Butler did it: Bulls pulls away for 109-94 win over Bucks (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:03:14 PDT)
Nikola Mirotic tied a season high with 28 points, Jimmy Butler had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the second half for a 109-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Butler broke his previous career best for assists (12) by the end of a pivotal third quarter, when Chicago stretched a one-point lead at the half to 91-79 going into the fourth. Mirotic hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, while Rajon Rondo scored 14 of his 18 points in that period.
Lopez has 23 points as Nets top slumping Hawks, 107-92 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:51:39 PDT)
The Brooklyn Nets have struggled to protect any lead, especially on the road, while compiling the NBA's worst record. This time, Brook Lopez and the Nets answered every challenge from Atlanta. Lopez scored 23 points and the Nets beat Atlanta 107-92 on Sunday, handing the short-handed Hawks their seventh straight loss.
Walker scores 31, Hornets beat struggling Suns 120-106 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:15:54 PDT)
The Charlotte Hornets appear to playing their best basketball of the season heading down the homestretch. Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists, and the Hornets beat the Suns 120-106 on Sunday for their fourth victory in the last five games. ''This time of year, especially in the situation we're in, the whole idea is to win the game,'' Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.
Surging Bucks go for season sweep of Bulls (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:37:09 PDT)
The surging Milwaukee Bucks will try to continue their charge up the Eastern Conference ladder on Sunday when they host the Central Division rival Chicago Bulls at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee moved into a tie for fifth place in the East on Friday with a 100-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. "Everybody is fighting for pole position," Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said.
Hawks try to end skid against Nets (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:50:58 PDT)
Two weeks ago, the Atlanta Hawks were facing what appeared to be a favorable stretch of games and had hopes of playing their way into a first-round homecourt playoff advantage. The Hawks (37-35) will try to end the skid on Sunday against the last-place Brooklyn Nets (15-57), the team with the worst record in the NBA. Atlanta lost 100-97 at Milwaukee on Friday, leaving the teams tied for fifth place, although the Hawks own the tiebreaker.
'Selfless' Antetokounmpo fueling Bucks playoff push
(Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:57:41 PDT)
Giannis Antetokounmpo did it all as the Milwaukee bucks continued their NBA playoff push with a 100-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Antetokounmpo's 34 points included a thunderous windmill dunk early and he capped his night with an interception of a botched Hawks pass from the sideline that helped seal the triumph. "Giannis is selfless," said Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon, who had 14 points and seven assists.
Streaking Bucks beat Hawks 100-97, position for postseason (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:43:14 PDT)
Giannis Antetokounmpo isn't waiting for the playoffs to play with postseason intensity. The young All-Star threw down a windmill dunk, drew defensive attention to open up lanes for teammates and contorted his athletic, 6-foot-11 frame along the sideline to save a late possession for the Milwaukee Bucks. Antetokounmpo picked up his second straight double-double with 34 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and seven assists in a 100-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
Ex-Hawk Pero Antic gets excited, rocks EuroLeague teammate in the face (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:45:53 PDT)
Pero Antic did not look both ways before pumping his fist, and an accident happened. With all due respect to Ian Kinsler, it’s much more fun to see players enjoying themselves in the heat of action and expressing how much the game means to them. With six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of a EuroLeague game between Turkish clubs Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce, former NBA lottery pick and Fenerbahce center Ekpe Udoh missed a free throw, but the ball went out of bounds off Efes.
The Suns trotted out the youngest starting lineup in NBA history (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:30:01 PDT)
Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker, age 20, shows everybody what a big strong boy he is. If you were not watching the Phoenix Suns’ titanic tilt against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night — and, given that it was a matchup between teams with two of the three worst records in the NBA this season, that choice would not be unreasonable — you missed history.
Pacers, Nuggets jockeying for position in playoff races (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:52:25 PDT)
Just three weeks remain in the NBA season, and the playoff races are heating up in both conferences. Two teams in the middle of each race will do battle Friday night as the Indiana Pacers host the Denver Nuggets. The Pacers (36-35) are just one game behind the No. 5 seed Atlanta Hawks (37-34), but only a game and a half ahead of the Miami Heat (35-37) for the No. 8 seed in the East.
Before big trip, Wizards host Nets (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:46:06 PDT)
The Washington Wizards are gearing up for a brutal five-game road trip, not to mention the playoffs. Overlooking the cellar-dwelling Nets would be easy, though Brooklyn is the one entering Friday's season-series finale with an actual winning streak. After surviving what John Wall deemed a "nasty" first half filled with turnovers and other miscues, the Wizards rallied past the short-handed Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday for a 104-100 win.
DeMar DeRozan scored 40 again, and the Raptors' D cooled off the Heat (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:07 PDT)
Just seven nights ago, the Toronto Raptors looked to be teetering on the brink. They’d lost five of their last eight to fall two games behind the Washington Wizards for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, they sat just two games ahead of the Atlanta Hawks in the race for the No. 4 spot and home-court advantage in the first round, and they were coming off a 21-point blowout at the hands of Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder that led head coach Dwane Casey to apologize to Raptors fans for an “unacceptable” effort. ...
Surging Bucks could pull even with Hawks in East (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:36:13 PDT)
The surging Milwaukee Bucks (36-35) come back to town riding high after a 4-2 swing through the west, moving them into a tie with Indiana for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and a game behind Atlanta for the No. 5 spot. The Bucks have lost four in a row to the Hawks, including the first three meetings this season, and seven of their last eight overall against Atlanta. The Hawks come to Milwaukee looking to snap a five-game skid.
As expected, Paul Millsap reportedly plans to explore free agency this summer (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:25:22 PDT)
Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, the face of the franchise and free agent-to-be, is all smiles. In Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap’s case, that raise means an extra $14.3 million next year alone, so he plans to decline his player option for 2017-18, a formality this summer all but confirmed by a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter (yes, that Adam Schefter, the intrepid NFL reporter) on Wednesday. Hawks F Paul Millsap expected to void contract after season, become free agent, per sources.
NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:51:40 PDT)
Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games: Thunder 122, 76ers 97 Russell Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 122-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Westbrook scored 18 points -- going 6 of 6 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line -- in only 27 minutes. Westbrook didn't attempt a three-pointer for the first time since March 14, 2016, a span of 83 games.
Beal, Wall lead Wizards to 104-100 win over Hawks (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:34:34 PDT)
Then Bradley Beal said, they found their ''swag'' again. Beal scored 28 points and John Wall added all 22 of his in the second half to help the Wizards to a 104-100 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night. Wall also had 10 assists on a night he shot just 6 of 21 from the floor, including two assists to Beal during a late 14-2 run that helped Washington ensure victory.
Wizards host Hawks in clash of slumping clubs (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:35:05 PDT)
Atlanta and Washington slide into their fourth and final meeting of the season Wednesday, but at least the Wizards have their key players set for a potential slump-busting victory. The Hawks, meanwhile, must find a positive result without their leading man as Paul Millsap will miss his third straight game with a left knee injury. Atlanta lost its past four games and is 3-7 in its last 10 games.
History suggests Celtics will defeat Pacers (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:03:30 PDT)
If recent history holds up, the Indiana Pacers will lose to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Wednesday night. The Pacers, currently holding the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, lost Feb. 16 to start a run of 14 games alternating wins and losses. Jeff Teague led the Pacers with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists Monday.
Hornets look to Weber for more energy against Magic (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:59:55 PDT)
The Charlotte Hornets needed a boost. A team with playoff hopes was now fighting for its life to achieve its goals -- all the while maintaining the kind of statistical profile that should mean a playoff appearance. Charlotte, which plays at Orlando on Wednesday night, was losing and no one could exactly say why.
Paul George still doesn't know who the Pacers are, or who they want to be (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:00:50 PDT)
Paul George, like the rest of us, wonders what’s going on in Indy. Three years ago, we knew exactly who and what the Indiana Pacers were. Head coach Frank Vogel preached smash-mouth two-way basketball built around length and toughness at every position, predicated on the presence of an immovable deterrent on one end of the floor and the ascent of a transcendent talent on the other.
Back from injury, Thomas scores 25 as Celtics top Wizards (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:23:38 PDT)
The Boston Celtics got a bit of revenge against the Washington Wizards and also took control of the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Wizards in another testy matchup Monday night between two of the top teams in the East. ''We knew it was going to be one of those games,'' Thomas said.
Kaminsky stays hot, Hornets top Hawks 105-90 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:39:21 PDT)
Hornets second-year forward Frank Kaminsky said his biggest problem on the court has been letting go of the past. Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and increasingly confident Kaminsky added 14 points and five assists off the bench as Charlotte handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night. Kaminsky again provided a spark as the Hornets took control early in the second period with a 23-4 run.
Chandler Parsons to undergo knee surgery, ending a brutal first season in Memphis (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:45:01 PDT)
Chandler Parsons’ disappointing first season in Memphis may be over. The curtain has finally fallen on Chandler Parsons’ disappointing first year with the Memphis Grizzlies. The team announced Sunday that the 28-year-old forward will “undergo a meniscectomy to repair a partial tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee” on Monday, a procedure that the Grizz expect to keep Parsons on the sidelines for the rest of the 2016-17 season, playoffs included.
NBA-National Basketball Association roundup
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:45:30 PDT)
The Atlanta Hawks will be without guard Kent Bazemore and forward Paul Millsap for at least the next two games. Bazemore left Saturday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter due to a right knee contusion. Bazemore will be treated and re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.
Millsap, Bazemore to miss time for Hawks with knee injuries (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:32:27 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The struggling Atlanta Hawks got more bad news: All-Star forward Paul Millsap will miss at least two more games with a left knee injury, while guard Kent Bazemore is expected to miss at least a week with a bruised right knee.
Hornets continue playoff chase against Hawks (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:26:44 PDT)
As the regular season winds down, it is an understatement to say that for some teams every game counts and that the margin of error is slim for those battling for a postseason spot. While the Atlanta Hawks are pretty much assured of playing in the postseason, their recent performances and injuries to two key players could signal trouble for their prospects in the playoffs. For the Charlotte Hornets, who play host to Atlanta on Monday, every game is a must-win.
Trail Blazers used fast start to beat Hawks
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:39:47 PDT)
The Portland Trail Blazers continued their quest to secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 113-97 win over Atlanta, that also snapped a five game losing skid to the Hawks. Portland, who are trying to overtake the Denver Nuggets in the postseason race, led by 23 points just 10 minutes into the game and rolled to victory behind 27 points from Damian Lillard and 22 from fellow guard CJ McCollum. "Well, the understatement is that the first quarter was really an outstanding quarter for us at both ends," Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
NBA-Highlights of Saturday's NBA games
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:16:19 PDT)
Highlights of Saturday's National Basketball Association games: Warriors 117, Bucks 92 Matt Barnes contributed seven points and two assists to a second-quarter explosion that took the Golden State Warriors to past the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Stephen Curry scored a game-high 28 points on 9-for-13 shooting as the Warriors shot 60 percent in completing a perfect 3-0 homestand. The Warriors (55-14) moved 2 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio (52-16), a loser Saturday at Memphis, in the race for top seeding in the Western Conference playoffs.
Surging Heat look to enhance playoff positioning against Trail Blazers (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:52:18 PDT)
It's time to figure out just where this magic-carpet ride ends for the Miami Heat, at least in the regular season. Miami is finally in playoff position and sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference as it welcomes the Portland Trail Blazers to AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday night. Miami (34-35) is 23-5 in its past 28 games, a run so long that it no longer feels like a fluke.
Lillard has 27 as Trail Blazers start fast, top Hawks 113-97 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:55:01 PDT)
Portland's dominant first quarter gave the Trail Blazers a big lead over Atlanta they never lost. Damian Lillard said it was especially encouraging to see the focused Blazers turn back the Hawks' comeback attempt. Lillard scored 27 points and Portland kept up its playoff push by beating the Hawks 113-97 on Saturday night.