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Scola's strong 2nd half helps Suns snap skid

Scola's strong 2nd half helps Suns snap skid

ESPN.com Updated Jan 2, 2013
Luis Scola scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and the Phoenix Suns beat the Philadelphia 76ers 95-89 Wednesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
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  • Durant ejected as streaking Thunder fall to Nets

    Durant ejected as streaking Thunder fall to Nets

    ESPN.com Jan 2, 2013
    Joe Johnson scored a season-high 33 points, Deron Williams added 19 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped Oklahoma City's 12-game home winning streak by beating the Thunder 110-93 Wednesday night.
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  • LeBron flirts with triple-double as Heat rally

    LeBron flirts with triple-double as Heat rally

    ESPN.com Jan 2, 2013
    LeBron James scored 32 points and finished one assist shy of a triple-double, Dwyane Wade scored 27 and the Miami Heat rallied both early and late before beating the Dallas Mavericks 119-109 in overtime on Wednesday night.
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  • Jason Kidd key to NY Knicks' hopes of slowing down Tony Parker …

    Jason Kidd key to NY Knicks' hopes of slowing down Tony Parker and San Antonio Spurs

    nydailynews.com Jan 2, 2013
    From their alarming defensive lapses, to Raymond Felton’s absence and to the return of Amar’e Stoudemire possibly screwing up Carmelo Anthony’s MVP bid, the Knicks find themselves in their first great crisis of the season.
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  • Curry drops 31, Lee totals double-double in GSW's win

    Curry drops 31, Lee totals double-double in GSW's win

    CNNSI.com Jan 2, 2013
    Curry drops 31, Lee totals double-double in GSW's win
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  • Stoudemire Takes a Shot at D'Antoni

    Stoudemire Takes a Shot at D'Antoni

    nytimes.com Jan 2, 2013
    Amar'e Stoudemire, at Knicks practice on Wednesday, took a swipe at his former coach, Mike D'Antoni, saying that he had never been properly taught how to play defense.
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  • Grizzlies hand reeling Celtics fourth straight loss

    Grizzlies hand reeling Celtics fourth straight loss

    CNNSI.com Jan 2, 2013
    Grizzlies hand reeling Celtics fourth straight loss
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  • Raptors snap eight-game skid behind Ross

    Raptors snap eight-game skid behind Ross

    ESPN.com Jan 2, 2013
    Terrence Ross scored a career-high 26 points, DeMar DeRozan had 24 and the Toronto Raptors snapped an eight-game losing streak against Portland by beating the Trail Blazers 102-79 on Wednesday night.
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  • George propels Pacers to 6th straight home win

    George propels Pacers to 6th straight home win

    ESPN.com Jan 2, 2013
    Paul George had 29 points and 13 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 18 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Washington Wizards 89-81 on Wednesday night.
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  • James wins men's USA Basketball award for 2012

    James wins men's USA Basketball award for 2012

    nba.com Jan 2, 2013
    LeBron James has been chosen USA Basketball's male athlete of the year for 2012 after equaling Michael Jordan's feat while leading the Americans to a gold medal.
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  • Wizards' Beal, Blazers' Lillard named Kia Rookies of the Month

    Wizards' Beal, Blazers' Lillard named Kia Rookies of the Month

    nba.com Jan 2, 2013
    The Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.
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  • Jazz PG Williams out six weeks for thumb surgery

    Jazz PG Williams out six weeks for thumb surgery

    nba.com CNNSI.com Jan 2, 2013
    Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams is expected to miss six weeks following surgery on his right thumb.
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  • Derrick Favors says Kevin Love is overrated, not special

    Derrick Favors says Kevin Love is overrated, not special

    yahoo.com Jan 2, 2013
    Reasonable people can disagree on the value of Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. While he puts up obscene numbers and deserves his spots on All-Star and All-NBA teams, there's some question as to whether or not he can be the clear-cut fir…
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  • Bradley. Rondo return for Celtics in loss to Griz

    Bradley. Rondo return for Celtics in loss to Griz

    ESPN.com Jan 2, 2013
    Boston Celtics had both Avery Bradley (shoulders) and Rajon Rondo (hip) in the starting lineup for Wednesday's 93-83 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
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  • The Celtics Called Up Fab Melo Because He Walked Into A Door

    The Celtics Called Up Fab Melo Because He Walked Into A Door

    deadspin.com Jan 2, 2013
    Fab Melo has been tearing up the D-League. But it's not his stats that have gotten the big Brazilian, taken 22nd overall, his call-up to Boston. It's clumsiness. More »
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  • Kings' Evans (knee) hopes to return next week

    Kings' Evans (knee) hopes to return next week

    ESPN.com nba.com Jan 2, 2013
    The Sacramento Kings hope guard Tyreke Evans will return from a sore left knee when the team gets back home next week.
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  • League fines Pistons' Villanueva for flagrant foul

    League fines Pistons' Villanueva for flagrant foul

    League fines Pistons' Villanueva for flagrant foul
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  • Postponed Bulls-Pacers game set for Feb. 4

    Postponed Bulls-Pacers game set for Feb. 4

    nba.com Jan 2, 2013
    The Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers game that was postponed on Wednesday, December 26 has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the National Basketball Association announced Wednesday.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring one possible legacy of Drazen Pet…

    The 10-man rotation, starring one possible legacy of Drazen Petrovic

    yahoo.com Jan 2, 2013
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: Punch-Drunk Wolves. I share this consi…
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  • Sonny Weems and Nenad Krstic star in Russian Papa John’s commer…

    Sonny Weems and Nenad Krstic star in Russian Papa John’s commercial (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 2, 2013
    For the last few months, American TV stations have been bombarded with ads for Papa John's, the low-tier pizza empire owned and operated by John Schnatter. As Mr. Schnatter and Peyton Manning discuss massive free pizza giveaways (while the business's em…
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  • The Next Big Thing?: Coming out of Virginia Commonwealth, Larry…

    The Next Big Thing?: Coming out of Virginia Commonwealth, Larry Sander…

    CNNSI.com Jan 2, 2013
    Coming out of Virginia Commonwealth, Larry Sanders was the epitome of a project. But he has evolved over three years in Milwaukee and still has big ambitions, says Lee Jenkins.
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  • Cavs' Varejao (knee) to miss seventh game in row

    Cavs' Varejao (knee) to miss seventh game in row

    nba.com Jan 2, 2013
    Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is out for Cleveland's game against Sacramento because of a bruised right knee.
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  • Rising To The Challenge

    Rising To The Challenge

    CNNSI.com Jan 2, 2013
    Self-improvement is one of the most common New Year's resolutions. With the season upon us, Rob Mahoney looks at several who have already elevated their game this season.
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  • 5-on-5: 2011 redraft

    5-on-5: 2011 redraft

    ESPN.com Jan 1, 2013
    Our panel redrafts the top five picks in 2011 with a year-plus of hindsight.
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  • Hawks' Drew, Clippers' Del Negro named Coaches of the Month

    Hawks' Drew, Clippers' Del Negro named Coaches of the Month

    nba.com Jan 2, 2013
    NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Hawks' Larry Drew and the Los Angeles Clippers' Vinny Del Negro today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.
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  • Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes Are Part Of The Biggest Reason The …

    Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes Are Part Of The Biggest Reason The Clippers Are Real Contenders

    dimemag.com Jan 2, 2013
    There were times during the Los Angeles Clippers incredible final month of 2012 when both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul struggled to find the bottom of the bucket. When you checked the box score, both of their superstars appeared to struggle and barely m…
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  • Kobe Bryant explains Lakers’ lack of energy in loss to 76ers: ‘…

    Kobe Bryant explains Lakers’ lack of energy in loss to 76ers: ‘We’re old as [expletive]‘

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 2, 2013
    The Los Angeles Lakers' one-step-forward, two-steps-back season returned to reverse on Tuesday night, as Mike D'Antoni's squad followed Friday night's comfortable 2012-ending win over the Portland Trail Blazers by opening 2013 with a sluggish 103-99 los…
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  • Why Are The Lakers So Flat? Kobe: "Because We're Old As Shit."

    Why Are The Lakers So Flat? Kobe: "Because We're Old As Shit."

    deadspin.com Jan 2, 2013
    Older teams have run the same strategy for years to deal with the NBA's 82-game grind: go through the motions in the regular season, make sure you're healthy and rested for the spring. But these Lakers, built to win in the postseason, wouldn't even be i…
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  • Lazar Hayward returns to the NBA, credits a medium for helping …

    Lazar Hayward returns to the NBA, credits a medium for helping him ‘see a spirit’

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Jan 2, 2013
    Lazar Hayward is an interesting player. The Minnesota Timberwolves traded up in the 2010 NBA draft in an attempt to hand him a guaranteed contract, odd for a talent that was already well past the age of 23 at the time, in a move this know-it-all dumbly …
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  • Rose takes 'next step,' joins Bulls on road trip

    Rose takes 'next step,' joins Bulls on road trip

    ESPN.com Jan 2, 2013
    Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose joined his teammates for shootaround Wednesday, marking the first time he's traveled with his team and participated in a workout on the road since tearing his ACL on April 28.
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  • Nets will have Wallace in lineup vs. Thunder

    Nets will have Wallace in lineup vs. Thunder

    ESPN.com Jan 2, 2013
    Brooklyn Nets power forward Gerald Wallace will play in Wednesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team announced.
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  • Donald Sterling's Son, Who Got Away With Shooting His Childhood…

    Donald Sterling's Son, Who Got Away With Shooting His Childhood Friend In 1999, Found Dead Of Apparent Drug Overdose

    Scott Sterling, the 31-year-old son of Los Angeles Clippers owner-and gross weirdo slumlord-Donald Sterling, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose Tuesday night at a home in Malibu, Calif. More »
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  • Latrell Sprewell arrested for disorderly conduct on New Year’s …

    Latrell Sprewell arrested for disorderly conduct on New Year’s Eve, according to report

    yahoo.com Jan 2, 2013
    There's a pretty good chance that you had more fun on New Year's Eve than Latrell Sprewell did on New Year's Eve, because even if you wound up getting sick after having too much to drink or being shot down by that special someone with whom you wanted to…
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  • JaVale McGee hits 1st career 3, celebrates with cooking dance a…

    JaVale McGee hits 1st career 3, celebrates with cooking dance as Nuggets snap Clips’ streak (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Jan 2, 2013
    With 1.3 seconds left in the third quarter of Tuesday night's year-opening tilt between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, Denver point guard Andre Miller prepared to inbound the ball with a chance for one final shot. So, understandably, he lo…
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  • Mavs' Carlisle backs off threat to suspend players

    Mavs' Carlisle backs off threat to suspend players

    CNNSI.com Jan 2, 2013
    Mavs' Carlisle backs off threat to suspend players
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  • Dwight Howard attempts to fix his free throw woes by lining up …

    Dwight Howard attempts to fix his free throw woes by lining up half a foot behind the line

    yahoo.com Jan 2, 2013
    It’s become more than obvious, after an entire offseason spent away from basketball and the first significant injury of his career, that Dwight Howard is far from healthy. That sort of uncertainty and lack of confidence can affect all aspects of a playe
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  • Amar’e Stoudemire Is Finally Back; The Clippers Finally Lose A …

    Amar’e Stoudemire Is Finally Back; The Clippers Finally Lose A Game

    Every so often, the teacher becomes the student, and last night in Madison Square Garden, the return of Amar’e Stoudemire was overshadowed by Damian Lillard one-upping the ultimate clutch player, Carmelo Anthony, in winning time. If the NBA ever gets it
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  • Holiday, Turner help Sixers fend off Lakers

    Holiday, Turner help Sixers fend off Lakers

    ESPN.com Jan 2, 2013
    Jrue Holiday had 26 points and 10 assists, Evan Turner added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-99 on Tuesday night.
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  • Pau Gasol Launches A Football Pass to Kobe Bryant

    Pau Gasol Launches A Football Pass to Kobe Bryant

    dimemag.com Jan 2, 2013
    Pau Gasol launches a football pass to Kobe Bryant who scores easily at the other end of the floor in tonight’s matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers.
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  • Kobe Bryant Cashes In a Reverse Layup

    Kobe Bryant Cashes In a Reverse Layup

    dimemag.com Jan 2, 2013
    Kobe Bryant drives the baseline and cashes in a reverse layup in tonight’s matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers.
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  • DeMarcus Cousins Fakes And Slams Over Defenders

    DeMarcus Cousins Fakes And Slams Over Defenders

    dimemag.com Jan 2, 2013
    Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins muscles his way to the hoop as he fakes and puts up a monster slam over Detroit Pistons’ defenders.
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  • Video - Heat Top Mavs In OT 01:01

    Heat Top Mavs In OT

    Jan 2
    LeBron James one assist shy of triple-double in Heat's 119-109 OT win over Mavericks.
  • Video - Ross Propels Raptors To Eighth Win In Nine Games 00:49

    Ross Propels Raptors To Eighth Win In Nine Games

    Jan 2
    Rookie Terrence Ross scores a career-high 26 points in Raptors' 102-79 win over Blazers.
  • Video - Paul George Leads Pacers Past Wizards 00:54

    Paul George Leads Pacers Past Wizards

    Jan 2
    Paul George scores 29 points and grabs 14 boards in Pacers' 89-81 win over Wizards.
  • Video - Point Guard Repair Shop 06:57

    Point Guard Repair Shop

    Jan 2
    David Thorpe's prescription to get some of the NBA's best point guards back on track.

Sports Columnists

  • Lee Jenkins: More polished Sanders hopes to be The Next Big Thing

    Jan 2
    In the winter of 2009, NBA scouts flocked to Virginia Commonwealth University, lured by a fearless point guard named Eric Maynor, who would soon become a first-round draft pick. While watching Maynor in Richmond, the scouts noticed a springy center on t…