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Denver Nuggets' Mason Plumlee (24) dunks against Charlotte Hornets' Marvin Williams (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
December 07, 2018 - 10:43 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nic Batum knew exactly what was coming when fellow Frenchman Tony Parker raced down the court with a head of steam on a fast break. Parker stopped momentarily planting his right foot, then spun 360 degrees to avoid a defender and scored on a layup on the other side of the rim...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, former Connecticut basketball great Rebecca Lobo waves to the crowd after receiving her Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony prior to an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and California, in Storrs, Conn. Connecticut will retire the numbers of former basketball stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo. The numbers 34 and 50 will become the first retired by the school during a ceremony in March. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)
December 07, 2018 - 2:27 pm
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut will retire the numbers of former basketball stars Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo. The numbers 34 and 50 will become the first retired by the school during a ceremony in March. The university says it's an honor reserved for Hall of Famers. In 2017, Lobo was the first...
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Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives against New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
December 06, 2018 - 11:33 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, still had a .500 record through Thanksgiving. The low point may have been a home loss to the Knicks that snapped New York's six-game losing streak. "I was thinking about...
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San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, right, tries to pass as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
December 06, 2018 - 2:45 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had no idea why he was so tired. He slept 11 hours overnight, missing his company Christmas party in the process, and then had a 2½-hour nap before the Los Angeles Lakers' game against San Antonio. Perhaps his body just knew he would need all that stored-up energy to...
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Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) fouls Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) as he looks for the shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 06, 2018 - 12:52 am
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard insisted he doesn't try to do anything extra in big games. His numbers suggest otherwise. Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 113-102 on Wednesday night, handing the...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder fails to keep the ball in bounds during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
December 05, 2018 - 11:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Once Paul George got going, he didn't slow down until he carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to their biggest comeback victory ever. George scored 25 of his 47 points in a sensational fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left that gave the Thunder a 114-112...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors won 129-105. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
December 05, 2018 - 11:18 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Their fierce rivalry is over, reduced to only memories. The Warriors and Cavaliers had something special, four straight NBA Finals that Steph Curry will one day savor. Some day. "It was historical," Curry said. "I'll definitely sit back on the couch in 10 or 12 years when it's all...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Cedi Osman, right, from Turkey, shoots over Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
December 05, 2018 - 9:36 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Golden State Warriors came back to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title, and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 on Wednesday night. Curry scored...
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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard into St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
December 05, 2018 - 7:41 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 6:40 p.m. As a military band played, pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush into Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where the Bush family regularly...
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FILE- In this Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, file photo, Daniel Green, who is serving a life sentence for the July 1993 death of former NBA basketball star Michael Jordan's father James Jordan, listens to questions during an interview at the Harnett County Correctional Institute in Lillington, N.C. A North Carolina judge is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the case of Green. The judge will decide whether the arguments warrant an evidentiary hearing that could lead to a new trial for Green. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis, File)
December 04, 2018 - 11:57 pm
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan's father has repeatedly declared his innocence in the murder. Now he's going before a judge to lay out evidence he says proves that although he helped dispose of the body, he didn't...
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