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Spurs maul T-Wolves for 7th straight win

Dec 24, 2015

Spurs maul T-Wolves for 7th straight win

Kawhi Leonard’s expression never changed, from stretching in pregame warmups to shutting down prized Minnesota Timberwolves youngster Andrew Wiggins to stepping out of the shower and getting ready to head back home. “Just another day for me,” he said. And for the San Antonio ...

Nowitzki moves past Shaq as Mavericks top Nets in OT

Dec 24, 2015

Nowitzki moves past Shaq as Mavericks top Nets in OT

Dirk Nowitzki talked about how much it meant to him, after working so hard, so long to get it. The victory, not the milestone. Nowitzki moved past Shaquille O’Neal into sixth place on the NBA’s career scoring list, then made the go-ahead basket with ...

Bryant leads way as Lakers  beat Nuggets

Dec 23, 2015

Bryant leads way as Lakers beat Nuggets

Kobe Bryant’s turnaround was unstoppable, just like it was years ago. He played suffocating defense on the hot shooter, same as he did years ago. For a night, Bryant was vintage Bryant again. No second thoughts about retirement, though. “Zero. Not even an inkling,” ...

Spurs run past Pacers for sixth straight win

Dec 22, 2015

Spurs run past Pacers for sixth straight win

A physical matchup on both ends of the court brought out the best in the San Antonio Spurs, especially Kawhi Leonard. Leonard had 24 points, six rebounds and five assists and helped hold Paul George to a season-low seven points, and San Antonio surged ...

Irving makes season debut in rout

Dec 21, 2015

Irving makes season debut in rout

As Kyrie Irving dressed following his first game in six months, LeBron James turned on some music. With Chris Brown’s “Picture Me Rollin’ ” filling the locker room, Irving, James and Iman Shumpert bobbed their heads in unison and did some small dance moves. ...

Durant leads charge in runaway victory over Lakers

Dec 20, 2015

Durant leads charge in runaway victory over Lakers

Kobe Bryant may not have made the difference. Either way, the Oklahoma City Thunder had little trouble with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. With Bryant out with a sore right shoulder, the Thunder stars had their way. Kevin Durant had 22 points and ...

Dec 19, 2015

Woeful Sixers add D'Antoni to staff

The one-win Philadelphia 76ers hired veteran NBA coach Mike D’Antoni as associate head coach Friday. D’Antoni’s deal follows the team’s recent addition of Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations and a decision to extend head coach Brett Brown’s contract two years. The 76ers ...

Pistons outlast Bulls in 4OT

Dec 19, 2015

Pistons outlast Bulls in 4OT

Andre Drummond didn’t have to say much to describe this four-overtime marathon. He could have stopped after the first word. “Wow,” he said. “I don’t have any words for that one.” Wow pretty much sums it up. Drummond had 33 points and 21 rebounds, ...

LeBron injures fan in courtside collision

Dec 18, 2015

LeBron injures fan in courtside collision

LeBron James crashed into a courtside seat, accidentally knocking over and injuring PGA champion Jason Day’s wife during the Cavaliers’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. Ellie Day was placed on a stretcher with her head immobilized and taken to MetroHealth ...

Dec 17, 2015

Kerr eyes return in a few weeks

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is feeling better as he deals with complications from back surgery, and hopes to be back on the bench in the coming weeks. Kerr attended practice Monday and Tuesday and was at the team’s shootaround Wednesday ahead of ...

Warriors get back on track

Dec 17, 2015

Warriors get back on track

Luke Walton had nearly finished drawing up a play when Stephen Curry chimed in: Run one for Klay. Walton obliged, and so did Klay Thompson. “I stepped in. I need to be a little quicker,” Curry said. “I raised my hand. We got a ...