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  1. Warriors hang on to beat Mavericks in battle of shorthanded teams

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:07 AM EDT

    David Lee, Andrew Bogut

    The second half of the TNT doubleheader on Thursday lost some of its luster before the game even started, with both Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks being ruled out due to injury. But the game turned out to be exciting nonetheless, as others stepped up on both sides to…

  2. Vince Carter fakes injury before cutting to the basket for a two-handed slam (VIDEO)

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

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    Vince Carter taught Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes a bit of a lesson as the first half came to an end at Oracle Arena on Thursday, and we’re all a little better off because of it. With the Mavericks playing for the last shot of the half as point guard Darren Collison dribbled down the clock…

  3. Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul named team captains for All-Star Saturday Night

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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    We know what you’re thinking. Since when does All-Star Saturday Night — the evening of skill-based competitions that includes the Slam Dunk Contest — have team captains? Since this season. And since it’s all in the name of charity, we don’t see any reason it shouldn’t happen. Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul were named team…

  4. Gregg Popovich earns spot as Western Conference head coach for 2013 NBA All-star game

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Gregg Popovich has earned the spot as head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars, thanks to the Spurs’ win over the Bobcats on Wednesday. The victory ensured that San Antonio will have the best record in the West by the Feb. 3 deadline the league uses to make the determination. While it’s possible for thje…

  5. Dwight Howard re-injures right shoulder in loss to Suns

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:59 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant

    PHOENIX — Dwight Howard re-aggravated the injury to his right shoulder in Phoenix on Wednesday night, and it didn’t look to be anything minor either on the court or in the locker room afterward. While there was no speculation by anyone that Howard would be forced to miss time, it was clear that he was…

  6. Lakers lose to Suns in Nash’s return to Phoenix

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:19 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    PHOENIX — Steve Nash returned to Phoenix for the first time as a member of the Lakers on Wednesday, after leaving the Suns team he played eight seasons for via a sign-and-trade deal that sent him to Los Angeles last summer. It hasn’t turned out to be a better situation for Nash with his new…

  7. Steve Nash receives a huge ovation in his return to Phoenix with the Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Steve Nash returned to Phoenix as a member of the Lakers on Wednesday, in what was his first trip back to town since being traded to Los Angeles over the summer. Nash played eight seasons for the Suns, and became the face of the franchise thanks to his personal style of play that…

  8. Matt Barnes ejected for flagrant-two foul on Greg Stiemsma (VIDEO)

    Jan 30, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    Matt Barnes was ejected in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game between the Clippers and the Timberwolves, after violently grabbing the neck of Greg Stiemsma. Barnes apparently didn’t like the screen Stiemsma set, and initially shoved him while trying to fight through, before delivering the far more violent shot the second time around. It…

  9. Andrew Bogut may play for Warriors Monday night against Raptors

    Jan 28, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    Andrew Bogut has appeared in just four games for the Warriors this season, thanks to a broken left ankle that has been slow to recover after undergoing surgery last April. It has been Bogut’s decision all along to come back to the court when he feels ready, and that time may be upon us as…

  10. Jeff Van Gundy rips Dwight Howard during nationally televised game between Lakers and Thunder (VIDEO)

    Jan 28, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    During Sunday’s nationally televised game between the Lakers and Thunder — one where Kobe Bryant racked up 14 assists in helping his team to a much-needed win — color commentator Jeff Van Gundy had some strong words for Dwight Howard. Howard has been up and down this season, and is clearly not all the way…

  11. Ray Allen says he’ll ‘always be a Celtic’ (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Paul Pierce stands beside former teammate and current Miami Heat player Ray Allen in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    Ray Allen played five seasons with the Boston Celtics and was a member of the 2008 team that won the NBA title. Due to some internal disagreements and the opportunity that arose for him in Miami, Allen left Boston and joined the defending champion Heat in time to start this season. Sunday marked Allen’s first…

  12. Kobe’s 14 assists facilitate Lakers’ win over Thunder

    Jan 27, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers seem to have found some life recently, in this season that seemed more and more like one that would die without a playoff berth despite the massive amount of talent that’s been assembled on the roster. Kobe Bryant dished out 14 assists for the second straight game, and the results in each have…

  13. Stephen Curry receives invite to All-Star weekend’s three-point contest

    Jan 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis

    Stephen Curry was the biggest name snubbed from the Western Conference All-Star team when the reserves, as voted on by the coaches, were announced last week. Curry’s improved play is a huge reason for the Warriors surge this season, and he’s emerged as one of the game’s purest shooters. That last part is the reason…

  14. The play where Rajon Rondo may have suffered his season-ending ACL injury (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    We’re not absolutely certain that this is the play where Rajon Rondo tore his ACL, but at the moment it seems to be the leading candidate. The fine folks over at Celtics Hub did the research, and found this play from Boston’s double-overtime loss in Atlanta, where Rondo appears to come down awkwardly after taking…

  15. Celtics confirm Rajon Rondo has torn ACL, out for the season

    Jan 27, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    An MRI on Sunday confirmed the Celtics’ fears. Rajon Rondo has a torn right ACL and is officially done for the rest of the season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England. Rondo was a late scratch for Sunday’s nationally televised home game against the Miami Heat. While the return of Ray Allen was…

  16. After Shannon Brown’s flagrant on Ginobili, Stephen Jackson says he would have knocked out anyone else

    Jan 27, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    Late in the third quarter of the Spurs’ win over the Suns on Saturday, Shannon Brown was called for a flagrant-two foul when he caught no ball and all Manu Ginobili on an attempt to block his opponent’s shot from behind. The play looked (and sounded) worse than it actually was, but considering the loud…

  17. Nike Basketball unveils All-Star edition shoes for LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Durant (PHOTOS)

    Jan 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Nike Basketball unveiled the All-Star editions of the signature shoes for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant earlier this week, and the style and color choices will undoubtedly be coveted by sneaker collectors worldwide. While they’re not quite as amazing as last year’s Galaxy collection, there’s still plenty to like about the 2013 versions…

  18. Steve Blake says he’ll be back for the Lakers this Tuesday

    Jan 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The lack of depth at the point guard position is pretty far down the list as far as reasons the Lakers have had trouble stringing together a series of wins this season. Nevertheless, any help would be more than welcome at this point, and it appears that some will be on the way early next…

  19. Jrue Holiday scores a career-high 35 as Sixers rout Knicks

    Jan 27, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers guard Holiday shoots past the defense of the New York Knicks Chandler during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Jrue Holiday was one of five Eastern Conference players named as an All-Star reserve on Thursday who will be making their first career appearance in the NBA’s midseason exhibition. Someone should have told him he already earned the honor. Holiday exploded for a career-high 35 points, to go along with five rebounds and six assists…

  20. Gerald Henderson hits the game-winning three as Bobcats beat Timberwolves (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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    This was a pretty insane sequence, and an appropriate one to result in the Bobcats snapping their 16-game home losing streak, which was just two shy of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks. The Bobcats almost turned it over on this series more than once, but ultimately Kemba Walker chased down the…

  21. Kyrie Irving hits the game-winner to send Cavs past Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

    Omri Casspi; Kyrie Irving

    Let’s just get this out of the way right now — that was absolutely horrible defense by the Raptors. Kyrie Irving hit the game-winning shot from three-point distance with just 0.7 seconds remaining to give his Cavaliers the 99-98 victory in Toronto. The win was Cleveland’s third straight and fourth in its last five games.…

  22. Rockets reinstate previously suspended rookie Royce White

    Jan 26, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Royce White

    The Rockets have reinstated rookie Royce White, the team and player announced together via a joint release. White was suspended by the Rockets back on Jan. 6 for “refusing to provide services as required by his Uniform Player Contract,” with a refusal to report for a D-League assignment right at the top of the list. It…

  23. Chris Bosh says he’s a lock to make the Hall of Fame

    Jan 26, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    chris bosh all-star hall of fame

    Miami Heat center Chris Bosh was selected to the All-Star team as a reserve by the coaches, marking the eighth time he’s received the honor in his 10 NBA seasons. That, along with the championship ring he earned a season ago might mean he’s already assured himself a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame.…

  24. Marv Albert says it seems like Celtics are pumping in artificial crowd noise

    Jan 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    marv albert tnt

    Marv Albert called the nationally televised broadcast between the Knicks and the Celtics in Boston on Thursday, and believes there may have been some funny business going on in terms of the sound he heard from inside the arena while the game was in progress. Albert essentially said during the telecast that he believes the…

  25. Mark Cuban wants All-Star game in Dallas again, but not at Cowboys Stadium

    Jan 26, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    2010 nba all star dallas

    The 2010 NBA All-Star game was hosted by the Dallas Mavericks, but was held in Arlington, Texas in the massive football stadium that was built as the new home for the Dallas Cowboys. A record crowd of 108,713 showed up to watch the midseason exhibition, and it was truly an amazing event — one that…

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