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  • Pistons bid to snap six-game skid, host Nuggets
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 11, 2017

    Coach Stan Van Gundy admits his Detroit Pistons desperately need a confidence boost.

    • Facing the injury-plagued Denver Nuggets could provide the lift they're seeking.

      Following a hot start, the Pistons have lost six straight -- but all but two of those defeats were by five points or fewer. The margin of their latest loss was a little deceptive. They were within four points of Eastern Conference leader Boston with less than three minutes remaining before falling 91-81 at home on Sunday.

      The skid has put the Pistons (14-12) in a mental funk. They'll try to end the streak against the Nuggets on Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena. Detroit swept last season's two-game series.

      "You start to feel like you can't play. We've lost some confidence and some spirit and we've got to get it back," Van Gundy said. "We've got to gain a new perspective and get it back. We can come through this."

      It's not all that surprising Detroit faltered at this stage of this season. It had to play nine of 11 games on the road, then came back to Michigan to face two powerhouses, Golden State and Boston, looking to avenge home losses to the Pistons.

      "When everybody was talking how great we were at 10-3, I kept saying things can change quickly in this league. And they can, and they have on us right now," Van Gundy said. "But they can change quickly back the other way, too. So generally what I'm trying to do is tell them the truth but also trying to provide a little bit of balance.

      "When everybody else is kissing their butt and telling them they're the greatest thing in the world, I'm trying to bring them back. When everybody is telling them they (stink), I'm trying to bring them up."

      The Pistons' offense disintegrated against the Celtics, as they recorded season lows in points and field-goal percentage. Detroit went scoreless the first five minutes of the third quarter and played catch-up the rest of the game.

      "The frustration got to us (Sunday)," Van Gundy said. "That was part of the third quarter. Shots weren't going, and there were possessions defensively where we could have done a better job. The frustration was setting in quite a bit."

      Denver (14-12), which has dropped three of its last four, also had its share of frustration on Sunday. It lost 126-116 in overtime at Indiana while playing its fifth game without star center Nikola Jokic (15.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 4.6 apg), who is recovering from a left ankle sprain and will also miss Tuesday's matchup.

      "That game should have ended in regulation. We had our chances to end that game," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "They turned it up another level in overtime. We had a hard time scoring and I think our guys were exhausted from all the energy they had to put forth in regulation."

      Along with the Jokic injury, the Nuggets are also adjusting to the long-term loss of top free-agent pickup Paul Millsap (wrist). Guard Jamal Murray played 27 minutes on Sunday despite right calf tightness.

      Reserve forward Trey Lyles scored a career-high 25 points but Denver is struggling to find offensive answers in crunch time.

      "What you see is down the stretch, not having a Paul Millsap or a Nikola Jokic -- a go-to player that you can go to to close the game -- is really important," Malone said. "I ran our guys into the ground."

  • Matt Barnes announces retirement from NBA
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 11, 2017

    Matt Barnes posted on social media that he is retiring from the NBA.

    • Barnes completed his NBA career last season with the Golden State Warriors, appearing in 12 playoff games as the team went on to win its second title in three years.

      "Had a cool 15yr run!! Traveled the world met (a lot of) cool people, some will be brothers for the rest of my life!" the 37-year-old Barnes wrote on Instagram Monday. "BUT NOW.... You telling me I can dress like this for business meetings & make more money off the court than I made ON?? & spend more time with my kids??!!Ha... MEEEEE the one that wasn't suppose to be (anything) & ended up making it!! Let's Do it! Love me or HATE ME, I DID IT MY WAY!"

      Barnes owned career averages of 8.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 929 career games over 14 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Warriors.

      Barnes made plenty of noise off the court, most notably in a feud with former Los Angeles Lakers player and Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who was dating Barnes ex-wife Gloria Govan.

      He also pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct violation in New York in June to avoid criminal charges stemming from a nightclub incident.

  • Celtics' Irving out with quad injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, December 11, 2017

    Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving was ruled out for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of a left quad contusion.

    • The Celtics also announced that forward Marcus Morris, who is battling left knee soreness, is out for the game in Chicago. Center Al Horford is listed as questionable with a right knee contusion.

      Horford suffered his knee injury in the first half of Sunday's 91-81 road win against the Detroit Pistons. He limped off the court and finished with 18 points and nine rebounds in playing 34 minutes.

      Irving scored 16 points on 4-of-12 shooting, also playing 34 minutes against the Pistons. He came out of the game in the first quarter and was spotted removing his left shoe and stretching out his leg during a timeout, according to ESPN.

      Irving missed one other game this season when he sat out against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 12 after suffering a facial fracture the game before against the Charlotte Hornets. He wore a mask for 13 straight games before going without it in Sunday's game.

      In 27 games this season, Irving is averaging 23.7 points and 4.8 assists.

  • NBA roundup: Pacers' Oladipo scores 47 in OT win
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, December 10, 2017

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 47 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 126-116 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

    • The Pacers held a 12-2 advantage in overtime as Oladipo scored six points in the extra session.

      Oladipo sank 15 of 28 shots, including 6 of 12 3-point attempts. Myles Turner added 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting and had eight rebounds for the Pacers. Thaddeus Young scored 18 points.

      Trey Lyles, a 2014 Indiana Mr. Basketball who played for Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis, scored a career-high 25 points for Denver. Gary Harris, from the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, and Will Barton each had 21 points, and Wilson Chandler scored 18 for Denver.

      Celtics 91, Pistons 81

      DETROIT -- Al Horford amassed 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Boston handed Detroit its sixth consecutive loss.

      Kyrie Irving tossed in 16 points, while Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown had 12 apiece for Boston. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 11 points, and Aron Baynes snared a season-high 13 rebounds for the Celtics, who overcame a scoreless drought of more than six minutes in the fourth quarter.

      Tobias Harris led the Pistons with 19 points. Anthony Tolliver contributed a season-high 15 points off the bench, Avery Bradley had 12 and Ish Smith added 11. Andre Drummond was held to six points but grabbed 15 rebounds.

      Pelicans 131, 76ers 124

      NEW ORLEANS -- Jrue Holiday made three 3-pointers and Anthony Davis added another in a decisive 18-4 fourth-quarter run to lift New Orleans past Philadelphia.

      The Pelicans blew an 11-point halftime lead by allowing Philadelphia a 40-point third quarter, and they trailed 103-96 with 9:48 left. However, over the next 2:40, New Orleans outscored Philadelphia 18-4, with Holiday scoring 11 points.

      Holiday finished with 34 points, tying his season high, and Davis had 29. DeMarcus Cousins added 23 points for the Pelicans, and Rajon Rondo registered an NBA-season-high 18 assists. The Sixers, playing without Joel Embiid, who was a late scratch due to back tightness, got 28 points from J.J. Redick, while Ben Simmons had 27 points and 10 assists.

      Raptors 102, Kings 87

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and led a late third-quarter spurt that lifted Toronto to a victory over Sacramento.

      Serge Ibaka added 20 points, and Kyle Lowry had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Toronto, which won its sixth in a row and stayed unbeaten halfway through a four-game road trip. The Raptors also ended a four-game skid against the Kings, beating them for the first time since January 2015.

      Zach Randolph scored 19 points to pace the Kings. Buddy Hield added 17 points off the bench for Sacramento.

      Timberwolves 97, Mavericks 92

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota hung on to beat Dallas for the third time this season.

      Karl-Anthony Towns scored a team-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Jimmy Butler added 22 points for the Timberwolves. Jamal Crawford scored 16 points.

      Harrison Barnes had 19 points for Dallas, which lost its third game in a row. Maxi Kleber and J.J. Barea added 16 points apiece.

      Knicks 111, Hawks 107

      NEW YORK -- Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and Doug McDermott added 23 points off the bench to lead New York past Atlanta.

      Dennis Schroder scored 21 points and Ersan Ilyasova had 20 to lead the Hawks, who shot just 9 for 31 from 3-point range.

      Porzingis had 15 points in the first half and nine in the fourth quarter as he was particularly effective at the end of quarters. Porzingis had 15 points in the final three minutes of each period combined.

  • NBA roundup: Dragic, Heat topple skidding Nets
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, December 9, 2017

    Goran Dragic scored 20 points as the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 in the Global Games in Mexico City on Saturday.

    • Tyler Johnson also scored 20 points for the Heat to follow up his season-high 25-point showing in Wednesday's loss at San Antonio. He helped Miami stay close by scoring 18 of his points before halftime.

      James Johnson added 17 while Justise Winslow contributed a season-high 15 points and hit a career-best four 3-pointers as Miami shot 46.7 percent from the field.

      Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets with 18 points and Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 15 and nine assists but it was not enough as Brooklyn dropped its sixth straight game against Miami and appeared fatigued in the fourth quarter by Mexico City's over 7,000-foot altitude.

      Clippers 113, Wizards 112

      LOS ANGELES -- Lou Williams scored 35 points, including a long 3-pointer with just over a second remaining, as Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over Washington.

      Otto Porter Jr. scored 27 points and Bradley Beal scored 25, but that total did not count what appeared to be Bradley Beal's game-winner as time expired.

      The game ended in controversial fashion as Beal looked as if he scored the winning basket on a baseline jump shot, but it came just after the buzzer sounded. Referees ruled the clock started too soon and replayed the Wizards' final possession.

      Rockets 124, Blazers 117

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- James Harden scored 48 points as Houston rallied from a 14-point deficit after three quarters for a victory over Portland.

      Chris Paul added 26 points and seven assists for the Rockets, who extended their win streak to nine games and have won 15 of their last 16 outings.

      Damian Lillard scored 35 points and CJ McCollum had 28 for the Trail Blazers, who lost four the fourth straight game -- all at home. Lillard was 9 for 16 from 3-point range, matching the franchise record for made 3-pointers in a game he shares with Nicolas Batum.

      Lakers 110, Hornets 99

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles won its second straight to open a four-game road trip with a victory over Charlotte.

      The Lakers took charge midway through the fourth quarter of a game that had 19 lead changes and nine ties. They led by as many as 15 in the last five minutes. The Lakers opened the trip with a win at Philadelphia on Thursday.

      Brandon Ingram added 18 points for the Lakers as part of a balanced attack. The Lakers also got 15 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 13 points from Brook Lopez, 12 points and 14 rebounds from Kyle Kuzma and 12 points from Julius Randle.

      The Hornets have now lost three straight and seven of their last eight.

      Hawks 117, Magic 110

      ATLANTA -- Kent Bazemore had two steals and slams and two free throws in the final 30 seconds to help the Atlanta secure a win over Orlando.

      Bazemore finished with 19 points, 17 of them in the second half, as Atlanta avenged Wednesday's overtime loss to Orlando and snap a two-game losing streak. Orlando has dropped two straight.

      Atlanta was led by Ersan Ilyasova, who was 9-for-9 from the field and scored a season-high 26 points. Dennis Schroder scored 18 points, including a pair of free throws that tied the game at 110-110. Reserves Tyler Cavanaugh added 14 and Marco Belinelli scored 13.

      Orlando got a career-high 29 points from Jonathon Simmons and a triple-double from Nikola Vucevic, who had 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. The Magic were playing without injured starters Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon.

      Cavaliers 105, 76ers 98

      CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored or assisted on the Cavaliers' final 22 points en route to another triple-double in Cleveland's win.

      James finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in 39 minutes for his 58th career triple-double during the regular season and third this year.

      Jeff Green, Kyle Korver, and Dwyane Wade all scored 13 points off Cleveland's bench. Jae Crowder scored 12 points, including a dagger 3-pointer from James with 40.9 seconds left for a 104-98 lead.

      The Sixers were led by 19 points apiece from J.J. Redick and Robert Covington, who was injured trying to save the ball out of bounds with about 1:08 left and did not return.

      Bulls 104, Knicks 102

      CHICAGO -- Nikola Mirotic scored 19 points and Kris Dunn scored 17, including a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining, as Chicago beat New York.

      The Bulls won their second straight games after snapping a 10-game losing streak on Friday.

      Lauri Markkanen and David Nwaba each scored 15 points for Chicago, which also got 11 points from Robin Lopez and 10 from Bobby Portis.

      Kristaps Porzingis led New York with 23 points to go along with 14 from Courtney Lee. Enes Kanter, Kyle O'Quinn, Frank Ntilikina and Doug McDermott all scored 10 points for the Knicks, who have lost eight of their nine road games this season.

      Bucks 117, Jazz 100

      MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo flirted with a triple-double, scoring 37 points with 13 rebounds and seven assists in Milwaukee's win over Utah.

      Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton put together another big night offensively, combining for 77 points on 28-of-49 shooting while the Bucks shot 54.3 percent overall.

      The Jazz set a franchise record for 3-pointers when they hit 18 against the Bucks two weeks ago but were 8-for-23 from beyond the arc and shot just 43.4 percent overall.

      All five Utah starters scored in double figures with Rudy Gobert and Alec Burks finishing with 20 points each.

      Spurs 104, Suns 101

      PHOENIX -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and Bryn Forbes hit a 3-pointer with 21.5 seconds left as short-handed San Antonio posted a win over Phoenix.

      Trailing by 19 points in the third quarter, the Suns got back into the game with a 26-9 run and took their first lead of the game at 100-99 on a Marquese Chriss runaway slam with 1:19 left.

      But after Josh Jackson made one of two free throws to extend the lead to two, Patty Mills found Forbes alone in front of the Spurs bench for his first made 3-pointer in six tries to give San Antonio the lead for good.

      Mills added 20 points off the bench for the Spurs, who won their fourth straight and the eighth in the last nine games despite missing a host of players including the injured Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili, who played key roles in the home win against the Boston Celtics Friday, stayed in San Antonio to rest.

      Thunder 102, Grizzlies 101 (OT)

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Russell Westbrook completed another triple-double just in time to give Oklahoma City a much-needed road victory in overtime, against free-falling Memphis.

      Westbrook, who shot 7 of 29 from the field, had the ball in his hands with his team down 101-100 in the final eight seconds. Russell blew by the defense, drew the contact and hit both free throws to give the Thunder the lead. It gave him 20 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

      Tyreke Evans, who led the Grizzlies with 29 points, including a 3-pointer to give them a 101-98 lead, pulled up for a wild last-second shot. It appeared he was spun around by contact from Carmelo Anthony and Andre Roberson, but no foul was called.

  • Raptors bring red-hot offensive attack to Sacramento
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, December 9, 2017

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Toronto Raptors took their most explosive stretch of home basketball this season and brought it out on the road with them. The question to be answered now is whether the road can slow them down.

    • No recent opponent has been able to do that.

      The Raptors (16-7) bring the Eastern Conference's second-best mark into Golden 1 Center on Sunday when they face the Sacramento Kings in an afternoon matinee. They also bring with them a run of offensive basketball that figures to be a mighty challenge for the home team.

      Toronto has averaged 115.0 points while scoring at least 100 in their past 11 games, and they're rolling at a 120.0 clip during a season-best five-game winning streak. A 116-107 victory at Memphis on Friday marked their lowest output in four contests.

      Overall, the Raptors average 111.7 points a contest this season, good for third in the league. They also play the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns during a four-game trip.

      DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry remain the primary options offensively, and they have combined to average 40 points and 12.1 assists per contest. DeRozan has not been held below 20 points in his past four contests, and Lowry hasn't been held below 10 in 14 straight contests.

      Toronto's reserves gradually have taken pressure off them with some of the league's best production, a point highlighted in its win against the Grizzlies. The reserves scored 24 points in the second half, and guard Fred VanVleet played the final 15 minutes alongside Lowry, a scenario that has become routine during the winning streak.

      "I'm enjoying it," VanVleet told reporters after the game. "It's the best time to be in the game with all the marbles on the line closing it out. As long as my conditioning holds up, I'll be alright."

      Still, coach Dwane Casey told reporters after the win at Memphis that his group needs to lock down defensively more quickly in games. Toronto allowed 34 points on 70 percent shooting in the opening quarter against the Grizzlies.

      "We got to get our motors going earlier and not allow teams to jump on us," he said.

      The Kings (8-17) beat the New Orleans Pelicans 116-109 in overtime on Friday to earn their second win on a four-game road trip, and they're far from the pushovers they were in the season's first month. Sacramento is 7-9 over their past 16 contests.

      They've beaten Toronto four consecutive times over the past two seasons.

      Sacramento's reserves have been awfully good recently, too. They average a league-leading 50 points a game for a team that is 30th in the NBA with a 96.4 per game scoring average.

      "We all try to stay aggressive, because that's what we are," guard Buddy Hield told the Sacramento Bee during the trip. "We're a bunch of scorers. That's what we do. When coach puts us in ... (we) bring some type of spark, some type of energy and get us going again."

      Kings coach Dave Joerger has used nine starting lineups this season but has settled recently on a rotation that has Hield coming off the bench, where he's shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 58.5 percent from 3-point range. He shot 35.4 percent in seven games as a starter.

  • Hot Pacers host Nuggets
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, December 9, 2017

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Just in his third season, Indiana center Myles Turner is longest-tenured Pacers player.

    • Turner said the team chemistry is the best it's been since he arrived as a first-round pick out of Texas.

      "Everybody's energy is just incredible," Turner said. "I mean, there is really never an off-day. Someone's always bringing energy."

      Turner said it could be seldom-used veteran Al Jefferson or leading scorer Victor Oladipo providing the motivation.

      "That's what I love about this locker room," Turner said. "Someone, somewhere is going to get us up somehow."

      The Pacers (15-11) will play host to the Denver Nuggets (14-11) Sunday night.

      The Pacers have won the first three games of their six-game homestand, including ending Cleveland's 13-game winning streak with a 106-102 victory on Friday night.

      "When you knock off a top team like that, it's obviously great for your morale and your confidence," Turner said. "They're in our division, division rivals, it was a good win."

      Oladipo led the Pacers with 33 points.

      "(Oladipo's) confidence is at an all-time high, he knows how good he is," Pacers guard Cory Joseph said. "He's a confident guy. Everybody in the locker room and the whole organization welcomes that."

      Joseph said it helps that there are no selfish players on the team.

      "Everybody genuinely wants to see the other one do well," Joseph said.

      The Nuggets are coming off a 103-89 triumph at Orlando on Friday.

      "We had great energy, great productivity and great efficiency," Denver coach Michael Malone said.

      The Nuggets bench outscored the Magic bench, 53-16.

      "The story of the game was defense," Malone said. "Dallas, we didn't have defense. New Orleans, we didn't have defense. We held that team to 89 points, 39 (percent) from the field and 23 from the 3-point line. We loved our defense. We hope that can become more consistent."

      Malone said the team came into the game with the right mindset, understanding the importance of playing defense and showing discipline in guarding the Orlando players.

      "The challenge is to bring the same mindset to Indiana," Malone said. "It's more of a mindset of 'I'm not going to allow this man to beat me continuously that easily.' If we are going to get beat, it has be hard and make them feel us.

      "We saw a much different mindset (Friday). We embraced the challenge and realized for us to get back on the winning track, we have to start defending a lot better."

      The Nuggets will be without injured starters, power forward Paul Millsap and center Nikola Jokic.

      Millsap, who averaged 15.3 points in 16 games, is expected to be out for three months after a recent surgery.

      Jokic, the team's second leading scorer at 15.5 points per game, will miss his fifth consecutive game with an ankle injury. Malone is optimistic Jokic can play soon.

      Will Barton leads the Nuggets' balanced attack at 15.9 points per game. Gary Harris, from the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, averages 15.1 points for Denver.

      Pacers point guard Darren Collison is listed as questionable after aggravating a knee injury Friday night. Collison said "we'll see" when asked if he would be able to play Sunday.

  • Bosh's mother subject of drug trafficking case
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, December 9, 2017

    Freida Bosh, the mother of 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, has been named as a person of interest in a drug trafficking case after his DeSoto, Texas, home was raided by police Friday morning.

    • No arrests were made, but according to WFAA-TV in Dallas and police reports a "large amount of drug paraphernalia" was found inside the house.

      The DeSoto Police Department issued a release saying it had been tipped off about a large amount of vehicle traffic coming and going from the residence. Witnesses also observed several "hand to hand" transactions that appeared to involve drugs.

      Police said Chris Bosh is listed as the owner of the house, but the former Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors player was not present.

      The Dallas Morning News reported DeSoto police detectives searched the home around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

      Miami released Bosh on July 4, 2017. He has not played since February 2016 because of multiple setbacks caused by blood clots. He won two titles with the Heat and says he still wants to play in the NBA.

  • 76ers' Fultz to be re-evaluated in 3 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, December 9, 2017

    Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Markelle Fultz is no longer experiencing soreness in his right shoulder and will be evaluated in three weeks, the team said Saturday.

    • The 76ers said Fultz will elevate his on-court basketball activities in the interim.

      Selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, Fultz has averaged 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds while playing in four games before being shut down on Oct. 29 due to soreness in his right shoulder and a scapular muscle imbalance.

      The 19-year-old was just 9 of 27 from the field and 6 of 12 from the free-throw line.

      Fultz averaged 23.2 points in his one and only college season at Washington.

  • Magic will be without injured Fournier against Hawks
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 8, 2017

    ATLANTA -- Evan Fournier scored 27 points in the Orlando Magic's home overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, but he won't be available for Saturday's rematch.

    • Fournier, the Magic's second-leading scorer at 18.3 points per game, isn't making the trip to Atlanta and the sprained right ankle he suffered at the start of overtime in Orlando will likely keep the swingman out for a while.

      Losing Fournier is just the latest injury blow for the Magic, who started the season 8-3 before going into a slide.

      The Magic are also without Terrence Ross and rookie defensive standout Jonathan Isaac. Ross has missed the past five games with a knee injury and Isaac the last 15 with a sprained ankle.

      "We've got a lot of talented guys here, guys that can fill it up when we're sharing the ball the way we're supposed to," said Magic point guard Elfrid Payton, who also missed time this season. "But it's going to be tough to fill Evan's shoes. He makes big shots for us constantly. He's someone that gets into the paint and can get to the free-throw line. It's going to be tough to do it, but I think we can."

      Orlando is 11-16 after a 103-89 loss to Denver on Friday. Arron Afflalo, who replaced Fournier in the lineup, finished with six points and four rebounds. It was Afflalo's first start since for the Magic since April 16, 2014, when he was traded to Denver for Fournier.

      The Magic couldn't keep up with the Nuggets' bench. Denver's reserves outscored Orlando 53-16 and the Nuggets shot 61 percent in the second and third quarters to take control of the game.

      The Hawks (5-19) will be playing the same opponent in back-to-back games for the second time in a week. They won at Brooklyn last Saturday, then lost the rematch in Atlanta on Monday.

      The Hawks led by nine in the fourth quarter at Orlando, but veteran backup D.J. Augustin made a 3-pointer with six seconds left to force overtime and the Magic prevailed 110-106 despite losing Fournier at the start of the extra period.

      "A lot of plays down the stretch could have gone either way and you feel like we didn't get a break,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

      A video review took away a 3-pointer because of a shot-clock violation and the Hawks lost a basket because of offensive goaltending.

      The Hawks, like the Magic, have injury issues, with Atlanta extremely short-handed in the frontcourt. Dewayne Demon (leg), John Collins (shoulder) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out, and Luke Babbitt (back) is limited.

      The Hawks' injuries have created an opportunity for undrafted rookie Tyler Cavanaugh, who is on a two-way contract. He had 13 points in Orlando.

      The Magic, though, outscored the Hawks 62-42 in the paint. Aaron Gordon had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic contributed 22 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.

      The Magic and Hawks split their four-game series last season, with each team winning once at home and once on the road.

  • NBA roundup: Pacers snap Cavs' 13-game win streak
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 8, 2017

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored 33 points to help the Indiana Pacers top the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-102, snapping their league-leading 13-game winning streak on Friday night.

    • The Pacers made 15 3-point shots. Oladipo made 6 of 13 treys. Myles Turner added 15 points for Indiana.

      LeBron James paced the Cavaliers with 29 points on 12-of-22 shooting and also had 10 rebounds and eight assists. Kevin Love added 20 points and J.R. Smith 15 for the Cavs.

      The Pacers shot 44.2 percent (38 of 86) overall while the Cavs were at 43 percent (37 of 86).

      Warriors 102, Pistons 98

      DETROIT -- Kevin Durant had a season-high 36 points to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks and Golden State won its sixth straight.

      Durant came up a few assists shy of a second consecutive triple-double after a 35-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist performance at Charlotte on Wednesday. The Warriors became the 11th team in league history to sweep a six-game road trip. The last team to achieve that feat was the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2008-09 season.

      Golden State was playing its second straight game with two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who will miss at least two weeks with a right ankle sprain. Avery Bradley's 25 points led the Pistons, who have lost five straight.

      Spurs 105, Celtics 102

      SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili hit a 26-foot 3-pointer with five seconds to play to lift San Antonio over Boston in a game between NBA heavyweights at AT&T Center.

      The score was tied at 102 after a basket by the Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge with 1:32 to play. Two Kyrie Irving misses on 3-pointers, an Aldridge turnover and a miss on a 3 by San Antonio's Rudy Gay that Ginobili gobbled up on the baseline with 25.8 seconds left set the stage for the game-winner.

      Aldridge finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Pau Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Gay added 15 points, and Tony Parker and Ginobili scored 11 each for the Spurs, who have won three straight and seven of their past eight games.

      Irving led the Celtics, who had a four-game win streak snapped, with 36 points.

      Nuggets 103, Magic 89

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Reserve Kenneth Faried scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading Denver over Orlando.

      Will Barton had 19 points and six rebounds, and Emmanuel Mudiay had 18 points. The Nuggets snapped a four-game losing streak. The Magic lost forward Aaron Gordon, the team's leading scorer, in the second half with a concussion, which stemmed from a first-half collision with Denver's Gary Harris.

      Harris and Malik Beasley each had 12 points. Wilson Chandler had 11 points. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Jonathon Simmons scored 21 points.

      Bulls 119, Hornets 111

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and Chicago snapped a 10-game losing streak with an overtime win over Charlotte Hornets.

      Markkanen scored five points in the extra session, and his 3-pointer with 2:08 remaining made it 113-108 and was probably the key basket of the game. The Bulls had not won since beating the Hornets in Chicago on Nov. 17.

      Kris Dunn had 20 points and 12 assists for the Bulls. Robin Lopez finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Justin Holiday scored 17. Markkanen also had 12 rebounds.

      Kings 116, Pelicans 109

      NEW ORLEANS -- Zach Randolph scored 35 points, including a back-to-back 3-pointers to open overtime, to lift Sacramento over New Orleans.

      The Kings trailed 100-91 with 3:31 left in regulation, but they ran off eight consecutive points to close within 100-99 with 1:06 left. Buddy Hield made a 3-pointer and a layup in that stretch.

      A dunk by DeMarcus Cousins with 49.5 seconds left put New Orleans up 102-99, but Hield, who scored 18 points, tied the game with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 34.8 seconds remaining. Jrue Holiday missed in the lane for New Orleans, and Randolph missed a baseline jumper on the final two possessions, sending it to overtime.

      Raptors 116, Grizzlies 107

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points as Toronto rallied to defeat Memphis for its fifth straight.

      Serge Ibaka scored 21 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals for the Raptors. DeRozan added seven rebounds and six assists.

      Tyreke Evans led the Grizzlies with 27 points. Marc Gasol finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Chandler Parsons had 15 points, four rebounds and two blocks off the bench.

      Bucks 109, Mavericks 102

      MILWAUKEE -- Khris Middleton scored 31 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 27 and Eric Bledsoe added 24 as Milwaukee fought off Dallas.

      Middleton made five 3-pointers -- including two in the fourth quarter -- while the Bucks' big three combined to make 24 of 54 shots from the floor.

      Wes Matthews led Dallas with 29 points and had five of Dallas' 10 3-pointers, but the Mavericks had no answer for Middleton or Bledsoe as the duo combined for 27 points in the fourth quarter.

  • Mavericks C Noel out indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 8, 2017

    Dallas Mavericks backup center Nerlens Noel underwent surgery on his left thumb and will be sidelined indefinitely.

    • The operation was performed to repair a torn ligament in the thumb.

      Coach Rick Carlisle told the team website that Noel will be sidelined at least several weeks.

      Noel has been out since a Nov. 22 contest against the Memphis Grizzlies, but the injury wasn't divulged until prior to Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics.

      The 23-year-old Noel is averaging just 4.0 points and 4.1 rebounds this season, well below his career averages of 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.

      He is in his first full season with the Mavericks. Dallas acquired Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers prior to last season's trading deadline.

  • Cavs' Rose confirms he might need ankle surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 8, 2017

    Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose divulged that he may need ankle surgery at the mid-day shootaround prior to Friday night's road game against the Indiana Pacers.

    • Rose recently rejoined the team after a two-week hiatus and was in good spirits. The thing bothering him most was his left ankle.

      "I got to go through rehab with trying to get my ankle right," Rose told reporters in his first media session since prior to leaving the club. "I got a bone spur that I didn't tell anybody, but I was just trying to process all that myself.

      "It's all about first getting the area to calm down and then strengthening your leg back up again. So, afterwards, we may have to have a procedure but who knows."

      Rose initially injured the ankle on Oct. 20 and has played in just seven of Cleveland's 25 games.

      Rose was less open when it came to his absence from the club. He refused to disclose his whereabouts during that time and whether or not he was considering retirement.

      He got upset when it was suggested the reported $80 million left on his Adidas contract was a big factor in why he returned to the team.

      "Man, I don't care about -- not to be rude -- I don't care about no (bleeping) money," Rose said. "It's not about that. I've saved up enough money. It's not about that. If I wanted to leave, I would have left.

      "Like I said, coming back here, starting with rehab that's my first step. Keeping it simple and just giving my team support and then I'll see what I see off the court."

      Rose also shot down a reporter's questions that he requested a trade during his time away.

      "No, no, no, no, no, no. Trade? No," Rose said. "Come on, man. I'm on one of the best teams in the league? Why would I ask to get traded? They gave me every opportunity and still are going to give me every opportunity that I would want from any other team too and that's just to hoop. I just want to hoop."

      Rose averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists prior to his absence.

      Rose was the 2011 NBA MVP as a member of the Chicago Bulls before multiple knee injuries derailed his career. When he left the Cavaliers, it was reported that he was tired of injury related issues and was weighing his future.

      Rose, a three-time All-Star, disappeared from the New York Knicks without notification last season and missed a game. He later said his departure was related to a family matter.

  • NBA roundup: Nets rally from 16 down to beat Thunder
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, December 8, 2017

    MEXICO CITY -- Caris LeVert recorded his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 assists as the Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 16-point deficit and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Thursday night at the Global Games.

    • On the first anniversary of his NBA debut, LeVert saw extensive time at point guard because of Spencer Dinwiddie's foul trouble. In 30 minutes, Levert shot 6 of 10 and also played effective defense on Russell Westbrook down the stretch.

      Westbrook finished with 31 points but shot 10 of 27 from the field. He scored only five points in the fourth quarter and was also forced into a turnover by LeVert with 2:11 remaining.

      Oklahoma City missed three straight shots in a span of seven seconds and LeVert iced Brooklyn's fourth win in six games by hitting four foul shots in the final 18 seconds.

      Lakers 107, 76ers 104

      PHILADELPHIA -- Brandon Ingram hit a 3-pointer with eight-tenths of a second left to lift Los Angeles over Philadelphia.

      Ingram led the Lakers with 21 points. Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson added 16 apiece off the bench for Los Angeles, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

      Joel Embiid had 33 points to lead the 76ers, who dropped their second straight and their third in four games. Robert Covington chipped in 19 points, and rookie Ben Simmons contributed his third triple-double -- 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists.

      Wizards 109, Suns 99

      PHOENIX -- Bradley Beal continued his offensive surge with 34 points and Washington won back-to-back games for the first time in almost a month with a victory over Phoenix.

      Beal, who had a career-high 51 points in a win at Portland on Tuesday and 40 against the Suns earlier this year, is carrying the offensive load with John Wall (knee) out for a seventh straight game.

      Forward Markieff Morris added 21 points and the Wizards won back-to-back games for the first time since winning four straight from Nov. 9-15. Phoenix got 23 points from T.J. Warren in its first game without leading scorer Devin Booker (adductor strain).

  • 76ers trade unhappy Okafor to Nets
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, December 7, 2017

    Jahlil Okafor no longer has to "Trust the Process."

    • The Philadelphia 76ers traded Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in exchange for forward Trevor Booker, the 76ers announced.

      In addition, Philadelphia sent guard Nik Stauskas to Brooklyn as well as a 2019 second-round pick that originally belonged to the New York Knicks.

      Okafor, 21, was drafted No. 3 overall by Philadelphia in the 2015 NBA Draft, but had fallen out of favor with the organization and has played sparingly this season.

      "Trevor Booker has been a solid and competitive two-way contributor at every NBA stop. Trevor's abilities should complement our style of play and his experience should add to our bench depth with playoff contention in mind," 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Jahlil and Nik are both quality young men with talent that should keep them productive in this league a long time. We hope they find more opportunity in Brooklyn this season and thank them for their contributions over the past few years."

      After averaging a career-high 17.5 points and seven rebounds over 53 games and being selected to the All-Rookie first team in the 2015-16 season, Okafor has appeared in just two games this season for the Sixers, averaging 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds.

      He certainly welcomed Thursday's trade based on comments he made to ESPN last month.

      "I would like for them to just send me somewhere where I can get an opportunity," Okafor said. "I've done everything they've asked of me, and I would just like to get an opportunity to play with a trade or a buyout. I just hope something happens quickly. ... I know it's business, but in my eyes, I don't know if it's good business."

      The 76ers previously declined their team option on Okafor for next season.

      Meanwhile, the Nets are happy about adding two young players to their mix.

      "We are excited about the prospects of both Jahlil and Nik, as well as adding another future asset which will aid us in our continued roster development," Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. "This trade provides us with a good opportunity to bring in two young players who were high picks in recent drafts and give them a chance to succeed in our system."

      Booker, 30, is averaging a career-best 10.1 points per game and 6.6 rebounds through 18 games this season. The eighth-year pro has career averages of 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds.

      Stauskus, 24, has averaged just 0.7 points and 0.2 rebounds in six games this year after averaging a career-best 9.5 and 2.8 last season, respectively.

      The Nets also waived guard Sean Kilpatrick on Thursday. Kilpatrick was averaging 4.9 points in 16 games.

  • Suns sign G James to one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, December 7, 2017

    The Phoenix Suns signed guard Mike James to a standard NBA contract on Thursday after his two-way deal with the team expired Wednesday night.

    • The 27-year-old James signed a one-year deal and will be a restricted free agent following the season.

      Phoenix released forward Derrick Jones Jr. to create the roster opening.

      James has been a surprise for the Suns after playing overseas the previous five seasons. He is averaging 10.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds and his value will be even higher the rest of the month with star shooting guard Devin Booker out for two to three weeks due to a groin injury.

      James played college basketball at Lamar and went undrafted in 2012.

      Jones averaged 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 38 games with the Suns over the past two seasons. He played in just six games this season, averaging 1.5 points and 0.7 rebounds.

  • Thunder F George (calf) to sit out vs. Nets
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, December 7, 2017

    Oklahoma City standout forward Paul George will miss Thursday's game against the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City due to a bruised right calf.

    • It will be the first game George has missed since joining the Thunder in an offseason trade from the Indiana Pacers.

      George suffered the injury during Tuesday's game against the Utah Jazz.

      George is averaging 20.7 points and 5.8 rebounds.

      Forward Jerami Grant (hip bruise) will also miss the contest.

  • NBA roundup: Cavs tie team record with 13th straight win
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, December 7, 2017

    CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 32 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Sacramento Kings 101-95 on Wednesday to tie a team record for consecutive wins.

    • The Cavs won their 13th straight, and they can set a franchise record Friday against the Indiana Pacers. Cleveland previously won 13 in a row in March 2009 and in January-February 2010.

      Kevin Love scored 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Cavs, while Jeff Green scored 17 off the bench. Kyle Korver added 15 points as Cleveland rallied from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter.

      Zach Randolph paced the Kings with 18 points, and JaKarr Sampson set a career high with 16 rebounds.

      Warriors 101, Hornets 87

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kevin Durant totaled 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as Golden State beat Charlotte without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

      Durant finished 13 of 28 from the field and recorded his ninth career triple-double as the Warriors won while Curry sat with a sprained ankle and Green was out with a shoulder injury. Klay Thompson added 22 for the Warriors, who won their fifth straight and seventh in eight games.

      Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points. Nicolas Batum added 15 and Dwight Howard finished with 14.

      Celtics 97, Mavericks 90

      BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Boston beat Dallas.

      Irving scored seven points in a span of 3:05 and then added another basket down the stretch to help Boston win its fourth straight. Al Horford had 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals. Rookie Jayson Tatum also scored 17 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

      Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points and seven rebounds while Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points.

      Spurs 117, Heat 105

      SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points to lead a parade of teammates in double figures as San Antonio Spurs beat Miami.

      Eight of the 11 players who saw the court for San Antonio scored in double figures as Bryn Forbes hit for 17 points, Rudy Gay scored 16 and Patty Mills had 13 points.

      Tyler Johnson led Miami with 25 points off the bench, while Dion Waiters scored 22 and Josh Richardson added 19.

      Pelicans 123, Nuggets 114

      NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins had 40 points and 22 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday was right behind with 27 points and seven assists to lift New Orleans over Denver.

      Playing without forward Anthony Davis, who missed his third consecutive game with a strained adductor, the Pelicans erased an early 10-point deficit by pounding the ball inside to Cousins.

      The Nuggets were led by Gary Harris with 24 points, but they dropped to 3-9 on the road.

      Knicks 99, Grizzlies 88

      NEW YORK -- Courtney Lee scored half of his 24 points in the second quarter as New York beat Memphis.

      Kristaps Porzingis returned from missing two games with an ankle injury to added 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Enes Kanter added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who won for the second time in seven games.

      Marc Gasol scored 17 points, and Tyreke Evans added 15 to lead the Grizzlies, who lost for the 11th time in 12 games.

      Bucks 104, Pistons 100

      MILWAUKEE -- Andre Drummond scored 27 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Detroit in a loss to Milwaukee.

      Drummond hit 12 of 15 shots but Detroit shot just 41.9 percent as a team and went 10-for-30 from beyond the 3-point arc in its season-high fourth straight loss. Tobias Harris added 21 and Avery Bradley finished with 20 for the Pistons.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which also got 22 points from Eric Bledsoe and 21 from Khris Middleton.

      Magic 110, Hawks 106 (OT)

      ORLANDO, Fla -- Evan Fournier led all scorers with 27 points but left Orlando's win over Atlanta early in the extra period with a badly sprained right ankle.

      Fournier hit 12 of 21 shots and scored the first basket in overtime before limping off the court after landing on Nikola Vucevic's foot during the follow-through of his running floater.

      Aaron Gordon had 24 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for Orlando (11-15) while Vucevic added 22 and a season-best 16 rebounds.

      Dennis Schroder led the Hawks (5-19) with 26 points and seven assists.

      Pacers 98, Bulls 96

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds left as Indiana rallied from a 16-point deficit in the final 9 1/2 minutes to beat Chicago.

      Oladipo made his shot after stealing the ball from Chicago's Denzel Valentine and was among five in double figures for Indiana. Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points and Darren Collison contributed 14.

      Kris Dunn scored 19 points for Chicago, which dropped its 10th straight by getting outscored 29-13 and shooting 5 of 18 in the fourth quarter.

      Timberwolves 113, Clippers 107

      LOS ANGELES -- Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 21 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles.

      Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague added 19 points apiece for Minnesota, which shot 55 percent. Andrew Wiggins contributed 16 points as did Taj Gibson, who also grabbed 14 rebounds.

      Reserve Lou Williams and Austin Rivers led the Clippers with 23 points. DeAndre Jordan collected 18 points and 21 rebounds as Los Angeles fell to 0-4 since losing Blake Griffin for two months to a left knee injury.

  • Celtics SG Brown, PF Morris to sit out vs. Mavericks
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics were missing forwards Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris for Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Brown woke up with a swollen right eye. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the swelling may have come from an irritation to a contact lens.

      "When he woke up, one of his eyes, he couldn't open it," Stevens told reporters. "Swollen. Just sounds like an inflamed cornea. Probably from a contact. So, anybody that's worn a contact -- I know I have -- has probably been there. He's hurting but it should be hopefully better by late tonight, early tomorrow."

      Morris missed the first eight games of the season with a left knee injury and is taking Wednesday off due to rehabilitation. This marks the third game Morris will miss since making his team debut on Nov. 3.

      Brown is averaging 14.8 points and 5.9 rebounds while Morris, who has excelled coming off the bench in recent games, is at 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds.

  • Hornets coach Clifford takes leave to address health
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford is stepping away from the team to address his health and will miss an undetermined amount of time, the club announced Wednesday.

    • The Hornets said in a press released there is no timetable for Clifford's return. The team did not provide any additional details on the situation "out of respect for Clifford's privacy."

      The 56-year-old Clifford missed Monday's victory against the Orlando Magic for what the team said was an illness. He also was not at Tuesday's practice.

      This is the Clifford's fifth season with the Hornets. He missed some time in his first season after experiencing chest pains.

      Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas will serve as acting head coach during Clifford's absence.

      The Hornets are 9-13 this season and host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

  • NBA roundup: Wizards' Beal pours in 51
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bradley Beal scored a career-high 51 points as the Washington Wizards trounced the Portland Trail Blazers 106-92 Tuesday night.

    • Beal made 21 of 37 shots from the field, hitting 5 of 12 3-pointers while surpassing his previous career high of 42. Beal's scoring made up for the absence of John Wall, who missed his sixth straight game with a knee injury.

      Thanks largely to Beal, the Wizards atoned for a 116-69 loss at Utah on Monday night.

      Damian Lillard collected 30 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Trail Blazers, who lost their third straight game -- all at home. Jusuf Nurkic added 15 points and nine rebounds before leaving with a leg injury in the fourth quarter.

      Thunder 100, Jazz 94

      OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season, finishing with 34 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, and Oklahoma City overcome a 17-point deficit with four minutes left in the third quarter.

      Utah had its six-game winning streak snapped, while the Thunder recorded their third straight win.

      Donovan Mitchell had 31 points for Utah, which led 72-55 at the 4:13 mark of the third quarter but scored just 14 points in the fourth quarter.

      Raptors 126, Suns 113

      TORONTO -- Not only did Phoenix lose, but its top scorer, Devin Booker, was carried from the court with 2:40 left in the fourth quarter. The initial diagnosis was a strained left adductor.

      Booker, who scored a season-best 46 points Monday in the victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, had 19 points, eight rebounds and five rebounds against the Raptors.

      Kyle Lowry scored 20 points and added 10 assists and six rebounds for the Raptors, who have won four games in a row. The Suns picked up four technical fouls in the game.

  • NBA notebook: Warriors' Curry out at least two weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

    • An MRI exam performed in Charlotte, N.C., displayed no structural damage and the Warriors said Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

      The Warriors are in Charlotte for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

      Curry injured the right ankle late in Monday's 125-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Postgame X-rays were negative.

      --New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a "stress injury" in his lower left leg, the team announced.

      A stress injury means Hardaway has either a stress reaction or a stress fracture, with the latter being more serious. Based on information received from medical experts, the New York Post reported that a stress reaction could sidelined a player for two to six weeks, while a stress fracture could keep a player out for two months.

      Hardaway, who is averaging 17.8 points, has already missed two games because of the injury and he has begun the rehabilitation process.

      --San Antonio Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard still doesn't know when he will make his season debut. But it could occur later this week.

      The soft-spoken Leonard has missed the team's first 24 games due to a quadriceps injury and said he is feeling good during his first interaction with reporters since Sept. 25.

      "I'm feeling pretty healthy right now," Leonard said. "I think they told you guys (reporters) that I've been playing five-on-five. So that's where I'm at right now. It's been good. Just still, just gotta go through a few more processes of doing that. I should be back soon."

      Speculation persists that Leonard could see action in Friday's home game against the Boston Celtics. But Leonard said there isn't a return date picked out.

  • Knicks G Hardaway sidelined at least two weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a "stress injury" in his lower left leg, the team announced Tuesday.

    • A stress injury means Hardaway has either a stress reaction or a stress fracture, with the latter being more serious.

      Based on information received from medical experts, the New York Post reported that a stress reaction could sidelined a player for two to six weeks, while a stress fracture could keep a player out for two months.

      Hardaway has already missed two games because of the injury and he has begun the rehabilitation process.

      The Knicks say Hardaway will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

      The Knicks have lost five of their past six games, and losing Hardaway is a major blow. He was having his best professional season, averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

      "He's been huge," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told the Post. "Obviously Tim has taken that leadership role but Tim's right up there also on the court. ... He's got the ability to be outside and can also drive the ball. That 3-point threat makes guys get up on him and allows him to drive. He can get a shot off anytime he wants. Not a lot of our guys can."

      Rookie Damyean Dotson had been starting in place of Hardaway the past two games.

      In one bit of good news for the Knicks, forward Kristaps Porzingis, the team's top scorer at 25.8 points per game, might be back for Wednesday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing two games with a sprained ankle.

      Porzingis is listed as questionable for that game.

  • Kawhi not? Spurs' Leonard could return this week
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    San Antonio Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard still doesn't know when he will make his season debut.

    • But it could occur later this week.

      The soft-spoken Leonard has missed the team's first 24 games due to a quadriceps injury and said he is feeling good during his first interaction with reporters since Sept. 25.

      "I'm feeling pretty healthy right now," Leonard said. "I think they told you guys (reporters) that I've been playing five-on-five. So that's where I'm at right now. It's been good. Just still, just gotta go through a few more processes of doing that. I should be back soon."

      The Spurs have kept their intentions tight to the vest but speculation persists that Leonard could see action in Friday's home game against the Boston Celtics.

      But Leonard said there isn't a return date picked out.

      "Just whenever," said Leonard, "just based on how I feel is when I'll be released to play."

      Part of the issue with Leonard's health is that the quadriceps didn't initially respond to treatment. The original diagnosis was that he would miss the preseason but the games began to count and Leonard was still nowhere in sight.

      "Didn't really think about it too much, just focused in on what I had to accomplish, and that's it," Leonard said. "I just took it day-to-day, week-to-week. I was just focused on my injury. Just me not being able to play the game, it was a little frustrating. But my team is doing a great job right now of holding their own.

      "A lot of people stepped up in the process, and it's going to be great for us in the long run."

      Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees the situation ending soon and is eager to get the former NBA Finals MVP back in the lineup.

      "If I had your job, I'd be asking all the time, too," Popovich told reporters. "He's a great player. If I remember right, it seems like it was forever, but he was first-team All-NBA. I know there's a guy around here someplace I'm missing. I keep looking for him.

      Every place we go, we get (asked). I think people would like to see him play. He's a pretty unique dude. And he wants to get back. He doesn't want to be sitting there."

  • Warriors G Curry (ankle) will miss at least two weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

    • An MRI exam performed in Charlotte, N.C., displayed no structural damage and the Warriors said Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

      The Warriors are in Charlotte for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

      Curry injured the right ankle late in Monday's 125-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Postgame X-rays were negative.

      Curry left the arena on crutches after Monday's game. He also was mad at himself about the play in which he got injured as he got tangled up with New Orleans guard E'Twaun Moore.

      "It was a dumb play because I tried to go for a steal," Curry said after Monday's contest. "And then, obviously, it was just a bang-bang (play). I got caught on E'Twaun's shoe as I went by him and couldn't catch myself.

      "So obviously it hurt, but wanted to kind of get back here, get ice on it and get the rehab process started as soon as possible."

      Curry scored 31 points against New Orleans and made five 3-pointers to raise his career total to 2,000. He is the eighth player in NBA history to reach that milestone.

      The timing of the injury means Curry doesn't get to play in the club's lone visit to Charlotte -- the city Curry grew up in and located not far from where he was a college star at Davidson.