MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies forward De'Anthony Melton will miss one to two months with what the team has described as a stress reaction in his back.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have traded Josh Jackson and De'Anthony Melton to the Memphis Grizzlies for guards Jevon Carter and Kyle Korver.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Sacramento Kings couldn't have asked for an easier lead-in to a three-game Eastern swing.
Buddy Hield scored 20 points in 18 minutes and the Kings buried the Suns early on Tuesday night, outscoring Phoenix 36-9 in the first quarter as they cruised to a 122-105 victory.
De'Aaron Fox had 16 points and seven assists. Seven players scored in double figures for Sacramento, including Bogdan Bogdanovic off the bench with 14 points, and no starter played more than 27 minutes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Getting official word that De'Anthony Melton won't play for Southern California this season only intensified his teammates' emotions.
Leading scorer Chimezie Metu, a close friend of Melton's, is particularly upset, and it showed with a technical Sunday in an 84-67 victory over Utah.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California played with a chip on its shoulder. First, the Trojans were still mad about teammate De'Anthony Melton being held out this season. Second, they didn't like the reminders Utah was dropping about its eight-game winning streak over the Trojans.
So USC took out its frustration by making a season-high 14 3-pointers in an 84-67 victory on Sunday night that was its first since Jan. 12, 2013.
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Southern Cal's De'Anthony Melton got as philosophical as a basketball player can get. When asked about the Trojans' second-round game with Baylor, he answered: "It doesn't matter who's better because sometimes the better team wins, the better team loses. So it just depends on who can play harder and who can get stops at the end of the game."
SEATTLE (AP) — Southern California was doing just fine with Bennie Boatwright stuck on the bench as a spectator recovering from a knee injury.
His return after being sidelined for more than two months showed what USC could be the final month of the regular season.
Boatwright matched his career-high with 23 points in his first game since late November, De'Anthony Melton added 16 points and USC rallied in the second half for an 82-74 win over Washington on Wednesday night.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored a season-high 28 points and Dylan Ennis added 21 to lead No. 21 Oregon to an 84-61 victory over No. 22 Southern California on Friday night, the Trojans' first loss of the season.
Brooks, a preseason All-America, shot 9 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 4 on 3-pointers, and 6 of 6 from the free throw line two nights after his last-second 3 knocked off No. 2 UCLA.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chimezie Metu had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Elijah Stewart had 15 points to lead undefeated Southern California to a 76-55 victory against San Diego on Wednesday night.
De'Anthony Melton added 14 points for the Trojans (7-0), who led the whole way in beating the Toreros (2-5) for the second straight season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bennie Boatwright scored a season-high 17 points and De'Anthony Melton added 15 to lead Southern California to a 78-73 victory over SMU on Friday night.
Boatwright made 4-of-7 3-pointers and Jonah Matthews scored 14 points for the Trojans.
USC (5-0) improved to 5-1 all-time against the Mustangs and shot 49.1 percent from the field.
Melton scored nine points during a 19-4 run — capped by Melton's 3 — that gave USC a 51-41 lead with 10:56 to play.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Southern California guard De'Anthony Melton played like a silky-smooth veteran down the stretch at Texas A&M, prompting a gentle reminder from Trojans coach Andy Enfield afterward.
"He's a true freshman, in the third game of his college career, and we were on the road," Enfield said with a smile.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Last season, Chimezie Metu got a lot of playing time for Southern California without having much experience.
All those minutes are starting to pay off for him as a sophomore.
Metu had 15 points and 11 rebounds to help the Trojans rally over the final 8:49 to beat Omaha 82-72 Sunday after trailing most of the game.
"I'm trying to play as hard as possible," Metu said. "This year we don't have as many great rebounders on our team as we did last year."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shaqquan Aaron scored 15 points and Southern California rallied over the final 8:49 to beat Omaha 82-72 Sunday after trailing most of the game.
Chimezie Metu had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan McLaughlin added 12 points for the Trojans (2-0).