The NBA fined Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant $25,000 on Friday for making a “menacing gesture,” when he pretended to slice his throat after throwing down a big dunk during the Thunder’s victory against the Golden State Warriors.
Kobe Bryant scored 34 points while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, which the Lakers later said was probably a torn tendon.
Al Jefferson took it upon himself to make sure the Utah Jazz didn’t lose ground in the playoff race.
Sheryl Swoopes, one of the top players in women’s basketball history, is the new coach at Loyola of Chicago.
Russell Westbrook scored 33 points, including 17 in the third quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers 106-90 on Friday night.
Dwyane Wade, back after missing six games with an injury, scored 11 points in 34 minutes for Miami against the Celtics.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, O.J. Mayo hit tie-breaking 3-pointers late in regulation and overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks denied Denver a franchise record in wins with a 108-105 victory over the Nuggets on Friday night.
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points as the Knicks bounced back from a rare loss with a victory at Cleveland, moving the Knicks closer to the coveted second seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets scored 69 first-half points and then lost a 24-point lead on the way to a victory over the Pacers, their final playoff-caliber opponent of the regular season.
Tony Parker had 22 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio never trailed in a 108-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday, a day the Spurs lost two key players.
Blake Griffin scored 20 points, Chris Paul made clutch plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute, and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 96-93 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.
Marc Gasol had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a 13-game losing streak in Houston with an 82-78 victory over the Rockets on Friday night.
For once, the most important number on Carmelo Anthony’s stat line was his minutes.
Jeff Teague and Josh Smith each scored 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead after trailing by 19 early in the second half and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-104 on Friday night.
Jonas Jerebko scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, and the Detroit Pistons routed the Charlotte Bobcats 113-93 on Friday night behind terrific outside shooting.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had not played together in a couple of weeks, so the Miami Heat needed some time to get back into rhythm.
Deron Williams scored 33 points and the Brooklyn Nets secured home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 117-109 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Amir Johnson had 24 points and nine rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 23 points and the Toronto Raptors earned their second straight win over Chicago, beating the Bulls 97-88 on Friday night.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association on Friday after making a throat slashing gesture during Thursday’s win over the Golden State Warriors.
Jrue Holiday scored 22 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers found enough motivation to put the Washington Wizards’ pursuit of ninth place to rest for good Friday night, pulling away in the second half for a 97-86 victory.
Carmelo Anthony did everything he could to put the Cavaliers away so he could get some rest. J.R. Smith helped make sure Anthony didn't have to get off the bench in the fourth quarter.
The losing streak lasted less than one day and now the Knicks are on the verge of clinching second place in the Eastern Conference.
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