Men's basketball

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, front, exchanges words with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, back, as Denver center Nikola Jokic looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 109-98. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
December 15, 2018 - 2:45 am
DENVER (AP) — For all his offensive contributions and rebounding, Nikola Jokic's most important role in the end was peacemaker. Jokic scored 24 points, Jamal Murray had 19 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-98 on Friday night after Murray and Russell Westbrook had a heated...
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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, center, drives to the basket between Sacramento Kings' Nemanja Bjelica, left, and Buddy Hield, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
December 15, 2018 - 1:58 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr praised his team's smothering defense for providing the spark it needed to bounce back from a disappointing loss. He also chided the Warriors' offense for a lack of focus that made the a late run necessary. Not much is coming easy for the two-...
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Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, right, tries to get past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
December 15, 2018 - 1:58 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A struggling Trail Blazers bench finally got rolling Friday night, setting a season high for points in a confidence-boosting win over the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors. Zach Collins scored 16 points and Seth Curry added a season-best 13, including three key 3-pointers early in...
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Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. (5) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Shelvin Mack (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
December 15, 2018 - 12:20 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Miami Heat didn't let a bad loss in their last game linger to the point of making a six-game road trip more troublesome. Relying on 3-point shooting during a 13-2 run in the middle stages of the fourth quarter, the Heat went on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-97 on...
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New York Knicks' Emmanuel Mudiay (1) drives past Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) and Marvin Williams (2) in overtime of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
December 14, 2018 - 11:46 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Emmanuel Mudiay dug his shoulder in, turned and floated a jumper with 27.2 seconds left. Mudiay knocked down the shot to help force overtime and finished with a career-high 34 points and eight assists to help the short-handed New York Knicks erase a 21-point deficit and beat...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), from Greece, goes up to shoot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Cedi Osman (16), from Turkey, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
December 14, 2018 - 11:40 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo played as if he had a point to prove. The Milwaukee star rebounded from his worst game of the season to match his career high with 44 points and the Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-102 on Friday night despite missing two starters. Two nights after being...
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Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis (11) and Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) leap for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. Indiana won 113-101. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
December 14, 2018 - 11:38 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic excitedly slammed the ball to the floor as the final second ticked off and a stunned crowd headed for the exits. For the entire night, 76ers center Joel Embiid electrified Philadelphia fans with one of the best individual performances of the season. In the end,...
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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) looks to pass around Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
December 14, 2018 - 11:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets keep adding to a big week. The Washington Wizards sounded like a team that may be breaking up. Dinwiddie scored 27 points in his first game since signing a three-year contract extension, and the Nets beat the Wizards 125-118 on Friday night...
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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) is fouled as he goes to the hoop against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
December 14, 2018 - 10:52 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving credits Boston's defense for an offensive resurgence that has the Celtics riding the longest winning streak in the NBA. Irving scored 24 points in just three quarters, then rested in the fourth as the Celtics finished off a 129-108 rout of Atlanta on Friday night for...
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, file photo, police stand guard after the Confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. The board overseeing North Carolina’s public universities is meeting to decide the fate of "Silent Sam." The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors was meeting Friday, Dec. 14, to discuss a proposal to build a $5 million building to house the statue at UNC-Chapel Hill. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
December 14, 2018 - 5:34 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's public university system rejected a proposal Friday to build a $5 million structure to house a toppled Confederate statue, opting instead to "go back to the drawing board" to figure out what to do with the monument. University of North Carolina System...
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