Norvell Jr.’s late 3 lifts Lakers to big comeback victory
Zach Norvell Jr. made a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Sacramento Kings 99-97 on Wednesday, completing a comeback from 21 points down early in the...
LeBron gets first win in LA as Lakers beat Kings
LeBron James is a winner for the first time as a Laker.
James scored 18 points in a back-and-forth first half before resting in the second half, watching his teammates pull out a 128-123 preseason victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
Brandon Ingram missed two free throws with 10 seconds left, but Kyle Kuzma tipped in the second miss to give the Lakers a 126-123 lead. Wenyen Gabriel had a good look at a tying 3-pointer but it hit the front of the rim.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — PJ Washington will return to Kentucky after withdrawing from the NBA draft, while teammates Wenyen Gabriel and Jarred Vanderbilt have decided to turn pro.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel will enter the NBA draft pool but not hire an agent, remaining eligible to return for his third season with the Wildcats.
Gabriel, Kentucky use 3-point barrage to beat Alabama 86-63
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Collin Sexton and Alabama were making another push in the second half, cutting Kentucky's big lead down to nine with 5:15 remaining.
But when Wenyen Gabriel knocked down his seventh 3-pointer on the next possession, the Wildcats were on their way.
Gabriel whipped up his hands, prompting a thundering "Go Big Blue" chant from the thousands of Kentucky fans at Scottrade Center. His teammates were shoving him around as he repeatedly tossed up three fingers.
No. 23 Kentucky pulls away from Mississippi 96-78
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has followed a four-game slide with four consecutive wins featuring some of its best play this season along with the poise that was missing during the slump.
The No. 23 Wildcats had all of those aspects come together late to beat Mississippi for a victory coach John Calipari suggested his young team had to win.
Florida rallies to upset No. 18 Kentucky 66-64
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Florida worked through ugly play for much of the night against No. 18 Kentucky, and the persistent Gators eventually made the necessary shots to go ahead before holding on with several big defensive plays.
On both ends of the floor, Jalen Hudson came up big.
Hudson came off the bench to score 17 points, and Chris Chiozza, Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes contributed clutch baskets down the stretch as Florida rallied to upset the Wildcats 66-64 on Saturday night.
No. 21 Kentucky Wildcats win 2nd straight, beats Vandy 74-67
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari decided the time had to come to make his point to freshman Kevin Knox on attacking the basket — even at the risk of a loss.
The freshman showed Saturday he's listening.
Knox scored five straight points to put No. 21 Kentucky ahead to stay in a 74-67 victory over Vanderbilt.
No. 17 Kentucky seeks to avoid another letdown in Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will try to extend an improbable streak Saturday when the Volunteers attempt to beat Kentucky at home for a third straight season.
Only this time, they're competing on more equal footing.
No. 16 Kentucky rallies past Georgia 66-61 in SEC opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A night in which No. 16 Kentucky seemingly couldn't make any shots didn't stop the Wildcats from trying, especially with the lead within reach against Georgia.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander changed everything with one timely 3-pointer that freed things up for everything to fall when they needed them.
No. 8 Kentucky maturing, more challenges ahead for freshmen
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari hasn't hidden his frustration about the learning curve of his latest group of talented freshmen.
And while the No. 8 Wildcats are starting play better, they're bracing for more challenges ahead.
Last season: 32-6, reached NCAA Tournament South Region final.
Coach: John Calipari.
Who's gone: G De'Aaron Fox, G Malik Monk, F Bam Adebayo (all NBA lottery picks); G Isaiah Briscoe, F Derek Willis, G Dominique Hawkins, G Mychal Mulder, F Isaac Humphries.
Kentucky’s 2nd-year players help freshmen got comfortable
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's roster always seems dominated by freshmen. This year will be no different.
The Wildcats will have eight new faces this fall. It has been a way of life in Lexington with the steady flow of one-and-dones under coach John Calipari.
But sophomores Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones, along with redshirt freshman Hamidou Diallo have eagerly embraced new leadership roles — though they're entering just their second seasons themselves.
No. 15 Kentucky survives LSU 92-85
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The so-called "reboot" that Kentucky coach John Calipari suggested for his struggling team might take more work than he expected.
He made clear that a long practice is in store after the 15th-ranked Wildcats nearly blew a big lead against LSU and threatened to overshadow a breakout game for freshman forward Wenyen Gabriel.
Gabriel scored a career-high 23 points, Malik Monk also had 23 and Kentucky withstood a late LSU rally for a 92-85 victory Tuesday night.
Fox leads No. 5 Kentucky over Mississippi State 88-81
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Malik Monk, Kentucky's leading scorer, was struggling and so was star guard Isaiah Briscoe. So when the Wildcats needed some clutch baskets late, coach John Calipari turned to freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox and gave him some simple instructions.
"We just said, 'Here you go De'Aaron, go and do your thing,'" Calipari said.
No. 1 Kentucky rolls past Arizona State 115-69 in Bahamas
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Kentucky was already up big when Isaiah Briscoe snatched down a second-half rebound, took a dribble and fired an outlet pass ahead to Malik Monk. The ball was high and off target, but Monk went airborne and redirected the ball with his right hand to Wenyen Gabriel for a transition reverse dunk.
Yes, the top-ranked Wildcats were so good Monday night that they were turning even mistakes into highlight-reel plays.
Kentucky routs Clarion 108-51 in exhibition opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Malik Monk came off the bench to score 15 points, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo each added 13 and Kentucky rolled past Clarion 108-51 in an exhibition Sunday night against Wildcats coach John Calipari's alma mater.
Last season: 27-9, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: John Calipari.
Who's gone: G Tyler Ulis, G Jamal Murray, F Skal Labissiere, F Marcus Lee (transfer), G/F Charles Matthews (transfer), F Alex Poythress.
Kentucky players look forward to making presence felt inside
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Physical post play was lacking at Kentucky last year, though establishing an inside presence shouldn't be an issue this season.
The Wildcats are tall, long and athletic once again, and this year the big guys appear ready to mix it up in the paint.
But Wildcats coach John Calipari shot out his annual caution on Thursday, warning everyone not to expect too much too soon from his latest collection of highly prized recruits.