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  • Nets G Ben Simmons exits vs. Magic with left knee soreness
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons left during the first half of Monday's game against the visiting Orlando Magic due to left knee soreness.

    • Simmons finished with four rebounds, three assists and no points on 0-of-3 shooting in just over 11 minutes. Kevin Durant went for 45 points in a 109-102 Brooklyn win.

      Coach Jacque Vaughn said after the game that Simmons felt soreness cropping up and asked to come out of the game.

      Vaughn described Simmons' status moving forward as day-to-day.

      In his first full season with Brooklyn after last season's trade out of Philadelphia, Simmons was averaging 8.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in 16 games (11 starts) before Monday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Suns promote GM James Jones to president
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    The Phoenix Suns promoted general manager James Jones on Monday, adding president of basketball operations to his title.

    • Jones, 42, has been VP of operations since 2017 and GM since 2019. Jones signed a multi-year contract extension in January.

      "I am grateful for the privilege to work with and support the players, staff and employees of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury," Jones said in a statement. "The collective efforts of our business and basketball operations have allowed us to provide an amazing atmosphere and best-in-class experience for our fans and community."

      Jones was named the winner of the 2021 NBA Executive of the Year Award.

      Jones played 14 seasons in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers, Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers before joining the Suns' front office.

      Jones hired Monty Williams, who was named the National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year last season. Jones also acquired and re-signed All-Star guard Chris Paul, while constructing a roster that reached the NBA Finals in 2021.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Mavericks, Kemba Walker agree to deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    Kemba Walker is set to join the Dallas Mavericks on a one-year deal, pending a physical.

    • Walker, 31, will take the roster spot created when Dallas waived reserve point guard Facundo Campazzo on Monday, per multiple reports.

      Dallas is reeling after being swept on a four-game road trip that dropped the Mavericks to 9-10 this season. The Mavericks are 0-6 when NBA leading scorer Luka Doncic fails to score at least 30 points.

      Walker is a four-time All-Star who was waived by the Detroit Pistons last month. He sat out the final two months of last season when the New York Knicks declared he would not return to the lineup. The Pistons acquired Walker prior to the NBA draft in June in a cap-related move.

      In a podcast with ESPN, Walker recently said he was confident he could help a team win. He has been training in Florida and planned to be patient for the right opportunity.

      "I'm just making sure I'm right, making sure I'm ready, making sure I'm ready for whenever somebody gives me that call," Walker said on 'The Woj Pod.' "I just know that I have the ability to help someone, to help a team. I know I can still play basketball at a high level."

      Walker has a history of knee issues that contributed to the end of his two-year run with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics landed Walker in free agency in 2019 with an offer that was identical to the contract on the table from the Mavericks.

      The ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, Walker has career averages of 19.5 points and 5.3 assists in 741 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Ivica Zubac's historic night helps Clippers down Pacers
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    Ivica Zubac scored 31 points and grabbed 29 rebounds, the most for a Clipper in a single game in more than 34 years, as host Los Angeles cruised past the Indiana Pacers 114-100 on Sunday.

    • Zubac led a Clippers side playing once again without All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, with his career high in rebounds highlighting an all-around stellar performance. The 29 boards were the franchise's most since Michael Cage snared 30 in a game in April 1988. He also shot a blistering 14 of 17 from the floor, falling just one point short of matching his career high in scoring before fouling out.

      Los Angeles held rookie sensation Bennedict Mathurin to nine points, just over 10 points under his season average coming into Sunday's contest. Myles Turner was also limited to nine points, and Buddy Hield finished with 10 on just 3-of-14 shooting from the field.

      Jalen Smith led the Pacers with 23 points, while Tyrese Haliburton recorded his eighth double-double in the last 10 games with 15 points and 11 assists.

      Nets 111, Trail Blazers 97

      Kevin Durant scored 31 points as Brooklyn opened a seven-game homestand by pulling away in the fourth quarter for a victory over Portland.

      Durant made 12 of 20 shots as the Nets completed their first season sweep of Portland since the 2012-13 season. Unlike their two-point win in Portland decided on Royce O'Neale's tip-in in the final second on Nov. 17, the Nets surged ahead after the game featured 16 lead changes and nine ties through the opening three quarters.

      Jerami Grant followed up his career-high 44 points in Friday's overtime win over the Knicks by leading Portland with 29 points. Jusuf Nurkic collected 17 points and 14 rebounds, but Anfernee Simons was held to 15 on 4-of-14 shooting after scoring 38 Friday night as Portland shot 44.3 percent.

      Warriors 137, Timberwolves 114

      Stephen Curry heated up quickly with 13 of his team-high 25 points in a first-quarter flurry and Golden State coasted to a victory over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

      Jordan Poole went for 24 points and Klay Thompson 21. Draymond Green had 19 points and a game-high 11 assists for the Warriors, who led by 23 in the game's ninth minute and ran up 47 points in the first period. Golden State had six scorers in double figures and won a third straight, recording a season-high point total in the process.

      Anthony Edwards had a game-high 26 points for the Timberwolves, who lost a second straight after a five-game winning streak. Towns had 21 points, Jaylen Nowell 16, Russell 15 to complement a team-high six assists and Bryn Forbes 10 for Minnesota, which allowed a season-high point total.

      Heat 106, Hawks 98

      Bam Adebayo scored 32 points and Tyler Herro came up with his first career triple-double to help Miami extend its winning streak to three games with a victory over Atlanta.

      The win ended a seven-game road losing streak for Miami, which won only its second game away from home. Adebayo was 13-for-20 from the floor, 6-for-6 at the foul line and added eight rebounds. Herro, who has been playing with a sprained left ankle, had 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting, with 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

      Atlanta was led by John Collins, who finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Trae Young, who had 22 points and 14 assists. But Young was only 4-for-16 from the floor and the Hawks shot just 39.8 percent from the field. De'Andre Hunter scored 18 points.

      Celtics 130, Wizards 121

      Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 36 points to propel Boston past visiting Washington for its eighth consecutive home win.

      Six other Boston players logged between 12 and 17 points, including Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 17 off the bench.

      Bradley Beal had 30 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals for Washington, which has lost three straight. Kristaps Porzingis contributed 21 points, and Monte Morris finished with 16.

      Cavaliers 102, Pistons 94

      Donovan Mitchell poured in 32 points to lead visiting Cleveland past depleted Detroit.

      Evan Mobley had 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Darius Garland supplied 19 points and 10 assists for the Cavaliers. Marvin Bagley III topped the Pistons with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Alec Burks had 17 points, while Killian Hayes contributed 16 points and eight assists.

      Bojan Bogdanovic and Jaden Ivy sat out with knee soreness, Isaiah Stewart was sidelined by a toe injury and Cade Cunningham remained in street clothes due to a shin ailment. The Cavs chipped away in the fourth and eventually took the lead on a Mitchell 3-pointer with 7:45 left. Mobley knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Cleveland a 93-90 edge and the Pistons never took a lead for the remainder of the game.

      Grizzlies 127, Knicks 123

      Ja Morant posted a triple-double and scored the go-ahead basket with 13.9 seconds left for visiting Memphis, which fended off a fourth-quarter comeback by New York to escape with a victory.

      Dillon Brooks scored 23 points while Steven Adams (16 points, 10 rebounds) had a double-double for the Grizzlies, who have won two straight. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 21 points and John Konchar added 10 points.

      RJ Barrett scored 22 points and Julius Randle (14 points, 10 rebounds) had a double-double for the Knicks, who have lost two straight and four of five. Mitchell Robinson finished with 16 points while Cam Reddish added 11 points off the bench.

      76ers 133, Magic 103

      Shake Milton scored a season-high 29 points and Tobias Harris added 25 to propel visiting Philadelphia to a victory over Orlando in a battle of undermanned teams.

      The 76ers shot a blistering 64.9 percent from the floor (50 of 77), with Milton (10 of 13) and Harris (10 of 14) playing a significant role in that department. Danuel House Jr. had 19 points and Furkan Korkmaz added 17 to help the 76ers record their sixth win in eight outings. Philadelphia played without reigning NBA scoring champion Joel Embiid for the fourth straight game due to a left mid-foot sprain.

      Rookie Paolo Banchero had 18 points and Franz Wagner added 17 for the short-handed Magic, who were outscored 31-13 in the second quarter en route to absorbing their sixth loss in seven games.

      Bucks 124, Mavericks 115

      Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 11 rebounds as host Milwaukee defeated Dallas to extend its losing streak to four games.

      Grayson Allen was 7 of 8 from 3-point range and finished with a season-high 25 points for Milwaukee, which never trailed and improved to 11-2 at home. Allen tied his career high with seven 3-pointers, all in the first half.

      The matchup between two of the league's top MVP candidates went to Antetokounmpo over Dallas star Luka Doncic, who had 27 points and 12 assists. The Mavericks fell short despite shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 17 of 41 (41.5 percent) from 3-point range. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points, Christian Wood added 21 and Dorian Finney-Smith had 13.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: LeBron scores 39 for sizzling Lakers
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 27, 2022

    LeBron James scored a season-high 39 points -- 16 of them in a decisive stretch -- as the visiting Los Angeles Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 143-138 on Saturday in the second game of a back-to-back between the teams.

    • The Lakers played without Anthony Davis, who has a left calf contusion, and Patrick Beverley, sitting out the second of a three-game suspension. But James and Dennis Schroder were plenty tough to handle as Los Angeles won for the fifth time in its past six games.

      On the other hand, the Spurs are in a downward spiral, losing their eighth straight contest (three of them against the Lakers). The Spurs lost for the 13th time in their 14 November games.

      James scored 12 of the Lakers' 15 points over the first 2 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter. San Antonio never got closer than five points the rest of the way. Schroder added 21 points for Los Angeles, with Lonnie Walker IV hitting for 19 and Austin Reeves scoring 16. Seven players scored in double figures for San Antonio, led by Keldon Johnson's 26 points, 23 from Jones and 20 from Devin Vassell. Johnson also took 10 rebounds and Jones dished out 13 assists.

      Raptors 105, Mavericks 100

      O.G. Anunoby and Fred VanVleet each scored 26 points and injury-depleted Toronto defeated visiting Dallas.

      Chris Boucher added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who had lost their two previous games. Luka Doncic scored 24 points for the Mavericks, who have lost three straight. Dorian Finney-Smith added 16 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and Christian Wood scored 10 points.

      The teams exchanged baskets before Boucher hit a 10-footer but missed the free throw with 31.4 seconds to play. Doncic's jumper cut the lead to one. Thaddeus Young made two free throws with 16.6 seconds left. Young then made a steal to clinch the game and Anunoby finished the scoring with two free throws.

      Rockets 118, Thunder 105

      Jalen Green scored a team-high 28 points, Alperen Sengun and Jabari Smith Jr. recorded double-doubles and Houston beat Oklahoma City to sweep both games of a home back-to-back.

      The Rockets seized control with an 18-2 second-quarter run in cruising past the Thunder. Houston led by as many as 27 points. Sengun produced 21 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists, while Smith paired 15 points with 13 rebounds.

      Shai Gilgeous-Alexander poured in a game-high 32 points, his 14th 30-point game this season. But the Thunder didn't produce enough offensively to supplement Gilgeous-Alexander, shooting 39.2 percent overall while missing 34 of 44 3-pointers.

      Suns 113, Jazz 112

      Deandre Ayton scored 29 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to carry Phoenix to a home victory over Utah.

      Ayton had a big steal in the final minute, made 11 of 19 field goals, dished out three assists and blocked two shots in leading the Suns to their second win in as many nights. Devin Booker added 27 points as the Suns won their fourth consecutive game after surviving a wild last minute.

      Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points and Collin Sexton had 20, but the Jazz couldn't maintain an early 10-point lead en route to their season-high fourth straight loss.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hornets F Gordon Hayward (shoulder) out indefinitely
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 26, 2022

    Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward will be sidelined indefinitely with a fractured left shoulder.

    • Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, confirmed the diagnosis on Friday with ESPN.

      Hayward, 32, has missed nine of the Hornets' first 20 games this season. He is averaging 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 11 starts.

      The player's wife posted on Instagram that the team had Hayward play through the injury in his most recent game on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

      "He actually has a fractured scapula.... That they had him play with last game... that's why he couldn't move his arm up in the last game.....everyone who knows Gordon knows he has one goal and that's to win and play the right way, he's the most truthful player/person you'd find. If he's not gonna play it's for something more than a bruise....

      "I'm gonna stop there and not get into prior things," Robyn Hayward wrote.

      She did not stop there, however.

      "Just to clarify - since the team doesn't say. It's a fracture in the shoulder. Which is a broken bone. I'm over them not protecting players. Just was talking with a young players mom and she was saying the same thing...."

      A first-round pick (ninth overall) by Utah in 2010 and an All-Star with the Jazz in 2016-17, Hayward has averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 745 games (582 starts) with the Jazz, Boston Celtics (2017-20) and the Hornets.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: LeBron returns to help power Lakers to win
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 26, 2022

    Anthony Davis racked up 25 points and 15 rebounds, LeBron James added 21 points in his return after missing five games and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers sprinted away from the plummeting San Antonio Spurs 105-94 on Friday.

    • James was a force after being out with an adductor strain since Nov. 9. And Davis continued a run of double-doubles -- six in a row -- by scoring 11 of his points in the fourth quarter.

      Lonnie Walker IV added 18 points and Troy Brown Jr. had 10 for Los Angeles, which has won four of its past five games. The Lakers were without Patrick Beverley, who was sitting out the first game of a three-game suspension for shoving the Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton.

      San Antonio dropped its seventh straight game and fell for the 12th time in 13 contests so far in November. Tre Jones led the Spurs with 19 points, with Devin Vassell scoring 18, Keldon Johnson adding 15, Jeremy Sochan hitting for 13 and Jakob Poeltl tallying 10.

      Warriors 129, Jazz 118

      Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 33 points and teamed with Klay Thompson for 12 3-pointers as Golden State improved upon its stellar home record with a triumph over Utah in San Francisco.

      In winning for an eighth straight time at home to improve to 9-1 in their own building, the Warriors got double-figure scoring from all five starters and reserve Jordan Poole in their first meeting of the season with the upstart Jazz.

      Lauri Markkanen had a team-high 24 points for Utah, which lost a third straight for the second time in two weeks. The Jazz have dropped six of eight overall.

      76ers 107, Magic 99

      Shake Milton collected 24 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and Tobias Harris added 23 points and 10 boards to lift Philadelphia to a victory over host Orlando in a battle of undermanned teams.

      Milton made 7 of 13 shots from the floor -- including 4 of 7 from 3-point range -- for the 76ers, who outscored the Magic by a 55-43 margin in the second half. Georges Niang added 18 points off the bench and Montrezl Harrell added 14 points and eight rebounds as Philadelphia posted its fifth win in seven outings.

      Franz Wagner scored 24 points and Bol Bol collected 18 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who have lost five of their last six games. Orlando star rookie Paolo Banchero scored 19 points in his return from a seven-game absence due to a sprained left ankle.

      Rockets 128, Hawks 122

      Jalen Green scored 30 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter as Houston rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit and stunned visiting Atlanta.

      Houston's Kenyon Martin Jr. (21 points, 15 rebounds) had his first 20-10 game since his rookie season in 2020-21. Mathews added 20 points off the bench and rookie Jabari Smith Jr. had 21 points and nine boards for the Rockets, who parlayed 22 offensive rebounds into 37 second-chance points. Kevin Porter Jr. added 12 points and 10 assists for the Rockets.

      Trae Young led the Hawks with 44 points while Dejounte Murray added 39. However, they were the lone Atlanta starters to score in double figures.

      Grizzlies 132, Pelicans 111

      Ja Morant, Steven Adams and Brandon Clarke had double-doubles and host Memphis dominated New Orleans from beginning to end.

      Morant had 23 points and 11 assists, Adams added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Clarke had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dillon Brooks scored a game-high 25 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 20 as the Grizzlies won for just the second time in six games.

      Trey Murphy III returned from a two-game absence caused by a foot injury to score 21 points, Zion Williamson added 14 and Herbert Jones had 13 to lead the Pelicans, who lost for just the second time in seven games. New Orleans' Brandon Ingram left the game in the first half due to a toe injury and did not return.

      Pacers 128, Nets 117

      Buddy Hield scored 26 points for Indiana, which rode a dominant fourth quarter to a win over Brooklyn in Indianapolis.

      Tyrese Haliburton supplied 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Pacers, who didn't lead in the second or third quarters before outscoring the Nets 40-23 in the fourth. Myles Turner finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, and Bennedict Mathurin had 20 points.

      Kevin Durant scored 36 points for the Nets, including 20 in the fourth quarter. He also had nine rebounds and eight assists. Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons each finished with 20 points as Brooklyn lost for the fourth time in seven games.

      Hornets 110, Timberwolves 108

      Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 28 points and Charlotte used a strong second half to overcome visiting Minnesota.

      Terry Rozier's 22 points, PJ Washington's 16 points and reserve Theo Maledon's 14 points also gave the Hornets a boost as they won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Oubre, who is usually a major 3-point threat, was 10-for-21 from the field overall and 3-for-7 on 3s.

      Anthony Edwards poured in 25 points to lead the Timberwolves, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. D'Angelo Russell had 20 points and a game-high 10 assists, Karl-Anthony Towns supplied 19 points and Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 17 rebounds.

      Celtics 122, Kings 104

      Foul-plagued Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and led a third-quarter surge that propelled host Boston past Sacramento for its 11th win in 12 games.

      Jaylen Brown, also dealing with foul trouble, chipped in with 25 points for the Celtics. Derrick White added 16 points and Al Horford 13 for Boston, which improved its best-in-November record to 11-2.

      De'Aaron Fox had a team-high 20 points for the Kings, who rallied from a double-digit, first-half deficit to lead 84-78 on a Kevin Huerter layup with 4:04 remaining in the third period. Domantas Sabonis notched an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double to complement a game-high six assists for the Kings.

      Bucks 117, Cavaliers 102

      Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 38 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists as Milwaukee used a dominant third quarter to storm past visiting Cleveland.

      Jevon Carter made five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, while Bobby Portis added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who outscored the Cavaliers 35-10 in the third period.

      Donovan Mitchell had 29 points to lead the Cavaliers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Darius Garland had 20 points.

      Trail Blazers 132, Knicks 129 (OT)

      Jerami Grant scored a career-high 44 points for visiting Portland, which overcame a 14-point deficit in the first half and edged New York in overtime

      Anfernee Simons had 38 points, and Jusuf Nurkic finished with 20 points, including a three-point play that put the Trail Blazers ahead for good with 3:31 left in overtime. Josh Hart finished with 10 points and 19 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the first time in three games without star guard Damian Lillard, who is out with a right calf injury.

      Jalen Brunson scored 32 points but missed a potential game-winning floater from two feet just before the fourth-quarter buzzer for the Knicks, who have lost three of four. RJ Barrett had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Julius Randle collected 23 points. Immanuel Quickley had 18 points off the bench, while Mitchell Robinson added 12 points.

      Thunder 123, Bulls 119 (OT)

      Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points, including five critical free throws in the closing seconds of overtime, to lead host Oklahoma City past Chicago.

      Darius Bazley added a season-high 17 points off the bench for the Thunder, who won for the first time in four games.

      DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 30 points, including all nine of Chicago's overtime points. Zach LaVine added 27 points, and Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

      Heat 110, Wizards 107

      Bam Adebayo scored a season-high 38 points and added 12 rebounds, leading host Miami to a win over Washington.

      Adebayo made two free throws to give Miami a 106-105 lead with 1:37 left. Then, with 21 seconds remaining, Adebayo made a drive over 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis for a 108-105 lead. Washington had a chance to send the game to overtime, but Bradley Beal's off-balance 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed badly.

      Beal, who returned from a one-game injury absence (thigh), posted 28 points, five assists, five rebounds and three blocks. Kyle Kuzma also had 28 points and added seven rebounds for the Wizards.

      Suns 108, Pistons 102

      Deandre Ayton recorded 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting and also collected 12 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a victory over visiting Detroit.

      Devin Booker contributed 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Suns defeated the Pistons for the fourth straight time. Cameron Payne added 16 points and 10 assists for the Suns.

      Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points to pace Detroit. Killian Hayes recorded 17 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and Alec Burks also had 17 points.

      Nuggets 114, Clippers 104

      Aaron Gordon scored 29 points, Jamal Murray had 21 points and nine assists and Denver won its third straight road game, beating Los Angeles.

      Murray's production came after he missed a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday due to heel soreness. Nikola Jokic contributed 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the Nuggets. The Nuggets prevailed despite watching the Clippers shoot 54.4 percent from the field. Denver held Los Angeles to just four offensive rebounds.

      John Wall had 23 points and Terance Mann added 16 for the Clippers, who were missing a significant amount of offensive firepower. For the second straight game, Los Angeles played without Paul George (hamstring), Kawhi Leonard (ankle) and Luke Kennard (calf).

      --Field Level Media

  • Ailing 76ers set for test against Magic
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 24, 2022

    The injury-riddled Philadelphia 76ers look to avoid falling below .500 on the season when they visit the Orlando Magic on Friday.

    • Philadelphia lost for the second time in three outings with a 107-101 setback to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

      Shake Milton collected 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and De'Anthony Melton added 20 points, six boards and four steals in the defeat. The two have meshed well while playing in place of James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, who are dealing with respective foot injuries.

      "He is easy to play with, somebody that is so versatile who can do so many things offensively and defensively, he is just really easy to bounce ideas off of," Milton said of Melton. "When you're on the court with him and able to catch a rhythm with him, it's just something about people that really know how to play the game of basketball whether it be cutting, coming off pin downs, passing the ball, playing defense."

      Another player nursing an injury for the 76ers is star Joel Embiid, who is dealing with a left mid-foot sprain. The five-time All-Star is averaging 32.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

      In Embiid's absence, Tobias Harris and Montrezl Harrell picked up the slack on Wednesday by scoring 19 and 16 points, respectively.

      "I thought we played great," Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said. "Honestly, I think we ran out of gas. I didn't see a negative thing we can say in this game."

      While the 76ers effectively have been stuck in neutral, the Magic have been going in reverse with losses in four of their last five games -- including two in a row to the Indiana Pacers.

      Franz Wagner scored 29 points in Orlando's 114-113 setback to Indiana on Saturday and added 20 more in a 123-102 loss on Monday.

      Star rookie Paolo Banchero sat out those two games and the last seven overall with a sprained left ankle sustained in the fourth quarter of a 134-127 loss to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 7.

      Banchero, the top overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft, returned to practice on Wednesday. His availability for Friday's game will be determined based on his response to the practice session and treatment.

      "I'm feeling good," Banchero said. "It was good just to get back. It's been a while. A lot of observing. So, I was just happy to be out there."

      Banchero bolted out to a fast start to his NBA career by averaging 23.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 11 games.

      "I was in a good rhythm for sure," Banchero said. "I definitely felt like I was improving every game (and) just learning. After every game, I was watching a lot of film with the coaches and I just felt a gradual improvement. It sucks that I got hurt in the middle of playing well like that, but I'm looking forward to coming back whenever I do and just picking up where I left off."

      --Field Level Media

  • Lakers G Patrick Beverley suspended three games
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 24, 2022

    The NBA suspended Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley three games without pay on Thursday for forcefully shoving Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton from behind and knocking him to the court.

    • Per the NBA release, the suspension was "based in part on Beverley's history of unsportsmanlike acts."

      The incident occurred with 3:55 left in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 115-105 loss at Phoenix on Tuesday.

      Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected from the game.

      He will begin serving his suspension on Friday when the Lakers visit the San Antonio Spurs. He is eligible to return for Los Angeles' game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

      Beverley, 34, is averaging 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists through 14 games this season, his first with the Lakers.

      While playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, Beverley drew a one-game suspension after shoving Suns guard Chris Paul from behind and knocking him to the court on June 30, 2021.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Jayson Tatum leads Celtics past Mavs
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 24, 2022

    Jayson Tatum's injured ankle looked fine Wednesday night as he scored a team-high 37 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics kick off a six-game homestand with a 125-112 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Tatum was listed as questionable on the team's injury report Wednesday with a sprained left ankle, but Boston coach Joe Mazzulla upgraded him to available before the game. Tatum injured his ankle when he landed on DeMar DeRozan's foot during Monday's loss to the Chicago Bulls.

      Jaylen Brown (31), Al Horford (14), Malcolm Brogdon (13), Marcus Smart (13) and Derrick White (12), also scored in double figures for the Celtics, who shot 53.6 percent from the field (45 of 84) and made 17 of their 34 3-point attempts. Smart finished the game with nine assists.

      Dallas received a game-high 42 points from Luka Doncic, who added nine assists and eight rebounds. Christian Wood added 26 points for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie tossed in 15 and Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 10.

      Warriors 124, Clippers 107

      Andrew Wiggins hit six 3-pointers en route to 31 points, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 40 more and Golden State took advantage of the absence of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to thump Los Angeles in San Francisco.

      Curry finished with 22 points and Thompson 18, while Draymond Green chipped in nine points, seven rebounds and 12 assists, helping the Warriors win for their third time in their last four games. Marcus Morris Sr. went for a team-high 19 points for the Clippers, who saw a three-game winning streak come to an end.

      With Leonard nursing a sore right ankle and George out with a strained right hamstring, the Clippers never led after the seventh minute and fell back by as many as 29 in the first of four meetings with their Pacific Division rival this season.

      Bulls 118, Bucks 113

      DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points and the duo of Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each poured in 18 as Chicago beat earned its first regular-season win in Milwaukee since 2017.

      The Bulls set a season high for made 3-pointers, going 18-for-42 from beyond the arc. They hit three consecutive 3-pointers to erase a three-point deficit and take a 115-109 lead with 20.6 seconds left, with two of those treys coming from Coby White. Seven different Bulls players made multiple 3-point shots in the victory.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks, finishing with 36 points on 15-for-27 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing seven assists. He scored all but eight of his points in the second half.

      Pelicans 129, Spurs 110

      Zion Williamson piled up a season-high 32 points and took 11 rebounds to help visiting New Orleans to an easy win over sinking San Antonio.

      The Pelicans manhandled San Antonio with Williamson and Jonas Valanciunas (22 points, 10 rebounds) dominating the paint and Devonte' Graham bombing away from outside with six 3-pointers. Williamson's 28 points in the paint tied for the most in a game in the NBA this season; he was 14 of 18 from the floor and added four free throws.

      Devin Vassell led San Antonio with 26 points, with Doug McDermott adding 21, Jeremy Sochan 12 and Keita Bates-Diop 10. Jakob Poeltl pulled down 14 rebounds for the Spurs, who have dropped six straight games and 11 of their past 12.

      Heat 113, Wizards 105

      Kyle Lowry scored 28 points and Caleb Martin collected a season-high 24 along with nine rebounds to propel short-handed Miami past visiting Washington.

      Lowry made 7 of 12 shots from the floor and joined Tyler Herro by sinking five 3-pointers to help the Heat snap a four-game losing skid. Lowry eclipsed his previous season high of 24 points, set during Miami's 107-106 overtime loss to Washington on Friday. Miami played without leading scorer Jimmy Butler (knee) and fellow forward Duncan Robinson (ankle), as well as guards Max Strus (shoulder impingement) and Victor Oladipo (knee).

      Kyle Kuzma had 33 points and Kristaps Porzingis collected 21 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who fell for just the second time in eight games.

      Nets 112, Raptors 98

      Kyrie Irving scored 19 of his 29 points in the third quarter and visiting Brooklyn defeated Toronto.

      Royce O'Neale added 15 points and seven assists for the Nets, who were coming off a road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. Nic Claxton had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Ben Simmons contributed 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

      Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points for the Raptors, who have lost two in a row. O.G. Anunoby added 15 points, and Chris Boucher had 12 points and 16 rebounds but shot just 2-for-15 from the field.

      Pistons 125, Jazz 116

      Former Utah players Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks made key plays and combined to score 41 points against their old team to help Detroit to a win in Salt Lake City.

      Bogdanovic, playing in Utah for the first time since being traded two months ago, led Detroit with 23 points. Burks scored 18 off the bench as Detroit finished a tough back-to-back set in the Rocky Mountains with consecutive wins. The Pistons, who eked out a win at Denver on Tuesday, had lost their first 10 road games this season.

      Malik Beasley drained eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points off the bench to pace the Jazz, but a couple of his misses late in the fourth quarter proved costly as Utah's rally fell short.

      Timberwolves 115, Pacers 101

      Rudy Gobert went for 21 points and 16 rebounds, Karl-Anthony Towns flirted with a triple-double at a team-high 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and Minnesota snapped Indiana's five-game winning streak in Indianapolis.

      Gobert and Towns led a dominant Minnesota attack inside the lane, shooting 9 of 11 and 8 of 11 from the floor, respectively, to contribute to the Timberwolves' overwhelming 74-38 advantage for points in the paint.

      Myles Turner shot 7 of 9 from 3-point range for Indiana, recording a game-high 31 points in the process. The Pacers doubled up the Timberwolves from deep, hitting 16 3-pointers to Minnesota's eight, but it was not enough to overcome the visitors' dominance on the interior. Bennedict Mathurin added 21 points and Tyrese Haliburton finished with a double-double of 10 points and 14 assists.

      Cavaliers 114, Trail Blazers 96

      Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 34 points while Jarrett Allen had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Cleveland past visiting Portland.

      For Mitchell, it was his 10th game of at least 30 points this season. Cavaliers' point guard Darius Garland scored 24 points and directed the offense with 12 assists to lead Cleveland to a four-game sweep of its homestand.

      Jusef Nurkic had 22 points while Jerami Grant added 21 for the Trail Blazers, who dropped their second straight on a four-game road trip and fourth straight overall.

      Hornets 107, 76ers 101

      Terry Rozier scored 22 points as Charlotte won for just the second time in its last 13 games, beating visiting Philadelphia.

      P.J. Washington's 19 points and Kelly Oubre Jr.'s 14 points were also huge for the Hornets, who made just six of 23 attempts from 3-point range.

      Shake Milton scored 22 points, De'Anthony Melton posted 20 points and Tobias Harris added 19 points for the 76ers, who were trying to win for the second night in a row after defeating visiting Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

      Hawks 115, Kings 106

      Trae Young scored 35 points and Atlanta beat visiting Sacramento to end the Kings' seven-game winning streak.

      Young was 11-for-19 from the floor, 4-for-7 on 3-pointers and 9-for-9 at the free-throw line, along with seven assists. It was his sixth game with 30-plus points this season. One of his 3-pointers restored Atlanta's lead to 11 points with 57 seconds left and put the game away.

      Young made a rare five-point play in the third quarter. He was fouled on a 3-point basket, made the free throw and made a free throw for the technical foul assessed to De'Aaron Fox. The five-point possession turned a 12-point game into an 81-64 Hawks lead.

      Nuggets 131, Thunder 126 (OT)

      Nikola Jokic scored 39 points and Aaron Gordon heated up late to finish with 30 to lift Denver over host Oklahoma City. The scoring totals were season highs for both players.

      As Jokic backed down a defender in the final two minutes of overtime, Vlatko Cancar cut to the basket and Jokic found him to put Denver ahead by five. Then in the closing seconds, Bruce Brown's floater all but put the game away.

      Jokic finished with 10 rebounds and nine assists. Cancar also scored a career high with 20 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points and 11 assists. Isaiah Joe scored a career-high 21 off the bench, hitting seven 3-pointers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Heat rule out Jimmy Butler, 3 others vs. Wizards
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 24, 2022

    The Miami Heat will be short-handed once again on Wednesday when they host the Washington Wizards.

    • The Heat ruled out forwards Jimmy Butler (knee) and Duncan Robinson (ankle) as well as guards Max Strus (right shoulder impingement) and Victor Oladipo (knee) for Wednesday's contest.

      Guards Tyler Herro (ankle) and Gabe Vincent (knee) are both listed as questionable for Miami, which has lost four in a row -- including a 107-106 overtime decision in Washington on Friday.

      Butler is averaging a team-leading 20.9 points, Herro has contributed 19.6 and Strus has chipped in 15.3 per game this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Sixers shake Nets, spoil Ben Simmons' return
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 23, 2022

    Tobias Harris shook off a minor ankle scare early in the third quarter to score a season-high 24 points as the short-handed 76ers beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 115-106 on Tuesday night in Ben Simmons' return to Philadelphia.

    • Harris, who had missed the previous two games with a sore left hip, appeared to get injured again when he grabbed his right ankle in pain in the opening minute of the third after colliding with Kevin Durant under the rim after missing a short jumper. After getting the ankle taped up, Harris scored 18 of his 24 points. He hit 10 of 21 shots as the Sixers shot 43.4 percent and survived allowing 55 percent.

      Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 23 points, but Durant finished with 20 -- held under 25 for the first time this season. Nic Claxton added 12 while Simmons collected 11 points and 11 assists while hearing boos throughout the night.

      Consecutive putbacks by Paul Reed and De'Anthony Melton opened a 96-87 lead with 8:10 remaining. Harris then made an open 3 for a 99-89 lead when Durant hesitated on a defensive switch a little over a minute later. Three straight hoops by Shake Milton gave Philadelphia a 111-97 lead with 3:08 left, prompting the Nets to empty their bench.

      Kings 113, Grizzlies 109

      De'Aaron Fox continued his hot shooting with a team-high 32 points, Harrison Barnes and Kevin Huerter aided in a 3-point barrage with four apiece and Sacramento won its seventh straight game, beating host Memphis.

      Ja Morant returned from an ankle injury to put up a game-high 34 points for the Grizzlies, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Sabonis led the Kings in rebounds (13) and assists (eight) while adding nine points. Barnes finished with 26 points, Huerter 18, Malik Monk 14 and Chimezie Metu 10.

      Down three, Memphis had a chance to tie when Morant was fouled on a 3-point shot attempt with 1.7 seconds remaining. But he misfired on his first try, then intentionally missed his third attempt, after which Fox completed the scoring with two foul shots of his own.

      Pistons 110, Nuggets 108

      Bojan Bogdanovic had 22 points and nine rebounds, Alec Burks scored 21 and visiting Detroit ended a seven-game losing streak with a win over Denver.

      Kevin Knox II had 17 points and Marvin Bagley III scored 14 for Detroit, which improved to 1-10 on the road this season. The Pistons played without Cade Cunningham (left shin soreness) for the seventh straight game, and Saddiq Bey (sprained right ankle) missed his second in a row.

      Denver's Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in his return from a three-game absence caused by the NBA's health and safety protocols. Michael Porter Jr. scored 18 points, Aaron Gordon had 17 after missing three games due to an illness, Bruce Brown finished with 11 and Jamal Murray and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 10 each.

      Suns 115, Lakers 105

      Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges scored 25 points apiece to help Phoenix post a victory over road-challenged Los Angeles.

      Duane Washington Jr. scored 15 points and Deandre Ayton added 14 points and 15 rebounds for Phoenix, while Anthony Davis had 37 points, five blocked shots and season bests of 21 rebounds and five steals for the Lakers. Davis is the third Laker to score 30 or more points and grab 15 or more rebounds in four straight games, joining Elgin Baylor and Shaquille O'Neal.

      Tension was evident down the stretch after an incident with 3:55 remaining in which the Lakers' Patrick Beverley was ejected. Booker was called for a flagrant foul 1 for hitting Austin Reaves in the face while contesting his shot and knocking him to the ground. Ayton stood over Reaves and said something, and Beverley came charging from behind and delivered a hard bodycheck into Ayton's left side.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Lakers will be without LeBron James against Suns
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will miss Tuesday's contest at the Phoenix Suns as the forward continues to deal with a nagging adductor injury, according to multiple reports.

    • It would be James' fifth straight missed game.

      James suffered a strained left adductor halfway through the final quarter of a 114-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 9.

      James dealt with a significant groin injury during the 2018-19 season, when he was limited to just 55 games.

      James is averaging 24.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 10 games this season.

      The Lakers (5-10) are near the bottom of the Western Conference standings but have won their last three games in a row.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wizards G Delon Wright (hamstring) out at least 3 more weeks
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    Washington Wizards guard Delon Wright has been cleared to resume individual on-court activities and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

    • Wright, 30, sustained a Grade 2 hamstring strain on Oct. 25 against the Detroit Pistons. He scored five points, recorded three assists and added four steals in 16 minutes off the bench in the win.

      Wright is averaging 6.5 points and 3.3 assists in four games this season, his first with the Wizards.

      Wright has averaged 7.2 points in 415 career games (70 starts) with seven teams. He was a first-round pick (No. 20 overall) of the Toronto Raptors in the 2015 draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Bulls snap Celtics' 9-game win streak
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points and Zach LaVine added 22 as the host Chicago Bulls beat the Celtics 121-107 on Monday to snap Boston's nine-game winning streak.

    • Chicago ended a four-game slide while improving to 2-1 against the Celtics this season. Patrick Williams chipped in a season-high 17 points for the Bulls, Nikola Vucevic notched 12 points and 13 rebounds and Andre Drummond grabbed 12 boards.

      Boston's Jayson Tatum amassed 28 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Jaylen Brown scored 25 points, Malcolm Brogdon had 23 on 5-for-6 shooting from 3-point range and Grant Williams scored 13 points.

      After leading by as many as 21 points in the second half, the Bulls saw their advantage whittled to eight on a Brogdon trey with 6:38 to play. Chicago recovered, pushing the lead back to 15 before closing out the game.

      Pelicans 128, Warriors 83

      Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 34 points and host New Orleans clobbered depleted Golden State.

      Devonte' Graham added a season-high 19 points off the bench for the Pelicans, who completed a 4-2 homestand. Zion Williamson returned from a three-game absence caused by a bruised foot to get nine points and four assists in 23 minutes.

      The Warriors, who won on the road for the first time this season one night earlier in Houston, did not play Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green or Andrew Wiggins because of health maintenance. Jordan Poole led Golden State with 26 points.

      Cavaliers 114, Hawks 102

      Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland combined for 55 points to lead Cleveland past visiting Atlanta for its third consecutive win.

      Mitchell contributed 29 points, nine assists and three steals. Garland scored 26 points and had nine assists for the Cavaliers, who trailed by five in the third quarter before catching up and later pulling away in the fourth.

      The Hawks were led by Trae Young, who had 25 points and 10 assists, but he was 1-for-8 on 3-point attempts. Onyeka Okongwu came off the bench to get 18 points and 10 rebounds.

      Timberwolves 105, Heat 101

      Karl-Anthony Towns produced 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as Minnesota rallied against Miami in Minneapolis.

      Towns fouled out with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter as Kyle Lowry drew a charge. However, Rudy Gobert went 4-for-4 on free throws after Towns exited. Those were Gobert's only points of the game, but they helped the Timberwolves win their fourth straight game.

      Minnesota rallied from a 14-point, third-quarter deficit. The Timberwolves' Anthony Edwards had 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a game-high four steals. Lowry led Miami with 21 points and nine assists. Max Strus had 19 points, and Bam Adebayo added 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

      Bucks 119, Blazers 111

      Giannis Antetokounmpo went for a game-high 37 points despite continued problems at the free-throw line, and Milwaukee used a big push late in the third quarter to beat visiting Portland.

      Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen chipped in 17 points apiece for the Bucks, who won for just the third time in their past seven games. Portland led by as many as five points in the first half and hung within 77-73 past the midpoint of the third period before Antetokounmpo buried consecutive jumpers to ignite a 16-6 quarter-ending run that broke the game open.

      Playing without injured Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers got 29 points from Anfernee Simons en route to a third straight defeat. Jerami Grant had 18 points.

      Pacers 123, Magic 102

      With Bennedict Mathurin's game-high 22 points leading the way, Indiana scored 71 bench points and dominated the middle quarters en route to knocking off Orlando in Indianapolis.

      The Pacers' reserves helped Indiana take control with a 27-17 second quarter, then a 32-22 third quarter. Indiana wound up with its fifth consecutive win and seventh in the past eight games.

      Oshae Brissett finished with 18 points for the Pacers, and T.J. McConnell posted season-highs of 19 points and 10 assists while Tyrese Haliburton scored 18 points and dished 14 assists. Franz Wagner led the Magic in scoring with 20 points and grabbed six rebounds.

      Knicks 129, Thunder 119

      Jalen Brunson shot 14 of 20 from the floor and scored a season-high 34 points to lead New York past host Oklahoma City. His point total tied his regular-season career high, and he also contributed a game-high nine assists.

      RJ Barrett and Julius Randle scored 25 points each for the Knicks, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Randle added 11 rebounds and Barrett had eight boards.

      Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 30 points and added seven assists, while Luguentz Dort matched his season high with 24 points. Josh Giddey added 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

      Clippers 121, Jazz 114

      Norman Powell totaled 30 points and Reggie Jackson scored 27 to help host Los Angeles overcome Utah.

      Ivica Zubac contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers, who gave up a 17-point lead and then erased a six-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win their third consecutive game.

      Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 26 points and Lauri Markkanen amassed 25 points and 10 rebounds as Utah saw its two-game winning streak end.

      --Field Level Media

  • 76ers C Joel Embiid (foot) to miss next two games
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will miss at least two games with a left mid-foot sprain.

    • He has been ruled out for Tuesday's home game against Brooklyn and Wednesday's contest at Charlotte. His earliest possible return is Friday at Orlando.

      Embiid got hurt during Saturday night's 112-109 loss to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves when he tripped over teammate Georges Niang. He remained in the game and finished with 32 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals in 36 minutes.

      Including a career-high 59-point game against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 13, Embiid has averaged 37.3 points and 10.7 rebounds over his past six games.

      Embiid, 28, is averaging 32.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 12 starts this season. The five-time All-Star won the NBA scoring title last season with 30.6 points per game.

      Teammates James Harden and Tyrese Maxey are also dealing with foot injuries. Harden has not played since Nov. 2 due to a foot strain, while Maxey is expected to miss three to four weeks with a small bone fracture in his left foot.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Kyrie Irving returns, helps Nets top Grizzlies
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    Kevin Durant scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half and the host Brooklyn Nets pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 127-115 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night in Kyrie Irving's return from a team-imposed suspension.

    • Irving was the focal point of controversy for posting a link to an anti-Semitic film on Oct. 27 and was handed at least a five-game suspension when he did not apologize following a contentious media session at practice on Nov. 3. He finished with 14 points while logging 26 minutes after sitting out the past eight games.

      The Grizzlies lost for the third time in four games and struggled without Ja Morant (sprained left ankle), who was injured in the fourth quarter Friday. Dillon Brooks led all scorers with 31 points but shot 13 of 30 as the Grizzlies saw their seven-game winning streak over Brooklyn halted. John Konchar added 16 while Steven Adams contributed 15 and 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies shot 43.4 percent.

      Brooklyn took a 96-93 lead into the fourth after Durant found Yuta Watanabe for a layup right before the horn. Watanabe's 3 pushed the lead to 101-93 less than a minute into the fourth and two more 3s by Watanabe in a span of 37 seconds gave the Nets a 112-98 edge with 7:15 remaining.

      Nuggets 98, Mavericks 97

      Bones Hyland scored a career-high 29 points, Michael Porter Jr. had 14, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, and visiting Denver beat Dallas.

      Bruce Brown scored 12 points and DeAndre Jordan had 17 rebounds for the short-handed Nuggets. Denver was without Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon for the third straight game, and Jamal Murray has missed the last two. Jokic and Murray are in health and safety protocols and Gordon is out with a non-COVID illness.

      Josh Green scored 23 points, Luka Doncic had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Davis Bertans added 15 points and Spencer Dinwiddie and Dwight Powell finished with 11 points apiece for the Mavericks.

      Suns 116, Knicks 95

      Cameron Payne scored a team-high 21 points and flirted with a triple-double for Phoenix, which nearly led wire-to-wire in a win over visiting New York.

      Payne, playing in place of injured All-Star point guard Chris Paul, added nine assists and seven rebounds, while Deandre Ayton (13 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double and scored the basket that put the Suns ahead for good with 8:28 left in the third quarter. Jalen Brunson scored 27 points for the Knicks, who lost their second straight.

      The Suns led 90-75 at the end of the third and removed any doubt when Damion Lee and Payne combined to score all the points in an 11-0 run that put the hosts ahead 105-79 with 6:29 left.

      Wizards 106, Hornets 102

      Kyle Kuzma's 28 points and Bradley Beal's 26 carried host Washington to a victory over Charlotte.

      Kuzma, who also had 10 rebounds, shot 10-for-18 from the field, making four 3-pointers. His offense early in the fourth quarter set the tone for the rest of the game as the Wizards won for the sixth time in their last seven games.

      The Hornets have lost 11 of their last 12. Kelly Oubre Jr. pumped in 23 points, Gordon Hayward added 20, P.J. Washington had 13 and Nick Richards provided 11 off the bench.

      Kings 137, Pistons 129

      De'Aaron Fox put up a game-high 33 points, Kevin Huerter contributed a pair of 3-pointers to a late rally and Sacramento won its sixth straight game, outlasting visiting Detroit.

      Huerter finished with 24 points and Harrison Barnes 27 for the Kings, who completed a four-game sweep at home against Golden State, Brooklyn, San Antonio and Detroit. Fox complemented his 33 points with a game-high-tying seven assists, while Domantas Sabonis matched that assist total while recording a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double.

      Rookie Jaden Ivey had 24 points to pace the Pistons, who lost their seventh straight. Six other Pistons scored in double figures, with Bojan Bogdanovic going for 21 points, Alec Burks 16, Marvin Bagley III 15, Jalen Duren 12 with a team-high eight rebounds, Cory Joseph 12 and Kevin Knox II 11.

      Cavaliers 113, Heat 87

      Darius Garland scored 25 points, Cedi Osman came off the bench to add 20 and host Cleveland rolled past Miami.

      The Cavaliers took control with dominant middle quarters, outscoring the Heat 31-15 in the second and 36-22 in the third. The offense clicked both attacking the interior, and on the strength of balanced scoring. Six Cavs scored at least 11 points with Lamar Stevens posting 11 and Evan Mobley recording a double-double of 15 and 10 rebounds.

      Bam Adebayo returned to the Miami lineup for team highs of 21 points and six rebounds. Caleb Martin scored 17 points and reserve Dewayne Dedmon added 10 in the loss.

      Warriors 127, Rockets 120

      Klay Thompson scored a season-high 41 points, Stephen Curry posted a season-best 15 assists and Golden State recorded its first road victory of the season with a hard-fought decision over Houston.

      Curry added 33 points and seven rebounds. He and Thompson were a combined 17 of 27 from deep. Andrew Wiggins added 22 points for the Warriors, who shot 53.5 percent and were 24 of 47 on 3-pointers.

      The Rockets gave a spirited effort, led by Kevin Porter Jr. (30 points, six assists) and Jabari Smith Jr., who scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Fellow rookie Tari Eason added a career-high 19 points with eight rebounds and three steals. KJ Martin scored 12 points off the bench.

      Lakers 123, Spurs 92

      Anthony Davis recorded 30 points and 18 rebounds as Los Angeles dominated visiting San Antonio to win its season-best third straight game.

      Los Angeles led 95-67 after three quarters and cruised to the finish. Austin Reeves added 21 points for the Lakers while Lonnie Walker IV scored 14, Thomas Bryant hit for 15, Kendrick Dunn and Dennis Schroder contributed 13 points each and Russell Westbrook had 10 points and 10 assists off the bench.

      Devin Vassell led San Antonio's anemic attack with 17 points, with Keldon Johnson and Jeremy Sochan scoring 12 each and Tre Jones and Josh Richardson adding 10 apiece. The Lakers led for all but the first three minutes of the game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kyrie Irving apologizes, reportedly could join Nets on Sunday
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    Kyrie Irving made yet another apology for his social media posts that promoted a movie featuring anti-Semitic themes and, according to a report by ESPN, could suit up for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday when they host the Memphis Grizzlies.

    • Irving was suspended by the Nets on Nov. 3 due to his conduct on social media and has missed Brooklyn's last eight games. He is listed as questionable for the meeting with Memphis.

      "I'm not anti-Semitic," Irving said in an interview with SportsNet New York. "I never have been. I don't have hate in my heart for the Jewish people or anyone that identifies as a Jew. I'm not anti-Jewish or any of that.

      "The part that hasn't been hard is explaining myself because I know who I am, I know what I represent. But I think the difficult aspect is just processing all this, understanding the power of my voice, the influence I have. I am no one's idol, but I am a human being that wants to make impact and change."

      In the wake of the criticism stemming from the social media posts, Irving said he has had "very impactful" conversations that made him realize how others had been affected by his actions.

      "I just really want to focus on the hurt that I caused or the impact that I made within the Jewish community," Irving told SNY. "Putting some type of threat, or assumed threat, on the Jewish community, I just want to apologize deeply for all my actions for the time that it's been since the post was first put up."

      Prior to his suspension, Irving, 30, averaged 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 45.3 percent from the field through eight games, all of which were starts. The Nets went 5-3 without him in the lineup, relying on Edmond Sumner to take on more of a workload in the backcourt.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nets' Kyrie Irving available to play Sunday vs. Grizzlies
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    Kyrie Irving is returning to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday following an eight-game suspension and is available to play against the Memphis Grizzlies.

    • The Nets suspended him indefinitely on Nov. 3 due to his conduct on social media when he tweeted about a book and movie that contained antisemitic ideas.

      Irving told reporters on Sunday that he regretted his actions.

      "I don't stand for anything close to hate speech, or antisemitism, or anything that is anti going against the human race," Irving said. "I feel like we all should have an opportunity to speak for ourselves when things are assumed about us. And I feel it was necessary for me to stand in this place and take accountability for my actions because there was a way I should have handled all of this."

      "I meant no harm to any person, any group of people," he continued. "And yeah, this is a big moment for me because I'm able to learn throughout this process that the power of my voice is very strong. The influence that I have within my community is very strong. And I want to be responsible for that. In order to do that, we have to admit when you were wrong and instances where you hurt people and it impacts them."

      In a statement released Sunday, per ESPN, the team said Irving had made progress.

      "Kyrie took ownership of his journey and had conversations with several members of the Jewish community. We are pleased that he is going about the process in a meaningful way," the team said.

      Prior to his suspension, Irving, 30, averaged 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 45.3 percent from the field through eight games, all of which were starts. The Nets went 5-3 without him in the lineup, relying on Edmond Sumner to take on more of a workload in the backcourt.

      --Field Level Media

  • Trail Blazers G Damian Lillard out with another calf injury
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Damian Lillard has a right calf strain and will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks, the team said Sunday.

    • The Trail Blazers said Lillard sustained a Grade 1 strain to the soleus muscle in the lower leg. The severity was detected in an MRI exam following Saturday's 118-113 home loss to the Utah Jazz.

      He exited in the third quarter of the game after scoring 13 points in 27 minutes, despite 2-of-14 shooting. He added seven assists.

      This is Lillard's second calf injury of the season. He left the team's game against the Miami Heat on Oct. 26 with a right calf strain and missed four games.

      Lillard is averaging 26.3 points, 7.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 11 games this season. He was limited to just 29 games in 2021-22 because of an abdominal injury.

      The 32-year-old has career averages of 24.7 points, 6.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 722 games, all with Portland. The Trail Blazers selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

      The Trail Blazers begin a four-game road eastern road swing beginning Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Hawks edge Raptors on rookie's OT winner
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    Rookie AJ Griffin caught a pass from Trae Young and made an uncontested shot at the buzzer to give Atlanta a 124-122 overtime win against visiting Toronto.

    • The Raptors' O.G. Anunoby made two free throws to tie the game with 3.8 seconds left. Atlanta, with no timeouts, advanced the ball to Young, who lobbed a high pass toward the rim. Griffin caught the ball in midair near the basket and dropped it in as the horn sounded.

      Griffin scored 17 points, eight in overtime, with five rebounds, one of which was a key offensive board in the extra period. Young scored 33 points on 12-for-21 shooting with 12 assists.

      Raptors forward Scottie Barnes led six double-digit scorers with 28 points. Anunoby added 27 points.

      Pacers 114, Magic 113

      Aaron Nesmith scored a career-high 19 points, including two foul shots with 9.6 seconds left, and Indiana extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over Orlando in Indianapolis.

      Tyrese Haliburton had 22 points and 14 assists for Indiana, while Myles Turner contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds. Franz Wagner led Orlando with 29 points, while Bol Bol had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

      Orlando took a 113-109 lead with 1:43 remaining when Wagner made one of his five 3-pointers. Nesmith answered with a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game, and the third-year forward provided the final points when he went to the foul line with 9.6 seconds left. The Pacers escaped with the victory after Wagner missed a shot near the basket with 5.1 seconds left. Mo Bamba got the rebound, but his tip-in attempt fell short.

      Timberwolves 112, 76ers 109

      Anthony Edwards scored a team-high 25 points, but his most important play of the night came when he disrupted a potential, lead-changing fastbreak attempt to preserve Minnesota's win over Philadelphia.

      Minnesota led by as many as 20 points in the final game of its four-game road swing but surrendered a 19-5 run over the last eight-plus minutes of regulation. De'Anthony Melton pulled Philadelphia to within a 110-109 margin, connecting on three of his 19 points with 29.1 seconds remaining. Melton then stole the ball from Edwards on the ensuing Timberwolves possession and raced down the court for a layup.

      Edwards was right on top of the attempt, however, and Karl-Anthony Towns grabbed his eighth and final rebound. Edwards put the game away with a pair of free throws. Joel Embiid fueled the Sixers' comeback with a game-high 32 points, team-high nine rebounds and six assists. Melton shot 5 of 9 from 3-point range and Shake Milton finished with 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

      Clippers 119, Spurs 97

      Norman Powell scored 26 points and Paul George added 21, all in the first half, as host Los Angeles rolled over San Antonio, which lost its fourth straight game and ninth in its past 10.

      George sat out the second half with right knee soreness after hitting five 3-pointers. The severity of his injury is to be determined, but he was on the bench in uniform throughout the remainder of the game.

      Reggie Jackson added 20 points for the Clippers. Jakob Poeltl led San Antonio with 20 points.

      Jazz 118, Trail Blazers 113

      Jordan Clarkson scored eight consecutive points late in the fourth quarter to lead Utah, which has the best record in the Western Conference, to a road win over Portland.

      Malik Beasley led all scorers with 29 points for Utah. Those scoring outputs allowed Utah to build a 19-point lead in the third quarter before Portland went on a run to get back into contention.

      Damian Lillard went 1 of 12 from 3-point range before exiting the contest with a reaggravation of a calf injury. He did not return. Anfernee Simons led Portland with 23 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cavaliers F Kevin Love (thumb) is day-to-day
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 19, 2022

    The Cleveland Cavaliers say forward Kevin Love is day-to-day with a hairline fracture of his right thumb.

    • The team announced Saturday that Love is doubtful for Sunday's contest against the visiting Miami Heat.

      He got hurt in the third quarter of Friday night's 133-122 double-overtime home win over the Charlotte Hornets.

      Love, 34, is averaging 11.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 15 games (one start) in his 15th NBA season.

      The five-time All-Star has career clips of 17.5 points, 10.6 boards and 2.4 assists in 827 games (660 starts) with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2008-14) and Cavaliers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Grizzlies star Ja Morant week-to-week with ankle sprain
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 19, 2022

    Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant was diagnosed with a Grade 1 left ankle sprain Saturday and will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

    • Morant left Friday night's victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder with an ankle injury after posting 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in 32 minutes.

      A first-time All-Star last season, Morant is averaging 28.6 points, 7.1 assists and 6.2 rebounds this season.

      Morant, 23, has career averages of 21.7 points, 7.1 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 201 games. He is in his fourth NBA season.

      The injury comes at a time in which Memphis is also without standout shooting guard Desmond Bane due to a sprained right big toe. Bane, averaging 24.7 points, is slated to be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: 76ers G Tyrese Maxey (foot) out 3-4 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 19, 2022

    Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey will be out approximately 3 to 4 weeks with a bone injury in his left foot, The Athletic reported Saturday.

    • He left Friday night's 110-102 win against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks after appearing to twist his left ankle with 1:34 remaining in the first half.

      Maxey, 22, scored 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting before the injury. He is averaging 22.9 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 15 starts, shooting 42.2 percent from 3-point range.

      A first-round draft pick out of Kentucky in 2020, Maxey has career averages of 14.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 151 games (97 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Pistons G Cade Cunningham (shin) out indefinitely
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 19, 2022

    Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham will be out indefinitely with a left shin injury that could require surgery, multiple outlets reported Saturday.

    • The No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Cunningham last played Nov. 9. and the Pistons are 0-5 without him.

      The Detroit Free Press said Cunningham, 21, is suspected to have a hairline stress fracture in his shin and surgery is an option.

      Rest is an option, but even if the fracture heals without surgery, Cunningham would be out an "indefinite" amount of time, the Free Press reported. Cunningham is expected to decide about surgery in the next few days.

      In 12 games this season, he is averaging 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

      The Pistons have lost six games in a row to fall to an NBA-worst 3-14. They have four games left on a West Coast swing and will face the Kings in Sacramento on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media