• Bryant's 25 points not enough to upset Spurs

    Updated: 17 min ago

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-102 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten at home. Kawhi Leonard added 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Spurs win their 28th straight home game to open the season. The Spurs' 37th straight home victory dating back to last season was surprisingly difficult. Kobe Bryant scored 25 points in his final appearance in San Antonio. The Lakers (11-42) are 5-24 on the road this season, but one last hurrah for Bryant in San Antonio was what they needed to nearly upset the Spurs. Bryant spent much of his career tormenting the Spurs and he did so again after a sluggish start.

  • Parsons has 26 as Mavericks defeat Grizzlies 114-110 in OT

    Updated: 23 min ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored 26 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in overtime, to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 114-110 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. Dirk Nowitzki's 21-foot jumper with 16.6 seconds left pushed the Dallas lead to 112-109, and the Mavericks held on to snap a three-game losing streak. Deron Williams scored 22 points and Nowitzki finished with 18. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 22 points, while Zach Randolph had 20 points and 14 rebounds. The teams were tied at 102 at the end of regulation. The Mavericks had the last shot with less than a second left, but failed to convert a lob at the rim to Justin Anderson. In overtime, Parsons' 3-pointers counter

  • George's 30 points lead Indiana to 112-104 win over Pistons

    Updated: 39 min ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 30 points to help the Indiana Pacers hold on for a 112-104 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. Indiana nearly squandered a 20-point third-quarter lead, but held on thanks to five missed free throws from Andre Drummond in the game's final 3:30. Leading 104-100 with just more than a minute to play, Monta Ellis and George Hill hit the two shots Indiana needed to seal the win. Reggie Jackson led Detroit with 26 points. Anthony Tolliver scored a season-high 17 points. Drummond finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds for his 43rd double-double through 52 games. George Hill scored 17 points and Myles Turner added 16 for the Pacers.

  • Timberwolves close out Bulls with 12-0 run to win 112-105

    Updated: 40 min ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored six of his 21 points in the final 90 seconds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves surge past the Chicago Bulls in a 112-105 victory on Saturday night. Trailing by five with 2:30 to play, the Wolves closed the game with a 12-0 surge to win it. Wiggins scored the final six of the run, including a pullup jumper with 20 seconds to go that gave them a five-point lead. Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 17 rebounds and Gorgui Dieng added a career-high 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Wolves, who have won two in a row.

  • Batum's 26 points, 11 rebounds lead Hornets past Wizards

    Updated: 46 min ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum is finally healthy, after dealing with an injured toe the past four weeks. That was good news for the Hornets, as Batum stepped up with a double-double Saturday night during Charlotte's 108-104 victory over the Washington Wizards. Batum had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Hornets rallied in the second half to win for the third time in the past four games. "I wasn't myself for the last four weeks, so I've been trying to get back to where I was before the toe injury," said Batum, who missed eight of Charlotte's past 18 games with a strained right toe. "I want to get back to the way I played the first 30 games. The past two or three games, I've been feeling mu

  • Okafor, Noel lead 76ers past Nets

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jahlil Okafor had 22 points and 17 rebounds and Nerlens Noel added 18 points, including a key dunk late in the fourth quarter, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-98 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. Rookie T.J. McConnell, filling in for injured point guard Ish Smith, tied his career-high with 17 points to go with six assists for the 76ers, who earned their eighth win of the season while snapping a four-game losing streak. Thaddeus Young scored all 22 of his points after halftime for Brooklyn, which was trying to win consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 10. Young added 10 rebounds and Brook Lopez had 17 points for the Nets. Markel Brown, who entered averaging just 2.

  • Blakeney's 31 points leads LSU past Miss. St., 88-77

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Antonio Blakeney released both hands from the rim, shouted, "Hey!" as he dropped to the court and delivered an intense glare at the nearest Mississippi State player, Malik Newman. The celebration drew a technical foul, but the LSU freshman insisted afterward that he meant nothing malicious. Rather, Blakeney said, he was simply releasing raw emotion to punctuate the best game of his young career. "Just the passion for the game — having fun," he explained with a smile. Blakeney scored a career-high 31 points, and LSU moved into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference with an 88-77 victory over struggling Mississippi State on Saturday night.

  • Irving, James lead Cavaliers past Pelicans 99-84

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, LeBron James added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from two straight losses with a 99-84 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Irving and James combined for 17 points in the fourth quarter as Cleveland improved to 6-3 since Tyronn Lue replaced David Blatt as head coach on Jan. 22. Kevin Love was out with a bruised left thigh, but the Cavaliers went ahead early in the game and never gave up the lead despite a strong rally by New Orleans in the second half. Norris Cole scored a career-high 26 points while Anthony Davis scored 24 points with 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which has lost four straight. Cleveland nearly blew a 15-point lead for

  • Lillard scores 21 to help Portland beat Houston 96-79

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers were determined that this trip to Houston would end much better than their last visit here when they were stung by a tough overtime loss to the Rockets. That was clear from the beginning of this one. Damian Lillard had 21 points and 10 assists and the Trail Blazers built a big lead early and rolled to an easy 96-79 win over the Rockets on Saturday. In their last game here they led by 15 in the fourth quarter before Houston rallied to force overtime and got a 108-103 win on the day coach Kevin McHale was fired in November. "We talked about it for a little while after and we was sick about that one," Lillard said. "We talked about it. Especially coming into tonight, we said to r

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Warriors

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    It's the first of three meetings between the Thunder and Warriors. Follow live updates on tonight's game from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Bulls' Butler has strained left knee, no ligament damage

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Chicago Bulls are breathing a sigh of relief after an MRI exam revealed that All-Star guard Jimmy Butler has a strained left knee and no ligament damage. Butler was injured Friday night against the Denver Nuggets and needed to be wheeled off the court in the second quarter. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the team initially feared he could be lost for an extended period of time, but the MRI on Saturday showed only a strain. Butler flew back to Chicago and will not play at Charlotte on Monday night. Hoiberg says the team will have a better idea of how long Butler will be out after team doctors examine him on Sunday. Hoiberg says the team has not yet ruled out Butler playing in the All-Star Game in Toront

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Love out with bruised left thigh

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss his first game of the season because of a bruised left thigh. Cleveland hosts New Orleans on Saturday night. Love is averaging 15.9 points and 10.5 rebounds. Love was injured while boxing out for a rebound in the third quarter of Friday's loss to Boston and didn't return. He was on the floor for several moments before being helped to the locker room. Love said after the game he had a "dead leg" for about 10 minutes and hoped to play Saturday. He started in Cleveland's first 49 games. Timofey Mozgov will start at center while Tristan Thompson will move to power forward against the Pelicans.

  • NBA All-Star weekend: A primer on what to watch in Toronto

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Hockey and Toronto are synonymous, with the sport's Hall of Fame being housed there and the Maple Leafs being one of the NHL's "Original Six" franchises. And sports like baseball, rugby, yachting and curling all have history in the city going back to the 19th century. But next weekend, basketball takes over the Queen City. For the first time, the NBA All-Star Weekend is heading outside the United States. Toronto was announced as the site for these festivities back in September 2013, and the city has been gearing up ever since. Here's some of what to watch during the league's midseason showcase weekend: ___ THE GAME Let's start this list with the final event on the weekend agenda: That whole East vs. We

  • Nuggets rally for win after Bulls lose Butler to injury

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Chicago lost All-Star Jimmy Butler, and then the game. An impressive rally by Danilo Gallinari and the Denver Nuggets pushed aside the Bulls. Gallinari scored 33 points Friday night, and Denver stormed to a 115-110 victory after Butler left in the second quarter with a sprained left knee. Emmanuel Mudiay scored 22 points and Will Barton had 18 for the Nuggets, who outscored the Bulls 42-21 in the fourth quarter. It was their ninth straight victory over Chicago in Denver, but the concern from the Bulls was for Butler, who was seen leaving the arena after the game on crutches. "I talked to our trainers, the knee seems intact, the ligaments seem stable," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He'll get an MRI (Saturday

  • Spurs hand Mavs largest halftime deficit in 116-90 blowout

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — A large San Antonio contingent in the Dallas crowd chanted "go, Spurs, go" during a timeout with the Mavericks on their way to the biggest halftime deficit in franchise history. The home team never gave its fans much of a chance to respond. Kawhi Leonard scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half and the Spurs cruised through the second half of a 116-90 blowout of the Mavericks on Friday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first game in his hometown since signing a four-year, $80 million contract with the Spurs. San Antonio (42-8) matched its best 50-game start with its 14th win in 16 games against its Texas rival.

  • Jazz pull away in fourth quarter for 84-81 win over Bucks

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz struggled offensively for the second straight game. Once again, it didn't matter. Rodney Hood scored 23 points and the Jazz pulled away late in an 84-81 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night despite an ugly offensive performance. The Jazz won their season-high fifth consecutive game but shot just 39 percent from the field. "I think we were an offensive juggernaut," Jazz coach Quin Snyder joked. "Their length is pretty good, it bothered us some. Pressure on the ball, particularly in pick-and-roll. That forces guys to make plays and we didn't make enough of them. "Thought we had some open shots. I actually thought we got a little bit reluctant to shoot them as the gam

  • Green scores 16 points and Grizzlies hold off Knicks 91-85

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Green made the New York Knicks pay for some missed shots late, and the Memphis Grizzlies rolled to another victory. Green scored 16 points, including two free throws with 6.2 seconds left, to help the Grizzlies hold off the Knicks 91-85 on Friday night for their fifth straight win. Arron Afflalo's 3-pointer brought New York within 87-85 with 35 seconds left. After Memphis' Marc Gasol missed a layup, Afflalo missed a potential tying jumper with 8 seconds remaining. "In order to come through you have to put yourself in that position to make those shots and to make those plays," Afflalo said. "It's just unfortunate that it didn't go down. I had a lot of space and when it left my hand it felt good.

  • Bradley's 3-pointer at horn gives Celtics 104-103 win


    CLEVELAND (AP) — Once he got control of the ball and let his shot fly, Avery Bradley prepared to get mobbed. The Celtics had pulled off the improbable. Bradley made a 3-pointer from the corner at the horn to give Boston a stunning 104-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, the Celtics' eighth win in nine games. "I knew it was there," said Bradley, who had to regain his dribble before launching the winner. "It's a great feeling. I lost the ball for a second and I didn't even think I had enough time to get the shot off — but I did." After blowing a seven-point lead in the last 3 minutes, the Celtics still trailed by four with 7 seconds left before things began to bounce their way. A little C

  • Johnson, Nets have season-best night in beating Kings


    NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Johnson and the Nets kept pouring it on in their best performance of the season, though the Kings' problems went beyond their defense. DeMarcus Cousins just wouldn't say what — or who — they were. "I'd rather keep it in house, but we definitely have a bigger issue than just energy and effort," Cousins said. "That can't be the excuse every night." Johnson had season highs with 27 points and 11 assists in Brooklyn's 128-119 victory on Friday night. The Nets set season bests for points and 3-pointers while snapping a five-game losing streak. "It feels great to get a win, to see everything clicking on all cylinders," Johnson said.

  • Whiteside gets triple-double as Heat hold off Hornets


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside did his part to prevent the Charlotte Hornets from scoring inside. Mix in a couple of key steals in the final seconds, and the Heat had a nice win on the road. Whiteside had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, and Miami beat Charlotte 98-95 on Friday night. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Chris Bosh added 20 points for the Heat, who have won six of seven. Goran Dragic had 12 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Whiteside, a native of nearby Gastonia, North Carolina, posted his third triple-double of the season and No. 4 for his career. "I was at the YMCA around the corner two years ago; now I'm here," Whiteside said. "When a ball is ar