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Jusuf Nurkic scores 24, Blazers beat Sixers 130-115

Rob Maaddi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 1:44pm

Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter took advantage of Joel Embiid's absence.

Saric criticizes World Cup qualifying system as Croatia out

Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:46pm

Dario Saric says basketball's World Cup qualifying system "doesn't make any sense" to him after Croatia was eliminated from contention Friday.

Jokic helps Nuggets beat Mavs as Doncic sits with sore ankle

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:19pm

Nikola Jokic watched a lot of shots go up and come back down in the Denver Nuggets' hands Friday night.

Montrezl Harrell scores 30, Clippers beat Grizzlies 112-106

Clay Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:14pm

Danilo Gallinari went on a scoring spree midway through the fourth quarter Friday to make sure the Los Angeles Clippers maintained their hold on the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Pistons survive Blake Griffin's ejection, top Hawks 125-122

Charles Odum, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:18pm

The Detroit Pistons were upset to see Blake Griffin ejected — especially when they believed their best player didn't deserve the punishment.

Wolves overcome Towns' first absence, beat Knicks 115-104

Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:10pm

Taj Gibson didn't know when he drove by an accident back in Minnesota that Karl-Anthony Towns had been involved.

Matthews fuels rally, Pacers beat Pelicans 126-111

Corey Elliot, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:08pm

With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out, new addition Wesley Matthews has helped the Indiana Pacers adapt.

Markannen makes 2 late free throws, Bulls beat Magic 110-109

Dick Scanlon, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:48pm

Lauri Markkannen shooting free throws was a fitting way for the Chicago Bulls to finish off the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Hornets switch lineup, roll past Wizards 123-110

Steve Reed, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:32pm

Nic Batum is back in his comfort zone.

Towns out with concussion for 1st missed game of his career

Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 11:36am

Karl-Anthony Towns is missing a game for the first time in his career, unable to play for Minnesota against the Knicks on Friday night following a car accident.

Curry scores 36 as Warriors hold off Kings 125-123

Michael Wagaman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:22pm

Stephen Curry scored 36 points, hitting 10 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors survived a hectic finish to beat the Sacramento Kings 125-123 on Thursday night.

LeBron rallies Lakers to 111-106 victory over Rockets

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:16pm

LeBron James knows that he needs to turn up his intensity if the Los Angeles Lakers are going to make the playoffs. He certainly did that on Thursday night against the Houston Rockets when his team needed it the most.

McMurray scores 25, SMU pulls away to beat UConn 77-59

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:14pm

Jahmal McMurray drove for three straight layups in a 12-2 run late in the first half, and SMU went on to beat UConn 77-59 on Thursday night.

Antetokounmpo scores 30 points, Bucks beat Celtics 98-97

Joe Totoraitis, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:04pm

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks shook off any All-Star break hangover in a hurry.

Center duo of Nurkic, Kanter leads Blazers over Nets, 113-99

Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:02pm

When Jusuf Nurkic went to the bench, the Portland Trail Blazers inserted a player who barely knew their offense.

Cavaliers send Suns to franchise-record 16th straight loss

Steve Herrick, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:50pm

Kevin Love's presence makes an obvious difference for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

76ers overcome Joel Embiid's absence to beat Heat 106-102

Aaron Bracy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:42pm

Boban Marjanovic covered up All-Star center Joel Embiid's absence — at least for a night.

AP source: NBA, union forward talks on ending 'one-and-done'

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:46pm

The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the "one-and-done" rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months.

Pelicans interim GM: NBA rules compel club to play Davis

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:59pm

When the Pelicans finished practice on Thursday, Anthony Davis went into coach Alvin Gentry's office, followed later by interim general manager Danny Ferry.