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Magic fire Vaughn

Feb 6, 2015

Magic fire Vaughn

For several weeks, Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has felt the team has been stuck in a rut. He’s hoping a change of leadership on the bench will get them out of it. Citing a “stalled” growth process, the Magic fired Jacque Vaughn ...

Westbrook drops 45 on Pelicans

Feb 5, 2015

Westbrook drops 45 on Pelicans

The way Russell Westbrook saw it, Wednesday night’s game at New Orleans was a must win. The Thunder had lost four of their past six and were missing forward Kevin Durant — out with a sprained left big toe — for the fourth time ...

Warriors flex muscle in victory over Kings

Feb 4, 2015

Warriors flex muscle in victory over Kings

Pick a category: Defense. Shooting. Ball movement. Efficiency. Togetherness. In four games this season, the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings showed in just about every way how much of a difference there is between the NBA’s Northern California clubs. Stephen Curry had 23 ...

Hawks see winning streak ended at 19 by pesky Pelicans

Feb 3, 2015

Hawks see winning streak ended at 19 by pesky Pelicans

Paul Millsap and his Atlanta teammates didn’t sound terribly concerned about the end of the Hawks’ franchise-record 19-game winning streak. After all, the Hawks’ 115-100 loss to surging New Orleans on Monday night — in a game marked by Anthony Davis’ ferocious play — ...

Knicks prevail in ugly game against Lakers

Feb 2, 2015

Knicks prevail in ugly game against Lakers

Carmelo Anthony hears those voices saying he’s getting old, that he can’t jump like he once did. Hard not to, since some of them are coming from right in his locker room. Anthony answered in his own way Sunday, scoring 18 of his 31 ...

Hawks win 19th straight

Feb 1, 2015

Hawks win 19th straight

The 76ers’ decision to “let it fly” with 3-pointers almost grounded the Hawks’ winning streak. Al Horford’s clutch play in the closing minutes helped keep the streak alive. Horford scored 23 points, including a tying basket after Philadelphia took its first lead late in ...

Hawks push winning streak to 18

Jan 31, 2015

Hawks push winning streak to 18

The Atlanta Hawks keep finding new ways to extend the longest winning streak in franchise history. This time, Kent Bazemore was the surprise star off the bench. Atlanta overcame 37 points by Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge to win its 18th straight game by overpowering the ...

Lakers hold off Bulls in 20T

Jan 30, 2015

Lakers hold off Bulls in 20T

When the Los Angeles Lakers blew a nine-point lead in 70 seconds late in regulation, they certainly seemed to be careening straight toward another loss in overtime. That’s when the young, patchwork Lakers discovered a poise they’ve never had before — just in time ...

Irving drops career-best 55 on Trail Blazers

Jan 29, 2015

Irving drops career-best 55 on Trail Blazers

Kyrie Irving put on a spectacular show and LeBron James watched it from a front-row seat. Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record as James sat out with an injury to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 ...

Bulls snap Warriors' run

Jan 28, 2015

Bulls snap Warriors' run

One after another, teams trotted into rowdy Oracle Arena the past two months confident they could cool off the NBA’s hottest team on their home floor. It took 113 points, 53 minutes and one big shot from a former MVP to finally make it ...