Golden State's plan to double-team Domantas Sabonis in the post allowed Indiana's big man to show off his passing skills and gave the Pacers plenty of open looks from the perimeter. Sabonis nearly got his second triple-double in six days, too. Sabonis had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists
Devin Booker let his teammates and coaches know just how tired he was of losing to San Antonio. When the Phoenix guard wasn’t jawing at the opposition, Booker was encouraging his teammates to fight and imploring his coaches to protest every call that went against the Suns. Booker did his part, scoring
Kawhi Leonard has two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards, four All-Star selections and a string of other accolades. Unbelievable as it sounds — and really, the Miami Heat could not believe it — Leonard got a triple-double for the first time Friday night.
When James Harden went through shooting slumps in the past, the Houston Rockets would be hard-pressed to survive lackluster production from their star guard. With Russell Westbrook, Houston has another player who can shoulder a huge scoring burden. Westbrook scored a season-high 45 points and had 10
After being pulled from the starting lineup, Buddy Hield proved his value to the Sacramento Kings. Hield scored 21 points, Harrison Barnes added 19 and Sacramento beat the Chicago Bulls 98-81 on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. In 23 minutes off the bench, Hield was 7 for 12 from the
With Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant aggressively crashing the offensive glass, the Denver Nuggets were able to overcome an off night shooting on the road for an unusual but gratifying victory. Jokic had 27 points and grabbed seven of his 12 rebounds on the offensive end and the Nuggets beat the New Orleans
Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Thunder beat the Atlanta Hawks 140-111 on Friday night for their fourth straight win. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Dennis Schroder added 21 for the Thunder, who shot 58% from the field and posted a season-high point total. “Sometimes those kinds
On “Star Wars” night at Madison Square Garden, the Toronto Raptors showed why they remain a galaxy far, far away from the New York Knicks. With All-Star players and big-game experience, the NBA champions have too many assets the Knicks simply lack. “We’re just a team that, we are comfortable in every
Kemba Walker scored 37 points and Gordon Hayward added 22 to help the Boston Celtics rally from a 16-point first-half deficit and defeat the Orlando Magic 109-98 on Friday night. Daniel Theis added 16 points as the Celtics won their third straight game. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 30 points, but
Jaren Jackson Jr.'s big first half helped the Memphis Grizzlies return to their high-scoring ways. Jackson scored 24 of his 29 points in the first two quarters, and he sank a big 3-pointer in the fourth to lift the Grizzlies to a 125-112 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Memphis took
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t hold back after Jimmy Butler wasn’t named an Eastern Conference All-Star starter.
After undergoing surgery on his left ring finger two weeks ago, Joel Embiid hopes to make his return next week.
Erik Spoelstra has a suggestion for All-Star voting: Ditch the positions. A day after the NBA revealed the starters for the Feb. 16 All-Star Game — two guards and three forwards from each conference — the Miami Heat coach said he wonders why the league still has players broken down by positions in the
With the world’s two most expensive soccer players cheering him on in Paris on Friday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo took a while to entertain them. The Greek star found his rhythm late in the game and had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets 116
Zion Williamson impressed perhaps the best to ever play the game in his NBA debut on Wednesday night.
Luka Doncic is set to be the youngest All-Star starter since LeBron James, yet another link between the Dallas sensation and the player he grew up admiring, even when he was already playing pro ball as a 16-year-old in Spain. Now the 20-year-old Doncic waits to see who James, as the leading vote-getter
The Chicago Bulls expect forward Lauri Markkanen to miss four to six weeks because of an injured right hip. Markkanen is averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds. The Bulls were 10th in the Eastern Conference at 17-29 entering Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings.
Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls probably played a role in changing basketball in Europe, when they played in Paris and won a tournament 23 years ago. On Friday, back in Paris, Jordan lauded Europeans for now changing the game in the U.S. Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, was peppered
There was a time everything James did morphed into a critique of his grit and drive. Not anymore.
Once again, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are All-Star captains. It’s time for the NBA to take the vote away from the players. Antetokounmpo — the league’s reigning MVP — got the most player votes, with 258.
Damian Lillard had another big performance, scoring a game-high 47 points. Luka Doncic scored 27 points to go with nine assists and six rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks made 22 3-pointers in a 133-125 victory Thursday night with a complete team performance that overcame Lillard's hot shooting.
LeBron James is on his way to Philadelphia, set to pass Kobe Bryant on the NBA's career scoring list in the former Lakers star's hometown. It'll be another milestone achievement, but scoring has never been the most important thing to James. James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists
Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks wanted his players to embrace the adversity they faced going into Thursday night. Bradley Beal scored 36 points and the weary Wizards, overcoming an overtime loss and early morning arrival in town, defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-112. The Wizards started slowly