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North Carolina's Cameron Johnson (13) dribbles the ball while Gonzaga's Corey Kispert (24) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
December 15, 2018 - 10:38 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina made shot after shot, finally backing its Hall of Fame coach's claim that he has a sharp-shooting bunch. And when they did miss, the Tar Heels relentlessly flew to the rim to pursue the ball for another chance. Saving all that for a highly ranked opponent in...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
December 15, 2018 - 10:22 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Luke Walton was surprised to hear that LeBron James and Lonzo Ball were only the second Lakers teammates to record a triple-double in the same game. "I know it's not easy. There have been a lot of good players in Lakers history and I figured Walton and Kobe (Bryant) would...
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Phoenix Suns' Trevor Ariza, second from left, drives past Los Angeles Lakers' Tyson Chandler (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 15, 2018 - 8:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-way trade fell apart over mistaken identity, the Wizards are getting Trevor Ariza after all. Washington agreed in principle Saturday to acquire Ariza from the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person...
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Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson, right, shoots over Bucknell's Paul Newman during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Bucknell 73-71. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
December 15, 2018 - 4:11 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kaleb Wesson had a career-high 22 points and No. 15 Ohio State held off a Bucknell comeback to win 73-71 Saturday. Ohio State went on an 11-2 run to take an 11-point with under 10 minutes remaining, but Bucknell stormed back to within three with a 10-2 run and late 3-pointer...
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Tennessee guard Admiral Schofield (5) gestures to Memphis fans after an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. Tennessee defeated Memphis 102-92. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
December 15, 2018 - 4:04 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Admiral Schofield popped his Tennessee jersey to the Memphis fans who had been screaming at him throughout the game. The rivalry between Tennessee's top basketball programs is back on, and the Volunteers have the upper hand for now. Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the...
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Kansas forward Dedric Lawson, center, rebounds against Villanova forward Jermaine Samuels, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
December 15, 2018 - 2:32 pm
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Lagerald Vick scored 29, and top-ranked Kansas made enough free throws down the stretch to beat No. 17 Villanova 74-71 Saturday in a rematch of last season's Final Four showdown won by the Wildcats. Devon Dotson added 11 points for...
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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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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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