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NBA-Warrior Green slams Knicks owner over Oakley treatment

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green blasted New York Knicks owner James Dolan over his treatment of Charles Oakley, which resulted in the former player's temporary ban from Madison Square Garden. Green made the comments on his "Dray Day Podcast", which emerged prior to Wednesday's game against the Sacramento Kings and referenced Dolan having Oakley forcibly removed from the Garden last week following a heated dispute between the pair. "The man (Oakley) is a legend.

NBA-Knicks' Anthony replaces injured Love for All-Star Game

Feb 15 (Reuters) - New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was named on Wednesday to replace injured reserve Kevin Love in the NBA All-Star Game. Anthony, a 10-time All Star, was originally left off the roster for the first time since 2009 but will now participate in Sunday's game in New Orleans. Love had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined about six weeks. ...

NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games

Feb 15 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Association Basketball games on Wednesday: Raptors 90, Hornets 85 Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and broke a tie late in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 90-85. Norman Powell added 17 points for the Raptors. Frank Kaminsky led Charlotte with 27 points and Kemba Walker added 24. Cavaliers 113, Pacers 104 Kyle Korver scored 22 points off the bench for Cleveland and became the seventh player in NBA history to make 2,000 three-pointers. ...

NBA standings

Feb 16 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Wednesday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 37 19 .661 - 2. Toronto 33 24 .579 4 1/2 3. NY Knicks 23 34 .404 14 1/2 4. Philadelphia 21 35 .375 16 5. Brooklyn 9 47 .161 28 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 39 16 .709 - 2. Indiana 29 27 .518 10 1/2 3. Chicago 27 29 .482 12 1/2 4. Detroit 27 30 .474 13 5. Milwaukee 25 30 .455 14 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 33 21 .611 - 2. Atlanta 32 24 .571 2 3. Miami 25 32 .439 9 1/2 4. Charlotte 24 32 .429 10 5. Orlando 21 37 . ...

NBA results

Feb 16 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Wednesday (home team in CAPS) OKLAHOMA CITY 116 NY Knicks 105 PHOENIX 137 LA Lakers 101 Minnesota 112 DENVER 99 UTAH 111 Portland 88 Miami 117 HOUSTON 109 New Orleans 95 MEMPHIS 91 BOSTON 116 Philadelphia 108 TORONTO 90 Charlotte 85 Milwaukee 129 BROOKLYN

Basketball-Trump declines ESPN invite to fill out NCAA bracket

Bracketology in the Oval Office is ending under President Donald Trump. The eight-year run of the president filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket on live television will come to a halt after Trump declined an invitation from ESPN to continue the tradition. "We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket.

NBA-Knicks retain top spot as Forbes' most valuable NBA team

The New York Knicks are the NBA's most valuable team for the second consecutive year despite having been shut out of the playoffs since 2013, according to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday that showed the average team value rose 9 percent. The Knicks' value rose to $3.3 billion, up 10 percent from last year, as they continue reaping the rewards of a $1 billion renovation to Madison Square Garden, which produced new revenue opportunities from sponsorships and seating. According to Forbes, the Knicks also posted an NBA-record operating profit of $141 million last season, despite a 32-50 season record.

NBA-Highlights from Tuesday's NBA games

Feb 14 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Tuesday: Cavaliers 116, Timberwolves 108 LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points and James added 14 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away for victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins scored 41 points. Wiggins had help from Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Gorgui Dieng added 12 points, but no other Timberwolves player reached double figures in scoring. ...

NBA standings

Feb 15 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Tuesday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 36 19 .655 - 2. Toronto 32 24 .571 4 1/2 3. NY Knicks 23 33 .411 13 1/2 4. Philadelphia 21 34 .382 15 5. Brooklyn 9 46 .164 27 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 38 16 .704 - 2. Indiana 29 26 .527 9 1/2 3. Chicago 27 29 .482 12 4. Detroit 26 30 .464 13 5. Milwaukee 24 30 .444 14 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 33 21 .611 - 2. Atlanta 32 23 .582 1 1/2 3. Charlotte 24 31 .436 9 1/2 4. Miami 24 32 .429 10 5. Orlando 21 36 . ...

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Wednesday, Feb 15

Reuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Wednesday: SOCCER Champions League, last 16 first leg matches (1945) Bayern Munich (Germany) v Arsenal (England) Real Madrid (Spain) v Napoli (Italy) Bayern eye fourth qualification over Arsenal MUNICH - Bayern aim to take the first step towards a fourth qualification out of four Champions League last 16 ties against Arsenal when they meet in the first leg. ...

NBA results

Feb 15 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Tuesday (home team in CAPS) Sacramento 97 LA LAKERS 96 Cleveland 116 MINNESOTA 108 CHICAGO 105 Toronto 94

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee in New York on Tuesday and is expected to miss six weeks. According to the Cavaliers, Love sustained the injury during the team's 125-109 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Love, 28, was scheduled to represent Cleveland along with teammates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving at the NBA All-Star Game next Sunday in New Orleans.

NBA-Cavs' LeBron not fretting about loss of Love

LeBron James may take on a heavier workload down the stretch to make up for the absence of All-Star Kevin Love and the added wear and tear could prove costly in the Cleveland Cavaliers' quest to repeat as NBA champions. Love will miss six weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and while his injury will not sink the Cavaliers it could cost them the Eastern Conference's top seed and make their road to the NBA Finals a little tougher. It's the latest injury for a Cavaliers team already playing without injured starting shooting guard JR Smith, but not a situation the team are unfamiliar with.

NBA-Magic trade Ibaka to Raptors for Ross, first-round pick

Serge Ibaka is headed north of the border after the Orlando Magic agreed to trade the three-time All-Defensive First Teamer to the Toronto Raptors for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, The Vertical reported Tuesday. Ibaka was traded to the Magic last offseason after spending his first seven seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his time with the Thunder, Ibaka led the league in blocked shots twice (2012, 2013) and averaged 11.6 points, 7.4 boards and 2.5 swats in 524 games while helping lead Oklahoma City to an appearance in the NBA Finals.

NBA-Knicks lift ban on Oakley after arrest

Charles Oakley's ban from Madison Square Garden lasted less than a week. The New York Knicks legend was banned from the team's home games last Friday following his highly-publicized altercation with security, who forcibly removed him from the arena during last Wednesday's game. Oakley was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of trespassing.

BRIEF-NBA Development League to become NBA Gatorade League

Feb 14 (Reuters) - Pepsico Inc * Gatorade - Beginning with 2017-18 season, NBA Development League (NBA D-League) will be renamed NBA Gatorade League Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday, Feb 14

Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday: - - - - SOCCER Champions League, last 16 first leg matches. Benfica (Portugal) v Borussia Dortmund (Germany) Paris St Germain (France) v Barcelona (Spain) PSG face another Barcelona test PARIS - Paris St Germain face a test of their Champions League credentials when they take on Barcelona in a last-16 first leg at the Parc des Princes after being eliminated twice by the Spanish giants since 2013. ...

NBA-Highlights of Monday's NBA games

Feb 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Monday: Nuggets 132, Warriors 110 Juancho Hernangomez hit six of Denver's franchise-record 24 and finished with a career-high 27 points as the Nuggets routed the Golden State Warriors 132-110 on Monday night. Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 21 rebounds and 12 assists for his second triple-double. Jameer Nelson (23 points) had five three-pointers and Will Barton (24 points) sank four from long range. Kevin Durant scored 25 points for Golden State (46-9). ...

NBA standings

Feb 14 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Monday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 36 19 .655 - 2. Toronto 32 23 .582 4 3. NY Knicks 23 33 .411 13 1/2 4. Philadelphia 21 34 .382 15 5. Brooklyn 9 46 .164 27 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 37 16 .698 - 2. Indiana 29 26 .527 9 3. Chicago 26 29 .473 12 4. Detroit 26 30 .464 12 1/2 5. Milwaukee 24 30 .444 13 1/2 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 33 21 .611 - 2. Atlanta 32 23 .582 1 1/2 3. Charlotte 24 31 .436 9 1/2 4. Miami 24 32 .429 10 5. Orlando 21 36 . ...

NBA results

Feb 14 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Monday (home team in CAPS) DENVER 132 Golden State 110 LA Clippers 88 UTAH 72 New Orleans 110 PHOENIX 108 Boston 111 DALLAS 98 WASHINGTON 120 Oklahoma City 98 MILWAUKEE 102 Detroit 89 Memphis 112 BROOKLYN 103 Orlando 116 MIAMI 107 San Antonio 110 INDIANA

NBA-Commissioner, Jordan mediate in Oakley row

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan tried to ease the tension between New York Knicks owner James Dolan and former player Charles Oakley during a conference call on Monday, the league said in a statement. Dolan and Oakley have been estranged for some time but their relationship hit a nadir when Oakley was forcibly removed from a Knicks game after an altercation with security guards and subsequently arrested on Wednesday. As a result, Dolan announced that Oakley, who played the bulk of his 19-year career in New York but had been publicly critical of the Knicks owner, was barred from Madison Square Garden (MSG).

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup

The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets officially completed the trade of centers on Monday. Denver acquired Mason Plumlee, a 2018 second-round draft pick and cash consideration from Portland in exchange for Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 protected first-round pick via Memphis, the teams announced. - - The Cleveland Cavaliers traded injured reserve center Chris Andersen to the Charlotte Hornets to open up a roster spot.

NBA-Highlights of Sunday's NBA games

Feb 12 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Basketball Association games: Pistons 102, Raptors 101 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored five of his 21 points in the final minute and the Detroit Pistons overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 102-101 on Sunday. DeMar DeRozan missed a 17-foot jumper at the end that would have given the Raptors victory. It was the 10th loss in the past 14 games for Toronto(32-23). Tobias Harris led Detroit (26-29) with 24 points off the bench. ...

NBA standings

Feb 13 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Sunday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 35 19 .648 - 2. Toronto 32 23 .582 3 1/2 3. NY Knicks 23 33 .411 13 4. Philadelphia 20 34 .370 15 5. Brooklyn 9 45 .167 26 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 37 16 .698 - 2. Indiana 29 25 .537 8 1/2 3. Chicago 26 29 .473 12 4. Detroit 26 29 .473 12 5. Milwaukee 23 30 .434 14 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 32 21 .604 - 2. Atlanta 31 23 .574 1 1/2 3. Charlotte 24 30 .444 8 1/2 4. Miami 24 31 .436 9 5. Orlando 20 36 . ...

NBA results

Feb 13 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Sunday (home team in CAPS) Detroit 102 TORONTO 101 MINNESOTA 117 Chicago 89 NY KNICKS 94 San Antonio 90

NBA-Knicks end tumultuous week with win over cold-shooting Spurs

The New York Knicks ended a tumultuous week filled with off-the-court distractions by posting a spirited 94-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. With numerous Knicks alumni in the crowd at Madison Square Garden, New York (23-33) stopped a four-game losing streak in putting forth its finest defensive effort of the season, holding the Spurs to 36 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony poured in 25 points to pass Charles Barkley for 25th place on the all-time scoring list with 23,775 points.

NBA results

Feb 12 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Sunday (home team in CAPS) MINNESOTA 117 Chicago 89 NY KNICKS 94 San Antonio 90

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup

The Portland Trail Blazers traded center Mason Plumlee and a future second-round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets for center Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick, according to reports Sunday. Portland now owns three picks in the 2017 NBA Draft, including its own, Cleveland's and Memphis' via the deal with Denver, Yahoo! Sports reported. The Trail Blazers will send their 2018 second-round pick to the Grizzlies as part of the deal, sources told Yahoo Sports.

NBA standings

Feb 12 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Saturday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 35 19 .648 - 2. Toronto 32 22 .593 3 3. NY Knicks 22 33 .400 13 1/2 4. Philadelphia 20 34 .370 15 5. Brooklyn 9 45 .167 26 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 37 16 .698 - 2. Indiana 29 25 .537 8 1/2 3. Chicago 26 28 .481 11 1/2 4. Detroit 25 29 .463 12 1/2 5. Milwaukee 23 30 .434 14 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 32 21 .604 - 2. Atlanta 31 23 .574 1 1/2 3. Charlotte 24 30 .444 8 1/2 4. Miami 24 31 .436 9 5. Orlando 20 36 . ...

NBA results

Feb 12 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Saturday (home team in CAPS) LA Clippers 107 CHARLOTTE 102

NBA-Highlights of Friday's NBA games

Heat 108, Nets 99 Reserve James Johnson scored a season-high 26 points and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 13 games with a 108-99 comeback victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Goran Dragic had 21 points for Miami (24-30), which outscored Brooklyn 50-30 in the final 19:24. Warriors 122, Grizzlies 107 Klay Thompson scored 36 points and Golden State rolled past Memphis at FedExForum Thompson tied his season high for made 3-pointers as he went 8 of 15.

NBA standings

Feb 11 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Friday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 34 19 .642 - 2. Toronto 32 22 .593 2 1/2 3. NY Knicks 22 33 .400 13 4. Philadelphia 19 34 .358 15 5. Brooklyn 9 45 .167 25 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 36 16 .692 - 2. Indiana 29 24 .547 7 1/2 3. Chicago 26 28 .481 11 4. Detroit 25 29 .463 12 5. Milwaukee 22 30 .423 14 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 32 21 .604 - 2. Atlanta 31 23 .574 1 1/2 3. Charlotte 24 29 .453 8 4. Miami 24 30 .444 8 1/2 5. Orlando 20 35 . ...

NBA-Knicks fans shout support for Oakley during Nuggets loss

New York Knicks fans found ammunition to show their displeasure with the dysfunctional NBA team, as the Madison Square Garden crowd saluted the banished Charles Oakley during Friday's loss to the Denver Nuggets. The 53-year-old former Knicks great was hauled out of the Garden during Wednesday's game after allegedly berating team owner James Dolan from his seat in the arena and was arrested for misdemeanor assault. Roughly midway through the first quarter of the 131-123 loss to Denver (24-29), the Knicks' four straight defeat, fans launched into a "We want Oakley" chant and took it up again in the second quarter.

NBA results

Feb 11 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Friday (home team in CAPS) Golden State 122 MEMPHIS 107 New Orleans 122 MINNESOTA 106 WASHINGTON 112 Indiana 107 LA Lakers 122 MILWAUKEE 114 Denver 131 NY KNICKS 123 Miami 108 BROOKLYN 99 San Antonio 103 DETROIT 92

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup

Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has been banned from Madison Square Garden after Wednesday's incident that led to his arrest, Knicks owner and arena chairman James Dolan said Friday. Oakley and Dolan have been engaged in a long-running feud and Dolan told ESPN Radio that Oakley is not welcome in the building. "Oakley will never be allowed to enter MSG again," Dolan said before clarifying.

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NFL indicates Texas 'bathroom bill' may affect Super Bowl hosting

Texas lawmakers could hurt the football-loving state's chances to attract a future Super Bowl if they adopt a measure that restricts access to bathrooms for transgender people, a National Football League spokesman said on Friday. The comments, which come after Houston hosted Super Bowl LI on Sunday, appear to be the most critical by the league yet of legislation that has become a focal point in U.S. culture wars. "If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said when asked for the league's stance on the...

NFL indicates Texas 'bathroom bill' may affect Super Bowl hosting

Texas lawmakers could hurt the football-loving state's chances to attract a future Super Bowl if they adopt a measure that restricts access to bathrooms for transgender people, a National Football League spokesman said on Friday. The comments, which come after Houston hosted Super Bowl LI on Sunday, appear to be the most critical by the league yet of legislation that has become a focal point in U.S. culture wars. "If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said when asked for the league's stance on the Texas bill.

NBA-Highlights of Thursday's NBA games

Feb 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Hockey Basketball Associationb games on Thursday: Thunder 118, Cavaliers 109 Russell Westbrook collected his 26th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Westbrook accounted for 29 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds. Victor Oladipo added 23 points and seven boards while Steven Adams had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder. Kyrie Irving paced the Cavaliers with 28 points. ...

NBA standings

Feb 10 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Thursday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 34 19 .642 - 2. Toronto 32 22 .593 2 1/2 3. NY Knicks 22 32 .407 12 1/2 4. Philadelphia 19 34 .358 15 5. Brooklyn 9 44 .170 25 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 36 16 .692 - 2. Indiana 29 23 .558 7 3. Chicago 26 27 .491 10 1/2 4. Detroit 25 28 .472 11 1/2 5. Milwaukee 22 29 .431 13 1/2 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 31 21 .596 - 2. Atlanta 31 22 .585 0 1/2 3. Charlotte 24 29 .453 7 1/2 4. Miami 23 30 .434 8 1/2 5. Orlando 20 35 . ...

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Friday, Feb 10

Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Friday: SOCCER Serie A Napoli v Genoa (1945) Napoli eyeing repeat performance to stay in title hunt ROME - Third-placed Napoli can move within six points of leaders Juventus with a win at Genoa, albeit by having played two games more, after a 7-1 romp at Bologna in their last outing extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 18 games. (SOCCER-ITALY/ (PIX), expect by 2145 GMT/4. ...

NBA results

Feb 10 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Thursday (home team in CAPS) OKLAHOMA CITY 118 Cleveland 109 Philadelphia 112 ORLANDO 111 Houston 107 CHARLOTTE 95

NBA standings

Feb 9 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Wednesday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 33 19 .635 - 2. Toronto 32 22 .593 2 3. NY Knicks 22 32 .407 12 4. Philadelphia 18 34 .346 15 5. Brooklyn 9 44 .170 24 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 36 15 .706 - 2. Indiana 29 23 .558 7 1/2 3. Chicago 26 27 .491 11 4. Detroit 25 28 .472 12 5. Milwaukee 22 29 .431 14 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 31 21 .596 - 2. Atlanta 31 22 .585 0 1/2 3. Charlotte 24 28 .462 7 4. Miami 23 30 .434 8 1/2 5. Orlando 20 34 . ...

NBA-Highlights from Wednesday's NBA games

Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Wednesday: Cavaliers 132, Pacers 117 Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver each scored 29 points to help the Cavaliers end the Pacers' seven-game winning streak. LeBron James added 25 points for the Cavaliers, who won their fourth game in a row. Korver hit 10 of 12 shots, including 8 of 9 three-point shots.

Basketball-Oakley arrested at Knicks game after altercation

Former NBA player Charles Oakley was arrested on Wednesday during the game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers after an altercation with security guards at Madison Square Garden. Oakley, who played the bulk of his 19-year career in New York, had to be forcibly removed from his courtside seat by several security guards after he was seen pushing and arguing with them. The scuffle was provoked by Oakley yelling at Knicks owner James Dolan, according to the New York Daily News.

NBA results

Feb 9 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Wednesday (home team in CAPS) Miami 106 MILWAUKEE 88 MINNESOTA 112 Toronto 109 MEMPHIS 110 Phoenix 91 Utah 127 NEW ORLEANS 94 LA Clippers 119 NY KNICKS 115 DETROIT 121 LA Lakers 102 Washington 114 BROOKLYN 110 (OT) ATLANTA 117 Denver 106 Cleveland 132

Ex-NBA star Rodman gets three years probation on driving charges

(Refiles to clarify that attribution to spokeswoman in graph 2 was removed in update) Feb 6 (Reuters) - Former professional basketball star Dennis Rodman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years' informal probation on Monday on charges that he drove the wrong way on a California highway, forcing another car to swerve into a concrete dividing wall. Rodman was also sentenced to 30 hours of community service and ordered to donate $500 to a victim witness emergency fund, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said. Rodman's attorney, Paul Meyer, said in an emailed statement: "We appreciate the careful review of the district attorney to make the right call." Meyer said the...

Basketball-Blazers' Turner fractures right hand

Portland Trail Blazers swingman Evan Turner broke his right hand on Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks and is out indefinitely. Turner left the game midway through the third quarter and the Blazers later announced that he had broken the third metacarpal bone in his hand and will require surgery. Portland went on to prevail over the Mavericks 114-113 on a buzzer-beater, but will miss Turner as they pursue a Western Conference playoff spot and are currently one game behind the eighth spot.

Basketball-Heated exchange with Durant a tactic, says Green

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green downplayed his recent blow-up with team mate Kevin Durant and called the verbal exchange "a tactic" on Tuesday. The two players were caught on camera having an animated discussion during the team's loss to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday when Durant appeared to confront Green on the sidelines during a break. "If you can't (air out issues with team mates) you're probably on a losing team," Green told reporters.

NBA-Highlights from Tuesday's NBA games

Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Tuesday: Trail Blazers 114, Mavericks 113 C.J. McCollum hit a stumbling floater with 0.3 of a second left to finish off a wild final minute and lift the Portland Trail Blazers past Dallas Mavericks. McCollum gave Portland the lead four different times in the final 34 seconds on his way to 32 points. McCollum posted his 11th 30-point game of the season.

NBA standings

Feb 8 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Tuesday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 33 18 .647 - 2. Toronto 32 21 .604 2 3. NY Knicks 22 31 .415 12 4. Philadelphia 18 33 .353 15 5. Brooklyn 9 43 .173 24 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 35 15 .700 - 2. Indiana 29 22 .569 6 1/2 3. Chicago 26 26 .500 10 4. Detroit 24 28 .462 12 5. Milwaukee 22 28 .440 13 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 30 21 .588 - 2. Atlanta 30 22 .577 0 1/2 3. Charlotte 24 28 .462 6 1/2 4. Miami 22 30 .423 8 1/2 5. Orlando 20 34 . ...

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