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  1. Victor Oladipo rejects Carmelo Anthony at the Rim (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Victor Oladipo

    The Knicks rolled the Magic 121-83 on Friday to earn a much-needed second straight victory, but Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo came up with at least one play that was worthy of the highlight reel. As Carmelo Anthony drives the lane for what looks to be a certain slam, Oladipo rises up and rejects him at…

  2. Paul Millsap hits a shot to beat first quarter buzzer vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:47 PM EST

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    Russell Westbrook wasn’t the only one showcasing his range under pressure on Friday. Paul Millsap of the Hawks heaved a shot from well beyond half court to beat the first quarter buzzer against the Cavaliers, and it found nothing but the bottom of the net. We’d like to tell you that this particular heave mattered…

  3. Russell Westbrook drains a shot from near half court against Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Dec 6, 2013, 10:31 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Anytime a player on either team hits a shot from a distance that borders on the absurd, the announcers on the telecast seemingly can’t wait to break out the local references in describing just how far away the attempt actually was. In this case, we had Russell Westbrook hitting a shot from near halfcourt to…

  4. Knicks snap nine-game losing streak by crushing depleted Nets

    Dec 5, 2013, 11:21 PM EST

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    NEW YORK – In a game that was supposed to be a lively and competitive rivalry contest between two teams who share a city and began the year sharing aspirations of contending for a title, the end result was to fans what the entire season has been for both the Knicks and the Nets —…

  5. Kevin Garnett and Andrea Bargnani get tangled up, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:38 PM EST

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    NEW YORK – The Knicks ended their nine-game losing streak with a blowout win over the Nets in Brooklyn, and early in the fourth with the game already decided Kevin Garnett and Andrea Bargnani got into a brief scuffle that resulted in both players being assessed technical fouls. Garnett is normally the one to blame…

  6. Nike unveils Kobe Bryant’s latest signature shoe, the Kobe 9 Elite (PHOTOS)

    Dec 5, 2013, 9:28 AM EST

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    Nike held an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles to unveil its latest signature shoe for Kobe Bryant, the Kobe 9 Elite. And it’s a huge change from what we’ve seen out of Bryant’s line over the past several seasons. From the official release: “Designed with Kobe’s tech insights and…

  7. The Extra Pass: A Google goggle revolution dream, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Kirk Hinrich

    I have this odd vision for the future of the NBA, and in it everyone looks like Kirk Hinrich. Well, everyone doesn’t actually look like Kirk Hinrich, but all the players are wearing goggles nonetheless. That’s not just because they look cool and I think Hinrich is the undisputed king of accessorizing, and it’s not…

  8. Kobe Bryant says he won’t return Friday, but doesn’t rule out playing Sunday at home vs. Raptors

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:53 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is back to practicing at full speed this week, and while many hoped that would mean a return to real game action as soon as Friday on the road against the Kings in Sacramento, Bryant himself said on Wednesday that wouldn’t be the case. Speaking to many reporters one-on-one at the unveiling of…

  9. Arena evacuated after fire, Spurs-Timberwolves game in Mexico City postponed

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:27 PM EST

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    UPDATE 9:46 p.m.: The NBA later issued an official release detailing the postponement: “The National Basketball Association game scheduled for tonight between the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed due to a generator malfunction which produced smoke inside Mexico City Arena. “The date for the rescheduled game, which will be played at…

  10. Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson receives warning for violating league’s anti-flopping rule (VIDEO)

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:01 PM EST

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    Gerald Henderson of the Bobcats became the latest player to be warned for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule on Wednesday, and there’s little doubt that his dive against the Mavericks on Tuesday was worthy of its distinction. With his back to the defender, Henderson simply takes a leap toward the sideline with the ball in…

  11. Rockets’ Omer Asik to miss at least a week with thigh injury

    Dec 4, 2013, 12:04 PM EST

    Omer Asik

    Omer Asik will be out for at least a week after suffering a right thigh contusion, reports Jason Friedman of Rockets.com. Asik will be re-evaluated at that time to assess whether or not he’s able to return. Asik’s injury could leave Houston pretty shorthanded for Wednesday night’s contest against the Suns. Jeremy Lin is out…

  12. Spurs lose a game of barefoot basketball to young children in Mexico City (VIDEO)

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:42 AM EST

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    The Spurs will face the Timberwolves in Mexico City on Wednesday as part of the NBA’s 2013-14 Global Games schedule, which included eight preseason games played internationally and one more to be played in London on between the Hawks and the Nets on Jan. 16. San Antonio’s players celebrated the occasion by taking on some…

  13. Joe Johnson says players noticed friction between Jason Kidd and Lawrence Frank

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:01 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Imagine being in a management position at your job, and supervising one of your better employees for a somewhat extended period of time. Then flash forward years later, when for a variety of reasons, you accept a position working for your former employee, who now has your old job. And while your former employee knows…

  14. The Extra Pass: Chemistry clicking in Denver as Nuggets beat Nets to win seventh straight, and Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    NEW YORK — If it was a fight, they would have stopped it. To say the Nuggets beat the Nets on Tuesday to earn their seventh straight win wouldn’t at all be an accurate description of how Denver came out and destroyed Brooklyn in the third quarter, and then continued the assault against a depleted and…

  15. Bobcats’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers left hand fracture

    Dec 4, 2013, 12:25 AM EST

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Bobcats forward Michael Kidd Gilchrist suffered a left hand fracture against the Mavericks on Tuesday, the team announced. Kidd-Gilchrist left the game in the third quarter and did not return. X-rays revealed the fracture, and he will be re-evaluated on Wednesday when the club returns to Charlotte. Paul Pierce and Anthony Davis both suffered similar…

  16. Avery Bradley hits a shot from behind the backboard to beat shot clock (VIDEO)

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:16 PM EST

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    We’ve seen shots launched over the backboard from behind it made before, but none of them were quite like this. Midway through the first quarter following an airball from Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley chased down the rebound as the ball was seemingly headed out of bounds. Not only did he corral it, but he had…

  17. Bulls GM still hopes to re-sign Luol Deng

    Dec 3, 2013, 7:51 PM EST

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    Luol Deng and the Bulls were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension, and as a result the two-time All-Star will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season. Deng is finishing out a high-priced deal that will pay him $14.2 million this year, and…

  18. Dwyane Wade out vs. Pistons due to knee soreness

    Dec 3, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade is inactive for the Heat’s home contest on Tuesday against the Pistons. “He was a little bit sore after last game,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said, “so we’ve been working with him and decided that tonight probably would be good to rest.” Miami is obviously taking the cautious approach in regard to Wade, keeping…

  19. The Extra Pass: The Wild West, can Portland last, and Sunday’s Recaps

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Let’s jump around the Western Conference with a few observations: Portland: 20 percent of the regular season is in the books, and the Trail Blazers hold the pole position in the Western Conference. It’s a great accomplishment and something absolutely no one expected, but the Blazers should come back down to earth soon enough. Wesley…

  20. Jamal Crawford with the ankle-breaking move on Lance Stephenson (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:02 AM EST

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    Jamal Crawford is known for having some of the game’s sickest handles, and even when he executes one of his signature moves less than perfectly, it can have an embarrassing effect on the defender in front of him. Crawford made Lance Stephenson look silly early in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ win over the…

  21. Lionel Hollins turned down opportunity to be an assistant coach with Pistons

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Lionel Hollins led the Memphis Grizzlies to a franchise-best 56 wins and a trip to the Western Conference Finals last year. His reward for that accomplishment? Not having his contract renewed by Grizzlies management, and becoming unemployed once the season was finished. There were a variety of reasons that the franchise chose to part ways with…

  22. Lakers coach D’Antoni believes Nick Young could win Sixth Man of the Year

    Dec 1, 2013, 7:50 PM EST

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    Nick Young has historically had an offensive-minded, streaky game as a shooter that made him a logical choice to play in Mike D’Antoni’s system, especially on a contract near the veteran’s minimum salary for two years at most. But his play with the Lakers has been surprisingly consistent to this point in the season, and…

  23. Blake Griffin unsuccessful in his attempt to ‘Mozgov’ Roy Hibbert (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2013, 6:20 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Clippers

    Blake Griffin has a had a multitude of extremely athletic dunks that have humiliated defenders throughout his career, but the one he threw down over Timofey Mozgov is what most people point to as Griffin’s signature slam dunk highlight. Griffin tried to add Roy Hibbert of the Pacers to his posterization reel on Sunday, and…

  24. Report: Rockets asking for two first round picks in any trade for Omer Asik

    Dec 1, 2013, 4:50 PM EST

    Omer Asik

    We told you that the Rockets were more than willing to deal troubled big man Omer Asik, but that the asking price was extremely high — so high, in fact, that one rival GM called Houston “delusional” in terms of what the team was expecting to net in return on the open market. Now we…

  25. Kevin McHale bothers Tim Duncan’s inbound pass, Gregg Popovich gets T’d up complaining about it (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2013, 3:20 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Near the end of the first half of the Rockets’ win over the Spurs on Saturday, we were treated to a bit of coaching shenanigans courtesy of Houston’s Kevin McHale. Tim Duncan is set to inbound the ball in front of the Rockets’ bench, and McHale is standing to Duncan’s right on the sideline —…

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