• OKC Thunder: Summer trash talkers Serge Ibaka, Ronde Hollis-Jefferson finally do battle

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    A matchup months in the making will happen Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena: Rookie forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will get his shot at Serge Ibaka. Before being drafted in the first round this summer, Hollis-Jefferson was asked at the NBA Draft Combine who’s the one guy he’d like to dunk on when he gets to the pros. Hollis-Jefferson picked the Thunder shot swatter. "I don't know if I should say this, because he might be, like, looking for me if I come down the paint," Hollis-Jefferson said during a television interview. "But I know Serge Ibaka is a big blocked-shot dude. So if I can get him, I'm good." Hollis-Jefferson was then asked to look into the camera and call

  • Pacers G Hill expected to return Tuesday against Wizards

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pacers guard George Hill is expected to return Tuesday night against Washington after missing three games with an upper respiratory infection. Hill is averaging 14 points and just under 37 minutes in 10 games this season. He was on the bench in case of emergency in Saturday's victory over Milwaukee. Coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday Hill's infection had improved "to the point where he's fine to play," but would keep an eye out for fatigue after an 11-day layoff.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan expands on Morrow's and Singler's minutes

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    A recurring question from Thunder fans 15 games in has been about the rotation. Why are the minutes being divvied up the way they are, in particular between Anthony Morrow and Kyle Singler? Dion Waiters has been a no-brainer off the bench at shooting guard with his two-way play, but the next man up on the wing has been a toggle between Singler and Morrow. Even with Morrow starting for a four-game stretch in Kevin Durant’s absence, Singler’s minutes began to increase, with Morrow logging a “Did Not Play” in a blowout of the Suns in game No. 7 of the season. MORROW/SINGLER MINUTES AT A GLANCE Games      Morrow      Singler First 5  

  • Timberwolves host 100 military members for practice

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are hosting 100 members of the military as a way of saying thank you for their service. Wolves coaches and their wives or significant others served the active soldiers and veterans brunch on Tuesday morning before bringing them to the team's practice facility to meet the players. Wolves players competed against the soldiers in a shooting game and also took pictures with them before they watched some practice. Coach Sam Mitchell says he would have joined the military had he not gotten a basketball scholarship in high school. He says having them at practice helps underscore to his players what's really important in life.

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary (ankle) questionable against Nets

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Mitch McGary was in fewer than 3 minutes against the Utah Jazz before the injury bug jumped up and bit him again. Per the Thunder, McGary is listed as questionable against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday after spraining his left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s win against the Jazz. McGary was running back on defense in transition and in his leaping attempt to block a pass, the 6-foot-10 forward came down awkwardly in the paint on his left ankle. Thunder says Mitch McGary questionable for Wednesday vs. @BrooklynNets with left ankle sprain pic.twitter.

  • Spurs' Parker names cubs at Texas zoo for self, wife, son

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs star Tony Parker had a walk on the wild side this week and has named three African lion cubs at the San Antonio Zoo after his wife, their son and himself. Zoo officials said Tuesday that Parker had decided on Axelle, Josh and T.P. after earlier making the top bid for the naming rights. The NBA player Tuesday morning slipped into the lions' den, accompanied by two zookeepers, and helped the cubs play with some toys. Zoo authorities didn't immediately say how much Parker bid to name the two males and one female born July 25. ___ Online: Zoo: http://www.sazoo.org/ Spurs: http://www.nba.

  • Russell Westbrook honored as hero of the African-American community

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been honored by Ebony Magazine as one of the heroes of the black community. The magazine selected Westbrook to its 2015 Ebony Power 100, a group of African Americans "who lead, inspire and demonstrate through their individual talents, the very best in Black America." Westbrook was honored in the "Master Teachers" category, which recognizes leaders in the field of education. "The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard inspires nearly as many headlines for his sartorial savvy as he does his skills on the court; however, it’s what the four-time NBA All-Star/2015 All-Star MVP does in his spare time that makes us cheer the loudest," the magazine wrote.

  • Durant, Thunder rout Jazz 111-89

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant quickly answered any questions about his hamstring injury. Durant had 27 points and six rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 111-89 on Monday night. It was Durant's first game since he strained his left hamstring in the second quarter of a 125-101 victory at Washington on Nov. 10. The All-Star forward played the whole first quarter against Utah and scored 11 points. "When I was ready to get back on the court physically, I was there putting my work in making sure my body was ready, my fundamentals were right," Durant said. "I just have the mindset that, no matter what, I just pick up where I left off. I think that is what separates good players from great players

  • LeBron joins "Big O" on elite list, leads Cavs past Magic

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — No player in NBA history stuffed a stat sheet quite like Oscar Robertson. The "Big O" was a triple-double machine. On Monday night, LeBron James moved into his rarefied air. James joined Robertson on an exclusive list and Kevin Love scored a season-high 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers remained unbeaten at home with a 117-103 win over the Orlando Magic. James had 15 points and 13 assists and joined the legendary Robertson as the only players in history to rank in the top 25 in career points and assists. "He's a guy who laid the foundation," James said of Robertson, "and I'm just trying to carry it on.

  • Wiggins scores 32 as Wolves drop Sixers to 0-15

    Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Through another seemingly interminable losing streak, the Philadelphia 76ers have been done in by some of the NBA's biggest names. Tim Duncan rallied the Spurs to a win. Dirk Nowitzki broke their hearts for Dallas. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh blitzed them over the final seven minutes in Miami. Andrew Wiggins joined that list on Monday night. And the Minnesota Timberwolves believe the 20-year-old star will one day deserve to be mentioned in the same breath. Wiggins scored 11 of his 32 points in the final five minutes to help the Timberwolves keep Philadelphia winless on the season with a 100-95 victory. "He's turning into an unbelievable player right before our eyes every night," interim coach S

  • Leonard has 24, Spurs defense shines in 98-84 win over Suns

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs kept taking the ball away from the Phoenix Suns. Over and over. All night long. Leonard had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and the Spurs forced 28 turnovers in a 98-84 victory over the sloppy Suns on Monday. Phoenix was averaging 106.5 points, but was held to a season-low point total while committing a season high in turnovers. The Suns were without point guard Eric Bledsoe, who missed the second game of a back-to-back with a sore left knee. "I don't know what we were doing just handing the ball, soft passes," Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Even when we tried to lob it over, the passes were like five feet short of where it's supposed to go. That's hard to over

  • Monroe helps Bucks beat Pistons 109-88

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Greg Monroe put together a big night against his former team. His new teammates also had a lot of fun. Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 109-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday. "I am trying to win every game," Monroe said. "They just happen to be my former team. No matter who comes in here, I going to come in with the same focus. That is do what I need to do to help my team win on that night. They just happen to be the only other team I have played for." Milwaukee had seven players score in double figures, including each of its starters. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 points, Khris Middleton scored 16 and Jerryd Bayless had 14 points. The Bucks had l

  • Durant returns, Thunder rout Jazz 111-89

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Kevin Durant reentered the Thunder lineup on Monday night in Utah and the Thunder, complete again, looked as dominant as we’ve seen them under coach Billy Donovan, blistering a solid Jazz team 111-89 for an impressive road win on the second night of a back-to-back.

  • Walker's 39 points lift Hornets over Kings 127-122 in OT

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker put the Charlotte Hornets in prime position for a big win when he made a driving one-handed scoop layup with 0.7 seconds left in regulation. "Yeah, I thought it was over," Walker said with a smile. Instead, Sacramento scored on an alley-oop inbounds play, forcing Walker and the Hornets to dig a little deeper for a 127-122 comeback win over the Kings on Monday night. Walker scored 21 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and had four more in overtime as the Hornets rallied from 22 points down in the second half on the way to their sixth consecutive home win. It was the second-largest comeback in franchise history. The Hornets trailed 91-74 after three quarters before Wal

  • Wade, Bosh score 16 each, Heat roll past Knicks 95-78

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — No one had a big scoring night for Miami, which was not an issue. Having great defensive numbers is considerably more important to the Heat right now anyway. And they stifled the New York Knicks. Miami forced New York into missing 15 out of 16 shots in one early stretch, part of what became a 95-78 Heat victory on Monday and the Knicks' worst shooting performance in their last 212 games — a mere 32 percent effort. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 16 points for the Heat, who snapped New York's four-game winning streak. "You can see some defensive habits being built," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "In this game I think it was fitting that there wasn't a quote-unquote star of the game. It was more

  • Hawks' Budenholzer fined $25,000 for contact with official

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been fined $25,000 for making incidental contact with an official. The fine, announced on Monday by NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, followed Budenholzer's technical foul and ejection from Saturday's 109-97 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers. Budenholzer was given a technical for arguing a call. He bumped referee Ben Taylor after stepping on the floor and was quickly tossed. Budenholzer said after the game any contact "was 100 percent unintentional.

  • LeBron James joins Oscar Robertson on elite NBA list

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Make room, Big O. LeBron James joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to rank in the Top 25 in points and assists. With his fifth assist Monday night against Orlando, James pulled into the elite company of Robertson, the legendary "Big O," who finished with 26,710 points and 9,887 assists. James entered the game needing 21 points to pass Reggie Miller (25,279) for 18th on the career scoring list. Robertson is 11th. James reached the milestone with 5:00 left in the second quarter. The Cavaliers' star drove the lane, jumped and made a quick pass into the corner to Kevin Love, who knocked down a 3-pointer. It moved James past Norm Nixon (6,386) for 25th on the assist list

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Jazz

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    The Thunder is on the road at Utah tonight for the first of four scheduled meetings with the Jazz. Follow live coverage of tonight's matchup from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Warriors look to follow up NBA title by posting record start

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Anyone who thought the Golden State Warriors would be content after winning one NBA title was sadly mistaken. With Stephen Curry hitting 3-pointers at a record-setting pace and the rest of his teammates playing with a high level of intensity and focus, the Warriors have tied the NBA record with 15 straight wins to open the season. Somehow, they have found a way to improve following a season when they won 67 games and rolled through the playoffs without ever being taken to a seventh game. "We're trying to win another championship," forward Draymond Green said. "That's what we're fueled by. I think we've gotten greedy, but a good greedy. I think it's way better to be greedy for success than hungov

  • LA Clippers dance squad to get reality series

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers' dance squad is getting its own reality series. E! Entertainment said Monday the series that is scheduled to debut early next year will show what it's like to be a member of the squad on and off the court. Eight one-hour episodes of "L.A. Clippers Dance Squad" are scheduled to air on the cable network. The show will take viewers through summer auditions to choose the squad and the dancers' emotions and ambitions. Among the producers of the series is Cash Warren, husband of actress Jessica Alba and whose father Mike Warren starred at UCLA under basketball coach John Wooden. The show is produced by Mandalay Sports Media, whose co-founder is Peter Guber, a part-owner of the Los