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Derrick White’s career night leads Spurs past Nets, 117-114

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs relied on LaMarcus Aldridge until they were able to put things together against a sneaky zone defense from the Brooklyn Nets. Leaning on Aldridge has worked out pretty well this season. Derrick White scored a career-high 26 points, Aldridge had 20 and the Spurs rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 117-114 on Thursday night, their 16th straight win at home over the Nets. White added six assists, including four in the second half as San Antonio improved to 3-0 on…

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George scores 36, leads Thunder past Bucks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Paul George delivered once again for Oklahoma City. Even Giannis Antetokounmpo was impressed George had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and the Thunder beat Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory. George, an All-Star starter, scored seven points in the final 1:15 to help the Thunder hold off the team with the NBA’s best record. As he stood at the free-throw line late in the game, the M-V-P chants that had been reserved for Russell Westbrook in recent years rained…

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Aldridge leads Spurs past Wizards 132-119

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Gregg Popovich values every possession, so an uncontested dunk by the Washington Wizards on the opening play did not sit well. The Spurs coach quickly rose to call a timeout 16 seconds into the game to forcefully reinforce that communication is critical to defense. LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Spurs regrouped to beat the Wizards 132-119 on Sunday night to snap a two-game skid at home. “We played the last two home games poorly and he wasn’t going to…

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No. 1 Alabama beats No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 to reach title game

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — This season’s Alabama juggernaut has yet to be stopped, and Oklahoma‘s shaky defense sure wasn’t going to get in the way. Maybe Clemson can. Tua Tagovailoa threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns and No. 1-ranked Alabama beat No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 on Saturday night in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl . The high-scoring Sooners reached the semifinal despite a porous defense that was no match for Alabama’s diverse attack, and the defending champion Crimson Tide led 28-0 after only 17 minutes. Alabama…

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Radulov’s goal lifts Stars over Wild 2-1 in OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Alexander Radulov was at the end of his shift and tired, but he was on the other side of the ice from the bench when he entered the offensive zone with the puck and time winding down in overtime. Radulov’s decision to stay on the ice instead of going to the bench for a change paid off in a big way for the Dallas Stars. The veteran forward scored with 10 seconds on the clock in overtime to give Dallas a 2-1 win against the…

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George has 43 and 14 as Thunder hold off Jazz, 107-106

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Paul George hasn’t stopped thinking about last season’s playoff exit against the Utah Jazz. “I’ve owed this to this team. I didn’t like the way I finished in this arena last time I was here. That was on my mind,” said George, who had 43 points and 14 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder hold off Utah 107-106 on Saturday night. The Thunder lost to the Jazz 4-2 in the first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs. George wasn’t fully healthy and struggled at…

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George scores 43, Westbrook has triple-double in Thunder win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan thought his team spent too much time shooting 3-pointers in two losses earlier this season to the Sacramento Kings. But on Wednesday night, the Thunder focused on their inside game and came away with a win. Paul George scored 43 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and Steven Adams grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds in a 132-113 victory over the Kings. Oklahoma City had a season-best 66 rebounds, compared to 43 for Sacramento. “Steven was phenomenal on the glass,” Donovan said.…

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Pelicans with 4 players in double figures, fall to Bucks 123-115

MILWAUKEE (AP) – As usual, Giannis Antetokounmpo put up the big numbers. But it was D.J. Wilson and his fellow reserves who caught the eye of first-year Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. Antetokounmpo had 25 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and the Bucks got a big effort from their bench Wednesday night in a hard-fought 123-115 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. “It’s a huge statement. You need that throughout the season,” Budenholzer said. “You need your bench. It’s a really important part.” Wilson, who has seen little action…

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Spurs led at halftime, lose to Bulls 98-93

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen proudly says he learned a lot from San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich during his two seasons as a Spurs assistant. Boylen even learned how to withstand a crisis and it helped him beat his mentor. Kris Dunn scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23 and the Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun the Spurs 98-93 on Saturday night. “He has helped me grow as a coach and a man,” Boylen said. “In a strange way,…

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George scores 33 to help Thunder top Clippers 110-104

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Paul George rendered the Los Angeles Clippers‘ traps and double-teams useless. Oklahoma City‘s forward shredded the Clippers for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 110-104 victory on Saturday night. “I’m fine being trapped,” George said. “That’s where we’re going to need our guys the most – for them to make plays out of it. Honestly, I think that’s the easiest way for me to get myself going because I make those plays early. And we burn them, we hurt them on those plays.…

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