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Led by Irving, Cavs rally from down 17 to win

Led by Irving, Cavs rally from down 17 to win

ESPN.com Updated Feb 21, 2012
Antawn Jamison scored 32 points, and rookie Kyrie Irving led Cleveland's comeback from a 17-point deficit with 17 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Cavaliers to a 101-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
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  • Gasol, Grizz sink skidding Sixers

    Gasol, Grizz sink skidding Sixers

    CNNSI.com Feb 21, 2012
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Marc Gasol had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 14 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Philadelphia 76ers 89-76 on Tuesday night.
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  • Heat win 7th straight, down Kings

    Heat win 7th straight, down Kings

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Heat knew what was coming from Sacramento. Eventually, they handled the Kings' challenge.
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  • Hibbert's 30 help Pacers pull past Hornets in OT

    Hibbert's 30 help Pacers pull past Hornets in OT

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Roy Hibbert had a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 117-108 overtime win over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.
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  • NY Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni could be odd man out if Jeremy Li…

    NY Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni could be odd man out if Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony don't mesh

    nydailynews.com Feb 21, 2012
    Mike D’Antoni has been coaching the Knicks for four seasons, and by now we have a fairly good idea what kind of player flourishes while conforming to his motion offense, and what kind of player withers.
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  • Davis Says Celebratory Gesture Was Just That

    Davis Says Celebratory Gesture Was Just That

    nytimes.com Feb 21, 2012
    The Knicks guard said he was kissing his hands, not mimicking smoking marijuana, when he put his fingers to his lips Monday after making his first basket of the season, a 3-pointer.
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  • Nets' Shawne Williams to undergo foot surgery

    Nets' Shawne Williams to undergo foot surgery

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Nets small forward Shawne Williams will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove a bone fragment in his left foot, the team announced.
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  • Cavaliers' Gibson returns to lineup vs. Pistons

    Cavaliers' Gibson returns to lineup vs. Pistons

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson will be back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a sprained left ankle.
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  • Hawks' Johnson (knee) out at least two games

    Hawks' Johnson (knee) out at least two games

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Feb 21, 2012
    Johnson, the Atlanta Hawks' All-Star guard, was returning to Atlanta for an MRI on his ailing left knee Tuesday and will miss at least two games, another blow to a team already missing star center Al Horford.
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  • NBA midseason awards for 2011-12 season

    NBA midseason awards for 2011-12 season

    CNNSI.com Feb 21, 2012
    Believe it or not, it's that time already. With the lockout-shortened season at the halfway mark, SI.com's experts made their picks for the NBA's finest, from MVP to Most Improved.
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  • Cavs sign G Harris to 10-day deal; will play Tues.

    Cavs sign G Harris to 10-day deal; will play Tues.

    CNNSI.com Feb 21, 2012
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Manny Harris to a 10-day contract.
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  • Lin tells Nets' Humphries boos aren't right

    Lin tells Nets' Humphries boos aren't right

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Following Monday's game between the teams at the Garden, New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin told New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries that he doesn't understand why Knicks fans boo Humphries.
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  • Mavs' Kidd passes Jordan on career steals list

    Mavs' Kidd passes Jordan on career steals list

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd moved up to No. 2 on the NBA career steals list, passing Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.
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  • Sources: Lakers have players-only meeting

    Sources: Lakers have players-only meeting

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher gathered everyone together in the Lakers' locker room Monday night and tried to set the tone for the second half of the season.
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  • Magic Johnson starts network targeting blacks

    Magic Johnson starts network targeting blacks

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Earvin "Magic" Johnson is launching a basic cable television network targeting black viewers with positive, uplifting images of African Americans.
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  • Facing his third microfracture surgery, Greg Oden has a big dec…

    Facing his third microfracture surgery, Greg Oden has a big decision on his hands

    yahoo.com Feb 21, 2012
    Between the ages of 21 and 22, Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden played 82 games, the typical number of games in a full NBA season. He averaged just 22 minutes, which limited his 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds, as did his team's league-slowest pace o…
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  • Report: LeBron James is hilarious

    Report: LeBron James is hilarious

    yahoo.com Feb 21, 2012
    We realize that this is a bit of a cheap shot, lobbed from afar, but as continued hints and passed-along reports of LeBron James' terrible tipping habits keep getting shipped to us, we feel it our duty to pass along Peter Pattakos' interview with a Clev…
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  • For such a great team, the Los Angeles Lakers sure are messed u…

    For such a great team, the Los Angeles Lakers sure are messed up

    yahoo.com Feb 21, 2012
    He's an odd bird, that Phil Jackson. Just about every championship team he touches turns into a nervous, insecure puddle following his departure. The Chicago Bulls retained most of his coaching staff after he left in 1998, but the owner and GM wanted no…
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  • Warriors make late run to finish off Clippers

    Warriors make late run to finish off Clippers

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Monta Ellis scored 32 points, Ekpe Udoh had a season-high 19 points and eight rebounds in place of ill starting center Andris Biedrins, and the Golden State Warriors topped the Los Angeles Clippers 104-97 on Monday night.
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  • Lakers GM : We won't rule out a Gasol trade

    Lakers GM : We won't rule out a Gasol trade

    CNNSI.com Feb 21, 2012
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says he must explore every opportunity to improve his club, even if Kobe Bryant doesn't like it.
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  • Jeremy Lin's 'Linsanity' run started against NJ Nets' Deron Wil…

    Jeremy Lin's 'Linsanity' run started against NJ Nets' Deron Williams and All-Star guard - like NBA - has long memory

    nydailynews.com Feb 21, 2012
    It started when Mike D'Antoni reached down the bench for Jeremy Lin and inserted him into a game against the Nets on Feb. 4. That was the start of Linsanity.
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  • Melo returns but Williams' 38 points lift Nets

    Melo returns but Williams' 38 points lift Nets

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Linsanity ran into reality: All-Star Deron Williams wasn't getting embarrassed by the Harvard guy again.
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  • Nuggets nip Wolves in OT after Webster's gaffe

    Nuggets nip Wolves in OT after Webster's gaffe

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Arron Afflalo hit a tiebreaking floater in the lane with 33.7 seconds remaining in overtime and reserve Al Harrington scored a season-high 31 points as the short-handed Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-101 Monday night.
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  • Lee's 4 FTs help Rockets fend off Grizzlies

    Lee's 4 FTs help Rockets fend off Grizzlies

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Kyle Lowry scored 24 points, Kevin Martin added 22 and Courtney Lee hit four key free throws down the stretch as the Houston Rockets held off the Memphis Grizzlies 97-93 on Monday night.
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  • Suns cruise to 10th straight win over Wizards

    Suns cruise to 10th straight win over Wizards

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    Marcin Gortat scored 20 points, Steve Nash had 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in three quarters, and the Phoenix Suns beat Washington 104-88 on Monday night for their 10th straight win over the Wizards.
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  • Parker, short-handed Spurs win 11th straight

    Parker, short-handed Spurs win 11th straight

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Feb 21, 2012
    Tony Parker scored 23 points and Matt Bonner hit five 3-pointers and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz 106-102 Monday night for their 11th consecutive victory.
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  • Lowry scores 24 to help Rockets hold off Grizzlies

    Lowry scores 24 to help Rockets hold off Grizzlies

    CNNSI.com Feb 21, 2012
    HOUSTON (AP) After seeing what the Memphis Grizzlies had done in their previous two games, the Houston Rockets knew how important hitting their shots late in the fourth quarter would be on Monday night.
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  • Nowitzki, Mavs rout ailing Celtics

    Nowitzki, Mavs rout ailing Celtics

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 21, 2012
    DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowtizki and the defending champion Dallas Mavericks seem to be hitting their stride at the midway point of their season.
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  • Video - Lin: 'You Can Fall as Fast as You Rise' 03:24

    Lin: 'You Can Fall as Fast as You Rise'

    Feb 21
    Jeremy Lin sits down with Rachel Nichols to discuss why he was overlooked on draft night, the hardest part of playing in the NBA, and why he had to turn down being on the cover of GQ.
  • Video - Jeremy Linâ¬"s Palo Alto High Gear Becomes Hot Commodity 01:43

    Jeremy Linâ¬"s Palo Alto High Gear Becomes Hot Commodity

    Feb 21
    A high school basketball jersey typically isn't a hot fashion item, unless it used to belong to the newest star in the…
  • Video - Lin: 'A Really Nice Guy' 01:23

    Lin: 'A Really Nice Guy'

    Feb 21
    Nets Forward Kris Humphries gives his thoughts on Jeremy Lin and talks about when they met after their game.
  • Video - Lakers Hold Players-Only Meeting 03:24

    Lakers Hold Players-Only Meeting

    Feb 21
    Chris Broussard on the Lakers holding a players-only meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page.

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  • Sam Amick: Ice-cold Kobe reveals softer side with Gasol situation in L.A.

    Feb 21
    LOS ANGELES -- Who knew Kobe Bryant -- he of the menacing looks, icy veins and killer instinct -- was such a softy?
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    Feb 21
    Lost in the Jeremy Lin era was one of the luckiest beneficiaries of Linsanity: no, not Mike D'Antoni, James Dolan, or Tyson Chandler, but MSG (and ESP...