• Balanced Grizzlies send Mavs to second straight loss

    Updated: 52 min ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies are undefeated in the six games Jeff Green has scored at least 10 points. On Tuesday night, Green had a lot of company in the double-digit category. Mike Conley scored 21 points, Green added 19 and seven Memphis players finished in double figures in a 110-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. "We have so many weapons. We have to utilize them any way we can," Green said. "Sharing the ball and getting everybody involved is how you get it done." Marc Gasol had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, which won its fifth in the last six games. Matt Barnes and Mario Chalmers added 14 points apiece, and JaMychal Green contributed 13. "The balance is there right now," Conley sa

  • Griffin, Jordan each score 18, Clippers beat Nuggets 111-94

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each scored 18 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 111-94 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Jordan finished with 11 rebounds and four blocks, while Griffin had 10 rebounds. Chris Paul had 15 points and 10 assists to give the Clippers (7-7) three players with double-doubles. The Clippers, who hadn't been under .500 this far into a season under Doc Rivers, made eight 3-pointers after coming into the game at 31.3 percent. The Clippers hit their first four shots from deep, missed their next seven but found the stroke again when Jamal Crawford hit a halfcourt shot to give them an 83-72 lead at the end of the third.

  • Millsap, Teague pace Hawks to 121-97 win over Boston

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Teague has been waiting for the Atlanta Hawks to break out of their slump. They finally got a full effort for an entire game. "We had some hard practices," Teague said. "We preached in the film session playing harder, competing. We did that tonight. We have to make guys fear us. We have to be more aggressive on the defensive end and we did that." Paul Millsap scored 25 points, Teague added 16 and the Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 121-97 on Tuesday night. Atlanta had dropped four of five and was coming off a loss Saturday at Cleveland in which coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected and subsequently fined $25,000 for bumping into referee Ben Taylor.

  • George scores 40, Pacers make 19 3s to beat Wizards 123-106

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Indiana forward Paul George thinks his team doesn't get enough attention. With more nights like Tuesday, the Pacers will. George scored a season-high 40 points and made seven 3-pointers, part of a franchise-record 19 by the Pacers in a 123-106 victory over the Washington Wizards. C.J. Miles added 32 points, his most since joining the Pacers before the start of last season, as Indiana won for the ninth time in 11 games following an 0-3 start. "We always get overlooked," George said. "We're still getting used to the system, but now we're flowing." Miles was 8 of 9 from beyond the arc, and George also missed only once from deep as the Pacers tied their season scoring high set Saturday agains

  • Hawks retire Mutombo's No. 55

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 jersey Tuesday night to honor the longtime shot blocker's Hall of Fame enshrinement. Mutombo signed as a free agent in 1996 to make Atlanta the second stop on an 18-year career he spent with five other teams. "I don't think I ever thought my jersey would be retired," Mutombo told reporters after his jersey was hung from the arena rafters in a halftime ceremony. "My name will stay forever." The 7-foot-2 Mutombo was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, an eight-time All-Star, and he ranks second on the league's career blocked shots list and 20th in rebounds. Through his foundation, Mutombo, 49, built a hospital that has served 140,000 in hi

  • OKC Thunder: Consistent defensive improvement paramount for the Thunder’s long-term title hopes

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Even after an impressive effort against Utah, OKC is currently tied for 17th in the NBA with a 101.1 defensive efficiency rating.

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

    Erik Horne | Updated: 6 hr ago

    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: 6 hr ago

    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: 7 hr ago

    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: 9 hr ago

    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: 9 hr ago

    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: 10 hr ago

    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: 12 hr ago

    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: 19 hr ago

    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: 19 hr ago

    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: 23 hr ago

    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