NBA NEWS ARCHIVE
» Sunday, December 31, 2017

Lou Williams scores 40 points, Clippers hold off Hornets

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clippers guard Lou Williams was trouble for the Charlotte Hornets from the moment he left the bench, making his first four shots, including three 3-pointers, and scoring 11 points before he was on the floor four minutes.


76ers’ Embiid injures right hand in win over Suns

PHOENIX (AP) Philadelphia center Joel Embiid injured his right hand going after an inbounds pass late in the fourth quarter of the 76ers' 123-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.


Tyreke Evans scores 26 points, Grizzlies beat Kings 114-96

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Tyreke Evans' decision to gamble and sign a one-year deal with Memphis this past offseason is looking increasingly more like a safe bet for the veteran guard.


Irving scores 28 for Celtics in 108-105 win over Nets

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics squandered several opportunities to put away the pesky Brooklyn Nets before Kyrie Irving ended the comebacks.


Beal’s 39 points lead Wizards to 114-110 win over Bulls

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal delivered when the Wizards needed him most.


Thunder’s Patterson fined $10K for criticizing officiating

NEW YORK (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson has been fined $10,000 for publicly complaining about the officiating during the 2017-18 season.


Injured Austin Rivers to miss Clippers’ game against Hornets

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clippers guard Austin Rivers will miss the Los Angeles' game Sunday against Charlotte after injuring his right Achilles.


Curry makes season-best 10 3-pointers in return from injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry stood among the coaches during a third-quarter timeout pleading his case to keep playing, and Steve Kerr relented - after a brief chat with the training staff, of course.


» Saturday, December 30, 2017

Jack hits tiebreaking free throws, Knicks beat Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jarrett Jack figured the Pelicans' defense was more concerned with Kristaps Porzingis than with him.


Stephen Curry returns for Warriors after out 11 games

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry hoisted his signature tunnel shot, signed a few quick autographs when daughter Riley arrived to greet him and he briefly held his arm around her before turning around to do his all-out hallway sprint as he does night after night. His little girl cleared the way and off her dad went running as hard as he could to the locker room.


Stephen Curry returning for Warriors after out 11 games

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry hoisted his signature tunnel shot, signed a few quick autographs when daughter Riley arrived to greet him and he briefly held his arm around her before turning around to do his all-out hallway sprint as he does night after night. His little girl cleared the way and off her dad went running as hard as he could to the locker room.


Stephen Curry returning for Warriors after out 11 games

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is returning to the court Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing 11 games for Golden State with a sprained right ankle.


Antetokounmpo’s disputed dunk lifts Bucks over Thunder 97-95

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Even though he stepped out of bounds on the play, Giannis Antetokounmpo's basket with 1.3 seconds left counted, and that's all that mattered to the Milwaukee Bucks.


Booker overcomes tough night to rally Suns past Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Phoenix coach Jay Triano's decision to move Devin Booker to point guard late in the fourth quarter worked out perfectly for the struggling Suns.


Dennis Smith Jr. has triple-double, Mavs beat Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans entered the game as the NBA's top 3-point shooting team. They couldn't match the Dallas Mavericks' long-range shooting Friday night.


» Friday, December 29, 2017

Markkanen scores 32 as Bulls beat Pacers 119-107

CHICAGO (AP) Nikola Mirotic came in and started firing away. Lauri Markkanen took over for Chicago in the second half.


Raptors suspend Serge Ibaka for altercation with staffer

TORONTO (AP) Raptors forward Serge Ibaka has been suspended for Toronto's game Friday night against Atlanta because of an altercation with a team staff member.


Bulls G Dunn scratched with left knee tendinitis

CHICAGO (AP) Bulls point guard Kris Dunn has been scratched because of left knee tendinitis.


Raptors suspend Serge Ibaka for altercation with staffer

TORONTO (AP) Raptors forward Serge Ibaka was suspended for Toronto's game Friday night against Atlanta because of an altercation with a team staff member.


Pacers G Oladipo sidelined by right knee injury

CHICAGO (AP) Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has been ruled out for the second straight game because of a sore right knee.


Raptors suspend Serge Ibaka for altercation with staffer

TORONTO (AP) Raptors forward Serge Ibaka has been suspended for Toronto's game Friday night against Atlanta because of an altercation with a team staff member.


Chris Paul returns to Houston lineup after missing 3 games

WASHINGTON (AP) Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul is scheduled to play Friday night against the Washington Wizards after missing three games with a strained groin, coach Mike D'Antoni said.


NBA apology for ’Palestine’ wording after Israel complaint

JERUSALEM (AP) The NBA has apologized and removed wording from its website referring to ''Palestine-occupied territory'' on Friday after complaints by an Israeli minister.


Spurs’ Gay to miss at least 2 weeks with right heel injury

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs forward Rudy Gay will miss at least two weeks after an MRI revealed retrocalcaneal bursitis in his right heel.


Aldridge leads Spurs’ charge past Knicks, 119-107

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Two nights after playing with a full roster for the first time all season, San Antonio had to adjust yet again.


» Thursday, December 28, 2017

Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves 102-96

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks silenced the boos with a big victory.


Rockets sign free agent Gerald Green

BOSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have signed veteran swingman Gerald Green.


Spurs opt to rest Leonard against Knicks

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard was a late scratch from the San Antonio Spurs' lineup against the New York Knicks as his playing time remains limited following his return from a quad injury.


Timberwolves PG Teague sidelined by sprained knee

MILWAUKEE (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague is day to day with a left knee injury.


Timberwolves PG Teague out indefinitely with knee injury

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves say point guard Jeff Teague will be sidelined indefinitely because of a knee injury.


Timberwolves PG Jeff Teague out vs. Bucks with knee injury

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves have ruled point guard Jeff Teague out for their game at Milwaukee because of an injury to his left knee that occurred the previous night.


Pacers sign Poythress to deal that ends 2-way label

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers have signed forward Alex Poythress to a new contract that will end his two-way designation.


Schroder, Ilyasova help Hawks get consecutive wins

ATLANTA (AP) Dennis Schroder was excited about the consecutive wins for the Atlanta Hawks.


Warriors bury Jazz with big third quarter, win 126-101

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even after his Golden State Warriors scored 42 points in the third quarter, coach Steve Kerr was most pleased with their defense.


Bulls rally for a 92-87 win over Knicks

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls struggled for long stretches. They looked fatigued at times on the second night of back-to-back games. And they found a way to win anyway.


» Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Butler’s 39 points lift Wolves past Nuggets, 128-125 in OT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler scored 12 of Minnesota's 14 points in overtime and finished with a season-high 39 to lift the Timberwolves to a 128-125 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.


Nowitzki, Mavericks beat Pacers to end eight-game road skid

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks finally have another road win.


Hawks center Dedmon cleared to resume basketball activities

ATLANTA (AP) Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon has been cleared to resume basketball activities as he recovers from a stress reaction in his left tibia.


Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?

Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning.


American sorry for accusing NBA G League players of theft

DALLAS (AP) American Airlines has apologized to two players on the Memphis Grizzlies' minor league affiliate who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant wrongfully accused them of stealing blankets, which an assistant coach suggested happened because they are black.


Pistons PG Reggie Jackson out 6-8 weeks with ankle injury

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson is out for at least six to eight weeks with a sprained right ankle.


American sorry for accusing NBA G League players of theft

DALLAS (AP) American Airlines has apologized to two players on the Memphis Grizzlies' minor league affiliate who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant wrongfully accused them of stealing blankets, which an assistant coach suggested happened because they are black.


American sorry for accusing pro basketball players of theft

DALLAS (AP) American Airlines has apologized to two members of the Memphis Grizzlies' NBA G League affiliate who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant wrongfully accused them of stealing blankets.


Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?

Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning.


Warriors winning minus Curry; can they lose once he’s back?

Stephen Curry is sitting, the Warriors aren't really scoring, and yet Golden State is still winning.


Murray scores 22 as Nuggets beat Jazz 107-83

DENVER (AP) Jamal Murray was given the job as Denver's starting point guard before the season began. He is proving to be a worthy choice.


Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers

DETROIT (AP) A few days back, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had a heart-to-heart talk with forward Tobias Harris.


» Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Barea, Mavs end another Raptors 6-game streak with 98-93 win

DALLAS (AP) J.J. Barea has fresh memories of San Antonio scoring the final 13 points in a recent Dallas loss, and Atlanta getting the last five with the score tied in the Mavericks' most recent game.


Suns’ Booker set for return Tuesday night

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix guard Devin Booker is back after missing nine games with a left adductor strain.


Miami’s Dion Waiters will consider offseason ankle surgery

MIAMI (AP) Dion Waiters will consider having surgery this offseason to repair his problematic left ankle, conceding Tuesday that it probably won't be fully healed until such a procedure takes place.


Antetokounmpo back in lineup for Bucks against Bulls

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo was set to return to the Milwaukee Bucks' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls after missing a game with soreness in his right knee.


Timberwolves beat Lakers 121-104 for first Christmas win

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves got their first-ever Christmas victory, and with the way things are coming together, it could be the first of many showcase wins.


» Monday, December 25, 2017

Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors beat Cavaliers 99-92

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback.


Beal’s 25 points carries Wizards by Celtics 111-103

BOSTON (AP) Washington's talented guards made themselves at home at Boston's Christmas party.


Rockets guard Chris Paul will miss game against Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will sit out Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a groin injury.


Mike Brown’s contributions to Warriors mean so much

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Mike Brown had just finished spending some rare down time on Alameda's Coast Guard Island stuffing care packages for overseas military and veterans when Camille Spaulding approached to introduce herself and tell the Warriors assistant coach about a college student friend scraping by to attend an occasional Golden State game.


Christmas tradition: Warriors, Cavs headline holiday hoops

NEW YORK (AP) Not since the Kobe-Shaq breakup have two rivals spent so many Christmases together.


» Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ball to miss Lakers’ Christmas game with shoulder sprain

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Lonzo Ball has a sprained left shoulder and will sit out of the Lakers' game against Minnesota on Christmas night.


Butler leads balanced Timberwolves past Suns 115-106

PHOENIX (AP) The scoring was balanced but there was no doubt who led the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Phoenix Suns.


Spurs bounce back behind Aldridge, beat Kings 108-99

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) San Antonio point guard Tony Parker didn't hesitate when he sped around Sacramento center Kosta Koufos for an easy basket in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili did pretty much the same thing in the third with a pair of uncontested layups.


Harkless leads Trail Blazers to 95-92 win over Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was saluting the bench players responsible for ending his team's three-game losing streak when he realized he had made one glaring omission.


Schroder scores 33, hits big 3 as Hawks beat Mavericks

ATLANTA (AP) Dennis Schroder scored every which way Saturday night.


Spurs bounce back behind Aldridge, beat Kings 108-99

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs bounced back from a disappointing loss to beat the slumping Sacramento Kings 108-99 on Saturday night.


» Saturday, December 23, 2017

Scott scores 18 in Wizards’ 130-103 win over skidding Magic

WASHINGTON (AP) One night after a humiliating defeat, the Washington Wizards set a season high for points and rolled to an easy win.


Irving scores 25, Celtics cruise past Bulls 117-92

BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving makes spinning baskets off the dribble and converts drives in the lane while leaning in all sorts of different directions.


Hornets’ bench comes up big in 111-106 win over Bucks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have been waiting for big-time production from their bench all season.


Oladipo scores 38, Pacers rally to beat Nets 123-119 in OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo scored 38 points and was perfect from the free-throw line, helping the Indiana Pacers escape with a 123-119 overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.


Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic breaks bone in left index finger

WASHINGTON (AP) Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic broke a bone in his left index finger against the Washington Wizards and will be out indefinitely.


Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic breaks bone in left hand

WASHINGTON (AP) Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic broke a bone in his left hand during Saturday night's game against the Washington Wizards and will be out indefinitely.


Lakers’ Brandon Ingram out against Blazers with quad issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will not play against the Portland Trail Blazers because of a right quadriceps bruise and tendinitis in his left quadriceps.


Antetokounmpo has sore knee, won’t play vs. Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Bucks have announced that All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play against the Charlotte Hornets because of right knee soreness.


Jokic leads Nuggets to first win in Portland since 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Denver has gone through four coaches and has only three players remaining from the last time it won in Portland.


Jokic leads Nuggets to first win in Portland since 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and the Denver Nuggets won for the first time in Portland since 2013, beating the Trail Blazers 102-85 on Friday night.


Career night by Rivers leads Clippers over Rockets 128-118

HOUSTON (AP) After Austin Rivers scored just six points in the first half on Friday night against the Houston Rockets, his Los Angeles Clippers teammates had a message for him.


» Friday, December 22, 2017

Suns waived point guard Mike James

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns waived point guard Mike James on Friday, two weeks after he became the first two-way player in NBA history to sign a standard contract.


Ellington ties career best with 28, Heat top Mavs 113-101

MIAMI (AP) Wayne Ellington was able to stay with Miami this season largely because the Heat made a trade with Dallas over the summer and freed up the money needed to keep him around.


Drummond’s double-double leads Pistons over Knicks, 104-101

DETROIT (AP) For a few moments Friday, Stan Van Gundy thought his Detroit Pistons were going to fall back into the same bad habits that plagued them early in December.


Pelicans hand Magic seventh straight loss, 111-97

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans were encouraged by holding an opponent under 100 points, even though it was the struggling Orlando Magic.


Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope serving sentence at detention center

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is serving a 25-day sentence at an Orange County detention center after violating his probation on a drunken driving arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.


On Christmas, NBA shows off its best - and who’s got next

NEW YORK (AP) There's LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Golden State against Cleveland, for fans wanting more of the NBA's reigning rivalry.


No. 23 Seton Hall suspends Sanogo for violating rules

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) No. 23 Seton Hall says it is suspending Ismael Sanogo for violating team and university rules.


Ex-ref Donaghy arrested after alleged threat with hammer

Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was arrested in Manatee County, Fla., earlier this week after allegedly threatening a man with a hammer.


Hood scores 29 points as Jazz beat Spurs 100-89

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Missing their leading scorer for the second consecutive game, the Utah Jazz needed Rodney Hood to score in bunches.


NBA roundup: Cavs halt Bulls’ seven-game win streak

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 34 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the Chicago Bulls 115-112 on Thursday night.


NBA roundup: Cavs halt Bulls’ seven-game win streak

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 34 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the Chicago Bulls 115-112 on Thursday night.


» Thursday, December 21, 2017

Beasley scores 32, carries Knicks past Celtics, 102-93

NEW YORK (AP) Michael Beasley started heating up in the third quarter, and he really poured it on the fourth.


Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope playing while on prison work release

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is not about to quit his day (and night) job, but a parole violation is making him a prisoner of his work.


NBA roundup: Cavs halt Bulls’ seven-game win streak

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 34 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the Chicago Bulls 115-112 on Thursday night.


Nash, Kidd, Hill, Allen eligible for basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among six first-year candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


NBA notebook: Rockets’ Paul to miss game vs. Clippers

Chris Paul's first opportunity to face his former team will have to wait.


Cavs coach Tyronn Lue misses game with illness

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue missed Thursday night's game against Chicago with an undisclosed illness.


76ers’ Joel Embiid missed 3rd straight game with sore back

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is sitting out a third straight game because of back pain.


Cavaliers assign Isaiah Thomas to G-League team to practice

CLEVELAND (AP) Isaiah Thomas is one big step closer to joining the Cavaliers.


Rockets G Paul (groin) ruled out vs. former team

Chris Paul's first opportunity to face his former team will have to wait.


Cavs assign Isaiah Thomas to Canton team to practice

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have assigned injured point guard Isaiah Thomas to their Canton G-League team so he can practice.


Cavaliers assign G Thomas to Canton of G League

The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned two-time All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas to the Canton Charge of the G League, the team announced Thursday.


Semi-truck crashes into pool at home of Blazers’ Turner

A semi-truck hauling a dumpster plunged into the swimming pool of the southwest Portland home owned by Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner, leading to the driver needing to be rescued by emergency responders.


Wednesday’s Sports in Brief

GYMNASTICS


Knicks overhaul: Mills, Perry changing franchise’s identity

NEW YORK (AP) Magic Johnson noticed. Carmelo Anthony, too.


NBA roundup: Lakers snap Rockets’ winning streak

HOUSTON -- Rookie Kyle Kuzma scored 38 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the Houston Rockets' 14-game winning streak with a 122-116 upset victory Wednesday night.


Thompson, Durant lead injured Warriors to 10th straight win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant appreciates so many role players doing their part given greater responsibility for the injury-plagued Warriors.


Aldridge, Gasol lead Spurs to 93-91 win over Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Short-handed on bodies but not competitive spirit, the San Antonio Spurs found a way to grind out a win against a Trail Blazers team desperate to end its home losing streak.


Smith’s return, Barnes’ 25 lift Mavs over Pistons 110-93

DALLAS (AP) Dennis Smith Jr. fooled Reggie Jackson by faking one way, spinning the other and hitting a jumper while drawing a foul as Detroit's veteran guard scrambled back to the Dallas rookie.


Semi-truck plunges into pool owned by Portland Trail Blazer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A semi-truck hauling a large trash bin has crashed and plunged into a swimming pool in Portland.


» Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Westbrook scores 24, leads Thunder to 107-79 win over Jazz

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook got the Oklahoma City Thunder on track, then his teammates put the Utah Jazz away in the third quarter.


Gallinari out for Clippers until at least January

LOS ANGELES (AP) Danilo Gallinari will be out for the Los Angeles Clippers until at least January with a partial tear of his left glute muscle.


Ex-wife of slain NBA player Wright is fighting extradition

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright is fighting authorities' attempt to extradite her from California to Tennessee, where she is charged with killing him in 2010.


Isaiah Thomas could be playing for Cavaliers next week

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Isaiah Thomas played Santa Claus on Wednesday. Soon, he'll be playing point guard for the Cavaliers.


Khloe Kardashian confirms pregnancy with Instagram post

LOS ANGELES (AP) Khloe Kardashian is pregnant.


Turkey seeks jail term for NBA player for insulting Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


Chicago sports franchises team up to tackle violence in city

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago's major sports franchises are teaming up to tackle violence in the city.


Turkey seeks jail term for NBA player for insulting Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


Ex-NBA player Villanueva has toilet stolen from home

Former NBA player Charlie Villanueva was understandably upset after discovering that his home was burglarized on Tuesday.


Potty-mouthed ex-NBA star rants about stolen toilet

DALLAS (AP) A former NBA player has taken to Twitter to complain that a toilet was among the items stolen from his Dallas home during a burglary.


Antetokounmpo scores 27, Bucks hold off Cavaliers 119-116

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have blown big fourth-quarter leads far too many times this season, leading to disheartening losses.


Randolph powers Kings past slumping 76ers 101-95

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have been playing for so long that some of their teammates were toddlers when they broke into the NBA.


Red wouldn’t like this: Celtics at home on Christmas

Red Auerbach would not like this.


» Tuesday, December 19, 2017

NBA roundup: Bucks turn back Cavaliers

MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo's three-point play with 5.9 seconds left capped a 27-point night and halted a furious comeback attempt as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 119-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night at the Bradley Center.


Bradley Beal scores 26 as Wizards beat Pelicans 116-106

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards put away the New Orleans Pelicans with one impressive stretch.


Curry to miss at least 1 more week with sprained ankle

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss at least one more week with a sprained right ankle.


NBA notebook: Portland’s Lillard target of gay slurs

Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard was the target of two anti-gay slurs allegedly shouted by a pair of fans following a game against the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Monday night, ESPN reported Tuesday.


Jabari Parker makes strides in recovery from knee injury

MILWAUKEE (AP) Bucks forward Jabari Parker is taking nothing for granted as he works his way back from a second major knee injury in his brief NBA career.


Sixers C Embiid sidelined by back injury

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been ruled out for their game against Sacramento because of a back injury.


Blazers G Lillard reportedly target of anti-gay slurs

Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard was the target of two anti-gay slurs allegedly shouted by a pair of fans following a game against the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Monday night, ESPN reported Tuesday.


Bulls waive backup guard Kay Felder

CHICAGO (AP) �� The Chicago Bulls have waived backup guard Kay Felder.


Lakers C Lopez out at least three weeks

Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez has a moderate right ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, the team announced on Tuesday.


Lakers’ Brook Lopez has sprained ankle, will be reevaluated

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Center Brook Lopez sprained his right ankle during the Los Angeles Lakers' 116-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors.


Pistons G Bradley injures groin

Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley will be sidelined at least one week with a groin injury, coach Stan Van Gundy announced Tuesday.


Mavericks sign Collinsworth to 2-way contract, waive pair

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Kyle Collinsworth to a two-way contract and requested waivers on guard-forward Antonius Cleveland and center Jeff Withey.


Mirotic’s return sparks Bulls to 6-game win streak

CHICAGO (AP) Nikola Mirotic has turned into a matchup nightmare. Kris Dunn looks like one of the NBA's most promising young point guards, and Bobby Portis and David Nwaba have provided a spark off the bench.


Shooting for 2: Lakers retire Kobe Bryant’s 8 and 24 jerseys

LOS ANGELES (AP) Although Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn't sure who would win a mystical game of one-on-one between the young Kobe in his No. 8 Lakers jersey and his older self, who wore No. 24.


NBA roundup: Celtics steal win from Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS -- A Terry Rozier steal and go-ahead layup with 1.5 seconds remaining gave the Boston Celtics a wild win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.


Aldridge leads Spurs past Clippers in Leonard’s home debut

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs are slowly returning to full health, something the Los Angeles Clippers can only hope for.


NBA roundup: Rozier’s basket lifts Celtics over Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS -- A Terry Rozier steal and go-ahead layup with 1.2 seconds remaining gave the Boston Celtics a wild win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.


Butler’s 37 points spur Wolves rally past Blazers, 108-107

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves needed a spark at the end of a so-so homestand.


Bulls beat 76ers 117-115 for 6th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) Nikola Mirotic pounded his chest in celebration after a big play in the fourth quarter. Kris Dunn wagged his finger from side to side after one last stop closed it out.


Prince, Schroder lead Hawks to 110-104 win over Heat

ATLANTA (AP) Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer keeps encouraging Taurean Prince to shoot more often.


» Monday, December 18, 2017

Kaminsky ties season high with 24, Hornets top Knicks 109-91

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Frank Kaminsky snapped out of his slump, and not surprisingly so did the Charlotte Hornets.


NBA notebook: Knicks’ Porzingis ruled out

New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis was ruled out of Monday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets due to lingering soreness in his injured left knee.


Knicks F Porzingis ruled out vs. Hornets

New York Knicks star forward Kristaps Porzingis was ruled out of Monday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets due to lingering soreness in his injured left knee.


Dragic scratched from Heat’s lineup with strained elbow

ATLANTA (AP) Heat guard Goran Dragic was scratched from the starting lineup because of a strained left elbow, leaving Miami with just nine healthy players Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks.


Hawks reward F Cavanaugh with two-year deal

Atlanta Hawks rookie free-agent signee Tyler Cavanaugh saw his status upgraded Monday when he signed a multi-year contract, the team announced.


Marc Gasol talks Fizdale firing and Grizzlies struggles

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Marc Gasol wants to clear up a few things with the Memphis Grizzlies struggling through one of the worst stretches in franchise history, doing his best to defend himself.


Bulls F Markkanen returns from back spasms

CHICAGO (AP) Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen is back in the lineup for the Chicago Bulls after he missed three consecutive games with back spasms.


Slain NBA star’s ex-wife appears in California court

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The ex-wife of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright has made her first court appearance in California, where she was brought in to court in a wheelchair.


Bucks assign F Parker to Wisconsin of G League

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker was assigned to the Wisconsin Herd of the G League on Monday as part of the process in his return from an ACL injury.


Bucks assign Parker to Herd, request waivers on Payton

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned injured forward Jabari Parker to the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA's G League.


Forward Tyler Cavanaugh signs multi-year deal with Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) Rookie forward Tyler Cavanaugh, who originally came to Atlanta on a two-way contract, has signed a multi-year deal with the Hawks.


NBA to start junior world championship for youth teams

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is starting an international youth basketball tournament using a format similar to baseball's Little League World Series.


» Sunday, December 17, 2017

NBA roundup: James, Cavaliers roll past Wizards

WASHINGTON -- LeBron James registered his fourth triple-double in five games with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists as the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Washington Wizards 106-99 on Sunday night.


NBA roundup: Bullock, Pistons topple Magic

DETROIT -- Reggie Bullock scored a career-high 20 points, and the Detroit Pistons held off a late surge by the undermanned Orlando Magic to claim a 114-110 win on Sunday.


Lakers retiring Kobe Bryant’s numbers on Monday

The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant's jersey numbers 8 and 24 in a halftime ceremony Monday when the Lakers host the defending champion Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center.


Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope will miss three games due to DUI plea

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is ineligible to travel with the team over a 25-day span due to a plea agreement stemming from his DUI case in Michigan, he announced Saturday.


NBA roundup: Knicks spoil Anthony’s return to MSG

NEW YORK -- Michael Beasley had 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field to lead six New York players in double figures as the Knicks spoiled Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden with a 111-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.


NBA roundup: Knicks spoil Anthony’s return to MSG

NEW YORK -- Michael Beasley had 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field to lead six New York players in double figures as the Knicks spoiled Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden with a 111-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.


» Saturday, December 16, 2017

Porzingis ruled out for Anthony’s return to New York

NEW YORK -- Kristaps Porzingis will miss Saturday's game featuring Carmelo Anthony's return to New York for the first time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Jazz C Gobert out 3-4 weeks

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert suffered a posterior cruciate ligament sprain in his left knee and will miss three to four weeks, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.


Ex-wife of murdered NBA player Wright arrested

The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested in California on Friday night in connection to his 2010 murder.


NBA roundup: Paul leads Rockets to 12th straight win

HOUSTON -- Chris Paul delivered an impressive two-way performance and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 124-109, wire-to-wire win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at Toyota Center.


» Friday, December 15, 2017

NBA roundup: Outmanned Jazz jolt Celtics

BOSTON -- The Utah Jazz lost two starters to injury in the first half but ended a four-game losing streak by stunning the Boston Celtics 107-95 on Friday night.


Jazz C Gobert, F Favors exit with injuries

BOSTON -- Forward Derrick Favors became the second Utah Jazz player to leave Friday night's game against the Boston Celtics in the first half, joining teammate Rudy Gobert in the locker room.


NBA roundup: Outmanned Jazz jolt Celtics

BOSTON -- The Utah Jazz lost two starters to injury in the first half but ended a four-game losing streak by stunning the Boston Celtics 107-95 on Friday night.


Nuggets G Mudiay exits with sprained ankle

DENVER -- Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay suffered a sprained right ankle in the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans and will not return.


Jazz C Gobert, F Favors exit with injuries

BOSTON -- Forward Derrick Favors became the second Utah Jazz player to leave Friday night's game against the Boston Celtics in the first half, joining teammate Rudy Gobert in the locker room.


Magic leading scorer Gordon cleared to return

Leading scorer Aaron Gordon cleared the NBA's concussion protocol and will return to the lineup when the Orlando Magic host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.


Knicks F Porzingis avoids serious injury

New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis avoided a serious knee injury and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.


NBA roundup: James hits milestone as Cavs top Lakers

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James tied Larry Bird for sixth all time in triple-doubles and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-112.


» Thursday, December 14, 2017

NBA roundup: James hits milestone as Cavs top Lakers

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James tied Larry Bird for sixth all time in triple-doubles and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-112.


Knicks star Porzingis leaves with injury

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis left Thursday's game against the Brooklyn Nets with a sore left knee.


NBA notebook: Warriors PF Green out vs. Mavericks

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green added his name to a growing list of injured teammates in being ruled out for Thursday's home game against the Dallas Mavericks, the San Jose Mercury News reported.


Bucks F Teletovic sidelined with blood clots in lungs

Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic will be sidelined at least 10 more days after being diagnosed with blood clots in both lungs, the team announced Thursday.


Rockets Mbah a Moute injures shoulder

Luc Mbah a Moute may have dodged a bullet with his shoulder injury.


Green among three Warriors out vs. Mavericks

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green added his name to a growing list of injured teammates in being ruled out for Thursday's home game against the Dallas Mavericks, the San Jose Mercury News reported.


NBA roundup: George gets win in return to Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George was held to 12 points in his return to Indiana, but Steven Adams scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 100-95 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday night.


» Wednesday, December 13, 2017

NBA roundup: George gets win in return to Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George was held to 12 points in his return to Indiana but Steven Adams scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 100-95 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday night.


Clippers G Rivers out after taking elbow to face

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Los Angeles Clippers starting guard Austin Rivers left Friday's game late in the second quarter and did not return after being hit in the face with an elbow from Magic forward Jonathon Simmons.


Wizards G Wall returns from knee injury vs. Grizzlies

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards guard John Wall returned to the lineup Wednesday against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies after missing nine games with a knee injury.


Suns sign G Canaan

The Phoenix Suns added some veteran depth to the backcourt by signing point guard Isaiah Canaan on Wednesday.


Indianapolis to host 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Indianapolis will serve as the site for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, the league announced on Wednesday.


NBA roundup: Spurs lose in Leonard’s return

DALLAS -- Kawhi Leonard made his long-anticipated season debut Tuesday and looked to be in mid-season form, although his San Antonio Spurs fell apart in the fourth quarter without him and lost to the Dallas Mavericks 95-89.


» Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NBA roundup: Porzingis, Knicks beat Lakers in OT

NEW YORK -- Kristaps Porzingis had 37 points, and the New York Knicks emerged with a 113-109 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.


Pelicans G Allen sidelined with leg injury

The New Orleans Pelicans' injury issues got worse on Tuesday when the team announced that reserve guard Tony Allen will be sidelined three to four weeks because of a nondisplaced left proximal fibula fracture.


Hornets F Zeller undergoes knee surgery

Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee, the team announced Tuesday.


Spurs F Leonard slated to make season debut

San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard will be on a minutes restriction when he makes his season debut on Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center, coach Gregg Popovich said.


NBA roundup: Rockets extend win streak to 10

HOUSTON -- Chris Paul and James Harden came alive late, and the Houston Rockets erased a 13-point, third-quarter deficit and extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 130-123 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.


» Monday, December 11, 2017

NBA roundup: Rockets extend win streak to 10

HOUSTON -- Chris Paul and James Harden came alive late, and the Houston Rockets erased a 13-point, third-quarter deficit and extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 130-123 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.


Matt Barnes announces retirement from NBA

Matt Barnes posted on social media that he is retiring from the NBA.


Celtics’ Irving out with quad injury

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving was ruled out for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of a left quad contusion.


» Sunday, December 10, 2017

NBA roundup: Pacers’ Oladipo scores 47 in OT win

INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 47 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 126-116 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.


NBA roundup: Pacers’ Oladipo scores 47 in OT win

INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 47 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 126-116 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.


NBA roundup: Dragic, Heat topple skidding Nets

Goran Dragic scored 20 points as the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 in the Global Games in Mexico City on Saturday.


» Saturday, December 9, 2017

NBA roundup: Dragic, Heat topple skidding Nets

Goran Dragic scored 20 points as the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 in the Global Games in Mexico City on Saturday.


Bosh’s mother subject of drug trafficking case

Freida Bosh, the mother of 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, has been named as a person of interest in a drug trafficking case after his DeSoto, Texas, home was raided by police Friday morning.


76ers’ Fultz to be re-evaluated in 3 weeks

Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Markelle Fultz is no longer experiencing soreness in his right shoulder and will be evaluated in three weeks, the team said Saturday.


NBA roundup: Pacers snap Cavs’ 13-game win streak

INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored 33 points to help the Indiana Pacers top the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-102, snapping their league-leading 13-game winning streak on Friday night.


» Friday, December 8, 2017

NBA roundup: Pacers snap Cavs’ 13-game win streak

INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored 33 points to help the Indiana Pacers top the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-102, snapping their league-leading 13-game winning streak on Friday night.


NBA roundup: Pacers snap Cavs’ 13-game win streak

INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored 33 points to help the Indiana Pacers top the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-102, snapping their league-leading 13-game winning streak on Friday night.


Mavericks C Noel out indefinitely

Dallas Mavericks backup center Nerlens Noel underwent surgery on his left thumb and will be sidelined indefinitely.


Cavs’ Rose confirms he might need ankle surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose divulged that he may need ankle surgery at the mid-day shootaround prior to Friday night's road game against the Indiana Pacers.


NBA roundup: Nets rally, beat Thunder in Mexico

MEXICO CITY -- Caris LeVert recorded his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 assists as the Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 16-point deficit and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Thursday night at Ciudad de Mexico Arena.


NBA roundup: Nets rally from 16 down to beat Thunder

MEXICO CITY -- Caris LeVert recorded his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 assists as the Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 16-point deficit and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Thursday night at the Global Games.


Bucks look for boost from bench vs. Mavs

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks will be hoping for a repeat performance from their bench Friday night when they play host to the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center.


» Thursday, December 7, 2017

76ers trade unhappy Okafor to Nets

Jahlil Okafor no longer has to "Trust the Process."


Suns sign G James to one-year deal

The Phoenix Suns signed guard Mike James to a standard NBA contract on Thursday after his two-way deal with the team expired Wednesday night.


Thunder F George (calf) to sit out vs. Nets

Oklahoma City standout forward Paul George will miss Thursday's game against the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City due to a bruised right calf.


NBA roundup: Cavs tie team record with 13th straight win

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 32 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Sacramento Kings 101-95 on Wednesday to tie a team record for consecutive wins.


NBA roundup: Cavs tie team record with 13th straight win

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Sacramento Kings 101-95 to tie a team record for consecutive wins on Wednesday.


» Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Celtics SG Brown, PF Morris to sit out vs. Mavericks

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics were missing forwards Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris for Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks.


Hornets coach Clifford takes leave to address health

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford is stepping away from the team to address his health and will miss an undetermined amount of time, the club announced Wednesday.


NBA roundup: Wizards’ Beal pours in 51

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bradley Beal scored a career-high 51 points as the Washington Wizards trounced the Portland Trail Blazers 106-92 Tuesday night.


» Tuesday, December 5, 2017

NBA notebook: Warriors’ Curry out at least two weeks

Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.


Knicks G Hardaway sidelined at least two weeks

New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a "stress injury" in his lower left leg, the team announced Tuesday.


Warriors G Curry (ankle) will miss at least two weeks

Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.


Kawhi not? Spurs’ Leonard could return this week

San Antonio Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard still doesn't know when he will make his season debut.


Warriors G Curry (ankle) ruled out vs. Hornets

Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Charlotte Hornets due to the ankle injury he suffered on Monday.


NBA roundup: Cavaliers win 12th straight

CHICAGO -- Kevin Love scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and LeBron James finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their 12th straight game with a 113-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday.


» Monday, December 4, 2017

Warriors G Livingston suspended, official disciplined

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has been suspended one game by the NBA and Courtney Kirkland has been removed from the NBA's officiating rotation for one week following their roles in an on-court altercation, the league announced Monday.


NBA roundup: Rockets set road-streak record

LOS ANGELES -- James Harden scored 36 points and handed out nine assists, and the Houston Rockets won their sixth consecutive road game with a 118-95 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.


» Sunday, December 3, 2017

NBA roundup: Warriors pull away from Heat

MIAMI -- Stephen Curry scored 30 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 123-95 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.


Davis to miss Pelicans’ game versus Warriors

New Orleans Pelicans star power forward Anthony Davis has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors due to his left pelvis injury.


NBA roundup: Irving leads Celtics past Suns

BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving scored five of his 19 points in the final 1:53 to help stop a Phoenix comeback and allow the Boston Celtics to escape with a 116-111 victory over the Suns on Saturday.


» Saturday, December 2, 2017

NBA roundup: Irving leads Celtics past Suns

BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving scored five of his 19 points in the final 1:53 to help stop a Phoenix comeback and allow the Boston Celtics to escape with a 116-111 victory over the Suns on Saturday.


Clippers G Rivers fined for using profanity toward fan

Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers was fined $25,000 by the NBA Saturday for directing inappropriate comments towards a fan.


» Friday, December 1, 2017

NBA roundup: George rescues Thunder in win vs. Timberwolves

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder's troublesome trend of letting second-half leads disappear looked like it was going to show itself again.


Cavaliers G Shumpert undergoes knee surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday and will miss six to eight weeks, according to the team.


Cavaliers’ James, Rockets’ Harden earn NBA monthly honors

LeBron James was named the NBA's Player of the Month for the 35th time in his career when he earned the honor announced Friday for games played during October and November.


NBA roundup: Cavs clip Hawks for 10th straight win

ATLANTA -- Cleveland's defense wasn't what it had been during most of its winning streak, but a season-best 18 3-pointers in 39 attempts were enough to carry the Cavaliers past the Atlanta Hawks 121-114 on Thursday for their 10th consecutive victory.


NBA roundup: Cavs clip Hawks for 10th straight win

ATLANTA -- Cleveland's defense wasn't what it had been during most of its winning streak, but a season-best 18 3-pointers in 39 attempts were enough to carry the Cavaliers past the Atlanta Hawks 121-114 on Thursday for their 10th consecutive victory.


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