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  • Rockets add Josh Smith, who was let go by Pistons

    HOUSTON (AP) — Free agent Josh Smith has signed with the Houston Rockets following his release this week by the Detroit Pistons. General manager Daryl Morey announced the signing of the small forward Friday. The…

  • Thursday’s Sports in Brief

    PRO FOOTBALL TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals went back to work Thursday amid media reports that coach Bruce Arians has changed his mind and decided to start Ryan Lindley at quarterback Sunday in…

  • NBA Team Statistics

    Includes games of Thursday, December 25, 2014 Team Offense G Pts Avg Dallas 30 3289 109.6 Toronto 29 3137 108.2 Golden State 28 3006 107.4 L.A. Clippers 30 3196 106.5 Phoenix 30 3150 105.0 Portland…

  • Pau Gasol leads Bulls past Lakers, 113-93

    CHICAGO (AP) — There was no getting around it for Pau Gasol, no denying this was one strange and emotional night. He put those feelings aside and delivered another strong performance. Gasol had 23 points…

  • Heat win LeBron’s Miami return, top Cavs 101-91

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer. Just like old times. Only this time, just…

  • Lakers’ Kobe Bryant sidelined again by soreness

    CHICAGO (AP) — Kobe Bryant is sitting out his second straight game to rest his sore body, missing the Los Angeles Lakers’ contest Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls. Bryant also sat out Tuesday night…

  • Westbrook scores 34, lifts Thunder over Spurs

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Russell Westbrook smiled as he walked off the court in San Antonio, blowing a kiss to a spectator and waving at the few Oklahoma City Thunder fans in attendance. The joyful…

  • 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…

  • NBA Calendar

    Jan. 5 — 10-day contracts can be signed. Jan. 10 — Contracts guaranteed for rest of season. Feb. 13-15 — All-Star weekend, New York. Feb. 19 — Trade deadline (3 p.m. EST). April 15 —…

  • 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…