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  • NBA notebook: Pacers' Stuckey, Jefferson out with injuries
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey has a left patellar tendon strain and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

    • In addition, center Al Jefferson will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left ankle. Both players sustained their injuries in Sunday's win over Philadelphia.

      Glenn Robinson III remains out with a left calf strain and will be re-evaluated late next week.

      Stuckey is averaging 7.2 points in 32 games this season, and Jefferson is averaging 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 66 games. Robinson is averaging 6.1 points in 69 games.

      The injuries could end the season for all three, depending on whether the Pacers make the playoffs and how far they advance.

      --Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson could be shut down for the season due to his left knee injury, coach Stan Van Gundy said.

      Jackson isn't expected to play in Tuesday's pivotal game against the Miami Heat at a time when Detroit trails eighth-place Miami by 1 1/2 games for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

      Jackson has played in just 52 games this season while averaging 14.5 points and 5.2 assists.

      --Suspended New York Knicks center Joakim Noah admitted to using an over-the-counter supplement and said the decision "backfired."

      Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. The NBA said he tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 when it announced his suspension last week.

      "This was a tough moment, but I'm going to learn from it," Noah told reporters. "I tried to take a supplement to help me with everything I've gone through. I've gone through a lot of injuries, and I tried to take something to help me and it backfired."

      Noah averaged just 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season in the first campaign of a four-year, $72 million contract.

      -- Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will miss Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks due to an ankle injury.

      Booker became a household name when he scored 70 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics last Friday.

      "We're about 70 points shorthanded," coach Earl Watson cracked.

      Hawks All-Star Paul Millsap (knee) will sit out for the sixth consecutive game. Atlanta's Kent Bazemore (knee) and Thabo Sefolosha (groin) are also sidelined.

  • Suns' Booker out with ankle injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will miss Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks due to an ankle injury.

    • Coach Earl Watson divulged the news when he met with reporters prior to the game.

      Booker became a household name when he scored 70 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics last Friday.

      "We're about 70 points shorthanded," Watson cracked.

      Hawks All-Star Paul Millsap (knee) will sit out for the sixth consecutive game. Atlanta's Kent Bazemore (knee) and Thabo Sefolosha (groin) are also sidelined.

  • Stuckey, Jefferson among injured Pacers
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey has a left patellar tendon strain and is expected to miss four to six weeks, the Pacers announced Tuesday.

    • In addition, center Al Jefferson will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left ankle. Both players sustained their injuries in Sunday's win over Philadelphia.

      Glenn Robinson III remains out with a left calf strain and will be re-evaluated late next week.

      Stuckey is averaging 7.2 points in 32 games this season, and Jefferson is averaging 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 66 games. Robinson is averaging 6.1 points in 69 games.

      The injuries could end the season for all three, depending on whether the Pacers make the playoffs and how far they advance.

      Indiana began Tuesday tied for fifth place with the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference. However, the Pacers are just 2 1/2 games ahead of the ninth-place Chicago Bulls with nine games left.

  • Pistons might shut down G Jackson
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson could be shut down for the season due to his left knee injury, coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters.

    • Jackson isn't expected to play in Tuesday's pivotal game against the Miami Heat at a time when Detroit trails eighth-place Miami by 1 1/2 games for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. He also sat out Monday's 109-95 loss to the New York Knicks.

      "We've been thinking about this, actually for a long time," Van Gundy said about shutting down Jackson. "He's probably been playing at 80 percent. When you get into this stretch of games in March, where we're playing at, the fatigue is just making it worse."

      Jackson has played in just 52 games this season while averaging 14.5 points and 5.2 assists.

      He missed the beginning of the season after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection during training game. His play has never reached the level of last season when he averaged a career-high 18.8 points per game.

      Van Gundy attributes the drop-off to the knee issue.

      "It wasn't really fair to him -- we were running him out there, putting pressure on him and he's seeing things he should be able to do and he just can't do them," Van Gundy said. "He's not feeling pain, but he just can't make the plays he wants to make. And we're trying to put him out there."

      The Pistons have dropped seven of their last eight games.

  • Knicks' Noah admits to taking over-the-counter drug
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Suspended New York Knicks center Joakim Noah admitted to using an over-the-counter supplement on Tuesday and said the decision "backfired."

    • Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. The NBA said he tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 when it announced his suspension last week.

      "This was a tough moment, but I'm going to learn from it," Noah told reporters. "I tried to take a supplement to help me with everything I've gone through. I've gone through a lot of injuries, and I tried to take something to help me and it backfired."

      Noah had dealt with hamstring and knee injuries this season. He said he was looking for something that would help him heal and recover from his various ailments.

      "I wanted to do something to help myself, help my body and like I said it backfired on me," Noah said. "I tried to take the right measures when I was taking the supplements and it wasn't enough."

      Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators are a non-steroidal bodybuilding supplement that contain properties similar to anabolic substances. Noah said he is aware of the protocols where NBA players are warned about outside supplements.

      "So I know it didn't come from a bad place," said Noah, who has been sidelined since early February due to his knee and returned to practice Tuesday.

      However, Noah said he feels a 20-games penalty was overly severe.

      "It is what it is and I've got to bounce back," Noah said.

      Noah said he apologized to teammates, coach Jeff Hornacek and the organization.

      "You can't do anything about it now. We're just glad to see him back on the court today, doing some things," Hornacek said. "We'll miss him the rest of the year and the beginning of next year. But he'll be ready to go next year."

      Noah averaged just 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season in the first campaign of a four-year, $72 million contract.

  • Hawks' Millsap (knee) out at least three more games
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap will miss at least three more games due to tightness in his left knee, the team announced Tuesday night.

    • Millsap already has sat out five consecutive games due to the issue. He was diagnosed with synovitis in the knee when he visited Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Pensacola, Fla.

      Millsap, who averages 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, will be re-evaluated after sitting out the three games.

      The Hawks have struggled without Millsap, losing seven consecutive games entering a Tuesday game against the Phoenix Suns.

      Swingman Kent Bazemore (knee) will miss his fifth straight game, and forward Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will sit out for the second game in a row.

      "At this point, it doesn't matter who's out on the floor," Atlanta center Dwight Howard said. "The guys who step on the floor have to get the job done."

  • NBA roundup: Spurs knock Cavs into 2nd place
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points before leaving to a standing ovation with 10:32 to play as the San Antonio Spurs clobbered the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday.

    • The loss dropped the Cavaliers a half-game behind idle Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland's 74 points were a season low.

      Cleveland's LeBron James took a blow to the back of his neck in the final minute of the third quarter after a collision under the basket with the Spurs' David Lee. He slumped to the floor near midcourt and stayed there for several minutes before walking to the bench on his own. With the Cavaliers trailing 81-58 entering the fourth quarter, James -- who had 17 points, eight assists and eight rebounds -- did not see the court again.

      San Antonio, which has won five straight games, pulled back to within two games of idle Golden State in the race for the best record in the NBA. The Spurs and Warriors play in San Antonio on Wednesday.

      Thunder 92, Mavericks 91

      DALLAS -- Russell Westbrook racked his 37th triple-double with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, and he finished off a 14-0 game-ending run with an 18-foot jumper to lift Oklahoma City past Dallas.

      The Thunder trailed by as many as 14 in the fourth, but after the Mavericks went up 91-78, they wouldn't score again.

      Westbrook's final shot from just inside the top of the key connected with 7.1 seconds left. Harrison Barnes missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Mavericks.

      Knicks 109, Pistons 95

      NEW YORK -- Kristaps Porzingis came through for New York with 25 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Carmelo Anthony, who missed the previous two games with a sore knee, had 21 points, and Derrick Rose added 27 points.

      The Pistons have lost four straight and seven of their last eight. The loss dropped the Pistons 1 1/2 games behind the Heat for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

      Marcus Morris led the Pistons with 20 points.

      Raptors 131, Magic 112

      TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points to lead Toronto to its sixth straight victory.

      Cory Joseph added a double-double for the Raptors with 15 points and a career-best 13 assists.

      Elfrid Payton led Orlando with 22 points and nine assists.

      Kings 91, Grizzlies 90

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Darren Collison scored 23 points and made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left, and Sacramento edged Memphis for its second win in two days in the final seconds.

      Memphis guard Mike Conley missed on a drive to the hoop with 14 seconds left, and Collison rebounded, drove the length of the court and drew a foul. His two free throws gave the Kings their first winning streak since February.

      Sacramento was coming off a 98-97 road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers that came courtesy a 22-3 run over the final 5:23 of the contest.

      Jazz 108, Pelicans 100

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Rudy Gobert scored 20 points, collected 19 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead Utah past New Orleans.

      Rodney Hood also scored 20 points while Joe Ingles added 19 and George Hill tacked on 17. That trio combined to make a dozen 3-pointers. Utah swept the season series 3-0 after dominating from the perimeter for four quarters.

      Anthony Davis scored 36 points, collected 17 rebounds and had three blocks to lead New Orleans. Jrue Holiday added 19 points. The Pelicans lost for only the third time in nine games, but they fell 4 1/2 games back of the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets, who are tied for the final Western Conference playoff position.

  • Jeanie Buss seizes control of Lakers
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    The Buss family's fight for control of the Los Angeles Lakers is officially over after the two brothers of Jeanie Buss agreed in court that she will serve as controlling owner and on the team's board of directors as long as the family owns the franchise.

    • Jeanie Buss and brothers Jim and Johnny on Monday morning asked a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to issue an order to that effect, according to the Los Angeles Times.

      "The message is clear here: Do not underestimate Jeanie Buss," her attorney, Adam Streisand, told the newspaper. "There is not going to be a palace coup. Not now. Not ever."

      Jim Buss previously attempted a takeover attempt over his sister, costing him a spot as a co-trustee for the four trusts through which the Buss family own 66 percent of the team.

      According to the Times, Jim Buss resigned as co-trustee Thursday as part of a requirement by Jeanie Buss to resolve the dispute. Her younger sister, Janie, replaced Jim Buss, joining Jeanie and Johnny Buss as co-trustees.

      The three-paragraph stipulation requires the brothers to "take all actions reasonably available to them, including voting the Trust's shares" to ensure Jeanie Buss is elected each year as controlling owner and a director, the newspaper reported. Janie Buss signed a separate document agreeing to be bound by the stipulation.

      "Now with the Lakers having the ability to focus on the basketball court and not on the legal court, I think all Laker fans can breathe a sigh of relief," Streisand said.

      The sibling feud erupted last month when the brothers called an annual shareholders meeting, three days after Jeanie Buss overhauled the front office when she hired Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations and removed Jim Buss as executive vice president of basketball operations. In addition, Jeanie Buss fired general manager Mitch Kupchak, who was later replaced by Rob Pelinka.

  • Thunder look to regain momentum in Dallas
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 27, 2017

    DALLAS -- After seemingly finding their stride lately, the Oklahoma City Thunder dropped their last two outings against marquee opponents badly.

    • The Rockets were the latest to deliver a beat-down, easily racing to a 137-125 victory over the Thunder on Sunday in Houston.

      The Golden State Warriors administered a 16-point whipping on March 20 in Oklahoma City to snap the Thunder's five-game winning streak.

      Oklahoma City arrives in Dallas on Monday needing to regain a measure of momentum with the playoffs less than three weeks away.

      The Thunder (41-31) lost their last visit to Dallas earlier this month by 15 points. Defeats such as that one and the one Sunday at Houston are a concern.

      "We cannot play like that on the road," Thunder center Enes Kanter said. "We just have to do a better job defensively, because we know we have enough talent here to score the ball, and right now the most important thing is defense and just lock in on defense."

      Houston shot 63.3 percent, hit 20 3-pointers and rolled to a 20-point lead by halftime. That offensive display was more than enough to offset another triple-double by MVP candidate Russell Westbrook.

      "They hit a lot of shots," Westbrook said. "They got hot and especially with a team like that, they get hot and it can be trouble. I think there's some things that we can do so hopefully we can look at that and see what we can kind of change."

      The Thunder star had game highs of 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, his 36th triple-double of the season. Only Oscar Robertson had more in a single season, posting 41 in 1961-62.

      However, the Thunder saw an 11-game winning streak end when Westbrook records a triple-double.

      "I just play, man," Westbrook said. "I go out and play every night and play at a high level like I do every single night and try to help us win. It just didn't work out that way (Sunday), so I have to get ready for (Monday's) game."

      While the Thunder continue to angle for playoff position in the Western Conference, the Mavericks (31-41) are likely looking at the lottery. Dallas trails Denver (35-38) and Portland (35-38) -- tied for the eighth spot -- by 3 1/2 games with 10 games left in the regular season.

      The rest of the season for the Mavs appears to be focused on player development. For instance, coach Rick Carlisle moved Seth Curry to starting point guard and has brought rookie Yogi Ferrell off the bench the last two games.

      "I don't really look at it as if I'm starting or coming off the bench," Ferrell said. "My mindset is going to be the same -- just trying to bring energy on the defensive end and offensively, just get in the paint and find guys."

      Curry had 11 points, two assists and one steal in Saturday's 94-86 loss to Toronto, Dallas' fifth setback in the last eight games. Ferrell recorded 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 18 minutes.

      Harrison Barnes tallied a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and a team-high three steals. It was his 36th game with at least 20 points after tallying just 19 such efforts in his first four seasons combined with Golden State.

      Dallas is also one defeat away from securing its first losing season since 1999-2000. The run of non-losing seasons beginning in 2000-01 coincided with Mark Cuban's first full season as owner.

  • Pelicans' Cousins ruled out vs. Nuggets
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    DENVER -- The New Orleans Pelicans will be without half of their twin-tower frontcourt against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, as DeMarcus Cousins was ruled out with a right ankle injury.

    • Cousins hurt his ankle Friday during New Orleans' 117-107 loss to the Houston Rockets and was still sore by the Sunday morning shootaround.

      "He doesn't feel comfortable enough to go out there," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "There's no way we're going to stick him out there and risk further injury for one game. We'll sit him out and see what happens tomorrow."

      Cousins, who was traded from Sacramento last month, appeared to be meshing better with Anthony Davis in recent games. The two big men combined to score at least 60 points in their previous two games.

      The Pelicans were five games behind eighth-place Denver heading into Sunday's contest.

  • NBA roundup: Kings beat Clippers on Cauley-Stein's basket
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- Willie Cauley-Stein scored on a putback with 1.8 seconds remaining, allowing the Sacramento Kings to stun the Los Angeles Clippers 98-97 at Staples Center on Sunday.

    • Darren Collison scored 19 points to lead the Kings, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter. Kings rookie guard Buddy Hield, who hit two clutch 3-pointers in the rally, and forward Anthony Tolliver each had 15 points.

      DeAndre Jordan collected 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, while Chris Paul had 17 points and nine assists.

      The loss prevented the Clippers from pulling into a tie with the idle Utah Jazz for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

      Celtics 112, Heat 108

      BOSTON -- Boston held off a late Miami charge and moved into a virtual tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with a victory over the Heat.

      The win moved Boston to just four percentage points behind the idle Cleveland Cavaliers for the top seed in the conference. The teams meet April 5 in Boston.

      Isaiah Thomas, the league's leading fourth-quarter scorer, tallied eight points in the final 4:58 after the Celtics, who rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit, blew a nine-point fourth-quarter lead and trailed by two with 4:13 remaining.

      Pacers 107, 76ers 94

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George scored 21 points to lead seven Pacers in double figures as Indiana beat Philadelphia at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

      Myles Turner contributed 17 points and a team-high 16 rebounds. Also in double figures for the Pacers were Jeff Teague (16 points) and Al Jefferson (14). C.J. Miles, Monta Ellis and Aaron Brooks each scored 10 points.

      Jefferson suffered a leg injury with 9:43 left in the fourth quarter. He was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair.

      Indiana snapped a two-game losing streak and moved into a three-way tie with Atlanta and Milwaukee for the No. 5 spot in Eastern Conference.

      Hornets 120, Suns 106

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists to lead Charlotte.

      The Hornets pounced on the Suns quickly, racing to leads of 17-1, 22-3 and 30-7 before eventually leading 38-18 after one quarter. The Hornets went on to lead by as many as 25 in what was their second wire-to-wire victory of the season.

      Charlotte has won four of its last five and continues to hang around in the Eastern Conference playoff race with nine games remaining.

      Nets 107, Hawks 92

      ATLANTA -- Veterans Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez combined for 42 points to help Brooklyn outlast short-handed and struggling Atlanta, handing it a seventh straight loss.

      Lopez had 23 points and seven rounds and Lin scored 19 points, his most since getting a season-high 24 on March 14. Lin added eight assists, two steals and four rebounds for the Nets.

      Brooklyn has won three of its last four, improved to 8-8 in March and broke a five-game losing streak in Atlanta.

      Rockets 137, Thunder 125

      HOUSTON -- Lou Williams paced a quartet of 20-point scorers for the Rockets in their win. Williams finished with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting, hitting 7 of 8 3-pointers to help carry the Rockets to their third win in four meetings with the Thunder this season.

      Aid came in the form of guards James Harden (22 points, 12 assists) and Eric Gordon (24 points on 4-of-9 3-point shooting), and forward Trevor Ariza, who made 9 of 11 shots while also chipping in 24 points. Houston shot a robust 63.3 percent from the floor.

      Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook recorded his league-leading 36th triple-double. He finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists.

      Bulls 109, Bucks 94

      MILWAUKEE -- Nikola Mirotic hit six 3-pointers and scored 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting for the Bulls.

      Jimmy Butler scored 20 points while adding 14 of the Bulls' 33 assists. Robin Lopez and Rajon Rondo each scored 18 points for Chicago, with the latter adding nine rebounds and nine assists.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 22 points.

      Pelicans 115, Nuggets 90

      DENVER -- Anthony Davis scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in only 28 minutes to lead New Orleans to a victory over Denver.

      Jrue Holiday and Jordan Crawford each scored 13 points, and the bench contributed 49 as the Pelicans earned their sixth win in eight games. New Orleans is now four games behind the Nuggets for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

      The Pelicans won without DeMarcus Cousins, who sat out due to an ankle injury. Cousins got hurt Friday during New Orleans' 117-107 loss to the Houston Rockets and was still sore at the Sunday morning shootaround.

      Warriors 106, Grizzlies 94

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry contributed two 3-pointers to a 14-5 fourth-quarter run that enabled Golden State to pull away from Memphis en route to a victory.

      Curry finished with 21 points and Klay Thompson a game-high 31 for the Warriors, who extended the league's longest active winning streak to seven games while squaring the season series 2-2 with the Grizzlies.

      Mike Conley had 29 points and a team-high six assists for Memphis, which lost ground in its pursuit of the fifth and sixth playoff spots in the West.

      Trail Blazers 97, Lakers 81

      LOS ANGELES -- Damian Lillard led the way with 22 points, and Portland cruised past Los Angeles at Staples Center.

      Allen Crabbe added 18 points and CJ McCollum contributed 13 as the Trail Blazers beat the Lakers for the 12th consecutive time. Portland has won seven in a row over Los Angeles at Staples. The win allowed the Trail Blazers to tie the Denver Nuggets for eighth place in the Western Conference race.

      D'Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 22 points.

  • NBA roundup: Walker, Hornets too hot for Suns
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists, and the Charlotte Hornets rolled to a 120-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday afternoon at the Spectrum Center.

    • The Hornets pounced on the Suns quickly, racing to leads of 17-1, 22-3 and 30-7 before eventually leading 38-18 after one quarter. The Hornets went on to lead by as many as 25 in what was their second wire-to-wire victory of the season.

      Charlotte has won four of its last five and continues to hang around in the Eastern Conference playoff race with nine games remaining.

      Nets 107, Hawks 92

      ATLANTA -- Veterans Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez combined for 42 points to help Brooklyn outlast short-handed and struggling Atlanta, handing it a seventh straight loss.

      Lopez had 23 points and seven rounds and Lin scored 19 points, his most since getting a season-high 24 on March 14. Lin added eight assists, two steals and four rebounds for the Nets.

      Brooklyn has won three of its last four, improved to 8-8 in March and broke a five-game losing streak in Atlanta.

  • Grizzlies recall G Baldwin, C Davis from Iowa
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Memphis Grizzlies recalled guard Wade Baldwin IV and center Deyonta Davis from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on Sunday.

    • Baldwin, 20, appeared in 33 games (22 starts) for the Energy this season and averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 28.2 minutes per contest.

      The 6-foot-4, 202-pound Baldwin has been in 24 games (one start) for the Grizzlies during his rookie season, averaging 3.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He was selected by Memphis in the first round (17th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft following his sophomore season at Vanderbilt.

      Davis, 20, appeared in 11 games (10 starts) for the Energy and averaged 10.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.36 blocks in 27.9 minutes.

      The 6-11, 237-pound Davis has come off the bench in all 30 of his appearances for the Grizzlies during his rookie season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 6.4 minutes. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round (31st overall) in 2016 following his freshman season at Michigan State, and his rights were then traded to the Grizzlies on draft night.

  • Cavaliers sent C Sanders back to Canton
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned center Larry Sanders to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Sunday as he continues to work his way back into shape.

    • Sanders, 28, was out of the NBA for more than two years before signing with the Cavs on March 13.

      The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Sanders has appeared in two games for Cleveland in limited action and one contest with Canton.

  • NBA roundup: Clippers earn sixth straight playoff berth
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, March 26, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers are heading to the playoffs for the sixth season in a row. Still, they need to improve their game if they expect to make a deep run, guard Jamal Crawford says.

    • Crawford came off the bench to deliver 17 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Clippers rolled past the Utah Jazz 108-95 on Saturday at Staples Center.

      Blake Griffin contributed 15 points and six rebounds for the Clippers (44-30), who clinched a playoff berth with the win and pulled within a half-game of the Jazz for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

      Chris Paul scored 14 points, J.J. Redick added 12 and Austin Rivers and Marreese Speights had 11 apiece for Los Angeles. DeAndre Jordan grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to go with seven points.

      Wizards 127, Cavaliers 115

      CLEVELAND -- John Wall erupted for 37 points and Washington tightened the race atop the Eastern Conference considerably with a victory over Cleveland.

      The Wizards, third in the East, now trail Boston by two games and the Cavs by 2 1/2 for first place. Also, the Cavs' lead over Boston is now just a half-game.

      Wall scored 18 points in the first quarter on 8-of-8 shooting. Cleveland never recovered. Bradley Beal added 27 points for the Wizards, who are now 19-7 when all five starters score in double figures.

      LeBron James shook off the eye injury suffered Friday night to score 24 points, grab 11 rebounds, and dish out eight assists. James needed seven assists to pass Maurice Cheeks (7,392) for 12th place in NBA history, which he reached with his first assist in the fourth quarter. He also now has a career-high 37 double-doubles.

      Spurs 106, Knicks 98

      SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol collected double-doubles as San Antonio dispatched New York as the AT&T Center.

      The Spurs won their fourth straight game but had to work harder for this one than they wanted to, especially after forging a 20-point lead in the second quarter.

      New York did little in the first half and trailed by 18 points at intermission before rushing back into the game by outscoring San Antonio 31-17 in the third quarter. The Spurs hit only eight of their 27 shots in the period.

      Raptors 94, Mavericks 86

      DALLAS -- Toronto bolted out to a 13-2 lead and never looked back in taking out Dallas at American Airlines Center.

      The Raptors clinched a playoff spot with their 44th victory of the season, which was also their fifth win in a row as they head home to begin an important string of four games at Air Canada Centre.

      DeMar DeRozan, coming off consecutive 40-point games, needed only more of a mortal night to get past Dallas for the second time this month. DeRozan and forward Serge Ibaka each scored 18 points to lead the Raptors. DeRozan was 8 of 17 from the floor with six assists.

      Trail Blazers 112, Timberwolves 100

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- CJ McCollum bombed in 32 points as Portland downed Minnesota at Moda Center.

      Damian Lillard contributed 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter for the Trail Blazers, who won for the 10th time in their last 13 outings.

      Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points and Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio added 16 apiece for the Timberwolves, who lost their fifth straight game.

      McCollum enjoyed his best shooting game of the season, knocking down 11 of 13 shots from the field -- including 4 of 5 3-point attempts -- and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.

  • NBA notebook: Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    New York Knicks center Joakim Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, the league announced Saturday.

    • Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is banned under the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement

      "Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 ... Noah's' suspension will begin with the first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play," the NBA's statement said.

      Noah, 32, has not played since Feb. 4 and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27 to remove a loose body. His suspension would carry into the 2017-18 season.

      Noah would not have been penalized under the league's new CBA agreement that is set to begin next season, according to ESPN.

      The National Basketball Players Association later announced that neither Noah nor the union would appeal the suspension.

      Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million free agent contract he signed last July after playing nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls, who drafted him ninth overall in 2007.

      The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Noah is averaging 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in 46 games (all starts) this season. For his career, he owns averages of 9.0 points and 9.4 rebounds.

      --The Brooklyn Nets signed guard Archie Goodwin to a second 10-day contract.

      Goodwin, 22, was originally signed by the Nets on March 15 and appeared in four games with averages of 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 13.4 minutes per contest while shooting .650 (13 of 20) from the field and scoring in double figures three times.

      In 157 games in four NBA seasons with Brooklyn, New Orleans and Phoenix, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Goodwin owns averages of 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 14.4 minutes.

      --The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

      Felder has appeared in 11 games for the Charge this season, averaging 29.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 36.0 minutes per game. In 37 games for the Cavs this season, Felder averaged 4.0 points in 9.5 minutes per game.

  • G Felder recalled by Cavaliers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League on Saturday.

    • Felder has appeared in 11 games for the Charge this season, averaging 29.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 36.0 minutes per game.

      In 37 games for the Cavs this season, Felder averaged 4.0 points in 9.5 minutes per game.

  • Nets sign G Goodwin to second 10-day contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    The Brooklyn Nets signed guard Archie Goodwin to a second 10-day contract on Saturday.

    • Goodwin, 22, was originally signed by the Nets on March 15 and appeared in four games with averages of 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 13.4 minutes per contest while shooting .650 (13 of 20) from the field and scoring in double figures three times.

      In 157 games in four NBA seasons with Brooklyn, New Orleans and Phoenix, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Goodwin owns averages of 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 14.4 minutes.

      Goodwin was selected with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to Phoenix via Golden State on draft night. He spent one year at the University of Kentucky, earning SEC All-Freshman team honors.

  • Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games for banned supplement
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    New York Knicks center Joakim Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, the league announced Saturday.

    • Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is banned under the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement

      "Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 ... Noah's' suspension will begin with the first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play," the NBA's statement said.

      Noah, 32, has not played since Feb. 4 and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27 to remove a loose body. His suspension would carry into the 2017-18 season.

      Noah would not have been penalized under the league's new CBA agreement that is set to begin next season, according to ESPN.

      The National Basketball Players Association later announced that neither Noah nor the union would appeal the suspension.

      "We believe that this isolated occurrence was a regrettable mistake," the NBPA said in a statement. "Joakim has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction."

      The union said Noah "did not intentionally or knowingly" violate the CBA and that he was "completely forthcoming and cooperate" throughout the investigation.

      Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million free agent contract he signed last July after playing nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls, who drafted him ninth overall in 2007.

      The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Noah is averaging 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in 46 games (all starts) this season. For his career, he owns averages of 9.0 points and 9.4 rebounds.

  • Cavs' James suffers corneal abrasion
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Cleveland star LeBron James suffered a corneal abrasion of his right eye during the second half of the Cavaliers' 112-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

    • As a result of the injury, it is uncertain whether he will play in Saturday's game against Washington Wizards.

      James suffered the injury when he was fouled by the Hornets' Jeremy Lamb while driving for a basket with 31.2 seconds left in the third quarter.

      James immediately covered his face and sat on the floor for a few moments before signaling for a timeout and heading to the bench.

      Cavaliers' trainer Steve Spiro looked at James' eye, but he returned to the game and made the free throw that resulted from Lamb's foul on the play.

      James finished the game and scored 10 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter.

      After the game, James said his vision was blurry in his right eye, and the Hornets' team eye specialist examined him.

      Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a corneal abrasion during the 2014-15 season and he missed one game.

  • NBA roundup: Booker scores 70, but Suns lose
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, March 25, 2017

    BOSTON -- Devin Booker erupted for an NBA season-high 70 points, the most points ever scored in a game against the Boston Celtics, but it wasn't nearly enough for his Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

    • Isaiah Thomas accumulated 34 points and seven assists, and the Celtics scored the game's first six points and never looked back en route to a 130-120 victory.

      The undermanned Suns lost their seventh in a row, but it wasn't because of Booker, who got the TD Garden crowd on his side as he ran wild in the closing minutes -- scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter.

      Booker, who also had eight rebounds and six assists, scored the most points ever in either of the Celtics' two home buildings. His free throw with 45.2 seconds left broke Elgin Baylor's 1959 record of 64 points against Boston. Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors had the previous season high in the league with 60.

      Cavaliers 112, Hornets 105

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- LeBron James narrowly missed a triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Cavaliers completed a season sweep of Charlotte.

      Kyrie Irving added 26 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who had lost six of their previous 10 games.

      The Hornets had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost vital ground in their quest to grab an Eastern Conference playoff berth. Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 28 points.

      Nuggets 125, Pacers 117

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Nikola Jokic had 30 points and 17 rebounds and Wilson Chandler added 24 points to lead, the Nuggets, which withstood a Pacers' rally.

      The Nuggets led by 23 points with eight minutes left, but the Pacers got the margin down to 113-108 with Paul George made a 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining. But Jokic answered with a 3-pointer.

      George led the Pacers with 27 points. The Nuggets have won nine of their last 13 games.

      Magic 115, Pistons 87

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Elfrid Payton had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists -- his fourth triple-double of the month - to lead the Magic, who have won three of their last four games.

      The Pistons have lost six of their last seven, including five by at least 10 points, and have faded from the playoff race.

      All Magic starters reached double figures before the third period ended. None played in the fourth. Reserve Jon Leuer led the Pistons with 16 points.

      Wizards 129. Nets 108

      WASHINGTON -- John Wall scored 22 points and Bradley Beal had 19 as the Wizards concluded a four-game season sweep of the Nets.

      Brandon Jennings had 18 points and nine assists off the bench for the Wizards, who shot 50.5 percent from the field, made 21 of 22 free throws and led by as many as 28 points.

      The loss snapped Brooklyn's first two-game winning streak of the season. Justin Hamilton scored 20 points for the Nets.

      Bucks 100, Hawks 97

      MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points as the Bucks continued their charge up the Eastern Conference standings.

      Antetokounmpo hit 13 of 22 shots, grabbed 13 rebounds and added five assists with three blocked shots for the Bucks.

      Atlanta received 28 points from Dennis Schroder, and 25 from Tim Hardaway Jr. but lost for the sixth consecutive game.

      Rockets 117, Pelicans 107

      HOUSTON -- James Harden paired 38 points with a career-high-tying 17 assists for Houston, which shot 7 for 12 on 3pointers in the final period.

      Patrick Beverley finished with 17 points and six rebounds.

      Anthony Davis had 33 points and 16 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins added 29 points for the Pelicans.

      76ers 117, Bulls 107

      CHICAGO -- The 76ers only had 10 players in uniform but still beat Chicago, which had won the last 12 games against Philadelphia.

      Dario Saric had a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead five players in double-figure scoring for the Sixers, who had lost their last nine straight games in Chicago.

      Jimmy Butler had 36 points and 11 assists to lead the Bulls, who trail the Miami Heat by 1 1/2 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

      Warriors 114, Kings 100

      OAKLAND, Calif. -- Draymond Green connected on three 3-pointers in a crowd-pleasing, third-quarter runaway that helped the Warriors extended the NBA's longest active winning streak to six games.

      Green finished with 23 points and Stephen Curry had a 27-point, 12-assist double-double for the Warriors (58-14), who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio (55-16) for the best record in the league.

      Rookie Buddy Hield had 22 points for the Kings, who lost their eighth consecutive game in Oakland.

      Lakers 130, Timberwolves 119 (OT)

      LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Clarkson scored a career high 35 points, helping the Lakers end a six-game skid with an overtime victory.

      Clarkson converted a career-best eight 3-pointers, missing just two attempts. Julius Randle had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

      Andrew Wiggins scored 36 points to lead the Timberwolves, who lost their fifth in a row.

      Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 13 rebounds before sitting out the final 1:23 of overtime after a heated verbal exchange with Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau.

  • 76ers' Embiid has meniscus surgery on left knee
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    CHICAGO – Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

    • The procedure, which was described as minor in a release from the team, was performed by Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Embiid, 22, is also recovering from a bone bruise in his left knee in his latest injury setback.

      Embiid will miss the rest of the season after playing just 31 games. He missed his first two NBA seasons while recovering from two surgeries to repair a broken bone in a foot.

      "He deserves some luck," Sixers coach Brett Brown said before Phildephia's game in Chicago on Friday. "He's gone through a lot and he's a different person than his first injury."

      Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA draft after just one season at Kansas and was selected third overall. He was having a breakout year before the knee injury, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, making him a candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year.

      "The overall status of Joel's lateral meniscus and his cartilage is very good," ElAttrache said. "Today's procedure focused on removing a small portion of the meniscus that was responsible for his symptoms. The recovery program that has been established targets Joel transitioning back to full weight-bearing in approximately two weeks, at which point a conservative approach to his rehabilitation will be introduced."

      The 76ers hope Embiid will be able to resume basketball activities this summer.

  • NBA roundup: Mavs pull out late win over Clippers
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, March 24, 2017

    DALLAS -- Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes buried the go-ahead jumper and made a big steal with 3.9 seconds to go to give Dallas a 97-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

    • It was a critical loss for the Clippers, who saw their three-game win streak end and also saw their chances to take over the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoff chase diminished. Los Angeles returns home for a Saturday matinee against No. 4 seed Utah, which holds a 1 1/2-game lead over the Clippers.

      Blake Griffin had a chance to regain the lead in the final seconds, but as he made his move in the paint, Barnes managed to swipe the ball away. The Clippers were afforded one last chance to win with 0.9 seconds to go, but guard J.J. Redick's leaning 3-point attempt just missed off the back iron.

      Nets 126, Suns 98

      NEW YORK -- Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter as Brooklyn rallied from an early 15-point deficit and pulled away for a rout of Phoenix.

      Lopez saw his string of 20-plus-point games end at six as he sat out the fourth quarter. His showing helped the Nets win consecutive games for the first time since home wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers on March 24 and 26, 2016.

      Reserve KJ McDaniels added a season-high 16 points and Jeremy Lin added 13 after sitting Tuesday's win over the Detroit Pistons with a sprained right ankle. Trevor Booker contributed 14 while Quincy Acy chipped in 12 as the Nets outscored the Suns 111-68 in the final 38:08 and received a season-high 81 points from reserves.

      Raptors 101, Heat 84

      MIAMI -- DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points, and the Raptors rallied from an early 15-point deficit to defeat the Heat.

      DeRozan shot 14 of 25 from the field and made 12 of 13 free throws as Toronto won its fourth straight. In one first-quarter stretch, DeRozan scored 14 consecutive points for a Raptors lineup still without starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who remains sidelined because of an injury to his right wrist.

      Miami got 16 points and 14 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside.

      Spurs 97, Grizzlies 90

      SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 as San Antonio finally found a way to beat Memphis.

      With Memphis within 92-87 in the final 30 seconds, the Spurs' Tony Parker hit a ringing 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down to give San Antonio a final bit of breathing room.

      The win was the third straight for the Spurs but just the first in three games this season against Memphis, which always gives San Antonio fits.

      Trail Blazers 110, Knicks 95

      PORTLAND, Ore. -- Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 50 points as Portland swept past New York at Moda Center.

      Lillard scored 30 points and McCollum added 20 for the Trail Blazers, who won for the ninth time in 12 outings. Jusuf Nurkic contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.

      Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points and Courtney Lee chipped in 16 for the Knicks, who have lost seven of their last eight contests.

  • Cavaliers recall C Sanders
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Center Larry Sanders was recalled on Thursday by the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

    • Sanders was signed by the Cavaliers on March 13th and has appeared in one game for the Cavs and one game with the Charge this season.

      Sanders was out of basketball for nearly two full seasons before singing with Cleveland.

  • NBA roundup: Westbrook posts 35th triple-double
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- 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. He also recorded 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Westbrook didn't attempt a 3-pointer for the first time since March 14, 2016, a span of 83 games.

      Oklahoma City's Enes Kanter wasn't perfect from the field, but he was close. He scored 24 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench. Victor Oladipo scored 18 points for the Thunder.

      The 76ers were paced by Nik Stauskas, who came off the bench to score 20 points.

      Hornets 109, Magic 102

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Reserve forward Frank Kaminsky scored 18 points, including 13 in the decisive fourth quarter, in sparking Charlotte to a victory over Orlando.

      The Hornets won their third consecutive game and kept their slim playoff hopes alive. The Magic lost to the Hornets for the fourth time this season.

      Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 22 points and added seven assists. Reserve Marco Belinelli scored 20 points, including 16 in a five-minute, second quarter stretch.

      Celtics 109, Pacers 100

      BOSTON -- Playing its first game after clinching a playoff spot, Boston scored 39 points in the third quarter en route to its 12th win in its past 13 home games.

      Boston led by 17 points two minutes into the fourth quarter before the Pacers used a 10-0 run that grew to 13-2 to get as close as six. Indiana went cold and could get no closer.

      Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and dished out five assists, and Avery Bradley had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics. Al Horford had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Jae Crowder recorded 15 points and six boards, and Kelly Olynyk registered 11 points and eight boards for Boston.

      Bulls 117, Pistons 95

      CHICAGO -- Chicago didn't have its top two centers, but the Bulls kept their playoff hopes alive with a victory against Detroit at the United Center.

      Paced by Nikola Mirotic's 28 points, the Bulls pulled even with the Pistons for ninth in the Eastern Conference. Both teams are 1 1/2 game behind the Miami Heat for the conference's eighth and final playoff spot.

      Chicago didn't have starting center Robin Lopez, who served a one-game suspension for a fight Tuesday with Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka. The Bulls were also without his main backup, Cristiano Felicio, who injured his back against the Raptors.

      Wizards 104, Hawks 100

      WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal scored 28 points, and John Wall had all 22 of his points in the second half as Washington snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Atlanta.

      Wall missed all eight of his field-goal attempts in the first half and finished 6 of 21, but the All-Star scored 12 points in the third quarter and hit two free throws with five seconds remaining to seal the win. He finished with 10 assists for the Wizards.

      Tim Hardaway Jr. had 29 points and Dennis Schroder 18 for the Hawks, who have lost five straight. Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds

      Nuggets 126, Cavaliers 113

      DENVER -- Gary Harris scored 21 points and Will Barton had 20 as Denver beat Cleveland.

      Nikola Jokic recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Wilson Chandler returned from missing four games to score 18 for Denver. Kenneth Faried had his best game after missing nine with back spasms, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

      Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 33 points, LeBron James scored 18 and Deron Williams had 19 off the bench. The Cavaliers' lead over Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference is down to one game.

      Bucks 116, Kings 98

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 of his 32 points during an explosive first half, and Milwaukee completed its most victorious road trip in nearly three decades.

      Antetokounmpo canned 12 of 22 shots, including 9 of 13 before intermission to lead Milwaukee to a 19-point halftime lead en route to its fourth victory in six games on its longest trip of the season. It was the first time Milwaukee won four games on a single trip since January 1989.

      Buddy Hield scored 21 points to pace the Kings, but Sacramento lost its third straight and fell to 3-11 since the All-Star break.

      Jazz 108, Knicks 101

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 35 points on a career-best 13-of-14 shooting as Utah snapped a three-game losing streak.

      Gobert added 13 rebounds and blocked four shots, recording his 50th double-double of the season. Gordon Hayward chipped in 19 points, and George Hill added 15.

      Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 points, Derrick Rose 17 and Carmelo Anthony 16 for the Knicks, who took their eighth loss in 10 games.