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Westbrook excels for Thunder

Jan 17, 2015

Westbrook excels for Thunder

Russell Westbrook had little to say about one of the best performances of his career. He felt his play said it all. Westbrook scored 17 points, had a career-high 17 assists and matched a career best with 15 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City ...

Fukushima outplays Iwate in series opener

Jan 16, 2015

Fukushima outplays Iwate in series opener

by Ed Odeven

Set aside an eight-game losing streak in the fall, and the expansion Fukushima Firebonds have played nearly .500 ball so far in their inaugural bj-league season. In addition, the Firebonds collected a hard-earned 79-74 home victory over the Eastern Conference heavyweight Iwate Big Bulls ...

Cavaliers end six-game slide

Jan 16, 2015

Cavaliers end six-game slide

LeBron James scored 36 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped their six-game losing streak with a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night despite Kobe Bryant’s 19 points and career-high 17 assists. Kyrie Irving added 22 points for Cleveland, which had ...

Hawks claim 10th straight

Jan 15, 2015

Hawks claim 10th straight

The Atlanta Hawks have the best record in the Eastern Conference and have won 10 straight for the first time in 17 years. Life is so good for the Hawks, they even have the depth to platoon starters during a busy stretch. DeMarre Carroll ...

Jan 15, 2015

Ex-USC hoop coach Boyd dies

Bob Boyd, the Southern California basketball coach who led the Trojans to four postseason appearances in the 1960s and ’70s, died Wednesday. He was 84. The school said Boyd died of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert. He had planned to attend ...

Salvage plan keeps Wakayama playing in NBL

Jan 15, 2015

Salvage plan keeps Wakayama playing in NBL

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Wakayama Trians will spend the remainder of the season under new management, NBL acting president Mitsuru Maruo said at a Tokyo news conference on Wednesday. The team’s former management submitted a notice of withdrawal to the league due to severe financial woes last ...

Morris' big night for Suns eclipses LeBron's return

Jan 14, 2015

Morris' big night for Suns eclipses LeBron's return

LeBron James rejoined the Cavaliers and brought a lot of excitement with him. Just not quite enough for a Cleveland victory. James scored 33 points in his return from a two-week layoff but couldn’t prevent the Cavaliers from suffering their sixth straight loss, 107-100 ...

Garnett head-butts Howard, gets ejected

Jan 13, 2015

Garnett head-butts Howard, gets ejected

Dwight Howard’s face might have been stinging from Kevin Garnett ramming his head into it, and now his ears were ringing as fans directed loud boos toward him. Howard wasn’t tempted to silence them by demanding the ball at the expense of Houston’s offense. ...

Jan 13, 2015

Swift pleads not guilty to gun charge

Former NBA and Tokyo Apache center Robert Swift has pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing a sawed-off shotgun. The King County, Washington, prosecutor’s office said Monday he remains in jail with bail set at $20,000. Swift was arrested last Tuesday along with ...

Jan 13, 2015

Obama praises Spurs' diversity

President Barack Obama is praising the sportsmanship of the San Antonio Spurs as “a great metaphor for what America should be all about.” The president hosted the Spurs at the White House on Monday to celebrate their victory in the 2014 NBA championship. He ...