Basketball

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) and forward Meyers Leonard, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 13, 2019 - 10:40 pm
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James compared the game to a heavyweight fight. If so, then the final punch was thrown by the Miami Heat — and it missed. Anthony Davis scored 33 points, James had 28 while coming within a rebound of a triple-double and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Heat 113-110 on Friday...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, looks for a way past Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
December 13, 2019 - 10:34 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James Harden found his 3-point shooting touch — again. Harden scored 54 points, matching the team record of 10 3-pointers he set in Houston's last game in the Rockets' 130-107 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night. “I just want to win,” Harden said simply. “Whatever it...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern takes a question from a reporter during a news conference following an NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas. The NBA says former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 and underwent emergency surgery. The league says in a statement its thoughts and prayers are with the 77-year-old Stern's family. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
December 12, 2019 - 11:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA said former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday and had emergency surgery. The league said in a statement its thoughts and prayers are with the 77-year-old Stern's family. Stern served exactly 30 years as the NBA's longest-tenured...
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid looks for room to shoot against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, left, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
December 12, 2019 - 11:07 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Joel Embiid responded to criticism from Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley with a season-high 38 points, adding 13 rebounds on Thursday night to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-109 victory over the Boston Celtics. Embiid scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, hitting five of...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Porter Jr. (4) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Cleveland. Houston won 116-110. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
December 11, 2019 - 9:57 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — James Harden scored 55 points — 20 in the fourth quarter — and Russell Westbrook added 23 points as the Houston Rockets withstood an unexpected scare from Cleveland and held on for a 116-110 win Wednesday night over the free-falling Cavaliers, who have lost eight straight and 14 of...
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Ohio State guard CJ Walker (13) reacts following a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Ohio State won 74-49. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
December 11, 2019 - 3:07 am
The ranks of the unbeaten were thinned out even more Tuesday night. Louisville, Maryland and Butler all lost for the first time, falling to Texas Tech, Penn State and Baylor, respectively. That left just five undefeated teams in all of Division I. There are also four teams that haven't won a game...
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In this photo provided by Wayland Baptist University, Wayland Baptist guard J.J. Culver (10) shoots during an NAIA college basketball game against Southwestern Adventist, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Plainview, Texas. Culver became the fourth college basketball player to score 100 or more points in a game, reaching the century mark in a 124-60 win over Southwestern Adventist on Tuesday night. (Claudia Lusk/Wayland Baptist University via AP)
December 11, 2019 - 1:53 am
PLAINVIEW, Texas (AP) — Wayland Baptist senior guard J.J. Culver became the fourth college basketball player to score 100 or more points in a game, reaching the century mark in a 124-60 win over Southwestern Adventist on Tuesday night. Culver hit 34 of 62 shots, 12 of 33 from 3-point range and was...
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Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) controls the ball as Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 10, 2019 - 10:52 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Duncan Robinson tied a franchise record with 10 3-pointers, Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler each had triple-doubles and the Miami Heat scored 22 unanswered points down the stretch to beat the Atlanta Hawks 135-121 in overtime on Tuesday night. Kendrick Nunn scored 36 points, one off the...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid celebrates after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
December 10, 2019 - 10:52 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 22 points, including two key free throws with 15.3 seconds left, and Tobias Harris added 20 to keep the Philadelphia 76ers perfect at home with a 97-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Matisse Thybulle added 13 points for the Sixers, who are...
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Texas Tech guard Avery Benson (24) defends against a shot by Louisville forward Jordan Nwora (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Jimmy V Classic, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
December 10, 2019 - 9:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Davide Moretti scored 18 points and hit successive 3-pointers that helped Texas Tech knock off undefeated No. 1 Louisville 70-57 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Louisville became the fourth top-ranked team to lose this season, joining Michigan State, Kentucky and Duke...
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