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  • Cavs recall G Felder
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 27, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled rookie guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Monday.

    • Felder, 21, scored 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting with three steals and two blocks in 32 minutes in Sunday's game against the Maine Red Claws in Canton, Ohio.

      The 5-foot-9, 176-pound Felder is averaging 30.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 37.5 minutes in four games with the Charge this season.

      Felder is averaging 4.0 points, 1.3 assists and 9.5 minutes in 37 games for the Cavs.

  • NBA roundup: Westbrook leads Thunder past Pelicans
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook notched his 29th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 118-110 victory over New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

    • Westbrook scored 41 points on 14-of-29 shooting from the field. He also posted 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Enes Kanter came off the bench to add 20 points and nine boards. Steven Adams and Alex Abrines each had 13 points for the Thunder.

      Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 38 points and seven rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins added 31 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

      Spurs 119, Lakers 98

      LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and San Antonio hammered Los Angeles at Staples Center.

      LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and nine rebounds and Pau Gasol added 15 points and seven boards for the Spurs, who beat the Lakers for the eighth straight time and seventh in a row at Staples. The Spurs have a four-game winning streak.

      Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Lakers, who lost their fourth straight. Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and D'Angelo Russell scored 18.

      Bucks 100, Suns 96

      MILWAUKEE -- Malcolm Brogdon came off the bench to score all 15 of his points and deliver five of his seven assists in the second half to lift Milwaukee over Phoenix.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Bucks, which won for the fourth time in their last five games.

      T.J. Warren led Phoenix with 23 points and Alan Williams scored a career-high 17 points off the bench.

      Grizzlies 105, Nuggets 98

      DENVER -- Mike Conley scored 32 points and Marc Gasol had 23 as Memphis beat Denver.

      Zach Randolph had 20 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to help Memphis sweep the season series from Denver.

      Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points and Gary Harris had 19 for the Nuggets, who have lost three of their last four.

      Jazz 102, Wizards 92

      WASHINGTON -- Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 20 rebounds as Utah handed Washington a rare home loss.

      George Hill finished with 21 points for the Jazz, who led by as many as 24 points en route to their third straight win. Utah finished with a dominating 52-27 rebounding advantage.

      John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists for the Wizards, who had won 19 of their last 20 home games and scored at 100 points in 23 straight games overall. Bradley Beal scored all of his 22 points in the second half for Washington, which was outscored 23-10 from the free throw line.

      Celtics 104, Pistons 98

      AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points and rookie Jaylen Brown made a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute as Boston beat Detroit at The Palace.

      Thomas extended his franchise record for consecutive 20-point games to 43. Jae Crowder collected 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and Marcus Smart had 14 points and five rebounds for Boston.

      Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 18 points. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 15 rebounds but missed 10 of 11 free throws.

      Raptors 112, Trail Blazers 106

      TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points as Toronto topped Portland. It was the third win in a row for the Raptors, the past two without their All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, who has a wrist injury.

      Serge Ibaka added 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Toronto, which got 15 points from Jonas Valanciunas.

      Damian Lillard scored 28 points for Portland. Maurice Harkless added 18 points, and CJ McCollum had 17.

      Raptors 112, Trail Blazers 106 (OT)

      LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin scored 43 points and collected 10 rebounds, lifting Los Angeles to an overtime victory over Charlotte.

      DeAndre Jordan contributed 20 points and 19 rebounds for the Clippers, who defeated the Hornets at Staples Center for the seventh consecutive time. Chris Paul had 15 points, 17 assists and nine rebounds, while J.J. Redick scored 22 points for Los Angeles.

      Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 34 points, and Nicolas Batum added 31 and eight rebounds. Jeremy Lamb chipped in 19 points, while Frank Kaminsky finished with 16 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 4:21 left in regulation.

  • NBA notebook: Jazz C Gobert fined for contact with official
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was fined $25,000 for making physical contact with a game official, the league announced Sunday.

    • The incident occurred with 5:19 remaining in the third quarter of Utah's 109-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday night.

      A video replay shows Gobert touching the arm of an official while disputing the foul call.

      The 7-foot-1, 245-pound Gobert scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the game against the Bucks. The 24-year-old Gobert is averaging 13.0 points and 12.7 rebounds in 2016-17, his fourth season with the Jazz.

      --Miami Heat backup center Willie Reed has been ruled out of Monday's road game against the Dallas Mavericks because of bursitis in his right ankle.

      Reed injured his ankle during the fourth quarter of the Heat's 113-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. The 26-year-old, who left the arena on crutches, is being listed as day-to-day after an MRI performed on Sunday showed the bursitis.

      --Point guard Briante Weber agreed to a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets after being released by the Golden State Warriors.

      Weber played under two 10-day contracts with the Warriors. Coach Steve Kerr announced Weber's release following Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

      The former Virginia Commonwealth standout struggled with the Warriors. He averaged 1.7 points and shot 35.7 percent from the field in seven games. He averaged 6.6 minutes per game.

      --The Denver Nuggets recalled rookie guard Malik Beasley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.

      In his latest D-League stint, the 6-5, 196-pound Beasley appeared in three games with the Skyforce and averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.67 steals in 33.3 minutes per contest. He scored a D-League career-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and three steals in a win over the Oklahoma City Blue on Wednesday.

      Beasley, 20, was with the Nuggets for Sunday's home game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The first-round pick is averaging 2.7 points and 4.9 minutes in 18 games for Denver this season.

      --The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

      Felder, 21, is averaging 4.0 points, 1.3 assists and 9.5 minutes in 37 games with the Cavaliers this season. He played nine minutes with no points in Saturday night's 117-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

      In three games with the Charge, the 5-9, 176-pound Felder is averaging 30.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 39.3 minutes per contest.

  • Heat C Reed (ankle) ruled out for Monday
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Miami Heat backup center Willie Reed has been ruled out of Monday's road game against the Dallas Mavericks because of bursitis in his right ankle.

    • Reed injured his ankle during the fourth quarter of the Heat's 113-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. The 26-year-old, who left the arena on crutches, is being listed as day-to-day after an MRI performed on Sunday showed the bursitis.

      "I felt bad for him," Miami center Hassan Whiteside told the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. "You never want to see any basketball player injured, especially a teammate. I'm glad it's not too serious."

      Seldom-used Udonis Haslem would serve as the Heat's backup center in place of Reed, who is averaging 5.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 50 games this season.

  • Hornets sign PG Weber to 10-day contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Point guard Briante Weber agreed to a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday after being released by the Golden State Warriors.

    • Weber played under two 10-day contracts with the Warriors. Coach Steve Kerr announced Weber's release following Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

      The former Virginia Commonwealth standout struggled with the Warriors. He averaged 1.7 points and shot 35.7 percent from the field in seven games. He averaged 6.6 minutes per game.

      Weber has had previous brief NBA stints with the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies. He has a 3.1 average in 14 career games.

      Golden State is pursuing veteran point guard Jose Calderon to fill the opening created by Weber's release.

      Weber, 24, appeared in 31 games (all starts) with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists (fourth in the D-League) and 3.26 steals (first) in 36.8 minutes.

      The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Weber was not selected in the 2015 draft after his college career ended with a serious knee injury midway through his final season. Weber (374 steals) was 12 away from setting the all-time record in that category when his college career ended.

  • Nuggets recall rookie G Beasley from Sioux Falls
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    The Denver Nuggets recalled rookie guard Malik Beasley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League on Sunday.

    • In his latest D-League stint, the 6-foot-5, 196-pound Beasley appeared in three games with the Skyforce and averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.67 steals in 33.3 minutes per contest. He scored a D-League career-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and three steals in a win over the Oklahoma City Blue on Wednesday.

      Overall this season in the D-League, Beasley is averaging 17.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 30.3 minutes in seven games.

      Beasley, 20, was with the Nuggets for Sunday's home game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The first-round pick is averaging 2.7 points and 4.9 minutes in 18 games for Denver this season.

  • Cavaliers send G Felder to Canton of D-League
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Sunday.

    • Felder, 21, is averaging 4.0 points, 1.3 assists and 9.5 minutes in 37 games with the Cavaliers this season. He played nine minutes with no points in Saturday night's 117-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

      In three games with the Charge, the 5-foot-9, 176-pound Felder is averaging 30.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 39.3 minutes per contest.

      Felder scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-25 shooting with six assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes in Friday's night's 117-110 loss against the Delaware 87ers in Canton, Ohio.

  • Jazz C Gobert fined $25K for contact with official
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was fined $25,000 for making physical contact with a game official, the league announced Sunday.

    • The incident occurred with 5:19 remaining in the third quarter of Utah's 109-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday night.

      A video replay shows Gobert touching the arm of an official while disputing the foul call.

      The 7-foot-1, 245-pound Gobert scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the game against the Bucks. The 24-year-old Gobert is averaging 13.0 points and 12.7 rebounds in 2016-17, his fourth season with the Jazz.

  • Illness forces LeBron to miss loss to Bulls
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James missed Saturday night's 117-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls due to strep throat.

    • James missed the morning shootaround and was ruled out about 90 minutes prior to tipoff by coach Tyronn Lue. James was not at the arena for the game and Lue was unsure if James will be healthy for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

      This was the fourth game James missed this season and the Cavaliers lost all four.

      The Cavs are 4-19 without James since the start of the 2014 season.

      Richard Jefferson start in place of James and scored nine points.

      James stayed at home to rest on Saturday morning while his teammates went through a light workout at the team's training complex. Jefferson practiced with the starters.

      James is averaging 25.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.9 assists this season in 37.5 minutes per game.

      The Cavs, who dropped to 8-2 in February, are also missing starters Kevin Love (knee surgery) and J.R. Smith (thumb surgery).

  • NBA roundup: Warriors clinch playoff berth
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff spot Saturday night, riding 51 combined points from guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to a 112-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

    • Curry capped a 10-0 run at the end of the second quarter with his fourth four-point play of the season, helping Golden State, playing without Kevin Durant for the first time this season, build a 62-51 halftime lead that set the stage for the club's 10th straight home win.

      Durant sat out with a bruised left pinkie, suffered in Thursday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

      Rockets 142, Timberwolves 130

      HOUSTON -- James Harden paced a balanced scoring attack as Houston set an NBA season record for 3-pointers while outscoring Minnesota at Toyota Center.

      Harden paired 24 points with 10 assists as the Rockets finished 22 of 58 from behind the arc. It marked their eighth game this season with at least 20 treys, breaking the mark set by the Golden State Warriors in 2015-16.

      Harden finished 5 of 11 on 3s. Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon hit four treys each while posting 18 and 14 points, respectively. Trevor Ariza added three 3-pointers and 15 points. Nene and Lou Williams chipped in 11 and 17 points off the bench. Eight Rockets scored in double figures.

      Heat 113, Pacers 95

      MIAMI -- Miami, taking advantage of a key ejection, continued its hot streak with a victory over Indiana at AmericanAirlines Arena.

      Pacers All-Star forward Paul George was ejected after getting hit with his second technical foul with 8:49 left in the third period. He scored 10 points and grabbing one rebound in 19 minutes.

      Miami won 16 of its past 18 games, getting a double-double from center Hassan Whiteside, who had 22 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.

      Knicks 110, 76ers 109

      NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with three-tenths of a second remaining and New York survived a fourth-quarter collapse and escaped Madison Square Garden with a victory over Philadelphia.

      The Knicks nearly blew a double-digit lead to Philadelphia for the second time this season, but this time Anthony hit the 11-footer from the left wing to give New York its final cushion.

      The Knicks needed Anthony's dramatic shot because they scored eight points in the final 5 1/2 minutes and lost the lead on a short jumper by Jahlil Okafor with nine seconds remaining.

      Okafor's shot gave the 76ers a 109-108 lead and occurred after T.J. McConnell grabbed the offensive rebound of a blocked layup by Dario Saric.

      Hornets 99, Kings 85

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Frank Kaminsky scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Charlotte snapped a five-game losing streak.

      Kaminsky made 9 of 18 shots and canned five 3-pointers as the Hornets won for the second time in 14 games. Former King Marco Belinelli added 13 points and six assists off the bench, and Nicolas Batum also added 13 points for Charlotte.

      The Kings played for the second time since trading DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans last Sunday. Ben McLemore scored 18 points to pace the Kings, but nobody else scored more than 12.

      Magic 105, Hawks 86

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Newly acquired forward Terrence Ross scored 24 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead Orlando to a victory over Atlanta at the Amway Center.

      Ross, who was obtained from Toronto in a trade involving Serge Ibaka, hit 10 of 15 shots from the field and 4 of 7 from 3-point range in just his second game in a Magic uniform.

      The Magic snapped a two-game losing streak. The Hawks lost their third consecutive game and never seriously challenged in the second half. They lost by 18 points at home to Miami on Friday.

      Bulls 117, Cavaliers 99

      CLEVELAND -- Jimmy Butler had a triple-double and Dwyane Wade just missed one in Chicago's win over LeBron James-less Cleveland.

      Butler scored 18 points to go with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Wade added 20 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds with a potential 10th board ripped out of his hands by a teammate in the closing seconds.

      The Bulls have won four straight and defeated the Cavs in all three games this season.

      Mavericks 96, Pelicans 83

      DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 and upstaged his newest teammate in leading Dallas past New Orleans at American Airlines Center.

      The Mavericks snapped a three-game losing streak in the Dallas debut of Nerlens Noel, the trade-deadline acquisition who's expected to be a building block for a franchise in transition.

      That transition is coming whenever Nowitzki decides to hang in up. There's no rush, especially after nights like this.

      Nowitzki knocked down 8 of 12 shots, including both tries from beyond the arc, and grabbed nine rebounds. The 19-year vet nearly had his second double-double in his last three games and is now just 67 points shy of 30,000 for his career.

  • Ross, Vucevic lead Magic past Hawks
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Newly-acquired forward Terrence Ross scored 24 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 105-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night at the Amway Center.

    • Ross, who was obtained from Toronto in a trade involving Serge Ibaka, hit 10 of 15 shots from the field and 4 of 7 from 3-point range in just his second game in a Magic uniform.

      The Magic (22-38) snapped a two-game losing streak. The Hawks (32-26) lost their third consecutive game and never seriously challenged in the second half. They lost by 18 points at home to Miami on Friday.

      Aaron Gordon scored 18 points for the Magic. Elfrid Payton had 15 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.

      Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Hawks with 15 points. Center Dwight Howard, who played eight seasons for the Magic, had 11 points and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes. He struggled with early foul trouble and made just 5 of 13 free throws. Paul Millsap, Dennis Schroder and Taurean Prince each had 11 points.

      The Magic led by as many as 21 points midway in the fourth quarter. They led by as many as 19 points in the third period and took a 80-65 lead into the fourth.

      The Magic closed the first half on a 17-5 run, including six points from Payton, and led 49-46 at intermission.

      The Hawks struggled early. Howard had only four points when he committed his fourth foul with 3:51 remaining in the first half. Millsap missed his first seven shots before hitting a 3-pointer late in the second quarter.

      Vucevic had 10 points and 12 rebounds in the first half. Ross had 11 with three 3-pointers and Gordon had 10 before intermission.

      The Magic scored 11 consecutive points midway in the first quarter to grab a 21-10 lead, their biggest of the first half. The Hawks led by nine points before the Magic surged just before halftime.

      NOTES: Hawks PG Dennis Schroder returned to the lineup after missing Friday's loss to Miami because of a one-game team suspension for missing the Hawks' first practice after the All-Star break. Schroder went home to Germany. His absence meant that reserve G Malcolm Delaney is the only Hawks player to appear in every game this season. ... Magic backup PG C.J. Watson missed his second consecutive game with a sore Achilles tendon. Magic C Nikola Vucevic was added to the injury report earlier in the day, but he played with a sore Achilles. ... With his first block Saturday, Hawks C Dwight Howard tied former Hawks C Moses Malone with 1,889 career blocked shots, good for 23rd best in NBA/ABA history. ... The Hawks beat the Magic twice earlier this season by a combined 46 points. ... Hawks G Tim Hardaway has scored at least 10 points in a career-best 13 consecutive games. ... Magic reserve G Mario Hezonja told reporters that he would like to participate in both the 3-pointer shootout and the dunk contest at a future NBA All-Star Game.

  • NBA notebook: Williams clears waivers, set to join Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Deron Williams cleared waivers on Saturday and will sign a contract and join the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

    • Williams, who was waived Thursday by the Dallas Mavericks, is the backup point guard the Cavs have coveted.

      The three-time All-Star will back up Kyrie Irving and provide veteran leadership and poise off the Cavs bench. Williams, 32, had considered joining Utah, where he still has a home, but on Saturday confirmed to a league source that he would join the defending champions.

      There were no takers on the waiver wire for Williams and what's left of his $9 million contract, though it is believed Williams' powerful agent, Jeff Schwartz, warned interested parties not to claim his client -- who wanted to join Cleveland.

      Magic Johnson's purge of the Los Angeles Lakers' roster continued Saturday.

      Johnson and the Lakers are exploring a buyout for 12-year veteran Jose Calderon, according to an ESPN report.

      ESPN's Marc Stein tweeted that the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets will be suitors of Calderon should the Spanish guard be bought out. Calderon, 35, has played in only 24 games this season and is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 assists, both career lows.

      --Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James missed Saturday night's home game against the Chicago Bulls due to an illness.

      James missed the morning shootaround and was ruled out about 90 minutes prior to tipoff.

      This is the fourth game James will miss this season and the Cavaliers lost the previous three. Richard Jefferson started in his place.

      --Forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors will miss Saturday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena in Oakland because of a left-hand contusion, the team announced.

      Durant landed awkwardly on his hand early in Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers and went to the locker room for an examination, but he later returned to the game.

      Durant leads the Warriors in points, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots in his first season with the team, and has scored at least 20 points in each of the last six games.

      --The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Saturday.

      Felder, 21, scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-25 shooting with six assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes in Friday's night's 117-110 loss against the Delaware 87ers in Canton, Ohio.

      In 36 games with the Cavs, Felder is averaging 4.1 points and 1.3 assists in 9.6 minutes per contest.

  • Lakers expected to buy out Calderon's contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Magic Johnson's purge of the Los Angeles Lakers' roster continued Saturday.

    • Johnson and the Lakers are exploring a buyout for 12-year veteran Jose Calderon, according to an ESPN report.

      ESPN's Marc Stein tweeted that the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets will be suitors of Calderon should the Spanish guard be bought out.

      The Lakers (19-40) traded away leading scorer Louis Williams to the Houston Rockets before Thursday's deadline shortly after Johnson took over as president of basketball operations.

      Calderon, 35, has played in only 24 games this season and is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 assists, both career lows.

      The combo guard spent his last two seasons with the New York Knicks before joining Los Angeles this season and has also played for the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors.

      Calderon has averaged 9.7 points and 6.3 assists in 772 career games.

  • Williams clears waivers, set to join Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Deron Williams cleared waivers on Saturday and will sign a contract and join the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

    • Williams, who was waived Thursday by the Dallas Mavericks, is the backup point guard the Cavs have coveted.

      The three-time All-Star will back up Kyrie Irving and provide veteran leadership and poise off the Cavs bench. Williams, 32, had considered joining Utah, where he still has a home, but on Saturday confirmed to a league source that he would join the defending champions.

      There were no takers on the waiver wire for Williams and what's left of his $9 million contract, though it is believed Williams' powerful agent, Jeff Schwartz, warned interested parties not to claim his client -- who wanted to join Cleveland.

      There were at least eight teams believed to have the cap space to claim Williams via waivers, and at least one -- the Jazz -- tried to trade for him. Utah has a great chance to reach the playoffs and is below the minimum payroll teams are required to spend each season.

      Five teams are under the $84.7 minimum payroll, including the Jazz, Denver, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Brooklyn.

  • Warriors' Durant (hand) out vs. Nets
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors will miss Saturday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena in Oakland because of a left-hand contusion, the team announced.

    • Durant landed awkwardly on his hand early in Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers and went to the locker room for an examination, but he later returned to the game.

      The Warriors came from behind to win on the strength of a 50-point third quarter and Durant finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds.

      Durant leads the Warriors in points, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots in his first season with the team, and has scored at least 20 points in each of the last six games.

  • Nets likely to need more than Lin's return vs. Warriors
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jeremy Lin returns to a site that predates "Linsanity" when he leads the Brooklyn Nets against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

    • The Warriors will play without All-Star forward Kevin Durant, who sustained a left hand contusion on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant left the game and went to the locker room for an examination and held the Warriors rally to win with a 50-point third quarter and finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds.

      Lin, who grew up in the San Jose suburb of Palo Alto, began his NBA career quietly as a member of the Warriors after going undrafted out of Harvard in 2010.

      His 29-game stint with Golden State, interrupted three times by assignments to the NBA Developmental League, ended when he was waived in December 2011, having averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists.

      Lin was signed three days later by the Houston Rockets and cut loose again before "Linsanity" was born with his signing with the New York Knicks three days after Christmas in 2011.

      The San Francisco Bay Area native has returned "home" eight times since then, with mixed results.

      The point guard has had two 15-point games and a 14-point, 10-assist double-double as an opponent at Oracle Arena. But he also hasbeen held scoreless once and has lost on five of the eight occasions.

      The chances of a sixth loss appear to be high Saturday night, with not only the Nets having to endure the second night of a back-to-back sequences, but also facing a Warriors team that has the best record in the NBA.

      Lin returned from a 26-game absence due to a hamstring injury to contribute seven points and five assists to a 129-109 loss on Friday night at Denver. The seven-year veteran had scored in double figures in all 12 games in which he'd previously played this season.

      Despite not having played in seven weeks, Lin was pressed right back into the starting lineup and played 15 minutes as the Nets are attempting to gauge whether he and center Brook Lopez can be cornerpieces to a brighter future.

      Friday's loss at Denver was the Nets' 15th in a row, adding to their league-worst 9-48 record.

      "To have a healthy Jeremy and a healthy Brook out there together with this team, it'll be nice to evaluate that," Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters Thursday. "It's something we started the season off with, and unfortunately, we only got a handful of games under our belt seeing that. We all know what those two bring to the table: They lift everybody else's play."

      Even with Lin having missed a majority of their games, the Nets lead the NBA in pace of play. That has helped produce an average offensive team, but also the NBA's worst defensive numbers.

      Meanwhile, the Warriors, coming off a 123-113 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, lead the NBA in scoring.

      The Warriors got big men Zaza Pachulia and David West back from injuries for Thursday's game.

      "(Pachulia and West) both made huge impacts on the game," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after watching them combine for 10 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots in 29 minutes. "I loved Zaza's physicality. We missed that. I thought David came in and gave us a huge lift as well. Really nice to have both of them back."

  • Illness forces LeBron to miss game versus Bulls
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James will miss Saturday night's home game against the Chicago Bulls due to an illness.

    • James missed the morning shootaround and was ruled out about 90 minutes prior to tipoff.

      This is the fourth game James will miss this season and the Cavaliers lost the previous three. Richard Jefferson was slated to start in his place.

      The Cavs are 4-18 without James since the start of the 2014 season.

      James stayed at home to rest on Saturday morning while his teammates went through a light workout at the team's training complex. Jefferson practiced with the starters.

      James is averaging 25.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.9 assists this season in 37.5 minutes per game.

      The Cavs, who are 8-1 in February, are already missing starters Kevin Love (knee surgery) and J.R. Smith (thumb surgery).

  • Cavs recall G Felder
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Saturday.

    • Felder, 21, scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-25 shooting with six assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes in Friday's night's 117-110 loss against the Delaware 87ers in Canton, Ohio.

      The 5-foot-9, 176-pound Felder is averaging 30.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 39.3 minutes in three games for the Charge this season.

      In 36 games with the Cavs, Felder is averaging 4.1 points and 1.3 assists in 9.6 minutes per contest.

  • NBA roundup: Pacers end six-game skid
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    INDIANAPOLIS-- C.J. Miles scored 17 points, Monta Ellis added 16 and Indiana snapped a six-game losing streak with a 102-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

    • For Indiana (30-28), it was its first victory since beating Oklahoma City 93-90 on Feb. 6. Indiana's Paul George made only 3 of 12 shots from the floor, finished with nine points and nine rebounds and left the game in the fourth quarter with right-leg cramps.

      But the second unit, led by Ellis, Lavoy Allen, Rodney Stuckey, Glenn Robinson III and Rakeem Christmas, helped Indiana pull away, combining for 44 points.

      Memphis (34-25), which received 13 points from Troy Daniels, lost its second in a row. The Grizzlies had beaten the Pacers five consecutive times before Friday night.

      Spurs 105, Clippers 97

      LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points and San Antonio used a third-quarter spark to defeat Los Angeles at Staples Center.

      Tony Parker and Pau Gasol, who played for the first time in 15 games after breaking his left hand, contributed 17 points apiece for the Spurs (44-13), who won their third in a row. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 boards.

      Blake Griffin scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half for the Clippers (35-23). Chris Paul returned after missing 14 games with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

      Timberwolves 97, Mavericks 84

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 18 rebounds and Minnesota pulled away from Dallas.

      After hearing his name in trade rumors before Thursday's deadline, Ricky Rubio had 13 points, 14 assists, five rebounds and three steals for Minnesota. The Timberwolves (23-35), who bypassed any trade deadline deals, posted their third win in four games since the All-Star break and pulled ahead of Dallas (22-35) in the Western Conference.

      Seth Curry scored a career-high 31 points for the Mavericks, who were without new acquisition Nerlens Noel on Friday. Noel is expected to make his Dallas debut on Saturday. Harrison Barnes had 20 points for the Mavs, who have lost three in a row.

      76ers 120, Wizards 112

      PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Covington had 25 points and 11 rebounds as Philadelphia beat Washington.

      Dario Saric and Gerald Henderson added 20 points apiece for the 76ers, who won for the fourth time in five games.

      Bradley Beal poured in 40 points and John Wall collected 29 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds for Washington, which cut a 22-point deficit to four with 22.9 seconds left. Philadelphia's Nik Stauskas made two free throws with 21.9 left and Henderson added two with 7.7 seconds to play.

      Raptors 107, Celtics 97

      TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan made big shots down the stretch and finished with 43 points as Toronto defeated Boston.

      DeRozan's jumper in the final minute gave Toronto a five-point lead and his two free throws with 33.6 seconds left made it a seven-point advantage. DeRozan made two more free throws with 27.5 seconds left to seal the win.

      Serge Ibaka had 15 points and seven rebounds in his debut with the Raptors (34-24). Isaiah Thomas led Boston (37-21) with 20 points and Marcus Smart added 19 off the bench. Crowder also had 19 points and Jaylen Brown 13 for the Celtics.

      Buls 128, Suns 121, OT

      CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 and Chicago put five scorers in double figures against Phoenix.

      Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points off the bench and Robin Lopez added 19 for the Bulls (29-29), who also got 15 points from rookie Denzel Valentine.

      Devin Booker led the Suns (18-40) with 27 points. Eric Bledsoe, Marquese Chriss and TJ Warren each scored 17. Alan Williams also had 16 points for Phoenix, which blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.

      Jazz 109, Bucks 92

      MILWAUKEE -- Gordon Hayward scored 29 points and led an offense that dominated the paint as Utah cruised past Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

      The Jazz (36-22) won their second straight after a three-game skid.

      Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 33 points and added 12 rebounds. The Bucks (25-31) had won its last three games before the All-Star break.

      Thunder 110, Lakers 93

      OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook collected his 28th triple-double of the season to lead Oklahoma City over Los Angeles at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

      Westbrook scored 17 points on 4-of-17 shooting from the field to go with 17 assists and 19 rebounds. Alex Abrines and Andre Roberson each had 19 points and combined to hit eight 3-pointers. Steven Adams collected 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder (33-25).

      D'Angelo Russell paced the Lakers (19-41) with 29 points. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 14 points and Julius Randle added 13.

      Heat 108, Hawks 90

      ATLANTA -- Tyler Johnson came off the bench to score 23 points, including three of Miami's season-high 17 3-point baskets, in a win at Philips Arena.

      Miami made 17 of 37 of its 3-point tries. Luke Babbitt made four, with Johnson and Wayne Ellington each hitting three. The Heat (26-32) have won two straight games and 15 of their last 17.

      Atlanta (32-25) has lost two straight and five of its last 10. The Hawks were led by forward Paul Millsap, who scored 21 points but had only two in the second half.

      Nuggets 129, Nets 109

      DENVER -- Gary Harris scored a career-high 25 points, Wilson Chandler had 24 and Denver beat Brooklyn.

      Danilo Gallinari added 20 points and eight rebounds and Mason Plumlee had 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Denver (26-32), which snapped a six-game losing streak against Brooklyn.

      Brook Lopez had 17 points and Trevor Booker had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Nets (9-48), who have lost 15 straight. Jeremy Lin played 15 minutes and had seven points and five assists in his return from a strained left hamstring.

  • Raptors G Lowry misses game with wrist injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    TORONTO -- All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry was scratched from the Toronto Raptors game against the Boston Celtics Friday night with an injury to his right wrist.

    • Lowry suffered the injury in the win over the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 15 but was still able to participate in the All-Star Game this past weekend.

      The injury will be evaluated during the weekend.

      The game Friday was the first for Toronto sine the game against Charlotte.

  • NBA notebook: 76ers F Simmons ruled out for season
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    The Philadelphia 76ers officially ruled out forward Ben Simmons for the remainder of his rookie season after tests revealed his broken right foot was not fully healed.

    • The No. 1 overall draft pick out of LSU is "heartbroken" over the news, Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo told reporters in making the announcement Friday morning.

      The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Simmons fractured his foot on Sept. 30, the final day of training camp. He underwent surgery in October to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. The Sixers said his latest scan taken Thursday showed the injury was not healing as expected.

      The 20-year-old Simmons did not appear in a regular-season game. He played a single season at LSU, where he averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

      --The Atlanta Hawks suspended guard Dennis Schroder for one game without pay for failure to report to the team on time after the All-Star break.

      Schroder will serve his one-game suspension Friday night when the Hawks host the Miami Heat.

      Schroder, 23, said Thursday a visa problem delayed his return to the United States from Germany, his native country. The Hawks' starting point guard missed Wednesday's practice, the team's first workout.

      In 56 games this season, Schroder is averaging 17.5 points, 6.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds.

      --All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins lashed out at Sacramento Kings management, terming Sunday's trade to the New Orleans Pelicans as "a coward move."

      Cousins' sentiments were published by The Undefeated on Friday, one night after the Pelicans were routed 129-99 in his New Orleans debut.

      Cousins was asked if he would like to speak to Kings owner Vivek Ranadive or general manager Vlade Divac to hear why the team's guarantee not to trade him didn't hold up.

      "Nah. For what? It was a coward move, so I'm pretty sure I will get a coward response," Cousins said. "For what? And I've seen this happen before. I've been there through all same types ... I was there with (coach) Mike Malone's (firing in 2014). I've seen how they operate. I know what kind of answer I will get anyway. So, what is the point?"

      --The New Orleans Pelicans signed free agent guard Jarrett Jack to a 10-day contract to help shore up a depleted backcourt.

      The 11-year veteran hasn't played for an NBA team since tearing the ACL in his right knee shortly before the midway point of the 2015-16 season with the Brooklyn Nets. Jack impressed the Pelicans during a workout on Thursday and the team feels the veteran can be a positive in the locker room with mercurial All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins recently added to the mix.

      Jack has career averages of 11.1 points and 4.5 assists in 803 career games with seven teams. The Pelicans had a need in the backcourt after guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway were traded to Sacramento in the deal for Cousins.

      --The Los Angeles Clippers are in discussions with Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke about moving the team to a new arena in Inglewood, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

      Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has engaged in multiple discussions with Kroenke about having the Clippers play in the facility that would be built on the premises of where the new NFL stadium will open in 2019.

      The football stadium will host the Rams and recently moved Chargers once it opens. The arena would be part of the complex and parking would be shared.

      The Clippers have played at the Staples Center since 1999. They share that facility with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.

  • Clippers in talks over moving to new arena
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    The Los Angeles Clippers are in discussions with Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke about moving the team to a new arena in Inglewood, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

    • Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has engaged in multiple discussions with Kroenke about having the Clippers play in the facility that would be built on the premises of where the new NFL stadium will open in 2019.

      The football stadium will host the Rams and recently moved Chargers once it opens. The arena would be part of the complex and parking would be shared.

      The Clippers have played at the Staples Center since 1999. They share that facility with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.

      The Clippers' lease at Staples Center runs through 2024 but Ballmer has previously been searching for a solution in which the franchise could have an arena of its own.

  • Pelicans sign G Jack to 10-day deal to bulk up depleted backcourt
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    The New Orleans Pelicans signed free agent guard Jarrett Jack to a 10-day contract on Friday to help shore up a depleted backcourt.

    • The 11-year veteran hasn't played for an NBA team since tearing the ACL in his right knee shortly before the midway point of the 2015-16 season with the Brooklyn Nets.

      Jack impressed the Pelicans during a workout on Thursday and the team feels the veteran can be a positive in the locker room with mercurial All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins recently added to the mix.

      "I think, No. 1, he's just a natural leader," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. "He plays with toughness, he always has in the league. He finds a way to get things done. We just felt like that he'd be a good addition to the team."

      Jack has career averages of 11.1 points and 4.5 assists in 803 career games with seven teams. He previously played two seasons with New Orleans from 2010-12.

      "It was my first time in the playoffs and getting to team up with (former Hornets guard Chris Paul)," Jack said of his previous stint. "A friend I've had since I was young. My family tree, the majority of it, is from down here in Louisiana, so getting an opportunity to come back to a place I'm familiar with is pretty cool."

      The Pelicans had a need in the backcourt after guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway were traded to Sacramento in the deal for Cousins.

  • Cousins rips Kings, calls trade 'coward move'
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins lashed out at Sacramento Kings management, terming Sunday's trade to the New Orleans Pelicans as "a coward move."

    • Cousins' sentiments were published by The Undefeated on Friday, one night after the Pelicans were routed 129-99 in his New Orleans debut.

      Cousins was asked if he would like to speak to Kings owner Vivek Ranadive or general manager Vlade Divac to hear why the team's guarantee not to trade him didn't hold up.

      "Nah. For what? It was a coward move, so I'm pretty sure I will get a coward response," Cousins said. "For what? And I've seen this happen before. I've been there through all same types ...

      "I was there with (coach) Mike Malone's (firing in 2014). I've seen how they operate. I know what kind of answer I will get anyway. So, what is the point?"

      Cousins feels betrayed by Divac, who recently stopped by Cousins' house and told him he wouldn't be traded and discussed ways to improve the team.

      "The sick part about it is that Vlade came in my house with my agent (Jarinn Akana)," Cousins said. "We sat in my theater and just talked. That was maybe three weeks ago. We sat there and (he) told me what moves he wanted to make. All of that. I just didn't understand.

      "I got a text from the owner right before I went to All-Star (Game). He was asking me about a player, how I felt about him and making a move. The owner! When it happened, I was just in shock. I didn't understand."

      Cousins heard rumors before the start of the All-Star Game that he might be headed to New Orleans. Then as he was about to meet with the media after the contest, Kings media relations director Chris Clark whispered in his ear that "there is serious talk about you possibly being moved."

      Cousins learned about the deal being official later that night but he didn't hear the news from Ranadive or Divac. He said it should've been handled differently.

      "Like a man. Like a professional. The more those guys talk, the more things come out," Cousins said. "It's just crazy. This ain't something that happened in a few days. It has been discussed with more than one team. I just don't understand."

      In January, the rumors were that the Kings planned to offer Cousins a five-year, $207 million contract extension. Before February ended, his Sacramento tenure was over.

      Cousins had 27 points and 14 rebounds in his first game with New Orleans but the Pelicans were run out of the building. His new All-Star sidekick, Anthony Davis, tallied 29 points.

      "For some reason, I guess people expected a championship," said Cousins, who is averaging 27.8 points and 10.7 rebounds. "I know the reality of it. We've had one practice and a shootaround. This isn't something that is just going to happen overnight. Do we look good on paper? Yes. But being good on paper doesn't win games."

      Cousins contract runs out after the 2017-18 season and he says he will consider signing a long-term contract with his new franchise.

      "I'm not here to B.S. or waste time. I'm here to win," Cousins said. "Whatever the system is, I'm dialed in. I'm all in. I'm not here to waste time. I'm not."

  • Hawks PG Schroder suspended for one game
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    The Atlanta Hawks suspended guard Dennis Schroder for one game without pay for failure to report to the team on time after the All-Star break.

    • Schroder will serve his one-game suspension Friday night when the Hawks host the Miami Heat.

      "Dennis has played an important role for our team and been a significant contributor to our success this season," president of basketball operations and head coach Mike Budenholzer said in a statement Friday. "We are disappointed that he did not return to the team on time and we have discussed this with him. We look forward to him rejoining the team in Orlando tomorrow night."

      Schroder, 23, said Thursday a visa problem delayed his return to the United States from Germany, his native country. The Hawks' starting point guard missed Wednesday's practice, the team's first workout.

      In 56 games this season, Schroder is averaging 17.5 points, 6.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds.

      The Hawks also announced the signings of forward Ryan Kelly and guard/forward Lamar Patterson to multi-year contracts.

      Kelly played in nine games earlier this season with the Hawks after signing on Oct. 31, 2016. He averaged 1.1 points and 1.1 rebounds.

      Patterson was signed to consecutive 10-day contracts on Jan. 29 and Feb. 8. He appeared in four games and averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds.