Jokic helps Nuggets beat Mavs as Doncic sits with sore ankle
DALLAS (AP) — Nikola Jokic watched a lot of shots go up and come back down in the Denver Nuggets' hands Friday night.
Jokic finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead a deep offensive...
Thomas ready for any role as Nuggets make playoff push
DENVER (AP) — Only one game back on the court and Isaiah Thomas already began lobbying for an even broader role — to appear in the movie "Space Jam 2" starring LeBron James.
Jokic tips in winner as Nuggets beat Kings 120-118
DENVER (AP) — Ejected in the first half, Nuggets coach Michael Malone didn't get to an in-person look at Isaiah Thomas' first 3-pointer in a Denver uniform. He also didn't watch from his usual vantage point as Nikola Jokic tipped in the winner.
The raucous reverberations from inside the arena told him everything.
With hip mended, Isaiah Thomas makes debut with Nuggets
DENVER (AP) — Isaiah Thomas pronounced his surgically repaired hip as fit as it's ever going to be.
His confidence? Now that's as healthy as ever with the point guard making his Denver Nuggets debut Wednesday night.
Jokic, Beasley lead Nuggets past Heat 103-87
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets halted a three-game skid by turning up their defense and turning things over to their deep guard rotation which will only get deeper when Gary Harris and Isaiah Thomas return to action after the All-Star break.
Isaiah Thomas looks to help Nuggets end playoff drought
DENVER (AP) — The debates have been so lively inside the Denver Nuggets locker room recently that coach Michael Malone wanders in to make sure everything's all right.
Just the enthusiasm of guard Isaiah Thomas bubbling to the surface. He's turning up the intensity with his booming voice in what's been a rather quiet room.
The Latest: Doc Rivers urging eligible players ‘to go vote’
The Latest on NBA media day from around the league on Monday (all times Eastern):
Doc Rivers says he's always been political, he just doesn't talk about it much.
But the Los Angeles Clippers coach is urging his players who are eligible to vote in next month's midterm elections to do so, saying, "It's more important now than ever."
Rivers says, "We have to go vote. We have to go register. Black men have to go vote. We have to do better, so I talk to my players about it."
Nuggets sign guard Monte Morris to multiyear deal
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a multiyear deal with point guard Monte Morris.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Morris was the 51st pick of the Nuggets in 2017 and spent a bulk of the season playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G League. He averaged 17.8 points and 6.5 assists.
Morris recently suited up in four games for the Nuggets in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 17.5 points and 6.3 assists.
AP source: Cavaliers re-signing F Channing Frye
CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Cavaliers will re-sign forward Channing Frye for next season.
Frye, who was traded by the Cavs in February to the Los Angeles Lakers, will get the $2.4 million veteran's minimum contract, said the person who spoke Saturday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed.
Yahoo Sports and other outlets previously reported Frye's return.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will need four months to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip.
The Lakers announced Thomas' prognosis after the surgery Thursday.
Thomas will be a free agent by the time he recovers from the procedure, but he has expressed interest in staying with the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will have arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, ending his season.
The Lakers announced the decision before their game against Dallas. Los Angeles (32-41) already is eliminated from playoff contention for the franchise-record fifth consecutive season.
Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas to have hip surgery, ending season
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will have arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, ending his season.
The Lakers announced the decision Wednesday before their game against Dallas. Los Angeles (32-41) already is eliminated from playoff contention for the franchise-record fifth consecutive season.
Dragic lifts Heat past Lakers 92-91
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One little floater for Goran Dragic lifted the Miami Heat to a big win.
Dragic scored 30 points, including a go-ahead jumper in the final seconds, and the Heat snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 92-91 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
Thomas rallies Lakers past Nuggets 112-103
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers dropped their previous two games against the Denver Nuggets.
This time, they closed with a flourish.
Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers rallied to beat the Nuggets 112-103 on Tuesday night.
"It was a tough, physical game and we were the tougher team," Thomas said. "We definitely took that from them."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If this game was a Hollywood audition, the young Los Angeles Lakers certainly did well enough to impress budding entertainment mogul LeBron James.
The Lakers will have to wait until summer to find out whether they earned a callback — or maybe even got the part.
Julius Randle had a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Lakers put on a show in front of James with a 127-113 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
Ball, Randle rally Lakers past Spurs late, 116-112
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers are feeling extremely comfortable on the road.
Ball hit a career-best six 3-pointers, Julius Randle had 25 points and the Lakers rallied in the final two minutes to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-112 on Saturday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Joel Embiid had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers delivered an in-person sales pitch to LeBron James by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 on Thursday night to end an 11-game losing streak against the Eastern Conference champions.
Ben Simmons scored 18 and Dario Saric 16, including a critical 3-pointer in the closing minutes, for the rising Sixers, who are 8-2 since Feb. 6.
MIAMI (AP) — Julius Randle got the Los Angeles Lakers started. Isaiah Thomas finished the job.
And there is playoff talk in Lakerland.
Thomas scored a season-high 29 points, Randle added 25 and the Lakers continued their improbable surge by shredding the Miami defense on the way to a 131-113 win over the Heat on Thursday night.
The Lakers are still six games back of the No. 8 spot in the West — but Thomas wants them to think big.
MIAMI (AP) — Isaiah Thomas still feels like there's time.
He's four months away from free agency, the wheeling-and-dealing period when — the way things were looking a year ago — he would be signing a contract worth well over $100 million, ensuring himself a level of wealth that would be well beyond what the player picked last in the 2011 NBA draft should have reasonably expected.
Caldwell-Pope’s season-high 34 points help Lakers top Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During a five-minute span in the third quarter, everyone in the Golden 1 Center knew where the ball was going when the visiting Los Angeles Lakers were on offense. That didn't mean the Sacramento Kings could do anything to stop Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from putting on a one-man shooting show.
Caldwell-Pope scored 17 of his season-high 34 points in the third and the Lakers snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 113-108 win Saturday night against the Kings.
Thybulle paces Washington past Colorado 82-59
SEATTLE (AP) — Matisse Thybulle made sure that former Washington standout Isaiah Thomas wasn't disappointed on his jersey retirement day.
Thybulle scored 24 of his career-high 26 points in the second half and Noah Dickerson added 14 as Washington snapped a three-game losing skid by pulling away for an 82-59 victory over Colorado in a Pac-12 Conference game on Saturday night.
Thomas, a two-time NBA all-star now with the Los Angeles Lakers, had his No. 2 jersey retired at halftime.
North Dakota beats Northern Arizona 86-81 in OT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Geno Crandall scored 28 points, Conner Avants added seven of his eight points in overtime and North Dakota beat Northern Arizona 86-81 on Saturday.
Billy Brown made a 3-pointer to open the extra period as the Fighting Hawks (10-17, 5-10 Big Sky Conference) outscored Northern Arizona 17-12. Crandall scored four points and Dale Jones chipped in two free throws in overtime.
Lakers’ Channing Frye has appendectomy in Cleveland
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers forward Channing Frye has undergone an appendectomy.
The team announced Saturday that its new acquisition had the laparoscopic procedure Friday night in Cleveland.
The Lakers say Frye will be re-evaluated after he returns to Los Angeles next weekend.
Frye was spending the All-Star break in Ohio with his family. He was with the Cavaliers before being traded to the Lakers on Feb. 8 along with Isaiah Thomas in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
LeBron James remains NBA's top-selling jersey
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cavaliers struggles in January didn't have an effect on LeBron James jersey sales.
The Cavs star forward remains No. 1 on Dick's Sporting Goods best-selling jerseys chart. Teammate Kevin Love is ranked No. 12 for the season.
Thomas has solid debut but Lakers fall to Mavericks 130-123
DALLAS (AP) — Isaiah Thomas used his crossover dribble to create an open 3-pointer that helped his new team build a double-digit lead in the first half.
The Los Angeles Lakers couldn't stay in front in the diminutive guard's debut following his ill-fated stint in Cleveland. Still, there was plenty of evidence that Thomas can be the scorer he was in Boston.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were part of three trades yesterday, one of which had Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick went to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance. Dwyane Wade was shipped back to Miami by the Cavs for a protected second-round selection, two years after leaving the Heat. The Cavaliers also were part of a three-team deal that sends Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to the Utah Jazz for forward Rodney Hood and brings guard George Hill to Cleveland from Sacramento for guard Iman Shumpert.
James and Cavs begin reboot with win over Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — LeBron James had a triple-double and Kyle Korver scored a season-high 30 points, including four straight 3-pointers to close the third period, as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-107 on Friday night for a successful start to their reboot.
Korver has 30, James posts triple-double as Cavs top Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — With six players traded away and four newcomers not yet cleared for duty, the Cleveland Cavaliers were left with a lean, tight rotation.
Fewer substitutions? That worked just fine for LeBron James and Kyle Korver.
James had a triple-double and Korver scored a season-high 30 points, including four straight 3-pointers to close the third period, as the crisp Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-107 on Friday night for a successful start to their reboot.
Cavaliers trade six players: Why they had to go (video)
LeBron James nailed a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime and finished with a triple double as the Cavaliers won for only the fifth time in their last 14 games, 140-138 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. James had 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes for Cleveland, which had lost its eight previous network broadcast appearances. J.R. Smith added 20 points and Isaiah Thomas had 13 points with seven assists in one of his best games in weeks.
After whirlwind day, LeBron excited by Cavs’ new ‘pieces’
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James moved on quickly.
A day after the Cavaliers overhauled their roster with a tornado of trades that ripped through the NBA, James didn't dwell on what's lost, who's no longer around or how much time Cleveland has left to salvage its season.
"It is what it is, so let's get it going," he said Friday following the team's shootaround in Atlanta. "The front office made changes that they felt best fit this franchise. It's time to go to work."
Get your cheap Cavs gear: Trades mean there’s suddenly a lot of stuff on sale
Get your cheap Cavs gear: Trades mean there's suddenly a lot of stuff on sale
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- If you're looking stock up on Cavaliers gear on the cheap, now's the time to do it. But there's a catch.
Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades
CLEVELAND (AP) — With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline.
CLEVELAND — New Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman blew up the roster before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, with three major deals apparently made in hopes of convincing four-time league MVP LeBron James to remain in Cleveland after this season.
The Washington Wizards stayed quiet at the NBA trade deadline. The team they are chasing for the third seed in the East did not.
Big moves for Cavs, Lakers, minor ones elsewhere at deadline
From Isaiah Thomas to Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, the Cleveland Cavaliers loaded up on big names last summer.
None will be there if the Cavaliers get back to the NBA Finals.
In what felt like an unprecedented do-over for a contending team, the Cavaliers simply changed the pieces that weren't fitting for new ones on Thursday at the trade deadline.
Cavaliers overhaul roster at trade deadline: What just happened?
The Cleveland Cavaliers were not content with staying pat at the NBA trade deadline Thursday. In fact, they weren't content with making just one trade, either.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are trading Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
AP source: Cavaliers trading Isaiah Thomas to Lakers
CLEVELAND (AP) — After a quick stop, Isaiah Thomas is moving again. The point guard's strange stay with the Cavaliers is over.
Thomas, who was never a good fit in Cleveland while recovering from a hip injury, was traded hours before the NBA's deadline to the Los Angeles Lakers, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.
New-Look Cavaliers are not ‘ALL IN’: Darcy cartoon
New-Look Cavaliers are not 'ALL IN': Darcy cartoon
CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The Cavs debuted their Nike-designed 'The Land' jerseys in Saturday's embarrassing 120-98 loss to the Houston Rockets. They might as well have been wearing Nike's redesigned Cleveland Browns uniforms.
As deadline nears, can Cavs find deal to make a difference?
LeBron James says he won't be traded, though every other move should be on the table for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It's just unclear if anything can make a difference.
The Cavaliers are a team that's deeply in a rut and badly in need of a change to jump-start a season that shows signs of slipping away. But they're down to their final hours to find help via trade, with the deadline set for Thursday afternoon.
Isaiah Thomas says no ‘bad blood’ between him and Kevin Love
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas denied a rift with Kevin Love, insisting there is no "bad blood" between the teammates.
Following days of drama with the never-a-dull-moment Cavs, Thomas spoke Saturday to reporters for the first time since the struggling team — Cleveland is 4-7 in January — held a heated meeting that came after Love went home during a lopsided loss to San Antonio last Saturday because the All-Star was sick and then missed practice the following day.
Northern Arizona upsets Montana St 77-75 for 1st Big Sky win
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Chris Bowling hit the second of two free throws with 14 seconds left to allow Northern Arizona to hold off Montana State and earn its first Big Sky Conference win of the season, 77-75 on Thursday night.
Joe Mvuezolo Jr. hit a 3 with 15 seconds left to get the Bobcats within two, 75-73, then hit two free throws with four seconds left to make it 76-75, but Montana State never got off another shot.
Watch Cavaliers' Isaiah Thomas go sneaker shopping on West 25th
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ever wonder what it's like to go sneaker shopping with an NBA star?
Strugglesville: Cavs blow big lead, end Magic 104-103
CLEVELAND (AP) — There was none of the usual postgame chatter or music in the Cavaliers locker room.
The mood was somber and quiet, not the same place.
"Right now we're in Strugglesville," LeBron James said. "But it felt like a win. We needed it. Definitely."
Durant’s 32 points send Warriors past LeBron, Cavs 118-108
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors extended their road winning streak to 13 games with a 118-108 Martin Luther King holiday victory Monday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, their struggling NBA Finals foes.
Durant scored 16 in the third quarter for the defending champions, who haven't lost outside Oracle Arena since Nov. 22.
Southern Utah picks up first conference victory, 81-75
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Brandon Better scored 19 points, Jadon Cohee 18 and Southern Utah defeated Northern Arizona 81-75 on Saturday for the Thunderbirds' first Big Sky Conference victory this season.
Better made four 3-pointers and Southern Utah (7-9, 1-4) hit 9 of 20 from the arc while shooting 52 percent overall in snapping a five-game losing streak. Dwayne Morgan added 14 points, Jamal Aytes 12 and Dre Marin 10.
Cavs’ Thomas fined $20K for clothesline on T’Wolves’ Wiggins
NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins in the throat.
The punishment was announced Wednesday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president for basketball operations.
The incident occurred with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter of the Cavaliers' 127-99 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday night in Minneapolis.
Managing minutes a “pain in the neck” for Popovich, others
Isaiah Thomas' debut with Cleveland last week came with the same rules as when Kawhi Leonard rejoined the Spurs.
His coach could use him, just not too much.
Both were playing under the dreaded minute restrictions, which coaches learn to accept but will never learn to love.
"It really is a pain in the neck," San Antonio's Gregg Popovich said.