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NBA roundup: Irving scores 38 as Celts trip Grizzlies

Kyrie Irving stalled a Memphis Grizzlies rally with two consecutive jumpers and later added a game-clinching 3-pointer to cap off a 38-point effort as the host Boston Celtics held on for a 122-116 victory on Friday night. Jan 18, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots the ball past Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Marcus Smart and Al Horford also hit key late hoops to finish off high-scoring nights in helping the…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v NBA star Mario Hezonja

Arsenal’s game with Chelsea on Saturday is a crucial game in the battle for the top four, but who will come out on top? BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “The Gunners were beaten at Stamford Bridge at the start of the season but they had a very good spell in the game when they battered the Blues. “The Gunners have defensive issues but they showed against Tottenham before Christmas what they are capable of in big games like this. “With the crowd behind them, it would be typical…

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NBA chief Silver says takes threats to Kanter seriously

LONDON (Reuters) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he supported Turkish player Enes Kanter’s decision to skip New York Knicks’ game against Washington Wizards in London on Thursday because of fears over his safety. Jan 17, 2019; London, ENG; NBA commissioner Adam Silver gives a pre game press conference before the game between the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards at The O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports The 26-year-old center has been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his human rights record and was…

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NBA roundup: Nets shock Harden, Rockets in OT

Spencer Dinwiddie converted a three-point play with 28 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Brooklyn Nets erased a seven-point deficit in the extra session for a 145-142 victory over the host Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Jan 14, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) is guarded by Boston Celtics guard Brad Wanamaker (9) in the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth period and overtime, including three 3-pointers in the final 27 seconds…

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Matter of time for Paris regular-season game: NBA

LONDON (Reuters) – Paris and Berlin are in the running to join London and host a regular-season NBA fixture as the American basketball league looks to continue its expansion in Europe. FILE PHOTO: Jan 11, 2018; London, ENG; An overall view during the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics at The O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo For the ninth successive year a sell-out crowd at London’s O2 Arena will watch a competitive NBA game on Thursday when the New York Knicks tackle the…

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Take-Two, NBA extend global partnership

(Reuters) – Videogame publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc’s 2K label, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on Tuesday announced a multi-year global partnership extension. The agreement allows Take-Two’s 2K studio to continue making its NBA 2K videogame franchise and other NBA-branded games, including smartphone apps. NBA 2K recently launched NBA 2K19 after setting a series record for NBA 2K18 with 10 million units sold. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the video game franchise. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, the…

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NBA roundup: Doncic hits big 3-pointer to sink Wolves

Rookie sensation Luka Doncic drained the game-winning 3-pointer, scored a team-high 29 points and finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a rare road win, 119-115 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in Minneapolis. Jan 11, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots over the Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the fourth quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports Doncic, the second-leading All-Star vote-getter in the Western Conference so far, went toe to toe with…

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NBA roundup: Popovich ties for 3rd on wins list

DeMar DeRozan had 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Gregg Popovich continued his climb up the NBA’s career wins list as the visiting San Antonio Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons 119-107 on Monday. Jan 7, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket agasint Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Bullock (25) during the third quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports Popovich earned the 1,221st victory of his career, tying him with Jerry Sloan for third on the…

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NBA roundup: Raptors down Pacers without Leonard

Norman Powell scored a season-best 23 points off the bench and the Toronto Raptors, playing without Kawhi Leonard but with Kyle Lowry back in the lineup, defeated the visiting Indiana Pacers 121-105 Sunday night. Jan 6, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) and guard Isaac Bonga (17) during the fourth quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports Lowry had 12 points and eight assists after missing six straight games with a stiff back.…

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NBA roundup: Celtics rip Mavs wire-to-wire

Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 114-93, wire-to-wire victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Jan 4, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reaches for the ball during the first half again the Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Jayson Tatum added 18 points and Marcus Smart had 17, including five 3-pointers, to pick up the scoring slack for Boston with leading scorer Kyrie Irving missing a second consecutive game with…

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