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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tennessee tops No. 18 Purdue 78-75 (OT) in Battle 4 Atlantis

    Grant Williams scored all 22 of his points after halftime and hit the go-ahead shot with 14.5 seconds left in overtime to lift Tennessee past No. 18 Purdue 78-75 in Wednesday's opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. After P.J. Thompson missed a jumper for the lead, James Daniel hit two...

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  • Louisville says freshman Bowen will not play for Cardinals

    Louisville said that freshman forward Brian Bowen will not play for the school and that the Cardinals have parted ways with men's basketball associate coach Kenny Johnson. The 6-foot-7 Bowen signed with Louisville in June but had been held out of practice and games since the school...

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  • Trump labels father of UCLA player an 'ungrateful fool'

    President Donald Trump continued to taunt the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China Wednesday, calling him an "ungrateful fool." In a series of tweets fired off before dawn on the first day of his Thanksgiving vacation, the president complained yet again that...

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  • Go figure: The Celtics can't shoot _ and can't lose, either

    The Boston Celtics' story right now defies logic. They spent the summer ripping up a team that was the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs last season. They won the Gordon Hayward sweepstakes and got to have the All-Star for all of five minutes before a gruesome injury ended his...

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  • NBA players wish pending World Cup qualifiers were different

    Omri Casspi will try to keep up with his Israeli teammates when they open qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup this week. That's all he can do, because basketball's best players are stuck on the sidelines in the new format. "It's kind of weird, obviously," the Golden State...

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  • Lakers rally from 19-point deficit to beat Bulls 103-94

    Kyle Kuzma had 22 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 11 of his 21 in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the second half for a 103-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Brandon Ingram had 17 points, five rebounds and five...

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  • Thunder star Westbrook still adjusting to new teammates

    Russell Westbrook isn't focused on the fact that his Oklahoma City Thunder will face former teammate Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Westbrook's mind is on the Thunder's early struggles. Oklahoma City entered the season with high hopes after the team added Paul...

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  • Cousins says he was ejected for using big-man fundamentals

    New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins says he was protecting a rebound the way all big men are taught when he was ejected for a flagrant foul during a game against Oklahoma City. Cousins was called for a flagrant-two foul when he raised his right elbow near Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's...

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  • Competition, expense bring curtain down on Alaska Shootout

    Four decades ago, Alaska Anchorage head basketball coach Bob Rachal was looking to promote the program, and while rubbing shoulders with coaches from major programs at the Final Four, he found a way. The NCAA wanted a presence in all 50 states and had created a rule to help the...

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  • No. 6 Wichita State beats Marquette 80-66 in Maui semis

    Landry Shamet scored 19 points, Connor Frankamp added 13 and No. 6 Wichita State rode its second-half defense into the Maui Invitational title game with an 80-66 victory over Marquette on Tuesday. Wichita State (4-0) needed a massive rally just to get into the semifinals after a slow start...

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  • No. 2 Arizona, No. 5 Villanova top Battle 4 Atlantis field

    Arizona coach Sean Miller has seen his second-ranked Wildcats start the year with three easy wins and guard Allonzo Trier put up big numbers seemingly with ease. Things will be tougher this week for Arizona in the Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which features an eight-team...

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  • Ray Allen tells Orlando court he was 'catfished'

    Retired NBA star Ray Allen said he is a victim of "catfishing," and has asked a court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online. Allen filed an emergency motion in Orange County, Florida, on Tuesday, one day after Bryant Coleman told the court he is being...

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  • LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release

    Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left...

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  • Phil Knight's tourney draws top-10 teams to Oregon this week

    Nike founder Phil Knight is throwing a birthday party and every college basketball fan is invited. Well, they can at least watch it on TV. Knight is celebrating his 80th birthday by staging a two-bracket tournament — the PK80 — beginning Thursday in Oregon. It includes some of the...

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  • Irving's 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to maintain streak

    Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his season-high 47 points in overtime as the Boston Celtics rallied once again from a double-digit deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-102 on Monday night and extend their winning streak to 16 games. The Mavericks led by as many as 13 points in the fourth...

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  • LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release

    Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left...

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  • Pelicans rally after Cousins ejection, beat Thunder 114-107

    Anthony Davis had 36 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans rallied after DeMarcus Cousins' ejection to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-107 on Monday night. Cousins had 18 points and nine rebounds before he was called for a flagrant foul on Russell Westbrook with five...

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  • Duncan, Stockton headline college hoops Hall of Fame class

    John Stockton and Tim Duncan made their names in college, polished their legacies in the NBA, and retired with resumes that made them a lock for induction into just about any Hall of Fame. Hard to believe there was a time when a precious few wanted them. Stockton was an undersized point...

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  • Lonzo Ball's triple-double sends Lakers past Denver, 127-109

    Lonzo Ball's haircuts are headline news around LA and the NBA. His father already draws more attention than most politicians, and LaVar Ball is even currently engaged in a public argument with the president. Through all of this extraordinary attention on a 20-year-old point guard and his...

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  • Trump voices doubt about trophy hunting policy

    President Donald Trump on Sunday expressed more doubts about a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported, appearing to question whether "this horror show" would actually aid in the conservation of any animal. The trophy policy was among issues Trump...

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  • Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

    President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail. Trump's tweet Sunday comes after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release in comments to ESPN. "Who?" LaVar Ball...

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