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Spurs' Big 3 combines for 84, cools off Rockets

Spurs' Big 3 combines for 84, cools off Rockets

ESPN.com Updated Dec 28, 2012
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 84 points, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped the Houston Rockets' five-game winning streak with a 122-116 victory on Friday night.
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  • Carlesimo, Nets deal Bobcats 17th straight loss

    Carlesimo, Nets deal Bobcats 17th straight loss

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Brooklyn Nets gave P.J. Carlesimo a victory in his debut and the Bobcats a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points from Brook Lopez in a 97-81 rout Friday.
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  • Clippers erase 19-point deficit, push streak to 16

    Clippers erase 19-point deficit, push streak to 16

    CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    Clippers erase 19-point deficit, push streak to 16
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  • Will Bynum Lobs the Rock to Andre Drummond

    Will Bynum Lobs the Rock to Andre Drummond

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Detroit Pistons’ Will Bynum passes the rock to Andre Drummond who throws down the alley-oop slam.
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  • Jeff Teague Drives Around Defense for a Reverse Layup

    Jeff Teague Drives Around Defense for a Reverse Layup

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Atlanta Hawks Jeff Teague works his way around the Cleveland Cavaliers defense and drives the baseline into a reverse layup.
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  • Wizards edge Magic to snap 8-game losing skid

    Wizards edge Magic to snap 8-game losing skid

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and the worst-in-the-NBA Washington Wizards showed they can still win a game every once in a while, breaking an eight-game losing streak Friday night with a 105-97 victory over the Orlando Magic.
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  • Kyrie Irving Cashes in from Downtown As Clock Expires

    Kyrie Irving Cashes in from Downtown As Clock Expires

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Kyrie Irving hustles for a last shot and cashes in a crazy bucket from downtown at the buzzer to close the first half.
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  • LeBron James Steals, Saves and Scores

    LeBron James Steals, Saves and Scores

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    LeBron James saves a steal to Norris Cole who launches the rock back to James for the reverse layup.
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  • Brook Lopez Rejects a Kemba Walker Layup

    Brook Lopez Rejects a Kemba Walker Layup

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Brook Lopez denies Kemba Walker’s layup in tonight’s matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Bobcats.
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  • Source: Nets serious about Jeff Van Gundy

    Source: Nets serious about Jeff Van Gundy

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Brooklyn Nets hold Jeff Van Gundy in high regard and consider him a serious candidate behind top target Phil Jackson to fill their head coaching vacancy, if he's interested, a league source told ESPNNewYork.com.
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  • Lance Stephenson Launches a Solid Skip Pass

    Lance Stephenson Launches a Solid Skip Pass

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Lance Stephenson strips the ball away from Shannon Brown and launches a solid skip pass on the fast break to Paul George who knocks down the dunk.
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  • Rookie Moe Harkless Not Scared of A Little Traffic

    Rookie Moe Harkless Not Scared of A Little Traffic

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    The rookie, Moe Harkless of the Orlando Magic, is not scared of a little traffic as he drives straight through the heart of the Washington Wizards defense and knocks down the one-handed slam.
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  • Kyle O’Quinn Posterizes Nene

    Kyle O’Quinn Posterizes Nene

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Kyle O’Quinn comes off of a perfect screen roll and posterizes Nene with a huge slam.
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  • The Miami Heat say Dwyane Wade didn’t deserve his suspension, i…

    The Miami Heat say Dwyane Wade didn’t deserve his suspension, is a nice boy

    yahoo.com ESPN.com nba.com Dec 28, 2012
    Earlier Friday, BDL's Dan Devine noted that Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade has been suspended one game for kicking Charlotte Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions in the groin. The punishment surprised very few NBA observers - the league has made it very
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  • Sources: Amar'e to come off bench for Knicks

    Sources: Amar'e to come off bench for Knicks

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    As long as injuries don't necessitate otherwise, New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire will come off the bench when he returns to the team, league sources with knowledge of the Knicks' thinking said.
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  • Off The Mark: Just before the new year ushers in a clean slate …

    Off The Mark: Just before the new year ushers in a clean slate …

    CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    Just before the new year ushers in a clean slate and a boundless optimism, Rob Mahoney breaks down the grimmer side of the season thus far: the league's biggest disappointments.
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  • Mike Dunleavy says that coaching his hometown’s Brooklyn Nets w…

    Mike Dunleavy says that coaching his hometown’s Brooklyn Nets would be ‘a dream come true’

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    Outside of perhaps Chris Mullin, possibly Mark Jackson, or our own Dan Devine, Brooklyn’s own Mike Dunleavy possesses one of the stronger borough-rich accents in the NBA. It was a constant reminder during the media back and forths we listened to during
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  • Gregg Popovich blames Avery Johnson’s firing on the ‘fickle, vo…

    Gregg Popovich blames Avery Johnson’s firing on the ‘fickle, volatile business we’re in’

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    Rather than cherish the chance for another interim and eventually permanent head coach to get a role leading an NBA basketball team, the coaching fraternity usually derides all moves made by other front offices as they fire a former head man. That intro…
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  • Howard vows to keep composure in future

    Howard vows to keep composure in future

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard vows to curb his frustration moving forward.
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  • Cavs' Varejao sidelined at least two more games

    Cavs' Varejao sidelined at least two more games

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com nba.com Dec 28, 2012
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss at least two more games with a bruised right knee.
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  • Nets turn to Carlesimo, but for how long?

    Nets turn to Carlesimo, but for how long?

    nba.com ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Mikhail Prokhorov said Friday he decided to fire Avery Johnson last week, but now wants patience with interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
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  • Report: Kelvin Sampson’s In The Mix For Brooklyn’s Top Job

    Report: Kelvin Sampson’s In The Mix For Brooklyn’s Top Job

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Houston assistant coach Kelvin Sampson was so impressive holding the Rockets together during head coach Kevin McHale’s absence that apparently he’s joined a list of established NBA coaches in the Nets’ search for a coach. This, according to a report
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  • Anthony (knee) to miss second straight game

    Anthony (knee) to miss second straight game

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will miss his second straight game Friday night against the Sacramento Kings with a hyperextended left knee.
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  • DeMarcus Cousins, reinstated after suspension, on playing vs. K…

    DeMarcus Cousins, reinstated after suspension, on playing vs. Knicks: ‘I don’t expect anything’

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    Stop me - oh, oh, oh, stop me - if you've heard this one before, but all is not splendid and calm in the world of DeMarcus Cousins. The Sacramento Kings center - whose most notable accomplishments this season have been arguing with a color commentat
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  • Williams Dismisses View That He Caused Coach's Firing

    Williams Dismisses View That He Caused Coach's Firing

    nytimes.com Dec 28, 2012
    Point guard Deron Williams said Friday that he did not quit on Avery Johnson, but he did accept some responsibility for the Nets' poor play recently.
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  • The Not-So-Secret Problem with the Celtics

    The Not-So-Secret Problem with the Celtics

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Before the season started, the Boston Celtics were the biggest threat in the East to a LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh oligarchy set to control the NBA for the next few seasons. In the off-season, Kevin Garnett re-signed, Paul Pierce was still …
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  • Create-a-Caption: Ronny Turiaf represents the spoils of fame

    Create-a-Caption: Ronny Turiaf represents the spoils of fame

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    I've never wanted to be an internationally famous, wildly successful, obscenely rich pop star beloved by millions ... until I realized it could get you a cell phone photo where Ronny Turiaf is giving you the double shaka sign, known around the world as …
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  • Kevin Durant pins Darren Collison layup, goes coast-to-coast to…

    Kevin Durant pins Darren Collison layup, goes coast-to-coast to baptize Chris Kaman (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    You know, it's almost like Kevin Durant is beginning to make a habit of this whole "swat your shot, take it the length of the floor and hammer home a dunk on your head" thing. Last week, he did it to Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks; this week…
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  • Bryant's Number Lately Has Been 30 a Night

    Bryant's Number Lately Has Been 30 a Night

    nytimes.com Dec 28, 2012
    Kobe Bryant, who reached 30,000 career points this season, has scored 30 points or more in 10 consecutive games.
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  • Barkley, Shaq have harsh words for D-Will

    Barkley, Shaq have harsh words for D-Will

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal rip Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams.
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  • Avery Johnson Wasn’t The Problem In Brooklyn

    Avery Johnson Wasn’t The Problem In Brooklyn

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Avery Johnson was fired as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets yesterday, less than one month after winning the NBA’s Coach of the Month award. Ownership, after spending $330 million in the offseason on roster upgrades, wasn’t happy with the team’s prog
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  • Doc Rivers pays Clippers championship-level compliment after 29…

    Doc Rivers pays Clippers championship-level compliment after 29-point blowout of Celtics

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    If you were watching Thursday night's NBA action on TNT, the late-running opener between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks - pushed to overtime thanks to this absurd, one-of-a-kind buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Darren Collison - meant that
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  • Darren Collison hits a shocking one-handed buzzer-beater to for…

    Darren Collison hits a shocking one-handed buzzer-beater to force overtime (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    When we post buzzer-beaters on BDL, we usually do so because the shots win games. Take, for instance, these impressive J.R. Smith jumpers from Wednesday night, which tied the game and won it. But sometimes, a buzzer-beater - while important at the time
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  • The Clippers Crush Defenseless Boston; Kevin Durant Tears Out D…

    The Clippers Crush Defenseless Boston; Kevin Durant Tears Out Dallas’ Heart

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Clippers have caught the momentum of an avalanche in this 15-game winning streak, and they’re apparently stopping for nobody, no matter their reputation. The Celtics are only six months removed from losing in heartbreaking fashion to Miami in the Ea
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  • Clippers drill Celtics, extend winning streak to 15

    Clippers drill Celtics, extend winning streak to 15

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    LOS ANGELES -- The 2007-08 Houston Rockets have become something of a cautionary tale in the NBA, a middling team that stood at 24-20 on Jan. 27, before they jumped into a kerosene bath. The searing Rockets embarked on a 22-game winning streak, an unfor…
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  • Blake Griffin Finishes Through Contact

    Blake Griffin Finishes Through Contact

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Chris Paul passes the rock to Blake Griffin who goes up for the layup and draws the foul.
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  • Jamal Crawford Cashes in a Long Three-Pointer

    Jamal Crawford Cashes in a Long Three-Pointer

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    Caron Butler loses his balance and passes the rock to Jamal Crawford who knocks down the three-point jumper while being defended by Jason Terry.
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  • This Charles Barkley Slavery Joke On TNT Presented Without Comm…

    This Charles Barkley Slavery Joke On TNT Presented Without Comment

    deadspin.com Dec 28, 2012
    (Due to technical limitations we're unable to provide this without comment. We regret if you feel misled into believing there would be no comment.) More »
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  • DeAndre Jordan Flies for the Alley-Oop Dunk

    DeAndre Jordan Flies for the Alley-Oop Dunk

    dimemag.com Dec 28, 2012
    DeAndre Jordan flies through the paint collecting a lob from Chris Paul to knock down the alley-oop dunk.
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  • Video - Hawks Battle Past Cavs 01:04

    Hawks Battle Past Cavs

    Dec 28
    Jeff Teague scores a career-high 27 points in Hawks' 102-94 win over Cavs.
  • Video - Heat Fall To Pistons Without Dwyane Wade 01:06

    Heat Fall To Pistons Without Dwyane Wade

    Dec 28
    Heat's six-game winning streak snapped with 109-99 loss to the Pistons.
  • Video - Pacers Win Fourth Straight 00:54

    Pacers Win Fourth Straight

    Dec 28
    George Hill scores 22 to lead Pacers to 97-91 win over Suns.
  • Video - Wizards Record Fourth Win 01:03

    Wizards Record Fourth Win

    Dec 28
    Wizards snap eight-game slide with 105-97 win over Magic.

Sports Columnists

  • NBA -- Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will expect immediate impact …

    Dec 28
    Brooklyn's next coach will have to deal with immediate pressure from owner Mikhail Prokhorov, writes Brian Windhorst.
  • Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov says team 'capable of much more'

    Dec 28
    Brooklyn Nets owner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov decided last week that he would fire head coach Avery Johnson. But he got a few days' worth of heli-skiing in British Columbia before pulling the trigger Thursday.
  • Miami Heat fire back at NBA for suspension of Dwyane Wade

    Dec 28
    The Miami Heat said Friday the franchise didn't agree with the one-game suspension given to Dwyane Wade for making contact with Charlotte's Ramon Sessions earlier this week.
  • Lee Jenkins: Clippers still streaking for now, but best is yet to come

    Dec 28
    LOS ANGELES -- The 2007-08 Houston Rockets have become something of a cautionary tale in the NBA, a middling team that stood at 24-20 on Jan. 27, before they jumped into a kerosene bath. The searing Rockets embarked on a 22-game winning streak, an unfor…