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  • Heat-Wizards Preview (The Associated Press)
    It's been a forgettable five weeks for the Washington Wizards, who are looking to put another loss behind them Friday night when they host a Miami Heat team on the verge of its longest winning streak in over four months. The Wizards own the Eastern Conference's fifth-best record at 34-27, but they've gone an NBA-worst 3-12 since Jan. 28. Washington has been limited to an average of 94.8 points during that stretch, including 87.3 on 39.5 percent shooting in its last four. "We just have to figure it out," said Bradley Beal, who's scored 21 points on...

  • Celtics-Pelicans Preview (The Associated Press)
    The New Orleans Pelicans held serve in Anthony Davis' absence. Davis and the Pelicans aim for a seventh win in eight games Friday night when they host the Boston Celtics. New Orleans (33-28) went 4-3 while Davis was sidelined due to a sprained right shoulder, winning four of five before he returned for Wednesday's 88-85 victory over Detroit.

  • Pistons-Rockets Preview (The Associated Press)
    James Harden and the Houston Rockets are on the verge of their longest losing streak of the season, but they should like their chances of avoiding it with the Detroit Pistons coming to town. Coming off consecutive defeats, Houston goes for a ninth straight home victory over the last-place Pistons on Friday night. The Rockets (41-20) had won five in a row before falling 104-96 at Atlanta on Tuesday as Harden served a one-game suspension for kicking Cleveland's LeBron James in the groin Sunday. You've got to fight through it, you've got to find a way to...

  • Westbrook & Davis Aren't Human (Rotoworld)
    Russell Westbrook made history last night and Anthony Davis managed to top his fantasy output. Bruski has your Dose from a wild Big Wednesday.

  • Davis has huge game in return, Pelicans beat Pistons 88-85 (The Associated Press)
    Anthony Davis was feeling great, fired up about being back on the court and not at all subtle about showing it. When it was over, Davis had piled up 39 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in his return from a right shoulder sprain, and the New Orleans Pelicans won for the sixth time in seven games, 88-85 over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. I was just out there having fun and it showed.'' Davis hit two mid-range jumpers in the last 1:14, the second with 18 seconds left, to hold off Detroit in a frenetic, defensive...

  • Tyler Zeller's game-winning buzzer-beating layup pushes Celtics past Jazz (Ball Don't Lie)
    Wednesday night's matchup between the Boston Celtics and surging Utah Jazz featured 47-plus minutes of so-ugly-only-a-mother-could-love-it offense, but man, did those last few seconds make up for it. [DraftKings: FREE $20k Fantasy Basketball Contest with First Deposit. Draft your team now. ] Boston held an eight-point lead after an Isaiah Thomas jumper with 2:17 to go, but the Jazz stormed back, ripping off a 9-2 run to draw within one at 83-82 in the final minute. Celtics swingman Jae Crowder saw a potential cushion-providing layup swatted at the tin by Utah monster Rudy Gobert, but Jazz...

  • Pelicans' Davis returns from 5-game absence vs. Pistons (The Associated Press)
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Pelicans coach Monty Williams says All-Star power forward Anthony Davis is returning from his right shoulder sprain and starting Wednesday night's game against Detroit.

  • Rudy Gobert slams, salutes as surging Jazz take out Grizzlies (Ball Don't Lie)
    Listen, I'm not trying to say I told you so, but ... I mean ... when it comes to the Utah Jazz being one of the out-of-contention teams most worth watching down the stretch, I literally did tell you so . [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] That right there is Jazz center Rudy Gobert flashing to the foul line to receive a feed from Utah swingman Gordon Hayward, taking one dribble past Western Conference All-Star starter Marc Gasol, heading into the teeth of the...

  • Otto Porter loses Tony Snell on defense, just stands still and stares (Ball Don't Lie)
    There is an old basketball truism that defenders should not be caught ball-watching on defense. The idea is pretty simple — when guys focus on the ball, they lose sight of other offensive players and allow them to get open shots. Anyone with any experience in basketball does not need an example to prove the point. Newcomers, though, could stand to learn a lot from the mistake Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter made in the final seconds of Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Then again, merely stating that Porter got caught ball-watching...

  • Pelicans cut former LSU center Hamilton (The Associated Press)
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Pelicans say they have waived 7-foot center Justin Hamilton, who never appeared any of the six games he spent with New Orleans since being acquired in a three-team trade.

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