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  • Tracy McGrady, Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway headline 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists (Ball Don't Lie)
    Tracy McGrady had plenty of reason to smile on Saturday morning. NEW ORLEANS — Back in December, Tracy McGrady couldn’t believe he’d made the ballot for the 2017 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “I still can’t believe I’m here,” McGrady said Saturday, when the Hall announced that he was one of 14 players, coaches and contributors to make the cut as finalists for this year’s induction class.

  • Tim Hardaway has answered his past homophobia with action, real remorse (Ball Don't Lie)
    Tim Hardaway has attempted to make things right after his homophobic comments in 2007. Former Golden State and Warriors and Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway is best known for three things — his incredible crossover dribble, his status as a member of Run-TMC, and his homophobic remarks after ex-NBA center John Amaechi came out as gay in 2007. Hardaway received major criticism in the wake of those comments (plus a minor punishment from the league), and the impact has continued to be felt in the years since.

  • LeBron leads Cavaliers into break with win over Pacers (AFP)
    LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 26 and Kyle Korver had 22 to spark defending NBA champion Cleveland over the visiting Indiana Pacers 113-104. In their final game before Sunday's 66th NBA All-Star Game, the Cavaliers won their third game in a row and seventh in eight starts to stand 39-16 and atop the Eastern Conference. "We've played some good ball," James said.

  • NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games (Reuters)
    Feb 15 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Association Basketball games on Wednesday: Raptors 90, Hornets 85 Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and broke a tie late in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 90-85. Norman Powell added 17 points for the Raptors. Frank Kaminsky led Charlotte with 27 points and Kemba Walker added 24. Cavaliers 113, Pacers 104 Kyle Korver scored 22 points off the bench for Cleveland and became the seventh player in NBA history to make 2,000 three-pointers. ...

  • Jackson, Leuer lead Pistons to 98-91 win over Mavericks (The Associated Press)
    Reggie Jackson snapped out of his scoring slump and helped the Detroit Pistons head into the All-Star break with a win. Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98- 91 Wednesday night. ''(Dallas) just kept having coverages where they really didn't come off our wings, nor did they want to leave Andre (Drummond).

  • Raptors get 'boost' acquiring Ibaka in deal with Magic (The Associated Press)
    Kyle Lowry said something had to change in Toronto. Serge Ibaka is on his way to try to make that happen. The Raptors acquired the veteran power forward from Orlando on Tuesday for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first round draft pick.

  • Ferrell sparks Mavercks into road tilt against Pistons (The Associated Press)
    Yogi Ferrell continues to produce for the Dallas Mavericks, even though he's been relegated to a reserve role. Ferrell played 33 minutes after starter Deron Williams was ejected in the second quarter for arguing a foul call. Ferrell signed a 10-day contract with Dallas while Williams was sidelined with a toe injury and was so effective, the club inked him to a two-year deal.

  • Bucks aim to take advantage of reeling Nets (The Associated Press)
    For the past two-plus weeks, the Brooklyn Nets remain winless but are talking about being competitive while falling short. The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to regain their footing in a tight race for eighth place in the Eastern Conference and would like to keep the Nets talking about any kind of loss. Milwaukee gets it chance Wednesday night when the Nets attempt to stop a 13-game losing streak and a franchise-record 15-game home losing skid.

  • NBA-Highlights of Monday's NBA games (Reuters)
    Feb 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Monday: Nuggets 132, Warriors 110 Juancho Hernangomez hit six of Denver's franchise-record 24 and finished with a career-high 27 points as the Nuggets routed the Golden State Warriors 132-110 on Monday night. Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 21 rebounds and 12 assists for his second triple-double. Jameer Nelson (23 points) had five three-pointers and Will Barton (24 points) sank four from long range. Kevin Durant scored 25 points for Golden State (46-9). ...

  • Bucks beat Pistons 102-89 behind Monroe's double-double (The Associated Press)
    With two straight double-digit wins, the Milwaukee Bucks are starting to figure out how to adjust again to life without star forward Jabari Parker. It's only right that we gave him a game off,'' said Monroe, who picked up his 12th double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Monroe was 12 of 15 from the field, while Beasley had 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

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