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Grizzlies whip rival Rockets

Nov 18, 2014

Grizzlies whip rival Rockets

For a night, the Houston Rockets new defensive mindset was blown up completely, leading to a blowout by the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis dominated a showdown between the teams with the NBA’s best records, running away from the Rockets in a 119-93 victory on Monday. ...

Knicks snap losing streak

Nov 17, 2014

Knicks snap losing streak

One strong defensive quarter helped the New York Knicks end a seven-game skid. New York held Denver to just one basket in the second quarter en route to a 109-93 victory over the Nuggets on Sunday. The Nuggets missed their first 15 shots of ...

Wall helps Wizards to best start in 40 years

Nov 16, 2014

Wall helps Wizards to best start in 40 years

Washington Wizards reserve forward Kris Humphries said the team’s bench players have been beating up on the starters lately in practice. On Saturday, they helped beat another team. Humphries scored 16 of the second unit’s 48 points, John Wall had 15 points and 10 ...

Cavaliers rally past Celtics

Nov 15, 2014

Cavaliers rally past Celtics

Cleveland’s third quarter was unacceptable to LeBron James. The fourth period was much better. James and Kyrie Irving helped the Cavaliers rally for a 122-121 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. James had 10 of his season-high 41 points in the fourth, ...

Nov 14, 2014

NBA union chief Roberts 'offended' by need for salary cap

NBA players union executive director Michele Roberts, the first female union leader in major North American sport, fired a verbal warning Thursday that could signal another money dispute with owners. Comments by Roberts to ESPN objecting to salary caps, decrying a 50-50 revenue split ...

Mavericks demolish lowly 76ers by 53 points

Nov 14, 2014

Mavericks demolish lowly 76ers by 53 points

The Dallas Mavericks had no need for another big comeback when playing the NBA’s only winless team. This time, the Mavs built a big early lead that kept growing until they had their largest victory ever, 123-70 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. “The ...

Magic deal Knicks 6th straight loss

Nov 13, 2014

Magic deal Knicks 6th straight loss

This was the fourth quarter the Orlando Magic needed a night earlier, and it sure helped that Carmelo Anthony had to watch a key part of it. Evan Fournier scored a career-high 28 points, and the Magic bounced back from a poor finish with ...

Spurs' Big Three cool off Warriors

Nov 12, 2014

Spurs' Big Three cool off Warriors

Steve Kerr approached Gregg Popovich on the court, smiled and shared a laugh with one of his mentors following his first home loss as coach of the Golden State Warriors. “I just told him, ‘Thanks a lot for picking tonight to play your best ...

Leonard's 26, late rally propel Spurs past Clippers

Nov 11, 2014

Leonard's 26, late rally propel Spurs past Clippers

Normally, the San Antonio Spurs like to move the ball around and get everyone touches. On this night they needed a go-to scorer, so coach Gregg Popovich started calling plays for Kawhi Leonard. Last season’s NBA Finals MVP tied his career high with 26 ...

Warriors beat Rockets to stay unbeaten

Nov 9, 2014

Warriors beat Rockets to stay unbeaten

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr can’t figure out how his team is still undefeated. After a 98-87 victory over the depleted Houston Rockets on Saturday night gave the Warriors their first 5-0 start in 20 years, Kerr laughed about his club’s 26 turnovers. ...

Conley's late 3 lifts Grizzlies over Thunder

Nov 8, 2014

Conley's late 3 lifts Grizzlies over Thunder

Even without injured stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City made the latest chapter of its rivalry with Memphis look like many of the previous ones. Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka missed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, and Memphis ...

LeBron, Cavs still working out issues

Nov 8, 2014

LeBron, Cavs still working out issues

by Paul Newberry

The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to be just fine. But it’s going to take time. James and his latest version of the Big Three are still a work in progress, which was evident as they lost three of their first four games. Not surprisingly ...