Pierce, Wizards hammer Celtics

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Pierce, Wizards hammer Celtics

Pierce, Wizards hammer Celtics

Veteran forward shows no love for his old team, scoring 17 points in a wire-to-wire win that was never in doubt.

Wizards vs. Celtics: Game 29 discussion thread

Wizards vs. Celtics: Game 29 discussion thread

The Wizards and Celtics conclude their three-game season series at Verizon Center Saturday night.

Pierce discusses Celtics’ trade of Rondo

Pierce discusses Celtics’ trade of Rondo

Rondo was the final member of the Celtics’ 2008 title team on the roster.

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Given time, Wall has seized the moment

Given time, Wall has seized the moment

COLUMN | John Wall’s gradual growth provides a valuable lesson to other D.C. teams as they evaluate their young stars.

NBA power rankings: Portland shoots to top spot

NBA power rankings: Portland shoots to top spot

A brand new No. 1 takes over as Damian Lillard shoots Portland to the top. Atlanta and Chicago make huge leaps, while Philadelphia leaves the cellar again.

Wizards’ Christmas gift: Their ‘real starting five’

Wizards’ Christmas gift: Their ‘real starting five’

After 27 games, Washington has overcome injuries and unveiled the starting lineup it envisioned in the offseason.

Wall fined, Knicks’ Acy suspended one game for Christmas altercation

Wall fined, Knicks’ Acy suspended one game for Christmas altercation

Wall was fined $15,000 and Acy was suspended without pay.

Milwaukee Bucks owners employ face-reading expert to bolster team chemistry

Milwaukee Bucks owners employ face-reading expert to bolster team chemistry

The team knows the technique sounds like hocus-pocus, but they’re confident it can give the team and edge.

Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith come up with easy way to take a Christmas tree down

Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith come up with easy way to take a Christmas tree down

Smith pushed O’Neal into the on-set display during on the TNT set.

Spencer Hawes wears crazy ugly Christmas suit to arena

Spencer Hawes wears crazy ugly Christmas suit to arena

The Los Angeles Clippers’ 7-foot-1 power forward wins Christmas.

Watch LeBron James casually sink a 3-pointer from 28 feet out

Watch LeBron James casually sink a 3-pointer from 28 feet out

Seriously, it looked like he wasn’t even trying.

LeBron James exits briefly during third quarter for reasons the Cavaliers want to keep ‘secret’

LeBron James exits briefly during third quarter for reasons the Cavaliers want to keep ‘secret’

Eventually the team conceded it was “left leg tightness.” Most. Boring. Secret. Ever.

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to sit out against Chicago Bulls on Christmas

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to sit out against Chicago Bulls on Christmas

The Lakers might actually be better off without the 36-year-old veteran.

Pop star Rita Ora posts odd photo on Instagram from Heat-Cavaliers game

Pop star Rita Ora posts odd photo on Instagram from Heat-Cavaliers game

Celebrities were few and far between in the crowd at the Heat-Cavs game, but the ones who showed up were weird.

Wizards play with projected starting lineup for first time in win over Knicks

Wizards play with projected starting lineup for first time in win over Knicks

It took 27 games, but the Wizards finally played with their projected starting lineup on Christmas.

Russell Westbrook puts on a show in San Antonio, as Thunder beat Spurs resoundingly

Russell Westbrook puts on a show in San Antonio, as Thunder beat Spurs resoundingly

The point guard had 34 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and five steals, but no Kevin Durant.

It’s a hug-fest in Miami, as Cavaliers’ LeBron James returns to take on the Heat

It’s a hug-fest in Miami, as Cavaliers’ LeBron James returns to take on the Heat

There were more cheers than jeers, as James returned to the court where he played for four seasons on Thursday.

Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Sue Bird and John Stockton all get alter egos in new State Farm ad

Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Sue Bird and John Stockton all get alter egos in new State Farm ad

Cliff Paul gets some new buddies, including Sebastian Curry, Darius Lillard, Summer Bird and Don Stockton.

Wall shines, and Wizards cruise past Knicks

Wall shines, and Wizards cruise past Knicks

On national TV on Christmas Day, John Wall’s 24 points, 11 assists and one scuffle pave way for Washington.

Thunder’s Kevin Durant out for Christmas bout against the Spurs because of ankle

Thunder’s Kevin Durant out for Christmas bout against the Spurs because of ankle

The 26-year-old NBA MVP is still mending the sprained ankle he suffered last Thursday.

Throwback Thursday: Basketball on Christmas

Forty-one years ago today, the then-Bullets beat the Knicks in D.C. fans’ first Christmas Day NBA game.

Discuss Wizards-Knicks

The Wizards and Knicks open the NBA’s Christmas slate at noon.

Houston takes reasonable gamble with Smith

Houston takes reasonable gamble with Smith

The Western Conference has arguably never been better, and the arrival of Josh Smith in Houston increases the Rockets’ chances of getting out -- if he can regain his health and rein in his desire to shoot long jumpers.

Wizards are back on NBA’s ‘nice’ list

Wizards are back on NBA’s ‘nice’ list

Inclusion in the NBA’s marquee slate of Christmas games shows the change in perception of Washington.

Josh Smith will reportedly sign with Houston Rockets

Josh Smith will reportedly sign with Houston Rockets

Smith was cut by the Detroit Pistons with two years left on his contract.

Van Gundy only contributing to Pistons’ problems

Van Gundy only contributing to Pistons’ problems

Stan Van Gundy arrived in Detroit expecting to lift the Pistons out of an extended run of misery. Instead, his questionable decisions have sunk the franchise into a deeper hole.

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao tears Achilles’, likely out for season

Tristan Thompson will step in for Cleveland on Thursday when the Cavs face team leader LeBron James’s former squad the Miami Heat.

Unchained from Kobe Bryant, Lakers pull off upset over Warriors

Unchained from Kobe Bryant, Lakers pull off upset over Warriors

Nick Young goes all swaggy with mentions of “Django Unchained” and “Driving Miss Daisy,” lest Bryant have missed the point.

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A veteran works through the grind

With more than 1,100 games under Ryan Zimmerman’s big league belt, how does the Nationals star prepare for 162 games in 182 days?

First and 17

Inside the season with the nation’s top-rated football prospect, Woodbridge’s Da’Shawn Hand.