Antetokounmpo’s 43 points fuel Bucks, Tatum scores 40 in Celtics win

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Milwaukee’s two-time reigning Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 43 points Monday to power the Bucks to a 125-115 NBA victory over the Detroit Pistons. Antetokounmpo connected on 17 of 24 shots from the field. He made a brace of three pointers and was simply unstoppable in the paint. He scored 30 of the Bucks’ 67 first-half points and finished seven-of-nine from the free-throw line with nine rebounds […]

Curry delivers throwback performance with career-high 62 points

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Two-time MVP Stephen Curry got his swagger back on Sunday night, scoring a career-high 62 points as the Golden State Warriors outgunned the Portland Trail Blazers 137-122. It was just like old times for Curry, arguably the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA. Curry, who played just five games in the coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 season due to a broken hand, drained eight of 16 from beyond the arc […]

Luka Doncic carries Mavericks to 93-83 win over Heat

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Luka Doncic scored 27 points to outduel fellow Slovenian Goran Dragic as the Dallas Mavericks took advantage of some woeful three-point shooting by Miami to beat the Heat 93-83 on Friday night. Doncic also tallied 15 rebounds, outperforming compatriot Dragic who finished with 10 points and seven assists at American Airlines Center arena in Dallas, Texas. This was the first time in three career meetings that Doncic had beat […]

NBA Rookie of the Year Morant hurt in Grizzlies’ game at Brooklyn

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Memphis point guard Ja Morant, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, left Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in a wheelchair after what the Grizzlies later called a sprained left ankle. Morant had risen to try to block a jump shot by Brooklyn’s French forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot with less than three minutes remaining in the first half of the game at Barclays Center. He turned his left ankle […]

Hayward shines as Hornets hand Nets first loss of NBA season

by Rebecca BRYAN LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Gordon Hayward scored 28 points as the Charlotte Hornets cooled off red-hot Brooklyn, handing the Nets their first defeat of the young NBA season 106-104 on Sunday. Terry Rozier — Hayward’s former teammate in Boston — added 19 points and P.J. Washington chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who held the Nets to 42.7% shooting. “Unbelievable win for us,” said Hayward, who […]

Durant, Nets open NBA season with rout of Warriors

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant’s long awaited Brooklyn Nets debut didn’t disappoint Tuesday, the two-time NBA Finals MVP teaming seamlessly with Kyrie Irving in a 125-99 opening day blowout over the Golden State Warriors. Durant hadn’t played since suffering a devastating torn Achilles tendon playing for the Warriors against Toronto in game five of the championship series on June 10, 2019. He was still recovering from surgery when he bolted for the […]

Former MVP Durant ready to ride, at last, with Nets

by Rebecca BRYAN NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant says the quality of his Brooklyn Nets teammates promises him a “smooth ride” in his return from an 18-month NBA absence in the wake of a devastating torn Achilles tendon. The return of one of the NBA’s most formidable scoring threats, the league Most Valuable Player in 2014 and a two-time NBA Finals MVP with the Golden State Warriors — has sparked excitement among […]

Hornets’ Hayward has broken finger on shooting hand

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward has a fracture at the base of his right little finger and will miss at least one pre-season game, the NBA team said Wednesday. The Hornets said Hayward will be listed as day-to-day, indicating the injury on his shooting hand won’t require surgery. Hayward was hurt in the team’s pre-season loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday. A statement from the club described it as […]

James, Davis make pre-season bow as Lakers edge Suns

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James and Anthony Davis eased into the NBA’s pre-season on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Lakers scored a 112-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns. James, who barely two months ago led the Lakers to their NBA Finals triumph in Orlando, bagged 11 points with two rebounds and two assists during 15 first half minutes in Phoenix. Davis added 10 points with four rebounds in 18 minutes on court. […]

Antetokounmpo agrees record five-year deal with Bucks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo ended speculation about his future on Tuesday after agreeing a new long-term deal reported to be the biggest in NBA history. Antetokounmpo, who would have been able to enter free agency next year, said in a statement on Twitter he had agreed a five-year deal with the Bucks. “This is my home, this is my city,” the 26-year-old two-time NBA MVP said. “I’m blessed […]

NBA scoring machine Durant shines in unofficial Nets debut

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant scored 15 points Sunday on his unofficial Brooklyn Nets’ debut, 552 days since his last appearance on a court when he tore his Achilles tendon. Durant, arguably the best player in the NBA at the time of his injury, spent his downtime in rehabilitation watching Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo claim two most valuable player awards and LeBron James capture his fourth NBA championship. The Nets are Durant’s new […]

James, Davis to skip NBA preseason opener: report

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James and Anthony Davis will sit out the Los Angeles Lakers’ first exhibition game following the shortest off season in National Basketball Association history, the US media reported Thursday. The Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first of four exhibition games ahead of the 2020-21 season but Friday’s contest won’t include the star duo, head coach Frank Vogel told reporters at practice on Thursday. The 35-year-old […]