NBA Basketball
Scoreboard| Stats|Standings|Teams|Players|Player News|Injuries|Transactions

More NBA News

More News | Wire

Spurs look to halt Houston's run at 11

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON -- For the San Antonio Spurs, the result was rendered immaterial. Having contested the first 27 games without their best player, the Spurs were so pleased to welcome back forward Kawhi Leonard on Tuesday night that their loss to the Dallas Mavericks was essentially a footnote.

San Antonio (19-9) managed just fine without Leonard, whose quadriceps injury delayed his season debut and remains an impediment at least in terms of a minutes restriction. The Spurs own the third-best record in the Western Conference and their defense did not reflect the absence of a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, with San Antonio ranking third in defensive efficiency.

With the challenge of life without Leonard met, the Spurs must now tackle the task of blending their MVP candidate back into the mix. Leonard logged 16 minutes against the Mavericks, posting 13 points and six rebounds. Step two in his transition comes Friday night at Toyota Center against the Houston Rockets (22-4), who are riding an 11-game winning streak.

Read More...

Jazz stun Celtics after 2 starters hurt

BOSTON (AP) Ricky Rubio had 22 points, Donovan Mitchell added 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 107-95 on Friday night.

Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Hood also finished with 17 points for the Jazz, who snapped a four-game losing streak. It was Utah's first victory in Boston since 2008, a span of nine games.

 MORE

Lowry gets triple double as Raptors roll

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry had his 11th career triple-double, DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and the Toronto Raptors won their ninth straight meeting with Brooklyn by routing the Nets 120-87 on Friday night.

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 as Toronto won its eighth consecutive home game and improved to 10-1 at Air Canada Centre.

 MORE

Pistons fend off comeback by Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons withstood a late rally to beat the Indiana Pacers 104-98 on Friday night.

Reggie Bullock finished with 15 points for Detroit, which earned its second win in two nights.

 MORE

Lillard, McCollum lead Blazers by Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Damian Lillard scored 21 points, C.J. McCollum had 20 and the Portland Trail Blazers withstood a late rally to beat the Orlando Magic 95-88 on Friday night.

The Trail Blazers led by 17 with 7:26 left in the game, but needed late contributions from Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic to slam the door. Aminu had 15 points and got a breakaway dunk with 23 seconds to play to seal the game. Nurkic had nine points and 11 rebounds.

 MORE

Wizards finish strong to get by Clippers

WASHINGTON (AP) Mike Scott tied a season-high with 22 points while Bradley Beal added 20 as the Washington Wizards held off the Los Angeles Clippers 100-91 on Friday night.

Scott scored 10 points in the third quarter, hitting four of his five shots from the field. Scott, who averages 8.4 points per game, made 9 of 10 from the field and has made 34 of 43 over the last six games for the Wizards.

 MORE

Celtics' Hayward eyeing in-season return

BOSTON (AP) Celtics guard Gordon Hayward is open to playing this season, but said Friday it will depend on how fast he is able to heal and show progress as he works his way back from a broken left ankle.

Hayward was at TD Garden for Boston's matchup with the Utah Jazz, the team he left this past summer in free agency after seven seasons to sign a four-year, $128 million contract with the Celtics. He was injured in Boston's season opener at Cleveland.

 MORE

Reserves help Heat hold off Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington scored 16 points each and Miami held off a late rally for a 104-98 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

It was Miami's 24th win in its past 30 games against Charlotte, which opened a stretch of six of seven home games with a loss. Johnson and Ellington combined for 10-of-16 shooting on 3-pointers.

 MORE

'Melo returns to face surprising Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony is coming to Kristaps Porzingis' house.

Three months after the Knicks traded Anthony to Oklahoma City, their former All-Star is gone and quickly forgotten. Porzingis is playing nearly as well as Anthony ever did in New York and seems to enjoy unyielding support from both fans and the front office that Anthony never had.

 MORE

McCutchen named officials supervisor

NEW YORK (AP) Longtime NBA referee Monty McCutchen is the league's new vice president and head of referee development and training.

McCutchen replaces Bob Delaney, who stepped down in October after 30 years with the NBA. The league says Friday that McCutchen will oversee the day-to-day management and on-court performance of the officiating staff.

 MORE
Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2017 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.