Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 98-97 on Thursday night.
Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum got his gamewinner from midcourt. Oklahoma City’s Hamidou Diallo went over Shaquille O’Neal to help win his trophy. And Brooklyn’s Joe Harris, from Chelan, made all the shots at all the right times to deny Golden State’s Stephen Curry a storybook ending in his hometown.
Anthony Davis isn’t completely sure if he’s going to play in Sunday’s All-Star game. Or how much he’s going to play the rest of this season. Or where he’ll play next season. Or where he’ll play the season after that, either. So Davis, obviously, has a lot of questions. At All-Star media day, he also had some answers. Davis was one of the headline-making attractions Saturday, as the All-Stars worked out in Charlotte.
Paul Westphal, Jack Sikma, Marques Johnson and Ben Wallace are first-time finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The rest of the 13 finalists have been considered before, including Chris Webber, Sidney Moncrief, Bobby Jones, Bill Fitch, Teresa Weatherspoon, Eddie Sutton, top high school coach Leta Andrews, women’s Division II coach Barbara Stevens and longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans. Marc Stein of The New York Times and Los Angeles Clippers voice Ralph Lawler are Curt Gowdy Award winners.
The Pelicans have fired ninth-year general manager Dell Demps. The decision comes after six-time All-Star Anthony Davis said in late January that he would not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded to a contending team. The Pelicans made the playoffs three times while Demps was general manager. But they entered this weekend’s All-Star break at 26-33 and with fading playoff hopes.
Julius Randle capped a 33-point, 11-rebound performance with three clutch baskets in the final minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-122 on Thursday night despite losing All-Star Anthony Davis to a shoulder injury after the first half.
Jeff Teague scored 27 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame James Harden’s 42 points to beat the Houston Rockets 121-111 on Wednesday night.
Center Enes Kanter has joined the Portland Trail Blazers. Kanter was waived by the New York Knicks along with Wesley Matthews following the trade deadline last week. He was once a starter for the Knicks but fell out of the rotation altogether when the team turned its focus to younger players.
Gordon Hayward scored 26 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining, and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 on Tuesday night.
No one could have envisioned Michael Jordan hosting the NBA All-Star Game as an NBA owner. Jordan’s former college teammate at North Carolina, Buzz Peterson, never imagined Jordan winning six NBA championships, buying an NBA franchise – much less bringing the All-Star game back to Charlotte for the first time since 1991. But those closest to the country boy from Wilmington, North Carolina, say his drive and determination paved the way for his success through the years.
Michael Jordan says James Harden’s streak of 30 straight games with at least 30 points and Russell Westbrook’s 10 straight triple-doubles are both impressive and tough to accomplish. But the Charlotte Hornets owner says that there is one accomplishment tougher than both those feats: “Which is harder from the player’s standpoint? Six championships by all means.”
Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 22 points in his second game with Philadelphia and the new-look 76ers beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 on Sunday.
Paul George scored 45 points, Russell Westbrook matched the NBA record with his ninth straight triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 117-112 on Saturday night.
JJ Redick scored a season-high 34 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 and the new-look Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-110 on Friday night.
There’s no better reality show than the NBA’s off-the-court drama, which was at its peak leading up to the trade deadline and returns again this summer as soon as the Finals are over
Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his. The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams on Thursday before the NBA trade deadline. The Raptors are getting center former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis.
Rajon Rondo hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics, 129-128 on Thursday night.
Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. That may change before the NBA’s 3 p.m. Thursday trade deadline. Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA’s annual trade deadline picked up steam in other locales around the league. Tobias Harris went to Philadelphia, and Harrison Barnes got pulled out mid-game in Dallas because he’s headed to Sacramento.
Kyle Lowry had 20 points amid reports that Toronto has offered him in a trade, and the Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-107 on Tuesday night in a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.
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