Bosh out of All-Star Game due to calf

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TORONTO (AP) — Chris Bosh’s All-Star participation for this year is over, before he ever took the floor in the city where his career began.

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The Miami Heat Jerseys forward has withdrawn from Saturday’s 3-point contest and Sunday’s All-Star Game, citing a strained right calf. Bosh – who will cheap authentic nba jerseys remain in Toronto for the weekend – was replaced on the Eastern Conference roster for Sunday’s game by Atlanta’s Al Horford, chosen by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to fill the vacated spot.


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Portland’s C.J. McCollum will fill Bosh’s spot in the 3-point event, keeping that field at eight as planned.

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”I am honored to be selected to participate in All-Star Weekend festivities and will still be here to support my cheap jerseys fellow East All-Stars,” Bosh said in a statement released through the Heat. ”But I will also use this weekend to try to heal and focus on the second half of the Heat season.”

Bosh’s injury and Horford’s addition to the roster were first reported by Yahoo Sports.

The circumstances of how and when Bosh strained his calf were not made clear. He worked out Wednesday night in Miami in preparation for the 3-point contest, flew to Toronto on Thursday and was in the audience at the NBA All-Star Technology Summit on Friday morning before joining the other East All-Star selections for interview sessions cheap authentic nba jerseys with reporters. View gallery MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 9: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat Jerseys warms up before the game against the San Ant …

Bosh did not mention the injury in that media day availability, nor in an subsequent brief interview with The Associated Press.

”I’m just happy to be here for myself and my family, to accomplish some things and some goals that I said I was going to do,” Bosh told AP when asked what reaction he expected wholesale nba jerseys from fans in Toronto, where he played his first seven pro seasons. ”It’s really cool to actually do them. It does have significance being here and being able to just really take in the experience and be an All-Star again in the city where I pretty much grew up.”

About four hours later, the NBA and the Heat announced Bosh wouldn’t play.

The timing of the injury, and that it’s a calf problem, have eerie similarities to the scare Bosh went through last season.

Shortly after the 2015 All-Star Game in New York, Bosh was diagnosed with a blood clot on his lung – which, he believes, formed when he was kicked in the calf during a game weeks earlier. The calf was a problem for several games, but the blood clot was the far more daunting challenge and forced him out of the second half of the season.Sports & RecreationChris BoshMiami Heat JerseysNBA

Hornets beat Nets to get back to .500

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nicolas Batum returned to form and the Charlotte Hornets Jerseys returned to their winning ways.

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The Hornets’ leading scorer bounced back from a 1-of-9 shooting night to score 24 points and hand out eight assists, leading Charlotte to a 116-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Jerseys on Wednesday night.

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Batum was 7 of 12 from the field and made all seven foul shots.

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Batum had been hot before a 102-94 loss to the Knicks on Tuesday night. He won Eastern Conference player of the week honors after averaging 25.5 points per game last week.

”I tried to score and I tried to get my teammates involved and everything seemed to work better than (Tuesday) night,” Batum said.

Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker chipped in with 18 points apiece for the Hornets, who have won six of their last nine games to get back to .500 on the season.

Marvin Williams scored 14 points and Jeremy Lin had 13 points and off the bench for the Hornets (6-6).

The Hornets shot 11 of 25 from 3-point range to overcome 16 turnovers.

”Nic Batum is such a good playmaker as well as a scorer,” said Nets coach Lionel Hollins. ”He was making plays at the basket and when we had to help he got the ball back out to the 3-point line and they made them. ”

Thaddeus Young had 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting for the struggling Nets. Brook Lopez added 23 points and Jarrett Jack and Joe Johnson each had 16 for Brooklyn.

The Nets had several chances in the final two minutes, but failed to take advantage of two Charlotte turnovers.

Brooklyn ruined a golden opportunity to make it a one-possession game with two minutes left when Young missed an easy follow shot.

Lin turned the ball over with cheap nba jerseys 33 seconds left, but Lopez missed a short jumper.

A few seconds later Batum made an errant pass over the head of 7-foot center Spencer Hawes and out of bounds, but again the Nets failed to take advantage as Lopez was called for an illegal screen at midcourt.

”It could be a little fatigue, but there are no excuses for missed opportunities,” Young said of the Nets’ miscues. ”We had every chance to win that game and it slipped by us.” View gallery CHARLOTTE, NC – NOVEMBER 18: Thaddeus Young #30 of the Brooklyn Nets Jerseys shoots the ball against the Den …


Hollins said after the game he was still kicking himself for calling timeout after a Nets rebound with 31 seconds left and his team down by four points. In hindsight, he wished cheap nba basketball jerseys he’d allowed point guard Jarrett Jack to bring the ball up the floor.

”I should have just let him and maybe we would have gotten a two-for-one anyways,” Hollins said. ”We wound up not getting as good of a shot that we wanted.”


Walker and Lin, Charlotte’s two point guards, combined for 16 rebounds as cheap nba basketball jerseys the Hornets outrebounded the Nets 49-37. Rebounding has been a major area of concern for coach Steve Clifford this season.

”We can’t give up 20 second-chance points, 18 second-chance points and win,” Clifford said. ”It’s something we’re going to have to do.”


Rookie Frank Kaminsky had a career-high 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. He saw more playing because starter Cody Zeller was having a particularly four outing. Zeller was held scoreless in 13 minutes of action.


Nets: Lopez has scored 15 or more points 10 times wholesale jerseys this season along with five 20-point games. … Johnson had three 3-pointers but the Nets were just 5 of 15 from beyond the arc. … The Nets had a season-low nine turnovers.

Hornets: Walker’s three 3-point field goals were a season high. .. The Hornets were 27 of 36 from the foul line.


Nets: Visit Boston on Friday night.

Hornets: Host Philadelphia on Friday night.Sports & RecreationBasketballNicolas BatumBrooklyn Nets JerseysCharlotte Hornets Jerseys

Bucks win despite Mayo’s wild ejection

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Greg Monroe had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks Jerseys overcome O.J. Mayo’s wild ejection in a 95-85 victory over wholesale jerseys the Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys on Saturday night.

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John Henson scored 15 points for the Bucks, and Khris Middleton added 13. Mayo was forcibly removed from the court by coaches and security staff after he picked up two technical fouls in the first quarter.


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Ricky Rubio had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who led 22-5 in cheap reversible basketball jerseys the first quarter. Andrew Wiggins added 19 points on 7-for-17 shooting.

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The Wolves shot just 39 percent, and their 16 turnovers led to 22 points for the Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Jerryd Bayless scored 13 for Milwaukee.

Karl-Anthony Towns had eight points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota but shot just 4 of 17. Zach LaVine went 3 for 9 and the Wolves were 3 of 14 on 3-pointers in falling to 5-13 at home.

Mayo picked up a technical foul from Pat Fraher after arguing for a foul call on a drive to the basket. As the game went to break, referee Jason Phillips gave Mayo another technical, which prompted the ejection. Mayo spun back toward the officiating crew wildly, and coaches Eric Hughes and Joe Prunty had to try to restrain him by yanking on his jersey.

Mayo made several more efforts to get back onto the court and finally was forced down the tunnel to the locker room by a security official. It was the latest outburst from Mayo, who got into a heated confrontation with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in a back hallway this season.

Mayo’s exit did seem to wake up the Bucks cheap nba jerseys after a dreadful start to the game. They missed their first 11 shots, trailed by 17 only 9 minutes in and didn’t make a field goal until 3:18 remained in the first quarter, the longest drought to start a game since the New Orleans Hornets went 9:18 against Orlando in 2006.

But after cheap reversible basketball jerseys going 3 for 17 in the first quarter, the Bucks went 10 for 17 in the second to climb back into it.

They opened the fourth period with an 11-0 surge to take an 83-70 lead and never looked back.


Bucks: Milwaukee shot 8 for 16 from 3-point range. … Minneapolis native Rashad Vaughn had five points in 16 minutes.

Timberwolves: The 8:42 that the Wolves kept the Bucks from making a field goal was the longest stretch to start a game since the franchise moved to its automated statistics system in 1996-97. … Wiggins entered shooting 18 percent from 3-point range over his previous 23 games. He went 0 for 3.


Bucks: Host San Antonio on Monday.

Timberwolves: Visit Philadelphia on Monday.BasketballSports & RecreationMilwaukee Bucks JerseysMinnesota Timberwolves Jerseysthe BucksAndrew Wiggins

Suns beat Magic, end 17-game road skid

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Since their last road win, the Phoenix cheap jerseys Suns Jerseys have new coach and three new players in the starting lineup.

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Alex Len scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Friday night, and the Suns held the Orlando Magic Jerseys scoreless for a 7 1/2-minute stretch to snap a 17-game road losing streak, 102-84 Friday night.

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Devin Booker and Ronnie Price added 14 points each for Phoenix, which got its first road victory since Dec. 7 at Chicago. The streak tied a franchise record.

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”Everyone came in focused tonight, the level of concentration was high. Winning is winning,” Len said. ”We had 14 stops in a row. That got us going.”

Elfrid Payton had 19 pints and 11 assists for Orlando, which shot 35 percent against the NBA’s bottom-ranked team in defensive field-goal percentage.

”They were much more physical than us and we never did respond,” Magic coach Scott Skiles said. ”Tyson (Chandler), Len, (P.J.) Tucker, Price – those guys, from a physical standpoint, dominated us. It is very disappointing. It is a game we had to have.”

Mirza Teletovic hit two 3-pointers late in the first half to help the wholesale nba jerseys Suns take an eight-point lead, the largest of the half for either team.

When Phoenix scored the first nine points of the second half, Skiles replaced all five of his starters, but it didn’t help. Phoenix scored seven more points before Payton scored on a layup with 5:24 left in the third quarter, ending a stretch of 14 straight missed shots by Orlando.

By then the Suns had taken a 24-point lead.

”We locked in on every possession,” said Suns coach Earl Watson, who replaced Jeff Hornacek on Feb. 1. ”Tonight what you saw was a glimpse of what we envision being. This wholesale basketball jerseys was just one step.”

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Suns: Price played almost 45 minutes. … The Suns scored half of their 44 second-half points from the foul line. … The 7-foot-1 Len, who averages 8.4 points, scored in double figures for the seventh straight game.

Magic: G Victor Oladipo was out with a lower back contusion. The Magic are 1-4 without Oladipo this season. … Payton had 13 points and four assists in the first quarter, figuring in 22 of the team’s 29 points. . . . The Magic have lost three straight to the Suns, including both meetings this season.


The Suns have won only twice under Watson but he put it wholesale basketball jerseys in perspective: ”I was in the D League last year taking six-hour bus rides. This is a different deal for me; I’m excited to fly on a plane again from city to city.”


Suns: At Memphis on Sunday.

Magic: At Golden State on Monday.Sports & RecreationBasketballPhoenix Suns JerseysOrlando Magic JerseysRonnie Price

At 27, Durant becoming 1 of the ‘old’ guys in NBA

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Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant plays the Minnesota Timberwolves Jerseys three times in January, giving him three opportunities to meet up with Kevin Garnett, one of Durant’s idols when he was growing up in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Durant has often spoke about how he looked up to Garnett as a kid and tried to pattern some of his game after the revolutionary power forward who made the jump straight from high school to the pros cheap nba jersey in 1995.


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Now at the ripe old age of 27, Durant is becoming one of those players that a new generation of NBA players grew up aspiring to be. Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Timberwolves, once interviewed Durant as a teenager in high school in New Jersey.

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”I’ve got a few guys I’ve been on since they were younger and they’re starting to get to college now and I look at their date of birth and it’s ’98, ’97,” Durant said this week, shaking his head. ”I’m like holy (cow), I’m almost 10 years older than these guys.”

It wasn’t that long ago that Durant and Russell Westbrook were the new kids on the block and appeared to be positioning the Thunder as the successor to San Antonio in the Western Conference. But injuries to Durant, Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, and an ill-fated trade of James Harden, have prevented the Thunder from a return trip to the NBA Finals after their first appearance in 2012.

Durant has returned with a vengeance this season wholesale jerseys, averaging 26.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 51.7 percent from the field, 40.4 percent on 3-pointers and 89.5 percent on free throws. The Thunder are 30-12 and seeded third in the West, and Durant thinks he has so much more left to give.

”I’m getting older but at the same time I feel like I’m still young, I’m still learning, I’m still trying to figure out who I am as a basketball player,” Durant said. ”And that’s the great part about it. I think that’s what I learned from guys like KG. He’s always striving to be better. This may be his last few years, but he’s not packing it in. That’s what I can learn.”


The Phoenix Suns Jerseys have been a mess all season, and they may have reached rock bottom on a three-game trip last week. A 19-point loss at Indiana and a 14-point loss at Boston preceded a 30-point drubbing in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves had lost 13 cheap nba jersey of their previous 14 games and nine in a row. The skid dropped the Suns (13-29) into a tie with the Wolves for the fourth-worst record in the NBA and is the worst record at the halfway point for the Suns since their inaugural season in 1968-69.

”Effort should never be called into question,” guard Brandon Knight said. ”For myself and the rest of the guys and our younger guys, everybody has to do a better job of just making sure we’re ready to play every game.”

Things to watch this week:

MLK DAY: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on Monday, a day the NBA has always embraced and celebrated. Ten games are scheduled, including an NBA Finals rematch with the Warriors visiting Cleveland and a night cap featuring the Rockets at the Clippers.

PARKER IS BACK: Spurs point guard Tony Parker wasn’t himself last year due in large part to a hamstring injury, and the Spurs were bounced in the first round of the playoffs in part because of that. Gregg Popovich says he is running the team as well as he ever has. And the Spurs (36-6) suddenly are just a half-game behind Golden State in the West.

SURGING SIXERS: The team that started the season 0-18 and 1-30 has won four times is 4-7 in its last 11 games. Jerry Colangelo for executive of the year!

GOBERT’S RETURN: The Utah Jazz Jerseys were 11th in the league in points allowed per 100 possessions (99.8) with Rudy Gobert anchoring the defense for the first month. In the 18 games he missed, they dropped to 23rd. Since the Stifle Tower’s return, they are giving up 98.1, sixth in the league.

STAT LINE OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Butler, Bulls: 53 points, 10 rebounds six assists in 49 minutes against the Sixers. The Bulls needed almost every one of those points to squeak out a four-point win against suddenly feisty Philly.

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Lakers match team record as skid hits 10

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The road-weary Charlotte Hornets Jerseys were making the final stop on a four-game trip after back-to-back losses. They were missing four key players due to injury.

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Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 19 points and 12 rebounds apiece, and the Hornets sent the Lakers to their franchise record-tying 10th consecutive defeat, 101-82 on Sunday night.


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Kemba Walker had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Hornets, who hit 13 3-pointers and had a 59-42 rebounding edge in a decisive win over the Western Conference’s worst team. Charlotte led for all but one possession cheap jerseys, cruising back home even with four of its top eight scorers sidelined.

”We just wanted to end the road trip the right way, and the ending was great from the jump,” nba jerseys wholesale Walker said. ”The energy and intensity was all there. We did everything we wanted to do.”

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points in 23 minutes, but the Lakers matched the 1994 team for the longest skid in the proud history of a franchise that’s won 16 NBA championships. Los Angeles dropped to 9-41, guaranteeing three straight non-winning seasons for the first time since 1961.

”Honestly, it doesn’t really matter,” said Bryant, the 20-year NBA veteran. ”I mean, does it make a (lousy) season less (lousy)? You just want a win, no matter what.”

While Bryant hit four 3-pointers and excelled in his first 20-point performance since Jan. 7, his teammates received loud boos from a Staples Center crowd finally growing tired of their poor play in his farewell season.

”I think the fans are just as frustrated as we are,” Lou Williams said. ”Hopefully the boos weren’t because of a lack of effort, because I thought our guys played all right. We just missed shots wholesale nba jerseys. Once we started missing shots, I think we just got demoralized. … I think we’ve got a lot of guys in there right now with a lack of confidence, and we have to somehow get that back.”

Jordan Clarkson scored 13 points and Lou Williams added 11 for the Lakers, who finished January with 14 losses in 15 games since their only winning streak of the season.

”The Navy SEALs have a way of taking guys to the bottom of the pool,” Bryant said. ”Sometimes, you’ve got to go to the bottom of the pool, man, and figure it out. We’re almost there, gasping for air.” View gallery LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 31: Marvin Williams #2 of the Charlotte Hornets Jerseys and Julius Randle #30 of t …


Kidd-Gilchrist returned from shoulder surgery in Portland on Friday night after being sidelined since October. He went 6 for 7 against the Lakers and hit two 3-pointers.


Bryant missed his first five shots before banking in a short jumper late in the first quarter. He heated up with three 3-pointers and two free throws in a 2:06 span in the second quarter, earning a standing ovation and chants of ”Kobe! Kobe!” from the adoring Lakers fans.

Bryant was a high school freshman when the Lakers lost 10 straight games in 1994 under interim coach Magic Johnson, who watched this game from courtside.


Jeremy Lin had six points, five assists and five rebounds despite a sprained right ankle. The point guard spent last season with the Lakers, struggling to fit into coach nba jerseys wholesale Byron Scott’s offense and rarely playing a significant role on the worst team in franchise history. Lin signed with Charlotte in July.


Hornets: Jeremy Lamb sat out his fifth straight game while hobbled by a sprained toe. … Nicolas Batum also sat out again due to a strained toe.

Lakers: The crowd observed a pregame moment of silence for Marge Hearn, the widow of longtime Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. She was 98 when she died Saturday night. … Before the game, the Lakers signed Make-a-Wish recipient Yitzi Teichman to a one-day contract. The brain cancer fighter got a No. 18 jersey. … Rookie F Larry Nance Jr. sat out after a setback with his sore right knee. The Lakers are considering shutting him down until after the All-Star break, Scott said. … IOC President Thomas Bach, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, and Robbie and Claudine Keane attended the game.


Hornets: Host the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Lakers: Host the Timberwolves on Tuesday.Sports & RecreationBasketballLos Angeles Lakers JerseysCharlotte Hornets JerseysKobe Bryant

Vucevic, Hezonja lead Magic past Bulls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Magic used a strong defensive effort and a big game from rookie Mario Hezonja to get a relatively easy win over the Chicago Bulls Jerseys.

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Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points, Hezonja added a career-high 21, and Orlando beat Chicago 102-89 on Wednesday night.

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The Magic coasted through the second half with leads as big as 22 points. Victor Oladipo had 17 points and Aaron Gordon added 13 points and 13 rebounds.

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Orlando led 60-50 at halftime and never saw the advantage go under double digits the entire second half.

”This was definitely a step forward,” Magic coach Scott Skiles said. ”I felt like our energy at the defensive end of the floor was good.

”And Mario had a lot of pop in his step. I thought it was overall his best defensive game. He did a nice job chasing people.”

Hezonja, the fifth pick in last summer’s NBA draft, has started three straight games in place of the injured Evan Fournier. Hezonja had 10 points in the first eight minutes of the game, hitting four of five shots, including a 3-pointer. He was matched up against Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy, who had only eight points on 3-for-9 shooting.

”It was good obviously because we got the win, but I’m never happy with myself individually,” Hezonja said. ”I made some mistakes in the first half, but we came up with more energy in the second half.”

Chicago never matched the Magic’s energy at any point in the game. The Bulls, coming off a lethargic effort in a 129-111 loss to Miami the nba basketball jerseys night before, were down by 14 just 10 minutes into the game and never made a serious run at the lead the rest of the game.

”It’s frustrating because we dig ourselves a hole again coming out of the gate,” Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. ”It’s a trend that must stop if you want to make any kind of push. They scored at will on us, especially on the fast break. Those are baskets that breed confidence.

”We’ve got 22 games left to figure this out.”

Derrick Rose led Chicago with 16 points, all in the first half. Pau Gasol had 12 points and Doug McDermott was the only other Bulls player in double figures with 11. Chicago has lost four straight games and dropped to ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Both teams were on the second game of back-to-backs and it looked it. Orlando hit only 40.2 percent, while Chicago shot just 38.4 percent from the field.

The Magic took a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter and were wholesale jerseys never seriously challenged. Rose and Gasol didn’t play in the final period and the closest the Bulls’ reserves could get was 90-74 with 8:14 left in the game.

The Magic hit five of six shots to start the third quarter, including a 3-pointer by Hezonja that helped Orlando take a 74-54 lead. Payton and Oladipo pushed the pace against the Bulls’ lackadaisical defense and the quick tempo provided plenty of open shots in the 15- to 18-foot range.

The Bulls’ offense also stayed on the perimeter, but without much success. Rose was 0 for 4 and Chicago hit only seven of 24 shots (29.1 percent). The Bulls had nba basketball jerseys only one basket the final three minutes and trailed 84-67 going into the final period.


Chicago’s fourth straight loss left players wondering what is happening to this season.

”Honestly, we have a lot of holes everywhere,” Dunleavy said. ”It’s kind of just across the board. As this thing goes and we continue to struggle, we are not losing too much ground cheap nba jerseys amazingly in the playoff race We just have to hang in there.”

Rose added: ”First off, we have to find out what’s the problem? Is it defense? Is it communication? That is something we are trying to figure out.”


Bulls: Aaron Brooks Jerseys was ejected with 6:31 left in the game after receiving two technical fouls for arguing. … F Taj Gibson (hamstring) missed his first game this season. … G Jimmy Butler (knee) could rejoin the Bulls for practice Friday, but is not expected to play for another 10 to 12 days. … Chicago has given up 102 or more points in 15 straight games.

Magic: F Evan Fournier missed his third straight game with a sore wrist. … Elfrid Payton tied his season high with 12 assists. … Orlando is allowing opponents to shoot 47.8 percent and average 107.1 points in the last 27 games. … Vucevic made his second 3-pointer this season, just beating the shot clock at the 7:09 mark of the first quarter.


Bulls: Host Houston on Saturday

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Warriors, Spurs on historic winning paces this season

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MIAMI (AP) — There’s never been an NBA season where two teams both won at least 80 percent of their games.

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With the season now past the midway point the Warriors are chasing a repeat title, the Spurs are chasing the Warriors, and they’re both chasing history. When the teams meet Monday at cheap jerseys Golden State for the first of their four regular-season matchups, the Warriors will enter with a .909 winning percentage – on pace to be the best in NBA history – while the Spurs are at .864.

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Chicago’s mark of .878 (72-10) from 1995-96 is the NBA’s single-season best.

Win or lose Monday, Golden State will remain ahead of that pace.

And while San Antonio almost seemed like an afterthought amid Golden State’s 24-0 start, the Spurs are merely on pace for the third-best record ever.

”The Warriors go on a 55-game winning streak and they’re only two games ahead of them,” said Miami’s Chris Bosh, slightly overstating Golden State’s winning streak. ”That’s crazy.”

While this meeting is being touted as a potential Western Conference finals preview – as will the other Warriors-Spurs games on March 19, April 7 and April 10 – it lost some star power Sunday when San Antonio ruled Tim Duncan out with right knee soreness.

But Bosh didn’t think the teams would take a true playoff-type approach anyway, not this early in the season. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr know that no matter how important Monday seems, much bigger nights await before the Larry O’Brien Trophy gets awarded again.

”I don’t expect anybody to show their hand early,” Bosh said. ”They might play psychological games. Pop might rest the first 10 guys and sign eight D-League guys and send them out there. You never know.”


There are other NBA games this week and here’s five to keep an eye on:

– Minnesota at Cleveland, Monday: New Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue’s first game as an NBA player was against Minnesota. He’ll hope his first win as an NBA coach is against the Timberwolves, too.

– Oklahoma City at New York, Tuesday: Madison Square Garden was the only arena Thunder coach Billy Donovan called home as an NBA player, albeit for a mere 24 games as a Knick in 1987-88. (But the Knicks were 19-5 in those games.)

– Washington at Toronto, Tuesday: Wizards swept the Raptors 4-0 in last season’s first playoff round. Raptors looking for a 4-0 sweep of the teams’ regular-season series this year, winning first three by two, three and nine points, respectively.

– San Antonio at Cleveland, Saturday: The second installment of ABC’s Saturday night broadcasts this season should be another good one. LeBron James has walked off a winner in only two of his last nine games against the Spurs.

– Atlanta at Miami, Sunday: This will be only the second home game for the injury-riddled and slumping Heat in a span of 25 days. Hawks and Heat have split two games this season, both winning on the road.


The coaches’ picks for the NBA All-Star reserves get released Thursday. Who might get a call:

– Eastern Conference: DeMar DeRozan and John Wall at guard. Chris Bosh, Andre Drummond and Pau Gasol in the front court. Jimmy Butler and Paul Millsap as wild cards.

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It’s possible there could be an All-Star Game without Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge.


Kemba Walker scored 52 points against Utah, Stephen Curry was plus-34 against Cleveland and plus-36 against Chicago two nights later, and James Harden had two triple-doubles. But this week’s call goes to DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins’ line against Indiana on Saturday: career-best 48 points wholesale nba jerseys on 17-for-29 shooting, and 13 rebounds as well. He is averaging 26.7 points and 11.4 rebounds this season. The Kings are on a five-game winning streak and in line for their first playoff berth since 2006.Sports & RecreationBasketballGolden StateSan AntonioNBAChris BoshSpurs

Westbrook’s triple-double lifts Thunder

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He finished Friday night with 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, basketball jerseys cheap his sixth triple-double of the season, the third in his past nine games and the 25th of the Oklahoma City point guard’s career.


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”It’s part of my job, man,” Westbrook said. ”Just trying to find guys, getting the ball where they can score, keep the pace up.”

Howard was ejected in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul. Kanter scored 20 of his 22 points after that to help the Thunder gain control.

”Obviously, when you lose a guy of that caliber wholesale nba jerseys, they’ve got a guy they can counter with with Kanter, who’s a really good low-post scorer,” Houston interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ”With Dwight in there, we can shut that down. He can guard guys one-on-one in the post. Kanter was able to get it going a little bit after Dwight went out.”

Kevin Durant had 33 basketball jerseys cheap points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who have won 10 of 11 and six straight at home.

James Harden had 33 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but he made just 2 of 10 field goals in the second half. Corey Brewer added 17 points for the Rockets, who shot 38 percent overall and made just 9 of 39 3-pointers and 27 of 43 free throws.

”They want to shoot threes and get layups, and I think we closed all of that off tonight,” Durant said. ”We were there on the catch for them guys and we didn’t just let them play freely. When we do that, we’re a scary team.”

Bickerstaff said shots simply weren’t falling.

”We’ve got to take those shots with confidence and we believe in the guys that are taking those shots,” he said. ”Tonight they didn’t go. The past few weeks they’ve been falling and they’ll go again. Guys work on it. They’ve got to trust their training, shoot them with confidence and we’ll get them.”

The Rockets led 58-55 at halftime. They led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but Howard made just 2 of 9 free throws in the period to help the Thunder creep back into the game.

Howard was ejected with 7:06 left in the third quarter – Bickerstaff said after the game he was told it was for something Howard said. The Thunder finally took the lead on a putback by Kanter, and a dunk by Durant on an assist from Westbrook put Oklahoma City ahead 80-76. The Thunder led 89-83 at the end of the third quarter. View gallery OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- JANUARY 29: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys goes up for a dunk …

Westbrook got his triple-double on an assist to Kyle Singler, who scored and was fouled. Singler’s free throw put Oklahoma City ahead 101-92.


Howard missed 11 free throws in the game, despite leaving early. DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys and Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons Jerseys are the only players in the league to have missed more than 11 free throws in any game this season. Drummond has done it three times and Jordan twice.


Kanter on Thunder’s emphasis on defense: ”We’ve been talking about it this morning, the day before, the day before and the day before, we’ve been talking about defense.”


Oklahoma City improved to 21-4 all-time when Westbrook gets a triple-double.


Rockets: Harden, a former Thunder player, was booed loudly during pregame introductions. … Howard’s first technical came after he put Singler in a headlock during a battle for a rebound in the second quarter. … Howard finished with eight points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

Thunder: Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel Jerseys was in the crowd. He is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. … Cameron Payne (concussion) and Andre Roberson (right knee sprain) did not play. … Dion Waiters, who started in Roberson’s place, got a technical in the final seconds of the third quarter. He finished with 16 points. … Oklahoma City scored at least 100 points for the seventh straight game. … Steven Adams and Kanter each had 10 rebounds.


Rockets: Host Wizards on Saturday.

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Cavs bounce back after LeBron rebuke

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Los Angeles (AFP) – LeBron James scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys bounced back from their shock defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys with a 120-111 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

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James had been scathing in his assessment of the Cavaliers’ readiness for the play-offs after Monday’s upset loss to Memphis, warning that his team were a long way from postseason form.


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However the Cavs made sure there was no repeat defeat against Sacramento, who remain in the lower reaches of the Western Conference with a lot of ground to make up if they are to force their way into the play-offs.

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Kyrie Irving top scored for the Cavaliers, while James also finished with 11 rebounds and six assists to go with his 25-point haul.

The key moment came when Kevin Love drained a crucial three-pointer late in the fourth quarter before drawing a foul.

Love converted the four-point play to give Cleveland wholesale jerseys a seven-point lead with 1:32 left that they never looked like relinquishing as they held on to win and improve their record to 45-18. View gallery Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys overcame the absence of Dion Waiters (L) after the tragic death of his brother …

Tristan Thompson also chipped in with 18 points and 15 rebounds as Cleveland went 2 1/2 games clear of the Toronto Raptors Jerseys at the head of the Eastern Conference.

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In Oakland meanwhile, Stephen Curry had a relatively low-scoring night cheap basketball jerseys but still managed to produce some game-changing long-range magic with team-mate Klay Thompson to help the Golden State Warriors pull clear of the Utah Jazz Jerseys in a 115-94 victory — their 46th consecutive home win.

Curry, who finished with 12 points, and Thompson (23 points) both produced three-pointers in the final 58 seconds of the second quarter which helped the Warriors take cheap nba jerseys a stranglehold on the contest.

Utah had remained firmly in the hunt heading towards half-time with the Warriors — who are now 56-6 — holding a slender 43-41 lead. View gallery The Thunder looked to their linchpins Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant (L) to provide leadership a …

But Curry connected with a three-pointer from halfway and Thompson sank another basket from 29 feet which suddenly put the Warriors eight points clear.

Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys meanwhile overcame the absence of Dion Waiters after the tragic death of his brother to romp past the Los Angeles Clippers with a 120-108 victory.

Waiters’ 21-year-old sibling Demetrius Pinckney was found dead in Philadelphia on Tuesday night in what is being investigated by police as a homicide.

It was the latest dark turn to the Thunder’s season after assistant coach Monty Williams’ wife was killed in a car crash last month.

Part owner Aubrey McClendon also lost his life in a car accident on March 2. On Wednesday the Thunder looked to their linchpins Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to provide leadership and both stars duly delivered.

Westbrook finished with 25 points, 20 assists and 11 rebounds to complete his 11th triple double of the season.

Durant meanwhile scored 30 and piled up 12 rebounds for the Thunder, his fourth straight game of scoring at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.

The victory was sweet revenge for the Thunder, who last week had squandered a 17-point lead in a defeat against the Clippers.

“We knew we could beat this team,” Durant said. “We knew a week ago we threw it cheap basketball jerseys away. We got great shots and we defended as well (tonight),” Durant said.

“This team is really good at getting back into the game, but we gave them that last game. Tonight we took it.”BasketballSports & RecreationCleveland Cavaliers JerseysLeBron JamesStephen CurryMemphis Grizzlies JerseysSacramento KingsTristan ThompsonGolden State Warriors

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