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Jan 5, 2016

76ers sign veteran Brand for second time

His career seemingly over, Elton Brand believed his only veteran leadership would come at home with his kids. The Philadelphia 76ers had other ideas. With a youthful roster sorely in need of mentoring, the Sixers signed the free-agent forward on Monday with the hope ...

Jan 4, 2016

Nets' Jack tears ACL, done for season

Brooklyn Nets point guard Jarrett Jack has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season. Jack was hurt Saturday in a victory at Boston and the Nets said Sunday he also has a small medial meniscus tear. ...

Butler eclipses Jordan's mark during victory over Raptors

Jan 4, 2016

Butler eclipses Jordan's mark during victory over Raptors

For one half, Jimmy Butler was better than Michael Jordan. That’s all it was, Butler said. One half. Still, it was an amazing run. Butler broke the Hall of Famer’s team record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 after the ...

Kings hammer Suns

Jan 3, 2016

Kings hammer Suns

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl shrugged off his milestone 1,155th victory Saturday, preferring to focus on his team’s current plight rather than tying Phil Jackson for the fifth-most career victories in NBA history. DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and nine rebounds to help give ...

Whiteside ignites Heat

Jan 2, 2016

Whiteside ignites Heat

With 17 games to play in 31 days and two brutal road trips awaiting, the Miami Heat know January will be far from easy. At least it’s off to a flying start. Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 19 rebounds, Gerald Green added 19 ...

Kobe solid in victory against rival Celtics

Dec 31, 2015

Kobe solid in victory against rival Celtics

Mark Kobe Bryant down for one more win on the parquet floor in Boston. Bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Celtics 112-104 on Wednesday night. Bryant played 33 minutes and recorded his first double-double of what ...

Dec 30, 2015

Suns' Bledsoe to miss rest of season

The Phoenix Suns say leading scorer Eric Bledsoe will not return this season after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The team made the announcement in a brief news release, saying Bledsoe’s “prognosis is for a return to ...

Hawks rally to beat Rockets

Dec 30, 2015

Hawks rally to beat Rockets

With their star 3-point sharpshooter stuck in an 0-for-18 slump, the other four Atlanta Hawks starters carried the load on Tuesday night. In the 121-115 road win over the Houston Rockets, Atlanta overcame both a 19-point deficit and the detrimental shooting woes of Kyle ...

Dec 29, 2015

Struggling Suns fire two assistant coaches

The Phoenix Suns, losers of 15 of their last 20 games, have fired assistant coaches Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting. Nate Bjorkgren was promoted to take Longabardi’s job as defensive coordinator on Monday. Assistant Earl Watson also was promoted to a bench coach position. ...

Marjanovic shines as Spurs improve to 18-0 at home

Dec 29, 2015

Marjanovic shines as Spurs improve to 18-0 at home

The San Antonio Spurs started the game minus an injured Tim Duncan and were soon without coach Gregg Popovich following a fiery ejection. The Spurs needed an emotional and physical lift against the tenacious Minnesota Timberwolves, and they got it on the massive shoulders ...

McCollum takes charge for Blazers

Dec 28, 2015

McCollum takes charge for Blazers

Overshadowed for the last two years as he played behind a pair of seasoned guards, C.J. McCollum has blossomed into a rising star for the Portland Trail Blazers. McCollum had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Blazers to a 98-94 ...

Sixers find way past Suns for second victory

Dec 27, 2015

Sixers find way past Suns for second victory

Ish Smith was just traded from New Orleans to Philadelphia, so he knows each win is special. This one came against one of his former teams. Smith scored 14 points in the first game of his second stint with the lowly 76ers, who beat ...