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July 20, 2013 | Wire reports
Alana Beard made a shot with 10.2 seconds left to lift the Sparks over the host Seattle Storm, 65-64, on Saturday at KeyArena. Nneka Ogwumike, who blocked layup attempts by Seattle's Temeka Johnson and Tina Thompson in the last second, led the Sparks with 24 points and nine rebounds. The Sparks (12-5) trailed 39-31 at halftime and were down 64-61 with 37.9 seconds left. But point guard Lindsey Harding got a quick layup with 30.9 seconds left to cut Seattle's lead to 64-63, and the Storm's Shekinna Stricklen missed a three-point shot with 22.9 seconds left, setting up Beard's game-deciding pull-up jump shot that gave the Sparks their first lead of the fourth quarter.
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SPORTS
July 16, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
SPARKS TONIGHT VS. ATLANTA When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes. Records: Sparks 10-4; Dream 10-3. Record vs. Dream (2012): 1-1. Update: After a two-game trip, the Sparks return to their home court, where they are 8-0 this season. The Sparks have won five games in a row, beating their opponents by an average margin of 18.6 points during that streak. The Dream has lost its last two games.
SPORTS
July 9, 2013
Andrew Bynum has a new team waiting for him. The enigmatic free-agent center, who didn't play a single second for the Philadelphia 76ers last season because of knee injuries, is mulling a two-year offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Cleveland made the offer, which includes a team option in the second year, during his visit to the Cavaliers' facility Monday. Bynum did not work out, but the team examined him thoroughly.
SPORTS
July 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Happy 33rd birthday, Pau Gasol. That was about all the Lakers could muster Saturday after Dwight Howard spat on the cake a day earlier, leaving for the Houston Rockets after a five-day, five-team odyssey. There's really only one question: What's next? PHOTO GALLERY: Dwight Howard and the Lakers Pau Gasol will stay and the Lakers are leaning toward keeping Metta World Peace instead of waiving him under the one-time amnesty provision, according to a person familiar with the situation.
SPORTS
July 5, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
SPARKS VS. SAN ANTONIO When: 2 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: Time Warner Cable SportsNet, TWC Deportes, NBA TV. Records: Sparks 7-4, Silver Stars 3-7. Record vs. Silver Stars: 1-1. Update: The Sparks will play the Silver Stars in their final game of a three-game homestand before heading on the road for two games. The Sparks are 7-0 at Staples Center but 0-4 on the road. The Sparks have won two games in row while the Silver Stars have lost five of their last six games.
SPORTS
July 5, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The Lakers had hoped to make it much ado about something, putting up billboards, sending out tweets and assembling a large contingent of players, coaches and team executives to persuade Dwight Howard to stay with the storied NBA franchise. The league's most coveted free agent rendered it all an exaggerated exercise in futility late Friday when Howard announced that he would instead sign with the Houston Rockets, spurning the Lakers and making some wonder whether the effort had been worth it. Losing Howard was only part of the anguish.
SPORTS
July 4, 2013
The Boston Celtics keep getting younger — on the coaching staff as well as the court. Less than a week after agreeing to trade Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets — and 10 days after shipping coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers — the Celtics on Wednesday hired Butler's Brad Stevens as their next head coach. Stevens, 36, twice led the Bulldogs to the NCAA title game but has no NBA experience as a player or coach. "Brad and I share a lot of the same values," Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge said in a release.
SPORTS
July 3, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers got the first word with Dwight Howard and, two days later, the last as well. Now they wait for a yes or no to emerge from Aspen, Colo. Howard took off for a few days of shelter and introspection after concluding a five-team, two-day run of being wooed, courted, charmed and flattered. If recent history is a precedent, Thursday might be an active day for the Lakers. A year ago, they traded for Steve Nash on the Fourth of July, the fireworks that day eventually becoming a dud 10 months later with the Lakers' first-round playoff flameout against San Antonio.
SPORTS
July 1, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
To hardly anyone's surprise, All-Star point guard Chris Paul told the basketball world on Monday that he was going to re-sign with the Clippers. He went on his @CP3 Twitter account early Monday to announce his return, saying, "I'm IN!!!#CLIPPERSNATION. " Leon Rose, Paul's agent, confirmed that his client had verbally agreed to a new contract with the Clippers for five years and $107.3 million, the maximum the team could offer. Paul, 28, has an opt-out clause after the fourth season.
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