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Reigning dunk champ LaVine: 'I've got tricks up my sleeve'

Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 3:50pm

Zach LaVine came to All-Star weekend in New York last year as an under-the-radar rookie toiling away for one of the league's worst teams. He left as the Savior of Slam after a scintillating performance breathed new life into the dunk contest.

Resurgent Kobe Bryant leads Lakers past Pelicans, 99-96

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 12:20am

Kobe Bryant kept his right arm extended upward, his hand dangling as he held his follow-through on a 3-point shot with a minute to go.

Brewer, Ariza lead Rockets past Suns 111-105

Jose M. Romero, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 11:20pm

The Houston Rockets got off to a slow start, but finished with a flourish.

Curry to defend 3-point title, big men in Skills Challenge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 10:10pm

Stephen Curry will defend his title in the 3-point contest, Zach LaVine will try for another dunk championship and some All-Star big men will compete for the Skills Challenge crown.

Pistons blow 27-point lead, recover to beat Knicks 111-105

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 9:30pm

Anthony Tolliver's only shot of the game helped the Detroit Pistons avoid a colossal collapse.

Spurs star Ginobili out at least a month with groin injury

Raul Dominguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 4:11pm

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is out for at least a month after surgery Thursday for a testicle injury he suffered during the team's win over New Orleans earlier this week.

Obama salutes NBA champs at White House

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 3:40pm

A basketball enthusiast, President Barack Obama applauded the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and marveled at how they are revolutionizing professional basketball with what he described as a "small-ball nuclear lineup" that specializes in great shooting and passing.

Ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams charged with drunken driving

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 5:30am

Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.

Timberwolves beat Clippers 108-102 to snap losing streaks

Beth Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 1:00am

Stung by a four-point loss to the Lakers a night earlier and playing the second game of a back-to-back against a team they had lost to 14 straight times on the road, the Minnesota Timberwolves might have doubted themselves.

Moore has career night in Butler's place as Bulls beat Kings

Michael Wagaman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 11:50pm

With leading scorer Jimmy Butler on the bench nursing a sore left knee, E'Twaun Moore figured he'd get plenty of chances to pick up the slack for Chicago.

Aldridge scores season-high 36, Spurs beat Pelicans 110-97

Raul Dominguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 10:40pm

LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard have sought a balance between respecting San Antonio's Big Three and completely taking over the Spurs.

Wade's bounce-back, Bosh's 20 lead Heat over Mavericks 93-90

Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 10:20pm

After matching the worst shooting half of his career in the first 24 minutes against Dallas, Dwyane Wade missed his first shot of the third quarter.

Curry lights up Wizards for Warriors' 8th straight win

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 10:13pm

Following one of his worst offensive games this season, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry stopped thinking about basketball and recalibrated his mind. It worked out just fine.

Durant's buzzer-beater lifts Thunder over Magic, 117-114

Murray Evans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 10:00pm

With the ball in Kevin Durant's hands in the final seconds, Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan didn't call a timeout. Instead, he let one of his superstars do his thing.

Thomas scores 17 as Celtics stave off Pistons' rally, 102-95

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 9:30pm

As one of the NBA's top defensive teams this season, the Celtics have inevitably found themselves with some big leads.

Lin scores 24 as Hornets rally to beat Cavaliers 1

Bill Kiser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 9:20pm

Even without their leading scorer, the Charlotte Hornets finally found a way to beat LeBron James.

C.J. Miles scores 27, Pacers beat Nets 114-100

Michael Scotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 9:10pm

Once the Indiana Pacers starting pushing the tempo in the second quarter, the Brooklyn Nets ended up in a hole that was just too deep.

Hardaway, Scott lead Atlanta Hawks in rout of 76ers, 124-86

Aaron Bracy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 8:30pm

The Hawks prepared for lowly Philadelphia just like any other team. As a result of that focus, Atlanta routed the 76ers once again.

Mavs' Williams out against Heat after injuring hip at Hawks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 3rd - 5:40pm

Mavericks point guard Deron Williams will be out against Miami on Wednesday night after injuring his right hip in the previous game at Atlanta.