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Gobert Leads Jazz To 114-83 Romp Over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz rolled to one of their most lopsided wins of the season, beating the Chicago Bulls 114-83 Saturday night.

The 31-point margin of victory was just three shy of Utah’s season high. The Jazz raced out to a 70-36 halftime lead and never looked back in winning for the sixth time in seven games.

Gobert dominated inside, making 9 of 11 shots and blocking four.

Donovan Mitchell added 16 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Favors scored 13. And the Jazz made about half of their shots, with Chicago offering little resistance.

Lauri Markkanen led Chicago with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He made just 6 of 20 shots, and the Bulls delivered one of their worst performances in a rough season.

It didn’t help that they were again missing two of their best players, with Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) and leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) sidelined. But Chicago seemed disinterested right from the start. And the Jazz took advantage.

Their most lopsided victory this season was a 139-105 romp over San Antonio on Dec. 4. And it looked like they might surpass that, the way this one started.

There was no shortage of highlights as the Jazz put this one away in the first half.

There was Gobert blocking a layup by Markkanen in the second quarter and converting a layup off a no-look pass from Ricky Rubio driving the baseline.

Gobert had another neat block on Kris Dunn’s fastbreak layup, setting up a break that Mitchell punctuated with a soaring dunk.

Things were so bad for the Bulls that fans cheered sarcastically when Dunn hit a 16-foot jumper with just under five minutes left in the half to stop a 17-0 run

TIP-INS

Jazz: Utah’s highest scoring half was 81 points against Golden State on Oct. 17.

Bulls: Porter missed his third straight game and LaVine missed his second in a row. … The Bulls have ruled out injured rookies Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb surgery) and Chandler Hutchison (right toe injury) for the remainder of the season. Carter and Hutchison each appeared in 44 games. The No. 7 pick, Carter averaged 10.3 points and 7 rebounds, while Hutchison averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds after getting drafted 22nd overall.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Phoenix on Monday.

Bulls: Visit Toronto on Tuesday.

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Nuggets Beat Knicks For 6th Straight Win, Share Of 1st In West

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after missing out on the playoffs by just one game, Denver wouldn’t mind snatching the top spot in the Western Conference from defending champion Golden State.

At the same time, the Nuggets don’t think it’s the most important thing for a deep postseason run.

Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 17 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 18 points, and Denver beat the New York Knicks 111-93 on Friday night for its sixth straight victory.

Gary Harris chipped in 14 points for Denver, which moved into a tie with the Warriors for first place in the Western Conference with 11 games remaining for each team.

Grabbing the top spot in the conference would guarantee coach Michael Malone’s young squad home-court advantage throughout the West playoffs.

“I wouldn’t say it’s ultra-important. Is it something that we talk about? Sure. Is it something we say why not us? Sure. But we’re not going to risk any player’s health or rest at the expense of being the No. 1 seed,” Malone said.

“I would much rather be a healthy, rested team going into the playoffs to give ourselves a chance to be a dangerous team in the playoffs. We’re not a team that’s just satisfied in making it, we want to be a team that gets in there and makes some noise.”

Will Barton scored 10 of his 12 in the opening quarter as the Nuggets jumped out to a 37-18 lead one night after winning at Washington.

The Knicks made it a close game late in the third quarter, cutting the lead to seven after trailing by 14 at halftime.

Veteran forward Paul Millsap is not too worried about the No. 1 seed. His preference is a more a consistent effort on defense like he saw each time the Knicks tried to battle back before Denver answered.

“We haven’t played good basketball, but we’ve been finding ways to win games, I think,” Millsap said.

“As a young team and as a team period, you got to find different ways to win. Your shot’s not going to always fall. You’re not always going to play great defense. But at the end of the say it’s about winning games.”

Former Nuggets first-round pick Emmanuel Mudiay had 21 points and rookie Mitchell Robinson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost their last three games and 11 of 12.

New York has lost its last three games by an average of 25 points to Toronto, Utah and now Denver.

“We’re getting the hell smacked out of us,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “These teams are just really good basketball teams.”

Mario Hezonja’s basket cut the lead to 67-59 with 5:52 left in the third quarter.

But that was closest the Knicks would get the rest of the night as their offense sputtered the rest of the period, shooting just 1-for-8 from the field.

Denver then broke away with a 15-3 spurt highlighted by seven points from Jokic and a layup from Monte Morris before time expired to extend the lead 82-62 heading into the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS:

Nuggets: Denver swept the season series from the Knicks. The Nuggets have beaten New York in 16 of their last 21 meetings. Denver outrebounded the Knicks 62-45.

Knicks: PG Frank Ntilikina played for the first time since Jan. 27 after missing 24 games due to a sore groin. He scored five points and had five assists in 25 minutes off the bench.

UP NEXT:

Nuggets: Finish their four-game Eastern Conference road trip Sunday at Indiana.

Knicks: Continue their six-game homestand when they host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

 

Toronto Raptors drop 116-109 to Oklahoma City Thunder 2 nights after earlier victory

Kawhi Leonard scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter in an effort to carry his team to a victory, but the Oklahoma City Thunder had other ideas.

Toronto Raptors drop 116-109 to Oklahoma City Thunder 2 nights after earlier victory

Kawhi Leonard scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter in an effort to carry his team to a victory, but the Oklahoma City Thunder had other ideas.

Kings Sign Sac State Grad Cody Demps To 10-Day Contract

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento Kings have signed Cody Demps to a 10-day contract, the team announced Friday.

Demps, a former Sacramento State player, plays for Sacramento’s G-League affiliate, the Stockton Kings. He will be the first Hornet to play in the NBA, according to his former coach Brian Katz.

Demps has played in all 49 games with the Stockton Kings and has had 41 starts. He averages 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 30.6 minutes per contest during the 2018-19 season.

The Kings play the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

Kevin Durant Plays With Heavy Heart After Shooting Death Of ‘Adopted Brother’

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant was in mourning Friday after a close friend he referred to as his “adopted brother” was killed in a shooting near Atlanta.

Authorities say Clifford Dixon was shot and killed in the DeKalb County community of Chamblee during his birthday party celebration at a bar and restaurant. He was 32.

Dixon grew up with Durant and Warriors guard Quinn Cook in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. As a teenager, Kevin Durant’s mother, Wanda Pratt, allowed him to move into her family’s home.

Since that time, Durant has referred to him as his “adopted brother.”

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he talked with Durant and Cook before Thursday night’s Golden State 112-89 win over Indiana. Durant scored 15 points and had six assists in the game with Cook adding 2 points.

“I did speak with Kevin,” Kerr said. “Obviously, a very difficult time for Kevin and Kevin’s family…Quinn Cook was very close to the victim as well. So a very somber mood in shootaround today.”

“For most of us, we play or coach this game — this is kind of our refuge,” he added about Durant’s decision to play. “Being able to play. Being able to immerse yourself in a game is the best way to deal with something tragic, something difficult. I know he will be playing with a heavy heart…I hope he can lose himself in the game and find some joy ”

Chamblee police said Dixon had just arrived and was standing in the parking lot when someone shot him multiple times. He died of his injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital.

An investigation into the shooting is underway.

Durant Helps Lead Warriors Past Pacers After Friend’s Death

OAKLAND (AP) — Kevin Durant established Golden State’s defensive energy by swatting away shots early. Eventually, the Warriors got going on the other end as they almost always do.

Durant had 15 points, six assists and three blocks after losing a close friend earlier in the day, and the Warriors ran away from the Indiana Pacers 112-89 on Thursday night.

Durant led a balanced Warriors attack, playing the same day childhood friend Cliff Dixon was shot to death in Atlanta. Warriors guard Quinn Cook also was close with Dixon as they’re all from the Washington D.C./Maryland area.

Stephen Curry scored 12 of his 15 points with four 3-pointers during the Warriors’ 35-point third quarter in which they limited Indiana to 19.

“Tonight I thought our spirit and our energy were fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said, crediting his group for being “engaged.”

Tyreke Evans scored 20 points off the bench and Thaddeus Young added 18 for the Pacers, who were without coach Nate McMillan for family reasons.

Indiana ended its four-game swing out West by losing an eighth straight road game and missing another chance to clinch a playoff berth following a 115-109 defeat at the Clippers on Tuesday night.

The Warriors, whose defense has become a greater focus with the playoffs approaching, have allowed their fewest points in two of the past four games. Oklahoma City scored 88 points Saturday before the two-time defending champions held down Indiana.

Klay Thompson began 0 for 7, missing his first five 3-pointers, and wound up with 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting. He scored his first field goal of the night, which he followed with another basket the next possession, at the 7:46 mark of the second quarter and his first 3 came in the final minute of the first half as Golden State built a 53-43 lead at the break.

“Well I finally decided to make a shot, so that felt good,” Thompson cracked.

Golden State returned from an impressive 3-1 road trip — with wins at Houston, Oklahoma City and Minnesota and a loss at San Antonio — to play its first game at Oracle Arena since a 115-111 flop against lowly Phoenix on March 10.

DeMarcus Cousins returned after missing two games with a sore right ankle and had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Andrew Bogut received a warm welcome for his home debut after re-joining the Warriors on the road. The 7-foot big man played on Golden State’s 2015 championship team and the 73-win team the following season that lost in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and he got hurt in Game 5 of the finals and missed the rest of the series.

“In my old age you get a bit sentimental,” Bogut said. “It’s funny how life works, right?”

Both teams had slow starts: The game was tied at 19 after the first quarter, when the Warriors were 1 of 10 on 3s.

“I thought our defensive intensity was good in the first half, and what happens in this league is when you’re not scoring points the flood gates can open,” Pacers assistant Dan Burke said.

BOGUT’S RETURN

Kerr still expects Bogut to make an impact even with Cousins healthy again and despite “an insurance-policy role.”

Bogut had seven rebounds and four points — shooting 1 for 8 — in nine minutes.

And Bogut was greeted exactly how Kerr figured — with “a raucous reception.”

The big man waved and smiled as fans cheered when video highlights were shown on the big screen with “Welcome back Andrew Bogut.”

“I think our fans recognize that, in many ways, Andrew represented the shift in the Warriors organization and its emphasis on defense,” Kerr said. “I think that trade was really kind of the first domino to fall in terms of — well Steph’s drafting was the first one, let’s not forget that one — but shortly thereafter Andrew came over in the trade and there was an organizational shift toward a defensive mindset which I think Mark Jackson implemented and the players started to reflect that philosophy.”

TIP-INS

Pacers: G Darren Collison sat out a second straight game with a bruised right quadriceps muscle. When he missed Tuesday it snapped his streak of 71 straight starts this season. … Indiana is 4-9 on the road vs. the Western Conference, having lost the last five.

Warriors: All five Warriors starters scored in double figures for the fourth time, with Golden State winning each of those. … The Warriors won 132-100 at Indiana on Jan. 28, getting 39 assists and shooting 54.1 percent and going 13 of 31 on 3s. … Golden State is 27-4 when notching 30 or more assists (32 on Thursday). … Bogut is three regular-season games shy of 700 in 14 seasons.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host Mavericks on Saturday night having won 12 straight at home in the series.

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Kings Bounce Back After Tough Loss To Beat Mavs 116-100

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Marvin Bagley III had 22 points and 12 rebounds in his first game against fellow rookie star Luka Doncic, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-100 on Thursday night.

Buddy Hield scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, and De’Aaron Fox added 15 points and nine assists for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 points and 18 rebounds.

Former Kings forward Justin Jackson scored 19 points in his first start with Dallas. Dwight Powell added 14 points.

Two nights after blowing a 28-point, second-half lead in a 123-121 loss to Brooklyn, Sacramento built another big advantage against Dallas and held on in the fourth behind Bagley.

The second overall pick in the NBA draft, Bagley made a three-point play on a spinning layup to open the final period. Bagley later dunked off a short miss by Yogi Ferrell then made a pair of 3-pointers to stretch Sacramento’s led to 116-97.

It was the first time Bagley and Doncic, the third overall pick, played against each other. Bagley sat out the first game between the teams with a sore left knee.

Doncic, the front-runner for Rookie of the Year, had an uneven game with 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting. He added 10 rebounds.

Dallas has lost 15 of 17.

Both teams were sluggish for most of the first half until Barnes dunked to cap a fast break for Sacramento after Fox made a tremendous play to save the ball from going out of bounds. Fox then stole the ball near the Mavs’ 3-point line and drove in for another dunk.

The Kings led by 15 midway through the third but the Mavericks ended the period with three consecutive 3-pointers and pulled within 84-76.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki received a standing ovation from the Golden1 Center crowd when he checked in to the game in the first quarter. Nowitzki scored three points in 12 minutes.

Kings: Bagley’s double-double was his 14th this season. . Harry Giles bruised his left thigh in the first half and did not return. Giles was scoreless in eight minutes. … Cauley-Stein picked up a technical foul for hanging on the rim after dunking following a 360-degree spin move in the lane. . Hield made seven 3-pointers and needs three more to break the franchise record of 240 set by Peja Stojakovic in 2003-04.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Play at Golden State on Saturday.

Kings: Host Phoenix on Saturday.

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Markkanen, Dunn Lead Bulls Over Wizards 126-120 In OT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lauri Markkanen had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kris Dunn scored a season-high 26 — including eight in overtime — to go with 13 assists, and the short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the fading Washington Wizards 126-120 on Wednesday night.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 20: Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls tries to get off a shot between Troy Brown Jr. #6 (L) and Jabari Parker #12 of the Washington Wizards at the United Center on March 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Wizards 126-120 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Markkanen nailed five 3-pointers, including a key shot beyond the arc in overtime.

Shaquille Harrison scored 18, and Cristiano Felicio 15 for the Bulls, who won their second straight after dropping five in a row, despite leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) and Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) not playing because of injuries.

Jabari Parker led Washington with 28 points against his former team. Bradley Beal scored 27 and hit the tying jumper in the closing seconds of regulation. But the Wizards lost for the third time in four games.

Tied at 113 through four quarters, the Bulls went on an 8-2 run to start overtime, with Lopez hitting two foul shots and Dunn nailing two 3-pointers. It was 121-117 with a minute left when Dunn missed two free throws.

Beal then missed the first and made the final two free throws after getting fouled on a 3, cutting the lead to two. But Markkanen nailed a 3 from the top of the key to make it 124-119 with 32.3 seconds remaining.

Parker then put up an airball on the second attempt after making the first free throw, and Dunn hit two foul shots to make it 126-120 with 19.5 seconds left.

The game was the second between the two teams since the deal that sent Otto Porter Jr. to the Bulls for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis on Feb. 6. The Wizards beat the Bulls134-125 three days later in Chicago, with Beal scoring 31.

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United Center To Debut New Scoreboard, Sound System For Upcoming Season

CHICAGO (CBS)– The United Center, home to the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, announced Wednesday the debut of a new scoreboard and sound system for the upcoming seaon.

The new scoreboard, which will debut at the start of the 2019-2020 season, will be the ” largest center-hung screen display with the highest resolution technology among all arenas that host both NBA and NHL teams.”

Credit: United Center

Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks fans can look forward to features like the continuous inner ring display with nearly four times more LED screen display than the existing scoreboard in addition to the new sound system.