Suns forward Oubre out for the season with thumb injury
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is out for the remainder of the season following surgery on his left thumb.
The Suns said in a statement that Oubre had a procedure on his...
Beal, Wizards roll to 125-116 victory over Nets
NEW YORK (AP) — Bradley Beal capped off the best month of his career with yet another 30-point night.
Now the All-Star guard is looking to carry his hot shooting into March with the eighth...
Warriors win 9th straight behind Curry’s 38 points
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 38 points, local product Kevin Durant had 21 and the Golden State Warriors hammered the ball inside to beat the Washington Wizards 126-118 Thursday night for their season-high ninth consecutive victory.
Oubre scores 26, Suns end skid with win over Kings 115-111
PHOENIX (AP) — Three weeks after coming to the Phoenix Suns, Kelly Oubre Jr. says he's starting to feel comfortable.
He sure looked that way against Sacramento on Tuesday night.
Oubre matched his career high with 26 points, including a one-handed rebound jam with 11.1 seconds to play, and the Suns snapped a six-game losing streak, rallying from a 21-point deficit to beat the turnover-prone Kings 115-111.
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.
Hield scores 20, Kings bury Suns early in 122-105 win
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.
Booker hits last-second basket, Suns beat Grizzlies 102-100
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns were locked in their tightest game of the season, and Devin Booker made good on his chance to get his struggling team a much-needed win.
Booker's 17-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds left capped a fourth-quarter comeback by Phoenix, and the Suns snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 102-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.
After late firing of GM, Suns look to begin winning, finally
PHOENIX (AP) — This is supposed to be the year that the Phoenix Suns finally start to win again.
General manager Ryan McDonough had said the goal was to be the most improved team in the NBA. If that happens, it will be without McDonough.
Owner Robert Sarver fired the general manager nine days before the Suns' season opener.
"For me, the switch has flipped and it's now time to start figuring out how to win," Sarver said in an interview on 98.7 Arizona Sports the day of the firing.
PHOENIX (AP) — General manager Ryan McDonough says Trevor Ariza was the first player the Phoenix Suns targeted in free agency, speaking with him and his wife via FaceTime from a car one minute after free agency began.
The Suns spent virtually all of their cap space on the 14-year veteran NBA forward, who agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract. On Friday, he was introduced as the newest member of a team that believes it is close to turning the corner after years of losing.
PHOENIX (AP) — Trevor Ariza has agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract with the Phoenix Suns, a person with knowledge of the situation said Sunday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement cannot be officially announced during the free agent moratorium.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were the best team in the NBA in the regular season.
They played like it Wednesday night, using a balanced scoring attack to rout the Golden State Warriors 127-105 and even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece.
James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points on a night Houston had five players score 16 points or more.
"We can beat anybody, anywhere at any time playing the way we play," coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Rockets pound Bulls 118-86, win 10th straight game
HOUSTON (AP) — Eric Gordon scored 31 points and tied a career high with eight 3-pointers on a night James Harden sat out to rest, and the Houston Rockets got their 10th straight win with a 118-86 rout of the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
Trevor Ariza added 21 points and Chris Paul had 13 points and 10 assists in his return after missing the last three games with a sore hamstring.
HOUSTON (AP) — Three straight lopsided wins by the Houston Rockets isn't exactly good preparation for the playoffs.
However, the Rockets believe their intensity in these games has showcased an important quality of the team.
"That's what we as a veteran group are supposed to do," Trevor Ariza said. "We're supposed to play the same way every game no matter who the opponent is. Because at the end of the day it's never about the other team for us. Our mindset has to be that it's always about us."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Rockets are still rolling.
Chris Paul scored 25 points, James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Houston beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-112 on Tuesday night for its 16th straight victory.
The Rockets matched Boston for the longest win streak in the league this season and are on the second-longest win streak in franchise history. Harden was blunt when asked what those things meant to him.
The NBA has spoken to Clippers star Blake Griffin as well as other players from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles as part of its investigation into late-game and postgame incidents involving the teams.
Tempers boiled over Monday night late in the Clippers' 113-102 victory , to the point where several security guards were needed outside the Houston locker room afterward.
Rockets will be missing players against Wolves, but not star James Harden
Already done with their season series against Phoenix for almost a month now, the Timberwolves play a second-place Houston team theyre trailing in the Western Conference for the first time this season Thursday.
The Rockets will play on without forwards Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green in an 8:30 p.m. TNT game after the NBA suspended both players two games Wednesday for entering the Los Angeles Clippers locker room seeking a confrontation after Houstons loss at Staples Center on Monday night.
Houston’s Ariza, Green suspended 2 games apiece by NBA
Trevor Ariza said nothing happened. The NBA strongly disagreed.
Ariza and Gerald Green will both be suspended for Houston's next two games, with the NBA coming down hard on both Wednesday for what the league said was their "hostile, verbal altercation" with several players in the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room earlier this week.
Without Harden again, Paul leads Rockets to rout of Suns
PHOENIX (AP) — Houston didn't need James Harden to roll past the Phoenix Suns.
There were plenty of contributions from just about everyone else to make it a 112-95 Rocket romp on Friday night.
Chris Paul scored 25 points to lead six Houston players in double figures and the Rockets improved to 4-2 since losing Harden with a hamstring injury.
Gordon, Paul lead way as Rockets beat Bulls 116-107
CHICAGO (AP) — The Houston Rockets nailed plenty of 3-pointers early and late, and the lull in between couldn't prevent them from picking up a win they certainly needed.
Eric Gordon and Chris Paul each had 24 points and nine assists, Gerald Green scored 22 and the Rockets beat the Chicago Bulls 116-107 on Monday night despite blowing a 21-point lead.
Trevor Ariza added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets, who had lost seven of nine.
James Harden scores 48 points, Rockets win 9th in row
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The NBA's hottest team has found a home on the road.
Houston won its ninth consecutive game after James Harden scored 48 points and the Rockets rallied from 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-117 on Saturday night.
The Rockets, who trailed for most of the game, won their eighth consecutive road game, running their season road record to 12-1. It is Houston's best road start since the 1996-97 season.
Trevor Ariza has 25 points, Rockets beat Nuggets 125-95
HOUSTON (AP) — With Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson out, Trevor Ariza decided it was his turn to let it fly from 3-point range.
Ariza scored a season-high 25 points, making 7 of 10 from beyond the arc, in the Houston Rockets' 125-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
"Tonight was my night," Ariza said with a grin. "If those guys are out, call on me. I get it, rightfully."
Rockets rally to spoil defending champion Warriors return
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Kevin Durant's baseline jumper swished through the net just barely too late, and the Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth to beat Golden State 122-121 Tuesday on the night the Warriors received their championship rings.
A person with knowledge of the situation says forward P.J. Tucker has agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Houston Rockets.
Tucker will give Houston another defensive-minded player on what was one of the NBA's most potent offensive teams last season. He left Toronto to take the deal with Houston late Saturday, the person told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can't be announced until the NBA's free agent moratorium ends Thursday.
Bryan Colangelo, the Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations, announced Wednesday the team exercised the contract option on forward Robert Covington for the 2017-18 season. Covington has made 165 starts in 204 games over the course of three seasons with the Sixers.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Houston Rockets were willing to take whatever the Spurs gave them in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Houston ended up with a record-setting offensive performance, a huge boost in confidence and home-court advantage.
Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Rockets stormed past San Antonio 126-99 on Monday night, the Spurs' worst loss in a series opener under Gregg Popovich.
Nene’s 28 lead Rockets past Thunder for 3-1 series lead
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — James Harden's shot was off, and one of the most unlikely players on Houston's roster came to the rescue.
Nene scored 28 points on perfect shooting from the field, and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
The 6-foot-11 center from Brazil made all 12 of his shots and had 10 rebounds. It was an impressive performance from a reserve who averaged about nine points per game in the regular season.
Rookie Troy Williams started because three of the Rockets' usual starters were out Sunday, but he started again Wednesday night even with James Harden and Trevor Ariza back.
In a way, he started because they were back, allowing Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni to see him with different combinations than Sunday, when Williams was called up from the NBA Development League in what was thought to be short-term, fill-in duty.
Harden has 25 to lead Rockets over Magic 128-104
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets weren't thrilled that they let a huge lead dwindle to less than 10 points in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night.
They were, however, happy with how they responded once that happened.
James Harden had 25 points and 13 assists as the Rockets built a big lead early and held off a late rally to get a 128-104 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
Harden scores 42, rallies Rockets past Bulls 121-117 in OT
HOUSTON (AP) — With the game on the line, James Harden resorted to his step-back jumper on three key plays and drained two of them.
Harden had 42 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to rally the Houston Rockets past the Chicago Bulls 121-117 in overtime Friday night.
The star guard hit a step-back jumper over Paul Zipser with 36.1 seconds left in the extra period and was fouled. Harden made the free throw to give the Rockets a two-point lead they never relinquished.