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Warriors 42-9 after win over T-Wolves

Feb 12, 2015

Warriors 42-9 after win over T-Wolves

After a first 51 games unlike any other in franchise history, the Golden State Warriors need a rest. That much was clear in their final game before the All-Star break, when they had to grind out their 42nd win of the season against the ...

Warriors' Curry, Thompson step out of fathers' shadows

Feb 11, 2015

Warriors' Curry, Thompson step out of fathers' shadows

Before Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson grew up to be the Splash Brothers, they were just the sons of famous fathers trying to make it big. Dell Curry recalls his son tagging along with him before and after games with the Charlotte Hornets, learning ...

Harden powers Rockets past Suns

Feb 11, 2015

Harden powers Rockets past Suns

The Houston Rockets blew an early 18-point lead and were down by one after three quarters in Phoenix. Then, as he so often does, James Harden took over. The NBA’s leading scorer got 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter and the ...

Popovich wins 1,000th game

Feb 10, 2015

Popovich wins 1,000th game

Gregg Popovich’s grand plan has produced plenty of wins. The Spurs made it an even 1,000 for him on Monday night. San Antonio rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and got a 5-meter baseline jumper from Marco Belinelli with 2.1 seconds left to give ...

Feb 10, 2015

Kings nearing deal to name Karl coach

The Sacramento Kings and George Karl are discussing a deal for him to take over as coach, a person with knowledge of the talks said Monday. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the negotiations were private. A second person said ...

Feb 9, 2015

OKC takes advantage with Griffin sidelined

The Los Angeles Clippers stumbled in their first test without Blake Griffin. The Clippers announced before their game at Oklahoma City on Sunday that the All-Star forward would be out indefinitely because of a staph infection in his right elbow. Without him, the Clippers ...

Davis hurts shoulder in Pelicans' loss to Bulls

Feb 8, 2015

Davis hurts shoulder in Pelicans' loss to Bulls

Anthony Davis stood in a hallway outside the Pelicans’ and Bulls’ locker rooms, wearing a gray sweatsuit and smiling as he engaged Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau in a good-natured postgame chat. After a hard, awkward fall on an alley-oop dunk had sidelined Davis with ...

Hawks soar in matchup of NBA's best

Feb 7, 2015

Hawks soar in matchup of NBA's best

The Atlanta Hawks climbed back to the top of the NBA standings by leaning on their depth. Jeff Teague scored 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks overcame Golden State’s one-two backcourt punch with balance, beating the Warriors 124-116 on Friday night in a showdown ...

Paul denies criticism based on gender

Feb 7, 2015

Paul denies criticism based on gender

Chris Paul made it clear: His problem with referee Lauren Holtkamp was with her call. He left it to others to say it wasn’t about her gender. His criticism of the rookie official drew a rebuke from the referees union Friday followed by strong ...

Magic fire Vaughn

Feb 6, 2015

Magic fire Vaughn

For several weeks, Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has felt the team has been stuck in a rut. He’s hoping a change of leadership on the bench will get them out of it. Citing a “stalled” growth process, the Magic fired Jacque Vaughn ...

Westbrook drops 45 on Pelicans

Feb 5, 2015

Westbrook drops 45 on Pelicans

The way Russell Westbrook saw it, Wednesday night’s game at New Orleans was a must win. The Thunder had lost four of their past six and were missing forward Kevin Durant — out with a sprained left big toe — for the fourth time ...

Warriors flex muscle in victory over Kings

Feb 4, 2015

Warriors flex muscle in victory over Kings

Pick a category: Defense. Shooting. Ball movement. Efficiency. Togetherness. In four games this season, the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings showed in just about every way how much of a difference there is between the NBA’s Northern California clubs. Stephen Curry had 23 ...