Knicks Morning News (2016.03.31)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Thursday's Knicks Links: Afflalo, Rambis not on the same page (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:32:07 EST)

    Thursday's Knicks Links: Afflalo, Rambis not on the same page

  • [New York Daily News] Afflalo refutes Knicks coach’s claim they discussed benching (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:13:31 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo is confused why Kurt Rambis claims there was a conversation about his demotion to the bench.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks need fixing, Phil Jackson opts for vacation (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:53:38 GMT)

    Phil Jackson is either completely tone deaf or a diabolical genius daring James Dolan to give him upwards of $30 million to leave New York.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Porzingis to undergo MRI on right shoulder (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:49:58 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis’ spectacular rejection made the highlight show rounds and also sent him to the injured list.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony chokes away Knicks loss to Mavericks (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:07:10 GMT)

    Appropriately, with Cowboys QB Tony Romo on the sideline, Carmelo Anthony choked it away.

  • [New York Times] Australian Jackson Quits After Knees Scupper Rio Bid (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:39:28 GMT)

    Australian basketball great Lauren Jackson announced her retirement on Thursday after doctors said her battered knees were not up to the rigors of contesting for a fifth Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro this year.

  • [New York Times] Randle Hits Big Shot in Lakers’ 102-100 OT Win Over Heat (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:33:30 GMT)

    After all the drama of another miserable day for the Los Angeles Lakers, Julius Randle’s graceful spin move for the winning basket was a splash of pure beauty.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Work OT to Set Franchise Wins Record (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:36:27 GMT)

    It wasn’t easy, but the Golden State Warriors earned an impressive franchise record on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Curry Scores 31, Warriors Beat Jazz 103-96 in OT for No. 68 (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:06:38 GMT)

    The Warriors’ countdown to become the winningest team in NBA history is down to five.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Pelicans, Set NBA Record With 38-0 Start at Home (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:57:40 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs set the NBA record with their 38th straight home victory to open the season and matched the highest win total in franchise history.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Rally for Key Win Over Knicks (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:51:28 GMT)

    The playoff chase wouldn’t have died if the Dallas Mavericks lost at home to the lowly New York Knicks on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Cousins, Kings Deal Wizards Costly Defeat, 120-111 (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:48:37 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks, and the Sacramento Kings dealt a blow to the Washington Wizards’ playoff hopes with a 120-111 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Barton Helps Nuggets Beat Grizzlies 109-105 (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:42:39 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies are struggling, and their slide could hurt their position for the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Fourth-Quarter Rally Lifts Mavericks Over Knicks (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:39:42 GMT)

    J. J. Barea made a go-ahead layup with 49.9 seconds left and finished with 26 points for Dallas, now tied for the seventh-best record in the West.

  • [New York Times] Barea Scores 26, Mavs Beat Knicks to Tie for 8th in West (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:36:43 GMT)

    J.J. Barea scored 26 points and made the go-ahead layup with 49.9 seconds left as the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 91-89 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Contrite Russell Issues Apology Over Young Filming Incident (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 03:33:28 GMT)

    Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell admitted he felt “sick” during a public apology he issued on Wednesday for secretly filming team mate Nick Young talking about women other than fiancé Iggy Azalea.

  • [New York Times] Middleton Scores 26 in Bucks’ 105-94 Win Over Suns (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:42:51 GMT)

    Khris Middleton scored nine of his 26 points in the final 7:31 and Jabari Parker added 21 points in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 105-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] CP3, Clippers Win 4th Straight, 99-79 Over Timberwolves (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:27:31 GMT)

    Chris Paul had 20 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers bullied the young Minnesota Timberwolves in a 99-79 victory on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Russell Apologizes for Taking Video of Lakers Teammate Young (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:24:35 GMT)

    D’Angelo Russell knows he must rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers’ trust in him after the rookie guard’s unflattering video exchange with teammate Nick Young ended up on social media.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Beat Hawks 105-97 to Notch First 50-Win Season (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:15:31 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors earned their franchise-record 50th victory of the season Wednesday night, 105-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Times] Curry Fans Fall From Stands Trying to Get Autograph (Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:24:43 GMT)

    Four fans trying to get an autograph from Stephen Curry fell out of the stands when a railing dislodged before the Utah Jazz hosted the Golden State Warriors.

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.03.30)

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo still pumped to play in Olympics despite Paul’s call (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:37:53 GMT)

    Chris Paul announced Tuesday that he’s withdrawing from the Olympics this summer because his body requires rest.

  • [New York Daily News] Rambis says Afflalo needs to suck it up, deal with demotion (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:35:55 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo’s move to the bench is now accompanied with a bizarre conflict of stories between player and coach.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo not mad at security after hug from kid in New Orleans (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:41:13 GMT)

    A day later, Carmelo Anthony was still grateful for the hug and any concerns of a security breach were alleviated by the trespasser’s age.

  • [New York Times] Curry, Warriors Move a Victory Closer to Season Wins Record (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:15:52 GMT)

    Steve Kerr and his do-everything superstar, Stephen Curry, expected Golden State to build on its championship run of last season.

  • [New York Times] NBA-Warriors Stifle Wizards, Win 54th Straight Home Game (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:45:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors finally got their defense in high gear Tuesday night, limiting the Washington Wizards to 41.9 percent shooting en route to their 54th consecutive home-court win, a 102-94 victory over an Eastern Conference playoff contender.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:33:55 GMT)

    Stephen Curry knocked down six 3-pointers on the way to 26 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards 102-94 on Tuesday night to stay on pace for the all-time wins record.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Rockets Take Hold of 8th Place (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:10:37 GMT)

    Houston rallied from a 20-point deficit for a road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:00:56 GMT)

    James Harden scored 27 points and the Houston Rockets rallied from a 20-point deficit for a 106-100 victory Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who rested LeBron James.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Hold Off Durant-Less Thunder, 88-82 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 03:30:49 GMT)

    There would be no apologies from Stan Van Gundy after his Detroit Pistons caught a break against Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] Harden, Rockets Rally to Stuns LeBron-Less Cavs, 106-100 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 03:27:42 GMT)

    James Harden scored 27 points and the Houston Rockets rallied from a 20-point deficit for a 106-100 victory Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who rested LeBron James.

  • [New York Times] Bulls End 4-Game Skid on Butler’s Jumper, Beat Pacers 98-96 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:28:10 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler made a tiebreaking jumper with 3.7 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 98-96 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Magic Storm Past Nets for Second Straight Win, 139-105 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:09:45 GMT)

    Aaron Gordon had 20 points and Elfrid Payton had 11 points and 12 assists as the Orlando Magic scored a season high in defeating the Brooklyn Nets 139-105 on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Batum’s Triple-Double Leads Hornets Past 76ers, 100-85 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 01:25:30 GMT)

    Nicolas Batum had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his second triple-double of the season, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 100-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Vince Boryla, an N.B.A. Jack of All Trades, Dies at 89 (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:50:50 GMT)

    Boryla buoyed two franchises three decades apart — the Knicks as a player and coach in the 1950s and the Denver Nuggets as the general manager in the 1980s.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Wednesday's Knicks Links: Afflalo's uncertain future with New York (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:35:16 EST)

    Wednesday's Knicks Links: Afflalo's uncertain future with New York

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.03.29)

  • [New York Newsday] Jerian Grant to continue coming off the Knicks' bench (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:33:11 EDT)

    Kurt Rambis doesn't plan to change the starting lineup or rotation much now that the Knicks are officially eliminated from playoff contention.

  • [New York Newsday] Young fan runs onto court to hug Carmelo Anthony in New Orleans (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:30:27 EDT)
  • [New York Newsday] Knicks lose third-quarter lead, game to undermanned Pelicans (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:29:11 EDT)

    Carmelo Anthony experienced a serious case of mixed emotions Sunday evening. Not long after his Syracuse Orangemen reached the Final Four, the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

  • [New York Times] The Golden State Warriors’ Superhero, Back When They Needed One (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:00:21 GMT)

    Sadiki Fuller played the role of the trampoline-bouncing, basketball-dunking Thunder — the now-banished Warriors mascot — during some lean years for the franchise.

  • [New York Times] Paul Hurts Ankle as Clippers Club Celtics (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:48:31 GMT)

    Doc Rivers couldn’t resist needling Los Angeles Lakers’ fans after Paul Pierce went down with an ankle injury Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Barea Leads Mavericks to 97-88 Win Over Nuggets (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:03:51 GMT)

    In the midst of a rough stretch, the Dallas Mavericks were searching for a little more energy and athleticism.

  • [New York Times] Paul, Jordan Lead Clippers Past Celtics, 114-90 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:03:49 GMT)

    DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Chris Paul added 13 points and 14 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 114-90 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Holiday’s Return Sparks Pelicans Past Knicks, 99-91 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:45:51 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday returned from a toe injury and took a hard shot to the eye for his trouble. Still, he managed to provide the Pelicans with some relief from their recent rut before absorbing the latest blow to his health.

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony ‘Shocked’ by Child’s Hug During Game (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:45:45 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony says he was momentarily “shocked” when he felt someone grasping at his thigh as he stood near the top of the key in the final minute of the New York Kicks’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Hand Kobe Worst Loss Ever, 123-75 in Last Visit to Utah (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:39:44 GMT)

    Rodney Hood will never forget the night Kobe Bryant requested to guard the second-year player because he was virtually unstoppable. That’s a huge compliment from the future Hall of Famer.

  • [New York Times] Crabbe Has 21 and Blazers Beat Kings 105-93 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:33:36 GMT)

    Reserve Allen Crabbe scored 21 points and the Portland Trail Blazers cruised to a 105-93 victory over the short-handed Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Hang On for Fourth Straight Win (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:33:27 GMT)

    As strange as it sounds, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer prefers that his players experience a close game every now and then.

  • [New York Times] Dwyane Wade Scores 30, and Heat’s Defense Rises to Stifle the Nets (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:21:37 GMT)

    Hassan Whiteside added a career-high 27 points off the bench for Miami. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pelicans Beat Knicks to End 3-Game Skid (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:19:26 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday returned from a toe injury to score 22 points for host New Orleans while Carmelo Anthony had 22 for the Knicks.

  • [New York Times] Wiggins, Wolves Hold Off Late Charge by Suns in 121-116 Win (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:18:41 GMT)

    A 20-point lead had disappeared in a matter of minutes, and the Minnesota Timberwolves were in danger of succumbing to the small-ball Phoenix Suns for the second time in just over two weeks.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:12:42 GMT)

    Rodney Hood scored 30 points and the Jazz turned Kobe Bryant’s last visit to Utah into the worst loss of his career with a 123-75 victory on Monday night that matched the Lakers’ largest defeat in franchise history.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Has 31 Points, 13 Boards, Spurs Beat Memphis 101-87 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 03:09:41 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 101-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Wade Gets 30, Heat Pull Away From Nets 110-99 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:57:53 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade found out before the game he would be without his point guard, then was worried in the first quarter about the pain shooting through his left hand and wrist.

  • [New York Times] Teague Free Throws Help Hawks Hold Off Bulls, 102-100 (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:51:48 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 26 points, including two free throws with just over six seconds to play, and the surging Atlanta Hawks fought off a furious Chicago rally for a 102-100 win Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s 16th Triple-Double Leads Thunder to 8th in a Row (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:19:06 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his 16th triple-double of the season, Kevin Durant scored 34 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 119-100 on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks coach sticks with what doesn’t work in loss to N.O. (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:20:54 GMT)

    The Knicks coach said his starting lineup will remain the same despite the team being eliminated from the playoffs.

  • [New York Daily News] After ‘Cuse win, Melo deals with letdown of missing playoffs (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:20:31 GMT)

    In a span of roughly 30 minutes, Carmelo Anthony’s embrace of a glorious past was smacked with the reality of his depressing present.

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier goes after LeBron James (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 04:15:53 GMT)

    It started with Frazier throwing freezing water on a discussed alliance of James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul

  • [New York Daily News] Video: Kid runs on court during game, hugs Carmelo Anthony (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 03:43:21 GMT)

    A young boy, unchecked by security at the Smoothie King Center, ran onto the court and hugged Carmelo Anthony.

  • [New York Post] Alvin Gentry: Phil knows Luke Walton will be ‘terrific’ head coach (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:10:43 -0400)

    NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, a member of Steve Kerr's 2015 title-winning coaching staff at Golden State, said Luke Walton will be "a terrific coach” and Knicks' team president Phil Jackson knows it. In fact, Gentry got his hackles up because he did not believe Walton got enough credit for guiding the Warriors…

  • [ – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: Rambis sticking with what doesn't work (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:31:01 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: Rambis sticking with what doesn't work

  • [ – New York Knicks] Melo 'shocked' when kid ran on court to hug him (Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:19:45 EST)

    Melo 'shocked' when kid ran on court to hug him

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks @ Pelicans

    The Knicks travel to New Orleans, where they take on the tanktacular New Orleans Pelicans, who have taken a page out of the 1997 San Antonio Spurs’ playbook by resting their star player and trying to get as high of a draft pick as they can. Buddy Hield sure would look good playing with the Brow.

    The Knicks should win this one, but let’s hope that it is a fun win like the Chicago beatdowns! I want 30 from Porzingis!

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.03.28)

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony celebrates Syracuse win on Snapchat (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 04:36:51 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony finally has reason to celebrate.

  • [New York Daily News] Kristaps Porzingis on Carmelo: ‘We need him. I need him.’ (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 04:06:27 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis, who has benefited greatly from Carmelo Anthony’s presence, made a plea for the All-Star to stay with the franchise.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks eliminated from playoffs for third straight season (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:30:37 GMT)

    The Knicks are officially headed to the lottery without a draft pick.

  • [New York Times] Wade Looking Forward to a Final Meeting With Kobe (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 06:09:43 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade will never forget his first meeting against Kobe Bryant.

  • [New York Times] John Wall Leads Wizards to Easy 101-88 Win Over Kobe, Lakers (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 04:06:44 GMT)

    John Wall had 22 points and 13 assists, and Marcin Gortat added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Washington Wizards’ 101-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Thompson Scores 40, Green With Triple-Double in Warriors Win (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 03:54:36 GMT)

    Klay Thompson got an earful from Draymond Green for his two-game total: 80 points and one assist.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Warriors Keep the Pace in Extraordinary Fashion (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 03:53:17 GMT)

    The Clippers beat the visiting Denver Nuggets, 105-90, on Sunday to become the fourth Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Hang On to Beat Rockets (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 02:36:28 GMT)

    The odd adventure that has been the Indiana Pacers’ 2015-2016 season was on display in all of its glory — or inconsistency — on Sunday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the equally up-and-down Houston Rockets.

  • [New York Times] George Scores 25 Points, Pacers Beat Rockets 104-101 (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:57:36 GMT)

    Paul George did the bulk of his work for the Indiana Pacers early on, and then Monta Ellis and Ian Mahinmi came through at the end.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Cavaliers at Hawks (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:50:53 GMT)

    The Hawks will have a chance to measure themselves against the Eastern Conference’s top contenders this week, including Friday’s game against Cleveland.

  • [New York Times] Cauley-Stein Scores 21 Points, Kings Beat Mavs 133-111 (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:51:49 GMT)

    Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein followed a breakout offensive performance with 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings over the Dallas Mavericks 133-111 on Sunday.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Monday's Knicks Links: Officially eliminated from the playoffs (Mon, 28 Mar 2016 05:27:31 EST)

    Monday's Knicks Links: Officially eliminated from the playoffs

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.03.27)

  • [New York Newsday] LeBron James leads Cavaliers over friend Carmelo Anthony, Knicks (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:16:27 EDT)
  • [New York Times] McCollum Helps Blazers Escape With 108-105 Win Over 76ers (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 06:21:37 GMT)

    As usual, with the clock winding down and the game tied, the Portland Trail Blazers looked to their backcourt to save the day. The player who stepped up to make the save was unexpected.

  • [New York Times] Thomas Scores 28, Leads Celtics Over Suns 102-99 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:54:36 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points against his former team, and the Boston Celtics held off the Phoenix Suns 102-99 despite almost blowing a 21-point lead Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Rise to Upend Pacers; Hawks End Pistons’ Streak (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:12:43 GMT)

    The Nets beat the Indiana Pacers, 120-110, on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Slide by Shorthanded Spurs (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:03:28 GMT)

    The Thunder chose rhythm and the Spurs chose relaxation Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Remain Hot, End Pistons’ Winning Streak (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:42:27 GMT)

    Quietly and efficiently, the Atlanta Hawks keep piling up victories. The team that headed into the Eastern Conference playoffs last season as the top seed could be this season’s darkhorse.

  • [New York Times] Hawks End Pistons’ Winning Streak With 112-95 Victory (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:33:50 GMT)

    Three terrific quarters from Paul Millsap were enough for the Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Times] James, Love Carry Cavs to 107-93 Victory Over Knicks (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:33:48 GMT)

    LeBron James is feeling stronger as the season gets shorter.

  • [New York Times] Hayward, Jazz Close Out Wolves in 4th Quarter, 93-84 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:21:33 GMT)

    The Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves both trudged into Target Center with heavy legs and foggy heads.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers 107, Knicks 93: Cavaliers, and Reality, Crash Down on the Knicks (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:12:26 GMT)

    Two nights after a surprising win over the Bulls, the Knicks fell back to earth, as LeBron James and Cleveland routed them at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Batum Scores 25 as Hornets Rout Bucks 115-91 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:03:39 GMT)

    Nicolas Batum scored 23 of his 25 points in the first half and the Charlotte Hornets used a 3-point barrage to rout the Milwaukee Bucks 115-91 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder Past Short-Handed Spurs (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:39:43 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook added 29 to help the Thunder defeat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 111-92 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Tie Team Mark With 49th Win, Beat Pelicans 115-91 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:15:51 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Patrick Patterson had 16 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 115-91 on Saturday night to tie a franchise record with their 49th victory of the season.

  • [New York Times] Bulls’ Playoffs Hopes Dealt Blow With 111-89 Loss to Magic (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:51:43 GMT)

    Orlando journeyman center Dewayne Dedmon scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Jason Smith added 14 off the bench and the Magic dealt the Chicago Bulls a blow to their fading playoff hopes with a 111-89 win Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Lopez Scores 23 to Lead Nets Past Pacers 120-110 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:00:54 GMT)

    Brook Lopez scored 23 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 18, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 120-110 on Saturday night.

  • [ – New York Knicks] LeBron, Cavs throw down week's frustration on Knicks (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:10:30 EST)

    LeBron, Cavs throw down week's frustration on Knicks

  • [New York Post] Getting sued for ‘choking’ doesn’t sway J.R. Smith’s game (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 02:22:07 -0400)

    J.R. Smith's latest off-the-court issue isn't affecting his performance on it. The former Knicks guard continues to play well for the Cavaliers after he was sued earlier this week by 19-year-old Justin Brown, who accuses the 11-year veteran of choking him and striking him in Chelsea last November, according to police sources. There were not…

  • [New York Post] How Knicks are rebuilding Jerian Grant’s 3-point shot (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:50:20 -0400)

    Rookie Jerian Grant is giving his 3-point shooting more than the old college try. The Knicks have recently put more of an emphasis on improving the former Notre Dame point guard's stroke from downtown. During his days with the Irish, Grant said he had a propensity to take step-back and fade-away 3-pointers. That formula hasn't…

  • [New York Post] Stop asking Carmelo Anthony about that LeBron team-up (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:01:08 -0400)

    LeBron James was in town. James had just scored a triple-double. The Knicks had just lost for the 44th time in 74 games. So the question went to Carmelo Anthony. Would you be willing to waive the no-trade clause if it meant playing with LeBron in Cleveland? "I don't want to talk about that man,…

  • [New York Post] LeBron James says he doesn’t need Dream Team to win title (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 00:53:46 -0400)

    Carmelo Anthony might be going through purgatory on Earth with the Knicks, but LeBron James has his own matters to deal with — namely getting the Cavaliers ready to win a championship. "I believe in what we have,” James said. "And I know we can win a championship with the group we have. And I'm…

  • [New York Daily News] LeBron James has triple-double as Knicks fall to Cavs 107-93 (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 05:27:08 GMT)

    LeBron James strapped on his cape, bullied one Knick to the rim and embarrassed two — including Kristaps Porzingis — when he got there.

  • [New York Daily News] Ex-Knicks star J.R. Smith sued for allegedly choking teen (Sun, 27 Mar 2016 05:00:56 GMT)

    Justin Brown, 19, claims in a new suit that Smith attacked him outside Artichoke Basille’s Pizza in Chelsea last November.

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Cavaliers

    The Knicks welcome Lebron James and the traveling circus known as the Cleveland Cavaliers to Madison Square Garden tonight.

    The Cavs are the most discombobulated team in first place in their Conference and winning seven of their last ten games. Yet there is something there. Whether just typical Lebron drama or not. The Cavs just lost to the Brooklyn Nets, so this game is ripe for the taking for the Knicks.

    Let’s hope that Melo does so well tonight that Lebron insists on forming his Banana Boat Super Team this offseason! Since that’s never going to happen, I’ll “settle” for watching Melo, RoLo and Porzingis kick some major ass tonight and make the Cavs’ drama get even more, well, dramatic.

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2016.03.26)

  • [New York Times] Warriors Chalk Up 52nd Straight Home Win (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 06:54:28 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors took advantage of a short-handed Dallas Mavericks squad to record a 52nd consecutive home-court victory, riding another record-setting 3-point-shooting performance to a hard-earned 128-120 win.

  • [New York Times] Balanced Nuggets Overcome Kobe’s 28 to Beat Lakers, 116-105 (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 06:21:32 GMT)

    A vintage second half by Kobe Bryant wasn’t nearly enough to counteract a steady night of excellence from the Denver Nuggets.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Make 21 3-Pointers, Beat Mavs for 65th Win (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 06:12:35 GMT)

    After a record-setting night of 3-pointers for Golden State, coach Steve Kerr’s focus was more on deficiencies at the other end of the court that nearly cost his team a game against an undermanned opponent.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Beat Hornets, Extend Streak to Five (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 04:51:28 GMT)

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to five games by holding off the Charlotte Hornets 112-105 on Friday night at The Palace.

  • [New York Times] Cousins Scores 29 Points in Kings’ Rout of Phoenix (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 04:43:04 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 11 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 116-94 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Win 37th Straight at Home, Tie Bulls’ NBA Record (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 04:33:51 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs continue to roll no matter who’s on the floor.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Spurs Roll to 37-0 at Home, Tying a Season-Opening Mark (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 04:01:27 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 110-104, on Friday night to match the best home start in league history with their 37th in a row.

  • [New York Times] Playoff-Chasing Pistons Win Again, 112-105 Over Hornets (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 03:21:40 GMT)

    Marcus Morris and the Detroit Pistons are on quite a roll offensively, and each win moves them another step closer to a playoff spot.

  • [New York Times] Harden’s Triple-Double Leads Rockets Over Raptors 112-109 (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 03:00:46 GMT)

    James Harden had his third triple-double this season with 32 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds to help the Houston Rockets snap a three-game skid with a 112-109 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Whiteside Scores 26 Points, Heat Ease Past Magic 108-97 (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:45:50 GMT)

    Hassan Whiteside isn’t starting. He’s finishing, though, and that’s far more important to the Miami Heat these days.

  • [New York Times] Teague Gets 18 Points, Powers Hawks Past Bucks 101-90 (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:30:46 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks overcame poor 3-point shooting to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-90 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] T-Wolves Win 132-129 in 2OTs to Hurt Wiz Playoff Hopes (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:30:42 GMT)

    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves dealt a blow to the Washington Wizards’ playoff hopes with a 132-129 double-overtime victory Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo, Knicks look to leave LeBron James winless in NY (Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:15:16 GMT)

    Can you imagine the great LeBron James, the King of subliminal social media messages, coming to New York and leaving winless?

  • Knicks Morning News (2016.03.25)

  • [New York Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis' double-double helps Knicks win back-to-back over Bulls (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:53:05 EDT)

    The last two nights, the Knicks have played like the team they were earlier this season, when they looked as if they could compete for a playoff berth. Kristaps Porzingis also has seemed to regain the bounce and form that made him the NBA's next rising star.

  • [New York Post] Arron Afflalo may opt out if Knicks make him a bench player (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:26:10 -0400)

    The old standby is: It doesn't matter who starts but who finishes. Well, Arron Afflalo did his very best to present a diplomatically correct acceptance of that adage after recently going from starter to sixth man for the Knicks. "I guess it's just my job to be professional and give the team whatever they feel…

  • [New York Post] How these meaningless Knicks games can shape next season (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 01:15:09 -0400)

    Nine games are left after the Knicks completed a home-and-away sweep of the fading Bulls on Thursday to get to 30 wins — awash in Garden cheers. Their first back-to-back triumphs since mid-January were meaningless in the standings for the Knicks but meaningful in the tweaks management is trying to incorporate under interim coach Kurt…

  • [New York Daily News] Melo, Porzingis drag Knicks out of turmoil to sweep of Bulls (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 01:55:01 GMT)

    It had been two long months since the Knicks won back-to-back games.

  • [New York Daily News] Bulls players describe Tom Thibodeau’s love for New York (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:47:11 GMT)

    As they reel to mediocrity without Tom Thibodeau, Bulls players provided glowing referrals and reviews for their former coach.

  • [New York Times] Durant’s 20 Points Lead Thunder Past Jazz 113-91 (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:27:45 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook’s triple-double rampage has overshadowed Kevin Durant’s emergence as a dominant passer.

  • [New York Times] Redick’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Clippers Past Blazers (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:36:37 GMT)

    J.J. Redick hit a 21-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets 104, Cavaliers 95: As LeBron James Concentrates on Playoffs, and Fans Focus on Him, Cavaliers Fall to Nets (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:44:06 GMT)

    James played down the criticisms he has recently faced, which include unfollowing the Cavaliers’ Twitter account.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Win Sixth Straight Game (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:03:27 GMT)

    Oklahoma City has been on winning streaks before. In fact this season alone, they have had runs of six consecutive wins twice.

  • [New York Times] Pacers’ Turner Celebrates Birthday in Style (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 03:57:28 GMT)

    With his parents in town to help celebrate his 20th birthday, Indiana Pacers rookie Myles Turner wanted to mark the significance of the day with specific numbers Thursday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • [New York Times] Carmelo Anthony Leads Knicks Past Bulls, 106-94 (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 03:27:37 GMT)

    The New York Knicks are playing spoiler — at the Chicago Bulls’ expense.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 106, Bulls 94: Back-to-Back Wins Give the Knicks a Rare Streak (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 03:12:54 GMT)

    Two straight victories over the Bulls created a bright spot for the Knicks in an otherwise gloomy season.

  • [New York Times] Nets Blow by LeBron, Cavs in 4th, Win 104-95 (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:57:38 GMT)

    LeBron James was so good for three quarters that the only one who could stop him was his own teammate.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Celebrate Turner’s Big Birthday by Beating Pelicans (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:36:44 GMT)

    Indiana Pacers rookie Myles Turner had the perfect vision for his 20th birthday bash.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Friday's Knicks Links: Porzingis leads New York over Bulls again (Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:31:17 EST)

    Friday's Knicks Links: Porzingis leads New York over Bulls again

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Bulls

    As the second half begins, the Knicks have opened up an 11-point lead on the Bulls.

    Boy, the Bulls are just falling apart this season. Good for the Knicks! Kristaps Poringis is kicking some major ass!

    Let’s go, Knicks!