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NBA roundup: George, Thunder edge Sixers in thriller

Source | 4 hrs ago.

Paul George scored 31 points, including a go-ahead four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-115 win over the 76ers on Saturday in Philadelphia. George's heroics came just moments after Jimmy Butler put the 76ers in front with a steal and a layup with 6.9 seconds remaining. It was Oklahoma City's 19th consecutive win over the 76ers.

Buddy Hield delivers in clutch as Kings stun Pistons: 'I'm blessed'

Source | 17 hrs ago.

Buddy Hield delivers in clutch as Kings stun Pistons: 'Im blessed' originally appeared on Buddy Hield probably still is running. The team will meet him Monday morning in Brooklyn when the Kings face the Nets as part of the NBA's Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities. After drilling a buzzer-beating 3-pointer Saturday night to give the Kings an improbable 103-101 win over the Detroit Pistons, the Bahamian Bomber made a victory lap around Little Caesars Arena and disappeared through the tunnel.

Kings takeaways: What we learned in 103-101 buzzer-beating win over Pistons

Source | 17 hrs ago.

The cardiac Kings were staring at an 0-2 start to their road trip. The shooting guard was huge early in Saturday night's game against the Detroit Pistons, but then he went dormant. Sacramento's leading scorer went off for 15 points in the final frame, including a miraculous 3-pointer off one leg at the buzzer, to give the Kings a dramatic 103-101 win.

Hield beats buzzer, lifts Kings to 103-101 win over Pistons

Source | 1 day ago.

Buddy Hield beat the buzzer with a winning shot for the first time in his NBA career. Hield made an off-balance, fadeaway 3-pointer just before time expired and scored 35 points in the Sacramento Kings' 103-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. ''I'm blessed to say I got one in the NBA at the highest level,'' he said.

Pistons hold on without Drummond, beat Heat 98-93

Source | 2 days ago.

Blake Griffin had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pistons overcame an early exit by injured Andre Drummond to beat the Heat 98-93. Detroit blew a 16-point lead and scored only 12 in the third quarter, but the Pistons rebounded in the fourth and have won consecutive games for the first time since December. We've got to stop dropping our shoulders, dropping our head, or letting whatever is bothering us, bother us,'' said Casey, in his first season as Detroit's coach.

Irving dominates in Celtics' win over Raptors

Source | 4 days ago.

The Boston Celtics were ready for the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, claiming a thrilling win in the NBA. Boston took Toronto on for the third time this season and claimed a 117-108 victory in TD Garden. The Celtics are now 2-1 against the Raptors in 2018-19.

Matt Shepard to be the Tigers new full-time play-by-play guy

Source | 4 days ago.

Fox Sports Detroit has named Matt Shepard their new full-time play-by-play guy for Tigers games. Shepard will work with analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson, who will split time. This is the move in response to former longtime announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen getting suspended and later fired following an in-booth altercation in Chicago last September. Shepard has worked for Fox Sports Detroit for nearly 20 years, doing fill-in play-by-play for the Tigers — he replaced Impemba for the last few weeks of last season — and for Detroit Pistons games.

Gobert grabs 25 rebounds as Jazz beat Pistons 100-94

Source | 5 days ago.

Blake Griffin scored 19 points and Drummond contributed 15 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit, which has lost five of six overall. The Pistons, one of the NBA's best offensive rebounding teams, had only five second-chance points. With everybody out, we needed to be great with where we're good.

Did Blake Griffin blow off Clippers' owner Steve Ballmer before game? Griffin says no.

Source | 6 days ago.

In the summer of 2017, the Clippers went all in to convince Blake Griffin to stay with them as a free agent, their pitch including a trip down the memory lane of Griffin's life and a mock jersey retirement. It worked, Griffin re-signed with the Clippers on a max deal. Eight months later, the Clippers traded Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.

Mitchell, Jazz look to shut down Pistons

Source | 6 days ago.

Injuries have pressed Donovan Mitchell into assuming point guard duties for the Utah Jazz. Mitchell is flourishing in this new temporary role. The second-year guard has led Utah to three straight wins while making his presence felt on both ends of the court.

Thunder avenge loss to Spurs, Griffin scores 44 in LA return

Source | 7 days ago.

Russell Westbrook tallied 24 points and 10 rebounds and reserve guard Dennis Schroder scored all 10 points in the second half as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the San Antonio Spurs 122-112 on Saturday. The Thunder rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to seize control of the contest in the third quarter and avenge a 154-147 double-overtime loss to the Spurs two nights ago. Paul George added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, who outscored the Spurs 35-20 in the third.

Blake Griffin isn't here for Steve Ballmer's handshake

Source | 7 days ago.

Blake Griffin's first game at the Los Angeles Clippers since his blockbuster trade to the Detroit Pistons last season got off to an icy start before the game even started. While Griffin was finishing his pregame routine, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer patiently waited on the sideline to offer a warm “welcome back” to the longtime face of his franchise. Except Griffin sprinted off the court the moment Ballmer took a step toward him.

Emotions high as Pistons' Griffin returns to face Clippers

Source | 8 days ago.

Blake Griffin will step on the court at Staples Center to face his former team for the first time when the Los Angeles Clippers host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday afternoon. Griffin was drafted No. 1 overall by the Clippers in 2009 and spent his first eight seasons in Los Angeles before he was traded to Detroit midway through last season. Six months after he re-signed with the team on a five-year, $173 million contract, the Clippers surprised many when they traded Griffin to the Pistons in exchange for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic, as well as a future protected first-round draft pick and a second-round pick.

Kings vs. Hornets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

Source | 8 days ago.

Kings vs. Hornets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage originally appeared on SACRAMENTO -- Looking to extend their win streak on their homecourt to three games and move back over the . mark on the season, the Sacramento Kings host the Charlotte Hornets Saturday at Golden 1 Center. The Kings pounded the Detroit Pistons in their last game out, leading wire-to-wire in the 112-102 victory.

Kings Under Review: Balanced attack leads Sacramento to much needed win

Source | 9 days ago.

Sacramento led by as many as 23 points and the Kings held a double-digit lead from the 8:25 mark of the second quarter on. Coach Dave Joerger received contributions across the board as they bounced back from a very disappointing loss on Tuesday to the cellar-dwelling Phoenix Suns. The win jumped Sacramento back to the .

Kyle Kuzma powers Lakers past Pistons with 41 points, sits 4th quarter

Source | 10 days ago.

The absence of LeBron James has created an offensive void in the Los Angeles Lakers lineup. The Lakers have often had trouble filling that chasm, going 2-5 since he suffered a Christmas Day groin injury. Kyle Kuzma filled James' void and more, needing just three quarters to score 41 points in a 113-98 win.

Pistons, Kings stumble into matchup

Source | 10 days ago.

Two teams that have floundered out of playoff position after promising starts look to get headed back in a positive direction at the other's expense Thursday night when the Detroit Pistons visit the Sacramento Kings. The Pistons headed west earlier this week having lost five of six, and they got an earful from first-year coach Dwane Casey after losing 119-107 at home to San Antonio on Monday night. The Pistons didn't respond in the manner their coach had hoped in the trip opener Wednesday at in Los Angeles, getting blown out by the LeBron James-less Lakers 113-100.

Lakers star LeBron James remains out indefinitely

Source | 11 days ago.

LeBron James remains sidelined with a groin injury and will be re-evaluated on Friday, said Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton. James will miss the Lakers' next two NBA games against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday and the Utah Jazz two days later. The 34-year-old superstar has not played since straining his groin against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.

NBA roundup: Popovich ties for 3rd on wins list

Source | 13 days ago.

DeMar DeRozan had 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Gregg Popovich continued his climb up the NBA's career wins list as the visiting San Antonio Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons 119-107 on Monday. Popovich earned the 1,221st victory of his career, tying him with Jerry Sloan for third on the NBA's all-time list among coaches. The 23rd-year Spurs coach trails only Don Nelson (1,335) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332).

Jazz rally past Pistons, then hold on late for 110-105 win

Source | 14 days ago.

Donovan Mitchell was having a quiet game offensively when he was pulled less than three minutes into the third quarter. Mitchell would eventually return and score 24 of his 26 points in the second half, and the Jazz outlasted the Detroit Pistons 110-105 on Saturday night. The Jazz nearly squandered an 11-point lead of their own in the final quarter, allowing the Pistons to cut the lead to one on a 3-pointer by Blake Griffin.

Spurs-Pistons Preview

Source | 14 days ago.

When the San Antonio Spurs meet the Detroit Pistons on the road Monday night, that will be their 41st game of the season. San Antonio enters the game on a four-game winning streak and sits in the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings after a convincing 108-88 win at home over Memphis on Saturday. LaMarcus Aldridge has led the Spurs during the streak, averaging 27.8 points.

Jazz-Pistons Preview

Source | 15 days ago.

The Detroit Pistons got a couple of days off to savor a much-needed victory. They're back in action Saturday when they host the Utah Jazz. Detroit used a late 13-0 run to capture a 101-94 victory at Memphis on Wednesday.

Reports: Two Grizzlies spar, need to be restrained after loss

Source | 16 days ago.

Memphis Grizzlies players Omri Casspi and Garrett Temple had to be separated during a postgame meeting that turned physical following Wednesday night's loss to the Detroit Pistons, The Athletic and ESPN reported. Memphis coach Bernie Bickerstaff called a closed-door locker-room meeting with players and coaches following the Grizzlies' third straight loss, during which Casspi and Temple had a physical altercation, according to the reports. The Athletic reported that Casspi took umbrage with criticism that the bench unit wasn't playing with enthusiasm, leading to words being exchanged with Temple and a brief altercation.

GAME RECAP: Pistons 101, Grizzlies 94

Source | 17 days ago.

Blake Griffin scores 26 points and adds eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Memphis Grizzlies 101-94.

Grizzlies held lengthy team meeting after loss to Pistons that reportedly turned physical

Source | 17 days ago.

The Memphis Grizzlies fell 101-94 to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, marking their third straight loss and their 10th loss in 13 games. The team sat down to hold a lengthy, private meeting after the loss at FedExForum in Memphis in an effort to figure things out and get them back on track, according to The Athletic. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff took more than 30 minutes to address the media after the game, and the locker room was closed for much longer.