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  • NBA roundup: Raptors get defensive, stop Spurs
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 21 as the Toronto Raptors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 86-83 in a defensive battle on Friday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

    • Toronto led just 70-69 with 6:53 to play but ran away with a 10-2 run over the ensuing four and a half minutes to build enough of a cushion to hold off the Spurs' late surge, which included a last-second missed shot by Bryn Forbes that could have tied the game.

      The Raptors outshot San Antonio 40 percent-33. 3 percent and outlasted the Spurs despite being outrebounded 55-50.

      Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points and took 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who won their second straight game. It was Toronto's lowest-scoring game of the season; the Raptors average more than 112 points per game.

      LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Pau Gasol added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who played without injured forwards Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gay and injured guard Manu Ginobili.

      Knicks 117, Jazz 115

      Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored 31 points and went 6-of-7 from 3-point range to lead New York to a win at Utah.

      Courtney Lee and Kristaps Porzingis each chipped in 18 points for the Knicks. New York won for just the third time in 10 games in January.

      Lakers 99, Pacers 86

      Jordan Clarkson scored 16 of his season-high 33 points in the final quarter to lead Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory over Indiana at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

      Clarkson was 14-of-19 shooting and also contributed seven rebounds and seven assists while falling two points shy of his career high. Julius Randle added 14 points and Kyle Kuzma scored 13 as the Lakers won for the fifth time in the past seven games.

      Nets 101, Heat 95

      DeMarre Carroll scored a season-high 26 points as Brooklyn, which trailed by 16 in the third quarter, rallied to defeat Miami at Barclays Center.

      The Heat were led by center Hassan Whiteside, who had 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Point guard Goran Dragic added 17 points.

      Brooklyn cooled off a Miami team that, even with the loss, has won eight of its last 10 games overall and eight of its last 11 on the road.

      Grizzlies 106, Kings 88

      Reserve Ben McLemore had 12 of his season-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and Dillon Brooks scored 22 points as Memphis spoiled Zach Randolph's return in a victory over Sacramento at the FedEx Center.

      Tyreke Evans added 14 points and Andrew Harrison had 12 for the Grizzlies, who won their third straight game while sending the Kings to their seventh straight loss.

      Former Memphis fixture Randolph had four points and six rebounds in 19 minutes, and he received a pregame bear hug from former front-court mate Marc Gasol in his first game in Memphis since signing a two-year, $24 million free-agent deal with the Kings in the offseason.

      Wizards 122, Pistons 112

      Kelly Oubre and Bradley Beal scored 26 points apiece and Washington handed Detroit its fourth consecutive loss.

      John Wall scored all of his 16 points for the visitors in the second half and had 11 assists for Washington, which scored 76 second-half points. Otto Porter also supplied 16 points, while Markieff Morris tossed in 13 and Marcin Gortat added 10.

      Suns 108, Nuggets 100

      Guard Devin Booker scored 30 points and TJ Warren added 25 points in Phoenix's victory over Denver at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

      Reserves Josh Jackson and Isaiah Canaan had 16 points apiece and Canaan made a season-high four 3-pointers for the Suns, who broke a three-game losing streak.

      --Field Level Media

  • Warriors rookie Bell out two weeks with ankle sprain
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left ankle suffered Wednesday in Chicago, the team announced Friday.

    • Bell went down awkwardly after challenging a dunk by Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and was eventually taken off the court in a wheelchair.

      The 23-year-old rookie initially thought he had broken the ankle, but X-rays came back negative after the game. After an MRI on Bell's ankle, head coach Steve Kerr told reporters Friday there is "no structural damage" and that the diagnosis is "good news overall."

      "He's a young guy who heals quickly, so hopefully this is best-case scenario," Kerr said.

      Bell will miss at least five games, with Feb. 2 in Sacramento being his first possible date for a return. He has averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 14.4 minutes per game this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Porzingis on All-Star starter snub: 'Players know'
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    If it were decided by his peers, New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis would have been voted a starter for the NBA All-Star Game, a fact that the 22-year-old Latvian referenced Friday when asked about Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid getting the nod instead.

    • "Players know," Porzingis told reporters when asked about the snub. "That's all I'm going to say."

      Porzingis finished third in East frontcourt voting done by NBA players -- which accounts for 25 percent of the final tally -- one spot ahead of Embiid. He finished fourth on the ballots of the media (25 percent) and fans (50 percent), with Embiid finishing third on both. As a result, Embiid joined LeBron James and Giannis Antentokounmpo as All-Star starters.

      "Everybody has their own opinion," Porzingis said. "Fans are one thing. It is what it is. There are a lot of things I could have done better also. It is what it is."

      The third-year-pro will have to be voted in by the coaches to make the All-Star Game, which will be played Feb. 18 at Staples Center, as a reserve. Those results will be released Tuesday.

      "We'll see," Porzingis said when asked if he expects to be an All-Star. "I would hope so. In my mind, I deserve it. All I got to do is play good and win games and the results will take care of itself. I shouldn't be too worried about who is going to vote for me and who is not going to vote for me."

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: Pistons' Leuer may miss rest of season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    Detroit Pistons forward Jon Leuer will undergo season-ending ankle surgery, according to multiple reports Friday.

    • Leuer, 28, has appeared in just eight games this season and hasn't played since suffering the injury on Oct. 31. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds.

      The Pistons were counting on Leuer after he averaged a career-high 10.2 points last season. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds.

      Leuer has career averages of 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in seven seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and Pistons.

      --The Charlotte Hornets have decided to shop star guard Kemba Walker after being unable to find takers for other players on the roster, according to multiple reports.

      Walker, 27, is averaging 21.7 points and 5.8 assists and is earning $12 million annually through the 2018-19 season.

      "This is the first time I've really been in this situation, but what can I do," Walker said. "I'm still here, I've been here the last seven years. I'm going to do what I can do to help my team win games, that's all I can do. I have no control over those kind of things, so I try and keep my mind off of it."

      --Brooklyn point guard D'Angelo Russell was set to return from a knee injury Friday when the Nets hosted the Miami Heat.

      Russell suffered the injury Nov. 11 and underwent arthroscopic surgery six days later. He was averaging 20.9 points, 5.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds in 12 games prior to the injury.

      The former No. 2 overall pick was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason.

      --Utah center Rudy Gobert was to make his return when the Jazz hosted the New York Knicks on Friday, the team announced.

      Gobert missed 15 games after suffering a bone bruise and sprained PCL in his left leg when teammate Derrick Favors accidentally rolled into him. The Jazz were 4-11 during his absence.

      Gobert, 25, is averaging 11.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots in 18 games.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Nets G Russell back from knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    Brooklyn point guard D'Angelo Russell is slated to return from a knee injury on Friday night when the Nets host the Miami Heat.

    • Russell suffered the injury on Nov. 11 and underwent arthroscopic surgery six days later.

      "I never worked so hard in my life, honestly," Russell told reporters. "On the track, every arena I had a different schedule, every road game, waking up early and running outside, whatever it may be -- it was just a tough process, something that was new to me. So getting through that was definitely a look in the mirror for me.

      "I've definitely just been building up to getting to where I am. If that's 1-on-1s, if that's individual, movement, running on the treadmill, whatever it is. ... The day after I had my surgery I was two feet in, just open ears to whatever (doctors and trainers) had to say."

      Russell averaged 20.9 points, 5.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds in 12 games prior to the injury. The former No. 2 overall pick was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason.

      Brooklyn announced Russell's return in a Twitter post.

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      After over two months of recovery, @Dloading is set to make his return to the court tonight against Miami

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      — Brooklyn Nets ???? (@BrooklynNets) January 19, 2018

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      Russell was having trouble reigning in his excitement after Friday's mid-day shooting around.

      "It feels great," Russell told the team's website. "I just really want to get out there and be with my teammates again.

      Russell's playing time will have to be sorted out as coach Kenny Atkinson plans to proceed slowly in terms of ramping up Russell's minutes.

      It also doesn't hurt that Spencer Dinwiddie played well while Russell was sidelined. Dinwiddie is averaging 14.4 points and seven assists during his 34 starts.

      "And that's a job you leave to the coaches," Russell said. "I've got to go out there and play with whoever is next to me and make the best out of it. It's not my job to make those calls."

      Veteran forward DeMarre Carroll sees having two solid point guards as a win-win situation.

      "Ease your way back in," Carroll said in regards to Russell. "A lot of people are going to come and try to put pressure on you. But ease back in. Spencer has been playing great so he can ease his way back in and get back to the level he was playing at slowly.

      "He doesn't have to come right in and everybody think he's going to score 30 or 40. He can ease his way back in and do it on his own time."

      --Field Level Media

  • Pistons F Leuer (ankle) will undergo surgery
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    Detroit Pistons power forward Jon Leuer will undergo season-ending ankle surgery, according to multiple reports Friday.

    • He is expected to be sidelined for at least four months.

      Leuer, 28, has played in just eight games this season and hasn't played since suffering the injury on Oct. 31. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds.

      The Pistons were counting on Leuer this season after he averaged a career-high 10.2 points last season. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds.

      Leuer has career averages of 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in seven seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and Pistons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hornets considering trade of star G Walker
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    The Charlotte Hornets are experiencing a rough season and have decided to shop star guard Kemba Walker, according to multiple reports.

    • Moving Walker, an All-Star last season, would indicate the team is prepared to rebuild in hopes of a brighter future. It also will irritate the team's fan base.

      The highly popular Walker is averaging 21.7 points and 5.8 assists this season. He is just 27 years old and has a bargain contract in which he is being paid $12 million annually through the 2018-19 season.

      Walker was stunned at the initial reports and told reporters on Friday that he would be upset if traded.

      "This is where I got my opportunity," said Walker, the team's first-round draft choice in 2011. "I've been here for seven years and do a lot with the community. I've gotten to know a lot of the fans. A lot of the fans have a lot of love for me, as well as I got love for them.

      "Of course I'm going to be tied to this place. This is kind of where I've grown up. This is definitely home."

      Hornets coach Steve Clifford returned to the team earlier this week after a bout with headaches and sleep deprivation. He said reports of the Hornets (18-25) shopping Walker are merely rumors.

      "I think the same thing everyone else does," Clifford said. "He's our best player. He's the face of the franchise. And I think it'd be very difficult to find a scenario where he'd get traded."

      Published reports state the team made the decision to shop Walker after it was unable to find takers for some of the squad's other players.

      Players such as guard Nicolas Batum (four years, $100 million), center Dwight Howard (two years, $47 million), forward Marvin Williams (three years, $42 million) and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (three years, $39 million) were unappealing to other NBA teams either due to contract or performance, and in some cases both.

      Apparently, owner Michael Jordan and general manager Rich Cho are hoping a willingness to move Walker might tempt a team to pick up one of the players with a bad contract as well.

      That doesn't make Walker feel any better about hearing his name floating around per the trade market.

      "This is the first time I've really been in this situation, but what can I do," Walker said. "I'm still here, I've been here the last seven year. I'm going to do what I can do to help my team win games, that's all I can do. I have no control over those kind of things, so I try and keep my mind off of it."

      Batum heard the Walker rumors on Friday morning and said he was stunned and can't see it happening.

      "He's the captain. The best player. An All-Star. He's our leader," Batum told reporters. "He's everything for us and we go as he goes. I've played with great guys in my career and he's up there."

      Walker has an 18.6 career average and this is the third straight season in which he is averaging more than 20 points per game. He averaged a career-best 23.2 last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jazz C Gobert (leg) returning against Knicks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    Utah center Rudy Gobert will make his return when the Jazz host the New York Knicks on Friday, the team announced.

    • Gobert has missed the past 15 games since suffering a bone bruise in his left leg and sprained PCL in his left knee when teammate Derrick Favors accidentally rolled into the leg.

      Gobert was upgraded to probable on Thursday before the Jazz made his return official on Friday.

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      .@rudygobert27 is ready to play tonight ?? #takenote pic.twitter.com/ikOCP4zpjb

      — Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 19, 2018

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      Gobert, 25, is averaging 11.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots in 18 games. He also missed time earlier this season due to a bone bruise in his right leg.

      The 7-foot-1 Gobert enjoyed his best season a year ago when he had career best averages of 14.0 points and 12.8 rebounds and led the NBA with 214 blocked shots.

      The Jazz (18-26) are just 4-11 during Gobert's latest absence.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Cavs edge Magic to end 4-game skid
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 19, 2018

    Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points and hit the go-ahead free throws with 11 seconds remaining as the Cleveland Cavaliers blew a 23-point lead but held off the Orlando Magic for a 104-103 win Thursday in Cleveland.

    • Thomas shot 6 of 15 from the floor but made six of seven free throws. His biggest points occurred after Orlando briefly took its first lead in the final minute, as Cleveland recovered to end a four-game losing streak.

      LeBron James scored 16 points for the Cavaliers, who carried a 67-47 lead into halftime and held a 23-point advantage early in the third. He is 25 points away from becoming the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points.

      Elfrid Payton finished with 19 points and eight assists for Orlando, which has lost 28 of its last 33 games.

      76ers 89, Celtics 80

      Joel Embiid had 26 points, 16 rebounds and six assists in an overall dominant effort, and visiting Philadelphia held on to defeat Boston.

      Embiid scored 20 or more points for the 24th time this season. Dario Saric scored 16 points and T.J. McConnell had 15 for the Sixers, who won without sharpshooting guard JJ Redick, out due to a leg injury.

      Al Horford and Marcus Morris paced the Celtics with 14 points each while Marcus Smart added 13 and Jaylen Brown had 12. Boston played without Kyrie Irving, sidelined because of a shoulder injury.

      Rockets 116, Timberwolves 98

      James Harden returned from a seven-game injury hiatus but took a backseat to the dynamic play of Chris Paul and Eric Gordon in Houston victory over visiting Minnesota.

      Harden, playing under a minutes restriction, finished with 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting and seven assists over 26 minutes, the first time this season he failed to record at least 20 points. Gordon and Paul filled the scoring void. Gordon posted 30 points off the bench, while Paul tallied 19 points, six rebounds and nine assists.

      Jimmy Butler poured in 23 points as Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota. Andrew Wiggins chipped in a relatively quiet 16 points.

      Trail Blazers 100, Pacers 86

      Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic led the way as Portland disposed of visiting Indiana.

      Lillard collected 26 points, eight assists and five rebounds, and Nurkic scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who won their second consecutive game.

      Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo each scored 23 points while Thaddeus Young had 10 points and 14 boards for the Pacers, whose three-game winning streak ended.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: James, Curry lead list of All-Star starters
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    The 10 starters for the NBA All-Star Game were unveiled Thursday, but who plays for which team is still to be determined.

    • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (Eastern Conference) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (Western) were the leading vote-getters for the game and will serve as captains. The two will draft players next week for the Feb. 18 contest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

      Joining James as Eastern players named starters are Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

      Other players from the West include Curry's teammate, forward Kevin Durant. Also named starters were Houston Rockets guard James Harden and the New Orleans Pelicans' big-man duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

      --Irving missed Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to a sore left shoulder, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

      Irving informed the medical team after Tuesday's game with the New Orleans Pelicans that he was experiencing extreme soreness. Stevens said the injury doesn't appear to be a long-term problem, but he was unable to pinpoint when Irving would return to the lineup.

      Irving is averaging 24.1 points per game.

      --Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo was suspended two games for throwing a punch at Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday, the NBA announced.

      Afflalo was scheduled to sit out Thursday night's game against the Cavaliers and Sunday's game against the Celtics. He will forfeit $32,119 in salary.

      Afflalo and Bjelica were ejected after the second-quarter incident in which Afflalo grazed the left side of Bjelica's head with a right-handed punch.

      --Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn's suffered a concussion from a bad ball in Wednesday's loss to Golden State and won't travel Friday when the team leaves for a three-game trip beginning Saturday in Atlanta.

      The Bulls said Dunn "will be out indefinitely" after entering the league's concussion protocol.

      Dunn also chipped and dislocated two front teeth when he landed on his face following a dunk with 2:52 to play.

      -- Field Level Media

  • James, Curry lead NBA All-Star starters
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    The 10 starters for the NBA All-Star Game were unveiled on Thursday, but who plays for which team is still to be determined.

    • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (Eastern Conference) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (Western) were the leading vote-getters for the game and will serve as captains. The two will draft players next week for the Feb. 18 contest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

      Joining James as Eastern players named starters are Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

      Other players from the West include Curry's teammate, forward Kevin Durant. Also named starters were Houston Rockets guard James Harden and the New Orleans Pelicans' big-man duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

      The new format will feature James and Curry choosing players from among starters and the reserves. James (2,638,294) will have first pick due to receiving more votes than Curry (2,379,494). The backups (seven from each conference) will be selected by NBA coaches, with full team rosters set to be announced on Jan. 25.

      "Just being out there with those guys is a great honor" DeRozan said on TNT after making his fourth All-Star team. "I don't care which team I am on."

      The starters were determined by balloting from fans, players and a select group of NBA media members.

      James is set to make his 14th consecutive start, which would break a tie with former Boston Celtics great Bob Cousy (13). Curry is the first player in Warriors' history to be named an All-Star starter in five straight seasons.

      Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is among the notable omissions from the group of starters.

      --Field Level Media

  • Celtics G Irving (shoulder) out against 76ers
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will miss Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers due to a sore left shoulder, coach Brad Stevens said during his pregame session with reporters.

    • Irving informed the medical team after Tuesday's game with the New Orleans Pelicans that he was experiencing extreme soreness.

      Stevens said the injury doesn't appear to be a long-term problem, but he was unable to pinpoint when Irving would return to the lineup.

      "He's been evaluated by our docs and everything else," Stevens said. "Don't feel like it's a long-term issue, but he is sore and has been, and so hopefully he can get to feeling better sooner rather than later."

      Stevens said Irving, who averages 24.1 points per game, will continue to be monitored closely.

      "I think that he was getting treatment on it, and I don't know if it got aggravated after last game," Stevens said. "But after the last game, he noted it more. And then (the medical staff) spent a lot of time with him in the 24 hours following."

      Marcus Smart (illness) was cleared to play and will start in Irving's spot, Stevens said.

      --Field Level Media

  • Magic G Afflalo suspended two games for throwing punch
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo was suspended two games for throwing a punch at Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday, the NBA announced Thursday.0

    • Afflalo will sit out Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics. He will forfeit $32,119 in salary.

      Bjelica was not suspended.

      Afflalo and Bjelica were ejected after the second-quarter incident in which Afflalo grazed the left side of Bjelica's head with a right-handed punch.

      Tensions between the two players began earlier in the quarter when they exchanged words and drew technical fouls. Both players were given a second technical after the punching incident.

      Afflalo explained Wednesday that there was no intent on his part.

      "It was nothing personal," Afflalo told reporters. "I don't know him. But that happens all the time. It's just unfortunate that it escalated to where it ended between us. I'll try to handle it a little bit better next time."

      --Field Level Media

  • Thunder role: Anthony embracing new surrounds, finding old joy
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Taking fewer shots, scoring fewer points than ever, Carmelo Anthony is finding a new groove as a role player with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    • "Once you accept something, regardless of what it is, I think you become comfortable with it," Anthony said. "You start putting your all into it, you start working on that role and on that acceptance, and it becomes fun. I think right now, after accepting that role, I think early in December, the game is starting to become fun again for me, fun for us as a team. Any time you get to making shots and winning basketball games, it makes it that much more fun."

      Averaging a career-low 17.4 points per game as a support leg and third scorer behind point guard Russell Westbrook and forward Paul George, Anthony is taking fewer shots but achieving greater efficiency. Since Jan. 1, he's shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and just under 40 percent from 3-point range to help the Thunder pull out of a tailspin.

      The new-look Anthony was on display Wednesday in a 114-90 win, leading all scorers with 27 points on 10 of 15 shooting. He made 4 of his 6 tries from 3-point range.

      "I think any time you're making shots you feel good about yourself and what you're doing, what the team is doing," Anthony said. "(Wednesday) was just one of those nights where the shot was falling and the game was fun. And we took advantage of that."

      Anthony, 33, is not paid like a support player -- in 2017-18, Anthony will earn a base salary of $26,243,760 -- which is part of the reason he felt pressure to continue in his familiar role. Only 11 players in the league are scheduled to make more this season than Anthony.

      Moving forward, he's not trying to play that part, rather focusing on playing his new part. His teammates know what Anthony is capable of when called upon for more.

      "We know he can put up 50 points a game if he wanted to. If his shot's falling, we're going to find him as much as possible," forward Patrick Patterson said.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bulls PG Dunn dislocates teeth in fall vs. Warriors
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn will be re-evaluated for a concussion on Thursday despite coming up clear in baseline testing on Wednesday night after crashing to the floor and dislocating multiple teeth.

    • Dunn fell to the floor and took a chunk out of the hardwood, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, necessitating concussion tests after the Bulls loss to the Golden State Warriors at United Center.

      "He didn't lose teeth ... there was a good little chunk he took out of the floor," Hoiberg said.

      Dunn stole the ball from Klay Thompson and lost his balance after a dunk with 2:55 left in the game.

      He went down face first and when he got to his feet, Dunn was bleeding from his lip and appeared dazed walking through the tunnel to the locker room.

      Hoiberg said the Bulls will "know a lot more Thursday."

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Warriors' road win streak reaches 14
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 18, 2018

    The Golden State Warriors held the Bulls to 12 points in the third quarter after Chicago had a 66-point first half, enabling the defending champs to rally for a 119-112 victory Wednesday night in Chicago.

    • The win was the Warriors' fourth straight to begin a five-game trip and extended Golden State's road winning streak to 14 games, equaling the third longest in NBA history.

      The Bulls used a 17-0 run bridging the first and second quarters to help build a 66-63 halftime advantage. The Warriors countered with a 19-0 flurry of their own in the third quarter to take a lead they never relinquished.

      Klay Thompson had 38 points and Stephen Curry 30 for the Warriors, whose 21-3 road record is better than their 16-6 home mark. Nikola Mirotic had a team-high 24 points for the Bulls, who had won their previous three games.

      Hornets 133, Wizards 109

      Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 21 points as Charlotte welcomed the return of coach Steve Clifford to the bench with some record offense in a win over visiting Washington. Clifford, 56, missed 21 games across five weeks because of severe headaches associated with sleep deprivation.

      The Hornets made their first 10 shots from the field, the best stretch to start a game for the franchise in 15 years. That led to a franchise-record 77 first-half points.

      Kemba Walker's 19 points and Dwight Howard's 18 points and 15 rebounds also gave the Hornets a lift. Bradley Beal poured in 26 points and reserve Mike Scott racked up 18 points for the Wizards.

      Hawks 94, Pelicans 93

      Kent Bazemore scored 20 points, including a go-ahead jumper with two seconds left, to lift Atlanta past visiting New Orleans.

      The Hawks erased a 15-point halftime deficit with a big third quarter. Ersan Ilyasova (15 points) connected on key 3-pointer in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to help Atlanta win consecutive games for the first time this season.

      New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, but he missed a shot at the buzzer as the Pelicans had their three-game winning streak snapped. Anthony Davis, who was coming off back-to-back 45-plus-point performances, finished with only eight points and seven rebounds. Jrue Holiday scored 22 points to lead the Pelicans.

      Spurs 100, Nets 95

      LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half as San Antonio beat Brooklyn in New York.

      Patty Mills added 25 points on a night the Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) and Manu Ginobili (right thigh contusion). Leonard is out indefinitely, while Ginobili is day-to-day.

      Allen Crabbe led the Nets with 20 points while Joe Harris scored 18 points, but Brooklyn lost its fifth straight home game and fell for the sixth time in seven games.

      Raptors 96, Pistons 91

      CJ Miles scored 21 points off the bench, his biggest output since scoring 22 on opening night, and Toronto held on for a home win over Detroit.

      Kyle Lowry had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Jonas Valanciunas posted 17 points and 16 rebounds for Toronto. DeMar DeRozan also scored 17 points as the Raptors overcame 21 turnovers.

      Andre Drummond paced the Pistons, who have lost three straight, with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Avery Bradley tossed in 19 points for Detroit.

      Grizzlies 105, Knicks 99

      Memphis ran off to an 18-point, third-quarter advantage, then held on through a wild finish to defeat visiting New York.

      With the Grizzlies up by three, New York's Kristaps Porzingis (21 points) was called for a loose-ball foul going for the rebound with 25 seconds remaining.

      The Knicks then appeared to force a turnover with 17 seconds left, but the referees ruled a jump ball and slapped New York's Courtney Lee with a technical foul for arguing. Evans (23 points) made the free throw for a four-point lead, and he added another pair three seconds later after winning the jump ball.

      Heat 106, Bucks 101

      Hassan Whiteside notched his 14th double-double of the season, finishing with 27 points and 13 rebounds in Miami's win at Milwaukee.

      Whiteside hit 10 of 12 shots from the floor and connected on 7 of 9 attempts from the foul line while blocking six shots as the Heat won for the ninth time in 11 games. Miami also got 15 points apiece from Goran Dragic and Kelly Olynyk.

      Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 25 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 for the Bucks.

      Thunder 114, Lakers 90

      Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, and Steven Adams chipped in 21 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma City toppled visiting Los Angeles.

      Russell Westbrook added 19 points, six boards and seven assists for the Thunder, and Paul George tallied 13 points. Oklahoma City has won three consecutive games following a three-game skid.

      The Lakers fell to 0-8 without rookie guard Lonzo Ball, who missed a second consecutive game with a knee injury. Los Angeles' Julius Randle scored 16 points, all in the first half, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope posted 10 points in the first quarter before leaving in the second with an ankle injury.

      Clippers 109, Nuggets 104

      Blake Griffin recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Los Angeles beat visiting Denver to notch its sixth consecutive victory.

      Montrezl Harrell added 18 points and eight rebounds as the Clippers won for the 12th time in 15 games. Lou Williams scored 17 points as his streak of 13 consecutive 20-point outings came to an end.

      Gary Harris scored 19 points and Nikola Jokic added 18 for the Nuggets, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Will Barton scored 17 points for Denver, and Mason Plumlee registered season highs of 16 points and 14 rebounds.

      Jazz 120, Kings 105

      Donovan Mitchell scored 34 points on 14-of-19 shooting to help Utah register a victory at Sacramento.

      Rodney Hood added 25 points off the bench as the Jazz won for only the fifth time in the past 20 games. Derrick Favors notched 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Joe Ingles also had 14 points for Utah.

      Willie Cauley-Stein tied his season high of 26 points and also collected 10 rebounds for the Kings, who lost their sixth consecutive game and fell for the ninth time in 10 games. Sacramento's Bogdan Bodganovic scored 25 points, making 9 of 11 shots, including all six of his 3-point attempts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Warriors' Bell leaves on wheelchair with ankle injury
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Golden State Warriors rookie forward Jordan Bell badly sprained his left ankle and exited the court on a wheelchair in the first quarter of Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls.

    • Bell, 23, landed awkwardly on his left leg after Bulls center Robin Lopez dunked on him in the game's first minute. As he writhed in pain beneath the basket, he clutched the arm of teammate Stephen Curry. He could not put any weight on his left leg and was wheeled off the court by the team's training staff.

      The Warriors said X-rays on Bell's ankle were negative. Bell is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity of the sprain.

      Bell's youth and athleticism has buoyed the Warriors this season. The second-round pick out of Oregon entered Wednesday averaging 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 37 games (10 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: Spurs star Leonard out indefinitely
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will sit out an indefinite period of time to continue his rehab from right quadriceps tendinopathy, the team announced Wednesday.

    • While the timetable for Leonard's return is uncertain, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dismissed the notion that Leonard would miss the remainder of the season, according to ESPN. Leonard missed the first 27 games of the season while recovering from the injury, and then returned from a three-game absence last week after sustaining a small muscle tear in his left shoulder. In nine games this season, he is averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

      "Kawhi has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. "This is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play."

      San Antonio was missing Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Manu Ginobili (thigh contusion) for its road game against the Brooklyn Nets. Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News that Gay remains "a couple weeks" away from getting back in the lineup.

      --The NBA suspended the Rockets' Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green two games each for aggressively entering the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room following Houston's Monday night loss at Staples Center.

      The punishments were announced by NBA executive vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe, who did not issue any discipline to Los Angeles' Blake Griffin and Houston's Chris Paul and James Harden. ESPN previously reported that Ariza was the instigator of the fracas, with Paul and Harden trying to calm him.

      The suspension will cost Ariza $83,852 and Green $15,609. Ariza and Green won't be available for games against two of the Western Conference's best teams. The Rockets host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

      Harden is expected to return Thursday after a seven-game absence due to a hamstring strain, barring any setbacks.

      --Golden State Warriors forwards Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness) and Andre Iguodala (bruised left calf) have been ruled out for Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls.

      Green played 38 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, tallying 11 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in the win. Iguodala played 25 minutes, recording nine points and six rebounds. Green sat out five games in a six-game stretch in December with soreness in the same shoulder, while Iguodala has missed six games this season with a variety of minor issues.

      The Warriors have lost just one game this season that either Green or Iguodala missed: a 122-121 defeat to the Houston Rockets to open the season on Oct. 17.

      --Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose told reporters that he hopes to return from a nagging ankle injury Thursday against the Orlando Magic.

      "I just want to hoop," Rose said. "It's not about stats or anything like that. I just want to go on the floor and show people what I still have in the tank and help this team in any way I can."

      Rose averaged 14.3 points in seven games as the Cavaliers' starting point guard before his most recent injury, which has sidelined him since Nov. 7 and forced him to re-evaluate his future in the NBA. He will return to Cleveland with an uncertain role as Isaiah Thomas made his season debut earlier this month and is earning more minutes as he continues to put his hip injury behind him.

      --Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in California on Saturday night.

      Rodman's longtime agent, Darren Prince, told The Associated Press that Rodman checked into Turning Point Rehabilitation Center in Patterson, N.J., on Wednesday to seek assistance in his struggle with alcoholism. Rodman spent three weeks at Turning Point in 2014 upon his return from a trip to North Korea.

      The Newport Beach Police Department told USA Today on Sunday that Rodman, 56, was pulled over because of unspecified vehicle code violations. A subsequent investigation led to his arrest for DUI. Rodman also was arrested for DUI in 1999 and 2003.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cavs' Rose hopes for Thursday return
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose told reporters after Wednesday's practice that he hopes to return from a nagging ankle injury Thursday against the Orlando Magic.

    • A final call will be made based on how Rose's ankle responds to Wednesday's work.

      "I just want to hoop," Rose said. "It's not about stats or anything like that. I just want to go on the floor and show people what I still have in the tank and help this team in any way I can."

      Rose was the Cavaliers' starting point guard before his most recent injury, which has sidelined him since Nov. 7 and forced him to re-evaluate his future in the NBA. He will return to Cleveland with an uncertain role as Isaiah Thomas made his season debut earlier this month and is earning more minutes as he continues to put his hip injury behind him.

      Jose Calderon played well in Rose's absence to earn his fair share of minutes, and Dwyane Wade is the team's primary guard option off the bench.

      Fellow guard Iman Shumpert also practiced Wednesday, leaving coach Tyronn Lue to remain vague when asked his plan to get everyone on the court.

      "When they come back, we'll figure it out," Lue said.

      Rose has averaged 14.3 points and 26.9 minutes in seven games with the Cavs this season. Cleveland has been in a funk of late, losing nine of its last 12 games -- including four straight entering Thursday's matchup with the Magic.

      --Field Level Media

  • Agent: Rodman entering rehab after DUI arrest
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in California on Saturday night.

    • Rodman's longtime agent, Darren Prince, told The Associated Press that Rodman checked into Turning Point Rehabilitation Center in Patterson, N.J., on Wednesday to seek assistance in his struggle with alcoholism.

      Rodman spent three weeks at Turning Point in 2014 upon his return from a trip to North Korea.

      "It's no secret Dennis has been struggling on and off with alcoholism the past 17 years," Prince told USA Today in a statement after Rodman was arrested. "He's been dealing with some very personal issues the past month and we're going to get him the help he needs now.

      "I've been his agent for 20 plus years and we're more like brothers. He's an amazing guy sober and deserves to find that happy place in his life with all he did to make his millions of fans happy during his NBA career. This is his chance to rebound in life so we ask for prayers and support from everyone."

      The Newport Beach Police Department told USA Today on Sunday that Rodman, 56, was pulled over because of unspecified vehicle code violations. A subsequent investigation led to his arrest for DUI.

      According to police, Rodman was cooperative and agreed to take a breathalyzer test at the scene. He was then arrested, booked at the Newport Beach Jail and released about seven hours later.

      Rodman also was arrested for DUI in 1999 and 2003.

      Rodman played 14 seasons in the NBA from 1986 through 2000, averaging 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds in 911 career games. He won five NBA championships, including three with the Chicago Bulls while playing alongside Michael Jordan.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockets' Ariza, Green suspended 2 games for locker-room incident
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    The NBA suspended the Rockets' Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green two games each for aggressively entering the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room following Houston's Monday night loss at Staples Center.

    • The punishments were announced by NBA executive vice president KikiVanDeWeghe, who did not issue any discipline to Los Angeles' Blake Griffin and Houston's Chris Paul and James Harden.

      ESPN previously reported that Ariza was the instigator of the fracas, with Paul and Harden trying to calm him.

      The suspension will cost Ariza $102,357 and Green $19,054, according to ESPN.

      Executives, coaches, players and security personnel talked with NBA officials Tuesday and Wednesday as the league investigated the incident.

      With the Clippers celebrating a 113-102 win over former teammate Paul and the Rockets, the mood changed swiftly in the locker room when Ariza, Harden, Paul and Green entered through a back corridor at Staples Center, apparently seeking to confront Los Angeles' Austin Rivers and Griffin. ESPN reported tempers were high and Rockets players were looking for Rivers in particular.

      "We were where we were supposed to be," Griffin said. "We were in our locker room. So whatever happens over there, I mean, we can't control what anybody else does. We control what we did. Everybody was in our seats. That's it. You should ask them."

      The game had been chippy and physical throughout, with several technical fouls assessed and Ariza and Rivers -- who did not suit up for the game -- both ejected.

      Ariza and Green won't be available for games against two of the Western Conference's best teams. The Rockets host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

      Harden is expected to return Thursday after a seven-game absence due to a hamstring strain, barring any setbacks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Green (shoulder) and Iguodala (calf) ruled out vs. Bulls
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Golden State Warriors forwards Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness) and Andre Iguodala (bruised left calf) have been ruled out for Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls.

    • Green played 38 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, tallying 11 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in the win. Iguodala played 25 minutes, recording nine points and six rebounds. Green sat out five games in a six-game stretch in December with soreness in the same shoulder, while Iguodala has missed six games this season with a variety of minor issues.

      The Warriors have lost just one game this season that either Green or Iguodala missed: a 122-121 defeat to the Houston Rockets to open the season on Oct. 17. The Bulls have won three straight.

      Meanwhile, head coach Steve Kerr said rookie Jordan Bell will make his 11th career start, and his second against the team that drafted him in June. Bell blocked six shots on Nov. 24 against the Bulls in his first career start.

      The Bulls took Bell with the 38th pick in the draft before trading him to the Warriors for cash considerations.

      --Field Level Media

  • Spurs shut down Leonard indefinitely
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will sit out an indefinite period of time to continue his rehab from right quadriceps tendinopathy, the team announced Wednesday.

    • While the timetable for Leonard's return is uncertain, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dismissed the notion that Leonard would miss the remainder of the season, according to ESPN.

      Leonard missed the first 27 games of the season while recovering from the injury, and then returned from a three-game absence last week after sustaining a small muscle tear in his left shoulder. In nine games this season, he is averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

      "Kawhi has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. "This is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play."

      Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News, "It hasn't responded the way we wanted it to. He's given it a shot. He's frustrated as hell. He wants to play badly. But if we're going to err, we're going to do it on the side of health and being wise. ...

      "I'm probably more conservative than most, but the trainers, the rehab people, the doctors, the coaches, we all talked about this for a long time."

      San Antonio was missing Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Manu Ginobili (thigh contusion) for its Wednesday night road game against the Brooklyn Nets. Popovich told the Express-News that Gay remains "a couple weeks" away from getting back in the lineup.

      The Spurs (29-16) began the night in third place in the Western Conference, seven games behind the Golden State Warriors and 2 1/2 games back of the Houston Rockets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockets' Harden expected to return Thursday
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Houston Rockets star guard James Harden is expected to return from a hamstring strain and be in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    • The Rockets plan for Harden to play, barring any setbacks during Wednesday's practice, league sources told ESPN. He is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's home game.

      Harden, 28, has missed the past seven games since suffering a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring on Dec. 31, when he drove for a layup late in the fourth quarter of a double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 40 points before leaving with the injury when he came up limping with 54 seconds remaining in regulation.

      The Rockets originally announced that Harden would be re-evaluated in two weeks.

      The Rockets (30-12) have gone 4-3 without Harden, including a 113-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night when tempers flared during and after the game.

      Harden is awaiting a disciplinary ruling from the NBA office after sources told ESPN that he was one of four Rockets who entered the Clippers' locker room through a back door after Monday's loss at Staples Center.

      Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Rockets forward Trevor Ariza was the primary aggressor, with All-Star guards Chris Paul and Harden described as attempting to cool off Ariza inside the Clippers' locker room.

      With the Clippers celebrating a win over former teammate Paul and the Rockets, the mood changed swiftly in the locker room when Ariza, Harden, Paul and Gerald Green entered, apparently seeking to confront Los Angeles' Austin Rivers and Blake Griffin.

      Harden leads the league in scoring with 32.3 points per game and ranks third in assists (9.1) in 35 games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Pelicans power past Celtics in OT
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Anthony Davis torched the Celtics for 45 points and 16 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans snapped the Celtics' seven-game winning streak with a 116-113 overtime victory Tuesday in Boston.

    • Davis' monster night followed up his 48-point, 17-rebound performance in New York on Sunday. The four-time All-Star has scored at least 36 in three consecutive games.

      Jrue Holiday had 23 points, DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Ian Clark scored 15 to help the Pelicans win for the fifth time in seven games since the calendar turned.

      Kyrie Irving paced the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics with 27 points. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown each chipped in 16 and Al Horford totaled 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Boston.

      Magic 108, Timberwolves 102

      Evan Fournier scored a career-high 32 points as Orlando stunned visiting Minnesota.

      Fournier hit six 3-pointers and D.J. Augustin had 11 points in the fourth quarter as Orlando snapped a seven-game losing streak and won for only the second time in its last 18 games.

      Jimmy Butler scored 28 points for Minnesota, which saw a five-game winning streak snapped. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

      Nuggets 105, Mavericks 102

      Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Denver to a gritty victory over visiting Dallas.

      The Nuggets led by as many as 23 points but were extended to the final minutes by the stubborn Mavericks. Gary Harris and Will Barton added 25 and 22 points, respectively, for Denver, which has now won two of its past three games after losing three straight outings.

      Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with 25 points. Harrison Barnes added 17 points, Devin Harris hit for 16 off the bench.

      Trail Blazers 118, Suns 111

      Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 58 points as Portland outgunned Devin Booker and visiting Phoenix.

      Lillard finished with 31 points on just 19 shot attempts and also dished out seven assists while McCollum contributed 27 points. The duo combined to sink 10 of 17 3-point tries as Portland finished 17 of 35 from behind the arc.

      Booker starred in defeat, gunning in a game-high 43 points on 14-of-29 shooting from the field. Booker, who made all of his 10 free throws, also chipped in six rebounds and eight assists.

      --Field Level Media