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|Knight leads Bucks past Magic 105-98 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 10, 2014, 9:46 pm]
For about a three-minute stretch of the second half, Milwaukee's Brandon Knight just could not be stopped. A rousing dunk on the break off a high outlet pass saved by teammate Ramon Sessions. Knight scored 11 straight points during a stretch between the third and fourth quarters to help the Bucks erase an 18-point deficit and defeat the Orlando Magic 105-98 on Monday night. The Bucks fed off their lead guard once Knight got going.
Williams, Livingston lead Nets past Raptors (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 10, 2014, 9:34 pm]
Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a key late 3-pointer to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Pierce finished with 15 points and Joe Johnson added 14 for the Nets, who won their season-high eighth straight at home. Brooklyn moved three games behind Toronto in the Atlantic. Kyle Lowry scored 21 points to lead Toronto, which had won three straight and nine of its previous 11.
Knicks send 76ers to 17th straight loss (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 10, 2014, 9:13 pm]
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss. Amar'e Stoudemire added 23 points, J.R. Smith 22 and Carmelo Anthony 20 as the Knicks won their fourth game in a row. Michael Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while Tony Wroten also had 23 points for the struggling 76ers. The Knicks, who trailed by 12 points in the first quarter, took their biggest lead of the game, 110-89, on the fourth of Hardaway Jr's five 3-pointers with 7:37 left and never led by less than 12 the rest of the way.
Suns’ Eric Bledsoe targets Wednesday return [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 9:05 pm]
LOS ANGELES — Phoenix is in a fight to make the playoffs in the West – it entered Monday night tied with Memphis for the last and final playoff spot in the West — and they could use this: Eric Bledsoe is on track to play Wednesday, coach Jeff Hornacek said Monday night before his…
Jefferson, Walker lead Bobcats past Nuggets 105-98 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 10, 2014, 8:15 pm]
Al Jefferson scored 26 points and Kemba Walker added 24 as the Charlotte Bobcats won their seventh straight game at home, defeating the Denver Nuggets 105-98 on Monday night. Jefferson made 10 of his first 14 field-goal attempts and also had a game-high 12 rebounds. Walker added seven assists for the Bobcats, who also received a big boost from Gary Neal off the bench. Denver also got 15 points from Kenneth Faried, 16 from Aaron Brooks, and 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds from J.J. Hickson.
Wade carries Heat late, Miami tops Wizards 99-90 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 10, 2014, 8:10 pm]
Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night. Chris Bosh scored 22 for the Heat, who snapped a three-game slide and moved within one game of Indiana in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Ray Allen added 13 for Miami, which was down one midway through the fourth before Wade sparked a 12-0 run with five points, three assists and a block at the rim. The Heat never trailed again, and avoided their first four-game slide since 2011.
Kyle Korver heard rumor coach offered money if his team ended Korver’s 3-point streak [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 8:03 pm]
Serious charge of fun challenge?
Report: Phil Jackson’s camp doesn’t believe agreement with Knicks is close [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 6:44 pm]
The New York Knicks’ dance with Phil Jackson, despite previous reports, seemingly won’t end soon. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: As I reported in column, still no assurance an agreement will be reached. No one in Jackson's world thinks deal is "close," that's for sure.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 11, 2014 There is a theory…
Nets scratch Garnett from lineup (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 10, 2014, 6:37 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin Garnett has been scratched from Brooklyn's lineup for its game against the Toronto Raptors.
Patrick Beverley: ‘Damian Lillard whines’ [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 6:04 pm]
We’ve got a real nice feud brewing. Patrick Beverley and Damian Lillard are both tough point guards on contending Western Conference teams. They both overcame long odds to reach the NBA and play with justified pride now that they’re here. And both are unafraid to speak their mind. Lillard lobbed the opening salvo after Houston’s…
Rookie G Victor Oladipo to return for Magic (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 10, 2014, 5:27 pm]
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is returning Monday night against the Bucks after missing two games because of a sore left ankle.
Report: Knicks player says team’s CAA clients get preferential treatment [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 5:07 pm]
The New York Knicks have deep ties with Creative Artists Agency. It’d be one thing if the Knicks just had good relationships with those agents and that led to them repeatedly signing their players. But the Knicks reportedly forced their coach, Mike Woodson, to join CAA. And above him, general manager Steve Mills and assistant…
PBT Extra: Can Phil Jackson help right the ship in New York? [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 4:11 pm]
Phil Jackson seems destined for New York. I argue that's a good thing... but only if Jackson has a Jedi mind trick that can keep James Dolan at bay.
Potential No. 1 pick Joel Embiid sees back specialist in Los Angeles [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 3:21 pm]
Kansas' Joel Embiid — potentially the top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft — has sought out a second opinion on his back injury. Just a reminder of why he should jump to the NBA rather than stay another year in college.
Injury won't sideline Warriors' Curry against Mavs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 10, 2014, 2:53 pm]
Stephen Curry says his strained right quadriceps is slowly getting better and he is planning to start for the Golden State Warriors against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. The All-Star point guard injured his quad during Golden State's win at Boston on Wednesday and began to feel pain again during Friday's victory over Atlanta. Curry shook off the pain and played more than expected Sunday night, when he had 18 points and nine assists in 30 minutes in the Warriors' 113-107 win over Phoenix. That included making a 3-pointer and handing out six assists during a key 23-4 run in the third quarter that helped Golden State pull away.
Cavaliers Anthony Bennett out three weeks with knee injury [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 2:05 pm]
As if his season hasn't been a big enough disappointment, Cleveland's No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett will miss at least 10 games with a knee strain.
Report: Lakers are not making in-season coaching change [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 1:48 pm]
Nobody thinks Mike D'Antoni is the long term answer for the Lakers, but what is the point of switching out coaches this late in a lost season?
Phil Jackson reportedly close to taking Knicks job, nobody asked Carmelo about it [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 1:07 pm]
All the buzz has Phil Jackson taking a front office job with the Knicks (he's just deliberate in making decisions like this)... but nobody asked Carmelo what he thought? Really?
Cavs' Bennett out 3 weeks with knee injury (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 10, 2014, 12:57 pm]
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left knee.
PBT Power Rankings: Tell me again how the Spurs are too old…. [NBC Sports: March 10, 2014, 12:41 pm]
With a number of top teams stumbling — Oklahoma City, Miami, Indiana — it is the Spurs who have gotten healthy and looked good going 6-0 since the end of the rodeo trip. The West now dominates the top of the rankings, the Sixers are looking to set records at the bottom. 1. Spurs (46-16,…