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  • James receives mixed reaction in return to Miami

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James received a loud, mixed reaction when he was introduced at AmericanAirlines Arena for the first time since leaving the Miami Heat. James got some cheers and boos from the fans…

  • Cavs start process of moving on without Varejao

    MIAMI (AP) — Cleveland coach David Blatt can relate to what Anderson Varejao is going through, because he also once went through the process of rehabilitating a torn Achilles. “A tough injury,” Blatt said. Tough…

  • Thursday’s Sports Transactions

    BASKETBALL National Basketball Association PHOENIX SUNS — Assigned Gs Tyler Ennis and Archie Goodwin and F T.J. Warren to Bakersfield (NBADL).

  • John Wall, Wizards outclass Knicks, 102-91

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Wall is fast and flashy, a showman who practices 360-degree layups and then pulls them off in games. And when he gets pushed, he pushes back. Wall had 24 points…

  • Wizards-Knicks, Box

    WASHINGTON (102) Pierce 1-5 0-0 3, Nene 6-8 0-1 12, Gortat 4-10 2-2 10, Wall 10-17 3-4 24, Beal 7-16 1-1 17, Humphries 7-9 0-0 14, Butler 4-7 0-0 11, Porter 1-5 0-0 2, Seraphin…

  • Wizards-Knicks, Box

    WASHINGTON (102) Pierce 1-5 0-0 3, Nene 6-8 0-1 12, Gortat 4-10 2-2 10, Wall 10-17 3-4 24, Beal 7-16 1-1 17, Humphries 7-9 0-0 14, Butler 4-7 0-0 11, Porter 1-5 0-0 2, Seraphin…

  • Former NBA All-Star Marbury fan favorite in China

    BEIJING (AP) — After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. The two-time all-star is thriving on the court with the Beijing Ducks while becoming one with his adopted hometown…

  • What to watch for in the NBA games this Christmas

    WASHINGTON — Ah, the holidays. It’s the time of year when you get together with your family for just long enough to help you remember why you don’t spend long, uninterrupted stretches of time together.…

  • Christmas Day in the NBA

    Noah Frank breaks down what to watch for in each game in the NBA’s Christmas Day smorgasbord.

  • NBA Team Statistics

    Includes games of Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Team Offense G Pts Avg Dallas 30 3289 109.6 Toronto 29 3137 108.2 Golden State 27 2920 108.1 L.A. Clippers 29 3096 106.8 Phoenix 30 3150 105.0 Portland…

  • LeBron set for Christmas homecoming against Heat

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James doesn’t have any apprehension for this homecoming. There’s nothing to fear, no real worries about his safety, unlike what awaited him the last time he had one of these return…

  • AP source: Josh Smith to join Houston Rockets

    HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Smith will join the Houston Rockets following his release by the Detroit Pistons, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the…

  • Cavaliers’ Varejao out for season with torn tendon

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Anderson Varejao’s season has ended, dealing a major blow to the Cavaliers’ NBA title hopes. Cleveland’s starting center tore his left Achilles tendon on Tuesday night in a win over Minnesota, an…

  • McHale agrees to contract extension with Rockets

    HOUSTON (AP) — Coach Kevin McHale has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Houston Rockets. McHale is in his fourth season in Houston, where he has compiled a 153-104 record. Rockets owner Leslie…

  • Suns trade Tolliver to Pistons in salary cap move

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons for forward Tony Mitchell. The Suns are expected to release Mitchell to create an additional $2.2 million in salary cap…