Wizards start fast and throttle 76ers

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Kris Humphries returns after a 16-game absence as Washington builds a 34-point lead and coasts past Philadelphia.

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Wizards start fast and throttle 76ers

Wizards start fast and throttle 76ers

Kris Humphries returns after a 16-game absence as Washington builds a 34-point lead and coasts past Philadelphia.

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The veteran big man has missed 16 straight games with a strained left groin.

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He’s Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, and he’s certainly worth a listen

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Kevin Durant says he “would love to stick it out with one team” for his entire career

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With a 14-60 season, that might be easier said than done for Knicks fans.

Georgetown’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera declares for NBA Draft, plans to hire agent

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Redick has already set a career high in points for a season (1,124).

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Paul Pierce reminisces about his own personal March Madness heartbreak

Paul Pierce reminisces about his own personal March Madness heartbreak

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Wizards clinch second straight playoff berth

Wizards clinch second straight playoff berth

Wizards are in the postseason for the second consecutive year, though there isn’t much celebrating.

St. John’s legend Chris Mullin reportedly returning as coach

St. John’s legend Chris Mullin reportedly returning as coach

Since Mullin led St. John’s to the Final Four in 1985, the school has never again advanced that far in the tournament.

Slumping Pierce eyes playoff revival

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At 37, former Celtics star was expected to excel in fourth quarters, not ride the bench during them.

Another sub-50-win season for the Wizards

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The Wizards’ loss to the Rockets Sunday clinched their 36th straight season with fewer than 50 wins.

Raptors and Wizards are limping into playoffs

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The Wizards have lost five of their last six and are sputtering. The Raptors could enter the playoffs without a significant win on their résumé since the calendar turned to 2015.

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Wall doesn’t care about ‘someday.’

James Harden finds another way to deliver a win for Houston, boosting MVP case

James Harden finds another way to deliver a win for Houston, boosting MVP case

Houston Rockets MVP candidate James Harden has won several games with his offense but had a game-clinching block in Sunday’s victory over Washington.

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