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  1. Dwight Howard sets record with 39 free throws in game

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:00 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    New Warriors coach Mark Jackson set the strategy — hack-a-Howard. Golden State intentionally fouled Dwight Howard all game long. In addition to the times they just fouled him as he attacked the rim — the Warriors tried to single-cover him with David Lee and other players who just are not big enough The result was…

  2. Carmelo Anthony sprains ankle, listed as day-to-day

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:01 AM EST

    Knicks' Anthony watches a free throws by Grizzlies during NBA game in Memphis

    Carmelo Anthony — the fulcrum of the Knicks offense, not to mention the team’s leading scorer at 26.7 points per game as — had to leave Thursday night’s game after rolling his ankle in the third quarter. It happened during a scramble for the ball, which was at his feet (as you see above). He…

  3. Marcus Morris injury hampers Day 4 of the NBA D-League Showcase

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:26 AM EST

    Marcus Morris

    The eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase came to an end on Thursday night after 16 teams played a total of 16 games over four days in lovely Reno, Nevada. The final day may have been the least uneventful — at least as far as top prospects were concerned — but an injury to Houston…

  4. Winderman: League needs to clarify questionable calls for all teams, not just the Heat

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:47 PM EST

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    By now you’ve read how @NBAOfficial confirmed what was apparent from the moment LeBron James went in six different directions (with six different steps) after giving up his dribble late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Clippers: That he traveled before he received a bailout foul call, one that enabled him…

  5. Do the Bulls have a problem in the paint?

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:29 PM EST

    oakim Noah

    The Chicago Bulls — without Derrick Rose and playing John Lucas III 45 minutes at the point — beat the lowly Washington Wizards Wednesday night thanks to their suffocating defense. And defense is why the big men on the floor for the key moments of the game for Chicago were Omer Asik and Taj Gibson…

  6. Blazers will have to choose between Batum, Wallace

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:53 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki, Nicolas Batum, Gerald Wallace

    From Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune: The Blazers have until Jan. 25 to extend the rookie contract of Batum, 23, who is making a pro-rated $2.16 million this season and would be due a qualifying offer of $3.17 million as a restricted free agent next season. If the deadline passes without a deal, the…

  7. Today in strange J.R. Smith news from China: J.R.’s sister gets in a brawl

    Jan 12, 2012, 6:39 PM EST

    Smith Sister

    Well, this is not good. Via Eye on Basketball (with a hat tip to Deadspin and Chinese media outlets): This time, it wasn’t Smith who did something, but his sister. According to reports, after Smith was fouled, his sister threw a bottle onto the court. And then freaked out, choking a woman and shoving an 80-year-old.…

  8. Chris Bosh would like Dwyane Wade taking the last shot

    Jan 12, 2012, 6:16 PM EST

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Recently, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh was interviewed by GQ’s Mark Anthony Green, and he had some interesting (and relevant) things to say about who should be taking a hypothetical “last shot” for the Heat in a close game: GQ: Quick hypothetical, toes aside: Let’s say the game was tied. 10 seconds left. You had…

  9. League admits LeBron did travel in final seconds Wednesday

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James holds his head during their loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in their NBA game in Los Angeles

    With Miami down one to the Clippers 86-85 and a chance to win the game with just nine seconds left, LeBron James started a drive at the top of the key, got into the lane, drew three defenders, pivoted, shot and was fouled. He hit one free throw, tied the game and it was off…

  10. Kwame Brown to have shoulder surgery, out three months

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    Kwame Brown

    Kwame Brown, the Warriors new starting center and key to their defensive presence in the paint, will be out at least three months if not the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. The surgery will repair a torn muscle in his shoulder suffered on a hard foul by…

  11. Hawks’ Al Horford out three months, maybe entire season

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

    Al Horford

    This is a punch to the gut in Atlanta. The Hawks have gotten off to a good start — 7-4 record and ranked in the league’s top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. But now they lose All-Star center Al Horford until almost the start of the playoffs if not the entire rest of…

  12. Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters). But you love him now. Howard, the Magic’s center,…

  13. Video: Watch Nowitzki hit game winner against Celtics

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki looks to pass defended by Celtics forward Garnett in the second quarter of their NBA Basketball game in Boston

    Dirk Nowitzki called this shot “lucky” according to the Star-Telegram. “So there at the end, Jet [Jason Terry] set a good screen, and I was able to get a little separation and at least get a catch. I was able to get to the rim, and I didn’t even see the ball go in, to…

  14. Can Kobe keep scoring like this? Is it good for the Lakers?

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    It’s the question Lakers fans are asking Thursday — can Kobe Bryant sustain this? He scored 48 against the Suns Tuesday and 40 against the Jazz and long-time nemesis Raja Bell on Wednesday. Kobe now leads the NBA averaging 30.3 points per game. He is using nearly 40 percent of the Lakers possessions when he…

  15. Tim Duncan passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan played maybe his best game of the season Wednesday night, he had a little jump in his step that is not there every night like it once was. Getting old sucks. Duncan scored 17 points, which pushed him past Larry Bird up to No. 27 on the NBA all-time scoring list. Duncan has…

  16. Final day of NBA D-League Showcase offers last chance for players to impress

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:40 PM EST

    Lance Thomas

    The eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase will begin its final day on Thursday afternoon when the Austin Toros game against the Dakota Wizards tips off at 1 p.m. ET on NBA TV. All 16 D-League teams have right around 30 games left this season, but the final games in Reno are quite important as…

  17. Scott says not to bother with Anderson Varejao trade rumors

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons

    Anderson Varejao is about to step back on the trade rumor circuit. For as long as both he and Lebron James were together in Cleveland, Varejao came up in trade rumors because he was the one piece on that roster (other than LeBron) teams coveted. If the Cavs were going to bring talent in, Varejao…

  18. Thursday And-1 links: “Kobe really wants that MVP”

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Gerald Wallace, Kobe Bryant

    Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). After the Clippers win over the Heat, in the Clippers locker room a player (to remain nameless as this was not an on the record…

  19. Doc Rivers: Boston is Rajon Rondo’s team now

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Rajon Rondo is playing better than Kevin Garnett, better than Paul Pierce, better than Ray Allen this season. This is no longer 2008 where the Celtics were the “Big 3” with the young Rondo as the apprentice. Coach Doc Rivers doesn’t see it that way, he told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. “This is his…

  20. Video: Dunks galore when Heat meet Clippers

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Joel Anthony

    The game itself was a pretty sloppy — like so many games this young, condensed season — but the Clippers and the Heat certainly brought the dunks and the highlights. So we thought we’d pass on a few from Blake Griffin and LeBron James. Enjoy.  

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