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Beal, Pierce drive Wizards in win over Rockets

Dec 30, 2014

Beal, Pierce drive Wizards in win over Rockets

With his team under constant assault down the stretch on Monday night, Bradley Beal did what needed to be done: He played with confidence. Beal scored a season-high 33 points, including six free throws in the final two minutes, and the Washington Wizards survived ...

Jennings leads Pistons past Cavaliers

Dec 29, 2014

Jennings leads Pistons past Cavaliers

The Detroit Pistons have stepped up their play since releasing veteran forward Josh Smith last week. The Cleveland Cavaliers are searching for consistency. Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, and the Pistons used an 18-0 run in the second quarter to roll past the Cavaliers ...

Dec 29, 2014

Lakers claim Black, waive Henry

The Los Angeles Lakers have claimed center Tarik Black off waivers from the Houston Rockets. The Lakers waived injured guard Xavier Henry to make room on their roster Sunday. Black started 12 of his 25 games this season for Houston after making the roster ...

Raptors reserves vital in fourth quarter against Clippers

Dec 28, 2014

Raptors reserves vital in fourth quarter against Clippers

Kyle Lowry and the short-handed Toronto Raptors needed plenty of help from their reserves down the stretch to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. Lowry scored 25 points and the resilient Raptors got 18 of their 30 fourth-quarter points from the bench on Saturday, a ...

Davis powers Pelicans past Spurs

Dec 27, 2014

Davis powers Pelicans past Spurs

Anthony Davis stepped to his right and blocked a direct path to the basket for Tim Duncan, who instead went up for a layup. Davis took over from there. The 208-cm power forward blocked Duncan’s shot before tying up the ball, drawing loud cheers ...

Dec 27, 2014

Cavs' Varejao has Achilles surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao underwent successful surgery Friday to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the club said, but the Brazilian star is not expected to return this season. Brian Donley performed the procedure following an injury that took place Tuesday, when Varejao ...

Heat spoil LeBron's return

Dec 26, 2014

Heat spoil LeBron's return

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer. Just like old times. Only this time, just one got to enjoy a victory. James’ return to Miami as an ...

Dec 25, 2014

Free agent Smith joining Rockets

Josh Smith will join the Houston Rockets following his release by the Detroit Pistons, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Smith hasn’t yet cleared waivers. Smith was let ...

Curry's game lifts Warriors

Dec 25, 2014

Curry's game lifts Warriors

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was driving in a car with his wife, Ayesha, over the summer when they put on a song by a popular rapper that everybody had been telling them to play. “Been Steph Curry with the shot,” Drake ...

Lillard steals show in win over Thunder

Dec 24, 2014

Lillard steals show in win over Thunder

In a matchup of star Western Conference point guards, Portland’s Damian Lillard made the big shots and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook didn’t. Lillard scored 40 points, making a tying 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation, and the Trail Blazers rallied from a 13-point, ...

Pierce relishes Christmas stage

Dec 24, 2014

Pierce relishes Christmas stage

For the third straight year, Paul Pierce will awaken to play on Christmas in New York. The feeling never gets old. Playing on Christmas Day — the traditional start of the NBA’s national broadcast schedule, and when fans seem to begin paying more attention ...

Harden drops 44 on Trail Blazers

Dec 23, 2014

Harden drops 44 on Trail Blazers

James Harden wouldn’t admit he was thinking about last season in Houston’s first game against Portland since the Trail Blazers eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs in the first round. Dwight Howard was certain he was. “I know it’s kind of like a weight ...