Westbrook shines as Thunder roll over Lakers (AFP)
25 Feb 2017 at 6:53am
Russell Westbrook earned his 28th triple double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder eased past the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93. Westbrook scored 17 points on four-of-17 shooting from the field to go with 17 assists and 19 rebounds at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Alex Abrines and Andre Roberson each had 19 points and combined to hit eight three-pointers.
Williams integrating in with Rockets, who host T-Wolves (The Associated Press)
25 Feb 2017 at 6:51am
Newly acquired Rockets guard Lou Williams readily admitted to being surprised by his productivity in his debut with Houston on Thursday night in New Orleans, an individual performance that fueled a blowout victory and only bolstered conversation that the Rockets are legitimate contenders in the West. Williams made seven 3-pointers and poured in 27 points in the Rockets' 129-99 win over the Pelicans, doing so without the benefit of a practice or even a shootaround with his new team. What comes next for the Rockets (41-18) beyond their hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-35) on Saturday night at Toyota Center is the process of integrating Williams into their team dynamic.
NBA standings (Reuters)
25 Feb 2017 at 6:43am
Feb 25 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Friday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 37 21 .638 - 2. Toronto 34 24 .586 3 3. NY Knicks 23 35 .397 14 4. Philadelphia 22 35 .386 14 1/2 5. Brooklyn 9 48 .158 27 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 40 16 .714 - 2. Indiana 30 28 .517 11 3. Chicago 29 29 .500 12 4. Detroit 28 30 .483 13 5. Milwaukee 25 31 .446 15 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 34 22 .607 - 2. Atlanta 32 25 .561 2 1/2 3. Miami 26 32 .448 9 4. Charlotte 24 33 .421 10 1/2 5. Orlando 21 38 . ...
NBA results (Reuters)
25 Feb 2017 at 6:29am
Feb 25 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Friday (home team in CAPS) San Antonio 105 LA CLIPPERS 97 DENVER 129 Brooklyn 109 TORONTO 107 Boston 97 CHICAGO 128 Phoenix 121 (OT) Utah 109 MILWAUKEE 95 OKLAHOMA CITY 110 LA Lakers 93 MINNESOTA 97 Dallas 84 Miami 108 ATLANTA 90 PHILADELPHIA 120 Washington 112 INDIANA 102 Memphis 92
Knicks searching for direction vs. 76ers (The Associated Press)
25 Feb 2017 at 6:11am
Derrick Rose is unsure about the offense the New York Knicks are running. Carmelo Anthony is unclear about the direction management has for the team after standing pat at the trade deadline. Also murky is New York's ability to consistently get victories and start any kind of winning streak.
Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Lakers, 110-93 (The Associated P...
25 Feb 2017 at 5:14am
Russell Westbrook connected with his new teammates immediately. Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 on Friday night. It was the first game in a Thunder uniform for Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Chicago Bulls.
NBA-National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
25 Feb 2017 at 12:37am
The Philadelphia 76ers officially ruled out Australian forward Ben Simmons for the remainder of his rookie season after tests revealed his broken right foot was not fully healed. The number one overall draft pick out of LSU is "heartbroken" over the news, Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo told reporters in making the announcement on Friday. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Simmons fractured his foot on Sept. 30, the final day of training camp.
Warriors' Green taunts Paul Pierce over 'farewell tour' (The Associated Press...
24 Feb 2017 at 6:08pm
Warriors forward Draymond Green has been caught on microphone taunting the Clippers' Paul Pierce about his impending retirement. Pierce is in his 19th NBA season and said in September this will be his last one. TNT microphones caught Green slamming Pierce early in the Warriors' 123-113 victory over Los Angeles.
Rockets spoil Cousins' Pelicans debut (AFP)
24 Feb 2017 at 7:31am
The Houston Rockets shot down new-look New Orleans 129-99 on Thursday, spoiling the Pelicans debut of DeMarcus Cousins with the help of a new arrival of their own. Big man Cousins, acquired on Monday from the Sacramento Kings in a blockbuster trade involving five players and two draft picks, teamed well with Pelicans star Anthony Davis, the two combining for 56 points and 23 rebounds.
Pistons rally from 18 down, beat Hornets 114-108 in OT (The Associated Press)
24 Feb 2017 at 4:48am
As exasperated as he can look on the sideline sometimes, Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy says he actually doesn't give players too hard a time about shot selection. Sometimes, a player needs the freedom to keep shooting, like when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored the Pistons' last 11 points of regulation to force overtime. ''For a guy like Pope to go on a streak like that, he's got to be a bit of a gunslinger and not be worried about what's going on,'' Van Gundy said.
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