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Indiana Pacers' Paul George goes up for a dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 104-97. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Paul George rips officials after Pacers win; he can expect fine


It was easy to tell Paul George was frustrated Friday night — he was constantly barking at the officials about missed calls (some real, some imaginary). He wasn’t alone, Pacers coach Frank Vogel picked up a technical for his expressions of frustration. Even as the Pacers went on a 15-2 run in the fourth to take the lead and beat the Nets, George was chirping.

When the game ended, he didn’t let it go. Here’s a what George said in his post-game interview on Fox Sports Indiana.

“The stripes (were) terrible.We (had to) go out and just play. The way this game was going and how they (were) calling it, we had to play… It’s frustrating, but hopefully the league does a better job of looking at s— like this.”

He added this back in the locker room, via the Indy Star:

“It’s frustrating when the guys I’m matched up with have less fouls than I do and they’re not attacking as much as I’m attacking,” said George, who could be fined or suspended by the league for his comment about the referees Friday. “It’s very frustrating and it’s been going on for a long time.”

George can break out his checkbook now, that’s going to net him a fine (not a suspension). Doesn’t matter if you agree with him and think the referees might as well have been Oompa Loompas, criticize them publicly and you get fined.

George is a veteran, he knew the fine was coming the second he opened his mouth. Hopefully he got his money’s worth. The Pacers played angry and won, so he’s probably good with it.

Warriors fans mock Bucks 10-18 record with T-shirts

10-18 T-shirts

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors fans showed they can get into the T-shirt message game, too.

A week after Milwaukee fans predicted Golden State’s first loss with “24-1” T-shirts, a handful of Warriors fans responded by wearing shirts with “10-18” written on the front for the rematch with the Bucks.

Milwaukee, which handed Golden State its first loss after 24 wins to open the season last Saturday, came into this game with a 10-17 mark.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd says he takes it as a compliment that Warriors fans are concerned with his team: “They took the time out to waste money on the T-shirt, which is cool.”

Warriors coach Luke Walton says he didn’t see the shirts in Milwaukee until watching highlights after but found them funny.

The Warriors won the game 121-112.

Spurs hold off Clippers, improve to 15-0 at home

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker shoots past Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 115-107. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Los Angeles Clippers 115-107 on Friday night to remain undefeated at home.

San Antonio leads the league in several defensive categories, but offense dominated the first matchup between the teams since the Clippers eliminated the then-defending champions in the first round of last season’s playoffs.

Kawhi Leonard had 19 points, Tim Duncan added 14 and Danny Green had 10 for the Spurs, who are 15-0 at home this season.

Chris Paul had 27 points and 10 assists for the Clippers. Blake Griffin added 25 points and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 17 rebounds.

San Antonio opened the final quarter on an 11-0 run, beginning with Patty Mills‘ layup on the fifth pass of the possession after the Spurs passed up three 3-pointers. Parker’s 3-pointer closed the run and gave San Antonio a 96-88 lead with 9:17 remaining.

The Spurs then resumed intentionally fouling Jordan, and it disrupted their offense as much as it limited the Clippers.

San Antonio would not score until Parker hit another 3-pointer with 6:08 remaining, but the Spurs were able to maintain a 99-93 advantage. Parker also drained a 15-footer with 1:19 remaining and ran down a long rebound off Manu Ginobili‘s miss with 53.9 seconds.

San Antonio entered the game holding opponents to 88.2 points, but the Clippers matched that in taking an 88-85 lead entering the fourth.

The Clippers continually used screens to put a smaller defender on Griffin, and the 6-foot-10 forward took advantage by shooting over Parker, Ginobili, Green and other wings. Griffin was 10-for-19 shooting, including going 4 for 6 in scoring 10 points in the opening quarter.

The Clippers were physical defensively, throwing the Spurs’ multi-pass offense off rhythm early.

The Spurs matched the aggression in the second quarter, crashing the boards. Mills missed a 3-pointer, Boris Diaw soared over Jamal Crawford for the rebound, tip-toed near the baseline and flung a pass to Green, who drained a 3-pointer. On the next possession, Duncan charged down the center of the lane to tip in a miss and earn a three-point play.


Clippers: Griffin had 13 points in the first half. It was the 22nd time he has scored in double figures in the first half, which leads the league. … The Clippers will play just four games at home this month, which is the least in a single month in franchise history since playing three games in January 1992.

Spurs: The Spurs have won nine games by 20-plus points, which is the most in the league this season. Oklahoma City is second with five wins of 20-plus. … Parker became incensed early in the third quarter when he was knocked to the court on a drive and no foul was called by official Ed Malloy. After driving into the lane and drawing a foul by Jordan on the next possession, he rose and flung an arm in anger. He then spoke to Malloy for about 15 seconds before taking his free throws.


Report: Raptors’ Carroll, Valanciunas could be cleared for practice soon

Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll left, and Patrick Patterson, right, walk down court in the closing moments of the Raptors 107-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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The Toronto Raptors could use DeMarre Carroll‘s defense on the perimeter shooting. The Raptors miss Jonas Valanciunas in the paint — they are nine points per 100 possessions better when he plays than when he sits. When Carroll and Valanciunas are on the court together this season, the Raptors have outscored their opponents by 4.4 points per 100 possessions.

They could get them both back soon. Valanciunas has been out with a broken hand. Carroll has officially been out with a bruised knee, but he had been playing through foot issues and could use the time off. Both are nearing a return, reports Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.

The Raptors at 16-11 are right in the middle of the crowded second tier in the East, where 2.5 games separate the second seed Bulls and the 10-seed Celtics going into Friday night’s action. That the Raptors have hung in there with two key starters out is impressive.

With them back, maybe the Raptors can start to separate themselves from the pack.

Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad all dunking on Kings


The Minnesota Timberwolves have a long way to go to be good, but they sure are fun to watch.

Against the Sacramento Kings Friday night Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, and Shabazz Muhammad all got in the act with impressive dunks. They were hurting the rim, and it was certainly entertaining.

In a few years, this team could well be elite. Until then they are still a great show.