Portland Trail Blazers


Los Angeles Lakers upset Portland Trail Blazers by one point

Wesley Johnson scored on a lob pass with 6.4 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past the Portland Trail Blazers.


Patty Mills steers San Antonio Spurs to narrow win over Portland Trail Blazers

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots over DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half at Staples Center on February 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 113-103. 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.   Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP

San Antonio's Patty Mills again proved himself to be the Spurs' secret weapon as the Australian led the visitors to a 111-109 win at Portland in Wednesday's clash of NBA Western Conference contenders.


NBA: Portland Trail Blazers speed past sluggish New York Knicks

Portland Trail Blazers' Nicolas Batum shoots over New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. The Trail Blazers won the game 94-90. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Scott Cacciola The New York Knicks had a third-quarter lead against one of the NBA's premier teams Wednesday night when Raymond Felton was slowed by a screen along the 3-point arc.


NBA: Portland Trail Blazers end Oklahoma City Thunder's winning run

Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews signals after sinking a three point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Portland is the NBA's new Western Conference leader after ending Oklahoma City's eight-game winning streak with a 111-104 victory.


Portland Trail Blazers give NBA chemistry lesson

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge gestures after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.  Aldridge led the Trail Blazers in scoring with 28 points and pulled in 10 rebounds as they beat the Pacers 106-102. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Beckley Mason While everyone in the NBA East is trying to figure out what is going so sideways with the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, the West is puzzling over how the Portland Trail Blazers, who won 33...


NBA: San Antonio Spurs v Portland Trail Blazers a philosophical difference

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, left, argues a call with official David Jones, right, during the second half on an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-86. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Jonah Bromwich The Trail Blazers have been the biggest surprise in the NBA this season. Coming into Sunday, they were the best offensive team in the league (as measured by points per 100 possessions) and, with a...


Houston Rockets NBA title contenders after rolling Indiana Pacers

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) screams after hitting a 3-point shot as Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson (1) looks off in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Houston Rockets confirmed their status as championship contenders with a comprehensive drubbing of the Indiana Pacers.


Jason Collins creates history by becoming first openly gay man in major US sports league

Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins waits to come into the game during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Nets won 108-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the four major US professional sports leagues on Sunday night when he got court-time in Brooklyn Nets' 108-102 NBA victory over the Los Angeles...

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Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke vie for NBA rookie of the year

Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams (1) is fouled by Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Magic won 101-90. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Daily News, Steven M. Falk) THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT; TV OUT; MAGAZINES OUT; NO SALES

Adi Joseph Michael Carter-Williams saw the box score and sent his friend congratulations.


NBA: Damian Lillard to make history at All-Star weekend

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, loses control of the ball as Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Sam Amick Damian Lillard is no stranger to doing things his way in the NBA.


NBA All-Stars still skeptical on short-sleeved jerseys

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 07: Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates during overtime in the118-113 win over the Portland Trailblazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 7, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Spain When it comes to experimenting, let's just say athletes aren't always game.


NBA: Kevin Durant stars as Thunder blaze past Portland

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) smiles after hitting a basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Kevin Durant dropped in 11 of his 46 points in a late fourth-quarter run as Oklahoma City Thunder stormed past the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 and secured a fourth straight NBA victory.


NBA: James drives Miami to victory over Boston

LeBron James gets ready to take a free throw against the Boston Celtics.

Heat led by as many as 18 in the opening half, but fell behind by two in the fourth.


NBA mid-season awards: Roy Hibbert is a defensive beast

PNI suns main vs Pacers 0123 : Phoenix Suns shooting guard Goran Dragic (1) tries to pass arpund Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55)  during the first half of their NBA game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

Sam Amick USA TODAY Sports NBA insider Sam Amick gives his votes for defensive player, sixth man, most Improved and executive of the midseason.


NBA: David Stern 'the single most important person in the history of basketball'

David Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), sits for a photograph before an interview at the NBA Olympic Tower in New York, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. Stern hopes the NBA can avoid a lockout before the current collective bargaining agreement between the National Basketball Association Players Association and the league expires June 30. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** David Stern

Jeff Zillgitt One day this week, David Stern will make his work commute as commissioner of the NBA for the final time.


NBA rivalry in sneaker collections is growing

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 25: Members of the Fresno State Bulldogs wear Nike sneakers during their game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center on January 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 75-73 in overtime.   Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

PJ Tucker, a forward with the Phoenix Suns, really likes sneakers. He likes them so much, in fact, that he needs four locations to store his collection.


NBA: Memphis Grizzlies rediscover grit and grind formula

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 24: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a three pointer during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Toyota Center on January 24, 2014 in Houston, Texas. 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.   Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Jeffrey Martin Zach Randolph reminds anyone who will listen: While the Memphis Grizzlies now resemble the team that went to the Western Conference finals a year ago, there is still a long way to go in this season.


NBA: Brooklyn Nets hand Miami Heat another defeat

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Garnett talks to a referee during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in New York. Brooklyn defeated Miami, 101-100. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each as the Brooklyn Nets handed NBA champions the Miami Heat their first losing streak in 10 months with a 101-100 victory on Friday.


NBA: Brett Brown's Philadelphia 76ers continue to defy bookmakers with dream start

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown speaks to Michael Carter-Williams (1) as they play the Chicago Bulls in the second  half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Nov. 2, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 107-104. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to defy the Las Vegas oddsmakers after extending their NBA record to 3-0 with a 107-104 victory over the Chicago Bulls.


NBA: Indiana Pacers' hot start to season won't guarantee happy ending

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Customized Nike shoes as worn by Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers during the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 9, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Pacers defeat the Nets 96-91. 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.   Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Nate Taylor When an NBA team starts the season on an unbeaten run, curiosity always kicks in. What is the longest streak without a loss to start the season? What does a soaring start say about a team's chances...