• Moore has career night in Butler's place as Bulls beat Kings

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With leading scorer Jimmy Butler on the bench nursing a sore left knee, E'Twaun Moore figured he'd get plenty of chances to pick up the slack for Chicago. Not only did Moore fill the scoring void created by Butler's absence, he continued to make his case to become a permanent part of the Bulls' starting lineup — something a few of his high-profile teammates such as Butler and Derrick Rose have already been calling for. Moore scored a career-high 24 points while starting in place of Butler, and Chicago overcame a sloppy finish to beat the Sacramento Kings 107-102 on Wednesday night. "I knew our team needed a spark," said Moore, who shot 9 of 16 from the floor.

  • Derrick Favors powers Jazz to 85-81 win over Nuggets

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Derrick Favors was his typical presence on defense, blocking and altering shots. It was a different story on offense until the most important moment of the game. Favors was clanging shots and shooting airballs Wednesday night until he found himself open on the baseline and knocked down a key jumper that sent the Utah Jazz to an 85-81 win over the Denver Nuggets, extending their season-best winning streak to four games. "It was a relief for me, man, just to see one go in. I was missing badly out there, but that one felt so good," Favors said. Favors missed 16 games with back problems and the Jazz have been a different defensive team since his return five games ago.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka thrill in final seconds to top Magic on OKC's off defensive night

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The Thunder secured its 117-114 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in a 40-second sequence that took big plays from each member of the Big Three.

  • Aldridge scores season-high 36, Spurs beat Pelicans 110-97

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard have sought a balance between respecting San Antonio's Big Three and completely taking over the Spurs. The All-Star duo found their footing against the New Orleans Pelicans, helping San Antonio establish the best start at home in Western Conference history. Aldridge had 36 points, setting his season high for the second consecutive game, and the Spurs beat the Pelicans 110-97 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten at home. "LaMarcus is feeling more and more comfortable all the time as the season progresses," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "I thought he was magnificent on both ends. Anthony (Davis) got three points in the fourth quarter, and LaMarcus did a gr

  • Wade's bounce-back, Bosh's 20 lead Heat over Mavericks 93-90

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) — After matching the worst shooting half of his career in the first 24 minutes against Dallas, Dwyane Wade missed his first shot of the third quarter. When Amare Stoudemire grabbed the rebound and got the ball right back to Wade, the Miami star shot it again. And it went in. Wade bounced back with 16 of his 18 points in the second half and Chris Bosh led the Heat with 20 in a 93-90 victory against the Mavericks on Wednesday night. "I think I missed nine layups early on in the game," said Wade, who was 1 of 11 at halftime and scored his only points with just 48 seconds left in the second quarter. "Obviously, I understood in the second half I needed to put the ball in the basket a little bit more for us to w

  • Curry lights up Wizards for Warriors' 8th straight win

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Following one of his worst offensive games this season, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry stopped thinking about basketball and recalibrated his mind. It worked out just fine. Curry was all systems go Wednesday night as he made 11 3-pointers and scored 51 points to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Washington Wizards 134-121 for their eighth straight victory, which came in spite of a monster performance from John Wall. Wall scored a season-best 41 points in the shadows as Curry shot 13 of 14 for 36 points in the best first half of his career. After scoring just 13 points Sunday at New York, Curry was in a zone, tying Gilbert Arenas and Michael Jordan for the Verizon Center record and reaching 50 for the

  • Thomas scores 17 as Celtics stave off Pistons' rally, 102-95

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) — As one of the NBA's top defensive teams this season, the Celtics have inevitably found themselves with some big leads. They're still mastering how to play with those cushions. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and seven assists to help Boston hold off the Detroit Pistons 102-95 on Wednesday night. Detroit fell behind by as many as 24 in the third quarter before cutting the deficit to seven, but the Celtics strung together enough late baskets to preserve the win. Avery Bradley added 15 points for Boston, which has won six straight home games and seven of eight overall. "It's hard to play up," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "You play a little bit more free when you're down. But we need to play well

  • Lin scores 24 as Hornets rally to beat Cavaliers 1

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Even without their leading scorer, the Charlotte Hornets finally found a way to beat LeBron James. Jeremy Lin scored 24 points and the Hornets rallied in the second half for a 106-97 victory over James and the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and three other players finished in double figures for the Hornets, who played without ailing point guard Kemba Walker. With some tough second-half defense, Charlotte overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to snap a four-game losing streak against the Cavaliers. "Kemba, honestly, is irreplaceable. We all know that," said Lin, who also had eight assists.

  • Thunder journal: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant terrorize the Magic for the second time this season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook aren't nice to many opponents. But this season, the superstar duo has been particularly disrespectful to the Magic. On Wednesday night, Westbrook put up an outrageous 24-point, 19-rebound, 14-assist triple-double in the Thunder's 117-114 win over Orlando. Durant, who finished with 37 points, capped the victory with a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left. Back in late October, the game went similarly. Orlando stuck around by scorching OKC's defense, but couldn't pull out the win because of Durant's and Westbrook's heroics. That night, Westbrook hit a 40-foot bank shot to send it to overtime, and the Thunder wound up winning 139-136. Westbrook finished with 43 points,

  • C.J. Miles scores 27, Pacers beat Nets 114-100

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Once the Indiana Pacers starting pushing the tempo in the second quarter, the Brooklyn Nets ended up in a hole that was just too deep. C.J. Miles had 27 points, Paul George scored 17, and the Indiana Pacers sent the Nets to their fifth straight loss, 114-100 on Wednesday night. "I got some open 3s, I got to the basket," Miles said. "I was able to play off of what the defense was giving me. I felt like I just had a good rhythm tonight." George Hill added 13 for the Pacers. Brook Lopez had 21 points and Joe Johnson had 20 points and nine assists for the Nets. Indiana opened the game on a 17-9 run. Brooklyn then missed its first eight shots to start second quarter. Indiana outscored the Nets 36-20 i

  • Durant's buzzer-beater lifts Thunder over Magic, 117-114

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant hit a 3-pointer with just a half-second on the clock, Russell Westbrook posted his third straight triple-double with 24 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and 14 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Orlando Magic 117-114 on Wednesday night. Durant's buzzer-beater capped a 37-point outing for Oklahoma City, which has won five straight and 12 of its last 13. Durant extended his streak of games with 20 or more points to 36, the longest run in the NBA. Westbrook has eight triple-doubles this season, five coming in the last 11 games. It was the 27th triple-double of his career, moving him into a tie with Rajon Rondo for second place among active players, behind only LeBron James wit

  • Hardaway, Scott lead Atlanta Hawks in rout of 76ers, 124-86

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Hawks prepared for lowly Philadelphia just like any other team. As a result of that focus, Atlanta routed the 76ers once again. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mike Scott led a balanced attack with 13 points apiece and the Hawks coasted to a 124-86 victory on Wednesday night. All 13 players scored and eight finished in double figures for Atlanta, which swept the three-game season series with an average winning margin of 29 points. "Even though their record doesn't show it, they're a dangerous team," said Al Horford, who had seven points, six rebounds and four assists. "They're a team that plays hard. You can't take them lightly and I felt like every time we've played against them, we're ready to go.

  • Mavs' Williams out against Heat after injuring hip at Hawks

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) — Mavericks point guard Deron Williams will be out against Miami on Wednesday night after injuring his right hip in the previous game at Atlanta. Dallas is also without backup guard Devin Harris, who will miss his sixth straight game with left big toe sprain. It's the same toe that required surgery before the 2013-14 season. Williams left in the second quarter of a 112-97 loss to the Hawks on Monday. The 31-year-old missed four games in December with a left hamstring strain. He is averaging 13.9 points and a team-leading 5.3 assists per game in first season with his hometown Mavericks. With Williams and Harris out, most of the backcourt load is likely to fall to Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Magic

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Follow live coverage of tonight's matchup with our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Blue's J.P. Tokoto to compete in D-League Slam Dunk contest

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Oklahoma City Blue guard J.P. Tokoto was announced Wednesday as one of five competitors in the NBA D-League Slam Dunk contest, set for Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. In 30 games for the Blue this season, the 6-foot-6 Tokoto is averaging 12.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The D-League Slam Dunk contest will air live on NBA TV and during halftime of the D-League All-Star Game. Tokoto will be in Toronto the same weekend Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will represent the Oklahoma City Thunder as starters for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

  • Hornets G Walker sits out game vs Cavs with sore knee

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left knee. According to Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, Walker's knee problems developed during the Hornets' road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. "We'll know more tomorrow," Clifford said. "He was really sore (Tuesday). He's played a lot of minutes, obviously, and gotten a lot of attention. Hopefully, he'll play by Friday. But there's no guarantee. We'll see tomorrow how he feels." Walker sat out practice Tuesday, Charlotte's first since returning from a four-game road trip, and was listed as "out" on the pregame injury report Wednesday. It will be the first game

  • Should Dion Waiters start in place of Andre Roberson?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The Thunder got off to a rousing start Monday night against the Wizards. An early 28-13 lead. A 28-17 lead before Billy Donovan substituted. And throughout Loud City, the chorus was heard. Keep Dion Waiters in the starting lineup. Waiters makes a solid starter. A scoring threat. A solid defender. A two-way player, using that phrase that has taken the state by storm. Two-way players have supplanted high oil prices as the most coveted treasures in Oklahoma. But I have a question for all the people who want Waiters to start. Do you ever check the facts? Waiters has started four straight games since Andre Roberson suffered a sprained knee on Jan. 24 against Brooklyn. Waiters has started eight halves.

  • Does Kevin Durant want titles or a legacy?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The report came Tuesday that the Golden State Warriors could sign Kevin Durant, and it came from the last place you wanted to hear such news. Adrian Wojnarowski of a new website, The Vertical. Wojnarowski is the oracle of NBA news. Sometimes it appears he has confirmation on trades before the teams themselves. So when Wojnarowski says something, it has validity. This isn’t coming from an ESPN morning show. But while such news horrifies Thunder fans, it shouldn’t. Read the fine print. Heck, not even the fine print. Wojnarowski writes clearly. In his first and third paragraphs, he has elephant-sized qualifiers. If Durant leaves the Thunder… in the first graph.

  • Previewing the Thunder's Wednesday night matchup with the Orlando Magic

    By Anthony Slater Staff writer aslater@Oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater previews the Thunder's Wednesday night matchup with the Orlando Magic. When: 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC TV: FS-Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722; Dish 416; DirecTV 676-5; U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM Three Things to know • Since improving to 20-17, the Magic has lost nine of 10 games and slipped out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. • The Thunder is 25-4 against the Western Conference, but 12-9 against the Eastern Conference. • This is the second and final matchup of the season between these teams. The first was an epic double-overtime thriller in Orlando in October. The Thunder won 139-136 behind 91

  • Kobe scores 38, Lakers beat Wolves 119-115 to end 10-gm skid

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant has lifted the Los Angeles Lakers onto his shoulders countless times over the past two decades, and he rarely flinches under the weight. Even during a demoralizing losing streak in his farewell season, the 37-year-old superstar summoned his skills to carry the team one more time. "You've seen it for 20 damn years," Bryant said with a shrug. "What do you expect?" Bryant hit seven 3-pointers while scoring a season-high 38 points, and the Lakers snapped their 10-game skid with a 119-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.