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Westbrook notches fourth straight triple-double

Russell Westbrook donned a mask and played like a superhero. The All-Star Game MVP set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds, and added 10 assists for his fourth consecutive triple-double, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime Wednesday night. Westbrook wore the facial ...

LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics

LeBron James doesn’t usually spend a lot of time talking about personal accomplishments, but he made an exception Tuesday night. ...

Harden outduels James as Rockets get by Cavaliers in OT

Mar 2, 2015

Harden outduels James as Rockets get by Cavaliers in OT

James Harden has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers all season. Given the chance to go head to head with one of his biggest competitors for the award, Harden and the Rockets came out on top. Harden scored 33 points and Cleveland star LeBron James ...

Hawks down Heat despite holding out four players

Mar 1, 2015

Hawks down Heat despite holding out four players

Even without four players, the Atlanta Hawks had more than enough. Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Dennis Schroder added 16 points and 10 assists and the intentionally depleted Hawks held off the Miami Heat 93-91 on Saturday night. Kent Bazemore scored 15, including a ...

Ex-NBA bruiser Mason dead at 48

Mar 1, 2015

Ex-NBA bruiser Mason dead at 48

Anthony Mason’s game was grit over glitz, more force than flash. That might not fit some stereotypes of New York, but it was the perfect style for the Knicks of the 1990s, and made the rugged forward a beloved bruiser by teammates and fans. ...

Aldridge leads Blazers past Thunder

Feb 28, 2015

Aldridge leads Blazers past Thunder

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-112 Friday night, spoiling Russell Westbrook’s third straight triple-double. Westbrook, who fell and hit his face on teammate Andre Roberson’s knee in the final ...

LeBron, surging Cavaliers send message to Warriors

Feb 27, 2015

LeBron, surging Cavaliers send message to Warriors

LeBron James says he isn’t about personal statements. He made one anyway Thursday night. James scored a season-high 42 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-99 for their 18th victory in 20 games. James added 11 rebounds, outplaying fellow MVP ...

Fans give Garnett big welcome back

Feb 26, 2015

Fans give Garnett big welcome back

His first game in a Timberwolves uniform in nearly eight years was 30 minutes away, and Kevin Garnett was bouncing off the walls in the locker room he called home for 12 years. Minnesota owner Glen Taylor pulled him aside and tried to calm ...

Bulls star Rose to have knee surgery for second straight year

Feb 25, 2015

Bulls star Rose to have knee surgery for second straight year

Derrick Rose’s knee has failed him again. The Chicago Bulls star will have surgery on his right knee for the second straight season, casting doubt on whether the once-dynamic point guard will ever be the same after a series of injuries. The team announced ...

Garnett savors 'perfect' comeback

Feb 25, 2015

Garnett savors 'perfect' comeback

Kevin Garnett never wanted to leave Minnesota when the Timberwolves traded him to Boston nearly eight years ago, never wanted to jump from a sinking Celtics ship before Paul Pierce convinced him to follow him to Brooklyn two years ago. And he sure didn’t ...

Grizzlies top Clippers in tight duel

Feb 24, 2015

Grizzlies top Clippers in tight duel

The Memphis Grizzlies are on a roll with Jeff Green. The Los Angeles Clippers aren’t the same without Blake Griffin. When the teams got together, they played a grind-it-out style better suited to the Grizzlies than the high-flying Clippers, whose four-game winning streak ended ...

Pistons drive past Wizards

Feb 23, 2015

Pistons drive past Wizards

Reggie Jackson really wanted to make a good impression in his Detroit Pistons debut. As it turned out, he wanted it way too much. Jackson turned himself into a nervous wreck and missed his first eight shots before recovering in the second half to ...

Feb 22, 2015

Rockets blow out Raptors

The Houston Rockets needed a spark against the Toronto Raptors to bounce back from a loss to Dallas in which they were so lethargic that coach Kevin McHale said it looked like they were wearing “mud shoes.” Corey Brewer provided that spark, coming off ...