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  • Bucks G Middleton eyes return prior to All-Star break
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Khris Middleton is making swift strides in his recovery from a hamstring injury and could return before next month's All-Star break.

    • Middleton ruptured his left hamstring in late September and underwent surgery. He recently began jogging and shooting and is making good progress but also is mindful that he needs to be cautious.

      "A hamstring is definitely nothing to play with," Middleton recently told reporters. "There are chronic hamstring injuries where guys think it is fine and they go out there and try to run and pull it again. That's something I definitely don't want to go through."

      The Bucks are a rising team behind star forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker and the biggest hole in the lineup this season has been shooting guard. Milwaukee badly has missed Middleton, who averaged 18.4 points, 4.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals last season.

      Middleton, who is in the second season of a five-year, $70 million contract, is expected to be on a minutes' limitation once he returns.

      Middleton was originally a second-round pick by the Detroit Pistons in 2012. He was dealt to Milwaukee the following year in the trade that sent guard Brandon Jennings to the Pistons.

      Middleton is averaging 13.6 points in 267 career NBA games.

  • Kings' Gay exits with Achilles injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 19, 2017

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings forward Rudy Gay sustained a left foot injury late in the third quarter of Sacramento's game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at the Golden 1 Center.

    • The preliminary report from the team was that Gay tore his left Achilles tendon. An MRI exam was scheduled for Thursday.

      Teammates and trainers helped Gay off the court after he tried to drive the baseline and went down in a heap with 14.3 seconds left in the third quarter and the Kings ahead 79-69. The ball came loose, and Gay tried to reach for it while sitting prone but could not reach it.

      Gay grimaced and seemed to point trainers to the area of his left calf and Achilles tendon.

      The injury happened just as the Kings prepare to start a season-high, eight-game road trip on Friday.

      Gay scored 21 points against the Pacers.

  • NBA roundup: Wizards win 13th straight at home
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    WASHINGTON -- Otto Porter had 25 points and a career-high six 3-pointers as the Washington Wizards extended their home winning streak to 13 straight with a 104-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

    • John Wall also had 25 points, including six in the final 2:11, and 13 assists for the Wizards (22-19), who won three in a row and six of seven overall. Markieff Morris also had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as Washington exacted revenge from a pre-Halloween loss at Memphis.

      Marc Gasol had 28 points for the Grizzlies (25-19). Memphis won the first meeting 112-103 in overtime by overcoming an eight-point deficit with 3:11 remaining in regulation. There were signs of a repeat even though the Wizards led by as many as 17. The Grizzlies roared back to trim the deficit to 97-95 with 2:34 left after Porter's back-to-back 3-pointers put Washington up 95-83.

      Pacers 106, Kings 100

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Paul George scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 22, and Indiana overcame a sloppy first half and a 22-point deficit to beat Sacramento at the Golden 1 Center.

      The loss became extra costly for the Kings when forward Rudy Gay went down late in the third quarter with what was believed to be a torn left Achilles tendon. An MRI exam scheduled for Thursday is expected to confirm the diagnosis.

      Al Jefferson contributed a season-high 20 points, and the Pacers won for the seventh time in eight games but for only the sixth time in 20 tries on the road.

      Warriors 121, Thunder 100

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant terrorized his former team for the second straight time, pouring in a season-high 40 points in Golden State's victory over Oklahoma City.

      Durant, who left the Thunder as a free agent in the offseason and dropped 39 points on them in their first head-to-head in November, contributed 13 points to a third-quarter flurry as the Warriors exploded into a 93-78 lead after having been tied at 56-all at halftime.

      Durant's big scoring night, the 47th 40-point game of his career, helped the Warriors overcome Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's 21st triple-double of the season.

      Knicks 117, Celtics 106

      BOSTON -- Derrick Rose scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter as New York pulled away late in a win over Boston.

      Rose matched his highest scoring output since the Knicks picked him up last summer and helped New York to just its third win in the month of January.

      Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez added 17 points apiece for the Knicks, who had lost their last four against the Celtics. Hernangomez also pulled down 11 rebounds and Rose had 10 boards as New York outrebounded Boston 57-33. Isaiah Thomas scored 39 to lead Boston.

      76ers 94, Raptors 89

      PHILADELPHIA -- Joel Embiid had 26 points and T.J. McConnell scored four critical points in a pivotal 7-0 run late in the game as Philadelphia beat Toronto, ending a 14-game losing streak to the Raptors.

      Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points for Philadelphia, which last beat Toronto on Jan. 18, 2013. The Sixers also won for the fifth time in six games and the seventh time in nine.

      DeMar DeRozan had 25 points and Kyle Lowry added 24 for Toronto, which saw a four-game winning streak snapped. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds.

      Hornets 107, Trail Blazers 85

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte would have been happy with any kind of win, and it got it in the form of a victory over Portland.

      But this wasn't just the end of a five-game losing streak.

      It marked a return to form defensively for a team that had given up more than 100 points in each of the last eight games.

      The Hornets held the Blazers to 35.1 percent shooting from the field and forced 16 turnovers that they converted into 21 points. The Blazers were 8 for 31 from 3-point range.

      Pelicans 118, Magic 98

      NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis led six New Orleans double-figure scorers as the Pelicans defeated Orlando in the Smoothie King Center.

      Davis, who left a 98-95 loss at Indiana on Monday in the third quarter with a sprained left thumb and a right hip contusion, scored a game-high 21 points.

      Langston Galloway and Tyreke Evans came off the bench to score 18 each, Dante Cunningham had a season-high 14, Jrue Holiday added 14 and rookie Buddy Hield chipped in with 10 as New Orleans exceeded its season high for points in a regulation game. Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 14 points each.

      Rockets 111, Bucks 92

      HOUSTON -- James Harden and Eric Gordon keyed a fourth-quarter shooting exhibition that carried Houston to a win over Milwaukee at Toyota Center.

      The Rockets broke open a tight contest with four consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, extending a seven-point lead to a 98-79 cushion when Gordon sank a trey. Trevor Ariza began the surge before Harden hit two 3-pointers.

      Gordon, who added another 3-pointer with just over three minutes left, had 25 points on 7-for-17 3-point shooting off the bench. He was 9 of 20 from the floor overall. Harden contributed 38 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

      Pistons 118, Hawks 95

      AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Reggie Jackson scored 26 points, Andre Drummond collected 13 points and 17 rebounds, and Detroit cooled down Atlanta at The Palace.

      Playing their first game since a five-game West Coast trip, the Pistons never trailed as they opened up a 30-point lead in the opening half. Pistons forward Tobias Harris supplied 19 points and Marcus Morris racked up 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

      Reggie Bullock, making his second start this season for Detroit, contributed 15 points, six rebounds and four assists and Aron Baynes tossed in 12 points off the bench.

  • Anthony focused on Knicks, not drama with Jackson
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Carmelo Anthony told reporters Wednesday he is tired of answering questions about his relationship with New York Knicks president Phil Jackson.

    • Sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on Tuesday that Jackson asked Anthony during their meeting this week whether the star forward wanted to remain with the team.

      "The conversation wasn't that long," Anthony said at the Knicks' morning shootaround in Boston, where the Knicks face the Celtics on Wednesday night. "We didn't break bread. We didn't have an hour's conversation. It was a short conversation."

      Anthony, talking to reporters for the first time since his meeting with Jackson, was asked whether he is weary of answering questions on the topic.

      "You get tired of it," Anthony said. "You get tired of it. I have to face you all every day. I'm the one that got to have all the answers. I'm the one that got to kind of make up something. Even when I don't want to talk to you all, I still talk to you all. It happens. That's part of the job."

      The nine-time All-Star, who has a no-trade clause, reiterated he plans to remain in New York.

      "I think, as players, you always want to protect yourself," Anthony said of the no-trade clause. "I didn't think it would get to this point. I think, as a player, if you can get (a no-trade clause), you have a right to protect yourself and take care of yourself when it comes to that. It's very hard to get, very difficult to get. I have it and that's that.

      "I'm committed (to staying). I don't have to prove that to anybody. I don't think I have to keep saying that. I don't think I have to keep talking about that. I know for a fact that people see that. ... I'm done asking why. My focus is playing ball at this point."

      The 32-year-old Anthony is averaging 22.2 points and 6.0 rebounds through 41 games this season with the Knicks, who are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference standings with an 18-24 record. The Knicks have lost 11 of their last 13 games.

      "Yeah, I'm numb. It's water off my back at this point," Anthony said of the drama surrounding him and the team this season.

  • NBA roundup: Joseph's career night lifts Raptors
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Cory Joseph scored a career-high 33 points in place of a resting Kyle Lowry, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 119-109 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

    • The Raptors announced shortly before the opening tip Lowry was resting some bumps and bruises to ensure he can play in his native Philadelphia on Wednesday. Lowry was active and in warmup gear as he watched Joseph turn in the best game of his five-year career.

      Joseph's previous career high was 20 points for the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 28, 2014 at New Orleans. He shot 15 of 22 from the floor Tuesday, setting career highs for field goals and attempts.

      Heat 109, Rockets 103

      MIAMI -- James Harden produced his 13th triple-double of the season, but it wasn't enough as Miami upset Houston at AmericanAirlines Arena.

      Harden, who had six turnovers, had 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He made 12-of-30 shots from the floor, including 4-of-15 from 3-point range. He also made 12 of 13 free throws.

      Heat point guard Goran Dragic had 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as Miami made a 20-3 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

      Mavericks 99, Bulls 98

      CHICAGO -- Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, Seth Curry had 18 and Wesley Matthews hit a 3-pointer with 11.7 seconds remaining to lift Dallas to a win over Chicago.

      J.J. Barea had 12 points for Dallas (14-27), which won its third straight game. Matthews and Deron Williams both finished with 11 points.

      Jimmy Butler had 24 points and 12 assists to lead Chicago (21-22), which also got a season-high 21 points from Robin Lopez and 17 from Dwyane Wade. Michael Carter-Williams had 10 points for the Bulls, who saw their two-game winning streak snapped and again fell under .500 for the season.

      Spurs 112, Timberwolves 114

      SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 as San Antonio shrugged off a ragged first three quarters and rolled to a 122-114 win over Minnesota at the AT&T Center.

      Leonard's rebound and rush down the court for a dunk over two Minnesota defenders with 7:36 to play highlighted a 20-2 run for San Antonio that turned a 90-83 deficit into a 103-92 lead.

      Leonard has 12 games of 30 or more points this season and has reached that mark in four consecutive contests. He's the first San Antonio player to score 30-plus points in four straight contests since Tim Duncan in January 2004.

      Nuggets 127, Lakers 121

      LOS ANGELES -- Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Denver extended the woes of Los Angeles with a victory at Staples Center.

      Will Barton contributed 26 points and eight assists, Kenneth Faried added 20 points and seven rebounds and Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Emmanuel Mudiay each chipped in 14 points for the Nuggets (17-23), who won on the Lakers' home floor for the seventh consecutive time.

      Lou Williams scored 24 points to pace the Lakers (15-31), who dropped their fifth in a row. Nick Young collected 22 points, while Jordan Clarkson scored 19. Brandon Ingram had 15 points and rookie center Ivica Zubac earned his first double-double with 11 points and 13 boards for Los Angeles.

  • Clippers' Paul out 6-8 weeks with thumb injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, and he will be sidelined six to eight weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Dr. Steve Shin will perform the procedure, and Paul will continue to undergo treatment and evaluation by the Clippers medical staff.

      The Clippers are 26-9 with Paul in the lineup, and 3-5 when he doesn't play. He would miss 17 to 26 games if the prognosis is accurate. The weeklong All-Star break in February would reduce the number of games Paul would miss.

      The nine-time NBA All-Star is averaging 17.5. points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds this season and leads the NBA with 2.25 steals per game.

      Paul suffered the injury in a collision with Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook during Monday's game against the Thunder.

      Paul's 2015-16 season ended when he suffered a broken right hand in the first round of the playoffs against Portland.

      Raymond Felton started several games at point guard when Paul was sidelined earlier this season, and Wesley Johnson and Jamal Crawford also started games in Paul's absence. It is unclear how coach Doc Rivers will use his personnel while Paul is out this time.

  • NBA notebook: Anthony has not waived no-trade clause
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Carmelo Anthony insists he remains loyal to the New York Knicks, even if the organization is no longer extending the same courtesy.

    • The nine-time All-Star said Sunday he hasn't considered waiving his no-trade clause despite rumblings that Knicks president Phil Jackson may be ready to move on from the former NBA scoring champion.

      "I think I've proven that. I don't have to speak on that. I think I've proven that over the years, day in and day out," Anthony told after totaling 30 points and seven rebounds in a 108-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

      "Regardless of what's going on that's surrounding this team, any talk, anything I've still showed that me being here, coming to work, being professional, got to answer your guys' questions every day, got to deal with you all, I still remain positive about that. I don't think I have to prove that to anybody."

      --Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi is expected to be sidelined as long as two weeks with an injured right calf, the team announced.

      Casspi was injured during Monday's practice and an MRI later that night revealed a strain of the right plantaris tendon.

      The 28-year-old Casspi is averaging 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists while playing 18 minutes per game this season.

      --The Miami Heat signed forward Okaro White to a 10-day contract.

      White, 24, averaged 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 23 games this season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat's NBA Development League affiliate.

      --The Indiana Pacers assigned forward Rakeem Christmas and guard Joe Young to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

      Christmas, 25, is averaging 1.0 point and 0.7 rebounds in three games with the Pacers this season. Young, 24, is averaging 2.7 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists through 20 games with Indiana this season.

  • Kings' Casspi out with calf injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi is expected to be sidelined as long as two weeks with an injured right calf, the team announced on Tuesday.

    • Casspi was injured during Monday's practice and an MRI later that night revealed a strain of the right plantaris tendon.

      The 28-year-old Casspi is averaging 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists while playing 18 minutes per game this season.

      Casspi is averaging 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds for his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Kings since being selected with the 23rd overall pick of the 2009 draft.

  • Heat sign F White to 10-day contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The Miami Heat signed forward Okaro White to a 10-day contract Tuesday.

    • White, 24, averaged 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 23 games this season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat's NBA Development League affiliate.

      He originally signed with the Heat as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Florida State on July 15, 2016. He averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 boards in six preseason games with Miami this year.

      White appeared in 35 games with Aris B.C. of the Greek Basketball League last season, averaging 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds.

  • Pacers assign F Christmas, G Young to Fort Wayne
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The Indiana Pacers assigned forward Rakeem Christmas and guard Joe Young to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on Tuesday.

    • Christmas, 25, is averaging 1.0 point and 0.7 rebounds in three games with the Pacers this season. He had a season-high three points and two rebounds in Indiana's 120-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 21, 2016.

      The Pacers drafted Christmas with the 36th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft.

      Young, 24, is averaging 2.7 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists through 20 games with Indiana this season. He scored a season-high 12 points in the Pacers' 1142-106 loss to the Warriors on Dec. 5, 2016.

      Young was drafted with the 43rd overall pick by Indiana in the second round of the 2015 draft.

  • Anthony: I've proven my loyalty to Knicks
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Carmelo Anthony insists he remains loyal to the New York Knicks, even if the organization is no longer extending the same courtesy.

    • The nine-time All-Star said Sunday he hasn't considered waiving his no-trade clause despite rumblings that Knicks president Phil Jackson may be ready to move on from the former NBA scoring champion.

      "I think I've proven that. I don't have to speak on that. I think I've proven that over the years, day in and day out," Anthony told after totaling 30 points and seven rebounds in a 108-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

      "Regardless of what's going on that's surrounding this team, any talk, anything I've still showed that me being here, coming to work, being professional, got to answer your guys' questions every day, got to deal with you all, I still remain positive about that. I don't think I have to prove that to anybody."

      Charley Rosen, a confidant of Jackson, wrote a column for FanRag sports critiquing Anthony and stating the longtime star "has outlived his usefulness in New York."

      "If that's the case, if that's where it's coming from, that side, I guess it's a conversation we should have," Anthony told reporters in response to the story. "If they feel my time in New York is over, I guess that's a conversation we should have."

      Jackson and Anthony will meet in the next few days in attempt to smooth over the rift, ESPN reports.

      Anthony, 32, is averaging 22.2 points and 6.0 rebounds through 41 games this season with the Knicks (18-24), who are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference standings.

  • Clippers G Paul leaves game with thumb injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul left Monday's contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a sprained left thumb.

    • Paul went to the locker room in the second quarter and did not return for the second half.

      Paul had eight points and six rebounds in almost 14 minutes.

      Paul had missed four games (Dec. 30 through Jan. 4) with a sore left hamstring before returning Jan. 6 in a win against the Sacramento Kings. Paul's return sparked the Clippers on their current six-game winning streak heading into their matchup against the Thunder.

  • NBA roundup: Warriors crush Cavs to end series skid
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors emphatically snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, using a 78-point, first-half explosion to crush the defending NBA champions 126-91.

    • Klay Thompson scored a game-high 26 points and Draymond Green recorded an 11-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist triple-double, propelling the Warriors to their first win over the Cavaliers since Game 4 of last year's NBA Finals.

      The triple-double was the third of the season for Green.

      The Cavaliers, swept by the Warriors in two games in the regular season last year and down 3-1 in the Finals, rallied to sweep the final three games en route to their first-ever NBA championships.

      76ers 113, Bucks 104

      MILWAUKEE -- Joel Embiid recorded his eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds in Philadelphia's victory over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

      Embiid, who also blocked five shots, scored 12 in the final quarter as Philadelphia pulled away for its fourth victory in the last five games and just the 76ers' fifth victory of the season on the road.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 23 points but was held to just two in the second half as he battled foul trouble. Antetokounmpo returned to the floor to start the fourth quarter but picked up his fifth foul 40 seconds later. He eventually fouled out with 2:51 left.

      Wizards 120, Trail Blazers 101

      WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal scored 25 points and the Wizards piled up 75points in the first half as they cruised to a win over Portland.

      John Wall had 24 points for the Wizards, who have won 12 straight home games and five of their last six overall.

      Washington made 9 of 13 3-pointers in the first half for a 75-50 lead. The margin ballooned to 30 in the second half. Markieff Morris had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Washington.

      Damian Lillard finished with 22 points for Portland and C.J McCollum had 12.

      Hawks 108, Knicks 107

      NEW YORK -- Dennis Schroder nailed a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to overcome a two-point deficit and help Atlanta to its ninth win in its last 10 games.

      After Schroder's basket put the Hawks ahead 108-107, the Knicks missed their final three shots.

      Schroder led the Hawks with 28 points and former Knick Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points. The duo combined for 18 of Atlanta's 20 fourth-quarter points, scoring nine points apiece.

      Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 30 points and seven rebounds and Derrick Rose added 18 points and nine assists but also committed six of the Knicks' 18 turnovers.

      Pacers 98, Pelicans 95

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George scored 19 points and the Pacers held on for the win.

      Tyreke Evans missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer from the right corner as time expired, sealing the victory for the Pacers, who got 18 points and 12 rebounds from Myles Turner.

      New Orleans got 16 points from Anthony Davis, who suffered a right hip and left thumb injury on a drive to the basket with 7:08 left in the third quarter. X-rays were negative, but he did not return.

      Nuggets 125, Magic 112

      DENVER - Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Denver.

      Emmanuel Mudiay had 18 points and a career-high 13 assists, and Kenneth Faried scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who had 33 assists.

      Elfrid Payton had 20 points and 12 assists for the Magic, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.

      Denver guard Gary Harris left the game early in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle.

      Celtics 108, Hornets 98

      BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas warmed up with 18 points in the first three quarters and then did his usual fourth-quarter thing, powering Boston to a victory over Charlotte that sent the Hornets to their fifth straight loss.

      Boston's little big man, the NBA's leading fourth-quarter scorer at 9.9 points per game coming in, scored 13 of his 17 fourth-quarter points in a span of 4:03 as the Celtics built a 13-point lead and then held off the Hornets for their seventh win in their last eight games. Boston improved to 13-3 since Thomas returned after missing four games due to a groin strain.

      Jazz 106, Suns 101

      PHOENIX -- Joe Johnson scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 49 seconds left, and Utah held off Phoenix.

      Rudy Gobert led seven Utah players in double figures with 18 points. He added 17 rebounds and blocked a Marquese Chriss shot with eight seconds left to secure the win for the Jazz.

      Gordon Hayward and George Hill each scored 17 points for the Jazz, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter before rallying to tie their longest winning streak of the season at four games. The NBA's No. 1 defense held the Suns to 21 fourth-quarter points.

      Clippers 120, Thunder 98

      LOS ANGELES -- Despite losing point guard Chris Paul in the first half, Los Angeles didn't miss a beat in pounding Oklahoma City.

      DeAndre Jordan collected 19 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks, and the Clippers captured their seventh consecutive win with a rout of the Thunder at Staples Center.

      Marreese Speights led the Clippers with 23 points to go with 10 rebounds. J.J. Redick scored 20 points, Austin Rivers contributed 16, and Raymond Felton had 15 points for Los Angeles.

  • Nuggets' Harris leaves game with ankle injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 16, 2017

    DENVER -- Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris left Monday's game against the Orlando Magic with a right ankle sprain and will not return.

    • Harris drove to the basket and had his shot blocked by Nikola Vucevic with 9:28 left in the first quarter. He stayed in the game for two possessions but was taken out with 9:06 left. He went to the bench and was examined by the trainer.

      At the next timeout Harris went to the locker room with the team trainer. X-rays on the ankle were negative, indicated there was no fracture.

      Harris, who is in third season, is averaging 13 points a game. He missed 16 games from Nov. 13 to Dec. 12 with a right foot injury and missed five other games with a right groin injury.

  • Knicks' Thomas suffers fractured orbital bone
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 15, 2017

    New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas sustained a fractured orbital bone and has concussion-like symptoms after being hit with an inadvertent elbow from Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas during Sunday's game.

    • Thomas, who was starting for the injured Kristaps Porzingis, was blasted on the left side of his face with less than two minutes expired in the first quarter of New York's 116-101 loss to Toronto.

      The Knicks announced Thomas' condition after the game, saying that the 28-year-old would be re-evaluated on Monday and is expected to sit out the next game versus the Atlanta Hawks.

      Thomas, who missed two games in 2015-16 with a concussion, is averaging 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per game this season.

  • NBA roundup: New acquisition Dunleavy helps Hawks win
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 15, 2017

    ATLANTA -- It didn't take long for Mike Dunleavy to change his mind about the trade that brought him to Atlanta.

    • The 14-year veteran almost sought a buyout when he was acquired by the Hawks in a deal that sent Kyle Korver to Cleveland on Jan. 7. But after he was persuaded to join the club by Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, it seems like a great fit for both the player and the team.

      Dunleavy, playing only his second game since the trade, scored a season-high 20 points and helped the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98 on Sunday at Philips Arena.

      Dunleavy was 4 for 5 on 3-pointers and posted his first 20-point game since April 5, 2015, when he played for Chicago.

      Atlanta has won for the eighth time of its last nine games.

      Atlanta also got 24 points from guard Kent Bazemore, who had four 3-pointers, and 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists from forward Paul Millsap.

      Milwaukee (20-19) was led by forward Giannis Antetokounmpo with 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

      Thunder 122, Kings 118

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to record his 20th triple-double of the season, and Evan Kanter came off the bench to score 29 as Oklahoma City beat Sacramento at the Golden 1 Center.

      Westbrook also collected 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the 57th triple-double of his career. He is two behind Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird for fifth on the NBA's all-time list.

      Victor Oladipo added 23 points and made two free throws with 11.4 seconds left to help Oklahoma City hold off a furious 14-4 charge by Sacramento down the stretch that cut the Thunder lead to 118-116. Oladipo scored 17 in the first half.

      Bulls 108, Grizzlies 104

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Doug McDermott scored 31 points -- including two free throws with 6.6 seconds left -- and Chicago survived a late rally by Memphis to earn a victory at the FedExForum.

      McDermott, who was averaging 9.7 points entering the game, had struggled in his past four outings by going 7-of-31 shooting with only 21 points. At the half, he recorded 22 points and the Bulls had a 52-46 lead.

      With Dwyane Wade sitting out the game to rest, McDermott picked up the scoring slack. He finished 9-of-16 shooting with six rebounds and was 10-of-11 from the free-throw line.

      Pistons 102, Lakers 97

      LOS ANGELES -- Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris scored 23 points apiece, and Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak with a defeat of Los Angeles at Staples Center.

      Andre Drummond collected 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who ended a six-game skid at Staples. Reggie Jackson chipped in 16 points and five assists for the Pistons.

      Lou Williams delivered 26 points off the bench for the Lakers, who lost their fourth in a row and the eighth setback in 11 games. Los Angeles guards D'Angelo Russell contributed 20 points and seven assists and Jordan Clarkson had 16 points.

      Raptors 116, Knicks 101

      TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points for Toronto, which outscored New York 27-8 in the third quarter to take control.

      Norman Powell contributed 21 points off the bench for the Raptors, and DeMarre Carrroll added 20 points. Kyle Lowry chipped in with 16 points, nine assists and four rebounds.

      The Raptors have won three in a row overall and have won five straight meetings with the Knicks.

      Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 18 points, Justin Holiday scored 17 points and Derrick Rose added 16 points and three assists. The loss was the fourth in five games for the Knicks.

      Rockets 137, Nets 112

      NEW YORK -- James Harden recorded his 12th triple-double of the season with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as Houston ended its two-game losing streak.

      Eric Gordon hit four 3-pointers and paced Houston with 24 points. Trevor Ariza tied a season best with six 3-pointers and added 23 point.

      The Nets rested Brook Lopez for the fourth time and lost their 10th straight game. Trevor Booker paced the Nets with 18 points.

      Mavericks 98, Timberwolves 87

      DALLAS - The Mavericks had six players score in double figures as they ended Minnesota's three-game winning streak

      Dallas was led by Wesley Matthews' 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki's 17.

      Timberwolves forward Gorgui Dieng scored a team-high 21 points. Karl-Anthony finished with 18 points and nine rebounds to end a streak of 10 consecutive double-doubles.

      Andrew Wiggins had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Timberwolves.

  • Jazz G Hood's injury not as bad as feared
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 15, 2017

    Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood avoided serious injury when an MRI exam performed Sunday revealed a bone bruise in his hyperextended right knee, multiple outlets reported.

    • Hood was injured late in Saturday's 114-107 victory over the Orlando Magic when he collapsed to the floor as he drove for a layup. Initial concerns were that the third-year pro suffered a severe injury because he loudly screamed out in agony.

      He was unable to put weight on the knee as he was helped from the floor.

      The bone bruise diagnosis means Hood could return as quickly as one to two weeks.

      Hood is averaging 14.0 points in 37 games this season. He scored a season-best 27 points in Friday's win over the Detroit Pistons.

  • Cavs recall G Felder
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 15, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Sunday.

    • Felder scored a team-high 27 points while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists in 45 minutes in Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles D-fenders. He is averaging 30.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 41.5 minutes over two games with the Charge this season.

      Felder, 21, is averaging 5.1 points and 10.6 minutes in 22 games with the Cavs this season.

      The 5-foot-9, 176-pound Felder, a second-round pick (54th overall) in 2016 by the Atlanta Hawks, had his rights acquired by the Cavs on draft night.

  • Lakers recall C Zubac
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 15, 2017

    The Los Angeles Lakers recalled rookie center Ivica Zubac from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League on Sunday.

    • In Saturday's win against the Canton Charge, the 19-year-old Zubac totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 32 minutes for the D-Fenders, notching his fifth double-double in the D-League this season. Overall, the rookie is averaging 15.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 block while shooting 57.8 percent from the field.

      The 7-foot-1, 240-pound Zubac was selected by the Lakers in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2016 draft. He is averaging 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 7.9 minutes in nine games with the Lakers.

  • NBA roundup: Booker scorches Spurs for 39 in win in Mexico
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 15, 2017

    P.J. Tucker hit two free throws with 4.6 second to play for the final points and Devin Booker scored 39 points, 10 in the final quarter, as the Phoenix Suns surged from behind and then outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 108-105 on Saturday at Mexico City Arena as part of the NBA Global Games series.

    • Danny Green missed a 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds remaining that would have given the Spurs the lead and Tucker calmly poured in two free throws to push the Phoenix advantage to 108-105.

      Phoenix fouled Pau Gasol with 3.7 left to keep San Antonio from shooting a 3-pointer to have a chance to tie the game but Gasol missed both free throws and Dragan Bender corralled the rebound for the Suns.

      It was Booker' second straight game with 39 points, following Thursday output in a loss to Dallas.

      Bulls 107, Pelicans 99

      CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 of his 22 in the fourth quarter as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak.

      Taj Gibson added 15 points and 16 rebounds and Michael Carter-Williams had 11 points for the Bulls, who had a 21-6 edge on second-chance points and outrebounded the Pelicans, 63-42.

      Anthony Davis scored a game-high 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead New Orleans.

      Clippers 113, Lakers 97

      LOS ANGELES -- Three weeks after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the prime time holiday game, the Clippers handed the Lakers a beating in the rematch.

      Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had a double-double by halftime (12 points and 10 rebounds) on his way to a game-high 24 points on 12 of 13 shooting. He finished with 21 rebounds. It was his second 20-20 game of the season.

      The Clippers, behind Austin Rivers' nine points in the first quarter, built a big lead and led by 19, 58-39, at halftime.

      Wizards 109, 76ers 93

      WASHINGTON -- John Wall scored 25 points and Bradley Beal had 20 as Washington defeated Philadelphia for its 11th straight home win.

      Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 10 rebounds as five starters scored in double figures for the Wizards (20-19). Markieff Morris added 14 points.

      Washington, which lagged early in recent games, trailed by 13 points in the second quarter despite Philadelphia playing without star rookie Joel Embiid. Yet Washington entered halftime tied 56-56 and then outscored Philadelphia 30-15 in the third quarter before leading by 24 in the fourth.

      Jazz 114, Jazz 107

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Despite a sluggish defensive start -- and 40 percent shooting from three by Orlando -- Utah defeated the Magic. The game was Utah's second in a rare home back-to-back set. Rodney Hood hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with two minutes left to the put Utah up six, then exited the game with what appeared to be a serious right knee injury.

      Orlando got off to a hot start, scoring 42 points in the first quarter against the NBA's best defensive team. Magic guard Elfrid Payton forced late rotations in Utah's backcourt, creating open looks beyond the 3-point line for other Orlando players.

      Utah rode a 22-8 in the second quarter to gain a small lead on the Magic. The lead didn't last long, however, as Orlando regrouped offensively. The Magic's defense and multiple second-chance scoring opportunities gave Orlando a 65-64 halftime lead.

  • NBA roundup: Embiid-led Sixers win third straight
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, January 14, 2017

    PHILADELPHIA -- Joel Embiid had 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots as the surging Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Hornets 102-93 on Friday night.

    • Dario Saric added 15 points for the Sixers, who won their third straight and their fifth in six games.

      Ersan Ilyasova finished with 12 points and Robert Covington and Sergio Rodriguez contributed 11 apiece for Philadelphia (12-25).

      Nic Batum had 19 points to pace Charlotte, which shot 32.9 percent from the floor in losing for the sixth time in seven games. The season low for the Hornets (20-20) is 32.7 percent.

      Kemba Walker had 17 points and Cody Zeller chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 12 points and 12 boards.

      Timberwolves 96, Thunder 86

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns had his 10th straight double-double with 29 points and 17 rebounds and Ricky Rubio continued his strong play with 14 points and 14 assists for Minnesota in a win against Oklahoma City.

      Andrew Wiggins added 19 points for Minnesota, which won three games in a row to end a four-game homestand. Making another start in place of injured Zach LaVine, Brandon Rush hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points.

      Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his 19th triple-double of the season, the most in a season since Wilt Chamberlain had 31 in 1967-68. Enes Kanter added 21 points and eight rebounds off the bench as Oklahoma City had its three-game winning streak snapped.

      Bucks 116, Heat 108

      MILWAUKEE -- Playing at full strength for the first time in a week, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Milwaukee extended Miami's losing streak to four games with a victory at the Bradley Center.

      A virus limited Antetokounmpo to nine minutes of action in Milwaukee's last two games, but he returned and hit 8 of 12 shots as the Bucks connected at a 50.6 percent clip and made 9 of 15 3-pointers.

      Jabari Parker hit three 3-pointers and led the Bucks with 24 points. Tony Snell added 14 and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 13.

      Raptors 132, Nets 113

      TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 28 points as Toronto defeated Brooklyn at Air Canada Centre.

      DeRozan added four rebounds and two assists for Toronto, which shot 53.6 percent from the floor. Kyle Lowry chipped in 20 points, six assists and six rebounds while DeMarre Carroll added 18 points and 11 boards.

      Raptors guard Cory Joseph went a perfect 7 for 7 from the field while adding 16 points and seven assists off the bench.

      Grizzlies 110, Rockets 105

      HOUSTON -- Zach Randolph posted a double-double off the bench and Memphis erased a 16-point deficit in rallying past Houston at Toyota Center.

      Randolph finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds and carried the Grizzlies offensively during a 9-0 run to open the fourth quarter. Houston (31-11) dropped consecutive games for the first time this season largely due to their poor perimeter shooting. The Rockets missed 21 of 24 3-pointers in the second half.

      Mike Conley had 17 points and nine assists for the Grizzlies (25-17), who also received 14 points, six rebounds and six assists from Marc Gasol and a season-high 22 points from Tony Allen before he fouled out with 3:35 to play.

      Celtics 103, Hawks 101

      ATLANTA -- Isaiah Thomas made sure that first-year Boston Celtics teammate Al Horford was a winner in his return to Atlanta, snapping the Hawks' seven-game winning streak in the process.

      Thomas had the winning basket with 2.2 seconds left while scoring 13 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics won despite the Hawks overcoming a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

      The Hawks tied the score on a 3-pointer by Paul Millsap with 25.6 seconds remaining, but the Celtics set up Thomas for the final shot and the diminutive guard penetrated into the lane to score in traffic.

      The Celtics, who have won six of seven games, made 17 3-pointers and got a boost off the bench from Kelly Olynyk, who had a season-high 26 points.

      Magic 115, Trail Blazers 109

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Orlando to a victory over Portland at Moda Center.

      Elfrid Payton contributed 19 points and seven assists as the Magic snapped a four-game losing streak.

      Damian Lillard collected 34 points and eight rebounds and CJ McCollum added 26 points for the Trail Blazers, who had won two in a row.

      Jazz 110, Pistons 77

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Rodney Hood scored a season-high 27 points, while going 7-of-8 from 3-point range, to help Utah run away from Detroit.

      George Hill added 22 points and Gordon Hayward chipped in 20 to lead the Jazz. Hood, Hill and Hayward combined to shoot 26-of-39 (66.7 percent) from the field and 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) from the perimeter.

      Utah won for the third time in four games and snapped a two-game losing streak in the series with Detroit.

      Cavaliers 120, Kings 108

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, Kyle Korver added 18 and Cleveland held off a series of runs by Sacramento to post a victory at the Golden 1 Center.

      LeBron James had 16 points and 15 assists, and Cleveland snapped a two-game skid in his annual visit to the city where he made his debut in 2003.

      James' teams have now won nine times in his 12 visits against the Kings.

  • 76ers assign Holmes to D-League
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, January 13, 2017

    The Philadelphia 76ers assigned forward Richaun Holmes to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League on Friday.

    • Holmes, 23, is averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 21 games with the Sixers this season.

      The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Holmes played in two games with the D-League team, averaging 12 points and 7.5 rebounds.

  • NBA roundup: Nuggets win in London, Mavs in Mexico
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, January 13, 2017

    The Denver Nuggets traveled 4,683 miles to play a home game, and the trek paid off with one of its best games of the year.

    • Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Wilson Chandler scored 21 points, and the Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers 140-112 on Thursday at O2 Arena in London, England.

      Danilo Gallinari scored 18 points and Kenneth Faried finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets (15-23), who set their season high in points to stop a five-game skid in the NBA Global Games London 2017.

      Denver flew to England on Monday and spent three days together in London. The experience helped the team grow together, and the results showed on the court.

      Mavericks 113, Suns 108

      Deron Williams scored 23 points and Harrison Barnes had 22 as Dallas used an 18-4 run to start the third quarter to pull away for a win over Phoenix in Mexico City.

      Dirk Nowitzki and Wes Matthews added 18 points each for the Mavericks, who avenged a loss to the Suns seven days ago in Dallas. On Thursday, the Mavericks won in front of a large and appreciative crowd at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

      Devin Booker tied a career high with 39 points on 14-for-20 shooting and scored the final 21 points of the game for the Suns, with two free throws getting Phoenix to within 105-99 with 2:10 left. He was the only Suns player to score in the final seven minutes of play.

      Knicks 104, Bulls 89

      NEW YORK -- Joakim Noah recorded his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to help New York beat Chicago, his former team.

      Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks, who had lost nine of their last 10 games, with 23 points. Former Bull Derrick Rose contributed 17 points and Kyle O'Quinn came off the bench to score 12 points and pull down 11 rebounds.

      Mindaugas Kuzminskas recorded a career-high 19 points for the Knicks.

      Rose and Noah were acquired by the Knicks over the summer in an effort to beef up their scoring and defense.

      Pelicans 104, Nets 95

      NEW YORK -- Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his season-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and New Orleans overcame the absence of Anthony Davis by executing down the stretch of a victory over Brooklyn.

      Evans, who missed the first 26 games of the season while recovering from right knee surgery, made 10 of 15 shots in a season-high 27 minutes. It was the first time he scored more than 25 points since Jan. 10, 2016, against the Los Angeles Clippers.

      Davis (left hip) missed his second game of the season due to injury after being listed as questionable following the hard foul from New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn. The Pelicans received little from centers Omer Asik and Donatas Motiejunas, who combined for one point on 0-of-7 shooting.

      Spurs 134, Lakers 94

      SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard poured in 31 points in just three quarters of play as four of San Antonio's starters scored in double figures as the Spurs waylaid Los Angeles at the AT&T Center.

      San Antonio's 134 points were a season high, as were the 72 points scored by the Spurs in the first half and the overall margin of victory of 40 points.

      Pau Gasol added 22 points for San Antonio, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 13 each, all in just three quarters of the lopsided game. The Spurs also got 12 points from Jonathan Simmons and 10 from Dejounte Murray and a game-high 12 rebounds from Dewayne Dedmon.

      Warriors 127, Pistons 107

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala connected on a pair of 3-pointers apiece during a long-range shooting exhibition in the third quarter that propelled Golden State to a victory over Detroit.

      Riding double-figure scoring from four starters, the Pistons hung within 60-58 at halftime and 68-65 in the fourth minute of the third period before the Warriors exploded into a comfortable margin and a season-series sweep.

      Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Ian Clark combined with Thompson and Iguodala for seven 3-pointers over the final 7:07 of the third quarter, fueling a 33-12 burst that opened a 101-77 advantage by period's end.

  • Silver: NBA seeking to speed up end of games
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 12, 2017

    The NBA is studying ways to accelerate the end of games to hold its audience, specifically the younger generation.

    • NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the issue during a news conference Thursday in London before the Denver Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers 140-112 at O2 Arena, saying the league has been conducting a review for the past year that will continue after the current season.

      One of the focuses is the number of timeouts in the final two minutes of games.

      "When the last few minutes of the game take an extraordinary amount of time, sometimes it's incredibly interesting for fans, other times it's not," Silver said. "We are going to take a fresh look at the format, specifically in the last two minutes."

      Silver stressed the importance of keeping young fans engaged.

      "It's something that I know all of sports are looking at right now, and that is the format of the game and the length of time it takes to play the game," Silver said. "Obviously people, particularly millennials, have increasingly short attention spans, so it's something as a business we need to pay attention to."

      Any changes to shorten the length of games would go through the league's competition committee for review and then to the board of owners.

      "It's something that we track very closely," Silver said. "In the league office, we (track) every game, we know exactly how much time each possession takes and, again, we can also look at minute-by-minute ratings, so we know at what point fans are potentially tuning out as well."

      Silver also touched upon the possibility of more regular-season NBA games being played outside the United States.

      "We hope to increase the number of international games that we play," Silver said. "We don't have any specific plans in place yet. It's a function of the quality of the arenas and the amount of interest in those markets."

      In addition to the Nuggets-Pacers game in England, the Phoenix Suns are playing two games in Mexico City this week, against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday and against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

  • Pelicans' Davis out with hip injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, January 12, 2017

    NEW YORK -- New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis missed Thursday's game with the Brooklyn Nets due to a left hip injury.

    • Davis was listed as questionable with and the team ruled him out approximately 60 minutes before the opening tip. It was the second game Davis missed due to injury this season.

      Davis was injured when he was shoved from behind by New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn late in the third quarter of Monday's 110-96 win when he totaled 40 points and 18 rebounds in 29 minutes.

      Davis was the first visiting player to get 40 points and 15 rebounds since David Robinson on Dec. 10, 1995.

      O'Quinn was assessed a flagrant two foul, ejected and fined $25,000. After Monday's game, O'Quinn tweeted: "Nothing but respect for @AntDavis23.

      The 23-year-old is averaging 29.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and shooting 49.6 percent. He has 25 double-doubles this season.

      Omer Asik, who last played on Dec. 21 against Oklahoma City, started for Davis.