Draymond Green’s triple-double fuels Warriors past Hornets
SAN FRANCISCO — Draymond Green had a triple-double and the Golden State Warriors earned their first three-game win streak of the season in Friday’s 130-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Chase Center. With 11 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds, Green earned a franchise-record 25th triple-double of his career and set the tone on a night when the Warriors assisted on 38 of their 48 made field goals. Green had eight assists in the first quarter alone, several going to Kelly Oubre Jr., who exploited Charlotte’s defense for cuts and dunks at the rim and finished with 27 points on 11-for-15 shoot...
The Mercury News
‘We were a step slow:’ Hawks lackluster in loss to Thunder
The Hawks (14-19) fell behind in the second quarter and could never make up ground in their 118-109 loss to the Thunder (14-19) in Oklahoma City Friday. Next up, the Hawks play in Miami Sunday and Tuesday. ——— Below are some takeaways from the loss: 1. Facing an Oklahoma City team that’s in rebuilding mode and was missing Al Horford, the Hawks trailed by eight at halftime after a rough second quarter and fell behind 16 in the third quarter as they struggled to get stops. Thanks to a layup by John Collins and 3-pointer by Trae Young, the Hawks were able to pull within six points at the 2:51 mar...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
DELETED: Comeback bid falls short for Pistons in 110-107 home loss to Kings
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The Detroit News
Comeback bid falls short for Pistons in 110-107 home loss to Kings
DETROIT — Dennis Smith Jr. tied the game at 71 midway through the third quarter, confidently stepping into a 3-pointer. It got downgraded to a 2-pointer not long after, however. His foot was on the line. Smith made up for it in style during the Detroit Pistons’ next offensive possession, dribbling across the 3-point line and launching when he had enough space. It gave the Pistons their first lead of the night, and helped to solidify Smith's best outing with the franchise. He finished with 17 points, doing most of his damage in the third quarter. It wasn't enough for the Pistons, however, who o...
Detroit Free Press
Bulls fall to Suns, 106-97, falling apart in 4th quarter and snapping 3-game winning streak
CHICAGO — Regardless of result, Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan has maintained the same demeanor after each game this season. He has been tasked with teaching his young team how to be successful, and while the Bulls have enjoyed highs they have not reached in recent years, growing pains are usually right around the corner. That was the case Friday night as turnovers and a dud of a fourth quarter doomed the Bulls’ chances of pulling off an upset against the Phoenix Suns, falling 106-97 to snap a three-game winning streak. The Bulls led by as many as 16 points in the game, but the Suns closed ...
NBA to investigate Jeremy Lin’s claim that he was called ‘coronavirus’ on the court
The NBA G League is opening an investigation into guard Jeremy Lin’s claim that he has been called “coronavirus” on the court, according to the Athletic. As the number of violent attacks against Asian Americans escalates across the country, Lin, an Asian American currently playing for the Warriors’ G League affiliate, detailed in a Facebook post Thursday the racism he has experienced over the course of his basketball career. “Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court,” said Lin, the former New York Knicks star who spent last season playing in Ch...
The Mercury News
David Murphy: A trade for Kyle Lowry would bring Sixers tantalizingly close to Nets. That makes him worth a heavy price.
PHILADELPHIA — They do not often build statues of men who trade promising talent and first-round picks for 34-year-old players with $30 million salaries. In most cases, the ultimate return on a move like that is a one-way ticket to wherever Vlade Divac is now. In Latin: Negotium Colangelous. In English: Inadvisable. Thing is, there aren't a lot of 34-year-old, $30 million players who can single-handedly turn a good but out-classed team into a bona fide championship contender. In fact, my list of names says that there is only one, and that's a compelling enough reason for Daryl Morey to ignore ...
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