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Teague carries Pacers to victory in overtime

Nov 21, 2016

Teague carries Pacers to victory in overtime

Indiana coach Nate McMillan wrote an instruction on the white board in the Pacers’ locker room Sunday: “Scrap.” Jeff Teague did just that, scoring eight of his 30 points in overtime, harassing Russell Westbrook defensively all night and lifting the short-handed Pacers to a ...

Celtics react fastest to sink Pistons

Nov 20, 2016

Celtics react fastest to sink Pistons

Al Horford got the winning basket, though it was Marcus Smart who made the biggest play. With the game tied at 92, Jae Crowder missed a go-ahead 3-pointer, but Smart came from the corner to tip the ball back at the basket. His shot ...

Westbrook, Oklahoma City cruise past Brooklyn

Nov 19, 2016

Westbrook, Oklahoma City cruise past Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Nets knew they couldn’t afford to let Russell Westbrook run wild in the paint. It didn’t matter. Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Nets ...

Rockets pounce on Trail Blazers

Nov 18, 2016

Rockets pounce on Trail Blazers

In the postgame locker room after the Houston Rockets’ 126-109 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, James Harden teased teammates, laughed about excess shower water caught in his beard and joked with reporters. It was a stark contrast from the more ...

Pass-happy Warriors sizzle against Raptors

Nov 17, 2016

Pass-happy Warriors sizzle against Raptors

Drake Night or not, the Golden State Warriors pushed aside the Toronto Raptors. Though the Canadian rapper and Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador had never had to witness his hometown team losing on his special night the first three years it had been held, he ...

Nov 17, 2016

Cuban's Mavs avoid Trump hotels

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says the team’s decision not to stay at Donald Trump-branded hotels in New York and Chicago was made before the presidential election. The billionaire technology entrepreneur declined Wednesday to elaborate on the decision, telling The Associated Press it “was ...

Cavs beat Raptors to match best start

Nov 16, 2016

Cavs beat Raptors to match best start

The Cavaliers are far more focused on how they’ll finish. They are not complaining about their start, though. With Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson sitting courtside, LeBron James came up one rebound shy of a triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 24 points to lead ...

Halftime lineup switch pays off for Knicks

Nov 15, 2016

Halftime lineup switch pays off for Knicks

The New York Knicks spent $72 million to make Joakim Noah the anchor of their defense. On Monday, they sat him down and turned around a game. Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 24 points, and the Knicks rolled after a halftime lineup ...

Second unit helps guide Cavs to win over Hornets

Nov 14, 2016

Second unit helps guide Cavs to win over Hornets

LeBron James played with a different supporting cast down the stretch, but the result looked familiar. James, Cleveland’s only starter on the floor in the fourth quarter, scored 11 of his 19 points in the final period and the Cavaliers rallied for a 100-93 ...

Clippers beat Timberwolves for sixth straight win

Nov 13, 2016

Clippers beat Timberwolves for sixth straight win

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers burst into Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau’s postgame press conference, hollering “Can you come on! I’m out here waiting!” to his longtime friend and former assistant. “That’s what happens when you win,” a chuckling Thibodeau said. Rivers would ...

Sixers edge Pacers for first win

Nov 12, 2016

Sixers edge Pacers for first win

Joel Embiid wanted the ball down the stretch and the 76ers were happy to give it to him. Embiid scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Philadelphia to its first victory of the season, 109-105 over the ...

Popovich blasts Trump

Nov 12, 2016

Popovich blasts Trump

Saying he fears for the country’s future, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made his frustrations and anger over Donald Trump’s election very clearly known Friday night. “He is in charge of our country,” Popovich said. “That’s disgusting.” Popovich spoke before his team played ...