OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nicola Vucevic had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls withstood a fierce rally by Oklahoma City to beat the Thunder 111-110 on Monday night.
The Bulls led by 28 points in the third quarter, but the Thunder had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Devonte' Graham scored 25 points, Josh Hart had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-113 on Monday night.
Graham, who was questionable before the game because of a sore left ankle, started and went 5 of 9 from 3-point range on a night when the rest of his team missed 20 of 21 from deep.
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul and his 36-year-old legs played 40 minutes of basketball for the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
The way he was cooking in the fourth quarter of a 115-109 win over the short-handed Utah Jazz, one of the best point guards in NBA history looked like he was ready to play 40 more.
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker scored 33 points, Chris Paul had 15 of his a season-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Phoenix Suns rallied for a 115-109 win over the short-handed Utah Jazz on Monday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — As the crowd's roar enveloped him, Kevin Love wrapped his arms around Darius Garland and thought back to those days when the Cavaliers were the biggest game in town.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They call it “The Golden Hour.”
Each day after their film session, an hour goes up on the scoreboard clock and the Golden State Warriors break into small groups to begin working at three separate, 20-minute stations: on the court, in the weight room or with the training staff.
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— “Ice Age” hasn't quite lasted eons, but the animated franchise is now a decade old.
Dallas Mavericks (27-20, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Golden State Warriors (34-13, second in the Western Conference)
San Francisco; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Stephen Curry leads Golden State into a matchup with Dallas.
San Antonio Spurs (17-30, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (14-33, 15th in the Western Conference)
Houston; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Houston looks to end its eight-game home skid with a win over San Antonio.
Sacramento Kings (18-30, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (24-24, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Boston plays the Sacramento Kings after Jayson Tatum scored 51 points in the Boston Celtics' 116-87 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Minnesota Timberwolves (23-23, seventh in the Western Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (20-26, 10th in the Western Conference)
Portland, Oregon; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves visit Norman Powell and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Chicago Bulls (28-17, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (14-32, 14th in the Western Conference)
Oklahoma City; Monday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Thunder -2.5; over/under is 214.5
Charlotte Hornets (26-21, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (22-22, ninth in the Eastern Conference)
Toronto; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Charlotte will try to keep its three-game road win streak alive when the Hornets play Toronto.
Utah Jazz (30-17, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (36-9, first in the Western Conference)
Phoenix; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Suns -6.5; over/under is 222.5
Denver Nuggets (24-21, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (11-35, 14th in the Eastern Conference)
Detroit; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets visit the Detroit Pistons.
Los Angeles Lakers (23-24, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (29-17, second in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Brooklyn Nets.
New York Knicks (23-24, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (28-19, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Cleveland; Monday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cavaliers -7.5; over/under is 203.5
Los Angeles Clippers (23-25, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (23-24, 10th in the Eastern Conference)
Washington; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Washington plays Los Angeles looking to break its three-game home losing streak.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry has been around long enough that he can be playful when it comes to his rare, recent shooting funk.
Are his hands healthy after a couple of recent minor injuries?
DENVER (AP) —
Nikola Jokic scored 34 points, including four free throws in the closing seconds, and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 117-111 Sunday night.
Jokic also had nine rebounds and eight assists, just missing a fifth straight triple double.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 25 points, D’Angelo Russell had 23 points and 10 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Brooklyn Nets 136-125 on Sunday night.
Karl-Anthony Towns overcame a poor shooting night, scoring 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Wolves put the game away, winning for the third time in four games.
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat knew the run was coming. Even early in the fourth quarter, with a 23-point lead, Heat players were telling each other that the game wasn't over.
They were right. And they handled the moment — then moved atop the Eastern Conference.
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 37 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and Kristaps Porzingis had 15 points, eight rebounds and a season-best six blocks as the Dallas Mavericks shut down the Memphis Grizzlies to win 104-91 on Sunday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jordan Poole scored 20 points to lead a balanced Golden State scoring attack, and the Warriors held off a late Utah rally to beat the Jazz 94-92 on Sunday night.
Royce O’Neale rebounded Bojan Bogdanovic’s missed 3-pointer with a hand in his face and O’Neale couldn’t convert a tip-in as the final buzzer sounded.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Joel Embiid had 38 points and 12 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a late rally to beat the San Antonio Spurs 115-109 on Sunday night.
It was Embiid’s 14th straight game with at least 25 points.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Trae Young scored 30 points and tied a season-high with eight 3-pointers, and the streaky Atlanta Hawks defeated the cold-shooting Charlotte Hornets 113-91 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Moritz Wagner scored 23 points, younger brother Franz Wagner added 18, and the Orlando Magic defeated the short-handed Chicago Bulls 114-95 on Sunday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 41 points for Chicago, while Coby White had 22 points.
TORONTO (AP) — CJ McCollum had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Jusuf Nurkic had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Toronto Raptors 114-105 on Sunday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — This was quite a way for Jayson Tatum to break out of his shooting slump.
Tatum scored 51 points — 48 in the first three quarters — to help the Boston Celtics breeze to a 116-87 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen was suspended by the NBA for one game on Sunday for his hard foul on Alex Caruso that resulted in a broken right wrist for the Chicago Bulls guard.
NEW YORK (AP) — RJ Barrett had 28 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-102 on Sunday.
Julius Randle had 24 points and nine rebounds, helping New York stop a three-game slide.
1939 — Eddie Collins, Wee Willie Keeler and George Sisler are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1956 — Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks captures the first of his NBA record four All-Star MVP awards.
Indiana Pacers (17-30, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (17-28, 11th in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Monday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans will try to keep its three-game home win streak alive when the Pelicans take on Indiana.
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker wound up for a celebratory windmill dunk in the final minute, but misjudged it badly. The ball clanged off the back of the rim and ricocheted downcourt as the home crowd groaned.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 34 points and Jrue Holiday added 26 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 133-127 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, making up for the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Darius Garland collected 23 points and 11 assists, and rookie Evan Mobley had 15 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to power the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Oklahoma City Thunder 94-87 on Saturday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — One night after overcoming a defensive struggle to beat the Chicago Bulls, the Milwaukee Bucks unleashed their offense on the Sacramento Kings.
The end result was the same, with the Bucks claiming a 133-127 victory Saturday night behind the play of veterans Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. is out of health and safety protocols and available to be on the sideline Sunday against the Boston Celtics.
Unseld said Saturday he felt good. He said he had mild symptoms after his positive test.
During the Tokyo Olympics, when Damian Lillard's abdominal injury flared up, Jrue Holiday suggested it was time for surgery.
Lillard finally took his fellow Olympian's advice and had the procedure Jan.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso will have surgery next week to repair his broken right wrist after he was taken down by Grayson Allen during the third quarter of Friday night's 94-90 loss at Milwaukee.
1944 — The Detroit Red Wings defeat the New York Rangers 15-0 to set an NHL record for consecutive goals.
1959 — In the NBA All-Star game in Detroit, St. Louis’ Bob Pettit and Elgin Baylor of Minneapolis become the first co-winners of the MVP award, leading the West to a 124-108 victory.
Philadelphia 76ers (26-19, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (17-29, 13th in the Western Conference)
San Antonio; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Philadelphia visits the San Antonio Spurs after Joel Embiid scored 40 points in the 76ers' 102-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Memphis Grizzlies (32-16, third in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (26-20, fifth in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Sunday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jalen Brunson and the Dallas Mavericks host Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies in Western Conference action Sunday.
Atlanta Hawks (20-25, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (26-20, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte, North Carolina; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta will try to continue its three-game win streak with a victory against Charlotte.
Brooklyn Nets (29-16, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (22-23, ninth in the Western Conference)
Minneapolis; Sunday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves host Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets in a non-conference matchup.
Utah Jazz (30-16, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Golden State Warriors (33-13, second in the Western Conference)
San Francisco; Sunday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors face the Utah Jazz.
Detroit Pistons (11-34, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (23-21, sixth in the Western Conference)
Denver; Sunday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic leads Denver into a matchup with Detroit.
Los Angeles Clippers (23-24, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. New York Knicks (22-24, 11th in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Sunday, 1 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: New York looks to break its three-game skid when the Knicks take on Los Angeles.
Oklahoma City Thunder (14-31, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (27-19, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Cleveland; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cavaliers -12.5; over/under is 209.5