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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 …


Ex-college stars struggle as pros

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three years ago, it would have been college basketball’s version of Kobe vs. LeBron. J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison were sharpshooters on the court, friendly rivals off …


Orlando’s best shot falls short

LOS ANGELES – Stopped cold by a pick near the free-throw line, Kobe Bryant watched as Orlando’s Courtney Lee headed toward the basket and a shot at history. Bryant was …


Bryant pours in 40 as Lakers rout Magic

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant has waited a year, a long year, for another chance at NBA title. He’s not about to let this one slip away. The Olympic gold …


Bryant’s demeanor takes stern turn on eve of the NBA Finals

LOS ANGELES – His smile has vanished, replaced by something closer to a scowl. His days of joking around are seemingly on hold. Kobe Bryant has become deadly serious.


Nelson may suit up for Magic in finals

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Magic players say Jameer Nelson will play in the NBA finals, even though the All-Star point guard and his coach remain publicly pessimistic. Nelson participated in …


Lakers pull an inside job on Nuggets

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant offered himself up as bait and the Denver Nuggets bit. That freed up Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol on the inside, where the Lakers’ big …


Magic outlast Cavs in OT

ORLANDO, Fla. – Superman swooped in just in time. Dwight Howard scored 10 points in overtime and the Orlando Magic, raining down 3-pointers like a Florida thunderstorm, withstood 44 points …


NBA assesses foul to Nuggets’ Jones

DENVER – A day later, the NBA blew the whistle on Dahntay Jones for tripping Kobe Bryant. The league assessed Denver’s defensive specialist a flagrant-1 foul for sending the Lakers’ …


Nuggets get even in West

DENVER – The Denver Nuggets evened the Western Conference finals Monday night, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 120-101 in Game 4 despite a hobbled Carmelo Anthony. Chauncey Billups and J.R. …


Lakers finish off Rockets

LOS ANGELES — All is well again in La-La Land. The real Los Angeles Lakers showed up, and in a Game 7, no less. With Pau Gasol dominating on both …


Magic oust champs

BOSTON — Dwight Howard remembers the reaction when he first talked about bringing an NBA championship to Orlando. “Everybody laughed,” the Magic center said after helping Orlando beat the defending …


In brief: Blazers beat Rockets, stave off elimination

Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 25 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers staved off elimination in the playoffs with an 88-77 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday …


Sports in brief: Trail Blazers edge Rockets

Brandon Roy scored 42 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 107-103 on Tuesday night in Portland to even their playoff series at one game apiece. Aaron …


Lakers appalled by win

LOS ANGELES – The Lakers actually won a playoff opener on their home court, which Boston, San Antonio, Orlando and alleged up-and-comer Portland couldn’t claim. But nobody beyond a briefly …


Local legend makes national Hall of Fame

John Stockton completed a remarkable journey Monday – from the sometimes vicious driveway games with his brother Steve at the family’s Spokane home on North Superior to the Basketball Hall …


Magic top Heat despite Wade’s career-high 50

NBA: 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 …


Morrison happy as a Laker despite limited playing time

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Larry Brown arrived in Charlotte to find Adam Morrison tentative and lacking confidence as he recovered from knee surgery. Soon the veteran coach said he was dealing …


With Bryant ailing, Lakers no match for Bibby, Hawks

Kobe Bryant wasn’t feeling well. It showed. Mike Bibby scored 21 points – including an improbable 3 off the top of the backboard – and the Atlanta Hawks took advantage …


Celtics, Magic battle for East’s second seed

ORLANDO, Fla. — Doc Rivers said the defending champions can win anywhere and getting his banged up Boston Celtics healthy for the playoffs is more important than home-court advantage. Orlando …


For Suns, it’s the end of an era

PHOENIX – The end came at 9:28 p.m. PDT. When the horn sounded on the Dallas Mavericks’ 122-117 victory over the Suns on Tuesday, it was over. The season.


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.