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Streaking Pistons beat defending champions

Jan 7, 2015

Streaking Pistons beat defending champions

The San Antonio Spurs kept giving the Detroit Pistons hope and Brandon Jennings made the most of one last chance. The Pistons guard took a bad inbounds pass by Tim Duncan and drove the length of the court in the final seven seconds, weaving ...

Hawks soar past Clippers

Jan 6, 2015

Hawks soar past Clippers

The Atlanta Hawks just keep rolling on the road. They pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-98 Monday night and earn their seventh straight road victory for the first time in 21 years. They have been doing it ...

Jan 6, 2015

Cavs, Thunder, Knicks swap players

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks completed a three-team trade involving six players on Monday, with the injury-hit Cavs (19-16) acquiring guards Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith from the Knicks. Cleveland announced it had also received a protected 2015 first-round ...

Sports personality Scott dies at 49

Jan 5, 2015

Sports personality Scott dies at 49

Stuart Scott, the longtime “SportsCenter” anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49. Scott had fought cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, the cable TV sports network said, but remained dedicated to his craft even as ...

Heat break out of funk with victory over Nets

Jan 5, 2015

Heat break out of funk with victory over Nets

When Hassan Whiteside came to the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade was under the impression that the center was a rookie. His NBA debut was actually in 2010. His coming-out party, however, seems to be happening now — and for the struggling Heat, it might ...

Harden, Howard help Rockets cool off Heat

Jan 4, 2015

Harden, Howard help Rockets cool off Heat

The Houston Rockets were so bad on Friday night that coach Kevin McHale talked about retiring. A day later, McHale felt much better. James Harden scored 28 points, Dwight Howard added 23 and the Rockets rolled to a 115-79 win over the Miami Heat ...

Stars carry Warriors

Jan 3, 2015

Stars carry Warriors

Forced to go small, the Golden State Warriors keep coming up big. East or West, they are the best team in the NBA right now — and they want everyone to know it. Stephen Curry had 32 points and 12 assists, Draymond Green got ...

Rondo sizzles in return to Boston

Jan 3, 2015

Rondo sizzles in return to Boston

The Boston fans had never seen Rajon Rondo in an opponent’s uniform before. They had never seen a game like this from him, either. The former Celtics point guard scored a career-high 15 first-quarter points, finishing with a season-best 29 in his return to ...

Bulls ride Rose's scoring surge to down Nuggets

Jan 2, 2015

Bulls ride Rose's scoring surge to down Nuggets

Derrick Rose made up for all those misses with a bunch of big shots down the stretch. There was a quite a struggle. Then there was quite a transformation. Rose scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls ...

Kobe sparks Lakers to win

Dec 31, 2014

Kobe sparks Lakers to win

The old Kobe Bryant sure looked an awful lot like the young Kobe Bryant. That’s what a little bit of rest will do. Bryant had 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for his 21st career triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers held off ...

Beal, Pierce drive Wizards in win over Rockets

Dec 30, 2014

Beal, Pierce drive Wizards in win over Rockets

With his team under constant assault down the stretch on Monday night, Bradley Beal did what needed to be done: He played with confidence. Beal scored a season-high 33 points, including six free throws in the final two minutes, and the Washington Wizards survived ...