Nuggets want more, less out of Nikola Jokic
DENVER (AP) — Four months later and Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone is still blown away by Nikola Jokic's playoff performance.
"What Nikola did in the postseason was remarkable," Malone...
Former NBA, ABA coach Tom Nissalke dead at 87
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tom Nissalke, who won coach of the year honors in the NBA and ABA, has died. He was 87.
Nissalke passed away at his home in Salt Lake City on Thursday after facing a...
Thursday’s Sports in Brief
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen.
AP source: Russell Westbrook going to Rockets for Chris Paul
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen.
A person with knowledge of the situation says the...
Westbrook joins Wilt in NBA history, Thunder beat Lakers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook became just the second player in NBA history to have 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists in a game as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles...
Daum now among to 10 career scorers, SDSU gets 92-83 win
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Mike Daum had 38 points, which pushed him past Oscar Robertson for the No. 10 spot in NCAA's Division I career points, and South Dakota State rallied to beat Purdue Fort...
Harden scores 41 as Rockets keep rolling, beat Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — James Harden scored 41 points, becoming the first NBA player since Oscar Robertson to record at least 35 points and five assists in seven consecutive games, to power the Houston Rockets to a 108-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Harden had 26 points in the first half and reached 40 for the third straight game. He was 7 for 16 from 3-point range, made all 14 free throws and added six assists.
Harden scores 41, Rockets beat Pelicans 108-104
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — James Harden is on a run the NBA hasn't seen since Oscar Robertson.
Harden had 41 points and six assists to become the first player since the Hall of Fame guard to record at least 35 points and five assists in seven consecutive games, and the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 108-104 on Saturday night.
Westbrook ties for 3rd in triple-doubles, Thunder beat Cavs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers with a 100-83 victory Wednesday night.
Westbrook ties for 3rd in triple-doubles, Thunder beat Cavs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook was more introspective than usual Wednesday night.
The 2017 MVP moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers with a 100-83 victory.
Middleton leads balanced effort as Bucks beat Wolves 125-95
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First-year coach Mike Budenholzer brought his heavy reliance on 3-pointers to the Milwaukee Bucks this season, transforming a team not known for its prowess from beyond the arc.
The approach has taken hold and Milwaukee has tied the best start in franchise history.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points and 12 rebounds in just 23 minutes, Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points off the bench and the Bucks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-95 on Friday night.
Robertson’s NBA title ring sells for $91,000 in auction
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Robertson's 1971 NBA championship ring has sold for a little more than $91,000 in an auction.
The ring the Hall of Fame guard won with Milwaukee for his only NBA title was the top seller from a collection of his items in the Lelands.com 2018 Invitational Auction.
Robertson's Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame ring sold for about $60,000 and one of his game-used Bucks jerseys went for a little more than $50,000 in the auction that ended early Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Robertson's 1971 NBA championship ring is among the basketball Hall of Famer's items being auctioned.
Robertson's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ring and induction trophy, 11 of his NBA All-Star rings and his game-worn jerseys from the Milwaukee Bucks and University of Cincinnati are also included in the Lelands.com 2018 Invitational Auction.
Oscar Robertson wonders: ‘Where are the white athletes?’
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Oscar Robertson commends the off-court activism of today's NBA players, although the Hall of Famer wonders why more white athletes aren't speaking out, too.
Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the NBA Awards on Monday night.
The Latest: James Harden voted NBA MVP
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the NBA Awards, where the league's individual honors are being presented (all times local):
James Harden of the Houston Rockets is the NBA's Most Valuable Player.
He joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season.
Harden led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four. He helped the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins.
The all-time NBA draft _ the best pick from every slot
There's a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft.
But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except perhaps in a handful of rare cases.
Here's a look at The Best of The Best — the top all-time NBA picks in each of the top 30 draft spots. The best No. 1 overall pick, the best No. 2 overall pick ... and so on.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson will be honored with the NBA's Lifetime Achievement Award at the NBA Awards on June 25.
Robertson, the career leader with 181 triple-doubles and the first player to average one for a season, was the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1961, MVP in 1964 and won a championship with Milwaukee in 1971. The guard was a nine-time selection to the All-NBA first team and was voted one of the league's 50 greatest players.
Dr. Dick Barnett reaps rewards of an educated life
STAMFORD — Dick Barnett made his dream of a professional basketball career, which ultimately spanned 15 seasons, a reality by following a simple formula.
“You have to nourish your dream every single day,” Barnett explained. “For me, that meant playing or practicing basketball on Christmas, on Thanksgiving, on Easter. Even on prom night. A dream is the sustenance of hope. That’s what I had to do in order to achieve.”
Mr. Triple-Double: Westbrook joins a very exclusive NBA club
ATLANTA (AP) — Russell Westbrook darted into the lane time and time again, hitting the shot, drawing a foul or finding an open teammate.
At the other end of the court, he lingered under the boards, pulling down one rebound after another — usually against players taller than him.
In other words, just another night for Mr. Triple-Double .
LeBron 1st in NBA with 30k points, 8k rebounds, 8k assists
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had quite a February in a one-of-a-kind career.
He finished the month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career after producing 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday night in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 129-123 win over the Brooklyn Nets. James has 12 triple-double this season and 67 in his career.
James leads Cavaliers past Nets 129-123
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had quite a February, and continues a one-of-a-kind career.
He finished the month averaging a triple-double for the first time in his career after having 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday night in the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-123 win over the Nets. James has 12 triple-double this season and 67 in his career.
Clark leads No. 9 Cincinnati over Temple 75-42
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — In the 117-year history of Cincinnati's basketball program, only four players had accumulated at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Senior forward Gary Clark made it five Wednesday night.
"Anytime you do something at Cincinnati that Oscar Robertson did," coach Mick Cronin said, "that's pretty impressive."
Thunder add reinforcements for MVP Westbrook
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook did it all last season and it wasn't enough.
Westbrook averaged a triple-double and topped Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles on his way to winning the league MVP award and the scoring title. He led the Thunder to the playoffs after Kevin Durant left for Golden State in the offseason.
A five-game playoff exit at the hands of the Houston Rockets was typical of Oklahoma City's season — great play from Westbrook but the team falling short.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Darrall Imhoff, the former University of California and U.S. Olympic champion center who played 12 seasons in the NBA, has died. He was 78.
The Portland Trail Blazers said Saturday that Imhoff died Friday in Bend of a heart attack.
Imhoff led the Pete Newell-coached Golden Bears to the 1959 NCAA title and played alongside Oscar Robertson and Jerry West on the 1960 Olympic team — also coached by Newell.
Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept right on going to the top of the NBA.
Westbrook was voted MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles during his historic season. He led the league with 31.6 points and added 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game, joining Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for the season and breaking Robertson's single-season record of 41 triple-doubles in 1961-62.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the NBA awards show (all times local):
Russell Westbrook has won the NBA's MVP award after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles last season.
The Oklahoma City All-Star joined Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for an entire season, leading the Thunder into the playoffs after Kevin Durant left for Golden State.
Westbrook beat out Houston's James Harden and San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard for the league's top honor.
Westbrook set to learn if his historic season was an MVP one
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A year ago, uncertainty surrounded Russell Westbrook.
Kevin Durant stunned the league by leaving Oklahoma City for rival Golden State in free agency. The four-time scoring champion and former MVP had been the central piece in making the Thunder one of the league's elite teams since the franchise's move to Oklahoma City in 2008.
Westbrook had played his entire NBA career alongside Durant, so questions about how Westbrook would respond immediately cropped up.
Westbrook does it all to no avail for Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook made it perfectly clear in his record-setting season that he can do pretty much anything on a basketball court.
Thunder’s Westbrook focused on playoffs, not historic season
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shortly after the Thunder wrapped up their regular-season finale, Russell Westbrook grew weary of talking about individual accolades.
OKLAHOMA CITY - It took 55 years for it to happen again.
That's how difficult it is to average a triple-double in the NBA.
The stat is virtually all anyone is talking about as the postseason begins Saturday.
On Wednesday in front of a sold-out Chesapeake Energy Arena, Mr. Triple-Double, Oscar Robertson, who finished his career with 181 triple-doubles, honored Russell Westbrook, today's king of the heralded stat.
Robertson endorses Westbrook for MVP
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oscar Robertson endorsed Russell Westbrook for the Most Valuable Player award before the Thunder's regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Westbrook broke Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles by getting his 42nd on Sunday against Denver. Robertson set the previous record of 41 for the Cincinnati Royals during the 1961-62 season.
Russell Westbrook now owns the NBA record for triple-doubles in a season. Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's 55-year-old mark with his 42nd triple-double of the season while leading Oklahoma City's 106-105 win at Denver. Westbrook poured in 50 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out 10 assists and won it with a buzzer-beating three-pointer that eliminated the Nuggets from the playoff race. He scored the Thunder's final 13 points, including the game-winning bucket following a timeout with 2.9 seconds left.
Westbrook sets triple-double record, Thunder beat Nuggets
DENVER (AP) — First, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season. Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts.
Westbrook's 36-foot dagger at the buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 victory, eliminating the Nuggets from playoff contention and capping an historic Sunday afternoon in which he scored 50 points to go with 16 rebounds and 10 assists.
Westbrook secures triple-double average, falls short of 42nd
PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season.
That didn't make him feel much better about his or his team's awful Friday night, when Westbrook failed for the second game in a row to break Robertson's 55-year-old, single-season record for most triple-doubles.
The dynamic Thunder guard fell two assists shy of what would have been his 42nd in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Westbrook clinches triple-double average for season
PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook is the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder sensation assured that statistic with his sixth assist of the night early in the second half against the Phoenix Suns on Friday. The point guard had already secured a double-figure average in points and rebounds for the season.
Russell Westbrook dropped in 45 points and came within one rebound of his NBA-record 42nd triple-double while leading Oklahoma City's 103-100 victory at Memphis. Westbrook hit a three-pointer and two free throws in the final 14 seconds, but he remains tied with Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in a season. He has three games remaining to break the mark set by ‘The Big O’ during the 1961-62 season.
Fans appreciate Westbrook’s energy during his historic run
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fans stood on their feet, screaming for Russell Westbrook to grab the one rebound needed to separate himself from Oscar Robertson and grab an NBA record that has stood for 55 years.
Westbrook misses triple-double, Thunder beat Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Russell Westbrook just missed breaking a tie with Oscar Robertson for the NBA single-season triple-double record. The Oklahoma City star did knock down a late 3-pointer to seal a victory
Westbrook fell a rebound short of an historic triple-double, but scored 45 points, including the Thunder's final five points to lead Oklahoma City to a 103-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Westbrook ties triple-double mark; Thunder top Bucks 110-79
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For just a few moments, Russell Westbrook slowed down.
The Oklahoma City Thunder's mile-a-minute point guard took the time to soak in the atmosphere Tuesday night after he matched Oscar Robertson's single-season record with his 41st triple-double. The home crowd stood and chanted "MVP! MVP!" long after the assist, and he later waved to the crowd after play stopped .
Westbrook ties Robertson’s season triple-double record of 41
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has matched Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles, collecting his 41st during Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Westbrook clinched his triple-double on an assist to Taj Gibson with 9:17 left in the third quarter. The crowd stood and chanted "MVP! MVP!" long after the assist.
Walker scores 29; Hornets overcome Westbrook’s triple-double
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Desperately needing a victory to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Charlotte Hornets picked up one in a place they'd never won before.
Kemba Walker scored 29 points to help Charlotte overcome Russell Westbrook's sixth straight triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-101 on Sunday. It was the Hornets' first win in Oklahoma City, a place where they'd been 0-8.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oscar Robertson, Jamal Harris - two names that will forever be synonymous with Crispus Attucks basketball.
Before Robertson was known as the "Big O" he was the centerpiece to Crispus Attucks' 1955 and 1956 state championship teams. And after this evening, Harris will forever be remembered for hitting the game-winning shot in the 2017 class 3A state title game that gave the Tigers their first state championship since 1959 - the last year the Tigers played for a state title.
Another triple-double for Westbrook as Thunder top Raptors
TORONTO (AP) — With four straight triple-doubles contributing directly to wins, Russell Westbrook's ability to make the Oklahoma City Thunder tick is undeniable.
Not that there was any doubt on Thursday night as the NBA's leading scorer had 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds to lead his team to a 123-102 blowout victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Westbrook has another triple-double, Thunder beat Spurs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oscar Robertson is the only player ever to have more triple-doubles in a season than Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook had his 31st triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-92 on Thursday night. He had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to match Wilt Chamberlain's 1967-68 campaign for the second-most in a season.
Robertson had 41 during the 1961-62 season. Westbrook said he is honored to be among the greats.
Bird, Kidd say don’t look for OKC’s Westbrook to slow down
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Larry Bird and Jason Kidd are in awe of Russell Westbrook's ability to make the difficult seem routine.
They know firsthand the all-around effort it takes to record a triple-double in the natural flow of the game, and they don't expect the high-energy Oklahoma City guard to back off down the stretch of the regular season.
Westbrook gets 20th triple-double, Thunder beat Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Russell Westbrook had a big second half and another triple-double, and it still almost wasn't enough for Oklahoma City.
Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 20th triple-double of the season and the Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 122-118 on Sunday night.
James, Wade, looking to join NBA’s Christmas 300-point club
Only Kobe Bryant and Oscar Robertson have scored more than 300 points on Christmas in their NBA careers.
Cleveland's LeBron James and Chicago's Dwyane Wade might join the club Sunday.
Time to put what Westbrook is doing into some perspective
MIAMI (AP) — Most NBA players have never done it even once. Michael Jordan did it six times. Kobe Bryant, three times. Jason Kidd, twice.
Here's the "it" in question: Have a game of 31 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
Westbrook with another triple-double as Thunder stop Knicks
NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Westbrook doesn't just do triple-doubles in games anymore.
Now he's got one for the entire season.
Westbrook raised his averages to 30.9 points, 11.3 assists and 10.3 rebounds through more than a month of play with his NBA-leading eighth triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 112-103 on Monday night.
LeBron scores 28 as Cavs edge Raptors 121-117 for 9th win
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are far more focused on how they'll finish. They are not complaining about their start, though.
With Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson sitting courtside, LeBron James came up one rebound shy of a triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 24 points to lead Cleveland to a 121-117 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, making the Cavs 9-1 to match their best start after 10 games.