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  1. Chris Paul says Warriors acted like ‘they won the NBA Finals’ last time they beat Clippers in L.A.

    Jan 6, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    BKN-CLIPPERS-WARRIORS

    The Warriors have been a nice surprise in the West this season, and with All-Star caliber performances from both Stephen Curry and David Lee for the bulk of the season, they were able to beat an equally surprising Clippers team in each of their first two meetings. The third meeting, however, was all Clippers. A…

  2. James Harden bails himself out with a long three after nearly dribbling out the shot clock (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden has the green light 100 percent of the time in his new role with the Houston Rockets, although this possession midway through the fourth quarter during a tight game with the Cavaliers probably wasn’t what his coaching staff had in mind when gifting him with that responsibility. Harden receives the ball with about…

  3. Wizards head coach exasperated, out of answers after double-overtime loss to Nets (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    This isn’t exactly on the level of a Gregg Popovich postgame presser, but really, few things are. Still, it’s interesting anytime a head coach goes beyond the cliches and shows some emotion while meeting with the media after a tough loss, so we bring you an exasperated Randy Wittman trying to find some answers after…

  4. Kevin Love re-fractured his right hand, out indefinitely

    Jan 5, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    More bad news on the injury front for a Timberwolves team that has had more than its fair share. Kevin Love underwent an MRI on Saturday, which revealed a re-fracture of the third metacarpal on his right hand, the team announced. The injury occurred during the third quarter of Minnesota’s win in Denver on Thursday.…

  5. Heat hold team meeting to address rebounding issues

    Jan 5, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Chris Bosh works against New Orleans Hornets' Robin Lopez as they try for the rebound in a free throw in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    The Bulls took it to the Heat in Miami on Friday, winning 96-89 and outrebounding the defending champs by 20 in the process. If this was an aberration, it wouldn’t be likely to bother a team that knows it has the talent to play deep into the postseason, while struggling from time to time with…

  6. J.R. Smith believes an All-Star spot is within reach

    Jan 5, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    J.R. Smith has been lauded for his play in New York this season, coming off the bench to provide a solid scoring punch at 16.6 points per game, while giving the team an active defensive presence on the perimeter. Smith’s name, along with that of the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, has been widely mentioned when discussing…

  7. Dirk Nowitzki will return to Mavericks starting lineup Saturday

    Jan 5, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand

    UPDATE: 2:49 p.m. ET: Nowitzki will indeed return to the starting lineup Saturday night at home versus the Hornets, according to a report from ESPN.com. Since returning to action six games ago for the first time this season, Dirk Nowitzki has been playing in the neighborhood of 22 minutes per game while working his way…

  8. Pau Gasol says he won’t ask to be traded from Lakers

    Jan 5, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol was essentially non-existent in the Lakers loss to the Clippers on Friday, finishing with just two points on 1-of-6 shooting in his 27 minutes of action. Defensively, he wasn’t much better, and seemed to be playing in slow motion at times against the likes of the super-athletic Blake Griffin. To make matters worse,…

  9. Shocking report: Orlando Magic won’t pursue Dwight Howard in free agency

    Jan 5, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    And by shocking, we mean surprising that this is something that needs to be reported at all. It hasn’t been all that long since Dwight Howard spent an entire season holding the Orlando Magic hostage, taking a relative eternity to decide whether he should stay or go elsewhere. Howard had the option of simply letting…

  10. Kobe Bryant with the vicious dunk over Chris Paul (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Kobe Bryant may have won the battle early, but Chris Paul was the one who won the war. Bryant finished with an impressive 38 points on 15-of-25 shooting on Friday, none more eye-popping than this steal and powerful breakaway slam dunk over Paul that had Staples Center buzzing in the game’s opening minutes. In a…

  11. Chris Paul leads Clippers to convincing win over Lakers

    Jan 5, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul dribbles the ball as Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The battle of Los Angeles turned out to be not much of a contest after all, and if you’ve been paying attention to the fortunes of the Lakers and Clippers to this point in the season, the end result shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Chris Paul controlled the game from the very…

  12. Joe Johnson hits the game-winner to sink Wizards in double overtime (VIDEO)

    Jan 5, 2013, 2:37 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Washington Wizards

    Joe Johnson only made seven shots in the Nets 115-113 double-overtime win in Washington on Friday, but his final one ensured his team would leave with the victory. The player known pejoratively as ISO-Joe worked that situation to perfection, taking his man off the dribble and creating space for an open 20-foot jumper that put…

  13. Kyrie Irving hits the game-winner to send Cavaliers past Bobcats (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Irving brings the ball up court against New York Knicks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Bobcats and the Cavaliers are two of the worst teams in the league statistically, with both clubs sitting just above the horrific Wizards in the East with eight wins apiece. You wouldn’t know it necessarily by watching either of them play on a regular basis, because both teams compete hard for the most part,…

  14. Andray Blatche returns to Washington, receives boos as expected (VIDEO)

    Jan 4, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    The most surprising thing about this video, which shows Andray Blatche checking in during the first quarter in Washington for the first time as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, is the fact that the broadcaster reminds us that Blatche played for the Wizards for seven (!) seasons. Blatche was known for whatever the opposite…

  15. PBT Podcast: Knicks-Spurs, Lakers-Clippers, All-Star Voting, and Nets talk with Howard Beck

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the Knicks’ win over the Spurs on Thursday, and whether it was New York’s dominance or San Antonio’s fatigue that was ultimately responsible for that result. We take a look at the latest All-Star voting returns, and wonder if guys like…

  16. Kevin Durant ejected late in Thunder’s home loss to Nets (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant reacts after not getting a foul call against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter during Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    With under two minutes remaining and a home loss to the Nets almost certainly at hand, Kevin Durant let frustration get the best of him. He argued an illegal screen call on teammate Kendrick Perkins, and was issued two quick technicals from the nearby official, which resulted in an automatic ejection. For almost anyone else…

  17. Mo Williams to undergo surgery on thumb, will miss at least six weeks

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Mo Williams

    The Utah Jazz have lost Mo Williams for at least six weeks due to a thumb injury that will require surgery, the team announced on Wednesday. Williams has started all 24 games he’s appeared in this season before suffering the injury back on Dec. 23 during his team’s loss to the Heat. From the official…

  18. Stephen Jackson not exactly complimentary of Bucks organization

    Jan 2, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    stephen-jackson-spurs

    Saying that Stephen Jackson didn’t enjoy his brief time in Milwaukee a season ago would be an understatement. He appeared in just 26 games, before a falling out with Bucks head coach Scott Skiles had him riding the bench and not traveling with the team while a trade to send him out of town was…

  19. Stan Van Gundy says John Wall not good enough for Wizards to build around

    Jan 2, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    The Wizards are unquestionably the worst team in the league this season. At a record of just 4-25, Washington has four fewer wins than the Bobcats team that just finished up an 18-game losing streak. Things are not only dismal in Washington, but few see any sign that the franchise has even begun to put…

  20. Derrick Rose travels with Bulls for first time this season

    Jan 2, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The timetable for Derrick Rose to return to the Bulls hasn’t changed. But his rehabilitation is progressing as expected, which is certainly encouraging. Rose has been practicing with the team, though not fully just yet. He still can’t take full contact at this stage, yet the fact that he’s a regular fixture now with the…

  21. LeBron takes ‘walking the dog’ to an entirely new level (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    With under two minutes remaining in overtime of Miami’s game against the Magic on Monday, the Heat were trailing, and wanted to preserve every precious second on the clock to ensure enough possessions were available for the team to come back and get this victory. They got it down the stretch, but time ended up…

  22. Top 10 NBA dunks of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Jared Sullinger

    WIth 2012 officially in the books, it’s time to look back on the top 10 dunks of the past year. And just as we all expected, Byron Mullens makes the list and kicks things off at number 10. Yeah, I don’t know either. But his flying jam down the lane after getting his own rebound…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bobcats snap 18-game losing streak with win over Bulls

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kemba Walker, Taj Gibson

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s games in NBA action. Or, what you missed while ringing in the New Year with an 80-pound Moon Pie … Heat 112, Magic 110 (OT): Orlando was without Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson in this one due to injury, but Miami played down to the level of its competition just…

  24. Top 10 NBA bloopers of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    As we count down to the new year, let’s relive some of the lighter NBA moments of 2012 that we were fortunate enough to experience. At 10, we have Lamar Odom saying he’s with the Lakers in his first season with the Clippers. Wishful thinking, my friend. At 9, we have Omer Asik tipping the…

  25. Nikola Vucevic grabs a franchise record 29 rebounds in Magic’s loss to Heat

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Nikola Vucevic

    Setting a franchise record in any statistical category in the NBA is no doubt something to be celebrated. But when you do it in an area that’s traditionally dominated by big men, for a franchise that’s had two of the greatest frontcourt players of this era, it’s even more impressive. Allow me to introduce you…

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