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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
January 20, 2019 - 3:33 am
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden was the star for the Houston Rockets as usual on Saturday night, but he and the team got a big boost from Eric Gordon in his second game back after recovering from a bruised knee. Harden scored 48 points, Gordon added 30 and the Rockets overcame a 21-point deficit to...
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Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) shoots as Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter (15) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
January 19, 2019 - 10:14 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 on Saturday night for their third straight win. After trailing for most of the game, Boston took the lead with a 9-0 fourth-quarter run, including a go-ahead 3-pointer by Jaylen Brown, who...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George, left, celebrates with Russell Westbrook at the end of the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Thunder won 117-115. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
January 19, 2019 - 8:35 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid tangled once again. Then Paul George stole the show. George converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, sending Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-115 victory over Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. George's...
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Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) drives past Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
January 19, 2019 - 7:49 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 21 points, Jeremy Lamb hit three-points and had 18 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Phoenix Suns 135-115 on Saturday for their third straight victory. Charlotte shot 54.5 percent from the field and made 16 of 34 3-point attempts in the wire-to-...
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Los Angeles Clippers center Marcin Gortat, left, reaches in on Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
January 19, 2019 - 2:36 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins couldn't wipe the smile off his face. The usually scowling big man was back Friday night after being sidelined for nearly a year. He scored 14 points in his Warriors debut, a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. "I felt like a kid on Christmas," Cousins...
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Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) drives against Sacramento Kings' Willie Cauley-Stein (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
January 17, 2019 - 9:34 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 23 points, surpassing 11,000 for his career, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Sacramento Kings 114-95 on Thursday night. Miles Bridges and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 15 points and Willy Hernangomez added 11 points and 16 rebounds off the bench...
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3), is drives to the basket flanked by New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26), left, and his teammate guard Damyean Dotson (21), during an NBA basketball game between New York Knicks and Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena, in London, Thursday, Jan.17, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
January 17, 2019 - 6:57 pm
LONDON (AP) — When Bradley Beal felt his legs go out beneath him, likely ending his chances of scoring the go-ahead basket for the Washington Wizards, he spotted Thomas Bryant standing alone in the lane. Beal dropped the ball off to Bryant, who was awarded two points after Allonzo Trier was called...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore (23) shoots against the Washington Mystics during a WNBA basketball game, in Minneapolis. According to a person familiar with the deal, Moore has been given the franchise tag by the Lynx for the 2019 season. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP, File)
January 17, 2019 - 5:44 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore's availability for the upcoming season is uncertain. Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said Thursday that the organization has been "in close contact" with the five-time first team All-WNBA honoree. The Lynx and Moore "together are...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2019, file photo, New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, of Turkey, warms up prior to the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. Turkish media reports said Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, that Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant and had prepared an extradition request for Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organisation. Sabah newspaper said prosecutors were seeking an Interpol "Red Notice" citing Kanter's ties to Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey blames for a failed 2016 coup, and accusing him of providing financial support to the group. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
January 17, 2019 - 4:14 pm
LONDON (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday that the safety and security of players will always be paramount for the league after New York Knicks center Enes Kanter did not travel to London for his team's game against the Washington Wizards. Kanter said he feared he could be attacked...
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, and forward Serge Ibaka, left, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. The Celtics defeated the Raptors 117-108. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
January 17, 2019 - 1:56 am
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving said he regretted criticizing his younger teammates, then he made a call to a former teammate he also owed an apology. The Celtics point guard said on Wednesday that he called LeBron James over the weekend to apologize for failing to understand the burden the four-time...
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