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Love's double-double leads Wolves past Cavs

Love's double-double leads Wolves past Cavs

ESPN.com Updated Dec 7, 2012
Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 91-73 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
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  • Ilyasova, Daniels lead Bucks past Bobcats

    Ilyasova, Daniels lead Bucks past Bobcats

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points and Marquis Daniels had season highs with 18 points and six rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks took command early and beat the Charlotte Bobcats 108-93 on Friday night.
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  • Miller keys decisive run in Nuggets win vs. Pacers

    Miller keys decisive run in Nuggets win vs. Pacers

    CNNSI.com nba.com ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Miller keys decisive run in Nuggets win vs. Pacers
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  • Report: Hornets' Davis 'getting close' to a return

    Report: Hornets' Davis 'getting close' to a return

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    Report: Hornets' Davis 'getting close' to a return
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  • Parker, Spurs score big win against Rockets

    Parker, Spurs score big win against Rockets

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in a 114-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
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  • Rondo flubs final shot as Sixers top Celts in OT

    Rondo flubs final shot as Sixers top Celts in OT

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Evan Turner had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-94 overtime win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
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  • Noah's career night helps Bulls defeat Pistons

    Noah's career night helps Bulls defeat Pistons

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Joakim Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, setting career highs in both categories and helping the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons for the 16th straight time, 108-104 on Friday night.
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  • JaVale McGee Performs Perfectly Terrible, Ridiculous, Awful Pla…

    JaVale McGee Performs Perfectly Terrible, Ridiculous, Awful Play

    deadspin.com Dec 7, 2012
    JaVale McGee helped lead the Nuggets to a 92-89 win over the Pacers in Indianapolis tonight thanks to 20 points on 9-9 shooting. That perfect shooting percentage only held up because the official scorer decided not to classify whatever happens at the en…
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  • Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan's offseason moves to le…

    Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan's offseason moves to let go of Jeremy Lin and sign Raymond Felton are looking good so fa

    nydailynews.com Dec 7, 2012
    Maybe one of these days James Dolan will get around to explaining his reasons for waving goodbye to Jeremy Lin and signing off on acquiring Raymond Felton.
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  • Lee drops 30 as Warriors extend Nets' skid

    Lee drops 30 as Warriors extend Nets' skid

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 28 points, and the Golden State Warriors gave coach Mark Jackson a winning return to Brooklyn by beating the Nets 109-102 on Friday night.
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  • Smith, Horford help Hawks knock off Wizards

    Smith, Horford help Hawks knock off Wizards

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Josh Smith had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Al Horford also posted a double-double and the Atlanta Hawks beat Washington 104-95 on Friday night to keep the Wizards winless on the road.
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  • Jefferson, Favors out; Kanter gets 1st career start

    Jefferson, Favors out; Kanter gets 1st career start

    nba.com ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Center Al Jefferson and reserve power forward Derrick Favors have been ruled out of Utah's game against Toronto on Friday night because of injuries.
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  • USA Basketball expands through iHoops

    USA Basketball expands through iHoops

    nba.com ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    USA Basketball is expanding its reach into youth basketball by partnering with iHoops, the joint initiative formed the NBA and NCAA to improve programs for young players.
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  • Struggling Heat say things will change soon

    Struggling Heat say things will change soon

    LeBron James and four teammates chatted for several minutes under a basket after the Miami Heat finished practice on Friday afternoon, each player sporting a serious look for the entirety of the conversation.
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  • Wolves' Rubio knows great expectations await

    Wolves' Rubio knows great expectations await

    nba.com Dec 7, 2012
    Ricky Rubio knows that there are a lot of expectations being put on his return to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He knows he is being cast as the missing piece that will magically make everything better as soon as he hits the court.
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  • Rob Mahoney: Bulls surviving without Rose despite limitations o…

    Rob Mahoney: Bulls surviving without Rose despite limitations on offense

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    Chicago was never built to win with offense, but an average attack has been even more mediocre without Derrick Rose. So how have the Bulls stayed afloat? Rob Mahoney examines.
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  • Happy Birthday Larry Bird! The Legend’s Top 5 NBA Highlights

    Happy Birthday Larry Bird! The Legend’s Top 5 NBA Highlights

    dimemag.com Dec 7, 2012
    On this date 56 years ago, a basketball legend was born. Indeed, if you were to craft the perfect all-around basketball player, you would probably start with Mr. Larry Joe Bird. In 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, Bird blessed fans with his passion, …
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  • Stephen Jackson details the dark side of fandom while recalling…

    Stephen Jackson details the dark side of fandom while recalling ‘Malice in the Palace’

    yahoo.com Dec 7, 2012
    At this point, it is not news that San Antonio Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson loves to make rap music and that he takes it seriously and thinks other ball-playing rappers stink. Nor is it fresh information that he values his reputation as a grown-ass ma
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  • Anthony's Pick-and-Roll Scoring Is Effective but Infrequent

    Anthony's Pick-and-Roll Scoring Is Effective but Infrequent

    nytimes.com Dec 7, 2012
    Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks is having a career year as a shooter, even without exploiting his elite ability as a pick-and-roll scorer.
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  • Rasheed Wallace, Captured In One 56-Second Sequence

    Rasheed Wallace, Captured In One 56-Second Sequence

    deadspin.com Dec 7, 2012
    Perhaps lost in the action of last night's Knicks-Heat game was the sequence you see above. Nothing all that exciting happens in these 56 seconds, but they do offer a glimpse at just how wonderfully out of shape and unable to give a fuck Rasheed Wallace…
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  • Wolves prez shoots down Lakers' Gasol rumors

    Wolves prez shoots down Lakers' Gasol rumors

    Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn is pouring cold water on the seemingly endless speculation surrounding the team's interest in Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol.
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  • Howard shuns FT pointers; Kobe sees root

    Howard shuns FT pointers; Kobe sees root

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Though Dwight Howard is shooting 46.9 percent from the foul line this season, the Lakers center said he's had enough of people giving him advice.
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  • Pro leagues, NCAA file brief against N.J. betting

    Pro leagues, NCAA file brief against N.J. betting

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    NBA commissioner David Stern takes Gov. Chris Christie to task for his efforts to allow sports gambling in New Jersey.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Andrea Bargnani’s iffy future in …

    The 10-man rotation, starring Andrea Bargnani’s iffy future in Toronto

    yahoo.com Dec 7, 2012
    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: SportsNet. Holly MacKenzie tells us th…
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  • Kobe: 'I'd go crazy' if I owned team after retiring

    Kobe: 'I'd go crazy' if I owned team after retiring

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    Kobe: 'I'd go crazy' if I owned team after retiring
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  • Watch out, Kobe: James, Durant closing in

    Watch out, Kobe: James, Durant closing in

    CNNSI.com Dec 7, 2012
    On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant became the fifth and youngest player to pass 30,000 points. Two players threaten to take the "youngest to reach" title from him, says Ben Golliver.
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  • Melo questionable for Saturday against Chicago

    Melo questionable for Saturday against Chicago

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    Carmelo Anthony's status for the New York Knicks' game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday is uncertain due to a laceration on the middle finger of his left hand.
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  • Section 15: A Midwesterner Visits Brooklyn

    Section 15: A Midwesterner Visits Brooklyn

    nytimes.com Dec 7, 2012
    The Off the Dribble team was interested in learning about Nets fans now that the team is in Brooklyn. David Ison, a Kansas City transplant living in Yonkers, took his future stepson to Section 15.
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  • Michael Beasley has become a worrying millstone for yet another…

    Michael Beasley has become a worrying millstone for yet another team, this time with Phoenix

    yahoo.com Dec 7, 2012
    In a week, the Phoenix Suns have gone from a "sure, they're going to entertain; give 'em a chance"-styled upstart to a disappointing batch of coconuts that has lost five straight in a run that seems more in line with the pessimistic win totals…
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  • Blazers send rookies Barton, Claver to D-League

    Blazers send rookies Barton, Claver to D-League

    nba.com ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    The Trail Blazers have assigned rookies Will Barton and Victor Claver to Portland's development league affiliate, the Idaho Stampede.
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  • Deadspin NBA Shit List: Tony Massenburg, Everywhere Man

    Deadspin NBA Shit List: Tony Massenburg, Everywhere Man

    deadspin.com Dec 7, 2012
    A celebration of the NBA's most infuriating players, both past and present. Read other NBA Shit List entries here. More »
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  • Create-a-Caption: Rasheed Wallace warns J.R. Smith about the da…

    Create-a-Caption: Rasheed Wallace warns J.R. Smith about the dangers of foot fungus

    yahoo.com Dec 7, 2012
    "I'm trying to tell you, man: You need to keep your shower shoes clean. When stuff gets damp, stuff gets nasty, and it happens fast. Back in like '95, '96, I seen how bad Jim McIlvaine had it. Changed my life, man. Gotta keep 'em clean, man. GOT TO…
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  • Kobe Says Many Lakers Were Surprised When Abe Lincoln Died At T…

    Kobe Says Many Lakers Were Surprised When Abe Lincoln Died At The End Of Lincoln

    deadspin.com Dec 7, 2012
    Yesterday was an off day in Oklahoma City for the Lakers, so to bring the scuffling 9-10 team together, they had a boys' night out at the theater. On the program: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. The ancipation led Pau Gasol to offer perhaps the best and mos…
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  • Bulls' Hamilton hopes he won't miss a month

    Bulls' Hamilton hopes he won't miss a month

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    In his first comments since tearing the plantar fascia in his left foot in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton said Friday he was originally told he would be out about four weeks.
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  • Should Phoenix Suns fans request a refund after being guarantee…

    Should Phoenix Suns fans request a refund after being guaranteed satisfaction?

    yahoo.com Dec 7, 2012
    Last Friday, Kelly Dwyer hipped you to the Phoenix Suns' plans to issue their fans refunds if they did not have a satisfactory amount of fun at one of their games. It was a bold move, and also a smart one - the Suns received lots of press via the intern
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  • Dime Q&A: Hip-Hop Star Stalley Speaks On His Favorite NBA T…

    Dime Q&A: Hip-Hop Star Stalley Speaks On His Favorite NBA Team & Whether His Beard Is Better Than James Harden’s Beard

    dimemag.com Dec 7, 2012
    It’s always a beautiful thing when you encounter a sports fanatic. I mean the ones who bleed their team’s colors and obsess over their city’s self-proclaimed dominance. The reputation of the Ohio State Buckeyes is irrefutable considering their promi
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  • Revisiting The Dwight Howard Trade: Maybe Orlando Wasn’t So Stu…

    Revisiting The Dwight Howard Trade: Maybe Orlando Wasn’t So Stupid After All

    dimemag.com Dec 7, 2012
    It was mid-August when the world passed judgment on the Orlando Magic and their trade of franchise center Dwight Howard. We killed them for receiving bit players in return, as well as for the direction the team was heading. Some thought GM Rob Hennigan …
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  • TNT’s Marv Albert gave us a shoutout while talking about Rashee…

    TNT’s Marv Albert gave us a shoutout while talking about Rasheed Wallace’s technicals (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Dec 7, 2012
    We loved it when Rasheed Wallace dusted off his time-honored catchphrase against the New Orleans Hornets a couple of weeks back. We thought it a little absurd - but perhaps appropriately so; it's Sheed, after all - when the New York Knicks big man was
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  • Rodman to pay $500K in back child support

    Rodman to pay $500K in back child support

    nba.com Dec 7, 2012
    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been found in contempt of court and ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife, her attorney said Thursday.
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  • Mayo, Mavericks send Suns to fifth straight loss

    Mayo, Mavericks send Suns to fifth straight loss

    ESPN.com Dec 7, 2012
    O.J. Mayo scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 35 seconds to go, and the Dallas Mavericks held on to beat Phoenix 97-94 on Thursday night, the Suns' fifth loss in a row.
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  • Raymond Felton And Steve Novak Deep-Six The Heat; Latest Pau Ga…

    Raymond Felton And Steve Novak Deep-Six The Heat; Latest Pau Gasol Trade Rumors Pair Him With Kevin Love

    dimemag.com Dec 7, 2012
    Holy three-point shooting, Knicks. Of all the places to go on a heat check that lasted a whole half, the Heat’s own court was the backdrop of New York’s statement win Thursday night by handing LeBron, Wade and Bosh their worst home loss together, 112-
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  • The Sports Guy talks NBA leadership with Bill Russell, plus Wee…

    The Sports Guy talks NBA leadership with Bill Russell, plus Week 14 picks

    grantland.com Dec 7, 2012
    Thoughts on Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, and the different paths to immortality.
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  • We Went There: Knicks-Heat in Miami

    We Went There: Knicks-Heat in Miami

    grantland.com Dec 7, 2012
    For most of the year, Miami is for Lamborghini-driving Argentines and frat bros with barbed-wire tats at Wet Willie's. But for a brief, fragile window...
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  • Video - Warriors Hand Nets Their Third Straight Loss 01:02

    Warriors Hand Nets Their Third Straight Loss

    Dec 7
    David Lee and Stephen Curry combine for 58 points in Warriors' 109-102 win over Nets.
  • Video - Smith, Horford Fuel Hawks 00:48

    Smith, Horford Fuel Hawks

    Dec 7
    Josh Smith scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power the Hawks past the Wizards.
  • Video - LeBron James, Dwyane Wade On Heat's Struggles 00:59

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade On Heat's Struggles

    Dec 7
    LeBron James: "Cloud Over Our Team."
  • Video - Noah's Double-Double Lifts Bulls Past Pistons 01:00

    Noah's Double-Double Lifts Bulls Past Pistons

    Dec 7
    Joakim Noah scores 30 points and grabs 23 rebounds in Bulls' win.

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    Dec 7
    Thoughts on Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, and the different paths to immortality.