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Thompson helps Cavaliers end 10-game skid

Thompson helps Cavaliers end 10-game skid

ESPN.com Updated Apr 5, 2013
Tristan Thompson had career highs with 29 points and 17 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 10-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday.
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  • Miller helps short-handed Heat topple Bobcats

    Miller helps short-handed Heat topple Bobcats

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2013
    Mike Miller scored a season-high 26 points on seven 3-pointers, and the injury-depleted Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-79 on Friday night.
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  • Melo eclipses 40 points again, sparks Knicks

    Melo eclipses 40 points again, sparks Knicks

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2013
    Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points, tying a franchise record with his third straight 40-point game, and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-83 on Friday night.
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  • Knicks honor '73 champs on 40th anniversary

    Knicks honor '73 champs on 40th anniversary

    ESPN.com nba.com Apr 5, 2013
    The New York Knicks hope to end their 40-year title drought later this spring. On Friday, they recognized the last Big Apple team to win the crown.
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  • Celtics' Pierce out against Cavs with sore ankle

    Celtics' Pierce out against Cavs with sore ankle

    nba.com ESPN.com Apr 5, 2013
    Boston forward Paul Pierce missed the Celtics' home game Friday night against Cleveland because of a sore left ankle.
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  • Blake Griffin does not want the Clippers to raise a division ch…

    Blake Griffin does not want the Clippers to raise a division champs banner

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Apr 5, 2013
    The Clippers franchise has been an easy target for jokes in their 34 seasons in San Diego and Los Angeles, but it's still shocking to consider the depths of their ineptitude. Prior to this season, they had made the playoffs only five times, winning two …
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  • Valanciunas, Lillard nab monthly rookie honors

    Valanciunas, Lillard nab monthly rookie honors

    nba.com Apr 5, 2013
    The Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in March. ? LeBron, Durant named April players of mont…
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  • DeAndre Jordan is tired of hearing he should practice free thro…

    DeAndre Jordan is tired of hearing he should practice free throws

    yahoo.com Apr 5, 2013
    Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been one of the first free throw shooters in the NBA from the moment he entered the league in 2008. Over his career, Jordan has attempted 838 free throws and made only 357, or 42.6 percent. He's been under …
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring how the Houston Rockets make math…

    The 10-man rotation, starring how the Houston Rockets make math fun

    yahoo.com Apr 5, 2013
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: ESPN. Beckley Mason does a whale of a …
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  • Eric Murdock Sues Rutgers, Just Like He Promised

    Eric Murdock Sues Rutgers, Just Like He Promised

    deadspin.com Apr 5, 2013
    Former NBA player and Rutgers assistant Eric Murdock filed his long-awaited wrongful termination lawsuit against Rutgers today, claiming he was fired for attempting to blow the whistle on former coach Mike Rice. Rice was let go earlier this week, a day …
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  • Seed Watch 2013: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    Seed Watch 2013: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    Including Friday night, there are 13 days left in the NBA’s regular season. There are pitched battles for significant seeds taking place in both conferences — mainly the Eastern one — but we don’t really care about the Eastern Conference, because
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  • Nuggets' Gallinari out for season with torn ACL

    Nuggets' Gallinari out for season with torn ACL

    ESPN.com nba.com Apr 5, 2013
    The Denver Nuggets will be without versatile forward Danilo Gallinari for the rest of the season after tests Friday showed he tore his left ACL against Dallas the previous night.
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  • Ohio State's Thomas headed to NBA draft

    Ohio State's Thomas headed to NBA draft

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2013
    Deshaun Thomas elected to stick around for one more season at Ohio State once, but he won't be doing it twice.
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  • Dime Q&A: Kenny Smith Says Brittney Griner Can Be The Magic…

    Dime Q&A: Kenny Smith Says Brittney Griner Can Be The Magic/Bird Of The WNBA

    dimemag.com Apr 5, 2013
    Kenny Smith has been a part of the professional basketball world for more than 25 years. A consensus first-team All-American out of North Carolina, Smith won two NBA championships with the Houston Rockets and played 10 seasons in the league before makin…
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  • Create-a-Caption: Russell Westbrook, noted martial arts enthusi…

    Create-a-Caption: Russell Westbrook, noted martial arts enthusiast

    yahoo.com Apr 5, 2013
    Russell Westbrook would totally be the best karateka in the world if only he didn't hate plain black belts BECAUSE HE LOVES CLOTHES, GET IT????? Best caption wins Tribe x Lou Reed, because it's a sunny Friday afternoon in New York City and I love you al…
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  • Lakers to be without Nash against Grizzlies

    Lakers to be without Nash against Grizzlies

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2013
    Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will miss his second consecutive game Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies because of a hip injury.
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  • Seed Watch 2013: L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz

    Seed Watch 2013: L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz

    yahoo.com Apr 5, 2013
    Including Friday night, there are 13 days left in the NBA’s regular season. There are pitched battles for significant seeds taking place in both conferences — mainly the Eastern one — but we don’t really care about the Eastern Conference, because
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  • Milwaukee Bucks fan’s refusal to boo home team sparks fight wit…

    Milwaukee Bucks fan’s refusal to boo home team sparks fight with Lakers fan, police say

    yahoo.com Apr 5, 2013
    Busting your roommate's chops about his favorite team: It's all fun and games until it turns into a urine-fueled topless fight in a Greenfield, Wisc., apartment complex parking lot at 2 a.m. (Just like my father used to say.) The blank-stare-inducing ta…
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  • 5-on-5: Stretch run Q's

    5-on-5: Stretch run Q's

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2013
    Which players and teams have the most to gain or lose during the season's final stretch? Our panel weighs in.
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  • Heat plan to rest James, Wade, Allen against Bobcats

    Heat plan to rest James, Wade, Allen against Bobcats

    nba.com ESPN.com Apr 5, 2013
    The Miami Heat say LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen won't play Friday night against the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats, but that Mario Chalmers has been upgraded to a game-time decision.
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  • For years, the Wizards had no idea where the franchise's lone c…

    For years, the Wizards had no idea where the franchise's lone championship trophy was.

    deadspin.com Apr 5, 2013
    For years, the Wizards had no idea where the franchise's lone championship trophy was. Read more...
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  • The Washington Bullets’ 1978 NBA championship trophy sat in an …

    The Washington Bullets’ 1978 NBA championship trophy sat in an employee’s closet for years

    yahoo.com Apr 5, 2013
    It seems sort of hard to believe, given how unsuccessful the Washington Wizards franchise has been for years - 23 losing seasons and just one trip past the first round of the playoffs in 30 years - but once upon a time, the then-Bullets ranked among t
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  • Andre Iguodala Crosses Up Vince Carter & Makes A Game-Winner

    Andre Iguodala Crosses Up Vince Carter & Makes A Game-Winner

    dimemag.com yahoo.com Apr 5, 2013
    This was a HUGE loss for the Mavs, dropping them to three full games behind the Lakers for the No. 8 seed with only seven to play. A Dallas win would’ve made the finish in the West very interesting. They have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the w
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  • Warriors' Jack running strong for Sixth Man award

    Warriors' Jack running strong for Sixth Man award

    nba.com Apr 5, 2013
    One of the first times Jarrett Jack played organized basketball, every player on his team wanted to be in the starting lineup. So his youth coach posed a question.
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  • Nate Robinson caps brilliant Bulls comeback with game-winning f…

    Nate Robinson caps brilliant Bulls comeback with game-winning floater to beat Nets (Video)

    Nate Robinson’s game-winning shot against the Brooklyn Nets should not result in an inappropriate amount of fawning. After all, this was a reserve guard on a team missing three starters and its two top reserves downing another mediocre team from a terri
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  • Gary Payton is Going to the Hall of Fame: In Praise of The Glov…

    Gary Payton is Going to the Hall of Fame: In Praise of The Glove

    dimemag.com Apr 5, 2013
    While the NBA’s grand old gatekeepers take their time weighing the option of keeping the Sacramento Kings in California’s capital versus relocating the franchise to Seattle, the strongest reason for my pro-Emerald City optimism is that the league ulti
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  • Source: Pitino to join Hall of Fame's 2013 class

    Source: Pitino to join Hall of Fame's 2013 class

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2013
    Louisville coach Rick Pitino has won induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a source told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday.
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  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Rip Up a Rival; The Denver N…

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Rip Up a Rival; The Denver Nuggets Suffer a Potentially Disastrous Injury

    dimemag.com Apr 5, 2013
    If last night’s Thunder/Spurs game was a preview of the Western Conference Finals, we’d be more than ok with it. The Manu-less Spurs made the trip to OKC and fought valiantly, but still got a whole facefull of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant bucket
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  • Stay by Your Zone, Swag by Your Zone: The Wonder of the College…

    Stay by Your Zone, Swag by Your Zone: The Wonder of the College Slam Dunk Contest

    grantland.com Apr 5, 2013
    In the never-ending scramble to somehow make the NBA All-Star weekend as exciting as it once was, it doesn't help that its once-marquee event, the Sla...
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  • CourtVision: What's Gotten Into John Wall?

    CourtVision: What's Gotten Into John Wall?

    grantland.com Apr 5, 2013
    Back on March 25, the Grizzlies and Wizards were playing a game at the Verizon Center. The score was only 4-4 when Zach Randolph missed an 11-foot jum...
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  • Video - Knicks Win 11th In A Row 01:07

    Knicks Win 11th In A Row

    Apr 5
    Carmelo Anthony ties a franchise record with his third straight 40-point game.
  • Video - Breaking Down Brittney Griner 06:27

    Breaking Down Brittney Griner

    Apr 5
    Could Baylor star Brittney Griner play in the NBA? Amin Elhassan has answers.
  • Video - Lob City Dissension 10:42

    Lob City Dissension

    Apr 5
    Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the reported dissension between Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and examine who is to blame for the Clippers' problems.
  • Video - Thunder Rout Pacers 97-75 01:08

    Thunder Rout Pacers 97-75

    Apr 5
    Kevin Durant shakes off injury to lead Thunder past Pacers.

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