76ers center Okafor says Boston fight 'dumb on my part' (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:37:17 PST)
Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor says he's embarrassed about a Boston nightclub scuffle captured on video and is dealing with the team and league on possible discipline. ''It was definitely dumb on my part,'' Okafor said following a shootaround Friday, several hours before the Houston Rockets were scheduled to host the Sixers. Okafor said he reacted to heckling about the 0-16 Sixers, the only team in the NBA without a win.
76ers-Rockets Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:50:59 PST)
As poorly as the Houston Rockets have fared lately, their next opponent has already endured much worse this season. The Philadelphia 76ers will try to avoid hitting another new low Friday night with the longest losing streak in U.S. major professional sports history. With 26 consecutive defeats dating back to March 27, Philadelphia tied a record established by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-77 for the second time in three seasons.
NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:31:41 PST)
- - Spurs 88, Mavericks 83 Kawhi Leonard poured in 26 points, including the clinching three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining, as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 88-83. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hit a jumper with 2:15 to play, cutting San Antonio's lead to 82-80, and Dallas had a chance to tie the game on its next possession. Guard Deron Williams badly missed a jumper.
Celtics extend Sixers' losing streak
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:49:44 PST)
(The Sports Xchange) - Someone is going to be the unfortunate first team to lose to the winless Philadelphia 76ers. It could be the Houston Rockets in the next game. "You guys know how much of a disappointment it would have been," Jae Crowder said after his second three-pointer of the comeback gave the Celtics the lead with 38.5 seconds left.
NBA-Celtics extend Sixers' losing streak
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:42:13 PST)
Someone is going to be the unfortunate first team to lose to the winless Philadelphia 76ers. It could be the Houston Rockets in the next game. "You guys know how much of a disappointment it would have been," Jae Crowder said after his second three-pointer of the comeback gave the Celtics the lead with 38.5 seconds left.
Memphis hands Houston 3rd straight loss, 102-93 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:37:26 PST)
The Memphis Grizzlies didn't panic after opening the season 3-6 because they were confident they had the players to turn things around. Now they've done just that, winning six of their last seven games, capped by a 102-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night to improve to 9-7. ''In our case we knew it was us,'' Mike Conley said.
Hornets agree to multiyear extension with Steve Clifford (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:19:39 PST)
The Charlotte Hornets have entrusted their short-term future to coach Steve Clifford. The Hornets agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension Wednesday with Clifford, who is in his third season with the franchise. ''Personally, it is just what I was hoping would happen,'' Clifford said before Wednesday night's game against the Washington Wizards.
Beating Lakers NBA record unlikely: Walton
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:10:15 PST)
The Golden State Warriors are not planning an assault on the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time winning streak record after etching their names into history with the longest unbeaten start to a season in NBA history. Including matches from the end of last year's regular season, the Warriors have now won 20 straight games -- a feat achieved by only three other teams. No. Eventually we will lose," Walton warned.
Warriors make NBA history as first team to start season 16-0 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:11:18 PST)
Interim coach Luke Walton believes the time will come when the Golden State Warriors finally lose a game. ''I doubt it, I highly doubt it,'' joked NBA MVP Stephen Curry. The defending champions set the record for best start in league history at 16-0, as Curry had 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Warriors make their mark on history with 16-0 start, and may not be done (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:49:02 PST)
With an NBA-record winning streak to start the season, Golden State has a shot at making even more NBA history.
Warriors want more after making NBA history with 16-0 start (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:27:18 PST)
Even though he hasn't been in his usual spot on the bench, ailing coach Steve Kerr has contributed plenty to Golden State's record start. On Tuesday night, his defending champion Warriors routed the Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 to become the first team in NBA history to begin a season 16-0. Hours earlier, Kerr offered his thoughts - then spent the game behind the scenes still recovering from a pair of back operations as interim coach Luke Walton led the squad to its latest win.
Grizzlies-Rockets Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:51:06 PST)
A coaching change hasn't altered the Houston Rockets' fortunes yet, but they're showing some improvement defensively. The guard is slated to return from his latest injury as the Rockets try to avoid their second loss in less than a week to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. After reaching the Western Conference finals last season, Houston (5-9) has been perhaps the league's biggest disappointment.
Warriors thrash Lakers to clinch record start to NBA season
(Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:14:49 PST)
Stephen Curry scored 24 points as the Golden State Warriors set a new record for the longest unbeaten start to an NBA season with a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. Reigning MVP Curry turned on the style as the Warriors extended their perfect start to 16 games, surpassing the previous best of 15-0 they had shared with the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and 1948-49 Washington Capitols. A sell-out crowd at the Oracle Arena had come to see the NBA champions make history and the outcome never looked in doubt from the outset against a Lakers side who slumped to 2-12 with the loss.
Warriors crush Lakers for best start in NBA history
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:38:27 PST)
By Rory Carroll and Julia Love OAKLAND (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. The outcome of the game was never really in doubt after the Warriors raced out to a 19-point lead at the end of the first quarter, ultimately cruising to a 111-77 win. The Warriors' historic win broke the previous record of 15-0 starts held by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
NBA-Warriors crush Lakers for best start in NBA history
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:37:26 PST)
(Adds details, quotes) * Curry, Green shine in Warriors' 111-77 win * Kobe Bryant look pale shadow of himself By Rory Carroll and Julia Love OAKLAND, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. The outcome of the game was never really in doubt after the Warriors raced out to a 19-point lead at the end of the first quarter, ultimately cruising to a 111-77 win. The Warriors' historic win broke the previous record of 15-0 starts held by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
Warriors demolish Lakers, become first team in NBA history to open season 16-0 (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:26:21 PST)
NBA-Highlights from Tuesday's NBA games
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:32:04 PST)
Nov 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from the National Basketball Association games on Tuesday: - - - - Pacers 123, Wizards 106 Paul George scored a season-high 40 points as the Indiana Pacers sank a franchise-record 19 three-pointers in their 123-106 win over the Washington Wizards. Indiana shot 73.1 percent (19 of 26) from beyond the arc, with their starting forwards George and C.J. Miles, with a career-high 32 points, doing the damage. Miles made 8-of-9 three-pointers, while George finished 7-of-8. The duo combined to make their first 11 three-point attempts. ...
NBA-Warriors vanquish Lakers for best start in NBA history
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:07:56 PST)
By Rory Carroll and Julia Love OAKLAND, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their sixteenth straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. The outcome of the game was never really in doubt after the Warriors raced out to a 19-point lead in the first quarter, ultimately cruising to a 111-77 win. The Warriors' historic win broke the previous record of 15-0 starts held by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
Warriors look to follow up NBA title by posting record start (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:31:59 PST)
Anyone who thought the Golden State Warriors would be content after winning one NBA title was sadly mistaken. With Stephen Curry hitting 3-pointers at a record-setting pace and the rest of his teammates playing with a high level of intensity and focus, the Warriors have tied the NBA record with 15 straight wins to open the season. The Warriors have a chance to break the record they currently share with the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
As the 76ers approach a record for futility, one scout laments their 'D-League roster' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:30:47 PST)
BDL's Most Interesting Power Rankings: Might the Clippers' ship be sinking? (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:00:00 PST)
Let's face it — the best and most powerful teams in the NBA don't really change from week to week. A handful of results in the middle of winter can only mean so much to a franchise's championship hopes. What does shift regularly, though, is how much interest a squad can hold over the course of a season. Every Monday, BDL's Most Interesting Power Rankings track the teams most worthy of your attention. THE TOP 15 1. Los Angeles Clippers (6-7; last week : 27): After successfully bringing DeAndre Jordan back into the fold this summer, many expected the Clippers to return to form as a mid-to-high-50-win team considered one of the NBA's few true title contenders. But after losing three straight, five of six and seven of nine, headlined by a pair of dispiriting losses to the Golden State Warriors, L.A.'s under .500 after 13 games for the first time since Chris Paul came to town, and under .500, period, for the first time since Doc Rivers took over. Folks are frustrated. Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reported that, after a Sunday matinee loss to the Toronto Raptors during which the Clips trailed by as many as 29 points, reserve forward Josh Smith was "involved in a frustration-fueled argument" with "an unspecified Clipper coach," with "profanities and yelling" audible through the Clippers' locker room walls. Smith, Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson — three veterans imported this summer to bolster a lacking bench — have all struggled to fill their new roles. The CP3-Blake Griffin Clippers have always been led by their potent offense, but their defense now lags something fierce, ranking 22nd among 30 NBA teams in points allowed per possession, according to NBA.com's stat tool . It almost seems like, after losing that massive lead to the Warriors, the Clippers have collectively short-circuited; for all their talent and experience, the club looks rudderless right now. "The good thing about it is, this isn't game 80, 81 or 82," Paul said Sunday, according to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times . "We have time. And nobody's going to feel sorry for us." After a rough week, though, you'd forgive him for taking a moment to feel sorry for himself. 2. Golden State Warriors (15-0; last week: 2): Eric Freeman's parting words on the Dubs in last week's rankings: "Keep an eye on them until they lose, at the very least." Well, we're still watching. After Sunday's win over the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors now sit at 15-0, tied with the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets for the most consecutive season-opening wins in NBA history. They could own the record all by themselves after Tuesday's home tilt with the woeful Los Angeles Lakers. There is a non-zero chance that they could be undefeated on New Year's Day 2016. They boast the league's best offense, its most valuable player and its best lineup . We're watching history in the making, with all the boring parts replaced by an endless supply of 3-pointers. (Man, why can't degree-granting institutions let you major in that ?) 3. Oklahoma City Thunder (8-6; last week: 4): Sunday's win over the Dallas Mavericks makes OKC 3-3 without Kevin Durant, who remains sidelined by a hamstring strain , but Russell Westbrook and company haven't exactly looked graceful while treading water in KD's absence. They've been roughly a top-10 offense and a bottom-10 defense over the last half-dozen games — a more muted version of the all-O/no-D Thunder we saw after 2015's All-Star break, during which Durant scarcely saw action due to his foot woes while Westbrook put up insane numbers and carried the club to the brink of a playoff berth. The feeling's been tough to shake, as we watch a KD-and-Russ-centered offense (now, just Russ-centered) with limited complementary contributions, questions about the wing rotation, uninspiring defense and late-game calls/execution ... haven't we seen this movie before? What's Billy Donovan doing differently from Scott Brooks, again? Why doesn't this collection of talent — even with Durant sidelined — look better and more potent? These are familiar questions, and given the astronomical stakes of this season , the answers must come quickly. 4. New York Knicks (8-6; last week: 7): Per NBA.com, New York ranks 15th among 30 NBA teams in points scored per possession, 14th in points allowed per possession and 15th in net rating (a measurement of whether you outscore your opponents over the course of 100 possessions, or vice versa). Through one month of play, more or less, the Knicks have been average. That, in and of itself, is amazing, given how awful last year's model was. (The 2014-15 Knicks didn't notch their eighth win until Jan. 23, in their 44th game.) As you've probably heard, this meteoric rise to mediocrity has been fueled in large part by the stunning early performance of 7-foot-3 rookie Kristaps Porzingis: The 2015 draft's No. 4 pick leads New York in rebounds and blocks, and ranks second on the team in scoring. The Knicks have outscored opponents by 67 points in the 366 minutes he's played, by far the club's top plus-minus mark. With Porzingis on the floor, the Knicks have scored (104 points per 100 possessions) and prevented baskets (97.5 points-per-100) at clips that would rank among the league's top six teams. When he's sat, they've performed like a bottom-10 unit on both ends . On Tuesday, Porzingis became the 21st player in the last 30 years to score 29 points and grab 11 rebounds before his 21st birthday, joining a list of all-timers, All-Stars and all-around talents. On Saturday, he became just the second since 1985 to score 24 points, pull down 14 boards and block seven shots before he could buy a six-pack; the other was Shaq . Hence the instant hero worship, flights of fancy, mass consumption and doubling down on still-way-too-much-way-too-soon comparisons and projections . Maybe you want to see the young Latvian prove he's more foundation than fad. Maybe you want to see the bubble burst when the 20-year-old starts to stumble, as all rookies do, in the best league in the world. Maybe you want to see how long Carmelo Anthony — who, after a slow start post-knee surgery, is averaging just under 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the foul line over the past eight contests — continues to be cool with Knicks fans chanting someone else's name. Wherever you're coming from, though, there's a reason to watch. The Knicks, right now, are one of the most fascinating clubs in the NBA. This is insane, unexpected and delightful. 5. Indiana Pacers (8-5; last week: NR): Know who's got the league's best net rating over the past 10 games? ... OK, you're right. It's the Warriors. But guess who's after them? That's right: Frank Vogel's crew has been crunching cats recently, outscoring opponents by 10.2 points per 100 possessions over the last 10, just behind Golden State, while winning five of six and eight of 10.
Thompson leads Warriors to 15-0 start, over Nuggets 118-105 (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:22:41 PST)
The Golden State Warriors certainly are. Klay Thompson scored 21 points and the Warriors tied the best start in league history, beating the Denver Nuggets 118-105 on Sunday night to move to 15-0. Golden State matches the start of the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the '93-94 Houston Rockets.
Warriors on cusp of history after defeating Nuggets
(Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:40:50 PST)
(The Sports Xchange) - Golden State guard Klay Thompson scored 21 points, Stephen Curry had 19 and seven assists, and the Warriors won their 15th straight to match the best start in league history with a 118-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors are the third NBA team to start the season 15-0 and the first defending champions to do so. The 1948-49 Washington Capitals and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets also began with 15 straight wins.
NBA-Warriors on cusp of history after defeating Nuggets
(Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:38:06 PST)
Golden State guard Klay Thompson scored 21 points, Stephen Curry had 19 and seven assists, and the Warriors won their 15th straight to match the best start in league history with a 118-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors are the third NBA team to start the season 15-0 and the first defending champions to do so. The 1948-49 Washington Capitals and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets also began with 15 straight wins.
Warriors tie best start in NBA history, hit 15-0 with convincing win over Nuggets (Ball Don't Lie)
(Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:12:41 PST)
In the midst of a start to the season during which they've shown so much already, the Golden State Warriors briefly gave us a new look on Sunday: one of sluggishness and imprecision. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] Golden State has faced tests in the early going — the first meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers, the surprising overtime affair with the Brooklyn Nets, the tense closing seconds against the Toronto Raptors, a 23-point deficit against the Clippers on Thursday — and has passed them all. For a second, though, this seemed different. Playing their third game in four nights on the road in the altitude of the Mile High City, the Warriors lit out to a hot start against the Denver Nuggets, but seemed to run out of gas midway through the second quarter. They looked fatigued, scattered, somewhat ragged. Passes loped lazily rather than popping to their targets; players' movements looked languorous and indirect rather than sharp to their marks; the typically taut, five-men-on-a-string defense seemed slackened. Instead of packing up and heading home after ending the first quarter down 11, Mike Malone's Nuggets kept attacking, pushing the ball to the front of the rim and refusing to let Golden State breathe, capping an 8-0 run with a Will Barton layup to take a 51-50 lead with 2:19 remaining in the first half. Interim head coach Luke Walton called a timeout, and reportedly challenged his charges: In the huddle Luke Walton tells his players they're playing soft — J.A. Adande (@jadande) November 23, 2015 ... and then he rolled out the single most devastating lineup in the NBA today , which promptly created an open right corner 3-pointer for Klay Thompson, sparking an 8-0 run in 62 seconds of game time that put the Warriors back on top for good. That sequence offered a reminder of the state of play these days. Ordinary teams — like a Nuggets squad that entered Sunday 6-7 with a middle-of-the-pack offense led by rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, a bottom-10 defense still learning under new head coach Malone, and four frontcourt contributors (Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jusuf Nurkic) shelved due to injury — need to be perfect to have a chance of beating these Warriors. Stephen Curry and company, though, are good enough to get gassed, fumble around a bit ... and still annihilate you. The Warriors had more than enough in reserve to breeze to a 118-105 win at Pepsi Center that improved them to 15-0, tying the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets for the best start to a season in NBA history. The Warriors will have the chance to move past those teams into sole possession of the record on Tuesday, when they head home to take on the struggling Los Angeles Lakers at what promises to be an exceptionally raucous Oracle Arena, where Golden State has won 26 straight. "It's special," Curry told ESPN's J.A. Adande after the game. "To get to 15-0 and tie a record that's been standing for a long time is a huge accomplishment." [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]
NBA-Highlights from Sunday's NBA games
(Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:11:19 PST)
Nov 23 (Reuters) - Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Sunday: - - - - Raptors 91, Clippers 80 DeMarre Carroll and DeMar DeRozan both scored 21 points, sparking the Toronto Raptors to a 91-80 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Luis Scola added 20 points and eight rebounds and Kyle Lowry contributed 13 points, 10 assists and three steals, helping the Raptors avoid blowing a 29-point first-half lead late in the contest. J.J. Redick scored 17 points and Chris Paul had 13 points and 11 assists as the Clippers lost their third successive game. ...
Warriors beat Nuggets to match best NBA start of 15-0
(Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:36:42 PST)
The Golden State Warriors defeated the host Denver Nuggets 118-105 to equal the best start to a season in NBA history with their 15th win of 2015. The reigning NBA champion Warriors matched the record 15-0 opening achieved by Washington in 1948-49 and by the Houston Rockets in 1993-94. "To get to 15-0 and tie a record that has been standing for a long time is a huge accomplishment," said reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry.
Porzingis leads Knicks past Rockets for 4th straight win (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 21 Nov 2015 23:05:10 PST)
Carmelo Anthony and Derek Fisher insist they knew months ago that Kristaps Porzingis was capable of this type of performance. Porzingis had 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead the New York Knicks to a 107-102 victory over the slumping Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Anthony long ago brushed off the uproar that followed the Knicks using the No. 4 pick on a player who was perceived to be a long-term project.
Can anyone stop the Warriors' small lineup? (Ball Don't Lie)
(Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:44:35 PST)
James storms off in frustration as Cavaliers romp
(Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:15:07 PST)
LeBron James walked off the court in frustration at bad passes and silly turnovers Saturday -- and that was with Cleveland leading by a game-high 26 points in an NBA romp over Atlanta. The superstar playmaker had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists while Kevin Love had 25 points and 11 rebounds to spark the Cavaliers, who boosted the best record in the Eastern Conference to 10-3. The Cavaliers didn't have enough time to get a replacement into the game and were whistled for a technical foul for only having four players on the court.