Derek Fisher, pictured on January 5, 2016, finishes his Knicks coaching career with an overall record of 40-96

The slumping New York Knicks sacked Derek Fisher on Monday, promoting Kurt Rambis to the job of interim head coach in a bid t…

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  • Spurs hold off Bryant and Lakers to continue home run
    Spurs hold off Bryant and Lakers to continue home run Reuters - Sun, Feb 7, 2016 2:11 PM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - Retiring Los Angeles guard and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant may have won the battle on Saturday in his final trip to San Antonio, but it was the Spurs who won the war, thanks to a combined 46 points from their two starting forwards and a pair of huge baskets by point guard Tony Parker down the stretch. The Spurs survived a riveting command performance in the Alamo City by Bryant and outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 106-102 to win their fourth straight game and remain unbeaten at home. Bryant, who is retiring at the end of this campaign after spending 20 seasons in the NBA, all with Los Angeles, finished with 25 points, 16 of them in the third period to help lead the Lakers back into the game. More »

  • Bradley seals Celtics' stunning win over Cavs
    Bradley seals Celtics' stunning win over Cavs AFP News - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 2:42 PM SGT

    Boston's Avery Bradley drilled a three-pointer as time expired as the Celtics rallied to stun NBA Eastern Conference leaders Cleveland 104-103 on their home floor. The Celtics snatched the victory after trailing by five points in the final 20 seconds. The Cavaliers, led by superstar LeBron James, had trailed by seven with four minutes to play. More »

  • From Greece to New York, Antetokounmpo lands with Knicks
    From Greece to New York, Antetokounmpo lands with Knicks Reuters - Sat, Feb 6, 2016 11:29 AM SGT

    By Philip O'Connor NEW YORK (Reuters) - As paths to the NBA from Europe go, Thanasis Antetokounmpo has taken the long way, but having signed a second short-term contract with the New York Knicks and made his NBA debut, he is determined to make his stay as long as possible. Thanasis, 23, was drafted by the Knicks in 2014, but subsequently farmed out to their D-League affiliate. More »

  • L.A. Lakers down Pelicans for second straight NBA win
    L.A. Lakers down Pelicans for second straight NBA win AFP News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 2:57 PM SGT

    With a lead slipping away again, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant showed his younger teammates how to put away an NBA game. Bryant, 37 and heading into retirement after this season, drained three three-pointers in the final 6:07, scoring 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the Lakers to a 99-96 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans. Although the shots sounded the death-knell for the Pelicans, they were greeted by cheers from fans, who like their counterparts around the country have greeted Bryant like one of their own during a season that has turned into a farewell tour. More »

  • Stephen Curry to defend NBA three-point crown at all-star showcase
    Stephen Curry to defend NBA three-point crown at all-star showcase AFP News - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 9:26 AM SGT

    Stephen Curry, who is on pace to shatter his single-season three-point record, will attempt to defend his long-range shooting title at next week's NBA All-Star Game weekend in Toronto. The announcement Thursday comes less than 24 hours after the Golden State superstar Curry finished one three-pointer shy of matching the one game NBA record of 12 three pointers in the Warriors' 134-121 win over Washington. Reigning league Most Valuable Player and current NBA scoring leader Curry has made 232 three-pointers in 49 games this season, putting him on track to break his own record of 286 which he established last season. More »

  • Essentials: Toronto, from what's new to classic attractions
    Essentials: Toronto, from what's new to classic attractions Associated Press - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 1:37 AM SGT

    TORONTO (AP) — Grab your toque (what Canadians call a wool hat) and get your game face on if you're heading for the NBA All-Star Game in the 6ix —a term coined by rapper Drake, Toronto's unofficial ambassador, for his hometown. More »

  • Curry nets 51 as NBA champions Golden State Warriors beat Wizards
    Curry nets 51 as NBA champions Golden State Warriors beat Wizards AFP News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 4:37 PM SGT

    Stephen Curry scored 51 points, including an NBA season-high 11 3-pointers, to power the defending league champion Golden State Warriors past host Washington 134-121. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry on Wednesday scored 25 points in the first quarter as the Warriors improved to 45-4 with their eighth consecutive victory. Curry went 11-of-16 from beyond the arc, finishing one 3-pointer shy of matching the one-game NBA record of 12 3-pointers shared by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and former NBA standout Donyell Marshall. More »

  • Curry lights up Wizards for Warriors' 8th straight win
    Curry lights up Wizards for Warriors' 8th straight win Associated Press - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 1:05 PM SGT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Following one of his worst offensive games this season, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry stopped thinking about basketball and recalibrated his mind. It worked out just fine. More »

  • Red-hot Curry helps Warriors run through Wizards
    Red-hot Curry helps Warriors run through Wizards Reuters - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 12:22 PM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 51 points in the first quarter and sank 11 three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors downed the Washington Wizards 134-121 for their eighth straight win on Wednesday. Golden State (45-4) obliterated Washington early with Curry providing the firepower, including 36 points in the first half on 13-of-14 shot attempts with eight from beyond the arc. After the Wizards closed to 81-79 midway through the third quarter, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player helped fend off Washington with a pair of three-pointers. More »

  • NBA Mavericks owner Cuban buys into US Futsal League
    NBA Mavericks owner Cuban buys into US Futsal League AFP News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 7:46 AM SGT

    Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and an investor on the US television show "Shark Tank," is backing a new American sports venture, the Professional Futsal League (PFL). While futsal has made little US impact, an indoor version of football, arena soccer, is played using artificial turf inside ice hockey boards. More »

  • Kobe Bryant scores 38 as LA Lakers snap NBA skid
    Kobe Bryant scores 38 as LA Lakers snap NBA skid AFP News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 9:05 PM SGT

    Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 38 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 119-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves that halted the Lakers' 10-game losing streak. With Tuesday's victory, the Lakers avoided the humiliation of setting a franchise record for consecutive defeats. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion with the Lakers who will retire after this season, scored 14 of the Lakers' last 18 points. More »

  • NBA Rockets center Howard suspended, coach fined for criticizing refs
    NBA Rockets center Howard suspended, coach fined for criticizing refs AFP News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 4:46 AM SGT

    The NBA suspended Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard for one game on Tuesday for striking the arm of a referee, and his coach J.B. Bickerstaff was fined $10,000 for criticizing officiating after the same game. Howard was to miss Tuesday night's home game against the Miami Heat over the incident in the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 123-122 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Howard scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the game but was ejected for the second straight contest after tangling with Wizards center Nene. More »

  • Spurs' Parker might miss Olympics in Rio
    Spurs' Parker might miss Olympics in Rio Reuters - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 2:06 AM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - San Antonio guard Tony Parker, a four-time NBA champion with the Spurs, told a French radio station on Tuesday that he could miss the Summer Olympics because his wife is due to give birth to the couple's second son at the end of July. Both president Jean-Pierre Siutat and technical director Patrick Beesley said they had not been told of Parker's situation. More »

  • Slumping Suns fire head coach Hornacek
    Slumping Suns fire head coach Hornacek Reuters - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 11:41 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - The slumping Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek and named assistant Earl Watson as the interim coach, the National Basketball Association team said on Monday. The Suns began the 2015-16 NBA season with hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2010 but have lost 19 of their past 21 games, a stretch that has seen the team without several key players. "The Phoenix Suns have relieved Jeff Hornacek of his duties as head coach following his two-plus seasons in the position," the team said in a statement. More »

  • Video game featuring LeBron James, Kobe Bryant tattoos sparks lawsuit
    Video game featuring LeBron James, Kobe Bryant tattoos sparks lawsuit Reuters - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 9:37 AM SGT

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Take-Two Interactive Software Inc has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over its depiction of tattoos belonging to National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in a popular video game. In a complaint filed on Monday in Manhattan federal court, Solid Oak Sketches LLC said Take-Two should pay damages for incorporating eight tattoo designs, which the plaintiff had licensed from various artists, into its NBA 2K16 game. More »

  • Warriors down Knicks for seventh straight NBA win
    Warriors down Knicks for seventh straight NBA win AFP News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 1:27 PM SGT

    The NBA champion Golden State Warriors dominated the New York Knicks 116-95 at Madison Square Garden with the help of forward Draymond Green's ninth triple-double of the season. Green scored 20 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists Sunday as the Warriors notched their seventh straight victory to improve their league-leading record to 44-4. Green admitted after that game that in chasing a triple-double against Philadelphia he made too many turnovers -- an confession that drew praise from coach Steve Kerr. More »

  • Mighty Warriors squeak past 76ers, Cavaliers down Spurs
    Mighty Warriors squeak past 76ers, Cavaliers down Spurs AFP News - Sun, Jan 31, 2016 1:08 PM SGT

    Golden State's Harrison Barnes drained a three-pointer with two-tenths of a second left Saturday to lift the Warriors to a 108-105 victory over the 76ers in a duel of the NBA's best and worst in Philadelphia. Up by 24 midway through the third period and by 15 with 5:42 remaining, the reigning champion Warriors appeared headed for a predictable win over the lowly 76ers. More »

  • James reaches milestone in win over Pistons
    James reaches milestone in win over Pistons AFP News - Sat, Jan 30, 2016 2:46 PM SGT

    Kevin Love tallied 29 points and LeBron James reached 26,000 career points as the Cleveland Cavaliers dumped the Detroit Pistons 114-106 in a NBA Central Division contest. Love, who was passed over by the Eastern Conference coaches for the upcoming all-star game, enjoyed his second-highest scoring game this season. "Anytime I accomplish something like that, I give thanks to my teammates and all my former teammates," James said. More »

  • Yao among teachers at NBA All-Star Game's global camp
    Yao among teachers at NBA All-Star Game's global camp AFP News - Sat, Jan 30, 2016 1:32 AM SGT

    Retired Chinese NBA icon Yao Ming will be among the instructors at a Basketball Without Borders camp for top global teen players to be staged over the NBA All-Star Game weekend. Elite players from the Eastern and Western conferences will meet February 14 in the 65th NBA All-Star Game, the first to be staged outside the United States. Yao, a 7-foot-6 (2.29m) center, was the first pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets after playing five seasons in China. More »

  • Western All-Stars bolstered by Warrior reinforcements
    Western All-Stars bolstered by Warrior reinforcements Reuters - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 1:22 PM SGT

    (Reuters) - Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will join Golden State team mate Stephen Curry as Western Conference All-Stars when the NBA announced the reserves for next month's game on Thursday. The defending champion Warriors have dominated the headlines this season with their record winning pace and they were rewarded by sending three players to the NBA's showcase of stars on Feb. 14 in Toronto. In addition, Western conference coach Gregg Popovich also named guards Chris Paul and James Harden along with big men DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and LaMarcus Aldridge to his squad. ... More »