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Williams helps Charlotte hold off Orlando 98-83 (Yahoo Sports)

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 1: Mo Williams #7 of the Charlotte Hornets handles the ball against the Orlando Magic on March 1, 2015 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)Mo Williams is going to have to do more than just score to get Charlotte to the playoffs this season. He also needs to distribute the ball like he did Sunday night against Orlando. Williams had 23 points and 11 assists, leading the Hornets to a 98-83 victory over the Magic. ”I’m a player that takes what the defense gives us,” Williams said.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 2:39 am

Curry scores 37, leads Warriors from 26 down to beat Celtics (Yahoo Sports)

When you’re sitting on the NBA’s best record like the Golden State Warriors, you don’t have to stress over every single game. Stephen Curry scored 37 points on Sunday night, and the Warriors erased a 26-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101. Golden State won for the seventh time in nine tries to improve its league-best record to 46-11. I was happy that we showed good poise.” Klay Thompson scored 20 for the Warriors, Harrison Barnes had 17 and Draymond Green scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 2:34 am

Roy Hibbert leads surging Pacers to 94-74 win over 76ers (Yahoo Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 01: Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 1, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Roy Hibbert had 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 94-74 on Sunday night. The win moved the surging Pacers (25-34) three percentage points ahead of Brooklyn and Charlotte in the crowded race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Indiana has won eight of 10, while the 76ers have lost six of seven. George Hill scored 17 points and Luis Scola added 15 off the bench for the Pacers.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 2:33 am

With no Durant or Westbrook, OKC still tops Lakers 108-101 (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 1: Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against Carlos Boozer #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers on March 1, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)Serge Ibaka had 18 points and 14 rebounds, D.J. Augustin added 18 points and nine rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 Sunday night without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Enes Kanter had 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Thunder’s supporting cast snapped a two-game skid with no help from its superstar duo. Durant is out with a foot injury, and Westbrook underwent surgery on his right cheek Saturday in his native Los Angeles. Yet the Thunder’s role players, backups and newcomers never trailed against the 14th-place Lakers, whose three-game winning streak ended meekly.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 2:07 am

Lillard, Aldridge leads Blazers past Kings for 3rd in a row (Yahoo Sports)

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 1: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers goes up for a shot against the Sacramento Kings on March 1, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)Damian Lillard scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Sacramento Kings 110-99 on Sunday for their third straight victory. Wes Matthews scored 17 points and Robin Lopez had 15 points and eight rebounds for Portland, which is 14-13 on the road. The Blazers took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, had it cut to one, then regained control and closed the game with a 10-3 run to win on the road for only the second time in 11 games. Rudy Gay scored 24 points and Derrick Williams had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter for the Kings.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 1:58 am

Former Washington basketball star Christian Welp dies at 51 (Yahoo Sports)

SEATTLE (AP) — Christian Welp, the 7-foot German center who holds the University of Washington’s career scoring record and played three seasons in the NBA, has died. He was 51.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 1:56 am

Harden’s 33 points leads Rockets over Cavs 105-103 in OT (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 1: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets high fives teammates after the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game on March 1, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)James Harden has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers all season for the Houston Rockets. Given the chance to go head to head with one of his biggest competitors for the award, Harden and the Rockets came out on top. Harden scored 33 points and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday. Harden has led the Rockets to five straight wins, a 41-18 record and the third seed in the Western Conference with fellow star Dwight Howard out with a knee problem.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 1:27 am

Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan lead Clippers past Bulls 96-86 (Yahoo Sports)

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 01: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers is trapped by Pau Gasol #16 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 1, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Clippers defeated the Bulls 96-86. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)DeAndre Jordan’s rebounding was too much for the short-handed Chicago Bulls. Jordan continued his recent tear with 26 rebounds and Chris Paul had 28 points 12 assists and the Clippers earned a 96-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Jordan had 17 rebounds in the first two periods, the most by an NBA player in one half this season. ”You look at the stat sheet, you don’t see how many times (an opponent) didn’t drive because D.J. was there, how many guys went up but didn’t shoot because he was there,” Paul said.

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 1:03 am

Garnett buys 1,000 tickets for fans for next T-wolves game (Yahoo Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 28: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 28, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett has purchased 1,000 tickets to Minnesota’s next game in appreciation of Timberwolves fans for their welcome of his return to the team.

Posted on 1 March 2015 | 8:32 pm

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Kobe Bryant’s Muse: A Carefully Candid Look at an NBA Legend – The Atlantic


The Atlantic

Kobe Bryant's Muse: A Carefully Candid Look at an NBA Legend
The Atlantic
Kobe Bryant—ruthless competitor, borderline sociopath, legend, and one of the most polarizing players in the history of the NBA. The folklore surrounding Bryant reads like an urban legend: He ventures out into the desert for 40-mile bike rides in the
The NBA and Hollywood Unite for the Premiere of 'Kobe Bryant's Muse'Variety

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Posted on 2 March 2015 | 3:03 am

Server shutdown for NBA 2K14 raises questions about career save files – Polygon


Server shutdown for NBA 2K14 raises questions about career save files
Polygon
The servers for NBA 2K14 — this is the version of the game released in 2013 — will be turned off at the end of March, 2K Sports announced this weekend. Ordinarily this decision means online features will end but offline modes are intact for anyone

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 2:46 am

Has the NBA Left Rajon Rondo Behind? – Boston.com


FanSided

Has the NBA Left Rajon Rondo Behind?
Boston.com
It hasn't been a good week for Rajon Rondo. And with the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in town this past weekend, it's probably fortunate that the former Celtic is now a Dallas Maverick. As far away as Dallas is from the MIT campus, Rondo might be
NBA Rumors: Mavericks to replace Rajon Rondo with Goran Dragic, Brandon FanSided
Rondo moves on after suspension for outburstNBA.com (blog)
Williams' 25 points lead Nets to 104-94 win over MavericksCBSSports.com

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Posted on 1 March 2015 | 11:08 pm

Former NBA player Anthony Mason dies – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

Former NBA player Anthony Mason dies
USA TODAY
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48. New York Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Mason's death, which was …
Players, coaches from around the NBA remember Anthony MasonNew York Daily News
Former NBA player Anthony Mason dies at 48SI.com
Former Knick Anthony Mason Dies At 48ESPN
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Posted on 1 March 2015 | 9:18 pm

Updated 2015 Win-Loss Projections for Every NBA Team Entering March – Bleacher Report


Bleacher Report

Updated 2015 Win-Loss Projections for Every NBA Team Entering March
Bleacher Report
The stretch run of the NBA season is upon us, with a select group of squads still competing for playoff seeds and higher positioning near the top of each conference's ladder. At this point in the year, we have a solid handle on the strengths and

Posted on 1 March 2015 | 4:20 pm

Wolves’ Garnett buys 1000 tickets for fans – NBA.com (blog)


Sports World Report

Wolves' Garnett buys 1000 tickets for fans
NBA.com (blog)
MINNEAPOLIS — In appreciation of Timberwolves fans' overwhelming reception to his return to Minnesota, Kevin Garnett has purchased 1,000 tickets to Monday night's game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers at Target Center. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, the …
Garnett Buys 1000 Tickets For Wolves FansESPN
Kevin Garnett to give out 1000 tickets in appreciation of Minnesota fansSI.com
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Chicago Bulls Live Stream: Watch Online Sports World Report
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Posted on 1 March 2015 | 3:56 pm

Friday NBA Roundup: Russell Westbrook’s Incredible 1-Man Show Continues – Bleacher Report


Bleacher Report

Friday NBA Roundup: Russell Westbrook's Incredible 1-Man Show Continues
Bleacher Report
A day after nearly leading the Thunder to victory over the Phoenix Suns with a 39-point, 14-rebound, 11-assist triple-double, Westbrook did himself one point better with the NBA's first 40-point triple-double (40 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) in
Numbers show OKC PG is having most offensively dominant season everESPN
NBA Scores 2015: The Trail Blazers can withstand Russell Westbrook, and 3 SB Nation
Westbrook has surgery on fractured cheekboneNBA.com (blog)
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Posted on 1 March 2015 | 1:24 pm

Around the NBA: Injury to keep Kyrie Irving out of game today – Columbus Dispatch


Columbus Dispatch

Around the NBA: Injury to keep Kyrie Irving out of game today
Columbus Dispatch
Enlarge Image Request to buy this photo Mike Cardew | Akron Beacon Journal Kyrie Irving's status will next be updated at the team's shoot-around on Tuesday before the Cavs play host to the Boston Celtics. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will

Posted on 1 March 2015 | 11:14 am

NBA will release referee grades for close games – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

NBA will release referee grades for close games
USA TODAY
The decision to release the reports is part of the league's transparency initiative, and the officiating reports will be posted with a link to video of each play on NBA.com/official by 5 p.m. ET the day after games, the NBA said. Sunday's games will be
NBA pulls back the veil more on officiatingNewsOK.com
Refs' 'last 2 minutes' of calls in playESPN
Referee union had no involvement in NBA's new plan to publicize evaluation of Yahoo Sports
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Posted on 28 February 2015 | 7:48 am

9 NBA Rookies Exceeding Expectations in 2015 – Bleacher Report


Bleacher Report

9 NBA Rookies Exceeding Expectations in 2015
Bleacher Report
Though injuries have put a cloud over the 2014 NBA rookie class, there are a handful of bright newcomers worth highlighting. Many of them have gone above and beyond what's expected of them. For a lot of these young players, team fit has been huge.

Posted on 28 February 2015 | 1:16 am