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J.R. Smith Credits Leaving New York City Night Life for Resurgence in Cleveland

J.R. Smith Credits Leaving New York City Night Life for Resurgence in ClevelandJim McIssac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since being traded from the New York Knicks to Cleveland Cavaliers, guard J.R. Smith has played much better as of late. According to Smith the reason is because he's away from the New York City night life. Smith wa...

Nets’ Doctors Expect Mirza Teletovic to Make Full Recovery from Blood Clots

Nets’ Doctors Expect Mirza Teletovic to Make Full Recovery from Blood Clots

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- About a week after learning he had multiple blood clots in his lungs, Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic expects to make a full recovery.

It was unclear if or when the second-year forward would get back onto the court, but doctors say Teletovic will be back eventually.

“Mirza was diagnosed with pulmonary embolus on January 22 and started on the appropriate medications for this condition," Nets Team Physician Dr. Michael Farber said. "Diagnostic testing was arranged and he was then observed until testing showed that he reached the expected therapeutic range. We are pleased to say that he reports no symptoms at this time and that he will be discharged to return home today.”

“This was a true collaborative effort between our medical team and training staff and the local physicians at the Los Angeles hospital where Mirza was treated," Farber continued. "I am really pleased with how Mirza has progressed. We will evaluate him upon return, personally review all of the testing he had done, and arrange for further testing if necessary.”

“I expect Mirza to make a full recovery,” he added.

In 40 games this season, Teletovic was averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds off the bench for the Nets.

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Irving Nets 55 to Lead Cavs to 8th-Straight Win

Irving Nets 55 to Lead Cavs to 8th-Straight Win

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, offsetting the absence of Lebron James, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Portland Trail Blazers 99-94 Wednesday night.The Cavaliers (27-20) have now won eight straight. Irving was on fire most of the game, scoring 29 of Cleveland's 54 first-half points. He also hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers the win.Portland (32-14) received an admirable performance from LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge scored 38 points and grabbed 11 boards in the loss.Irving's 55 points is the most scored by any player in a game this season, and also breaks the Quicken Loans Arena scoring record that was held by Allen Iverson.

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Charlotte Hornets G Kemba Walker Has Knee Surgery

Charlotte Hornets G Kemba Walker Has Knee Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery on Wednesday in New York to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, the team announced. He is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks.

The 24-year-old Walker is averaging a team-high 18.8 points, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game this season. He has scored 20 or more points in 14 of his last 21 games he has played.

Charlotte originally selected Walker out of Connecticut with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. In four seasons with the Hornets, he has averaged 16.5 points, 5.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/27/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/27/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Men's Top 25 College Basketball: (14) VCU 72 (17-3) - George Washington 48 (16-5)

(17) West Virginia 65 (17-3) - Kansas State 59 (12-9)

Xavier 66 (14-7) - (21) Georgetown 53 (14-6)

NBA: Toronto Raptors 104 (30-15) - Indiana Pacers 88 (16-31)

Cleveland Cavaliers 103 (26-20) - Detroit Pistons 95 (17-29)

Milwaukee Bucks 109 (23-22) - Miami Heat 102 (20-25)

NHL:  Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (21-22-3, 45pts) - Washington Capitals 3 (24-14-9, 57pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (27-12-8, 62pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (26-15-8, 60pts)

New York Islanders 4 (32-14-1, 65pts) - New York Rangers 1 (27-14-4, 58pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (20-22-7, 47pts) - Arizona Coyotes 3 (16-25-6, 38pts) - SO

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (17-25-5, 39pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (30-15-4, 64pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/26/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/26/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (13) North Carolina 93 (17-4) - Syracuse 83 (14-7)

(15) Iowa State 89 (15-4) - (19) Texas 86 (14-6)

NBA:  Sacramento Kings (16-27) @ New York Knicks (8-37) - Postponed

Portland Trail Blazers (32-13) @ Brooklyn Nets (18-26) - Postponed

Oklahoma City Thunder 92 (23-22) - Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (7-37)

New Orleans Pelicans 99 (24-21) - Philadelphia 76ers 74 (8-37)

Memphis Grizzlies 103 (32-12) - Orlando Magic 94 (15-33)

Boston Celtics 99 (16-27) - Utah Jazz 90 (16-29)

Los Angeles Clippers 102 (31-14) - Denver Nuggets 98 (18-27)

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Suns’ Goran Dragic Looking Forward to Free Agency

Suns’ Goran Dragic Looking Forward to Free Agency

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic will be one of the top free agent names on the market this summer as he has the opportunity to opt out of his contract after this season. And he's embracing the chance to explore his playing options.

“Every team in the NBA is an option to me, because it is a privilege to play for any team in the NBA," he told the Houston Chronicle. "When the time comes I’m going to sit down with my family and my agent and try to make the best decision for myself.”

Now in his seventh NBA season, the 28-year-old Dragic has flourished in his second tenure with the Suns. In 44 games this season, Dragic is averaging 16.5 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game in the guard-heavy Suns rotation. Last season, Dragic averaged a career-high 20.3 points per game.

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Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- On way to a victory over the Chicago Bulls, a remarkable event occurred for the Miami Heat. Hassan Whiteside, a center who has worked on his craft in the Developmental League, recorded a triple double for the Heat in their 96-84 win.

By putting up 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks, Whiteside recorded his first career triple-double. He also did this in 25 minutes of action; achieving the feat in the second shortest period of time in the shot clock era. 

"It's a blessing. Like I told my teammates, you won't believe how things work out in life," said Whiteside. "Three months ago I was at the downtown Y just chilling, working on my game. I couldn't get a team to pick up the phone."

A second round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2010, many teams chose to steer themselves away from Whiteside because of questions about his attitude. After working on his craft overseas and in the D-League, Whiteside signed with the Heat in November.

“That’s what the team needs,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It gives us a very different dimension. It’s a credit to him for continuing to work hard and match it with his talent.”

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Report: Mavericks Likely to Sign Jermaine O’Neal

Report: Mavericks Likely to Sign Jermaine O’Neal

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Sport(DALLAS, Tx.) -- The Dallas Mavericks are inching closer to signing center Jermaine O'Neal.

The 36-year-old center, who is currently rehabilitating from numerous injuries and chronic ailments, is likely to join the Mavericks around the All-Star break, according to ESPN.

O'Neal, an 18 year veteran, last played in the 2013-2014 season with the Golden State Warriors. He has had multiple surgeries to repair both wrists and undergone plasma-rich therapy on both knees to alleviate tendinitis.

After acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Celtics on Dec. 18, the Mavericks are now seeking to add depth to their front line.

For his career, O'Neal has averaged 13.2 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. 

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Pistons’ Point Guard Brandon Jennings out 6-9 Month with Achilles Injury

Pistons’ Point Guard Brandon Jennings out 6-9 Month with Achilles Injury

NBA via Milwaukee Bucks(MILWAUKEE) -- The Detroit Pistons' biggest fears have come true as point guard Brandon Jennings will miss the next 6-9 months with an Achilles injury.

"6/9months." Jennings posted on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, confirming the injury.

Jennings fell to the floor during the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night after he planted his left leg while he was guarding on inbounds pass. He had to be carried off the court by teammates.

"We gotta just keep pushin' WE (Pistons) worked to hard to get down about anything right now. We gotta stay focus on the main Goal. Playoffs!" Jennings tweeted after the game.

Since waiving forward Josh Smith, Jennings has played some of the best basketball of his career for the white-hot Pistons.

This past Wednesday, he dished out a career-high 21 assists and was coming into his own in his second season with the team.

In 41 games this season, Jennings averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/24/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/24/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAM: (1) Kentucky 58 (19-0)- South Carolina 43 (10-8) 

(6) Wisconsin 69 (18-2) - Michigan 64 (12-8)

Texas Tech 78 (14-4) - (9) Iowa State 73 (14-4)

(11)- Kansas 75 (16-3) - (17) Texas 62 (14-5)

(15) North Carolina 78 (16-4) - Florida State 74 (10-10) 

(18) West Virginia 95 (16-3) - TCU 85 (14-5)

(21) Baylor 69 (15-4) - (19) Oklahoma 58 (12-7)

(23) Dayton 63 (16-3) - Richmond 60 (10-9)

Purdue 67 (12-8) - (25) Iowa 63 (13-7)

Senior Bowl: North 34 - South 13

 

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Sixers Lose Leading Scorer Tony Wroten to Torn ACL

Sixers Lose Leading Scorer Tony Wroten to Torn ACL

Brian A. Wsterholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia 76ers will have an even harder time winning games this season as leading scorer Tony Wroten will miss the rest of the season with a partially torn ACL.

“During our game against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 16, Tony Wroten suffered an injury to his right knee," The team announced in a statement. "Over the past week, we have worked closely with Tony, our medical and sports performance teams, his representatives, and renowned specialists in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and provide him with the best possible care."

In his third NBA season, the 21-year-old Wroten was having the best season of his young career. In 30 games he averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game while coming off the bench and starting for the team.

“I don’t think there is anybody else who can do what he did,” Brown said. “He was such a kamikaze, fearless competitor that this city fell in love with — they loved his energy.”

Wroten originally was selected 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012.

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Klay Thompson Scores 37 Points In 3rd Quarter of Warriors Win over Kings

Klay Thompson Scores 37 Points In 3rd Quarter of Warriors Win over Kings

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- It was a night that Klay Thompson won't soon forget as he set an NBA record Friday night, scoring 37 points in the third quarter of the team's win over the Sacramento Kings.

Thompson broke the record shared by Carmelo Anthony and George Gervin as made all 13 shots he took in the quarter, including nine from the 3-point line. He wound up finishing the game with 52 points.

"It was kind of a blur. I wish I could go back and enjoy it some more, but moments like that go by really fast," Thompson said.

During the quarter, Thompson's teammates kept feeding him the ball, even passing up their own open looks just to see if Thompson could keep his historic streak going.

"They just kept wanting to see the show," Thompson said. "That's what they kept telling me."

With the win, the Warriors improved to 35-6, the best record in the NBA.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Toronto Raptors 91 (28-15) - Philadelphia 76ers 86 (8-35)

Cleveland Cavaliers 129 (24-20) - Charlotte Hornets 90 (18-26)

Atlanta Hawks 103 (36-8) - Oklahoma City Thunder 93 (22-21)

New York Knicks 113 (8-36) - Orlando Magic 106 (15-31)

Miami Heat 89 (19-24) - Indiana Pacers 87 (15-30)

Chicago Bulls 102 (29-16) - Dallas Mavericks 98 (30-14)

New Orleans Pelicans 92 (22-21) - Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (7-35)

San Antonio Spurs 99 (28-17) - Los Angeles Lakers 85 (12-32)

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (16) VCU 63 (16-3) - Saint Louis 61 (9-10)

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Kobe Bryant Expected to Miss Rest of the Season

Kobe Bryant Expected to Miss Rest of the Season

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant's season is over after he suffered a torn rotator cuff during Wednesday night's loss to New Orleans, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports.

Bryant met with doctors in Los Angeles on Friday and team doctor Steven Lombardo found a significant tear in Bryant's right shoulder.

It's a tough blow for Bryant and the Lakers, who have struggled to see him on the court over the last two seasons.

Bryant was sidelined due to a torn Achilles injury and a knee injury that allowed him to play six games last year.

Bryant will take the weekend to decide whether he'll undergo surgery and has an appointment with team doctor Neal ElAttrache on Monday. 

Bryant was voted to his 17th consecutive All-Star game after averaging 22.3 points in 35 games this year.

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NBA All-Stars Announced

NBA All-Stars Announced

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new era has arrived in the NBA as young stars are taking over the league. On Thursday night, the NBA released the All-Star Game starters.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry passed Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James as the overall leading vote-getter for the event.

"This means a lot; it's something that I don't take for granted," Curry said in a statement. "To have support of fans not only in the Bay Area but across the nation and across the world, supporting not only myself but our team, it means a lot."

Here are the Eastern Conference starters: Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James, Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Here are the Western Conference starters: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.

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L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Has Torn Rotator Cuff

L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Has Torn Rotator Cuff

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Lakers star Kobe Bryant has a tear in his right rotator cuff, the team announced on Thursday. The 16-time All-Star will return to Los Angeles from San Antonio and be examined by team doctors on Friday.

The 36-year-old Bryant injured his shoulder during the second half of the Lakers' 96-80 loss to the Pelicans Wednesday night in New Orleans when he went for a two-handed slam dunk.

In 35 games this season, Bryant is averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Last season, he played in just six games because of injuries to his knee and Achilles.

Bryant has won five NBA championships during his 19-year career with the Lakers.

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Bucks Point Guard Kendall Marshall Out for Season with Torn ACL

Bucks Point Guard Kendall Marshall Out for Season with Torn ACL

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(ST. FRANCIS, Mil.) -- The Milwaukee Bucks continue to lose key players from their lineup. The team announced that reserve point guard Kendall Marshall will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Marshall is a big part of the team's bench rotation. The Bucks' bench averages 43.6 points per game, the highest in the NBA.

"He's been great for us," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "It's disappointing. It's an unfortunate accident for a player who was playing well.

"We'll play the 11 that we have and we'll go from there," Kidd added. "Kendall brought a lot to the table for us, being able to anchor that second group, keep the ball moving and post up, too."

In 28 games this season, Marshall was averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 assists per game.

The Bucks are also dealing with the loss of rookie foreard Jabari Parker, also due to a torn ACL, and the suspension of center Larry Sanders.

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NBA Analyst Greg Anthony Suspended After Arrest

NBA Analyst Greg Anthony Suspended After Arrest

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(NEW YORK) -- NBA analyst Greg Anthony has been suspended from his duties with CBS after being arrested Friday night.

Both Turner Sports and CBS announced after the arrest that Anthony will not appear on-air for an indefinite period of time. CBS released a statement: "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season."

Anthony was arrested in Washington, DC and charged with soliciting a prostitute according to police records. He was arrested in a DoubleTree Hotel as part of an undercover sting targeting prostitution.

"I made a mistake,'' Anthony said. "With this lapse of judgment, I embarrassed many, including myself. I will work to regain the trust that I have lost, and the first step is saying that I am sorry.''

 Anthony played 11 seasons, with six teams, amassing 5,497 points and 2,997 steals. 

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Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders Suspended

Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders Suspended

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE, Wi.) -- Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended at least 10 games for a second violation of the NBA's anti-drug policy. 

Sanders, who is suspended effective Monday when the Bucks play the Raptors, will not be eligible to return until he has completed the league's treatment program.

Milwaukee had been without Sanders since December 23 when rumors began to circulate that he would walk away from basketball. 

Sanders spoke to the media after a January 6th game saying that he did not intend to leave the game but needed personal time.

"Without these things being corrected, I don't think basketball will be something I can even do," Sanders said at the time. 

In 27 games this season, Sanders is averaging 21.7 minutes per game with 7.3 PPG and 6.1 RPG.

Since signing a four-year, $44 million contract extension before the 2013-2014 season, Sanders has played in 50 games with Milwaukee.  

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