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Pierce nets 34 as Celtics hold off Mavs in 2OT

Pierce nets 34 as Celtics hold off Mavs in 2OT

ESPN.com Updated Dec 12, 2012
Paul Pierce scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer at the start of the second overtime to give Boston the lead for good, and the Celtics held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-115 on Wednesday night.
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  • Dragic's late basket helps Suns snap losing skid

    Dragic's late basket helps Suns snap losing skid

    ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    Goran Dragic made a short hook shot from the left baseline with 0.5 seconds remaining, and the Phoenix Suns edged the Memphis Grizzlies 82-80 on Wednesday to snap a seven-game losing streak.
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  • Los Angeles Lakers in shambles with Former NY Knicks coach Mike…

    Los Angeles Lakers in shambles with Former NY Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni at the helm

    For so long, the Knicks have always used a game against the Lakers to see where they stack up. But this will be no measuring-stick game, not with the Knicks rolling merrily along at 16-5, unless the 9-13 Lakers want to see where they stack up against th…
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  • Thunder win 9th straight behind Durant's 35

    Thunder win 9th straight behind Durant's 35

    ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    Kevin Durant scored 35 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder extended their winning streak to nine games with a 92-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets 92-88 on Wednesday night.
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  • Clippers down Bobcats, up win streak to eight

    Clippers down Bobcats, up win streak to eight

    ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-94 Wednesday night for their eighth straight win.
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  • Warriors stun Heat on Green's last-second layup

    Warriors stun Heat on Green's last-second layup

    ESPN.com nytimes.com Dec 12, 2012
    Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the Golden State Warriors a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
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  • Noah, Deng help Bulls bounce back, top 76ers

    Noah, Deng help Bulls bounce back, top 76ers

    ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls won their fourth in a row on the road with a 96-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
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  • Nets recover from slow start, end 5-game skid

    Nets recover from slow start, end 5-game skid

    ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    Joe Johnson scored 23 points, Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets beat Toronto 94-88 Wednesday night, snapping a season-high five-game losing streak.
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  • Hawks hold on, continue success against Magic

    Hawks hold on, continue success against Magic

    ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece, Al Horford added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks held off a late charge by the Orlando Magic for an 86-80 victory Wednesday night.
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  • Sources: Wizards' Wall to see doctor on Friday

    Sources: Wizards' Wall to see doctor on Friday

    ESPN.com deadspin.com Dec 12, 2012
    John Wall will have his left knee re-examined by Dr. David Altchek Friday in New York, according to league sources. The Wizards are hoping the visit will provide a more specific timetable as to when Wall will return to action.
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  • Kings Cousins suspended for one game

    Kings Cousins suspended for one game

    nba.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for striking Dallas' O.J. Mayo in the groin area in the Kings' road loss Monday night.
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  • Raptors down to eight healthy players vs. Nets

    Raptors down to eight healthy players vs. Nets

    nba.com yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    Five players injured and one suspended. A horrendous road trip with five straight losses. Fourteenth place in the Eastern Conference.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Jerry Sichting’s favorite holiday

    The 10-man rotation, starring Jerry Sichting’s favorite holiday

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    Hi everyone! Apparently there's been some confusion of late, which is easy to understand - as the "10-man rotation" has been a part of the Ball Don't Lie package in consistent rotation since December of 2007. It's OK. Some of you in the comment sections
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  • Love won't apologize for comments

    Love won't apologize for comments

    CNNSI.com nba.com ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Love didn't apologize. He didn't make excuses or suggest his words were taken out of context.
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  • Create-a-Caption: Metta World Peace ponders a common turn of ph…

    Create-a-Caption: Metta World Peace ponders a common turn of phrase

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    "Why is it 'head over heels'? Your head is basically always over your heels when you are awake and not sleeping and not laying down. And, like, if it's because you are so excited that you are doing cartwheels, even in that situation, then your heel…
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  • Lone Star: O.J. Mayo has been an early revelation for the Ma……

    Lone Star: O.J. Mayo has been an early revelation for the Ma…

    CNNSI.com Dec 12, 2012
    O.J. Mayo has been an early revelation for the Mavs. And the team, which is struggling to fill the void left by Dirk Nowitzki's injury, couldn't be happier to have him, says Lee Jenkins.
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  • Section 15: The Loyal Knicks Fan

    Section 15: The Loyal Knicks Fan

    nytimes.com Dec 12, 2012
    Tuesday night was Andre Phillip's first time watching professional basketball in his hometown, but he wasn't rooting for the home team.
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  • Mark Cuban contends that Don Nelson once wanted to trade Jason …

    Mark Cuban contends that Don Nelson once wanted to trade Jason Terry for … Raul Lopez?

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    Boston Celtic Jason Terry faces his former Dallas Mavericks teammates Wednesday in Boston, and you'll hear nothing but good vibes and effusive heaps of respect coming from either side as the two teams line up. Both squads were once championship contende…
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  • How Deron Williams’ Jump Shot Has Fallen Off With The Nets

    How Deron Williams’ Jump Shot Has Fallen Off With The Nets

    Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets lost to their borough rivals, the Knicks, last night in exciting fashion (Jason Kidd‘s play has been particularly timeless in New York), and they’ve fallen off after their hot start to the season, losing their last
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  • Michael Jordan’s new $12.4 million Jupiter Island, Fla., home i…

    Michael Jordan’s new $12.4 million Jupiter Island, Fla., home is just about ready

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    Life's good when you're His Airness. Michael Jordan is just about to move into a new 28,000-square-foot, $12.4 million home on Florida's Jupiter Island. Among his neighbors will be one Tiger Woods. The three-acre home, under construction since 2010, is …
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  • Tim Duncan would be totally fine with not being an All-Star, th…

    Tim Duncan would be totally fine with not being an All-Star, thanks

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    You might not have noticed - because even when they are unwritten rule-breaking, fake-gun-toting, Twitter-threatening bad boys who also win 82 percent of their games, people still don't pay a ton of attention to the San Antonio Spurs - but Tim Duncan
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  • Section 15: The Gift of Basketball

    Section 15: The Gift of Basketball

    nytimes.com Dec 12, 2012
    The Off the Dribble team was interested in learning about Nets fans now that the team is in Brooklyn. A gift sent Anthony and Chantele Hart to Section 15.
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  • Why the Washington Wizards reportedly turning down a chance at …

    Why the Washington Wizards reportedly turning down a chance at James Harden made sense for their mess

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    You're almost tempted to save all your words about the reports of Washington turning down a deal for James Harden for when the current regime in Washington is shown the door. For when personnel chief Ernie Grunfeld eventually leaves the team, and a new …
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  • Mavs' Marion 'good to go,' will play vs. Celtics

    Mavs' Marion 'good to go,' will play vs. Celtics

    ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion declared himself ready to return after missing the previous two games with a strained groin.
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  • The Knicks Have a New Number: 3

    The Knicks Have a New Number: 3

    nytimes.com Dec 12, 2012
    The New York Knicks' shooting spree is a product of a healthy offense rather than a symptom of a flawed philosophy.
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  • Here's A Courtside View Of Jason Kidd's Game-Winning Three

    Here's A Courtside View Of Jason Kidd's Game-Winning Three

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    Jason Kidd's game-winning three-pointer put a massive exclamation mark on last night's Knicks-Nets game. Luckily, one enterprising fan with courside seats had his camera rolling when Kidd launched his shot, giving us the close-up view of the play you se…
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  • The Los Angeles Clippers did a lot of dunking on the Chicago Bu…

    The Los Angeles Clippers did a lot of dunking on the Chicago Bulls (VIDEOS)

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    It's not easy to play pretty basketball against Tom Thibodeau's Chicago Bulls. Thibs' teams have led the league in defensive efficiency (the number of points allowed per 100 possessions) in each of his two full seasons, and are tied for second so far th…
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  • Ricky Rubio’s Top 10 Plays

    Ricky Rubio’s Top 10 Plays

    dimemag.com Dec 12, 2012
    In a profession of relatively few, highly skilled individuals the world knows by name, Ricky Rubio’s best plays are unique to anybody else. It’s not hard to know why, either: He’s been a pro since he was 16 in Spain. While that’s an easy space to
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  • Jason Kidd’s Clutch Three In Brooklyn: Good Call or Offensive F…

    Jason Kidd’s Clutch Three In Brooklyn: Good Call or Offensive Foul?

    dimemag.com Dec 12, 2012
    Jason Kidd was pretty incredible for the Knicks last night in their big win over the Nets. Watch him drain the dagger and-1 three-point shot to give New York the lead for good. Jeff Van Gundy clearly thinks it’s an offensive foul. What do you think? For
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  • Kyrie Irving embarrasses Dwight Howard on the drive in his retu…

    Kyrie Irving embarrasses Dwight Howard on the drive in his return (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    For most basketball fans, Tuesday night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers registered as yet another demoralizing defeat for the widely publicized preseason favorites in the West. Of course, it helps that head coach Mike D'Ant…
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  • You Gotta Be Kidding

    You Gotta Be Kidding

    CNNSI.com Dec 12, 2012
    Jason Kidd keeps beating Father Time. The Knicks keep winning. Chris Mannix says the veteran and New York showed no signs of slowing down in a 100-97 victory over Brooklyn.
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  • Video - Warriors Stun Heat 01:20

    Warriors Stun Heat

    Dec 12
    Warriors win on road again.
  • Video - Griffin, Paul Help Clippers To Eighth Straight Win 01:03

    Griffin, Paul Help Clippers To Eighth Straight Win

    Dec 12
    Blake Griffin and Chris Paul each scored 19 points to power the Clippers to a 100-94 victory.
  • Video - Knicks Update with Ian Begley 04:49

    Knicks Update with Ian Begley

    Dec 12
    The latest on Carmelo Anthony's resurgence, Jason Kidd's importance and a status update on Amar'e Stoudemire.
  • Video - Warriors Stun Heat 01:10

    Warriors Stun Heat

    Dec 12
    Warriors win fifth straight road game.

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