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Knicks clinch 1st division title since 1994

Knicks clinch 1st division title since 1994

ESPN.com Updated Apr 9, 2013
The New York Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the Washington Wizards 120-99 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory.
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  • DeRozan, Raptors edge short-handed Bulls

    DeRozan, Raptors edge short-handed Bulls

    ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Rudy Gay added 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 101-98 on Tuesday night.
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  • Houston Beats Phoenix Thanks To Jermaine O'Neal's Buzzer-Beatin…

    Houston Beats Phoenix Thanks To Jermaine O'Neal's Buzzer-Beating Goaltend

    deadspin.com Apr 9, 2013
    Tonight's bout between the Rockets and Suns in Houston looked to be headed to overtime when James Harden's buzzer-beating attempt for the lead couldn't find the twine. That's when Jermaine O'Neal decided he had someplace else to be.Read more...
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  • Nets top 76ers, hold ground on No. 4 seed

    Nets top 76ers, hold ground on No. 4 seed

    ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    Brook Lopez had 29 points and 11 rebounds, Reggie Evans added 17 points and 24 boards, and the Brooklyn Nets firmly held their ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 104-83 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
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  • Hill, West key as Pacers rally past Cavaliers

    Hill, West key as Pacers rally past Cavaliers

    ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    George Hill scored 27 points and David West added 15 to help the Indiana Pacers rally from a 20-point deficit for a 99-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
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  • Heat roll, close in on home-court advantage

    Heat roll, close in on home-court advantage

    ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    LeBron James scored 28 points in 30 minutes, Udonis Haslem had his first double-double of the season and the Heat moved a step closer to wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs by topping the Bucks 94-83 on Tuesday night.
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  • Knicks gain first division title since '93-94 season

    Knicks gain first division title since '93-94 season

    CNNSI.com Apr 9, 2013
    Knicks gain first division title since '93-94 season
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  • LeBron James throws an alley-oop off the backboard to himself, …

    LeBron James throws an alley-oop off the backboard to himself, no big deal

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    Miami heat uber-star LeBron James is currently finishing off one of the best regular season's in the history of the NBA. It's been the sort of year that recasts not just his place in history, but the details of his own career. An amazing play is no long…
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  • Kanter to have season-ending shoulder surgery

    Kanter to have season-ending shoulder surgery

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com nba.com Apr 9, 2013
    Jazz center Enes Kanter will have surgery to repair damage in his dislocated left shoulder and miss the rest of the season.
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  • Knicks center Chandler out due to neck pain

    Knicks center Chandler out due to neck pain

    New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler will miss Tuesday's game against the Washington Wizards to due neck pain, coach Mike Woodson said.
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  • Ben McLemore and Victor Oladipo, likely lottery picks, declare …

    Ben McLemore and Victor Oladipo, likely lottery picks, declare for the NBA draft

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    The college basketball season ended on Monday night, ensuring that no one will have to hear a coworker or friend discuss a bracket as if it were a small child for the next 49 weeks. In the basketball world, the end of this season means several things, m…
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  • Wade returns to practice but remains out for Heat

    Wade returns to practice but remains out for Heat

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade got back on the court with the Miami Heat, if only for a practice.
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  • Report: Jay-Z starts selling shares in Nets

    Report: Jay-Z starts selling shares in Nets

    ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    Brooklyn Nets minority owner Jay-Z has begun the process of selling his stake in the team so that he can become an NBA agent, according to a Yahoo! report.
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  • Pau Gasol is reading up on zen philosophy

    Pau Gasol is reading up on zen philosophy

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    It's been a trying season for Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol, from concerns over his role to injury woes to the familiar challenge of being a high-profile teammate of Kobe Bryant. It's been enough to make even the most successful athlete won…
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  • Battier, Karl earn basketball writers awards

    Battier, Karl earn basketball writers awards

    ESPN.com nba.com Apr 9, 2013
    Miami's Shane Battier and Denver coach George Karl have won awards from the Pro Basketball Writers Association for their excellence on the court and with the media.
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  • Mayor reveals new investor in bid to retain Kings

    Mayor reveals new investor in bid to retain Kings

    CNNSI.com nba.com ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has announced a new investor to help fill the role vacated by billionaire Ron Burkle in the city's bid to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring a very young Evan Fournier playin…

    The 10-man rotation, starring a very young Evan Fournier playing 1-on-1 with Boris Diaw (Video)

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 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: DailyMotion user Nicolas Seignez, via …
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  • Power ranking the 10 NBA games available for viewing on Tuesday…

    Power ranking the 10 NBA games available for viewing on Tuesday night

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    The NBA is back in business after a night spent in deference to a terrific NCAA final on Monday night. There are 10 games to take in, all featuring various combinations of busted stars, tanking teams, playoff hopefuls and honest-to-goodness great matchu…
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  • We Reminisce: When Gary Payton Put The Clamps On Michael Jordan…

    We Reminisce: When Gary Payton Put The Clamps On Michael Jordan In The NBA Finals

    dimemag.com Apr 9, 2013
    This year’s Basketball Hall of Fame class was officially announced yesterday, and taking his rightful place among the game’s greats in September will be Gary Payton. The Glove holds the distinction of being the only point guard ever to win the NBA Def
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  • Dad: Louisville's Smith will enter NBA draft

    Dad: Louisville's Smith will enter NBA draft

    ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    Junior guard Russ Smith will leave Louisville early to enter the NBA draft, according to his father.
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  • Tight shirt, Charles Barkley

    Tight shirt, Charles Barkley

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    This picture of Charles Barkley was allegedly taken after the Hall of Famer and TNT NBA analyst had swapped shirts "with a bro." That allegation is A) unconfirmed, but B) seems more reasonable than assuming a 50-year-old man who's struggled wi…
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  • 'Wolverine' World Peace to come off bench

    'Wolverine' World Peace to come off bench

    ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    Metta World Peace will play in the Los Angeles Lakers game against the New Orleans Hornets Tuesday night, just 12 days after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee that was supposed to sideline him six weeks.
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  • Create-a-Caption: Kobe Bryant just needs to get away for a seco…

    Create-a-Caption: Kobe Bryant just needs to get away for a second

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    Listen, it's not Kobe Bryant's fault, all right? You try averaging 46 minutes a game for a week pretty much out of necessity with pretty much every game being a must-win and a playoff spot hanging in the balance, and see if you don't need to take a seco…
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  • Bulls' Noah (foot) out vs. Raps; Rip back

    Bulls' Noah (foot) out vs. Raps; Rip back

    ESPN.com nba.com Apr 9, 2013
    The setback Joakim Noah suffered with plantar fasciitis in his right foot could leave the Chicago Bulls big man out for the rest of the regular season, while potentially jeopardizing the All-Star's playing time in the playoffs.
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  • Derrick Rose Made A Dunk That Wasn't Sad

    Derrick Rose Made A Dunk That Wasn't Sad

    deadspin.com Apr 9, 2013
    Do our eyes deceive us, or is that Sad Derrick Rose throwing down an impressive dunk before Sunday's Bulls-Pistons game? And he jumped off of his sad left foot! Read more...
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  • DeMarre Carroll happily poses with the rim he tore down at his …

    DeMarre Carroll happily poses with the rim he tore down at his local fitness center (Photo)

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    After a scrappy, inspired, and breakthrough performance in a much-needed Utah Jazz win over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll dropped this line to the media after his significant role in Utah’s 95-83 conquest: ''I scraped m
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  • It sounds pretty awesome to be Pat Riley now

    It sounds pretty awesome to be Pat Riley now

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    "It's a reversal of what used to happen. [Erik Spoelstra] gets up at 5 a.m., now and goes to Dunkin Donuts and I don't. I get up at 11 o'clock and walk into the office with [general manager] Andy [Elisburg] and [CEO] Nick [Arison] and we sit down a…
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  • Section 15: The Convert From Bay Ridge

    Section 15: The Convert From Bay Ridge

    nytimes.com Apr 9, 2013
    Anthony Corbisiero has season tickets to both the Knicks and Nets, but Section 15 at Barclays Center now seems to be his true home.
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  • Season superlatives: Highlighting the best offensive performanc…

    Season superlatives: Highlighting the best offensive performances of the season

    CNNSI.com Apr 9, 2013
    We have seen some phenomenal individual offensive performances this season. Which was the best? Rob Mahoney counts down his top five, from Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant.
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  • As injuries pile up, the NBA’s going to have to address the phy…

    As injuries pile up, the NBA’s going to have to address the physical demands it puts on players

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    For the entirety of my NBA obsession, I have heard countless times from fans about how the league would be better off with a shorter schedule. The sport was originally conceived as a wintertime distraction, and yet training camps routinely tip off durin…
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  • Fans can have a say, through Twitter, in who wins Kia MVP Award

    Fans can have a say, through Twitter, in who wins Kia MVP Award

    nba.com Apr 9, 2013
    The NBA and Kia Motors, Official Automotive Partner of the NBA, have announced that for the first time ever, fans will have the opportunity to vote on Twitter to help determine the winner of the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award. For the past three sea…
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  • Wade (ankle, knee) to sit out fifth game in row

    Wade (ankle, knee) to sit out fifth game in row

    nba.com ESPN.com Apr 9, 2013
    Dwyane Wade got back on the court with the Miami Heat, if only for a practice.
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  • Kevin Love to have left knee surgery, miss rest of Timberwolves…

    Kevin Love to have left knee surgery, miss rest of Timberwolves’ season

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    Right around the time Spike Albrecht was introducing himself to America, Kevin Love's frustrating 2012-13 came to an end. The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Monday night that the All-Star power forward will miss the remainder of the regular season - b
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  • Melo supplants LeBron atop jersey sales list

    Melo supplants LeBron atop jersey sales list

    Carmelo Anthony now tops the NBA's scoring race and its most popular jerseys list.
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  • John Wall, Roy Hibbert squash beef after Wall said Indiana’s ‘b…

    John Wall, Roy Hibbert squash beef after Wall said Indiana’s ‘bigs were playing soft’ on Saturday

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    The Indiana Pacers, like a few other very good defensive teams like Tom Thibodeau’s Chicago Bulls and various San Antonio Spurs teams through the years, play “soft” on pick and rolls. The team doesn’t ask its big men to over-commit past the 3-poin
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  • “One Shining Moment” 2013

    “One Shining Moment” 2013

    dimemag.com Apr 9, 2013
    Maybe it was the seemingly endless commercial breaks leading up to it at the end of last night’s CBS telecast, or maybe anything would seem like a letdown after that spectacular Nation Championship game, but didn’t “One Shining Moment” seem to not
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  • Derrick Rose looks pretty comfortable dunking off his left leg,…

    Derrick Rose looks pretty comfortable dunking off his left leg, which is cool (Video)

    yahoo.com Apr 9, 2013
    Derrick Rose's rehabilitation from the torn left ACL that ended his 2011-12 season and caused him to miss the entire '12-'13 campaign to date has included multiple milestones in recovery and benchmarks to meet, but over the past month, attention has foc…
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  • State Of The Race: The West's final playoff spot is all but a d…

    State Of The Race: The West's final playoff spot is all but a dead h…

    CNNSI.com Apr 9, 2013
    The West's final playoff spot is all but a dead heat between the Jazz and Lakers. What team has the edge? That's not an easy question, but Ben Golliver may have an answer.
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  • NBA Countdown: Who Will Be the NBA's Top Scorer?

    NBA Countdown: Who Will Be the NBA's Top Scorer?

    grantland.com Apr 9, 2013
    Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons break down the suddenly tight race for the NBA scoring title between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. They also explain h...
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  • Video - NBA Player Rankings: 3-1 03:43

    NBA Player Rankings: 3-1

    Apr 9
    NBA Coast 2 Coast unveils the top three players in the league today.
  • Video - Knicks Clinch Atlantic Division Title 01:16

    Knicks Clinch Atlantic Division Title

    Apr 9
    Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points to help the Knicks win their 13th straight game and clinch their first division title since 1993-94.
  • Video - Heat Roll Bucks 94-83 01:19

    Heat Roll Bucks 94-83

    Apr 9
    Heat win to improve to 34-4 in Miami.
  • Video - Raptors Stun Bulls 101-98 01:26

    Raptors Stun Bulls 101-98

    Apr 9
    Raptors get rare road win.

Sports Columnists

  • Ian Thomsen: Vinny Del Negro among coaches under pressure in playoffs

    Apr 9
    Is any coach under more pressure entering the playoffs than Vinny Del Negro? The Clippers have played flat of late and with Chris Paul set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, expectations are higher than ever. -- Dale, Los Angeles
  • Coast to Coast - Who's the 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year?

    Apr 9
    Our experts debate who should take home this season's Coach of the Year trophy.
  • Windhorst: Pat Riley for Executive of the Year?

    Apr 9
    Will the NBA's front offices do the right thing and give Heat president Pat Riley the Executive of the Year award?