Dismal first half does in Magic as they fall to Spurs for sixth straight loss
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic’s recent offensive struggles followed them into the finale of a four-game homestand as they fell 120-97 to the San Antonio Spurs in front of a crowd of 3,107 Monday night at Amway Center. R.J. Hampton scored 16 points while Wendell Carter Jr. had 15 points, Dwayne Bacon had 14 and Cole Anthony had 12 for Orlando (17-37), which dropped its sixth straight. DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points and Dejounte Murray had 17 points to lead the Spurs (26-26), who swept the two-game season series with the Magic. San Antonio won the first meeting 104-77. And like that game, Or...
Joel Embiid powers Sixers to a 113-95 rout of Dallas Mavericks
DALLAS — It’s hard to tell that Joel Embiid has been hampered by wearing a brace on his left knee. Aside from early shooting woes, the 76ers center displayed the fluid moves he used before sustaining a bone bruise in the knee on March 12. That was a good thing for the Sixers. Led by Embiid’s 36 points and seven rebounds, they defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 113-95, Monday night at American Airlines Center. On one play, Embiid even channeled Hakeem Olajuwon’s Dream Shake move to score on Willie Cauley-Stein. His fluidness on this night is a good sign for the Sixers (37-17), who moved a half-game...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Red Wings finish whirlwind deadline day with sweep of Hurricanes
One piece that was going to be part of the Red Wings’ rebuild was dealt Monday, but many others remain in Detroit. And some of those young cornerstones of the rebuild gave Wings' fans plenty of optimism playing against the Carolina Hurricanes later in the evening. Adam Erne and Filip Zadina (power play) scored goals 2 minutes 10 seconds apart early in the third period, and goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 36 shots, as the Red Wings defeated Carolina 3-1 and completed a two-game sweep of the Central Division leading Hurricanes (27-10-4). Sam Gagner added an empty net goal with 55 seconds lef...
The Detroit News
Physician: James Wiseman’s injury presents opportunity for Warriors
James Wiseman’s season-threatening meniscus injury is no doubt a devastating setback, but it also presents the Warriors with an opportunity to learn more about their prized rookie and potential franchise center. According to Dr. Steve Yoon of The Regenerative Sports and Joint Clinic at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, there are many reasons that could have contributed to Wiseman suffering a meniscus injury on a dunk attempt in Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets. Over the next days and weeks, the Warriors’ medical and training staff will evaluate the 20-year-old’s bod...
The Mercury News
David Murphy: Joel Embiid is right. To be a contender, the Sixers need Ben Simmons to be better.
Joel Embiid sees what we all see. He wants what we all want. On Saturday night, he got it. It was a shot so simple, so routine, so elementary that it only served to underscore the absurdity of the circumstances. With 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the second quarter of a game the Sixers already seemed destined to win with ease, Ben Simmons found himself alone at the elbow with the ball in his hands and four Thunder players between him and the basket. As his defender slid underneath a screen and left him with a 6-foot radius of open space, Simmons picked up his dribble, pump-faked and rose up for a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mac Engel: Five years and 100 pounds later, ex-TCU basketball player has turned pro, in football
Devonta Abron thinks he last played football when he was about 7, meaning the ideal time to get back into the sport is 21 years later. In between his football careers, Abron was a starting power forward at the University of Arkansas and TCU. Abron finished his NCAA basketball career in 2016. “After I finished college I went to Austria and played [professional basketball],” Abron said in a phone interview on Friday. “When I was done playing basketball, I picked up a lot of weight and decided to give football a try.” When Abron played for coach Trent Johnson at TCU, he was 6-foot-8, 255 pounds. ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Scott Fowler: When will the Charlotte Hornets prove to fans they aren’t the ‘same old Hornets?’
The fans of the Charlotte Hornets exist in a peculiar sort of purgatory, one that stems from the team having not made the playoffs since 2016 and having not won an NBA playoff series since 2002. They want to “Bee-lieve,” as the team’s marketing department implores them to, that this season will finally be different. And it has had more positive signs than most. But still, in games like Sunday’s 105-101 home loss to Atlanta, the word “almost” too often drapes itself around the Hornets like an albatross. Charlotte overcame a horrible start and all of an early 17-point deficit to actually lead by...
The Charlotte Observer
Knicks blow big lead after water delay, then RJ Barrett closes out another game
NEW YORK — With about four minutes left in the third quarter, a leak in Madison Square Garden’s roof prompted a 14-minute delay. It was the very rare NBA rain delay. Water was gathering on the court but apparently the real damage was to the Knicks. Fortunately for them, RJ Barrett again plugged the hole. The 20-year-old budding closer again hit the biggest shot for the Knicks Sunday night, burying a 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining to highlight a wild and unconventional 102-96 victory over the Raptors. New York had dominated the visitors for the opening 2 ½ quarters. But upon resolution of ...
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