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  1. LeBron, Kobe, Durant get special edition shoes for Easter (PHOTOS)

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Nike_Easter_Pack_Group_18290

    Another special occasion, another reason to drop special edition shoes for Nike Basketball’s biggest stars. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant are getting Easter-themed colorways of their signature shoes in time for Sunday’s holiday. From the official release: “The LEBRON X LOW, LeBron James’s new low-cut signature shoe, continues the celebration of his 10-year…

  2. Kobe passes Wilt Chamberlain on all-time scoring list (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:02 AM EST

    BKN-NBA-LAKERS-NETS

    Kobe Bryant moved into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Saturday, after hitting a pull-up jumper from 15 feet out with 7:55 remaining in the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings. The shot pushed Bryant past Wilt Chamberlain, who now sits at fifth with 31,419 career points. Bryant trails only Michael Jordan (32,292),  Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem…

  3. Magic, Bird, Kareem, Russell appear in new AT&T spots (VIDEO)

    Mar 30, 2013, 10:09 PM EST

    Magic Johnson

    Apparently, that guy in the AT&T commercials is tired of speaking with children in order to highlight the company’s service offerings. The wireless provider went out and got Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Russell to appear in its most recent iteration of television spots, with the one in the video clip above…

  4. James Harden out Saturday against Clippers

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:31 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    James Harden was held out of Saturday night’s game against the Clippers due to a sore right foot, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale told reporters before tip-off. Harden scored in single digits for just the second time all season on Friday, finishing with seven points on 3-9 shooting in 27 minutes in a loss to…

  5. Zaza Pachulia to undergo season-ending surgery, may have played his last game for the Hawks

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Zaza Pachulia

    Zaza Pachulia has missed the last 15 games with a sore right Achilles, and after seeking several medical opinions on the injury, has opted to undergo season-ending surgery. From Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Details of the surgery, a procedure to repair the sore Achilles, and the recovery period are to be determined. “After…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki hits game-winning three-pointer to bury the Bulls (VIDEO)

    Mar 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    We talked about the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West between the Jazz and the Lakers earlier today, but the Mavericks are likely to be in the conversation through the end of the regular season, as well. Dallas has finally gotten Dirk Nowitzki back healthy, and has now won 11…

  7. Manu Ginobili suffers leg injury, out for Spurs vs. Heat on Sunday

    Mar 30, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili

    The Spurs got a big win over the Clippers on Friday, thanks to 34 points and 11 rebounds from Tim Duncan, including the game-winning and-1 with just a couple of seconds remaining. San Antonio did it without Manu Ginobili, who (as seen in the video clip above) left the game late in the first quarter…

  8. Larry Drew not happy with (Josh Smith’s) shot selection after loss to Celtics

    Mar 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Larry Drew, Josh Smith, Kyle Korver

    Hawks head coach Larry Drew lamented his team’s poor shot selection after a loss in Boston on Friday, one where his team gave up 118 points to a Celtics squad that hadn’t scored that many since an overtime win over the Nuggets way back on Feb. 10. Atlanta shot 45.5 percent from the field as…

  9. Jazz back in playoff picture, Lakers out with nine games left in the regular season

    Mar 30, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap

    The Jazz came from 14 points down in the second half to get a big win in Portland on Friday, and by doing so, temporarily reclaimed the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings. The victory was significant, for multiple reasons. It brought Utah’s record on the season to 37-36, which is…

  10. LeBron scores 23 points in less than six minutes in Heat’s win over Hornets (VIDEO)

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    LeBron James, Darius Miller

    LeBron James turned in a special performance during the first half of the Heat’s blowout win in New Orleans on Friday, pouring in 23 of his 36 points in a span that lasted less than six minutes. James began his assault with three straight three-pointers near the end of the first period, and followed it…

  11. Suns players bothered by team’s decision to sit a healthy Goran Dragic

    Mar 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic, Wesley Johnson

    When the Suns decided to rest a perfectly healthy Goran Dragic for the team’s last two games, there was really no question as to the reasons why. Phoenix is all the way out of the playoff picture, and has been for some time. Winning games is no longer the priority for these Suns, while player…

  12. Chauncey Billups out with groin strain, status for remainder of the season in doubt

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:27 PM EST

    Chauncey Billups

    The Clippers could certainly use the veteran and capable presence of Chauncey Billups as they finish the regular season, while heading into a postseason battle that could be extremely difficult if the team should end up as part of the 4-5 first round matchup. Billups has played just 20 games for the Clippers all season,…

  13. Amar’e Stoudemire hopes to be back in time for the playoffs

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:15 PM EST

    Fashion's Night Out At SAKS Fifth Avenue

    It’s been almost three weeks since it was discovered that Amar’e Stoudemire would require knee surgery which would keep him out of the Knicks lineup for the rest of the regular season, at the very least. Stoudemire, speaking on a conference call to promote an upcoming documentary, said that the rehabilitation process is going well,…

  14. PBT Podcast: Lakers fading, Suns tanking, LeBron’s complaining

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:39 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Lakers following Thursday night’s loss to the Bucks. We look at how the latest injuries to Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash might affect the team with just nine regular season games remaining, and wonder if the injuries,…

  15. Three Stars of the Night: Larry Sanders, DeMarcus Cousins focus on the game instead of the officials

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:48 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, Larry Sanders

    There are some very good players in the league who let their emotions get the best of them more often than not, and as a result, they have a bad reputation where the officials are concerned. But sometimes, these guys simply play their games to perfection, and dominate in the process. That’s what we saw…

  16. Kings get second straight road victory with win over Suns

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:22 AM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    It’s weird to try to analyze or figure out this Phoenix Suns team, when it’s clear that they’re more interested in earning ping pong balls than competing to win at this late stage of the season. There’s nothing wrong with that, necessarily. It’s just that when a team doesn’t field its best possible lineups or…

  17. Kobe Bryant has a bone spur in his foot, will be examined Friday

    Mar 28, 2013, 11:39 PM EST

    Lakers' Bryant puts his jersey in his mouth during a break in play against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Kobe Bryant didn’t speak to reporters following the Lakers’ loss in Milwaukee on Thursday, and now we may know the reason why. It was revealed postgame that Bryant has a bone spur in his left foot that would require further examination when the team gets to Sacramento on Friday, according to multiple reports. Kevin Ding…

  18. Lakers’ playoff position narrows after loss to the Bucks

    Mar 28, 2013, 11:17 PM EST

    Lakers' Howard challenges Bucks' Ilyasova for the ball during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee

    Every game is critical for the Lakers down the stretch of the regular season, if the team hopes to maintain the hold on a tenuous playoff spot it took them essentially the entire year to secure. Nothing is secured yet, of course, and after falling in Milwaukee on Thursday by a final of 113-103, L.A.…

  19. Suns ‘resting’ a perfectly healthy Goran Dragic

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

    Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic

    Goran Dragic has been one of the few bright spots during what has been an absolute train wreck of a season for the Phoenix Suns. But it appears his team is ready to play without him for at least a couple of games, for reasons that are blatantly obvious. Dragic had his best game of…

  20. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  21. LeBron picks up a flagrant foul after lowering the shoulder on a Caros Boozer screen (VIDEO)

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:34 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a call during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    As an isolated incident, this play where LeBron James decided to intentionally drop his shoulder and plow into a screen-setting Carlos Boozer doesn’t have much meaning. But given the point of the game when this occurred, and the fact that James was the one initiating the contact, it spoke volumes. With under four minutes remaining…

  22. Bulls put an end to Heat’s 27-game winning streak

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:33 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James holds his face after a play as Chicago Bulls' Boozer looks on, during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Heat weren’t expecting to see their 27-game winning streak snapped in Chicago on Wednesday, due to the Bulls being shorthanded and playing without Joakim Noah, Rip Hamilton, and Marco Belinelli due to injury. But that’s the thing about winning streaks, and it’s also the reason that the NBA record of 33 straight wins set…

  23. David Lee assessed a retroactive flagrant foul for elbow that caused Dwight Howard to need stitches

    Mar 27, 2013, 9:42 PM EST

    Dwight Howard, David Lee

    Dwight Howard wasn’t at all pleased with David Lee following the Lakers’ loss to the Warriors on Monday, and it’s because of a play from Lee (seen in the video clip above) that caused Howard some discomfort. Howard was on the receiving end of an elbow from Lee, and to add insult to the injury,…

  24. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat continue streaking, Harden hits the game-winner to beat the Spurs

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching FGCU celebrate their trip to the Sweet 16 a thousand times. Nets 102, Suns 100: The Nets were without Joe Johnson in this one, but early in the third quarter, when Brooklyn had increased its lead to 16 points, it seemed…

  25. Thunder fan hits halfcourt shot to win $20K, gets tackled by Kevin Durant (VIDEO)

    Mar 24, 2013, 10:36 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    LeBron James started the tradition earlier this year, when he tackled a fan who hit a halfcourt shot in Miami to win $75,000. The cost of living is far less in Oklahoma City, so the fan who hit the shot on Sunday won just $20,000 for the same effort. But he asked for Kevin Durant…

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