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Brooklyn Nets strategy gains the upper hand in NBA playoff series

Beckley Mason After two games, patterns are emerging in the opening round playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors.

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Steve Kerr to New York Knicks speculation leads NBA coach chatter

Knicks coaching candidate Steve Kerr surrounded by television co-commentators Reggie Miller and Marv Albert.

Jeff Zillgitt, and Sam Amick Phil Jackson made his first major move as president of the New York Knicks, firing coach Mike Woodson on Monday. Now, Jackson gets to wield his influence and hire a new coach.

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Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah named NBA's defensive player of the year

Joakim Noah

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the National Basketball Association's defensive player of the year on Monday, the first player from the franchise to earn the award since Michael Jordan in...

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New York Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson after missing NBA playoffs

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 1: Head coach Mike Woodson of the New York Knicks yells to a ref during the second half of a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February. 1, 2014 in New York City. The Heat defeated the Knicks 106-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Rich Schultz /Getty Images/AFP

Eben Novy-Williams The New York Knicks fired coach Mike Woodson after the National Basketball Association team missed the playoffs with a 37-45 record, team President Phil Jackson said in an e-mailed statement.

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Bogut-less Warriors win NBA playoff opener

Golden State's David Lee controls the ball against Blake Griffin.

Golden State Warriors good enough to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 in LA.

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Dante Exum banks the bucks before NBA draft

Dante Exum is leading an Australian wave of sons of US imports in the NBL set to attract plenty of interest from NBA teams.

Dante Exum has landed a multi-million dollar endorsement deal before playing a single second in the NBA.

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Aussie duo Patty Mills, Aron Baynes aim to lift San Antonio Spurs in NBA playoffs

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Peter Mitchell Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and their San Antonio Spurs are looking for revenge while Andrew Bogut and his Golden State Warriors are hoping for a miracle.

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NBA playoffs a true contest in the west

Paul Suttor

Paul Suttor It would be nice to say the best 16 teams are now locked in for the first round of the NBA playoffs, preparing for the first of what each team hopes to be four seven-game contests that lead to the...

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NBA's Milwaukee Bucks to stay local after sale

Milwaukee Bucks' Jeff Adrien

Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl says he's selling the NBA team to an ownership group eager to keep the club in Milwaukee.

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Thunder end Spurs' 19-game NBA win streak

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and San Antonio counterpart Tim Duncan vie for control of the ball in front of Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard in Oklahoma City.

Patty Mills has top-scored for San Antonio but the Australian guard couldn't stop a Kevin Durant-led Oklahoma City Thunder ending the Spurs' NBA winning streak at 19 games.

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Will Indiana Pacers even survive to meet Miami Heat in NBA playoffs?

Miami Heat's LeBron James goes up to shoot as Indiana Pacers centre Roy Hibbert defends in Miami. The Heat defeated the Pacers 98-86.

Dave Hyde Would they snap? That's all that was left to see. Already in the Heat's 98-86 win, it was clear Indiana was not as fast or as strong or as determined as it usually had been against the Heat.

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Dante Exum lands NBA trading cards deal

Hot property: Dante Exum.

Dante Exum's stocks are rising - and rising fast, with the Australian basketball sensation to have his own NBA trading cards within six months.

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Hallelujah! Philadelphia 76ers dodge outright NBA loss record

Philadelphia guard Tony Wroten smiles after landing a bucket against Detroit.

The Philadelphia 76ers have spared themselves and former Australian Boomers coach Brett Brown a new place in American sporting ignominy.

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Australia could get regular season NBA and NFL games if baseball a success

(L to R) Australian batting coach Glenn Williamson, Australian pitcher Craig Anderson and manager John Deeble at the SCG.

Michael Chammas Major League Baseball believes the groundbreaking games at the Sydney Cricket Ground this weekend could pave the way for the NBA and NFL to schedule regular-season fixtures in Australia.

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Double Dribble - San Antonio Spurs a sure bet every NBA season

Paul Suttor

Paul Suttor For those who remember the classic Simpsons episode when Larry King says the San Antonio Spurs are going to win the NBA title, it seems that prediction has been spot on ever since.

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Matthew Dellavedova helps Cleveland Cavaliers claim NBA thriller

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is hugged by teammate Anderson Varejao after sinking a two-pointer to defeat the Detroit Pistons 97-96 as Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova celebrate.

Matthew Dellavedova has bagged an NBA career-high 21 points in Cleveland's nail-biting 97-96 comeback win over Detroit on Wednesday.

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NBA: Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks fired

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings (7) talks with head coach Maurice Cheeks in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Detroit fired Cheeks on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, after less than a year as coach, with the Pistons languishing well below .500 despite offseason moves aimed at putting the struggling franchise back in contention. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Two straight double-digit NBA victories apparently weren't enough for the Detroit Pistons, who sacked coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday.

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NBA: San Antonio Spurs hit hard by injury in loss to Brooklyn Nets

San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan sits on the bench as his team plays the Brooklyn Nets during their NBA game February 6, 2014 at the Barclay Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert

Andrew Keh The San Antonio Spurs had just 10 players dressed to meet the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, and before the evening was done, two of them had blood dripping from their broken noses.

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NBA: Patty Mills stars as San Antonio Spurs beat Washington Wizards in double overtime

San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8), from Australia, goes up to shoot between Washington Wizards forwards Trevor Ariza (1) and Martell Webster (9) in the second overtime of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Washington. The Spurs won 125-118 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

It took two overtime periods to do it, but the San Antonio Spurs extended their dominance of the Wizards, their 16th straight win over the team.

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NBA: LA Lakers notch incredible win over Cleveland despite being down to four players

Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake, left, drives on Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, of Spain, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 109-99. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Steve Blake, in his second game back from an elbow injury, notched a triple-double on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Cleveland 119-108 to snap a seven-game NBA skid.