Knicks say they built the team they wanted in free agency
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Free agency was only a few hours old when the New York Knicks acknowledged their fans' disappointment.
Three months later, the Knicks have changed their...
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have finalized contracts with Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock, two of their offseason additions.
The forwards join Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj...
Washington faces Los Angeles, aims to halt 4-game skid
Washington Wizards (30-44, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (32-41, 11th in the Western Conference)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bobby Portis' shooting touch returned Sunday and the Washington Wizards picked up a win.
Portis had 26 points and 12 rebounds and the Wizards beat the Minnesota...
Parker returns to Chicago with Wizards
CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker is focused on helping the Washington Wizards.
His rocky stint with his hometown Chicago Bulls is over.
Parker returned to Chicago on Saturday night just three days after he was traded to Washington in a multiplayer deal. The Wizards also got Bobby Portis and a protected 2023 second-round pick in exchange for Otto Porter Jr.
Wizards beat Bulls 134-125 in 1st meeting since trade
CHICAGO (AP) — Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker hugged and smiled after they departed with 42 seconds left.
It was a nice little party for Portis on the eve of his 24th birthday.
Bradley Beal scored 31 points for Washington, helping Portis and Parker make a successful return to Chicago and leading the Wizards to a 134-125 victory over the Bulls on Saturday night.
Portis scores 30 in debut as Wizards beat Cavs 119-106
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Washington Wizards found out that All-Star point guard John Wall was going to need surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, just a month after surgery to repair bone spurs in his left heel, they decided to regroup.
Wall's surgery will cost him at least the majority of the 2019-20 season. After learning the news just ahead of the NBA's trading deadline, the Wizards quickly traded Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris in separate deals.
Bulls remain committed to keeping Boylen beyond this season
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls insist they remain committed to keeping coach Jim Boylen beyond this season and that he is delivering the way they anticipated despite their poor record.
Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said the Bulls "absolutely" plan to retain him. He said Boylen is "doing the right things" and is "promoting the right message to our players."
Davis remains in trade limbo; Barnes to Sacramento
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.
Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA's annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes didn't play in the fourth quarter of a win over Charlotte because of a trade with Sacramento.
"I got word of it during the game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
Wednesday’s Sports in Brief
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.
Davis remained in place, though the run-up to the NBA's annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where the Mavericks took Harrison Barnes out of their win over Charlotte in the third quarter because he's about to get moved to Sacramento, according to two people familiar with the negotiations there.
Bulls get Otto Porter Jr. from Wizards for Portis, Parker
CHICAGO (AP) — The Washington Wizards decided they needed to shake things up with All-Star point guard John Wall out for the season.
Otto Porter Jr. is gone. Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis are in.
Washington traded Porter to the struggling Chicago Bulls on Wednesday for Parker, Portis and a protected 2023 second-round pick.
The Latest: AP source: Markieff Morris to New Orleans
The Latest on NBA trades (all times Eastern):
A person familiar with the negotiations said late Wednesday that Washington has agreed to trade Markieff Morris to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson.
There will be draft considerations in the deal as well, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the NBA trade call was pending.
Bulls add to Heat woes at home, win 105-89
MIAMI (AP) — The Chicago Bulls are mired toward the bottom of the NBA standings and know the postseason isn't going to include them. That being said, there's no way coach Jim Boylen is going to let them merely play out the string as though the last 30 games are meaningless.
Bulls expect Portis to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained ankle
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls expect forward Bobby Portis to miss two to four weeks because of a sprained right ankle.
Portis was injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to Brooklyn. The team said an MRI on Thursday showed no structural damage.
The game was Portis' fifth since returning from a sprained ligament in the right knee that he suffered early in the season. In nine appearances, he is averaging 11.9 points and eight rebounds.
Joe scores 34, hits 10 3s in Arkansas’ 121-79 rout of FIU
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Prior to Saturday, the only Razorbacks freshmen to score 34 points in a game were program legends.
Scottie Thurman, whose late 3 lifted Arkansas to a victory over Duke in the 1993 National Championship, did it twice. Bobby Portis, now a forward for the Chicago Bulls, poured in 35 against Alabama in 2014.
Bulls’ Valentine has season-ending ankle surgery
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say guard Denzel Valentine had season-ending surgery to stabilize his left ankle.
The Bulls announced Wednesday they expect Valentine to return to full basketball activities in about six months. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Bulls’ Valentine to have ankle surgery, likely miss season
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls guard Denzel Valentine needs reconstructive surgery on his left ankle and will likely miss the entire season.
The Bulls announced Monday he was diagnosed with "ongoing ankle instability" after being examined by a specialist in Green Bay. He will have surgery next week, with a recovery of four to six months.
Bulls’ Portis out 4-6 weeks with sprained MCL in right knee
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis will miss four to six weeks because of a moderately sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
The Bulls announced Thursday he is out until at least late November.
Portis — averaging 10.5 points in his fourth season — joined a lengthy list of injured Chicago players in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win over Charlotte.
Smashing debut: Giannis, Bucks cruise in new arena’s opener
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks put on a smashing opening-night performance at their new arena.
Antetokounmpo had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the Bucks routed the Chicago Bulls 116-82 on Wednesday night in the first game at the Fiserv Forum.
The Bucks had the look of contenders under new coach Mike Budenholzer, scoring 63 points in the first half of their preseason opener and leading by as much as 34 points.
Young Bulls upbeat, but there is work to be done
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls like to think they are one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams, one that could challenge for a playoff berth next season.
They also admit there are many more boxes to check off first.
Markkanen, Kilpatrick lead Bulls over Hornets, 120-114
CHICAGO (AP) — Many believe it's in the Bulls' best interests to lose as many games as possible as the regular season winds down.
The players don't.
Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 21 off the bench to lead Chicago to a 120-114 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night.
Markkanen didn't play in the fourth quarter and totaled just 24 minutes for the game. The 7-foot rookie was 8 of 14 from the field, including 5 of 6 on 3-pointers.
Markkanen, hot-shooting Bulls top playoff-bound Wizards
CHICAGO (AP) — After coach Fred Hoiberg went home sick, rookie Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls came out shooting feverishly.
Markkanen scored 23 points and connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers to lead Chicago to a 113-94 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Hardaway, Beasley lead Knicks past depleted Bulls, 110-92
NEW YORK (AP) — The Knicks have won two straight games for the first time in almost two months, and they're not apologizing for the caliber of their competition.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 17 as New York beat the depleted Chicago Bulls 110-92 on Monday night.
"We don't care who they put out there," Beasley said. "They could put a bunch of toddlers out there. Once the game starts, the game starts."
Jordan, Williams lead Clippers over Bulls 112-106
CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers need all the wins they can get if they're going to make the playoffs for the seventh straight year — even the ugly ones.
So they'll take this.
DeAndre Jordan dominated with 29 points and 18 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 26 and the Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls 112-106 on Tuesday night.
Tobias Harris added 18 points, and the Clippers started to take control late in the third quarter on the way to their fifth win in six games.
LaVine, Portis lead Bulls past short-handed Hawks, 129-122
ATLANTA (AP) — A visit to the lowly Atlanta Hawks provided a confidence boost for the Chicago Bulls.
Zach LaVine scored 21 points, including four free throws in the final 17 seconds to stop Atlanta's comeback, and the Bulls beat the injury-depleted Hawks 129-122 on Sunday.
Bulls hang on down stretch, beat Grizzlies 119-110
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls envision Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn leading them to tight wins - someday in bigger spots than this.
Markkanen scored 22 points, LaVine and Dunn added 21 apiece, and Chicago hung on to hand the Memphis Grizzlies their 15th straight loss, 119-110 on Wednesday night.
The Bulls had a 21-point lead whittle to one but came away with their fourth win in 18 games.
Portis leads late rally, Bulls beat Mavs 108-100
CHICAGO (AP) — Bobby Portis and the Chicago Bulls finally broke through with a late burst that made the difference.
Portis scored 22 points and made three straight shots during the decisive run in the fourth quarter to help Chicago roar back and beat the Dallas Mavericks 108-100 on Friday night.
Portis had 15 in the second half and Chicago used a 16-4 run in the final five minutes to end a five-game losing streak.
Simmons’ late FTs gives 76ers 116-115 win over Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Simmons couldn't recall winning a game from the free throw line at any level before Thursday night.
Still, the rookie stepped to the line with the confidence of a veteran.
Simmons scored a career-high 32 points, making two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to complete Philadelphia's rally from five points down in the final minute, and the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 116-115.
Wizards could be without true point guard vs. Knicks
Wizards point guard Tomas Satoransky had a bandage above his right eyebrow and still had a minor headache Monday evening. Both were the aftereffects from Bulls forward Bobby Portis' mid-air takedown of Satoransky in the final minutes of Saturday's Wizards win in Chicago.
After Satoransky's head smacked the hardwood, he left the game and was placed in concussion protocol.
Injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is going home.
Shazier was released from the hospital on Thursday, nearly two months after suffering a spinal injury in a victory over Cincinnati. The Pro Bowler underwent spine stabilization on Dec. 6 and while he was able to travel a bit, including visiting team practices and making appearances at Heinz Field for games, he returned to the hospital each evening.
Pelicans acquire Mirotic from Bulls for 3 players and pick
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans acquired forward Nikola Mirotic and a second-round draft pick from the Chicago Bulls for center Omer Asik, guards Jameer Nelson and Tony Allen, and a first-round pick.
The trade, announced by both teams late Thursday afternoon, comes less than a week after New Orleans lost All-Star DeMarcus Cousins for the season because of a left Achilles tear — and with the Pelicans still in the playoff picture.
Ben Simmons’ triple-double helps 76ers top Bulls 115-101
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Dario Saric added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Joel Embiid had 22 points for the 76ers, who have won seven of 10.
Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Zach LaVine had 21 for the Bulls.