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Arron Afflalo of Orlando Magic, Nemanja Bjelica of Minnesota Timberwolves ejected after fight

Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica were ejected with 7:58 left in the second quarter when they got into a fight while the game was being played. Afflalo threw at least one punch in the fight, which came four minutes after both players had been assessed technical fouls. “I don’t want to feel like a victim here, that’s part of the game,” Bjelica said. “But he took a swing at me, and I was just trying to protect myself, first of all, and to calm…

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Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors still leads NBA jersey sales

The marketing rise of Giannis Antetokounmpo hit another milestone on Tuesday, as the Milwaukee Bucks power forward finished fourth in the league in jersey sales for the first three months of the season. The “Greek Freak” made his debut among the league’s best selling jerseys at No. 14 last January. By season’s end, he was at No. 9 and, on Tuesday, when the league published rankings of the best sellers on the NBA’s website from October through December, Antetokounmpo passed Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, who finished fourth and sixth in…

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Multiple Cleveland Cavaliers players acknowledge growing discontent, concern about current state of team

CLEVELAND — Following the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 118-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, multiple players acknowledged growing discontent and a strong sense of concern that unlike past seasons, the team does not have the capability to fix its problems and get back on a championship track. Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems — an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players — could simply be worked out through patience and…

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Kristaps Porzingis can follow Anthony Davis’ model to success – Knicks Blog

NEW YORK — Anthony Davis’ game at Madison Square Garden the other day was the kind of performance the New York Knicks — and their fans — hope to get from Kristaps Porzingis at some point. Davis put up 48 points and 17 rebounds to go with four steals and three blocks in an overtime win Sunday. That’s the kind of stat line that only a few people on the planet can produce. Davis has done it twice in his five-year career. Hakeem Olajuwon is the only other player to…

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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James comments on Martin Luther King Day

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James used his platform to promote peace and togetherness in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day on Monday. “The state of racism will never die, but what we cannot do is allow it to conquer us as people,” James said after Cavs’ shootaround in preparation for their NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors on Monday. “We can’t allow it to divide us. … The guy in control has given people and racism, and negative racism, an…

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New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis helps beat New York Knicks with 48-point performance

NEW YORK — New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis had a simple explanation for his 48-point, 17-rebound performance against the New York Knicks on Sunday. “I just tried to get us going on both ends of the floor. I was able just to continue to make shots,” Davis said. That’s quite an understatement. Davis set a season-high for points on Sunday and compiled a stat line rarely seen in the NBA. In the process, he helped the New Orleans Pelicans rebound from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Knicks…

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Adam Silver — Donald Trump controversy ‘impetus’ for change

MEMPHIS — After taking an emotional tour of the National Civil Rights Museum, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said President Donald Trump’s reportedly vulgar comments about immigration and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death are “an impetus to continue pushing forward” toward impacting social injustice. Silver told ESPN that Trump’s reference about Haiti and some African countries, as reported by multiple outlets last week, “is discouraging” but will not “deter” the work of the NBA and NBPA in creating real change in communities. “I think for both Michele…

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Isaiah Thomas of Cleveland Cavaliers ready to play Golden State Warriors

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — After an uneven start to his comeback from a torn labrum in his right hip, Isaiah Thomas says that his apparent regression his last couple games is not surprising. “I knew it was going to be like this,” the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard said after practice Sunday. “I have no legs. So it’s going to take some time to get it back, even when I played well those first two games I told Coach (Tyronn) Lue it didn’t feel right. It was kind of fool’s gold.” Thomas…

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Zach LaVine returns for Bulls in win

0:43 In his first game in a Bulls uniform, Zach LaVine scores 14 points and hits three shots from deep in a victory against the Pistons. CHICAGO — Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine scored 14 points in his season debut in Saturday night’s 107-105 win over the Detroit Pistons, after missing almost a year while recovering from a left ACL injury. “It felt really good,” LaVine said after the game. “Just to be out there playing again, having that feeling; I haven’t had it in such a long time. To…

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Warriors offense crests in Toronto

0:37 As the Raptors try to fight back against the Warriors, Steph Curry responds to a Toronto fourth-quarter triple with one of his own. TORONTO — The Golden State Warriors were playing their fifth game in eight days, their third game in four days and the second of a back-to-back set. All those fatigue-inducing circumstances looked pretty irrelevant for much of Saturday night, as the defending champions built a 27-point lead halftime lead over the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. But then in the second half, and especially…

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