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Harden, Rockets to face stumbling Heat (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:31:43 PST)
Harden and his Houston Rockets visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday night in a battle between two teams heading in opposite directions. Miami (11-30) will finish out the season as it must, but there are no realistic thoughts of playoffs. Heat executives are looking at the 2017 NBA Draft as well as any possible trades that could help them regroup for the future.

Raptors gear for rematch vs. skidding Nets (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:28:38 PST)
Over the weekend, the Toronto Raptors experienced a firsthand look at the poor state of basketball in New York. Of course, the Raptors are not concerned with the dysfunction of the New York Knicks or the multitude problems plaguing the Brooklyn Nets. Toronto is 26-13 and on a three-game winning streak.

Cavs and Warriors headline MLK Day for the NBA (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:26:54 PST)
There are days the NBA holds dear, days the league sets even more emphasis on putting its best foot forward. Ranking right up near the top of that list is Monday, Martin Luther King Day. The league produced an ad featuring Pau Gasol, Mike Conley and Paul George that promotes togetherness and unity, and the headliner of the day's slate of games is the highly anticipated rematch between Golden State and Cleveland.

Harden's triple-double leads Rockets past Nets
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:28:27 PST)
(Reuters) - Eric Gordon's sprained left big toe was not normal on Friday and neither was the pace and 3-point rhythm of the Houston Rockets. Pace and rhythm returned in a big way for the Rockets, who also mixed in effective second-half defense against the worst team in the league. Gordon scored 24 points, James Harden recorded his 12th triple-double of the season with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as Houston snapped its first losing streak of the season with a 137-112 rout of the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night.

NBA-Harden's triple-double leads Rockets past Nets
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:24:35 PST)
Eric Gordon's sprained left big toe was not normal on Friday and neither was the pace and 3-point rhythm of the Houston Rockets. Pace and rhythm returned in a big way for the Rockets, who also mixed in effective second-half defense against the worst team in the league. Gordon scored 24 points, James Harden recorded his 12th triple-double of the season with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as Houston snapped its first losing streak of the season with a 137-112 rout of the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night.

NBA-Highlights of Sunday's NBA games
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:21:50 PST)
Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Sunday: Hawks 111, Bucks 98 It didn't take long for Mike Dunleavy to change his mind about the trade that brought him to Atlanta. The 14-year veteran almost sought a buyout when he was acquired by the Hawks in a deal that sent Kyle Korver to Cleveland on Jan. 7. Thunder 122, Kings 118 Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to record his 20th triple-double of the season, and Evan Kanter came off the bench to score 29 as Oklahoma City beat Sacramento at the Golden 1 Center.

12th triple-double for Harden in Rockets rout
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:25:22 PST)
James Harden bagged his 12th triple-double of the season as the Houston Rockets routed the Brooklyn Nets 137-112 to end their two-game losing streak on Sunday. Harden compiled 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, completing his triple with three assists in the final quarter as the Rockets pummelled the Nets. Harden was one of six Houston players to make double figures as the Rockets bounced back from consecutive losses to Minnesota and Memphis.

Harden's 12th triple-double helps Rockets end 2-game skid (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:25:20 PST)
Even an offense as potent as Houston's can go cold during the long NBA winter. Harden had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in his 12th triple-double of the season and the Rockets easily ended their first losing streak by beating the Nets 137-112 on Sunday night. Held to 105 points in losses to Minnesota and Memphis, the Rockets bounced back with 104 after three quarters and handed the Nets their 10th straight loss.

Lin still out for Nets as they give away his bobblehead (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:47:33 PST)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jeremy Lin remains sidelined for the Brooklyn Nets on the night they are giving away his bobblehead.

Bulls will be without Wade when they host Grizzles (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:42:04 PST)
In the last two weeks, the Memphis Grizzlies produced memorable road comebacks against elite Western Conference teams. The first time the Grizzlies followed up a big comeback, they did not have an emotional letdown. Now the Grizzlies get another chance to follow up a big rally Sunday night when they host the Chicago Bulls in the 15th edition of their Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration game.

Porzingis' status still uncertain as Knicks prepare for Raptors (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:04:46 PST)
The New York Knicks are coming off a win against the Chicago Bulls that they desperately needed, and the Toronto Raptors are fresh off a fully-expected win over the Brooklyn Nets when they turned it on when needed. The Raptors won 118-107 in the first meeting on Nov. 12, using a strong fourth quarter. The Knicks (18-22) enter the game Sunday with questions surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and his sore left Achilles' tendon.

Rockets take aim at league's worst team -- Nets (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:20:45 PST)
The Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets are among the leaders in attempted 3-pointers. The differences between the teams is how many actually go in and for the Rockets they will attempt to rebound from a dreadful perimeter showing Sunday night when they visit the Nets. Houston leads the league in 3-point attempts at 39.9 per game and 1,675 overall.

Cavs snap skid, Grizzlies down Rockets
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:37:02 PST)
The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a two-game skid, with Kyrie Irving leading the way with 26 points in a 120-108 victory over the Kings in Sacramento. Kyle Korver, recently arrived in a trade from Atlanta, added 18 points off the bench and superstar LeBron James contributed 16 points and 15 assists in his latest outing in the city where he made his NBA debut in 2003. The Cavs responded with a 16-4 scoring run that included seven points from Korver.

NBA-Highlights from Friday's NBA games
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:37:18 PST)
Highlights from Friday's National Basketball Association games: 76ers 102, Hornets 93 Joel Embiid had 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots as the surging Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Hornets 102-93 on Friday. Dario Saric added 15 points for the Sixers, who won their third straight and their fifth in six games. Ersan Ilyasova finished with 12 points and Robert Covington and Sergio Rodriguez contributed 11 apiece for Philadelphia (12-25).

Parker, Antetokounmpo lead Bucks past Heat, 116-108 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:13:27 PST)
The Milwaukee Bucks made quick work of the slumping Miami Heat. Jabari Parker had 24 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19 and the Bucks scored 42 first-quarter points in their 116-108 victory Friday night. ''The first quarter was a great carryover from our last game,'' Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said, pointing to Bucks' victory Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Allen has season-high 22 as Grizzlies down Rockets 110-105 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:13:27 PST)
The Memphis Grizzlies have developed a knack for beating the best in the West. Tony Allen scored a season-high 22 points and Mike Conley added 17 as the Grizzlies, who are sixth in the West, improved to 4-0 combined against the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors this season. ''We've just got to start treating everybody like they're those teams,'' Conley said.

Kardashians give Tristan Thompson All-Star bump, and Hassan Whiteside doesn't want to talk about it (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:03:30 PST)
Hassan Whiteside (left) and Tristan Thompson (right) are battling for All-Star positioning. One of the hundreds of thousands of NBA fans who have cast a vote using the hashtag #NBAVOTE on social media.

The NBA wants to speed up games to suit 'short millennial attention spans' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:50:10 PST)
Over the past five years, NBA decision-makers have toyed with all sorts of ways to speed up games and shorten the total amount of time it takes for two teams to play 48 minutes. Blow more horns to keep timeouts from running long! A 90-second pre-tipoff clock to cut down on time-wasting pregame handshakes! Literally cutting four minutes off the game! Before Thursday’s meeting between the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers at O2 Arena in jolly ol’ London, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reiterated his league’s commitment to trying to shave every last second it can off of games, because … well, because today’s young people just can’t properly appreciate the truly bold and rich flavors of a timeout-filled tactical back-and-forth.

Timberwolves host Thunder, Westbrook (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:08:59 PST)
A tough four-game homestand for the Minnesota Timberwolves included the defensive-minded Utah Jazz, followed by a slight reprieve against the Dallas Mavericks before Minnesota was scheduled to host the top triple-double men in the NBA, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. The Timberwolves kept Harden from a triple-double and, most importantly, beat the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. On Friday they will host Oklahoma City and Westbrook for the first time this season.

76ers on a roll ahead of Hornets' visit (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:46:24 PST)
The struggling Charlotte Hornets find themselves in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. The surging Philadelphia 76ers, who host the Hornets on Friday, can only hope to be there at some point as well. "Playoff time, baby," rookie center Joel Embiid joked after the Sixers beat the New York Knicks 98-97 Wednesday night on a buzzer-beating jumper by guard T.J. McConnell.

LeBron, Steph top 2nd round of All-Star voting, and fans are still gaga for Zaza (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:15:12 PST)
LeBron James continues to lead all candidates in voter support to start in next month’s 2017 NBA All-Star Game, according to the voting update the league released Thursday afternoon, and stands as the first player to reach 1 million votes. He’ll soon be joined by the other players fans would like to see start … including, still, in defiance of the NBA’s will, Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia.

Rockets aim to start new streak against Grizzlies (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:37:31 PST)
The Rockets recorded a pair of unappealing firsts on Wednesday night in Minnesota, and when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night at Toyota Center, they'll look to avoid another. With their loss to the Timberwolves, the Rockets (31-10) fell on the second night of a back-to-back for the first time in 10 occurrences. Additionally, the Timberwolves were the first team with a losing record to defeat the shorthanded Rockets this season.

George Gervin stands as the rare, retired, modern NBA fan: 'This game is the best that it’s been' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:01:42 PST)
George Gervin takes it all in. The San Antonio Spurs legend recently talked about the state of the modern NBA in a discussion with USA Today and, shockingly, Gervin actually had plenty of nice things to say about the league he played in for a decade between 1976 and 1986. In opposition to several of his fellow retired counterparts – Gary Payton, Oscar Robertson and Charles Oakley among them – Gervin actually digs the NBA in its current state.

Timberwolves halt red-hot Rockets' NBA win streak
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:45:44 PST)
Andrew Wiggins scored a team high 28 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped the Houston Rockets nine-game winning streak with a 119-105 NBA victory at the Target Center arena. Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday tallied 23 points and 18 rebounds to post his ninth consecutive double-double and Ricky Rubio had 10 points and tied his career high with 17 assists in the Timberwolves' second straight win. "I'm not going to joke with you," said Canadian Wiggins.

NBA-Highlights from Wednesday's NBA games
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:46:18 PST)
Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Wednesday: Timberwolves 119, Rockets 105 Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns posted his ninth straight double-double with 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves held on to beat the Houston Rockets 119-105 on Wednesday night. Ricky Rubio had 10 points and tied his career high and a franchise best with 17 assists in the Timberwolves' second straight win. Brandon Rush had 12 points on four three-pointers in his first start for Minnesota and Shabazz Muhammad added 20 points off the bench.

Mavericks meet Suns south of the border (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:04:52 PST)
The game will represent the 25th anniversary of NBA games in Mexico City, with the Mavericks having teamed with the Houston Rockets to play the first, a preseason game in 1992. Since then, one game (San Antonio vs. Minnesota) was cancelled due to smoke in the Mexico City Arena, but the action picked up again on Nov. 12, 2014, when the Rockets returned to defeat the Timberwolves 113-103 in a regular-season game.

Westbrook's 18th triple-double leads Thunder past Grizzlies (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:17:30 PST)
Russell Westbrook made fewer than a third of his shots and still dominated the Memphis Grizzlies. Oklahoma City's point guard posted his 18th triple-double of the season, and the Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 103-95 on Wednesday night. Westbrook shot just 6 of 19 and missed all seven of his 3-pointers, but finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for the 55th triple-double of his career.

Wiggins, Wolves snap Houston streak at 9 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:41:36 PST)
Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 Wednesday night to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 119-105. James Harden scored 33 points and had 12 assists for Houston, which saw its nine-game winning streak end. Ricky Rubio tied his own franchise record with 17 assists to go with 10 points.

Four Corners: Who's the biggest disappointment in the NBA? (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:00:36 PST)
The topic on the roundtable: What has been the biggest disappointment of the 2016-17 NBA season? Damian Lillard and the Blazers have fielded one of the NBA’s worst defenses. The Blazers signed Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli for a combined $85 million, and true to form, they’ve combined for all of 0.6 win shares this season.

Harden plays down MVP talk after latest NBA triple, Cavaliers downed
(Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:54:57 PST)
Houston star James Harden played down talk of being this season's NBA MVP after his latest high-scoring triple-double as the Cleveland Cavaliers stumbled to defeat against Utah. Harden, one of several players excelling in a high-scoring season across the league, on Tuesday finished with 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists as Houston improved to 31-9 with a 121-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets. The Rockets talisman came to Houston's rescue after Charlotte staged a dramatic fourth quarter fightback to take a shock lead.

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