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Rockets take off in OT as Lakers let game slip away

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:30 PM

James Harden and Eric Gordon deliver the big buckets as the Rockets snatch the game from the Lakers

Pelicans star Anthony Davis out 1-2 weeks

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans' woes continue as Anthony Davis gets sidelined with a sprained finger

Paul George powers Thunder over 76ers in NBA thriller

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:49 AM

The OKC superstar completes a decisive four-point play as the Thunder slip past the Sixers in an emotional contest

Cousins scores 14, fouls out in season debut with Warriors

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Cousins gets his 50th foul-out of his career, but takes home his first win with the Golden State Warriors

EARLY EXIT. DeMarcus Cousins fouls out of the game in his season debut with the Golden State Warriors. Photo from NBA

Russell soars as Nets rally from 21 down to beat Magic

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Russell equals his career high total and buries the clutch three-pointer for the win

Chicago Bulls teen rookie Carter needs surgery

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:38 AM

Wendell Carter Jr undergoes an operation after picking up an injury from the loss to the Lakers

THUMB INJURY. Wendell Carter Jr will be out for 8 to 12 weeks according to doctors. Photo from NBA

Siakam hits buzzer-beater to lift Raptors over Suns

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'To be honest I didn't know what I was going to do,' says Pascal Siakam as the Raptors escape the Suns for an 8th straight home win

GAME-WINNER. Toronto’s Pascal Siakam buries the heart-stopping last bucket that bounces off the backboard before going in. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Lakers shock Thunder in dramatic OT win

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Kyle Kuzma leads the young guns as the Lakers record one of their best shooting nights of the season

STEPPING UP. The young Lakers crew pulls off a shocker even minus LeBron James. Photo from NBA Twitter

Injured Embiid shines for Sixers

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Shrugging off a sore back, Sixers star Joel Embiid posts his 38th double-double of the season against the Pacers

ROAD WIN. Joel Embiid helps power the Sixers to a road win against the Pacers for a 30-16 record. Photo from NBA Twitter

Hornets shake off slow start, sting Kings

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Tony Parker provides leadership and a steady presence to lead the Hornets bench against the young Kings

LEADER. Tony Parker finishes in double figures along with 6 other Charlotte players as the Hornets rally past De’Aaron Fox and the Kings. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Pistons' Blake Griffin fined over ref spat

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin gets slapped with a $15,000 fine for 'verbal abuse'

FRUSTRATED. Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons have lost 5 of their last 7 games. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Kanter's assassination fears taken seriously by NBA – Silver

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:15 AM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he'll do everything in his power to ensure the safety of Knicks star Enes Kanter

TARGET. Turkey-born Enes Kanter believes he has been a target following his controversial feud with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Kyrie apologizes to LeBron for behavior as Cavs teammate

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Celtics star Kyrie Irving admits he has now gained perspective on what it's like to be a leader

NEW OUTLOOK. Kyrie Irving looks for a fresh start as the Celtics snap a three-game skid against the league-leading Raptors. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden erupts for 58, but Rockets still fall to Nets in OT

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie fires 33 points as the Nets outlast James Harden and the Rockets in overtime

DISAPPOINTED. James Harden says it’s ‘very frustrating’ that the Rockets surrendered a seven-point lead against the Nets in overtime.

Warriors rally past Pelicans in another record-setting night

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Steph Curry becomes the first NBA player to make 8 or more three-pointers in 3 consecutive games

LeBron misses Lakers road trip, to return to practice next week

Jan 17, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Since losing LeBron James to injury, the Lakers' form has nosedived

BACK SOON. The Lakers hope to reignite their playoff bid with the return of LeBron James. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Watch the Golden State Warriors explode for a league-record 51 points in the 1st quarter plus more thrilling action

Sixers crush T'wolves in Butler's first clash vs former team

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Two months after parting ways with the Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler drops 19 points to help power the Sixers against his former squad

FACE OFF. Two months after parting ways with the Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler drops 19 points to help power the Sixers against his former team. Photo from NBA Twitter

'That was a fireworks show,' Kerr on record-breaking Warriors

Jan 16, 2019 - 3:06 PM

'Finding that balance is always what we're looking for and that was as good as it gets,' says coach Steve Kerr after the Warriors erupt for 51 points in the 1st quarter

‘BEAUTIFUL BASKETBALL.’ Steph Curry leads the Warriors’ impressive shooting display. Photo from Golden State Warriors Twitter

Warriors splash record 51 points in 1st quarter vs Nuggets

Jan 16, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The defending champion Warriors unleash a franchise-best 10 three-pointers in the 1st quarter to set an NBA record of 51 points right in the opening period

LOOK: Nike self-lacing shoes finally a reality

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum gets first dibs on the 'Back to the Future' shoes

FIRST PITCHMAN. Jayson Tatum gets to wear first the Nike pair that’s controlled by the touch of a button or a smartphone app. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors' Cousins set for NBA return Friday vs Clippers

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:11 AM

'It's a relief. It's been a long year for me, a lot of ups and downs,' says four-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins

COMEBACK. DeMarcus Cousins returns on the floor almost a year after getting sidelined by injury. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Turkey prosecutor seeks Interpol red notice for NBA star Kanter

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:13 PM

The Knicks center has recently refused to make the NBA team's trip to UK over fears he might be murderd by Turkish spies

ACCUSED. Enes Kanter is being accused of being a member of an armed terrorist group blamed for a failed coup in 2016. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

IN NUMBERS: Durant looking to move up in NBA's all-time scoring list

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The Golden State Warriors star has played the least number of games in the top 35 of the all-time scoring list

SLIM REAPER. Kevin Durant barely needs 3 games to occupy the 31st place in the NBA's all-time scoring list. File hoto from Twitter (@NBA)

Hornets' Parker makes triumphant return to San Antonio

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The Frenchman is showered with adoration by Spurs fans, who cheered for him during 17 seasons in San Antonio

CHAMP. Before joining the Charlotte Hornets, Tony Parker won 4 NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs. File photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

NBA finds no rule violation by Cavs in McCaw moves

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Cleveland waives the 23-year-old guard after only 3 appearances for the team, paving way for him to join the Toronto Raptors

CONTENDERS. Patrick McCaw, who won two NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors, joins another title contender in the Toronto Raptors. Photo from

Rockets lose Swiss big man Capela for 4-6 weeks: reports

Jan 15, 2019 - 12:25 PM

The 24-year-old, who is averaging 17.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this season, suffers a right thumb injury

SIDELINED. Clint Capela will miss significant time for the Houston Rockets, who have been on a tear lately. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Harden eclipses Kobe's scoring streak as Rockets down Grizzlies

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The reigning league MVP reaches the 30-point mark for the 17th straight time to hold the record for most consecutive 30-point games since the NBA/ABA merger

SCORING MACHINE. James Harden toys with the Grizzlies by dropping 36 first-half points. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Nets hand Celtics 3rd straight loss

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:12 AM

D'Angelo Russell catches fires for 34 points as Brooklyn adds to the woes of a Boston team touted as heavy favorites in the Eastern Conference

PLAYOFF CONTENDER. D'Angelo Russell and the Brooklyn Nets remain in the playoff race. Photo from Twitter (@BrooklynNets)

Curry explodes for 48 points over Mavs

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The Golden State Warriors star leads his team over the pesky Dallas Mavericks

STAR POWER. Steph Curry powers the Golden State Warriors to their fourth straight win. File photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Sixers back on track as Embiid returns

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Joel Embiid returns after getting sidelined due to a sore ankle

RETURN. Joel Embiid returns to topscore for the Philadelphia 76ers with 26 points. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Ibaka strikes as NBA-best Raptors outlast Wizards

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The Raptors bounce back from a cold second overtime period with Ibaka's dagger three

DAGGER. Serge Ibaka leads the Toronto Raptors to an NBA-best record of 33-12. Photo from NBA Twitter

Thunder avenge loss to Spurs, snap 3-game skid

Jan 13, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Russell Westbrook and the Thunder rebound from a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to the Spurs two nights ago

BACK ON TRACK. Russell Westbrook tows OKC back to the winning column as the Thunder climb to 26-16. Photo from NBA Twitter

Torn Achilles sidelines Mavs guard Barea

Jan 13, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Dallas says veteran guard JJ Barea, who averages 10.9 points and 5.6 assists, will be out indefinitely

KEY LOSS. JJ Barea has been the first man off the bench for the Mavericks. Photo by AFP

Griffin scores 44 points in emotional LA return

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Surprisingly traded to Detroit last January, Blake Griffin snubs Clippers owner Steve Ballmer before the game

WARM WELCOME. Blake Griffin gets a standing ovation from the Clippers fans. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors avenge loss to Nets

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Kawhi Leonard has now pumped in 20 points in 18 consecutive games for the Toronto Raptors

STILL ON TOP. Kawhi Leonard and the league-leading Raptors cruise to their 32nd win. Photo from NBA Twitter

Curry moves to third on all-time 3-point list

Jan 12, 2019 - 4:04 PM

Warriors star Steph Curry amasses 2,283 threes to trail only Reggie Miller and Ray Allen on the NBA all-time list

MILESTONE. Steph Curry climbs to third place on the all-time list at just 30 years old. Photo from NBA Twitter

Harden drops triple-double as Rockets rout Cavs

Jan 12, 2019 - 3:26 PM

MVP James Harden explodes for his fourth 40-point triple-double of the season

NEW TARGET. Despite setting record numbers anew, James Harden says he’s more focused on the Rockets claiming the top seed in the Western Conference. Photo from NBA Twitter

Aldridge erupts for 56 as Spurs outlast Thunder in 2OT thriller

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:19 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge delivers an epic performance as the Spurs overcome Russell Westbrook's triple-double effort

Wade powers Heat to blowout win over Celtics

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Playing his final NBA season, Dwyane Wade turns back the clock against the Celtics

ON FIRE. Dwyane Wade shoots 8-of-12 from the floor for a 19-point finish. Photo from Miami Heat Twitter

LeBron, Antetokounmpo lead NBA All-Star fan voting

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Lakers superstar LeBron James leads all vote-getters in the NBA All-Stars with almost 3 million votes

TOP TWO. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo face off anew in the All-Stars. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron progressing from injury, sits out for another week

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:33 AM

The Lakers have lost 5 out of 8 games since LeBron James' injury

BACK SOON. LeBron James has been cleared to do more ‘on-court functional basketball movements.’ Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Cousins to start for Warriors in injury return next week

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Coach Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins will start right away for the Warriors despite getting sidelined by injury for nearly a year

COMEBACK. DeMarcus Cousins, who suffered an Achilles tendon injury, has made progress in his rehabilitation. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Wizards extend winning streak over Sixers at home

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The Philadelphia Sixers drop their ninth straight game in Washington, a skid dating back to November 2013

TAKE CHARGE. Washington’s Bradley Beal drops 14 points in a fourth-quarter stretcher to finish with 34 points. Photo from Washington Wizards Twitter

Antetokounmpo powers Bucks over Harden's Rockets

Jan 10, 2019 - 2:27 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks spoil MVP James Harden's stellar outing of 42 points and 11 rebounds

DO-IT-ALL STAR. Giannis Antetokounmpo showcases another all-around game to lead the Bucks to a gritty win over the Rockets. Photo from NBA Twitter

Thunder's Noel out of hospital after suffering concussion

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Nerlens Noel won't see action for an unspecified time as the Oklahoma City center has been placed in the NBA's concussion protocol

MONITORED. After suffering a nasty fall, OKC’s Nerlens Noel remains under observation. File photo by Will Newton/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Nikola Jokic drops triple-double as Nuggets nip Heat

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:50 PM

With the 23-year-old Serbian showing the way, Denver remains at the top of the Western Conference

STAT STUFFER. Nikola Jokic notches his 20th triple-double of his young career. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Pacquiao, Mayweather meet in NBA's Filipino Heritage Night

Jan 09, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The Filipino boxing legend is in the US to train for his title defense while the American great remains retired

SLUG IT OUT. It has been more than 3 years since Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather last fought. File photo by John Gurzinski/AFP/Getty Images

LOOK: Pacquiao stars in NBA's Filipino Heritage Night

Jan 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Boxing's only eight-division world champion is met with applause at the Staples Center

GREATNESS. Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao meets with Doc Rivers and the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers. Photos courtesy of LA Clippers Media

Raptors, Nuggets grab narrow wins as Warriors cruise

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The Raptors pull off a scrappy win over the Hawks to stay ahead of the NBA race with a 31-12 record

LEAGUE LEADERS. Kawhi Leonard drops 31 points to pace the league-leading Raptors. Photo from NBA Twitter