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March

19
Randle’s third triple-double lifts Knicks over Magic

Julius Randle recorded his third triple-double of the campaign with 18 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 94-93 triumph over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night. Evan Fournier scored 23 points but turned the ball over on Orlando’s final possession as the Magic dropped their ninth consecutive. It was also the ninth triple-double of Randle’s seven-year NBA career. Alec Burks scored 21 points for the Knicks, who improved to 21-21. Reggie Bullock added 20. RJ Barrett chipped in with 17 and Frank Ntilikina ended with 13. Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon each had 17 for Orlando. New York had lost consecutive matches to Brooklyn and Philadelphia, the top […]

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February

12
Jimmy Butler has triple-double, leads Heat past Rockets

Jimmy Butler had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the Miami Heat overcame a slow start to defeat the slumping Houston Rockets 101-94 on Thursday night. Miami won its fourth consecutive and handed Houston its fourth loss in a row. Butler had his first triple-double of the season and 10th overall. The Heat came close to having two players with triple-doubles, with Bam Adebayo ending with 10 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists before fouling out with about a minute left. Miami trailed by 13 in the first half, but used a big run and great defense in the third to take […]

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February

10
De’Andre Hunter’s knee surgery gives Hawks yet another medical hurdle

De’Andre Hunter’s knee surgery is only the latest medical setback that threatens the Atlanta Hawks’ efforts to end a streak of three consecutive losing seasons. The Hawks have been without guard Bogdan Bogdanovic for a month due to a knee injury. Hunter, enjoying a breakout season as the starting small forward, missed four games before Monday’s arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. His status will be updated in two weeks. Atlanta (11-12) will be without the two starters when it plays at Dallas on Wednesday night. Hunter has emerged as one of Atlanta’s top players in his second season. He is third on the team […]

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February

03
Irving scores 39, Nets cool off Clippers with 124-120 win

Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 39 points, counting eight straight in the fourth-quarter run that sent Brooklyn into the lead for good, and the Nets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-120 on Tuesday night. Kevin Durant added 28 points, James Harden had 23 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, and the three stars scored all the points in the decisive 13-0 spurt. The Nets held on from there to snap the Clippers’ three-game winning streak. Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and Paul George had 26 for the Clippers, who entered with the NBA’s best record and lost for just the second time in 12 matches. They had […]

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January

29
Oladipo has 25 points, Rockets beat Trail Blazers 104-101

Victor Oladipo scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets shook off a terrible first quarter and held on late to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 104-101 on Thursday night. The Rockets were down by 20 points in the first quarter before using a big second to take the lead and hold on down the stretch for their fourth consecutive victory. A driving layup by Oladipo extended the lead to 101-98 with 26.2 seconds to go and Gary Trent Jr. missed a layup on the other end. Christian Wood made one of two free throws about 10 seconds later, before Anfernee Simons cut the lead to one with a 3-pointer with 3.1 […]

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January

22
Cleveland Cavaliers trading Kevin Porter Jr. to Houston Rockets

The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade 2019 first-round pick Kevin Porter Jr. to the Houston Rockets for a heavily protected future second-round pick, sources told ESPN. The pick is top-55 protected, meaning it is likely to never convey, sources said. The Rockets are taking on Porter, a 6-foot-4 wing who was the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft, as a reclamation project after personal issues have prevented him from playing this season. Porter, 20, averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per match during a promising rookie year last season. Sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that the Cavaliers decided to trade or […]

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January

18
Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker makes season debut after knee rehabilitation

Celtics star Kemba Walker made his season debut Sunday afternoon in Boston against the New York Knicks. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Walker, who has been out since the end of last season as he underwent a strengthening program for his ailing left knee, would play about 20 minutes. “Right around there,” Stevens said before the game. “We’re not asking him to be anything other than Kemba Walker. “Obviously he’s excited to play. He’s ready to play. They’ve put in a lot of work to get to this point, and we’re looking forward to having him out there.” Walker has had issues with the […]

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January

14
Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis to make season debut vs. Charlotte Hornets

Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis will make his season debut Wednesday versus the Charlotte Hornets, coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. Porzingis will start and be on undisclosed minutes restriction as he returns from October surgery to address a lateral meniscus injury in his left knee. Carlisle said there will be a “range of minutes” that he is looking for Porzingis to play, but that will largely depend on how he feels. The coach stated he will communicate with Porzingis throughout the game and check on how he is holding up. “The big thing is to get him back out on the floor,” Carlisle […]

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January

07
Detroit Pistons rookie Killian Hayes out indefinitely with torn hip labrum

Detroit Pistons rookie guard Killian Hayes is out indefinitely after suffering a torn labrum in his right hip. The Pistons informed Wednesday that Hayes will continue to be evaluated by the medical staff, but no updates were made available on a timetable for his return. The team stated an MRI performed Tuesday confirmed the diagnosis. The 6-foot-5 rookie suffered the injury during Monday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He exited the match in the third quarter after falling while defending a fast-break layup attempt by Jrue Holiday. Hayes, 19, was drafted seventh overall by the Pistons last year and has started all seven games this […]

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January

06
Doncic leads Mavericks past Heat 93-83

Luka Doncic had season highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Miami Heat 93-83 on Friday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points as the Mavericks rebounded from a 118-99 loss at home to Charlotte on Wednesday during which they trailed by 30 points in the second half. Bam Adebayo scored 19 points and Avery Bradley 15 for Miami. The Mavericks scored the final nine points of the second quarter to lead 46-31 at halftime. They padded their lead with a 10-2 run to open the third quarter and led by as many as […]

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