NBA: Charlotte Hornets hold off Philadelphia 76ers

Sport360 staff 21/11/2015
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Another disappointment: Charlotte Hornets (purple) vs Philadelphia 76ers.

The misery continued for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA on Friday night, as their search for a first victory since March 27 goes on.

The hapless Eastern Conference Atlantic Division side's 13th defeat of the campaign and 23rd overall came against the Charlotte Hornets, for whom Al Jefferson had 26 points in a convincing 113-88 victory.

There was another 35-point margin at TD Garden, where the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-95. A 26-7 run in the second quarter did most of the damage.

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Mike Conley scored 26 points for the Memphis Grizzlies in their 96-84 success over the Houston Rockets 96-84, while a 58-42 second half set up the Detroit Pistons for a 96-86 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ryan Anderson poured in 30 points for the second successive game as the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a five-game skid with a 104-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, while Carmelo Anthony's 25 helped the New York Knicks see off the fast-finishing Oklahoma City Thunder 93-90.

The Dallas Mavericks won for a sixth successive match, 102-93 against the Utah Jazz, while there was an away success at Pepsi Center where the Phoenix Suns – boosted by Brandon Knight's impressive 38-point haul – saw off the Denver Nuggets 114-107

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NBA round-up: Brewer and Harden lead Houston to win

Sport360 staff 19/11/2015
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Brewer (l) and Harden.

Corey Brewer and James Harden made the difference as the Houston Rockets saw off NBA rivals the Portland Trail Blazers.

Brewer’s three-pointer inside the final second forced overtime at the Toyota Center – and Harden took over with all nine points to take his personal tally to an impressive 45 points as the Rockets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 108-103 success over the Northwest Division strugglers.

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Russell Westbrook was another player in impressive scoring form on Wednesday night, pouring in 43 as the Oklahoma City Thunder hit back from a 27-21 first quarter deficit to inflict a fifth successive defeat on the New Orleans Pelicans, 110-103.

Tony Parker’s season-high 25 points were the highlight as Southwest Division pacesetters the San Antonio Spurs won for the sixth game in a row, seeing off the Denver Nuggets 109-98, while a dominant 34-25 fourth quarter enabled the Utah Jazz to come from behind and beat the Toronto Raptors 93-89.

The Dallas Mavericks wiped out an 31-16 first quarter deficit to record their fifth successive win, 106-102 against Atlantic Division leaders the Boston Celtics, while Paul George led the scoring with 31 points for the Indiana Pacers in their 112-85 drubbing of the hapless Philadelphia 76ers – who drop to 0-12.

Elsewhere on Wednesday night, the Orlando Magic sunk the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101, the Atlanta Hawks downed the Sacramento Kings 103-97, while the Charlotte Hornets continued their recent improvement with a 116-111 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

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NFL: Oakland Raiders’ Aldon Smith banned one year over drugs

Sport360 staff 18/11/2015
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Controversial: Aldon Smith.

Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended a minimum of one year by the NFL on Tuesday violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The Raiders voiced support for Smith, saying they were committed to back him "as he gets the help that he needs".

Smith said in a statement released by the Raiders that he would use his enforced time off "to work on myself and become the man I need to be, my team and organization needs me to be, and I know I can be."

Smith, who can apply for reinstatement 60 days before the one-year ban is up, was released by the San Francisco 49ers in August after a string of off-field incidents.

He pleaded not guilty in September to hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism.

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The 25-year-old was arrested in August on drunken driving charges in Santa Clara, California.

"I had lost my love for the game and it led me to some poor choices, but I am thankful to the Raider organization for believing in me this season and will continue to better myself and grow from my experiences," Smith said.

"I look forward to rejoining the team next year." The August incident wasn't Smith's first brush with league discipline.

He was suspended nine games in 2014 for what the league called violations of its policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.

Smith was also arrested in April 2013 at Los Angeles International Airport after being uncooperative during a random secondary screening while passing through security.

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