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  • NBA roundup: Heat halt Celtics winning streak at 16
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, November 23, 2017

    MIAMI -- Goran Dragic scored 27 points as the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 104-98, snapping the Celtics' 16-game winning streak Wednesday night.

    • The Heat nearly squandered a 14-point lead midway through the fourth as the Celtics ran off 13 straight points and got within 91-90 on Marcus Smart's two free throws with 3:14 remaining. Dion Waiters' responded with consecutive 3-pointers for a seven-point advantage. Dragic clinched the victory with three free throws in the final 28 seconds.

      The loss was Boston's first since a 108-100 defeat at Milwaukee on Oct. 18. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and Jayson Tatum finished with 18 points for the Celtics.

      Thunder 108, Warriors 91

      OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook had 34 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as Oklahoma City led by as many as 26 en route to victory over Golden State.

      Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points and Paul George added 20 for the Thunder, who snapped a seven-game slide to the Warriors dating back to Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference finals. Steven Adams added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

      Steph Curry led Golden State with 24 points, while Kevin Durant added 21. The Warriors' starters sat during the fourth quarter after Oklahoma City built a 23-point lead.

      Bucks 113, Suns 107 (OT)

      PHOENIX -- Kris Middleton scored 40 points and Milwaukee overcame a 30-foot Devin Booker buzzer-beater to force overtime to outlast Phoenix.

      Eric Bledsoe, traded to Milwaukee by the Suns on Nov. 7 after tweeting that he didn't want to be in Phoenix, added 30 points and seven assists and seven turnovers in his return. Milwaukee overcame the absence of star Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) to beat the Suns for the fifth straight time and the third straight in Phoenix after losing here 24 straight times.

      Devin Booker scored 23 points and tied the game at 105 with his shot near the Bucks bench as time expired. Greg Monroe, obtained by Phoenix in the Bledsoe deal, scored a season-high 22 points, but the Suns committed a season-high 29 turnovers, including four in overtime.

      Mavericks 95, Grizzlies 94

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Harrison Barnes' buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Dallas a victory over Memphis.

      Barnes recorded 22 points and nine rebounds. Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 points, and Dirk Nowitzki finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who have defeated the Grizzlies twice this season among their four victories.

      Tyreke Evans paced Memphis with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists (six turnovers) off the bench. Marc Gasol finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and rookie Deyonta Davis had a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

      Knicks 108, Raptors 100

      NEW YORK -- Tim Hardaway Jr. had a career-high 38 points as New York had a franchise-best 28-0 scoring run in the third quarter to defeat Toronto.

      Courtney Lee had 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter and Enes Kanter had seven of his 11 during the Knicks' best quarter of the season in which they outscored the Raptors 41-10. Hardaway scored 12 points during the run.

      Kyle Lowry had 25 points and 10 points and DeMar Derozan added 18 points to lead Toronto, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

      Cavaliers 119, Nets 109

      CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, including an 18-point run on his own, and Cleveland defeated Brooklyn.

      James, who left the game early in the third quarter to get stitches for a facial laceration, finished with 33 points, six rebounds and five assists. The Cavaliers led 100-99 with 4:25 left when James stepped to the line for free throws that sparked his 18 consecutive points.

      When James was finished -- on a 3-pointer with 55.6 seconds to go -- Cleveland led 118-107. Kevin Love added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who also received 18 points off the bench from Dwyane Wade.

      Rockets 125, Nuggets 95

      HOUSTON -- James Harden and Chris Paul paced a dazzling first-half blitz before Trevor Ariza stifled a Denver rally in the third quarter as Houston rolled to victory.

      Harden and Paul combined for 44 points and 21 assists, tallying 34 points on 10-for-15 shooting prior to intermission as the Rockets raced to a 35-point halftime lead. When Will Barton (20 points) and Nikola Jokic (17 points) helped the Nuggets cut the deficit to 81-60 midway through the third, Ariza responded with 11 consecutive points to re-establish control.

      Ariza finished with a season-high 25 points, hitting 7 of 10 3-pointers,

      Pelicans 107, Spurs 90

      NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and DeMarcus Cousins added 24 points and 15 boards to power New Orleans past San Antonio.

      Davis' 29 points moved him past Chris Paul into second place on the franchise's all-time scoring list. Davis has 7,938 points, surpassing Paul's 7,936 in his New Orleans tenure. David West (8,690) is first on New Orleans' all-time scoring list.

      The Spurs, who had won four of their previous five games, got 19 points from Rudy Gay, 17 from Pau Gasol and 16 from LaMarcus Aldridge. San Antonio led 17-2.

      Hornets 129, Wizards 124 (OT)

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dwight Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb scored 24 apiece as Charlotte rallied for an improbable overtime victory over Washington,

      The Hornets rallied from a nine-point deficit in the last four minutes of regulation, then dominated the overtime period. They took the lead for good at 119-116 on Walker's 3-pointer with 3:21 left and eventually pushed the lead to seven. Charlotte has won three straight.

      John Wall led the Wizards with 31 points and 11 assists. Bradley Beal scored 22 but missed two key free throws down the stretch, including one with 9.3 seconds left in regulation. Washington also got 14 points from Markieff Morris.

      Timberwolves 124, Magic 118

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Jimmy Butler tied a season high with 26 points, and Taj Gibson added a season-high 24 as Minnesota handed Orlando its sixth straight loss.

      The Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season. Jeff Teague added 22 points and 11 assists Minnesota.

      Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 26 points. Terrence Ross scored a season-high 22 points, Elfrid Payton had 10 points and 13 assists, and Nikola Vucevic added 11 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando.

      76ers 101, Trail Blazers 81

      PHILADELPHIA -- Joel Embiid had 28 points and 12 rebounds as Philadelphia defeated Portland.

      Ben Simmons added 16 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals for the 76ers, who won for the fourth time in five games to improve to 10-7. T.J. McConnell contributed 13 points off the bench for Philadelphia.

      Damian Lillard poured in 30 points for the Trail Blazers, but Portland shot only 33.7 percent from the floor. It was the Trail Blazers' poorest shooting night of the season, as well as their lowest point total. It was also the fewest points the 76ers have allowed in a game.

      Jazz 110, Bulls 80

      SALT LAKE CITY -- Derrick Favors scored 23 points and Rodney Hood added 19 off the bench to lead Utah past Chicago.

      Alec Burks also chipped in 15 points for the Jazz, who snapped a three-game losing streak to Chicago extending to the 2015-16 season. Utah was 11 of 22 from 3-point range during the second and third quarter.

      Robin Lopez scored 15 points and Bobby Portis added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead the Bulls. Justin Holiday and Kris Dunn chipped in 12 apiece.

      Clippers 116, Hawks 103

      ATLANTA -- Wesley Johnson scored a season-high 24 points as Los Angeles ended its nine-game losing streak.

      Blake Griffin scored 26 and Atlanta native Lou Williams added 20 points and eight assists for the Clippers. Johnson entered the game averaging only 6.8 points, but shot 8 for 10 from the field and matched his career best with six 3-pointers. Griffin was 9-for-19 from the field and add 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

      The Hawks got 20 points from Marco Belinelli, 16 in the first half, and 19 points and seven assists from Dennis Schroder.

      Kings 113, Lakers 102

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Willie Cauley-Stein scored a season-high 26 points off the bench, and starter Zach Randolph added 22 as Sacramento routed Los Angeles.

      The two frontcourt men combined to make 20 of 30 shots, and the Kings blazed away for 55.3 percent shooting en route to winning for the fourth time in their past five home games. Buddy Hield returned from a two-game absence caused by a sprained right ankle to score 10 points for Sacramento.

      Kentavious Caldwell-Pope topped the Lakers with 20 points. Rookie Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points and Jordan Clarkson tallied 15 off the bench for Los Angeles.

  • NBA notebook: Clippers' Beverley has knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley underwent surgery on his right knee Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

    • The 29-year-old Beverley is expected to miss a significant amount of time, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

      Beverley missed five straight games with a sore right knee before returning to play 22 minutes in the Clippers' 107-85 loss to the New York Knicks on Monday night, scoring nine points.

      The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Beverley is averaging 12.2 points, 2.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds for the Clippers this season, his first with the team after being acquired during the summer in the multiplayer trade that sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.

      --Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with a left wrist ligament injury, the team announced.

      Millsap could miss three months due to surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, league sources told Wojnarowski. The Vertical first reported that Millsap would need surgery and be sidelined indefinitely.

      The Nuggets announced in their press release that "additional evaluation and consultation is ongoing to determine the best course of medical care."

      --Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play in Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns because of right knee soreness.

      The Bucks and coach Jason Kidd announced the news via Twitter.

      Antetokounmpo, 22, said this is the same injury that bothered him this summer when knee pain prevented him from playing for the Greek national team in the European championship.

  • Clippers G Beverley undergoes knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley underwent surgery on his right knee Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

    • The 29-year-old Beverley is expected to miss a significant amount of time, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

      As the Clippers face the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday night, Beverley is sidelined again.

      Beverley missed five straight games with a sore right knee before returning to play 22 minutes in the Clippers' 107-85 loss to the New York Knicks on Monday night, scoring nine points.

      The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Beverley is averaging 12.2 points, 2.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds for the Clippers this season, his first with the team after being acquired during the summer in the multiplayer trade that sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.

  • Bucks F Antetokounmpo out vs. Suns
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play in Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns because of right knee soreness.

    • The Bucks and coach Jason Kidd announced the news via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

      Antetokounmpo, 22, said this is the same injury that bothered him this summer when knee pain prevented him from playing for the Greek national team in the European championship.

      The 6-foot-11, 222-pound Antetokounmpo is averaging career highs of 29.7 points (second in the league) and 10.3 rebounds in 16 games this season.

      The Bucks also will be without guard Matthew Dellavedova, forward Mirza Teletovic and center John Henson for Wednesday's game in Phoenix. Dellavedova, suffering from left knee tendinitis, hasn't played since Nov. 13. Teletovic is out for four weeks after getting knee surgery on Tuesday. Henson will miss the game due to an eye procedure he went through on Tuesday.

      "We have a lot of people out tonight," Kidd told reporters. "But that means someone else has to step up."

  • Nuggets F Millsap to undergo wrist surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with a left wrist ligament injury, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Millsap could miss three months due to surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Vertical first reported that Millsap would need surgery and be sidelined indefinitely.

      The Nuggets announced in their press release that "additional evaluation and consultation is ongoing to determine the best course of medical care."

      The 32-year-old All-Star suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Nuggets' 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

      Millsap is averaging 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 16 games this season, his first with the Nuggets.

  • NBA notebook: Ray Allen claims he was 'catfished'
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Former two-time NBA champion and 10-time All-Star Ray Allen claims he was stocked and "catfished" by a male stranger online who he says communicated with him while pretending to be several different women.

    • Bryant Coleman told an Orlando court on Monday that he was the one being stalked by Allen. On Tuesday, Allen asked the court in a filing to throw out the case.

      Allen's attorney, David Oscar Markus, said in a statement that Allen pursued legal action in the case to end threats made to him and his family. The filing claims Coleman has continually harassed Allen.

      --Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been questioned throughout the season about the playing time of superstar LeBron James.

      After James logged a season-low 27 minutes in Cleveland's 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday, Lue was questioned again -- and he didn't seem to like it.

      "I hear about that all the time," Lue said. "I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37, played 38 minutes a night, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe (Bryant). Everybody's built different. If you're one of the greats, sometimes you've got to play, sometimes you get rest like tonight."

      James, who turns 33 next month, leads the NBA in both total minutes played and minutes per game.

      --Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant told reporters that facing his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, is no big deal.

      "It's just a regular game for me now," the reigning NBA Finals MVP said on Tuesday, one day before the Warriors (13-4) visit Oklahoma City (7-9). "I learned how to tune out the crowd, I learned how to tune out the (expletive)."

      Durant tuned out the Thunder last season when he scored 40 points in his return to Chesapeake Arena.

      The 29-year-old former league MVP participated in a full practice on Tuesday but is considered questionable to play versus the Thunder because of an ankle injury.

  • Former NBA star Allen claims he was "catfished"
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Former two-time NBA champion and 10-time All-Star Ray Allen claims he was stocked and "catfished" by a male stranger online who he says communicated with him while pretending to be several different women.

    • Bryant Coleman told an Orlando court on Monday that he was the one being stalked by Allen. On Tuesday, Allen asked the court in a filing to throw out the case.

      "Coleman pretended to be a number of attractive women interested in Ray Allen," the motion filed by Allen's legal team read. "Ray believed he was speaking with these women and communicated with them."

      Allen's attorney, David Oscar Markus, said in a statement that Allen pursued legal action in the case to end threats made to him and his family. The filing claims Coleman has continually harassed Allen.

      "He posted about Ray's wife, Ray's children, Ray's dog, Ray's homes, Ray's wife's restaurant, and numerous other personal items," it read. "Coleman not only posted about these things, he would actually post while physically located inside Ray's wife's (Shannon) restaurant in Orlando. And he would make sure they knew it, tagging Ray and his wife on those posts."

      Through his lawyer, Allen said he regrets engaging in conversation with Coleman and hopes others can learn from his mistakes.

      Allen played 18 NBA seasons from 1996 to 2014, averaging 18.9 points and becoming the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 2,973. He won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat in 2013.

  • No biggie: Warriors' Durant indifferent about facing old team
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant told reporters that facing his former team is no big deal.

    • "It's just a regular game for me now," the reigning NBA Finals MVP said on Tuesday, one day before the Warriors (13-4) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-9). "I learned how to tune out the crowd, I learned how to tune out the (expletive)."

      Durant tuned out the Thunder last season when he scored 40 points in his return to Chesapeake Arena. The game marked his first contest back in Oklahoma City since spending eight seasons with the franchise that selected him with the second overall pick of the 2007 draft.

      The 29-year-old former league MVP participated in a full practice on Tuesday and is considered questionable to play versus the Thunder.

      "I don't know," Durant said when asked if he'll be able to play. "We'll see how it feels in the morning but right now, it feels good."

      Durant sprained his left ankle during Saturday's 124-116 win against the Philadelphia 76ers. He sat out the next night in Golden State's 118-111 victory at Brooklyn.

  • Cavs' Lue, James say LeBron's minutes not an issue
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been questioned throughout the season about the playing time of superstar LeBron James.

    • After James logged a season-low 27 minutes in Cleveland's 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday, Lue was questioned again -- and he didn't seem to like it.

      "I hear about that all the time," Lue said. "I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37, played 38 minutes a night, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe (Bryant). Everybody's built different. If you're one of the greats, sometimes you've got to play, sometimes you get rest like tonight."

      James, who turns 33 next month, leads the NBA in both total minutes played and minutes per game.

      James supplied 18 points and eight rebounds in Monday's blowout for Cleveland (10-7), which did not have a player log more than 28 minutes -- a welcome development for one of the league's oldest teams.

      "It's not a huge issue," James said of his minutes. "But at the end of the day, when we can get a win like this, everybody benefits from it, not just me."

  • NBA roundup: Irving's 47 pushes Celtics win streak to 16
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    DALLAS -- Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 47 points as the Boston Celtics ran their winning streak to 16 games with a 110-102 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

    • Irving produced the fourth-highest scoring game of his career as the Celtics (16-2) rallied from 13 points down in the final 7:47 of regulation. He shot 16 of 22, made five 3-pointers and 10 free throws.

      Jaylen Brown added 22 for Boston, which tied the fourth-longest win streak in team history. The Celtics can tied for the third longest when they go for 17 in a row Wednesday at Miami.

      Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 31 points. Wesley Matthews added 18, J.J. Barea 16 and Dirk Nowitzki posted his first double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

      Cavaliers 116, Pistons 88

      DETROIT -- Kevin Love collected 19 points and 11 rebounds as Cleveland routed Detroit for its fifth straight win.

      LeBron James added 18 points in 27 minutes as Cleveland led by as many as 39 and shot 52.5 percent. Jae Crowder also scored 18 points for Cleveland.

      Stanley Johnson scored 11 points for Detroit but Andre Drummond finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Drummond failed to get at least 12 rebounds for the first time this season.

      Knicks 107, Clippers 85

      NEW YORK -- Kristaps Porzingis led six players in double figures as New York handed Los Angeles its ninth straight loss.

      Reserve Doug McDermott added 16 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 13 while Enes Kanter totaled 12 points and 16 rebounds.

      Blake Griffin scored 21 points before fouling out as Los Angeles also dropped to 1-11 in its last 12 games.

      76ers 107, Jazz 86

      PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie Ben Simmons posted his 11th double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds as Philadelphia beat Utah.

      Simmons made 13 of 24 shots as Philadelphia shot 51.8 percent. JJ Reddick added 20 and Joel Embiid contributed 15 for the 76ers.

      Rookie Donvan Mitchell led the Jazz with 17 points.

      Pacers 105, Magic 97

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Victor Oladipo scored 29 points as Indiana beat Orlando.

      Bojan Bogdanovic added 26 points and Thaddeus Young contributed 17 as Indiana won its fourth straight.

      Niokla Vucevic totaled 25 points and 13 rebounds as Orlando dropped its fifth straight.

      Spurs 96, Hawks 85

      SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as San Antonio beat Atlanta.

      Manu Ginobili added 16 points as San Antonio overcame 18 turnovers. Danny Green added 14 and Kyle Anderson posted a double-double with 13 and 10 rebounds.

      Rookie John Collins led the Hawks with 21 points.

      Hornets 118, Timberwolves 102

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dwight Howard collected 25 points and 20 rebounds as Charlotte dominated the fourth quarter and beat Minnesota.

      Frank Kaminsky added 24 points off the bench as Charlotte outscored Minnesota 34-22 in the fourth quarter. Nicolas Batum added 17 points and Jeremy Lamb contributed 16.

      Jamal Crawford led Minnesota with 19 points. Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague added 18 apiece.

      Trail Blazers 100, Grizzlies 92

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- CJ McCollum scored 24 points as Portland beat Memphis.

      McCollum hit a key jumper with 35.3 seconds left and Damian Lillard added 21 as Portland won despite shooting 39.8 percent.

      Mario Chalmers scored 21 points and Tyreke Evans added 20 as Memphis lost its fifth straight.

      Pelicans 114, Thunder 107

      NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis scored 36 points in 44 1/2 minutes as New Orleans rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City.

      Davis played the entire second half and helped New Orleans withstand the ejection of DeMarcus Cousins. He scored 18 points before getting tossed for elbowing Russell Westbrook in the third quarter.

      Paul George led the Thunder with 26 points. Westbrook posted his fifth triple-double with 22 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists.

      Wizards 99, Bucks 88

      MILWAUKEE -- Bradley Beal scored 23 points as Washington beat Milwaukee.

      John Wall added 15 points and six assists after a one-game absence due to left knee soreness as Washington shot 52.7 percent.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 23 points and eight rebounds. Khris Middleton added 15 and Eric Bledsoe finished with 14.

      Nuggets 114, Kings 98

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Will Barton scored 25 points and made five 3-pointers as Denver beat Sacramento.

      Gary Harris added 20 points and Nikola Jokic posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

      Kosta Koufos and George Hill led Sacramento with 16 points apiece.

  • Nuggets coach Malone suspended 1 game
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, November 20, 2017

    Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone was suspended one game without pay and will serve his suspension in Monday's game against the Sacramento Kings.

    • Malone was suspended for entering the court, halting play and making contact with official Rodney Mott with 6:20 remaining in the second quarter of a 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

      Malone confronted Mott about a non-call after Denver star Nikola Jokic and two Los Angeles defenders made contact underneath the basket. Jokic grabbed the rebound and missed two shot attempts.

      As the teams headed up the court, Malone stepped onto the court and impeded Mott's path. Mott quickly tossed Malone and also ejected Jokic.

  • NBA roundup: Curry nets 39 in Warriors' win
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, November 20, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Stephen Curry totaled 39 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out as the Golden State Warriors held on for a 118-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.

    • The defending NBA champions took the lead in the first quarter and survived a lull in the fourth quarter.

      Less than 24 hours after rallying from a 24-point deficit in Philadelphia, the Warriors did not experience any similar problems in the first half Sunday. Golden State led for most of the final 42:08, held a 22-point lead at halftime and a 28-point edge early in the third before the Nets got close.

      Curry shot 14 of 24 from the floor and hit four 3-pointers, guiding the offense in the absence of Kevin Durant, who sat out due to a sprained left ankle. Allen Crabbe scored 25 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 21 for the Nets.

      Lakers 127, Nuggets 109

      LOS ANGELES -- Lonzo Ball recorded the second triple-double of his rookie season, and Los Angeles rolled to a victory over Denver.

      Ball finished with 11 points, 11 assists and 16 rebounds, though he hit just 5 of 13 shots from the floor. Julius Randle scored a season-high 24 points and Brook Lopez added 21 for the Lakers.

      Gary Harris led the Nuggets with 20 points, while Wilson Chandler scored 17. Each team had seven players produce at least 10 points apiece.

      Raptors 100, Wizards 91

      TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added six assists as Toronto defeated Washington.

      The Raptors had a three-point lead entering the fourth quarter and built it to nine. When the Wizards moved to within five, Raptors reserve guard Fred VanVleet made a 3-pointer with 1:15 to play.

      The Wizards were playing without guard John Wall, who has a swollen left knee. Bradley Beal paced Washington with 27 points.

      Pacers 120, Heat 95

      MIAMI -- Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and Myles Turner added 25 as Indiana ended its six-game losing streak at AmericanAirlines Arena with a win over Miami.

      Indiana shot 60 percent from the floor for its easiest win of the season.

      Turner, who made 11 of 14 shots from the field, added seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Indiana also got 15 points from shooting guard Victor Oladipo, who leads the Pacers in scoring on the season.

      Pistons 100, Timberwolves 97

      MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit rallied in the fourth quarter and then held on to beat Minnesota.

      Andre Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Detroit, while Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris each added 18 points. The Pistons bounced back after dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Timberwolves saw their three-game winning streak end.

      Jimmy Butler had a team-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota. Andrew Wiggins added 24 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves.

      Suns 113, Bulls 105

      PHOENIX -- TJ Warren scored nine of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Phoenix bench contributed 50 points in the Suns' win over Chicago.

      Devin Booker had 15 points and reserves Mike James and Troy Daniels combined for 29 as the Suns won their second straight and beat the Bulls for the third time in the past four tries.

      Rookie Lauri Markkanen had career-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds for Chicago, which missed a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

  • NBA veteran David Lee retires at 34
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Two-time All-Star David Lee announced his retirement on Sunday after 12 NBA seasons.

    • The 34-year-old forward made the announcement on his Instagram page.

      Lee got engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki earlier this month.

      "An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family! Thank you to my amazing fiancee @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!" Lee wrote underneath a group photo.

      Lee averaged 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in 829 career NBA games.

      He played his first five seasons with the New York Knicks and was an All-Star in 2009-10 when he averaged 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds. He spent the following five seasons with the Golden State Warriors, making the All-Star team again when he averaged 18.5 points and 11.1 boards in 2012-13.

      Lee was a member of Golden State team that defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals.

      Over his final two seasons, he spent time with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs. He did not play this season.

      Lee played four seasons of college basketball at Florida and was the 30th overall selection of the 2005 NBA Draft.

  • NBA notebook: Durant misses game with OKC visit looming
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant missed Sunday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets with a sprained left ankle, the team announced.

    • Durant suffered the injury during Saturday night's 124-116 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. He scored 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes.

      Durant is considered day-to-day and the injury is not believed to be serious. He is averaging 24.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 15 games this season.

      The Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Wednesday night. The game would be Durant's second time playing in Oklahoma City against his former team since joining the Warriors last season.

      --Washington Wizards guard John Wall missed Sunday's game against the Toronto Raptors with a swollen left knee.

      There is a chance Wall could be ready to play Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

      Wall is averaging 19.9 points and 9.3 assists per game.

      --Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the first overall pick in this year's NBA draft, will miss at least two more weeks with a shoulder injury, the team announced.

      Fultz has played just four games this season, averaging 6.0 points, and has not played since an Oct. 23 game against Detroit because of the shoulder problem.

      The 76ers stated the "soreness is dissipating and the muscle balance is improving." Fultz will be re-examined in two to three weeks to determine whether he is ready to return.

  • Warriors F Durant to miss game against Nets
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss Sunday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets with a sprained left ankle, the team announced.

    • Durant suffered the injury during Saturday night's 124-116 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. He scored 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes.

      Durant is considered day-to-day and the injury is not believed to be serious.

      The Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Wednesday night. The game would be Durant's second time playing in Oklahoma City against his former team since joining the Warriors last season.

      Durant is averaging 24.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 15 games this season.

  • Spurs hoping for better start against Hawks
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, November 19, 2017

    The San Antonio Spurs will be looking for a better start, but a similar finish, than their last game when they square off against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

    • The Spurs bring some momentum into the contest against Atlanta after a 104-101 win over Oklahoma City on Friday. San Antonio, which has won six of its past eight games, nearly got blown out of the water in the first quarter and a half before rallying in the second half for the victory over the Thunder.

      That game came down to the final minute, when LaMarcus Aldridge scored on a putback basket and Pau Gasol added two free throws with five seconds remaining before the San Antonio defense denied Oklahoma City a quality shot to tie the contest on a final possession.

      Aldridge scored 26 points for the Spurs (10-6) while Danny Green hit for 17 points, Gasol scored 14 points and Kyle Anderson added 10 points.

      "It was a fine win," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Our guys kept their minds on playing basic basketball and things turned their way. Their effort was great and they played a lot smarter in the second half."

      San Antonio trailed as many as 23 points in the second quarter before finding its stride, roaring back with a 28-12 run over the final nine minutes of the first half to pull back to within 55-47 at intermission.

      Gasol said the Spurs fought back by taking the game one possession at a time.

      "That's just what you've got to do," Gasol explained. "That's what it takes to turn a game around when you are down like we were. We knew there was a lot of game left to be played. You start getting into people, things change, things turn around, and all of sudden you have a chance. The team showed a lot of heart, a lot of character, by not giving up."

      Atlanta heads to the Alamo City off a 110-99 loss to Boston. The Hawks (3-13) had posted a team-record 46-point win on Wednesday over Sacramento, when they shot 63.3 percent, and Saturday they built a 16-point first-quarter lead against Boston before falling to the Celtics.

      Atlanta shot 65 percent in the first quarter and had a 35-20 lead after one quarter. It was the second-most points allowed in a quarter by the Celtics this season. Boston outscored Atlanta 66-49 in the second half and shot 51 percent from the field.

      Atlanta (3-13) was led by point guard Dennis Schroder with 23 points and nine assists. Kent Bazemore added 19 points and rookie center John Collins came off the bench to contribute 18 points and seven rebounds.

      "Offensively, certainly we didn't have a lot of great possessions, but had several possessions where we'd finish or make a shot in the paint," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Those are things you have to do from the start to the end. Our transition defense in the third quarter was poor."

      Atlanta sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings but has played better than its record.

      "We can make some big things happen this season," Schroder said. "We just have to stay together as a team."

      San Antonio is still without star forward Kawhi Leonard and venerable point guard Tony Parker, who have not played this season because of respective quad injuries.

      Forward Luke Babbitt was back in the starting lineup for Atlanta after he left the Sacramento game early with tightness in his back. Forward DeAndre Bembry returned to the lineup after missing 14 games with a fractured right wrist suffered in the season opener against Dallas. Guard Isaiah Taylor suffered a retinal tear to his right eye in practice on Friday and will miss several weeks.

      San Antonio has an all-time record of 52-37 against Atlanta, including a 33-12 mark against the Hawks at home. The Spurs have not lost to Atlanta at home since Feb. 15, 1997.

  • Wizards' Wall out with swollen knee
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, November 19, 2017

    TORONTO -- Washington Wizards guard John Wall missed Sunday's game against the Toronto Raptors with a swollen left knee.

    • There is a chance Wall could be ready to play Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

      Wall is averaging 19.9 points and 9.3 assists per game.

      A fluid buildup has been lingering for about a week. Wall also missed the Nov. 5 game against the Raptors, also at the Air Canada Centre. The Wizards won that game.

      Tim Frazier started in Wall's place.

  • 76ers G Fultz to remain sidelined
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the first overall pick in this year's NBA draft, will miss at least two more weeks with a shoulder injury, the team announced Sunday.

    • Fultz has played just four games this season, averaging 6.0 points, and has not played since an Oct. 23 game against Detroit because of the shoulder problem.

      He was examined Sunday by Dr. Ben Kibler, the medical director of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky at the Lexington Clinic, for soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder, according to the team.

      The 76ers stated the "soreness is dissipating and the muscle balance is improving." Fultz will be re-examined in two to three weeks to determine whether he is ready to return.

  • Warriors F Durant to miss Nets' game
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss Sunday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets with a sprained left ankle, the team announced.

    • Durant suffered the injury during Saturday night's 124-116 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. He scored 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks in 33 minutes.

      Durant is considered day-to-day and the injury is not believed to be serious.

      The Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Wednesday night. The game would be Durant's second time playing in Oklahoma City against his former team since joining the Warriors last season.

      Durant is averaging 24.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 15 games this season.

  • NBA roundup: Irving, Brown lead Celtics to 15th straight win
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, November 19, 2017

    ATLANTA -- Kyrie Irving scored 30 points and Jaylen Brown added a career-high 27 to help the Boston Celtics extend their winning streak to 15 games with a 110-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

    • Irving shot 10-for-12 from the field, including five 3-pointers, and added five assists and four rebounds. Brown, was 10-for-13 from the floor, including four 3-pointers, and had four rebounds.

      The 15-game winning streak is the fifth-longest in franchise history. The club record is 19 straight, set in 2008.

      Atlanta (3-13) was led by point guard Dennis Schroder with 23 points and nine assists. Kent Bazemore added 19 points and rookie center John Collins came off the bench to add 18 points and seven rebounds.

      Warriors 124, 76ers 116

      PHILADELPHIA -- Steph Curry scored 35 points, Kevin Durant added 27 and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a 22-point halftime deficit for a 124-116 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

      Curry responded in a big way after a nine-point performance two nights earlier in a road loss at Boston. Curry shot 11 of 22 and hit all nine of his free throws as the Warriors pulled off the largest comeback in the NBA this season by overcoming a 24-point deficit early in the third quarter.

      Ben Simmons led the Sixers (8-7) with 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds while Joel Embiid added 21 points. Robert Covington and J.J. Redick contributed 20 apiece, and Dario Saric had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

      Rockets 105, Grizzlies 83

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- James Harden scored 29 points as Houston beat Memphis.

      Chris Paul added 17 and 13 rebounds in his second game back from a knee injury as Houston won for the seventh time in eight games.

      Chandler Parsons led Memphis with 17 points while Marc Gasol added 15 and nine rebounds.

      Hornets 102, Clippers 87

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored 26 points, including 10 straight down the stretch of the fourth quarter, as Charlotte beat Los Angeles and snapped a six-game losing streak.

      Jeremy Lamb added 17 while Dwight Howard totaled 16 points and 16 rebounds as Charlotte won by double digits for the second time this season.

      Lou Williams scored 25 points and Blake Griffin added 19 for the Clippers (5-10), who dropped their eighth straight.

      Mavericks 111, Bucks 79

      DALLAS -- Wesley Matthews hit six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 22 points as Dallas routed Milwaukee.

      J.J. Barea added a season-high 22 points and Harrison Barnes added 18 as Dallas won for the third time in 17 games this season.

      Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Khris Middleton added 23 for the Bucks.

      Trail Blazers 102, Kings 90

      PORTLAND, Ore -- CJ McCollum scored 25 points as Portland defeated Sacramento.

      Damian Lillard added 22 despite missing six of seven 3-pointers. Jusuf Nurkic contributed 14 as Portland shot 54 percent.

      Willie Cauley-Stein led Sacramento with 18 points and nine rebounds.

      Jazz 125, Magic 85

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rodney Hood scored a season-high 31 points and hit seven 3-pointers as Utah routed Orlando.

      Derrick Favors added 25 points and 11 rebounds as Utah snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in eight games.

      Aaron Gordon scored 18 points for Orlando, which lost its fourth straight. The 40-point loss was tied for the worst home defeat in team history.

  • Hawks G Taylor out 1-2 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, November 18, 2017

    Atlanta Hawks guard Isaiah Taylor has been diagnosed with a retinal tear to his right eye and he is expected to be out one to two weeks, the team announced Saturday.

    • Taylor, 23, suffered the eye injury during Friday's practice and was examined at the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta.

      The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Taylor is averaging 6.2 points, 2.4 assists and 16.1 minutes in 13 games this season coming off the bench.

  • NBA roundup: Aldridge clutch, Spurs beat Thunder
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, November 18, 2017

    SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, the final two on a crucial basket in the last minute, as the San Antonio Spurs roared back from a ragged beginning to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-101 on Friday at the AT&T Center.

    • After trailing by as many as six points in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City pulled to within 100-99 on a free throw by Paul George with 45 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession Aldridge scored on a putback of a missed 3-pointer by Danny Green to push San Antonio's lead to 102-99 before the Thunder's Carmelo Anthony canned a jumper with his right foot on the 3-point line with 5 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 102-101.

      Pau Gasol then hit two free throws with 2 seconds to play and, after a time out, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had to settle for a contested, wild shot at the buzzer that didn't even hit the rim.

      Cavaliers 118, Clippers 113, OT

      CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 19 of his 39 points in the second half and overtime to lead Cleveland over Los Angeles.

      Kevin Love added 25 points and Dwyane Wade scored 23 points with a season-high 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who didn't lead until overtime and trailed by as many as 15.

      The Clippers have lost seven straight. Blake Griffin led them with 23 points but shot 8-for-25.

      Kings 86, Trail Blazers 82

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Willie Cauley-Stein set a season high with 22 points, the last one a free throw with 3.4 seconds remaining that lifted Sacramento over Portland.

      Cauley-Stein, relegated to coming off the bench for the first time this season, scored 13 in the second half and had two key put-backs in the fourth quarter.

      Sacramento won its third straight at home and snapped a three-game losing streak.

      Timberwolves 111, Mavericks 87

      DALLAS -- Jimmy Butler scored 21 and Andrew Wiggins added 19 points to lead a balanced attack and Minnesota rallied from a 14-point deficit to rout Dallas.

      The Timberwolves had six players score in double figures, including all five starters.

      Karl-Anthony Towns (15 points and 11 rebounds), Jeff Teague (15 points and 10 assists) and Taj Gibson (10 points and 11 rebounds) each notched double-doubles.

      Bulls 123, Hornets 120

      CHICAGO -- Justin Holiday scored 27 points, Kris Dunn had 22 and Lauri Markkanen hit a pair of free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining as Chicago beat Charlotte.

      Denzel Valentine scored 18 points to go along with 16 from Markkanen. Jerian Grant and Bobby Portis each finished with 10 points for the Bulls (3-10).

      Kemba Walker scored 47 points for Charlotte, which lost its sixth straight.

      Nets 118, Jazz 107

      NEW YORK -- Spencer Dinwiddie compiled a career-high 25 points and eight assists as Brooklyn beat Utah.

      Dinwiddie made his third start of the season in place of D'Angelo Russell, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in the day. With Russell watching the game on television from his Manhattan hospital room, Dinwiddie hit 9 of 14 shots, 6 of 10 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds in 31 minutes.

      Allen Crabbe added 18 points, DeMarre Carroll contributed 17 and Trevor Booker chipped in 14.

      Raptors 107, Knicks 84

      TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and added 10 assists and eight rebounds as Toronto defeated New York.

      DeMar DeRozan also scored 22 points and added seven assists and six rebounds for the Raptors, who have won three games in a row.

      The Raptors led by as many as 22 points early in the third quarter and carried a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter.

      Heat 91, Wizards 88

      WASHINGTON -- Hassan Whiteside had 22 points and 16 rebounds as Miami fended off a frenzied comeback attempt by Washington.

      Otto Porter's two free throws with 11.3 seconds remaining pulled the Wizards within 89-88. After Miami's James Johnson hit one of two free throws with 5.8 seconds left, Bradley Beal missed a potential game-tying jumper with 2.6 seconds showing.

      Beal scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half.

      Pacers 107, Pistons 100

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help Indiana rally from a 22-point third-quarter deficit.

      Indiana scored the first seven points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 58-54 but fell behind 78-56. The Pacers went on a run of trim the deficit to 10 points after three quarters.

      Indiana narrowed the deficit to 92-91 on Lance Stephenson's 3-pointer with 5:43 left. Domantas Sabonis hit two free throws to give the Pacers a 93-92 lead. After a basket by Stephenson, Tobias Harris sank a 3-pointer to tie it at 95.

      Nuggets 146, Pelicans 114

      DENVER -- Jamal Murray scored 31 points, Gary Harris returned from missing two games with a sore right shoulder to score a season-high 22, and Denver routed New Orleans.

      Paul Millsap had 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists, Nikola Jokic had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Emmanuel Mudiay scored 19 for Denver.

      Forward Anthony Davis scored 17 points for New Orleans before leaving early in the third quarter with a concussion, the team said. He didn't return.

      Suns 122, Lakers 113

      LOS ANGELES -- Devin Booker scored 22 of his 33 points in the first half and Phoenix held on to defeat Los Angeles.

      Alex Len had 17 points and 18 rebounds off the bench, Tyler Ulis had 14 points and seven assists and T.J. Warren had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Suns (6-11).

      Kyle Kuzma scored 28 of his season-high 30 points in the second half for the Lakers. Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Ingram had 17 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, which beat the Suns in Phoenix twice this season.

  • Grizzlies, without Conley, prepare for Rockets
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, November 18, 2017

    The struggling Memphis Grizzlies will try to find a way to deal with a sizzling James Harden when they host the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

    • The Grizzlies were without star guard Mike Conley when they opened a four-game homestand with a 116-113 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

      The loss was Memphis' third straight and sixth in its last eight games after a 5-1 start that included a 103-89 home win over the Rockets.

      Conley, who has been bothered by pain in his Achilles, remains out indefinitely, creating an intriguing matchup of two physically similar guards: Harden and the Grizzlies' Tyreke Evans.

      Harden against pretty much anybody is a mismatch these days. He is coming off a 48-point explosion Thursday night at Phoenix, a game in which the Rockets scored 90 points in the first half and finished with 21 3-pointers.

      Harden had six of the 3s and 18 free throws in 18 attempts, helping the Rockets ease to the seventh win in their last eight games.

      Harden, the league's leader scorer at 31.8 points per game, has averaged 40.2 points in his last six games.

      The win at Phoenix also marked the return of Rockets newcomer Chris Paul, who was last seen struggling with a bruised left knee on opening night at Golden State.

      He played 21 minutes after his 13-game layoff, contributing, according to coach Mike D'Antoni, more than just the 11 points and 10 assists on the score sheet.

      "Everybody was psyched up to get Chris back," the coach said afterward. "Just one of those nights where we played well offensively."

      Offense wasn't the Grizzlies' problem in their loss to the Pacers on Wednesday. They matched their season-high with 113 points, even without Conley, their floor leader and third-leading scorer.

      One reason was the play of Evans, whose 18 points gave him double-figure scoring in 13 of 14 games this season, all off the bench.

      Evans found himself running the point with the first unit much more than usual against the Pacers and responded with nine assists, three more than he'd had in any other game.

      After Conley sat out for the second time this season, the Grizzlies pondered bringing him back for Saturday's game. But cooler heads prevailed and a decision to bench him indefinitely was announced Friday.

      "We're going to get some different opinions on it and see if it's something that he is doing or that we're doing that we can do differently," Grizzlies coach David Fizdale reported Wednesday night.

      "It's just been a very frustrating 12, 13 games for him and for all of us. He can't hide it. The guy is giving us everything he can, but he's doing it on one foot right now. We've got to figure something out with that to get him better and back to us as fast as possible."

      The Rockets and Grizzlies already are meeting for the fourth time this season. The Grizzlies limited Harden to 20 points and just a pair of 3-pointers in the 103-89 win the last time the clubs met at Memphis on Oct. 28.

  • Pelicans C Davis out of game with concussion
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, November 18, 2017

    DENVER -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis left Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets with a concussion, the team announced.

    • Davis was injured when he was hit in the face by Nikola Jokic's head as the Nuggets center was backing down for position 58 seconds into the third quarter.

      Davis was down on the court for a minute before getting up and walking to the locker room.

      He had 17 points and five rebounds before leaving.

  • Nets G Russell undergoes knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, November 17, 2017

    NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday, but general manager Sean Marks said the injury is not season-ending.

    • Marks said the procedure was done to remove loose bodies in Russell's knee, which are small fragments of cartilage or bone that move freely around in joint fluid. Marks said there is not a set timeline for Russell's return and said the 21-year-old will be evaluated daily while continuing to get treatment.

      "This is the direction that's best for D'Angelo for this coming season and also long-term for his career," said Marks, who added the plan is for Russell to return at some point this season.

      Russell was injured late in the fourth quarter of last Saturday's 114-106 loss to the Utah Jazz, when he collided with a defender. He became the second Nets' point guard to undergo knee surgery.

      Russell was acquired in June from the Los Angeles Lakers and the third-year guard was slated to start alongside Jeremy Lin. Lin tore the patella tendon in his right knee in Brooklyn's season-opening loss at Indiana on Oct. 17.

      "It's definitely frustrating for D'Angelo," Marks said. "I was just with him before. He's going into this as another challenge. He knows he'll bounce back from this and we have no doubts in our mind that he'll be better and stronger than he was before."

      The Nets acquired him from the Los Angeles Lakers in a June trade for Brook Lopez and Russell is leading the team with 20.9 points along with 5.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds in 12 games. He missed Brooklyn's 112-107 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 25 with right knee soreness.

      Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points in Russell's first absence and will be the starting point guard.

      Last season Russell missed 11 games in November and December with left knee soreness and three more contests in January with a right knee injury and eventually underwent platelet-rich plasma injections. Marks said this injury is not related to knee issues from last year.

      "I think with any 21-year-old that's played a lot of basketball you're going to have a little bit of wear and tear," Marks said.