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LeBron James Finally Lets Loose, Miami Heat Edge Charlotte Bobcats in OT

CHARLOTTE — The stage was set just as Saturday was starting.<p>LeBron James didn't see Kevin Durant's dirty deeds live, not with the Heat flying from Pennsylvania to North Carolina to finish the dreaded road weekend back-to-back. But he got word before long, right after the Heat landed, about the …

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8 Takeaways from Saturday's NBA Action

The night of Saturday, Jan. 18 had a few surprises in store for NBA fans.<p>The two conference leaders (Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers) faced what looked to be stiff challenges from the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers. But those marquee matchups turned into comfortable wins for …

Why Klay Thompson Works so Perfectly with Steph Curry

The Golden State Warriors have made such a dramatic turnaround as a franchise over the last two years that attributing the change to one move seems overly simple.<p>That being said, there is no getting around the magnitude of the Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut swap that occurred on March 13, 2012.<p>At …

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Indiana Pacers Superstar Paul George Uncertain About 2014 NBA Dunk Contest

It is a sad truth these days that the best players no longer participate in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.<p>You can add Indiana Pacers forward Paul George to that list.<p>The reigning NBA Most Improved Player of the Year has achieved superstar status in 2013-14, averaging 23.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 …

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Ramon Sessions Posterizes LeBron James with Nasty Dunk in Transition

LeBron James has been putting guys on posters since, like, the third grade probably. It’s become a part of both who he is as a basketball player (read: basketball alien) and who we all are as fans of the NBA.<p>Someday, the Smithsonian will build a new wing dedicated solely to LeBron’s posters. It …

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Team Report Card Grades for Every NBA Team Entering Season's Midway Point

Let's all stop and rejoice for the players who are still healthy.<p>LeBron James hasn't bowed out of the lineup for the Miami Heat. The Oklahoma City Thunder lost Russell Westbrook, but Kevin Durant is playing out of his mind right now. Paul George and the Indiana Pacers are still healthy.<p>So too are …

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Who's the Better Dunker: Paul George or LeBron James?

That LeBron James can be considered one of the NBA’s best dunkers without having so much as stepped foot on a contest floor is a testament to the King’s unparalleled rim-racking resume.<p>This would’ve been unheard of 30 years ago, back when Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins were vying for that …

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10 NBA Players Who Are Must-Follows on Twitter

Let's get one thing out of the way right now: The vast majority of NBA players are not worth following on Twitter. Your average professional athlete is not exactly William Faulkner.<p>But there are a few NBA ballers who make Twitter fun. Some of them are witty, some of them are melodramatic and some …

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Kansas big Joel Embiid developing faster than most anticipated

Bill Self always assumed Joel Embiid would be the No. 1 pick of some NBA Draft ... but probably 2015 or 2016. Now, it's looking like Embiid could go …