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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 …

Sports Coaching

Alexey Shved likely done for season

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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 …

Lawyer: Mistress deceived Sterling

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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, …

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Isaiah Thomas returns for Celtics

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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 …

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After 26-game absence, Dwight Howard plays 17 minutes in Houston Rockets win

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Howard returns as Rockets down Pelicans

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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.

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Derrick Rose: No pain in knee

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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 …

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 …

Byron Scott

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

NEW YORK – 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 …

Thunder's Russell Westbrook posts 10th triple double of season in win over Heat

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook joined elite company by posting his 10th triple double of the season in a 93-75 win over the Miami Heat …

Power Rankings: Plenty of Madness going on in the NBA

I’m not going to hold it against you if you’ve been preoccupied with the NCAA tournament of late. It happens.

But with only a dozen or so games …

How have recent NCAA champs fared in the NBA?

March Madness is officially in full swing, and NBA prospects are making their presence felt. On the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, surefire …

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 …

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The All-Bullseye Team: Five players facing immense playoff pressure

Welcome to the second annual All-Bullseye Team, which highlights five players who will be facing immense scrutiny during the upcoming playoffs.

LeBron …

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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 …

Anthony Davis' career-high 43 points keep Pelicans in playoff hunt

At various points this season, the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference has appeared to be either hotly contested or a foregone …

FanNation fantasy basketball picks for Tuesday, March 10

Ready to show your friends you know more about the NBA than they do? FanNation's Basketball Throwdown fantasy basketball game is your best option. …

Chris Bosh thanked Heat fans before last night's game vs. Celtics

Chris Bosh addressed Miami Heat fans prior to Monday night's loss to the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Bosh, 31, will miss the remainder …

Clippers' Dahntay Jones plans appeal of $10,000 fine for bumping Draymond Green

Los Angeles Clippers guard Dahntay Jones plans to appeal a $10,000 fine handed down by the NBA for bumping Golden State Warriors forward Draymond …

Reports: Knicks fined after Phil Jackson comments on Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell

The NBA has fined the New York Knicks after team president Phil Jackson commented publicly about Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell, according to …

Denver Nuggets fire head coach Brian Shaw

The Denver Nuggets fired head coach Brian Shaw after less than two seasons on the job, the team announced Tuesday.

Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski …

Denver

Hawks storm back in fourth quarter to rally past Rockets

Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap anchored the Hawks' fourth-quarter comeback to knock off the Rockets, 104-96, on Tuesday night.

Atlanta

No Rose, no Butler, short-handed Bulls beat Wizards 97-92

CHICAGO (AP) Nikola Mirotic scored 23 points to lead the short-handed Chicago Bulls to a 97-92 win Tuesday over the Washington Wizards.

The Bulls were …

Shved Can't Handle It

New York's Alexey Shved threw an errant pass that knocked a beer out of a fan's hand who was sitting courtside. It didn't get much better for the …

James scores 27 on milestone night, Cavs cruise past Celtics

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James doesn't usually spend a lot of time talking about personal accomplishments, but he made an exception Tuesday night.

James …

Hassan Whiteside and Alex Len were each fined after fighting last night

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside and Phoenix Suns center Alex Len have each been fined after their fight in Monday night's game, the NBA announced …

Bulls' Joakim Noah produces gun violence documentary

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah produced a mini-documentary on gun violence that includes interviews with teammates Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson and …