• Nets hold off Celtics 111-101 for home-and-home split

    Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets were embarrassed and angry, and two nights later were 35 points better. Brook Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Jarrett Jack scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Nets beat the Boston Celtics 111-101 on Sunday for a split of a home-and-home series. After the Celtics won by 25 in Boston, the Nets dominated the second quarter that was pivotal in both games and held on after blowing most of a 22-point lead, their largest of the season. "I kind of felt like last game was an aberration and they proved me right tonight," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. Joe Johnson added 17 points for the Nets, who have won two in a row at home, where they have barely played this

  • DeRozan, Raptors beat Clippers 91-80

    Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Toronto Raptors shut down Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, and then had enough to hold off the Los Angeles Clippers at the very end. DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, DeMarre Carroll scored each of his 21 points in the first half, and the Raptors held Griffin and Paul scoreless through the first 20-plus minutes of a 91-80 victory over the Clippers on Sunday. "We respect Griffin and Paul because they're All-Stars, but it's not the first time we've played them," center Bismack Biyombo said after making his first start of the season for the injured Jonas Valanciunas. "Today our guards and our bigs did a pretty good job of taking them out of the game. We started the game the right way, and that helped.

  • Timberwolves moving Kevin Martin into starting lineup

    Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell is inserting Kevin Martin into the starting lineup in hopes of jumpstarting a struggling offense. Martin will replace Tayshaun Prince and Andrew Wiggins will slide from shooting guard to small forward in a first five that also includes point guard Ricky Rubio, power forward Kevin Garnett and center Karl-Anthony Towns. The new-look unit will debut on Monday night at home against winless Philadelphia. "We've just got to score more points," Mitchell said after practice on Sunday. "That may help K-Mart get out of his funk a little bit and it may help our team overall." Over his last five games, Martin is shooting just 26 percent from the field and is 1 for 10 fr

  • Celtics' Smart out a couple of weeks with left leg injury

    Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart could miss at least a couple of weeks with a lower left leg injury. Coach Brad Stevens says Sunday that the second-year guard won't need surgery and the injury isn't considered a long-term problem, but that doctors want to make sure he's fully healed before returning. Smart was hurt while playing 21 minutes against Brooklyn on Friday night. Stevens says he just came down wrong, calling the injury a subluxation of a joint, meaning it popped out of place. Smart has averaged 9.8 points in nine games, including eight starts. Stevens said Avery Bradley would start Sunday against the Nets.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    The Thunder closes a three-game home stand tonight against Dallas. Follow live updates on tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Porzingis leads Knicks past Rockets for 4th straight win

    Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Carmelo Anthony and Derek Fisher insist they knew months ago that Kristaps Porzingis was capable of this type of performance. Porzingis had 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead the New York Knicks to a 107-102 victory over the slumping Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Anthony long ago brushed off the uproar that followed the Knicks using the No. 4 pick on a player who was perceived to be a long-term project. "It was concern from people who didn't know," Anthony said. "People didn't know what to expect. Nobody had ever seen him before and people were all so upset that the Knicks drafted him." Porzingis became the first 20-year-old to post his stat line in a single game since Sha

  • Spurs snap Grizzlies' four-game winning streak, 92-82

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs played poorly, were not sharp and heard all about it during a fiery timeout. Imagine if they had lost. Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and the Spurs held on to snap the Memphis Grizzlies' four-game winning streak with a 92-82 victory Saturday night. San Antonio (10-3) won for the seventh time by double figures, but that did little to temper the sting after a lethargic 104-90 loss at New Orleans on Friday night. "We are building," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who scored 15. "We really don't care about the record right now. Of course it's good to be 10-3, but we didn't have a super tough schedule, but it's going to get tougher soon.

  • Love, James lead Cavaliers past Hawks, 109-97

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The rematch of the Eastern Conference finals looked very familiar. It was all Cleveland. Kevin Love scored a season-high 25 points, LeBron James added 19 and the Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-97 on Saturday night. The teams met for the first time since the Cavaliers swept the Hawks in the playoffs, and it didn't take long for Cleveland to continue its dominance. Love and James are Cleveland's only healthy starters but the Cavaliers are 10-3 with depth they didn't have last season. "Up to this point it's really paid off for us," coach David Blatt said. "We're missing a lot of guys right now, a lot of very, very significant players but the other guys are stepping up and doing the job.

  • Heat escape, top 76ers 96-91 to keep Philly winless

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — For much of the night, Philadelphia was in control. The 76ers had their biggest lead of the season at one point, and still led by 11 midway through the fourth quarter. And then ... "A very, very cruel loss," 76ers coach Brett Brown said. Even for a franchise that's known nothing but misery of late, this one stung more than most. Philadelphia is still winless this season, after Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Justise Winslow came up with a huge tip-in with 27 seconds left and Miami held the 76ers without a field goal for a critical 7-minute stretch of the fourth quarter on the way to a 96-91 win on Saturday night. The 76ers are now 0-14 this season, with a losing streak of 24 games when factoring

  • Miles scores 21, leads Pacers to 123-86 win over Bucks

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — C.J. Miles made sure Indiana put things away early in the second half. Miles scored 13 of his season-high 21 points in the third quarter to lead the Pacers to a 123-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. "We jumped on them to start the second half, which is what we needed to do," Miles said. "We led at the half, but there were a lot of things we could have done better in the first half. In the second half, we did those things better." Paul George had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Jordan Hill added a season-high 20 points off the bench for the Pacers (8-5), who have won five of six. Greg Monroe had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks (5-8), who have lost three straight

  • Wizards contain Drummond, hold on to beat Pistons 97-95

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Nene scored 18 points and Otto Porter added 17 as the Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 97-95 on Saturday night. The Wizards had the ball and a two-point lead with 9.2 seconds left, but Porter was called for a five-second violation on the inbound attempt. That gave Detroit a last chance, but Marcus Morris missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Marcin Gortat finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Ramon Sessions had 14 points and nine assists off the bench. Washington's reserves outscored Detroit's 51-15. Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 20 points and nine assists, while Morris had 18 points and nine rebounds.

  • Wade moves into NBA's top 50 career scorers

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade is now among the top 50 scorers in NBA history. Wade has passed Dale Ellis for 50th on the league's all-time list. Ellis scored 19,004 points in his career; Wade's free throw with 3:10 left in the second quarter of Miami's game with Philadelphia on Saturday night gave the perennial All-Star guard 19,005 for his career. His career average of 24.0 points per game ranks fifth among active players, and only eight active players have more points than Wade.

  • Cousins' big night leads Kings past Magic, 97-91

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — At times during his career, frustration has gotten the best of Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins. He did the frustrating against the Orlando Magic. Cousins had 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Kings held off the Magic 97-91 on Saturday night. It was just the latest complete performance for Cousins, who has recorded four straight games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He also went 13 for 15 from the free throw line and had six assists. "I don't think I was as aggressive as I usually am, but that's just kind of how the game went," Cousins said. "I didn't really have to be as aggressive, we kept moving the ball.

  • OKC Thunder: Previewing the Thunder's game Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks

    By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer, aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater previews the Oklahoma City Thunder's Sunday game vs. The Dallas Mavericks: * When: 6 p.m. CT on Sunday * Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC * TV: FSN Oklahoma * Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM THREE THINGS TO KNOW * Every title team in the past nine seasons has been in the top 10 in defensive efficiency. The Thunder is currently 19th, yielding 102.1 points per 100 possessions. * Only twice in the past 30 seasons has a team shot 29 or more 3s and made three or less of them: Warriors in 2006 and the Thunder this past Friday night. * This is the first of four meetings between the Mavericks and Thunder. The I-35 rivals play twice in January and again in February.

  • Curry leads Warriors to 14-0 start as they hold off Bulls

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Until a couple of games ago, Stephen Curry really hadn't thought much about making more NBA history. Now, Curry and the Golden State Warriors are right on the cusp of adding another accomplishment in an incredible year. Curry scored 27 points and the defending champions moved within one victory of matching the best start in NBA history, holding off the Chicago Bulls 106-94 on Friday night to improve to 14-0. The league's last undefeated team ran its franchise-record home winning streak to 26 games by beating a Chicago team that is the last to win at Oracle Arena during the regular season, way back in late January. Golden State did so with its third tough game in four nights, too.

  • Lowry scores 25, Raptors hang on to beat Lakers 102-91

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A broken bone in starting center Jonas Valanciunas' left hand put a damper on an otherwise satisfying Friday night for the Toronto Raptors. Kyle Lowry had 25 points, DeMar DeRozan scored seven of his 18 in the final 3:34, and the defending Atlantic Division champions snapped a three-game skid with a 102-91 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Valanciunas scored three points in 18 minutes before breaking his non-shooting hand on a foul by Kobe Bryant under the Toronto basket in the final minute of the first half. Valanciunas broke the same bone — in his right hand — during his 2012-13 rookie season and missed 18 games. "It's unfortunate, and we're definitely going to miss him because of what we d

  • Blazers snap 7-game skid with 102-91 win over Clippers

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After the second of back-to-back 3-pointers found the bottom of the net, Damian Lillard pointed to his wrist signaling, "It's Lillard time." The crowd roared. When he hit the third 3, Lillard knew the Portland Trail Blazers' losing streak was ending. "After I hit the third one I was like, whatever happens, I'm going to make sure we win this game," Lillard said. Lillard finished with 27 points and the Trail Blazers snapped a seven-game skid with a 102-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Lillard's 3-pointer with 3 ½ minutes left gave Portland a 90-85 lead. Blake Griffin answered with a basket on the other end, but Lillard nailed another 3.

  • Knight scores 38 as Suns rally to beat Nuggets 114-107

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — A sprained left ankle late in the first half couldn't keep Brandon Knight from leading a stunning Phoenix comeback. Knight shook off the injury to score a career-high 38 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 and the Suns rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 114-107 on Friday night. Knight, who also pulled down 11 rebounds, had 24 points in the second half after leaving with 3:17 left in the second quarter. "I can't tell you how blessed I was," Knight said. "You never really know how those things can extend. They can feel OK right after they happen or you can feel them a lot through the next day. Fortunately I was able to just re-tape it, run up and down and I was able to fight through it.

  • Williams, Nowitzki lead Mavericks past Jazz, 102-93

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — Deron Williams' homecoming, taking place three seasons after many Dallas Mavericks fans hoped, keeps getting better. "It's all going in the right direction for sure," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is doing the work, and the dividends are showing." Williams recorded season highs with 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 37 minutes, and tied a season with three steals as the Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 102-93 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory. Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points and Zaza Pachulia had his seventh double-double of the season as Dallas held on after its 20-point, second-half lead was trimmed to five in the closing minutes. The Mavericks led 92-87 when Williams hit hi

  • Anthony scores 25 as Knicks hold off Thunder, 93-90

    Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher didn't care that his players nearly squandered a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter. He was more focused on the fact they held on. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points to help the Knicks defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-90 on Friday night for their third straight win. "Just reminding the guys that the end result is just figuring out a way to win, regardless of how it looks," Fisher said. "We will keep working at cleaning things up and trying to finish it better." The Thunder's rally fell short when Dion Waiters' potential game-tying shot rattled out at the buzzer. Arron Afflalo scored 14 points and Lance Thomas added 12 for the Knicks, who made 12 of 20 3-p