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Preview: Pacers at Bucks

The Indiana Pacers are imploding at an alarming rate - and no one seems to know why. The Pacers will look to bounce back from their worst stretch of the season as they travel to Milwaukee on Wednesday for a date with the league-worst Bucks. Indiana has lost seven of its last nine games to drop out of top spot in the East, and is coming off a 107-88 loss to the Atlanta Hawks - a game in which the Pacers scored a franchise-low 23 first-half points.

Preview: Bobcats at Wizards

The battle for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff chase takes center stage when the surging Charlotte Bobcats visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Charlotte has won four straight - including a 100-94 win over Washington at home March 31 - to pull to within a game of the Wizards with five to play. A fifth straight victory for the Bobcats would not only forge a tie for sixth but also clinch a tiebreaker with Washington by claiming the season series 3-1.

Preview: Bulls at Timberwolves

The Chicago Bulls seek a season-high sixth straight win when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The current surge has placed the Bulls two games up on Brooklyn in the race for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and tied with third-place Toronto with five games to play. Chicago should be rather fresh, too, as it has not played since a 96-78 win at Washington on Saturday.

Preview: Heat at Grizzlies

LeBron James had a chance to move the Miami Heat 1 1/2 games ahead of the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday but had his game-winning dunk attempt blocked in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. James will take on an interior defense even more imposing when the Heat travel to the Memphis Grizzlies for the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday. The Grizzlies are a game behind the Phoenix Suns in the race for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

Durant's streak ends, but Thunder dump Kings

Durant's streak ends, but Thunder dump Kings SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The talk in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room Monday night mostly concerned guard Caron Butler and his deadly accurate shooting. That is just the way forward Kevin Durant likes it. Butler's 23 points and 6-for-6 performance from 3-point range helped make the end of Durant's impressive scoring streak a mere footnote in the Thunder's 107-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.

NBA: Durant's scoring streak stops at 41 games

Kevin Durant's historic scoring streak came to a halt Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Thunder toppled the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday 107-92. Thunder forward Durant finished with 23 points as his run of scoring at least 25 points ended at 41 games. He passed Michael Jordan last time out for the third longest streak in history. Durant expressed relief Tuesday that it was over and they can get back to concentrating on winning games.

NBA: Durant's scoring streak stops at 41 games

Kevin Durant's historic scoring streak came to a halt Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Thunder toppled the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday 107-92. Thunder forward Durant finished with 23 points as his run of scoring at least 25 points ended at 41 games. He passed Michael Jordan last time out for the third longest streak in history. Durant, who is a strong candidate for most valuable player of the year, has also scored 20 or more points in 50 consecutive games. Durant, who is leading the league in scoring, last failed to score 25 or more points on January 5 against Boston.

Preview: Thunder at Kings

The slumping Oklahoma City Thunder are suddenly having to fend off the Los Angeles Clippers for second place in the Western Conference as they enter Tuesday’s road tussle with the Sacramento Kings. Oklahoma City is just one game ahead of the Clippers – the teams play in Los Angeles on Wednesday – after suffering back-to-back losses and falling out of the battle for the top spot. The Thunder allowed an average of 116.5 points in losing the first two of a four-game road swing.

Connecticut tame Wildcats to clinch NCAA title

(Reuters) - Connecticut's experience trumped Kentucky's youth as the Huskies prevailed with a 60-54 NCAA national championship victory on Monday that completed a turnaround for the recently penalized program. Connecticut missed last year's NCAA tournament, banned from the post-season after failing to meet academic standards, but they restored order this season as they surged to a second title in four years.

Mourning headlines list of Hall of Fame's Class of 2014

(Reuters) - Alonzo Mourning, a defensive specialist who came back from a kidney transplant to win an NBA title with the Miami Heat, was among those named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday. The class of 2014, which will be inducted August 8 at a ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts, will include recently retired NBA commissioner David Stern. It was announced just weeks after his retirement in February that Stern, who oversaw the NBA for 30 years, would go directly into the Hall.
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