Basketball

Splash Brothers lead way for Warriors with Durant…

Stephen Curry scored 27 points on a night Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season with a hand injury, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-95 to clinch a playoff berth

Bulls benefit as James sits with strep, beat Cavs…

Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler recorded a triple-double, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 117-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played without LeBron James

Kaminsky scores 23, Hornets end five-game losing streak

Frank Kaminsky had 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Sacramento Kings 99-85 to end a five-game losing streak

LeBron James to miss Cavs' game against Bulls…

LeBron James will not play in Cleveland's game against the Chicago Bulls because of an illness

Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past…

Russell Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and his new teammates fit in seamlessly as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93

Ban Gone: South Carolina stepping into postseason

The Palmetto State is taking a prominent role in the basketball postseason for the first time in more than 15 years

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Charles Barkley drops curse word on 'Inside the…

Charles Barkley accidentally curses on-air when describing the New York Knicks' play on TNT's "Inside the NBA"

For Rubio and more, passing of trade deadline…

Trade talks were just that _ all talk _ for Ricky Rubio and many others Thursday, and those players could finally feel a sense of relief

Spurs kick off rust from layoff to beat Clippers 105-97

Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points despite five fouls and the San Antonio Spurs shook off the rust from a nine-day layoff to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 on Friday night for their third straight win

Curry flurry: MVP's huge third quarter propels…

Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 35 points in a 3-point flurry over the final 3:37 of the third quarter, and the two-time reigning MVP also had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals as the Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-113

Rockets rout Pelicans, 129-99, in Cousins' New…

The Boogie-and-Brow era in New Orleans is off to a highly inauspicious start

Harris scores 25 points in Nuggets' 129-109 win over Nets

Gary Harris scored a career-high 25 points and the Denver Nuggets bounced back from successive losses to beat the Brooklyn Nets 129-109

The big names stay in place on NBA trade-deadline…

Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose all stayed in place on NBA trade-deadline day, despite tons of speculation that they could be on the move

Bird, Kidd say don't look for OKC's Westbrook to…

Larry Bird and Jason Kidd know firsthand the all-around effort it takes to record a triple-double in the natural flow of the game, and they don't expect Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook to back off down the stretch of the regular season

Wade, Butler lead Bulls over Suns 128-121 in overtime

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler added 22 and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 128-121 in overtime Friday night

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Power of science: Warriors thrive with chemistry…

All that concern about adding Durant to Warriors' lineup? Golden State has jelled just fine

D-League getting respect as legit NBA minor…

The NBA Development League has grown from an eight-team, largely overlooked sideshow to a 22-team league inching closer to becoming a legitimate minor league system

Tyler Johnson leads resurgent Heat past Hawks, 108-90

The Miami Heat could be part of the Eastern Conference playoff picture after all

Towns, Wiggins help Wolves beat Mavericks 97-84

Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 18 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-84 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night

Pacers beat Grizzlies 102-92 to end six-game skid

CJ Miles made five 3-pointers

Covington, Saric lead Sixers to 120-112 win over Wizards

Robert Covington had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Dario Saric scored 20 with 11 boards and the depleted Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 120-112 on Friday night

Cauley-Stein scores 29, Kings beat Nuggets 116-100

Willie Cauley-Stein had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings, playing for the first time since trading DeMarcus Cousins, beat the Denver Nuggets 116-100

Irving, James lead Cavaliers past Knicks, 119-104

LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the New York Knicks, who hung on to superstar Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose at Thursday's trade deadline

Pistons rally from 18 down, beat Hornets 114-108 in OT

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 33 points, including three 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter during a pulsating Detroit rally, and the Pistons outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 114-108 in overtime

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Lillard rallies Trail Blazers to 112-103 win over Orlando

Damian Lillard scored 33 points, C.J. McCollum added 22 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Orlando Magic 112-103 on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak

Bosh to work on Turner Sports' "Players Only" broadcasts

Chris Bosh is heading back to the NBA, this time as an analyst