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Spurs crash in OT again as Lillard lifts Blazers to win

Dec 20, 2014

Spurs crash in OT again as Lillard lifts Blazers to win

The Portland Trail Blazers know firsthand how cold and methodical the veteran San Antonio Spurs can be when they have a team in trouble. So when the defending champions failed to close out the Blazers in the first two overtimes, Portland point guard Damian ...

Rondo eager to win championship for Mavs

Dec 20, 2014

Rondo eager to win championship for Mavs

Rajon Rondo wants another ring and another parade and knew it probably wasn’t happening anytime soon with the rebuilding Celtics. When he was on his way to Dallas with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as the centerpiece of a five-player trade, championship talk dominated the ...

Dec 19, 2014

Akita pummels struggling Tokyo

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets pounded the host Tokyo Cinq Reves from start to finish in Friday’s series opener in Inagi. Seven Akita players scored in double figures as the Happinetes demolished Tokyo 108-59. Kenta Tateyama paced the visitors with 20 points, knocking down 4 ...

Celtics ship out Rondo to Mavs

Dec 19, 2014

Celtics ship out Rondo to Mavs

The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight ...

Dec 19, 2014

Bogut out with knee problems

Just as they have the past two seasons, the Golden State Warriors will have to get by without Australian center Andrew Bogut for an undetermined amount of time. Bogut was out indefinitely after undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy on his ailing right knee, the Warriors ...

Grizzlies blow 23-point lead, hold off Spurs for 3OT victory

Dec 18, 2014

Grizzlies blow 23-point lead, hold off Spurs for 3OT victory

The Memphis Grizzlies ended years of frustration in San Antonio, and had to play late into the night to do it. Marc Gasol scored 26 points, including a banked-in 3-pointer as regulation expired, and Memphis overcame blowing a 23-point lead for a 117-116 triple-overtime ...

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

Dec 18, 2014

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

by Ed Odeven

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann repeatedly stated that the Japan Basketball Association’s “lack of vision” is a fundamental problem stunting the sport’s development throughout the nation. During a Thursday morning news conference, Baumann spoke with an authoritative tone about serious issues facing the Japan ...

Dec 17, 2014

Baumann sets six-month target to reform Japanese basketball

Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of the International Basketball Federation, indicated Wednesday he would like to settle the issues that resulted in the Japan Basketball Association’s indefinite international ban within six months. Baumann, who met with Japanese Olympic Committee chairman Tsunekazu Takeda, will establish ...

Grizzlies halt Warriors' streak

Dec 17, 2014

Grizzlies halt Warriors' streak

A big boost from the very deep Memphis bench put a stop to the Golden State Warriors’ 16-game winning streak. With all backups on the floor, Vince Carter and the Grizzlies scored 20 straight points to start the second quarter and went on to ...

Dec 17, 2014

Bucks' Parker finished for season

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monday night’s 96-94 win at Phoenix. The team said late Tuesday night that Parker will have surgery after tests revealed the extent ...

Dec 16, 2014

McRoberts needs knee surgery

The Miami Heat may be without forward Josh McRoberts for the remainder of the season, after tests Monday revealed a torn right meniscus that will require surgery. The Heat also say Chris Bosh will miss Tuesday’s game at Brooklyn with a strained calf, and ...