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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Right now, Clippers are second best in West

    Dec 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and Chris Paul run off the bench to celebrate a basket against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    What we see in December is not always a great predictor of what we see in the playoffs, but the Clippers look very good lately. Better than their more talked about roommate in Los Angeles. 1. Thunder (19-4, Last week ranked No. 1). They are the winners of 10 in a row. I still think…

  2. Jeremy Lin returns to Madison Square Garden Monday, without “Linsanity”

    Dec 17, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is back in the place it all came together for him. But it’s not the same. Monday night Jeremy Lin brings his new team the Houston Rockets into Madison Square Garden to take on the team where for a stretch he played stunningly good, exciting basketball that energized a sullen fan base. It…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Hornets comeback runs into Lillard

    Dec 17, 2012, 4:17 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Roger Mason Jr.

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while buying an ugly Christmas sweater… Lakers 111, 76ers 98: Two wins in a row for the Lakers, both on the road — in this sad season for them so far that counts as something to celebrate. For Philly, more of…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: Blazers’ Batum with rare 5×5 night

    Dec 17, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum

    Kobe had the kind of big stat line we take for granted (but that the Lakers need right now). Jose Calderon had the second triple-double of his career. But Nicolas Batum’s balanced stat line wins the night. Honorable mention to J.J. Hickson (24 points), Nick Young (30 in a losing effort, a lot in garbage…

  5. Wizards’ owner says finances were not a factor in turning down deal for James Harden

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets

    Earlier this week, Michael Lee of the Washington Post reported that the Wizards turned down a potential trade with the Thunder that would have landed them James Harden. The cost in terms of assets the Wizards would have to give up to Oklahoma City was relatively low — Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton were the…

  6. Nothing shocking here: Kobe, LeBron lead All-Star ballot early returns

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    We don’t exactly need Nate Silver to break down these voting returns and trends — the players in the lead early in the NBA All-Star balloting almost always stay on top. Occasionally guys close small gaps, but generally what you see now is what you get. In which case — good job public. No glaring…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  8. Report: Wizards’ owner rejected trade for James Harden

    Dec 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden — his playmaking skills, his 24.7 points per game and his beard — could have been members of the Washington Wizards. But owner Ted Leonsis balked at the cost. That according to a Washington Post report: The Washington Wizards turned down a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden this summer…

  9. James Harden practices Tuesday, likely to play Wednesday

    Dec 11, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    James Harden

    James Harden sat out for a game with a sprained ankle Monday night and the Rockets responded with a little “Linsantity” flashback. Well except for the winning part, the Spurs did that. But things look like they will be back to normal for the Rockets on Wednesday. James Harden returned to practice Tuesday, tweets Jonathan…

  10. Video: Watch Jeremy Lin’s 38 points (and Parkers’ triple double)

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Spurs Rockets Tony Parker Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin had a flashback night Monday, playing like that kid from a few weeks in New York that turned everyone’s head. With James Harden out Lin had to take on more offense and he had a fantastic night. The video above shows just how he did it, with rainbow-arc jumpers and slashing into the…

  11. Three Stars: All Point Guard Edition

    Dec 11, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Tony Parker,  Jeremy Lin

    These are the guys with the ball in their hands on nearly every possession. They’re asked to get their teammates going while also finding ways to put the ball in the basket themselves. They’re not always successful, but tonight they certainly were as all three of these guys were dishing out dimes and sinking shots…

  12. Dose of Linsanity comes to Houston but it’s not enough against Spurs, 134-126

    Dec 11, 2012, 1:12 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, DeJuan Blair

    For a night, the Jeremy Lin that captured Knicks fans last season was back — 34 points on 21 shots, 4-of-5 from three, 7 assists. Linsanity returned, for a half. The Rockets needed someone to step up because James Harden, his beard and his bum ankle were sidelined. And it was fun, one of the…

  13. James Harden sits with ankle sprain against Spurs Monday

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    James Harden rolled his ankle in the first half of Saturday’s game againt Dallas and in the second half he was moving a lot slower. He said after the game it felt tight. So it shouldn’t be a shock that Harden decided to take Monday night off against the Spurs due to a sore ankle.…

  14. Tony Parker says Jeremy Lin reminds him of a young Tony Parker

    Dec 10, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Tony Parker,  Jeremy Lin

    For his first years in the league, the book on Tony Parker read like the book on John Wall or even rookie Derrick Rose — back up and let him take the jumper. But Parker developed both a steady outside shot and a floater in the lane that is the state-of-the-art in the NBA. That…

  15. O.J. Mayo out-duels James Harden as Mavs beat Rockets

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    This was one of the more fun contests from a 10-game Saturday night slate. We had a superstar from each team putting in a dominant performance, and we had wild swings in the control of the game, with each team gaining a double-digit advantage at various points throughout. Ultimately, the Mavericks found a way to…

  16. Heat may be forced to break up superstar core due to league’s upcoming payroll taxes

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The lockout that shortened the 2011-12 NBA season was about money above all else. The owners were willing to scrap the season if they didn’t secure a much larger share of revenue in the new collective bargaining agreement, and that’s exactly what they were able to do, even if it took holding the players and…

  17. Metta World Peace and Serge Ibaka get tangled up, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Metta World Peace, Mike Callahan, Sean Corbin

    Friday night’s game between the Thunder and the Lakers wasn’t close, but Serge ibaka and Metta World Peace appeared to try to make up for that by getting tangled up in the closing minutes. With under three minutes to play and Oklahoma City leading by 10, Ibaka and MWP were fighting for position on a…

  18. Harden is recruiting players to come join him in Houston

    Dec 7, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    James Harden

    In Oklahoma City, James Harden didn’t have all the responsibilities of being the face of the franchise. There were fewer demands on his time off the court, and fewer touches on it. Now the Rockets’ future is tied to him. That means on the court where he will be the focal point of the offense…

  19. Another game, another fourth quarter collapse, another Lakers loss, this time to Rockets

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Greg Smith

    It boils down to this — the Lakers are not good enough right now for their stars to make mistakes and still win, while the Rockets were just good enough to exploit those mistakes. For two games in a row the Lakers have taken leads deep into the fourth quarter. Then blown them as the…

  20. Three Stars of the Night: Welcome Back, Z-Bo.

    Dec 5, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    What a night. Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George scored nearly half of his team’s points (34 points on 14-for-25 shooting) in a victory over the Bulls, and he didn’t make the list. Deron Williams had 33 points and 7 assists, nearly carrying the Nets to a victory over the Thunder, and you won’t find him…

  21. James Harden welcomed back to OKC with rejections from Ibaka and Westbrook (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    It was a rough night for James Harden and the Rockets on Wednesday, where the Thunder’s former Sixth Man of the Year wasn’t able to do much of anything against his former teammates. The Thunder brought the pain early with these two blocks from Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka that occurred midway through the first…

  22. Hasheem Thabeet’s strange ejection, then reversal by refs

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden, Omer Asik

    Hasheem Thabeet was taking part in the block party the Thunder were bringing to James Harden on Wednesday night (Russell Westbrook had the best Harden block with Serge Ibaka a close second. But in the second quarter, when Thabeet had blocked consecutive Harden shots, the two jawed a bit. And referee Marc Davis was there.…

  23. Three Stars of the Night: Return of the Stack

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:52 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Mark Morrison is not one of our Three Stars of the Night, mainly because he does not play professional basketball. For those unfortunate souls who are unfamiliar, Morrison is a singer who made a name for himself way back in 1996 with the hit single “Return of the Mack.” While Mark Morrison and that awesome…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets beat Celtics with TKO

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching a guy do a backflip on a surfboard…. Thunder 120, Rockets 98: Welcome back to Oklahoma City James Harden. After a warm reception from the crowd Harden was 3-of-16 shooting and struggled to defend Kevin Durant (who doesn’t?). And…

  25. Thunder have no problem with Rockets in James Harden’s return to OKC

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    James Harden returned to Oklahoma City as a member of the the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, his first time doing so since the Thunder traded him out of town due to a failure to agree on a contract extension prior to the start of the season. While the fans gave Harden a warm welcome during…

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