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WATCH: Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic
WATCH: Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic

The Celtics host the Magic at TD Garden. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or on nbcsportsboston.com with the Celtics livestream, presented by Nissan, on the NBC Sports App.

Evenly matched Gators, Zags meet in PK80

The first ranked matchup of the Phil Knight Invitational comes between No. 7 Florida and No. 17 Gonzaga in the second round of the "Motion" bracket of the Phil Knight 80 Invitational on Friday. The teams couldn't be more evenly match as they enter the game averaging more than 94 points

Michigan State's Bridges might return to face UConn

Good news is expected for fourth-ranked Michigan State when its faces Connecticut on Friday evening in the second round of the Phil Knight 80 Invitational. Spartans star Miles Bridges, who missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle, possibly could return. "I am hoping that he plays at

No. 2 Arizona scrambles to recover against No. 18 Purdue

No. 2 Arizona went into the Battle 4 Atlantis as one of the favorites to win the tournament in its three days in the Bahamas. Now, the Wildcats (3-2) will look to avoid going winless at the event after falling to SMU 66-60 Thursday night in their second game of the tournament. Strangely enough, Arizona

No. 23 West Virginia eyes better effort against UCF

The West Virginia players were not feeling the warmth of Thanksgiving from coach Bob Huggins after the 23rd-ranked Mountaineers barely survived against a winless Marist team Thursday in an opening-round game of the AdvoCare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. "Our effort (stunk)," Huggins

No. 15 Xavier meets ASU in Las Vegas title game

Xavier will get a sturdy test Friday -- one that should help the Musketeers prepare for the challenging Big East down the road -- but coach Chris Mack isn't much worried about learning lessons at this time of the season. "Maybe I should be looking more big picture, but I just like to win,"

No. 15 Xavier meets ASU in Las Vegas title game

Xavier will get a sturdy test Friday -- one that should help the Musketeers prepare for the challenging Big East down the road -- but coach Chris Mack isn't much worried about learning lessons at this time of the season. "Maybe I should be looking more big picture, but I just like to win,"

No. 20 Seton Hall tries to regroup against Vanderbilt

Instead of playing in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship Friday, No. 20 Seton Hall will be searching for answers. The Pirates lost 75-74 Thursday against Rhode Island at the Barclays Center after falling behind by 11 points early, rallying back and then losing on a running jump shot by the Rams'

Thunder in search of consistency against Pistons

A team looking to regain its footing and a team looking to finally find some momentum meet Friday night in Oklahoma City when the Thunder host the Detroit Pistons. In a win Wednesday over defending champion Golden State, the Thunder's big three of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony

Duke-Texas features two top NBA prospects

Because the teams aren't in the same bracket, fans won't be seeing Duke take on North Carolina on Friday. Instead, they'll settle for watching two of the top NBA prospects square off. Freshman Marvin Bagley III will lead the Blue Devils against Mohamed Bamba and Texas in a second-round

Duke-Texas features two top NBA prospects

Because the teams aren't in the same bracket, fans won't be seeing Duke take on North Carolina on Friday. Instead, they'll settle for watching two of the top NBA prospects square off. Freshman Marvin Bagley III will lead the Blue Devils against Mohamed Bamba and Texas in a second-round

Streak-busting Heat open road trip in Minnesota

The Miami Heat arrive in chilly Minnesota to begin a four-game road trip less than 48 hours after cooling off the NBA's hottest team. The Heat snapped the Boston Celtics' 16-game winning streak on Wednesday behind Goran Dragic's game-high 27 points and Dion Waiters' clutch 3-point shooting

St. Francis faces long arms of Louisville

Coming off a dominant 84-42 win over Southern Illinois on Tuesday night, the No. 19 Louisville Cardinals will host Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday at KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals (3-0) have a nonconference slate loaded with small-school teams that are expected to contend for their conference titles.

St. Francis faces long arms of Louisville

Coming off a dominant 84-42 win over Southern Illinois on Tuesday night, the No. 19 Louisville Cardinals will host Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday at KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals (3-0) have a nonconference slate loaded with small-school teams that are expected to contend for their conference titles.

Magic search for answers against streak-less Celtics

On May 24, 2010, the Orlando Magic defeated the Celtics in Boston to avoid a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals. The Magic, who visit TD Garden on Friday night, have not won in Boston since, losing Game 6 of that series to get eliminated and 13 straight regular-season games since. Now

San Diego State beats Sacramento state 89-52

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Devin Watson scored 12 points, Trey Kell added 11, and San Diego State made 10 of 25 3-pointers in beating Sacramento State 89-52 in Thursday night's opening round of the Wooden Legacy.

Hardaway returns to Atlanta as Hawks host Knicks

The Atlanta Hawks hope their recent success against the New York Knicks can carry over to this rebuilding year and help them end a three-game losing streak. The Hawks won their last three meetings with the Knicks and went 3-1 against them last season. This will be the only game between the two clubs

Koulechov scores 26 as No. 7 Florida routs Stanford 108-87
Koulechov scores 26 as No. 7 Florida routs Stanford 108-87

There hasn't been much of an adjustment period for Egor Koulechov since he arrived at Florida. The graduate transfer from Rice had 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and the seventh-ranked Gators routed Stanford 108-87 on Thursday night in the Phil Knight Invitational. ''Honestly, I&

BYU will have hands full with No. 25 Alabama

Alabama freshman sensation Collin Sexton by himself is enough to keep BYU coach Dave Rose up at night devising a way to slow down the phenom. Toss in the idea that Rose is experiencing second thoughts about having his Cougars participate in the Barclays Center Classic this weekend, and a recipe for

Draymond Green's intensity, leadership pushes Durant, others

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant bet on just about anything. KD and Dray have formed quite a bond since way back, when Green was part of the strategic recruiting process to bring Durant to the Bay Area from Oklahoma City before last season. ''Yeah, I'm not in those bets,'' teammate

No. 2 Arizona upset again at Battle 4 Atlantis, 66-60 by SMU
No. 2 Arizona upset again at Battle 4 Atlantis, 66-60 by SMU

SMU attacked the glass and kept scoring off turnovers to offset a bad shooting performance. It was enough to hand No. 2 Arizona a second stunning loss to an unranked opponent in two nights. Ben Emelogu scored 20 points and the Mustangs upset the Wildcats 66-60 in Thursday's consolation round at

Saint Mary's aims to keep momentum vs. WSU

Saint Mary's has the look of a Sweet 16 contender. In the first five games of the season, the Gaels have won by 17 points three times and 18 and 19 points one time each. In other words, the Gaels (5-0) are rolling, and despite a hiccup in the second half against the Crimson, have not let up.

Dose: Injury Updates
Dose: Injury Updates

In Friday's Dose, Jonas Nader breaks down the latest injury news on Kawhi Leonard, Isaiah Thomas and more!

UConn pulls away late to knock off Oregon 71-63
UConn pulls away late to knock off Oregon 71-63

Terry Larrier scored 18 points, Alterique Gilbert and Jalen Adams both added 16 points each, and UConn knocked off Oregon 71-63 in the opening round of the PK80 Invitational. The Huskies (4-0) overcame an awful night of shooting to knock off the Ducks playing essentially a home game a couple hours north

Mapping out the Celtics
Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

Applying takeaways from the recently concluded 16-game win streak to a very optimistic idea.

Western Kentucky upsets No. 18 Purdue 77-73 in Bahamas
Western Kentucky upsets No. 18 Purdue 77-73 in Bahamas

Western Kentucky's short-handed roster earned a rare win against a ranked team. Darius Thompson scored 12 points and hit two clinching free throws with 5.1 seconds left to help the Hilltoppers upset the Boilermakers 77-73 in Thursday's consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Hilltoppers

Justice scores 28 to lead ASU to a 92-90 win over Kansas St

Displaying his offensive skills from every angle, Justice scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half to lead Arizona State to a 92-90 victory over Kansas State on Thursday in the Las Vegas Invitational. ''We just kept telling ourselves it wasn't over, so credit to our guys,''

Carrington scores 24 in No. 14 Stanford women's 79-54 win

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- DiJonai Carrington scored a career-high 24 points and hauled down 10 rebounds to lead No. 14 Stanford over Kent State 79-54 on Thursday in the Play4Kay Showcase.

Texas holds off Butler 61-48 in the PK80
Texas holds off Butler 61-48 in the PK80

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Texas is confident they'll muster enough enthusiasm for Duke.

Western Kentucky upsets No. 18 Purdue 77-73 in Bahamas
Western Kentucky upsets No. 18 Purdue 77-73 in Bahamas

Hilltoppers led almost whole game

Duke overcomes tenacious Portland State 99-81
Duke overcomes tenacious Portland State 99-81

Trevon Duval scored 22 points for Blue Devils

Texas Stymies Butler
Texas Stymies Butler

Dylan Osetkowski and Kerwin Roach combined for 20 points and the Longhorns held Butler to 32.8 percent shooting in a 61-48 win over the Bulldogs at the PK80 Invitational.

No. 12 Tennessee women edge No. 20 Marquette in OT 101-99

PUERTO AVENTURAS, Mexico (AP) -- Anastasia Hayes scored No. 12 Tennessee's last five points in the final minute of overtime and three Lady Vols finished with double-doubles in a 101-99 victory over No. 20 Marquette on Thursday at the Cancun Challenge.

Mavunga scores 35 as No. 9 Ohio State beats Memphis 100-69

Stephanie Mavunga made the most of her 24 minutes. The Ohio State senior forward scored a career-high 35 points and had 16 rebounds to lead No. 9 Ohio State to a 100-69 win over Memphis in the Play4Kay Showcase on Thursday. Mavunga had her fifth double-double of the season and tied her previous personal

Northern Iowa awaits another challenge vs. No. 5 Villanova

No. 5 Villanova -- in the championship game on Friday. "I've seen everybody play here and they're the best," Jacobson said of Villanova after Northern Iowa defeated N.C. State 64-60 on Thursday in a semifinal game at the Imperial Ballroom Arena at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Villanova

Bluiett scores 20 points, leads No. 15 Xavier past GW
Bluiett scores 20 points, leads No. 15 Xavier past GW

Xavier coach Chris Mack has a handful of offensive specialists who have an explosive first step, with none of them afraid to use it. Trevon Bluiett scored 20 points to lead the Musketeers, who went into the game leading the Big East and ranked fifth nationally in field-goal percentage at 56.8. '

Razorbacks use late surge to hold off Sooners 92-83
Razorbacks use late surge to hold off Sooners 92-83

Daryl Macon scored a season-high 27 points, Jaylen Barford added 19 and Arkansas remained unbeaten, holding off Oklahoma 92-83 on Thursday in the opening round of the PK80 Invitational. Daniel Gafford added 13 points for the Razorbacks (4-0), including a 17-footer with 1:01 remaining for a four-point

Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors
Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

Watch as the Bulls take on the Warriors at 9 p.m. tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

Virginia routs Vanderbilt in Preseason NIT, 68-42
Virginia routs Vanderbilt in Preseason NIT, 68-42

There was the slightest sliver of an opening, and Matthew Fisher-Davis drove the lane then leapt towards the rim. At that moment, though, Mamadi Diakite arrived from the weak side and knocked the attempted layup out of play. ''We have to make every possession defensively hard,'' coach

Nuggets forge ahead without Millsap, face Grizzlies next

A road trip that began with such promise for the Denver Nuggets ended in a humbling loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The lasting impact of Denver's 30-point loss to Houston is how they played without power forward Paul Millsap. The original diagnosis was a sprain, but Millsap was

No. 21 Saint Mary
No. 21 Saint Mary's withstands Harvard's rush to win 89-71

Saint Mary's 26-point halftime lead paid off for the Gaels. Jock Landale scored 26 points and the 21st-ranked Gaels withstood getting outscored in the second half to beat Harvard 89-71 on Thursday in the opening game of the Wooden Legacy. Emmett Naar just missed a triple double, finishing with

Cox has double-double, No. 8 Baylor beats Missouri State

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey and sophomore forward Lauren Cox were glad to be back in the game. Cox had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots in her return for the No. 8 Lady Bears, who also had Mulkey back for their 100-58 victory over Missouri State on Thursday after the two missed Baylor'

Pelicans' twin towers invade Phoenix

The New Orleans Pelicans will bring their twin double-double machine to Phoenix on Friday. The Suns have three centers on their roster, and they might need every one. New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins has 14 double-doubles and power forward Anthony Davis has 13 this season, and both did it again

Maye leads No. 9 North Carolina to 102-78 rout of Portland
Maye leads No. 9 North Carolina to 102-78 rout of Portland

Luke Maye scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Joel Berry II added 18 points and No. 9 North Carolina had five players in double figures in overwhelming Portland 102-78 on Thursday to open the PK80 Invitational. The Tar Heels (4-0) continued their offensive outburst to open the season, topping

Ponds scores 26, St. John's beats Oregon State 82-77

LAKE BUENA VISA, Fla. (AP) -- Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points and Marcus LoVett added 18 as St. John's rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit to beat Oregon State 82-77 Thursday in first round of the Advocare Invitational.

Marrow, Hampton beat winless NAU in Las Vegas Invitational

Jermaine Marrow had 19 points, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals to help Hampton beat winless Northern Arizona 76-66 on Thursday in the Las Vegas Invitational. Hampton led by as many as 19 points in the first half and had a 12-point lead at halftime. Marrow was just 2 of 8 from the field

No. 7 Mississippi State beats No. 24 Arizona State 65-57

McCowan had 15 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 7 Mississippi State beat 24th-ranked Arizona State 65-57 in the Cancun Challenge on Thursday. ''I thought Teaira was just dominant,'' Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said. Victoria Vivians scored 17 points and Roshunda Johnson added

Miami, Northwestern, Utah to play in 2018 Wooden Legacy

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Miami, Northwestern and Utah are among the eight schools that will play in the 2018 Wooden Legacy men's college basketball tournament.

Trail Blazers hope to rev up offense against Nets

For various reasons, the Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets were doomed by one bad quarter Wednesday. In Philadelphia, Portland could never recover after an extremely slow start. In Cleveland, Brooklyn could not prevent LeBron James from taking over down the stretch.

Lonzo Ball finishes one-handed alley-oop on Willie Cauley-Stein (video)
Lonzo Ball finishes one-handed alley-oop on Willie Cauley-Stein (video)

Kings beat Lakers, though

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