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Wed Jan 1603:393 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBAJimmy ButlerSGBullsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Trae YoungFree Agent
NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn't done in 35 years.Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver.The Warriors went on to a 142-111 win that moved them ahead of the Nuggets into first place in the Western Conference."They made a lot of shots, to be honest," Denver's Nikola Jokic said. "They played really good basketball at a high level."And that wasn't even the biggest total of the night.Philadelphia and Atlanta also surpassed 140.The league said it was the first time three teams scored 140 on the same night since Jan. 7, 1984, when the Warriors (154), Nuggets (141) and Knicks (140) reached the mark."Tonight the shots just kept falling," said Atlanta's Trae Young, who was referring to the Hawks' game but could have been talking about a few of them. "When you see the ball go in like we did tonight, I think it just keeps rolling."Philadelphia went for 149... [More]
Wed Jan 1601:293 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBAJimmy ButlerSGBullsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn't done in 35 years.Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver.The Warriors went on to a 142-111 win that moved them ahead of the Nuggets into first place in the Western Conference."They made a lot of shots, to be honest," Denver's Nikola Jokic said. "They played really good basketball at a high level."And that wasn't even the biggest total of the night.Philadelphia went for 149, with an 83-point first half, in a 42-point rout of Minnesota in the first meeting between the teams since the Jimmy Butler trade.Also, the Atlanta Hawks beat Oklahoma City 142-126.The league said it was the first time three teams scored 140 on the same night since Jan. 7, 1984 , when the Warriors (154), Nuggets (141) and Knicks (140) reached the mark.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 1522:39Warriors score NBA-record 51 points in 1st quarterStephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFThunderFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The Golden State Warriors scored an NBA-record 51 points in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.Kevin Durant led the way with 17 points as the Warriors shot 76 percent from the field. The team hit 10 of 14 from 3-point range, with four from Stephen Curry and three each by Klay Thompson and Durant. The Warriors led 51-38 after the quarter.The old mark for an opening quarter was 50 points and accomplished by several teams. The last time it happened was also against Denver, when Phoenix erupted for 50 on Nov. 10, 1990.Golden State and Denver are the top two teams in the Western Conference.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 1511:09NBA coaches' new play: tending to health to cope with grindLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season.That hasn't always been the case. Now, the NBA Coaches Association provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health."Well, we're trying. We all are trying, we all are conscious of it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I don't think we're very good at it, honestly. I know I've tried. It's still very hard to accomplish. The game consumes us. It consumes me at least, and it should, if you love it. And it's just hard to turn off. It's important. We have to do it. We should have been doing it."After a late arrival in Bay Area last month, it was after 10 p.m. when Rivers had the team tiss... [More]
Tue Jan 1503:29Kings' Shumpert stopped by security at Blazers locker roomJusuf NurkicCNuggetsFree Agent
Iman ShumpertSFCavaliersFree Agent
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kings guard Iman Shumpert was stopped from going into Portland's locker room by arena and Trail Blazers security after Sacramento's 115-107 victory Monday night.Shumpert apparently was angry at Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who set a hard screen in the second half."Some stuff needed to be between me and him, a conversation between two men," Shumpert said. "Some stuff happened out there that we needed to have a conversation about. That's it."Nurkic shrugged it off."I'm not going to worry about it," he said. "He's going into retirement soon. I'm not going to worry about a guy who's going into retirement soon."The 28-year-old Shumpert was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. He later was walked to the bench by a teammate after arguing with someone on Portland's bench.After the game, Shumpert tweeted : "I apologize to the fans if I made a scene. Wasn't my intention but this 2019 stuff is all about a 'story.' Don't let that distract you from this young Scores ball club getting a great victory against a tested Blazers team."___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jan 1502:29NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with grindLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season.That hasn't always been the case. Now, the NBA Coaches Association provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health."Well, we're trying. We all are trying, we all are conscious of it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I don't think we're very good at it, honestly. I know I've tried. It's still very hard to accomplish. The game consumes us. It consumes me at least, and it should, if you love it. And it's just hard to turn off. It's important. We have to do it. We should have been doing it."After a late arrival in Bay Area last month, it was after 10 p.m. when Rivers had the team tiss... [More]
Mon Jan 1418:29Kelly Oubre bringing energy, defense _ and style _ to SunsTrevor ArizaSFRocketsFree Agent
Devin BookerFree Agent
Austin RiversSGClippersFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — In less than a month in Phoenix, Kelly Oubre Jr. is bringing energy, defense and scoring — not to mention style — to the perennial last-place Suns.Teammate Devin Booker said there's no use trying to top Oubre when it comes to the way he dresses away from the game."That's the fashion king, man," Booker said after the Suns practiced Monday. "I just stay out of the way."It's an aspect of life that Oubre takes seriously. He even served as an intern at Esquire magazine two summers ago.When did that sense of style begin?"Out of the womb, man," Oubre said. "I'm from New Orleans. Culture and just swag kind of runs in our blood out there."Oubre was 10 years old when Hurricane Katrina forced his family to make an abrupt move to the Houston area, even though they had nowhere to go."It was really tough," he said. "It was the toughest thing I've ever had to deal with in my life. Homeless, having to sleep in your car, hotels, things like that. But my dad, he pushed us through. H... [More]
Mon Jan 1418:29Timberwolves face Butler, 76ers for 1st time since breakupJimmy ButlerSGBullsFree Agent
Robert CovingtonSF76ersFree Agent
Taj GibsonPFBullsFree Agent
Dario SaricSF/PF76ersFree Agent
Karl-Anthony TownsFree Agent
Andrew WigginsSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About two months after Jimmy Butler initiated their breakup, the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to pay him a visit.Just one week after the ouster of basketball boss Tom Thibodeau , the Timberwolves have enough of their own issues to work through. They did their best to downplay the significance of Tuesday's game at Philadelphia that will pit them against Butler for the first time since the trade , but there are sure to be some raw emotions that night. The question is whether they'll stay bottled up."Philly's a really good team, one of the best teams in the East, so I feel like it'll be a great battle," Wolves guard Andrew Wiggins said Monday after practice, adding: "Jimmy, every game he plays hard. So it's not like he's going to play harder."The energy that Butler brought, of course, was never in doubt. The problem was how disruptive his presence became, after he requested a trade.Thibodeau tried to hang on to his hand-picked locker-room leader as long as he coul... [More]
Mon Jan 1415:59Jokic, Nuggets remain on top in West halfway through seasonWill BartonSGNuggetsFree Agent
Gary HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Paul MillsapPFHawksFree Agent
Jamal MurrayFree Agent
Isaiah ThomasPGCelticsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic is happiest when he's simply dribbling the ball up the floor. Or so the Denver Nuggets big man has been told."My godfather," Jokic said , "is always telling me, 'You look so happy when you're dribbling. You don't even need to shoot or pass it. Just punt it into the stands.'"Now that would be something new for Jokic. Or just keep doing what he's doing.Led by Jokic's All-Star-level play, the Nuggets are out front in the Western Conference at the halfway mark of the season. They ride a 12-game home win streak into their showdown Tuesday against Golden State — the team everyone figured would be leading the West."We're doing good right now," Jokic said.At 29-13, the Nuggets are tied for their best NBA start in franchise history with a 1976-77 squad that featured David Thompson and Dan Issel. This also marks the latest in a season the team has led the conference since March 16, 1977.It's a tenuous lead, though, and just a half-game ahead of the Warriors (29-14... [More]
Mon Jan 1412:48Irving to sit out game in Brooklyn because of thigh injuryKyrie IrvingPGCavaliersFree Agent
Marcus SmartPGCelticsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving will sit out Boston's game against Brooklyn on Monday night because of a right quadriceps injury.Irving says he was hurt Saturday in a loss at Orlando. He adds he expects to return Wednesday against Toronto.The Celtics say guard Marcus Smart also is unavailable because of an illness.Boston has lost two consecutive games.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jan 1403:29Sweet, and unsweet, 16 for Harden on a wild night in OrlandoEvan FournierSGMagicFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Nikola VucevicCMagicFree Agent
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James Harden had a game for the history books.That's good and bad.Harden scored 38 points Sunday night in Houston's 116-109 loss in Orlando, marking the 16th consecutive time that he's scored at least 30 or more points — matching Kobe Bryant for the league's longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77.But Harden also was 1 for 17 from 3-point range, tying the league's single-game record for most misses from beyond the arc."They just didn't go in," Harden shrugged afterward.Damon Stoudamire was 5 for 21 from 3-point range for Portland against Golden State on April 15, 2005. Until Sunday, that was the only time a player had missed 16 3s in a game.The NBA's greatest shooters have had awful nights from 3-point range — Dennis Scott once went 2 for 17, Ray Allen once went 1 for 14, Stephen Curry has an 0 for 11 game on his resume. Harden went 0 for 11 from deep in Game 5 of last year's Western Conference finals against Golden State, and has been 0 for 1... [More]
Mon Jan 1403:29All-Star vote process meant to stop Zaza may stop Wade againGiannis AntetokounmpoSGBucksFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSGBullsFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCKingsFree Agent
Tim Hardaway Jr.SGKnicksFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Enes KanterCThunderFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFThunderFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
Tony ParkerPGSpursFree Agent
Derrick RosePGBullsFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGHornetsFree Agent
The NBA changed the All-Star voting process two years ago, in part to prevent Zaza Pachulia being elected a starter.Instead, it might keep Dwyane Wade from being one — again. Luka Doncic and Derrick Rose, too.Entering the last full week of balloting, Wade would be in a good position for a farewell All-Star start under the old system, which was solely dependent on fan votes. He's running second among Eastern Conference guards, with a sizeable gap to No. 3 Kemba Walker after the second set of returns were released last week.Doncic is second among West forwards in a bid to start as a rookie, and Rose is ahead of MVP James Harden in the second spot in the West backcourt.But fan vote is now just 50 percent of the process, a change that was made after Pachulia was undeservedly nearly elected a starter through a huge overseas push in 2016. The players' vote and a media panel each account for 25 percent, and in its first year it did stop Pachulia, who would have been elected to start by fans... [More]
Sun Jan 1317:28Grizzlies' Kyle Anderson to miss at least 2-4 weeksKyle AndersonSFSpursFree Agent
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson is expected to miss at least two to four weeks because of a sprained left ankle.The Grizzlies announced Sunday that Anderson had a Grade 2 sprain. Anderson hurt the ankle Saturday in a 112-108 loss at Miami.Anderson has made 38 starts this year in his first season with the Grizzlies. He is averaging 7.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 29.7 minutes.The 6-foot-9 Anderson received a four-year, $37.2 million deal with the Grizzlies as a restricted free agent last summer after spending his first four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jan 1118:18Giannis sits for Bucks vs. Wizards with hip, quad injuriesGiannis AntetokounmpoSGBucksFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of the Bucks' game Friday night against the Washington Wizards because of right quadriceps soreness and a left hip contusion.It will be the third game Antetokounmpo has missed this season. The 6-foot-11 player from Greece is averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists and has emerged as an MVP candidate in his sixth season. The Bucks entered Friday with the best record in the Eastern Conference."Hopefully, it's nothing too serious," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He got hit a few games ago, and kind of been managing it."Antetokounpo played 37 minutes Wednesday night in a victory at Houston. Milwaukee is 2-0 this season when he does not play.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Jan 1018:07DeMarcus Cousins will start when he returns with WarriorsDeMarcus CousinsCKingsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFThunderFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins will start immediately for coach Steve Kerr when the All-Star center makes his long-awaited Warriors debut in about a week following a lengthy recovery from surgery on a torn left Achilles tendon.Cousins has targeted Golden State's game Jan. 18 at the Clippers as his return date and first game of the season, though Kerr said it could even be sooner if all continues going well — perhaps even against his former New Orleans team at home next Wednesday."The idea is we have to give ourselves a little leeway," Kerr said Thursday. "That Clipper game is sort of the one we've targeted but we should give ourselves some leeway on either side, because we have to see how the next week goes. I suppose it's a possibility that it could be New Orleans, maybe there's a possibility it's whoever's after the Clippers ... Lakers. That's the range that we're looking at."The coaching staff has spent the past couple of weeks more intensely planning for Cousins' retur... [More]
Thu Jan 1017:37LeBron cleared for more activity, still not ready to playLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James' strained groin is turning out to be perhaps the most significant injury of the famously durable superstar's 16-year NBA career.James likely will miss at least three more games after being cleared to increase his on-court activity in his comeback from the injury, the Lakers announced Thursday after an evaluation by their medical staff.The Lakers say James' healing is "progressing," and the four-time NBA MVP will participate in more functional basketball activities during the upcoming week. But the team also says it will provide another update on Jan. 16, which probably means James will miss the Lakers' three upcoming games against Utah, Cleveland and Chicago.If James sits out as expected, he will miss 11 consecutive games before his next update, and he will have been out of action for over three weeks since getting hurt during the Lakers' win at Golden State on Christmas.Those are significant numbers: James never missed more than 13 games during... [More]
Thu Jan 1016:57LeBron cleared for more activity, still not ready to playLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Lakers say LeBron James likely will miss at least three more games after being cleared to increase his on-court activity in his comeback from a groin injury.James was evaluated by the Lakers' medical staff Thursday.The Lakers say James' healing is "progressing," and he will participate in more functional basketball activities.The team says it will provide another update on Jan. 16, which likely means he will miss the Lakers' three upcoming games against Utah, Cleveland and Chicago.James will miss 11 consecutive games before his next update. James never missed more than 13 games in any of his first 15 NBA seasons.The four-time NBA MVP was injured during the Lakers' win at Golden State on Christmas.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Thu Jan 1001:57Vince Carter watches the good times, but is he near goodbye?Vince CarterSFGrizzliesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Vince Carter looked up at the highlights, enjoying the view of himself back in the days when he was among the NBA's highest flyers.He's about to turn 42, now in his 21st season, and he doesn't jump quite like the guy being shown Wednesday night on the Barclays Center overhead screens.The Nets honored Carter, who is the oldest active player, with a tribute video during their game against Atlanta, a way to say thank you for his 4 ½ seasons with the franchise."It was great. Any time you can see old video of when you were young and spry and springy and all of that good stuff, I mean, it's always great to see," Carter said.Good times, yes.But was it goodbye?Carter hasn't said if he plans to retire following the season. He would make NBA history if he returns, as nobody has played 22 seasons in the league.So was the video premature?"I'm OK with it. Either way it's cool," he said with a smile. "I'm very thankful for it, that they even considered it."When it was mentioned to... [More]
Wed Jan 918:17Wolves' Andrew Wiggins tries to clarify postgame commentsNerlens NoelPF76ersFree Agent
Dennis SchroderPGHawksFree Agent
Jeff TeaguePGHawksFree Agent
Andrew WigginsSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Saying he respects the gay and lesbian community, Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins tried Wednesday to clarify comments he made about Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder's behavior during a heated game.Thunder center Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher in the third quarter after Wiggins collided with Noel on a dunk attempt Tuesday night. Schroder, unhappy about the play and other incidents, eventually was given a technical foul for an altercation with Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague.After the game, Wiggins said Schroder's actions were unwarranted. According to audio from the locker room, Wiggins appeared to say: "He was just gay. He was acting crazy for no reason."A few hours later, Wiggins went on Twitter and tried to explain what he said ."I'd like to clarify what I said tonight during my post game media session. I said: 'I don't know what's wrong with him he was just getting... acting crazy for no reason,'" he tweeted.In his next post , W... [More]
Wed Jan 916:47Thunder's Nerlens Noel placed in NBA concussion protocolNerlens NoelPF76ersFree Agent
Dennis SchroderPGHawksFree Agent
Jeff TeaguePGHawksFree Agent
Andrew WigginsSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder's Nerlens Noel has been placed in the NBA's concussion protocol after he collided with Andrew Wiggins and hit the floor Tuesday night during Oklahoma City's game with the Minnesota Timberwolves.The team announced that Noel was held overnight at the University of Oklahoma's hospital for tests and observations and was released Wednesday. There is no timetable for Noel to complete the protocol process.Noel took an elbow in the face as Wiggins drove to the basket, and Noel's head hit the ground hard . The team said Noel lost consciousness while being knocked to the floor. A defensive foul was called on Noel. The play was reviewed, and no additional fouls were accessed. Noel was down for several minutes before being taken from the court on a stretcher. Players from both teams exchanged words while Noel was on the ground.Noel has been a critical reserve for the Thunder this season, averaging 5.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 14 minutes per contest.... [More]
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