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Harden leads Rockets past Timberwolves in 142-130 shootout (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets drives past Gorgui Dieng #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves for a layup in the first half at the Toyota Center on February 25, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t exactly thrilled with his team’s shootout win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. ”I didn’t think we played very good,” said D’Antoni, disappointed by his club’s defensive effort as both squads set season scoring highs in Houston’s 142-130 victory. James Harden, who led Houston with 24 points and 10 assists, also acknowledged the defense could have been better.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:44 am

Splash Brothers lead way for Warriors with Durant out hurt (Yahoo Sports)

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors; handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on February 25, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 27 points on a night Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season with a hand injury, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-95 on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:06 am

Bulls benefit as James sits with strep, beat Cavs 117-99 (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 25: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to shoot over Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on February 25, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 117-99. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

With LeBron James missing from Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers were reminded again just how tough life can be without their star. James stayed home with strep throat while Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler recorded a triple-double, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 117-99 victory Saturday night. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said he wasn’t sure how long the Cavaliers would be without the four-time MVP.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 5:25 am

Barnes, Nowitzki lead Mavericks past Pelicans 96-83 (Yahoo Sports)

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 25: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans takes a shot against Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on February 25, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With a new teammate 16 years his junior, Dirk Nowitzki played like he, too, was young again. Nowitzki had 18 points and nine rebounds and Harrison Barnes scored 19 as the Dallas Mavericks won in Nerlens Noel’s debut with the team, 96-83 over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Noel punctuated his performance with an uncontested dunk in the final 30 seconds off a stolen inbounds pass.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 5:25 am

George ejected, Heat stay hot with 113-95 win over Pacers (Yahoo Sports)

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat celebrates during a game against the Indiana Pacers on February 25, 2017 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Paul George had another frustrating night in Miami. Hassan Whiteside scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Dion Waiters added 22 points and the red-hot Miami Heat pulled away late to beat the Indiana Pacers 113-95 on Saturday night. Miami outscored Indiana 42-22 in the final 16 minutes, all with George watching from the Pacers’ locker room after an ejection.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:47 am

Ross provides spark for Magic in 105-86 win over Hawks (Yahoo Sports)

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Terrence Ross #31 of the Orlando Magic goes up for a lay up against the Atlanta Hawks on February 25, 2017 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

In the last week, the Orlando Magic have undergone a dramatic shift. Only Terrence Ross is new, but his presence has allowed coach Frank Vogel to move players to their more natural position and to play at a faster pace. The new-look Magic offered a glimpse of how potent they can be during a 105-86 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:32 am

Anthony’s jumper gives Knicks 110-109 victory over 76ers (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks directs the play on the court during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on February 25, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony was disappointed the Knicks let another big lead against the 76ers turn into a close finish. The Knicks blew a 17-point lead, just as they did in Philadelphia on Jan. 11 when they lost 98-97 on T.J. McConnell’s jumper at the buzzer. The Knicks fell behind by one when Jahlil Okafor scored with 9 seconds remaining.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:16 am

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Mavericks sign Quinn Cook to 10-day contract

The Dallas Mavericks have signed rookie guard Quinn Cook to a 10-day contract.
Cook (6-2, 180) went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft and signed as an rookie free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played in six preseason games for the Cavaliers before being waived on Oct. 24. He played the 2015-16 season with the […]

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:35 pm

Mavericks sign Ben Bentil to 10-day contract

The Dallas Mavericks have signed rookie forward Ben Bentil to a 10-day contract.
Bentil (6-9, 235) was drafted by Boston in the second round (51st overall pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft. He signed with the Celtics on July 27, 2016, but was later waived by the club on Oct. 21 after appearing in three preseason […]

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:33 pm

Warriors clinch spot in 2017 NBA Playoffs

The Golden State Warriors have already clinched a berth in the 2017 NBA Playoffs by virtue of Saturday’s 112-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena, becoming the first team to secure a playoff spot this season. Golden State, which owns an NBA-best 49-9 (.845) mark on the season, has earned a playoff appearance […]

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:40 am

Bucks sign Axel Toupane to 10-day contract

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Axel Toupane (tu-PON) to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Toupane, 24, has appeared in 28 games with Raptors 905 of the NBA D-League this season and has posted averages of 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.6 minutes per game.
A native of […]

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 6:57 pm

Pelicans sign Reggie Williams to 10-day contract

The New Orleans Pelicans, who waived injured forward Omri Casspi earlier today, have signed free agent guard Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract.
Williams, 6-6, 210, previously appeared in five games for New Orleans this season after being signed on December 10, averaging 5.0 points while shooting .500 from three-point range, and 1.2 rebounds in 12.6 […]

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 6:55 pm

Pelicans waive Omri Casspi

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Omri Casspi, who yesterday was diagnosed with a broken thumb and is out of action for the next 4-6 weeks.
Casspi, 6-9, 225, was acquired from Sacramento along with DeMarcus Cousins on February 20. In his Pelicans debut, Casspi recorded 12 points and two rebounds in 24 minutes off […]

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 6:52 pm

Kristaps Porzingis ankle injury seems minor

Here’s NY Newsday with some good Knicks news:

After a disappointing trade deadline, Knicks fans got a little reprieve Friday afternoon when Kristaps Porzingis said doctors detected no structural damage to his sprained right ankle and that it’s possible he could play as soon as Monday.
“Feeling better,” he said. “There’s a lot of swelling, but I can walk […]

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 12:56 am

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Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert fined $25k for contact with official

NEW YORK — Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been fined $25,000 for making physical contact with a game official, it was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 7:08 pm

Shootaround (Feb. 26) — Clippers look to regain mojo

Clippers look to regain mojo after back-to-back losses to NBA’s best | Thunder’s Abrines benefits from Westbrook boost | Suns second unit showing encouraging signs | Noel makes himself comfortable in debut with Mavericks

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 2:57 pm

Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade misses matching Jimmy Butler’s triple-double by just one rebound

Dwyane Wade came close to teaming with Jimmy Butler on a unique achievement in Saturday’s triumph over the Cavaliers.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 7:25 am

5-9 Nate Robinson dribbles under 7-3 Edy Tavares in D-League game

Best known as the NBA’s pint-sized dunk champion, 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson is making highlights in the Developmental League.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:45 am

LeBron James sits with strep throat, could miss more time

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James did not play in Cleveland’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night because of strep throat.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:37 am

Kevin Durant sitting out for Golden State Warriors with bruised left hand

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant is sitting out the Golden State Warriors’ home game against Brooklyn on Saturday night with a bruised left hand.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 12:51 am

Deron Williams clears waivers, intends to sign with Cleveland Cavs

CLEVELAND — Free agent guard Deron Williams has cleared waivers and told the Cleveland Cavaliers he intends to sign with them.

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 11:56 pm

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