Warriors edge Rockets, Celtics beat Bucks in openers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 35 points in outdueling James Harden and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 104-100 on Sunday in the opener of what is shaping up to...
HOUSTON (AP) — In a game that was decided by halftime, Houston's prolific 3-point shooting added a little excitement in the last few minutes.
Harden scores 35, Rockets beat Raptors 107-95
TORONTO (AP) — James Harden scored 35 points, Gerald Green had 11 of his 18 in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 107-95 on Tuesday night.
Harden scores 35, Rockets beat Raptors 107-95
TORONTO (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets watched a big lead evaporate, yet managed to keep their winning streak intact.
Harden scored 19 of his 35 points in the final quarter,...
Paul to return for Houston after 17-game absence
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul will return for the Houston Rockets against the Orlando Magic after missing the last 17 games with a strained left hamstring.
The nine-time All-Star has been out since he was injured Dec. 20 in a loss at Miami.
Coach Mike D'Antoni said Paul's minutes will be limited initially and he hopes to keep him somewhere in the mid-20s on Sunday night.
Harden scores 35 in Rockets’ 121-119 win over Raptors
HOUSTON (AP) — In a season filled with lots of injuries that have resulted in just as many ups and downs, the Houston Rockets have found help in unlikely places.
On Basketball: Harden’s run should end when he gets help
This play midway through the fourth quarter of James Harden's historic effort at Madison Square Garden was largely reminiscent of what the Houston Rockets' offense has looked like lately:
Houston Rockets sign free agent guard Austin Rivers
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have signed free agent guard Austin Rivers.
Rivers appeared in 29 games with two starts for the Washington Wizards this season before being traded to the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 17 and being released the next day.
The 26-year-old was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft by New Orleans. He has appeared in 437 games with 132 starts and has averaged 9.3 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game in his career.
A day after trading for him, Suns waive G Austin Rivers
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Austin Rivers, a day after he was obtained in a trade with the Washington Wizards.
In a deal finalized over the weekend and announced Monday, the Suns acquired Rivers and Kelly Oubre from the Wizards in exchange for Trevor Ariza.
If he clears waivers, Rivers becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Wizards complete trade to acquire Ariza from Suns
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Wizards have completed a trade to acquire forward Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns for forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers.
Washington general manager Ernie Grunfeld announced the deal Monday after it was agreed to in principle over the weekend. Grunfeld called Ariza "one of the most effective, efficient and versatile players at his position for over a decade."
AP source: Wizards acquire Ariza from Suns for Oubre, Rivers
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-way trade fell apart over mistaken identity, the Wizards are getting Trevor Ariza after all.
Washington agreed in principle Saturday to acquire Ariza from the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced by either team.
Dinwiddie adds to big week with 27, Nets’ win streak at 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets keep adding to a big week.
The Washington Wizards sounded like a team that may be breaking up.
Dinwiddie scored 27 points in his first game since signing a three-year contract extension, and the Nets beat the Wizards 125-118 on Friday night for their season-best fourth straight victory.
Wall to miss Wizards’ game at Indiana with injured heel
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All-Star guard John Wall will miss the Washington Wizards' game Monday night at Indiana with bone spurs in his left heel.
Coach Scott Brooks has not said how much more time, if any, Wall might miss. He will be replaced in the lineup by Austin Rivers.
Wall sat out Wednesday's victory at Atlanta, returned to action in Saturday's loss at Cleveland and scored one point — a career low. He is averaging 20.4 points and 8.3 assists.
Porter, Wall help Wiz beat short-handed Pelicans 124-114
WASHINGTON (AP) — After struggling defensively this season, the Washington Wizards took advantage of another team's guarding woes.
Otto Porter Jr. scored a season-high 29 points and John Wall had 22 points and eight assists in Washington's 124-114 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Bradley Beal scores 20 points, Wizards rout Cavaliers 119-95
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards caught the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers on the second game of back-to-backs Wednesday night.
They seized the opportunity.
Bradley Beal scored 20 points, Otto Porter added 15 and the Wizards beat the Cavaliers 119-95 for their third straight victory. Washington never trailed and led by as many as 27 points.
Wall, Beal lead Wizards to 117-109 victory over Magic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just maybe, the Washington Wizards are figuring things out.
John Wall had 25 points and 10 assists, Bradley Beal added 21 points and the Wizards won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating the Orlando Magic 117-109 on Monday night.
Wizards run away in the fourth, top Heat 116-110
MIAMI (AP) — John Wall and Austin Rivers have seen more than enough losing lately.
So they decided to do something about it.
Wall scored 28 points, he and Rivers each scored 10 in the pivotal fourth quarter and the Washington Wizards got a much-needed win by topping the Miami Heat 116-110 on Saturday night. The Wizards opened the fourth on a 31-12 run, with Wall and Rivers fueling most of that effort.
- The Washington TimesOtto Porter latest player to burst out after trade from WizardsMarch 20, 2019
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- Houston ChronicleAustin Rivers says he fits well with Rockets style, personalities, including with Chris PaulDecember 25, 2018
- The Washington TimesWizards introduce Ron Baker, prepare to face Kelly Oubre and SunsDecember 21, 2018
- The Washington TimesJohn Wall's 40-point night helps Wizards top LeBron James, LakersDecember 17, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seemed fairly clear that Marcin Gortat and the Washington Wizards were ready to part ways. Now they will.
The Wizards traded Gortat, their starting center, to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers on Tuesday night. Both players are entering the final season of their contracts and are set to earn similar salaries, making a straight-up exchange work under NBA rules.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just when it appeared the Los Angeles Clippers were doomed, they rallied for a dramatic and much-needed win for their playoff hopes.
Tobias Harris scored 31 points, Lou Williams added 22 and the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-110 on Tuesday night.
Harris made 11 of 19 shots and Williams scored 15 points in the final quarter to spark the Clippers' comeback. It was the 37th time this season Williams has scored 20 or more as a reserve.
Williams scores 26, Clippers beat Raptors 117-106
TORONTO (AP) — Lou Williams got going in the fourth quarter —and carried the Los Angeles Clippers to a much-needed victory.
Williams scored 26 points against his former team, 18 in the final quarter, and the Clippers overcame an 18-point first-quarter deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 117-106 on Sunday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Their playoff hopes fading after a deflating loss a night earlier, the Los Angeles Clippers were desperate for a win.
"We've got to be one team, one unit and play with high energy and compete," Austin Rivers said. "Let's play harder than the other team."
DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 22 rebounds, Rivers scored 22 and made a key late 3-pointer, and the Clippers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 127-120 on Wednesday night.
Rockets beat Clippers, clinch Southwest Division title
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 24 points, Eric Gordon added 23 and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers for a 101-96 victory on Thursday night.
The Clippers scored six straight points, with four from Austin Rivers, to cut the lead to a basket with less than a minute left. But on the next possession, Harden stepped back and knocked down a long 2-pointer with Rivers in his face to make it 100-96.
Clippers easily defeat James and Cavaliers 116-102
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers was a statement game to the Los Angeles Clippers only in that it lifted them into the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 23 rebounds and Tobias Harris scored 23 points in a 116-102 victory Friday night. The Clippers hold the eighth spot by percentage points over Utah and Denver.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers were reeling, on the verge of losing to a Brooklyn team that hadn't won a road game since Jan. 21. The Nets dropped 3-pointers from all over the floor, and after leading by as many as 15, Los Angeles found itself down by eight with just over three minutes left.
"It just seemed like we had a lot of moments where we could have just given up in that game," Clippers guard Austin Rivers said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Something was not right for the Los Angeles Clippers at halftime Friday, beyond just trailing the New York Knicks by three.
"It felt like we were just going to try and outscore them," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. "I asked them if it was an All-Star Game. Just no defense."
That was corrected in a big way in the second half, the Clippers storming out with a 28-8 run and rolling to a 128-105 victory.
Williams helps Clippers rally from 19 down to beat Nuggets
DENVER (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers drew on their reserves to mount an unlikely comeback.
Lou Williams scored 25 points and Boban Marjanovic added a season-high 18 as the Clippers overcame a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-120 on Tuesday night.
Austin Rivers added 17 points and Montrezl Harrell had 15 for the Clippers, whose bench outscored Denver's reserves 54-4 in the second half.
Clippers put 7 in double figures, beat Nets 114-101
NEW YORK (AP) — If this is what the Los Angeles Clippers can do by keeping it simple, imagine the possibilities once they know their plays.
Lou Williams scored 20 points, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and they got plenty of help from a balanced lineup in a 114-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Los Angeles put seven players in double figures and shot 56.5 percent from the field in its fourth win in five games, bouncing back nicely from a loss in Philadelphia.
Injured Austin Rivers to miss Clippers’ game against Hornets
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers guard Austin Rivers will miss the Los Angeles' game Sunday against Charlotte after injuring his right Achilles.
The team said he is day-to-day after an MRI taken Saturday revealed no soft tissue injury or structural damage.
Rivers, the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, was hurt in a victory over the Lakers on Friday night.
Griffin returns to lead Clippers past Lakers, 121-106
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An uncomfortable pattern has emerged the first half of the season for the Los Angeles Clippers. They cannot seem to approach being a healthy team.
On a night they got Blake Griffin back for the first time in a month from a knee injury in their 121-106 victory Friday over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers, they lost guard Austin Rivers to an Achilles strain.
Evans, Gasol help Grizzlies defeat Clippers 115-112
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies haven't won many games lately, and those few victories have featured drama in the closing seconds.
Tyreke Evans had 30 points and 11 assists, Marc Gasol had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Memphis snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
Career night by Rivers leads Clippers over Rockets 128-118
HOUSTON (AP) — After Austin Rivers scored just six points in the first half on Friday night against the Houston Rockets, his Los Angeles Clippers teammates had a message for him.
"Austin, you've got to be more aggressive," Rivers recalled them saying.
He certainly took their advice, scoring 30 of his career-high 36 points after halftime to allow the Clippers to withstand James Harden's second straight 51-point performance in a 128-118 victory.
Clippers lead all the way in beating Suns 108-94 to end skid
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Rivers doesn't bother checking the Clippers' lineup these days. With so many injuries, he's never sure who's suiting up.
Rivers scored 21 points, DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds and Los Angeles beat the Phoenix Suns 108-94 on Wednesday night to end a three-game skid.
"We've got to stay in this until we get our guys back," Rivers said. "Whoever is on the floor, let's just attack."
The best era in Clippers history is officially over. What happens next is a mystery.
As Blake Griffin limped off the court at Staples Center on Nov. 27, the best era in Los Angeles Clippers history left with him.
Some of the faces remain — at least for now. Doc Rivers is still the coach, and DeAndre Jordan is the starting center. Griffin, meanwhile, is in the first year of a five-year max contract, and the MCL sprain he suffered last month when Austin Rivers fell into his leg will only keep him out of the lineup for a couple of months, as opposed to the rest of the season.
Lou Williams, Jordan lead Clippers over Magic, 106-95
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers needed someone to provide points and Lou Williams filled that role.
Williams scored 31 points Wednesday night to lead the Clippers to a 106-95 victory over the Orlando Magic.
"We've had some guys go down with injuries and somebody has to step in and fill that scoring void," Williams said. "I've been able to do it."
Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler proved in Sundays 112-106 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers to be the closer his new team hoped hed be when it made a draft-night trade to acquire him last summer.
Butler rescued the Wolves from a loss and embarrassment by scoring 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Clippers’ Austin Rivers fined $25,000 for outburst at fan
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers has been fined $25,000 for a verbal outburst toward a fan during a loss to the Utah Jazz.
The NBA announced the fine Saturday. It stems from an exchange that came with 3 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' 126-107 loss on Thursday night.
Rivers says he was coming to the defense of Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who was being heckled.
Griffin has sprained left knee, could be out up to 8 weeks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin has a sprained left knee and could miss up to eight weeks, dealing a stunning blow to the injury-riddled Los Angeles Clippers.
The team said Tuesday that an MRI revealed a medial collateral ligament sprain, but there is no other structural damage to the knee.
Griffin got injured late in Monday night's 120-115 win over the Lakers. He had 26 points and 11 rebounds in the Clippers' third straight victory.
Griffin hurt; Clippers hang on to beat Lakers 120-115
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers' third win in a row for the first time since opening the season 4-0 came at a price.
Blake Griffin fell down under the basket and clutched his left knee with 3:53 left in a 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
The team said he's day-to-day and will be examined on Tuesday. A grim-faced Griffin dressed and left the locker room without speaking to reporters.
"It didn't look good, obviously," coach Doc Rivers said.
Heat blow 25-point lead, bounce back to top Clippers 104-101
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For most of the fourth quarter Sunday, the Miami Heat looked capable of blowing a game they led by as many as 25 points in the second half.
They did not score their first basket in the period until more than five minutes had passed. They turned the ball over seven times to the Clippers, who suddenly got hot and opened the quarter with a 16-0 run.
Clippers roll to easy 119-98 victory over Mavericks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers coach Doc Rivers keeps saying that with nine new players and so many injuries, he hasn't had time to install much of a half-court offense.
So his early message has been simple — keep moving the ball and run at every opportunity.
That worked well enough Wednesday night, when the Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-88 to snap a two-game losing streak.
Griffin’s 3-pointer beats Blazers, keeps Clippers undefeated
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Blake Griffin made a 3-pointer as time expired and the Los Angeles Clippers remained unbeaten with a 104-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
Griffin, who scored 16 of his 25 points during the fourth quarter, got the ball on the left side of the floor and hit the 3-pointer just inside the line, the game's sixth lead change during the final two minutes.
Without Paul gone, Clippers very much Blake Griffin’s team
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a very different and uncertain Clippers team that will open the upcoming season.
Los Angeles sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in the offseason and the Clippers are now very much Blake Griffin's team.
Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan will be surrounded by three new projected starters and nine new players on the roster.