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Rockets thrash 'banged up' Warriors, Nuggets bounce back

Source | 1 day ago.

The Houston Rockets humbled the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors 107-86 on Thursday in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals. The Rockets took full advantage of the absence of Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury. Draymond Green returned for the Warriors after serving a one-game suspension meted out by Golden State after his confrontation with teammate Kevin Durant.

Markelle Fultz no longer a starter for 76ers after Jimmy Butler trade

Source | 1 day ago.

Markelle Fultz no longer a starter for 76ers after Jimmy Butler trade originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.comMarkelle Fultz has struggled to make an impact for the Philadelphia 76ers through 15 games, so he's going to be taking on a new role.Fultz

Former NBA star McGrady says Carmelo Anthony should retire

Source | 2 days ago.

Tracy McGrady thinks Houston Rockets veteran Carmelo Anthony should retire. The Rockets are reportedly preparing to move on from the 34-year-old forward after just 10 games. McGrady, a seven-time All-Star who is now an NBA analyst for ESPN, discussed Anthony's situation on The Jump on Tuesday.

Denver’s Will Barton on mend after surgery to fix hip muscle injury

Source | 6 days ago.

Nuggets forward Will Barton is starting to take a few shots as he recovers from surgery to fix core and hip muscle injuries. The 27-year-old Barton was carted off the floor on Oct. 20 against Phoenix after he said he felt something pop when he took off for the basket. Barton’s rehab work has focused on strengthening his core.

Young Nuggets fan thwarts Kyrie Irving, reunites Jamal Murray with game ball from 48-point night

Source | 6 days ago.

The best night of Jamal Murray’s young career was derailed earlier this week when a 48-point performance ended with a 3-point attempt that had the Boston Celtics livid with the guard after the game. No one was angrier than Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, who not only blasted Murray after the game and refused to shake hands with a Denver assistant, but also heaved the game ball into the Pepsi Center crowd. Kyrie flings ball into the crowd after Murray attempts to score 50.

Bucks continue to look very real after running roughshod over Warriors

Source | 8 days ago.

It might be time to fully embrace the Milwaukee Bucks as an NBA contender. What else can you say after the Bucks posted a dominant 134-111 win over the Golden State Warriors, a game in which the team led by at least eight points during the entirety of the second half? The Bucks completely dominated the interior against a Warriors squad that just wasn’t making the 3-pointers it needed, outscoring their opponent by a laughable margin of 84-34 in the paint.

Murray scores 48 as Nuggets beat Celtics 115-107

Source | 9 days ago.

Jamal Murray simply got caught up in the moment when he hoisted a long shot with the clock winding down. Murray scored a career-high 48 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets overcame a sluggish start to beat the Boston Celtics 115-107 on Monday night. ''My emotion took over as it normally does when I get going like that,'' Murray explained.

Isaiah Thomas’ Son Destroys Nikola Jokić With a Perfect Nutmeg

Source | 11 days ago.

Every NBA defender dreads the thought of being posterized or having their ankles broken during a game, as it assures that they will become the subject of ridiculing memes, savage tweets, and maybe even earn them a spot on ESPN’s Not Top 10. As the hilarious video shows, Jaiden pulls off a classic nutmeg in order to streak by Jokić and finish with an uncontested shot at the basket for an easy two points. Unfortunately for Jokić, Jaiden was already to the paint scoring the easy points before the Serbian superstar even knew what was happening thanks to a perfectly executed nutmeg.

Four observations from Bulls-Rockets: The week from hell is over

Source | 12 days ago.

A seven-point third quarter doomed the Bulls in their fourth consecutive loss, a 96-88 defeat at the hands of James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Here are four observations from the loss. With the Warriors, Nuggets, Pacers and the Rockets on the schedule the Bulls knew they were in for a rough week, even in the confines of the United Center.

Cavs star Love has surgery, to be re-evaluated in six weeks

Source | 13 days ago.

Kevin Love has undergone surgery on his injured left foot and is facing an extended absence, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Friday. It had been reported the Cavs were preparing for the possibility that their star forward could miss more than a month because of a toe injury, before the ailment was confirmed. Love was said to have been limping after Cleveland's loss to the high-flying Denver Nuggets.

Cavs 'acting' coach Drew says progress in contract talks

Source | 15 days ago.

Larry Drew's strange standoff with the struggling Cavaliers continues. Cleveland's ''acting'' head coach said negotiations with the team on restructuring his contract are ''moving forward in a positive direction'' but the sides have not reached an agreement. Drew wants the team to re-work his deal if he's going to take over for Tyronn Lue as the team's interim coach during a rebuilding season.

Wendell Carter Jr.'s stock keeps rising after breakout performance vs. Nuggets: 'He can be an anchor for us'

Source | 15 days ago.

It's been quite a week for Wendell Carter Jr. Two days after a career-high 18 points against the Golden State Warriors, and four days after a double-double in his hometown of Atlanta, Carter showed why his ceiling continues to rise just eight games into his NBA career. Carter had his breakout performance on Wednesday night in the Bulls' tough-luck loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Cavaliers try to slow hot Nuggets

Source | 15 days ago.

The Denver Nuggets are off to one of their quickest starts in team history and partially it is because of their ability to find ways to finish off some of those victories. With six wins in their first seven games for the first time since the 1985-86 season, the Nuggets visit the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night in a matchup of teams with inverse records. The Nuggets began the 1985-86 season with six straight wins before taking a 29-point loss to the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron's triple-double leads Lakers past Nuggets 121-114

Source | 20 days ago.

When Kobe Bryant took a courtside seat in the first quarter, Staples Center buzzed with excitement for the mere sight of the most popular athlete in this building's history. The crowd even started a ''Kobe! Kobe!'' chant in the fourth quarter - and it was immediately drowned out by cheers when LeBron James hit a 3-pointer. With the symbol of the Los Angeles Lakers' past watching in approval, James and the Lakers' young core proved that their present and future is pretty tantalizing, too.

Lakers rally from 4th-quarter deficit for 1st home win with Kobe Bryant watching

Source | 21 days ago.

Kobe Bryant was in the building Thursday. He picked a good game to watch the purple and gold as the Los Angeles Lakers mounted a furious rally in the final minutes of the game to top the Denver Nuggets 121-114 for their first home win. Lance Stephenson

LeBron's triple-double leads Lakers past Nuggets 121-114

Source | 21 days ago.

When Kobe Bryant took a courtside seat in the first quarter, Staples Center buzzed with excitement for the mere sight of the most popular athlete in this building's history. The crowd even started a "Kobe! Kobe!" chant in the fourth quarter — and it was immediately drowned out by cheers when LeBron James hit a 3-pointer. With the symbol of the Los Angeles Lakers' past watching in approval, James and the Lakers' young core proved that their present and future is pretty tantalizing, too.

LeBron hails Ball, Stephenson after Lakers win again

Source | 22 days ago.

LeBron James hailed the efforts of Lonzo Ball and Lance Stephenson after the Los Angeles Lakers came from eight points down in the final quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets and make it two wins in two nights. Twenty-four hours on from recording their first win of the season against the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers got off the mark at home - triumphing 121-114 with James recording his first triple-double for the franchise. Ball chipped in with 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals in a superb all-round display, prompting James to tell reporters: "He was great again tonight.

Von Miller: Halloween party separate from Chad Kelly’s issues

Source | 22 days ago.

Von Miller hosted the team’s annual Halloween party Monday after which Chad Kelly was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass. The Broncos waived Kelly on Wednesday morning. The Broncos linebacker said team security was on hand in addition to extra security he hired for the event.

Kings notes: Marvin Bagley sets new career high, but backcourt struggles

Source | 23 days ago.

Riding high after a big win Sunday, the Sacramento Kings were sent back down to Earth on Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets. Nikola Jokic and his versatile group of scorers took advantage of the Kings' porous defense, pulling away in the third quarter for a 126-112 win at Pepsi Center. Eight Nuggets players scored in double figures, included a team-high 19 points from starting guard Jamal Murray in just 19 minutes of play.

Juancho Hernangómez bats game-clinching block to beat Warriors

Source | 24 days ago.

On Sunday as the Nuggets took on the Golden State Warriors, a tight game in Colorado lead to a drive by Stephen Curry in the closing seconds that could have won the defending champions the game. Instead, Juancho Hernangómez became a Denver legend.

Green: Warriors have to clean up defensively

Source | 24 days ago.

Draymond Green said NBA champions the Golden State Warriors must play smarter on defense following their loss to the Denver Nuggets. Two-time reigning champions Golden State committed 29 fouls and fell 100-98 to the Nuggets on Sunday. The 28-year-old forward said the Warriors cannot "act like every foul call" is wrong throughout the game.

Report: Nuggets’ starter Will Barton out 5-6 weeks with surgery to repair groin muscle

Source | 24 days ago.

Against Phoenix over the weekend, Denver’s Will Barton went in for a relatively uncontested reverse layup, but as soon as he lands he grabs his hip and goes to the floor in obvious pain. Will Barton has been diagnosed with a right hip and core strain. Nuggets guard Will Barton (Adductor muscle) will have surgery tomorrow and is expected to be out 5-6 weeks, a source said.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 100-98 loss to the Nuggets

Source | 24 days ago.

It was another tough opponent, another tight game and not nearly as much fortune for the Warriors this time. Unlike Friday night's comeback at Utah, the Warriors never were able to take a fourth-quarter lead on the Nuggets and wound up with a 100-98 loss at Pepsi Center. The Warriors tied the score on a dunk by Andre Iguodala with 1:29 remaining.

Trae Young Erupts, Nuggets Stifle Warriors and Kings Spoil Russell Westbrook's Return

Source | 24 days ago.

When the final buzzer sounded inside of the Pepsi Center on Sunday night, the Nuggets' celebration suggested the result was significant. Denver fended off the defending champion Warriors, 100-98, overcoming a 21-8 Golden State blitz through the heart of the final quarter which evaporated a 13-point lead. Hernan-NO-mez comes up big to seal the win for the Nuggets!

Steph Curry passes Paul Pierce for sixth place on NBA all-time 3-point list

Source | 25 days ago.

With 4:24 remaining in the fourth quarter, Steph Curry drained a 3-pointer against the Denver Nuggets, and moved up the NBA record book in the process.The triple was No. 2,144 of Curry's career, and he passed Paul Pierce for sixth place on the league'