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Butler pumps in 52 as Bulls run past Hornets

Jan 3, 2017

Butler pumps in 52 as Bulls run past Hornets

Following a year of inconsistency and disappointment, the Chicago Bulls entered 2017 with plenty of resolutions. There’s one thing, however, they are hoping remains the same — the production of Jimmy Butler. Butler scored 52 points and outdueled Kemba Walker, carrying Chicago in a ...

Hawks snap long run of futility against Spurs

Jan 2, 2017

Hawks snap long run of futility against Spurs

Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer finally has his first win over Gregg Popovich, his longtime former boss in San Antonio. It took career and season-high point totals from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Paul Millsap, respectively, to make it happen. Hardaway matched his career high with ...

Cavaliers fend off late rally by Celtics

Dec 30, 2016

Cavaliers fend off late rally by Celtics

LeBron James accepted “Happy Birthday” wishes as he walked out of Cleveland’s locker room. He was in no mood to party after his final game as a 31-year-old. “I was horrible,” he said. Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and made two critical layups before ...

Durant's defensive impact provides big lift for Warriors

Dec 29, 2016

Durant's defensive impact provides big lift for Warriors

The Golden State Warriors played one of their most impressive quarters of the season to start the game, building a 25-point lead. Then, there were turnovers and second chances for Toronto and they had to hold off the Raptors at the end. Kevin Durant ...

LeBron named AP's Male Athlete of Year

Dec 28, 2016

LeBron named AP's Male Athlete of Year

LeBron James was jolted forward when the massive crowd swelled from the sidewalks and into Cleveland’s streets, surrounding the convertible that he and his family were riding in. This wasn’t supposed to happen. James looked at his wife, Savannah, their baby daughter and two ...

Westbrook gets 15th triple-double in Thunder victory

Dec 28, 2016

Westbrook gets 15th triple-double in Thunder victory

Russell Westbrook took a charge in the final minutes with the outcome already decided, was diving for loose balls and grabbed more defensive rebounds than any four Miami Heat players did combined. Forget the triple-double. It was everything else that had Heat coach Erik ...

Mirotic gives Bulls spark in victory over Pacers

Dec 27, 2016

Mirotic gives Bulls spark in victory over Pacers

Less than two weeks after falling out of the rotation for a couple of games, Nikola Mirotic is playing again and proving his worth to the Chicago Bulls. Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, Mirotic added a season-high 20 — including a key basket down ...

Cavaliers rally to beat Warriors in NBA Finals rematch

Dec 26, 2016

Cavaliers rally to beat Warriors in NBA Finals rematch

With another clutch shot, Kyrie Irving took the Warriors on a trip down memory lane. Irving dropped a short, turnaround jumper over Klay Thompson with 3.4 seconds left as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied just the way they did in June’s NBA Finals to defeat ...

Dec 26, 2016

Lakers' Nance to miss four weeks

Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. will be out for approximately four weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee. The Lakers announced the diagnosis Sunday night. Nance was hurt during the Lakers’ loss at Charlotte on Dec. 20 and was re-examined by team ...

Focused Spurs wallop Blazers

Dec 24, 2016

Focused Spurs wallop Blazers

Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss, winning 110-90 on Friday night despite resting key players. Patty Mills added 23 points off the bench for the Spurs, who led by as many ...

Cavaliers without Smith for 3 months after surgery

Dec 24, 2016

Cavaliers without Smith for 3 months after surgery

The defending NBA champions will be without a major piece for at least three months. Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith could be sidelined until the end of the regular season following surgery to repair what the team called a “complex fracture” of his right ...