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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.Upvote Share Tweet
Clippers erase 19-point deficit, push streak to 16CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012Clippers erase 19-point deficit, push streak to 16Upvote Share Tweet
Will Bynum Lobs the Rock to Andre DrummondDetroit Pistons’ Will Bynum passes the rock to Andre Drummond who throws down the alley-oop slam.Upvote Share Tweet
Jeff Teague Drives Around Defense for a Reverse LayupAtlanta Hawks Jeff Teague works his way around the Cleveland Cavaliers defense and drives the baseline into a reverse layup.Upvote Share Tweet
Wizards edge Magic to snap 8-game losing skidJordan 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Kyrie Irving Cashes in from Downtown As Clock ExpiresKyrie Irving hustles for a last shot and cashes in a crazy bucket from downtown at the buzzer to close the first half.Upvote Share Tweet
LeBron James Steals, Saves and ScoresLeBron James saves a steal to Norris Cole who launches the rock back to James for the reverse layup.Upvote Share Tweet
Brook Lopez Rejects a Kemba Walker LayupBrook Lopez denies Kemba Walker’s layup in tonight’s matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Bobcats.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Lance Stephenson Launches a Solid Skip PassLance 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Rookie Moe Harkless Not Scared of A Little TrafficThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Kyle O’Quinn Posterizes NeneKyle O’Quinn comes off of a perfect screen roll and posterizes Nene with a huge slam.Upvote Share TweetEarlier 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 veryUpvote Share Tweet
Sources: Amar'e to come off bench for KnicksAs 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Off The Mark: Just before the new year ushers in a clean slate …CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012Just 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Dunleavy says that coaching his hometown’s Brooklyn Nets would be ‘a dream come true’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 duringUpvote Share Tweet
Gregg Popovich blames Avery Johnson’s firing on the ‘fickle, volatile business we’re in’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…Upvote Share TweetLos Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard vows to curb his frustration moving forward.Upvote Share TweetCLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss at least two more games with a bruised right knee.Upvote Share TweetEAST 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Kelvin Sampson’s In The Mix For Brooklyn’s Top JobHouston 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 reportUpvote Share TweetNew York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will miss his second straight game Friday night against the Sacramento Kings with a hyperextended left knee.Upvote Share Tweet
DeMarcus Cousins, reinstated after suspension, on playing vs. Knicks: ‘I don’t expect anything’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 commentatUpvote Share Tweet
Williams Dismisses View That He Caused Coach's Firingnytimes.com Dec 28, 2012Point 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.Upvote Share Tweet
The Not-So-Secret Problem with the CelticsBefore 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Create-a-Caption: Ronny Turiaf represents the spoils of fameI'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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Kevin Durant pins Darren Collison layup, goes coast-to-coast to baptize Chris Kaman (VIDEO)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…Upvote Share Tweet
Bryant's Number Lately Has Been 30 a Nightnytimes.com Dec 28, 2012Kobe Bryant, who reached 30,000 career points this season, has scored 30 points or more in 10 consecutive games.Upvote Share Tweet
Barkley, Shaq have harsh words for D-WillTNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal rip Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams.Upvote Share Tweet
Avery Johnson Wasn’t The Problem In BrooklynAvery 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 progUpvote Share Tweet
Doc Rivers pays Clippers championship-level compliment after 29-point blowout of CelticsIf 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 thatUpvote Share Tweet
Darren Collison hits a shocking one-handed buzzer-beater to force overtime (VIDEO)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 timeUpvote Share Tweet
The Clippers Crush Defenseless Boston; Kevin Durant Tears Out Dallas’ HeartThe 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 EaUpvote Share TweetLOS 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Blake Griffin Finishes Through ContactChris Paul passes the rock to Blake Griffin who goes up for the layup and draws the foul.Upvote Share Tweet
Jamal Crawford Cashes in a Long Three-PointerCaron Butler loses his balance and passes the rock to Jamal Crawford who knocks down the three-point jumper while being defended by Jason Terry.Upvote Share Tweet
This Charles Barkley Slavery Joke On TNT Presented Without Commentdeadspin.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 »Upvote Share Tweet
DeAndre Jordan Flies for the Alley-Oop DunkDeAndre Jordan flies through the paint collecting a lob from Chris Paul to knock down the alley-oop dunk.Upvote Share Tweet
Hawks Battle Past CavsDec 28Jeff Teague scores a career-high 27 points in Hawks' 102-94 win over Cavs.
Heat Fall To Pistons Without Dwyane WadeDec 28Heat's six-game winning streak snapped with 109-99 loss to the Pistons.
Pacers Win Fourth StraightDec 28George Hill scores 22 to lead Pacers to 97-91 win over Suns.
Wizards Record Fourth WinDec 28Wizards snap eight-game slide with 105-97 win over Magic.
NBA -- Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will expect immediate impact …Dec 28Brooklyn'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 28Brooklyn 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 WadeDec 28The 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 comeDec 28LOS 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…