Kings keep rolling with their third consecutive win over Warriors
SAN FRANCISCO — Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, De’Aaron Fox played through some nagging pains and the Sacramento Kings kept rolling, defeating the Golden State Warriors 112-94 on Tuesday night as “Sac-ra-mento” chants rang out inside Chase Center in San Francisco.Fox also finished with 21 points for the Kings (24-33), who have won three in a row and nine of 13 to get within four games of the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies. Buddy Hield scored 15 of his 19 in the second half. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 17 points.Marquese Chriss had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors (12-46). Andrew W...
The Sacramento Bee
Pistons wilt under Nuggets' offensive might, lose seventh straight
DENVER — The Pistons hung around for a while.In the first few minutes, they were within single digits with the Denver Nuggets, who have the second-best record in the Western Conference. After beating the Nuggets in overtime on Feb. 2 at Little Caesars Arena, staying close wasn’t farfetched.That was a different Pistons roster; this version doesn’t have the same offensive firepower.The Nuggets rode a 15-5 run to pull away and take a 115-98 victory on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. It’s the seventh straight loss for the Pistons (19-41), who next play at Phoenix on Friday.Christian Wood had 20 poi...
The Detroit News
Zach LaVine scores 41 points and Coby White adds 35, but the Bulls' comeback falls short in a 124-122 loss to the Thunder
CHICAGO — The Bulls have been searching all season for another consistent scoring threat alongside Zach LaVine, but as their lineup has been wrecked by injuries for the last three games, rookie guard Coby White has stepped in to fill that void.The two took turns taking over the Bulls offense against the Thunder, leading an exhilarating third-quarter comeback as the Bulls charged back from down 24 points in the first half. Ultimately, their efforts fell short, as LaVine’s final shot, a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, fell short to seal a 124-122 loss.LaVine finished with 41 points, his sixth game...
Jimmy Butler hoping to return for Miami Heat on Wednesday against Timberwolves
MIAMI — As the Miami Heat looks to bounce back from Monday’s painful overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they appear likely to get back their max player.All-Star wing Jimmy Butler worked out at the Heat’s facility on Tuesday and the hope is he will be able to play in Wednesday’s home matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a league source. The Heat listed Butler as questionable for the game, but there is cautious optimism about a return Wednesday.Butler missed the past two games because of personal reasons.Butler, 30, is healthy; his absence did not involve any injury.Bu...
Bob Ford: Sixers forced to confront the injury situation they predicted
PHILADELPHIA — When Brett Brown was asked what he planned to do about the point-guard position on his basketball team during the potentially lengthy absence of his starter, the coach essentially said he was going to look around the bench and see if he had another one.“You’ll see it done by committee, and — who knows? — maybe somebody is going to emerge to be like the guy as Ben is out there,” Brown said Monday night. “We’ve all learned that when there is a vacuum, as there is right now, that somebody will step up. And I’m trying to see the world through those eyes.”This is the basketball equiv...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Warriors' Kevon Looney is regaining confidence after his injury-plagued season
SAN FRANCISCO — Before walking over to the scorer’s table, Kevon Looney will typically go through a series of stretches and tests with a team trainer before checking into the game.Having missed 40 of 57 games this season due to various injuries, Looney has to be extra careful to make sure he doesn’t incur another setback. Though he acknowledges it’s been a challenging season, Looney has played in seven of Golden State’s last eight games and feels the worst is behind him.In Sunday’s loss to the Pelicans, Looney’s 18:47 of playing time was the most he has logged in a game all season, and on par ...
The Mercury News
Mark Bradley: Is UGA's Anthony Edwards worthy of the No. 1 pick?
Short answer: no. Longer answer follows.A gentle reminder: The NBA doesn’t care what a player’s college team does. We note again that the No. 1 picks in 2016 and 2017 — Ben Simmons of LSU and Markelle Fultz of Washington — didn’t grace the NCAA tournament. (Fultz’s Huskies went 9-22, if you can believe that.) The No. 1 pick in 2018, the massive DeAndre Ayton of Arizona, played on a team that lost its first NCAA game by 21 points to Buffalo.In this century, here’s the complete list of No. 1 picks who played in that year’s Final Four: Greg Oden in 2007, Anthony Davis in 2012, Karl-Anthony Towns ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kansas Jayhawks slam Oklahoma State as Udoka Azubuike hits 1,000-point milestone
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Despite being completely healthy in just two of his four seasons of college basketball, Udoka Azubuike has reached the 1,000-point milestone at the University of Kansas.The 7-foot senior center from Delta, Nigeria, who on Monday was chosen Big 12 player of the week and Naismith Trophy player of the week for his 23 points and 19 rebounds in Saturday’s victory at Baylor, scored 19 points on 6-of 7 shooting (7 of 8 from the free throw line) and grabbed 16 boards in a 83-58 win over Oklahoma State on Monday in Allen Fieldhouse.Azubuike entered the game with 998 career points — a l...
The Kansas City Star
Depleted Timberwolves get exploited by rejuvenated Mavericks
DALLAS – You could see the buzzsaw rolling down the plains of Texas like a tornado.The league’s most efficient in Dallas had all of its horses present Monday while the rebuilding Wolves brought in the fourth-worst defense since remaking their roster at the trade deadline.With Luka Doncic present after missing a game Saturday and Kristaps Porzingis also back in the lineup, the Mavericks chopped up the Wolves’ defense in an 139-123 Wolves loss at American Airlines Center.Doncic filled up the stat sheet as you might expect for the ascending star, as he finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and s...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Magic erase biggest deficit of season, score road win over Nets
NEW YORK — A furious Magic third-quarter rally helped them turn a 19-point Brooklyn Nets lead into a 115-113 Orlando victory Monday night at the Barclays Center.It is the biggest deficit the Magic have overcome for a win this season.Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic sparked the surge, and Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross finished it. Fournier carried the Magic in the first half, emerging as one of few Orlando players who could score as Brooklyn ran out to a big lead.In the second half, however, after the Nets had built a 19-point advantage, Vucevic — who had scored just two points in the first ha...