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Without ill James Harden, Rockets hold off Warriors 118-112

Janie McCauley, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 9:19pm

Eric Gordon scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, Chris Paul converted two free throws with 1:08 left on the way to 23, and the Houston Rockets outplayed the Golden State Warriors without ill NBA scoring leader James Harden for a 118-112 victory Saturday night.

Hield scores 34 as Kings top Thunder 119-116

Cliff Brunt, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 8:55pm

Buddy Hield scored 34 points, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 119-116 on Saturday night.

LaVine scores career-high 42 as Bulls top Celtics 126-116

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 8:41pm

Zach LaVine scored a career-high 42 points, Lauri Markkanen finished with a personal-best 35 points and 15 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls got some payback for the most lopsided loss in franchise history with a 126-116 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

Love scores season-high 32 as Cavs beat Grizzlies 112-107

Steve Herrick, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 8:17pm

Kevin Love is having fun in his return to the basketball court.

Pistons reach 7th in East, top reeling Heat 119-96

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 8:11pm

If there's been an area of concern for Detroit coach Dwane Casey in this playoff push, it's been the play of the Pistons' second unit.

Young, Bazemore lead Hawks past Suns 120-112

George Henry, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 8:01pm

Taurean Prince sensed before Saturday's game that the Atlanta Hawks had learned from their mistakes in the closing seconds the night before.

Russell's 40 points lift Nets to 117-115 win over Hornets

Steve Reed, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 7:54pm

Six days after his first All-Star appearance, D'Angelo Russell believes his confidence is at an all-time high.

Holiday, Pelicans stunt Lakers playoff push, 128-115

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 7:45pm

The boos showering the court when LeBron James handled the basketball left little doubt that fans in New Orleans suspect the Lakers star had something to do with why the Pelicans are cutting playing time for healthy All-Star Anthony Davis — and sitting him out entirely when possible.

Pacers hold off furious Wizards rallies in 119-112 win

Ian Quillen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 7:44pm

Hardened by the loss of their best player, the Pacers keep doing whatever it takes to win.

Bulls' Porter leaves game with strained lower left leg

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 7:28pm

Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. has left the game against the Boston Celtics because of a strained lower left leg.

Towns still dealing with concussion, won't play in Milwaukee

Rich Rovito, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 6:08pm

Karl-Anthony Towns remains in concussion protocol and will not play for Minnesota against Milwaukee, a night after missing a game for the first time in his career.

James Harden out for Rockets at Warriors with flu symptoms

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 5:45pm

James Harden is sitting out the Houston Rockets' game against the Golden State Warriors because of flu-like symptoms.

Pelicans sit Davis in matchup against Lakers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 5:43pm

All-Star forward Anthony Davis was held out of the New Orleans Pelicans' lineup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

Rockets star Harden fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 2:54pm

Houston Rockets star James Harden has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating.

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.