Harrison Barnes, De'Aaron Fox lead Kings to dramatic victory over Memphis Grizzlies
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Harrison Barnes scored 32 points and De’Aaron Fox outplayed leading Rookie of the Year candidate Ja Morant, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 129-125 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night at Golden 1 Center.Fox scored 26 points for the Kings (22-33), who improved to 7-4 since coach Luke Walton moved Buddy Hield into a backup role in late December. Kent Bazemore added 18 points. Hield had 20 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.Barnes finished two points shy of his career high. Jabari Parker came off the bench to post four points, four rebounds...
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Warriors blitzed by Rockets' small-ball lineup in 135-105 loss
SAN FRANCISCO — Entering Thursday evening’s game, both forward Draymond Green and head coach Steve Kerr expressed skepticism over the long-term viability of the Houston Rockets’ small-ball starting lineup.But, in the Golden State Warriors’ 135-105 loss to the Rockets at Chase Center, the one-game results led to a convincing win for a team pushing the boundaries of a small-ball movement the Warriors helped usher forward.By starting P.J. Tucker at center and trading 7-footer Clint Capela earlier this month, the Rockets’ starting unit features players all 6-foot-7 or shorter.“I think there’s alwa...
The Mercury News
Joel Embiid powers Sixers to 112-104 overtime victory over Brooklyn Nets
PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers overcame boos, rust and the Brooklyn Nets.They battled back from a 20-point deficit to beat the Nets, 112-014, in overtime Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center in the first game for both squads following the All-Star Break.The Sixers (35-21) hadn’t played since their 110-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 11. And they looked every bit like a team that had eight days in between games. The Sixers’ timing appeared to be off. They shot poorly from three-point range and made a lot of miscues.The sellout crowd voiced its displeasure, booing the home squad ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bulls never lead in their 7th straight loss, 103-93 to the Hornets
CHICAGO — The United Center was brimming with excitement and star power during All-Star Weekend. Just a few days later, the start of Thursday’s game against the Hornets had the empty feeling of a movie set after all the props and sets had been disassembled and cleared out.The Bulls had talked this week about attacking their final 27 games with purpose and gusto, despite dealing with a rash of injured players. They lacked any spark until the third quarter, though, when they found their 3-point stroke and fought back from a 21-point deficit.But the Bulls still suffered their seventh straight def...
Heat unable to survive Trae Young's 50 points in 129-124 loss to Hawks
ATLANTA — The goal coming out of the All-Star break for the Miami Heat was simple and to the point.“The big picture for us, first,” coach Erik Spoelstra said Thursday morning, “is playing better on the road.”The search for road revival continues.Unable to stop the offensive whirlwind that is Trae Young, the Heat returned to action with a 129-124 loss Thursday night to the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena.Against the one-man torrent that is Young, the Heat, even with a strong response from their own All-Stars, fell to 13-17 on the road.Young led the Hawks with 50 points. It was his 10th game o...
Warriors announce Klay Thompson will be out for rest of season
SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors have officially ruled out guard Klay Thompson for the remainder of the season, the team announced.Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of last June’s NBA Finals, has not played this season and was re-evaluated over the All-Star break.According to the team, Thompson is “making good progress and is right on track with his rehabilitation timeline.” He is expected back in time for the Warriors’ training camp in late September.The official update aligns with head coach Steve Kerr’s expectations since the start of the season.“Even though he’s coming along well, th...
The Mercury News
Seimone Augustus signs with Sparks after 14 seasons with Lynx
Seimone Augustus, who played on four WNBA Championship teams with the Lynx, signed with the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday.The 11th leading scorer in league history was a free agent.“I’m excited to join friends who are now teammates to chase another championship,” the 14-year veteran said in a news release.Augustus, a 35-year-old shooting guard, won three Olympic gold medals with Team USA and is an eight-time WNBA All-Star.“Seimone Augustus is a player I’ve admired from a distance throughout her illustrious career,” Sparks coach Derek Fisher said in a news release. “She’s a leader, fierce comp...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dieter Kurtenbach: The Warriors are out to save all the busts, and it's brilliant business
SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors are all-in on reclamation projects for the final eight weeks of the season, and it makes all the sense in the world.In fact, it’s downright brilliant business.On Thursday, the Warriors agreed to terms with former No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender, who will sign a 10-day contract with the team on Sunday, giving him five games with Golden State.Signing the 22-year-old Bender is the kind of no-risk, high-reward play that Golden State has no reason not to make amid a lost campaign.It’s also yet another Golden State bet on their culture and against the culture of losing ...
The Mercury News
There's an encouraging second-half trend for Heat. This team is primed to continue it.
ATLANTA — As long as Bam Adebayo has been with the Miami Heat, he has always seen his team have more success following the NBA All-Star Game than it did before.Last season, the Heat went .500 in the second half after a sub-.500 first half. The year before, Miami went 14-10 after the All-Star break and 30-28 before. Even in a disappointing rookie season for Adebayo, the Heat was a handful of games better in the second half of the season than in the first.It has been true for just about every season since Erik Spoelstra took over as coach in 2008. In eight of Spoelstra’s first 11 seasons at the ...
Sixers' Ben Simmons out vs. Nets with back tightness
PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons will miss Thursday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at Wells Fargo Center with lower-back tightness.The 76ers point guard initially reported discomfort at Wednesday’s practice. He received treatment. However, the two-time All-Star still experienced discomfort upon waking up Thursday morning. So he received more treatment at the practice facility.This will mark the third game that the third-year veteran has missed this season. He missed the first two games with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. However, Simmons has been dealing with lower-back tightness...
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