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Warriors skid to 4th straight loss vs Thunder

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Still playing minus Steph Curry and Draymond Green, the defending champion Warriors absorb a 28-point whipping against the Thunder

DOWNHILL. Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors absorb their sixth loss in the last 8 games. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America/AFP

Lakers rally past Cavs in LeBron’s emotional return to Cleveland

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Los Angeles superstar LeBron James returns as a hometown hero in Cleveland

BACK HOME. LeBron James tows the Los Angeles Lakers to their 10th victory against his former team Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Durant: Green spat won't affect future

Nov 22, 2018 - 8:36 AM

Kevin Durant admits getting irked by Draymond Green's tirade, but says the spat won't impact his free-agency decision

MOVING FORWARD. Former league MVP Kevin Durant and Draymond Green claim to have moved on from their recent row. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Green lifts Raptors to NBA win, Blazers take West lead

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:17 PM

The Toronto Raptors complete a dramatic finish against the Orlando Magic to stay on top of the Eastern Conference

HIGH UP. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors soar to the NBA Eastern Conference lead. Photo from Toronto Raptors

NBA star Durant fined $25,000 for harsh words to heckler

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:42 AM

Kevin Durant gets penalized after an obscenity-laced courtside confrontation during the Warriors' loss to the Mavericks

HEATED. Kevin Durant had enough of the taunting. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

NBA-worst Cavs cut ties with JR Smith

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:09 AM

The Cleveland guard gets the boot just hours after a controversial interview

OUT. JR Smith won't see action when his former teammate LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play teh Cavs on Wednesday. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Kemba Walker drops 103 points in two games

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

After a 60-point outing, Charlotte Hornets hotshot Kemba Walker follows up with 43 more points in a win over the Boston Celtics

HISTORIC. Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker becomes the first player in the franchise to drop 103 points in two games. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

NBA fines Heat's Richardson for tossing shoe into stands

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Josh Richardson expresses his frustration over a technical foul and ejection in the home loss to the Lakers

FRUSTRATION. This was Josh Richardson's first ejection in four NBA seasons. Photo from Instagram.

Spurs extend Warriors' losing streak

Nov 19, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Golden State loses its hold on the top spot in the Western Conference

TALE OF TWO TEAMS. The Spurs get back on the winning track by keeping the Warriors in the losing column. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron drops 51 in Lakers' romp of Heat

Nov 19, 2018 - 10:54 AM

'The King' becomes the first Lakers player since Kobe Bryant to have multiple 40-point games in a season

Warriors lose back-to-back for first time; Lakers down

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The defending champions absorb twin setbacks for the first time this season as the Lakers see their four-game winning streak come to a halt

ROUGH PATCH. Kevin Durant and the Warriors absorb a fourth loss in their last 6 games. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors' Draymond Green sidelined with toe sprain

Nov 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

It has nothing to do with the Draymond Green-Kevin Durant spat, the Golden State Warriors insist

TIME OFF. Warriors All-Star Draymond Green may miss a couple more games due to a right toe injury. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics edge Raptors in overtime battle of Eastern powers

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Kyrie Irving erupts for 43 points to power Boston past NBA Eastern Conference leader Toronto

ON FIRE. Celtics star Kyrie Irving takes charge in Boston's 9th win. Photo from AFP

Nuggets bolster staff with WNBA star Sue Bird

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:55 AM

The four-time Olympic champion will serve as Basketball Operations Associate for the Denver Nuggets

NEW ROLE. The Denver Nuggets expect Sue Bird to offer a ‘unique perspective.’ Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Warriors 'banged up physically, spiritually,' says Kerr

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Not a single Warriors starter made a three-pointer – a first since March of 2013

NO EXCUSE. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says the defending champions need to regain their drive. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

PH players can join NBA 2K League with Asia-Pacific tourney

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:26 PM

In the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League, players earned from $32,000 to $35,000 along with a myriad of benefits

EXPANDING. NBA 2K League opens its doors to the Asia-Pacific region. Photo from Instagram (@nba2kleague)

Minus Melo, Rockets blast Warriors

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:58 AM

After officially severing ties with Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets rout the defending champion Warriors behind James Harden

EVEN. James Harden fires 27 points as the Rockets finally pull even with a 7-7 record. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers guard Rondo to have surgery on broken right hand

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:36 AM

In Rajon Rondo's absence, Lonzo Ball will likely play increased minutes for the Los Angeles Lakers

KEY LOSS. Rajon Rondo has been a key contributor off the Lakers bench. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Green settles Durant spat, says Warriors won't 'crumble'

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Warriors superstars Draymond Green and Kevin Durant are moving on from their recent locker-room strife

UNITED. The defending champion Warriors expect to come out stronger after the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green feud. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets, Carmelo Anthony 'parting ways' after 10 games

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:44 AM

'The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized,' says Houston general manager Daryl Morey

MOVING ON. Carmelo Anthony and Houston Rockets are 'working toward a resolution.' Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

NBA star lashes out after presenter labels brother a 'monkey'

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo says he has 'lost sleep' over the racist incident involving his brother Thanasis

UPSET. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo comes to his brother's defense.

LeBron on new milestone: 'I always think back to my hometown'

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:12 PM

After passing Wilt Chamberlain in the NBA's all-time scoring list, LeBron James looks back at how far he has come

BIG NIGHT. LeBron James delivers a record and a win for the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: LeBron James surpasses Wilt in NBA's all-time scoring list

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'The King' joins Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan in the Top 5

RACKING IT UP. LeBron James climbs up the NBA's all-time scoring list with a jaw-dropping performance for the Los Angeles Lakers. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron's record night tows Lakers past Blazers

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers pick up their sixth win in 7 games as LeBron James erupts for 44 points

ON A ROLL. LeBron James drives around a screen set by Los Angeles teammate Lonzo Ball ad he's chased by Portland's Al-Farouq Aminu in the game won by the streaking Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Butler beaten on debut as Magic rally stuns Sixers

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Orlando roars from a 16-point deficit in the final quarter to spoil Jimmy Butler's Philly debut

NEW CHAPTER. Jimmy Butler drops 14 points in his first game with the Sixers. Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images/AFP

Steph Curry will sit out 3-game road trip

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The Warriors superstar is still being monitored for a nagging left groin strain

STILL OUT. Even minus Steph Curry, the defending champion Warriors lead the Western Conference at 12-3. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

No more drama as Warriors hold off Hawks

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Minus the suspended Draymond Green and the injured Steph Curry, the Golden State Warriors roll to their 12th victory

FOCUSED. Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors move on from the team drama. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Green benched by Warriors after Durant spat

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The Kevin Durant-Draymond Green on-court feud reportedly flared into a confrontation in the locker room

CLASH. Teammates play down the feud between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green as ‘just team spirit.’ Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Nets guard LeVert won't need surgery for dislocated foot

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:01 AM

After rehabilitation, Brooklyn top scorer Caris LeVert is expected to 'return to full strength' this season

WELL WISHES. Players around the league sent messages of support and prayers to Caris LeVert. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Anthony Davis shines as Pelicans end Raptors' streak

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The win is another sign the Pelicans are back on track after a six-game losing streak which jolted their early season progress

ON TRACK. Anthony Davis topscores for 25 points to help the Pelicans stun the Toronto Raptors. Photo by Jonathan Bachmann/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Caris LeVert sustains gruesome injury, NBA community reacts

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Caris LeVert of the Brooklyn Nets suffers an unfortunate right leg injury that could end his breakout season

BELOVED. The Brooklyn Nets and significant figures from the NBA community send their love to Caris LeVert who picked up a gruesome injury. Photo from Twitter (@brooklynnets)

Harden powers Rockets to first home win as Melo situation gets sorted out

Nov 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Carmelo Anthony, who is in his first year in Houston, is reported to be waived by the team soon

EARLY EXIT. Carmelo Anthony could be on his way out of Houston. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: LeBron's putback dunk lifts Lakers past Hawks

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Los Angeles stretches its winning streak to 3 games

IN CRUNCHTIME. LeBron James comes up clutch for the Los Angeles Lakers. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

'We didn't cave in on our principles,' LeBron as Lakers even record

Nov 11, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers climb to 6-6, the first time they have as many wins as losses this NBA season

WINNING GROOVE. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers win 4 of their last 5 games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Minus Curry, Cook heats up as Warriors clip Nets

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Quinn Cook steps ups and Kevin Durant delivers a double-double as Golden State cruises to an 11th win without the injured two-time NBA MVP

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 22: Quinn Cook #4 of the Golden State Warriors in action against the Phoenix Suns at ORACLE Arena on October 22, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Jimmy Butler heads to Philly as Sixers form new Big 3

Nov 11, 2018 - 8:07 AM

The deal gives Philadelphia a formidable looking Big 3 of Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons

WISH GRANTED. The Minnesota Timberwolves grant Jimmy Butler’s trade request. Photo from AFP

Embiid fires 42 as Sixers stay perfect at home

Nov 10, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers go 7-0 in their homecourt as Joel Embiid powers the Sixers to an overtime escape versus the Hornets

FIERY FOURTH. Sixers star Joel Embiid pumps in 16 of his 42 points in the 4th quarter. Photo from the NBA

Knicks coach Fizdale pleasantly surprised by Porzingis progress

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Nine months after surgery, Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis posts photos of himself sprinting on an outdoor track

ON TRACK. New York’s Kristaps Porzingis says he’s ‘getting itchy’ to return to the court. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors star Curry 'day-to-day' with groin strain

Nov 10, 2018 - 9:30 AM

'He's a little bummed out but I think the MRI was basically good news,' Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Curry

SIDELINED. Two-time MVP Steph Curry won’t see action in the Warriors’ next game against the Brooklyn Nets. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Steph Curry to undergo MRI following groin injury

Nov 09, 2018 - 4:32 PM

The two-time MVP joins the Golden State Warriors' growing injury list

STANDBY. The Warriors await Steph Curry's test results. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Bucks drub Dubs in 23-point beatdown

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Steph Curry suffers an injury as the Warriors absorb their first home game loss this season against the Bucks

BLOWOUT. Golden State's Kevin Durant loses the ball against Milwaukee's Donte DiVincenzo (left) and Tony Snell in the lopsided match won by the Bucks. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder thump Rockets despite missing Westbrook

Nov 09, 2018 - 1:25 PM

After a 0-4 start, the OKC Thunder roar to a seventh straight victory behind Paul George

BALL OUT. Houston's Carmelo Anthony (left) Gary Clark block Oklahoma's Steven Adams from shooting during the first half of the game won by the Thunder. Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson consistent despite Cavs' struggles

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Now focused on the Cavs campaign, Clarkson shares how his Pinoy family still relishes his Gilas stint: ‘My grandma was crying every game, watching me play!’

EFFICIENT. Jordan Clarkson has been the Cavs second-leading scorer after Kevin Love, averaging 15.2 points off the bench and playing in all 11 games. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

NBA veteran Wade and wife welcome baby daughter

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:14 AM

'Welcome to the party sweet girl,' Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade says after the arrival of his baby with actress Gabrielle Union

SWEET BUNDLE. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union welcome their first child together. Photo from Wade’s Twitter account

Raptors improve to 11-1 in Kawhi's return from injury

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:50 PM

After a slow start, Kawhi Leonard finds his form to lead Toronto past Sacramento with 25 points and 11 rebounds

IN FORM. Kawhi Leonard finds his groove after getting sidelined due to a sore ankle. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Sixers beat Pacers to solve their road woes

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Joel Embiid drops a double-double as the Philadelphia Sixers snap a five-game losing skid on the road

BOUNCE BACK. Joel Embiid picks up his 11th double-double against the Pacers as the Sixers recover from a 25-point beatdown by the Nets 3 nights earlier. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron, Lakers spoil Derrick Rose's 31-point effort

Nov 08, 2018 - 2:58 PM

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers hang on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for their third straight win

GRITTY WIN. Los Angeles superstar LeBron James drives to the basket past Minnesota's Jimmy Butler in the thriller won by the Lakers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Nuggets ace Jokic fined for offensive comments

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:24 AM

Denver's Nikola Jokic gets into trouble for his 'no homo' post-game remark

KEY COG. Nikola Jokic has been averaging a double-double for the Denver Nuggets. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

McCollum's 40 points propel Blazers over Bucks

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers deal Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks just their second loss of the season

ON FIRE. Portland’s CJ McCollum erupts for 19 points in the 3rd quarter alone. PHOTO BY Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics' Kyrie Irving fined for ball toss

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:07 AM

'The ball deserves to go in the crowd after a move like that. So I threw it in the crowd,' says Boston star Kyrie Irving

ANNOYED. Boston’s Kyrie Irving thinks Denver’s young ace Jamal Murray showed disrespect. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP