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January 23, 2021

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Wizards sign Len, Bell before Sunday restart

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WASHINGTON — The short-handed Wizards signed free-agent centers Alex Len and Jordan Bell on Saturday, trying to fill out a roster decimated by COVID-19 and injuries. The Wizards have scrapped six games since a win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 11 made them 3-8. They are scheduled to play......

Pacers try to get right vs. Magic

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Hawks visit short-handed Timberwolves

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Hawks visit short-handed Timberwolves Atlanta and Minnesota, who were on opposite sides of fourth-quarter comebacks in their most recent outings, square off Friday in Minneapolis. The Hawks overcame a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit to score a rousing 123-115 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons. Also on Wednesday night, Minnesota squandered a......

Rockets visit Mavs in matchup of teams on back-to-backs

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Nets look to shake off back-to-back losses, face Heat next

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AP News The new-look Brooklyn Nets showcased enough offense in Cleveland. They struggled on the other end, however, resulting in a lost two-game trip. The Nets will not have much time, but they hope to correct some of their defensive issues Saturday night when they host the shorthanded Miami Heat.......

Pelicans search for defense into T-Wolves matchup

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AP News The New Orleans Pelicans have been playing very bad defense. Maybe they can slow down the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves offense. The Pelicans have allowed 111 or more points in each of their last nine games. That includes a season-high points allowed in a 129-118 loss at Utah on......

Surging Sixers set for 2-game set vs. slumping Pistons

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SI – For more and to sign up click here AP News Thanks to Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers collected back-to-back victories against one of their main Eastern Conference rivals. They now get a chance to fatten their record with a two-game set against the NBA’s worst team. Following home......

‘His winning formula is amazing’: Ben Simmons’ fourth-quarter breakout showcases his full potential

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1:41 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN As Friday night’s game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers wore on, Ben Simmons was nowhere to be seen. Through three quarters, Simmons had eight assists but only four points on just three shots, and he appeared well on his way to a fifth......

Clippers dominate, beat Thunder 120-106 for 6th win in row

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points, Paul George added 29 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-106 on Friday night for their sixth straight win. Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Clippers improve to 12-4, tying the Lakers for......

Kyrie on road trip: ‘Two humbling losses’ to Cavs

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After a 125-113 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night, the Brooklyn Nets leave their road trip to Cleveland 0-2 and have a slew of defensive breakdowns to review in their next film session. “This was two humbling losses,” Nets point guard Kyrie Irving said after Friday’s game. Scoring wasn’t......

Clint Capela Joins Exclusive 10-Block Triple-Double Club in Hawks Win

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trae Young scored a season-high 43 points, Clint Capela had 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks, and the Atlanta Hawks topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98 on Friday night. Young scored 25 points in the......

High-flying Embiid, Sixers face Celtics again

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Joel Embiid has risen from All-Star to an NBA Most Valuable Player candidate. Following a strict offseason conditioning program, Embiid has led the Philadelphia 76ers to the top of the Eastern Conference. Embiid’s 42 points and 10 rebounds helped propel the Sixers past the visiting Boston Celtics 117-109 on Wednesday.......

Source: Draymond T lifted after ref’s mea culpa

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The NBA has rescinded Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green‘s second technical foul from Thursday night’s loss to the New York Knicks, a league source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. The quick reversal does not come as a surprise given that Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game that......

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