry about us and what we could do every single day to get better,” ...

Griffin sidelined after breaking hand in fight with friend

Jan 27, 2016

Griffin sidelined after breaking hand in fight with friend

Blake Griffin is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken shooting hand after punching a Los Angeles Clippers staff member during a road trip. The star forward underwent a procedure and was treated by an orthopedic surgeon after returning early to ...

Warriors maul sloppy Spurs

Jan 26, 2016

Warriors maul sloppy Spurs

Stephen Curry and the dominant Warriors aren’t just beating teams anymore, they’re throwing staggering knockout punches against the NBA’s best — make that second-best. In a span of eight days, Golden State has 30-point wins over Cleveland, Chicago and San Antonio. Curry scored 37 ...