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February 2, 2014
John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and the Washington Wizards took advantage of a rare off game from hometown star Kevin Durant in a 96-81 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night that stopped Oklahoma City's 10-game winning streak. Two days after being selected to the All-Star game for the first time, Wall also had 15 assists and six steals and went seven for 11 from the field after halftime, more than making up for an 0-for-7 first half. Durant had 26 points on eight-for-21 shooting, including 0 for 6 from three-point range, along with five turnovers.
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April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
1. INDIANA 56-26 (Home: 35-6; Road: 21-20) vs. 8. ATLANTA 38-44 (Home: 24-17; Road: 14-27) Season series: Tied, 2-2. Key stat: Even with its epic late-season slide, Indiana still ranked second in the league by giving up only 92.3 points per game. Outlook: Atlanta is a tough matchup for the Pacers because of its ability to space the floor with three-point shooters Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Lou Williams and Jeff Teague. The Hawks also won't be lacking for confidence after beating Indiana by 19 points on the road in the teams' last meeting.
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February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - It was hard to tell what shocked fans more, the NBA's new dunk contest rules or a performance by Vanilla Ice. Maybe contest organizers should think twice, twice baby. Washington's John Wall was declared the winner in fan voting Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center … even though he didn't get a chance to compete against fellow champions Paul George and Terrence Ross. The trio swept head-to-head competitions against counterparts from the Western Conference as part of a “battle round” that left fans and other NBA players fighting mad on social media.
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March 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Washington Wizards 117 - Lakers 107 (end of regulation) The Lakers' race to the bottom continued on Friday night, in a 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center -- but team fought until the end, almost literally. With just over two minutes left in the fourth, Nick Young and Drew Gooden got into a scuffle after battling for a rebound. Gooden was called for a flagrant 2 and ejected. Young was given a technical, after pushing Gooden, in what appeared to be the face.
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February 18, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Oklahoma City's James Harden drove hard through the lane. Players scattered as if they owed him money. Harden, rattled by the defensive exodus, missed the layup. Welcome to the NBA's Rookie Challenge. This was the chance for the league's young talent to show off, but there are games of H-O-R-S-E that have more defensive pressure. What did get displayed were dunks, dunks and, yes, more dunks — seven alone by the Clippers' Blake Griffin — in the Rookie team's 148-140 victory Friday night at Staples Center.
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December 22, 2009 | By Shannon Ryan, On College Basketball
You've heard about this freshman leading one of the best teams in the nation, right? No, not Kentucky's John Wall . While nobody can argue about Wall's impact, nobody who has seen No. 1 Kansas would underestimate Xavier Henry's impact. Not that Henry wants to go anywhere near talk of a freshman-of-the-year duel. He's just happy to be exceeding expectations with the Jayhawks. "Everything is pressure," Henry, a 6-foot-6 wing, said Saturday after scoring 15 points in a victory over Michigan.
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November 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Washington Wizards 116 - Lakers 111 (end of regulation) The Lakers had a chance to beat the Washington Wizards on the road but fell short in the final two minutes. Pau Gasol put the Lakers up 108-107 with 1:54 left on the clock. After a John Wall jumper, the Lakers turned the ball over twice -- allowing the Wizards to take a 113-108 lead with 28.9 seconds left. Gasol converted a three-point play with 24.5 seconds left to put the Lakers within two.  Wall split a pair of free throws with 18.1 seconds to give the Lakers lift, down three.
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March 21, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 36-33, Wizards 24-43. Record vs. Wizards: 1-0. Update: Washington is 6-26 on the road but won in Phoenix on Wednesday, 88-79. Point guard John Wall has elevated his game this month after coming back from a stress injury in his left knee in January, averaging 20 points, 7.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds his last 11 games. Rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal is doubtful after aggravating an ankle injury against Phoenix .
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March 13, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
Fifteen games remaining and it is not too early to pen a significant disclaimer about the Clippers' wildly uneven season. Bad in the third quarter. Good work in the first half has had an uncanny way of evaporating ? fast ? in the third quarter, and it started happening again for the second time in two nights on this five-game trip. They blew a 20-point lead and lost to the New Jersey Nets in overtime Friday night. Luckily for the Clippers, the woeful 16-win Wizards happened to be Saturday night's host, and the Clippers self-corrected after letting Washington pull within three points early in the third quarter.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - It was hard to tell what shocked fans more, the NBA's new dunk contest rules or a performance by Vanilla Ice. Maybe contest organizers should think twice, twice baby. Washington's John Wall was declared the winner in fan voting Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center … even though he didn't get a chance to compete against fellow champions Paul George and Terrence Ross. The trio swept head-to-head competitions against counterparts from the Western Conference as part of a “battle round” that left fans and other NBA players fighting mad on social media.
SPORTS
February 2, 2014
John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and the Washington Wizards took advantage of a rare off game from hometown star Kevin Durant in a 96-81 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night that stopped Oklahoma City's 10-game winning streak. Two days after being selected to the All-Star game for the first time, Wall also had 15 assists and six steals and went seven for 11 from the field after halftime, more than making up for an 0-for-7 first half. Durant had 26 points on eight-for-21 shooting, including 0 for 6 from three-point range, along with five turnovers.
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January 30, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers will be represented at the NBA All-Star game, but not on the court. Kobe Bryant was recently voted in by the fans as a starter but a knee injury will force him to sit out on Feb. 16. No other Lakers were named to the Western Conference squad, including four-time All-Star Pau Gasol. Instead, the Western Conference will be represented by Chris Paul (Clippers), Dwight Howard and James Harden (both with the Houston Rockets), LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
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December 12, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Steve Blake will be out at least six weeks because of a torn ligament in his right elbow, meaning all three Lakers' point guards are injured. Blake joins Steve Nash (nerve damage in his back) and Jordan Farmar (torn hamstring) on the sideline. The Lakers have an open roster spot but won't add any point guards. They'll see how they fare on their upcoming four-game trip with Kobe Bryant at point guard, backed up by Xavier Henry. Jodie Meeks and Nick Young could also see time at the point.
SPORTS
November 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have been over .500 for just one game this season -- after their opening-night win over the Clippers. At 7-7, the Lakers are at .500 for the fourth time this year, with another chance to surpass it as they visit the Washington Wizards (5-8) on Tuesday night. The Wizards started the season slowly but have recently improved, winning three of their last four. Bradley Beal, the team's leading scorer at 20.6 a night, is questionable with a leg injury.  Even so, the Wizards should still be a challenge for the Lakers.
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November 26, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
WASHINGTON - If you thought the Lakers were lousy on the road last season, it meant one thing. You hadn't seen them on the road this season. To no one's great surprise, the Lakers lost at the home of the Washington Wizards, 116-111, falling to 1-5 away from Staples Center as John Wall and Nene combined for 61 points Tuesday. BOX SCORE: Washington 116, Lakers 111 Not exactly the Eastern Conference's version of the Tim Duncan-Tony Parker combo, Nene crushed the Lakers down low and Wall blitzed them on drives and mid-range jumpers at Verizon Center.
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