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  1. Kobe’s three huge three-pointers and game-winning overtime dunk against the Raptors (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball overtime win in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This video, via the NBA’s YouTube page, is simply titled, “The Greatness of Kobe Bryant.” That about sums it up. The Lakers had no business beating the Raptors the way they defended for most of the night, but Bryant made sure that after his teammates helped close the gap, he would personally…

  2. Marco Belinelli hits the game-winning three to beat the Jazz (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Marco Belinelli reacts to making the game winning 3-point shot against the Utah Jazz during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    A crazy sequence on the Bulls’ final possession ended with a three-pointer from the corner by Marco Belinelli that turned out to be the game-winner, sending Chicago past Utah 89-88. To say the Bulls were fortunate here would be a bit of an understatement. Trailing by two with 18 seconds remaining, Belinelli pushes the ball…

  3. Kobe leads Lakers to thrilling overtime win over Raptors with a series of amazing shots

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:53 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant doesn’t know where the energy comes from, or even how he’s able to find the physical strength to do what he does late in games, and at this late stage of his career as he plays into his 17th season. But as long as it keeps coming, so will the…

  4. Kobe misses a three, steals the rebound, then drives for two-handed dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:08 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during NBA game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This was just the beginning for Kobe Bryant during Friday night’s thrilling comeback win in overtime against the Raptors. With the Lakers trailing by double digits for most of the game to this point, Bryant took it upon himself to begin to get things turned around. Late in the third quarter, after…

  5. Deron Williams sets NBA record by hitting nine three-pointers in first half against Wizards

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Deron Williams put himself in the NBA record book on Friday, and he did so before the first half of the game between the Nets and the Wizards was anywhere close to being finished. Williams knocked down nine three-pointers by halftime , including hitting 7-7 from beyond the arc before the end of the first…

  6. J.R. Smith swings an elbow at the head of Thabo Sefolosha (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    This went unnoticed during Thursday night’s closer-than-expected contest between the Knicks and the Thunder, but you can bet that the league will be reviewing it in the days that follow. With about 5:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, J.R. Smith takes an aggressive swing with his right elbow to the head of Thabo Sefolosha. Thankfully…

  7. Nuggets continue home dominance, win seventh straight by blowing out the Clippers

    Mar 8, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    When you think of the best teams in the league who have consistently dominated opponents on their home floor all season long, the Denver Nuggets probably aren’t at the top of your list. But they should be. After thrashing the Clippers on Thursday by a final of 107-92, the Nuggets are now 27-3 at home,…

  8. Thunder overcome hot shooting from J.R. Smith to outlast Knicks

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith walks off the floor after missing a shot in their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New York

    Initially, a little of the luster was lost from the TNT matchup between the Knicks and the Thunder when it was learned that Carmelo Anthony would be forced to sit out his second straight game due to a sore right knee. J.R. Smith took it upon himself to carry the offensive load for New York…

  9. Carmelo Anthony out Thursday night against Thunder

    Mar 7, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Hornets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Carmelo Anthony will miss his second straight game on Thursday due to a sore right knee, Mike Woodson confirmed to reporters before tip-off. The Knicks host the Thunder at Madison Square Garden in a nationally televised contest on TNT. Anthony missed the game against the Pistons on Wednesday for the same reason, one that the…

  10. Three Stars of the Night: Youth is served

    Mar 6, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    It’s an exciting time in the NBA when some of the league’s fresher faces are able to dominate the headlines at times and, more importantly, lead their respective teams to victory. On a light three-game slate in the Association, we had one of the younger guys playing a key role in all three contests. Third…

  11. Russell Westbrook scores 37, leads Thunder to easy win over Lakers

    Mar 6, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The last time the Thunder played the Lakers, they turned the ball over just nine times, and Russell Westbrook struggled offensively, finishing with just 17 points on 6-22 shooting. Oklahoma City dropped that one on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles, so Tuesday night at home, the team corrected itself in those two areas — in…

  12. Blake Griffin references his time traveling Kia ads in response to hit from Serge Ibaka

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:19 PM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    If you watch even a little bit of NBA basketball, there’s no way you haven’t seen one of the Kia ads featuring Blake Griffin going back in time to give his younger self various tidbits of helpful information that will prepare him for the future that Griffin is dealing with now. Griffin has always been…

  13. LeBron, Wade wonder publicly why Serge Ibaka was not suspended

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade react after a play against the Boston Celtics during the first half in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    When the news was released today that Serge Ibaka would be fined $25,000 for his below-the-belt hit on Blake Griffin during the Thunder’s win over the Clippers on Sunday, it wasn’t a shock that a suspension wasn’t handed down, but it was a bit of a surprise. The league hasn’t been afraid to retroactively drop…

  14. Serge Ibaka hits Blake Griffin in the groin, and is somehow not ejected in Thunder’s win over Clippers (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    With under two minutes remaining in a tight game between the Thunder and the Clippers, Serge Ibaka chopped down with his right arm and struck Blake griffin in the groin, causing Griffin to crumble to the floor. There’s no doubt the act was intentional on Ibaka’s part, but the referees didn’t see it as an…

  15. Thunder overcome late rally by Clippers to win a physical one in Los Angeles

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    The Thunder and the Clippers are likely second round playoff opponents, should neither team be able to overtake the Spurs for the number one overall seed in the Western Conference. If it ends up happening, and if Sunday’s contest at Staples Center was any indication, we’d be in for a battle of epic proportions. Oklahoma…

  16. Knicks to sign Kenyon Martin to a second 10-day contract

    Mar 3, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    Knicks head coach Mike Woodson told reporters before Sunday’s game against the Heat that the team would sign Kenyon Martin to a second 10-day contract. From Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork: Martin, who was signed to provide depth to the Knicks’ depleted front line, received a DNP on Friday against the Wizards and has played just…

  17. Heat get 14th straight victory, come back from 16-point deficit to beat Knicks

    Mar 3, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after he scored against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks had beaten the Heat twice already this season, so coming into this one in New York, one would have guessed that Miami would have it dialed in from the very start. It didn’t exactly turn out that way, as the Heat trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half. But…

  18. LeBron with the vicious one-handed alley-oop throwdown against the Knicks (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-HEAT-NETS

    Seeing LeBron James run to the rim through the defense and finish an alley-oop slam with one hand is always something to behold, but the slow motion replay from behind the glass is what makes this one particularly special.

  19. Raptors force OT thanks to this ankle-breaking move and baseline dunk from Alan Anderson (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v New York Knicks

    The Raptors found themselves trailing by eight entering the fourth quarter in Milwaukee on Saturday, but some hot three-point shooting from John Lucas III got them back in it, and the game was tight the rest of the way. Alan Anderson wasn’t great in this one, despite leading the Raptors in scoring with 21 points…

  20. Brandon Jennings dishes out a career-high 19 assists in win over Raptors (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings is getting a chance to show more of his all-around game, with Monta Ellis able to pick up the scoring and newly-acquired J.J. Redick able to space the floor for the Bucks offensively. Against the Raptors on Saturday, Jennings showcased his ability to run the offense, and find his teammates for good, open…

  21. Joakim Noah says Bulls coach Thibodeau ‘doesn’t understand the whole rest thing’

    Mar 3, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    The questions about how hard Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau rides his starters have been asked countless times, and the answers are always the same: That’s how he chooses to do it, the players can handle it, and the results have been mostly successful. That doesn’t mean that they’re going to stop, especially when the…

  22. Michael Jordan chooses between LeBron and Kobe (VIDEO)

    Mar 3, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jordan talks with Bryant

    The quotes were everywhere a couple of weeks ago, broadcasting to the heavens that Michael Jordan picked Kobe Bryant over LeBron James when asked to choose between two of the game’s best players. As is often the case with these types of things, there’s nuance involved, and it isn’t as easy as simply choosing one…

  23. Metta World Peace says his style of play is aggressive, but not dirty

    Mar 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    It can be extremely frustrating to watching Metta World Peace continually make violent plays that are meant to instigate or agitate his opponents, and then hear him try to explain away his actions afterward. It’s not that World peace is lying or being disingenuous. He truly believes that plays he’s been penalized for — such…

  24. Warriors blow 16-point lead, lose fourth straight to Sixers

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    Golden State's Curry chews his mouthpiece against Indiana during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    The Warriors rode a five-game losing streak into the All-Star break, but as a team, were trying to keep things positive. The streak reached six, before Golden State briefly righted the ship and rattled off three straight wins, but as the schedule toughened, the losses have begun to pile up once again. A 16-point second…

  25. LeBron’s shooting in February was the best by any player in the last 30 years

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    In case you needed an additional reminder of how awesome LeBron James is, here’s a little something to put what we’re seeing from him this season into historical context. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: The final tally for LeBron’s ridiculously accurate shooting in the month of February was 139 makes in 217 attempts from the…

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