Basketball Topics

Dec 30, 2015

Suns' Bledsoe to miss rest of season

The Phoenix Suns say leading scorer Eric Bledsoe will not return this season after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The team made the announcement in a brief news release, saying Bledsoe’s “prognosis is for a return to ...

Hawks rally to beat Rockets

Dec 30, 2015

Hawks rally to beat Rockets

With their star 3-point sharpshooter stuck in an 0-for-18 slump, the other four Atlanta Hawks starters carried the load on Tuesday night. In the 121-115 road win over the Houston Rockets, Atlanta overcame both a 19-point deficit and the detrimental shooting woes of Kyle ...

Dec 29, 2015

Struggling Suns fire two assistant coaches

The Phoenix Suns, losers of 15 of their last 20 games, have fired assistant coaches Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting. Nate Bjorkgren was promoted to take Longabardi’s job as defensive coordinator on Monday. Assistant Earl Watson also was promoted to a bench coach position. ...

Marjanovic shines as Spurs improve to 18-0 at home

Dec 29, 2015

Marjanovic shines as Spurs improve to 18-0 at home

The San Antonio Spurs started the game minus an injured Tim Duncan and were soon without coach Gregg Popovich following a fiery ejection. The Spurs needed an emotional and physical lift against the tenacious Minnesota Timberwolves, and they got it on the massive shoulders ...

McCollum takes charge for Blazers

Dec 28, 2015

McCollum takes charge for Blazers

Overshadowed for the last two years as he played behind a pair of seasoned guards, C.J. McCollum has blossomed into a rising star for the Portland Trail Blazers. McCollum had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Blazers to a 98-94 ...

Sixers find way past Suns for second victory

Dec 27, 2015

Sixers find way past Suns for second victory

Ish Smith was just traded from New Orleans to Philadelphia, so he knows each win is special. This one came against one of his former teams. Smith scored 14 points in the first game of his second stint with the lowly 76ers, who beat ...

Rockets end Spurs' win streak

Dec 26, 2015

Rockets end Spurs' win streak

The Houston Rockets had their best defensive performance of the season in a victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. The key is keeping it up. James Harden had 20 points and the Rockets slowed down the soaring Spurs with an 88-84 ...

Bulls shut down Thunder

Dec 26, 2015

Bulls shut down Thunder

The Chicago Bulls were angry and on edge after three straight losses. They channeled those emotions into one of their best wins of the season. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Bulls’ 105-96 victory ...

Cavaliers still no match for Warriors

Dec 26, 2015

Cavaliers still no match for Warriors

Even when all those long-range shots aren’t falling like usual, the defending champion Golden State Warriors showed they are quite comfortable grinding out wins. Draymond Green had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Warriors got defensive in their NBA Finals rematch against Cleveland, ...

Suns give Morris two-game ban

Dec 25, 2015

Suns give Morris two-game ban

The Phoenix Suns suspended Markieff Morris two games without pay Thursday for what was termed “conduct detrimental to the team.” The suspension came a day after Morris threw a towel at coach Jeff Hornacek in the fourth quarter of a 104-96 home loss to ...

Dec 24, 2015

NBA calls for end to gun violence in public service announcement

Stephen Curry heard about a shooting involving a 3-year-old girl over the summer. “My daughter Riley is that age,” he said. That begins a public service announcement that debuts on Christmas and features four NBA stars lending their voices to the campaign to end ...

Dec 24, 2015

Sterling drops lawsuit against Stiviano

A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday dismissed Donald Sterling’s lawsuit against a former female friend over the recording of his off-color remarks that cost him ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling’s lawsuit against V. Stiviano was dismissed at the billionaire’s request, though it ...