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  • Agent: 76ers G Fultz out until shoulder exam
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Markelle Fultz is headed back to a specialist for an exam on his ailing shoulder and will not return to the Philadelphia 76ers lineup until he's cleared.

    • Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was benched on Monday in favor of T.J. McConnell after playing only seven minutes.

      He met with reporters after the game and did not mention his shoulder or hint at any other injury. Head coach Brett Brown said he didn't know how the rotation would work out moving forward.

      However, Fultz's agent, Raymond Brothers, told several media outlets the issue is the shoulder. Fultz missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder injury.

      It is not known whether the 76ers and Fultz are in agreement on the need for the exam.

      "You definitely want to go out there and compete," Fultz said Monday night. "I'm a competitor. But, at the end of the day, coach made a decision to do that, so I have to live with it. My mindset is just, when I step on the court, go out there and play. But while T.J. is out there, I'm rooting for him.

      "It's not like I'm sitting on the bench pouting or anything. I want to be out there, but I'm going to root for my teammates."

      --Field Level Media

  • JR Smith: Cavs are tanking
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    JR Smith wants out of Cleveland to avoid being a part of what he considers a tank job from the Cavaliers.

    • Smith, 33, informed 36-year-old general manager Koby Altman he preferred to be dealt when it became clear the Cavaliers would not compete in 2018.

      After a loss Monday sent Cleveland to the bottom of the NBA standings at 2-13, Smith told The Athletic the clear plan was to tank and collect high draft picks.

      "I don't think the goal is to win. The goal isn't to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can," Smith said. "I think the goal is to develop and lose to get lottery picks. I think that was always the plan."

      Smith is averaging just 6.7 points per game, playing 20 minutes per game, and being paid $14.7 million for the 2018-19 season. The 15-year veteran reportedly refused overtures aimed at a buyout.

      "I don't want my legacy to be remembered like that in Cleveland," Smith said of the buyout proposition. "I don't think that's fair to the people I see every single day walking around the arena. I don't think that's fair to the trainers or equipment guys. ... I just look at it differently than being traded. I don't like the statement of getting bought out."

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Davis' 29, Randle's triple-double lead Pelicans
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Anthony Davis scored 29 points and Julius Randle came off the bench to add a triple-double as the New Orleans Pelicans routed the San Antonio Spurs 140-126 on Monday night.

    • Davis, who scored a combined 83 points in his previous two games, finished the Monday game six points shy of 10,000 points for his seven-year career. The Pelicans, who improved to 8-1 at home, swept a three-game homestand in which they averaged 131 points. They have won six of their last seven games.

      Randle finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. E'Twaun Moore scored 24 points, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 for New Orleans.

      DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points to lead San Antonio. Bryn Forbes had 20 and former Pelican Dante Cunningham scored 19 for the Spurs, who lost for the sixth time in eight games.

      Kings 117, Thunder 113

      Buddy Hield scored 25 points, hitting 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions late in the fourth quarter, to help lift Sacramento past visiting Oklahoma City.

      Hield's late treys helped the Kings overcome a strong finish from the Thunder's Russell Westbrook, who scored 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter. Westbrook, who missed six consecutive games because of a sprained ankle and the birth of twin daughters over the weekend, also had 13 rebounds and seven assists.

      Iman Shumpert scored 23 points for the Kings, all in the first half. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 16 points, and Marvin Bagley III had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Sacramento. Paul George added 27 points for Oklahoma City.

      Bucks 104, Nuggets 98

      Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to lead host Milwaukee past Denver.

      Eric Bledsoe added 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton added 13 points apiece for the Bucks, who have won consecutive games for the first time since a 7-0 start.

      Nikola Jokic scored 20 points and Jamal Murray had 17 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Nuggets.

      Hornets 117, Celtics 112

      Kemba Walker scored 43 points, and host Charlotte rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boston.

      Walker scored 21 of his points in the fourth quarter, singlehandedly leading the comeback until Tony Parker hit two clutch baskets in the final two minutes. Walker's 3-pointer with 33.3 seconds left gave the Hornets a six-point lead and all but settled the outcome.

      In the process, Walker reclaimed his spot as the league's leading scorer. He came into the night averaging 28.7 points per game, behind LeBron James' 28.8, but now holds a slight edge over James. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 27 points and 11 assists.

      76ers 119, Suns 114

      Joel Embiid scored 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead host Philadelphia past Phoenix. It was Embiid's 11th game this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.

      The Sixers improved to 9-0 at home and secured their 19th straight home win dating to last season. This is their longest home winning streak since tallying 24 straight from Nov. 27, 1982, to March 23, 1983.

      Ben Simmons added 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Sixers, who have won three in a row. Devin Booker led the Suns with 37 points, while TJ Warren added 21 and rookie DeAndre Ayton chipped in with 17.

      Pacers 121, Jazz 94

      Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and Domantas Sabonis just missed recording a triple-double as host Indiana cruised past Utah. Sabonis finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine assists in 26 minutes off the bench.

      The win was the third straight for the Pacers, who completed a sweep of a three-game homestand that also included games against Miami and Atlanta.

      The Pacers were playing without leading scorer Victor Oladipo, who missed his first game of the season because of a sore right knee. Ricky Rubio led the Jazz with 28 points, six assists and three steals.

      Grizzlies 98, Mavericks 88

      Mike Conley scored a game-high 28 points, which included seven 3-pointers, as host Memphis cooled off Dallas.

      The Grizzlies won for the seventh time in eight home games, while Dallas saw its season-best, four-game winning streak come to an end while losing for the seventh time in eight road games. The Mavericks' 88 points marked a season low.

      Conley's seventh 3-pointer with 4:26 to go in the game came on the heels of Garrett Temple's second 3-pointer for a 90-84 lead. Marc Gasol, who finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and four blocks, then splashed a jumper to give Memphis the largest lead of the game, 92-84 with 3:01 to go.

      Clippers 127, Hawks 119

      Tobias Harris and Montrezl Harrell combined to score 49 points and lead Los Angeles to its fifth straight win at the expense of host Atlanta.

      Harris scored 24 points and was 4-for-8 on 3-point attempts while adding eight rebounds and two blocks. Harrell came off the bench to score 25 points and made a career-best 15 free throws while adding 11 rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

      Atlanta lost its eighth straight game and the 12th of its last 13. The defeat came despite 25 points and a career-high 17 assists from rookie Trae Young. Young broke out of a three-game scoring slump that saw him limited to single digits, including only four points in a Nov. 13 loss at Golden State. He scored 19 in the first half Monday to pace the Hawks to a 64-61 halftime lead.

      Pistons 113, Cavaliers 102

      Andre Drummond had 23 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks to boost host Detroit past Cleveland.

      Blake Griffin had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and Reggie Bullock contributed 21 points and four assists for the Pistons, who led by as many as 30 points. Reggie Jackson added 13 points, and Ish Smith tossed in 11 off the bench.

      The Cavaliers had six players in double figures, led by rookie Collin Sexton's 18 points and four assists. Jordan Clarkson had 16 points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench.

      --Field Level Media

  • Westbrook (ankle) returns after 6-game absence
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Oklahoma City star guard Russell Westbrook, who missed six games with a sprained left ankle, was back in the starting lineup for the Thunder's game Monday night at Sacramento.

    • Westbrook, the 2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player, was averaging 24.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists through seven games this season before Monday.

      Westbrook injured his left ankle Nov. 5 in Oklahoma City when he landed on the side of his foot after going up for a rebound against the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis.

      With guard Dennis Schroder getting most of the starts in place of Westbrook, the Thunder won five of the six games without him, and they had won 10 of 11 overall through the weekend.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nets' LeVert thankful foot injury wasn't worse
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    A week after his gruesome foot injury, Brooklyn Nets' Caris LeVert is thankful that he can expect to be able to play again this season, because that didn't seem likely when he saw how badly the foot looked.

    • LeVert, who is averaging a team-leading 18.4 points a game, tumbled to the floor when his foot collapsed on him after he contested a shot by Timberwolves rookie Josh Okogie on Nov. 12 in Minneapolis.

      At first, the third-year small forward thought it was probably just a bad sprain that would finish his night. That sentiment changed seconds later.

      "Obviously, when I looked at it, I was like, ‘Wow, that's messed up,'" LeVert told reporters Monday.

      LeVert, a first-round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers in 2016 who was traded to the Nets right away for Thaddeus Young, said the worst of his pain was over fairly quickly when the team's medical staff popped the ankle back into place.

      "That was actually really painful. That was the most painful part of it all," LeVert said. He found out at the hospital later that while more tests would be needed when he returned to New York, there didn't appear to be major damage to the foot.

      "Obviously, I'm very blessed, because it could have been a lot worse," LeVert said, adding that while there is no timetable for returning to the lineup, he does expect to play again this season.

      While he acknowledges initially feeling "kind of defeated" about the injury in what has turned into a breakout season for him, LeVert said he's able to be thankful now.

      "It's not a very, very, very serious injury to the point where the way I play basketball will be different. I feel like I'll still be the same player. I'll be a better player when I come back. I feel like maybe the time off is the best thing for me, maybe best for the team," he said.

      --Field Level Media

  • Drummond powers Pistons past Cavs
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Andre Drummond had 23 points,16 rebounds and three blocks to boost the Detroit Pistons past the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 113-102 on Monday night.

    • Blake Griffin had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Reggie Bullock contributed 21 points and four assists for the Pistons, who led by as much as 30. Reggie Jackson added 13 points and Ish Smith tossed in 11 off the bench.

      Both teams were coming off long layoffs. Neither had played since Wednesday and the time off refreshed Detroit, which led by 20 at halftime.

      The Cavaliers had six players in double figures, led by rookie Collin Sexton's 18 points and four assists. Jordan Clarkson had 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Ante Zizic and Rodney Hood chipped in 12 points apiece.

      The Pistons had three players in double figures by halftime as they rolled to 66-46 lead. Drummond led the way with 13 points, while Griffin had 12 and Bullock tossed in 10.

      Detroit had a 24-10 run in the first quarter while establishing a 38-27 lead.

      Cleveland went scoreless for the first five minutes of the second quarter as the Pistons increased their lead to 49-27. Reserve forward Stanley Johnson had seven points and an assist during that stretch.

      A Sexton 3-pointer pulled the Cavs within 14 points at 56-42, but that's as close as Cleveland came for the remainder of the half. Bullock hit a three in the final second to push the lead to 20.

      Glenn Robinson III and Jackson made 3-pointers to start the second half and extend the Detroit advantage to 72-46.

      Bullock's 3-pointer with 5:44 remaining in the quarter maintained the 26-point advantage at 87-61. Less than two minutes later, Griffin made two free throws to stretch Detroit's advantage to 30.

      Detroit started to lose focus later in the quarter and the Cavs climbed back with an 18-2 run. Clarkson converted a four-point play with 8:09 remaining to cut their deficit to 14, 95-81. Cleveland never got closer than 11.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: Wall reportedly fined, put on trade block
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    With the Washington Wizards in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal -- and all other players on the roster -- are available in trade talks, ESPN reported Monday, citing league sources.

    • And the increasing tension apparently is getting to Wall, who was fined an undisclosed amount Monday for his verbal attack unleashed at coach Scott Brooks during a recent practice session, according to ESPN.

      Per the ESPN report, Wizards teammate Jeff Green and Brooks prodded Wall and other teammates to raise the level of intensity in a practice last week. That led to an expletive from Wall aimed at Brooks.

      Wall apologized to Brooks minutes after the explosion, and to his teammates the following day, league sources said.

      --Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine will have reconstructive surgery on his left ankle next week.

      Valentine was diagnosed with ongoing ankle instability after being evaluated by Dr. Bob Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist in Green Bay, Wis. Anderson will perform the surgery, and the expected recovery time is four to six months.

      The team added in its announcement that the 25-year-old is expected to be fully recovered for offseason workouts heading into training camp next summer.

      --The Memphis Grizzlies have had "extensive discussions" with free agent center Joakim Noah in recent days, the New York Times' Marc Stein reported.

      Noah, 33, was waived by the New York Knicks in October with two years and $37.8 million remaining on his contract.

      The 11-year NBA veteran spent his first nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls, earning two All-Star nods and three All-Defensive Team selections. He was the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

      --New Orleans Pelicans point guard Elfrid Payton will miss approximately six weeks due to his fractured left pinky, the team announced.

      Payton is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the finger.

      The 24-year-old sustained the break Friday during a victory over the Knicks. The injury occurred in his first game after he missed nine consecutive games with an ankle injury.

      --Heat guard Goran Dragic had his swollen right knee drained of fluid and will miss at least three games, according to the team.

      Dragic has missed four of the past nine games due to knee issues, including Miami's Sunday game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The team is hoping the inflammation will subside by next week.

      "I was relieved it was just fluids," Dragic said. "They got the fluid out this morning, and from here on I just need to rest a little bit and get back out there."

      --Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson was fined $25,000 for throwing his shoe into the crowd, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced.

      The incident occurred during the Heat's 113-97 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 18. With 6:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, Richardson flung his sneaker into the stands in disgust and was assessed a technical foul and ejected from the game.

      Richardson finished the loss with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes. He has been Miami's leading scorer this season, averaging 20.4 points through the season's first 16 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA fines Heat G Richardson $25K for shoe toss
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson was fined $25,000 on Monday for throwing his shoe into the crowd, announced Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations.

    • The incident occurred during the Heat's 113-97 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 18. With 6:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, Richardson flung his sneaker into the stands in disgust and was assessed a technical foul and ejected from the game.

      Richardson finished the loss with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes. He has been Miami's leading scorer this season, averaging 20.4 points through the season's first 16 games.

      "Throwing something into the stands, no matter how you look at it, is unacceptable," said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, who spoke with NBA officials by phone earlier Monday to give his side of the story before the discipline was handed out. "The competitive frustration right now, everybody should be feeling that. This should not be something that's just deemed OK. It's not. And we have to change it."

      Richardson will be available when the Heat host the Nets on Tuesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bulls G Valentine (ankle surgery) out 4-6 months
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    The Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine will have reconstructive surgery on his left ankle next week, the team announced Monday.

    • Valentine was diagnosed with ongoing ankle instability after being evaluated by Dr. Bob Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist in Green Bay, Wisc. Anderson will perform the surgery, and expected recovery time is four to six months.

      The team added in its announcement, the 25-year-old is "expected to make a full recovery and have a normal summer of offseason training leading into training camp for the 2019-20 season."

      Valentine initially hurt the ankle in September and wound up missing all of the preseason despite a few forays back into practice. He has yet to play in a regular-season game this season.

      "Denzel getting hurt was actually very big to us as well,'' teammate Justin Holiday said over the weekend of the Valentine injury. "That's tough for us because what he brought off the bench for us ... and even when he started, what he brings to the game -- him being able to score the ball, him understanding the game defensively, his mind, all that stuff mattered for us. So definitely not having him is hurting us.''

      It's the second ankle surgery in three seasons for Valentine, a 2016 first-round pick out of Michigan State. Last season, he averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in 77 games (37 starts), just about doubling his rookie stat line.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pelicans PG Payton out six weeks with finger injury
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    New Orleans Pelicans point guard Elfrid Payton will miss approximately six weeks due to his fractured left pinky, the team announced on Monday.

    • Payton will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the finger.

      The 24-year-old suffered the break during Friday's victory over the New York Knicks. The injury occurred in his first game after missing nine straight games with an ankle injury.

      Payton is averaging 9.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in six games this season.

      Shooting guard Jrue Holiday is sliding over to the point during Payton's absence.

      --Field Level Media

  • Heat G Dragic sidelined with knee issue
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic had his swollen right knee drained of fluid on Monday and will miss at least three games, according to the team.

    • Dragic has missed four of the past nine games due to knee issues, including Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The team is hoping the inflammation will subside by next week.

      "I was relieved it was just fluids," Dragic told reporters. "They got the fluid out this morning, and from here on I just need to rest a little bit and get back out there."

      Coach Erik Spoelstra hopes the procedure will solve Dragic's knee woes, which have been persistent most of the season.

      "We knew it wasn't serious, but we knew it was something that needed to be taken care of," Spoelstra told reporters.

      Dragic is averaging 16.3 points and 4.7 assists in 12 games this season.

      Miami hosts the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. Dragic is also slated to sit out against the Chicago Bulls on Friday and Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Grizzlies in talks with free agent C Noah
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    The Memphis Grizzlies have had "extensive discussions" with free agent center Joakim Noah in recent days, New York Times insider Marc Stein reported Monday.

    • Noah, 33, was waived by the New York Knicks in October with two years and $37.8 million remaining on his contract.

      The 11-year NBA veteran spent his first nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls, earning two All-Star nods and three All-Defensive Team selections. He was the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

      After signing a four-year, $72 million deal with his hometown Knicks in July 2016, Noah spent two injury-plagued campaigns in New York before getting released. Noah played in only seven games in 2017-18.

      The 6-foot-11 Noah has appeared in 625 games and posted career averages of 8.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.

      The Grizzlies have only one true center on their current roster, 33-year-old Marc Gasol.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Wizards' Wall fined, subject of trade talks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    With the Washington Wizards in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal -- and all other players on the roster -- are available in trade talks, ESPN reported Monday, citing league sources.

    • And the increasing tension apparently is getting to Wall, who was fined an undisclosed amount Monday for his verbal attack unleashed at coach Scott Brooks during a recent practice session, according to ESPN.

      Per the ESPN report, Wizards teammate Jeff Green and Brooks prodded Wall and other teammates to raise the level of intensity in a practice last week. That led to an expletive from Wall aimed at Brooks.

      Wall apologized to Brooks minutes after the explosion, and to his teammates the following day, league sources said.

      The Wizards, who have been to the playoffs four of the past five seasons, are off to a 5-11 start heading into a Tuesday night home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

      Brooks expressed his frustration this weekend after double-digit losses at home to the Brooklyn Nets and the Portland Trail Blazers.

      "We got to just play with more enthusiasm, more effort, more energy," Brooks said Sunday. "It's embarrassing."

      Sources told ESPN that Washington still hopes to reshape the team around Wall and Beal, but that there has been only lukewarm interest in forwards Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre Jr. on the trade market.

      Previously, the Wizards reportedly had resisted included Wall or Beal in trade discussions for either Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler.

      Wall, 28, is a five-time All-Star. The point guard is averaging 20.9 points, 7.9 assists and 2.0 steals through 16 games this season. Beal, 25, made his first All-Star team in 2017-18 and is averaging 21.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Heat's Richardson ejected for shoe toss
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson might be facing punishment from the NBA after he threw one of his shoes into the crowd Sunday night, leading to his ejection.

    • Richardson was upset about a non-call in the middle of the fourth quarter on his drive to the basket when a collision with Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart wasn't ruled a foul. When Richardson hit the floor, his left shoe came off, and he angrily displayed it to a referee.

      Play resumed, and Richardson was soon whistled for his fifth foul of the game. As Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tried to get Richardson to head to the bench, Richardson fired his footwear into the stands, prompting a technical foul and an ejection from the game.

      "I don't want to talk about it," Richardson said postgame. "It was a series of events, but I got caught up. ...

      "I wasn't really thinking about much. I was thinking about how frustrated I was. And going forward, I can't let that happen."

      Spoelstra, who also received a technical foul when Richardson was thrown out, wasn't happy about the sequence.

      "You saw a competitive will come out," the coach said. "I think probably what you saw more than anything, and I agree with Josh -- not throwing the shoe into the stands, that's unacceptable -- but going in for the dunk when it looked like there was some contact there and he lost his shoe.

      "From my angle, it looked like there was contact, and that's where probably the source of the major frustration came from. And also getting our tails handed to us for the majority of the game. It should bring out some kind of emotion out of our guys."

      The Heat were trailing 98-86 at the time, and they wound up losing 113-97. Richardson scored 17 points in 25 minutes.

      In 16 games this season, Richardson is averaging 20.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists. The fourth-year player was a second-round draft pick in 2015 out of Tennessee. He had never previously been ejected from an NBA game.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: LeBron, Lakers hammer Heat
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    LeBron James scored a season-high 51 points as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the host Miami Heat 113-97 on Sunday night.

    • James, who won four Eastern Conference titles and two NBA championships in four years with Miami, made 19 of 31 shots from the floor, including 6 of 8 3-point attempts. He added eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block while making 7 of 10 free throws. He set the record for most points scored by a Lakers player against Miami.

      In addition, the Lakers were plus-20 during James' 38 minutes on the court. James had 19 points in the first quarter, 28 points at halftime and 42 through three quarters.

      Wayne Ellington led Miami with 19 points, and Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson added 17 points each. However, Richardson was upset with the officiating and was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter after throwing one of his sneakers into the crowd. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, in support of Richardson, also got hit with a technical foul.

      Spurs 104, Warriors 92

      LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan added 20 points, including five in the final three minutes, as San Antonio Spurs defeated visiting Golden State.

      San Antonio led just 91-90 after a 3-pointer by Klay Thompson with 3:38 to play before the Spurs forged a 6-0 run off a basket by DeRozan, a baseline jumper from Aldridge -- who followed with a huge blocked shot on the other end -- and two free throws from DeRozan that all but finished off the defending NBA champs.

      Rudy Gay added 19 points, 15 of them in the first half, for the Spurs, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven outings. Marco Belinelli and Bryn Forbes scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for San Antonio. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 26 points while Thompson added 25 and Quinn Cook tallied 16 for Golden State.

      Grizzlies 100, Timberwolves 87

      Marc Gasol scored 26 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made four 3-point shots to lead Memphis to a road win against Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      Mike Conley added 18 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who have won five of six. The Timberwolves had won three straight since trading Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers.

      Reserve guard Derrick Rose kept the Timberwolves in the game, scoring 18. Rose was 6 of 11 from the field, including 2-for-4 from long range. Newly acquired Dario Saric also gave Minnesota a lift off the bench, scoring 14 points.

      Trail Blazers 119, Wizards 109

      Damian Lillard scored 40 points and CJ McCollum added 25 as visiting Portland held on to defeat Washington.

      Portland led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter as Lillard poured in 19 of his points in the quarter, but the Wizards went on a 10-2 run to pull within 91-70 to start the fourth. The Trail Blazers pushed the lead to 25 on a Nik Stauskas 3-pointer early in the fourth.

      Washington's reserves closed strong against the Portland starters, and the Trail Blazers' lead shrank to as few as eight points in the final minute after Kelly Oubre's three-point play. John Wall topped Washington with 24 points.

      Magic 131, Knicks 117

      Orlando rolled to its third consecutive victory, never trailing visiting New York. Six players scored in double figures for the Magic, led by Aaron Gordon with a season-high 31 points.

      Orlando saw its 18-point, first-quarter lead shrink to just one at halftime, but the Magic scored the first six points of the third and were able to hang on for the remainder of the game.

      Nikola Vucevic narrowly missed out on a triple-double, finishing with 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Evan Fournier added 19 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 32 points and Trey Burke added 31 for the Knicks, who have lost five straight.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Kings' front office at odds with Joerger
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Dave Joerger has the Sacramento Kings off to an 8-8 start, but the coach's job could be in jeopardy.

    • The Kings' front office is unhappy with Joerger's use -- or lack thereof -- of No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III and other young players, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, who reported the team could part ways with the coach over the impasse.

      Sacramento brass would reportedly like to see Bagley, who has yet to make a start this season, getting more than the 22 minutes per game he is currently averaging off the bench.

      Joerger has started 30-year-old Nemanja Bjelica at power forward in place of Bagley, with the Serbian delivering an average of 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game.

      Bagley has averaged 11.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 22.6 minutes. He had 16 points and eight rebounds in Saturday night's blowout loss to the Houston Rockets.

      Bjelica finished with two points and one rebound in 13:45 of court time.

      The loss was the Kings' fifth over their past seven games, putting a damper on a 6-3 start to the season.

      The front office reportedly would also like to see young prospects Skai Labissiere and Harry Giles playing more.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Butler's OT winner dwarfs Kemba's 60
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Jimmy Butler hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime Saturday night, allowing the Philadelphia 76ers to overcome a 60-point explosion by Kemba Walker for a 122-119 victory over the host Charlotte Hornets.

    • The point total was a career-high for Walker, a Hornets franchise record and the first of 60 or more in the NBA since James Harden dropped 60 on Orlando last January.

      After rallying from a late 10-point deficit in regulation, the Hornets found themselves down 119-114 with 1:14 left in overtime before Walker hit a jump shot and Jeremy Lamb converted a three-point play for a tie with 34.7 seconds to go.

      Willy Hernangomez then stole a Ben Simmons pass, but Butler blocked a Walker jumper, setting up his own offensive heroics.

      Mavericks 112, Warriors 109

      Rookie Luka Doncic hit the go-ahead hook shot with 70 seconds left, and host Dallas halted a 10-game losing streak to Golden State with a dramatic victory.

      Doncic scored 24 points and helped the Mavericks win their fourth straight when he gave Dallas a 109-108 lead. Dallas then got stops as Kevin Durant missed a hook shot on the next possession and a fadeaway with 23.8 seconds left, and Klay Thompson missed a baseline jumper with 10.6 seconds left.

      Durant led all scorers with 32 points on 11-of-22 shooting but faltered in the fourth quarter. He was 1-of-7 in the final 12 minutes as the Warriors lost for the third time in four games and also dropped consecutive games for the 11th time under coach Steve Kerr.

      Pelicans 125, Nuggets 115

      Anthony Davis had his second consecutive 40-point game as host New Orleans held off Denver.

      Davis, who had 43 points one night earlier, led five Pelicans in double figures as the team won for the fifth time in its last six games. Julius Randle came off the bench to score 21 points and grab 10 rebounds, Nikola Mirotic had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jrue Holiday overcame foul trouble to score 19 points and E'Twaun Moore added 13.

      Nikola Jokic had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Nuggets, who lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Gary Harris scored 24, Juan Hernangomez had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Monte Morris came off the bench to add 13 and Jamal Murray scored 11.

      Magic 130, Lakers 117

      A big second quarter helped host Orlando snap Los Angeles' four-game win streak.

      Orlando made six 3-pointers in the second quarter and outscored the Lakers 37-22 in the period. The Magic turned what was a six-point deficit into a 62-53 halftime lead.

      Nikola Vucevic and D.J. Augustin both scored season-highs for the Magic. Vucevic had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and Augustin added 22 points. LeBron James did not play for the Lakers in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 22 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

      Jazz 98, Celtics 86

      Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to power visiting Utah past Boston.

      Mitchell also tallied six assists one night after he took some criticism for tallying zero assists against Philadelphia. The second-year guard had scored 31 points while taking 35 shots against the 76ers. Ricky Rubio added 20 points while Rudy Gobert chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz.

      Kyrie Irving scored 20 points and collected eight rebounds to lead the Celtics. Boston shot just 38.5 percent from the field against the Jazz, including 5-of-33 from 3-point range.

      Rockets 132, Kings 112

      James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 58 points and 17 assists while Clint Capela recorded a double-double as host Houston continued its torrid play with a rout of Sacramento.

      Harden finished with 34 points and eight assists, while Paul made 6 of 8 from 3-point range and had 24 points and nine assists as the Rockets won their fourth straight and their seventh in their last nine games. Capela posted 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting, plus 16 rebounds.

      Kings guard and Houston native De'Aaron Fox scored 19 points, while his backcourt mate Buddy Hield had 23 points and seven rebounds. Sacramento has dropped five of seven games following its surprising 6-3 start to the season.

      Raptors 122, Bulls 83

      Fred VanVleet scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting in his first career start in 126 NBA games, and Toronto posted its largest road win in franchise history with a rout of Chicago.

      Danny Green finished with 17 points and made all seven of his shots. Serge Ibaka (16 points), Pascal Siakam (12) and Lorenzo Brown (10) also scored in double digits for the Raptors, whose 39-point margin of victory fell five points shy of their all-time high.

      Antonio Blakeney led the Bulls with 13 points off the bench. Jabari Parker and Justin Holiday contributed 12 points apiece for Chicago, which dropped its fourth game in a row.

      Thunder 110, Suns 100

      Paul George and Steven Adams combined for 13 points in a 17-4 flurry to open the second half as Oklahoma City pulled away for a win at Phoenix.

      George logged a 32-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Adams went for 26 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Thunder beat the Suns for the third time this season.

      TJ Warren had a team-high 23 points for the Suns, who have lost five of their last six.

      Clippers 127, Nets 119

      Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 28 points, and Tobias Harris added 27 as Los Angeles overcame a 15-point deficit for a win at Brooklyn.

      The Clippers did not get their first lead until Lou Williams hit three free throws with 8:21 left to make it 102-101. After five ties, Montrezl Harrell snapped a 110-110 deadlock by driving to the rim for an emphatic slam.

      The Clippers won their fourth straight. Jarrett Allen scored a career-high 24 points, but the Nets lost for the fourth time in five games.

      Pacers 97, Hawks 89

      Bojan Bogdanovic picked up the slack after an injury to Victor Oladipo, scoring 22 points to lead Indiana past visiting Atlanta.

      The Pacers played most of the game without Oladipo, who left after only four minutes with a sore right knee. Oladipo, who had seen his streak of 20-point games end at 13 in his last start, scored only two points before departing.

      It was the seventh straight loss for the Hawks. Atlanta was led by Jeremy Lin with 16 points and Kent Bazemore with 13.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: Warriors giving Green 'time off,' says Kerr
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Golden State forward Draymond Green missed Saturday night's game at Dallas because of an injured toe, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr doesn't sound as if he's in a hurry to rush him back.

    • Kerr said Green will be out an undetermined amount of time, according to The Athletic.

      "We decided to give him some time off," Kerr said. "Don't know how long it'll be. The toe (sprain) is lingering."

      This comes on the heels of his spat with teammate Kevin Durant in Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors punished Green, suspending the three-time All-Star for Tuesday's victory over Atlanta.

      --Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo exited the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks with a sore right knee and did not return.

      The All-Star guard played less than five minutes in the first quarter before asking for a substitution. The exact nature of the injury was not immediately available.

      Oladipo entered the game leading the Pacers in points (22.7), assists (4.9) and steals (1.7) per game.

      --New Orleans point guard Elfrid Payton will have surgery on his fractured left pinky finger next week, according to Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry. His timetable will be determined after the procedure.

      Payton injured the finger in Friday night's victory against the New York Knicks. It was his first game back after missing nine games due to an ankle sprain.

      Payton has averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in six games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pelicans PG Payton to undergo finger surgery
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    New Orleans Pelicans point guard Elfrid Payton will undergo surgery on his fractured left pinky finger sometime next week, coach Alvin Gentry told reporters on Saturday.

    • A timetable for how long Payton will be sidelined will be determined after the procedure.

      Payton injured the finger during Friday night's game against the New York Knicks. The contest was his first miss after missing nine straight games due to an ankle sprain.

      "The great thing about it is he'll be able to keep himself physically in shape," Gentry told reporters prior to Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets. "It's his off-shooting hand so he'll still be able to do some stuff on the floor. We just have to see how long, from a medical standpoint, he will be out."

      Jrue Holiday slid over to point guard against the Nuggets and Wesley Johnson was inserted as the starting shooting guard.

      The 24-year-old Payton is averaging 9.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in six games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pacers G Oladipo (knee) exits; day-to-day
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo is day-to-day after exiting Saturday's 97-89 win over the Atlanta Hawks with a sore right knee.

    • The All-Star guard played less than five minutes in the first quarter before asking for a substitution. The Pacers ruled out his return shortly afterward.

      Oladipo had been questionable prior to the game as a result of the knee. When the injury occurred is unknown.

      Oladipo entered the game leading the Pacers in points (22.7), assists (4.9) and steals (1.7) per game this season.

      The No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, Oladipo made his first All-Star team and was named the NBA's Most Improved Player in his first season with Indiana in 2017-18.

      --Field Level Media

  • Warriors' Kerr giving Green 'some time off'
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Golden State forward Draymond Green will sit out Saturday night's game at Dallas because of an injured toe, but head coach Steve Kerr doesn't sound as if he's in a hurry to rush him back.

    • Kerr said Green will be out an undetermined amount of time, according to The Athetic.

      "We decided to give him some time off. Don't know how long it'll be. The toe (sprain) is lingering," Kerr said.

      This comes on the heels of the controversy surrounding an on-court argument with teammate Kevin Durant.

      Green, 28, was sidelined for a pair of games last week because of lingering soreness in his sprained toe and right foot. But the three-time All-Star returned Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers and instead of passing to an open Durant under Golden State's basket calling for the ball in the final seconds of regulation, Green lost control of his dribble and turned it over.

      After Durant complained near the Warriors' bench about not getting the ball, Green directed a tirade toward Durant. The Warriors punished Green, suspending him for Tuesday's victory over Atlanta. He was back for the team's worst game of the season, a 107-86 loss against Houston on Thursday.

      The Warriors also are without five-time All-Star Stephen Curry, who is nursing a strained groin and will miss at least four more games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Warriors' Green to miss Mavs game (toe)
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    On the heels of the controversy surrounding his suspension over an on-court argument with teammate Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was reportedly ruled out for Saturday's game at Dallas because of an injured toe.

    • According to ESPN, the Warriors will sit Green over a lingering toe strain -- not because of any aftermath from his confrontation with Durant that made headlines and cost Green one game and $120,480.

      Green, 28, was sidelined for a pair of games last week because of "lingering soreness" in his sprained toe and right foot.

      The three-time All-Star returned Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers when, instead of passing to an open Durant under Golden State's basket and calling for the ball in the final seconds of regulation, Green lost control of his dribble and turned it over.

      After Durant complained by the Warriors' bench about not getting the ball, Green directed a tirade toward Durant, who has stayed mum about his free-agency plans next summer and whether or not he wants to return to the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors.

      The Warriors punished Green, suspending him for Tuesday's victory over Atlanta. He was back for the team's worst game of the season, a 107-86 loss against Houston on Thursday.

      The Warriors will also play their next three games without five-time All-Star Stephen Curry, who is nursing a strained groin and will not play in the next two games at Dallas on Saturday and at San Antonio on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pelicans PG Payton breaks finger in 1st game back
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    New Orleans Pelicans point guard Elfrid Payton suffered a fractured left pinky finger Friday night in his return to the lineup from injury after missing the previous nine games.

    • The Pelicans revealed that Payton, 24, was hurt in the first quarter of the team's win over the New York Knicks.

      It was Payton's first game since spraining his right ankle against Utah on Oct. 27.

      In his previous five games this season Payton was averaging 11.6 points and 6.4 assists per game after joining the Pelicans as an offseason free agent.

      Payton is in his fifth NBA season, spending three-plus seasons with the Orlando Magic and part of the 2017-18 season with the Phoenix Suns.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Irving nets 43, leads Celtics past Raptors in OT
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Kyrie Irving scored a season-best 43 points, including four in overtime, and added 11 assists as the Boston Celtics came back to defeat the visiting Toronto Raptors 123-116 on Friday night.

    • The Celtics, who had lost four of their previous six games, handed the Raptors their third straight loss after a 12-1 start. The teams have split their first two games this season. Jayson Tatum added 21 points, Gordon Hayward had 15 and Marcus Morris and Al Horford had 11 each for the Celtics.

      Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 31 points and 15 rebounds. Serge Ibaka added 21 points, Pascal Siakam 16, Kyle Lowry 14 while Jonas Valanciunas and Danny Green each had 11 for the Raptors.

      The Raptors, who led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, took a four-point edge into the fourth before Irving took over, scoring 19 in the period to help the Celtics take the game into overtime.

      76ers 113, Jazz 107

      Jimmy Butler scored 28 points in his home debut to lead Philadelphia past Utah.

      Butler was 12 of 15 from the field and the Sixers improved to 8-0 at home this season while extending their home winning streak to 18 dating to last season. Joel Embiid added 23 points, JJ Redick had 16 and Amir Johnson 11 for the Sixers.

      Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 31 points but shot 13-for-35 from the field and 1-for-11 from 3-point range. Joe Ingles added 14 while Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio had 13 apiece. Rudy Gobert contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.

      Timberwolves 112, Trail Blazers 96

      Andrew Wiggins led six Minnesota players in double figures with 23 points in a romp past visiting Portland.

      Derrick Rose scored 17 points, Robert Covington and Karl-Anthony Towns added 14 each, Jeff Teague had 13 and Taj Gibson contributed 12 for the Timberwolves, who won their third straight game and avenged a 111-81 defeat at Portland on Nov. 4.

      CJ McCollum scored 18 points, Damian Lillard added 16 and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost two in a row. Portland made only 8 of 29 shots from 3-point range and had 18 turnovers.

      Bucks 123, Bulls 104

      Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Milwaukee erased an 18-point halftime deficit in the blink of an eye to beat visiting Chicago.

      Milwaukee turned up the defensive intensity to start the third quarter and outscored Chicago 46-17 to take control and cruise to the easy win. Milwaukee outscored Chicago 78-41 in the second half and every member of the starting unit for the Bucks scored in double figures.

      Eric Bledsoe sparked the Milwaukee third-period onslaught by scoring 14 points in the period. Bledsoe finished with 25 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Khris Middleton nearly recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

      Pelicans 129, Knicks 124

      Anthony Davis had 43 points and 17 rebounds as host New Orleans overcame an 11-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter to defeat New York.

      Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 10 assists, Julius Randle came off the bench to score 19 with 11 rebounds, E'Twaun Moore scored 13 and Nikola Mirotic added 12 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which trailed by as many as 19 points as it began a stretch of three homes games in four days.

      Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 30 points, Trey Burke came off the bench to score 24, Emmanuel Mudiay scored 19 and Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier had 11 each for the Knicks, who lost their fourth straight and sixth in their last seven.

      Pacers 99, Heat 91

      Tyreke Evans, Domantas Sabonis and Cory Joseph led a dominant bench effort as host Indiana defeated Miami.

      Evans scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds, both season highs. Sabonis added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Joseph had 12 points, five assists and three steals. Sabonis has six double-doubles this season -- two of them against Miami.

      Indiana's reserves outscored Miami's bench 53-27, which helped the Pacers overcome an off night by All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo, who was held to a season-low eight points on 3-for-12 shooting. His 13-game streak of scoring 20 or more points was snapped.

      Grizzlies 112, Kings 104

      Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a season-high 27 points to lead host Memphis over Sacramento.

      Jackson, whose previous high was 24 against Atlanta last month, combined with Garrett Temple for all the Memphis scoring in a game-opening, 15-2 burst. Jackson had four hoops in the run, including a 3-pointer. Jackson added six rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots.

      Marc Gasol and Mike Conley each contributed 19 points to the win, which improved Memphis' home record to 6-1. Temple (14 points) and Wayne Selden (10) also scored in double figures for the Grizzlies. De'Aaron Fox totaled team highs in points (23) and assists (10) points for the Kings.

      Nets 115, Wizards 104

      Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points off the bench, D'Angelo Russell added 23 and visiting Brooklyn defeated Washington to end a three-game losing streak.

      The Nets broke open a close game in the third quarter and led by as many as 19 in the fourth. Brooklyn center Jarrett Allen, who missed the Nets' previous game due to illness, finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

      Dwight Howard led the Wizards with 25 points and 17 rebounds despite playing only 27 minutes before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Bradley Beal scored 20 points and reserve Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 for the Wizards, who saw their three-game winning streak end.

      --Field Level Media

  • LeBron’s HS car to drive hard bargain at auction
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    LeBron James obviously wasn't an ordinary high school senior. His car wasn't a run-of-the-mill model, either.

    • James drove a 2003 Hummer H2, and it is going up for auction on Monday before being sold on Dec. 8.

      So what's the price of the vehicle that LeBron drove while he attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio? A piece of his past won't come cheap.

      According to Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin, the car is "definitely a six-figure piece."

      James' mother Gloria took out a $50,000 loan to pay for the car that she gave him for his 18th birthday. That led to an investigation by Ohio basketball officials before questions of LeBron's eligibility were cleared.

      Four days after he was cleared, though, the Ohio High School Athletic Association ruled James ineligible for accepting two throwback jerseys valued at $845 from an urban clothing store in exchange for posing for pictures.

      After taking the state's governing body to court and winning the appeal, James led St. Vincent-St. Mary to a third state championship in his four seasons. He was the No. 1 overall pick right out of high school by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft.

      James installed a custom sound system, three TVs and a Sony PlayStation 2 when he had the car, undoubtedly increasing its current Kelley Blue Book value of $18,000.

      Put up for auction on eBay in December 2013, the Hummer could have been purchased for $64,800, which was the "Buy It Now" price listed then by Cleveland Autos Direct Online. It was sold for an undisclosed amount, and went on display at the Greater Cleveland Auction.

      --Field Level Media