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Barea lifts Timberwolves, lose Love to injury

Barea lifts Timberwolves, lose Love to injury

ESPN.com Updated Jan 3, 2013
J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
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  • Stephen Jackson sprains ankle falling over waitress in front of…

    Stephen Jackson sprains ankle falling over waitress in front of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (VIDEO)

    It's been less than three weeks since Stephen Jackson returned action after losing nearly a month to a fractured right pinky. Now, the San Antonio Spurs small forward could find himself back on the shelf, thanks to an unfortunate foot-fall, a possibly i…
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  • Jackson, Buss engaged over Christmas holiday

    Jackson, Buss engaged over Christmas holiday

    Phil Jackson may not have signed on for another run as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he's about to join the Laker family nonetheless.
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  • Knicks snap Spurs' 7-game winning streak

    Knicks snap Spurs' 7-game winning streak

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, J.R. Smith kept up his surge with 20 and the New York Knicks snapped the San Antonio Spurs' seven-game winning streak with a 100-83 victory Thursday night
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  • Nuggets' Miller joins exclusive points, assists club

    Nuggets' Miller joins exclusive points, assists club

    nba.com Jan 3, 2013
    Andre Miller scored the 15,000th point of his NBA career on a mid-range jumper in the first quarter against Minnesota, becoming the eighth player to score that many and dish out at least 7,500 assists.
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  • Our Show: Amare' Stoudamire added 10 points off the bench i……

    Our Show: Amare' Stoudamire added 10 points off the bench i…

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    Amare' Stoudamire added 10 points off the bench in his second game back from injury, but the team's stifling defense was key to ending the Spurs' seven-game win streak.
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  • Here's Shawn Marion As The Super Mario Bros. Character You Neve…

    Here's Shawn Marion As The Super Mario Bros. Character You Never Asked For

    deadspin.com Jan 3, 2013
    First of all, it makes no sense because Bowser doesn't come anywhere near World 1-1, and Mario could never carry any cool stuff on his back, like, say, an NBA championship trophy. But that's fine, Dallas Mavericks CGI worker bees. You have fun with your…
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  • Toxicology testing due in death of Sterling's son

    Toxicology testing due in death of Sterling's son

    An autopsy has been conducted on the body of Scott Ashley Sterling, son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
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  • Kobe calls Clippers legitimate title contenders

    Kobe calls Clippers legitimate title contenders

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    When the Los Angeles Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, all 16 championship banners hanging from the Staples Center rafters will belong to the team in the purple and gold.
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  • Despite hot start, Heat struggling to rebound

    Despite hot start, Heat struggling to rebound

    nba.com Jan 3, 2013
    Most wins in the Eastern Conference, fewest rebounds in the NBA.
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  • Udonis Haslem wants to be known as ‘Django’ from now on

    Udonis Haslem wants to be known as ‘Django’ from now on

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    If you have any interest in movies, you're probably familiar with "Django Unchained," the new film from the hyperactively cinephilic filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. In a little more than a week, the movie - which concerns a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who bec
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  • Sacramento may have passed on drafting Damian Lillard in order …

    Sacramento may have passed on drafting Damian Lillard in order to re-sign … Jason Thompson?

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    You’d probably make the call, too, whether your experience with college hoops either meant watching hours on end of the stuff from Midnight Madness onward or cramming in the days leading up to the NBA draft. Do you take the studly power forward with the
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  • In Dirk They Trust: Experts are giving the Mavericks a slim cha…

    In Dirk They Trust: Experts are giving the Mavericks a slim chance of…

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    Experts are giving the Mavericks a slim chance of making the playoffs. But Rob Mahoney argues that with Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup, no one can count out the 2011 champs.
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  • Amar’e Stoudemire claims nobody has ever taught him how to play…

    Amar’e Stoudemire claims nobody has ever taught him how to play defense

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    When Amar'e Stoudemire made his 2012-13 season debut with the New York Knicks in the team's New Year's Day loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, he didn't exactly look great on defense. This is not surprising; as NBA.com's John Schuhmann (among others) no…
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  • David Lee Should Be A NBA All-Star This Season

    David Lee Should Be A NBA All-Star This Season

    dimemag.com yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    There are a lot of stars at power forward in the NBA. You have your Nowitzkis and Gasols, your Amar’e Stoudemires and Paul Millsaps; your Josh Smiths and Zach Randolphs and the newer stars like Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge set to take
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  • 5-on-5: Contenders or Pretenders?

    5-on-5: Contenders or Pretenders?

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    Whose early-season success is a sign of things to come?
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  • Tonight’s Knicks-Spurs Finals Rematch Is 15 Seasons In The Maki…

    Tonight’s Knicks-Spurs Finals Rematch Is 15 Seasons In The Making

    dimemag.com Jan 3, 2013
    Tonight isn’t just about two games on national TV, because that happens every Thursday. Tonight, and specifically New York vs. San Antonio, is something in the making for much, much longer. The Knicks and the Spurs’ matchup feels like a big game becau
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  • Sam Mitchell laments the fact that he was ‘not allowed to be th…

    Sam Mitchell laments the fact that he was ‘not allowed to be that tough on Andrea’ Bargnani

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    Fresh off his work re-tooling the Steve Nash-led Phoenix Suns after disappointing turns at the hands of Jason Kidd and Stephon Marbury, Bryan Colangelo was a hot commodity in 2006. The GM was rumored to possibly have enough basketball sway to take over …
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  • Bledsoe Cools, but Clippers Stay Hot for Now

    Bledsoe Cools, but Clippers Stay Hot for Now

    nytimes.com Jan 3, 2013
    Eric Bledsoe's shooting percentage and assists are down, and his turnovers are up, after a hot start in which he was seen as an early contender for most improved player.
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  • NBA Insider Says Minnesota Should Trade Kevin Love Right Now

    NBA Insider Says Minnesota Should Trade Kevin Love Right Now

    dimemag.com Jan 3, 2013
    From the weird injuries to his awful shooting numbers to the reports of his unhappiness to even Minnesota’s slow start, this year must be trying Kevin Love‘s patience. Coming off his best season, as well as his experience at the summer Olympics, pundi
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  • LeBron (knee) sits out practice, aims for Friday

    LeBron (knee) sits out practice, aims for Friday

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    LeBron James sat out of Thursday's practice to receive extensive treatment for his bruised right knee but hopes to play in Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls.
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  • Rockets’ Greg Smith can’t tie his shoe in less than 3 seconds, …

    Rockets’ Greg Smith can’t tie his shoe in less than 3 seconds, apparently (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    Greg Smith has come a long way in a relatively short period, going from undrafted out of Fresno State to D-League All-Star to winning a roster spot in a crowded frontcourt and becoming the backup center on a Houston Rockets team that's become both an aw…
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  • Quincy Douby Scored A League-Record 75 Points In China

    Quincy Douby Scored A League-Record 75 Points In China

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    Former Rutgers standout and Kings first-rounder Quincy Douby had the game of his life yesterday, putting up 75 points for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association. This is an awful lot of points for someone who average 4.1 ppg in …
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  • Amir Johnson Took 3.5 Seconds Between Dribbles, And Did Not Get…

    Amir Johnson Took 3.5 Seconds Between Dribbles, And Did Not Get Called For A Double Dribble

    deadspin.com Jan 3, 2013
    It's sort of inexplicable how Toronto's Amir Johnson was able to get away with this. He takes the pass, dribbles to just outside the lane, picks up his dribble, pump fakes, pump fakes, and drives for a short jumper. By the game clock, it took him nearly…
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  • The reeling Boston Celtics are struggling at league-low levels …

    The reeling Boston Celtics are struggling at league-low levels with Kevin Garnett off the floor

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    On Christmas day, the Boston Celtics absolutely and utterly waxed the Brooklyn Nets in full view of a national TV audience and the Nets’ home crowd. Playing an energetic style of ball, the C’s took Brooklyn out of their offense, only ceding buckets to
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  • Nothing Eye-Popping Except the Statistical Line

    Nothing Eye-Popping Except the Statistical Line

    nytimes.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Knicks on Thursday night will host the San Antonio Spurs, who got 28 points and 13 rebounds the previous night from the consistently terrific Tim Duncan.
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  • Thunder fan learns important lesson: Kris Humphries gets very s…

    Thunder fan learns important lesson: Kris Humphries gets very sweaty during games (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    For a while now, I have believed that Kris Humphries' sweat game is underrated. Whenever the topic of the sweatiest players in the NBA comes up (and it comes up kind of a lot, which seems weird but also makes sense considering how much exposed skin the …
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  • 5 Teams That Should Trade For DeMarcus Cousins

    5 Teams That Should Trade For DeMarcus Cousins

    dimemag.com Jan 3, 2013
    DeMarcus Cousins is an interesting individual. He’s obviously a very talented player. At 6-11, he’s shown off his tremendous skill set as a premier big man since his days at Kentucky. With a knack for scoring around the basket, rebounding at an alarmi
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  • Resetting the 2012-13 season

    Resetting the 2012-13 season

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    With two months of the season in the books, five contenders have separated themselves from the field. Ian Thomsen examines them and more as he resets the 2012-13 season.
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  • Kevin Durant earns 1st career ejection late in Thunder loss to …

    Kevin Durant earns 1st career ejection late in Thunder loss to Nets (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    It had been a frustrating Wednesday night for Kevin Durant. He'd watched his Oklahoma City Thunder - once again perched atop the Western Conference and boasting the NBA's best record, after the Denver Nuggets snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' 17-game wi
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  • LeBron, Heat finding out how tough back-to-back can be

    LeBron, Heat finding out how tough back-to-back can be

    nba.com Jan 3, 2013
    Winning back-to-back NBA championships is the most difficult challenge a superstar will ever face. How do you stay motivated when you already have experienced the biggest highs and lows that the game has to offer? You are the best player on the best tea…
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  • Amir Johnson gets away with a double-dribble, laughs about it (…

    Amir Johnson gets away with a double-dribble, laughs about it (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    When I was six years old, I played in a YMCA basketball league that allowed all methods of moving the ball up and down the court. We could run with the ball, stop and start dribbles whenever we wanted, and play by the regular rules. Being a big sports f…
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  • A 2011 Finals Rematch Goes Into OT; Kevin Durant Does Something…

    A 2011 Finals Rematch Goes Into OT; Kevin Durant Does Something He’s Never Done Before

    dimemag.com Jan 3, 2013
    How often do you see it happen: a visiting team takes control in the fourth quarter before squandering a late chance to grab a W, and then end up getting pounded into submission in the extra session? Dallas is feeling the pain now after letting the Heat…
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  • Hayward helps Jazz snap 3-game losing skid

    Hayward helps Jazz snap 3-game losing skid

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    Gordon Hayward scored 17 points, Enes Kanter had 15 and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-84 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
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  • NBA Shootaround: The Jackson Five

    NBA Shootaround: The Jackson Five

    grantland.com Jan 3, 2013
    So much amazing is happening, and the Shootaround crew is here to help you keep track of it all. You'll find takes on moments you might've missed from...
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  • The Not Quite Mid-season NBA Awards, Part 2

    The Not Quite Mid-season NBA Awards, Part 2

    grantland.com Jan 3, 2013
    I handed out mid-season awards for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Sixth Man of the Year on Wednesday. Now it's time to address the other thr...
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  • Video - Dunk Of The Night 00:29

    Dunk Of The Night

    Jan 3
    J.R. Smith throws down a huge dunk against the Spurs.
  • Video - Stephen Jackson Sprains Ankle After Tripping Over Courtside Waitr... 02:14

    Stephen Jackson Sprains Ankle After Tripping Over Courtside Waitr...

    Jan 3
    Brian Windhorst with the latest on Stephen Jackson's injury.
  • Video - Bulls Update with Nick Friedell 03:56

    Bulls Update with Nick Friedell

    Jan 3
    Nick Friedell on winning without Noah, facing the Heat and when to expect Derrick Rose back on the floor.
  • Video - The Cousins Problem 05:12

    The Cousins Problem

    Jan 3
    The Sacramento Kings must figure out the future of their relationship with the volatile forward-center, who has had a controversy-ridden season.

Sports Columnists

  • Daily Dime: Spurs sluggish at the Garden

    Jan 3
    Brian Windhorst breaks down the Knicks' rout of the sluggish Spurs.
  • Gregg Popovich of San Antonio Spurs not resting any players against New Yo…

    Jan 3
    San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will play all his stars despite facing a fourth game in five nights Thursday against the New York Knicks on Thursday.
  • Weekend Dime -- Mark Cuban's anniversary

    Jan 3
    As Mark Cuban celebrates his 13th anniversary as Mavericks owner, the team struggles to find a future.
  • Mike James to sign with Texas Legends of D-League, sources say

    Jan 3
    In an attempt to convince the Dallas Mavericks that he can help them, veteran point guard Mike James is joining the D-League's Texas Legends in time for Saturday's game against Tulsa, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.