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  • Oladipo stretchered off with serious knee injury
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Indiana guard Victor Oladipo was removed from the court on a stretcher with a right knee injury during the Pacers' game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday in Indianapolis.

    • The Pacers issued a statement calling the injury "serious" and adding that Oladipo is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Thursday. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the team fears Oladipo needs season-ending surgery.

      Oladipo had four points, three rebounds and one assist before exiting with 4:05 left in the first half. He fell in the lane while defending against Raptors forward Pascal Siakam.

      Oladipo, the Pacers' leading scorer at 19.2 points per game, missed 11 games in November and December due to right knee soreness.

      Before that injury, he was averaging 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists. His current production is still better than his 17.5-point career average.

      --Field Level Media

  • Fire put out hours before Hornets-Grizzlies game
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    An electrical fire led to FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., being evacuated a few hours before the Grizzlies hosted the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

    • The arena was evacuated at approximately 5 p.m. ET. About a dozen firetrucks showed up to put out the fire, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

      "A small electrical fire was discovered in the sauna located in the Grizzlies locker room area, and FedExForum was evacuated," the Grizzlies said in a statement. "Memphis Fire was contacted immediately, and the fire has been subsequently extinguished."

      Players and game-night workers were allowed back into the building about an hour later.

      Tipoff was slated for 8 p.m. ET.

      --Field Level Media

  • James out, Rondo game-time decision for Lakers
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    LeBron James will miss his 15th consecutive contest due to a groin injury when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, coach Luke Walton confirmed after Wednesday's practice.

    • Point guard Rajon Rondo is a game-time decision after missing 14 games with a finger injury.

      Walton indicated it was possible James could return for Los Angeles' following game -- Sunday against the Phoenix Suns.

      "He's not out yet for Sunday," Walton said of James. "I guess that puts it in play."

      James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34 games.

      The Lakers are just 5-9 since James and Rondo were both injured in a Christmas Day contest against the Golden State Warriors.

      Rondo said he hasn't been involved in contact situations and wakes up each morning with stiffness.

      The Lakers are missing starter Lonzo Ball (ankle), but Rondo said he won't play if he isn't ready.

      "I'm just taking it day by day and I will see how it feels in the morning when I wake up," Rondo said after Wednesday's practice. "I have to come back when I'm healthy. ... I can't come back depending on whether guys are out or not."

      Rondo is averaging 8.4 points and 6.7 assists in 14 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pelicans' Davis gets good news on injured finger
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis could return next week after conferring with specialists Wednesday, when it was feared he might miss up to a month because of a finger injury.

    • Davis suffered an injury to his left index finger in Friday's 128-112 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The original diagnosis was a sprain that would keep him out up to two weeks, but his agent, Rich Paul, later said the injury was a volar plate avulsion fracture that could lengthen Davis' absence.

      So Wednesday's evaluation was good news.

      "It's a better outcome than we originally feared," Paul told ESPN.

      Davis will be re-evaluated Friday and "every 48 to 72 hours" after that, Paul told ESPN.

      "It's more of an injury of pain tolerance," Paul said. "They need to see the swelling go down and the range of motion increase."

      Davis injured the finger swiping at the ball as Portland's Zach Collins held it on the wing. He immediately grabbed at his hand after making contact with Collins' arm.

      The All-Star center is having another monster season with career-best averages in points (29.3), rebounds (13.3), assists (4.4) and steals (1.7). He is also blocking 2.6 shots per game.

      The Pelicans (22-25) play at Oklahoma City on Thursday night after hosting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. They are home to play the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday before going to Houston for a Tuesday game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Conley, Gasol confirm they're on Grizzlies' trading block
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Grizzlies guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol have confirmed reports that the team is listening to trade offers for both Memphis mainstays.

    • Both acknowledged at Wednesday's shootaround that team owner Robert Pera told them they could be dealt by the Feb. 7 trade deadline.

      Both players have spent their entire careers with Memphis, with Conley in his 12th season and Gasol in his 11th.

      "It's where we're at, I guess. It's part of the business. It's not like we've been traded yet or anything like that," Conley told The Athletic. "We knew the way things have been going the last few weeks that anything can happen. From here on, it's about coming to work, continually trying to do things I can to help this team."

      Gasol expressed frustration that Conley was on the trading block.

      "I don't understand why Mike is in those talks," he told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "Mike is one heck of a player, and we're going to need good players moving forward. I don't understand why Mike is in this."

      The Grizzlies have lost six straight and 12 of their last 13 games entering Wednesday night's contest against the Charlotte Hornets.

      Conley, 31, is the franchise's all-time leader in games, assists, 3-point field goals and steals. Gasol, who turns 34 next week, is the Grizzlies' career leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots.

      Gasol is averaging 15.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season, while Conley is averaging 19.8 points, 6.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flu sidelines Irving for Celtics-Cavaliers contest
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has flu-like symptoms and will not play in Wednesday night's home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced.

    • Irving played his first six NBA seasons with the Cavaliers after Cleveland made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

      In his second season with Boston, Irving has played in 42 games and leads the Celtics in scoring (23.5) and assists (6.9) and is second on the team in steals (72).

      In Boston's first meeting with Cleveland this season, Irving scored a game-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting as the Celtics rolled to a 128-95 victory at TD Garden on Nov. 30.

      Backup point guard Terry Rozier will likely start in Irving's place on Wednesday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Nowitzki invited to All-Star 3-point contest
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    In his 21st and perhaps final NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki has reportedly been invited to participate in next month's All-Star 3-point contest.

    • The New York Times' Marc Stein reported Wednesday that the 40-year-old Dallas Mavericks forward was asked to compete in the Three-Point Contest on Feb. 16, part of the All-Star Weekend festivities at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

      Nowitzki has competed in the event five times previously, winning the title in 2006 in Houston. He is the only 7-footer ever to win the contest.

      Entering the Mavericks' game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Nowitzki ranks 11th in NBA history with 1,930 career 3-point field goals.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Rolling Raptors rout Kings
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Fred VanVleet scored 19 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists Tuesday night as the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Sacramento Kings 120-105.

    • Kyle Lowry added 19 points and nine assists for the Raptors, who won their season-best 10th straight home game and are 9-2 in January.

      Pascal Siakam had 18 points and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors. C.J. Miles added 15 points and Norman Powell had 11 points.

      Marvin Bagley III scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost two in a row. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

      Thunder 123, Trail Blazers 114

      Paul George scored 36 points to lead Oklahoma City to a home win over Portland, the Thunder's third win in a row. The result snapped the Trail Blazers' three-game winning streak.

      Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had 29 points, including a pair of emphatic dunks in the final two minutes to put the exclamation point on the victory. Westbrook added 14 assists and 10 rebounds to complete his NBA-best 14th triple-double of the season.

      Portland got 34 points from Damian Lillard and 31 from CJ McCollum. Jusuf Nurkic added 22 points and 15 rebounds.

      Mavericks 106, Clippers 98

      Disillusioned guard Dennis Smith Jr., returning from a six-game absence, scored 17 points and grabbed a season-best eight rebounds to lead Dallas past visiting Los Angeles.

      Smith missed three games with a sore back and an illness before leaving the team for another three games, upset over his role playing alongside rookie sensation Luka Doncic. Amid trade rumors, Smith stayed away from the club as it lost four of the six games. The explosive guard's return provided a burst of offense that Dallas needed in snapping a four-game losing skid.

      Patrick Beverley paced the Clippers with 16 points and nine rebounds.

      Timberwolves 118, Suns 91

      Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and handed out seven assists to lead Minnesota to a win at Phoenix.

      The Suns were seeking payback after Derrick Rose's buzzer-beating shot on Sunday lifted the Timberwolves to a 116-114 win, but Towns and Minnesota had other ideas.

      Josh Okogie scored 21 points for the Wolves. Josh Jackson finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA notebook: Grizzlies' Gasol, Conley reportedly up for grabs
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    The Memphis Grizzlies will begin listening to trade offers for center Marc Gasol and guard Mike Conley for the first time since the pair developed into franchise building blocks a decade ago, ESPN reported Tuesday.

    • According to the report, the Grizzlies are prepared to consider trading one or both veterans before the Feb. 7 deadline, or perhaps after the season. The report added that Gasol and Conley met with team owner Robert Pera recently, though neither expressed interest in being dealt.

      Sitting second at 19-28, Memphis is motivated to reshape its roster around rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr., per the report.

      Gasol, who turns 34 on Jan. 29, could become a free agent this summer by declining a $25.6 million option for 2019-20. His salary for this year is $24.1 million. Conley, 31, is making $30.5 million this year and is under contract for $32.5 million in 2019-20.

      --The Dallas Mavericks have banned a fan for the rest of the season after an investigation showed he behaved inappropriately toward guard Patrick Beverley of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report.

      Beverley had complained about the fan on Dec. 2, when the Clippers played at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Beverley was ejected with 9:10 left in the game after he threw a bounce pass at the man, whom ESPN identified as Don Knobler.

      Knobler long has been a fixture in his courtside seat at Mavericks games but reportedly hasn't attended a game since that day. Beverley said the man addressed profanities at him and talked about his mother, prompting him to toss the ball at him. Beverley was fined $25,000 by the NBA as a result.

      --The Chicago Bulls officially acquired veteran forward Carmelo Anthony.

      Chicago sent the draft rights of Serbian forward Tadija Dragicevic to the Houston Rockets for Anthony, the draft rights to guard Jon Diebler and cash considerations.

      Anthony isn't expected to play for the Bulls. According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, citing league sources, the Bulls will waive the 10-time All-Star, allowing him to become a free agent if he clears waivers.

      --Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard missed a third consecutive game Tuesday night due to "load management," according to the official NBA injury report.

      The Raptors played host to the Sacramento Kings.

      It is the ninth game that Leonard has missed due to rest/load management and 13th game overall. He missed the Raptors' game Saturday against the Grizzlies for the same reason.

      --The NBA fined Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic $10,000 for kicking the ball into the stands during a game earlier this month, the league announced.

      Doncic kicked the ball after a made basket with three minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Mavericks' 111-99 loss at Indiana on Jan. 19. He was assessed his second technical and ejected.

      Doncic, 19, is averaging 20 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game and became the second youngest player ever to record a triple-double Monday in Dallas' loss at Milwaukee.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Grizzlies listening to offers for Gasol, Conley
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    The Memphis Grizzlies will begin listening to trade offers for center Marc Gasol and guard Mike Conley for the first time since the pair developed into franchise building blocks a decade ago, ESPN reported Tuesday.

    • Per the report, the Grizzlies are prepared to consider trading one or both veterans before the Feb. 7 deadline, or perhaps after the season. The report added that Gasol and Conley met with owner Robert Pera recently, though neither expressed interest in being dealt.

      Sitting second-to-last in the Western Conference at 19-28 entering play Tuesday, Memphis is motivated to reshape its roster around rookie forward Jaren Jackson, per the report.

      Gasol, who turns 34 on Jan. 29, could become a free agent this summer by declining a $25.6 million option for 2019-20. His salary for this year is $24.1 million.

      In his 11th year with the Grizzlies, Gasol is averaging 15.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game while playing in 46 of 47 contests. His scoring average is on pace for his lowest mark since 2013-14, but his rebound average would be a high mark since 2011-12, and his assists are on pace for a career high.

      The Spaniard and three-time All-Star has career averages of 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists since arriving in Memphis in a trade for his brother, Pau Gasol, from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008.

      Conley, 31, is making $30.5 million this year and is under contract for $32.5 million in 2019-20. He has an early termination option in 2020-21, which would guarantee $22.4 million of that year's $34.5 million salary if he plays 55 games either this season or next season.

      Having already played in 46 games this season, he is averaging 19.8 points and 6.1 assists per game. Those figures are mostly in line with his production over the previous three campaigns, and above his career averages of 14.6 points and 5.7 assists.

      Conley was drafted fourth overall in 2007 by the Grizzlies. He has never been an All-Star.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Mavs ban fan who heckled Clippers' Beverley
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    The Dallas Mavericks have banned a fan for the rest of the season after an investigation showed he behaved inappropriately toward guard Patrick Beverley of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report.

    • Beverley had complained about the fan on Dec. 2, when the Clippers played at American Airlines Center in Dallas. He was ejected with 9:10 left in the game after he threw a bounce pass at the man, whom ESPN identified as Don Knobler.

      Knobler long has been a fixture in his courtside seat at Mavericks games but reportedly hasn't attended a game since that day. Fans said he has heckled other players, too, ESPN reported.

      Beverley said the man addressed profanities at him and talked about his mother, prompting him to toss the ball at him. Beverley was fined $25,000 by the NBA as a result.

      "I told the referee, I told the security," Beverley told reporters after the game. "I mean, I've never gotten ejected out of a game since I've been in the NBA. You know, I play hard, I play within the lines, of course. I play within the rules, of course. I've never been ejected in my career in the NBA, but I'm a grown man. I have morals. Of course, God is first, family is second for me, and I stand firmly behind that.

      "I just, I can accept the 'F--- you, Beverley,' the 'F--- you, Pat,' but out of the lines of my mother, anybody who knows me, man, knows I'm a family-first guy, and there's some things that are unacceptable. After I told the refs, I told security, the Dallas security, told both of them and again, he said it again. So if no one is going to control fans, what are we supposed to do as players?"

      --Field Level Media

  • Bulls officially complete deal for Anthony
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    The Chicago Bulls officially acquired veteran forward Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday.

    • Chicago sent the draft rights of Serbian forward Tadija Dragicevic to the Houston Rockets for Anthony, the draft rights to guard Jon Diebler and cash considerations.

      Anthony isn't expected to play for the Bulls.

      According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, citing league sources, the Bulls will waive the 10-time All-Star, allowing him to become a free agent if he clears waivers.

      After the team struggled to a 6-7 start in the 2018-19 season, Anthony and the Rockets agreed to go their separate ways in mid-November. He signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason, but played in only 10 games for the Rockets, eight of them coming off the bench, and averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

      In November, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said, "Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D'Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him."

      D'Antoni noted that it wasn't an attitude problem that led to Anthony's eventual departure.

      "In the summer we tried to hit a home run and it didn't work out," D'Antoni said. "He tried everything he could. He was great while he was here. It just didn't work out for whatever reason. I just thank him for his professionalism. It was good. He tried everything he could to make it work and it just didn't work out."

      In his NBA career that began with the Denver Nuggets after he was their third overall pick in the 2003 draft, the 34-year-old Anthony has averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 16 seasons. He was also a member of the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

      --Field Level Media

  • Raptors’ Leonard to miss third straight due to ‘load management’
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard will miss a third straight game Tuesday night due to "load management," according to the official NBA injury report.

    • The Raptors play host to the Sacramento Kings.

      It will be the ninth game that Leonard has missed due to rest/load management and 13th game overall. He missed Saturday's game against the Grizzlies for the same reason. He also missed Toronto's Jan. 17 game against the Suns, which was the second game of a back-to-back.

      The Raptors won both of those games.

      Leonard last played Jan. 16 at Boston, scoring 33 points in the Raptors' 117-108 loss to the Celtics.

      He also reportedly missed Monday's practice for a scheduled doctor's appointment, but the team insists he's healthy.

      Leonard is No. 5 in the NBA in scoring at 27.6 points per game.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA fines Doncic $10K for kicking ball into stands
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic $10,000 for kicking the ball into the stands during a game earlier this month, the league announced Tuesday.

    • Doncic kicked the ball after a made basket with three minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Mavericks' 111-99 loss at Indiana on Jan. 19. He was assessed his second technical and ejected.

      Doncic, 19, is averaging 20 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game and became the second youngest player ever to record a triple-double Monday in the Mavs' loss to Milwaukee.

      Doncic's line: 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists.

      He turns 20 next month.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Warriors' Thompson ties 3-point record
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Klay Thompson scored 23 of his 44 points in the third quarter Monday, tying an NBA record by connecting on his first 10 3-point attempts of the game, and the visiting Golden State Warriors extended their winning streak to eight games with a 130-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

    • Thompson went 3-for-3 from 3-point range in the first half before hitting his first seven attempts from behind the arc in the third quarter. He matched the game-opening mark set by Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets on April 9, 2011, and Thompson wound up 10 of 11 from long distance on the night.

      The four-time All-Star finished with his 13th career game of at least 40 points and made 10 or more 3-pointers for the fifth time in his career. The Warriors have won seven straight on the road.

      Ivica Zubac scored 18 points, Brandon Ingram had 17 and Kyle Kuzma added 16 as the Lakers lost for the fourth time in their past six games. They fell to 5-9 without LeBron James, who has been out since coming away with a groin injury on Christmas Day against the Warriors in Oakland, Calif.

      76ers 121, Rockets 93

      Joel Embiid scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to carry host Philadelphia to an easy victory over Houston.

      It was the 39th double-double this season for Embiid, who had been listed as questionable for the game due to a sore lower back. Embiid and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who also registered a double-double on Monday, are tied for the league lead in double-doubles.

      James Harden paced the Rockets with 37 points, his 20th consecutive game with at least 30.

      Celtics 107, Heat 99

      Kyrie Irving posted his 11th double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 assists -- to go with a career-high eight steals -- as host Boston defeated Miami. Irving is averaging 29.6 points in his past five games.

      The Celtics improved to 18-5 at home this season, including nine straight wins. Boston hasn't lost a home game since Dec. 21 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

      Jayson Tatum added 19 points for the Celtics. Heat reserves Derrick Jones Jr. and Dion Waiters each scored 18 points.

      Thunder 127, Knicks 109

      Paul George scored a game-high 31 points despite sitting out the fourth quarter for Oklahoma City, which never trailed in the victory at New York.

      The Thunder have won two straight following a stretch where they lost five of six. The Knicks have lost six straight, 14 of 15, and 19 of 21.

      Russell Westbrook narrowly missed a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Thunder. Dennis Schroder also scored 17 points while Jerami Grant and Abdel Nader each scored 16 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. paced the Knicks with 23 points.

      Trail Blazers 109, Jazz 104

      Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 22 before fouling out in the final minute to lead Portland past Utah in Salt Lake City.

      Lillard also tallied eight rebounds and eight assists while Nurkic added eight boards, seven assists and six blocked shots. CJ McCollum chipped in 14 points, and Jake Layman and Evan Turner added 12 and 10 off the bench, respectively, to help Portland win its third game in a row.

      Donovan Mitchell scored 36 points to lead Utah. Jae Crowder added 15 and Rudy Gobert chipped in 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. It wasn't enough to extend a six-game winning streak for the Jazz, however.

      Pelicans 105, Grizzlies 85

      No Anthony Davis, no problem for New Orleans, which routed host Memphis in the Pelicans' first game without their injured All-Star. Davis sprained his left index finger in a loss at Portland on Friday night and is expected to miss a week or two.

      Jahlil Okafor earned the start in place of Davis and made the most of it, scoring 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and pulling down 10 rebounds. Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic each scored 21 for New Orleans, and Holiday added 11 rebounds. New Orleans' Julius Randle also scored 20 and had a team-high 12 rebounds.

      Marc Gasol scored 22 points and Mike Conley added 20 for the Grizzlies.

      Nets 123, Kings 94

      D'Angelo Russell scored 31 points, and Brooklyn extended its home winning streak to six games with an easy victory over Sacramento.

      Russell shot 12 of 25 and made 7 of 14 3-pointers. He became the first Net ever to hit at least seven 3-pointers in consecutive games -- which he has done in three of four games -- and also recorded his eighth game of at least 30 points this season. Russell added eight assists.

      Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

      Wizards 101, Pistons 87

      Trevor Ariza finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Otto Porter Jr. contributed 19 points off the bench as Washington took charge early and defeated visiting Detroit.

      Ariza has given Washington help in different ways since the team acquired him in a trade on Dec. 15. This time, he went 7-for-13 from the field and was a force on the boards. He also handed out four assists.

      Thomas Bryant added 11 points and 12 rebounds as Washington finished with seven players scoring in double figures. Blake Griffin topped the Pistons with 29 points and nine rebounds.

      Bulls 104, Cavaliers 88

      Zach LaVine led five Chicago players in double figures with 25 points, and the Bulls led wire to wire for the first time this season in a win at Cleveland.

      Bobby Portis added 15 points off the Bulls' bench. Lauri Markkanen had 13 points and eight rebounds, Kris Dunn added 13 points and nine assists and Jabari Parker scored 10 points for Chicago, which snapped a 10-game losing streak.

      Cleveland got a team-high 18 points from Collin Sexton.

      Bucks 116, Mavericks 106

      Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in a game-high 31 points, and all five Milwaukee starters scored in double figures as the Bucks topped visiting Dallas.

      Antetokounmpo, 10 of 20 from the floor and 10 of 12 from the free-throw line, recorded his 32nd double-double of the season with a team-high 15 rebounds to go with five assists. The Bucks won for the fifth consecutive time and handed Dallas a fourth straight loss.

      Mavericks Rookie of the Year front-runner Luka Doncic recorded his first career triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, joining Philadelphia's Markelle Fultz as the only teenagers in NBA history to post a triple-double. Doncic, at 19 years and 327 days old, is 10 days older than was Fultz when the latter accomplished the feat last April.

      Magic 122, Hawks 103

      Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points apiece and combined for 20 in the decisive third quarter as Orlando pulled away for a win at Atlanta.

      Playing for a second consecutive game without Aaron Gordon, out with a sore back, the Magic fell behind by as many as nine points in the first quarter before dominating the final three periods en route to snapping a three-game losing streak.

      Dewayne Dedmon matched his career highs of 24 points and five 3-pointers for Atlanta. Trae Young added 21 for the Hawks, who were playing without Kevin Huerter, a late scratch due to a sore neck.

      --Field Level Media

  • 76ers’ Butler out vs. Rockets with sprained wrist
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    The Philadelphia 76ers announced before Monday night's game against the Houston Rockets that one of their stars would be missing.

    • Standout guard Jimmy Butler, acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in November, was ruled out because of a sprained right wrist.

      On a brighter note, third-year pro Joel Embiid, experiencing back tightness, was cleared to play after being a game-time decision.

      Butler was bothered by the wrist soreness following a 117-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, when he scored 18 points while shooting just 5-for-18 from the field, including 1-for-6 on 3-pointers. Averaging 19 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 28 games with the Sixers since the trade, he is listed as questionable for Wednesday's home game against the San Antonio Spurs,

      Embiid, an imposing 7-foot center who is averaging 27.0 points and 13.2 rebounds in 44 games this season, struggled with back problems last week, including during warm-ups Thursday in Indiana because of a sore back. He finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds but showed visible signs of pain throughout the game and then followed up with 31 points and in 34 minutes against Oklahoma City.

      "I'll be fine," Embiid said last week. "I'm a warrior."

      The 76ers, 30-17 entering Monday night's game, already have depth issues after trading starters Robert Covington and Dario Saric for Butler.

      No. 1 overall draft pick Markelle Fultz, who was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in December, is also out while rehabilitating his shoulder. He spent a few weeks working out in Los Angeles, but has returned to Philadelphia and was on the bench for Saturday's loss to the Thunder.

      It's not known when Fultz will return to game action.

      --Field Level Media

  • Knicks C Kanter 'not happy' with demotion
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    New York Knicks center Enes Kanter told reporters Monday he isn't happy and doesn't agree with his demotion to a smaller role by coach David Fizdale.

    • "I was very disappointed," Kanter said of Fizdale's decision after the Knicks' 127-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. "There was nothing to be happy about, so I'm not happy, and I definitely don't agree with the decision, of course."

      Fizdale told Kanter last week the team -- which dropped to 10-35 on Monday -- planned to focus on developing second-year center Luke Kornet and rookie Mitchell Robinson, leaving Kanter as the third option at the position. Kanter, 26, played 19 minutes on Monday, scoring 11 points, but his playing time was boosted when Kornet hurt his ankle, leaving after just seven minutes.

      "It's tough," Kanter said. "Because they're trying to give the young guys a lot of minutes and get them better, but it's not like I'm 32, 33 years old. I'm 26 years old. And I want to go out there and compete and play basketball."

      Kanter said he has not requested a trade, but ESPN reports the Knicks have shopped Kanter for expiring deals and would consider buying out his contract if they can't find a trade. Kanter is making $18.6 million this season in the final year of a four-year, $70 million pact after exercising his option last summer.

      "I love it here, but in the end, I want to play basketball," he said. "I miss playing basketball, man. And I would let (general manager) Scott (Perry) and my agent handle that stuff."

      Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 10.8 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game this season, roughly the same as his numbers last season. He broke into the NBA in 2011-12 with the Utah Jazz and also spent 2 1/2 seasons with the Thunder before the Knicks acquired him in the September 2018 trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City.

      Kornet, who joined New York after going undrafted in 2017, took over Kanter's starting role in December. The 23-year-old out of Vanderbilt is averaging seven points and 2.5 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game across 23 contests (nine starts) this season while shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range.

      Robinson, 20, had eight points and six rebounds in 16 minutes Monday before fouling out. He is averaging 4.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 16.9 minutes per game across 30 appearances (12 starts). He was drafted in the second round (36th overall) last June.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Rockets' Anthony going to Bulls for short stay
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    The Houston Rockets might have found a new home for veteran forward Carmelo Anthony. Then again ... maybe not.

    • According to a report Monday by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets agreed to trade Anthony and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls. Wojnarowski, citing league sources, wrote that the Bulls reportedly will waive the 10-time All-Star, allowing him to become a free agent if he clears waivers.

      With the open spot on the roster, the Rockets have signed former Brooklyn Nets forward Kenneth Faried.

      After the team struggled to a 6-7 start in the 2018-19 season, Anthony and the Rockets agreed to go their separate ways in mid-November. He signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason, but played in only 10 games for the Rockets, eight of them coming off the bench, and averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

      In November, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said, "Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D'Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him."

      D'Antoni noted that it wasn't an attitude problem that led to Anthony's eventual departure.

      "In the summer we tried to hit a home run and it didn't work out," D'Antoni said. "He tried everything he could. He was great while he was here. It just didn't work out for whatever reason. I just thank him for his professionalism. It was good. He tried everything he could to make it work and it just didn't work out."

      In his NBA career that began with the Denver Nuggets after he was their third overall pick in the 2003 draft, the 34-year-old Anthony has averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 16 seasons. He was also a member of the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bulls F Carter undergoes thumb surgery
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    Chicago Bulls rookie forward Wendell Carter Jr. underwent surgery on Monday to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, the team announced.

    • Carter is expected to be sidelined from eight to 12 weeks.

      Carter injured his left thumb when he fell during Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. An MRI exam on Wednesday appeared to show the ligament wasn't detached, but a follow-up exam on Friday by two hand specialists showed instability with surgery being recommended.

      The 6-foot-10 Carter is averaging 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in 44 games, all starts.

      Carter was the seventh overall pick from Duke.

      --Field Level Media

  • Celtics G Smart fined $35K following ejection
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    The NBA fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart $35,000 on Monday for his actions during Saturday night's victory in Atlanta.

    • Smart did not receive a suspension and will be available for Boston's game against the Miami Heat on Monday.

      Smart "aggressively" pursued Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry "in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation" and failed to leave the court in a timely manner after his ejection, the league said in a statement issued by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations.

      The incident occurred with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter of Boston's 113-105 win.

      Smart was assessed a technical foul -- his second of the game -- while exchanging words with Bembry as the players lined up for a jump ball. Instead of leaving the court, he attempted to charge Bembry before being restrained by teammates and officials.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: Wolves' Rose beats buzzer to bury Suns
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 21, 2019

    Derrick Rose buried a 20-foot, tie-breaking jumper with nine-tenths of a second remaining Sunday night, delivering the Minnesota Timberwolves a 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns in Minneapolis.

    • The Timberwolves trailed 110-106 before Rose capped a 31-point performance by scoring eight of Minnesota's final 10 points over the closing 3:25.

      Karl Anthony-Towns shot 13 for 13 from the free throw line in a 30-point, 12-rebound double-double for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

      T.J. Warren had a team-high 21 points for the Suns, who completed a winless four-game trip with two losses in two days. Phoenix lost at Charlotte on Saturday.

      Clippers 103, Spurs 95

      Tobias Harris poured in 27 points, and Patrick Beverley scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Los Angeles held on to defeat host San Antonio.

      The win snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak for the Clippers, who controlled the game even without injured stars sixth man Lou Williams and forward Danilo Gallinari.

      LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 30 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for the Spurs, who saw their two-game winning snapped while losing their second straight home game.

      Pacers 120, Hornets 95

      Victor Oladipo scored 21 points as host Indiana won its second straight game and avenged a 127-109 loss at Charlotte in November.

      The Pacers, who have won 18 of their last 23 games, jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first quarter, led by 15 at halftime, and stayed in control the rest of the game.

      Kemba Walker had 23 points and seven assists to lead the Hornets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. They were looking for their first four-game winning streak of the season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mavericks PG Smith to return on Tuesday
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 20, 2019

    Dallas point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will rejoin the Mavericks for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Rick Carlisle said Sunday.

    • Carlisle said he had a conversation with Smith -- who reportedly is seeking to be traded -- and that he requested that the players welcome the 21-year-old back with open arms.

      "I am excited to announce Dennis Smith Jr. will rejoin the team on Tuesday," Carlisle said in a statement on Sunday. "Dennis and I spoke at length today. He is feeling better and plans to resume workouts in preparation for his return. There will be no further updates until Tuesday."

      Smith will miss his sixth straight game on Monday due to the situation. The first three were attributed to back soreness and the fourth was due to Smith's agent calling in sick for him.

      On Friday, Carlisle announced that Smith would miss the two-game road trip to Indiana on Saturday and Milwaukee on Monday.

      Multiple reports claim Smith is upset that his role is different this season with rookie star Luka Doncic evolving as the leader of the offense.

      There have also been reports of heavy friction between Carlisle and Smith, while The Dallas Morning News reported that Smith craves a fresh start with a new team.

      Carlisle hinted on his weekly radio show that it wasn't all on Smith per the dispute with the Mavericks.

      "This is just my feeling, is that he's being told to stay away for whatever reason," Carlisle said on Dallas station FM 103.3. "I just don't want people out there to think he is snubbing the Mavs or anything like that. This is just my opinion, I believe there's business stuff going on, and he's being told to stay away."

      Smith is averaging 12.6 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds this season. As a rookie, he averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds.

      The Mavericks selected Smith with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He played one season at North Carolina State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lakers PG Ball out 4 to 6 weeks with ankle injury
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 20, 2019

    Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will be sidelined four to six weeks with a sprained left ankle, the team announced Sunday.

    • The severity of the injury -- a Grade 3 sprain -- was detected through an MRI exam.

      Ball was injured during Saturday night's 138-134 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets. He left the arena in a wheelchair, and X-rays taken at a Houston hospital were negative, according to the team.

      Ball was hurt when he turned his ankle while beginning to drive against Rockets forward James Ennis during the third quarter. Ball fell to the floor in heavy pain and was later carried to the locker room by teammates Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson.

      Ball had eight points and 11 assists in 22 minutes when he exited.

      The second-year-pro is averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 47 games.

      The Lakers, who host the Golden State Warriors on Monday, also remain without forward LeBron James (groin) and point guard Rajon Rondo (finger).

      --Field Level Media

  • No fractures in Ball's injured foot, Lakers say
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 20, 2019

    Initial word on the extent of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball's left foot injury is that X-rays taken at a Houston hospital didn't show any fractures.

    • Ball left in the third quarter of Saturday night's game against the Rockets after he collided with Houston forward James Ennis. Teammates carried Ball from the court, and he was taken to a hospital because the Rockets' X-ray equipment was not working.

      The Lakers gave an early diagnosis of a sprain, which the X-rays seemed to confirm, although an MRI might be needed to check for ligament damage and set a timetable for his return.

      Ball, the Lakers' first round pick, and the second pick taken overall, in the 2017 draft, scored eight points and had 11 assists Saturday. He is averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 46 games this season.

      The Lakers, still without LeBron James, who sustained a groin injury on Christmas Day, lost in overtime to the Rockets 138-134.

      --Field Level Media

  • NBA roundup: George, Thunder edge Sixers in thriller
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 20, 2019

    Paul George scored 31 points, including a go-ahead four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-115 win over the 76ers on Saturday in Philadelphia.

    • George's heroics came just moments after Jimmy Butler put the 76ers in front with a steal and a layup with 6.9 seconds remaining.

      It was Oklahoma City's 19th consecutive win over the 76ers. The Thunder have not lost to Philadelphia in more than a decade.

      Russell Westbrook finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists but fouled out with 14.9 seconds left when he fouled Joel Embiid shooting a 3-pointer at the top of the key. Westbrook and Embiid were each critical of the other when speaking to reporters postgame, with Westbrook saying defiantly that the two weren't "cool."

      Rockets 138, Lakers 134 (OT)

      Eric Gordon drilled a game-tying 3-pointer with two seconds left in regulation and later converted four free throws inside the final 10 seconds of overtime to help carry Houston Rockets to victory over visiting Los Angeles.

      Gordon finished with 30 points. He served as a strong complement to James Harden, who posted 48 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

      Gordon and Harden sank threes in succession to open the extra session, with the Gordon trey supplying the Rockets their first lead of the game at 123-120 at the 4:49 mark.

      Nuggets 124, Cavaliers 102

      Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 26 points, and host Denver beat Cleveland.

      Jokic recorded his sixth triple-double of the season and fourth in January in just 28 minutes before sitting out the fourth quarter.

      Trey Lyles had 16 points, Monte Morris 15 and Paul Millsap scored 14 points for the Nuggets, who closed out their four-game homestand at 3-1, with routs of the two bottom teams in the Eastern Conference, Chicago and Cleveland, after falling to Golden State on Tuesday.

      Kings 103, Pistons 101

      Buddy Hield tossed in a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and Sacramento erased a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to edge host Detroit.

      Hield finished with 35 points, nine rebounds and three assists. De'Aaron Fox had 14 points and 10 assists, and Marvin Bagley III also scored 14 points.

      Blake Griffin led Detroit with 38 points, and Luke Kennard contributed 19 off the bench.

      Celtics 113, Hawks 105

      Kyrie Irving continued his hot shooting, scoring 32 points to lead visiting Boston over Atlanta.

      Boston won its third straight game, ended a three-game losing streak on the road and has beaten the Hawks three times this season. The Celtics outscored the Hawks 30-16 in the fourth quarter and pulled away in the final minutes.

      Things got testy in the third quarter after Marcus Smart was dealt his second technical foul and ejected. The Celtics guard charged after DeAndre' Bembry, with whom he had exchanged words, and needed to be held back by his teammates, Hawks players and the referees.

      Bucks 118, Magic 108

      Eric Bledsoe's season-high 30 points led visiting Milwaukee past Orlando.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo added 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points for Milwaukee. The Bucks own the NBA's best record and have won four straight, outscoring opponents by an average 19.3 points during the stretch.

      Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 27 points, and Terrence Ross added 16 points off the bench. Orlando has lost three straight after blowing a 21-point, second-quarter lead against the Brooklyn Nets and falling to the Detroit Pistons in overtime.

      Hornets 135, Suns 115

      Kemba Walker led a balanced attack with 21 points, and Charlotte rolled to an easy victory over visiting Phoenix.

      Jeremy Lamb added 18 points for the Hornets, and six others also scored in double figures. Nicolas Batum scored 15; Marvin Williams and Tony Parker scored 14 each; Bismack Biyombo had 11 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots; and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Miles Bridges chipped in 10 each.

      Devin Booker led the Suns with 32 points, including 22 in the first half, and 11 assists. Phoenix also got 24 points from Kelly Oubre Jr., 16 from T.J. Warren and 10 from Deandre Ayton.

      Raptors 119, Grizzlies 90

      Danny Green scored 21 of his season-best 24 points in the third quarter and matched his career-best with eight 3-pointers as Toronto defeated visiting Memphis.

      Serge Ibaka added 18 points for the Raptors, who have won seven of their past eight games and nine straight home games. Pascal Siakam added 17 points and eight rebounds, Norman Powell 14, CJ Miles 13 and Kyle Lowry had 12 points and seven assists for the Raptors.

      Jaren Jackson Jr. had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost 11 of their past 12 games. Ivan Rabb added 13 points and 11 rebounds, Shelvin Mack had 14 points and Mike Conley added 10 points for Memphis.

      Pacers 111, Mavericks 99

      Domantas Sabonis scored 10 of his 16 points during a second-quarter runaway, helping Indiana ease past Dallas at Indianapolis in a game that featured rookie star Luka Doncic's first career ejection.

      Sabonis completed a double-double with a team-high 11 rebounds, and Tyreke Evans led five Pacers in double figures with 19 points.

      Making his first NBA visit to Indianapolis, Doncic was ejected after getting nailed with a second technical foul for somewhat politely kicking the ball into the stands with 3:00 remaining in the third quarter.

      Heat 117, Bulls 103

      Josh Richardson scored a game-high 26 points as Miami sent host Chicago to its 10th straight defeat.

      The game marked Dwyane Wade's last visit to his hometown of Chicago as an active player. The 37-year-old shooting guard is retiring after this season.

      Wade had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists off the bench. The Heat also got a season-high 21 points from reserve shooting guard Dion Waiters, who had complained earlier this week about a lack of playing time.

      --Field Level Media