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  1. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Carmelo’s 40 points lead Knicks to 10th straight victory

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while choosing sides in the battle between Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi … Knicks 95, Hawks 82: The Knicks extended their league-best winning streak to 10 games on Wednesday, thanks to a dominant offensive performance from Carmelo Anthony for the second straight…

  2. Deron Williams dunks for the first time all season (VIDEO)

    Apr 3, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The dunk itself (via TheBrooklynGame.com) wan’t anything extra-special. But the fact that it was the first all season from Deron Williams for the Nets is something worth noticing. All it took was a minimal move and drive to the basket from Williams to make this a reality. The Cavs were more than complicit in the effort, by…

  3. Lakers set to fix mistake on Shaq’s retired jersey before Friday night’s game vs. Grizzlies

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    shaq jersey staples

    When the Lakers retired the jersey of Shaquille O’Neal in a halftime ceremony on Tuesday, something appeared to be off with the replica that was unveiled on the wall of the Staples Center, hanging alongside the rest of the retired numbers of the all-time great Lakers. O’Neal’s name and number were incorrectly emblazoned on the…

  4. Bradley Beal to miss remainder of the season with stress fracture

    Apr 3, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    A rough rookie season from an injury standpoint will finally come to an end for Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, who will miss the remainder of the season with a stress injury to his right fibula, the team announced on Wednesday. Beal is expected to be sidelined from basketball activities for approximately six weeks.…

  5. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks continue streaking, shorthanded Heat take care of Spurs

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to avoid seeing the replay of Kevin Ware’s horrific injury in the Elite Eight. Heat 88, Spurs 86: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers all sat out of this one for Miami due to various injuries, but the Heat managed…

  6. Heat beat Spurs without LeBron and Wade thanks to game-winning three from Chris Bosh (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    The big story before tip-off in San Antonio was the fact that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers would all be held out Sunday night against the Spurs due to various injuries. By the time the game was over, the Heat had come away with an unexpected 88-86 victory, thanks to the last-second heroics…

  7. Andrew Bynum not expected to give Sixers special consideration in free agncy

    Mar 31, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    After the Sixers traded for Andrew Bynum last summer, who was coming off of an All-Star season as a member of the L.A. Lakers, the franchise expected to be even better than it was the year before, which concluded with Philadelphia advancing into the second round of the playoffs. It didn’t turn out that way…

  8. Cavaliers get Kyrie Irving back Sunday against Hornets

    Mar 31, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving will return to the Cavaliers’ lineup against the Hornets, the team announced on Sunday. Irving has missed his tam’s last eight games with a shoulder injury, and despite Cleveland riding a seven game losing streak and already having been eliminated from playoff contention with just 11 regular season games remaining, the team is…

  9. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade both out for Heat vs. Spurs

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    A possible NBA Finals preview between the Heat and the Spurs on Sunday in San Antonio will now be nothing more than a regular season contest featuring at least one team playing mostly with its reserves. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers will all be out for the Heat due to injury, the team…

  10. Kobe plans to decide on retirement date this summer

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant will enter the 2013-14 season in the final year of his current Lakers contract, one that will pay him over $30 million for next season. Bryant and the Lakers could come to terms on an extension this summer, but before doing so, Bryant would first need to decide that he wishes to continue…

  11. Carlos Boozer accidentally punches referee below the belt (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Boozer reacts after being called for a foul in their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    This looked at lot worse than it was. After converting a shot in the lane and drawing a foul call on Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer was excited. So excited, in fact, that he failed to notice referee Danny Crawford standing right next to him. Boozer went for the celebratory fist pump, which ended up accidentally…

  12. DeMarcus Cousins attempts two three-pointers in final seconds of loss to Lakers, fails miserably (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins ranks 11th out of 12 Sacramento Kings players in three-point shooting percentage this season. He’s 4-21 from beyond the arc, good for a mark of 19 percent. This is a relevant statistic in light of the events that took place on the Kings’ final meaningful offensive possession during Saturday night’s 103-98 home loss…

  13. Bulls’ hard foul on LeBron upgraded to a flagrant

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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

    After the Bulls snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak, LeBron James wasn’t pleased with the physical way that Chicago played him defensively, and lamented the lack of flagrant fouls called on two specific plays. Those comments apparently made their way to the league office, where at least one play from that game was reviewed, and…

  14. Vinny Del Negro rips Clippers’ effort after loss to Rockets

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Most who saw the Clippers lose a heart-breaker in San Antonio on Friday would have expected a lackluster effort in Houston on Saturday. Vinny Del Negro did not expect it, and was anything but pleased with his team afterward. L.A. not only lost to a Rockets team playing without James Harden, who sat out with…

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

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 30, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    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…

  18. James Harden out Saturday against Clippers

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 30, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 30, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 30, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 30, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    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…

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