Tickets from ticket master

Dean Smith calls Brown a coaching 'lifer'

Blazers say Cheeks still theirs

Dressed for success

Brown's first task: Scout young talentter Series

Shoulder surgery possible for Bryant

NBA - A thing of beauty

Nelson, Carroll making their points at camp

Even best-laid plans need the best players

Hidden weapon

Draft dilemma: Where are the shooters?

Anthony thinks he should be top pick

Green tries to prove worth, catch on in NBA

Anthony resigned to fact he won't be No. 1

These aren't your father's NBA Finals

Putting on the brakes

Buss prefers one-on-one talks with Jackson, vows to keep Kobe

Memphis 88, San Antonio 80

Miami (0-4) at San Antonio (2-2)

Dallas (3-1) at Washington (1-2)

Boston (2-1) at Detroit (2-1)

Sacramento (2-1) at Minnesota (2-2)

New Orleans (3-1) at Philadelphia (2-2)

Phoenix (1-2) at Utah (2-1)

Bonzi Wells fined by Blazers after gesture toward fan

Atlanta (1-3) at Golden State (1-2)

Chicago (1-3) at Orlando (1-3)

Bucks F-C Skinner to miss six weeks

Houston 86, New Jersey 75

Tarpley says he'll play in CBA

Indiana 71, Denver 60

LA Lakers 113, Milwaukee 107

San Antonio 80, Miami 73

Milwaukee (2-2) at New York (1-2)

Super rookie summit: LeBron vs. Carmelo

Lakers upbeat, say feud is history

Garnett fined for his outburst

Just forget the hype

Stalwart defense keys early success

Nash's drives

Shoe show has fans on their feet

On defense, Sonics' goal is to disrupt

Denver (2-2) at Cleveland (0-3)

Indiana (3-1) at New Jersey (2-2)

From The Key: The Injury Bug Bites

Tattoos, jewelry part of new image for Bryant

Running with the Bulls?

Suns acquire C White from Wizards for G Knight

New Orleans 106, Philadelphia 99, OT

Washington 100, Dallas 90

LA Lakers (4-0) at San Antonio (3-2)

Cleveland celebrates LeBron's home debut

Chicago 106, Orlando 100

Detroit 96, Boston 88

Sacramento 125, Minnesota 121, OT

Milwaukee 106, New York 90

Dallas (3-2) at Toronto (2-1)

Utah 91, Phoenix 80

Golden State 99, Atlanta 72

Portland 93, Memphis 87

Lapses in OT are costly

Still searching for a win

Billups, 3-pointers key Pistons' win at Palace

James latest young star pegged as next Jordan

Sixers fall in OT

Ronald 'Flip' Murray is beginning to make a name for himself

Nuggets 93, Cavaliers 89

First LeBron-Melo matchup fizzles

Sacramento (3-1) at New York (1-3)

Milwaukee (3-2) at Detroit (3-1)

Cavs still winless with James

Memphis (2-2) at Phoenix (1-3)

Philadelphia (2-3) at Chicago (2-3)

Indiana 87, New Jersey 81

Toronto 77, Dallas 71

Portland (2-2) at Seattle (2-0)

LA Clippers (0-2) at Denver (3-2)

New Jersey (2-3) at Boston (2-2)

Cleveland (0-4) at Indiana (4-1)

Utah (3-1) at Golden State (2-2)

Toronto (3-1) at Washington (2-2)

LA Lakers (5-0) at New Orleans (4-1)

LA Lakers 120, San Antonio 117, 2OT

Retooled Wolves stuck in body shop

Problems are aplenty

Brown's dilemma: Minutes for many

Mavs still searching for offensive rhythm

Sixers' bench finds it won't always be busy

Blazers' trail a familiar one

Pro Basketball Notebook

Not Enough Shots In Dallas

Dallas (3-3) at San Antonio (3-3)

Minnesota (2-3) at Orlando (1-4)

Raptors set franchise low with 23 points in first half

Washington 86, Toronto 60

New Jersey 94, Boston 87

Indiana 91, Cleveland 90

Minnesota (3-3) at Miami (0-5)

Detroit 105, Milwaukee 99

New York 114, Sacramento 111

New Orleans 114, LA Lakers 95

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Orlando (1-5) at Houston (3-1)

Minnesota 100, Orlando 71

Philadelphia 106, Chicago 85

Phoenix 96, Memphis 88

Horn malfunction delays NBA game in second half

LA Clippers 104, Denver 102, OT

Chicago (2-4) at New Orleans (5-1)

Atlanta (1-4) at Portland (2-3)

Washington (3-2) at Cleveland (0-5)

Seattle 100, Portland 82

New York (2-3) at Milwaukee (3-3)

Memphis (2-3) at Utah (3-2)

Golden State 95, Utah 89

Wolves cast defensive spell

Another lesson learned for Cavs

Milicic flounders in rare appearance

Mavs, Spurs drifting

One-Two Punch Delivers

Sonics sound off in home opener

Sacramento (3-2) at Boston (2-3)

New Jersey (3-3) at Detroit (4-1)

Indiana (5-1) at Philadelphia (3-3)

Cleveland 111, Washington 98

Minnesota 88, Miami 79

Bucks 90, Knicks 87

Chicago 109, New Orleans 106

Dallas 81, San Antonio 78

Houston 96, Orlando 86

Utah 96, Memphis 89

Denver (3-3) at Toronto (3-2)

Team USA basketball in less demanding Olympic group

Atlanta (1-5) at Seattle (3-0)

Portland 90, Atlanta 83

Inconsistency plagues ex-Wolf Woods

Finally in the win column

Who needs Stockton and Malone?

Toronto 89, Denver 76

New York (2-4) at Cleveland (1-5)

Utah (4-2) at San Antonio (3-4)

Boston 91, Sacramento 82

Detroit 98, New Jersey 84

Indiana 85, Philadelphia 74

LA Lakers (5-1) at Memphis (2-4)

Atlanta 91, Seattle 81

Phoenix (2-3) at Golden State (3-2)

Denver (3-4) at Chicago (3-4)

Sore but steady, Cassell puts in time

Diop earning minutes, swagger

Sixers sag late and lose to Pacers

Atlanta's Terry comes home to help drop Seattle to 3-1

Sometimes, the rep isn't right

Rookies' rival signals start of new era

Detroit (5-1) at Sacramento (3-3)

New Orleans (5-2) at Dallas (4-3)

Boston (3-3) at Indiana (6-1)

Seattle (3-1) at Minnesota (4-3)

Atlanta (2-5) at LA Clippers (1-2)

Philadelphia (3-4) at Washington (3-3)

Toronto (4-2) at Portland (3-3)

Miami (0-6) at Houston (4-1)

Cleveland 94, New York 80

Spurs honor Robinson

San Antonio 87, Utah 78

Denver 105, Chicago 97

Phoenix 99, Golden State 96

Memphis 105, LA Lakers 95

Baghdad and back

Cavaliers' start good to last shot

Pistons prepared for test out West

Mavs still happy with trades

Banged-up 76ers have game to play

Four bidders look to buy Nets

Memphis (3-4) at Orlando (1-6)

Reactions vary by city on Bryant's first long road trip

New season, same old Bulls

Little Nugget

Robinson's plane makes emergency landing

San Antonio (4-4) at New Jersey (3-4)

Philadelphia 112, Washington 105

Harlem Globetrotters 83, Syracuse 70

Boston 78, Indiana 76

Seattle 89, Minnesota 87

Dallas 125, New Orleans 97

Houston 90, Miami 70

Cleveland (2-5) at Miami (0-7)

Toronto (4-3) at LA Lakers (5-2)

Seattle (4-1) at Milwaukee (4-3)

Utah (4-3) at New Orleans (5-3)

Portland 83, Toronto 80

Detroit (5-2) at Golden State (3-3)

Atlanta (2-6) at Phoenix (3-3)

Sacramento 97, Detroit 91

LA Clippers 115, Atlanta 103

Chicago (3-5) at Boston (4-3)

Round 1 to Jeff: 'I almost feel guilty'

Smilin' Sam frowns over slippery loss

Divac understands Darko's plight

Mavericks make most of friendly home rims

Sixers' Bench Steps Up

Murray makes most of moment

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Exes and ohs

Basketball's best

Sacramento (4-3) at Portland (4-3)

San Antonio 85, New Jersey 71

Chicago 89, Boston 82

Memphis 107, Orlando 97

Miami 88, Cleveland 83

Seattle 104, Milwaukee 99

New Orleans 96, Utah 89

Atlanta 99, Phoenix 94

Golden State 87, Detroit 85, OT

Minnesota (4-4) at Chicago (4-5)

LA Lakers 94, Toronto 79

Lakers return home and end two-game slide

Golden State tops Pistons in OT

Sonics hit mark: Lewis scores 31 as Seattle beats Bucks 104-99

Houston (5-1) at Dallas (5-3)

Nets sign G Robert Pack

Bryant goes from court to court

Seattle (5-1) at Indiana (6-2)

O'Neal apologizes for criticizing fans

Washington (3-4) at Miami (1-7)

LA Clippers (2-2) at Golden State (4-3)

San Antonio (5-4) at Philadelphia (4-4)

Cleveland (2-6) at Boston (4-4)

Orlando (1-7) at Denver (4-4)

New York (2-5) at New Jersey (3-5)

Trail Blazers sign coach Cheeks to one-year extension

Detroit (5-3) at LA Lakers (6-2)

Dallas 97, Houston 86

Crawford falls on head, taken off on stretcher

Minnesota 92, Chicago 89, OT

Utah (4-4) at Minnesota (5-4)

Phoenix (3-4) at Houston (5-2)

Toronto (4-4) at Sacramento (4-4)

Portland 112, Sacramento 110, OT

No laying around

(23) Marquette 52, St. John's 45

(20) Wake Forest 85, Memphis 76

Alabama (0-0) vs. (22) Pittsburgh (0-0)

(10) Gonzaga (0-0) vs. (17) St. Joseph's (PA) (0-0)

Four North Carolina schools in top 25

Make way for Gonzaga

With depth for a change, MSU should keep climbing

HER RESUME CAN'T BE BEATEN

(23) Marquette (0-0) vs. St. John's (0-0)

Memphis (0-0) vs. (20) Wake Forest (0-0)

No. 2 Duke 105, Nike Elite 69

Butler 69, Wayne State 60

Look out, No. 1

Only question is who leads talented Arizona this season

Crystal ball

College hoops officially starts Thursday night

Jumping freshman will thrill

Abdul-Khaliq provides hope of quick return

Three underclassmen on preseason All-America team

Detroit Mercy signs hoops coach Watson to six-year contract

Demon Deacons start season limping

Saint Louis to join Atlantic 10 in 2005

After summer of scandal, Big 12 eager for hoops

Backcourt still seeking rhythm

Radmanovic factor gives Sonics an edge

Crawford released from hospital with sprained neck

Bench/Start: Week Four

First real battles looming in Kobe Bryant case

Pro Basketball Notebook

Reasons For McGrady's Bad Start

Dallas (6-3) at Memphis (4-4)

Pacers' O'Neal fined $5,000

Governor takes it on boards in N.D

Surprise stories in the NBA

Portland (5-3) at New Orleans (6-3)

Father-son Dunleavys face off

New Jersey 85, New York 80

Boston 91, Cleveland 82

Indiana 101, Seattle 78

Philadelphia 100, San Antonio 96

Miami 105, Washington 101, OT

Utah 85, Minnesota 77

Indiana (7-2) at New York (2-6)

Houston 90, Phoenix 85

Philadelphia (5-4) at Cleveland (2-7)

Sacramento 94, Toronto 64

San Antonio (5-5) at Washington (3-5)

Seattle (5-2) at Chicago (4-6)

LA Clippers 104, Golden State 98

Detroit (5-4) at Phoenix (3-5)

New Jersey (4-5) at Atlanta (3-6)

Denver 106, Orlando 101

LA Lakers 94, Detroit 89

Orlando (1-8) at LA Clippers (3-2)

McGrady's 51 not enough to prevent Orlando's eighth straight loss

UConn Huskies are definitely top dogs

Sportsticker College Basketball Notebook

U stadium talks continue

No. 5 Missouri 85, Lithuania Inter Hoop 76

No. 8 Florida 103, EA Sports 97

Connecticut runaway No. 1 in AP preseason hoops poll

Big East has preseason No. 1 and defending champion

Dunking any dull expectations

Before the series began, Jefferson was believed to be one of the players who could help the New Jersey Nets engineer an upset of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The second-year forward was averaging 14.4 points through the first three rounds of the playoffs and gave the Nets a third option that the Spurs did not seem to have. Ticket master.

But Jefferson has struggled mightily in the Finals. Guarded on occasion by premier defender Bruce Bowen, he is averaging 9.7 points - fifth on the team - while making just 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from the field. Ticket master.

"I'm trying to have an impact on the game," Jefferson said Monday, a day after scoring just six points in an 84-79 loss. "Last game, I couldn't hit a shot, but I tried to do other things, try to rebound, try to defend. I understand in order for this team to be a contender, I'm gonna have to score points."