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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, shoots as Houston Rockets guard James Harden defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Houston. Oklahoma City won 117-112. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
February 10, 2019 - 12:53 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Paul George said it took a fiery halftime discussion to help the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome the largest deficit they've seen all season. "We just knew we had to have a better second half," George said. "Being down that much at the half, that's not the team we are. We know this...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe looks to shoot past Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
February 09, 2019 - 11:34 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Isaac scored 17 points and Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross each added 15 as the Orlando Magic cruised past Milwaukee 103-83 on Saturday night and snapped the Bucks' six-game winning streak. The Bucks played without All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat out with...
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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Los Angeles Clippers' Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
February 09, 2019 - 11:32 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Montrezl Harrell forced two turnovers in the final two minutes and Patrick Beverley hit a pair of 3-pointers in front of the Boston bench Saturday night to help the retooled Los Angeles Clippers overcome a 28-point, first-half deficit and beat the Celtics 123-112. One game after the...
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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Los Angeles Clippers' Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
February 09, 2019 - 9:21 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving sprained his right knee in the second quarter Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers and was declared out for the rest of the game. Irving had 14 points in 14 minutes before leaving the game. The Celtics led 74-53 at the half. Irving appeared...
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Former players on Michigan State's 1979 national championship team, including Magic Johnson, center, Jay Vincent, left, and Greg Kelser, right, react during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
February 09, 2019 - 7:32 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Magic Johnson plans to hug it out with the Los Angeles Lakers to help them cope with the fallout from the NBA trade deadline. "It's a part of business, it's a part of being a professional athlete," he said Saturday. "I'm going to hug 'em and tell them that we got to come...
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Light traffic passes by as a highway sign over Interstate 90 warns of expected snow later in the day Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Seattle. Officials have issued a winter storm warning for the Puget Sound region including Seattle. The National Weather Service says the warning will be in effect from noon Friday to noon Saturday, with snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches expected in the interior lowland areas. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
February 09, 2019 - 5:02 am
SEATTLE (AP) — A winter storm pounded Washington state Friday, forcing the cancellation of 200 flights in Seattle as officials worked to get people off the streets and into shelters during the nation's latest bout with winter weather. Snow began falling north of Seattle with some areas recording 8...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)
February 09, 2019 - 1:55 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis didn't need long to win back the crowd after being booed during his pregame introduction and the first few chances he had to handle the ball. But the Pelicans sought to close out a tight game without Davis on the court anyway — and narrowly pulled it off. Playing...
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Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow, left, checks on teammate Dwyane Wade, who hit his head after a hard landing during the first quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 09, 2019 - 1:45 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have a legitimate chance to end their 13-year playoff drought and Dave Joerger is trying to impress upon his players the importance of doing the little things correctly. It took more than three quarters for them to get the message against Miami. Even...
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Phoenix Suns guard Elie Okobo, right, passes underneath a jumping Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 09, 2019 - 12:51 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Make it 18 wins in a row for the Golden State Warriors over the Phoenix Suns. The latest, though, was no cakewalk for the reigning NBA champions. Stephen Curry shook off a poor shooting performance by scoring 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors finally broke...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks against Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
February 08, 2019 - 10:59 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 17 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to their sixth straight victory, beating the retooling Dallas Mavericks 122-107 on Friday night. Antetokounmpo was 13 of 19 from the field and got the upper hand again in his second meeting with fellow...
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