Spencer Haywood once turned down 10 percent ownership of Nike

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NBA Basketball Spencer Haywood is one of the NBA’s more compelling figures from its past.In 1970, Haywood challenged the league’s eligibility rules in a case that went to the Supreme Court before a settlement. He also won an Olympic gold medal, is a former ABA league MVP, was let go by the Lakers because of a cocaine habit, is a member of the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, and was once married to David Bowie’s widow, Iman. MORE: 2015 Hall of Fame class | How Jesse Owens influenced HaywoodHe recently had his number retired by the University of Detroit. An in夜网论坛teresting dude to say the least. The latest tidbit to surface might be the most intriguing of all.Via ClickonDetroit.com, Haywood turned down a 10 percent ownership share in Nike on the advice of his agent 30 years ago.According to the report, Nike offered $100,000 or 10 percent of the fledgling company for Haywood — 21 years old at the time — to promote its brand.Haywood took the money (via Fox Sports), resulting in a hefty commission for his agent. Forbes places Nike’s current value at $86.2 billion.MORE: Haywood’s new mission: Raising cancer awarenessIn the interview, Haywood doesn’t convey any regret or bitterness about any part of his life. No mention of the lost opportunity for a mind-boggling fortune. Haywood also speaks glowingly of Bowie as a man who cared for his[……]

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Gregg Popovich is cool with Spike Lee, Spurs watch screening of 'Chi-Raq'

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NBA Hardly anyone else has seen ” Chi-Raq”, but the San Antonio Spurs have, thanks to coach Gregg Popovich. Turns out Pop is cool with veteran filmmaker Spike Lee, whom he put in a call to in order to schedule a screening of the movie for the team ahead of its primetime meeting against the Cavs Saturday night. The flick, a modern-day version of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata set on the Southside of Chicago released in theaters nationwide Dec. 4, didn’t do well at the box office. It grossed just $2.6 million, and is already available on DVD.  MORE: NBA players’ wives and girlfriends | No country for big men in the All-Star game    Tonight I Had The Honor Of Screening CHI-RAQ For Coach Popovich And The San Antonio Spurs Here In Cleveland. Tomorrow Night They Play Lebron’s Cavs’夜网论坛. It Has Been A Great, Great Night. Coach Pop Requested The Screening For His Team.A photo posted by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on Jan 29, 2016 at 9:20pm PST Check out the trailer below. It’s no surprise Lee and Popovich know one another. Lee, a die-hard Knicks fan has been a staple at NBA arenas for decades. one of his assistants, Ime Udoka, dates movie star Nia Long.[……]

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Dwight Howard, 30, hopes to play 10 more NBA seasons

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NBA Basketball null null The general consensus is that Dwight Howard, having recently turned 30, has lost a step. But the Rockets center doesn’t see himself slowing down or stopping anytime soon, as he told reporters he hopes to play in the NBA into his 40s. MORE: Best NBA moments from 2015 | All-time best Magic players“That’d be fun if I was to play this game (that long),” Howard said Wednesday, via the Houston Chronicle. “That was always my goal, to play 20 years, 20-something years in this league. I’m extremely happy and blessed to have been able to play this game for as long as I have been so far.” The first overall 夜网论坛pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, Howard is now in his 12th season with his third NBA franchise. His scoring average and field-goal percentage have dropped off in each of his last three seasons. His current average of 13 points per game is the lowest since his rookie season. He’s also been bothered by injuries during the latter half of his career. He hasn’t played a full 82 games since 2009-10 with the Magic.MORE: Dwight went to Houston to play with Harden, commits to making it work“I have played a lot of minutes,” Howard said. “I’ve[……]

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Wizards' John Wall to have precautionary MRI exam on sore left leg

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NBA null null Basketball Wizards point guard John Wall is scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI Thursday in Washington on his left leg to find out what might be causing chronic soreness, The Washington Post reported.Wall, 25, has played through the sore夜网论坛ness in the VMO (vastus medialis obliquus) muscle just above his left knee, keeping alive a streak of playing in all 36 of the Wizards’ games this season despite a string of nagging injuries. Wall expects the MRI exam to show the muscle is only bruised, yet the soreness makes it difficult for him to bend the knee. MORE: Five NBA teams with massive holes to fill | How the Nets can clean up all the ugliness“I know you’re going to deal with nagging injuries throughout the year,” Wall said. “I’m perfectly fine with that. But it’s the ones that — I can’t even bend my knee without it being sore. So that’s the thing that gets frustrating. “But other than that, just got to go out there and compete. But like I always tell you, when I step between those lines I make no excuses. If I play like (crap), I play like (crap). Some people can’t commit to that. But if I play like (crap), I play like (crap). If[……]

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Kobe Bryant 'was by far the toughest,' Grant Hill recalls in Christmas memory

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NBA It was Christmas Day, 2007, and Grant Hill was granted an interesting gift from his coach. Mike D’Antoni told him to defend Kobe Bryant in front of a national TV audience at the Staples Center. Hill was in his first year with the Suns, and he had a decent day, scoring 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting.Bryant — then mostly guarded by Raja Bell, with help from Hill — had 38 points and seven assists. “In Phoenix, why the hell I was guarding him at 36, 37, I don’t know,” Hill told Sporting News. “It was one of those things where, of all the guys I had to guard at that time, he was by far the toughest.”MORE: Kobe’s final season, in photos | 11 most meaningful road trips on Kobe’ tour For the final time in his 20-year career, Kobe Bryant will be on the floor in a Christmas Day matchup on Friday, with the Lakers facing the Clippers in the day’s nightcap. Hill, who is now an analyst with NBA TV (which is in the midst of showing 13 games in 13 nights running through January 2), said that Bryant’s competitive edge was one of the things that made his the toughest to guard, but said he’s liked that Bryant, since announcing his retirement at the end of November, has eased up a bit.“I think he’s not only accepting that he has to retire, but he is accepting all of the respect and admiration from the public,” Hill said. “And he’s letting us in a little more. It’s almost jarring. Not long ago, they played Atlanta and I was wo[……]

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Heat President Pat Riley: Hassan Whiteside trade rumors are 'BS'

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NBA Basketball Heat president Pat Riley told reporters Thursday that there’s nothing wrong his 15-9 team, and he seemed particularly perturbed by trade rumors featuring center Hassan Whiteside.“I can guarantee you there have been no discussions about the B.S. that you have read in the newspapers the last couple of days,” Riley said, via the Miami Herald. “I like our team and I want to see where夜网论坛 we’re headed.” MORE: All-time best Miami Heat playersWhiteside, who is averaging 12.5 points and 10.6 points per game this season, met with reporters a day earlier to address rumors that have the 7-footer possibly heading to either Houston, Sacramento or New York. Some of the NBA’s biggest names — DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony — have surfaced in those Whiteside trade rumors. “A lot of people are speculating,” Whiteside said, via Sun-Sentinel.com. “I just keep playing basketball every day. I’m just going to keep coming in and doing the same thing I’ve been doing.”Despite the Heat’s apparent weakness on the perimeter — they are shooting 31.6 percent from behind the arc this season, next-to-last in the NBA — Riley likes the makeup of the roster. “I don’t think you need to tinker with it,” Riley said. “I don’t believe a lot of things I read about our team because I know we have it. We have that in us.”We have a lot[……]

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Raptors players ban Meek Mill's music from locker rooms in support of Drake

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NBA Basketball The ongoing Drake-Meek Mill rap feud has found its way into the sports world, and it’s not surprising the Raptors have the “Back To Back” rapper’s back. While in London for Toronto’s game against the Magic, Raptors forwar夜网论坛ds Patrick Patterson and James Johnson told Complex that Meek Mill has been banned from the team’s locker rooms for a long time and “no one plays Meek Mill.” MORE: Who’s filling massive holes in trade season? | Obama in the All-Star Celebrity GameRather the team likes to listen to Young Thug, Drake, Rick Ross, Weezy and Rich Homie Quan. Despite the rap feud, Drake, a Toronto native and global ambassador for the Raptors, has only helped the team’s image, Patterson said. “We all know that there are a lot of Drake fans across the world and there might not be too many Raptors fans from Toronto that converted from Drake, but it might happen elsewhere,” Patterson said. “Hopefully he continues to improve and get better and more people in the UK might get behind it.”Johnson added that Drake is having the same effect for the Raptors as Jay Z had for the Nets.Meek Mill and Drake’s public spat began in July after Mill took to Twitter and told his followers not to compare him with Drake because Drake doesn’t write his own rap songs. The Toronto rapper responded with “diss” songs of his own. Mill later f[……]

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Allen Iverson addresses Kobe Bryant's retirement in Twitter Q&A session

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NBA “The Answer” is here to give you all the, well, answers.Allen Iverson took over the Sixers’ Twitter account Monday night for a wide-ranging Q&A session. Considering the Spurs were in town, this was probably the highlight of the night for Philly fans. MORE: A look back at Iverson’s career | Best Sixers of all time | Kobe as a role player?Alright, let’s do this! #AskTheAnswer pic.twitter.com/lbmzLjeaZU— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) December 8, 2015Let’s dive in. We’ll start with an easy one. Iverson’s favorite teammate? @FakeKimmo44 @alleniverson Aaron McKie. #AskTheAnswer— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) December 8, 2015Aaron McKie played alongside Iverson on the Sixers from 1997-2005. McKie averaged 11.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game during the 2000-01 season when Philadelphia made it to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately for Iverson and McKie, the Sixers couldn’t topple the powerhouse Lakers, led by a young Kobe Bryant and an in-his-prime Shaquille O’Neal.MORE: Sixers hire Jerry Colangelo, but Brett Brown reportedly safe Next on the list, the toughest defender Iverson faced.@danielf84 @alleniverson Marcus Banks. #AskTheAnswer— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) December 8, 2015A bit of a surprise pick. Banks was taken at No. 13 in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Grizzlies but was traded to the Celtics on draft night. Banks ended up being a journeyman point guard and wasn’t known for his d[……]

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Russell Westbrook and the Nuggets' mascot have a blood feud

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NBA Basketball Rocky, the Nuggets’ lovable mountain lion mascot, and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook haven’t been the best of friends over the past two seasons and weren’t making any amends Tuesday night in Denver. Rocky, still upset about Westbrook blocking his half-court backward shot during a break in a Nuggets – Thunder game back in 2013, wore a “I’m with stupid” T-shirt then after a timeout, stood next to Westbrook, who clearly didn’t like it.  MORE: Midseason awards: Can Russ 夜网论坛make a run at MVP Steph?After Westbrook gave Rocky some choice words, he responded with his signature pose like he was about to rip off a crane kick from “The Karate Kid.” Check it out: PERSONALITY QUIZ: Which Russell Westbrook are you?In case you missed it in 2013, here’s the video of Westbrook blocking Rocky’s trick shot, which looked like it was about to go in. Westbrook isn’t someone we advise aggravating.[……]

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LeBron James' Cavaliers plod their way back to NBA Finals, right on schedule

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NBA BOSTON — They’ve used eight starting lineups in their first 23 games, and could reach No. 9 by next week. They started 8-1, but stumbled into a three-week stretch of mediocrity and have four teams within two games of them atop the Eastern Conference. They are 16-7 but have yet to tap into the offensive magic of last season’s second half.While their NBA Finals counterparts have carried headlines in the season’s first two months with a 24-game season-opening winning streak and total dominance, the Cavaliers have creaked along as a good team that has yet to be great. And that’s perfectly fine with them — for now. “We’re getting there,” Cleveland guard J.R. Smith said. “We’re getting there because we’re getting guys healthy. As guys get healthy, we’re able to play harder for shorter minutes, subbing guys in and out and keeping guys fresh. With that, with guys coming back, it’s just that much easier to stay physical.”MORE: Predicting who makes the East All-Star team | Why the Cavs are spending so much Much as it was last season, health remains the determining factor in Cleveland. By the time they got through the first game of the Finals against Golden State, the Cavs were already down two stars — power forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving — and the spate of injuries carried into this year.Irving has yet to play as he recovers from the knee injury he suffered in June, though he is expected to make his s[……]

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Chris Paul trade may be the best path for the Clippers' future

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NBA The Los Angeles Clippers are the fourth-best team in a Western Conference with two potentially historically great teams. If Steve Ballmer, in his second season as owner, is happy with that level of success, their current core should be able to continue it for at least a few more seasons. If he wants more, the next six weeks are the best time to make a bold move.The Clippers popped up at the wrong time. The Warriors, Spurs and Thunder are all excellent teams that should age better because of younger stars and better salary cap flexibility in coming years. Those teams, along with the insurgent Rockets last season and the grinding Grizzlies in years past, have bested the Clippers, but this team has been very good for five seasons. Coach and president Doc Rivers and his front office did little wrong to get outpaced. Yet they were. MORE: NBA’s 15 most overpaid players | Paul explains his latest shoesPower forward Blake Griffin will be 27 and center DeAndre Jordan 28 to start next season — in their expected primes, though perhaps removed from their highest peaks because their games hinge on athleticism. Point guard Chris Paul will be 31. NBA players age better now than in the past, thanks to medical and equipment advances as well as league-wide shifts, but smaller guards still tend to hit the wall earlier than others. Last season, 41 players had a Player Efficiency Rating of 20 or higher, including Paul, Griffin a[……]

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Derrick Rose has a clean MRI

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NBA Basketball The Bulls received good news Monday when point guard Derrick Rose was cleared by an MRI on his right leg and listed day-to-day, according to The Chicago Tribune.Rose, who has seen his fair share of injuries crop up in recent seasons, has missed three games with right hamstring tendinitis. Rose was expected to play Sunday against the Raptors, but woke up with pain on the front of his leg so the team brought him in to rule out structural damage to his knee. MORE: 10 VERY bold predictio夜网论坛ns for the NBA in 2016 | What’s wrong with the Bulls’ offense?“The hamstring feels a lot better. The swelling in the knee has gone down,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He had a little bit of soreness and weakness when he did some of the testing before the game. So we took a cautious approach. [Tuesday], we’ll see how he reacts overnight and then see how he is in the morning.” The 27-year-old had missed only two games this season before the latest injury and is averaging 14.4 points and 5.1 assists in 32.7 minutes per game.[……]

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Kobe Bryant does not want to be touched by Roy Hibbert

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NBA Roy Hibbert should have known. You never touch the “Black Mamba.”During Thursday night’s 夜网论坛game between the Lakers and Bulls, Hibbert attempted to pass along some positive vibes to Kobe Bryant. With Los Angeles down 17 points at the end of the first quarter, Bryant wasn’t having it. MORE: Kobe’s retirement tour | Kobe orders rookie off bench Yikes.The Bulls left Staples Center with a 114-91 victory while Hibbert likely walked away with a sore wrist from the slap.[……]

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Warriors' Luke Walton claims coach of the month honors with 0-0 record

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NBA null Basketball null Luke Walton’s number of Coach of the Month awards: One. Luke Walton’s number of wins as a coach: Zero.Despite an official record of 0-0, Walton on Tuesday was named the NBA’s Western Conference Coach of the Month夜网论坛 for games played in October and November. The Warriors are 19-0 as Walton fills in for an injured Steve Kerr. Even though Walton is on the sidelines for Golden State’s games, Kerr is still credited with the wins as he is available for practices and halftime meetings.  MORE: Eastern Conference All-Star predictions | Tiger Woods hasn’t enjoyed Kobe’s demise Golden State’s perfect start to the season is an NBA record. The Warriors lead the league in scoring at 115.3 points per game and point differential at 15.4. They will try for their 20th straight win this season Wednesday night at Charlotte.  Walton, who won a pair of NBA titles with the Lakers during his 11-year NBA career, is in his second season on the Warriors’ staff after serving as a player development coach with the NBA D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders during the 2013-14 season.Per NBA rules, all wins this year will be officially credited to Kerr, who i[……]

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Tiger finding it hard to watch retiring Bryant struggle

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NBA null Golf Basketball Tiger Woods says it has been tough to watch the miserable season endured by retiring Lakers icon Kobe Bryant.Bryant, 37, announced Sunday his intention to retire from basketball at the end of the current campaign. The 17-time All-Star has struggled so far this season, averaging just 15.5 points per game and shooting only 30.5 percent from the field. MORE: Kobe’s greatest moments | Durant is wrong about Kobe and the media 夜网论坛 Woods — no stranger to loss of form having failed to win a major since winning his 14th at the U.S. Open in 2008 — can empathize with Bryant’s woes.”Twenty years in the NBA is more than 20 years in most sports,” Woods said Tuesday. “And at his position. I mean, he was a flier. You only have so many jumps in a body and on top of that only so many landings. And the last three years, he’s gone through some pretty tough injuries.”But other than the last three years, this guy was as durable as durable gets. And on top of that, he played both ends of the court. He played on two Olympic teams, all the qualifiers — the guy played a lot of basketball.”Five rings, maybe seven Finals, something like that. You add[……]

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Lakers team doctor suggests Kobe Bryant should sit 1-2 weeks, report says

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NBA Basketball Lakers team doctor Gary Vitti suggested Wednesday that Kobe Bryant rest his injured Achilles tendon for up to two weeks, according to the Orange County Register.BScott said Gary Vitti has talked about shutting down Kobe but knows Kobe won’t shut down Kobe— janis carr (@janiscarr) January 13, 2016MORE: Kobe Bryant lists his toughest opponents | Kobe Bryant retirement tour is brand advertisement | Kobe: “I freaking suck” Bryant left Tuesday’s game against the Pelicans early with soreness in his right Achilles, but was originally ruled questionable to play in Los Angeles’ next game, on the road Thursday against the Warriors.Despite announcing his plan to retire after the season, Bryant, 37, has been playing heavy minutes when healthy. Coach Byron Scott has been adamant Bryant’s minutes wouldn’t decrease but seemed more open to the possibility after Tuesday’s game. “I’ll reconsider it (playing time) probably when he’s ready to play夜网论坛 again,” Scott said via ESPN. “I don’t know if he’s going to be ready to play Thursday in [Oakland]. That’s really the last thing on my mind. It’s more how he feels, and it’s something we can control.”An extended absence from the lineup for Bryant, who is averaging 17.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season, would mean increased playing time for Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson.[……]

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LeBron James out (rest) Saturday against Heat, unhappy with team's recent play

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NBA null null Basketball For those of you with LeBron James夜网论坛 still in your fantasy lineups, get him out now.Cavaliers head coach David Blatt will sit James during Saturday’s tilt against the Heat to give him some rest. The decision comes a day after James slightly criticized his team, which has lost its last two games. MORE: Predicting Eastern Conference All-Stars | Watch Steph Curry in slow-moCleveland is still without guards Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert so many believe the team will improve when they return. James said people shouldn’t think getting those guys back will fix everything. “I hope we don’t think that way,” James said via CBS Sports. “It’s never that way. When you get your guys back, you prepare just as you prepare before. There’s only one guy ever in the world that everything will be all right when he comes back and that’s Jesus Christ. Other than that, you can’t bank on nobody being OK.”The Cavaliers are 5-5 in their last 10 contests and are now just a game ahead of the Heat for fourth place in the East. They will likely feature a heavy dose of Kevin Love and J.R. Smith against Miami.[……]

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Stephen Curry scores 51, flirts with 3-point record in win over Wizards

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NBA null null Basketball Stephen Curry on Wednesday became the first player in NBA history to make 11 or more 3-pointers in a game on two occasions when he hit 11 in the Warriors’ 134-121 victory over the Wizards.Hot from the start, Curry poured in 25 points on 7-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc in the first quarter. He cooled off a bit after, but still finished the game with 51 points. MORE: Which All-Star is the best? | Warriors made of more than Steph CurryIt appeared Curry was going to break the league record for 3-pointers made in a game, which is 12 by Donyell Marshall and Kobe Bryant. He had 11 with more than three minutes remaining, but John Wall — who finished the game with 41 points and 10 assists — seemed determined to deny him. 夜网论坛 Draymond Green also had a special night, recording his 10th triple-double of the season. He scored 12 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.[……]

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Stephen Curry shooting, dribbling in slow motion will hypnotize you

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NBA Stephen Curry and the Warriors are basically breaking the NBA this season. They’re 20-0, Curry is an unstoppable 3-point shooting alien and Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri says the best plan to slow down Golden State is to “pray to God.” It can’t be enjoyable for opposing teams to play them, but man, it’s wildly entertaining to watch as a fan of basketball.There’s no way we could possibly have more fun witnessing this team make history. Wait — we could put Steph in slow motion. MORE: Who joins Curry on West All-Star team? | Luke Walton stays true to himselfSlow motion #StephCurry pic.twitter.com/JXFYLldWu2— David Krikst (@MyManDK) December 5, 2015#StephCurry slow-motion swoosh. #RTZ pic.twitter.com/bHwKNxtN夜网论坛U0— BarDown (@BarDown) December 5, 2015By the way, Curry had 21 points in the first half Saturday night against the Raptors. That pray plan might be the Raptors’ best bet at this point.[……]

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The Fifth Quarter: Warriors (barely) push historic start to 19 wins

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NBA null Basketball null The streak was threatened but it’s still intact.The Warriors came from behind to beat the Jazz 106-103 on the road Monday night to improve their NBA record start to 19-0. MORE: Greatest Warriors of all timeThe win stretches the team’s streak to 23 consecutive regular-season games dating to last season. That’s the third-longest mark in NBA history behind the 2013 Heat (27 games) and the 1972 Lakers (33).  Stephen Curry’s (26 points) theatrics, naturally, were a big reason the Warriors were able to come up with the win, as his 3-pointer gave his team a 104-101 lead with just over 50 seconds remaining. Rodney Hood made a layup on the next possession to bring Utah within a point, but Curry added two free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.It wasn’t all Curry, though. Draymond Green came up big with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, picking up some of the scoring load in place of Harrison Barnes, who is out for at least the next week. Klay Thompson had a solid game with 20 points and Ian Clark came up huge with 12 points off the bench. Golden State has pretty much breezed through the season to this point,[……]

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