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Without Nash, Suns overcome Kobe to beat L.A.

Shaquille O’Neal scored 33 points and the Suns overcame a 49-point performance by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-111 at Phoenix. Matt Barnes added 26 points, 10 …


Magic top Heat despite Wade’s career-high points

Dwight Howard had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and the Magic withstood a career-high 50 points by Dwyane Wade to rout the Miami Heat 122-99 at Orlando, Fla. Hedo Turkoglu …


O’Neal, other big names stay put at trade deadline

Shaquille O’Neal and all the other big names stayed put on trade deadline day, with owners perhaps scared of making moves that added salary in an uncertain economy. The Cleveland …


Gentry handed Suns’ reins

PHOENIX – Terry Porter is out as coach of the Phoenix Suns. The failed effort to tame the Suns’ offense went out the door with him. The sputtering Suns fired …


It’s time to get back to business

PHOENIX – Their triumphant reunion complete, Shaquille O’Neal revealed that Kobe Bryant let him keep the All-Star MVP trophy they shared. Bryant doesn’t need it. He’s got his eyes on …


All-Star game reflects a resurgent NBA

PHOENIX – Shaquille O’Neal wore a white mask and danced with the JabbaWockeeZ, which by itself was reason enough to cough up a few hundred bucks for a seat at …


Shaq, Kobe shine in All-Star game

PHOENIX – Shaq danced, Kobe dazzled. And just like the good ol’ days, they won again.


Stern says NBA will endure economic crisis

PHOENIX – David Stern realizes the financial crisis makes growth difficult, so he’ll settle for not losing much. The NBA commissioner said Saturday that his league is holding steady and …


Lakers stop Cavaliers’ home winning streak

No second All-Star. No triple-double for LeBron James. And now, no more home winning streak. It’s been a rough few days for the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Lakers erase Celtics’ 12-game winning streak

Lamar Odom made a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 110-109 victory over host Boston on Thursday night …


Bryant puts up MSG-record 61 points

Kobe Bryant broke the record for the current Madison Square Garden with 61 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers looked plenty potent without Andrew Bynum in a 126-117 victory over …


Howard, Magic put on show against Cavaliers

The Orlando Magic are looking more and more like a contender in the Eastern Conference. Dwight Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu added 19 points and 11 …


Grizzlies waive three-time All-Star guard Francis

The Memphis Grizzlies have waived three-time All-Star Steve Francis. The Grizzlies had acquired him from Houston in December in exchange for a 2011 conditional second-round draft pick.


Lakers breeze to easy victory over San Antonio

Kobe Bryant scored 22 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists, and the Lakers routed the San Antonio Spurs 99-85 …


Curry has a shot at Pistol Pete

The record has stood since 1970. When Lionel Simmons was making his assault on 3,000 points in 1990, I remember him saying he knew he “wasn’t going to catch Pistol …


Mason’s clutch shot helps Spurs slip past Lakers

Roger Mason hit a jumper with 10 seconds left and made a free throw after being fouled by Derrick Fisher, and the host San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles …


Celtics OK with adding Marbury

NEW YORK – The Boston Celtics are aware of Stephon Marbury’s reputation. They’re also aware they may need more depth to win another title. So if general manager Danny Ainge …


Former NBA center goes full tilt

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – All around him there is music now. Jangling. Clanging. A little steel ball rolls up a ramp and down the ramp, off the bumper, off the …


Lakers have closed gap on Celtics

My schedule didn’t allow me to attend the latest game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Hey, cut me some slack. Even Jack Nicholson misses a game here …


Agony of the feet stopped MacCulloch

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – In the summer of 2002, it appeared Todd MacCulloch was on his way to a long and prosperous NBA career. He was 26 and in three …


Roy has big night to lead Blazers past Raptors

Brandon Roy had 32 points and nine assists, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Toronto Raptors 102-89 Saturday night in Portland. …


Los Angeles delivers

LOS ANGELES – The six-month wait is over. The Los Angeles Lakers can put the anguish of losing the NBA finals to the Boston Celtics and the embarrassment over the …


Beasley, Rose ready for face off

MIAMI – Michael Beasley likes Derrick Rose, enjoys watching him play, even has been following his fellow rookie’s stats over the course of their first NBA season. So when they …


Mason plays hero as San Antonio tops Phoenix

Roger Mason didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter until there were 4.3 seconds left. Then he came in and made the biggest shot of the game. Mason’s 3-pointer …


Wade makes South Florida family’s holiday happier

When Dwyane Wade heard the plight of a South Florida woman whose nephew accidentally burned down her home – and ruined all the family’s possessions – the Miami Heat star …


Celtics set team record with 19th straight victory

The Boston Celtics set a franchise record with their 19th consecutive victory Tuesday night in Boston, getting 18 points apiece from Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo to beat the Philadelphia …


Kings fire Theus; assistant coach Natt given reins

Reggie Theus was fired as coach of the Sacramento Kings on Monday after a 6-18 start to his second season with the club. Assistant coach Kenny Natt took over the …


Cuban overdue for a ‘critique’

How good were the Dallas Mavericks – with a league-best 67-15 record – this season? Entering the NBA playoffs, their impetuous owner, Mark Cuban, had not drawn a single fine …


Cotton Reinjures Bad Knee

Seattle SuperSonics rookie James Cotton, who went through his first workout of the regular season Wednesday, slightly reinjured his sprained right knee during warmups Friday night. Earlier in the day, …


Smits Happens 14-Footer At Buzzer Caps A Frantic Finish As Pacers Square Nba Eastern Finals

Tree Rollins, left, and Dennis Scott can only watch as Rik Smits launches his game-winning shot for Indiana. Photo by Associated Press