Kyle Lowry held scoreless as Toronto Raptors upended by Milwaukee Bucks

10:59 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN TORONTO — With 90 seconds to go in Sunday’s showdown between the top two teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks, the ball found its way to Kyle Lowry in the corner for a wide-open shot. As the Raptors clung to a 97-94 lead, it offered Toronto a chance to double its advantage, help finish off what had become a comeback from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit and lead Toronto to a league-leading 22nd win of the season. But Lowry missed…

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Los Angeles Lakers trying to add Suns’ Trevor Ariza in three-way trade

8:57 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in talks to try to acquire Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza, league sources told ESPN. The teams have been working to reach an agreement with a third team that would take on Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as part of a potentially larger deal, league sources said. The Suns want to land a playmaking guard and a draft asset as the price of unloading Ariza, sources said. Phoenix and Los Angeles have made progress in third-team scenarios, although no agreements…

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Chicago Bulls players push back on coach Jim Boylen’s aggressive style

6:45 PM ET Malika Andrews Adrian Wojnarowski CHICAGO — Bulls players are pushing back on Jim Boylen’s aggressive coaching style just three games into his tenure as head coach. After suffering the worst loss in franchise history on Saturday night, Zach LaVine and Justin Holiday led a two-hour, players-only meeting in lieu of the practice Boylen had planned for the team on Sunday. After the players met, Boylen and his coaching staff joined them for another meeting that rookie Wendell Carter Jr. said was the players coming to coaches “as…

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Warriors’ Draymond Green returning Monday against Wolves

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will play Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing the past 11 games because of a sprained toe in his right foot. “Just excited to be back on the floor,” Green said after Sunday’s practice. “It’s been a while since I really played basketball, so I’m excited.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he’s also excited to get his team’s defensive stalwart back and is confident Green’s presence will give the group another positive jolt. “He’s the best defensive player in…

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Luka Doncic wows in Dallas Mavericks win

DALLAS — The person least impressed by Dallas Mavericks rookie star Luka Doncic‘s performance in Saturday night’s 107-104 comeback win over the Houston Rockets was probably the Slovenian teen himself. “I wasn’t playing great,” he said after scoring 21 points and taking over the game down the stretch. “My game wasn’t good at all. I get confident at the end of the game, and obviously then I feel comfortable.” That’s one way to put it after Doncic scored 11 straight points during crunch time, capping the flurry with a step-back…

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NBA — The worst of a historically bad Chicago Bulls loss

3:24 AM ET Malika AndrewsESPN CHICAGO — “The worst defeat in Chicago Bulls franchise history” sounds bad, but it looked even worse. Boos rained down from the United Center crowd as the Boston Celtics slaughtered the Bulls 133-77, with the 56-point margin of defeat being the largest in the 53-year history of the franchise. Afterward, the Bulls didn’t hide their embarrassment: Rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. went straight to the weight room to lift; Carter lost eight games at Duke, and has now lost 21 with the Bulls. A deflated…

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LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers looks ahead to final matchup with Dwyane Wade

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Monday will be the final two-step for two of the most successful teammates in NBA history, as Dwyane Wade‘s self-titled “Last Dance” season before retirement rolls through Los Angeles for a game against LeBron James and the Lakers. “It’s bitter, and it’s sweet,” James said following the Lakers’ 111-88 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, L.A.’s last game before hosting Wade and the Miami Heat. “It’s sweet and sour. The sweet part about it is I’ve always loved being on the same floor with my brother.…

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Wizards vs. Cavaliers – Game Recap – December 8, 2018

CLEVELAND — The rookie scored a decisive win over the five-time All-Star in the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 116-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Collin Sexton, the Cavaliers’ first-year point guard, matched a season high with 29 points, while John Wall was held to a career-low one point in Cleveland’s easy victory. Wall came into the game averaging 21.3 points, but his only point came on a free throw early in the third quarter with Cleveland holding a 74-48 lead. He missed all five shots and had six assists.…

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Celtics vs. Bulls – Game Recap – December 8, 2018

CHICAGO — The Boston Celtics turned in a record-setting performance in their steady climb in the Eastern Conference. Jaylen Brown scored 23 points off the bench, Daniel Theis added a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Celtics routed the Chicago Bulls 133-77 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win. The Chicago Bulls entered Saturday night coming off their biggest win of the season over the Thunder. But the game against the Celtics did not end well … at all. The 56-point margin of victory was the…

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Nets Win 2nd Straight While Knicks Continue Slide

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20, leading the Nets to a 112-104 victory over the Knicks on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Allen Crabbe scored 17 points, Jarrett Allen had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Harris added 11 as the Nets won their second straight game, improving to 10-18. Enes Kanter led the Knicks (8-19) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Allonzo Trier had 15 points off the bench, Emmanuel Mudiay chipped in with 13 points, and Damyean Dotson and Mario Hezonja each…

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