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Russell Westbrook outduels Kevin Durant, Thunder roll past Warriors

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:15:12 -0500

Russell Westbrook scored a season high 34 points to help the Thunder roll past the Warriors.


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NBA Week 5 conclusions: Cavs' defense isn't awful, and are the Clippers due for a major shake-up?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:14:57 -0500

Week 5 of USA TODAY's NBA series features an honest assessment of both the Clippers and the Timberwolves.


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Hardaway scores 38 as Knicks make a run in second half to top Raptors

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:17:21 -0500

Trailing by 11 points entering the second half, the Knicks embarked on an improbable 28-0 run, with Tim Hardaway Jr. scoring 38 points.


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Clippers' Patrick Beverley undergoes knee procedure, expected to miss rest of season

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:27:32 -0500

Beverley, who was traded to the Clippers over the summer, underwent the procedure in Houston on Wednesday.


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U.S., Jeff Van Gundy set to play first FIBA World Cup qualifying games

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:22:47 -0500

Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy will lead a collection of G-League player in the USA's attempt to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.



Nuggets All-Star Paul Millsap to have wrist surgery, out approximately three months

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:04:04 -0500

Millsap, who the Nuggets signed to a three-year, $90 million contract this summer, injured his wrist during Sunday's loss to the Lakers.


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NBA Click & Roll: Get exclusive analysis in newsletter

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:53:00 -0500

Insider content and expert commentary from USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt.


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Record projections, award predictions for 2017-18 NBA season

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:33:50 -0400

Who will take home the MVP? How many game will the Warriors win? Is Draymond Green up for another Defensive Player of the Year award? We take a look.


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NBA MVP power rankings: Celtics' Kyrie Irving joins top five

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:24:46 -0500

Irving's 47-point outburst certainly helped his case in the MVP race, but he still has a few players ahead of him.


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LaVar Ball claims Lakers are 'babying' Lonzo Ball

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:34:53 -0500

LaVar Ball says Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has been away from him too long.


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Op-ed: WNBA star Maya Moore pushing for change to criminal justice system

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:29:38 -0500

WNBA star Maya Moore believes we need to bring a higher level of thinking to the criminal justice system in order to promote fairness.


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NBA rookie power rankings: Celtics' Jayson Tatum playing well beyond his years

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:36:28 -0500

Tatum has been a major contributor thus far for the Celtics, who are riding an NBA-best 16-game winning streak.


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Week 5 NBA power rankings: Celtics keep rolling, Cavaliers crack top 10

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:37:52 -0500

Boston's win over Golden State has them at the No. 1 spot yet again, while teams like the Cavs, Timberwolves and Trail Blazers are into the top 10.


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Stan Van Gundy rips President Trump for focusing on Ball, Lynch

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:45:32 -0500

Stan Van Gundy says the President of the United States should have something more important to focus on than LaVar Ball and Marshawn Lynch.


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David Lee, two-time NBA All-Star, announces retirement on Instagram

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:12:12 -0500

David Lee, who recently announced his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, was a member of the 2015 champion Golden State Warriors.


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Cavs' Isaiah Thomas on hip rehab: 'I see what people say' about my ability

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:46:48 -0500

Isaiah Thomas opened up in an extended conversation with USA TODAY Sports about what's motivating him during rehab.


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US tops Puerto Rico in World Cup qualifying opener, 85-78

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:11:55 -0500

The U.S., using G League players to try and qualify for the 2019 Basketball World Cup, opens qualifying with an 85-78 win over Puerto Rico






Kings keep rolling at home, beat Lakers 113-102

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:05:15 -0500

Zach Randolph had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Willie Cauley-Stein added 26 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-102 on Wednesday night.


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Middleton scores 40 points, Bucks beat Suns in OT

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:07:02 -0500

Khris Middleton scored 40 points and Eric Bledsoe added 30 in his return to Phoenix, leading the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-107 overtime victory over the Suns


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Davis, Cousins, power Pelicans' 107-90 rout of Spurs

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:32:00 -0500

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 11 rebounds, Demarcus Cousins added 24 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-90


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Barnes' 30-footer at the horn lifts Mavs over Grizzlies

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:07:50 -0500

Harrison Barnes banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer to give the Dallas Mavericks a 95-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies


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Butler ties season high with 26, Wolves beat Magic 124-118

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:02:02 -0500

Jimmy Butler scores 26 points and Minnesota beats Orlando 124-118 to end brief slide


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Trevor Ariza has 25 points, Rockets beat Nuggets 125-95

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:53:14 -0500

Trevor Ariza had a season-high 25 points in the Houston Rockets' 125-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets


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Knicks outscore Raptors 41-10 in 3rd, win 108-100

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:13:28 -0500

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third quarter that sent the New York Knicks to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors


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Joel Embiid helps fast-starting 76ers rout Blazers 101-81

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:06:57 -0500

Joel Embiid had 28 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks and the fast-starting Philadelphia 76ers handled another Western Conference opponent with relative ease, beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 101-81


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Clippers end 9-game losing streak behind Griffin, Johnson

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:03:47 -0500

Blake Griffin had a triple-double and Wesley Johnson finished with a season-high 24 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers snap a nine-game skid with a 116-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks


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Howard, Hornets rally to beat Wizards 129-124 in overtime

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:51:36 -0500

Dwight Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds, including a key block at the end of regulation and a crucial offensive rebound in overtime, in the Charlotte Hornets' 129-124 victory over the Washington Wizards


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NBA A to Z podcast page

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:13:48 -0500

USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick, Jeff Zillgitt and Kevin Spain weekly NBA podcast


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Sights and sounds: Warriors players share highlights from fantastic preseason China trip

Sun, 8 Oct 2017 17:32:50 -0400

Now on their way home, some of the Warriors shared a few of their best memories from their preseason China trip.


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When athletes share their battles with mental illness

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:20:28 -0400

Roughly one in five Americans suffer from mental illnesses. Athletes might be more at risk


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