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Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks over Phoenix Suns guard Jamal Crawford, right, during triple overtime of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
December 23, 2018 - 12:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thomas Bryant's perfect night was something the NBA hadn't seen in nearly a quarter-century. Bryant's 14 for 14 effort from the floor in Washington's triple-overtime 149-146 win over Phoenix on Saturday night was the first such game in the NBA since Gary Payton had the same...
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Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr., front right, hugs Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, left, after an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
December 22, 2018 - 11:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. have matched up often in practice, and Oubre thought he knew what to expect in their reunion. Just one of a few surprises on a wild Saturday night. Beal had 40 points and his first career triple-double while squaring off against his former teammate...
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Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet (23) goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Jonah Bolden (43) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
December 22, 2018 - 9:44 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers weren't too excited after their latest win. Embiid had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Ben Simmons added 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Philadelphia routed the short-handed Toronto Raptors 126-101 on Saturday night. JJ Redick added...
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December 22, 2018 - 7:04 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are unsure if Markelle Fultz will play again this season. The 20-year-old Fultz was diagnosed this month with thoracic outlet syndrome and is doing physical therapy in Los Angeles. General manager Elton Brand said Saturday prior to a game against Toronto...
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Connecticut guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson, center, loses possession after colliding with California guard Asha Thomas (1) and forward Alaysia Styles, right, in the second quarter of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
December 22, 2018 - 4:39 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Geno Auriemma expects this UConn team to be regularly tested this season, and the top-ranked Huskies certainly had to earn their two road victories in a four-day span. "This is how the majority of the world lives," UConn's coach said of playing tough games out of town. "It's...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, smiles as he walks past New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 22, 2018 - 1:49 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James got plenty of attention this week for his comments about Anthony Davis, prompting allegations of tampering and ramping up speculation about the two superstars playing together for the Los Angeles Lakers. It turns out James is also pretty good at playing with his...
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New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
December 21, 2018 - 9:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry had one coherent message Friday, that center Anthony Davis will not be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers or anywhere else as long as he remains under contract to the Pelicans. Gentry's stance on comments by Lakers forward LeBron James about Davis...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) goes to the hoop against Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
December 21, 2018 - 9:58 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, Khris Middleton had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Boston Celtics 120-107 on Friday night. Tony Snell scored 15 and Thon Maker added 12 points for Milwaukee, which has won six of seven. Kyrie Irving...
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Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, passes to center Clint Capela (15) as Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 21, 2018 - 7:17 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Chris Paul has a grade 2 strain of his left hamstring and will be out at least two weeks. The point guard was injured in the second quarter on Thursday night in a loss to Miami. General manager Daryl Morey announced the injury on Friday after Paul had an MRI and said he...
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Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) attempts a three-pointer in the closing seconds as Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 101-99. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 20, 2018 - 10:44 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The plan for the Miami Heat on the game's final play was simple: Do not let James Harden win the game for Houston. Dwyane Wade and the Heat pulled it off. Wade ran at Harden and got him to give the ball up as the clock ran down, Eric Gordon missed a 3-pointer — one that Wade said he...
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