Hawks' Scott sent to D-League as he comes back from injury (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:27:27 PST)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to play at least two games in the NBA Development League as he comes back from a knee injury that kept him out of training camp and the first 18 games of the season.
Slumping Hawks face Heat with new lineup (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:34:05 PST)
The Atlanta Hawks are changing their lineup in an effort to change their results. Atlanta has sent slumping forward Kyle Korver to the bench and replaced him with Thabo Sefolosha in hopes of ending a seven-game losing streak. The change began on Monday and is expected to carry over into Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat at Philips Arena.
Toast of NBA 2 seasons ago, Hawks mired in terrible slump (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:12:33 PST)
The Atlanta Hawks are struggling to figure out what happened to the team that won 60 games just two seasons ago. The Hawks have faded back into NBA purgatory. Since a 9-2 start raised hopes of another strong run in the Eastern Conference, Atlanta has lost seven straight games - its longest skid since February 2014 - and 10 of the last 11.
Russell Westbrook crafting 1 of NBA's greatest seasons (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:27:26 PST)
Russell Westbrook floated off the man he was covering, anticipated the pass into the lane and slipped back to pick it off. At about the 3-point line, Westbrook whipped a bounce pass toward his teammate, who took it from there for a layup. With that, Westbrook earned his 10th assist and another triple-double.
Klay Thompson explodes for 60 as Warriors rout Pacers in NBA
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:17:58 PST)
Klay Thompson exploded for a career-high 60 points in a phenomenal individual display as Golden State steamrolled the Indiana Pacers 142-106 on Monday. Thompson tormented Indiana with a mesmerizing performance which saw him rack up 40 points in the first two quarters alone. A further 20 points in the third quarter gave Thompson the highest individual game tally of his career and the highest of any player in the NBA this season as the Warriors improved to 18-3.
NBA-Highlights of Monday's NBA games
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:28:37 PST)
Dec 5 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Monday: Cavaliers 116, Raptors 112 LeBron James scored 34 points, Kevin Love had 28 points and 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 116-112 on Monday night to end a three-game losing streak. Tristan Thompson also nabbed 14 rebounds and had six points for the Cavaliers (14-5), who ended a season-beat six-game winning streak by the Raptors (14-7). ...
Oklahoma City's Westbrook bags sixth triple-double
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:48:10 PST)
Russell Westbrook motored to his sixth straight triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder squeezed past the Atlanta Hawks 102-99. Westbrook moved to within one game of equaling Michael Jordan's seven consecutive triples in 1989 when he secured his 10th assist midway through the third quarter. Westbrook eventually finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as the Thunder improved to 14-8.
Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Hawks, 102-99 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:23:17 PST)
At first, Russell Westbrook couldn't get the shots to fall. Westbrook scored 32 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out 12 assists, extending his streak of triple-doubles to six games as the Thunder held off the Atlanta Hawks 102-99 on Monday night. It is the NBA's longest such run since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1989.
Victor Oladipo throws down on Dwight Howard for Dunk of the Year candidate (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:21:19 PST)
Russell Westbrook’s pursuit of a triple-double average has given some NBA fans the impression that the Oklahoma City Thunder are a one-man team, but the reality is very different. OKC is obviously not the same squad without Kevin Durant, but a variety of role players have contributed to put the team near the front of the Western Conference’s second pack of playoff contenders. While the efforts of these players do not grab as much attention as those of Westbrook and other stars, they matter plenty.
Slumping Hawks bench Kyle Korver; Thabo Sefolosha to start (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:45:07 PST)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The slumping Atlanta Hawks have benched guard Kyle Korver.
Russell Westbrook Triple-Double Watch: Game 22, in Atlanta (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:46:37 PST)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is threatening to become the first NBA player to average a triple-double since Cincinnati Royals Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson achieved the double-figure points, assists and rebounds mark during the 1961-62 NBA season. A lot has changed in the league since then, which is why Westbrook’s current averages of 32 points, 11.3 assists and 10.8 rebounds would make such a feat a remarkable achievement in line with some of the greatest individual seasons in NBA history. As Westbrook takes on each new opponent while the OKC season drawls on, we’ll be updating his chances at matching the Big O’s feat.
Time to put what Westbrook is doing into some perspective (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:03 PST)
MIAMI (AP) -- Most NBA players have never done it even once. Michael Jordan did it six times. Kobe Bryant, three times. Jason Kidd, twice.
Westbrook's 5th straight triple-double lifts Thunder (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 20:37:25 PST)
A few weeks ago, Michael Jordan helped induct Russell Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and called himself a fan of the Thunder guard's game. Now, Westbrook has accomplished something no one has since Jordan - he became the first player with five consecutive triple-doubles since Jordan had seven straight in 1989. Westbrook had 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists on Sunday night, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-92.
Hawks expect to have hands full with Westbrook, Thunder (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:17:32 PST)
The Atlanta Hawks have a tough task as they try to end a swoon that has seen them lose nine of 10 games and six in a row, the last two in blowout fashion. Next up Monday night in Atlanta for the Hawks is the Oklahoma Thunder and the amazing Russell Westbrook. Westbrook had his fifth straight triple-double as the Thunder (13-8) defeated New Orleans 101-92 on Sunday night in Oklahoma City for their fifth straight victory.
Slumping Cavs meet Raptors for third time this season (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:50:00 PST)
First place in the Eastern Conference will be at stake Monday night when the suddenly struggling Cleveland Cavaliers play the surging Toronto Raptors. The Cavaliers (13-5), who have lost three in a row, still lead the Raptors (14-6), who have won six straight, in winning percentage, .722 to .700. This will be the third of four meetings this season between the Eastern Conference finalists from last season and the second game at Air Canada Centre.
Dose: 5x4 for the Greek Freak (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:06:00 PST)
Tommy Beer breaks down Saturday's nine-game slate, including the Greek Freak getting freaky and Isaiah Thomas delivering 37 points.
Raptors pummel Hawks, extend win streak to six games
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:41:04 PST)
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 38 points as the Toronto Raptors routed the Atlanta Hawks 128-84 on Saturday to stretch their winning streak to a season-best six games. Lowry also had eight assists and Patrick Patterson tallied 17 points for Toronto who moved into a tie with Cleveland for first place in the NBA's Eastern Conference. It was the sixth loss in a row for the Hawks (10-11), who also have dropped nine of their last 10 games.
Raptors rout Hawks 128-94 for 6th straight victory (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:28:41 PST)
DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, and Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson each added 17 in the Toronto Raptors' 128-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. It was Toronto's sixth straight win, and Atlanta's sixth loss in a row. ''Everybody's an elite scorer here,'' said Raptors forward Terrence Ross, who had 15 points, including three 3s, as Toronto (14-6) took the lead for good midway through the first quarter.
Griffin, Clippers look to continue hot hand vs. Pacers (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:43:12 PST)
After capping a six-game road trip on a high note, the Los Angeles Clippers begin a four-game homestand Sunday night against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. The Clippers (16-5) salvaged their recent journey with back-to-back victories over the New Orleans Pelicans and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday and Friday.
Jackson might return for Pistons vs. Magic (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:39:47 PST)
The Detroit Pistons have found an offensive groove without Reggie Jackson. Jackson, who has been sidelined all season because of a left knee tendinitis, could make his season debut on Sunday when the Pistons face the Orlando Magic at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons' starting point guard has been practicing this week.
Dose: Barton's Back (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:15:00 PST)
Jared Johnson breaks down all the action from Friday's 9-game slate, including the return of Will Barton (ankle) and a big signing in Brooklyn.
Basketball-Highlights of Friday's NBA games
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:13:40 PST)
Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Friday: Raptors 113, Lakers 80 Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and dished out seven assists, DeMar DeRozan added 16 points with six assists and the Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-80 Friday night to extend their winning streak to five games. The Raptors (13-6) led from the outset as the Lakers (10-11) lost for the second time in three games on a four-game trip that ends Saturday. Spurs 107, Wizards 105 Kawhi Leonard capped his 23-point performance by drilling a game-winning 17-foot jumper with 6.1 seconds to play as San Antonio outlasted Washington in a furious finish at the AT&T Center.
Raptors roll, Hawks stumble into matchup (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:55:13 PST)
The Toronto Raptors are hot, the Atlanta Hawks are not. The teams meet Saturday night at Air Canada Centre with the Raptors trying to extend their season-best five-game winning streak and the Hawks attempting to stop a five-game losing streak. The Raptors led all the way Friday night in defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 113-80 at the ACC and the Hawks lost to the Detroit Pistons 121-85 at Philips Arena.
Caldwell-Pope, Harris push Pistons to blowout win over Hawks (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:22:36 PST)
Point guard Ish Smith has the Detroit Pistons talking to each other on the court, moving the ball fluidly and getting stops on defense. ''We were just flying around,'' Smith said. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points, Tobias Harris added 18 and Detroit beat the reeling Atlanta Hawks 121-85 on Friday night.
Warriors aim to rebound vs. Suns (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:34:15 PST)
The Golden State Warriors showed their vulnerability when they dropped a 132-127 double-overtime thriller to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Unfortunately for Saturday's opponent, the Phoenix Suns, now the Warriors get another opportunity to demonstrate their invincibility. Golden State will put its NBA-record streak of not having lost consecutive regular-season games (105) on the line Saturday when they face the Suns for the third time this season.
Another Draymond Green kick helped the Rockets end the Warriors' winning streak (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:32:49 PST)
The Rockets played tough for two overtimes to end the Warriors’ 12-game winning streak. Draymond Green remains one of the NBA’s most controversial figures, but his 2016-17 has so far featured much more good than bad. The Golden State Warriors star has continued to add to his reputation as the most versatile defender in the NBA, blocking two Atlanta Hawks in the final 45 seconds to seal a win on Tuesday and easing the introduction of Kevin Durant into the side with his ability to cover multiple positions.
Pistons hope to remain in gear vs. low-flying Hawks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:52:51 PST)
ATLANTA -- The Detroit Pistons hope to finish their turnaround road trip with a third straight win. The slumping Atlanta Hawks are glad to get back home for a game after four straight losses on their western swing.
This terrible pass is why Dwight Howard doesn't play point guard (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:31:47 PST)
NBA players still get listed by position, but those designations mean less than ever at a time when versatility reigns. It’s no longer rare to see big men shoot three-pointers, 6-10 players initiate the offense, or guards block shots. Sometimes all five players on the court will interchange roles from possession to possession with little warning. Being able to many things at a reasonable level is more important than ever.
NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:23:24 PST)
Nov 30 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Wednesday: Spurs 94, Mavericks 87 Reserve guard Patty Mills scored a season-high 23 points, and the San Antonio Spurs remained perfect on the road by rallying past the Dallas Mavericks 94-87 on Wednesday night. The Spurs (15-4) improved to 11-0 on the road, the third-best away start in NBA history. San Antonio also won its seventh straight in the series against Dallas (3-14). The Spurs came back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter. ...
Knight scores 23, bench leads Suns to 109-107 win over Hawks (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:13:06 PST)
The Phoenix Suns' veterans are sometimes forgotten on a team with several players in their teens and early 20s. Brandon Knight scored 23 points off the bench and Phoenix reserves combined for 54 as the Suns held off the slumping Atlanta Hawks 109-107 thanks to a key fourth-quarter run. Jared Dudley and P.J. Tucker added 17 points apiece for the Suns, who had lost four of five.