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  • NBA roundup: Draymond-less Warriors hold off Hawks
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Jonas Jerebko recorded a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double in place of suspended Draymond Green, helping the Golden State Warriors pull away from the Atlanta Hawks for a 110-103 victory Tuesday night in Oakland, Calif.

    • Green was suspended for the game for conduct detrimental to the team in the wake of a run-in he had with Kevin Durant after Monday's overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors also played without Stephen Curry, who sat out his third straight game with a strained groin.

      The Hawks led by as many as six points in the first half and 58-53 early in the third period before Jerebko, Klay Thompson and Quinn Cook drilled 3-pointers in a 17-2 flurry that turned the game for good in the Warriors' favor.

      Durant led the Warriors with 29 points. Thompson had 24 and Cook, starting in place of Curry, chipped in with 18 as Golden State improved to 3-0 this season in the game immediately following a loss

      Rockets 109, Nuggets 99

      James Harden scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and also had 11 assists as Houston pulled away to beat host Denver.

      Clint Capela had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Chris Paul had 21 for the Rockets. Houston has won two straight amid a roster shakeup regarding veteran forward Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to be released by the organization.

      Monte Morris led Denver with 19 points, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris scored 15 each and Nikola Jokic had 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Nuggets have lost four in a row and eight straight to Houston.

      Cavaliers 113, Hornets 89

      Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points off the bench, and Tristan Thompson had 21 rebounds as part of a double-double as injury-ravaged Cleveland came together for a resounding thumping of visiting Charlotte.

      David Nwaba added 18 points as a reserve in the Cavaliers' second win of the season. Rodney Hood and Collin Sexton each scored 16 points, while JR Smith chipped in with 13 points. Thompson scored 11 on 5-of-6 shooting.

      Jeremy Lamb's 22 points and Nicolas Batum's 11 were tops for the Hornets, who shot 34.7 percent from the field. Kemba Walker was limited to seven points on 2-of-16 shooting from the field.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: Warriors suspend Green after confrontation
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Draymond Green received a one-game suspension without pay from the Golden State Warriors for "conduct detrimental to the team" in the fallout from Monday night's explosive exchange with All-Star teammate Kevin Durant.

    • Green was set to serve his suspension during Tuesday night's home game against the Atlanta Hawks and reportedly sacrifice more than $120,000 in the process.

      Some teammates loudly confronted Green in the locker room for his decision-making on the final play of regulation of the 121-116 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN. The intensity in the locker room was heightened because the matter of Durant's impending free agency reportedly was raised.

      The organization spent Tuesday dealing with the aftershocks of Monday night's confrontation, while working through the issues involving the team's dynamic, according to league sources.

      --Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert did not suffer any fractures and will not require surgery to repair the ligament damage from Monday's scary incident in Minnesota, the team announced.

      LeVert returned to New York with the team following the 120-113 loss to the Timberwolves. He was evaluated at the Hospital for Special Surgery and diagnosed with a subtalar dislocation of his right foot.

      LeVert, 24, has averaged a career-high 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 14 games this season. The breakout third-year star is the only NBA player this season to convert multiple game-winning baskets with fewer than 10 seconds remaining in regulation or overtime.

      --Jimmy Butler said he was "very excited" to join the Philadelphia 76ers during his introductory news conference at the team's practice facility.

      The 29-year-old All-Star swingman has averaged 21.8 points a game since the start of the 2014-15 season. After one season in Minnesota, he told the Timberwolves just before training camp he wanted a change of scenery. The fallout raised questions about whether he is a good teammate.

      "If you know me, if you're around me, you know my heart," Butler said. "You know how I go about what I go about. I love my teammates. I don't think there's too many of them that'll tell you that I'm a bad teammate, but people get whatever they want to say out. It is what it is, but I think that I'm an incredible human being and teammate, and I'll show that to the guys that are here."

      --Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard will undergo two more weeks of rehabilitation on his right shoulder, the team announced.

      Kennard suffered a sprained AC joint Oct. 25 in a game against Cleveland when he ran into a screen set by the Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson.

      The 22-year-old, is averaging 5.7 points in three games this season. A first-round draft selection in 2017, the Duke product averaged 7.6 points in 73 games as a rookie.

      --Field Level Media

  • Warriors suspend Green one game without pay
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Draymond Green received a one-game suspension without pay from the Golden State Warriors for "conduct detrimental to the team" in the fallout from Monday night's explosive exchange with All-Star teammate Kevin Durant.

    • Green will serve his suspension during Tuesday night's home game against the Atlanta Hawks and reportedly sacrifice more than $120,000 in the process.

      "We just felt like this rose to the level of acting the way that we did," Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters in comments published by ESPN. "That's a decision that we have to make. I'm certainly involved in it, so is Steve (Kerr). ... This was something that required the action that we decided upon."

      Some teammates loudly confronted Green in the locker room for his decision-making on the final play of regulation of the 121-116 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN.

      The intensity in the locker room was heightened because the matter of Durant's impending free agency reportedly was raised.

      The organization spent Tuesday dealing with the aftershocks of Monday night's confrontation while working through the issues involving the team's dynamic, according to league sources.

      "Knowing (Green) for however many years I've known him, if caring too much is something that he struggles with, well, that's who he is," Myers said. "We felt that this action merited the decision we made, but I have every confidence that he can move forward with it, our team can move forward with it, our organization, our players. Because again, this is part of the NBA, this is part of what happens."

      The Warriors closed the fourth quarter at Staples Center with an 11-0 run and had a chance to win in the final seconds, tying the score at 106-106. Green grabbed a rebound and dribbled up the court before fumbling the ball in traffic at the top of the key. Durant was seen clapping his hands, an apparent call for the ball.

      After the buzzer sounded and the players went to the bench, Durant yelled at Green for not passing him the ball under the basket. Television cameras captured their animated conversation, but both players declined to discuss what was said.

      "It don't matter," Green told The Mercury News after the game. "You all are going to report what you want to report."

      Other teammates argued with Green over his choice in the final moments to keep the ball, but Green forcefully defended himself, raising the volume level in the room, sources said.

      Golden State teammate Shaun Livingston characterized the exchange between Durant and Green as "just team spirit."

      "Guys wanted a different outcome than what happened," Livingston said. "Obviously, Dray had the turnover. Guys might have thought they were open or wanted the basketball, didn't get it. Things happen like that in sports. But it was good to see some fire, some emotion."

      --Field Level Media

  • With eyes on prize, Butler arrives, shares Sixers' vision
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    With Minnesota in his rearview mirror, Jimmy Butler sees happy days ahead for himself and the Philadelphia 76ers. Of course, Tuesday was officially Day 1 in his life with a new team after the Timberwolves sent Butler and Justin Patton to the Sixers for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick.

    • "When guys go out there and they know how to play basketball, which everybody on this roster does, it's all going to fall into place," Butler said during his introductory news conference at the Sixers' practice facility in Camden, N.J. "I don't think that anybody is going to step on anybody's toes. I think everybody still has the same job to do, and everybody's expected to be the same player that they've always been. That's why I think it's going to be successful."

      Philly general manager Elton Brand believes acquiring Butler will help the Sixers in their quest to win an NBA title.

      "We have a championship window, and it's important that we do whatever it takes to capitalize on it," Brand said. "It was important to us to go get a superstar, to go get some young talent to help make that next step in achieving a championship. [Butler's] goals match ours and the city of Philadelphia."

      The priority for both Butler and the Sixers is winning-- right away. "Obviously win a championship. That's why we play, why they play. Why they did what they did," Butler said when asked about his goal this season.

      "I already got enough money to have me and my family set for the rest of my life. It's not about the money," said Butler, who is expected to appear in his first Sixers game on Wednesday, when they face the Magic in Orlando. "I have to love where I'm at and have a great chance to win a championship."

      He'll get a chance to show the home crowd what he can do Friday against the Utah Jazz.

      Saying he's "very excited" to start playing with Philadelphia, the four-time All-Star forward could combine to form a dream trio with All-Star center Joel Embiid and 2017-18 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons.

      "I like the sound of it," Butler said when asked about Philly's newest Big Three.

      If sharing the ball with Simmons and Embiid -- who helped the Sixers earn 52 victories last season and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals after the club combined to go 75-253 in four previous years -- could be a challenge, Butler isn't letting on.

      "I don't think that's a problem. I think I'm great at sharing the ball, moving without the ball," he said. "We'll find a way to make things work."

      According to Brand, Butler's addition doesn't put a negative spin on Markelle Fultz, the 2017 No. 1 overall draft pick who caught more criticism when he double-clutched a free throw against the Miami Heat on Monday.

      "Not at all. It wasn't a changed view of Markelle's future. It was more of a changed view of being able to get a superstar right now and seeing where other teams were," Brand said of the trade. "There are some really talented teams [in the Eastern Conference]. ... It was just a chance to have our team take another leap."

      Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Butler, 29, has averaged 21.8 points a game. After one season in Minnesota, he told the Timberwolves just before training camp that he wanted a change of scenery. The fallout in the time since raised questions about whether Butler is a good teammate.

      "You really wouldn't know who I am unless you're around me every day," Butler said. "For the most part, that's why I don't worry too much about what everybody says. If you know me, if you're around me, you know my heart. You know how I go about what I go about.

      "I love my teammates. I don't think there's too many of them that'll tell you that I'm a bad teammate, but people get whatever they want to say out. It is what it is, but I think that I'm an incredible human being and teammate, and I'll show that to the guys that are here."

      If he decides he doesn't like the atmosphere in Philadelphia, Butler can opt out of the final season of his current contract and test free agency this summer, but reports after the trade said the sides intend to agree on a contract extension after the season. Brand just wants Butler to stay put.

      "We hope he sees a fit here. We hope that we see the fit there this season because we know what kind of talent he is," Brand said. "He's a superstar player so we're definitely looking forward to having those discussions, but we can't have those yet."

      The 76ers could offer Butler a five-year max contract worth $190 million, while other teams could make a four-year offer worth a projected $141 million.

      That's still a ways down the road. For now, though, Butler and the Sixers like where they're going.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pistons G Kennard continuing shoulder rehab
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard will undergo two more weeks of rehabilitation on his right shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Kennard suffered a sprained AC joint Oct. 25 in a game against Cleveland when he ran into a screen set by the Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson.

      The 22-year-old, is averaging 5.7 points in three games this season. A first-round draft selection in 2017, the Duke product averaged 7.6 points in 73 games as a rookie.

      Detroit next plays Wednesday night at Toronto.

      --Field Level Media

  • No fractures, no surgery for Nets' LeVert
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert did not suffer any fractures and will not require surgery to repair the ligament damage from Monday's scary incident in Minnesota, the team announced Tuesday.

    • LeVert returned to New York with the team following the 120-113 loss to the Timberwolves. He was evaluated at the Hospital for Special Surgery and diagnosed with a subtalar dislocation of his right foot.

      "Fortunately, tests performed this morning revealed that there are no fractures and only moderate ligament damage," team orthopedist Dr. Martin O'Malley said in a statement.

      "While the optics of this injury may have appeared to be more severe, surgery will not be required. Caris will begin a period of rehabilitation with the Nets' performance staff, following which he is expected to return to full strength and resume all basketball activities without any limitations this season."

      LeVert landed awkwardly on his right leg after an attempted block during the second quarter at Target Center and spent several minutes on the court being attended by medical personnel.

      LeVert, 24, has averaged a career-high 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 14 games this season.

      The breakout third-year star is the only NBA player this season to convert multiple game-winning baskets with fewer than 10 seconds remaining in regulation or overtime.

      --Field Level Media

  • Warriors' Durant, Green have heated exchange
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Golden State All-Stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green had a heated exchange Monday night following Green's costly turnover at the end of regulation in the Warriors' 121-116 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    • The Warriors closed the fourth quarter at Staples Center with an 11-0 run and had a chance to win in the final seconds, knotted at 106-106. Green grabbed a rebound and dribbled up the court before fumbling the ball in traffic at the top of the key.

      After the buzzer sounded and the players went to the bench, Durant appeared frustrated that Green did not pass him the ball under the basket. Television cameras captured their animated conversation, but both players declined to discuss what was said.

      "It don't matter," Green told The Mercury News after the game. "You all are going to report what you want to report."

      ESPN reported Tuesday that the dispute between Green and Durant carried into the locker room after the game, where multiple teammates loudly confronted Green for his decision-making on the play. The report said some witnesses called it one of the most intense exchanges of this Warriors era, though there was no hint of a physical dispute.

      Golden State teammate Shaun Livingston characterized the exchange between Durant and Green as "just team spirit."

      "Guys wanted a different outcome than what happened," Livingston said. "Obviously, Dray had the turnover. Guys might have thought they were open or wanted the basketball, didn't get it. Things happen like that in sports. But it was good to see some fire, some emotion."

      The two-time defending champion Warriors, who were playing without star guard Stephen Curry (groin strain), are 11-3 this season. They are back in action Tuesday night at home against the Atlanta Hawks.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: LeVert hurt as Nets lose
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 25 points and 21 rebounds Monday night as the Minnesota Timberwolves halted a five-game losing streak with a 120-113 victory in Minneapolis over the Brooklyn Nets, who lost Caris LeVert to an apparent serious right leg injury.

    • Towns posted his seventh double-double by shooting 9-of-11 from the floor. He had the double-double by halftime, then posted his sixth career game with 20 points and 20 rebounds and the 55th in team history.

      The Wolves played their first game since trading Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia. Minnesota obtained Dario Saric and Robert Covington, though neither player was active.

      LeVert, who was injured attempting to defend a fast-break layup attempt by Josh Okogie, was placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to a hospital for further evaluation.

      Clippers 121, Warriors 116 (OT)

      Lou Williams broke a tie with a layup with 55.2 seconds remaining in overtime and later added three free throws after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt, pushing host Los Angeles to victory over Stephen Curry-less Golden State.

      Williams' tiebreaking hoop came after Klay Thompson capped a 31-point performance with a 3-pointer with 1:07 to go to produce a 116-all tie.

      The Warriors forced overtime by scoring the final 11 points of regulation while holding the Clippers without a field goal for the final 6:08. Kevin Durant recorded a triple-double for Golden State before fouling out, accumulating 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Curry is sidelined because of a groin injury.

      Pelicans 126, Raptors 110

      Jrue Holiday tallied 29 points and 14 assists, and E'Twaun Moore scored 30 points as New Orleans defeated host Toronto.

      Anthony Davis added 25 points and 20 rebounds for the Pelicans, who won their third game in a row by giving the Raptors their first home loss in eight games this season. Toronto is 12-2 overall.

      Pascal Siakam scored 22 points for the Raptors. Kawhi Leonard added 20 points, Serge Ibaka had 19 points and 14 rebounds, OG Anunoby 17 points and Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright 10 points each.

      Thunder 118, Suns 101

      Paul George scored 32 points as host Oklahoma City, playing without Russell Westbrook for the fourth consecutive game, beat Phoenix.

      George, who was 11-of-19 from the floor, including six 3-pointers, scored 21 of his points before halftime as the Thunder built a lead as big as 28 points in the first half.

      Westbrook is still recovering from a sprained left ankle suffered Nov. 5. Dennis Schroder, filling in for Westbrook as the starting point guard, had 20 points and nine assists.

      Mavericks 103, Bulls 98

      It took seven tries, but Dallas finally notched its first road win of the season by holding off Chicago.

      Harrison Barnes led the Mavs to a second consecutive victory and their first road win since last March with 23 points, five rebounds and four steals. Dennis Smith Jr. scored all 11 of his points in the second half to help keep the Bulls, who got within one point three times down the stretch, at bay.

      The Bulls failed to win consecutive games thanks to an ugly shooting night, dipping to 39.3 percent for the game, including 8-of-33 from beyond the arc. They turned the ball over 17 times. Zach LaVine led Chicago with 26 points, giving him at least 20 in every game this season.

      76ers 124, Heat 114

      Joel Embiid posted 35 points, 18 rebounds and three assists, leading Philadelphia over host Miami.

      Embiid has nine games this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. Nobody else in the NBA has more than three.

      JJ Redick added 25 points to lead Philadelphia to its seventh win in its past 10 games. Miami -- which lost its third straight game, all of those at home -- was led by Goran Dragic (22 points, five assists), Josh Richardson (17 points) and Hassan Whiteside (13 points, 11 rebounds).

      Wizards 117, Magic 109

      John Wall had 25 points and 10 assists, and Bradley Beal added 21 points as host Washington defeated Orlando for its second straight win.

      The Wizards outscored the Magic 31-20 over the final nine minutes to avenge a loss in Orlando on Friday.

      Jeff Green scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench for Washington, and Dwight Howard finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes. Reserve Terrence Ross led Orlando with 21 points, and Evan Fournier scored 20.

      Jazz 96, Grizzlies 88

      Joe Ingles scored 19 points while Rudy Gobert added 15 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks to lead Utah past host Memphis.

      Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell chipped in 12 points apiece, and Favors added eight rebounds to help Utah notch its third straight win.

      Mike Conley scored 24 points, and Marc Gasol added 16 to lead Memphis. The Grizzlies held Utah to just 39 percent shooting, but could not overcome their own 4-of-24 outing from the perimeter.

      Kings 104, Spurs 99

      Bogdan Bogdanovic poured in 22 points off the bench to lead six Sacramento players in double figures in beating visiting San Antonio for the first time in 15 games.

      The game was tied at 90 with 5:11 to play before the Kings reeled off a 10-0 run that featured 3-pointers by Nemanja Bjelica and De'Aaron Fox and an alley-oop dunk on the break by Willie Cauley-Stein.

      Fox added 19 points for the Kings, with Buddy Hield scoring 14, Cauley-Stein pumping in 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 23 points and eight assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 points and took 18 rebounds.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nets' LeVert hospitalized after leg injury vs. Wolves
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert was stretchered off the court and taken to a local hospital after suffering what appeared to be a severe right leg injury with 3.7 seconds left in the first half of the team's 120-113 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

    • LeVert was trying to defend Minnesota guard Josh Okogie on a transition play in the low post when he jumped and his leg appeared to give out. He immediately fell to the ground under the basket, grabbed his ankle and a stretcher came out.

      After being attended to for a few minutes, LeVert was taken off the court.

      "He is the heart and soul of our program," Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters postgame. "It's a tough, tough blow for the Nets."

      LeVert was taken to a local Minneapolis hospital and will undergo a full evaluation, the Nets said. Further updates will be issued as available.

      "We didn't talk even when we came in at halftime," Nets forward Joe Harris said. "There was nothing to be said. Guys were crying. It was really that horrific just to see."

      LeVert scored 10 points before getting hurt. He entered the contest averaging 19.0 points per game, with seven performances of at least 20 points through Brooklyn's first 13 games.

      "He had a fantastic start to the season," Atkinson said. "He's obviously made a huge jump. I just know that if anybody is coming back from this -- the human, the character, the person, the player -- he'll come back from this.

      "Our only thoughts are with him. Nothing else matters. The game doesn't matter tonight."

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: Butler to make Sixers debut Wednesday
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    With his trade to Philadelphia officially finalized on Monday, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler is expected to make his 76ers debut Wednesday night at Orlando.

    • The Minnesota Timberwolves sent Butler and center Justin Patton to Philadelphia for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jared Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick. The NBA approved the deal on Monday.

      Butler was not expected to be with the 76ers for Monday night's game in Miami. He will be introduced with his new team at a news conference Tuesday.

      Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand said pairing Butler with All-Star forward Joel Embiid and 2017-18 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons puts the Sixers in contention for an NBA title.

      --Golden State star Stephen Curry will miss at least two more games with a groin strain, Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed.

      The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has been sidelined since Friday and will not play in Monday's road game against the Los Angeles Clippers or Tuesday's home game against the Atlanta Hawks.

      Kerr said the Warriors were being extra careful because this is a "new injury for him." "He's never had a groin strain before," the coach said.

      --With Carmelo Anthony's departure from the Houston Rockets seemingly imminent, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports Anthony's representatives spent Monday contacting NBA front offices regarding a potential new home for the 10-time All-Star forward.

      Anthony will not travel with the team for Tuesday's game against the Denver Nuggets, marking his third straight missed game with the Rockets. The organization says he out with an illness.

      General manager Daryl Morey called speculation about Anthony's future as "unfair," but ESPN notes the Rockets could place Anthony on waivers as soon as Monday. Wojnarowski notes that several GMs and their respective coaches are discussing whether Anthony could be helpful to their organizations, however, it's a tough time of year for teams to make roster moves, and "patience" could be Anthony's best short-term course of action.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Reps working on landing place for Carmelo Anthony
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    With Carmelo Anthony's departure from the Houston Rockets seemingly imminent, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports his representatives spent Monday contacting NBA front offices regarding a potential new home for the 10-time All-Star forward.

    • Anthony will not travel with the team for Tuesday's game against the Denver Nuggets, marking his third straight missed game with the Rockets. The organization says he out with an illness.

      General manager Daryl Morey called speculation about Anthony's future as "unfair," but ESPN notes the Rockets could place Anthony on waivers as soon as Monday.

      According to ESPN, several GMs and their respective coaches are discussing whether Anthony could be helpful to their organizations. However, Wojnarowski notes it's a tough time of year for teams to make roster moves, and "patience" could be Anthony's best short-term course of action.

      Anthony has appeared in 10 games this season with two starts, averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29.4 minutes.

      Anthony, 34, signed a one-year, $2.4 million veteran's minimum contract with the Rockets after he agreed to a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks before the start of the season. Houston would be on the hook for that contract if it decides to waive him.

      Anthony's next opportunity to play will be Thursday when the Rockets return home to face the Warriors.

      --Field Level Media

  • Warriors PG Curry (groin) to miss two more games
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Golden State star Stephen Curry will miss at least two more games with a groin strain, Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed Monday.

    • The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has been sidelined since Friday and will not play in Monday's road game against the Los Angeles Clippers or Tuesday's home game against the Atlanta Hawks.

      Kerr said the Warriors were being extra careful because this is a "new injury for him."

      "He's never had a groin strain before," the coach said Monday.

      Curry leads the league in scoring with 29.5 points per game this season, adding 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 12 games.

      In more positive news, Kerr said All-Star forward Draymond Green (right toe sprain) and reserve guard Shaun Livingston (sore right foot) will both return to action Monday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • Butler expected to make Sixers debut Wednesday
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    With his trade to Philadelphia officially finalized on Monday, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler is expected to make his 76ers debut Wednesday night at Orlando.

    • The Minnesota Timberwolves sent Butler and center Justin Patton to Philadelphia for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jared Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick. The NBA approved the deal on Monday.

      Butler was not expected to be with the 76ers for Monday night's game in Miami. He will be introduced with his new team at a news conference Tuesday.

      Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand said pairing Butler with All-Star forward Joel Embiid and 2017-18 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons puts the Sixers in contention for an NBA title.

      "We have a championship window that's centered around the continued progression of our talented young core, as well as our ability to add elite players who elevate our program," Brand said in a statement.

      "In Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, we have two of the NBA's top 20 players. Now, we've added a third top-20 player in Jimmy Butler, who is one of the NBA's very best on both ends of the floor. This move further strengthens our pursuit of a championship and gives us a formidable combination to take on the league's top teams."

      Butler has appeared in 10 games this season, averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals.

      "His scoring prowess, tenacity on defense and overall competitiveness are perfect fits alongside Joel, Ben and our talented roster. By acquiring Jimmy, Elton Brand did a terrific job in further positioning our team for long-term success," 76ers managing partner Josh Harris said in a statement.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA Roundup: Harden hot as Houston cooks up home win
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Rockets 115, Pacers 103

    • James Harden scored a game-high 40 points and Houston won on its home floor for the first time this season.

      The Rockets, last in the league in field goal percentage, shot 36 for 74 (48.6 percent) and converted a season-high 20 3-pointers.

      Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 22 points and Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 20. Bogdanovic assisted on a Cory Joseph basket with 1:18 remaining that enabled the Pacers to claw to within eight points, but Chris Paul responded with a driving layup with only 62 seconds left to play.

      The Pacers had their five-game road winning streak snapped and lost to Houston for the second time in six days.

      Trail Blazers 100, Celtics 94

      Damian Lillard scored 19 points and dished out 12 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu sank a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch as Portland beat Boston.

      Jusuf Nurkic scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have won four in a row and seven of eight. Jayson Tatum scored a season-high 27 points and Kyrie Irving 21 for the Celtics, who have lost four of five.

      Lakers 107, Hawks 106

      LeBron James scored 26 points, including a put-back layup with 15 seconds remaining, and Kyle Kuzma added 18 as L.A. held off a late rally by Atlanta.

      In just his third game with the Lakers, center Tyson Chandler blocked a shot by rookie Trae Young at the buzzer to seal the victory. The Lakers improved to 7-6 to move over .500 for the first time this season.

      James had a chance to give the Lakers the lead from the free-throw line with 15 seconds remaining but missed both shots. Kuzma got the rebound, but missed a put-back shot. James rebounded that miss and scored inside for the late lead.

      Taurean Prince scored 23 points and Kent Bazemore added 21 for the Hawks, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games and the seventh time in their last nine. Young had 20 points, 12 assists for Atlanta.

      Magic 115, Knicks 89

      Orlando scored the first 10 points and never trailed on the way to a 115-89 rout of the host Knicks.

      Orlando has won two straight and four of five while the Knicks lost by at least 20 points for the third time this season.

      Terrence Ross scored a game-high 22 points for the Magic while Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds in just 26 minutes. New York native Mo Bamba had 15 points and eight rebounds in his homecoming while Evan Fournier added 12 points.

      Kevin Knox led the Knicks with 17 points while Enes Kanter recorded a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

      Hornets 113, Pistons 103

      Kemba Walker and Tony Parker each scored 24 points, leading Charlotte Hornets to a 113-103 win in Detroit.

      Cody Zeller contributed 14 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, while Jeremy Lamb chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Hornets.

      Charlotte forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left the game in the second quarter with an ankle sprain.

      Andre Drummond recorded his fifth 20-20 game of the season with 23 points and 22 rebounds for Detroit. Reggie Bullock supplied a career-high 23 points and Reggie Jackson tossed in 19 points with seven assists.

      Pistons forward Blake Griffin was ejected for a flagrant foul with 7:06 remaining. The officials ruled that Griffin made excessive contact against Malik Monk as the Hornets guard drove to the basket.

      Bucks 121, Nuggets 114

      Brook Lopez scored a season-high 28 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as Milwaukee handed Denver its third consecutive loss.

      Khris Middleton had 21 points Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 for the Bucks.

      Lopez hit a career-high eight 3-pointers, six in the third quarter when Milwaukee built a double-digit lead.

      Paul Millsap scored 25 points to lead the Nuggets, who received 20 points from center Nikola Jokic. Millsap added eight boards and six assists.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rockets GM calls Anthony rumors 'unfair'
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    While Houston's Carmelo Anthony missed his second straight game with an illness Sunday night, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told reporters that the 15-time All-Star forward is still a member of the organization.

    • Speaking to reporters before the Rockets (5-7) beat Indiana, Morey said the team was "evaluating everything" and that it was "extremely unfair" that Anthony has been singled out.

      "There's a lot of unfair rumors and everything going around about him," Morey said. "He's been great with us, as coach [Mike D'Antoni] said yesterday. His approach has been great. He has accepted every role coach has given him -- starting, off the bench, whatever it's been.

      "We're struggling as a team. It's my job, it's coach's job to figure this thing out. ... A lot of this is on me right now. We're not playing well and we just gotta figure it out. We're evaluating everything."

      Anthony has appeared in 10 games this season with two starts, averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29.4 minutes.

      "I would expect him to be playing when he's healthy," Morey said when asked whether Anthony would return to the lineup.

      Contrary to Morey's assertions, multiple reports indicated Anthony's stint in Houston is over. The New York Times reported that Anthony has been informed his "brief time with the team will soon be ending."

      Anthony's teammate and friend, Chris Paul, was not definitive on the future following the Rockets' 115-103 win over the Pacers.

      "Melo's been great here," he said. "That's like a brother to me, know what I mean? I don't know what's being said or whatnot, but Melo's been great, working hard every day. So we'll see what happens."

      Anthony, 34, signed a one-year, $2.4 million veteran's minimum contract with the Rockets after he agreed to a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks before the start of the season. Houston would be on the hook for that contract if it decides to waive him.

      --Field Level Media

  • Embiid, Simmons welcome Butler to Sixers
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Guard Jimmy Butler didn't get along with his young star teammates in Minnesota, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

    • But the young stars in Philadelphia, which traded for Butler on Saturday, are ready to welcome Butler.

      Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons told NBC Sports Philadelphia that they're happy to have him join the team.

      "I think he's going to help us a lot offensively and especially defensively," Embiid said. "He's one of the best defensive players in the league. I'm excited to see where he takes us, and how much better we are going to look....

      "With the type of system we play, we like to move the ball," Embiid said. "The ball goes through everybody's hands, so I don't think bringing someone else will take the ball out of my hands or Ben's hands. We are going to figure it out. I'm sure he's coming in here willing to fit in."

      "We add another All-Star to the team, definitely," Simmons said. "A guy like him coming in that can score the ball, veteran leadership, experience, I think he's going to fit right in."

      Butler has averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals through 10 games this season.

      Butler, 29, requested a trade during the preseason.

      The 76ers expect to agree to a long-term contract extension after the season, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • LeBron, Lakers impacted by smoke in Kings arena
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    The Los Angeles Lakers managed to get to .500 for the first time this season with a 101-86 win in Sacramento on Saturday night, but they had to contend with more than just the Kings.

    • Smoke from the nearby Camp Fire, which has killed 23 people since starting on Thursday, poured into downtown Sacramento and was visible in the Golden 1 Center before and during the game.

      LeBron James scored 25 points for the Lakers, but said the smoke had a noticeable impact.

      "I had a slight headache before the game," James said. "I can't pinpoint any other reason why it was going on besides the smoke. But it went away after the game started."

      "Hopefully I'll be able to get some good rest tonight," James added.

      Teammate JaVale McGee said he also was affected.

      "My stomach was hurtin' like I was hungry or something," said McGee, who suffers from asthma. "But it was from the smoke for sure, so ... but we still won, though, so it's all good."

      The Lakers return home to face the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday but will be going back to an area also beset by wildfire.

      The Woolsey Fire has been raging just north of Los Angeles and has destroyed some 70,000 acres.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Aldridge double-double leads Spurs over Rockets
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    LaMarcus Aldridge posted a double-double and paced the host San Antonio Spurs to a 96-89 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday in the first meeting this season between the Southwest Division rivals.

    • Aldridge finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Derrick White added 14 points and eight assists.

      DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes scored 13 points apiece for the Spurs, who snapped a two-game skid.

      Harden led the Rockets with 25 points, but shot just 7 of 27 from the field. Eric Gordon added 23 and Clint Capela recorded a double-double (12 points, 17 boards) for the Rockets, who dropped the final two games of their five-game road trip while shooting just 33.3 percent (30 for 90).

      Raptors 128, Knicks 112

      Pascal Siakam scored 14 of his career-best 23 points in the third quarter, and Toronto remained undefeated at home in blowing out New York.

      The Raptors have won six in a row and are off to a franchise best 12-1 start to the season that includes a 7-0 home record. Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 53.2 percent from the field.

      The Knicks lost for the third time in four games despite 27 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. Enes Kanter added 15 points and 15 rebounds.

      Grizzlies 112, 76ers 106 (OT)

      Mike Conley scored a season-high 32 points and Marc Gasol recorded 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to lead host Memphis to a comeback win against shorthanded Philadelphia.

      The Grizzlies rallied from their largest deficit of the season -- 16 points -- and forced overtime when Garrett Temple's 3-pointer tied the score at 102-all with just under 40 seconds left.

      Joel Embiid recorded his league-leading 13th double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds. JJ Redick scored 20, but only four in the second half. Ben Simmons also totaled 18 points and 14 rebounds.

      Warriors 116, Nets 100

      Quinn Cook scored 19 of his 27 points in the first half in his first start in place of the injured Stephen Curry, helping host Golden State roll to victory over Brooklyn.

      Kevin Durant had game-highs with 28 points with 11 assists, and Klay Thompson added 24 as the Warriors bounced back from a home loss to Milwaukee to win convincingly despite the absence of Curry and Draymond Green.

      Joe Harris fired in a team-high 24 points for Brooklyn, which was playing the second half of a back-to-back that began with a dramatic 112-110 win at Denver on Friday night.

      Clippers 128, Bucks 126 (OT)

      Lou Williams hit a teardrop layup in traffic with less than a second remaining in overtime to give Los Angeles a signature win in beating visiting Milwaukee.

      Williams, who leads the NBA in scoring off the bench, had a modest 12 points but added 10 assists as the Clippers have won three of their past four games.

      Montrezl Harrell added 26 bench points and nine rebounds, while Patrick Beverley scored a season-high 21 points for the Clippers. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points with 18 rebounds and five steals for the Bucks.

      Pelicans 119, Suns 99

      Anthony Davis had 26 points and 13 rebounds as shorthanded New Orleans led wire to wire in a rout over visiting Phoenix.

      Davis led four Pelicans in double figures as Julius Randle scored 22 points with 15 rebounds, Jrue Holiday scored 19 with nine assists, and E'Twaun Moore added 17. The Pelicans played without two starters as point guard Elfrid Payton and forward Nikola Mirotic both were sidelined by sprained right ankles.

      T.J. Warren scored 25, rookie Deandre Ayton had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Devin Booker had 12 points for the Suns, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

      Lakers 101, Kings 86

      The Los Angeles Lakers have a .500 record for the first time this season after a road win against Sacramento.

      LeBron James scored 25 points for Los Angeles, which has won four of five and six of nine. Tyson Chandler had a team-high 12 rebounds off the bench in his second game since joining the Lakers.

      De'Aaron Fox scored 21 points to lead Sacramento. Marvin Bagley III had 13 points off the bench and Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who had won six of eight coming in.

      Wizards 116, Heat 110

      John Wall scored 28 points with nine assists, reserve Jeff Green added 19 points and 10 rebounds and visiting Washington defeated Miami for its third win of the season.

      Dwight Howard had 11 points and 16 rebounds and Bradley Beal finished with 18 points for the Wizards, who had lost seven of their past eight games overall and improved to 2-6 on the road.

      Josh Richardson led the Heat with 24 points and Rodney McGruder added 22. Hassan Whiteside had 15 points and 14 rebounds as Miami lost its second straight.

      Bulls 99, Cavaliers 98

      Zach LaVine scored 24 points and Wendell Carter Jr. added 15 as Chicago got off to a quick start and held on for a victory over visiting Cleveland.

      Cleveland had one last possession to go out in front but Collin Sexton missed a short shot inside, got his own rebound and had his shot at the buzzer blocked by Jabari Parker.

      The Bulls grabbed a much-needed victory after losing five of their previous six games. The Bulls jumped out to a 37-23 lead after one quarter and built a 16-point lead in the second quarter before the Cavaliers worked their way back into the game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Rockets discussing Anthony's role with team
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    As Houston forward Carmelo Anthony sat out Saturday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs with an illness, reports emerged that the Rockets are discussing the 10-time All-Star's current role and his future with the team.

    • Citing league sources, ESPN reported Saturday that the organization is in ongoing talks with the 34-year-old veteran.

      Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million veteran's minimum contract with the Rockets after he agreed to a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks before the start of the season. Houston would be on the hook for that contract if it decides to waive him.

      Anthony has averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds across 29.4 minutes per game in 10 games this year, while shooting 40.5 percent. He scored only two points on 1-of-11 shooting in Thursday's loss at Oklahoma City.

      The Rockets averaged 112.4 points per game and won a franchise-record 65 games last season, but entered Saturday averaging 102.8 points (27th in the league) and slipped to 4-7 with the 96-89 setback in San Antonio.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kings, Lakers deal with smoke in Sacramento
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    The Sacramento Kings had a lot more to worry about than the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. A raging wildfire in Butte County left smoke spreading through the Sacramento's downtown, and clouds of it appeared above the court at the Golden 1 Center before the Kings' game.

    • Shortly before tipoff, a Kings spokesman told ESPN, "We are aware that there is a smoke problem."

      Workers were instructed to keep the doors at the arena entrances closed as much as possible, even as fans were entering the building prior to the game, according to the spokesman.

      "Not to sound dumb, but this kind of snuck up on everybody," Kings coach Dave Joerger said. "From wherever you're coming in from [you notice the smoke]. Today, I immediately started calling our staff: 'How bad is it downtown? What's going on here?' It's just a really sad deal."

      The adverse conditions were a problem both teams had to deal with, according to Lakers coach Luke Walton.

      "There's smoke everywhere in the sky. It's not a good situation," he said. "But it will impact both teams the same so whatever the impact is, I'm not sure, but it shouldn't be an advantage one way or the other."

      Some Lakers players said they could see the wildfires from their plane during an L.A.-to-Sacramento flight on Friday. During Saturday's shootaround, smoke was seen in the arena.

      "You can smell it. We haven't really gotten up and down [running] like that to the point where you can tell it affects you or not but anytime smoke is around, you know it can affect all of us," Lakers superstar LeBron James said. "Not only us as athletes but everyone. Everyone gets affected by pollution."

      According to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, the fire that started Thursday destroyed the town of Paradise, resulting in 23 deaths.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Timberwolves to trade Butler to Sixers
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are ending the drama surrounding Jimmy Butler after agreeing to trade the disgruntled superstar to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to an ESPN report on Saturday.

    • Details of the trade, reported by Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, were not disclosed. Wojnarowski reported that the league trade call and physicals are scheduled for Monday, and the earliest Butler will make his team debut likely will be Wednesday night when the 76ers visit the Orlando Magic.

      The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that Minnesota will receive forwards Dario Saric and Robert Covington, guard Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick.

      The 76ers will also reportedly receive center Justin Patton from the Timberwolves.

      Butler has averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals through 10 games this season.

      The Sixers, who struck out in free agency this summer in their search for a third star to add to the team's core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, apparently hope that the four-time All-Star Butler can be that player.

      If the fit works, the 76ers will have the ability to offer a max contract to Butler next summer in free agency once he opts out of his current deal.

      Simmons said he spoke to Butler and believes the new plan will work.

      "He said he just wants to win," Simmons said after Saturday night's loss at Memphis. "I think that's the mindset we all have here. We're excited to get Jimmy in here."

      Butler, 29, requested a trade during the preseason and told Minnesota he plans to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

      Minnesota president and coach Tom Thibodeau, who also coached Butler with the Chicago Bulls, initially pushed back against the player's trade demands. But ESPN reported that Thibodeau changed his mind late Friday after his team's fifth loss in a row.

      Despite the trade drama hanging around the Timberwolves and staining the start to their season thus far, Embiid reportedly reached out to Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins for their take on Butler.

      "They thought that he was going to be good for us," Embiid said to ESPN after the Grizzlies game. "They thought that we were definitely going to get along. He wants to win. Wiggs told me that he thought that we were going to win the East for sure."

      --Field Level Media

  • Durant gets the sell from Warriors at new arena
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    The NBA champion Golden State Warriors would love to keep Kevin Durant in the fold when he becomes a free agent at the end of this season, so the team spent part of Friday showing the former MVP what he has to look forward to if he stays.

    • The nine-time All-Star forward was given a tour, along with some sponsors and members of the local media, of the new arena the Warriors are building to replace Oracle Arena, their home for the last 47 years.

      "My imagination is going wild right now with possibilities," Durant told reporters as he walked around the Chase Center in shorts, heavy boots with high socks and a construction hat.

      It is just the latest step in Golden State's push to keep the star, who has won NBA Finals MVP awards in each of the past two years in helping the Warriors to back-to-back championships.

      The Warriors' latest move in their all-out push to woo its current starting forward seems to have impressed, though Durant would not comment if he was going to stay when the time came.

      "I'm thinking about a lot of points being scored," he said. "The fans are going to love it."

      The Warriors have had some of their other players take a tour, but this was the first time Durant had seen the facility up close.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Sixers’ Embiid scores 42 in OT win over Hornets
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    Joel Embiid had a season-high 42 points to go along with 18 rebounds and four blocked shots to lift the Philadelphia 76ers past the visiting Charlotte Hornets 133-132 in overtime Friday night.

    • It was the eighth game for Embiid this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.

      Ben Simmons racked up 22 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists, Dario Saric added 18 points and nine rebounds while JJ Redick added 17 off the bench as the Sixers improved to 7-0 at home for the first time since 2002-03.

      Kemba Walker scored 22 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as Jeremy Lamb added 17. Dwayne Bacon scored 15 for the Hornets, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

      Jazz 123, Celtics 115

      Joe Ingles tied a career high with 27 points and Rudy Gobert added 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Jazz spoiled the return of Gordon Hayward to Utah with an energetic victory over visiting Boston in Salt Lake City.

      Jazz fans booed every move of Hayward, who left Utah for Boston via free agency before the start of last season. Hayward then suffered a fractured ankle injury in the Celtics' season opener last year and did not play the remainder of the season. He scored 13 points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field.

      Donovan Mitchell had 21 points, former Celtics forward Jae Crowder scored 20 points and Ricky Rubio added 17, as the Jazz won consecutive games after losing four in a row. Ingles added five rebounds and seven assists while going 10-for-14 from the field, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range.

      Nets 112, Nuggets 110

      Caris LeVert hit a jumper in the lane with less than a second left, and Brooklyn rallied to beat host Denver.

      Left with 0.3 seconds, the Nuggets got a 3-point attempt at the buzzer from Malik Beasley, who missed it.

      LeVert finished with 17 points, D'Angelo Russell had 23 and Jarrett Allen scored 18 for the Nets, who have won three in a row and four of five. Nikola Jokic broke out of a funk to score a season-high 37 and tied a career-high with 21 rebounds, but Denver lost its first home game of the season after winning the first six.

      Pistons 124, Hawks 109

      Andre Drummond had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way as Detroit jumped to a 24-point lead late in the first quarter and coasted to a victory over host Atlanta.

      The Pistons made a season-high 20 of 47 attempts from behind the 3-point arc and rolled to their second straight win after a five-game losing streak, despite just six points from Blake Griffin, their leading scorer at 27.3 per game coming in. He missed eight of his 10 shots, but had nine rebounds and nine assists.

      Stanley Johnson had 22 points for the Pistons and Langston Galloway scored 16 as the two players combined to hit nine 3-pointers off the bench.

      Magic 117, Wizards 108

      Orlando prevailed at home over Washington in a matchup of the worst offense in the league against the worst defense.

      Orlando came in averaging only 101.3 points per game, but tied its season high in points and shot a season-high 51.2 percent from the floor -- only the second time it had made more than 50 percent of its field goals this season.

      Nikola Vucevic led the way for Orlando with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Aaron Gordon scored 20. Magic rookie Mo Bamba made 7 of 8 field goals, including a 3-pointer and three long-range jump shots. The 7-foot center had 15 points in only 17 minutes.

      Kings 121, Timberwolves 110

      Willie Cauley-Stein scored 25 points to help Sacramento to a victory over visiting Minnesota.

      Iman Shumpert scored 17 points, De'Aaron Fox had 16 points and 10 assists and Buddy Hield added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings. Nemanja Bjelica tallied 14 points against his former team.

      Karl-Anthony Towns established season highs of 39 points and 19 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who completed an 0-5 road trip. Derrick Rose added 21 points and Jimmy Butler had 13 for Minnesota, which has lost all eight of its road games.

      Pacers 110, Heat 102

      Bojan Bogdanovic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.5 seconds remaining, sending Indiana to a victory over host Miami.

      Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo also buried key shots, as the Pacers rallied from a 102-98 deficit by scoring the game's final 12 points over a stretch of 1:26, snapping Indiana's two-game losing streak in the process.

      Hassan Whiteside had 11 points and a game-high 20 rebounds for the Heat, which saw a two-game winning streak come to an end.

      --Field Level Media

  • Warriors star Curry out at least a game with injury
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 9, 2018

    Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets because of a mild to moderate groin strain, the team announced Friday.

    • Curry underwent an MRI exam earlier in the day, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr found the results "encouraging," but he said Curry was disappointed.

      However, Curry is expected to miss only a few days and avoided a long-term setback, according to Kerr.

      "The MRI looked good in terms of not being too serious," Kerr said. "But he's not going to play [Saturday]. It's kind of something we're going to evaluate over the next few days. He's still sore, and it's a strained groin, basically, is the injury. But the MRI was encouraging, so it will be kind of a day-to-day thing.

      "Obviously he won't do anything crazy. He's going to be out until he's healthy and good to go."

      The Warriors have games against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday and Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

      Curry suffered the injury in the third quarter of Thursday's 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He is averaging 29.5 points in 12 games.

      "He's a little bummed out, but I think the MRI was basically good news," Kerr said. "So this doesn't look like it's going to be a long-term injury. So he's disappointed, but it could have been a lot worse."

      Quinn Cook will start in Curry's place against the Nets.

      Also, power forward Draymond Green (foot) will miss his second straight game and point guard Shaun Livingston (foot) will sit out his seventh in a row.

      "Draymond is really making improvement," Kerr said, "and Shaun's going to play some three-on-three today. He needs some time on the court. He's feeling a lot better, but he's hardly done anything basketball-wise. We need to get him some live action before we put him into an NBA game."

      --Field Level Media

  • Hayward facing unwelcome greeting in return to Utah
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 9, 2018

    Gordon Hayward returns to play in Utah for the first time since spurning the franchise 16 months ago and he figures to draw an unfriendly greeting.

    • Hayward can expect taunts and jeers from the fans who once adored him when he takes the floor for the Boston Celtics against the Jazz on Friday night in Salt Lake City.

      Hayward, 28, missed last season's visit after badly breaking his left ankle in his first game with the Celtics. But his decision to leave Utah as a free agent after seven seasons didn't sit well, and this is the fans' first opportunity to express their disappointment.

      "I kind of knew they were going to be upset," Hayward told Boston-area reporters. "None of it bothered me, except for the people that threw some stuff on fire at our house. That's not acceptable. But other than that, people have a right to be mad."

      Hayward developed into an All-Star in his seventh and final season with the Jazz. He likely won't be displaying that ability on Friday night.

      The 6-foot-8 forward is struggling to regain his form after missing the bulk of last season. He is averaging just 9.9 points and has scored in single digits in five of the past seven games.

      Part of the struggles can be attributed to him being in the process of regaining confidence in the left lower leg. the other part has to do with him finding his fit on a team that features All-Star guard Kyrie Irving as the go-to force and young players Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as key contributors.

      "It's a transition in a lot of ways," Boston coach Brad Stevens told reporters. "Ultimately, there is a physical transition, there is a limited-minutes transition, there's a playing with a new group and re-integrating into the group.

      "He's had some really good moments, as has everyone else. We just need to be more consistent amongst our group in having those good moments more and more often."

      Meanwhile, the Utah players have moved on from Hayward. There was disappointment with his decision to depart in the summer of 2017 but most of it has subsided.

      "Gordon is a good guy, I think I'm a good guy," center Rudy Gobert told reporters. "Sometimes you make choices that you think are good for you. You don't have to judge anyone. It's just a game, and we're gonna go play basketball."

      What most helped the Jazz set aside some of the disappointment was the rookie campaign of guard Donovan Mitchell.

      Mitchell averaged 20.5 points, was runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors and is averaging 22.4 through nine games this season. Mitchell's opportunity to shine was created by Hayward's departure.

      "With Donovan, it was literally like watching your children grow up in front of you, growing by the day," Utah general manager Dennis Lindsey told ESPN.com.

      So now the Jazz have a star in Mitchell who is developing into the face of franchise.

      And the former face remains on the bad-person list as he returns to play in what will be a tense atmosphere. But Hayward insists he has no hard feelings.

      "It's just circumstances that happened," Hayward said. "With me dealing with everything I had to deal with, and they've had a year to move on ... they had a great year last year.

      "I've got nothing but respect for the people who are on the Jazz, and what they did for me. But it's not something that I've been thinking about."

      --Field Level Media