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  • Hornets assign Harrison, Wood to D-League
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    The Charlotte Hornets assigned guard Aaron Harrison and forward Christian Wood to the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

    • The 6-foot-6, 212-pound Harrison, 22, is in his second year with the Hornets, appearing in four games this season in limited action. He had two stints with the Swarm, averaging 24.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals in four games.

      The 6-11, 220-pound Wood, 21, is in his first year with the Hornets, signing as a free agent on July 14 after spending his rookie year with the Philadelphia 76ers. He appeared in one game for the Hornets this season, grabbing two rebounds in three minutes of play. This marks Wood's second D-League assignment of the year, appearing in two games during his first stretch with Greensboro and averaging 21.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.

  • NBA roundup: Spurs remain perfect on road
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points as the San Antonio Spurs topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-91 on Tuesday at Target Center to improve to 13-0 on the road.

    • Leonard shot 11 of 15 for San Antonio (18-4), which trailed at the half before rallying to keep its flawless road record intact. Guard Patty Mills chipped in 15 points, five assists and four rebounds off the bench for the Spurs.

      Minnesota (6-15) got 25 points from guard Zach LaVine, who has scored 20 or more points nine times this season. The Timberwolves' second-year big man Karl-Anthony Towns had an off night, shooting just 3 for 16 from the floor for 11 points.

      Towns did grab 14 boards but his 11 points were tied for his second-lowest total of the season.

      Knicks 114, Heat 103

      MIAMI -- Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 35 points to lead New York over undermanned Miami.

      Anthony's outburst was the most points scored against Miami by any player this season, and the Knicks' 114 points were also the most against the Heat.

      Miami point guard Goran Dragic scored 29 points -- the most during his tenure with the Heat (7-14).

      New York's win was marred by the loss of point guard Derrick Rose, who scored 10 points before departing in the third quarter due to back spasms. He did not return. The Knicks (12-9) won the rebounding battle 53-46 against Miami.

      Magic 124, Wizards 116

      WASHINGTON -- Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his career-high 25 points in the first half as surging Orlando won despite a career-high 52 points from Washington's John Wall.

      Payton made his first nine shot attempts, and he finished 3 of 3 on 3-point tries for the Magic, who posted their highest point total of the season. Orlando (10-12) went 4-1 on its road trip after losing four in a row.

      Wall became the fourth NBA player to score 50 or more points in a single game this season. He made 18 of 31 shots, including 5 of 8 3-point attempts, and he added eight assists. The 3-time All-Star scored 33 points in the second half with 18 in the fourth quarter for the Wizards but received little help thru three quarters. Bradley Beal had 19 points for Washington (7-13).

      Pistons 102, Bulls 91

      AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Tobias Harris led a balanced attack with 22 points and Detroit rebounded after squandering a 17-point lead and downed Chicago.

      Andre Drummond supplied 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons (12-11), who have won four of their last five games. Marcus Morris had 13 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 12 points, and Ish Smith added seven points, five rebounds and 10 assists off the bench for Detroit.

      Jimmy Butler carried the Bulls (11-10), who were playing their fourth game in five nights, with 32 points, six rebounds and four assists. Dwyane Wade tossed in 19 points and added seven assists, while Taj Gibson had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.

      Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo, who returned after serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, chipped in 10 points.

      Grizzlies 96, 76ers 91

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Center Marc Gasol posted a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds as Memphis held on to defeat Philadelphia.

      The 76ers led 77-76 going into the fourth quarter and went on a late 8-0 run to go up 91-89 with 1:57 to play after a jumper from forward Dario Saric, who had 17 points and seven rebounds.

      But Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (12 points and 14 rebounds) stopped the run and tied the game at 91-91 with a putback at the 1:25 mark. Two free throws from Gasol and one from Tony Allen put the lead at 94-91. The 76ers' Nik Stauskas (12 points) missed a corner three with 3.9 seconds to play that would have tied the game.

      Memphis (15-8) extended its winning streak to four games while the 76ers (4-18) lost their eighth straight.

      Jazz 112, Phoenix 105

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward scored 27 points while Rudy Gobert added a career-high 22 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to help Utah claim a victory over Phoenix.

      Boris Diaw and Joe Johnson added 13 points apiece for Utah and Shelvin Mack chipped in 12. The Jazz (14-9) won for the seventh time in their last eight games.

      Devin Booker scored 21 points and Brandon Knight added 15 off the bench to lead Phoenix. The Suns (6-15) rallied back from a 23-point deficit in the second half, but never led. Phoenix fell to Utah despite out-rebounding the Jazz 41-35 and finishing with a 54-38 edge in points in the paint, a 17-8 edge in second chance points and a 15-4 edge in fastbreak points.

  • Hawks send F Scott to D-League in bid for playing time
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    The Atlanta Hawks assigned forward Mike Scott to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Scott has played sparingly for the Hawks since returning from a knee injury and this assignment is an effort to give Scott more playing time. He is expected to play two games for the 87ers before returning to the Hawks.

      Scott has played in just three games for the Hawks this season and averaged 9.3 minutes.

      "Mike has worked extremely hard to return to full health after missing training camp and the early part of the season," coach Mike Budenholzer said in a statement. "In discussing with Mike how he could get himself back in game shape and contributing to the team faster, we agreed that the best way would be to do an assignment with Delaware where he could play meaningful, competitive minutes."

  • Wizards assign McClellan to D-League
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    The Washington Wizards assigned guard Sheldon McClellan to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League, the team announced Tuesday.

    • McClellan has appeared in seven games, including and two starts, this season for Washington while averaging 4.6 points and 11 minutes per contest. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Wizards in July.

  • 76ers hire Brand for player development role
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Elton Brand is back with the Philadelphia 76ers, joining the team as a player development consultant.

    • Brand, 37, played his last of 17 seasons with the 76ers last year before announcing his retirement on Oct. 20.

      "We are extremely excited to bring Elton Brand back into the organization where he will be a valuable resource to our young and developing team," 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement.

      "Elton's leadership and character displayed throughout his playing career align perfectly with our vision, direction and culture of this basketball team, coaching staff and management group."

      Brand was the first-overall pick of the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 NBA draft and went on to earn two All-Star selections while averaging 15.9 points and 8.5 rebounds in 1,058 games with five teams.

      Before his 76ers' stint, Brand played two years with the Atlanta Hawks before announcing his first retirement on Aug. 11, 2015.

  • Pistons' Jackson, Bulls' Rondo have things to prove
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson hopes to build off his season debut. His counterpart on Tuesday gets a chance to make amends after yet another disciplinary issue.

    • Jackson posted 18 points and four assists in 23 minutes after missing the team's first 21 games with left knee tendinitis. That didn't prevent the Pistons from seeing their three-game winning streak snapped, as they were defeated 98-92 by the Orlando Magic in Detroit on Sunday.

      Jackson also committed three turnovers, missed a couple of layups and got beaten off the dribble a few times. He'll be in the starting lineup once again when Detroit plays the Chicago Bulls at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Tuesday night. Jackson averaged 23.5 points and 7.5 assists last season against the Bulls as the Pistons won the season series, 3-1.

      "It's going to take some time to get acclimated with my teammates again, but (the knee) felt good," Jackson said. "I just wished we came out with a win. I felt like I was behind others in game shape and little aspects like that. I think in defensive coverage and rotations, I was a little rusty, and then just finding guys a little bit quicker. But offensively, I felt pretty good."

      Jackson will be matched up against Rajon Rondo, who did not play in the Bulls' 112-110 home loss to Portland on Monday night. Rondo was suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team, reportedly for a verbal altercation with assistant coach Jim Boylan.

      Rondo, who served his seventh suspension since 2012, apologized for his actions and coach Fred Hoiberg said there are no hard feelings.

      "Rajon, as we’ve all said, has been great," Hoiberg told the Chicago Tribune. "A great teammate. I’ve enjoyed the relationship that we've developed, and ... it’s not going to change moving forward."

      Swingman Jimmy Butler said Rondo has been a positive influence since he was signed last offseason.

      "These things happen; and, when things happen, you handle it the way you're supposed to handle it," Butler told the Tribune. "I think we all love Rondo. I know I do. He's been a great mentor to me; he's made me a much better basketball player."

      Butler, who scored 28 points against the Trail Blazers, averaged 27.5 points against Detroit last season. This is the first of four meetings between the Central Division rivals.

      The Bulls (11-9) need to tighten up their defense after a poor performance. They allowed Portland to shoot 48.4 percent, offsetting a 34-point outing by Dwyane Wade.

      Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is concerned about his team's inconsistent defense, which he feels has led to a mediocre start. Detroit is sitting at .500 with an 11-11 record.

      "If we're going to be an every-other-night type team that brings a defensive effort every other night, then we are going to be up and down," Van Gundy said. "We can't rely on going out and shooting 50 percent from 3-point range. We shot 37 percent (Sunday). That is certainly good enough. If we can keep doing that, we will be fine. But we didn't bring anything to the table defensively."

  • Mavericks' Bogut suffers knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    DALLAS -- Already without Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barea and Seth Curry, the Dallas Mavericks' rotation suffered another blow in the first half Monday when Andrew Bogut hurt his right knee. The starting center was set to have an MRI exam Tuesday.

    • "We don't think it's terribly serious," coach Rick Carlisle said after the Mavericks lost to the Charlotte Hornets, 109-101. "From what I understand, it was hyperextended. The X-ray was clean, from the information that I got. We'll probably have more information in a day or so. At this point, it appears we dodged a bullet."

      Meanwhile, ESPN reported that Dallas isn't actively looking to trade Bogut. That stance could change depending on the Mavericks' playoff possibilities, ESPN reported.

      Bogut, in a contract year, could fetch a first-round pick from a contender.

  • NBA roundup: Thompson nets 60 in Warriors win
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 5, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson exploded for 23 of his career-high 60 points in the second quarter Monday night, propelling the Golden State Warriors to a 142-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

    • Thompson, whose previous career high had been 52 last season against the Sacramento Kings, hit 21 of his 33 shots and went 8-for-14 on 3-pointers. That helped Golden State complete a two-game season sweep of the Pacers.

      The 60-point performance was the first of the NBA season, and first since Kobe Bryant poured in 60 in his career finale last April.

      The last NBA player to score more than 60 points in a game was LeBron James, who had 61 against Charlotte on March 3, 2014.

      Thunder 102, Hawks 99

      ATLANTA -- Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak continued, as did the team streaks of Oklahoma City and Atlanta.

      Westbrook had 32 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists as the Thunder won to stretch their winning streak to six and extend the Hawks' stretch of losses to seven.

      It was the sixth consecutive triple-double by Westbrook and his 11th of the season in 22 games. The streak is the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan did it over seven consecutive games in 1989.

      Cavaliers 116, Raptors 112

      TORONTO -- LeBron James scored 34 points, Kevin Love had 28 points and 14 rebounds and Cleveland defeated Toronto to end a three-game losing streak.

      Tristan Thompson also nabbed 14 rebounds and had six points for the Cavaliers, who ended a season-beat six-game winning streak by the Raptors.

      The Cavaliers opened a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors cut the lead to four with two seconds left when Kyle Lowry hit three free throws.

      Grizzlies 110, Pelicans 108 (2OT)

      NEW ORLEANS -- Marc Gasol hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime and then nailed a 17-foot fadeaway jumper over the outstretched arms of Anthony Davis to lift Memphis to a double-overtime win over New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center.

      Gasol scored 28 points and also grabbed a critical rebound with 3.8 seconds left after Davis drove through the middle of the lane and missed a scoop shot.

      After the officials called a jump ball, Davis beat Gasol for the ball, but Langston Galloway's attempt at a game-winning 3-pointer from the right corner missed.

      Wizards 118, Nets 113

      NEW YORK -- John Wall collected 25 points and 10 assists as Washington rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat Brooklyn.

      Bradley Beal added 18 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:27 remaining as Washington outscored the Nets 67-47 in the second half. Otto Porter Jr contributed 18 points before fouling out, Markieff Morris had 16 and Marcin Gortat added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

      Brook Lopez scored 25 points for the Nets (5-15), who have lost three in a row since last Tuesday's double-overtime win against the Los Angeles Clippers. Sean Kilpatrick added 21 for Brooklyn, which led by 16 late in the first half.

      Nuggets 106, 76ers 98

      PHILADELPHIA -- Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points and Jamal Murray and Will Barton added 22 apiece as Denver beat Philadelphia.

      Barton contributed seven of his points in the final 49.7 seconds and Wilson Chandler notched all 10 of his in the fourth quarter, lifting Denver to just its second victory in the last seven games.

      Sergio Rodriguez scored a season-high 17 points for Philadelphia, which lost its seventh straight. Dario Saric and Ersan Ilyasova also finished with 17 apiece, with each adding eight rebounds.

      Jazz 107, Lakers 101

      LOS ANGELES -- Gordon Hayward scored 23 points, and Utah held off Los Angeles for a victory at Staples Center.

      The Jazz also got 16 points from Rodney Hood, 14 points and 17 rebounds from Rudy Gobert and 12 points from Boris Diaw. All five Utah starters scored in double figures.

      Lou Williams had 38 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Lakers, who lost their third in a row. Williams just missed posting back-to-back 40-point games. He had 40 against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

      Trail Blazers 112, Bulls 110

      CHICAGO -- In the times this season when Portland has struggled, defense has typically been at the center of the troubles.

      But coach Terry Stotts has also seen glimpses of improvement, which gives him hope. While he concedes the defense remains a work in progress, there are instances -- like the Blazers' effort in the fourth quarter -- when he knows the attention to detail is paying off.

      Damian Lillard scored 30 points and C.J. McCollum added 24 as the Trail Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter to hold off Chicago.

      Rockets 107, Celtics 106

      HOUSTON -- James Harden matched a franchise record for free throws without a miss and Houston held on for a victory over Boston at Toyota Center.

      Harden finished with a game-high 37 points on 8-of-14 shooting, adding 18 free throws to his scoring line. He added seven rebounds and eight assists and nailed a 3-pointer with 54.8 seconds left that provided Houston with the winning margin.

      The Celtics had two shots at the basket in the waning moments, including a driving layup from center Al Horford that rolled off the rim just before the final buzzer.

      Spurs 97, Bucks 96

      MILWAUKEE -- Just when it looked like San Antonio's road winning streak would come to an end, the Spurs found a way to flip the script.

      Kawhi Leonard scored 16 of his team-leading points in the fourth quarter to lead the Spurs to a victory over Milwaukee, improving San Antonio to a perfect 12-0 away from home this season.

      The Spurs needed to mount one of their biggest comebacks of the season to get to that point. They had scored just nine points in the second quarter and 35 points in the first half to go into the locker room down 13 at the break.

      Hornets 109, Mavericks 101

      DALLAS -- Kemba Walker scored 19 points and Charlotte finished strong to beat Dallas at American Airlines Center.

      The Southeast Division-leading Hornets rallied from 11 points down in the third quarter and held off a late Mavericks rally to sweep the season series. Both Charlotte wins have come in the last five days.

      The Hornets finished their 97-87 victory at home on Dec. 1 with a 9-2 run. Charlotte claimed the rematch by outscoring Dallas 34-23 in the final period.

  • Cavaliers' Smith, Raptors' Lowry leave game
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 5, 2016

    TORONTO -- Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith limped off the court with a left knee injury with 1:44 to play in the first quarter of Monday night's game against the Toronto Raptors.

    • Smith crumpled to the court in the Raptors' defensive zone and was in obvious pain. He was treated, then rose to his feet and made his way off the court to the locker room. He had two points.

      Smith did not return to the game. X-rays taken at the arena were negative. Smith will travel back to Cleveland on Tuesday and will undergo additional tests and valuation at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.

      His status will be updated following that evaluation.

      Raptors guard Kyle Lowry left the court for treatment by a team dentist earlier in the first quarter after taking an elbow to the mouth. He returned near the end of the first quarter.

  • NBA notebook: Bulls suspend Rondo for Monday game
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 5, 2016

    The Chicago Bulls suspended point guard Rajon Rondo one game on Monday for "conduct detrimental to the team."

    • Rondo, 30, was to serve his one-game suspension Monday night when the Bulls host the Portland Trail Blazers, the team announced. Rondo had an emotional exchange with associate head coach Jim Boylen during and after Saturday night's 107-82 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, according to the Chicago Tribune.

      Rondo apologized to coaches and teammates on Sunday after meeting with head coach Fred Hoiberg, who refused to get into details about the suspension.

      Rondo is averaging 8.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.7 rebounds, 1.41 steals and 30.5 minutes in 17 games (all starts) this season. He signed a free-agent deal this summer that reportedly will pay him $28 million over the two-year contract.

      --Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes is wanted for questioning after an alleged confrontation at a New York City nightclub early Monday morning.

      The New York City Police Department confirmed it received reports that an alleged assault occurred at Avenue Nightclub in Manhattan after the Kings' 106-98 road loss Sunday night to the Knicks. Police said a man choked a woman and two others --- a man and a woman --- were assaulted as they attempted to intervene, according to USA Today. Footage of the incident obtained by investigators appears to show Barnes, 36, was involved. A TMZ video from outside the club appears to show Barnes with teammate DeMarcus Cousins talking about the incident.

      The 6-foot-7, 226-pound Barnes, a 13-year veteran, is averaging 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in 20 games for the Kings this season. Barnes had two points, an assist and three rebounds in Sunday night's loss.

      --The Memphis Grizzlies signed veteran point guard Toney Douglas under the NBA's hardship rule.

      The move comes a week after Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley broke several bones on the vertebrae in his lower back. Conley is expected to miss six to eight weeks while recovering. The NBA's hardship exception allows teams to temporarily create an extra roster spot if it has at least four players who are sick or injured for at least two weeks. The Grizzlies are currently missing Conley, Chandler Parsons (left knee), Zach Randolph (personal), James Ennis (calf), Vince Carter (hip) and Brandan Wright (ankle).

      The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Douglas appeared in 370 regular season games (65 starts) and averaged 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.2 minutes during his seven-year NBA career with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans.

  • Injury-ravaged Grizzlies ink PG Douglas
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 5, 2016

    The Memphis Grizzlies signed veteran point guard Toney Douglas on Monday under the NBA's hardship rule.

    • The move comes a week after Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley broke several bones on the vertebrae in his lower back. Conley is expected to miss six to eight weeks while recovering.

      The NBA's hardship exception allows teams to temporarily create an extra roster spot if it has at least four players who are sick or injured for at least two weeks.

      The Grizzlies are currently missing six players -- Conley, Chandler Parsons (left knee), Zach Randolph (personal), James Ennis (calf), Vince Carter (hip) and Brandan Wright (ankle).

      The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Douglas appeared in 370 regular season games (65 starts) and averaged 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.2 minutes during his seven-year NBA career with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans.

      Douglas, 30, was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 preseason roster before being released in October. He played in 61 games (18 starts) last season with New Orleans, averaging 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 20.7 minutes while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 39.9 percent from 3-point range and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line.

      Douglas has competed in 15 playoff games (three starts) with New York and Miami, including a 10-game postseason run with the Heat in 2013-14. During his stint in Miami, Douglas was coached by then-Heat assistant and current Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale.

      Douglas was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round (29th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft after his senior season at Florida State.

      The Grizzlies play at New Orleans on Monday night.

  • Bulls suspend Rondo one game for detrimental conduct
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 5, 2016

    The Chicago Bulls suspended point guard Rajon Rondo one game on Monday for "conduct detrimental to the team."

    • Rondo, 30, will serve his one-game suspension Monday night when the Bulls host the Portland Trail Blazers, the team announced Monday morning.

      Rondo had an emotional exchange with associate head coach Jim Boylen during and after Saturday night's 107-82 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, according to the Chicago Tribune.

      Rondo apologized to the coaching staff and his teammates on Sunday after meeting with head coach Fred Hoiberg.

      Hoiberg refused to get into details about the suspension following Monday's shootaround.

      "Rajon will be suspended for tonight's game for conduct detrimental to the team," Hoiberg said Monday. "He and I met (Sunday), had a good meeting. He'll meet us at the plane tonight; he'll be back in uniform (Tuesday) against Detroit and moving forward. As far as the details, I'm not going to get in the details of it. We're going to move past it, and again, he'll be back in uniform tomorrow."

      Rondo is averaging 8.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.7 rebounds, 1.41 steals and 30.5 minutes in 17 games (all starts) this season.

      Rondo was signed by the Bulls this summer to a free-agent deal that reportedly will pay him $28 million over the two-year contract.

      Rondo spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Boston Celtics. He played the 2015-16 season with the Sacramento Kings.

  • NYPD seeks to speak with Kings' Barnes over alleged nightclub incident
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 5, 2016

    Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes is wanted for questioning after an alleged confrontation at a New York City nightclub early Monday morning.

    • The New York City Police Department confirmed it received reports that an alleged assault occurred at Avenue Nightclub in Manhattan after the Kings' 106-98 road loss Sunday night to the New York Knicks.

      Police said a man choked a woman and two others --- a man and a woman --- were assaulted as they attempted to intervene, according to USA Today. Footage of the incident obtained by investigators appears to show Barnes, 36, was involved.

      A TMZ video from outside the club appears to show Barnes with teammate DeMarcus Cousins talking about the incident.

      In October 2015, Barnes got into a fight with former Knicks coach Derek Fisher because he was dating his former wife. Barnes and Fisher were former Los Angeles Lakers teammates. Fisher was at the Los Angeles-area home of Barnes' ex-wife when Barnes showed up and allegedly confronted him.

      The 6-foot-7, 226-pound Barnes, a 13-year veteran, is averaging 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in 20 games for the Kings this season. Barnes had two points, an assist and three rebounds in Sunday night's loss.

  • NBA roundup: Another Westbrook triple-double
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook collected his fifth consecutive triple-double in leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 101-92 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

    • Westbrook posted 28 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists and 10 turnovers in his 10th triple-double streak of the season. His streak of five in a row is the longest of his career and the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan posted seven straight in 1989 with the Chicago Bulls.

      Thunder center Enes Kanter recorded 17 points and 10 boards. Victor Oladipo added 15 points for Oklahoma City (13-8).

      Anthony Davis led the Pelicans (7-14) with 37 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. Rookie Buddy Hield broke out of a slump with 16 points, all in the second half. Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore each scored 10 points for New Orleans.

      Magic 98, Pistons 92

      AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Serge Ibaka piled up 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals, and Orlando ended a seven-game losing streak to Detroit.

      Nikola Vucevic supplied 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Magic, who hadn't defeated Detroit since Nov. 17, 2014. Jeff Green added 14 points, five rebounds and three, assists and D.J. Augustin contributed 12 points and three assists for Orlando.

      Marcus Morris scored 16 of his team-high 21 points in the first half for the Pistons, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped. Detroit point guard Reggie Jackson had 18 points and four assists in 23 minutes in his season debut. He had been sidelined since training camp with left knee tendinitis. Andre Drummond added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

      Knicks 106, Kings 98

      NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points apiece to lead New York past Sacramento. Rose hit the 20-point mark for the third time in his past four games.

      Brandon Jennings scored a season-high 19 points, and Kristaps Porzingis contributed 15 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Knicks, who are 9-3 at the Garden. Sacramento lost its third straight, all on the road.

      DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings with 36 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. It marked the 10th time Cousins has poured in at least 30 points this season. He was 14 of 16 from the foul line, and he picked up his league-leading seventh technical foul. Rudy Gay added 22 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento.

      Pacers 111, Clippers 102

      LOS ANGELES -- Thaddeus Young scored 17 points, and Paul George and Rodney Stuckey contributed 16 apiece, helping Indiana beat Los Angeles.

      George, who missed six of the previous seven games with an ankle injury, also collected seven rebounds and five assists. Jeff Teague added 15 points and Monta Ellis chipped in 14 for Indiana, which won for the third time in four games. All five Pacers starters and two reserves reached double figures.

      Blake Griffin scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who fell for the fourth time in six games. Chris Paul had 18 points and 11 assists for Los Angeles, while J.J. Redick scored 15 points on five first-half 3-pointers.

  • NBA roundup: Thomas' 37 lead Celts past 76ers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, December 3, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA -- Isaiah Thomas scored 37 points, including the go-ahead layup with 30.2 seconds left, as the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-106 Saturday night.

    • Thomas equaled his season high and fell one point short of his career high as Boston won for the third time in four games and the sixth time in eight. The Celtics defeated the 76ers for the nine straight time.

      Avery Bradley added 20 points for Boston. Al Horford had 11, and Jae Crowder contributed 10.

      Rookie forward Dario Saric equaled his career highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, which dropped its six straight. Ersan Ilyasova had 18 points for the Sixers, while Sergio Rodriguez and Jahlil Okafor had 15 each.

      Warriors 138, Suns 109

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson had 26 and Golden State defeated Phoenix at Oracle Arena.

      The Warriors, coming off a 132-127 double-overtime loss to Houston on Thursday, extended their ongoing NBA-record streak of games without consecutive losses to 106. Draymond Green had a season-high 13 assists, nine points and five rebounds. Kevin Durant added 20 points and eight assists. David West had a season-high 10 points off the bench, going 5 of 5 from the field.

      Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 27 points and Devin Booker had 21. Brandon Knight scored 14 points off the bench.

      The Warriors shot 66.7 percent from 3-point range, going 14 of 21. Thompson made 6 of 7 from long range and Curry was 5 of 7.

      Raptors 128, Hawks 84

      TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Kyle Lowry added 17 points and dished eight assists, and Toronto extended its winning streak to a season-best six games. It was the sixth loss in a row for the Hawks, who fell for the ninth time in 10 games.

      The Raptors led by as many as 21 points during the first half, were ahead by 15 points at halftime and by 16 after three quarters before running away with the game in the fourth quarter.

      Patrick Patterson added 17 points off the Raptors' bench. Dennis Schroder and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 15 points for the Hawks, Dwight Howard had 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.

      Timberwolves 125, Hornets 120 (OT)

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Andrew Wiggins had 29 points while Karl-Anthony Towns collected 27 points and 15 rebounds as Minnesota snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Charlotte in overtime.

      The Timberwolves used a spirited fourth-quarter comeback that began with a 10-0 run and a dominant overtime stanza to seal the victory.

      Minnesota got 17 points from Zach LaVine and 12 each from Shabazz Muhammad and Nemanja Bjelica. Charlotte, who fell for the second time in three games, was led by Kemba Walker with 22 points. Frank Kaminsky chipped in 21 points, while Nicolas Batum had 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

      Bucks 112, Nets 103

      MILWAUKEE -- Matthew Dellavedova scored a season-high 18 points as the Milwaukee Bucks held off a furious comeback attempt by the Brooklyn Nets and extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 112-103 victory Saturday evening at the Bradley Center.

      Dellavedova was one of six Milwaukee starters to score in double figures. All five starters scored at least 10 points with John Henson's 20 leading the way. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 16 while Jabari Parker added 15 and Tony Snell had 10.

      Bojan Bogdanovic had 24 to pace Brooklyn, which also got 19 from Sean Kilpatrick, 17 from Joe Harris and 13 from Brook Lopez.

      Mavericks 107, Bulls 82

      DALLAS -- Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews combined for 48 points and nine 3-pointers to lead Dallas to just its fourth win of the season, a wire-to-wire victory over fatigued Chicago.

      Matthews poured in a team-high and season-high-tying 26 points and buried a season-high seven of his 11 3-point attempts to give him 19 threes in his past four games. Barnes, Dallas' leading scorer with 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki sidelined for much of this season, finished with 22 points.

      The Bulls arrived in Dallas in the early morning after wrapping up an impressive home win Friday night against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. They left superstar Dwyane Wade at home in Chicago to take the night off during this stretch of four games in five nights. Jimmy Butler topped the Bulls with 26 points and nine rebounds.

      Grizzlies 103, Lakers 100

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Troy Daniels scored a career-high 31 points off the bench as Memphis defeated Los Angeles.

      The Grizzlies led 103-97 after Marc Gasol (19 points, eight assists) hit a short shot at the 1:15 mark. The Lakers cut the lead to 103-100 when Lou Williams (40 points) converted a three-point play.

      The Lakers had a great chance to tie when Gasol fouled power forward Julius Randle behind the 3-point arc with 5.9 seconds remaining. But Randle, a 70.8 percent free-throw shooter, missed all three shots. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson got the rebound but misfired on a desperation three from the corner and time ran out.

      Jazz 105, Nuggets 98

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward scored 32 points and Rodney Hood added 15 to help Utah claim a victory over Denver Nuggets.

      Trey Lyles added 12 points off the bench for the Jazz, who beat the Nuggets for the sixth time in the past seven meetings.

      Will Barton and Wilson Chandler each scored 20 points to lead Denver, which could not overcome cold shooting in the third quarter. The Nuggets lost their third straight and fell for the fifth time in six games.

      Trail Blazers 99, Heat 92

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland outscored Miami 14-1 over the final three minutes in a come-from-behind victory.

      Damian Lillard scored 19 points and Moe Harkless and CJ McCollum had 17 apiece for the Trail Blazers, won with their second straight game.

      Hassan Whiteside contributed 28 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and Goran Dragic had 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, who saw their two-game winning streak end

  • Warriors' Kerr admits using marijuana for chronic back pain
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, December 3, 2016

    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr admits he smoked marijuana to treat the pain as he recovered from two back operations.

    • Kerr told CSN Bay Area that he experimented with the drug a "few times" to help him overcome the chronic back pain over the last two seasons.

      "I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I've actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I've been going through this chronic pain that I've been dealing with," Kerr said Friday on The Warriors Insider Podcast.

      "A lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don't even know if I'm subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA, but I tried it and it didn't help it all. But it was worth it because I'm searching for answers on pain. I've tried painkillers and drugs of other kinds as well, and those have been worse. It's tricky."

      Kerr, who underwent two surgeries on his back during the summer of 2015, said he still feels discomfort on occasion. He said he does not use the drug recreationally and no longer uses it for medical purposes.

      The 51-year-old Kerr told CSN that he would like to see the league and other organizations become more aware and accepting of medical marijuana use.

      "I would hope so, and I'm not a pot person. It doesn't agree with me," Kerr said. "I've tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I'm not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you're an NFL player, in particular, and you've got a lot of pain, I don't think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it's Vitamin C, like it's no big deal.

      "I know enough, especially over the last couple years, having gone through my own bout with chronic pain, I know enough about this stuff -- Vicodin is not good for you. It's way worse for you than pot, especially if you're looking for a painkiller and you're talking about medicinal marijuana, the different strains what they're able to do with it as a pain reliever. I think it's only a matter of time before the NBA and NFL and Major League Baseball realize that."

  • Short-handed Grizzlies host wounded Lakers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, December 3, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- All eyes will be on the teams' medical staffs when the Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies collide Saturday at FedExForum in Memphis.

    • The trainers and doctors for both teams have been working overtime and, because of injuries, the challenges facing both first-year coaches have intensified to new extremes.

      Recently, it's been a game of attrition for coaches Luke Walton and David Fizdale, whose rosters look more like M*A*S*H units these days.

      Los Angeles' starting backcourt will be in street clothes when the Lakers play their fourth game in five nights -- all on the road.

      Already without D'Angelo Russell, who will be out for at least another week, the Lakers played and lost by 33 points on Friday night to Toronto minus Nick Young. Young suffered a strained right calf muscle in the loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans on Tuesday and will be out from two to four weeks.

      "I felt like we weren't mentally ready to compete against one of the better teams in the NBA," Walton said after his team trailed wire-to-wire.

      But no one with the Grizzlies will be feeling sorry for the Lakers because as Memphis sees it, it's the Nasty Nine versus the world.

      That's how Fizdale characterized the undermanned Grizzlies after they lost earlier in the week to Toronto.

      James Ennis, Brandan Wright, Chandler Parsons, Vince Carter, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley. None of the above played in a loss to Toronto or in a 95-94 win against Orlando on Thursday.

      And they won't be suiting up against the Lakers either.

      Beating the Magic with just the "Nasty Nine" was impressive, and accomplished thanks to a nice blend of veterans and younger players.

      Marc Gasol picked up the offensive slack for Memphis (12-8) with 25 points, five blocks and three assists.

      But it was the play of Tony Allen that snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat as Memphis was down by 14 points in the fourth quarter. The veteran swingman fueled a 13-0 run with his trademark chaos on defense, earning the praise of his teammate Gasol and his coach.

      "That's his job, and he's very good at it," Gasol said.

      Added Fizdale: "He just took over that game defensively."

      Allen scored only nine points, but had three steals -- all in the fourth quarter -- and six boards and did what he typically does -- disrupt the other team's offensive flow.

      Magic coach Frank Vogel joined the chorus saying Allen was the difference. "Credit his energy. He just made a lot of hustle plays that turned the game around."

      Another veteran came to the Grizzlies' rescue -- Troy Daniels -- who came off the bench to score 19 points.

      With Conley out, second-year point guard Andrew Harrison has elevated his game and he chipped in 11 points with a game-best eight assists.

      The Lakers (10-11) are fueled by youth and it figures they are going to take their lumps even with the Walton pedigree leading the charge.

      "I just felt like we played soft all game," said Julius Randle, who had eight points and eight rebounds against Toronto. "They were just comfortable from the start."

      One bright spot for Walton and the Lakers was the play of rookie Brandon Ingram, who led the team with 17 points. Ingram was making his second straight start in place of Young. He also had six boards and two assists.

      "I thought he did a great job of being aggressive tonight and mixing up getting to the rim and taking his jump shots," Walton said. "He was very solid for us tonight."

      Ingram's effort was a welcome sight. The former Duke Blue Devil has struggled, averaging only 7.7 points per game. His shooting has been abysmal, 35.6 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range.

  • NBA roundup: Raptors roll to fifth straight win
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 2, 2016

    TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and dished out seven assists, DeMar DeRozan added 16 points with six assists and the Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-80 Friday night to extend their winning streak to five games.

    • The Raptors (13-6) led from the outset as the Lakers (10-11) lost for the second time in three games on a four-game trip that ends Saturday.

      Toronto led by six points after the first quarter, by 21 after the first half and by 22 after the third quarter.

      The Lakers cut the lead to 17 early in the fourth quarter before the Raptors went up by 28 with 7:30 to play on Lowry's field goal and the ensuing free throw, and the lead reached 33 points.

      Spurs 107, Wizards 105

      SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard capped his 23-point performance by drilling a game-winning 17-foot jumper with 6.1 seconds to play as San Antonio outlasted Washington in a furious finish at the AT&T Center.

      The Spurs ruled the final minute of the third quarter, stretched a six-point lead to as many as 10 in the first half of the fourth and weathered a final Washington run in the last two minutes.

      The Wizards' Bradley Beal poured in a 3-pointer to give Washington a 103-102 lead with 53.4 seconds remaining. San Antonio's Patty Mills missed a 3-pointer with 28.9 to play but LaMarcus Aldridge corralled the rebound to give the Spurs another chance.

      Bulls 111, Cavaliers105

      CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had 24 and Taj Gibson finished with 23 as Chicago used a balanced scoring attack to beat Cleveland at the United Center.

      Gibson hit on 10 of his 13 field-goal attempts for the Bulls, whose starters all reached double figures. Chicago also got a triple double from Rajon Rondo, who had 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Robin Lopez rounded out the strong effort from Chicago's starters with 10 points.

      LeBron James scored a game-high 27 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their third straight game. Kyrie Irving scored 20 points to go along with 15 from Kevin Love for Cleveland.

      Clippers 114, Hornets 96

      NEW ORLEANS -- Blake Griffin overcame a chilly offensive start to score 13 of his game-high 27 points in the decisive third quarter to lift Los Angeles to a victory over New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center.

      Griffin missed six of his first eight shots but wound up 12 of 22 from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds. Reserve guard Jamal Crawford added 21 points for the Clippers, who culminated their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record.

      Chris Paul added 17 points and 13 assists, including back-to-back passes that led to 3-pointers by Crawford and Luc Mbah a Moute that put the Clippers up 104-90. Paul also had eight rebounds, finishing two boards shy of a triple double.

      Pistons 121, Hawks 85

      ATLANTA -- Detroit, which started the season 1-8 on the road, completed a 3-0 trip by handing slumping Atlanta its fifth consecutive loss.

      Former University of Georgia standout Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a big homecoming with 23 points and the Pistons got over .500 for the first time since early November with a rout of the Hawks.

      The Pistons made 17 of 29 3-point shots, with Caldwell-Pope going 5-for-8 and Jon Leuer 4-for-5.

      Tobias Harris had 18 points and Leuer scored 16 as the Pistons put eight players in double-figures while tying a team record for 3-pointers made in a game.

      Knicks 118, Timberwolves 114

      NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony popped in 29 points and Kyle O'Quinn posted his first double-double of the season to lead New York to a win over Minnesota at Madison Square Garden.

      The Knicks swept the home-and-home series. New York claimed a 106-104 win at Minnesota on Wednesday.

      O'Quinn, starting at center in place of injured Joakim Noah, had 20 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Justin Holiday, making his first start at point guard for injured Courtney Lee, added 13 points and seven rebounds. Derrick Rose chipped in with 24 points.

      Celtics 97, Kings 92

      BOSTON -- Al Horford scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lead Boston past Sacramento at TD Garden.

      Horford's previous best this season since joining the Celtics on a four-year deal worth $113 million last offseason was a 20-point outing at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 21.

      Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and seven assists, Jae Crowder added 16 points and Avery Bradley contributed 15 points and nine boards for Boston (11-8), which had lost two of three coming in.

      DeMarcus Cousins totaled a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds, Rudy Gay added 13 points and eight boards and Matt Barnes chipped in 12 points and 16 rebounds off the bench for Sacramento.

      Magic 105, Sixers 88

      PHILADELPHIA -- Orlando was coming off a difficult loss. Philadelphia was coming off three days of rest.

      The Magic nonetheless beat the Sixers as Aaron Gordon scored a season-high 20 points to lead six players in double figures.

      Orlando also nailed a season-high 13 3-pointers in 26 attempts and limited Philadelphia to 37.9 percent shooting from the field.

      Rockets 128, Nuggets 110

      DENVER -- James Harden had 20 points and seven assists, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson scored 18 each, and Houston never trailed in beating Denver.

      Trevor Ariza had 16 points and seven rebounds before leaving after falling in front of the scorer's table with 4:03 left. He appeared to reach for his back and after a few minutes stood up and walked to the locker room.

      Seven Houston players scored in double figures.

  • Kings' Cousins leaves game with cut above eye
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 2, 2016

    Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins left Friday night's game against the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter after suffering an apparent cut above his eye with 7:08 remaining in a close game.

    • Play was stopped as the Kings' trainer treated Cousins for the cut by dabbing the cut with a towel. The trainer then accompanied Cousins back to the locker room.

      Cousins had 19 points on 8-of-21 shooting and seven rebounds at the time of his departure.

      Boston led 80-76.

  • Pelicans' Davis leads game with injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 2, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, the NBA's leading scorer, left the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night after the first quarter with an apparent right shoulder injury.

    • Davis put up eight points and grabbed three rebounds in the first 12 minutes, but toward the end of the first quarter he grabbed his right shoulder and began rubbing it. The Pelicans led 30-22 after the first quarter.

      Davis played through the injury, grabbing a strong rebound, but went to the locker room between quarters. The Pelicans said he was questionable to return.

      Davis leads the NBA in points (32.1) and blocks (2.8) per game and is seventh in rebounding (11.2).

  • 76ers reassign, then recall Noel
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 2, 2016

    The Philadelphia 76ers reassigned center Nerlens Noel to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League on Friday as part of the ongoing rehabilitation program for his left knee.

    • The Sixers later recalled Noel from the D-League after he participated in Friday's practice with the Sevens. Noel, 22, also was recalled Thursday.

      The 6-foot-11, 228-pound Noel, the subject of trade rumors, has yet to appear in a game this season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in October.

      Once fully recovered, Noel is expected to vie for playing time with fellow high draft picks Joel Embiid (No. 3 in 2014) and Jahlil Okafor (No. 3 in 2015).

      Sixers coach Brett Brown said Noel did "nothing competitive" in Thursday's practice. Brown estimated that Noel would likely miss at least four or five more games.

      Last season, Noel averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 67 games. The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Noel with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and later traded his rights to the Sixers.

  • NBA roundup: Rockets top Warriors in 2nd OT
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 2, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- James Harden converted two free throws and Eric Gordon added an interior hoop following a flagrant foul on Draymond Green, propelling the Houston Rockets to a 132-127 double-overtime victory that ended the Golden State Warriors' 12-game winning streak Thursday night.

    • Harden finished with a 29-point, 15-rebound, 13-assist triple-double for the Rockets, who had lost eight in a row to the Warriors.

      Ryan Anderson matched Harden's team-high point total with 29, and Gordon chipped in with 23 off the bench for Houston, which must endure the second night of a back-to-back Friday at Denver.

      Kevin Durant had 39 points and 13 rebounds for Golden State, which lost for the first time since Nov. 4. Stephen Curry finished with 28 points before fouling out for the first time since Dec. 13, 2013. Draymond Green added 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.

      Clippers 113, Cavaliers 94

      CLEVELAND -- Blake Griffin scored 13 points and passed for a season-high 11 assists as Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Cleveland.

      J.J. Redick scored 23 points, DeAndre Jordan grabbed 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul recorded 16 points and nine assists on a night when the Clippers registered a season-high 33 assists. It was the type of performance coach Doc Rivers was hoping for following an embarrassing double-overtime loss at the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

      The Cavaliers' struggles, meanwhile, continue. Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and LeBron James scored 16 points, but Cleveland had only 12 assists while committing 18 turnovers. It was the Cavs' most lopsided loss of the season.

      Grizzlies 95, Orlando 94

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis rallied from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and Marc Gasol scored the winning points at the free-throw line.

      Gasol finished with a team-high 25 points and added five blocks and three assists. He hit the foul shots with 12.2 seconds left, giving the Grizzlies their first lead of the quarter.

      Evan Fournier led the Magic with 28 points and handed out four assists. He also stopped the Grizzlies' 13-0 run in the fourth quarter when he hit a 3-pointer to hike the Magic's lead back to 88-84 with 3:04 to play.

      Bucks 111, Nets 93

      NEW YORK -- Giannis Antetokounmpo totaled 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as Milwaukee took control in the third quarter and pulled away.

      Jabari Parker added 22 for the Bucks, who beat Brooklyn for the 13th time in 17 meetings and won for the fourth time in five games since a three-point loss to the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 19.

      Brook Lopez led the Nets with 15 points but misfired on 8 of 12 shots. Sean Kilpatrick followed up his career-high 38-point night against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday by adding 14 but missed five of his last six shots.

      Hornets 97, Mavericks 87

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored 18 points with two clutch 3-pointers down the stretch and Charlotte never trailed.

      Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 14 points for the Hornets. Lamb and Nicolas Batum finished with 12 apiece, and Roy Hibbert scored 11.

      Dallas (3-15) lost for the 10th time in 11 games. The Mavericks own the NBA's worst record and are off to the worst start through 18 games in franchise history. Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 17 points and Justin Anderson scored 15.

      Heat 111, Jazz 110

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Goran Dragic scored 27 points and James Johnson added 24 off the bench to help Miami escape with a victory over Utah.

      Wayne Ellington added 17 points off the bench for the Heat. Miami weathered a late Jazz comeback to earn its third straight road victory.

      Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 32 points -- his second consecutive game with at least 30 points -- and Joe Johnson added 18 to lead Utah. Joe Ingles added 15 points and Trey Lyles chipped in 14 for the Jazz.

  • NBA notebook: James named SI Sportsperson of the Year
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, December 1, 2016

    Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James earned 2016 Sportsperson of the Year honors from Sports Illustrated after leading Cleveland to its first professional sports championship in 52 years last season.

    • James, 31, helped the Cavaliers erase a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven NBA Finals series with the Golden State Warriors, preserving the comeback victory with his iconic block of Warriors forward Andre Iguodala in Game 7.

      "In putting the Cavaliers on his back in the NBA Finals he also fulfilled a promise to his home city and to an entire region," Sports Illustrated's editorial team wrote. "He was following through on that heartfelt, but risky, vow he made three summers ago when he returned home after four successful years in Miami."

      James also earned Sportsperson of the Year in 2012 after winning his first title, his third MVP and his second gold medal with U.S.A. Basketball.

      --Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was fined $15,000 for directing verbal abuse toward a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner after his ejection, the NBA announced.

      The incident occurred with 18.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime of the Clippers' 127-122 double-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

      Rivers got so upset he had to be restrained by his players.

      --Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond was fined $15,000 by the NBA for elbowing Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert in the head on Tuesday.

      Drummond was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected with 4:09 left in the first half of a 112-89 win over the Hornets.

      --The Milwaukee Bucks recalled guard Rashad Vaughn from the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League.

      Vaughn, 20, appeared in nine games for the Bucks and averaged six points on 40.4 percent shooting but dropped out of coach Jason Kidd's rotation and did not make his way off the bench in last Friday's 105-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors. He was sent to Westchester the following day.

      --The Philadelphia 76ers recalled forward/center Nerlens Noel from the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.

      The subject of trade rumors, the 6-foot-11, 228-pound Noel has yet to appear in a game this season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in October.

      -- Philadelphia center Joel Embiid's run of good news continued when he was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month.

      Denver Nuggets' guard Jamal Murray, who is second to Embiid in scoring average among rookies, was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month

  • Pistons C Drummond fined $15,000 for flagrant elbow
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, December 1, 2016

    Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Thursday for elbowing Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert in the head on Tuesday.

    • Drummond was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected with 4:09 left in the first half of a 112-89 win over the Hornets.

      Drummond, 23, bounced back with 20 points and 17 rebounds in a win at Boston on Wednesday and is averaging 14.3 points and 13.2 boards.

  • Embiid named Eastern Conference rookie of the month
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, December 1, 2016

    Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid's run of good news continued when he was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month on Thursday.

    • Embiid is averaging 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 12 games -- the first rookie since Shaquille O'Neal in 1992-93 to hit those marks. He scored 20 or more points in three of his last four games and led the 76ers to four wins in November.

      Denver Nuggets' guard Jamal Murray, who is second to Embiid in scoring average among rookie at 10.8 points, was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month

      Embiid was drafted third overall by Philadelphia in the 2014 draft but sat out two full seasons following multiple foot surgeries, and the team is carefully monitoring his usage this season. The Kansas product is sitting out one game in back-to-back contests but had his minutes restriction increased from 24 to 28 after a CT scan on Monday came back clean.

      "It's great," 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "All I hear is four more minutes and I run back to my office. The four minutes, by all indications, would give us a better chance of winning."

      Embiid is about to get more competition for those minutes from fellow center Nerlens Noel, who was recalled from a rehab stint in the NBA Development League on Thursday.

      Murray went 0 of 16 from the field in the first four games of the season but steadily improved and caught fire around Thanksgiving with three straight games of 20 or more points. The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky last June, Murray is shooting 41.6 percent from 3-point range.