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  1. Three Stars of the night: MLK Day game winners edition

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:53 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Johnson shoots three-point shot over New York Knicks' Smith and Kidd in NBA game in New York

    Some guys put up big numbers on Monday — Philly’s Evan Turner (18 points, 12 boards, 7 assists), Carmelo Anthony (29 points), Nene (24 points, 9 rebounds), DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 13 rebounds) — and maybe none better than Nicolas Batum’s triple-double (12 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds). But none of them make the cut.…

  2. Lakers continue to regress in latest loss to Bulls

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:01 AM 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

    The latest drama surrounding your 2012-13 Lakers unfolded before the game in Chicago even began on Monday. But it was merely a distraction, and a meaningless one at that in the grand scheme of what is becoming more evident with each passing game that is lost. The Lakers are getting worse, not better. And all…

  3. Pau Gasol says a trade seems more likely this season after being sent back to the bench

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Before the Lakers took the floor in Chicago against the Bulls on Monday, Mike D’Antoni announced that Pau Gasol would be removed from the starting lineup in favor of going small, with Earl Clark getting the minutes at the starting power forward spot. This decision, D’Antoni told reporters, was not just for one game, but…

  4. J.J. Barea fined $5K for second anti-flopping violation

    Jan 21, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    J.J. Barea has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season, the league announced on Monday. The infraction that warranted the fine occurred in the Timberwolves loss to the Mavericks on Jan. 14, though the league did not immediately make video available of the specific play that resulted…

  5. Stephen Curry with the amazing pass to Jarrett Jack on the break (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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    In a day full of highlights, this might have been one of the best. Midway through the fourth quarter of a tight contest between the Clippers and the Warriors, Stephen Curry grabs the rebound and leads the fast break. He doesn’t get very far, though, before spotting a streaking Jarrett Jack. Curry stops at halfcourt,…

  6. Joe Johnson’s late jumper sends Nets to win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson, J.R. Smith

    Joe Johnson scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, but none were bigger than this jumper with 22 seconds remaining that gave the Nets the lead for good on the way to an 88-85 win over the Knicks that tied the season series at two games apiece. Carmelo Anthony finished with 29…

  7. Rudy Gay’s game-winner comes after the buzzer as Pacers beat Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies Gay attempts a shot over Indiana Pacers George during their NBA basketball action in Memphis

    Rudy Gay banked home a shot that would have won the game for the Grizzlies on Monday against the Pacers, had he gotten it off before the final buzzer sounded. He did not, and as a result, the Pacers got one of their best road wins of the season in Memphis by a final of…

  8. Anthony Davis leaves game with ankle injury

    Jan 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis had 11 points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots in just 15 minutes of first-half action in the Hornets win over the Kings on Monday, but was forced to miss the second half after suffering an ankle injury, according to the Associated Press. There didn’t appear to be a particular play that caused…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Clippers back on top, showdown with Thunder Tuesday

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

    BKN-CLIPPERS-WIZARDS

    No change in the top four teams, but really it feels like right now there is a top three teams with the Heat capable of being that good but not really choosing to all the time. 1. Clippers (32-9, last week ranked No. 2). Chris Paul sits out three games, Eric Bledsoe steps in and…

  10. Nike Basketball honors MLK day with special edition shoes for LeBron, Kobe, and Durant

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    If you look closely, you’ll see a lot of players wearing shoes with some bright orange laces on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. That’s just part of the detail on the special edition shoes that Nike Basketball rolled out to honor Black History Month. The official release: “Nike recognizes the importance of Martin…

  11. Luol Deng out Monday vs. Lakers

    Jan 21, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET: Deng is out, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. The Lakers have lost eight of 10, and their struggles this season have been well-documented. They may catch a break Monday night in Chicago, where the Bulls may be without their leading scorer. Luol Deng is a game-time decision due to…

  12. Kevin Durant, Carlos Boozer named conference players of the week

    Jan 21, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Carlos Boozer and Kevin Durant were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, for games played from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20. Chicago and Oklahoma City were both 3-1 during that stretch. Here are the numbers, from the official release: Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls Jan. 14 vs. Atlanta: Tallied 20 points, 13 rebounds…

  13. Bobcats president says team is ‘very active’ as trade deadline approaches

    Jan 21, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Phoenix Suns

    The Bobcats opened the season with a record of 7-5, and were exciting to watch on both ends of the floor. Kemba Walker was spectacular at times, and the team’s energy was enough to guide them to some early-season success. Since then, however, Charlotte has put together a dismal record of just three wins against…

  14. Lindsey Hunter introduced as Suns head coach, details emerge on reasons the team made a change

    Jan 21, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Lon Babby

    PHOENIX — Lindsey Hunter met the media on the Suns practice court Sunday, just hours after formally being offered the position of interim head coach and running the team through practice. Almost two full days after Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby held a press conference but didn’t offer up a lot in terms…

  15. Anderson Varejao develops blood clot, now out for season

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The hits just keep on coming for the Cleveland Cavaliers. First it was Kyrie Irving missing the first third of the season, now this. Anderson Varejao, the Cavaliers big man who was playing at an All-Star level (14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds a game), had knee surgery a couple weeks ago that was expected to…

  16. LeBron James tweets Kings sale shows owners doing fine

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland

    It was one of the mantras of the players and their union during the lockout — the NBA owners claim poverty and lost money but they never talk about the increased value of the franchise during their ownership and the profits from that. The Maloofs bought the Kings 15 years ago in 1998 for $156…

  17. Reports: R.C. Buford, Phil Jackson could be in Seattle front office

    Jan 21, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Whatever happens with the sale of the Kings, current GM Geoff Petrie will be gone. He is in the last year of his deal and is reportedly going to retire at the end of the season. Which is his smart way of stepping out of the inevitable. So who takes over? The new Seattle group…

  18. NBA office makes it official: Deal to sell Kings to Seattle group reached. Gavin Maloof makes statement.

    Jan 21, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    We told you last night the deal was agreed to confirming a week of rumors that an agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle-based investment group led by Chris Hansen had been reached. The NBA confirmed that Monday morning releasing a statement: “The NBA received an executed Purchase and Sale Agreement for the…

  19. What’s next in sale of Kings? Do all roads point north?

    Jan 21, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    The Maloofs have made their decision — they have reached a deal to sell the Sacramento Kings to Chris Hansen and his Seattle based group. As we reported, that sale will be formally announced in the coming days, and by Feb. 1 the Maloof family will get a $30 million deposit. But that is not…

  20. Watch Jose Calderon carve up the Lakers “defense” (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

    Raptors' Calderon smiles during a break againstthe Lakers during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    If you want to know why the Lakers are five games below .500, watch their defense in these highlights from their loss to Toronto Sunday. The temptation is to say that of course Jose Calderon had his way with the Lakers perimeter players, Steve Nash was guarding him. And Calderon has some success against him.…

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