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Tyreke Evans Answers Damian Lillard With The Game-Winner

Tyreke Evans Answers Damian Lillard With The Game-Winner

dimemag.com CNNSI.com Updated Dec 30, 2013
It looked like another feather in the clutch cap of Damian Lillard on Monday night at New Orleans Arena. That is until Tyreke Evans answered with his own game-winner. After another huge three-pointer by Lillard to tie the Blazers-Pelicans game at 108-al…
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  • Greg Monroe Goes Coast-To-Coast For The Facial Slam On John Wal…

    Greg Monroe Goes Coast-To-Coast For The Facial Slam On John Wall

    dimemag.com Dec 30, 2013
    Pistons forward Greg Monroe took advantage of a poor pass from the Wizards’ John Wall in the first quarter on Monday night. After coming up with the steal, Monroe took it coast-to-coast and violently threw down the hammer on Wall to complete the fastbre…
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  • Heat's Cole leaves game vs. Denver with facial injury

    Heat's Cole leaves game vs. Denver with facial injury

    nba.com Dec 30, 2013
    The Miami Heat's Norris Cole left Monday night's game at Denver midway through the third quarter after taking a fall at the end of a driving layup attempt and hitting his face on the floor.
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  • Heat's James back in lineup after injury

    Heat's James back in lineup after injury

    nba.com ESPN.com Dec 30, 2013
    LeBron James is back in the Miami Heat's starting lineup against the Denver Nuggets after missing the previous game because of a groin injury.
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  • Hawks' Horford to have season-ending surgery

    Hawks' Horford to have season-ending surgery

    nba.com Dec 30, 2013
    Hawks center Al Horford will have season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn right pectoral muscle.
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  • Wade fathered baby, not with fiancee Union

    Wade fathered baby, not with fiancee Union

    ESPN.com Dec 30, 2013
    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade confirmed reports on Monday that he fathered a child to a woman other than his fiancee, actress Gabrielle Union.
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  • Raptors going to Drake-inspired black and gold?

    Raptors going to Drake-inspired black and gold?

    CNNSI.com Dec 30, 2013
    Rapper Drake (center) is the Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador. (Ron Turenne/Getty Images)
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  • Benching of Josh Smith reveals rift between Josh Smith and Maur…

    Benching of Josh Smith reveals rift between Josh Smith and Maurice Cheeks

    CNNSI.com yahoo.com Dec 30, 2013
    Josh Smith's recent benching revealed a rift with Maurice Cheeks that could sink Detroit's season.
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  • Lakers guard Henry out another week with knee injury

    Lakers guard Henry out another week with knee injury

    nba.com Dec 30, 2013
    Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry will be out for at least a week after bruising his right knee during a loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night.
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  • Kings trying to change mindset amid losses

    Kings trying to change mindset amid losses

    nba.com Dec 30, 2013
    First-year Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone gathered his players following a two-day Christmas break last week and asked them one question: What type of season do they want to have?
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  • Lakers' Gasol to make return against Bucks

    Lakers' Gasol to make return against Bucks

    ESPN.com Dec 30, 2013
    Pau Gasol underwent a full practice Monday and will play Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing three of the Lakers' past five games with an upper respiratory infection.
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  • J.R. Smith tweets of betrayal after brother is cut

    J.R. Smith tweets of betrayal after brother is cut

    CNNSI.com Dec 30, 2013
    J.R. Smith tweets of betrayal after brother is cut
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  • Spurs' Parker apologizes for gesture in photo

    Spurs' Parker apologizes for gesture in photo

    nba.com ESPN.com yahoo.com Dec 30, 2013
    San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker apologized Monday for a newly surfaced photograph that shows him making the same gesture with anti-Semitic connotations that French footballer Nicolas Anelka displayed while celebrating a goal this weekend, creating a…
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  • 5 Teams That Will Resurrect The Eastern Conference Next Year

    5 Teams That Will Resurrect The Eastern Conference Next Year

    dimemag.com Dec 30, 2013
    The NBA’s Eastern Conference is in need of immediate assistance because outside of the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, there are 13 other teams that are on life support. The Atlanta Hawks are the only other team in the East with a record above .500 and t…
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  • The Zen Master Goes To LA: How Phil Jackson Started A Lakers Dy…

    The Zen Master Goes To LA: How Phil Jackson Started A Lakers Dynasty

    deadspin.com Dec 30, 2013
    The following is excerpted from Lord of the Rings, the new Phil Jackson biography by Peter Richmond. The text is accompanied by footnotes from the author, who also did an interview on The Stacks last week.Read more...
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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Phil Jackson have differing opinions re…

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Phil Jackson have differing opinions regarding Andrew Bynum’s love of the game

    yahoo.com Dec 30, 2013
    It wasn’t surprising to hear that the Cleveland Cavaliers were set to part ways with Andrew Bynum on Saturday morning, the oft-injured center has been up and down during his cameo appearances with the team, and Cleveland plays far better without him on …
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  • Knicks waive C. Smith, add big man Tyler

    Knicks waive C. Smith, add big man Tyler

    ESPN.com Dec 30, 2013
    11>The New York Knicks have decided to waive Chris Smith, according to sources close to the situation.
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  • Bosh, Durant named Players of the Week

    Bosh, Durant named Players of the Week

    nba.com Dec 30, 2013
    The Miami Heat's Chris Bosh and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Dec. 29.
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  • Shelburne: The rising Sun

    Shelburne: The rising Sun

    ESPN.com Dec 30, 2013
    For Phoenix and its blossoming guard, the reward has always outweighed the risk
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  • 2014 NBA Prospect Watch: UK's James Young

    2014 NBA Prospect Watch: UK's James Young

    CNNSI.com Dec 30, 2013
    Chucker? Maybe. But Kentucky's James Young is proving if you shoot it, NBA scouts will come.
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  • How LaMarcus Aldridge Became Worthy MVP Candidate This Year

    How LaMarcus Aldridge Became Worthy MVP Candidate This Year

    dimemag.com Dec 30, 2013
    “The king stay the king.” Those are loaded words from D’Angelo Barksdale as he explains the nuances of chess to Bodie and Wallace, but he could easily be referring to the MVP crown, which has belonged to LeBron James four out of the last five seasons. T…
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  • Thibodeau to coach Bulls after father's funeral

    Thibodeau to coach Bulls after father's funeral

    ESPN.com Dec 30, 2013
    Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau missed Monday's shootaround because he was attending his father's funeral services in Connecticut but will coach the team against the Memphis Grizzlies.
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  • Dierking, part of Chamberlain trade, dies

    Dierking, part of Chamberlain trade, dies

    ESPN.com nba.com Dec 30, 2013
    Connie Dierking, a former University of Cincinnati star and longtime NBA player who was part of the trade that brought Wilt Chamberlain to Philadelphia, has died. He was 77.
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  • 29 LeBron James Numbers That Will Blow Your Mind

    29 LeBron James Numbers That Will Blow Your Mind

    dimemag.com Dec 30, 2013
    LeBron James turns 29 today, but he’s been in the league since he was a teenager, so we’ve got a full decade of LeBron to consider. It’s with that mind we provide you 29 different numbers (and sets of numbers) to add some context to the preceding 10 yea…
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  • Evan Turner Unleashes 360 Dunk On The Lakers, Then Apologizes F…

    Evan Turner Unleashes 360 Dunk On The Lakers, Then Apologizes For It

    dimemag.com yahoo.com Dec 30, 2013
    In last night’s seven-point win over the Lakers, Evan Turner got cute at the end and punched in a sick 360 dunk with virtually no time left on the clock. Some would call it unsportsmanlike. Everyone would call it unnecessary. However, it appears the Six…
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  • The Memphis Grizzlies, via the Make-a-Wish Foundation, make his…

    The Memphis Grizzlies, via the Make-a-Wish Foundation, make history in drafting 8-year-old Charvis Brewer

    yahoo.com Dec 30, 2013
    The Memphis Grizzlies made NBA history over the weekend, but few seemed to notice. The team “drafted” the youngest player in the 67-year span of the league, making 8-year-old Charvis Brewer the newest member of a Grizzlies bench that badly needs depth i…
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  • Big Three's third fiddle carries Heat back to No. 1

    Big Three's third fiddle carries Heat back to No. 1

    CNNSI.com Dec 30, 2013
    The Big Three's third fiddle has Miami back at No. 1 for the first time since the preseason.
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  • 76ers' Turner apologizes for late dunk v. Lakers

    76ers' Turner apologizes for late dunk v. Lakers

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 30, 2013
    Sixers guard Evan Turner had to apologize to the Lakers after throwing down a spinning windmill dunk during the closing seconds of Philadelphia’s 111-104 road victory on Sunday.
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  • CourtVision: What's the Matter With Ricky Rubio?

    CourtVision: What's the Matter With Ricky Rubio?

    grantland.com Dec 30, 2013
    Here's a hot NBA meme: Ricky Rubio is on pace to have one of the worst shooting seasons in NBA history. That's right, the guy Shaq once referred to as...
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  • Video - LeBron's Top 5 Moments 01:26

    LeBron's Top 5 Moments

    Dec 30
    "SportsCenter" counts down the top five moments from LeBron James' NBA career.
  • Video - The Forum: Should Lakers Tank Season? 05:27

    The Forum: Should Lakers Tank Season?

    Dec 30
    Mired in another difficult season, Mark Willard and Arash Markazi debate whether the Lakers should tank their season in pursuit of a prime draft pick.
  • Video - Suns Roll Past Clippers 01:05

    Suns Roll Past Clippers

    Dec 30
    Goran Dragic scored a game-high 26 points in the Suns' 107-88 win over the Clippers.
  • Video - Heat Win Thriller On LeBron's Birthday 01:46

    Heat Win Thriller On LeBron's Birthday

    Dec 30
    A five-second violation call on the Nuggets sealed he Heats 97-94 win and sent Denver to its seventh straight loss.

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  • Al Horford of Atlanta Hawks to undergo season-ending surgery on torn pecto…

    Dec 30
    Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford will have surgery on his torn right pectoral muscle Tuesday and is expected to be lost for the season, the team said on Monday.
  • Tony Parker of San Antonio Spurs sorry for controversial photos

    Dec 30
    San Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker has apologized after he and teammate Boris Diaw were thrust into a national controversy in France over what some have perceived as an anti-Semitic gesture.
  • Spurs' Parker sorry for controversial photo

    Dec 30
    San Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker has apologized after he and teammate Boris Diaw were thrust into a national controversy in France over what some have perceived as an anti-Semitic gesture.