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Hayward scores 28, Jazz hold on for 112-105 win over Suns (Yahoo Sports)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 2: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz is pictured during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on November 2, 2016 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

What started as an easy night on the court turned into another tough fourth quarter for the Utah Jazz, who blew a 19-point lead and were outscored in the period for the third straight game. Gordon Hayward scored 28 points and the Jazz held on for a 112-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, their seventh win in eight games. ”It’s human nature,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 5:38 am

Gasol has 26 points, 12 boards to lead Grizzlies past Sixers (Yahoo Sports)

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) shoots against Philadelphia 76ers forward Richaun Holmes (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

The Memphis Grizzlies are showing a knack for pulling out close games. The Philadelphia 76ers were just too young and too short-handed to stop that trend. Marc Gasol had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Memphis finally put away the 76ers 96-91 on Tuesday night.

Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 5:21 am

Spurs move to 13-0 on the road with 105-91 win over Wolves (Yahoo Sports)

SAN ANTONIO,TX - NOVEMBER 09: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after missing a shot late in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at AT&T Center on November 9, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

Kawhi Leonard is getting used to his role as the San Antonio Spurs’ go-to guy. The Minnesota Timberwolves found out on Tuesday night just how unstoppable Leonard can be when he puts his foot on the gas. Leonard scored 31 points and the Spurs improved to 13-0 on the road this season with a 105-91 victory.

Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 4:45 am

Pistons beat Bulls 102-91 for fourth win in 5 games (Yahoo Sports)

BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 2: Tobias Harris #34 of the Detroit Pistons shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on November 2,2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

In the long run, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson are going to be the most important players on the Detroit roster. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy went with his bench in the fourth quarter against the Bulls, and they outscored Chicago 31-19 to pull out a 102-91 victory. ”It’s tough for guys like Andre and Reggie to have to watch a close game down the stretch, because they want to be out there,” Van Gundy said.

Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 4:40 am

Magic overcome Wall’s 52 points, beat Wizards 124-116 (Yahoo Sports)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 9: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards shoots a free throw against the Boston Celtics during the game on November 9, 2016 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

A rare offensive outburst by the Orlando Magic overcame the biggest night of John Wall’s career. Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his career-high 25 points in the first half and the Magic beat the Washington Wizards 124-116 on Tuesday despite Wall’s 52-point performance. The Magic were averaging 93.2 points and scored over 100 points in just five of their first 21 games but shot 52 percent en route to a third straight victory.

Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 4:00 am

Anthony scores 35, Knicks beat depleted Heat 114-103 (Yahoo Sports)

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 4: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks handles the ball during a game against the Chicago Bulls on November 4, 2016 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

It’s been a long time since the New York Knicks were in this position. Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 35 points, and the Knicks took advantage of second chances all night to beat the injury-ravaged Miami Heat 114-103 on Tuesday night. At 12-9, New York is three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season.

Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 3:41 am

Cavs’ Smith sidelined with hyperextended left knee (Yahoo Sports)

Cavaliers starting shooting guard J.R. Smith will miss at least one game – and probably more – with a hyperextended left knee. The Cavs said an MRI taken on Smith’s knee on Tuesday did not reveal any structural damage, but he will sit out Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks. Smith got hurt in the first quarter of Cleveland’s win in Toronto on Monday night.

Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 3:13 am

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Jose Calderon out 2-4 weeks with hamstring strain

Lakers guard Jose Calderon, who was injured in the first quarter of Saturday night’s game in Memphis, was evaluated and had an MRI by team orthopedist Dr. David McAllister of UCLA Health. The results confirmed a right hamstring strain, which is expected to sideline Calderón 2-4 weeks.
In 14 games (nine starts) this season for the […]

Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 1:39 am

Grizzlies sign Toney Douglas

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team has signed guard Toney Douglas pursuant to the NBA’s hardship rule.
Douglas (6-2, 195) has appeared in 370 regular season games (65 starts) and averaged 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.2 minutes during his seven-year NBA career with the New York Knicks, Houston […]

Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 1:36 am

Magic Johnson rejoining ESPN NBA coverage

ESPN today announced that Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the two-time Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and sports icon, will return to the company and re-join NBA Countdown as a studio analyst this season, first appearing as part of ABC’s Christmas NBA coverage. From there, Johnson will join NBA Countdown pre-game coverage for the NBA Saturday Primetime […]

Posted on 5 December 2016 @ 8:13 pm

Joakim Noah back in action for Knicks

Jeff Hornacek, psychic.
Before Sunday night’s game, Hornacek spoke about the Knicks’ need to finish and step on opponents’ throats which sort of became a theme when the Knicks let a 21-point lead get whittled to one before winning. But earlier in the day, he told his wife he believed Brandon Jennings would have a big […]

Posted on 5 December 2016 @ 9:09 am

Dwight Powell steps up in Mavs win vs Bulls

All it took for Dwight Powell to play his best NBA game was to be patient and not get ahead of himself.
Powell used that strategy to tally a career-high 17 points and pull down eight rebounds Saturday night as the Dallas Mavericks crushed the Chicago Bulls 107-82. It was just the fourth win of the […]

Posted on 5 December 2016 @ 2:33 am

Reggie Jackson returns to action for Pistons

Reggie Jackson’s return was a welcomed sight for the Pistons fans at The Palace. But on the same night Jackson made his season debut, the defense departed — and the Pistons paid for it.
They had a good start but a lackluster second quarter put them in a hole they couldn’t dig out of, as they […]

Posted on 5 December 2016 @ 2:13 am

Kevin Durant fitting in perfectly with Warriors

Sometimes, as they do in Kevin Durant’s case, numbers tell the story.
Twenty games into his inaugural Warriors season, Durant not only leads his team with 27.3 points per game but leads his team — and the entire NBA — in scoring efficiently.
Durant ranked seventh in the league in points per game and eighth in field-goal […]

Posted on 5 December 2016 @ 2:03 am

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Cavs’ Smith sidelined with hyperextended left knee

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers starting shooting guard J.R. Smith will miss at least one game — and probably more — with a hyperextended left knee.

Posted on 7 December 2016 @ 3:41 am

Motiejunas fails to show up for physical with Rockets

Just when the Rockets thought the long-running soap opera had ended when they matched Brooklyn’s offer sheet, restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas did not report for a physical Tuesday and now everything is back up in the air.

Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 10:34 pm

Dunk HQ: Countdown of the best slams of 2016-17

(Dec. 6) — The spotlight in Oklahoma City (and the Dunk HQ) shines on Russell Westbrook, and rightfully so.

Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 3:14 pm

Shootaround (Dec. 6): Thompson makes history

Thompson makes history | DeRozan as the next Kobe Bryant | Bulls downplay Rondo suspension | Hawks make a lineup change

Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 1:40 pm

Al Attles has seen history-making scoring performances

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Al Attles made all eight of his field-goal tries for 17 points during Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game on March 2, 1962. Attles coached Rick Barry the day he scored 64 against Portland on March 26, 1974.

Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 6:53 am

Cavs’ J.R. Smith leaves game vs. Raptors with left knee injury

TORONTO (AP) — Cleveland guard J.R. Smith left the Cavaliers’ against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night with a left knee injury.

Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 5:06 am

Jazz coach Quin Snyder misses game vs. Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has fallen ill and is missing their game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Posted on 6 December 2016 @ 4:43 am

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