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Ilyasova, Daniels lead Bucks past BobcatsErsan 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.Share TweetMiller keys decisive run in Nuggets win vs. PacersShare Tweet
Report: Hornets' Davis 'getting close' to a returnReport: Hornets' Davis 'getting close' to a returnShare Tweet
Parker, Spurs score big win against RocketsTony 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.Share Tweet
Rondo flubs final shot as Sixers top Celts in OTEvan 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.Share Tweet
Noah's career night helps Bulls defeat PistonsJoakim 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.Share Tweet
JaVale McGee Performs Perfectly Terrible, Ridiculous, Awful PlayJaVale 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…Share Tweet
Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan's offseason moves to let go of Jeremy Lin and sign Raymond Felton are looking good so fanydailynews.com Dec 7, 2012Maybe 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.Share TweetDavid 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.Share TweetJosh 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.Share TweetCenter Al Jefferson and reserve power forward Derrick Favors have been ruled out of Utah's game against Toronto on Friday night because of injuries.Share TweetUSA 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.Share TweetLeBron 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.Share Tweet
Wolves' Rubio knows great expectations awaitnba.com Dec 7, 2012Ricky 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.Share Tweet
Rob Mahoney: Bulls surviving without Rose despite limitations on offenseChicago 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.Share Tweet
Happy Birthday Larry Bird! The Legend’s Top 5 NBA HighlightsOn 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, …Share Tweet
Stephen Jackson details the dark side of fandom while recalling ‘Malice in the Palace’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 maShare Tweet
Anthony's Pick-and-Roll Scoring Is Effective but Infrequentnytimes.com Dec 7, 2012Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks is having a career year as a shooter, even without exploiting his elite ability as a pick-and-roll scorer.Share Tweet
Rasheed Wallace, Captured In One 56-Second SequencePerhaps 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…Share TweetMinnesota 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.Share Tweet
Howard shuns FT pointers; Kobe sees rootThough 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.Share TweetNBA commissioner David Stern takes Gov. Chris Christie to task for his efforts to allow sports gambling in New Jersey.Share Tweet
The 10-man rotation, starring Andrea Bargnani’s iffy future in TorontoA 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…Share Tweet
Kobe: 'I'd go crazy' if I owned team after retiringKobe: 'I'd go crazy' if I owned team after retiringShare Tweet
Watch out, Kobe: James, Durant closing inOn 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.Share Tweet
Melo questionable for Saturday against ChicagoCarmelo 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.Share Tweet
Section 15: A Midwesterner Visits Brooklynnytimes.com Dec 7, 2012The 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.Share TweetIn 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…Share TweetThe Trail Blazers have assigned rookies Will Barton and Victor Claver to Portland's development league affiliate, the Idaho Stampede.Share Tweet
Deadspin NBA Shit List: Tony Massenburg, Everywhere ManA celebration of the NBA's most infuriating players, both past and present. Read other NBA Shit List entries here. More »Share Tweet
Create-a-Caption: Rasheed Wallace warns J.R. Smith about the dangers of foot fungus"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…Share TweetYesterday 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…Share TweetIn 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.Share Tweet
Should Phoenix Suns fans request a refund after being guaranteed satisfaction?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 internShare Tweet
Dime Q&A: Hip-Hop Star Stalley Speaks On His Favorite NBA Team & Whether His Beard Is Better Than James Harden’s BeardIt’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 promiShare Tweet
Revisiting The Dwight Howard Trade: Maybe Orlando Wasn’t So Stupid After AllIt 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 …Share Tweet
TNT’s Marv Albert gave us a shoutout while talking about Rasheed Wallace’s technicals (VIDEO)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 wasShare Tweetnba.com Dec 7, 2012Former 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.Share TweetO.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.Share Tweet
Raymond Felton And Steve Novak Deep-Six The Heat; Latest Pau Gasol Trade Rumors Pair Him With Kevin LoveHoly 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-Share Tweet
The Sports Guy talks NBA leadership with Bill Russell, plus Week 14 picksgrantland.com Dec 7, 2012Thoughts on Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, and the different paths to immortality.Share Tweet
We Went There: Knicks-Heat in Miamigrantland.com Dec 7, 2012For 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...Share Tweet
Warriors Hand Nets Their Third Straight LossDec 7David Lee and Stephen Curry combine for 58 points in Warriors' 109-102 win over Nets.
Smith, Horford Fuel HawksDec 7Josh Smith scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power the Hawks past the Wizards.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade On Heat's StrugglesDec 7LeBron James: "Cloud Over Our Team."
Noah's Double-Double Lifts Bulls Past PistonsDec 7Joakim Noah scores 30 points and grabs 23 rebounds in Bulls' win.