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Spurs can't stop Howard

Nov 7, 2014

Spurs can't stop Howard

Heading into a game with the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale had his eye on a few matchups. A specific one that caught his eye was getting Dwight Howard in the post. The plan worked. With San Antonio missing big bodies ...

Hayward beats buzzer, Cavs

Nov 6, 2014

Hayward beats buzzer, Cavs

Gordon Hayward prides himself on his self-control. After hitting a step-back, game-winning jumper at the buzzer, he couldn’t help himself. He let out all his emotion in a celebratory frenzy. “I’ve never really done that before,” Hayward said. “It was just one of those ...

Blazers beat LeBron, Cavs

Nov 5, 2014

Blazers beat LeBron, Cavs

Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts took it upon himself to address Damian Lillard’s night. “You don’t have to ask what’s wrong with Damian anymore,” Stotts said. “Actually, you don’t ever have to ask.” That question was better asked about LeBron James and the Cleveland ...

Hot Rockets move to 4-0

Nov 4, 2014

Hot Rockets move to 4-0

Play time is over, Houston. The Rockets are off to their best start since 1996 thanks in part to a lightweight schedule. Up next, games against NBA finalists Miami and San Antonio that will serve as an early-season proving ground for a team with ...

Melo reaches 20,000 points

Nov 3, 2014

Melo reaches 20,000 points

Before forcing his way to New York, Carmelo Anthony recalled how he marveled at the numbers that Denver Nuggets teammate Allen Iverson had posted in his career. On Sunday night, Anthony joined his former teammate, becoming the sixth youngest to join the NBA’s 20,000 ...

Warriors drop Lakers to 0-4

Nov 2, 2014

Warriors drop Lakers to 0-4

Klay Thompson scored a career-high 41 points in his first game since signing a contract extension, teaming with backcourt star Stephen Curry to lead the Golden State Warriors past the winless Los Angeles Lakers 127-104 on Saturday. Thompson, who inked a four-year maximum extension ...

Griffin, Clips  edge Lakers

Nov 1, 2014

Griffin, Clips edge Lakers

Blake Griffin scored 39 points and went 11-for-12 from the free throw line, powering the Los Angeles Clippers to a gritty 118-111 victory over the winless Lakers in the first meeting of the season between the Staples Center co-tenants on Friday. DeAndre Jordan had ...

T-Wolves extend Rubio

Nov 1, 2014

T-Wolves extend Rubio

Ricky Rubio has fought through a horrific knee injury to become one of the elite passers and steal artists in the NBA. Two full seasons removed from that terrible injury as a rookie, Rubio believes he’s ready to join the upper echelon of point ...

Knicks outplay Cavaliers in LeBron's return to Cleveland

Oct 31, 2014

Knicks outplay Cavaliers in LeBron's return to Cleveland

LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn’t look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air. His homecoming was horrendous. “I didn’t press,” James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. “I didn’t do much.” James struggled from the start ...

Kerr triumphs in coaching debut

Oct 30, 2014

Kerr triumphs in coaching debut

The only thing Steve Kerr lost in his coaching debut was his voice. Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors made Kerr a winner in his first game, shaking off a slow ...

Reigning champion Spurs triumph in opener against Mavs

Oct 29, 2014

Reigning champion Spurs triumph in opener against Mavs

Tony Parker made a clutch shot in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili had a big game, and Tim Duncan contributed with a double-double. San Antonio’s efficient performance on opening night looked awfully familiar. Parker made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining, and the Spurs ...

Heat beat Grizzlies to finish preseason

Oct 25, 2014

Heat beat Grizzlies to finish preseason

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade helped the Miami Heat close the preseason with their fourth straight win, but the reserves preserved the victory. Bosh scored 21 points, Wade added 16, and the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 on Friday night. “Obviously, myself and ...