Julius Randle scores 44 points as Knicks beat Mavericks, extend winning streak to five games
DALLAS — The Knicks are hottest team in the NBA. Technically, their five-game winning streak is currently tied with the Celtics, but the Knicks are certainly the most surprisingly successful given the expectations. And they’re overdue.Their latest victory Friday night was over the Mavericks, 117-109, with Julius Randle going off again with 44 points and the Knicks (30-27) getting the best of Kristaps Porzingis. It’s the Knicks' first five-game winning streak since 2014. Randle was spectacular while shooting 16 for 29 and finishing just one point shy of his career-high, outplaying Porzingis (23...
New York Daily News
Magic falter in 2nd half en route to 113-102 loss to Raptors
The Orlando Magic just can’t seem to solve the Toronto Raptors. Of course, the Magic probably didn’t expect Paul Watson to play more like Paul Pierce. Watson drained eight 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 30 points as the Raptors pulled away from the Magic in the second half to post a 113-102 victory on Friday at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, the Raptors’ homecourt this season due to Canada’s COVID-19 protocols. Orlando absorbed its eighth straight regular-season loss against Toronto. Counting the 2019 playoffs, the Magic are 1-12 in their past 13 games against the Raptors. Wendell Carter Jr. fi...
Joe Harris, Landry Shamet pour it on from long range in Nets' rout of Hornets
NEW YORK — If it’s not James Harden, it’s Kyrie Irving. If it’s not Irving, it’s Kevin Durant. If it’s not Durant, Irving, or Harden, it’s Joe Harris or Landry Shamet. And if it’s not one of those two sharpshooters, then, and only then, are the Nets in trouble. Harden (hamstring) did not play against the Hornets on Wednesday, and Irving had a somewhat forgettable performance by his own standards. But the Nets’ depth, even after LaMarcus Aldridge’s sudden and unexpected retirement from a heart complication, compensated where their starpower fell short. The Nets defeated Charlotte at home, 130-1...
New York Daily News
Joel Embiid leads 76ers past Clippers, 106-103, with both squads undermanned
PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps folks will stop singling out the Brooklyn Nets. The 76ers played their second consecutive much-anticipated game in which the opposing team had multiple standouts sidelined. This time, the Sixers joined in. They ended up defeating the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-103, Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The victory against Doc Rivers’ former team improved them to 39-17 and keeps them a game ahead of the second-place Nets atop the Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid had 36 points and 14 rebounds against the Clippers (39-19), who had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Fu...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Youth movement helps Pistons secure 110-104 win over Thunder
DETROIT — After letting a victory slip away in the final minute on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Pistons didn’t let another one get away. With a revamped starting lineup tilted toward the youth movement, along with several veterans who were resting or injured, the Pistons put a rotation on the floor that accentuated the rebuild, with three rookies. Three of those starters scored in double figures and the young reserves helped carry the Pistons the rest of the way in a 110-104 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena. The win ended a three...
The Detroit News
Miles Bridges knows humility. It’s how he discovered the Hornets’ truth — and his own.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Miles Bridges is going to say things that make others uneasy. That’s OK. Sometimes friction is essential to improvement. If that means getting into it with coaches over switching from zone to man-to-man defense, that’s fine. If it means speaking out about water contamination in his hometown of Flint, Mich., that’s good. Last fall, it meant saying the Hornets “haven’t been a good organization in a long time” to spark change. Bridges will keep speaking his mind. “I feel like if I keep my mouth closed on stuff I feel very passionate about, then nothing will get fixed,” Bridges t...
The Charlotte Observer
Shawn Windsor: No, Pistons rookie Killian Hayes is not a bust. Up close, he is so much more.
DETROIT — As much as the television screen likes basketball, a few things remain lost in translation. Size, for one. Not that Killian Hayes stands out among the giants on an NBA court. Still, he’s 6 feet 5 with a long reach, especially for his position. Speed, for another. Though Hayes isn’t an outlier here, either. Change of speed, however, is one of the traits that makes the Detroit Pistons rookie guard so tantalizing a player. What’s lost more than anything is the velocity of passing, which isn’t something you often think about until you see, say, LeBron James in person, and you can almost ...
Detroit Free Press
Liberty University sues Jerry Falwell Jr., says he owes millions after sex scandal
Liberty University is suing its former president, Jerry Falwell Jr., claiming he smeared the school’s reputation with a sex scandal and hid that information while negotiating a plentiful new contract in 2019. Falwell was president and chancellor of Liberty from 2007 until August 2020, when he resigned in disgrace. Earlier that month, Falwell’s pool cleaner-turned-business partner Giancarlo Granda said beginning in 2012 he had sex several times with Falwell’s wife, Becki, while the evangelical university president watched. The Falwells have admitted the affair but denied the more sordid claims....
New York Daily News
NY federal prosecutors confirm 2016 decision not to pursue Jeffrey Epstein
NEW YORK — Manhattan federal prosecutors confirmed in court papers made public Friday that they chose not to pursue Jeffrey Epstein in 2016, with one former assistant U.S. attorney saying she “felt horrible” after learning of Epstein's abuse of the criminal justice system in Florida. The disclosure by the Southern District of New York came in a 212-page filing responding to Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal challenges to an indictment charging her with grooming underage Epstein victims in the mid-1990s and lying under oath. The Daily News exclusively revealed last year that lawyers for Epstein accuser...
New York Daily News
Motormouth: How will we charge all those electric cars?
Q: With all the manufacturers talking about going to electric vehicles, I wonder how my neighbors who have four SUVs in their driveway and garage full of stuff and the people in the city who park on the street nightly will charge their vehicles? F.M., Darien, Illinois A: Charging in one’s driveway should not be a problem if the cable is long enough. Otherwise, the best option may be a public charging station. More businesses and shopping venues are installing them. Some apartment buildings and condos have chargers. Eventually charging stations will become more ubiquitous. London, for example, ...
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