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  • Ex-Lakers HC Byron Scott on LaVar Ball: 'Shut Up. Stay Put.'

    Former Los Angeles Lakers coach and player Byron Scott is apparently no fan of LaVar Ball. "Shut up," Scott said when asked whether Ball needs to let current Lakers coach Luke Walton coach, per a Thursday story from TMZ Sports. "Stay put. Stay on the sidelines. We got this." Scott's comments come after Ball called the Lakers coaches "soft," per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report. "They don't know how to coach my son. I know how to coach him," Ball continued. "I tell him to go get the victory. Stop...

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  • Donald Trump handed LaVar Ball $13 million in free advertising

    It pays to pick a fight with President Trump. That, at least, is the case for bloviating basketball dad LaVar Ball who has earned himself $13.2 million worth of free digital and TV ads since he started feuding with the president on Nov. 17. The number comes courtesy of Apex Marketing Group president Eric Smallwood and...

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  • Russell Westbrook Fuels OKC Thunder to Victory over Golden State Warriors

    If this season's Oklahoma City Thunder were an app on your phone, it'd be a public beta—an unfinished product with known bugs and glitches. It'd be considered version 3.0, with the 2012 Finals team and the 2016 Western Conference finalist as prior versions. It's a group assembled for a specific purpose: to compete with the likes of Golden State and Houston in the NBA's Western Conference. It's also a product rushed to market without the benefit of continuity that those other supercharged teams...

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  • Courtney Lee answers bell after getting torn into by Hornacek

    The Knicks had just completed a first half that was … gee, what’s the word? Oh, right. Lousy. So coach Jeff Hornacek let his gang know, collectively and individually. “We came in here, watched film and coach kind of got on me,” Courtney Lee said. “I really didn’t like what was being said.” And what...

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  • Kyrie Irving: It Was Time for Celtics' Winning Streak to End

    Kyrie Irving told reporters the Boston Celtics were due for a slip-up after their 16-game winning streak was snapped with a 104-98 loss to the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on Wednesday night. "There's still a lot to accomplish going forward," Irving said, according to ESPN's Israel Gutierrez. "It was a nice streak. But it was time to come to an end." The loss, which was the Celtics' first in 35 days, came two nights after Boston erased a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the...

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  • Knicks getting big Thanksgiving feast courtesy of Jarrett Jack

    Jarrett Jack is the Knicks’ starting point guard, quarterback, organizer and now host for a Thanksgiving party on the road. The team will make the best of Thanksgiving Day after a big 108-100 comeback victory over the Raptors on Wednesday. They won’t practice, but will fly to Atlanta ahead of Friday’s game versus the Hawks....

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  • Knicks’ Enes Kanter shows he’s more than just a rebounder

    It was a favored expression of Pat Riley, one he used frequently to emphasize the importance of the dirty work of the NBA’s blue collar laborers. “Rebounds equal rings.” And it was an expression everyone in basketball knew. “I never heard that,” Knicks center Enes Kanter said. “Seriously. But I like that. A lot.” OK,...

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  • Don’t put an asterisk on this one: This was a Knicks statement win

    There was no need for qualifiers now. The final seconds were bleeding off the clock, and Tim Hardaway Jr. was exhorting the sold-out crowd to shout ever stronger, roar ever louder. The other Knicks were flipping the ball around, the basketball equivalent of the victory formation. A few Raptors extended their hands. “This,” Hardaway said...

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  • Tyler Zeller’s head butt sends LeBron to locker room for stitches

    CLEVELAND — The Nets’ Tyler Zeller had an eventful night Wednesday. He got his first start of the season, hit the first 3-pointer of his career and even sent LeBron James to the locker room for stitches. The Nets were without big man Trevor Booker, who started the prior three games at center, but was...

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  • Kevin Durant Explains Why He Didn't Engage in Russell Westbrook Confrontation

    The Oklahoma City Thunder handled the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, 108-91, but the result took a backseat to some of the trash talking between former teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.  While Durant and Westbrook appeared testy when talking to each other nose-to-nose after the latter stripped the former on a drive, Durant didn't engage for more than a brief moment. Chris B. Haynes of ESPN shared the Warriors star's rationale behind doing so as he explained he "can't let emotion...

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  • Westbrook's 34 points lead Thunder past Warriors, 108-91

    Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 34 points and added 10 rebounds and nine assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91 on Wednesday night. It was Oklahoma City's first win over the Warriors since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the...

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  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook touch faces in heated moment

    If Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook aren’t talking anymore off the court, they’re doing plenty of it in the heat of battle. The former teammates had to be separated in the third quarter of the Warriors-Thunder showdown Wednesday night after getting so close to each other while trash talking, their fuming faces touched. Westbrook had...

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  • Russell Westbrook Outduels Kevin Durant as Thunder Rout Warriors

    Russell Westbrook walked into Chesapeake Energy Arena before Wednesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors rocking a jacket with the words "For Flexing Purposes" emblazoned on the sleeve.  And flex he did.  In the Thunder's 108-91win over the Warriors, Westbrook thrashed the defending champions and piled up a season-high 34points (13-of-27shooting), 10rebounds, nineassists and foursteals.  Those gaudy figures were the product of tremendous determination on Westbrook's part as he...

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  • Celtics can’t win them all

    MIAMI — Goran Dragic scored 27 points, Dion Waiters had 26 with a pair of big 3-pointers in the final minutes and the Heat held on to beat Boston 104-98 on Wednesday night, snapping the Celtics’ 16-game winning streak. Tyler Johnson scored 16 points for Miami, which saw what was an 18-point lead cut to...

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  • Knicks put together a historic run in win over Raptors

    Now that’s a Thanksgiving run. The third-quarter numbers were staggering as the Knicks scored a team record 28 straight points in a 108-100 defeat of the Raptors after playing one of the finest quarters in franchise history — a 41-10 third-quarter masterpiece — before another boisterous Garden crowd Wednesday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. exploded for...

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  • Heat top Celtics 104-98, snap Boston's 16-game win streak

    Dion Waiters watched his 3-point try bounce off the rim, ricochet off the top of the backboard, then hit the rim again and somehow drop through the net. It was a huge shot in the final moments, and a lucky one. That's what it took to end Boston's 16-game winning streak. Goran Dragic...

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  • Celtics' Win Streak Snapped at 16 Games by Heat Despite Kyrie Irving's 23 Points

    The Miami Heat ended the Boston Celtics' 16-game winning streak with a 104-98 home victory Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.        Kyrie Irving had 23 points on 11-of-22 shooting but was 0-of-3 from beyond the arc. Dion Waiters scored 26 points, while Goran Dragic had a game-high 27 points to propel the Heat to the win. The Heat reveled in ending Boston's streak: Waiters connected on a pair of clutch three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to deny the Celtics' comeback attempt....

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  • Knicks Set Franchise Record for Consecutive Points with 28-0 Run vs. Raptors

    The New York Knicks were red hot against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday and came through with their most impressive streak in franchise history.  New York went on a 28-0 run during the third quarter, turning a 62-52 deficit into an 80-62 lead. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, it was the most consecutive points the Knicks have ever scored, topping a 24-0 run against the Indiana Pacers in 2003. The Knicks finished with a 108-100 win to improve to 10-7 on the year. They ended up...

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  • LeBron James’ domination in fourth too much for Nets

    CLEVELAND — LeBron James had already crowned himself the so-called King of New York after beating the Knicks. And on Wednesday night, King James ruled over the Nets — and the fourth quarter. The Nets already had beaten the Cavaliers earlier this season at Barclays Center. James made damn sure it didn’t happen again at...

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  • N.C. State stuns No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Battle 4 Atlantis

    Freshman Braxton Beverly scored a season-high 20 points and sparked the decisive late run that helped North Carolina State upset No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Wednesday's first round at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Allerik Freeman scored 24 points to lead the Wolfpack (5-0). But it was Beverly — who...

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  • National Basketball Association

    ___L.A. Lakers 103, Chicago 94Cleveland 119, Brooklyn 109Portland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.Washington at Charlotte, 7 p.m.Boston at Miami, 7:30 p.m.L.A....

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  • NBA-National Basketball Association roundup

    Nov 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley underwent surgery on his right knee Wednesday, according to multiple...

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  • Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard's Quad Injury Unlike Any He's Ever Seen

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has apparently "never, never" seen an injury like Kawhi Leonard's quadriceps setback that has prevented him from lacing it up during the 2017-18 season. "What's really strange is that [point guard] Tony [Parker] has the same injury, but even worse,” Popovich said Wednesday, per Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com. "They had to go operate on his quad tendon and put it back together or whatever they did to it. So to have two guys, that's pretty incredible. I...

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  • Nicolas Batum Ruled out vs. Wizards with Elbow Injury

    Charlotte Hornets swingman Nicolas Batum suffered a left elbow contusion in the first half against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night and was ruled out for the remainder of the game, according to the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell.  Batum has continued to provide valuable across-the-board production for the Hornets over the past two-plus years similar to his seven seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. His ability to contribute in all five major categories makes him a perfect glue...

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