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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 ...

Clash of philosophies caused Kings to dismiss Malone

Dec 16, 2014

Clash of philosophies caused Kings to dismiss Malone

Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro stepped to the microphone and talked about how a franchise that was in disarray a little more than 18 months ago when owner Vivek Ranadive bought the team has been stabilized with new leadership, a change in culture ...

Bryant passes Jordan on scoring list in win

Dec 15, 2014

Bryant passes Jordan on scoring list in win

Kobe Bryant has reached rarefied air. The Los Angeles Lakers star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bryant entered the game needing nine points to pass the icon with ...

Warriors prevail in OT to extend streak to 16

Dec 15, 2014

Warriors prevail in OT to extend streak to 16

As Stephen Curry watched his second 3-pointer in overtime go down from 26 feet out, he shrugged his shoulders then pounded his chest. It’s as if Curry just can’t help himself when the chance to hit a devastating shot arises, and the Golden State ...

Dec 15, 2014

Kings fire head coach Malone

The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Michael Malone just 24 games into his second season with the team. A person with knowledge of the move confirmed the firing Sunday night on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced it yet. The firing ...

Dec 14, 2014

89ers punish sloppy Broncos

by Ed Odeven

There were several stretches of Sunday’s Saitama Broncos-Sendai 89ers game when the home squad’s defense was in complete disarray. Sendai players were left wide open on the perimeter or underneath the basket, and when a Broncos defender appeared, it often happened too late. As ...

Warriors beat Mavs for 15th straight

Dec 14, 2014

Warriors beat Mavs for 15th straight

Stephen Curry thought about protecting his ankles. Golden State coach Steve Kerr screamed for a timeout. The object of their preoccupation? Marreese Speights’ wayward shoe. In a game with a weird footnote, the Warriors won their franchise-record 15th in row Saturday as Curry scored ...

Wall shines in duel with Paul

Dec 13, 2014

Wall shines in duel with Paul

Twice it happened. John Wall poked the ball away from Chris Paul, and the ball deflected off Paul’s leg and out of bounds. Such defensive moments from Wall were just as important as his spin-move, up-and-under layup or any of his many assists. And ...

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

| Dec 12, 2014

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

by Ed Odeven

The Toronto Raptors’ climb hasn’t been an overnight miracle. But it’s been a memorable climb under the steady leadership of head coach Dwane Casey. The Raptors are on pace for an increase in wins for the fourth consecutive season since Casey was hired to ...

Dec 12, 2014

Ex-Sun Dumas pleads guilty to theft

Former Phoenix Suns forward Richard Dumas has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft after being accused of stealing merchandise from an exchange store. Maricopa County prosecutors say 45-year-old Dumas entered his plea Thursday. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 20. Authorities say ...

Cavs come up short minus LeBron

Dec 12, 2014

Cavs come up short minus LeBron

The Cleveland Cavaliers found out before Thursday’s game that they would be without LeBron James. They couldn’t have found a less sympathetic opponent. Oklahoma City, which struggled without injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant the first month of the season, took advantage of ...