Kevin Durant won’t play in the All-Star Game, will still pick his team
NEW YORK — Nets star Kevin Durant will not play in the NBA All-Star Game due to an injured hamstring, but he will play captain and general manager for his All-Star squad Team Durant, the New York Daily News confirmed Saturday. Durant, who was named Eastern Conference All-Star captain for the the March 7 game by raking in more combined fan, player and media votes, will still select his team’s starters and captains against Western Conference captain LeBron James despite not actually being available to play in the game. The NBA All-Star Draft will take place on Thursday and will air on TNT. It is...
New York Daily News
James Harden, Nets outmatched by Mavs; win streak ends at 8
NEW YORK — In a perfect world, the Nets’ superstar trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving would have shot it out with the Dallas duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Perfection, however, has evaded the Nets this season. Durant missed his seventh straight game with a hamstring strain, and Irving sat out due to injury maintenance on the right shoulder he received surgery on last year. And there were no Harden heroics on Saturday night as the Nets lost, 115-98, to the Mavericks and their well-earned eight-game winning streak, the longest active NBA run, came to an end. The Nets...
New York Daily News
Julius Randle outplays Domantas Sabonis as Knicks beat Pacers, 110-107
NEW YORK — Julius Randle showed why he was an All-Star selection over Domantas Sabonis. In a head-to-head physical battle between the two powerful forwards, Randle won the box score battle and the game, 110-107, pushing the Knicks (17-17) to .500 for the first time since January. Randle finished with 28 points and 10 boards in 42 minutes, but was also subbed out for defensive purposes on the biggest possession of the game. With the Pacers trailing by 2 with the ball, Sabonis’ pass was deflected by Derrick Rose and fell in Frank Ntilikina’s hands with 4.7 seconds remaining. Ntilikina was fouled...
New York Daily News
Magic stumble in second half as Jazz pull away
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic were hoping to be the first team to beat the Utah Jazz this season when trailing after three quarters. The Jazz would have none of it. The Magic took a small bite out of a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter but couldn’t gain any traction after that and took a 124-109 loss Saturday against the Jazz in front of 4,242 at Amway Center. Orlando (13-21) can take some solace in a lopsided loss to Utah. The Jazz entered Saturday’s game leading the NBA in net rating (+9.7) and now have 14 victories of 15 points or more. They also improved to 25-0 this season...
Kansas hands Baylor its first loss of season, 71-58, on Jayhawks’ Senior Night
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Baylor’s No. 2-ranked men’s basketball team will not go undefeated this season. David McCormack scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and senior point guard Marcus Garrett added 14 points and seven rebounds to pace the No. 17 Kansas Jayhawks to a 71-58 victory over the previously unbeaten Bears (18-1, 10-1) on Saturday night — Senior Night — at Allen Fieldhouse. Jalen Wilson grabbed 14 rebounds and scored seven points, while Christian Braun had 11 points and nine boards for KU (18-8, 12-6), which won its 38th straight game on Senior Night, a stretch of victories closing in on f...
The Kansas City Star
Sixers lose to Cavaliers, 112-109, in overtime, for rare home defeat
PHILADELPHIA — “Preparation, Process, Parade” is a mantra Doc Rivers has the 76ers focusing on this season. “That’s the only things on our minds,” Dwight Howard said recently, “preparing every day, going through the process. Hopefully the end of the year, we’ll have a parade.” But the Sixers know winning the title and having that end-of-season parade won’t come easy. “We just got to go out every night and lock in on our goal, which is to dominate every game,” Howard said. They’ll definitely have to play better than they did in Saturday night’s 112-109 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
No. 5 Illinois — without Ayo Dosunmu — almost blows late double-digit lead but hangs on for 74-69 win against No. 23 Wisconsin
Illinois wasn’t perfect but got the job done in its second game without star guard Ayo Dosunmu. Dosunmu, who suffered a facial injury Tuesday at Michigan State, sat on the sideline and watched the No. 5 Illini hang on to beat No. 23 Wisconsin, 74-69, on Saturday in Madison. Illinois (18-6, 14-4) struggled with 20 turnovers, which the Badgers (16-9, 10-8) converted into 19 points. Kofi Cockburn and Andre Curbelo led the way again, as they did Thursday in an 86-70 victory against Nebraska. Cockburn had 19 points and seven rebounds Saturday, while freshman Curbelo scored 17 points and grabbed sev...
Biden promises Monday ‘announcement’ on Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi murder report
President Biden on Saturday promised fresh action on Saudi Arabia after the release of an intelligence report that that blamed Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. But Biden dodged questions about whether he would move to punish the powerful Saudi leader over the brazen torture murder carried out by Saudi agents that U.S. intelligence says bin Salman ordered. “There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally,” Biden said in answer to reporters’ shouted questions as he left the White House ...
New York Daily News
Texas Tech capitalizes on Texas' missed opportunities in 68-59 victory
At some point, losing like this just gets old for No. 14 Texas. Put Saturday’s loss in the pile with so many others in recent years. Too much reliance on the 3-point shot and not enough on what is annually one of the most athletic front lines in the Big 12. In the first eight minutes of the second half, the Longhorns missed their first 11 shots. Seven of those were missed 3-pointers on a day the Horns were having clear success driving inside or looking for big man Jericho Sims. Texas coach Shaka Smart saw something totally different, though. He watched 18th-ranked Texas Tech score on eight of ...
Franz Wagner, Michigan roll past Indiana, 73-57, stand one win from Big Ten title
Michigan presses on toward a Big Ten championship. The third-ranked Wolverines blew out Indiana, 73-57, in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall, and drew one game closer to winning their first conference title since the 2014. Michigan can secure the title by winning one of its three remaining games. Despite a short turnaround from Thursday night's win over No. 12 Iowa, Michigan had little trouble dispatching the Hoosiers. Michigan led for nearly the entire game — and by double digits for much of the second half. The Wolverines did not play a clean offensive game, but limit...
Detroit Free Press