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Thompson drops 60 on listless Pacers

Klay Thompson wanted one more quarter. He wanted to score 80, and thinks he absolutely could have. Hard to argue that one: He went off for 60 points in 29 head-shaking, jaw-dropping, defense-breaking minutes. “Who knows? I know he would have kept shooting,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Klay’s never going ...

Westbrook notches another triple-double

Dec 5, 2016

Westbrook notches another triple-double

A few weeks ago, Michael Jordan helped induct Russell Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and called himself a fan of the Thunder guard’s game. Now, Westbrook has accomplished something no one has since Jordan — he became the first player with five ...

Curry leads charge in win over Suns

Dec 4, 2016

Curry leads charge in win over Suns

Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors ran their NBA-record streak of regular season games without consecutive losses to 106 by beating the Phoenix Suns 138-109 on Saturday night. “It’s an incredible mark of ...

Bulls deal Cavs third straight loss

Dec 3, 2016

Bulls deal Cavs third straight loss

LeBron James wasn’t holding back. Cleveland’s superstar had plenty to say after the Cavaliers gave up 78 points in the paint on the way to another loss. The condensed version was this: It’s time to start playing like a championship team again. Jimmy Butler ...

Dec 2, 2016

LeBron named SI's Sportsperson of Year

LeBron James delivered on a promise and ended decades of Cleveland sports misery in 2016. For leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title and ending the city’s 52-year title drought, James was chosen Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year on Thursday, joining Tiger Woods ...

Warriors see win streak ended at 12 by Rockets

Dec 2, 2016

Warriors see win streak ended at 12 by Rockets

Kevin Durant just missed the garbage can with his postgame ice bag, and that told the story of Golden State’s long night. Then, Draymond Green expressed his disgust with the officiating. James Harden notched his fourth triple-double of the season with 29 points, 15 ...

Knicks overcome Timberwolves rookie Towns' 47-point performance

Dec 1, 2016

Knicks overcome Timberwolves rookie Towns' 47-point performance

Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns are building a tantalizing rivalry for the NBA’s new age. Carmelo Anthony let the kids have their fun until it was time to go home. Porzingis had 29 points and eight rebounds and Towns had 47 points and 18 ...

Bucks take charge against Cavaliers

Nov 30, 2016

Bucks take charge against Cavaliers

After building a big third-quarter lead against the defending NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks poured it on in the fourth. And when the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled their starters, including LeBron James, midway through the final period, the young Bucks still didn’t let up. “We ...

Warriors hold off Hawks, win 12th straight

Nov 29, 2016

Warriors hold off Hawks, win 12th straight

Runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year in two straight seasons, Draymond Green desperately wants to prove how good Golden State can be on that end of the floor. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson can have all the scoring glory. Green takes ...

Westbrook too much for Pistons to handle

Nov 27, 2016

Westbrook too much for Pistons to handle

Russell Westbrook continues to reach new heights. Westbrook recorded his second straight triple-double, his NBA-best seventh of the season, with 17 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 106-88 on Saturday night. Westbrook, who tied LeBron ...

Reserves give Spurs a big lift against Celtics

Nov 26, 2016

Reserves give Spurs a big lift against Celtics

The trade that brought Kawhi Leonard to San Antonio was already a success for the Spurs, even before throw-in Davis Bertans began contributing. The Latvian rookie set a career high in scoring for the second straight game, pitching in 15 of the Spurs’ 56 ...

Green won't apologize for passionate style

Nov 25, 2016

Green won't apologize for passionate style

For five months, Draymond Green has worked to block out the unrelenting criticism that his Game 5 suspension in the NBA Finals cost Golden State a repeat championship — punishment for a fateful swipe at LeBron James’ groin that swung the series for Cleveland. ...

Love sets new scoring record in Cavs' victory

Nov 24, 2016

Love sets new scoring record in Cavs' victory

Kevin Love didn’t think anything unusual was going on Wednesday night. The scoreboard told a different story. Love scored 40 points, including an NBA-record 34 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 137-125. Love fell three points shy ...