Nets snap losing streak with furious second-half comeback against Nuggets
The Brooklyn Nets should start first quarters the way they start thirds. That could be the cure-all for a team that looked lifeless in the first half before bouncing back from down 21 to beat the Nuggets, 125-119, in Denver on Saturday. The win snapped a four-game losing streak, Brooklyn’s longest of the season, and tested the resolve of a team that considers itself a championship contender but has not finished the season with a championship-caliber resume. It is the Nets’ second-largest comeback of the season, behind only their 24-point comeback in Phoenix led by James Harden. And after the f...
New York Daily News
Curry's 49 leads Warriors over Thunder
SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry has repeatedly said over the last few weeks that he wants to make this season “mean something,” to lead the Golden State Warriors to a playoff berth and perhaps even notch his second career scoring title in the process. Entering Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Curry needed 22 points to maintain the edge over Washington’s Bradley Beal, who scored 50 points in an overtime win over the Indiana Pacers earlier in the night, for the scoring title. Curry needed only 12 minutes to reach that marker, scoring 24 points in the first quarter of Golden State...
The Mercury News
Sixers roll to their eighth straight win by beating Pistons, take 3 1/2-game lead over Bucks
PHILADELPHIA — It happened, again. The 76ers faced and defeated an undermanned team for the eighth consecutive game. This time, their opponent was the Eastern Conference’s last-place Detroit Pistons. But the Sixers also joined in the act this time, playing without starters Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, and reserve Furkan Korkmaz in a 118-114 victory. Joel Embiid had another solid game, finishing with 29 points on 11-for-13 shooting in less than 23 minutes. Tyrese Maxey added 22 points while starting in place of Simmons at point guard. Embiid’s backup, Dwight Howard, added 19 points and a game-high ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Marcus Hayes: Sixers center Joel Embiid, now playing every night, is clear MVP; sorry, Nikola Jokic, Steph Curry
PHILADELPHIA — Steph Curry is the game’s greatest shooter. Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic are the most fun players to watch since Larry Bird. Giannis Antetokounmpo, an Avatar character come to life, does things every night no human has ever done before. But Joel Embiid is the NBA’s MVP. He’s the No. 1 player on the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, and while the Jazz and the Suns have better records out West, they are much more a sum of their parts. The Sixers are 36-11 with Embiid and they’re able to beat anyone. They’re 9-10 without him, and they look like a lottery team. “If we keep winni...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Rick Bonnell: LaMelo Ball can't stop grabbing his right wrist, so Hornets fan have cause to wonder
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Every timeout, every dead ball, whenever LaMelo Ball is subbed out, his body sends him a little reminder: His right wrist may no longer be broken, but it's not normal yet. That was so apparent Friday in the Charlotte Hornets' 122-112 victory over the Orlando Magic. Ball, the Hornets' wondrous rookie, kept grabbing his wrist or flexing it or encasing it in a heat wrap whenever he wasn't playing. Seven weeks removed from the fracture, his wrist still aches. "It's a little sore," Ball said after totaling 27 points, six rebounds and six assists. "I just keep it warm." There's a r...
The Charlotte Observer
RJ Barrett, Knicks slip late against Chris Paul’s Suns
The game changed at the end of the third quarter, with one of those sequences that boosts one team and deflates the other. The Phoenix Suns managed to score four points on two baskets in the final second, with Cameron Payne connecting on the second after intercepting a lazy in-bounds pass from RJ Barrett and converting a lay-up at the buzzer. It gave Phoenix its first lead since the first quarter, and the Knicks never recovered in a 128-105 loss Friday night. Chris Paul, celebrating his 36th birthday, woke up to pummel the Knicks down the stretch, motivated by a cheap foul from Taj Gibson. Pau...
New York Daily News
Cardinals' Flaherty gets upper hand on Gomber, both on mound and at bat
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, considering the matchup of longtime teammates and friends Austin Gomber, now of Colorado, and the Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty, was asked before Friday’s game which was the better hitter. Sensing he was being set up, Shildt laughed and responded, “Jack’s taken as good at-bats in the National League as I’ve seen a pitcher take. I’ll leave it at that,” he said. When the count on Flaherty ran to 3-1 in the third inning, Flaherty attacked a 92 mph Gomber fastball and ripped a 416-foot drive to left center for the first homer of his career, resulting...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Magic stumble late as Hornets pull away for 122-112 victory
A late field-goal drought of nearly four minutes stung the Orlando Magic as they watched the host Charlotte Hornets pull away late to post a 122-112 victory Friday night at Spectrum Center. Dwayne Bacon matched his career-high with 26 points and Cole Anthony had 22 points to lead the Magic (21-46), who lost the season series with the Hornets 2-1. R.J. Hampton added 16 points and Mo Bamba pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds to go with four blocks for Orlando, which couldn’t overcome 68 points in the paint and 23 second-chance points by Charlotte. The Magic had 60 points in the paint and 18 se...