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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 ...

Jennings leads Pistons past Cavaliers

Dec 29, 2014

Jennings leads Pistons past Cavaliers

The Detroit Pistons have stepped up their play since releasing veteran forward Josh Smith last week. The Cleveland Cavaliers are searching for consistency. Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, and the Pistons used an 18-0 run in the second quarter to roll past the Cavaliers ...

Dec 29, 2014

Lakers claim Black, waive Henry

The Los Angeles Lakers have claimed center Tarik Black off waivers from the Houston Rockets. The Lakers waived injured guard Xavier Henry to make room on their roster Sunday. Black started 12 of his 25 games this season for Houston after making the roster ...

Raptors reserves vital in fourth quarter against Clippers

Dec 28, 2014

Raptors reserves vital in fourth quarter against Clippers

Kyle Lowry and the short-handed Toronto Raptors needed plenty of help from their reserves down the stretch to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. Lowry scored 25 points and the resilient Raptors got 18 of their 30 fourth-quarter points from the bench on Saturday, a ...

Davis powers Pelicans past Spurs

Dec 27, 2014

Davis powers Pelicans past Spurs

Anthony Davis stepped to his right and blocked a direct path to the basket for Tim Duncan, who instead went up for a layup. Davis took over from there. The 208-cm power forward blocked Duncan’s shot before tying up the ball, drawing loud cheers ...

Dec 27, 2014

Cavs' Varejao has Achilles surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao underwent successful surgery Friday to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the club said, but the Brazilian star is not expected to return this season. Brian Donley performed the procedure following an injury that took place Tuesday, when Varejao ...

Heat spoil LeBron's return

Dec 26, 2014

Heat spoil LeBron's return

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer. Just like old times. Only this time, just one got to enjoy a victory. James’ return to Miami as an ...

Dec 25, 2014

Free agent Smith joining Rockets

Josh Smith will join the Houston Rockets following his release by the Detroit Pistons, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Smith hasn’t yet cleared waivers. Smith was let ...

Curry's game lifts Warriors

Dec 25, 2014

Curry's game lifts Warriors

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was driving in a car with his wife, Ayesha, over the summer when they put on a song by a popular rapper that everybody had been telling them to play. “Been Steph Curry with the shot,” Drake ...

Lillard steals show in win over Thunder

Dec 24, 2014

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, ...