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Kentucky advances to Elite Eight

Mar 29, 2014

Kentucky advances to Elite Eight

Nobody will accuse these Kentucky kids of being the fastest learners. Not this season. And certainly not during most of Friday night’s game against Louisville. But once again, late in the game with everything on the line, they figured things out just in time. ...

Spurs roll to 16th consecutive win

Mar 29, 2014

Spurs roll to 16th consecutive win

As the winning streak climbs, so does the stress level for San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. At least, that was Tim Duncan’s assessment after the Spurs ran their streak to 16 straight by beating the Denver Nuggets 133-102 on Friday night. This is their ...

Sixers drop 26th straight

Mar 28, 2014

Sixers drop 26th straight

After the Philadelphia 76ers tied an NBA record with their 26th consecutive loss, one of their youngest voices spoke loudest. Michael Carter-Williams, one of six rookies on the NBA’s youngest team, delivered a pep talk after James Harden’s triple-double led the Houston Rockets to ...

Pacers win bruising battle against Heat in race for top seed

Mar 27, 2014

Pacers win bruising battle against Heat in race for top seed

Indiana took every shot Miami could muster Wednesday night. Then the Pacers threw a couple of their own punches — and put the two-time defending champs on the mat. Paul George scored 23 points, Roy Hibbert added 21 and Indiana rallied from a seven-point ...

Nowitzki guides Mavs past Thunder

Mar 26, 2014

Nowitzki guides Mavs past Thunder

Dirk Nowitzki was frustrated by his poor shooting performance in Dallas’ previous game. That disappointment, plus a little help from an old friend, turned into another big performance by the veteran forward. Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime, leading the Mavericks ...

Cavaliers cool off Knicks' hot streak

Mar 24, 2014

Cavaliers cool off Knicks' hot streak

A chance to gain ground in the playoff race was there, until Jarrett Jack took it away. Now the New York Knicks have nearly 5,000 km to think about how this game — and maybe any realistic postseason hopes they had — was lost. ...

76ers dealt 24th consecutive defeat

Mar 23, 2014

76ers dealt 24th consecutive defeat

Henry Sims can see the growth and he’s not referring to the stack of losses. The Philadelphia 76ers’ skid continued and so did their march toward the wrong kind of record. They have dropped 24 straight after losing 91-81 to the Chicago Bulls on ...

Durant scores 51 to key Thunder win

Mar 22, 2014

Durant scores 51 to key Thunder win

Kevin Durant has played in plenty of exciting, amazing and memorable games. This one topped them all. “That was the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of,” Durant said after his go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in the second overtime helped the ...

Thunder repel Cavs fightback

Mar 21, 2014

Thunder repel Cavs fightback

As the score tightened, Kevin Durant stayed loose. Sitting in his warm-ups on Oklahoma City’s bench, Durant knew he might be called upon again. And when he was, the NBA’s leading scorer closed out Cleveland. “My mind’s always on the game so I didn’t ...

Knicks start with win

Mar 20, 2014

Knicks start with win

Long after Phil Jackson acknowledged the cheering fans with a thumbs-up and then a wave, there was one more standing ovation inside Madison Square Garden. This one went to the Knicks, a far cry from the way they were treated at home earlier this ...

Jackson back where it began

Mar 19, 2014

Jackson back where it began

Phil Jackson is back in New York, providing the Knicks stability, championship-building ideas and a link to the franchise’s best days. Now they need him to get some good players. Jackson was introduced on Tuesday as team president of the Knicks, in the midst ...

LeBron erupts for 43

Mar 19, 2014

LeBron erupts for 43

As shot after shot dropped through the net, it became clear LeBron James was going to have one of those special nights. The kind he has every so often. The kind he has when Dwyane Wade sits. James scored 43 points — 25 in ...