2021-10-28
Anadolu Efes Istanbul doesn't meet the criteria of EuroLeague champions at the beginning of the 2021-22 season. With a 1-5 record after six rounds, Anadolu Efes marks the worst start for the champions in modern EuroLeague history (since 2000-2001). In 20 previous years, neither of the EuroLeague champions started the season with such a lousy record. Real Madrid was closest to Efes in 2015-16 when ...
2021-10-28
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points to help the host Oklahoma City Thunder (1-4) rally from 26 down to beat the Los Angeles Lakers (2-3) 123-115 on Wednesday night. The comeback matched the largest in Thunder history and helped the team claim its first win of the season despite several late miscues. Up three in the final minute, Oklahoma City had a timeout remaining but didn't use it, and ...
2021-10-28
CJ McCollum recorded 25 points and six rebounds and Damian Lillard added 20 points and 10 assists to help the Portland Trail Blazers post a 116-96 victory over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.Jusuf Nurkic added 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals and Anfernee Simons scored 17 points off the bench for the Trail Blazers. Portland committed 14 turnovers after giving the ball ...
2021-10-28
Collin Sexton scored 26 points, Evan Mobley recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds in his return to Los Angeles and the Cleveland Cavaliers led the Los Angeles Clippers nearly wire-to-wire in a 92-79 win on Wednesday. Cleveland never trailed en route to its third consecutive win and second on a five-game road swing, and the score was tied only once. A Sexton free throw inside the first three minutes ...
2021-10-28
Harrison Barnes buried a tiebreaking 3-pointer at the final horn Wednesday night, allowing the visiting Sacramento Kings (2-2), after blowing a late 13-point lead, to escape with a dramatic 110-107 (23-29, 30-32, 29-15, 28-31) victory over the Phoenix Suns (1-3). Buddy Hield came off the bench with a team-high 26 points, Barnes finished with 22, and De'Aaron Fox chipped in with 18 for the Kings, ...
2021-10-28
Fred VanVleet scored 26 points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Indiana Pacers 118-100 Wednesday night.OG Anunoby added 25 points with five steals and Scottie Barnes had 18 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for the Raptors, who won for the second time in five games this season and for the first time in four home games. Pacers guard Malcolm ...
2021-10-28
Trae Young scored 31 points and John Collins added a double-double as the visiting Atlanta Hawks (3-1) held off the New Orleans Pelicans (1-4) 102-99 (19-33, 34-26, 31-18, 18-22) on Wednesday night. Collins finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, including a tiebreaking putback in the final minute. Atlanta's De'Andre Hunter scored 13, and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12. Devonte' Graham scored 21 ...
2021-10-28
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points to help the host Oklahoma City Thunder (1-4) rally from 26 down to beat the Los Angeles Lakers (2-3) 123-115 (19-41, 37-31, 42-23, 26-20) on Wednesday. The comeback matched the largest in Thunder history and helped the team claim its first win of the season despite several late miscues. Up three in the final minute, Oklahoma City had a timeout remaining but ...
2021-10-28
D'Angelo Russell scored a team-high 29 points and had six assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1) held on for a 113-108 (44-32, 22-24, 28-21, 19-29) win over the host Milwaukee Bucks (3-1) on Wednesday night. Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards finished with 25 points apiece for Minnesota, which won its first road game of the season. Jarred Vanderbilt posted a double-double with 10 points ...
2021-10-28
Bam Adebayo totaled 24 points and nine rebounds as the visiting Miami Heat (3-1) dominated inside and recorded a 106-93 (29-22, 20-29, 32-23, 25-19) win over the Brooklyn Nets (2-3) on Wednesday night in New York. Adebayo highlighted an 8-for-17 showing by converting four dunks. He hit consecutive dunks to put Miami up 98-89 with about 3 1/2 minutes left. Jimmy Butler supported Adebayo's big night ...
2021-10-28
Malcolm Brogdon, the Indiana Pacers' co-leader in scoring, left Indiana's road game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday with a sore left hamstring. Brogdon departed early in the third quarter after scoring 18 points in 22 minutes against the host Toronto Raptors. He hit 7 of 13 shots and also tallied five rebounds and five assists. Entering the game, the sixth-year player was tied for the ...
2021-10-28
Montrezl Harrell tallied 25 points and 11 rebounds, Spencer Dinwiddie added 22 points and the Washington Wizards held off the host Boston Celtics for a 116-107 win on Wednesday night.Boston grabbed an 89-87 lead early in the fourth quarter and was within 95-94 after Jaylen Brown's reverse layup with 7:38 remaining before Washington used a 13-4 surge to open up a double-digit lead with 3:23 to ...
2021-10-28
Miles Bridges scored 31 points, Jalen McDaniels and Cody Martin combined for 28 points off the bench, and the Charlotte Hornets returned to the win column on Wednesday night with a 120-111 victory over the host Orlando Magic.LaMelo Ball made his first 3-pointer of the game with 7:56 remaining as the Hornets built a 102-98 advantage. The lead grew to 109-101 on Mason Plumlee's three-point play ...
2021-10-27
Former player and longtime general manager Bob Ferry has died at the age of 84, Washington Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. announced Wednesday. Ferry was a two-time executive of the year (1978-79, 1981-82) who led the then-Washington Bullets to the 1978 NBA title, one of three NBA Finals under his guidance. He led the Bullets to the playoffs 13 times in 17 seasons as GM. Ferry is also the father ...
2021-10-27
Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic has no structural damage in his right knee after being injured Tuesday, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday. The reigning MVP banged knees with Utah's Rudy Gobert late in the second quarter and fell to the floor in pain. He sat out the second half of the 122-110 setback. Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he made the decision to keep Jokic out for the second ...
2021-10-27
The Chicago Bulls are off to their first 4-0 start since 1996, but nobody in the Windy City is printing playoff tickets yet. The promising team understands the long journey ahead, starting with Thursday's matchup against the visiting New York Knicks.While the season is not yet two weeks old, there is a palpable buzz surrounding these two upstart squads. NBA TV has taken notice by adding the ...
2021-10-27
Despite Panathinaikos OPAP Athens's five-star performance and a blowout win over reigning EuroLeague champions Anadolu Efes Istanbul, the Greens' coach Dimitris Priftis wanted to keep a low profile in the press conference following the game at OAKA."Congratulations to my players. We had a convincing night, we played pretty well on both sides of the floor. We had some lapses, but overall our ...
2021-10-27
Utah guard Donovan Mitchell has proved himself as a feared one-man dynamo, an offensive juggernaut able to score in myriad ways while comfortably carrying a five-man unit. But the Jazz proved last season they are at their optimal best when Mitchell is their linchpin, yet not a solo act. Mitchell was one of seven Utah players to score in double figures in a 122-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets ...
2021-10-27
Italian side Virtus Bologna (2-0) reacted after the loss in the Italian league and got the win against German side Ratiopharm Ulm (0-2) in the second round of Eurocup. The final score of 87-76 (23-28, 17-16, 22-10, 25-22) doesn't completely tell the truth about the difficulties that Virtus faced, especially in the first half. Virtus extended the lead to 14 points in the final quarter (74-60) and ...
2021-10-27
Partizan NIS Belgrade (2-0) got a comfortable victory over Turk Telekom Ankara (1-1) 85-59 (21-12, 20-22, 23-7, 21-18) to stay perfect in the 2021-22 7DAYS EuroCup campaign. Partizan came out strong in the first quarter and quickly created a 9-point lead (16-7). They managed to retain their advantage throughout the whole first half. Both clubs went to the locker room, while the scoreboard was ...
2021-10-27
French club LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (4-2) keep impressing and added another important win in their Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season, beating Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow (4-2) in a very close battle 70-68 (26-13, 13-17, 14-26, 17-12). Daniel Hackett missed two key free throws which could have given CSKA the lead. After that, Elie Okobo scored on the drive to give ASVEL a three-point lead ...
2021-10-27
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (2-4) crushed Anadolu Efes Istanbul (1-5) 95-69 (22-13, 30-22, 26-20, 17-14) to hand the reigning Turkish EuroLeague Airlines champions their fifth loss of the season. PAO built a substantial advantage already in the first quarter. After Daryl Macon and Georgios Papagiannis buckets, the Greek powerhouse gained a 14-point lead (22-8). Dimitris Priftis' squad did not stop ...
2021-10-27
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will sit out Wednesday night's road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to his injured right ankle.It will be the second consecutive game missed by the 36-year-old James.James was injured during Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies. He sat out Tuesday's contest against the San Antonio Spurs.James missed 26 games last season due to a ...
2021-10-27
Buducnost (2-0) got a very important win over the Spanish side Valencia (1-1). With a Justin Cobbs two-pointer with 22 seconds left in the final quarter, Buducnost took the definitive lead 71-70 (18-17, 14-21, 20-21, 19-11) With just two minutes left, Klemen Prepelic gave a three-point lead to Valencia (67-64) again. But Buducnost didn't give up and were able to take the lead with a two-pointer ...
2021-10-27
JJ Redick is taking his talents to ESPN to talk about basketball after 15 years playing in the NBA. Redick, 37, hung up his sneakers last month. He'll make his TV debut on Nov. 3 as a studio analyst. "After 15 years in the NBA, I am excited to take what I have learned on the court and be able to provide my insight and strong opinions about the game I love," Redick said in a ...
2021-10-27
Real Madrid (5-1) defeated Zenit Saint Petersburg (3-3) 75-68 (22-13, 17-27, 20-17, 16-11) in a tough away game and extended their winning streak to four. After a close third period, Real created a 10-point lead (71-61) with 4:58 to play. Vincent Poirier dunk, Fabien Causeur trey, and Alberto Abalde driving lay-up built the advantage. Even though Zenit's Mateusz Ponitka reduced the deficit to ...
2021-10-27
Joel Embiid has suffered through a litany of injuries since joining the league in 2014.In fact, he missed his first two full seasons.While Embiid worked his way into a Most Valuable Player candidate last season, he was still sidelined for 21 games with knee and back issues. Embiid also played with a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee in the playoffs.Embiid's right knee was banged in ...
2021-10-27
UNICS Kazan (2-4) started the double week of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague on a high note. The Russian powerhouse got a convincing victory over Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (3-3) 83-69 (24-17, 24-6, 18-21, 17-25) in front of their own fans and recovered after two EuroLeague defeats in a row. Baskonia had a sluggish game start. UNICS took advantage of the situation and gained an early 11-point ...
2021-10-27
According to George Zakkas of SDNA.gr, Vasilije Micic and Krunoslav Simon are available for Anadolu Efes Istanbul. They will compete against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in tonight's game. James Anderson, Dogus Balbay, and Bryant Dunston are out due to injuries. Via the report, Panathinaikos also got positive feedback about Ioannis Papapetrou and Okaro White's situation. The latter players will be at ...
2021-10-27
The Chicago Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine has a small ligament tear in the thumb of his non-shooting hand but intends to play through the injury, via Shams Charania of The Athletic. Per the report, it’s a matter of pain tolerance and LaVine wants to play as Chicago starts the season 4-0. Last time the Bulls demonstrated such a successful start of the season was in 1996-97 when Chicago still had ...
2021-10-27
Just under a month before the first match in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers, head coach Kazys Maksvytis presented an extended list of the Lithuanian men's basketball team, which includes 32 basketball players. "The list is long because we did not want to miss a single player that could suit the Lithuanian national team. Another thing is that there is still time to make an ...
2021-10-27
After 26 years of playing basketball, multiple awards winner, David Andersen, announced his retirement. "It‘s been a hell of a journey and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it," Andersen said. "I’ve had a great time, many adventures in many parts of the world, enjoyed every step of the way, and enjoyed all the relationships along the way." "I’d love to thank my family, brothers, ...
2021-10-27
It all started eight years ago when NCAA fans began to compare him with The Truth. Some fans joked that Shavon Shields is a headband away from being Paul Pierce, which makes Shields laugh. But they share some similarities in the way they play and how they were accepted in the league. "Take this down," Shaquille O'Neal said to Boston Herald reporter Steve Bulpett, after a tough Los Angeles Lakers ...
2021-10-27
Tyler Cavanaugh was forced to miss yesterday's Zalgiris Kaunas game against Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv because a PCR test, taken before departure from Lithuania, came back positive. Cavanaugh had two rapid antigen tests performed afterward, both of them coming back negative. However, Zalgiris was informed that according to local regulations, Cavanaugh was not allowed to leave his hotel room until ...
2021-10-27
After yesterday's last-second loss against FC Barcelona, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul released a public announcement, expressing their concerns regarding the officiating down the stretch in the last few Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games. In yesterday's contest, Jan Vesely was charged with an unsportsmanlike foul with two minutes remaining in the game, resulting in five straight points by Barcelona, ...
2021-10-27
When the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook over the offseason, the aim was to push them further than last season's first-round playoff exit. If Westbrook can keep putting together performances like the one he provided Tuesday in a 125-121 overtime win over the host San Antonio Spurs, the plan might prove wildly successful. The victory was all the more impressive because it came with ...
2021-10-27
Anthony Davis racked up 35 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the pair hit the final two baskets of the game to lift the visiting Los Angeles Lakers (2-2) to a 125-121 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs (1-3) on Tuesday. Playing without LeBron James, who was ruled out hours before the game due to right ankle soreness, the Lakers pulled out ...
2021-10-27
After losing against Panathinaikos and Real Madrid in the very last possessions, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul faced the same fate again: Barcelona managed to keep their undefeated status intact with a buzzer-beater from Nikola Mirotic. Once again, Fenerbahce coach Sasha Djordjevic went philosophical on that to make his point on the good-hearted efforts of his team. “First of all, I congratulate ...
2021-10-27
Sometimes it's a rough day for you, but the luck comes back at a time that matters the most. Isn't that the story of Nikola Mirotic and his buzzer-beater no-look diving layup? His post-game words also reveal frustration but also joy and relief, knowing the job is done. "I was trying to find the rhythm today. Honestly, I didn't feel great, especially offensively. I couldn't make the shots I usually ...
2021-10-27
Rudy Gobert scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Donovan Mitchell added 22 points and the Utah Jazz (3-0) remained undefeated with a 122-110 (35-31, 31-33, 25-26, 31-20) win over the Denver Nuggets (2-2) on Tuesday night in Salt Lake City. The Nuggets only got 15 minutes from reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic, who left the game late in the first half with a right knee contusion after bumping ...
2021-10-27
Stephen Curry scored 23 points to lead the Golden State Warriors (4-0) to a 106-98 (29-34, 19-25, 33-17, 25-22) road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder (0-4) on Tuesday night. Curry helped keep his team within striking distance in the first half, scoring 16 of his points before the break. He was 3 of 6 on 3-point attempts in the opening half while the other Warriors were 3 of 15 from behind the ...
2021-10-27
Anthony Davis racked up 35 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the pair hit the final two baskets of the game to lift the visiting Los Angeles Lakers (2-2) to a 125-121 (27-39, 34-33, 24-35, 29-17, 11-7) overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs (1-3) on Tuesday. Playing without LeBron James, who was ruled out hours before the game with right ankle ...
2021-10-27
The Dallas Mavericks (2-1) scored the first 13 points of the second half to erase a deficit, and they rode Luka Doncic's 26-point, 14-rebound performance to a 116-106 (27-31, 30-29, 34-28, 25-18) victory over the visiting Houston Rockets (1-3) on Tuesday night. Reggie Bullock and Tim Hardaway Jr. each chipped in with 16 for the Mavericks, who were embarrassed 133-108 in the Rockets' only visit to ...
2021-10-27
Kemba Walker scored 10 of his team-high 19 points in a decisive second quarter run Tuesday night for the host New York Knicks (3-1), who snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Philadelphia 76ers (2-2) with a 112-99 (23-26, 39-16, 28-30, 22-27) victory. Walker was scoreless until he became the only Knicks player with multiple baskets during a 25-8 run that ended the first half. The ...
2021-10-27
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue a five-game road swing on Wednesday, taking on the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. Cleveland opened what is its longest road trip until a six-game stretch in January with a 99-87 defeat of the Denver Nuggets on Monday. Center Jarrett Allen came up huge in the win, scoring 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the floor, grabbing 16 rebounds, and limiting 2020-21 ...
2021-10-27
The Portland Trail Blazers have a chance to put a humiliating performance behind them when they play host to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.The Trail Blazers are adjusting to new coach Chauncey Billups and the transition looked ugly in Monday night's 116-86 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Portland committed 30 turnovers in a defeat that shooting guard CJ McCollum termed ...
2021-10-27
Lakers star LeBron James sat out Los Angeles' road game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday due to right ankle soreness. Malik Monk drew the start in place of the four-time league MVP. James was injured Sunday as the Lakers earned their first win in three games this season, a 121-118 decision over the Memphis Grizzlies, though he remained in the game. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of James ...
2021-10-27
The Phoenix Suns hope to rebound from their second defeat as well as they did their first when they tip off a five-game homestand against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.The Suns have alternated losses and wins so far, bouncing back from an opening home defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets with a 115-105 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers.They fell flat on the second night of their ...
2021-10-26
The Milwaukee Bucks will look to continue their strong start to the season when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.Milwaukee has won three of its first four games, including back-to-back, double-digit wins against the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers heading into Wednesday's contest. The Bucks have averaged 122.3 points per game in their three victories, and they ...
2021-10-26
The Atlanta Hawks' first road game of the season didn't go well.They hope to do better as they begin a three-game road trip at New Orleans on Wednesday.The Hawks bounced back from a 101-95 loss at Cleveland in their only road game so far to beat visiting Detroit 122-104 on Monday night. They'll try to build on that performance when they face the Pelicans to start a stretch in which ...
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