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Bojan Bogdanovic scores 44, most by Net in Brooklyn era


NEW YORK (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 44 points and the Brooklyn Nets had a season-high scoring total in a 131-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points, Brook Lopez added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets.

Isaiah Canaan led the 76ers with 20 points, while Nerlens Noel, Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas each had 18.

Bogdanovic’s previous career high was 28 points against Orlando last April 15. His total was the most for a Nets player since Deron Williams scored 57 on March 4, 2012, and the most by any Nets player since the team moved to Brooklyn prior to the 2012-13 season.

Smith opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, but the Nets scored the next seven points and never gave up the lead.

Brooklyn was ahead 32-15 after the first quarter and Bogdanovic’s running layup with 2:45 left in the second quarter gave the Nets a 63-40 lead.

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The 76ers managed to pull to 71-51 at halftime, but the Nets opened a game-high 24-point lead, 84-60, on Lopez’s jumper with 7:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Philadelphia got within 15 points on Hollis Thompson‘s free throw with 1:16 remaining in the quarter and trailed 100-83 heading into the fourth quarter.

The 76ers opened the final quarter on a 16-8 run and pulled to 108-99 on Thompson’s layup and foul shot with 8:04 remaining.

However, the Nets scored the next four points and never led by less than 11 the rest of the way.

Shane Larkin added 10 points for the Nets.

Thompson finished with 14 and Carl Landry had 10 points for the 76ers.


76ers: Philadelphia has lost 15 of its last 16 games. The Sixers’ only victory during this stretch was against the Nets, 95-89 on March 11 at home. … The 76ers have lost seven of their last eight roads games to the Nets.

Nets: The victory tied the season series with Philadelphia 2-2. The Nets have not lost three games in a season to the 76ers since 2010-11. … The Nets previous high for the season was 128 against Sacramento on Feb. 5.


76ers: Host Washington on Thursday night.

Nets: At Chicago on Thursday night.

Matt Barnes posts photo of Donald Trump removing mask to reveal he’s Hitler

HICKORY, NC - MARCH 14:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University March 14, 2016 in Hickory, North Carolina. The North Carolina Republican primary will be held March 15. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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Matt Barnes – when he isn’t posting about his worst year – used Instagram to convey his political beliefs:


This who you want to run the country?



Comparing Donald Trump to Hitler is over the top. But that’s more a statement on Hitler’s evil than support of Trump. I’m not keen on the presidential candidate who sounds closest to Hitler.

Mostly here, I just appreciate a professional athlete with the courage to take a political stand. If nothing else, Barnes should be applauded for that.

Aaron Gordon drives, reverse dunks on Nikola Jokic

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Aaron Gordon continues his ingame appeal of his runner-up finish in the dunk contest.

Yet another Grizzlies injury: P.J. Hairston expected to miss a couple weeks

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The Grizzlies’ woes have hit absurd levels are somehow hitting even more absurd levels.

The latest player to go down is P.J. Hairston. At least Memphis will add its 18th (!) player.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Chris Vernon of 92.9 FM ESPN:

Let’s breakdown the Grizzlies into three groups:


Signed after trade deadline:

Healthy regulars:

Of course, that last group is smallest.

Yet, Memphis is still fifth in the Western Conference – closer to fourth than sixth (though at least four games from either). The Grizzlies need these players on 10-day contracts actually to contribute. The team’s playoff position depends on it.

Stan Van Gundy calls Pistons consistent in recent games: ‘We weren’t ready to play at the beginning of any of them’

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18:  Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Detroit Pistons reacts to a play by his team against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pistons defeated the Bulls 147-144 in quadruple overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are entering the home stretch in more ways than one.

With a playoff spot now a realistic possibility, Detroit will play its next nine games at the Palace, the team’s longest homestand in 35 years. The Pistons don’t have another road game until April 2 at Chicago. By then, they hope to have taken a big step toward their first postseason berth since 2009.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had this long of a stretch at home,” said forward Anthony Tolliver, an eight-year NBA veteran.

This is the longest homestand for any NBA team this season, although it’s not that unusual. The Los Angeles Clippers played nine straight home games last season, according to STATS.

Detroit (34-33) is one percentage point behind Chicago (33-32) in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons are 19-11 at home so far this season.

“We wanted to have a bigger cushion in this race,” rookie Stanley Johnson said. “We put a tough bargain on ourselves.”

The homestand begins Wednesday night against Atlanta, then come four straight teams with losing records – Sacramento, Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Orlando. The stretch ends with three tougher opponents – the Hawks again, followed by Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Four of Detroit’s last six games of the regular season will be on the road, so the time to make a move in the standings is now. The Bulls play nine of their final 17 games on the road.

Detroit’s only other nine-game homestand came in 1971, when the Pistons went 5-4.

One person who isn’t taking anything in the upcoming stretch for granted is Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy, who was still miffed Tuesday about his team’s 43-point loss at Washington on Monday night.

“I’ve never had a team have a performance like that,” he said of the game, in which the Pistons turned the ball over 21 times.

The Pistons practiced Tuesday, and the homestand will allow an easier schedule between games, since the team doesn’t have to worry about travel. But Van Gundy said that’s the only real advantage to being back home.

“Practice is easier, a little bit,” Van Gundy said. “But other than that, nothing. Like we just said at the end – having nine straight home games means nothing if you’re not going to bring great energy and effort.”

The Pistons have played six of their last seven games on the road, and appeared to be in good shape after a win at Dallas last Wednesday. Then, they lost by 15 to Charlotte, had to rally past woeful Philadelphia and were routed by the Wizards.

“Our starts of games were pretty consistent the last three games. We weren’t ready to play at the beginning of any of them,” Van Gundy said. “We’re coming with no focus, just throwing the ball around. What we’ve done at the beginning of the last three games has been very unprofessional.”

But Detroit has an immediate chance to make up lost ground – as well as to make or break its playoff pursuit.

“It does take a toll on your body, traveling that much,” Tolliver said. “Every team goes through that, so it’s never an excuse to lose a game or anything like that, but it’s definitely nice to be able to settle in and eat home-cooked food and get into your rhythm and the things that you want to do – be able to come shoot when you want to shoot, all those types of things.”

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