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Belinelli's late jumper sends Bulls by Celts

Belinelli's late jumper sends Bulls by Celts

ESPN.com CNNSI.com Updated Jan 18, 2013
Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, Jimmy Butler scored six points in overtime and the Chicago Bulls extended their Friday night road show by beating the Boston Celtics 100-99.
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  • 76ers erase 19-point deficit, top Raptors in OT

    76ers erase 19-point deficit, top Raptors in OT

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Jrue Holiday had a career-high tying 33 points and 14 assists, including all 12 of Philadelphia's points in overtime, and the 76ers overcame a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat the Toronto Raptors 108-101 on Friday night.
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  • D-Will, Nets bounce back, knock off Hawks

    D-Will, Nets bounce back, knock off Hawks

    ESPN.com nba.com Jan 18, 2013
    Deron Williams scored 24 points, making four free throws in the final 43.4 seconds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-89 on Friday night to earn a split of a home-and-home series.
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  • Bobcats snap five-game skid behind Walker

    Bobcats snap five-game skid behind Walker

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds, and Gerald Henderson added 17 points as the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a five-game losing streak with a 106-100 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
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  • Paul George Hustles To Deny Chandler Parson’s Breakaway

    Paul George Hustles To Deny Chandler Parson’s Breakaway

    dimemag.com Jan 18, 2013
    Paul George hustles coast to coast to deny Chandler Parson’s breakaway layup in tonight’s matchup between the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets.The post Paul George Hustles To Deny Chandler Parson’s Breakaway appeared first on Dime Magazine (dimema
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  • George Karl wants JaVale McGee to be more like Tim Duncan

    George Karl wants JaVale McGee to be more like Tim Duncan

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee has been defined by two things in his five-year career: his penchant for goofy plays and his extraordinary potential. At any moment, JaVale could run the wrong direction, or make one of the most blatant goaltending vio…
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  • Gasol wouldn't embrace coming off the bench

    Gasol wouldn't embrace coming off the bench

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is wrestling with the idea of bringing Pau Gasol off the bench, and the four-time All-Star is not embracing the thought of a potential demotion.
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  • Horford out with leg injury vs. Brooklyn

    Horford out with leg injury vs. Brooklyn

    nba.com Jan 18, 2013
    Al Horford was not in the Atlanta starting lineup against Brooklyn because of leg pain, and Hawks coach Larry Drew was unsure if or how much his center would play.
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  • Celts' Bradley out against Bulls with rib injury

    Celts' Bradley out against Bulls with rib injury

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley will sit out Friday's visit from the Chicago Bulls due to a rib injury suffered in Wednesday's loss to the New Orleans Hornets.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring EXCUSE ME, MR. WEST!

    The 10-man rotation, starring EXCUSE ME, MR. WEST!

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 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: Pacers.com. We've spent a decade getti…
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  • NBA admits botched call in Raptors’ loss to Bulls (VIDEO)

    NBA admits botched call in Raptors’ loss to Bulls (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    Basketball fans don't particularly like the NBA's officiating, at various times calling it "rigged," "a conspiracy," or "really bad and it makes me want to vomit." For the most part, the league tries to ignore these complai…
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  • Zach Randolph meets Lucky the pit bull, a.k.a. ‘Little Z-Bo,’ o…

    Zach Randolph meets Lucky the pit bull, a.k.a. ‘Little Z-Bo,’ on ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’ (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    Last Friday, we discussed Zach Randolph's fear of cats, a revelation brought about by an interview tied to his appearance on the Animal Planet series "Pit Bulls and Parolees." The cat thing was a fun goof, but the good that Z-Bo did by donatin…
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  • Lost In The Desert: The Suns and Alvin Gentry have parted ways,…

    Lost In The Desert: The Suns and Alvin Gentry have parted ways, makin…

    The Suns and Alvin Gentry have parted ways, making Gentry the fourth coach fired this season. Things were dismal in Phoenix, but Gentry was hardly to blame, says Ian Thomsen.
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  • Cleveland Cavaliers Are The Latest To Try Cryotherapy: “Your Mi…

    Cleveland Cavaliers Are The Latest To Try Cryotherapy: “Your Mind Is Telling You, ‘I Might Die’”

    dimemag.com Jan 18, 2013
    If you pluck the following quote out of context, you’d have a hard time telling if the story was about state-sponsored torture or team-sponsored injury prevention: “They’re putting you in a room that’s, like, minus 180. So your mind is telling you
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  • The Celtics’ All-Stars plan on neither broing down nor throwing…

    The Celtics’ All-Stars plan on neither broing down nor throwing down during All-Star Weekend

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    As Eric Freeman related Thursday night, the starting fives for the Eastern and Western Conference teams in next month's 2013 NBA All-Star Game have been announced, and basketball fans around the world decided that they wanted to see a starting Eastern b…
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  • Wolves' Pekovic out 7-10 days with bruised thigh

    Wolves' Pekovic out 7-10 days with bruised thigh

    nba.com Jan 18, 2013
    A different Minnesota Timberwolves player seems to go down with an injury every night these days, and the losses that were once spiritedly competitive are growing more and more decisive.
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  • Why Kevin Durant Is Better At Taking The Last Shot Than LeBron

    Why Kevin Durant Is Better At Taking The Last Shot Than LeBron

    dimemag.com Jan 18, 2013
    LeBron James and the Heat defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the Staples Center last night, 99-90. LeBron had 39 points after shooting a hyper-efficient 17 for 25 from the field. The Heat have struggled this season, but James has not, shooting 55 percen…
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  • 3 great things about a Knicks/Pistons-in-London recap written b…

    3 great things about a Knicks/Pistons-in-London recap written by an Englishman

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    The New York Knicks scored a 102-87 win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday afternoon at the O2 Arena in London as part of the NBA's ongoing efforts to expand global interest in the stateside product. The game itself wasn't particularly thrilling, and …
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  • Picking the reserves for the 2013 Western Conference All-Star t…

    Picking the reserves for the 2013 Western Conference All-Star team

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    You’ve done it, NBA fans. You’ve done hired the hitmakers — your 2013 NBA All-Star Game starters. Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo out East; with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant and Blake
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  • Bulls' Deng (hammy) game-time call vs. Celts

    Bulls' Deng (hammy) game-time call vs. Celts

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Boston Celtics because of a right hamstring injury.
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  • Clips stay on top; Nuggets continue their ascent

    Clips stay on top; Nuggets continue their ascent

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    Three teams out West have set themselves apart. But don't forget about Andre Iguodala and the Nuggets. Close to unbeatable at home, Denver is one of this week's biggest risers.
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  • Ricky Rubio on Wolves’ losing streak: ‘I don’t think we’re havi…

    Ricky Rubio on Wolves’ losing streak: ‘I don’t think we’re having fun, and we’re going to change it’

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    For the Minnesota Timberwolves, what started as a season full of hope for a playoff berth and a leap back into the ranks of legitimate NBA contention has fallen off a cliff. The team has lost 11 of its last 15 games, including five straight after a 90-7…
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  • Shumpert's Return Boosts Knicks' Defense, Depth

    Shumpert's Return Boosts Knicks' Defense, Depth

    nytimes.com dimemag.com Jan 18, 2013
    Iman Shumpert's return from a knee injury Thursday gave the Knicks a booster shot of youth and defense.
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  • Celtics Admit They Are Monitoring Greg Oden

    Celtics Admit They Are Monitoring Greg Oden

    dimemag.com Jan 18, 2013
    No one, perhaps not even Greg Oden, is sure what the big man will have left in the tank once he’s healthy enough to play in the NBA again. We have questions marks on his foot speed, his love of the game, and oh yeah, all that other off-court stuff, too.
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  • This Airballed Free Throw Is Why The Lakers Are Vulnerable To H…

    This Airballed Free Throw Is Why The Lakers Are Vulnerable To Hack-A-Dwight

    deadspin.com Jan 18, 2013
    Dwight Howard went to the line 13 times last night, more than twice as often as the rest of the Lakers' starters combined. He went just 5-for-13, with his final two attempts coming with under two minutes remaining and a chance to tie the game. This was …
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  • The Milwaukee Bucks won in Phoenix for the first time in 25 yea…

    The Milwaukee Bucks won in Phoenix for the first time in 25 years

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    On Thursday night, the Milwaukee Bucks overcame an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit and beat the Suns 98-94 in Phoenix behind a 10-point, perfect-shooting final period from scoring guard Monta Ellis. That fact in itself is not news. The Bucks are a so…
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  • LeBron James does everything in Heat win over Lakers (VIDEO)

    LeBron James does everything in Heat win over Lakers (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    It wasn't just the season-high point total; it was how he got them, by making 17 of his 25 shots, including a perfect 15 for 15 in the restricted area. LeBron James set up shop in that little semi-circle throughout the Miami Heat's Thursday night road w…
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  • This Inside The NBA Graphic Is To Scale Of Quality Vis-A-Vis It…

    This Inside The NBA Graphic Is To Scale Of Quality Vis-A-Vis Its ESPN Competitor

    deadspin.com Jan 18, 2013
    It's no secret TNT's Inside The NBA trumps its ESPN counterpart in every manner of entertainment, humor, or likelihood of aired profanities. It's tough to really call the ESPN NBA program a "competitor," because ESPN's games air on Wednesdays …
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  • Defense-focused Kobe: I need help on offense

    Defense-focused Kobe: I need help on offense

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    It was asking a lot of Kobe Bryant when the Los Angeles Lakers shifted to assigning the 34-year-old to guarding the opposing team's most dynamic guard while still relying on him on the offensive end.
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  • All That Glitters: A closing 9-0 Miami run sealed a 99-90 win o…

    All That Glitters: A closing 9-0 Miami run sealed a 99-90 win over L…

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    A closing 9-0 Miami run sealed a 99-90 win over L.A. The Lakers fought hard, but LeBron James may have just ignited another championship run for the Heat, writes Lee Jenkins.
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  • Boston Grasps Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory; The Lakers Figur…

    Boston Grasps Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory; The Lakers Figure Out How To Play Together

    dimemag.com Jan 18, 2013
    Each time we checked in with the Hawks vs. Celtics it was like watching a different game. In the first half the Celtics were on cruise control and it almost looked as if Tommy Heinsohn could have stepped in because of Boston’s 27-point lead. Atlanta was
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  • We Went There: LeBron James Rolls Over the Lakers

    We Went There: LeBron James Rolls Over the Lakers

    grantland.com Jan 18, 2013
    Even in a game featuring LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, the first 40 minutes of last night's Lakers-Heat game had been filled with typical, mid-January...
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  • The Five Players Who Could Revamp the Spurs' Title Chances

    The Five Players Who Could Revamp the Spurs' Title Chances

    grantland.com Jan 18, 2013
    Not much has changed for the Spurs in the past year. After steamrolling through last year's compressed scheduled on the backs of their aging stars, on...
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  • Video - Westbrook Beats The Buzzer 00:13

    Westbrook Beats The Buzzer

    Jan 18
    Russell Westbrook tips in Kevin Durant's miss with 0.5 seconds left in the 2nd quarter.
  • Video - Bobcats Snap Five-Game Skid 01:16

    Bobcats Snap Five-Game Skid

    Jan 18
    Kemba Walker leads Bobcats with 25 points.
  • Video - Nets Split Home-And-Home With Hawks 00:57

    Nets Split Home-And-Home With Hawks

    Jan 18
    Deron Williams scores 24 points in Nets' 94-89 win over Hawks.
  • Video - Belinelli, Bulls Sink Celtics In OT 00:48

    Belinelli, Bulls Sink Celtics In OT

    Jan 18
    Marco Belinelli's off-balance jumper in OT lifts Bulls past Celtics and to their third straight win.

Sports Columnists

  • Ian Thomsen: Hard to blame departed Gentry for Suns' woes

    Jan 18
    The Suns came to terms Friday with coach Alvin Gentry on his midseason departure. A friend of Gentry's said the coach had anticipated he would be fired at the end of the season, which is shaping up to be the Suns' worst since they went 16-66 in their ex…
  • Ian Thomsen: Conley grows into Grizzlies leader after learning hard lesson…

    Jan 18
    These are hazardous times for an excellent team in Memphis. Coach Lionel Hollins is in his lame-duck year, new owners have taken over and Rudy Gay or Zach Randolph reportedly could be traded in the next month. It is in stressful moments like these that …
  • Lee Jenkins: Once a Finals preview, Heat-Lakers now just a LeBron showcase

    Jan 18
    LOS ANGELES -- Outside of fame, riches and backlit banners, there is no motivator in sports quite like the threat of everlasting ignominy. It is the specter that hangs over each of the so-called super teams, the realization that if they fail, reputation…
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    Jan 18
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