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Raptors Must Ride DeMar DeRozan Back to Respectability and Monday NBA Takeaways

After going more than a month without a win against a team over .500, the Toronto Raptors desperately needed to prove to themselves that they could still compete with the league's best.

DeMar DeRozan helped them do exactly that.

Toronto's shooting guard posted a career-high 42 points and 11 rebounds …


Alexey Shved likely done for season

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks guard Alexey Shved will likely miss the rest of the season due to a rib fracture.

The team announced on Wednesday night that Shved has "an incomplete fractured rib." He will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks.

Given that timetable, it is unlikely that Shved would return prior to …


Lawyer: Mistress deceived Sterling

LOS ANGELES -- Recordings that cost Donald Sterling ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers could cost the woman he was dating the fortune in gifts he lavished on her.

Snippets of the conversations recorded by V. Stiviano were played Wednesday as a lawyer for Sterling's wife, Shelly, explained why the …

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Isaiah Thomas returns for Celtics

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas returned from an eight-game absence during Wednesday night's 93-86 loss to the Miami Heat.

Thomas, who finished with four points in 20 minutes, suffered a badly bruised lower back while being fouled by Dwyane Wade in a game against the Heat on March …


Howard plays 1st game since Jan. 23

NEW ORLEANS -- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard made his return to the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 23 when he played 17 minutes of the Rockets' 95-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night.

Howard, 29, had missed the previous 26 games with swelling in his right …

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Derrick Rose: No pain in knee

TORONTO -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said Wednesday he has no pain in his surgically repaired right knee and remains optimistic that he can return before the regular season ends.

Rose, who had a meniscectomy on his right knee Feb. 27, is hopeful that he can start taking contact in …

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Byron Scott will miss two games to attend his mother’s funeral

Byron Scott’s tough season just got even tougher as he has to attend the funeral of his mother following her death this week. This has been an …


LeBron James 40-footer doesn't count, is still amazing

Here's the latest addition to "Only you, LeBron" history.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star nailed this 40-foot heave in Sunday's game against the Bucks in …

Report: Mavericks worried about Monta Ellis’ attitude

The Dallas Mavericks are worried about guard Monta Ellis’ attitude, ESPN’s Tim McMahon reports.

The Mavericks have lost their last two games, and head …

Celtics' Marcus Smart reflects on low blow after one-game suspension

BROOKLYN – In the thick of a tight playoff race and with bodies succumbing to injury by the day, Boston couldn't afford to lose any more players. …

Pacers still have no timetable for Paul George's return

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George might be close to playing shape.

He's still not there yet.

The Pacers' two-time All-Star told reporters Monday that …

Russell Westbrook?s 10th triple double rescinded by league

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook joined elite company by posting his 10th triple double of the season in a win over the Miami Heat on …


NBA Power Rankings: NBA's version of March Madness starts to pick up

The Madness in March isn't exclusive to the NCAA, as the NBA hurdles towards a thrilling finish.

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How have recent March Madness champions fared in the NBA?

With projected lottery picks leaving their mark in this year's NCAA Tournament, the PointAfter dissects the last dozen championship games to …

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Open Floor: Grizz last of dying breed, Indy surging, cap rising and more

BOSTON — No one can quite pinpoint exactly when the NBA evolved, when the league fully transitioned from Pat Riley’s brawlers in New York and Miami …


The All-Bullseye Team: Five players facing the postseason microscope

Who will be facing the most pressure during the upcoming playoffs?

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Love hits 8 3-pointers, Cavaliers beat Pistons 102-93

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) LeBron James rarely likes to talk about his individual achievements.

Tuesday he made an exception.

James had 11 assists in …

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