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Bulls shut down Thunder

Dec 26, 2015

Bulls shut down Thunder

The Chicago Bulls were angry and on edge after three straight losses. They channeled those emotions into one of their best wins of the season. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Bulls’ 105-96 victory ...

Cavaliers still no match for Warriors

Dec 26, 2015

Cavaliers still no match for Warriors

Even when all those long-range shots aren’t falling like usual, the defending champion Golden State Warriors showed they are quite comfortable grinding out wins. Draymond Green had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Warriors got defensive in their NBA Finals rematch against Cleveland, ...

Suns give Morris two-game ban

Dec 25, 2015

Suns give Morris two-game ban

The Phoenix Suns suspended Markieff Morris two games without pay Thursday for what was termed “conduct detrimental to the team.” The suspension came a day after Morris threw a towel at coach Jeff Hornacek in the fourth quarter of a 104-96 home loss to ...

Dec 24, 2015

NBA calls for end to gun violence in public service announcement

Stephen Curry heard about a shooting involving a 3-year-old girl over the summer. “My daughter Riley is that age,” he said. That begins a public service announcement that debuts on Christmas and features four NBA stars lending their voices to the campaign to end ...

Dec 24, 2015

Sterling drops lawsuit against Stiviano

A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday dismissed Donald Sterling’s lawsuit against a former female friend over the recording of his off-color remarks that cost him ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling’s lawsuit against V. Stiviano was dismissed at the billionaire’s request, though it ...

Spurs maul T-Wolves for 7th straight win

Dec 24, 2015

Spurs maul T-Wolves for 7th straight win

Kawhi Leonard’s expression never changed, from stretching in pregame warmups to shutting down prized Minnesota Timberwolves youngster Andrew Wiggins to stepping out of the shower and getting ready to head back home. “Just another day for me,” he said. And for the San Antonio ...

Nowitzki moves past Shaq as Mavericks top Nets in OT

Dec 24, 2015

Nowitzki moves past Shaq as Mavericks top Nets in OT

Dirk Nowitzki talked about how much it meant to him, after working so hard, so long to get it. The victory, not the milestone. Nowitzki moved past Shaquille O’Neal into sixth place on the NBA’s career scoring list, then made the go-ahead basket with ...

Bryant leads way as Lakers  beat Nuggets

Dec 23, 2015

Bryant leads way as Lakers beat Nuggets

Kobe Bryant’s turnaround was unstoppable, just like it was years ago. He played suffocating defense on the hot shooter, same as he did years ago. For a night, Bryant was vintage Bryant again. No second thoughts about retirement, though. “Zero. Not even an inkling,” ...

Spurs run past Pacers for sixth straight win

Dec 22, 2015

Spurs run past Pacers for sixth straight win

A physical matchup on both ends of the court brought out the best in the San Antonio Spurs, especially Kawhi Leonard. Leonard had 24 points, six rebounds and five assists and helped hold Paul George to a season-low seven points, and San Antonio surged ...

Irving makes season debut in rout

Dec 21, 2015

Irving makes season debut in rout

As Kyrie Irving dressed following his first game in six months, LeBron James turned on some music. With Chris Brown’s “Picture Me Rollin’ ” filling the locker room, Irving, James and Iman Shumpert bobbed their heads in unison and did some small dance moves. ...

Durant leads charge in runaway victory over Lakers

Dec 20, 2015

Durant leads charge in runaway victory over Lakers

Kobe Bryant may not have made the difference. Either way, the Oklahoma City Thunder had little trouble with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. With Bryant out with a sore right shoulder, the Thunder stars had their way. Kevin Durant had 22 points and ...