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So it’s not all decided yet, but Golden State now controls their own destiny, and just handed a big, heavy “L” to the Denver Nuggets.

While it wasn’t quite wire-to-wire, the Golden State Warriors absolutely dominated the Denver Nuggets at home to essentially seal their rightful place atop the West. DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant both looked unstoppable, and the Golden State defense once again took Nikola Jokic out of the game as the home team cruised to an easy victory over the team that’s been chasing them in the standings all season.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that LeBron James will not play in the remaining six games of their season in order to fully let him heal from the groin injury he sustained on Christmas Day.

In a statement, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka said that this move was best for both James and the team.

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“The Season of Zion” will end without Zion.

Duke’s 68-67 upset loss to Michigan State in the finals of the East Region means that, among other things, Zion Williamson’s tremendous 2018-19 season and overall college career will come to an end at least one game earlier than anticipated. As much as everyone enjoys seeing Duke go down, not being able to watch their star do his thing on college basketball’s biggest stage feels like a loss for the average American sports fan.

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The Los Angeles Lakers played spoiler with a 129-115 win over the playoff hopeful Charlotte Hornets Friday at Staples Center.

It was a balanced scoring effort for the Lakers on Friday with four players ending the night in double figures, but it was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope that led the way for Los Angeles. In 29 minutes, KCP scored 25 points on 8-14 shooting from the field, including 6-10 shooting from behind the 3-point line. He also contributed four assists and a steal.

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NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledges that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but says the Dallas Mavericks forward “unequivocally” denies the allegation.

Lawyer Roland Riopelle said Saturday that the claim against the player was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the FBI.

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The Nuggets still might win the No. 1 seed in the West, and as long as they don’t get ejected out of the first round, this season has been an unmitigated success. The earliest Denver will face the favored Warriors in the postseason is the conference finals. That’s the nice thing about fighting with Golden State over the 1-seed: it gives you a pass from facing them for two rounds.

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