NBA Basketball

More NBA News

More News | Wire

Butler has 33 amid boos, Wolves top Cavs

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jimmy Butler brushed off some early jeers from the jaded home crowd, scoring 33 points in 36 minutes to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123 on Friday night.

Andrew Wiggins pitched in with 22 points and Anthony Tolliver hit three 3-pointers off the bench to bolster a vintage all-around effort by the four-time All-Star Butler, who requested a trade last month.

Butler made 10 of 12 field goals and 12 of 12 free throws, with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists to help the Timberwolves (1-1) hold off a late charge by Kevin Love and the LeBron James-less Cavaliers.

Read More...

Mirotic has 36 of Pelicans' 149 in win

NEW ORLEANS (AP) When Anthony Davis wasn't soaring to the rim to slam down alley-oop lobs, Nikola Mirotic was burying a barrage of 3s that had the crowd chanting his name.

By the end of the night, the New Orleans Pelicans were getting a standing ovation for their highest single-game point total in franchise history.

 MORE

Leonard's 31 lift Raptors over Celtics

TORONTO (AP) Kawhi Leonard isn't quite back up to speed after missing most of last season.

That's just fine with the Toronto Raptors. They are plenty happy with the way Leonard is playing right now.

 MORE

Bucks rout Pacers behind Giannis' 26-15

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Khris Middleton added 25 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 118-101 on Friday night.

Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 25 points, and Doug McDermott added 14.

 MORE

Hornets win 12th straight vs. Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have owned the Orlando Magic the last three seasons and nobody is more responsible than Kemba Walker.

Walker missed his first five shots, didn't score until midway through the second period and finished with 26 points as Charlotte beat Orlando 120-88 on Friday night.

 MORE

LeVert's last-second layup lifts Nets

NEW YORK (AP) Caris LeVert had the ball in his hands in the final seconds and the chance to give his team the lead.

Two nights earlier, he fumbled it away.

 MORE

Temple scores 30, Grizzlies beat Hawks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies' newcomers made a fine first impression on the home crowd.

Garrett Temple, picked up in a trade from Sacramento, scored 30 points, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 as the Grizzlies built a first-half lead and coasted to a 131-117 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

 MORE

James has 26-12 in debut, Blazers win

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) LeBron James' debut for the Los Angeles Lakers opened with two thunderous dunks and closed with a loss.

He finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, but the Portland Trail Blazers prevailed 128-119 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

 MORE

Melvin becomes 1st female Hornets coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Chasity Melvin has been hired by the Charlotte Hornets' G League team, the Greensboro Swarm, as an assistant coach.

She becomes the first female coach in Hornets and Swarm history.

 MORE

G League to offer $125K to top prospects

MIAMI (AP) The G League will begin offering "select contracts" worth $125,000 next year to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA, a move that could slightly lessen the handful of one-and-done players at the college level.

There is no determination yet on how players will be identified as potential targets for such a contract. The G League said Thursday that it is establishing a working group to develop that process and other criteria, and that there will be no cap on how many players could be signed to a select deal.

 MORE
Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2018 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.