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    Aussies to bring back 76ers’ Brett Brown as national coach

    Australia is finalizing an agreement with Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown for him to return as the Aussies’ national team coach, sources told ESPN. Brown will coach the Aussies in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on a roster that could include Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons. The Australian team includes several NBA players, including Utah‘s Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, Cleveland‘s Matthew Dellavedova and San Antonio‘s Patty Mills. Brett Brown could have Matthew Dellavedova back on the Australian national team in 2020.┬áChristian Petersen/Getty Images Brown was previously head coach of the Australian national team from 2009-2012, including a quarterfinals berth in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Brown had been an assistant coach…

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    Paul George again comes up clutch for Clippers against former team

    LOS ANGELES — Paul George knows the narrative used to be that he isn’t clutch. That hasn’t been true of late, and on Monday, the All-Star swingman proved that for the first time as a member of the LA Clippers. In his third game back from offseason surgeries on both of his shoulders, George beat his old team in the final seconds. He buried a catch-and-shoot, go-ahead 3 off a curl with 25.9 seconds left before adding a free throw late to lift the Clippers to a 90-88 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. “You know, there was a big thing about [how I] can’t make it…

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    Spurs vs. Mavericks – Game Recap – November 18, 2019

    DALLAS — Luka Doncic grew up idolizing LeBron James, and now the young NBA prodigy has joined James in the record book. The Dallas Mavericks needed everything Doncic delivered in a sensational performance Monday night. Doncic scored a career-high 42 points to go with 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks held off the skidding San Antonio Spurs 117-110. Doncic is the second-youngest player in NBA history to have a 40-point triple-double, after James. They are the only two players to record 40-point triple-doubles before turning 21. “It feels like every day there are stats you don’t know about, stats that you read about,” Doncic said. “It’s great to…

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    Kawhi Leonard to miss third straight game, sources say

    LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will miss Monday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Leonard suffered a left knee contusion in the second half of the Clippers’ loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and did not play against New Orleans on Thursday or Atlanta on Saturday. Leonard has missed five of the Clippers’ 14 games this season and has yet to play alongside teammate Paul George, who made his Clippers debut on Thursday. George has helped mitigate Leonard’s absence, having scored 70 points in just 44 minutes in the past two games. Leonard has been effective as well, when he has been on the…

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    Heat’s Dion Waiters seeking advice from Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim

    Suspended Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters is in Syracuse to “try to find solutions” by talking with Jim Boeheim, his college coach. Waiters was suspended without pay for 10 games earlier this month for conduct detrimental to the team after an incident on the team charter. It is his second suspension of the season. Waiters attended Syracuse’s game against Seattle on Saturday and said he planned to spend a few days at his alma mater. “I just wanted to come up and talk to Coach (Boeheim),” Waiters told Syracuse.com. “I know that’s a person who will always be there for me if I ever need anything. It’s a chance for…

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    LeBron James, Lakers Nation laud Kobe Bryant in return to Staples

    LOS ANGELES — As much as the on-court product this season has been can’t-miss fodder for Los Angeles Lakers fans hungry for a winner, it was a courtside fan rooting on the Lakers’ 122-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday who stole the show. The fan just so happened to be Kobe Bryant. “That’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game, taking time out of his day on a Sunday,” said LeBron James, who put up 33 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. “So I’m just trying to put on a show for him and give him a reason, like, ‘OK, we might come to another…

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    Celtics vs. Kings – Game Recap – November 17, 2019

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Boston Celtics were an unlucky bounce away from extending an historic start to their season. Instead, the Sacramento Kings walked away with a huge victory. Buddy Hield scored a season-high 35 points, Richaun Holmes hit two free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining to give Sacramento the lead, and the Kings snapped the Celtics’ 10-game winning streak with a 100-99 victory Sunday. Marcus Smart had a chance to win it for Boston, but his runner in the lane bounced around the rim before trickling off as the buzzer sounded. “The ball just felt like it sat on the rim forever,” Smart said. “I thought it was going…

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    Former Auburn, NBA player Marquis Daniels injured in auto accident

    AUBURN, Ala. — Former Auburn and NBA player Marquis Daniels was injured in an automobile accident. An Auburn basketball spokesman said Daniels was in the accident Saturday night in Auburn and was transported to a Birmingham hospital for treatment. The spokesman didn’t disclose any further details on Daniels’ injuries. Daniels recently received a master’s degree and now works as Auburn’s Director of Player Development. He was undrafted out of Auburn in 2003 but went on to have a 10-year NBA career with four teams: the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. He earned second-team All-NBA rookie honors in 2004 with the Mavericks. Source link

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    Which player had the best sneakers in the NBA during Week 4?

    10:15 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN Players across the league took to the court in new looks of their latest signature sneakers and statement-level models this week, headlined by a bevy of All-Stars breaking necks in loud colorways. For Damian Lillard, the official debut of his Adidas Dame 6 — in a vivid orange colorway — was hard to miss, fueled by one of his favorite road-game experiences in recent years and his on-court mindset. “Early in the design process, the many sides of Dame’s personality emerged during our conversations with Dame,” Jimi Taylor, senior footwear designer for Adidas Basketball, said. “He’s a leader, a family man, a businessman and more,…

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    Clippers’ Paul George says ‘I’m back’ after scoring 37 in rout of Hawks

    LOS ANGELES — Paul George drove to the rim, was shoved from behind and still found a way to score with the foul. “I’m back!” George screamed before completing a three-point play in the third quarter Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Many came to Staples Center hoping to see Kawhi Leonard and George play their first game together as members of the LA Clippers. But with Leonard missing his second game in a row due to a left knee contusion, George put on a historic show in 20 minutes. In his second game as a Clipper, George scored 37 points, the most in NBA history in fewer than 21…