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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 Powell to Dallas for Jameer Nelson, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Warriors win 14th straight

Dec 11, 2014

Warriors win 14th straight

Steve Kerr knew he had a lot of expectations on him after taking over a Golden State Warriors team that Mark Jackson led to a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances. In less than two months, Kerr has built on his predecessor’s success and ...

Cavaliers stage fourth-quarter rally against Raptors

Dec 10, 2014

Cavaliers stage fourth-quarter rally against Raptors

LeBron James acknowledged that it didn’t look good for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. As usual when his team is in trouble, he did something about it. James scored 35 points, making the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining, and Cleveland rallied to beat ...

Warriors pound T-Wolves for 13th straight win

Dec 9, 2014

Warriors pound T-Wolves for 13th straight win

Stephen Curry overcame an off night from long range to score 21 points and seven assists and the Golden State Warriors extended their franchise-record winning streak to 13 games by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-86 on Monday. “I’m proud this meant something to us,” ...

Red-hot Davis powers Pelicans past Lakers

Dec 8, 2014

Red-hot Davis powers Pelicans past Lakers

Anthony Davis is just scratching the surface, and New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams is itching to see how much more the third-year forward can accomplish this season. Davis scored eight of his 23 points in the final 6 minutes of the fourth quarter, ...