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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein reacts in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
December 06, 2019 - 11:43 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson battled Orlando's big men and then defended his rookie coach. At least some of the Cavaliers have John Beilein's back. Following a 93-87 loss to the Magic — Cleveland's 11th loss in 12 games — Thompson said he was disappointed to learn that some...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks 0ver Los Angeles Clippers' Ivica Zubac during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
December 06, 2019 - 9:46 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had plenty of time to relax and enjoy his 25th birthday Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds before exiting the game with 8:56 to play and his Milwaukee Bucks ahead by 36. The Bucks went on to win 119-91...
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New York Knicks coach David Fizdale reacts during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 06, 2019 - 5:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — David Fizdale was the latest coach tasked with trying to turn around the New York Knicks. He was given barely 100 games before the longtime losers decided it was time to try someone else. The Knicks cut ties with Fizdale and promoted assistant Mike Miller to interim head coach...
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Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) controls the ball between Toronto Raptors' defenders, left to right, Terence Davis, Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry during second half NBA action in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 9:54 pm
TORONTO (AP) — No matter what, the Toronto Raptors were determined to double-team James Harden. The rest of the Houston Rockets made sure that strategy didn’t pay off. Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, Harden shook off a slow start to score 23 and the Rockets beat the...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, photo, a model walks the runway wearing the Christian Dior pre-fall 2020 men's fashion collection shoe Air Dior during Miami Art Week on, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
December 05, 2019 - 1:07 pm
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Utah Jazz forward Jeff Green, right, defends against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, as he drives to the basket in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 04, 2019 - 10:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers had plenty of energy left for the second night of a difficult back-to-back. Anthony Davis scored 26 points, LeBron James added 20 points and 12 assists for his 17th double-double in 22 games, and the Lakers dominated on both ends of the court in a 121-96...
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Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Miami. The Heat won 117-100. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
November 30, 2019 - 1:47 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Dion Waiters returned to practice with the Miami Heat on Saturday, apologizing publicly for the incident on the team plane that led to his 10-game suspension. Waiters will be with the team for its three-game trip to Brooklyn, Toronto and Boston that starts on Sunday. He has yet to play...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
November 29, 2019 - 11:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have won 10 straight games for the first time since December 2009, when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol rode that fast start all the way to their most recent championship. Nobody is ready to declare the current Lakers are headed for a similar summer after their...
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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives to the basket past Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
November 29, 2019 - 1:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving is getting closer to a return, and at some point he will face his former team. When he does, the Brooklyn Nets can only hope he plays as well as Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie had 32 points and 11 assists while Irving remained sidelined, and the Nets beat the Boston...
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Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8) drives past Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
November 28, 2019 - 6:45 am
BOSTON (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 39 points in his first game back after leaving the court on a stretcher, with his neck in a brace. It was almost enough to make the Boston fans forget about the guy he replaced. But not quite. On a night the fans seemed more interested in taunting former Celtics...
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