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Motiejunas scores 26, Rockets top Celtics for 4th win in row

BOSTON (AP) -- Donatas Motiejunas wasn't thinking about a new career high when he took an alley-oop from James Harden and hit a layup as he fell to …

26 points, 15 rebounds & 6 assists for @gdhayward in @utahjazz 110-100 victory!

Gordon Hayward, Jazz send Warriors to 2nd loss in row

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Golden State Warriors stepped off the plane in Salt Lake City with a bad taste in their mouths from a two-point overtime loss …

5 Biggest Takeaways from Los Angeles Lakers' 1st Half of the Season

It's a tough time to be a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.<p>After decades of unparalleled success, the team is in a fallow period. They currently sit second-from-the-bottom in the Western Conference, much closer to having the league's worst overall record than they are to a playoff seed.<p>Now with their …

5 Biggest Takeaways from New York Knicks' 1st Half of the Season

In the first full year of the Phil Jackson regime, things have not been going well for the New York Knicks. Facing injuries, inconsistency and an irrefutable lack of talent, they've been one of the worst teams in the NBA at the halfway point.<p>Still, given that this is the first year of a rebuilding …

Ranking Top 5 NBA Stars at Every Position: Anthony Davis Blowing Away the Field

Anthony Davis hasn't just arrived as a superstar for the New Orleans Pelicans.<p>He's taken the league by storm during his third season in the NBA, asserting himself as one of the very best players, regardless of position. And now, fresh off his thorough dismantling of the Atlanta Hawks on Monday …

NBA Tuesday Roundup: Have Golden State Warriors Even Peaked Yet?

This season, Golden State Warriors games have resembled snowflakes in that no two have been the same. Or at least that's what it's felt like as the Western Conference commanders have run roughshod over the competition.<p>In a league where repetition and consistency are key indicators of success, the …

Toronto Raptors' Schedule Breakdown and Record Predictions for February

The 33-16 Toronto Raptors should be looking at their 11-game schedule in February with mixed emotions.<p>They'll be happy knowing they get some semblance of a break in the middle of the month for NBA All-Star weekend. For a team that's appeared fatigued and unenthused during stretches over the past …

Cleveland Cavaliers' Defensive Improvements Are Real and Sustainable

The backbone of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 11-game win streak isn't LeBron James, Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love. It's not the new trade additions, the schedule or even the snazzy gold alternate jerseys.<p>For the first time all season, the Cavs are playing defense.<p>Scoring was never going to be a problem …

Pacers' Bird hoping to see George back on floor this season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Larry Bird isn't putting any constraints on Paul George's recovery.<p>In fact, the Pacers president of basketball operations is …

Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings 2/3/15: Video Highlights and Recap

The Golden State Warriors looked to build a bit of momentum when they took on the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. The Warriors snapped a two-game skid their last time out, and they faced a Kings squad that snapped an eight-game skid in its last contest.

Damian Lillard rises up for the dunk on Rudy Gobert

Despite not yet having finished his third season, Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard has already cultivated a reputation as one …

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers 2/3/15: Video Highlights and Recap

The Portland Trail Blazers looked to snap out of their recent malaise on Tuesday night when they took on the Utah Jazz. The suddenly slumping Blazers had lost three straight and five of their last six, and they faced a tricky test from the athletic Jazz, who snapped a two-game skid in their last …

Adam Silver has contacted other commissioners about legal sports gambling

In the nearly one year since he officially took over as NBA commissioner for David Stern, Adam Silver has established himself as distinctive from his …

Gregg Popovich explains why he acts like that during in-game interviews

Over the years, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has become legendary not only for the tactical and player-development brilliance that …

Every NBA Team's Ideal 2015 All-Star Weekend Competitor

Give the NBA credit: The 2015 All-Star weekend is shaping up to be a doozy.<p>The entire weekend of festivities—from Friday's Rising Stars Challenge and Saturday's Skills Competition, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest to Sunday's All-Star Game—is packed with star-studded talent.<p>It could be …

Lillard has 25 and Blazers hold off Jazz in 103-102 victory

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With Robin Lopez's return, the Trail Blazers seemed more at ease. Even a late threat from the Utah Jazz seemed …

Dion Waiters Trade Creating More Confusion for Struggling OKC Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder have to wonder whether the acquisition of Dion Waiters was worth all of the confusion it has caused in the first few weeks.<p>In exchange for Waiters' scoring punch, the team's rotations have lacked consistency. Role players such as Reggie Jackson and Andre Roberson have seen …

Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers Entering Uncharted Crossroads Together

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers have been joined at the hip for 19 years. But the legendary superstar and his team are now in an uncertain crossroads, and nobody really knows what comes next.<p>Bryant recently underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and is expected to …

Oklahoma City Thunder Schedule Breakdown and Record Predictions for February

The pressure keeps mounting for the Oklahoma City Thunder after a disappointing January. A tough schedule didn’t do them any favors, but a .500 record for the month meant they lost ground in the battle for the West’s final playoff spot. The Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans capitalized on OKC’s …

Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: NBA DraftKings Studs and Duds for Feb. 4

The Chicago Bulls travel to H-Town to battle the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. This also figures to be the site for awesome and disappointing fantasy performances. There's no shortage of star power in this one, and it kicks off today's DraftKings studs and duds report.<p><b>Studs</b><p><b>Pau Gasol ($9,300)</b> …

San Antonio Spurs' Schedule Breakdown and Record Predictions for February

After a dreadful December campaign, the San Antonio Spurs bounced back in January, going 10-4.<p>However, the month that saw the return of the Spurs to full health was spoiled by a 20-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in the final January game.<p>The road ahead will have its challenges—not the least …

NBA All-Star Game 2015: Top MVP Candidates for Annual Exhibition

The NBA All-Star Game may be the one basketball contest a season that nobody cares who actually wins or loses the game.<p>That’s because fans remember the individual performances and who won the MVP award more so than which team scored more points in a game that features absolutely zero defense and a …

Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: DraftKings Optimum Lineup Predictions for Feb. 4

Health is half the battle for any team. Whereas some NBA stars are returning to full strength, others are benefiting from the absence of a prominent presence.<p>A successful daily fantasy player must toss aside emotion and adopt a next-man-up mentality to identifying value. Nobody wants to see Brandon …

Warriors, Mavs Clash in Battle of NBA's Most Potent Offenses

No amount of knuckle cracking, stress-ball squeezing or hand stretching can prepare the Oracle Arena scoreboard operator for the upcoming offensive storm by the Bay.<p>When the Golden State Warriors host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN), the NBA will get a long look at two of …

NBA scores 2015: Nuggets' implosion continues with loss in Philadelphia

Are Brian Shaw's days in Denver numbered? Plus, three other things we learned in the NBA on Tuesday night.<p>On Tuesday, prior to his team's game against the Sixers, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw sort of accused his players of tanking games. "It just looks like you almost have to try to lose as bad, and in …