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  1. Three Stars of the night: Durant, Ellis show how to close out games

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    While you were hopping from Irish pub to Irish pub Sunday, the NBA was putting a pretty solid slate of eight games. We had some surprise good performances and some from the usual suspects. Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, we’re sorry. On Selection Sunday you were the bubble guys who got cut from Three Stars.…

  2. Blake Griffin finishes monster one-handed alley-oop in Clippers’ win over Knicks

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    We showed you DeAndre Jordan getting loose for a windmill jam on a fast break early in the Clippers’ win over the Knicks, and as it turned out, that was only the beginning of the highlight show. Blake Griffin got his share of dunks along the way, none more exciting than this one-handed throwdowm off…

  3. Kobe Bryant out Sunday against Kings, Pau Gasol experiences soreness in his foot

    Mar 17, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol listens to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    UPDATE 8:45 p.m. ET: Kobe Bryant will not play tonight, according to Lakers PR via multiple reports. Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports that the ankle is too sore for Bryant to even test it out. 9:30 a.m. ET: The updates on the injury front for the Lakers were anything but encouraging on Saturday. While the…

  4. Derek Fisher returns to Dallas for the first time since requesting his release from Mavericks

    Mar 17, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Thunder will take on the mavericks in Dallas on Sunday, and it marks the first time that Derek Fisher will return to face his former team. Fisher signed to play with the Mavericks at the beginning of December, as the team was struggling with its point guard rotation. Fisher appeared in nine games and…

  5. Larry Sanders fined $50K for using ‘a derogatory and offensive term’ and publicly criticizing officials

    Mar 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks has been fined $50,000 for “using a derogatory and offensive term and publicly criticizing the officials,” the league announced on Sunday via official release. The incident occurred with 2:44 remaining the Bucks’ home loss to the Heat on Friday, when Sanders directed the language to the referees and was…

  6. DeAndre Jordan throws down the windmill jam against the Knicks (VIDEO)

    Mar 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Ersan Ilyasova

    DeAndre Jordan got loose on the fast break early in the Clippers’ contest against the Knicks, and made sure to finish with some style by throwing down the thunderous windmill jam. This wasn’t quite on the level of DeAndre’s destruction of Brandon Knight, but not bad for an early Sunday afternoon start.

  7. Heat beat Raptors to earn 22nd straight victory

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

    LeBron James;  Jonas Valanciunas

    The streak continues for the Heat. After a 108-91 road victory over the Raptors on Sunday afternoon, Miami has now won 22 consecutive games. The Heat controlled this one from very early on, leading by as many as 16 points in the first half, despite the Raptors out-rebounding them by 19 over the game’s first…

  8. Delonte West shows some signs in his D-League debut (VIDEO)

    Mar 17, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    delonte

    Delonte West made his debut with the D-League Texas Legends on Saturday, playing professionally in a game for the first time all season. He started off strong with eight points on 3-4 shooting, to go along with two rebounds and an assist while playing all 12 first quarter minutes. West’s numbers dropped off significantly after…

  9. Manu Ginobili slips and falls before finishing with the finger roll (VIDEO)

    Mar 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    This is the type of play that has defined Manu Ginobili throughout his career, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s still making them while playing in his 11th NBA season. As Ginobili lines up his defender and begins his dribble-drive, he slips and falls, but not all the way to the floor, and…

  10. Marc Gasol uses his shoe to play defense against the Jazz (VIDEO)

    Mar 17, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Darrell Arthur

    Marc Gasol found himself without a shoe at one point during Saturday’s loss to the Jazz, but that didn’t stop him from trying to continue to play defense. Sort of. Gasol lost his shoe after Derrick Favors stepped on his foot, but play continued on. One of Gasol’s teammates returned the shoe to him, but…

  11. Knicks will be without Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler Sunday against Clippers

    Mar 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    UPDATE 2:27 p.m. ET: It’s been made official now, a little more than an hour before tip-off, that both Anthony and Chandler are out for Sunday’s contest against the Clippers. Even though Chandler is out, the news on him might be considered to be positive — he’s missing the game due to a stiff neck; the…

  12. Deron Williams says poor play in Brooklyn earlier this season was about the pain in his ankles, nothing else

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    It was a rough start to the season for Deron Williams in Brooklyn. He was failing miserably at living up to the max contract he signed in the offseason to remain with the Nets, and was placing blame seemingly everywhere but on himself for those early-season struggles. That behavior didn’t exactly ingratiate himself with the…

  13. Spurs coach Popovich says he wouldn’t want his team to go through another 20-game win streak

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The Spurs went on an absolute tear to finish the 2011-12 season, and rode a 10-game winning streak into the postseason. After sweeping the Jazz and then the Clippers in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the streak reached 18 straight, and two games into the Western Conference finals against the Thunder, it was…

  14. Kevin Garnett out Saturday against Bobcats, status uncertain for Monday vs. Heat

    Mar 16, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    Kevin Garnett will miss Saturday night’s game against the Bobcats, and his status is uncertain for Monday night’s game against the Heat, according to multiple reporters present for the pregame media session with Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. From Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston: The Celtics have considered giving Garnett games off over the final…

  15. Hawks, Suns trade buzzer-beaters to end the first quarter (VIDEO)

    Mar 16, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Johan Petro

    It’s always fun when one team gets an unlikely shot attempt to go down to beat the buzzer, but it’s not often when both teams do it to end a period in the same game. The Hawks and the Suns provided us with the unique highlight on Friday, as Johan Petro and Markieff Morris each…

  16. Pacers’ Hill not happy with lack of fan support in game versus the Lakers

    Mar 16, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    George Hill

    In every sport, there are teams that are so popular they have fans all over the country. The Pittsburgh Steelers are like that in the NFL. In major league baseball it’s the Yankees and Redsox. And in the NBA, the Lakers definitely fit that description. So, when the Lakers visited the Indiana Pacers on Friday…

  17. Kevin Love says chance that he won’t play again this season has ‘crossed his mind’

    Mar 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The Timberwolves have been as decimated by injuries as any team in the league this season, and that’s included their best player, Kevin Love, appearing in just 18 games. Love broke his hand in the preseason, then re-injured it to the point where it required surgery. As the team’s medical staff tells him he’s still…

  18. Bucks head coach expresses concern after Larry Sanders is ejected from second straight game

    Mar 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    Larry Sanders gave us one of the more colorful reactions to an ejection we’ve seen all season on Wednesday, giving all three officials a demonstrative thumbs up before he headed to the locker room. Sanders found himself being kicked out of his second straight game on Friday, after arguing a foul call late in the…

  19. LeBron throws down the reverse dunk over John Henson (VIDEO)

    Mar 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James can do this to just about anyone, so there’s no shame in Bucks rookie John Henson being on the wrong end of this reverse dunk while trying to contest it. What’s striking about the play, however, is how little space James seems to have to pull this one off — first as he’s…

  20. Celtics not impressed by Heat’s 21-game win streak

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, LeBron James

    The Heat won their 21st straight game on Friday in Milwaukee, and while there’s no easily predictable end to the winning on the Miami horizon, at least one team isn’t lining up to fawn over the defending champs. The Celtics are in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and are just a…

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