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Kobe Bryant’s offensive outburst lifts L.A.

LOS ANGELES – Even on a balky knee, Kobe Bryant had no problem giving the Los Angeles Lakers an early leg up in the Western Conference finals.


Celtics win one for aged

ORLANDO, Fla. – The hair is a little grayer. The ankles and knees no longer so sturdy. Even with a roster full of aging superstars, the Boston Celtics are still …


Wade’s record game keeps Heat hopes alive

Dwyane Wade watched the 3-pointer drop perfectly through the net, then turned upcourt and extended the fingers on his right hand. And he screamed.


Lakers get Slouch’s loyalty

I live in California, where this year we are witnessing the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in U.S. history (Meg Whitman might spend $200 million) and the costliest sports divorce in …


Blazers struggling to find way in tough West

PORTLAND – After seeing a 25-point lead evaporate, two days removed from a 20-point rout, Nate McMillan was rightfully angry. Portland’s coach has guided his team through a minefield of …


Huge crowd for All-Stars in Big D

ARLINGTON, Texas – The largest crowd to watch a basketball game saw an all too familiar sight. Dwyane Wade did it again in north Texas.


Bosh’s return to Dallas memorable

ARLINGTON, Texas – Playing about 20 miles west from where he was a high school star, Dallas native Chris Bosh looked right at home in the All-Star game Sunday night …


Labor issues could overshadow All-Star week

NEW YORK – The NFL’s party week was briefly interrupted by a sobering message about the league’s labor situation. Now it could be the NBA’s turn.


Commentary: Gun rights potentially sticky issue for Stern

Someone isn’t just raining on David Stern’s image parade, someone is threatening to shoot it up. Gilbert Arenas’ gun-toting behavior, his fingers-cocked mockery of it and the recent charges against …


Norman Chad: NBA needs to get its All-Stars slam dunking

I like the NBA – I’m not saying it’s FAN-tastic, I’m not saying it’s where amazing happens, I’m not saying I love this game – I just like it. I …


All-Star fan voting draws criticism

Unwanted by their teams, Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady are still adored by their fans. The Memphis Grizzlies quickly parted ways with Iverson. The Houston Rockets are trying to trade …


In brief: James scores 29, Cavaliers beat Rockets

NBA: LeBron James scored 29 points, Mo Williams added 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a flurry of 3-pointers and a stifling defense Sunday night to beat the Houston …


Lakers hit the road

Seven weeks into the National Basketball Association season, the Los Angeles Lakers are finally rediscovering the trials and tribulations of life on the road. The Lakers played 17 of their …


Stuckey best thing going for the Pistons

“He’s got an unbelievable combination of speed and strength. That’s hard to come by. And there is nothing that he really can’t do. He is going to be an All-Star, …


With an 0-13 start, Nets stare perfect season square in the face

In the shadow of the George Washington Bridge, near an off-ramp of the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Nets are on the toll road to NBA history. In their …


Five story lines as NBA tips off

1. Can Shaq win a ring for the King? Is Cleveland big enough for two of the largest and most recognizable players in the NBA? The Cavaliers hope so, after …


NBA GMs pick Lakers to repeat as champs

Los Angeles Lakers fans weren’t the only ones surprised by the team’s offseason signing of Ron Artest. According to an NBA.com survey, the league’s general managers consider the Artest signing …


Daye has highlight reel play

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Austin Daye’s physique has always drawn comparisons to Tayshaun Prince. It only took the Detroit Pistons rookie from Gonzaga two quarters to bring Prince’s most famous …


Sports in brief: Grizzlies set to sign Iverson

NBA: Allen Iverson will be a fan attraction for the Memphis Grizzlies – from the beginning. The Grizzlies confirmed Wednesday they have agreed in principle to a contract with Iverson, …


NBA defends minimum age rule

WASHINGTON — The NBA defended its minimum age requirement to Congress, but a critical lawmaker was unmoved and is asking to meet with top league officials to discuss it, according …


Griffin goes 1st in guard-heavy draft

NEW YORK – Blake Griffin was the consensus No. 1 pick. The Los Angeles Clippers started Thursday night’s draft with the obvious choice: Griffin, the only player considered a sure …


Magic add Carter to star mix

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Vince Carter is going home to Orlando and to the Eastern Conference champion Magic. On a draft day when the Cleveland Cavaliers made the biggest splash …


Pistons pick Daye 15th in draft

The Detroit Pistons selected Gonzaga’s Austin Daye with the 15th overall pick in the NBA draft.


O’Neal to shack up with James, Cavs

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired center Shaquille O’Neal in a trade with the Phoenix Suns, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press on Thursday. Yahoo! …


Spurs deal three to get Jefferson

The Spurs acquired scoring swingman Richard Jefferson from Milwaukee in a four-player deal on Tuesday, giving San Antonio the extra offensive punch the aging former champions sorely needed. The Spurs …


Daye is done

Austin Daye’s playing career at Gonzaga is officially over. The 6-foot-11 forward said Monday he will forgo his final two years of eligibility at Gonzaga and keep his name in …


Lakers’ title a milestone for Bryant, Jackson

ORLANDO, Fla. – Kobe Bryant pulled Phil Jackson close, embracing his coach and looking him straight in the eyes. After all they’d been through, this was their moment, their championship, …


Lakers on verge of title

ORLANDO, Fla. – Like any couple, they’ve had their fair share of ups and downs. They’ve feuded publicly and fought privately. They separated for a year and reunited with an …


L.A.’s Fisher sets hook

ORLANDO, Fla. – Arms raised in triumph, Derek Fisher walked up the floor looking as if he had just landed the knockout punch. He delivered two.


Magic heat up for first win

ORLANDO, Fla. – Missing for two games, Orlando found its Magic touch. Making easy shots and tough ones from everywhere, the Magic won their first game in two visits to …