In the Eastern Conference, there's Indiana, there's Miami, and there's everybody else.
After nearly eight months of recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant is back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nearly eight months after Kobe Bryant limped off the Lakers' home court with a torn Achilles tendon and a career in doubt, he struggled to keep his composure when he finally stepped back onto the same hardwood.
Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday in a big way, getting 20 points and 22 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Houston Rockets over the Orlando Magic 98-88.
Oklahoma City insisted there was no extra motivation playing against an Indiana team sporting the NBA's best record.
OKLAHOMA CITY | Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds and Oklahoma City turned a matchup of two of the NBA's best teams into a blowout with a 118-94 win over the Pacers on Sunday night.
Courtney Moses scored 26 points as No. 16 Purdue easily powered past Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne 91-70 in women's basketball action Sunday.
ATLANTA | Rayvonte Rice scored 22 points Sunday and Illinois made a season-high 12 3-point shots in an 81-62 rout of Auburn in Philips Arena.
Monta Ellis hit a 21-foot jumper at the buzzer and the Dallas Mavericks snapped the Portland Trail Blazers' four-game winning streak with a 108-106 victory on Saturday night.
DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and Isaiah Thomas scored 23 of his 26 points after halftime to help the Sacramento Kings snap a six-game skid with a 112-102 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
VALPARAISO | Mike McCall hit a tip-in that barely beat the buzzer as Saint Louis escaped from the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday night with a 67-65 victory over Valparaiso.
Brook Lopez scored 32 points, Joe Johnson had 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 90-82 on Saturday night.
LeBron James had 21 points, eight assists and 14 boards for his first double-digit rebounding game of the season, leading the Miami Heat to a 103-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
Paul George scored 28 points and the Indiana Pacers powered past San Antonio 111-100 Saturday night, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs.
CHICAGO | Brandon Jennings and Detroit's big men helped the Pistons to their first successful trip to Chicago in seven years.
Klay Thompson scored 30 points and David Lee finished with 23 to help the Golden State Warriors defeat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 108-82 Saturday night.
Brandon Jennings scored 33 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 92-75 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Kyrie Irving, coming off the first scoreless game of his career, scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 88-82 Saturday night.
Jerian Grant scored 25 points, including a pair of 15-foot jumpers in the final 95 seconds after Delaware cut the lead to one, to lead Notre Dame to an 80-75 victory over the Blue Hens on Saturday in the first round of the Gotham Classic.
Jordan Hamilton hit three straight 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help the Denver Nuggets overcome a slow start for a 103-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
CHICAGO | Tony Snell's heard his share of "skinny" jokes growing up.
The Trail Blazers had the perfect recipe for a record shooting night _ nice ball movement, open shooters, a good rhythm, and one of the NBA's worst teams as an opponent.
Jodie Meeks made two huge 3-pointers in the final minutes to finish with 19 points, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 106-100 Friday night in what was expected to their last game before Kobe Bryant returns.
Markieff Morris made his first 11 shots en route to a 25-point performance and the Phoenix Suns handed the Toronto Raptors their fifth straight loss, 106-97 on Friday night.
Kyle Korver hopes to be able to sleep better now that his chase for the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer is over.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added 25 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat New Orleans for the ninth straight time, 109-95 on Friday night.
James Harden scored 34 points, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors 105-83 Friday night.
Khris Middleton scored a career-high 29 points and Brandon Knight added 20 as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 109-105 in overtime Friday night.
Kris Humphries came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points and grab seven rebounds, and the Boston Celtics ran off the first 14 points of the game Friday night before holding on for a 106-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks snapped a seven-game home losing streak by beating the Orlando Magic 121-83 on Friday night for their first victory at Madison Square Garden since October.
Jeffery Taylor matched a career high with 20 points, leading six Charlotte scorers in double figures, and the Bobcats beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-88 on Friday night.
The Lakers expect to have Kobe Bryant back in their lineup when they face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
VALPARAISO | There will be a certain familiarity in the air at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday night.
LeBron James is taking his game to the silver screen.
LeBron James is taking his game to the silver screen.
The way everything was crumbling, the Chicago Bulls sure needed a reprieve. Knocking off the defending champions was a nice one.
The "laughingstocks" won in a laugher.
CHICAGO | Carlos Boozer scored 27 points, and the Bulls beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.
Reserves Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points each and the Los Angeles Clippers used a strong second half to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 101-81 on Thursday night.
Derrick Rose isn't wavering.
CHICAGO | The huge media crowd parted slowly as Bulls superstar Derrick Rose entered the United Center press room on white crutches Thursday.
As time wound down in the Trail Blazers' victory over the Oklahoma City, LaMarcus Aldridge was showered with shouts of "MVP! MVP!" from the Portland fans.
Kyle Korver was just ready to get out of the house and return to what he does best _ shoot 3-pointers.
The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
Andre Drummond had 24 points and 19 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons rode a strong second-half performance to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 Wednesday night.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 100-97 Wednesday night.
Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix to a 97-88 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night that snapped the Suns' two-game losing streak.
GARY | Calumet College's men's basketball team is making quite a turnaround early this season, and a lot of that has to do with two local players.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Denver Nuggets' seven-game winning streak with a 98-88 victory Wednesday night.
MUNCIE | The Valparaiso men's basketball team took out 46 years of frustration Wednesday night.
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