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  • Thunder look to regain momentum in Dallas
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    DALLAS -- After seemingly finding their stride lately, the Oklahoma City Thunder dropped their last two outings against marquee opponents badly.

    • The Rockets were the latest to deliver a beat-down, easily racing to a 137-125 victory over the Thunder on Sunday in Houston.

      The Golden State Warriors administered a 16-point whipping on March 20 in Oklahoma City to snap the Thunder's five-game winning streak.

      Oklahoma City arrives in Dallas on Monday needing to regain a measure of momentum with the playoffs less than three weeks away.

      The Thunder (41-31) lost their last visit to Dallas earlier this month by 15 points. Defeats such as that one and the one Sunday at Houston are a concern.

      "We cannot play like that on the road," Thunder center Enes Kanter said. "We just have to do a better job defensively, because we know we have enough talent here to score the ball, and right now the most important thing is defense and just lock in on defense."

      Houston shot 63.3 percent, hit 20 3-pointers and rolled to a 20-point lead by halftime. That offensive display was more than enough to offset another triple-double by MVP candidate Russell Westbrook.

      "They hit a lot of shots," Westbrook said. "They got hot and especially with a team like that, they get hot and it can be trouble. I think there's some things that we can do so hopefully we can look at that and see what we can kind of change."

      The Thunder star had game highs of 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, his 36th triple-double of the season. Only Oscar Robertson had more in a single season, posting 41 in 1961-62.

      However, the Thunder saw an 11-game winning streak end when Westbrook records a triple-double.

      "I just play, man," Westbrook said. "I go out and play every night and play at a high level like I do every single night and try to help us win. It just didn't work out that way (Sunday), so I have to get ready for (Monday's) game."

      While the Thunder continue to angle for playoff position in the Western Conference, the Mavericks (31-41) are likely looking at the lottery. Dallas trails Denver (35-38) and Portland (35-38) -- tied for the eighth spot -- by 3 1/2 games with 10 games left in the regular season.

      The rest of the season for the Mavs appears to be focused on player development. For instance, coach Rick Carlisle moved Seth Curry to starting point guard and has brought rookie Yogi Ferrell off the bench the last two games.

      "I don't really look at it as if I'm starting or coming off the bench," Ferrell said. "My mindset is going to be the same -- just trying to bring energy on the defensive end and offensively, just get in the paint and find guys."

      Curry had 11 points, two assists and one steal in Saturday's 94-86 loss to Toronto, Dallas' fifth setback in the last eight games. Ferrell recorded 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 18 minutes.

      Harrison Barnes tallied a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and a team-high three steals. It was his 36th game with at least 20 points after tallying just 19 such efforts in his first four seasons combined with Golden State.

      Dallas is also one defeat away from securing its first losing season since 1999-2000. The run of non-losing seasons beginning in 2000-01 coincided with Mark Cuban's first full season as owner.

  • Pelicans' Cousins ruled out vs. Nuggets
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    DENVER -- The New Orleans Pelicans will be without half of their twin-tower frontcourt against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, as DeMarcus Cousins was ruled out with a right ankle injury.

    • Cousins hurt his ankle Friday during New Orleans' 117-107 loss to the Houston Rockets and was still sore by the Sunday morning shootaround.

      "He doesn't feel comfortable enough to go out there," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "There's no way we're going to stick him out there and risk further injury for one game. We'll sit him out and see what happens tomorrow."

      Cousins, who was traded from Sacramento last month, appeared to be meshing better with Anthony Davis in recent games. The two big men combined to score at least 60 points in their previous two games.

      The Pelicans were five games behind eighth-place Denver heading into Sunday's contest.

  • NBA roundup: Kings beat Clippers on Cauley-Stein's basket
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Willie Cauley-Stein scored on a putback with 1.8 seconds remaining, allowing the Sacramento Kings to stun the Los Angeles Clippers 98-97 at Staples Center on Sunday.

    • Darren Collison scored 19 points to lead the Kings, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter. Kings rookie guard Buddy Hield, who hit two clutch 3-pointers in the rally, and forward Anthony Tolliver each had 15 points.

      DeAndre Jordan collected 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, while Chris Paul had 17 points and nine assists.

      The loss prevented the Clippers from pulling into a tie with the idle Utah Jazz for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

      Celtics 112, Heat 108

      BOSTON -- Boston held off a late Miami charge and moved into a virtual tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with a victory over the Heat.

      The win moved Boston to just four percentage points behind the idle Cleveland Cavaliers for the top seed in the conference. The teams meet April 5 in Boston.

      Isaiah Thomas, the league's leading fourth-quarter scorer, tallied eight points in the final 4:58 after the Celtics, who rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit, blew a nine-point fourth-quarter lead and trailed by two with 4:13 remaining.

      Pacers 107, 76ers 94

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George scored 21 points to lead seven Pacers in double figures as Indiana beat Philadelphia at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

      Myles Turner contributed 17 points and a team-high 16 rebounds. Also in double figures for the Pacers were Jeff Teague (16 points) and Al Jefferson (14). C.J. Miles, Monta Ellis and Aaron Brooks each scored 10 points.

      Jefferson suffered a leg injury with 9:43 left in the fourth quarter. He was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair.

      Indiana snapped a two-game losing streak and moved into a three-way tie with Atlanta and Milwaukee for the No. 5 spot in Eastern Conference.

      Hornets 120, Suns 106

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists to lead Charlotte.

      The Hornets pounced on the Suns quickly, racing to leads of 17-1, 22-3 and 30-7 before eventually leading 38-18 after one quarter. The Hornets went on to lead by as many as 25 in what was their second wire-to-wire victory of the season.

      Charlotte has won four of its last five and continues to hang around in the Eastern Conference playoff race with nine games remaining.

      Nets 107, Hawks 92

      ATLANTA -- Veterans Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez combined for 42 points to help Brooklyn outlast short-handed and struggling Atlanta, handing it a seventh straight loss.

      Lopez had 23 points and seven rounds and Lin scored 19 points, his most since getting a season-high 24 on March 14. Lin added eight assists, two steals and four rebounds for the Nets.

      Brooklyn has won three of its last four, improved to 8-8 in March and broke a five-game losing streak in Atlanta.

      Rockets 137, Thunder 125

      HOUSTON -- Lou Williams paced a quartet of 20-point scorers for the Rockets in their win. Williams finished with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting, hitting 7 of 8 3-pointers to help carry the Rockets to their third win in four meetings with the Thunder this season.

      Aid came in the form of guards James Harden (22 points, 12 assists) and Eric Gordon (24 points on 4-of-9 3-point shooting), and forward Trevor Ariza, who made 9 of 11 shots while also chipping in 24 points. Houston shot a robust 63.3 percent from the floor.

      Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook recorded his league-leading 36th triple-double. He finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists.

      Bulls 109, Bucks 94

      MILWAUKEE -- Nikola Mirotic hit six 3-pointers and scored 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting for the Bulls.

      Jimmy Butler scored 20 points while adding 14 of the Bulls' 33 assists. Robin Lopez and Rajon Rondo each scored 18 points for Chicago, with the latter adding nine rebounds and nine assists.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 22 points.

      Pelicans 115, Nuggets 90

      DENVER -- Anthony Davis scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in only 28 minutes to lead New Orleans to a victory over Denver.

      Jrue Holiday and Jordan Crawford each scored 13 points, and the bench contributed 49 as the Pelicans earned their sixth win in eight games. New Orleans is now four games behind the Nuggets for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

      The Pelicans won without DeMarcus Cousins, who sat out due to an ankle injury. Cousins got hurt Friday during New Orleans' 117-107 loss to the Houston Rockets and was still sore at the Sunday morning shootaround.

      Warriors 106, Grizzlies 94

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry contributed two 3-pointers to a 14-5 fourth-quarter run that enabled Golden State to pull away from Memphis en route to a victory.

      Curry finished with 21 points and Klay Thompson a game-high 31 for the Warriors, who extended the league's longest active winning streak to seven games while squaring the season series 2-2 with the Grizzlies.

      Mike Conley had 29 points and a team-high six assists for Memphis, which lost ground in its pursuit of the fifth and sixth playoff spots in the West.

      Trail Blazers 97, Lakers 81

      LOS ANGELES -- Damian Lillard led the way with 22 points, and Portland cruised past Los Angeles at Staples Center.

      Allen Crabbe added 18 points and CJ McCollum contributed 13 as the Trail Blazers beat the Lakers for the 12th consecutive time. Portland has won seven in a row over Los Angeles at Staples. The win allowed the Trail Blazers to tie the Denver Nuggets for eighth place in the Western Conference race.

      D'Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 22 points.

  • NBA roundup: Walker, Hornets too hot for Suns
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists, and the Charlotte Hornets rolled to a 120-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday afternoon at the Spectrum Center.

    • The Hornets pounced on the Suns quickly, racing to leads of 17-1, 22-3 and 30-7 before eventually leading 38-18 after one quarter. The Hornets went on to lead by as many as 25 in what was their second wire-to-wire victory of the season.

      Charlotte has won four of its last five and continues to hang around in the Eastern Conference playoff race with nine games remaining.

      Nets 107, Hawks 92

      ATLANTA -- Veterans Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez combined for 42 points to help Brooklyn outlast short-handed and struggling Atlanta, handing it a seventh straight loss.

      Lopez had 23 points and seven rounds and Lin scored 19 points, his most since getting a season-high 24 on March 14. Lin added eight assists, two steals and four rebounds for the Nets.

      Brooklyn has won three of its last four, improved to 8-8 in March and broke a five-game losing streak in Atlanta.

  • Grizzlies recall G Baldwin, C Davis from Iowa
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Memphis Grizzlies recalled guard Wade Baldwin IV and center Deyonta Davis from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on Sunday.

    • Baldwin, 20, appeared in 33 games (22 starts) for the Energy this season and averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 28.2 minutes per contest.

      The 6-foot-4, 202-pound Baldwin has been in 24 games (one start) for the Grizzlies during his rookie season, averaging 3.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He was selected by Memphis in the first round (17th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft following his sophomore season at Vanderbilt.

      Davis, 20, appeared in 11 games (10 starts) for the Energy and averaged 10.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.36 blocks in 27.9 minutes.

      The 6-11, 237-pound Davis has come off the bench in all 30 of his appearances for the Grizzlies during his rookie season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 6.4 minutes. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round (31st overall) in 2016 following his freshman season at Michigan State, and his rights were then traded to the Grizzlies on draft night.

  • Cavaliers sent C Sanders back to Canton
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned center Larry Sanders to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Sunday as he continues to work his way back into shape.

    • Sanders, 28, was out of the NBA for more than two years before signing with the Cavs on March 13.

      The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Sanders has appeared in two games for Cleveland in limited action and one contest with Canton.

  • NBA roundup: Clippers earn sixth straight playoff berth
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers are heading to the playoffs for the sixth season in a row. Still, they need to improve their game if they expect to make a deep run, guard Jamal Crawford says.

    • Crawford came off the bench to deliver 17 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Clippers rolled past the Utah Jazz 108-95 on Saturday at Staples Center.

      Blake Griffin contributed 15 points and six rebounds for the Clippers (44-30), who clinched a playoff berth with the win and pulled within a half-game of the Jazz for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

      Chris Paul scored 14 points, J.J. Redick added 12 and Austin Rivers and Marreese Speights had 11 apiece for Los Angeles. DeAndre Jordan grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to go with seven points.

      Wizards 127, Cavaliers 115

      CLEVELAND -- John Wall erupted for 37 points and Washington tightened the race atop the Eastern Conference considerably with a victory over Cleveland.

      The Wizards, third in the East, now trail Boston by two games and the Cavs by 2 1/2 for first place. Also, the Cavs' lead over Boston is now just a half-game.

      Wall scored 18 points in the first quarter on 8-of-8 shooting. Cleveland never recovered. Bradley Beal added 27 points for the Wizards, who are now 19-7 when all five starters score in double figures.

      LeBron James shook off the eye injury suffered Friday night to score 24 points, grab 11 rebounds, and dish out eight assists. James needed seven assists to pass Maurice Cheeks (7,392) for 12th place in NBA history, which he reached with his first assist in the fourth quarter. He also now has a career-high 37 double-doubles.

      Spurs 106, Knicks 98

      SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol collected double-doubles as San Antonio dispatched New York as the AT&T Center.

      The Spurs won their fourth straight game but had to work harder for this one than they wanted to, especially after forging a 20-point lead in the second quarter.

      New York did little in the first half and trailed by 18 points at intermission before rushing back into the game by outscoring San Antonio 31-17 in the third quarter. The Spurs hit only eight of their 27 shots in the period.

      Raptors 94, Mavericks 86

      DALLAS -- Toronto bolted out to a 13-2 lead and never looked back in taking out Dallas at American Airlines Center.

      The Raptors clinched a playoff spot with their 44th victory of the season, which was also their fifth win in a row as they head home to begin an important string of four games at Air Canada Centre.

      DeMar DeRozan, coming off consecutive 40-point games, needed only more of a mortal night to get past Dallas for the second time this month. DeRozan and forward Serge Ibaka each scored 18 points to lead the Raptors. DeRozan was 8 of 17 from the floor with six assists.

      Trail Blazers 112, Timberwolves 100

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum bombed in 32 points as Portland downed Minnesota at Moda Center.

      Damian Lillard contributed 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter for the Trail Blazers, who won for the 10th time in their last 13 outings.

      Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points and Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio added 16 apiece for the Timberwolves, who lost their fifth straight game.

      McCollum enjoyed his best shooting game of the season, knocking down 11 of 13 shots from the field -- including 4 of 5 3-point attempts -- and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.

  • NBA notebook: Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    New York Knicks center Joakim Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, the league announced Saturday.

    • Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is banned under the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement

      "Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 ... Noah's' suspension will begin with the first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play," the NBA's statement said.

      Noah, 32, has not played since Feb. 4 and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27 to remove a loose body. His suspension would carry into the 2017-18 season.

      Noah would not have been penalized under the league's new CBA agreement that is set to begin next season, according to ESPN.

      The National Basketball Players Association later announced that neither Noah nor the union would appeal the suspension.

      Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million free agent contract he signed last July after playing nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls, who drafted him ninth overall in 2007.

      The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Noah is averaging 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in 46 games (all starts) this season. For his career, he owns averages of 9.0 points and 9.4 rebounds.

      --The Brooklyn Nets signed guard Archie Goodwin to a second 10-day contract.

      Goodwin, 22, was originally signed by the Nets on March 15 and appeared in four games with averages of 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 13.4 minutes per contest while shooting .650 (13 of 20) from the field and scoring in double figures three times.

      In 157 games in four NBA seasons with Brooklyn, New Orleans and Phoenix, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Goodwin owns averages of 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 14.4 minutes.

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

      Felder has appeared in 11 games for the Charge this season, averaging 29.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 36.0 minutes per game. In 37 games for the Cavs this season, Felder averaged 4.0 points in 9.5 minutes per game.

  • G Felder recalled by Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

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

    • Felder has appeared in 11 games for the Charge this season, averaging 29.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 36.0 minutes per game.

      In 37 games for the Cavs this season, Felder averaged 4.0 points in 9.5 minutes per game.

  • Nets sign G Goodwin to second 10-day contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    The Brooklyn Nets signed guard Archie Goodwin to a second 10-day contract on Saturday.

    • Goodwin, 22, was originally signed by the Nets on March 15 and appeared in four games with averages of 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 13.4 minutes per contest while shooting .650 (13 of 20) from the field and scoring in double figures three times.

      In 157 games in four NBA seasons with Brooklyn, New Orleans and Phoenix, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Goodwin owns averages of 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 14.4 minutes.

      Goodwin was selected with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to Phoenix via Golden State on draft night. He spent one year at the University of Kentucky, earning SEC All-Freshman team honors.

  • Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games for banned supplement
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    New York Knicks center Joakim Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, the league announced Saturday.

    • Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is banned under the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement

      "Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 ... Noah's' suspension will begin with the first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play," the NBA's statement said.

      Noah, 32, has not played since Feb. 4 and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27 to remove a loose body. His suspension would carry into the 2017-18 season.

      Noah would not have been penalized under the league's new CBA agreement that is set to begin next season, according to ESPN.

      The National Basketball Players Association later announced that neither Noah nor the union would appeal the suspension.

      "We believe that this isolated occurrence was a regrettable mistake," the NBPA said in a statement. "Joakim has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction."

      The union said Noah "did not intentionally or knowingly" violate the CBA and that he was "completely forthcoming and cooperate" throughout the investigation.

      Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million free agent contract he signed last July after playing nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls, who drafted him ninth overall in 2007.

      The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Noah is averaging 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in 46 games (all starts) this season. For his career, he owns averages of 9.0 points and 9.4 rebounds.

  • Cavs' James suffers corneal abrasion
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Cleveland star LeBron James suffered a corneal abrasion of his right eye during the second half of the Cavaliers' 112-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

    • As a result of the injury, it is uncertain whether he will play in Saturday's game against Washington Wizards.

      James suffered the injury when he was fouled by the Hornets' Jeremy Lamb while driving for a basket with 31.2 seconds left in the third quarter.

      James immediately covered his face and sat on the floor for a few moments before signaling for a timeout and heading to the bench.

      Cavaliers' trainer Steve Spiro looked at James' eye, but he returned to the game and made the free throw that resulted from Lamb's foul on the play.

      James finished the game and scored 10 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter.

      After the game, James said his vision was blurry in his right eye, and the Hornets' team eye specialist examined him.

      Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a corneal abrasion during the 2014-15 season and he missed one game.

  • NBA roundup: Booker scores 70, but Suns lose
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    BOSTON -- Devin Booker erupted for an NBA season-high 70 points, the most points ever scored in a game against the Boston Celtics, but it wasn't nearly enough for his Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

    • Isaiah Thomas accumulated 34 points and seven assists, and the Celtics scored the game's first six points and never looked back en route to a 130-120 victory.

      The undermanned Suns lost their seventh in a row, but it wasn't because of Booker, who got the TD Garden crowd on his side as he ran wild in the closing minutes -- scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter.

      Booker, who also had eight rebounds and six assists, scored the most points ever in either of the Celtics' two home buildings. His free throw with 45.2 seconds left broke Elgin Baylor's 1959 record of 64 points against Boston. Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors had the previous season high in the league with 60.

      Cavaliers 112, Hornets 105

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- LeBron James narrowly missed a triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Cavaliers completed a season sweep of Charlotte.

      Kyrie Irving added 26 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who had lost six of their previous 10 games.

      The Hornets had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost vital ground in their quest to grab an Eastern Conference playoff berth. Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 28 points.

      Nuggets 125, Pacers 117

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Nikola Jokic had 30 points and 17 rebounds and Wilson Chandler added 24 points to lead, the Nuggets, which withstood a Pacers' rally.

      The Nuggets led by 23 points with eight minutes left, but the Pacers got the margin down to 113-108 with Paul George made a 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining. But Jokic answered with a 3-pointer.

      George led the Pacers with 27 points. The Nuggets have won nine of their last 13 games.

      Magic 115, Pistons 87

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Elfrid Payton had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists -- his fourth triple-double of the month - to lead the Magic, who have won three of their last four games.

      The Pistons have lost six of their last seven, including five by at least 10 points, and have faded from the playoff race.

      All Magic starters reached double figures before the third period ended. None played in the fourth. Reserve Jon Leuer led the Pistons with 16 points.

      Wizards 129. Nets 108

      WASHINGTON -- John Wall scored 22 points and Bradley Beal had 19 as the Wizards concluded a four-game season sweep of the Nets.

      Brandon Jennings had 18 points and nine assists off the bench for the Wizards, who shot 50.5 percent from the field, made 21 of 22 free throws and led by as many as 28 points.

      The loss snapped Brooklyn's first two-game winning streak of the season. Justin Hamilton scored 20 points for the Nets.

      Bucks 100, Hawks 97

      MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points as the Bucks continued their charge up the Eastern Conference standings.

      Antetokounmpo hit 13 of 22 shots, grabbed 13 rebounds and added five assists with three blocked shots for the Bucks.

      Atlanta received 28 points from Dennis Schroder, and 25 from Tim Hardaway Jr. but lost for the sixth consecutive game.

      Rockets 117, Pelicans 107

      HOUSTON -- James Harden paired 38 points with a career-high-tying 17 assists for Houston, which shot 7 for 12 on 3pointers in the final period.

      Patrick Beverley finished with 17 points and six rebounds.

      Anthony Davis had 33 points and 16 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins added 29 points for the Pelicans.

      76ers 117, Bulls 107

      CHICAGO -- The 76ers only had 10 players in uniform but still beat Chicago, which had won the last 12 games against Philadelphia.

      Dario Saric had a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead five players in double-figure scoring for the Sixers, who had lost their last nine straight games in Chicago.

      Jimmy Butler had 36 points and 11 assists to lead the Bulls, who trail the Miami Heat by 1 1/2 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

      Warriors 114, Kings 100

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Draymond Green connected on three 3-pointers in a crowd-pleasing, third-quarter runaway that helped the Warriors extended the NBA's longest active winning streak to six games.

      Green finished with 23 points and Stephen Curry had a 27-point, 12-assist double-double for the Warriors (58-14), who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio (55-16) for the best record in the league.

      Rookie Buddy Hield had 22 points for the Kings, who lost their eighth consecutive game in Oakland.

      Lakers 130, Timberwolves 119 (OT)

      LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Clarkson scored a career high 35 points, helping the Lakers end a six-game skid with an overtime victory.

      Clarkson converted a career-best eight 3-pointers, missing just two attempts. Julius Randle had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

      Andrew Wiggins scored 36 points to lead the Timberwolves, who lost their fifth in a row.

      Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 13 rebounds before sitting out the final 1:23 of overtime after a heated verbal exchange with Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau.

  • 76ers' Embiid has meniscus surgery on left knee
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    CHICAGO – Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

    • The procedure, which was described as minor in a release from the team, was performed by Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Embiid, 22, is also recovering from a bone bruise in his left knee in his latest injury setback.

      Embiid will miss the rest of the season after playing just 31 games. He missed his first two NBA seasons while recovering from two surgeries to repair a broken bone in a foot.

      "He deserves some luck," Sixers coach Brett Brown said before Phildephia's game in Chicago on Friday. "He's gone through a lot and he's a different person than his first injury."

      Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA draft after just one season at Kansas and was selected third overall. He was having a breakout year before the knee injury, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, making him a candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year.

      "The overall status of Joel's lateral meniscus and his cartilage is very good," ElAttrache said. "Today's procedure focused on removing a small portion of the meniscus that was responsible for his symptoms. The recovery program that has been established targets Joel transitioning back to full weight-bearing in approximately two weeks, at which point a conservative approach to his rehabilitation will be introduced."

      The 76ers hope Embiid will be able to resume basketball activities this summer.

  • NBA roundup: Mavs pull out late win over Clippers
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    DALLAS -- Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes buried the go-ahead jumper and made a big steal with 3.9 seconds to go to give Dallas a 97-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

    • It was a critical loss for the Clippers, who saw their three-game win streak end and also saw their chances to take over the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoff chase diminished. Los Angeles returns home for a Saturday matinee against No. 4 seed Utah, which holds a 1 1/2-game lead over the Clippers.

      Blake Griffin had a chance to regain the lead in the final seconds, but as he made his move in the paint, Barnes managed to swipe the ball away. The Clippers were afforded one last chance to win with 0.9 seconds to go, but guard J.J. Redick's leaning 3-point attempt just missed off the back iron.

      Nets 126, Suns 98

      NEW YORK -- Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter as Brooklyn rallied from an early 15-point deficit and pulled away for a rout of Phoenix.

      Lopez saw his string of 20-plus-point games end at six as he sat out the fourth quarter. His showing helped the Nets win consecutive games for the first time since home wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers on March 24 and 26, 2016.

      Reserve KJ McDaniels added a season-high 16 points and Jeremy Lin added 13 after sitting Tuesday's win over the Detroit Pistons with a sprained right ankle. Trevor Booker contributed 14 while Quincy Acy chipped in 12 as the Nets outscored the Suns 111-68 in the final 38:08 and received a season-high 81 points from reserves.

      Raptors 101, Heat 84

      MIAMI -- DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points, and the Raptors rallied from an early 15-point deficit to defeat the Heat.

      DeRozan shot 14 of 25 from the field and made 12 of 13 free throws as Toronto won its fourth straight. In one first-quarter stretch, DeRozan scored 14 consecutive points for a Raptors lineup still without starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who remains sidelined because of an injury to his right wrist.

      Miami got 16 points and 14 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside.

      Spurs 97, Grizzlies 90

      SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 as San Antonio finally found a way to beat Memphis.

      With Memphis within 92-87 in the final 30 seconds, the Spurs' Tony Parker hit a ringing 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down to give San Antonio a final bit of breathing room.

      The win was the third straight for the Spurs but just the first in three games this season against Memphis, which always gives San Antonio fits.

      Trail Blazers 110, Knicks 95

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 50 points as Portland swept past New York at Moda Center.

      Lillard scored 30 points and McCollum added 20 for the Trail Blazers, who won for the ninth time in 12 outings. Jusuf Nurkic contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.

      Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points and Courtney Lee chipped in 16 for the Knicks, who have lost seven of their last eight contests.

  • Cavaliers recall C Sanders
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Center Larry Sanders was recalled on Thursday by the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

    • Sanders was signed by the Cavaliers on March 13th and has appeared in one game for the Cavs and one game with the Charge this season.

      Sanders was out of basketball for nearly two full seasons before singing with Cleveland.

  • NBA roundup: Westbrook posts 35th triple-double
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 122-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

    • Westbrook scored 18 points -- going 6 of 6 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line -- in only 27 minutes. He also recorded 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Westbrook didn't attempt a 3-pointer for the first time since March 14, 2016, a span of 83 games.

      Oklahoma City's Enes Kanter wasn't perfect from the field, but he was close. He scored 24 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench. Victor Oladipo scored 18 points for the Thunder.

      The 76ers were paced by Nik Stauskas, who came off the bench to score 20 points.

      Hornets 109, Magic 102

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Reserve forward Frank Kaminsky scored 18 points, including 13 in the decisive fourth quarter, in sparking Charlotte to a victory over Orlando.

      The Hornets won their third consecutive game and kept their slim playoff hopes alive. The Magic lost to the Hornets for the fourth time this season.

      Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 22 points and added seven assists. Reserve Marco Belinelli scored 20 points, including 16 in a five-minute, second quarter stretch.

      Celtics 109, Pacers 100

      BOSTON -- Playing its first game after clinching a playoff spot, Boston scored 39 points in the third quarter en route to its 12th win in its past 13 home games.

      Boston led by 17 points two minutes into the fourth quarter before the Pacers used a 10-0 run that grew to 13-2 to get as close as six. Indiana went cold and could get no closer.

      Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and dished out five assists, and Avery Bradley had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics. Al Horford had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Jae Crowder recorded 15 points and six boards, and Kelly Olynyk registered 11 points and eight boards for Boston.

      Bulls 117, Pistons 95

      CHICAGO -- Chicago didn't have its top two centers, but the Bulls kept their playoff hopes alive with a victory against Detroit at the United Center.

      Paced by Nikola Mirotic's 28 points, the Bulls pulled even with the Pistons for ninth in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are 1 1/2 game behind the Miami Heat for the conference's eighth and final playoff spot.

      Chicago didn't have starting center Robin Lopez, who served a one-game suspension for a fight Tuesday with Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka. The Bulls were also without his main backup, Cristiano Felicio, who injured his back against the Raptors.

      Wizards 104, Hawks 100

      WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal scored 28 points, and John Wall had all 22 of his points in the second half as Washington snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Atlanta.

      Wall missed all eight of his field-goal attempts in the first half and finished 6 of 21, but the All-Star scored 12 points in the third quarter and hit two free throws with five seconds remaining to seal the win. He finished with 10 assists for the Wizards.

      Tim Hardaway Jr. had 29 points and Dennis Schroder 18 for the Hawks, who have lost five straight. Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds

      Nuggets 126, Cavaliers 113

      DENVER -- Gary Harris scored 21 points and Will Barton had 20 as Denver beat Cleveland.

      Nikola Jokic recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Wilson Chandler returned from missing four games to score 18 for Denver. Kenneth Faried had his best game after missing nine with back spasms, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

      Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 33 points, LeBron James scored 18 and Deron Williams had 19 off the bench. The Cavaliers' lead over Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference is down to one game.

      Bucks 116, Kings 98

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 of his 32 points during an explosive first half, and Milwaukee completed its most victorious road trip in nearly three decades.

      Antetokounmpo canned 12 of 22 shots, including 9 of 13 before intermission to lead Milwaukee to a 19-point halftime lead en route to its fourth victory in six games on its longest trip of the season. It was the first time Milwaukee won four games on a single trip since January 1989.

      Buddy Hield scored 21 points to pace the Kings, but Sacramento lost its third straight and fell to 3-11 since the All-Star break.

      Jazz 108, Knicks 101

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 35 points on a career-best 13-of-14 shooting as Utah snapped a three-game losing streak.

      Gobert added 13 rebounds and blocked four shots, recording his 50th double-double of the season. Gordon Hayward chipped in 19 points, and George Hill added 15.

      Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 points, Derrick Rose 17 and Carmelo Anthony 16 for the Knicks, who took their eighth loss in 10 games.

  • 76ers' Embiid to undergo knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, already ruled out for the season, will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

    • Embiid will have the procedure in the next few days. The 76ers announced on March 1 that Embiid was done for the season after an MRI exam revealed the tear was "more pronounced" than initially diagnosed.

      The 7-foot, 250-pound Embiid missed the first two seasons of his career with foot injuries. The Cameroon native took the court this season and in 31 games averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 25.4 minutes per contest.

      The 23-year-old Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has not played in a game since Jan. 27. He had been listed as out indefinitely by the team due to swelling and soreness in the knee before he underwent the MRI.

      Embiid had scored at least 20 points in 10 consecutive games before the streak was broken in an 18-point effort against Portland on Jan. 20 -- the game in which he was injured.

      The former Kansas University standout missed the next two games before returning to score 32 points against Houston on Jan. 27 in what would be his final game of the season.

  • NBA notebook: Bulls' Lopez, Raptors' Ibaka suspended
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto forward Serge Ibaka each have been suspended one game for their roles in a fight during the Raptors' 122-120 overtime victory on Tuesday.

    • Toronto assistant Jamaal Magloire was also fined $15,000 for pushing Chicago forward Nikola Mirotic during the altercation, the NBA announced on Wednesday.

      Lopez will sit out the Bulls' game versus the visiting Detroit Pistons on Wednesday while Ibaka will miss the Raptors' encounter at the Miami Heat on Thursday.

      Tempers flared with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter after Ibaka grabbed the ball and threw an elbow near the back of Lopez after a made 3-pointer, causing the latter to swipe at the ball. Ibaka appeared to shove Lopez, who responded by misfiring on an attempted punch. Ibaka retaliated by taking a swing at the head of Lopez.

      --Resting superstars might not be an issue if the NBA was willing to shorten the 82-game regular season.

      Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr shared that opinion amidst the ongoing conversation around backlash from the league office and fans over the number of games off granted to the NBA's premier players. When a reporter questioned whether Kerr, whose players have topped 200 total games played the past two seasons including the postseason, might pass up a portion of his salary if the NBA shortened the season, he didn't hesitate.

      "I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own salary, but it's something that everyone would have to agree to," Kerr said. "I think even just going down to 75 games, I think that would make a dramatic difference in schedule. Now I don't see that happening because there is money at stake for everybody."

      The NBA plans to stretch the regular season over seven more days in 2017-18 to accommodate players. Preseason game schedules were also tightened.

      --The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

      Felder appeared in 38 games for the Cavaliers this season and is averaging 4.1 points in 9.7 minutes per game. He averaged 30.4 points in nine games with Canton.

      Felder was selected with the 54th pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Cavaliers on draft night.

      --The Denver Nuggets assigned rookie guard Malik Beasley to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.

      Beasley, a first-round draft pick (No. 19 overall) in 2016, has appeared in 19 games for the Nuggets, averaging 2.6 points in 4.7 minutes.

      The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Beasley, who played at Florida State, has appeared in 12 games with Sioux Falls and averaged 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

      --The Chicago Bulls recalled guard Cameron Payne from the Windy City Bulls of the NBA Development League.

      Payne has appeared in 29 games combined this season with Chicago and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is averaging 6.0 assists in nine games with the Bulls.

      A first-round pick of the Thunder (No. 14 overall) in 2015, Payne is coming off a big game with Windy City on Tuesday night, scoring 22 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.

  • Bulls recall G Payne from D-League
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The Chicago Bulls on Wednesday recalled guard Cameron Payne from the Windy City Bulls of the NBA Development League.

    • Payne has appeared in 29 games combined this season with Chicago and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is averaging 6.0 assists in nine games with the Bulls.

      A first-round pick of the Thunder (No. 14 overall) in 2015, Payne is coming off a big game with Windy City on Tuesday night, scoring 22 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.

  • Nuggets assign rookie G Beasley to Sioux Falls
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The Denver Nuggets assigned rookie guard Malik Beasley to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

    • Beasley, a first-round draft pick (No. 19 overall) in 2016, has appeared in 19 games for the Nuggets, averaging 2.6 points in 4.7 minutes.

      The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Beasley, who played at Florida State, has appeared in 12 games with Sioux Falls and averaged 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

  • Cavaliers send G Felder to D-League
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

    • Felder appeared in 38 games for the Cavaliers this season and is averaging 4.1 points in 9.7 minutes per game. He averaged 30.4 points in nine games with Canton.

      Felder was selected with the 54th pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Cavaliers on draft night.

  • Bulls' Lopez, Raptors' Ibaka suspended 1 game
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto forward Serge Ibaka each have been suspended one game for their roles in a fight during the Raptors' 122-120 overtime victory on Tuesday.

    • Toronto assistant Jamaal Magloire was also fined $15,000 for pushing Chicago forward Nikola Mirotic during the altercation, the NBA announced on Wednesday.

      Lopez will sit out the Bulls' game versus the visiting Detroit Pistons on Wednesday while Ibaka will miss the Raptors' encounter at the Miami Heat on Thursday.

      Tempers flared with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter after Ibaka grabbed the ball and threw an elbow near the back of Lopez after a made 3-pointer, causing the latter to swipe at the ball. Ibaka appeared to shove Lopez, who responded by misfiring on an attempted punch. Ibaka retaliated by taking a swing at the head of Lopez.

      "This game gets very competitive, obviously. It gets heated at times. That happened last night," Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We'll deal with it and move on, and we'll be happy to have (Lopez) in the lineup on Friday."

      Several other players and assistant coaches joined the fray before the situation settled down. Both players were assessed technical fouls and were ejected for fighting.

  • Warriors' Kerr not resting case on sitting stars
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Resting superstars might not be an issue if the NBA was willing to shorten the 82-game regular season.

    • Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr shared that opinion amidst the ongoing conversation around backlash from the league office and fans over the number of games off granted to the NBA's premier players. When a reporter questioned whether Kerr, whose players have topped 200 total games played the past two seasons including the postseason, might pass up a portion of his salary if the NBA shortened the season, he didn't hesitate.

      "I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own salary, but it's something that everyone would have to agree to," Kerr said. "I think even just going down to 75 games, I think that would make a dramatic difference in schedule. Now I don't see that happening because there is money at stake for everybody."

      The NBA plans to stretch the regular season over seven more days in 2017-18 to accommodate players. Preseason game schedules were also tightened.

      Several teams, following a trend established by the San Antonio Spurs, are resting key players and some of the off days are rubbing NBA commissioner Adam Silver the wrong way. He sent a memo to team owners asking them to get involved in decisions to rest players who help propel the turnstiles across the NBA.

      "Decisions of this kind do not merely implicate issues of player health and team performance on the court; they also can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation, and damage the perception of our game," Silver states in the memo. "With so much at stake, it is simply not acceptable for Governors to be uninvolved or to defer decision-making authority on these matters to others in their organizations."

      A week after Kerr and the Warriors rested Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala against the San Antonio Spurs on a Saturday ABC game, the Cleveland Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers last Saturday in another ABC game. The primetime contests are a shift in scheduling established in 2016, when the NBA reached a landmark broadcast and digital content deal with multiple partners.

      ESPN, one of the NBA's media partners and the Disney-family relative of ABC, released a statement.

      "As always, our aim is to serve NBA fans with the best matchups involving the league's top stars and we share the fans' disappointment," ESPN's statement read. "We understand this is a complex issue and we're working closely with the NBA to best address it going forward from a media partnership standpoint."

      Kerr told ESPN that his decision to rest players was based on the best way to get through a stretch of eight games in eight cities in 13 days that included 11,000 miles of air travel.

      Spurs coach Gregg Popovich plans no changes to his playing time decisions. Popovich stressed in previous seasons when pressed on the topic that managing injuries and player health is more of a concern than pleasing any fanbase.

      "There is still no rule because it's a bucket of worms," Popovich said Tuesday. " And it's hard to make a rule. I think the league has to understand the science of what we do is a whole lot more sophisticated than it used to be. We have definitely added years to people's (careers). So it's a trade-off. You want to see this guy in this one game? Or do you want to see him for three more years in his career."

  • NBA roundup: One Lopez beats buzzer, the other brawls
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Brook Lopez capped a 29-point showing with a buzzer-beating jumper to give the Brooklyn Nets a dramatic 98-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

    • Lopez made 13 of 24 from the field and saved his biggest shot for the final possession after Detroit's Tobias Harris forged a 96-96 deadlock with an 8-footer.

      Caris LeVert added 15 points, K.J. McDaniels contributed 11 while Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 10 and eight rebounds for Brooklyn.

      Harris scored 24 points for the Pistons, who are 3-11 in their last 14 road games. Caldwell-Pope added 19 and Ish Smith contributed 16 for Detroit.

      Raptors 122, Bulls 120 (OT)

      TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, for Toronto.

      The victory snapped the Raptors' 11-game losing streak to Chicago, including two losses this season.

      The game was marred by a fight late in the third quarter between the Bulls' Robin Lopez and Toronto's Serge Ibaka. Both were ejected. Lopez finished with 12 points and Ibaka had 16 points.

      Warriors 112, Mavericks 87

      DALLAS -- Klay Thompson led a balanced attack with 23 points that included going 5 of 8 from beyond the arc as Golden State routed Dallas.

      Steph Curry recorded 17 points and nine assists to help the Warriors win their fifth straight game. Golden State collected 34 assists on 43 baskets.

      The Mavericks were led by Dirk Nowitzki's 16 points and nine rebounds. Seth Curry, Steph's brother, had a disappointing evening, finishing with 10 points on 4 of 12 shooting.

      Spurs 100, Timberwolves 93

      MINNEAPOLIS -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, and San Antonio overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to top Minnesota.

      The Spurs swept the four-game season series with the Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard added 22 points to supplement Aldridge's big night, and Pau Gasol scored 11 points off the bench for San Antonio.

      Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota -- his 53rd double-double of the season. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points for the Timberwolves.

      Heat 112, Suns 97

      MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Miami.

      Whiteside also sustained a cut between his fingers and was getting stitches postgame. The team will know more about his status Wednesday, coach Erik Spoelstra said. The win moved the Heat one game ahead of Detroit for eighth in the Eastern Conference.

      Whiteside's performance surpassed former center Rony Seikaly for two club records. Whiteside has 936 career rebounds, eclipsing Seikaly's previous mark of 934. His double-double output increased his consecutive streak to 13, surpassing Seikaly's 12 in 1991-92.

      Pelicans 95, Grizzlies 82

      NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins had his breakout game with New Orleans, scoring a game-high 41 points, including nine in a decisive 21-0 third-quarter run, to power the Pelicans.

      It was the most points Cousins scored since coming to New Orleans in a trade with Sacramento. Cousins added a game-high 17 rebounds as the Pelicans won for the fifth time in six games. New Orleans also got 19 points and 13 rebounds from Anthony Davis.

      Memphis was led by Mike Conley with 16 points, but the Grizzlies saw their four-game winning streak end.

      Clippers 133, Lakers 109

      LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul scored 27 points, J.J. Redick contributed 24, and the Clippers rolled past the Lakers for the 13th time in 14 games.

      Austin Rivers had 18 points and Jamal Crawford added 15, including a 3-pointer from 46 feet to end the third quarter, for the Clippers. Blake Griffin had 12 points and eight assists, while DeAndre Jordan chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds.

      Brandon Ingram scored 21 points to lead the Lakers, who lost their sixth in a row and 14th in the past 15 contests.

      Bucks 93, Trail Blazers 90

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- Khris Middleton had 26 points and Milwaukee scored the final six points to defeat Portland.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who won for the ninth time in their last 11 games.

      Damian Lillard scored 31 points for the Trail Blazers, who lost for only the third time in 11 outings.