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Ilyasova scores 34 points, Bucks beat Pacers 111-107 (Yahoo Sports)

MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 26: Ersan Ilyasova #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots against the Indiana Pacers on March 26, 2015 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)Struggling with early season injuries and the adjustment to a new coaching staff, Ersan Ilyasova hasn’t quite been himself for the Milwaukee Bucks. Ilyasova followed up a recent run of good performances with a breakthrough game, scoring a career-high 34 points in the Bucks’ 111-107 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. George Hill missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds for struggling Indiana. ”It was probably the best shot all day, just the worst result.” Khris Middleton added 17 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 for the Bucks.

Posted on 27 March 2015 | 3:59 am

Warriors can match franchise record for wins at Memphis (Yahoo Sports)

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 24: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 24, 2015 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)It has been a season full of firsts and fun for the Golden State Warriors, rewriting the franchise record book and rediscovering what it means to be a winner. Both can be reached Friday night when the Warriors (58-13) visit Memphis (50-22) in a matchup of the Western Conference’s top teams. The Grizzlies are the only team Golden State has not beaten this season, and right now they’re standing in the Warriors’ way of matching the franchise record for wins. ”It’s an important game because this is a team that you’ll possibly see in the Western Conference playoffs or finals or whatever it will be,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said following Thursday’s practice in Oakland.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 10:16 pm

San Antonio routs Oklahoma City 130-91 (Yahoo Sports)

SAN ANTONIO - MARCH 25: Tiago Splitter #22 of the San Antonio Spurs goes up for a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the AT&T Center on March 25, 2014 in San Antonio, TexasThis was San Antonio at a very high level. For coach Gregg Popovich, it was more evidence that the Spurs need to be more consistent. Tony Parker had 21 points and six assists, and San Antonio stopped Oklahoma City’s four-game winning streak with a runaway 130-91 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night. Boris Diaw scored 19 points and Tim Duncan had 16 for San Antonio (44-26), which has won 11 of 13.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 1:12 pm

Blazers use 10-point comeback to beat Jazz 92-89 (Yahoo Sports)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 25: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket against the Utah Jazz on March 25, 2015 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)Damian Lillard refused to let the reeling Trail Blazers lose their sixth consecutive game Wednesday night. Portland was on the verge of exactly that, trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter, when the third-year point guard from nearby Weber State decided to attack the basket again and again and again. Lillard finished with 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 92-89. ”He’s a dynamic player,” Jazz guard Trey Burke said about Lillard.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 5:07 am

Irving scores 24 to lead Cavaliers past Grizzlies 111-89 (Yahoo Sports)

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 25: Kyrie Irving #2 and Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shake hands during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 25, 2015 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)The Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent dominance carried over to a trouncing of one of the best teams in the Western Conference. The Cavaliers built a 29-point lead in the third quarter, maintained the cushion through the fourth and defeated Memphis 111-89 on Wednesday night, handing the Grizzlies their biggest home loss of the season. Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, Kevin Love added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which won its fourth straight and eighth in the last nine. Since Jan. 15, Cleveland is 28-6 and holds the Eastern Conference’s second seed by a three-game cushion over Chicago.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 4:05 am

Howard returns, Rockets beat Pelicans 95-93 (Yahoo Sports)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 25: Dwight Howard #12 fo the Houston Rockets grabs a rebound against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 25, 2015 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)James Harden had 25 points and 10 assists, Dwight Howard had seven rebounds and a block on Anthony Davis in his return from a two-month absence, and the Houston Rockets handed New Orleans its fourth straight loss with a 95-93 victory on Wednesday night. Davis had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Pelicans, but uncharacteristically missed eight free throws, including one that could have pulled New Orleans to 94-93 with 7 seconds left. The Pelicans still had a chance to try for a tying 3-pointer after Harden missed a free throw with 3.3 seconds left, but Corey Brewer intentionally fouled Eric Gordon on the inbounds pass to force free throws.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 3:15 am

Bulls beat Raptors for fifth straight time, 116-103 (Yahoo Sports)

TORONTO, CANADA - March 25: Pau Gasol #16 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot against the Toronto Raptors on March 25, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)The Chicago Bulls are feeling good about themselves as they head toward the playoffs. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Pau Gasol had 18 and the Bulls beat Toronto 116-103 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory over the Raptors. ”The more he plays, that rhythm will come back,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. Obviously we need him on both sides of the ball.” Tony Snell scored 17 points as the Bulls moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Raptors for third in the Eastern Conference.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 2:52 am

Jordan goes 7 for 7, Clippers pound Knicks 111-80 (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers goes to the basket against Lou Amundson #21 of the New York Knicks on March 25, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)Rivers sent out assistant Mike Woodson to handle the postgame interviews, and the former Knicks coach had plenty to smile about after his new team smashed his old one. DeAndre Jordan raised the NBA’s best shooting percentage above 71 percent by making all seven shots and scoring 14 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers pounded New York 111-80 on Wednesday night. Woodson said his boss claimed he was ill, but he downplayed his first trip back to face the team that fired him as a motivator for the Clippers. This is about the Clippers and the fine team that Doc has put together.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 2:40 am

Hawks rally in 4th, down Magic 95-83 to end losing streak (Yahoo Sports)

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 25: Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots against the Orlando Magic during the game on March 25, 2015 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)The Atlanta Hawks want to do everything they can over their last dozen games to be as playoff-ready as possible. Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. We stayed with what we do, continued to move the ball and we started making shots.” Jeff Teague added 16 points, despite spraining his left ankle in the first quarter. The Hawks trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, but outscored the Magic 27-12 in the fourth quarter.

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 2:34 am

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10 Players Who Will Define the 2015 NBA Playoff Picture – Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report

10 Players Who Will Define the 2015 NBA Playoff Picture
Bleacher Report
A few 2015 NBA playoff seats have been reserved, but the postseason picture still largely looks as clear as mud. The top-heavy Eastern Conference is overloaded on the bottom half of the bracket. Out West, the front-running Golden State Warriors have
NBA Playoff Picture Update: The Warriors won the division!Yahoo Sports (blog)
Push it real good: The NBA's best transition offensesCBSSports.com
Blogtable: Worried about Hawks?NBA.com (blog)

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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 4:32 am

Traevon Jackson Carries an NBA Pedigree, but Has Flourished Under His … – New York Times

New York Times

Traevon Jackson Carries an NBA Pedigree, but Has Flourished Under His
New York Times
LOS ANGELES — The people in the stands who chanted, “Your dad was better,” at the basketball games of a young Traevon Jackson knew as much about his biological father, the former N.B.A. player Jim Jackson, as he did. Traevon Jackson, a senior point …

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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 3:22 am

James Harden’s focus vaults him into MVP conversation – NBA.com (blog)

NBA.com (blog)

James Harden's focus vaults him into MVP conversation
NBA.com (blog)
This season, he is 10th in the NBA with 3.7 defensive win shares, which estimate the wins a player brings a team with his defense, up from 2.7 last season. That's better than the 3.4 given to Trevor Ariza, who is widely seen as a great defender. ''Now
James Harden's focus vaults him into NBA MVP conversationArizona Daily Star

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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 9:43 pm

ESPN says Hoiberg will go to NBA ‘when he finds the right gig’ – DesMoinesRegister.com


ESPN says Hoiberg will go to NBA 'when he finds the right gig'
Fred Hoiberg's omission on ESPN's most recent list of NBA coaches-in-waiting doesn't have anything to do with what happened in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64 last week in the South Region – that head-scratching loss against 14th-seeded …

Posted on 26 March 2015 | 8:41 pm

John Calipari leaving Kentucky for the NBA would be crazy – USA TODAY


John Calipari leaving Kentucky for the NBA would be crazy
Earlier today, my esteemed colleague Nate Scott listed eight reasons why Kentucky coach John Calipari should go to the NBA. Every reason is compelling, rational and worth Calipari's consideration. But, I'd like to politely counter my friend and I'll do
Report: John Calipari 'desperately wants' to return to the NBAYahoo Sports (blog)
The Kentucky coach's first stint failed, but it would be different if he tried ESPN
How will NBA's one-and-done battle affect Calipari, Kentucky?FOXSports.com
SB Nation -Washington Post (blog) -NYU Washington Square News
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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 8:09 pm

The NBA’s top head-coaching prospects – ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)

The NBA's top head-coaching prospects
ESPN (blog)
Does this relative calm suggest that NBA teams are getting better at the practice of hiring head coaches? Like most marriages, it's impossible to know at the altar or under the chuppah what the relationship will look like 15 years down the road. But

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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 6:38 pm

World Peace says he’s more mature, will retire in 5 years – NBA.com (blog)

Salt Lake Tribune

World Peace says he's more mature, will retire in 5 years
NBA.com (blog)
MILAN (AP) — Metta World Peace had barely landed in Italy when the former NBA All-Star was soon singing with fans of his new team and thinking of a second season. Thanks to advice from former teammate Kobe Bryant, World Peace joined Pallacanestro …
NBA: Metta World Peace says he is a changed manSalt Lake Tribune

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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 6:12 pm

2015 front-office rankings: Top execs – ESPN


2015 front-office rankings: Top execs
Not a lot has gone well for Knick fans lately. Many would consider Phil Jackson the best hope, but even he finished near league-last in ESPN Forecast's NBA GM rankings. David Thorpe discusses. Tags: NBA, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs · Ranking …

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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 4:17 pm

8 players in the Sweet 16 who could be NBA diamonds in the rough – SB Nation


8 players in the Sweet 16 who could be NBA diamonds in the rough
SB Nation
March Madness presents a perfect opportunity for fans of NBA teams with lottery dreams to closely watch the likes of Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell. This is the time of year for those fans to have their love for a specific
NBA Draft prospect matchups to watch in NCAA Tourament this weekendNBCSports.com
Power Ranking Top NCAA Basketball Programs by Active NBA AlumniBleacher Report
March Madness 2015: Top 10 NBA Draft prospects still aliveNJ.com
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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 3:17 pm

NBA scores 2015: Kevin Love, Cavaliers demolish Grizzlies – SB Nation


NBA scores 2015: Kevin Love, Cavaliers demolish Grizzlies
SB Nation
In 412 minutes this season, Cleveland's starters have an offensive rating just under 117, and they've outscored opponents by over 20 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. That's the best unit in the league that has played at least 400 minutes together.
Highlights of Wednesday's NBA gamesReuters
NBA roundup: Cavaliers romp over GrizzliesThe Oakland Press
NBA roundup: Cavaliers hand Grizzlies worst home loss, 111-89Los Angeles Times
Sports World Report -Mstarz -Courier Mail
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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 1:04 pm