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NBA: Jazz, Lakers hungry for a win amid recent slides

Two teams intent on finding a better path to success will meet Monday when the Utah Jazz travel to face the Los Angeles Lakers. The Jazz are playing on the second night of a back-to-back after ending a four-game losing streak with a 125-102 road victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Lakers have […]

  • NBA: NBA roundup: Full-strength Jazz take down Nuggets

    Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points, Rudy Gobert returned to action with 18 points and 19 rebounds, and the visiting Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 125-102 on Sunday night. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points for Utah, while Jordan Clarkson had 16, Royce O’Neale finished with 11 and Eric Paschall scored 10. Gobert missed the last […]

  • NBA: Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves rout slumping Warriors

    Karl-Anthony Towns put up a 26-point, 11-rebound double-double, and the host Minnesota Timberwolves took advantage of the absence of Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green to post a 119-99 victory Sunday night in Minneapolis. Jaylen Nowell (17 points) and Malik Beasley (16) combined for eight 3-pointers off the bench, helping the Timberwolves […]

  • NBA: Donovan Mitchell, Jazz blast Nuggets in Rudy Gobert’s return

    Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points, Rudy Gobert returned to action with 18 points and 19 rebounds, and the visiting Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 125-102 on Sunday night. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points, Jordan Clarkson had 16, Royce O’Neale finished with 11 and Eric Paschall scored 10 for Utah. Gobert missed the last five […]

  • NBA: Suns put road winning streak on line vs. Spurs

    The Phoenix Suns will look for their fourth straight win to start their five-game trip when they visit the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. The game is the second of a road back-to-back for the Suns, who rolled to a 135-108 win in Detroit on Sunday afternoon. Phoenix won for the sixth time in […]

  • NBA: Christian Wood hits 20th double-double as Rockets top Kings

    Christian Wood posted his 20th double-double of the season and Eric Gordon converted a teammate’s timely offensive rebound into a basket in the waning moments as the Houston Rockets beat the host Sacramento Kings 118-112 on Sunday night. Wood had 23 points and 14 rebounds while Kevin Porter Jr. added 23 points and seven assists […]

  • NBA: Riding strong defense, Mavs look to defeat Thunder again

    Heading into Monday night’s home matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd is thrilled about his team’s recent defensive performance. Since Dec. 29, the Mavericks have the NBA’s top defensive rating, allowing just 98.3 points per 100 possessions. The margin between Dallas and No. 2 Philadelphia is greater than the margin […]

  • NBA: Ailing Blazers hope to get well in visit to Magic

    The Portland Trail Blazers hope to have one of their top players available when they continue a six-game road trip with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matchup against the Orlando Magic. Veteran guard CJ McCollum missed Portland’s 115-110 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday due to return-to-competition reconditioning. McCollum has averaged 20.6 points, […]

  • NBA: Raptors, Heat meet for first time since Kyle Lowry deal

    The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, who made a major trade in August, will meet for the first time this season on Monday night in Miami. In that deal, Miami acquired veteran point guard Kyle Lowry, who ranks fifth in the NBA with 8.3 assists per game. The Raptors got veteran point guard Goran Dragic […]

  • NBA: High-flying scorers lead Bucks, Hawks into MLK Day game

    Two of the NBA’s top scorers will be in the spotlight Monday when the Atlanta Hawks host the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the league’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo ranks third in scoring at a 28.5-point clip and Atlanta’s Trae Young is No. 4 at 27.6. Antetokounmpo, a two-time league […]

  • NBA: Devin Booker helps Suns demolish Pistons

    Devin Booker scored 30 points in 30 minutes and the visiting Phoenix Suns rolled past the Detroit Pistons 135-108 on Sunday afternoon. Booker made 11 of 18 field-goal attempts and sat out the fourth quarter. Cameron Payne had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists and fellow reserve JaVale McGee supplied 20 points on 9-of-10 […]

  • NBA: Suns’ Deandre Ayton injures ankle vs. Pistons

    Phoenix Suns starting center Deandre Ayton has been ruled out for the second half of Sunday’s game against the host Detroit Pistons after sustaining a right ankle sprain in the first quarter. Ayton finished with six points in eight minutes for the Suns, who have relied on JaVale McGee, Jalen Smith and Bismack Biyombo in […]

  • NBA: Nets hit road without full trio, face Cavs

    The Brooklyn Nets had anticipated that a stretch of road games would give them significant minutes with their star trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving on the floor. Instead, Durant will be sidelined probably for more than a month with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee as the Nets […]

  • NBA: Grizzlies ready to bounce back vs. Bulls after end of historic streak

    After seeing their franchise record 11-game winning streak come to an end, the Memphis Grizzlies look to bounce back Monday afternoon against the visiting Chicago Bulls. Playing the second night of a back-to-back and its fifth game in a week, Memphis faded in the second half of Friday’s 112-85 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. “We’re […]

  • NBA: Banged-up Pacers and Clippers meet in LA

    The struggling Indiana Pacers open a five-game Western Conference road swing on Monday in Los Angeles, where the Clippers will be looking for a win before embarking on their own extended trip. Los Angeles begins its eight-game odyssey, its longest road trip of the season, on Wednesday at Denver. First, the Clippers host a Pacers […]

  • NBA: Joel Embiid, 76ers look to continue road success against Wizards

    Even with key players out of the lineup, the Philadelphia 76ers have a good chance to win every night. As long as All-Star Joel Embiid is on the court. Despite right elbow soreness, Embiid scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half to help the Sixers rally past the host Miami Heat 109-98 […]

  • NBA: Will Hornets be ‘up’ for streaking Knicks?

    Maybe one of the keys for the Charlotte Hornets is to make sure they’re properly challenged. They’ve shown the ability to compete well against top teams in the NBA. They’ve also faltered in other situations. So, with a road game against the New York Knicks on Monday afternoon, it’s fair to wonder which version of […]

  • NBA: Momentum building for Celtics as Pelicans come to town

    Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics will look to keep building positive momentum when Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans come to town for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee on Monday. Boston appeared destined for another late collapse after blowing a 12-point first half lead and falling behind by seven with just […]

  • NBA: No timetable for return of Nets’ Kevin Durant (MCL sprain)

    An MRI on Sunday revealed a sprained medial collateral ligament in Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant’s left knee. The Nets did not announce when the NBA scoring leader might return to action. “Durant is expected to return to full strength following a period of rehabilitation,” the team said in a statement. “Updates regarding his return […]

  • NBA: Mavs stay hot with 108-92 win over Magic

    Luka Doncic had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Kristaps Porzingis scored 19 points playing his first game in 15 days, helping the host Dallas Mavericks to a 108-92 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. Porzingis, who grabbed seven rebounds and scored all but seven of his points in the first quarter, cleared […]

  • NBA: Nuggets keep the offense flowing in blowout of Lakers

    Bones Hyland had career highs of 27 points and 10 rebounds, Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and the host Denver Nuggets routed the Los Angeles Lakers 133-96 on Saturday night. Jeff Green scored a season-high 26 points, Will Barton scored 12, Aaron Gordon and Davon Reed had 11 each and […]

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