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  • Sunday, February 7, 2016
    Heat recall F/C Stokes
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat recalled forward/center Jarnell Stokes from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League on Sunday.

    • Stokes has appeared in 16 games (all starts) in five different stints with the Skyforce this season, helping them to a 14-2 record over that span while averaging 20.6 points and 10.2 rebounds, and shooting 67.3 percent from the field.

  • Sunday, February 7, 2016
    NBA roundup: Warriors beat Thunder, stay unbeaten at home
    By The Sports Xchange

    OAKLAND -- Klay Thompson hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors withstood a late charge by the Oklahoma City Thunder and remained unbeaten at home with a 116-108 victory on Saturday night.

    • Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 26 points and 10 assists despite missing seven of eight 3-pointers. Thompson finished with 18 and did not hit a 3-pointer until giving Golden State a 110-104 lead as part of a game-ending 12-4 run, which propelled them to their 41st straight regular-season home victory.

      Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 40 points but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game at 107 with 1:59 remaining. Russell Westbrook had a double-double of 27 and 12 assists for the Thunder.

      Before Thompson's dramatic shot, the Warriors rallied from an early nine-point deficit, took a 20-point lead in the second quarter and a 73-59 lead at half.

      Cavaliers 99, Pelicans 84

      CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and LeBron James added 27 as Cleveland bounced back from a tough loss and knocked off New Orleans.

      J.R. Smith made six 3-pointers 24 hours after his foul in the final seconds allowed the Cavs to be stunned by a last-second shot against the Boston Celtics. On Saturday, the NBA ruled it was an incorrect call against Smith.

      Norris Cole scored a career-high 26 points on the same day Cleveland State retired his No. 30 jersey. Forward Anthony Davis scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds but it was not enough as the Pelicans dropped their fourth straight.

      Cleveland nearly squandered a 15-point lead for the second time in as many nights. After the Pelicans were within four early in the fourth, they managed one field goal over the next five minutes.

      Spurs 106, Lakers 102

      SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker hit two clutch baskets down the stretch as the Spurs held off the Lakers and remained unbeaten at home.

      Parker finished with 14 points but snapped a 99-99 deadlock by hitting a 17-footer with 1:59 remaining before adding a layup with 1:02 remaining.

      LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 28 points as the Spurs improved to 28-0 at home. San Antonio also won its 37th straight regular-season home game dating back to last March's overtime loss to Cleveland.

      Kobe Bryant made his final appearance in San Antonio and scored 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter after missing eight of his first 10 shots before halftime.

      Trail Blazers 96, Rockets 79

      HOUSTON -- Damian Lillard collected 21 points and 10 assists and the Trail Blazers continued their surge by routing the Rockets.

      C.J. McCollum added 16 points and seven rebounds as Portland (25-27) won for the sixth time in seven games and improved to 10-3 since Jan. 10. The Trail Blazers are within one game of the Rockets (27-26) in the loss column in the Western Conference playoff race.

      James Harden led all scorers with 33 points and grabbed eight rebounds but also committed 10 of Houston's 23 turnovers. Dwight Howard added 17 and 14 rebounds for Houston, which trailed by as many 32 and missed 29 of 36 3-pointers.

      Hornets 108, Wizards 104

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nicolas Batum just missed a triple-double and helped the Hornets rally past the Wizards.

      Batum finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the Hornets overcame a 19-point deficit and won for the third time in four games. Kemba Walker added 23 points as Charlotte posted its ninth comeback victory of the season.

      John Wall led Washington with 23 points on 7-for-17 shooting, and fellow guard Bradley Beal had 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

      Pacers 112, Pistons 104

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George scored 17 of his 30 points when the Pacers dominated the first half of their victory over the Pistons.

      George was 6 of 7 from the field in the opening 24 minutes when the Pacers made 12 of their first 14 field attempts and shot 68.4 before halftime. He made 7 of 13 shots and knocked down 14 of 15 free throws.

      George Hill finished with 17 points for Indiana, rookie center Myles Turner added 16 and forward Jordan Hill finished with 12, 10 during the second half.

      Reggie Jackson had 26 points for Detroit, and Anthony Tolliver had 17 for the Pistons, including five 3-pointers.

      Timberwolves 112, Bulls 105

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, including a clutch jumper with 19.5 seconds remaining and the Timberwolves scored the final 12 points of their victory over the Bulls.

      The Timberwolves (16-36) won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 18-20 by getting the key hoop from Wiggins for a 110-105 lead, moments after Pau Gasol missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer.

      Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng, combined for 50 points and 30 rebounds while each playing 41 minutes. Towns led all Timberwolves in scoring with 26 points, while Dieng finished three assists shy of a triple-double.

      Pau Gasol scored a team-high 25 points and point guard Derrick Rose added 18 points and 10 assists for the Bulls, who dropped their second road game in as many nights and were without leading scorer Jimmy Butler (knee). Butler was injured in Friday's loss at Denver and his status for next weekend's All-Star game is unknown.

      Mavericks 114, Grizzlies 110 (OT)

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chandler Parsons scored 26 points and the Mavericks blew an eight-point lead in the final 3:30 of regulation before knocking off the Grizzlies in overtime.

      Parsons shot 10 of 15 from the floor and 5 of 8 from 3-point range after scoring a combined 18 points in his previous two games. Deron Williams added 22 points as Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak.

      Marc Gasol scored 22 points for the Grizzlies, who had a five-game losing streak stopped. Zach Randolph totaled 20 and 14 rebounds for Memphis.

      76ers 103, Nets 98

      PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie Jahlil Okafor collected 22 points and a season-high 17 rebounds as the 76ers held the Nets without a field goal for the final 4:24 in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's two worst teams.

      Rookie T.J, McConnell matched his season high with 17 points and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak while improving the NBA's worst record to 8-43. Forward Nerlens Noel added 18 for the 76ers, who closed the game with a 10-2 run.

      Thaddeus Young scored all of his 22 points after halftime and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Nets. Brook Lopez added 17 while Markel Brown had 15 for Brooklyn, which fell to 13-39, lost for the sixth time in seven games and 16th time in its last 18 contests.

      Jazz 98, Suns 89

      PHOENIX -- Rodney Hood scored 25 points and the Jazz continued their surge by defeating the Suns.

      Gordon Hayward added 14 of his 22 points in the opening quarter as the Jazz won their sixth straight game. Raul Neto and Rudy Gobert contributed 13 points apiece for Utah (24-24), which reached the .500 mark for the first time in nearly two months.

      Devin Booker scored 18 points and forward Markieff Morris had 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Suns (14-38), who have lost 22 of their past 24 games overall.

  • Saturday, February 6, 2016
    Kings considering firing Karl
    By The Sports Xchange

    The struggling Sacramento Kings appear to be considering firing head coach George Karl after just one year, according to multiple reports Saturday.

    • Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has made it known that he expects the team to push for a playoff berth this season and end the postseason drought dating to 2006.

      Yahoo Sports first reported Saturday that the Kings (21-29) are "strongly weighing" Karl's firing.

      The 64-year-old Karl's job appeared in jeopardy in early November, but he survived. A year ago, the Kings hired Karl away from ESPN on a four-year, $15 million deal.

      Last season, the Kings fired Mike Malone after an 11-13 start and replaced him with interim head coach Tyrone Corbin, who went 7-21 before Karl was hired.

      The Kings are increasingly concerned about their floundering play under Karl, but entered the weekend hoping to delay any decision about the coach's future until the All-Star break, league sources told ESPN.

      However, the nature of the 128-119 loss Friday night to the Brooklyn Nets -- Sacramento's sixth loss in seven games -- and the fallout it generated have the Kings contemplating an immediate coaching change, according to ESPN.

      A five-game winning streak in mid-January improved the Kings' record to 20-23 and lifted them into the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. But the Kings are now 3 1/2 games behind the Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot.

      The Kings have three road games remaining before the All-Star break -- Sunday in Boston, Monday in Cleveland and Wednesday in Philadelphia.

      ESPN's sources said Saturday that it is unlikely Kings assistant coach Nancy Lieberman would take over on an interim basis. One possibility, sources said, is elevating assistant coach and former Kings forward Corliss Williamson to interim coach.

      USA TODAY Sports reported Saturday that the significant guaranteed money still owed on Karl's contract could factor into Sacramento's decision-making.

      All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins voiced another round of frustrations with the Kings' play after the loss to the 13-38 Nets.

      "I'm not going to keep blaming these guys in the locker room," Cousins told reporters Friday night. "Energy and effort is a huge part of the game, but I'm not going to keep blaming it on that. We've got a bigger issue, and we need to figure it out as a team.

      "I'd rather keep (problems) in house, but we definitely have a bigger issue than just energy and effort. That can't be the excuse every night. ... We're going to work it out as a team, and hopefully we can fix this."

  • Saturday, February 6, 2016
    NBA roundup: Celtics surprise Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange

    CLEVELAND -- Avery Bradley's 3-pointer from the corner gave the Boston Celtics a stunning 104-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night when they rallied from five points down in the final 20 seconds.

    • The Cavaliers seemed to have the victory sealed when guard J.R. Smith grabbed an offensive rebound off forward LeBron James' missed 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. Guard Kyrie Irving made a pair of 3-pointers to give the Cavaliers a 101-96 lead, but Smith fouled swingman Evan Turner on a drive to the basket with four seconds left.

      The Celtics trailed 103-99 when Smith fouled Turner on a drive to the basket. Turner missed the free throw, but the ball went out of bounds on the Cavaliers, leaving the Celtics with possession and one final shot to win it.

      Nuggets 115, Bulls 110

      DENVER -- Danilo Gallinari scored 33 points, including a go-ahead jumper in the final minute, and Denver rallied from 18 down to beat Chicago.

      Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay scored 22, and forward Kenneth Faried had a key put-back among his 11 points and 11 rebounds.

      Derrick Rose had 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, but the Bulls couldn't overcome the loss of Jimmy Butler to a left knee sprain.

      Grizzlies 91, Knicks 85

      NEW YORK -- Jeff Green came off the bench to lead Memphis in scoring for the fifth consecutive game.

      The Grizzlies forward deposited 16 points to give Memphis its fifth win in a row and ninth victory in 10 games. Memphis reserve forward Matt Barnes added 12 points.

      The Knicks dropped their fourth consecutive game and the eighth in nine games.

      Hawks 101, Pacers 96

      ATLANTA -- Atlanta needed a spark. Al Horford provided it with back-to-back momentum-shifting dunks late in the third quarter.

      All-Star Paul Millsap had 24 points, and Horford finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists. He scored seven in the fourth quarter, but it was his pair of dunks late in the third quarter that sparked the Hawks.

      Paul George led the Pacers with 31 points.

      Heat 98, Hornets 95

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Bosh's driving layup with 23.5 seconds left lifted Miami past Charolotte.

      The forward's basket and ensuing free throw put the finishing touch on a Heat performance that was powered by Hassan Whiteside's triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks, and Dwyane Wade's 22 points on 11-of-20 shooting.

      Whiteside had seven points, four blocks and four rebounds in the fourth quarter to help the Heat outscore the Hornets 31-23.

      Spurs 116, Mavs 90

      DALLAS -- San Antonio handed Dallas one of its more humiliating home defeats in franchise history in front a stunned sellout crowd at American Airlines Center.

      The Spurs put on a clinic from the start, reeling off a quick 16-4 run that snowballed into an embarrassing evening for the Mavs, who lost for a third consecutive game. San Antonio led 27-12 after the first quarter and 62-26 at halftime behind the power of a 53-18 run.

      Kawhi Leonard, who will be a starter in his first All-Star Game next weekend, scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first half while all five of Dallas' starters combined for 16 points in the first 24 minutes.

      Clippers 107, Magic 103

      ORLANDO -- Los Angeles is doing just fine without All-Star Blake Griffin in the lineup. Everyone else is stepping up.

      Chris Paul scored 21 points while Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick each had 20, leading the Clippers to an easy win.

      The Clippers (33-17) led from start to finish, upping their record to 16-4 since Griffin left the lineup, first with strained quadricep tendon and then with a broken right hand. He may be one of the NBA's best, but Griffin's absence has hardly been felt. They were 17-13 with him playing this season.

      Wizards 106, Sixers 94

      WASHINGTON -- Wizards All-Star John Wall registered his fourth career triple-double with 18 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and 10 assists, and Washington snapped a three-game losing streak.

      Washington's Bradley Beal scored 22 points in his first start since Dec. 9.

      Ish Smith had 22 points for the 76ers, and guard Isaiah Canaan scored 18 points.

      Nets 128, Kings 119

      NEW YORK -- Joe Johnson scored a season-high 27 points and had a season-high 11 assists and Brooklyn pulled away in the second half.

      Brook Lopez added 26 and 12 rebounds as the Nets snapped a six-game losing streak and won for the third time in their last 19 home games.

      Reserve Bojan Bogdanovic contributed 20 points for the Nets, who shot a season-high 55.8 percent (48-of-86) and made a season-best 18 3 pointers.

      Jazz 84, Bucks 81

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Rodney Hood scored 23 points Derrick Favors had another big game, and Utah extended its winning streak to five straight.

      Hood, the second-year Jazz player, continued his strong 2016 by hitting nine of 18 shots to help Utah improve to 24-25 and finish off the longest homestand of the season with a 5-1 mark.

      Khris Middleton topped the Bucks scorers with 18 points, guard Jerryd Bayles had five first-half 3-pointers for 15 points, and center Greg Monroe and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo each contributed 14 points.

  • Saturday, February 6, 2016
    Bulls' Butler leaves game with knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    DENVER -- Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler left Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets with a left knee sprain.

    • Butler was hurt with 1:05 left in the second quarter when he was fouled by Nuggets center Joffrey Lauvergne on a drive to the basket. He landed awkwardly and lay on the floor while be attended to by the Nuggets team doctor.

      Butler initially refused to be put in the wheelchair that was brought out for him so he could shoot his free throws. He made 1 of 2 and then teammate Aaron Brooks helped him get into the wheelchair.

      Butler, who was a game-time decision because of left knee tendinitis, had 19 points, five assists in two rebounds before leaving the game.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    Clippers' Griffin undergoes 2nd procedure on injured hand
    By The Sports Xchange

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who broke his right hand punching a team employee last month, underwent a second procedure on the hand this week, ESPN reported Friday.

    • According to the report, the latest procedure was connected to the initial hand surgery Griffin underwent, and it won't affect the timetable for the five-time All-Star's potential return, expected to be late February or early March.

      Griffin fractured the fourth metacarpal in his right hand while punching one of the team's equipment managers outside of a Toronto restaurant on Jan. 23. At the time, Griffin was close to returning to action after being sidelined due to a torn quadriceps.

      The NBA is investigating the restaurant incident, for which Griffin apologized on Twitter.

      Without Griffin in the lineup, the Clippers were 15-4 heading into their Friday night game at Orlando. Griffin last played Christmas Day in a 94-84 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    Kings' Gay leaves with ankle injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW YORK -- Kings forward Rudy Gay exited Sacramento's game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday with a left ankle injury.

    • Gay was initially injured on a play around the basket with 9:18 remaining in the first quarter and the Kings holding a 7-4 lead. He went back to the locker room after the initial play but was declared out for the rest of the game after briefly appearing in the second quarter.

      Gay is averaging 18.2 points and 6.9 rebounds and has missed six games this season while starting each time he has played. He missed two games Jan 21-23 with a left heel contusion and two more Jan 26-28 with a corneal abrasion in his left eye.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    NBA notebook: Sixers pay tribute to Dawkins
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia 76ers will honor the late NBA legend Darryl Dawkins with a special tribute night on Saturday when the Sixers host the Brooklyn Nets.

    • The 6-foot-11 Dawkins, known as "Chocolate Thunder" because of his powerful dunks, died of a heart attack on Aug. 27 at age 58.

      "Darryl Dawkins Tribute Night" will be highlighted by a special halftime ceremony featuring live interviews with former Sixers teammates Bobby Jones and World B. Free.

      Dawkins' legend swelled in 1979 when he twice shattered backboards with his rim-rattling dunks. He appeared in 726 games (232 starts) for Philadelphia, New Jersey, Detroit and Utah and averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game. His 57.2 career field-goal percentage ranks eighth in NBA history.

      ---The Phoenix Suns signed NBA Developmental League all-star guard Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract on Friday.

      Johnson has spent this season with Austin in the D-League and averaged 15.2 points in 28 games. He was named to the all-star team on Jan. 29. The two-year NBA veteran played for the Indiana Pacers in 2012-13 and the Sacramento Kings in 2013-14. In 96 NBA games, Johnson has averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds, with a career high of 15 points for the Pacers in a 2013 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

      Johnson also spent last season with Austin, averaging 17.4 points in 43 games, and previously played professionally in Spain and the Philippines.

      ---A Jan. 23 game between the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards that was postponed because of heavy snow last month has been rescheduled for Feb. 18.

      The rescheduled date will be the first game for both teams after the NBA All-Star Game break.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    Suns add G Johnson to roster
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Phoenix Suns signed NBA Developmental League all-star guard Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract on Friday.

    • Johnson has spent this season with Austin in the D-League and averaged 15.2 points in 28 games. He was named to the all-star team on Jan. 29.

      The two-year NBA veteran played for the Indiana Pacers in 2012-13 and the Sacramento Kings in 2013-14. In 96 NBA games, Johnson has averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds, with a career high of 15 points for the Pacers in a 2013 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

      Johnson also spent last season with Austin, averaging 17.4 points in 43 games, and previously played professionally in Spain and the Philippines.

      The former UC Santa Barbara standout was the 36th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Kings before he was traded to the Pacers.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    Jazz-Wizards game rescheduled for Feb. 18
    By The Sports Xchange

    A game between the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards that was postponed due to heavy snow last month has been rescheduled for Feb. 18.

    • The contest was originally scheduled on Jan. 23. But a major winter storm hit the Washington D.C. area and the area received more than two feet of snow, prompting the postponement.

      The rescheduled date will be the first game for both teams following the All-Star break.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    76ers to honor NBA legend Dawkins
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia 76ers will honor late great and NBA legend Darryl Dawkins with a special tribute night on Saturday when the Sixers host the Brooklyn Nets.

    • The 6-foot-11 Dawkins, known as "Chocolate Thunder" because of his powerful dunks, died of a heart attack on Aug. 27 at age 58.

      "Darryl Dawkins Tribute Night" will be highlighted by a special halftime ceremony featuring live interviews with Dawkins' former Sixers teammates Bobby Jones and World B. Free.

      "Those of us fortunate enough to have known Darryl remember his open heart, generous nature, and insatiable appetite for life and laughter," Scott O'Neil, the 76ers' chief executive officer, said in a statement. "For his larger than life personality, game-changing style of play, and thunderous dunks, he was the epitome of a Sixers player. We pay tribute to both the dominating player on the court, and the lighthearted spirit that created 'The Planet Lovetron' -- we are so proud to call him a Sixer."

      The Sixers will honor Dawkins' life and career with additional homages throughout the evening. Sixers players will wear "Chocolate Thunder" shooting shirts during pregame warm-ups. Players also will wear custom-made Darryl Dawkins socks.

      Dawkins was selected by the 76ers with the fifth overall pick of the 1975 NBA draft and became one of the first players to enter the league following his high school career. He went on to play the first seven seasons of his 14-year NBA career in Philadelphia.

      Dawkins' legend swelled in 1979 when he twice shattered backboards with his rim-rattling dunks. Dawkins appeared in 726 games (232 starts) for Philadelphia, New Jersey, Detroit and Utah and held averages of 12 points and six rebounds per game. Dawkins' 57.2 career field-goal percentage ranks eighth all-time in NBA history.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    NBA roundup: Kobe's 27 lead Lakers to victory
    By The Sports Xchange

    NEW ORLEANS -- Cheered on by a road crowd, Kobe Bryant nailed three 3-pointers in the final 6:07 to score a team-high 27 points and lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday at the Smoothie King Center.

    • Bryant re-entered the game with the Lakers holding an 85-79 lead, and immediately hit a 3-pointer from the right wing and came back on the next possession with another long-range jumper from the left wing.

      Each time his shot fell, the Pelicans' home crowd erupted in cheers.

      Los Angeles (10-42), which had lost 14 of their previous 16 games, also got 18 points from Jordan Clarkson.

      New Orleans (18-31) lost its third consecutive game despite a game-high 39 points and 11 rebounds by Anthony Davis.

      Raptors 110, Trail Blazers 103

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 59 points as Toronto beat Portland.

      Lowry scored 30 points with eight assists while DeRozan added 29 points for the Raptors (34-16), who won for the 13th time in their last 14 outings. Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, which won for only the second time in the last 13 trips to Portland and first since December 2006.

      Damian Lillard collected 27 points and 11 assists while CJ McCollum had 21 points for the Trail Blazers (24-27), who lost for only the third time in 12 games. Allen Crabbe added 17 points off the Portland bench.

      Rockets 111, Suns 105

      PHOENIX -- Corey Brewer had a season-high 24 points, including two 3-pointers in the final two minutes, and Trevor Ariza had 20 points to lead Houston past Phoenix.

      Brewer hit back-to-back threes from the left corner, the second on a third-chance possession with 1:10 remaining to give the Rockets (27-25) a 108-101 lead.

      Archie Goodwin had 22 points for the Suns (14-37), who have lost six in a row, 12 of 13 and 21 of their last 23.

      Pistons 111, Knicks 105

      AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Reggie Jackson scored 21 points, including a pair of 3-pointers to save Detroit's victory after it blew a 27-point lead.

      Jackson also made three free throws in the closing seconds as the Pistons (27-24) outscored New York 16-8 in the final 1:47.

      Arron Afflalo scored 19 of his 24 points after halftime as the Knicks roared back from a 60-36 halftime deficit. Robin Lopez had 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead New York (23-29), which has lost seven of its last eight.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Warriors' Curry, Green among All-Star skills participants
    By The Sports Xchange

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be out to defend his title in the 3-point shooting contest on All-Star Saturday and teammate Draymond Green will try to dethrone Patrick Beverly in the skills competition.

    • The participants for the two events as well as the slam dunk competition scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, at Toronto's Air Canada Centre were announced Thursday.

      Curry is leading the league in scoring at 29.8 points per game while hitting 45.8 percent of his 3-point shots. He made 11 of 16 from beyond the arc while scoring 51 points against Washington on Wednesday.

      Houston Rockets guard James Harden, the runner-up to Curry in last year's MVP voting, is one of the eight participants in the 3-point contest, as is Curry's teammate, Klay Thompson. Harden has made 34.9 percent of his treys this season and Thompson is at 43.4 percent.

      The other five participants (along with their 3-point shooting percentage this season) include Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns (41.8), Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat (36.6), Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors (38.8), Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks (41.2) and J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers (48.2),

      The skills competition will have a different look this season. Last year, only guards participated, but this year some big men will be on hand.

      Besides Beverly and Green, the competition will include CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics, Jordan Clarkson of the Los Angeles Lakers, Demarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.

      Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves won the slam-dunk contest last year, and he is back to defend his title.

      He will be challenged by Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton, Orland Magic forward Aaron Gordon and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond.

      The three competitions will take place the day before the All-Star Game.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    NBA notebook: Spurs' Ginobili out 4-6 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will be sidelined four to six weeks after undergoing surgery for a testicular injury on Thursday.

    • Ginobili was injured during Wednesday's victory over New Orleans when he took a knee in the groin area from Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson.

      Ginobili, 38, is averaging 10 points off the bench.

      Spurs center Tim Duncan (knee) is also ailing and has missed six of the past seven games.

      --Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams was charged with drunk driving related to an incident on the night of Jan. 26 near Delaware, N.Y.

      Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, crashed his vehicle in the upstate town located about 95 miles northwest of New York City.

      Reports state that Williams hit a utility pole along a rural road. Williams, 47, told police he swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

      Williams played nine NBA seasons, the last seven with the New Jersey Nets. He retired in 1999.

      --Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones will miss Thursday's game against the Phoenix Suns after being involved in a car accident.

      Jones was hospitalized overnight on Wednesday after the accident. It occurred as he was on the way to the airport to catch the team's flight to Phoenix.

      The team hasn't yet divulged what injuries Jones suffered.

      --The Sacramento Kings assigned rookie forward Duje Dukan to the Reno Bighorns of the D-League, the team announced.

      Dukan has recently been sidelined with a bruised bone in his lower leg.

      Dukan is averaging 13.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in nine games for the Bighorns.

      ---The Miami Heat re-assigned forward/center Jarnell Stokes to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat announced.

      Stokes has played in six NBA games this season for Miami and Memphis, averaging a combined 1.0 points and 2.5 minutes in those six games.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Heat re-assigns Stokes to D-League
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Miami Heat re-assigned forward/center Jarnell Stokes to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat announced Thursday.

    • Stokes, who was named as an NBA Development League All-Star, has appeared in 14 games in four different stints with the Skyforce this season. He is averaging 20.4 points and 9.6 rebounds for the Skyforce.

      He has played in six NBA games this season for Miami and Memphis, averaging a combined 1.0 point and 2.5 minutes in those six games.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Spurs lose G Ginobili to groin injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will be sidelined four to six weeks after undergoing surgery for a testicular injury on Thursday.

    • Ginobili was injured during Wednesday's victory over New Orleans when he took a knee in the groin area from Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson.

      Ginobili, 38, is averaging 10 points off the bench as one of the key cogs who have helped the Spurs get off to a 41-8 start.

      Spurs center Tim Duncan (knee) is also ailing and has missed six of the past seven games.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Kings send F Dukan to Reno
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Sacramento Kings assigned rookie forward Duje Dukan to the Reno Bighorns of the D-League, the team announced Thursday.

    • Dukan has recently been sidelined with a bruised bone in his lower leg.

      Dukan is averaging 13.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in nine games for the Bighorns.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Rockets F Jones out after car accident
    By The Sports Xchange

    Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones will miss Thursday's game against the Phoenix Suns after being involved in a car accident.

    • Jones was hospitalized overnight on Wednesday after the accident. It occurred as he was on the way to the airport to catch the team's flight to Phoenix.

      The team hasn't yet divulged what injuries Jones suffered.

      Jones, 24, is averaging 9.3 points and 4.5 rebounds this season.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Former NBA star Williams charged with drunk driving
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams was charged with drunk driving related to an incident on the night of Jan. 26 near Delaware, N.Y.

    • Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, crashed his vehicle in the upstate town located about 95 miles northwest of New York City.

      Reports state that Williams hit a utility pole along a rural road. Williams, 47, told police he swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

      Officers on the scene stated that Williams failed a sobriety test and had slurred speech and difficulty standing.

      In 2010, Williams was convicted of a DUI after he drove his car into a tree.

      Williams played nine NBA seasons, the last seven with the New Jersey Nets. He retired in 1999.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    NBA roundup: Curry hits 11 threes, scores 51
    By The Sports Xchange

    WASHINGTON -- Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 51 points in the first quarter and sank an NBA-season-high 11 3-pointers as the Golden State Warriors downed the Washington Wizards 134-121 Wednesday night for their eight consecutive win.

    • Curry finished 19-for-28 from the field, including 11-for-16 on 3-pointers for his fourth career game with at least 50 points. He tied the Verizon Center record for most individual points, matching Michael Jordan and Gilbert Arenas.

      Draymond Green had 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, setting a Warriors single-season record with his 10th triple-double. Klay Thompson added 24 points.

      John Wall led the Wizards with a season-high 41 points and 10 assists. Washington lost its second straight and fell for the seventh time in nine games.

      Hornets 106, Cavaliers 97

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With leading scorer Kemba Walker sidelined by a sore left knee, backup Jeremy Lin stepped up to lead Charlotte past Cleveland.

      Lin finished with 24 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Marvin Williams added 16 points for Charlotte. Frank Kaminsky had 15 points and six rebounds, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

      Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 26 points. LeBron James added 23, and Kevin Love had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

      Hawks 124, 76ers 86

      PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Scott and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points each and the Hawks led whistle to whistle.

      Kent Bazemore, Dennis Schroeder, Thabo Sefolosha and center Mike Muscala scored 12 points each for the Hawks, who won their second straight game and had eight players reach double figures.

      The 76ers, who committed 24 turnovers, were paced by Nik Stauskas with 17 points and Isaiah Canaan with 11.

      Thunder 117, Magic 114

      OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant scored 37 points, including a game-winning three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left, to lead Oklahoma City to victory.

      Russell Westbrook was just as impressive with 24 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists. It was his eighth triple-double of the season and a career high in rebounds.

      Victor Oladipo paced the Magic with 37 points and seven rebounds. Nikola Vucevic and guard Mario Hezonja each scored 16 points for Orlando.

      Celtics 102, Pistons 95

      BOSTON -- The Celtics nearly blew a 24-point third-quarter lead but held on for their seventh win in the last eight games. Boston earned its sixth consecutive home win.

      Isaiah Thomas led a balanced Celtics scoring attack with 17 points and added seven assists and five rebounds. Reggie Jackson, playing with a jammed right thumb, scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and dished out seven assists for the Pistons. Detroit's Andrew Drummond posted 16 points and 13 rebounds.

      The Pistons, who had several players playing with injuries and lost Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a groin injury in the first half, dropped their third in the last four games.

      Pacers 114, Nets 100

      NEW YORK -- Reserve C.J. Miles scored 15 of his 27 points in the second quarter, and Indiana built a big lead before halftime on the way to victory.

      Miles scored at least 20 points for the ninth time this season, but it was his first 20-point showing since Dec. 23 at Sacramento.

      Paul George added 17 while point guard George Hill contributed 13 for Indiana, which won for the fourth time in 11 games.

      Brook Lopez scored 18 of his 21 points before halftime but missed five free throws as the Nets lost their fifth straight and 17th in the past 19 home games.

      Heat 93, Mavericks 90

      DALLAS -- Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in limited playing time, guiding Miami past Dallas. Whiteside missed the previous six games with a hip injury, and he wasn't even certain he would play Wednesday until warming up before the game.

      Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, who finished with 28 points, drilled a deep 3-pointer with 17.9 seconds left to keep Dallas alive, down 92-90. However, Raymond Felton missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

      Forced to foul, Dallas put Miami guard and old nemesis Dwyane Wade on the free-throw line with 15.5 seconds left. He made the first but missed the second for a 93-90 lead.

      Spurs 110, Pelicans 97

      SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a season-high 36 points as San Antonio outlasted New Orleans to remain unbeaten at home.

      The Spurs improved to 27-0 at the AT&T Center this season, setting a record for the best home start ever by a Western Conference team. (Golden State is also unbeaten at home this season but has played just 22 home games.) The victory also allowed the Spurs to extend their regular-season home victory streak to 36 games.

      Kawhi Leonard added 26 points for San Antonio. Anthony Davis paced the Pelicans with 28 points.

      Jazz 85, Nuggets 81

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Derrick Favors amassed 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and Utah increased its season-high winning streak to four games.

      Gordon Hayward added 16 points and five assists for the Jazz.

      Danilo Gallinari led all scorers with 24 points for Nuggets.

      Bulls 107, Kings 102

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chicago canned 11 of 21 shots from beyond the 3-point arc, and E'Twaun Moore scored a career-high 24 points as the Bulls beat Sacramento despite the absence of Jimmy Butler (knee).

      Pau Gasol finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds and made two free throws with 4.3 seconds left to put away the game. Derrick Rose scored 21 points and added nine assists for the Bulls.

      Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins returned from a one-game absence caused by a sprained left ankle to put up 30 points and 11 rebounds despite limping noticeably at times.

      Timberwolves 108, Clippers 102

      LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points, helping Minnesota snap a 14-game losing streak to Los Angeles.

      Karl-Anthony Towns, who went scoreless in the first half after foul trouble limited him to 11 minutes, scored 13 of his 17 points in the third quarter. Towns also had 12 rebounds. Zach LaVine also had 17 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a five-game losing streak and a 12-game road skid.

      Chris Paul had 22 points and eight assists, Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, and DeAndre Jordan collected 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who had a four-game winning streak end.

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    NBA roundup; Lin leads Hornets past Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With starting point guard and leading scorer Kemba Walker sidelined by a sore left knee, backup Jeremy Lin stepped up Wednesday night to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 106-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Time Warner Cable Arena.

    • Lin finished with 24 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Forward Marvin Williams added 16 points as Charlotte (24-25) moved to within one game of .500.

      Center Frank Kaminsky added 15 points and six rebounds and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for Charlotte.

      The Cavs (35-13) were led by point guard Kyrie Irving's 26 points. Forward LeBron James added 23 and forward Kevin Love had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

      Lin was instrumental in turning the tide in the Hornets' favor in the third quarter. Lin's three-point play on a driving layup and subsequent free throw after drawing a foul gave Charlotte a 70-69 lead, and he followed with a beautiful dish to Kidd-Gilchrist for a fast-break dunk on the next possession. Then Lin hit two 3-pointers -- the last with 34.8 seconds left in the quarter to give the Hornets an 82-75 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

      The Hornets never trailed again, leading by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter.

      Hawks 124, 76ers 86

      PHILADELPHIA -- Forward Mike Scott and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points each and the Hawks led whistle to whistle.

      Guard-forward Kent Bazemore, guard Dennis Schroeder, forward Thabo Sefolosha and forward-center Mike Muscala scored 12 points each for the Hawks, who won their second straight game and had eight players reach double figures.

      The 76ers, who committed 24 turnovers, were paced by guard Nik Stauskas with 17 points and guard Isaiah Canaan with 11.

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    Pistons' Caldwell-Pope exits with groin injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    BOSTON -- Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left Detroit's game against the Boston Celtics in the second quarter Wednesday with a groin strain.

    • The team announced that he would miss the rest of the game.

      Caldwell-Pope, who has been dealing with an oblique injury, bent over on the court before an out-of-bounds play after slipping on a wet spot on the floor and was then helped off the court and taken to the locker room.

      The third-year player, averaging 14.9 points per game coming in, had four points in 15:49 of playing time when he left the game.

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    NBA notebook: Heat's Johnson out indefinitely after surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Heat guard Tyler Johnson underwent left shoulder surgery on Wednesday in Miami.

    • The team said in a statement that Johnson will begin rehab immediately, but there is not yet a timeframe for his return. The one-hour procedure was performed by team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Doctors Hospital.

      In 36 games this season, including five starts, Johnson averaged 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He shot 48.8 percent from the field.

      ---The Memphis Grizzlies reassigned forwards James Ennis and Jarell Martin to Iowa of the NBA Development League after recalling the players earlier in the day.

      The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Ennis, 25, has averaged 17.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 34.2 minutes in 12 games (all starts) in seven assignments with the Energy this season. He has averaged 1.3 points and 3.6 minutes in 10 appearances with the Grizzlies and Miami Heat this season, his second in the NBA.

      The 6-10, 239-pound Martin, 21, has averaged 12.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 28.2 minutes in six games (five starts) in four assignments to Iowa. He has two points in nine minutes through two appearances during his rookie season with the Grizzlies.

      ---The Chicago Bulls recalled forward Mike Dunleavy from Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

      Dunleavy has not played in a game for the Bulls this season after a low back microdiscectomy procedure on Sept. 25. Coach Fred Hoiberg hopes Dunleavy can return to the court for the Bulls during their seven-game road trip that is underway.

      The 35-year-old veteran is in his 14th season with the Bulls. Dunleavy played in 63 games last season and averaged 9.4 points.

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    Heat G Johnson out indefinitely after shoulder surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Heat guard Tyler Johnson underwent left shoulder surgery on Wednesday in Miami.

    • The team said in a statement that Johnson will begin rehab immediately, but there is not yet a timeframe for his return. The one-hour procedure was performed by team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Doctors Hospital.

      The left rotator cuff problem had bothered Johnson since college, but the team was hoping to avoid surgery until the end of the season. The rookie's absence leaves the Heat with Gerald Green as its only 3-point specialist.

      In 36 games this season, including five starts, Johnson averaged 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He shot 48.8 percent from the field.

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    Dunleavy rejoins Bulls
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Bulls recalled forward Mike Dunleavy from Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

    • Dunleavy has not played in a game for the Bulls this season after a low back microdiscectomy procedure on Sept. 25.

      Last Saturday, Dunleavy scrimmaged with the Bulls before the team sent him to Santa Cruz as part of his rehab. Coach Fred Hoiberg hopes Dunleavy can return to the court for the Bulls during their seven-game road trip that is underway.

      The 35-year-old veteran is in his 14th season with the Bulls. Dunleavy played in 63 games last season and averaged 9.4 points.