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Nuggets beat Grizzlies for 11th straight win
ESPN.com Updated Mar 15, 2013
Kosta Koufos scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, helping the Denver Nuggets rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 87-80, on Friday night for their 11th straight win, their longest streak in 30 years.Share Tweet
LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points, and the Miami Heat made it 21 straight wins, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 107-94 on Friday night.Share TweetKobe Bryant lasted just one quarter on a severely sprained left ankle, but Dwight Howard completed a go-ahead, three-point play with 90 seconds left Friday night to help the Los Angeles Lakers hold off the Indiana Pacers, 99-93.Share Tweet
Smith returns, Teague not starting for HawksJosh Smith is back in Atlanta's lineup against the Phoenix Suns after missing one game with a sprained left knee, but point guard Jeff Teague is missing his second straight start.Share TweetThe New York Knicks have signed veteran forward Kenyon Martin for the remainder of the season.Share TweetJosh Smith is back in Atlanta's lineup against the Phoenix Suns after missing one game with a sprained left knee.Share Tweet
Draft Watch: Noel's defensive prowess sought afterThe play was ordinary and unusual, a fitting start to the complex, contradictory debate unknowingly about to begin. Mike Rosario of Florida stole the ball, drove the right side and curled toward the rim to finish the breakaway layup, only to be denied b…Share Tweet
The 10-man rotation, starring the Oklahoma City Thunder playing out the stringA 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: Oklahoman. The Oklahoma City Thunder r…Share TweetThe Miami Heat, holders of the NBA's best record at 49-14, also happen to be the league's hottest team. They've won 20 games in a row, and it's not entirely crazy to think they could challenge the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' all-time record of 33 straig…Share Tweet
Clippers sign F Summers to 10-day dealThe Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward DaJuan Summers to a 10-day contract.Share Tweet
Brian Shaw turned down a head coaching spot with the Charlotte Bobcats because he wants to ‘have a chance’Former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw will probably be the first to tell you that he isn’t slumming while working as associate coach of the Indiana Pacers. The team is firmly established as the Eastern Conference’s Number Two, and he anShare Tweet
Here is a song about J.R. Smith (Video)New York Knicks shooter J.R. Smith can be an incredibly frustrating basketball player to watch, the sort of guy with enough talent to believe himself capable of things that no physics-bound human should attempt. On the other hand, that disregard for com…Share TweetLos Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a left elbow strain last week and hopes to start Sunday when the team plays the New York Knicks.Share Tweet
Pau Gasol was as surprised as anyone when told that he could be a Laker starterContrary to the storyline we’re all assuming, the Los Angeles Lakers were playing pretty well when Pau Gasol went down with a plantar fascia tear. The team had won six of seven before he hit the shelf in the first week of February, improving its recordShare Tweet
Video and Q&A: How Andre Drummond Made This Trick Shot In A Shoe WarehouseDetroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond has been hurt for four weeks with a stress fracture in his back, but while his trick shot over a wall of shoeboxes Thursday at Portland’s Oddball.com shoe warehouse isn’t part of his rehab, it’s still pretty aweShare TweetThe last time most NBA fans saw or heard from Adrian Dantley, the legendary scoring forward and 2008 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was crying foul over losing his job as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets because, h…Share Tweet
This Is Awful: Jay Mariotti Has A Really Long Story On ESPN.com, For Some Reasondeadspin.com Mar 15, 2013So, Jay Mariotti's no-seriously-I-have-a-girlfriend-in-Canada-I-met-her-at-summer-camp freelance project? Turned out to be real. ESPN allowed Mariotti to write more than 5,000 unforgivable words on Kobe and the Lakers. The important thing to remember ab…Share Tweet
Create-a-Caption: The visible rage of victory, the internalized rage of defeatThere's a yin-and-yang element to this, right? Ivan Johnson's explosion contrasted with Metta World Peace's faux placidity? The intense appreciation of winning compared to the roiling angst of losing a winnable game? Or am I just looking for connections…Share Tweet
For Spurs, Belief in Popovich Trumps Strategynytimes.com Mar 15, 2013The details of San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich coaching strategies are secondary to how much his players believe in them.Share Tweet
Miami aiming to extend win streak to 21 in MilwaukeeCNNSI.com Mar 15, 2013Miami aiming to extend win streak to 21 in MilwaukeeShare Tweet
Is there any blueprint for stopping Miami?CNNSI.com Mar 15, 2013There's a reason Miami has ripped off 20 wins in a row. Yet some teams have had a measure of success against the Heat. Is there a blueprint to stopping them? asks Rob Mahoney.Share Tweet
Spurs clinch 14th straight 50-win season, 16th straight playoff berth, remain unhappy, duhThe San Antonio Spurs won their 50th game in 66 tries during the 2012-13 season on Thursday night, topping the longtime rival Dallas Mavericks in a game that saw Tim Duncan continue his brilliant turn-back-the-clock season with a game-high 28 points on …Share Tweet
The Memphis Grizzlies: Contender Or Pretender?The NBA is notorious for having a small number of teams with realistic championship expectations. While nearly half of the NFL can claim to be in the running, the NBA normally only has a handful of true contenders. The Heat, Thunder and Spurs have all e…Share Tweet
Finally, Someone Has Created Dynamic NBA Box Scoresdeadspin.com Mar 15, 2013This is for all the basketbloggers out there: you will never need another box score again. Edd Morgan, a software developer in the UK, has created Box Score Replay. Try it out with last night's Mavs-Spurs game-by moving the slider at the top of the screShare Tweet
El N.B.A.: Insulting Latino Names or Smart Marketing?nytimes.com Mar 15, 2013The N.B.A. courts Latino fans with its Noche Latina promotions, but does calling its teams El Heat or Los Bulls appeal to Spanish speakers, or insult them?Share Tweet
Damian Lillard picks, pushes, puts in improbable layup in Blazers’ win over Knicks (Video)Through the first 21 minutes of Thursday night's late TNT game, the shorthanded New York Knicks - playing without their highest-priced player (Amar'e Stoudemire, out for the next six weeks following right knee debridement surgery), their leading scorerShare Tweet
J.R. Smith Goes Down The Lane & Crushes A Dunk On PortlandThe Knicks are walking around wounded right now, and fell again in Portland last night, being unable to back up their boy Raymond Felton‘s claims that he was going to kill the Blazers. But J.R. Smith did have one great highlight: this nasty, one-handedShare Tweet
Sharman, Goodrich think Heat can break markBill Sharman, who coached the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72 when the team reeled off an NBA-record 33-game winning streak, believes LeBron James and the Miami Heat have what it takes to put that mark in jeopardy.Share Tweet
Area man vigorously picks nose, winks at us before TNT broadcast of Blazers/Knicks (VIDEO)When you've got prime NBA real estate - in this case, a just-about-courtside seat right between TNT play-by-play man Kevin Harlan and color commentator Chris Webber for a nationally televised contest between the Portland Trail Blazers and New York KnickShare TweetCasual fans outside of the West Coast might not know it but right next to Orlando and Dwight Howard stand Portland and Raymond Felton as cities who revile their former player. A quick recap: In Felton’s lone season as a Trail Blazer (a shortened one, atShare TweetBlazers hand Knicks fourth loss in last five gamesShare TweetThe New York Knicks say Carmelo Anthony had fluid drained from the back of his right knee and is questionable for their game Sunday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.Share Tweet
About Last Night: Knicks Ripped in Rip Citygrantland.com Mar 15, 2013In case you were busy trying to pass off a quiche as an acceptable offering at a Pi Day party, here's what you missed in sports on Thursday. Damian ...Share Tweet
THTV: David LeeMar 15The Golden State big man says his Warriors are back on track, expecting tough competition in the West playoffs, and wearing a varied collection of facial hair.
Crunch Time InfernoMar 15Despite LeBron James' reputation, the evidence shows this year's Heat are one of the best crunch time teams on record.
Nuggets Win 11th StraightMar 15The Nuggets hold off the Grizzlies at home to win their 11th straight.
Kobe A Game-Time DecisionMar 15ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin discusses Kobe Bryant's status for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.