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Nets make lineup tweaks but still drop tough loss to lowly Wizards

WASHINGTON — The Nets made lineup changes to address a slow start. However, it was an unfortunate outcome that cost them their lives. The Nets suffered a humiliating 110-104 loss to the underdog Wizards at Capital One Arena, dropping them to one of the worst teams in the league. Coach Jacque Vaughn's decision to remove […]

Jalen Brunson’s 42-point night propels Knicks past lowly Pistons

No one can accuse the Knicks of not taking advantage of the weaker parts of this season’s schedule, even though this has never been easy. Tom Thibodeau was pleased with his team’s defensive strength after the Knicks held on to the NBA-worst Pistons until late in the fourth quarter before finally pulling away and extending […]

Nets’ defense shredded in loss to lowly Hornets as win streak ends

The Nets finally got their leading scorer back, but even Cam Thomas’ buckets couldn’t protect them from a sieve-like defense Thursday night. Brooklyn couldn’t keep Mark Williams off the glass, couldn’t guard Terry Rozier or any other player on the perimeter, and lost 129-128 to the fearsome Hornets in front of a crowd of 16,072 […]

Jalen Brunson leads Knicks to tournament win over lowly Wizards

WASHINGTON — The Knicks took control of the game and the arena. Near the end of New York’s 120-99 win over the Wizards on Friday night, fans at Capitol One Arena filled the seats in blue and orange jerseys and chants of “Let’s Go Knicks” erupted. Ta. It was with about a minute left in […]

Yankees’ offense keeps struggling in loss to lowly Rockies

DENVER — The Sean Casey era got off to a strong start on Friday… but it lasted just two hitters. For the rest of Friday night, the Yankees’ offense was much like the first half. After Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run homer in the first inning, the Yankees got off to a shaky second half with a […]

Mets nip lowly Reds thanks to Justin Verlander’s gem

Cincinnati — The shackles have been lifted and Justin Verlander has made it. Simply put, the Mets needed this kind of performance. The battered starter found an ace Wednesday night, bringing temporary relief to a team that was skating in the wrong direction. In his second start off the disabled list, Verlander contributed seven innings […]

Mikal Bridges’ 44 points not enough as Nets lose to lowly Magic

ORLANDO, FL—Maybe the Nets were tired. Or maybe he didn’t hit the jumper. Or maybe the former led to the latter. The end result was the same, a disastrous 119-106 loss, and I felt sorry for Magic at the Amway Center on Sunday. Michal Bridges scored 44 points and was just one behind his career-best […]

Knicks fall to lowly Hornets as nine-game win streak snapped

There is a notion that playing against lower-tier opponents could be interpreted as a trap game in order to be a successful NBA team. In particular, the Knicks’ double overtime in Boston on Sunday derives from the emotional nature of his thriller-like victory. Tom Thibodeau’s rolling team leveled off Tuesday night, blowing a 16-point halftime […]

Nets blow past lowly Rockets for third consecutive victo

HOUSTON — The Nets did exactly what a playoff-bound team should do to a basement dweller Tuesday night against the bottom-ranked Rockets. Michal Bridges scored a game-high 30 points as the Nets beat Houston, 118-96. The score was tied at 54-all in the waning seconds of the second quarter as the Nets reeled off a […]