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  1. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  2. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  3. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Heat set franchise record for wins, Lakers remain in playoff position

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while waiting for Microsoft Office to come to your mobile devices … Lakers 113, Trail Blazers 106: Kobe Bryant scored 47 points to out-duel rookie Damian Lillard, who finished with 38. Bryant dragged his team to victory for the second straight night, and…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: Two young guns and Kobe Bean

    Apr 11, 2013, 2:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant leaves the court against the Portland Trail Blazers after their NBA game in Portland

    On a busy night in the NBA we need to give out a few honorable mentions for top stars. One goes to Andre Drummond, who had 29 points and 11 rebounds on the night. He could have been in the Rookie of the Year conversation if Lawrence Frank hadn’t sat on his minutes in the…

  5. Three Stars of the Night: Three All-Stars lead teams to wins

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    This was a tough night to narrow the list to three, some guys with huge games miss the cut — Russell Westbrook with 36 points and a near triple-double, Nikola Vucevic with 21 points and 21 boards for the Magic. But there was a key theme to go with for the night — current or…

  6. Suspension over, Hedo Turkoglu can return to Magic

    Mar 26, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Dallas Mavericks

    Well, this should solve everything. Hedo Turkoglu can return to the Magic Wednesday night against the Bobcats following his 20 game suspension for testing positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. Turkoglu said at the time of the suspension that he was given the drug back in his native Turkey last summer by a trainer, that…

  7. Dwyane Wade to sit out Monday, miss second straight game

    Mar 25, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Dwyade Wade

    The Miami Heat are focused on the playoffs and being healthy now, not the 26-game winning streak… plus if you’re going to rest a guy against the two worst teams in the league is the time to do it. Dwyane Wade will be out for the Heat on Monday night against Orlando, the team announced.…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Streakers go to front of the line

    Mar 25, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    Obviously the Heat are undefeated in their last 10 games, but in the East the Brooklyn Nets are the only team with a better than .500 record in their last 10 games. Which is why after the Heat the next five spots on this list come from the Western Conference. 1. Heat (54-14, last week…

  9. Dwight Howard answers Orlando boos with made free throws, Lakers win

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Tobias Harris, Jameer Nelson, Nikola Vucevic

    In the third quarter, some Magic fans were heckling Dwight Howard, tweeted Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. “You can’t win without Kobe,” the Magic fans said. “You’re right,” Howard responded. It’s true for this season (and maybe another one or two), but for one night back in Orlando Howard was enough. Howard had…

  10. Dwight Howard returns to Orlando, which will be fine without him

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Tuesday night will be cathartic for some Magic fans — Dwight Howard returns to Orlando and they will get to lustily boo the guy who left them. The guy they feel screwed them and the franchise over. Magic fans can sing “Forget You” at the top of their lungs. They can boo the Lakers as…

  11. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Celtics 11-0 run closes out Pacers

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    Jason Terry, Jordan Crawford

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what live is like for a poor sultan…. Lakers 108, Hornets 102: The Lakers were down 25 in the third quarter, 18 entering the fourth. But then Kobe Bryant took over the offense and Dwight Howard the defense, the Hornets fell…

  12. Three Stars of the Night: Guys that got (or almost got) their team wins

    Mar 7, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Lots of close games, lots of crazy buzzer beaters on Wednesday night. But it wasn’t just the Jeff Greens and Klay Thompsons that got their team wins, it was others like the three guys below. Except for the Third Star, he tried but got undone by some guy named LeBron. Third Star: Nikola Vucevic (25…

  13. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Kings take Heat two overtimes

    Feb 27, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    LeBron James,

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while scrolling through the Florida Man twitter feed…. Heat 141, Kings 129 (2OT): What looked like a blowout on paper ended up being the best game of the night. The Kings may deny it was a moral victory for them, but it was.…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It took three overtimes for Celtics to stop Nuggets streak

    Feb 11, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed wondering again why you watch the Grammy’s every year… Heat 107, Lakers 97: The Lakers are playing better, they are starting to figure things out. But that’s still a process. And when the Heat cranked it up in the fourth quarter they pulled…

  15. Rosters set for 2013 Rising Stars game on All-Star Friday featuring rookies and sophomores

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The rosters have been set for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, the game featuring the league’s top rookies and sophomores that will kick off the All-Star weekend festivities on Friday, Feb. 15. Teams were drafted from the pool of available players by TNT analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, with Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio and Sacramento’s…

  16. Irving, Lillard lead selections for All-Star Rising Stars (rookie/sophomore game)

    Jan 30, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Friday night of All-Star weekend is when the NBA likes to show off it’s future All-Stars. Or, at least the guys who seem like they are going to stick around the league for a while. It’s the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge — what the rest of us still call the rookie/sophomore game. Although for the…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out, the Heat and Thunder are pretty good

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Durant shoots against Denver Nuggets defenders Randolph and Brewer in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while having to deal with all the people knocking on your door asking for their lost cell phones…. Heat 92, Warriors 75: As it has been with the Heat all season long, when they are focused and defend they destroy teams. Especially teams…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Monday And-1 Links: Should the Rockets send Jeremy Lin to the bench?

    Dec 17, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Should the Houston rockets bring Jeremy Lin off the bench? What has been…

  21. Orlando center Gustavo Ayon to miss at least two weeks

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson,  Gustavo Ayon

    The losses just keep piling up for the Magic, and the season hasn’t even started yet. It was bad enough having to fire Stan Van Gundy, who is undoubtedly one of the game’s best strategic minds, because of some overblown drama caused by a petulant star. It was even worse having to trade Dwight Howard…

  22. NBA Season Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Today begins PBT’s team-by-team season preview, going through all 30 squads. We are starting in the deep Atlantic Division that could well send four teams to the playoffs, and we will move West from there. First up, your Philadelphia 76ers. Last season: They were a slightly better than .500 team (35-31) that played great defense…

  23. What was in Rockets offer for Dwight Howard depends on whom you ask

    Aug 15, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Rob Hennigan, the Orlando Magic’s new on the job general manager, and the entire Magic organization is taking a lot of incoming fire — that’s all you got for Dwight Howard? What they got in a four-team deal that landed Howard with the Lakers was a quality wing in Arron Afflalo, veteran forwards Al Harrington…

  24. It’s official: League approves four-team deal, Howard a Laker

    Aug 10, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Some Lakers fans were convinced David Stern was going to try to kill this blockbuster, balance changing trade. And you could bet if he really could have some owners (*cough*Mark Cuban*cough*) would have pressured him to do so. But the league had no real standing to block this trade — because it can be justified…

  25. Report: Four-team deal sending Howard to Lakers finalized, awaits league approval

    Aug 9, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Finally, Dwight Howard is being traded. A complex four-team trade that sends Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets and involves the 76ers and Magic has been approved in principle by the teams and will go to the league for formal approval on Friday, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources close…

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