• Hornets rout Nets 115-91 in key game in East race

    Updated: 27 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson each scored 19 points, Marvin Williams had 18 and the Charlotte Hornets routed the Brooklyn Nets 115-91 on Wednesday night in a key matchup in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Mo Williams added 14 points and a season-high 14 assists for the Hornets, who rode a blistering start to their third straight win, breaking a tie with the Nets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 10 points, his career-best seventh straight game in double figures, and 13 rebounds as Charlotte battered Brooklyn on the boards and led by as many as 32 points.

  • Suns have big 3rd-quarter rally, beat Magic 105-100

    Updated: 40 min ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Knight had 28 points and seven assists in his best game for Phoenix, and the Suns overcame a 15-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 105-100 on Wednesday night. Markief Morris added 23 points and six rebounds, and P.J. Tucker scored all 19 of his points in the second half to help Phoenix snap a two-game skid and improve to 4-10 in its last 14. The Suns outscored the Magic 34-17 in the third quarter to take control. The Magic had the ball and a chance to tie with 5.2 seconds remaining, but Willie Green's inbounds pass was intercepted at close range by Knight and the Phoenix newcomer made two free throws for the final margin. Victor Oladipo led the Magic with a career-high 38 points

  • Pacers take easy rout in getting past Knicks 105-82

    Updated: 45 min ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — George Hill scored a season-high 21 points, and Rodney Stuckey added 17 to help Indiana rout the struggling Knicks 105-82 on Wednesday night. The Pacers (26-34) won their third straight, matching their longest winning streak of the season. And with nine wins in 11 games, Indiana also moved a little closer to the final playoff spot in the East. Andrea Bargnani led New York (12-48) with 25 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 13, but the Knicks have lost 10 of their last 12. This one was never really close. Indiana jumped to 30-19 lead after one quarter, methodically pulled away in the second and closed the half on a 9-2 spurt to take a 65-41 lead. New York got as close as 15 early in the third quar

  • Cowboys re-sign slot receiver Cole Beasley on 4-year deal

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys have re-signed restricted free-agent Cole Beasley after the diminutive receiver emerged as a threat in the slot last season for Tony Romo. Beasley signed a four-year contract Wednesday reportedly worth about $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed. The 5-foot-8 former SMU player had career highs with 420 yards and four touchdowns in his third season in 2014. The signing of Beasley came two days after Dallas put the franchise tag on All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant, who will make $12.8 million if he signs the one-year tender. The Cowboys have until July 15 to sign Bryant to a long-term deal. The Cowboys also signed free-agent linebacker Keith Rivers, a seven-year veteran who played for Buffa

  • Pelicans' Davis returns from 5-game absence vs. Pistons

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans coach Monty Williams says All-Star power forward Anthony Davis is returning from his right shoulder sprain and starting Wednesday night's game against Detroit. Davis, who averages 23.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, was hurt in the first quarter of New Orleans' victory at Miami on Feb. 21 and missed five games after that. New Orleans won four of the five games Davis missed and entered Wednesday night's games one game behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Williams says Davis had "a really good workout" Tuesday, another Wednesday morning and "passed everything with flying colors.

  • Kemba Walker takes next step in recovery from knee surgery

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Charlotte Hornets scoring leader Kemba Walker has been cleared to resume all basketball activities, moving him closer to a return from left knee surgery. Walker had surgery Jan. 28 in New York to repair a torn lateral meniscus and the Hornets said at the time he was expected to miss at least six weeks. With the Hornets back in New York to face Brooklyn on Wednesday, Walker visited the surgeon who performed the procedure, and he cleared the point guard for all activities without restrictions. Coach Steve Clifford says the Hornets will practice again Saturday and Walker's return to action will depend on how the knee responds to an increased workload. Charlotte has a three-game homestand next week,

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Sixers

    staff reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Russell Westbrook is back for the Thunder as it takes on the Philadelphia 76ers at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Magic rookie Marble out 4 to 6 weeks with detached retina

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando Magic rookie guard Devyn Marble is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a detached retina in his left eye. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan made the announcement Wednesday. Orlando hosts Phoenix on Wednesday night. Coach James Borrego said it's unclear when the injury occurred, but that Marble returned from his most recent stint with the D-League's Erie BayHawks on Feb. 21 complaining of blurriness in his eye. The retina injury was discovered during a visit to the doctor. Wednesday marks the 17th game Marble has sat out due to injury. He has appeared in 16 games with the Magic this season, making seven starts, and is averaging 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds. He also has appe

  • NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager returns to TNT for Thunder-Bulls with a blaze of colors

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Sager, who has been sidelined 11 months while recovering from leukemia, has a red, black and gray coat picked out for the Thunder-Bulls telecast on Thursday night

  • Pacers' Roy Hibbert to sit out against Knicks

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pacers center Roy Hibbert will not play Wednesday night against New York. Coach Frank Vogel says he's giving the two-time All-Star extra rest during a week in which Indiana plays only one game in four days. Vogel says Hibbert is not injured and should start Friday night. Ian Mahinmi will replace Hibbert with Lavoy Allen moving into the backup role. Indiana (25-34) has won two straight and has pulled within a half-game of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference standings. Vogel would not say whether Paul George, Indiana's other two-time All-Star, could return the mid-March date George has established as his goal.

  • PHOTO: Russell Westbook's mask (and headband) revealed

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    No official word if this is the mask that Russell Westbrook will wear tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers, but here's a photo of Westbrook in the protective gear ( via KOCO's Carson Cunningham ). Looks as if Westbrook is wearing a headband as well. "Yeah, it’s definitely different," Westbrook said Wednesday at Thunder shootaround . "I’ve never played in a mask, so it’s something I gotta adjust to. But I’m just gonna go with it." Westbrook missed just one game after  having surgery Sunday for a fractured cheek bone.

  • Ray Allen says he will not play this NBA season

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Ray Allen says he will not play this season, though will consider returning to the NBA next season. The two-time champion and all-time leading 3-point shooter made the announcement Wednesday through his agent, Jim Tanner. Allen most recently played for the Miami Heat, helping the team win a championship in 2013 and reach the NBA Finals last season. He has kept a home in South Florida since. The 39-yeaer-old Allen has made 2,973 shots from 3-point range in his 18 NBA seasons, 413 more than anyone else in league history. On the NBA's all-time lists, Allen is 15th in games played, 22nd in field goals and 22nd in scoring.

  • Kendrick Perkins is LeBron James' motivational speaker

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Kendrick Perkins has a mission and it's to remind LeBron James that he's the best in the game. Since Perkins' arrival in Cleveland, the former Thunder center has shared pregame words of encouragement with James. It's similar to what Perkins has done with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant before games with the Thunder. "I've done it all the time," Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I'm just getting them ready because I know we're all in the same boat looking for the same thing. You've got to take care of your dogs."

  • Q&A: Russell Westbrook talks about his scary injury, surprisingly quick return

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Despite a face fracture four days ago and face surgery three days ago, Russell Westbrook will return to the Thunder lineup on Wednesday night. Wearing a clear mask, Westbrook will start at point guard for OKC against the Sixers. At shootaround on Wednesday morning, he talked about the strange and scary injury, plus his ability […]

  • OKC Thunder: Why Russell Westbrook won't be wearing a stylish mask

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Russell Westbrook’s mask will be clear, much to the disappointment of NBA fans. But could Westbrook have chosen something a little more stylish? Not likely. Scott Brooks alluded to this at Tuesday’s shootaround: Scott Brooks on Westbrook’s mask: “Fortunately for all of us, he doesn’t get to choose the color. It’ll be a clear mask” […]

  • Q&A: Kevin Durant talks about his latest injury setback and potential return

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Despite a scary-looking face injury this past Saturday, the Thunder is getting Russell Westbrook back on Wednesday night. But Kevin Durant, OKC’s other transcendent star, is still a little ways away. Durant got a second surgery on his foot about 10 days ago, was reevaluated on Monday and will be reevaluated again early next week. […]

  • Pelicans sign guard Williams to 10-day contract

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract and will be available for Wednesday night's home game against the Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-5 Williams has been playing for Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League, averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds. Williams also has played under 10-day NBA contracts with Utah and Charlotte. A former Memphis standout who was drafted 22nd overall by Portland in 2010, Williams has appeared in 96 career NBA games with Portland, Philadelphia and Utah, averaging 5.3 points in 14 minutes per game.

  • Knicks fined for Jackson's comments about Ohio State star

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has fined the New York Knicks for Phil Jackson's comments about Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell. Jackson watched the Buckeyes' 81-57 victory over Nebraska last Thursday and afterward told Cleveland.com that Russell was a "great-looking kid" and a "great prospect." NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the fine Tuesday night but did not disclose the amount. Team personnel are prohibited from publicly discussing players who aren't yet eligible for the NBA draft. The Knicks have the NBA's worst record at 12-47 following their 124-86 loss to Sacramento on Tuesday, putting them in position to land the top pick.

  • Gallinari helps Nuggets beat Bucks hours after Shaw's firing

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A change on the bench gave the Denver Nuggets a boost and ended six weeks of frustration for the struggling franchise. Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 26 points, Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Denver beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-95 on Tuesday night, hours after Brian Shaw was fired as coach. Guard Ty Lawson had 16 points and 10 assists for Denver, which ended a six-game losing streak and won at home for the first time since Jan. 14. "We've had a humongous monkey on our back, trying to get it off and we finally got it off," interim coach Melvin Hunt said. "The home fans have been enduring a lot of stuff. We wanted to win for them." Shaw was fired after 1 1/2 seasons with the

  • Hayward, Favors lead Jazz past Grizzlies, 93-82

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gordon Hayward started the second half hot, and the rest of his Jazz teammates followed his lead. Utah shot 64 percent after the break and clamped down to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-82 on Tuesday night. Hayward and Derrick Favors led Utah with 21 points each, while Rudy Gobert scored 15 and grabbed a career-best 24 rebounds. Rodney Hood finished with 13 points. Hayward's production came after he was limited to six points in the first half, missing seven of nine shots. The shooting struggles Hayward endured in the first half, disappeared in the third quarter. He got free for a couple of inside buckets early, then extended the distance with jumpers, hitting five of his first six shots in the p