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  • 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…

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

    MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half, Luol Deng finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in…

  • 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…

  • 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…