Basketball

Not-household-name players get All-Star votes…

Some players many fans may not recognize got All-Star starter votes from their NBA peers _ or maybe themselves

LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star…

LeBron James and Stephen Curry will be the captains who pick teams for the revamped NBA All-Star Game

Embiid scores 26, Sixers beat Celtics 89-80

Joel Embiid celebrates All-Star selection with 26 points, Philadelphia 76ers beat Boston Celtics 89-80

Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Pacers 100-86

Damian Lillard scored 26 points and eight assists and Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points and a season-high 17 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers won their fifth consecutive home game by beating the Indiana Pacers 100-86

Gordon scores 30 as Rockets beat Timberwolves 116-98

Eric Gordon scored 30 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 116-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Strugglesville: Cavs blow big lead, end Magic 104…

Cavaliers blow big lead, then hold off Magic 104-103 to snap 4-game losing streak.

Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips…

Amid doping scandals, Russians are flocking to see a movie about Soviet glory on the Olympic basketball court 46 years ago

Clippers hang on to beat Nuggets 109-104 for 6th win in row

Blake Griffin had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Denver Nuggets 109-104 for their season-high sixth win in a row

Mitchell scores 34 in Utah's 120-105 win over Kings

Donovan Mitchell scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half and the Utah Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 120-105

Warriors beat Bulls 119-112 for 14th straight…

Klay Thompson scores 38 points as Golden State Warriors beat Chicago Bulls 119-112 for 14th straight road win

Whiteside leads Heat to 106-101 win over Bucks

Hassan Whiteside had a season-high 27 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Miami Heat to a 106-101 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks

Aldridge, Mills lead Spurs over Nets after Leonard shut down

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 points, Patty Mills made seven 3-pointers and the San Antonio Spurs responded to the latest absence of Kawhi Leonard by beating the Brooklyn Nets 100-95

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Evans has 23 points, 10 assists as Grizzlies beat Knicks

Tyreke Evans had 23 points, including three free throws in the closing seconds, along with 10 assists to lift the Memphis Grizzlies over the New York Knicks 105-99

Houston's Ariza, Green suspended 2 games apiece…

The NBA decides: Rockets players Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green each suspended two games for entering Clippers' locker room

Spurs' Leonard out indefinitely to continue…

The San Antonio Spurs say Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from a right quadriceps injury

Anthony, Adams lead Thunder past Lakers 114-90

Anthony, Adams lead Thunder past Lakers 114-90

Valanciunas has double-double as Raptors beat Pistons 96-91

Valanciunas has 17 points and 16 rebounds as Raptors beat Pistons 96-91 to avoid first three-game losing streak of season

Austin Spurs come back to defeat Northern Arizona

Rockets' Harden back at practice after 2 1/2 weeks

Rockets guard James Harden returned to practice for the first time since he was injured Dec. 31 against the Los Angeles Lakers

Chillin': LeBron, Cavs trying to thaw from…

LeBron, Cavaliers trying to fight through mid-season funk

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Bazemore hits winning shot, Hawks beat Pelicans 94-93

Kent Bazemore hit a jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Hawks rallied from 19 points down to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93 before a sparse crowd on an icy night in Atlanta

Hornets hammer Wizards 133-109 in Clifford's return

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 21 points, Dwight Howard had another double-double and the Charlotte Hornets used a record-setting first half to beat the Washington Wizards 133-109 in coach Steve Clifford's return