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  1. Omer Asik receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Omer Asik received a warning for flopping against Tim Duncan during the Rockets loss to the Spurs on Dec. 10, the league announced. This is a good one, especially in slow motion. As the shot goes up, Asik battles Tim Duncan for rebounding position. Duncan uses his forearm to keep Asik from the ball, and…

  2. Carmelo Anthony returns to lead Knicks past Nuggets

    Dec 9, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony had missed the Knicks’ last two games due to sustaining a cut on a finger of his non-shooting hand, one that required five stitches to seal. It kept him from playing in New York’s win over the Heat in Miami on Thursday, and also kept him out of his team’s loss in Chicago…

  3. Stephen Jackson apologizes for threatening Serge Ibaka

    Dec 9, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    We told you on Saturday about the not-so-kind words that the Spurs’ Stephen Jackson posted to his Twitter account after Friday night’s game between the Lakers and the Thunder. Serge Ibaka and Metta World Peace got tangled up late in the contest while battling for rebounding position, and this apparently reminded Jackson of similar encounters…

  4. Dahntay Jones with the vicious slam on Patrick Patterson (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Patrick Patterson,Dahntay Jones

    There were plenty of slam dunk highlights from Saturday’s slate of games, but none more vicious or impressive than this monster jam from Dahntay Jones that came in the Mavericks’ win over the Rockets. Jones not only dunks all over Patterson, but pushes the ball through the defender’s hands before throwing it down. The best…

  5. Byron Scott fined $25K for criticizing officials after loss to Timberwolves

    Dec 9, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Byron Scott

    Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, the league announced via official release. The comments were made following Cleveland’s loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday, a game in which they managed to score just 73 points, but were outshot at the free throw line by their…

  6. Chris Wilcox fined $25K for making obscene gesture to fans during game

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    Chris Wilcox has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture to fans during the game between the Celtics and the Sixers on Dec. 7, the league announced. The incident occurred during a timeout with 8:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. But what exactly did Wilcox do to deserve such a hefty fine? From Chris…

  7. Mavericks players line up to individually greet Kevin McHale as he returns to coach Rockets (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Mchale

    Kevin McHale returned to coach the Rockets on Saturday, after being away from the team for an extended leave of absence due to the passing of his daughter a couple of weeks back. Before tip-off, the Mavericks players lined up to individually greet, hug, and shake hands with McHale as a show of empathy for…

  8. Roy Hibbert says he will be the ‘best center in the league’

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Larry Bird

    Roy Hibbert made the All-Star team a season ago, one in which he averaged career highs of 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while anchoring the defense for a Pacers team that pushed the eventual champion Heat to six games in the second round of the playoffs. That performance convinced Indiana to match a…

  9. Ezeli’s block on Beal saves the day for the Warriors (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Festus Ezeli

    The Warriors got themselves a nice win in Brooklyn over the Nets on Friday, so it would have been a shame for them to follow that up with a loss to the now 2-15 Washington Wizards. They can thank Festus Ezeli was for the fact that they escaped Washington with a win. There was good…

  10. Kevin Garnett finishes with zero rebounds in Celtics’ win over Sixers

    Dec 9, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett complains about a foul during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Boston

    Kevin Garnett anchored the Celtics offensively on Saturday, leading his team in scoring with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting during Boston’s 92-79 win over the Sixers. The game was a blowout, which was somewhat to be expected considering the way the Celtics lost to this same team in Philadelphia just the night before. Evan Turner…

  11. Lakers may bring Pau Gasol off the bench when he returns from injury

    Dec 9, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol has missed the Lakers last three games, two of which were losses, due to tendinitis in his knees. It’s been evident watching him in the young part of this season that he doesn’t have the energy or the explosiveness necessary to give his team what is expected, so maybe the injury is the…

  12. O.J. Mayo out-duels James Harden as Mavs beat Rockets

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    This was one of the more fun contests from a 10-game Saturday night slate. We had a superstar from each team putting in a dominant performance, and we had wild swings in the control of the game, with each team gaining a double-digit advantage at various points throughout. Ultimately, the Mavericks found a way to…

  13. Bulls use trademark defense to shut down the Knicks

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls

    The Knicks came into Saturday’s contest in Chicago against the Bulls at the top of the league in offensive efficiency, averaging 111.2 points per 100 possessions. The problem was, they were facing a Bulls team that was fourth in the league in the same category on defense, and playing without Carmelo Anthony, Chicago was able…

  14. Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant with dueling four-point plays (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook signals "three" after scoring and being fouled by a Lakers defender in the first half of NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    This play was really just the icing on the cake that was the entire first half for Russell Westbrook in the Thunder’s destruction of the Lakers on Friday. He realizes he has Chris Duhon isolated defending, and after a dribble or two in near the free throw line, he simply backs up and drains the…

  15. Stephen Jackson has strong words for Serge Ibaka

    Dec 8, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    Late in the Thunder’s win over the Lakers on Friday, Metta World Peace and Serge Ibaka got tangled up while battling for rebound position inside. Both players received technical fouls, a few words were exchanged, and that was that. But another NBA player watching from afar sided with World Peace, and had some strong words…

  16. Shawn Marion likely out against Rockets due to groin strain

    Dec 8, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, J.J. Hickson

    Shawn Marion left the Mavericks’ win over the Suns on Thursday in the third quarter due to suffering a groin strain. That injury is likely to keep him out of Dallas’ game in Houston against the Rockets on Saturday. Marion actually seemed to be getting around just fine after Thursday’s game in Phoenix, and said…

  17. Carmelo Anthony out for Knicks in Chicago

    Dec 8, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    UPDATE ¬†7:20 p.m. ET: Anthony told reporters before the game that he would be out for tonight’s contest. Carmelo Anthony sustained a cut to a finger on his left hand in the Knicks’ win over the Bobcats on Wednesday. The wound required five stitches, and it was painful enough to keep Anthony out of New…

  18. Rondo says he should have taken the layup after slipping on game-winning shot attempt

    Dec 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    We showed you Evan Turner‘s game-winner¬†from Friday night’s contest between the Celtics and Sixers. It wouldn’t have been the deciding basket, though, had Rondo been more decisive on the game’s final possession. Boston had a final chance, inbounding the ball on their end of the floor trailing by one with 2.7 seconds remaining. It goes…

  19. Dwight Howard: Ghost Hunter (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    This is the latest spot from Foot Locker and adidas, sticking to the theme of showing us what NBA stars might look like if they were to engage in seemingly random and ridiculous off-the-court activities. First we had Ricky Rubio as “backyard wrestler,” and now we get Dwight Howard: ghost hunter. Yeah, I don’t really…

  20. Heat may be forced to break up superstar core due to league’s upcoming payroll taxes

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The lockout that shortened the 2011-12 NBA season was about money above all else. The owners were willing to scrap the season if they didn’t secure a much larger share of revenue in the new collective bargaining agreement, and that’s exactly what they were able to do, even if it took holding the players and…

  21. Metta World Peace and Serge Ibaka get tangled up, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Metta World Peace, Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin

    Friday night’s game between the Thunder and the Lakers wasn’t close, but Serge ibaka and Metta World Peace appeared to try to make up for that by getting tangled up in the closing minutes. With under three minutes to play and Oklahoma City leading by 10, Ibaka and MWP were fighting for position on a…

  22. Westbrook’s stellar first half helps Thunder bury the Lakers

    Dec 8, 2012, 12:44 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    The Lakers weren’t expected by anyone to go into Oklahoma City on Friday and take down a Thunder team that was not only playing its best basketball of the young season, but was also riding a six-game winning streak. But it didn’t have to go down like this. Russell Westbrook destroyed the Lakers with a…

  23. JaVale McGee literally throws it down on the Pacers (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    The leaping ability of JaVale McGee has been well-documented, yet he gave us another example of his skill in this department on Friday night against the Pacers. McGee gets the ball on the wing, and after a single dribble, elevates and throws it down over Ian Mahinmi — literally. Afterward, he celebrates by … shoveling…

  24. Michael Beasley may be heading to the bench in Phoenix

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

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    The Suns are currently riding a five-game losing steak, after coming close but ultimately falling short in a 97-94 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday. And fair or not, the blame for a lot of the team’s struggles, especially offensively, is being placed squarely on the shoulders of Michael Beasley. Beasley was benched for the…

  25. Dwight Howard says he’s done listening to free throw advice

    Dec 7, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard and his poor free throw shooting have been the subject of much consternation for the Lakers. Howard is shooting under 47 percent from the line, and has attempted 211 foul shots — more than any other player in the league by a wide margin. Howard showcases his gregarious personality on the regular with…

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