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Boozer, Bulls beat up Heat on glass, post win

Boozer, Bulls beat up Heat on glass, post win

ESPN.com Updated Jan 4, 2013
Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and the Chicago Bulls dominated on the boards to become only the third visiting team to win in Miami this season, beating the Heat 96-89 Friday night.
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  • Garnett ejected as Celtics snap 4-game skid

    Garnett ejected as Celtics snap 4-game skid

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Kevin Garnett scored 18 points before he was ejected for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter, and the Boston Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Indiana Pacers 94-75 on Friday night.
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  • Matthews, Blazers hang on to stop Grizzlies

    Matthews, Blazers hang on to stop Grizzlies

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, J.J. Hickson added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 86-84 on Friday night.
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  • Clips' Crawford (foot) out against rival Lakers

    Clips' Crawford (foot) out against rival Lakers

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Los Angeles Clippers guard and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jamal Crawford will miss Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a sore left foot.
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  • Johnson's jumper propels Nets to 2OT victory

    Johnson's jumper propels Nets to 2OT victory

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Joe Johnson's jumper with 0.7 seconds left in the second overtime lifted the Brooklyn Nets to a 115-113 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
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  • Clippers win by overcoming Lakers' late comeback

    Clippers win by overcoming Lakers' late comeback

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Lakers' made a strong comeback attempt in the fourth, but even Kobe Bryant's 38 could not prevent the Clippers from winning their 11th straight home game, 107-102.
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  • Hostility In Hollywood

    Hostility In Hollywood

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Lakers have lost two of three since winning five straight, and the Clippers have now dropped two in a row. Both look to bounce back, and gain some L.A. bragging rights.
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  • Kings ride Cousins, Salmons past Raptors

    Kings ride Cousins, Salmons past Raptors

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 31 points and matched his career high with 20 rebounds, John Salmons scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 105-96 on Friday night.
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  • Irving's late jumper lifts Cavs over Bobcats

    Irving's late jumper lifts Cavs over Bobcats

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Kyrie Irving scored 33 points, including a pull-up jumper from the foul line with one second left, to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-104 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
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  • Grizzlies' Randolph out with flu-like symptoms

    Grizzlies' Randolph out with flu-like symptoms

    ESPN.com nba.com Jan 4, 2013
    Zach Randolph has been ruled out for the Memphis Grizzlies' game against the Portland Trail Blazers due to flu-like symptoms.
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  • John Wall returns to practice, impresses

    John Wall returns to practice, impresses

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Washington Wizards terrible, league-worst 4-26 season has been defined largely by abject futility. After that, though, it's been about the absence of John Wall, one-time franchise savior who had a disappointing first two NBA seasons. This season was…
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  • Nets' Humphries (ankle) won't play vs. Wizards

    Nets' Humphries (ankle) won't play vs. Wizards

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    - Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries will miss the next two games with a mild abdominal strain, coach Avery Johnson said Tuesday.
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  • Kobe sends 1st tweet from his Twitter account

    Kobe sends 1st tweet from his Twitter account

    ESPN.com nba.com Jan 4, 2013
    Kobe Bryant is no longer a holdout. He's on Twitter.
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  • Grizzlies reportedly making Gay available in talks

    Grizzlies reportedly making Gay available in talks

    CNNSI.com grantland.com Jan 4, 2013
    Grizzlies reportedly making Gay available in talks
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  • DeMar DeRozan watched game film instead of going out on New Yea…

    DeMar DeRozan watched game film instead of going out on New Year’s Eve

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    Follow the league long enough and you hear about them - the maniacal types whose devotion to the game gets them from the fringes of sticking in the league to steady jobs, based largely on their willingness to continue working toward improvement even whe
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  • 3 Things That Could Stop Another Miami Championship

    3 Things That Could Stop Another Miami Championship

    dimemag.com Jan 4, 2013
    The defending NBA champion Miami Heat are 22-8 and the top team in the Eastern Conference. They’re second in the league in offensive efficiency, trailing only the super-hot Oklahoma City Thunder, and they possess not one, not two, but three players that
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  • Should Terrence Ross Be In The NBA Dunk Contest? Toronto Campai…

    Should Terrence Ross Be In The NBA Dunk Contest? Toronto Campaigns To #LetRossDunk

    dimemag.com Jan 4, 2013
    This is a post about Terrence Ross, Toronto rookie, not Ross, the Washington Husky. The photo with this post was chosen for a reason, though, because it brings back a vivid memory of when I talked to his college coach, Lorenzo Romar, over the phone 14 m…
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  • After a long hold out, Bryant finally joins Twitter

    After a long hold out, Bryant finally joins Twitter

    CNNSI.com yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    After a long hold out, Bryant finally joins Twitter
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  • Knicks' Online Community Keeps It Real for a Night

    Knicks' Online Community Keeps It Real for a Night

    nytimes.com Jan 4, 2013
    When bloggers and readers of SBNation's Posting & Toasting got together for the first time this season, their night was brightened by the Knicks' victory over the Spurs.
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  • Dirk practices with Mavs' starters for first time

    Dirk practices with Mavs' starters for first time

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Dirk Nowitzki practiced with the Dallas Mavericks' starters Friday for the first time this season, a significant step in the process of resuming his regular role.
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  • Clippers eye L.A. bragging rights in Staples Center tilt

    Clippers eye L.A. bragging rights in Staples Center tilt

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    Clippers eye L.A. bragging rights in Staples Center tilt
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  • NBA - Los Angeles Lakers' time is now ... or never

    NBA - Los Angeles Lakers' time is now ... or never

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Even Kobe Bryant agrees: Los Angeles' upcoming five-game stretch is 'critical'
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  • George Karl: Nuggets embarrassed themselves in loss to Love-les…

    George Karl: Nuggets embarrassed themselves in loss to Love-less, Rubio-less Timberwolves

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    On Wednesday morning, the Denver Nuggets were flying high, celebrating a big-time win that snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' franchise-record 17-game winning streak and looking like a team that had finally hit its stride after a tough-as-nails early-sea…
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  • 5-on-5: Best and worst in Los Angeles

    5-on-5: Best and worst in Los Angeles

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    We roll out the red carpet and dub the best and worst in L.A. basketball this season.
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  • Hornets waive forward McGuire

    Hornets waive forward McGuire

    nba.com Jan 4, 2013
    The New Orleans Hornets have waived forward Dominic McGuire, who's been with the club a little under a month.
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  • Officially Unveiled: Carmelo Anthony’s Jordan Melo M9

    Officially Unveiled: Carmelo Anthony’s Jordan Melo M9

    dimemag.com Jan 4, 2013
    For the first time since coming to New York, Carmelo Anthony not only has himself ingrained in the MVP race, but has also spearheaded a true New York basketball resurgence. The Knicks are rolling as the second-best team in the East, and with the Celtics…
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  • Spurs take top spot after rough week for contenders

    Spurs take top spot after rough week for contenders

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    It was a rough week for title contenders, which allowed an old familiar favorite to take the top overall spot. How did the rest of the league fare? Matt Dollinger ranks every team.
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  • Knicks and Nets Rediscover What Works

    Knicks and Nets Rediscover What Works

    nytimes.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Knicks got back to executing their defense and the Nets got another good game from center Brook Lopez this week in big wins over two of the best teams in the West.
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  • A Team In Disarray: There's much at stake for the Lakers in the…

    A Team In Disarray: There's much at stake for the Lakers in the Battl…

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    There's much at stake for the Lakers in the Battle of L.A. tonight. With a tough schedule ahead of them, the Lakers need to get back on track against the rival Clippers, says Chris Mannix.
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  • And Now, Two Former NBA Players Discussing Disease And Governme…

    And Now, Two Former NBA Players Discussing Disease And Government Conspiracies On Twitter

    deadspin.com Jan 4, 2013
    Twitter is a wonderful thing. It's the only place I can think of where we can witness former NBA player Pooh Jeter (and brother of Olympic sprinter Carmela Jeter) getting a truth bomb of epic proportions dropped on him by former NBA player Keith Closs. …
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  • Coach Says Paul George & David West Are Playing Like All-Stars

    Coach Says Paul George & David West Are Playing Like All-Stars

    dimemag.com Jan 4, 2013
    A few weeks into the season, they were perhaps the NBA’s most disappointing team. Now Indiana is sitting at No. 4 in the East, 19-13 on the year after winning eight of their last 10 games. Roy Hibbert is still struggling on the offensive end, shooting o
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  • Bulls' Noah (flu) says he'll play vs. Heat

    Bulls' Noah (flu) says he'll play vs. Heat

    ESPN.com Jan 4, 2013
    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who's been battling flu-like symptoms, said he's healthy enough to face the Miami Heat on Friday.
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  • David Stern says there will be NBA teams in Europe in 20 years,…

    David Stern says there will be NBA teams in Europe in 20 years, ‘for sure’

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    Since taking over as NBA commissioner in 1984, David Stern has been the driving force behind expanding the global reach of the league and sport. There are more fans than ever in continents other than North America, and more players than ever that come f…
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  • Jayhawk Rising: There are dark-horse candidates now emerging in…

    Jayhawk Rising: There are dark-horse candidates now emerging in t…

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    There are dark-horse candidates now emerging in the race to become the NBA's top pick in June. Chris Mannix revises his look at the draft's top 20 prospects in his latest Big Board.
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  • J.R. Smith's Reverse Alley-Oop Shouldn't Be Humanly Possible

    J.R. Smith's Reverse Alley-Oop Shouldn't Be Humanly Possible

    deadspin.com Jan 4, 2013
    The game was out of hand at this point-San Antonio, playing their fourth in five nights, had benched most of the starters, and the Knicks had followed suit. That doesn't take a thing away from the athleticism required to put home this reverse alley-oop,
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  • Warriors rookie Kent Bazemore’s bench celebrations are great (V…

    Warriors rookie Kent Bazemore’s bench celebrations are great (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    First, it was Ronny Turiaf with the Los Angeles Lakers (and, later, the Clippers). Then, it was Robert Sacre following in Turiaf's excited forum-blue-and-gold footsteps. And now, California's other NBA team has an energetic end-of-the-bench champion all…
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  • Fab Melo hit his head on a doorframe, got a concussion

    Fab Melo hit his head on a doorframe, got a concussion

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    Comedy is a subjective thing, but there are several forms of humor that human beings are pretty much hardwired to enjoy. For the most part, these are incidents in which people suffer bodily harm because of their own obliviousness to their surroundings. …
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  • Buss tweets news of engagement to ex-Lakers coach Jackson

    Buss tweets news of engagement to ex-Lakers coach Jackson

    nba.com Jan 4, 2013
    Known for getting rings, Phil Jackson finally has given one as well.
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  • New York Runs Tired San Antonio Into The Ground; J.J. Barea Doe…

    New York Runs Tired San Antonio Into The Ground; J.J. Barea Doesn’t Need Kevin Love To Bust Denver

    dimemag.com Jan 4, 2013
    In a game where New York’s interior defense built a wall around the paint and allowed San Antonio just 12 points, it was appropriate the Knicks’ bucket to cap the win came on the inside. J.R. Smith (20 points, five boards and zero turnovers) threw dow
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  • San Antonio Spurs, Greg Popovich have full roster, but can't fi…

    San Antonio Spurs, Greg Popovich have full roster, but can't find a way to beat NY Knicks

    nydailynews.com Jan 4, 2013
    In retrospect, Gregg Popovich should have sent Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker back to San Antonio before the Spurs ever reached the Garden on Thursday night.
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  • J.R. Smith turns waist-level lob into massive reverse alley-oop…

    J.R. Smith turns waist-level lob into massive reverse alley-oop in Knicks win over Spurs (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    At this point, it's not exactly news that J.R. Smith is capable of remarkable, jaw-dropping feats on a basketball court. As a member of the Denver Nuggets in seasons past, we saw him finish lobs with 180-degree slams, hit 11 3-pointers in one game and n…
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  • Love leaves game vs. Nuggets with finger sprain

    Love leaves game vs. Nuggets with finger sprain

    nba.com Jan 4, 2013
    Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has left Minnesota's game against the Denver Nuggets after spraining a finger on his right hand in the third quarter.
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  • The Jalen Rose Report: Jalen Rose and David Jacoby

    The Jalen Rose Report: Jalen Rose and David Jacoby

    grantland.com Jan 4, 2013
    Jalen Rose returns to break down the NBA regular season, offer a behind the scenes look at NBA Countdown, and, in a video after the jump, explains why...
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  • About Last Night: Spurs Rusted Out

    About Last Night: Spurs Rusted Out

    grantland.com Jan 4, 2013
    In case you were out seeing if it was really as cold as the guy on TV said it was (it was), here's what you missed in sports on Thursday. The New Yo...
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  • Video - Thunder Crush 76ers, 109-85 01:06

    Thunder Crush 76ers, 109-85

    Jan 4
    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder to win.
  • Video - Johnson's Jumper Lifts Nets In Double OT 01:02

    Johnson's Jumper Lifts Nets In Double OT

    Jan 4
    Joe Johnson hit a jumper with less than a second remaining in double overtime to lift the Nets.
  • Video - Bulls Charge Past Heat, 96-89 01:02

    Bulls Charge Past Heat, 96-89

    Jan 4
    Carlos Boozer leads Bulls past Heat.
  • Video - Cavs Hold Off Bobcats, 106-104 00:53

    Cavs Hold Off Bobcats, 106-104

    Jan 4
    Kyrie Irving leads Cavs with 33 points.

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    Jan 4
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    Jan 4
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