6 Feb 2016 at 10:53pm
It didn't take long for Andrew Wiggins to show the Chicago Bulls just how badly they're going to miss Jimmy Butler. With the All-Star and defensive stopper back at home thanks to an injured knee, Wiggins torched the rest of the Bulls' perimeter defense during a dazzling display down the stretch. Wiggins scored six of his 21 points in the final 90 seconds and the Minnesota Timberwolves closed the game with a 12-0 run to surge past the Bulls in a 112-105 victory on Saturday night.
6 Feb 2016 at 10:47pm
Stephen Curry scored 26 points, Harrison Barnes added 19 and the Golden State Warriors won their 41st straight regular-season home game, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-108 on Saturday night. Klay Thompson added 18 and the Warriors (46-4) won their ninth straight game to match the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers for the best record ever after 50 games. Golden State moved within three wins of tying the Chicago Bulls (1995-96) for the longest home winning streak in NBA history.
6 Feb 2016 at 7:29pm
When All-Star guard Jimmy Butler elevated during the second quarter of a game against Denver on Friday night, he heard a pop in his left knee - the last noise any basketball player wants to hear. The Chicago Bulls braced for the worst when Butler went in for an MRI exam. After an anxious night of sleep, the Bulls were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the exam revealed that Butler has a strained left knee and no significant ligament damage.
6 Feb 2016 at 5:57pm
Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler was diagnosed with only a left knee strain Saturday, but his timetable for a return to the NBA club will depend on further injury evaluation. The Bulls announced that an MRI exam performed Saturday in Minneapolis confirmed the 26-year-old American suffered the setback in the second quarter of a 115-110 loss Friday at Denver. Butler's response to treatment and further evaluation when he and his teammates return to Chicago will determine the timetable for his return, the Bulls said in a statement.
6 Feb 2016 at 3:04pm
Carmelo Anthony's ongoing knee issues are putting a drain on the New York Knicks' offense. In the midst of arguably the best stretch of his career, Danilo Gallinari leads the Denver Nuggets into Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon attempting to deal the sagging Knicks a season-high fifth straight loss. Anthony has gone 8 of 34 from the field over his last two games and shot 32.6 percent over his past six, part of a 1-8 run that's dropped New York (23-30) to 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
6 Feb 2016 at 12:51am
Chicago lost All-Star Jimmy Butler, and then the game. An impressive rally by Danilo Gallinari and the Denver Nuggets pushed aside the Bulls. Gallinari scored 33 points Friday night, and Denver stormed to a 115-110 victory after Butler left in the second quarter with a sprained left knee.
6 Feb 2016 at 12:44am
Don't blame Chicago Bulls fans for thinking the worst when Jimmy Butler was being rolled off the floor in a chair after a hard fall. The early diagnosis says Butler's setback isn't in that category, which is some good news for the already banged-up Bulls as they continue their trip against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Memories of Derrick Rose tearing his ACL and then his meniscus - injuries that held the former MVP out for nearly two full seasons - surely crept into the minds of those watching Butler being wheeled off the court in Friday's 115-110 loss to Denver.
6 Feb 2016 at 12:42am
Boston's Avery Bradley drilled a three-pointer as time expired as the Celtics rallied to stun NBA Eastern Conference leaders Cleveland 104-103 on their home floor. The Celtics snatched the victory after trailing by five points in the final 20 seconds. The Cavaliers, led by superstar LeBron James, had trailed by seven with four minutes to play.
6 Feb 2016 at 12:33am
Hassan Whiteside gets his 2K rating up, Jimmy Butler goes down, John Wall goes off & the Kings are falling apart. Ethan Norof has it all in The Dose.
5 Feb 2016 at 11:28pm
Feb 5 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Basketball Association games. - - Clippers 107, Magic 93 Chris Paul scored 21 points while Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick each had 20, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-93 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. The Clippers (33-17) led from start to finish to win for the fifth time in the last six games. The Magic (21-28) continued their downward slide, losing 15 of their last 17 games. ...
5 Feb 2016 at 10:06pm
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was wheeled off the court late in the second quarter Friday night at Denver after apparently aggravating a left knee injury. Butler was fouled near the basket by the Nuggets' Joffrey Lauvergne and fell awkwardly to the floor with 1:06 remaining in the second quarter.
5 Feb 2016 at 9:41pm
Jimmy Butler was in the middle of dominating Friday night?s Chicago Bulls/Denver Nuggets game, working with 18 points and five assists, mostly culled off of fearless drives to the hoop. With just over a minute left in the half, however, he took yet another foul and fell down hard: [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] A combination stretcher/wheelchair was brought out from the back hallways of the arena, which Butler initially got into, then waved off prior making his way back to the free throw line. Archaic NBA rules dictate that if a player is unable to shoot free throws due to injury, he must be ruled out of the game. Butler made one of two to bring his point total to 19, then asked for the wheelchair?s return prior to being carted off. The two-time All-Star and 2015 NBA Most Improved Player missed Wednesday?s Chicago win over Sacramento with left knee soreness, but he?s easily been the healthiest member of his team both this year and in years past. Currently on pace to lead the league in minutes per game for the third straight year, Butler has acted as Chicago?s leading scorer in a season that has seen Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, Kirk Hinrich, Nikola Mirotic and Aaron Brooks all lose games to injury or illness. Noah is out for the season, Mirotic until after the All-Star break . Here's Chicago's initial diagnosis: Jimmy Butler has a left knee sprain and will not return tonight. ? Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 6, 2016 Butler actually had a good sense of humor as he limped into locker room telling staff, "Ya'll get me the Forrest Gump knee brace." ? Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 6, 2016 For NBA teams, announcing a "knee sprain" is akin to saying "we have no idea what's going on and won't until he can take an MRI." From first glance, it?s hard to guess exactly what Butler is facing down. It could be as simple as a recoverable knee sprain, but by the looks of the way his left leg landed he could be dealing a significant knee injury, or even fears about a strained groin or Achilles tear. Butler doesn?t exactly play with a pell-mell style, but he is seventh in the NBA in free throw attempts per game. Butler emerged from x-ray room smiling with Gasol, a large wrap on his left knee. Limping to the locker room ? Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) February 6, 2016 UPDATE: Prior to the MRI, Bulls beat writer Vincent Goodwill tweeted this: Source says Butler hyperextended his knee. Will probably sit tomorrow but will likely play Monday or Wednesday ? Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) February 6, 2016 It's important to remember that Butler still has yet to undergo the MRI needed to determine the extent of his injury, which will take place in Minnesota on Saturday according to the team. When Derrick Rose tore his meniscus early in the 2013-14 season, he was sent back home from Portland to Chicago to undergo his MRI, which is a half-full hope for the Chicago faithful. As stated above, even the nastiest falls and twists can just result in "only" a sprain, and not a significant ligament tear. With that said, Butler and the Bulls sadly aren't out of the woods yet until the MRI results conclude that this was only a hyperextension and/or sprain, and not what could be a career-altering injury. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
5 Feb 2016 at 11:59am
During the 2015 playoffs, we saw an uptick in coaches ordering the intentional away-from-the-ball fouling of bricklaying free-throw shooters, like the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and the Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard, to short-circuit their teams' potent offenses. That sparked much discussion about whether the grind-the-game-to-a-halt eyesore of a practice should be eliminated from NBA basketball. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] Commissioner Adam Silver remained neutral on the matter, saying he was of two minds about whether to prioritize the legitimate tactical benefit of allowing coaches to exploit poor foul shooters' weaknesses, just as they do with deficient defenders or bumbling ball-handlers, over the fan experience of watching contests get submarined by hack after hack. Ten months later, with the practice spreading beyond just two or three targets and being taken to absurd extents, the commissioner now appears to be off the fence, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports : After months of media debate, putrid foul shooting, lengthy games and fan discontent, Silver told USA TODAY Sports in an NBA A to Z podcast that, ?I?m increasingly of the view that we will be looking to make some sort of change in that rule this summer.? [...] ?Even for those who had not wanted to make the change, we?re being forced to that position just based on these sophisticated coaches understandably using every tactic available to them," Silver said. "It?s just not the way we want to see the game played." As my colleague Eric Freeman has noted, it's kind of funny to talk about sophistication when one of the more recent innovations in Hack-a-Whoever is literally players jumping on guys' backs: Not exactly "state-of-the-art technology." Still, the point stands. Yes, the practice has been around for ages, dating back to the days when opponents realized they'd be better served gambling that Wilt Chamberlain couldn't make two free throws than dealing with the certainty of Wilt dunking on them. As our Kelly Dwyer noted last year , then-Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson sending Bubba Wells out to foul Dennis Rodman in hopes of slowing down the Chicago Bulls in 1997. Like everything else in the sport, though, the pace has picked up. More players are being intentionally hacked , and more games now feature intentional hacking, than ever before. Missed this milestone: as of Monday, I've recorded more hacks this season (165) than the entire 2014-15 regular season (164). ? Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) December 23, 2015 As Chicago hacks DeAndre Jordan, this is the 90th game this year I've recorded with an intentional foul. There were 55 last regular season. ? Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) January 31, 2016 The apex ? or nadir, I guess ? came on Jan. 20, when the Rockets started the second half of their game against the Detroit Pistons by intentionally fouling All-Star Andre Drummond on 12 possessions, hoping to close a nine-point deficit and derail Detroit's offense: K.J. McDaniels fouled Andre Drummond 5 times in 9 seconds https://t.co/qZALdbX6Q0 ? Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 21, 2016 The Rockets would lose the game , but the tactic worked. Drummond missed 11 of 16 free throws in that span before coach Stan Van Gundy lifted him; at that point, Houston trailed by only one. Drummond would shoot 36 free throws, missing an NBA-record 23, in a game that wasn't very fun to watch. The spike in hacking has come even as NBA observers continue to debate its efficacy, especially when factoring in the value of teams rebounding their shooters' free-throw misses . From a Jan. 21 story by Brian Mahoney of The Associated Press : Teams intentionally fouling away from the ball have won only 56 percent of the time this season when utilizing the strategy when they had the lead, according to the NBA. Teams trailing [...] have won just 17 percent of the time. On the other hand, from Zillgitt's story : Teams have won 16% of the time using the strategy when trailing but 61% of the time when using the strategy while ahead. ?All the analytical people say the best time to use it is when you?re up, not when you?re down. That?s the best time to do it,? [Clippers head coach Doc] Rivers said. ?It prevents you from making a comeback. A couple of teams have done that, and it?s pretty smart.? [...] From a pure data standpoint, the strategy is sound way to keep a team from piling up points. Avid NBA observer and data cruncher, Haralabos Voulgaris, said on Twitter recently that teams using Hack-A-Player allow [.72] points per possession ? which is better than NBA-best .951 points allowed per possession by the San Antonio Spurs. One night after the Rockets/Pistons fiasco, then-Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt deployed the tactic for precisely that purpose. He called for intentional fouls on the Clippers' Jordan on four consecutive third-quarter possessions, and again on a pair of trips during the fourth quarter, taking the bat out of the hands of L.A.'s offense to help Cleveland hold onto a lead .
4 Feb 2016 at 8:46pm
Coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful his inconsistent Chicago Bulls have finally found something to build on, though that will be difficult if two of his biggest stars are held out. With Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol questionable Friday night, the Bulls seek their first back-to-back wins in a month and their second road victory over the Denver Nuggets in 16 years. "I have to think big picture," Butler told the team's official website.
4 Feb 2016 at 5:40pm
President Barack Obama welcomed the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors to the White House on Thursday, joking with superstar Stephen Curry and his league-leading teammates. Obama is a big basketball fan and played golf with Curry and his father, former NBA standout Dell Curry, last August while on vacation.
4 Feb 2016 at 4:34pm
A basketball enthusiast, President Barack Obama applauded the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and marveled at how they are revolutionizing professional basketball with what he described as a ''small-ball nuclear lineup'' that specializes in great shooting and passing. The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year's NBA finals and are off to a historically strong start in their quest to repeat, sporting a 45-4 record so far this season. ''It's beautiful to watch when they're working on all cylinders,'' Obama said during a ceremony at the White House.
4 Feb 2016 at 3:08pm
Fresh off their highlight-heavy Wednesday win over the Washington Wizards, the Golden State Warriors stuck around the nation's capital to celebrate their 2014-15 NBA championship. We'll let Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa tell us where they were going and what they were doing: #DubNation Where we at?! pic.twitter.com/ZPW01hv8Bq ? Leandro Barbosa (@TheBlurBarbosa) February 4, 2016 [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] That's right ? the Dubs visited the White House, getting suited and booted and ready to have their accomplishments lauded by noted basketball enthusiast President Barack Obama. Klay Thompson & 2015 #NBAFinals MVP Andre Iguodala at The @WhiteHouse ! pic.twitter.com/dweHNKkmiI ? NBA (@NBA) February 4, 2016 Abe Lincoln wondering who we are pic.twitter.com/nnFVLD3FKJ ? Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 4, 2016 pic.twitter.com/VgwI4jhmxn ? Becca Laurie, PI (@imbeccable) February 4, 2016 Blessed to take my Family to the White House! All the way from Peoria... #wehere pic.twitter.com/RzwxIT3G6q ? Shaun Livingston (@ShaunLivingston) February 4, 2016 Obama praised the Warriors for their work both on the court, where he called them beautiful to watch and so good it's almost not fair, and off it, citing their efforts in the NBA's partnership with his administration on the My Brother's Keeper mentoring initiative and in speaking out against gun violence , among other issues. And, as he's done throughout his time in office, Obama took the opportunity to lob a few zingers the way of the defending champs, having a bit of fun both with and at the expense of his guests from the West Coast. To wit: ? He expressed displeasure at the absence of the Internet's favorite daughter, Riley Curry: . @POTUS wanted a Riley appearance. https://t.co/L9nVr4pYPl ? NBA TV (@NBATV) February 4, 2016 ? "It is rare to be in the presence of guys from the greatest team in NBA history," Obama said, before the former Illinois senator dropped the hammer. "So we're pretty lucky today, because we've got one of those players in the house: [Warriors coach] Steve Kerr, from the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls!" (Don't look now, Mr. President, but the 45-4 Dubs are getting awfully close to turning fortune cookies into fact .) ? "Now, for those of you who don't know, the Warriors started the season without Coach Kerr, who was recovering from back surgery, so [assistant coach] Luke Walton stepped up and led the team to a ridiculous 39-4 record," Obama said. "Unfortunately, the NBA won't let Luke count those wins as his own . Which, man, that doesn't seem fair. You defied the cynics, you accomplished big things, you racked up a great record, and you don't get enough credit. ... I can't imagine how that feels." ? "Let's face it: beautiful was not how folks described the Warriors for many years. I may be one of the few who are old enough to remember the last time they were good." ? "[Stephen Curry] is a pretty good shooter. Heh. For those of you watched the game against the Wizards last night, he was, to use slang, he was clowning ." "Just settle down, all right?" The president called Klay Thompson's jumper "a little prettier" than Steph's and called out Draymond Green for being "known to add a few more words [to his trash talk] than I cannot repeat" before jokingly telling him to watch his mouth on the court , before settling into more serious and measured praise of the Warriors' unselfishness and focus on sharing the ball, the responsibility and the credit. "The point is, this is a great basketball team, but it's [also] a great organization, a great culture and these are outstanding young men," Obama said. "They're the kind of people you want representing a city, representing the NBA and the kind of people you want our kids to be rooting for." Not to be outdone when it was his turn at the podium, Kerr teed one up for the commander in chief. "I want to say thank you. I also want to say congratulations for becoming the first president in our nation's great history to use the term 'clowning,'" Kerr joked. "Although maybe Teddy Roosevelt used it somewhere in there. I don't know." And with that, Kerr gave America's 44th president the personalized jersey that has become associated with such trips, setting the stage for the 10-day contract we all expect to come once Obama has left the Oval Office: The newest member of the Warriors pic.twitter.com/vN7euiyelo ? Tim Roye (@warriorsvox) February 4, 2016 Special delivery. #DubNation pic.twitter.com/QSewGlVt2K ? GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) February 4, 2016 Whether the Warriors are able to finish this historic season with a record-setting 73 wins remains unclear, but one thing seems certain: if they're able to successfully defend their title and hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again this June, it's hard to imagine either them or whichever candidate wins this November's election having quite this much fun with next year's visit. A pretty strong NBA-champion-feting swan song, President Obama. Kudos. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
4 Feb 2016 at 10:53am
Following a typical DeMarcus Cousins game (stat sheet? Stuffed.), the Sacramento Kings big man weirdly decided to spark up something with Chicago Bulls assistant coach Randy Brown. Just after Sacramento?s 107-102 loss, this odd incident took place: Following the contest DMC chalked the back and forth up to ?trash talk,? though it?s hard to fathom how much ammunition Cousins would have had following his team?s loss. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Cousins on talking to Randy Brown after the game: "We just had a few words, nothing serious, just trash talk." ? Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) February 4, 2016 As noted, Boogie filled up the box score. It was another 30-point night, his 17th on the season, with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks (also six turnovers, but sometimes you have to break some eggs). The Kings competed with the visiting Bulls, who were playing without All-Star Jimmy Butler, but the squad just couldn?t turn the corner. It was Sacramento?s fifth loss in six games, dropping them 2.5 games in back of Portland for the final seed in the West (the win was also bittersweet for Chicago, which has a vested interest in Sacto making the postseason, as it will earn the team?s first round draft pick if it makes it in). Following the loss, on the eve of a four-game Eastern swing that leads into the All-Star break, Cousins was asked about his team?s goals for the trip: DeMarcus Cousins on the upcoming road trip: 'Gotta get three. Have to.' ? Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) February 4, 2016 Just three? That schedule would include Brooklyn, Philly, Boston and oh right, Cleveland. Boogie just reminded us that Cleveland is pretty good. Why Cousins went after Brown is anyone?s guess. They didn?t appear to be jawing during the game, and they don?t have a recorded history. Randy Brown was drafted by the Kings back in 1991 and played for the team for four years, but outside of a big trade deadline deal in 2009 , the Kings and Bulls don?t really have much of a connection goin? on. By the time DeMarcus made it over Brown?s way, Kings head coach George Karl was already off the floor. Another very DeMarcus-like night, in Sacramento. Prepare yourself, Eastern Conference ? here the Kings come. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
4 Feb 2016 at 8:15am
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard have sought a balance between respecting San Antonio's Big Three and completely taking over the Spurs. The All-Star duo found their footing against the New Orleans Pelicans, helping San Antonio establish the best start at home in Western Conference history. Aldridge had 36 points, setting his season high for the second consecutive game, and the Spurs beat the Pelicans 110-97 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten at home.
4 Feb 2016 at 2:37am
Stephen Curry scored 51 points, including an NBA season-high 11 3-pointers, to power the defending league champion Golden State Warriors past host Washington 134-121. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry on Wednesday scored 25 points in the first quarter as the Warriors improved to 45-4 with their eighth consecutive victory. Curry went 11-of-16 from beyond the arc, finishing one 3-pointer shy of matching the one-game NBA record of 12 3-pointers shared by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and former NBA standout Donyell Marshall.
4 Feb 2016 at 12:48am
With leading scorer Jimmy Butler on the bench nursing a sore left knee, E'Twaun Moore figured he'd get plenty of chances to pick up the slack for Chicago. Not only did Moore fill the scoring void created by Butler's absence, he continued to make his case to become a permanent part of the Bulls' starting lineup - something a few of his high-profile teammates such as Butler and Derrick Rose have already been calling for. Moore scored a career-high 24 points while starting in place of Butler, and Chicago overcame a sloppy finish to beat the Sacramento Kings 107-102 on Wednesday night.
4 Feb 2016 at 12:37am
Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games: Spurs 110, Pelicans 97 LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a season-high 36 points as San Antonio outlasted New Orleans to remain unbeaten at home on Wednesday. The Spurs improved to 27-0 at the AT&T Center this season, setting a record for the best home start ever by a Western Conference team. Kawhi Leonard added 26 points for San Antonio.
3 Feb 2016 at 11:19pm
Stephen Curry entered Wednesday's meeting with the Washington Wizards on what is, for him, something of a cold run. The NBA's leading scorer at 29.4 points per game, Curry had averaged just 16.7 points over the Golden State Warriors' last three contests , shooting a mere 38.3 percent from the floor and a positively human 37.9 percent from 3-point range. With the defending-champion Warriors set to visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, Curry evidently decided it was high time he heat up in a hurry. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] After scoring 50 points total in the last three games, Curry torched the Wiz to the tune of 51 points in just under 36 minutes of floor time, leaving those watching at home on ESPN and from the seats at Verizon Center stunned as he propelled the Warriors to a 134-121 win . The victory improves Golden State's league-leading record to 45-4, matching the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers' mark for the best record through 49 games in NBA history and keeping them one game ahead of the pace set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls during their record-setting 72-win campaign. Curry tied a career-high with 11 made 3-pointers in 16 tries, becoming the first player in NBA history to drill 11 triples on multiple occasions . It was his fourth career 50-point game, and his second 50-plus-point outing of the season, joining his Halloween night 51-point explosion against the New Orleans Pelicans ? he's the only player to hang half-a-hundred more than once this season ? and it was his eighth 40-point game, which is also tops in the league. Determined, as he explained in a post-game interview, to "come back with a better effort" than he'd offered in Sunday's win over the New York Knicks, Curry came out of the locker room fresh dipped in flames, knocking down nine of his first 10 shots and seven of his eight long balls to explode out of the frame with a 25-point first quarter: It was Curry's seventh 20-point quarter of the season, and it saw him make a very brisk trip up a very cool list: When the 1st quarter started Steph's season was 21st all time in 3s made. When it ended he was in 14th. He passed 7 people in 12 minutes. ? Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 4, 2016 Steph's charge up the all-time charts didn't end there: Stephen Curry is in the top-10 for most 3-pointers in a single season after tonight. He still has 35 games left. ? Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) February 4, 2016 After the shell-shocked Wizards compose themselves and chopped their deficit down from 17 to nine with Curry and Draymond Green on the bench through the midpoint of the second quarter, Steph returned and promptly began taking advantage of aggressive Washington defense high up on the floor to attack the basket and finish finger-rolls and floaters on the interior. With the Wiz suitably crossed up, Curry winged a long-range haymaker in the final minute of the second quarter that, naturally, splashed through, helping stake Golden State to a 14-point halftime advantage: While Curry wowed us all, though, the Wizards hung around, thanks largely to a sadly overshadowed monster game from Washington point guard John Wall, who authored a tremendous offensive effort of his own: 41 points on 17-for-25 shooting, 3-for-3 from 3-point range, 10 assists and just three turnovers in 35 brilliant minutes. Wall dominated at the start of the third quarter, leading a 19-7 Washington run that got the Wiz within just two points at 81-79 with 7:48 remaining in the third. About a minute and a half later, though, Wall picked up his fourth personal foul, leading interim coach Don Newman ? leading the Wiz in place of Randy Wittman, who has taken a leave from the team after the death of his brother ? to pull his All-Star point man for the balance of the frame. Golden State outscored Washington by nine the rest of the third. Despite Wall's best efforts and offensive punch of the pine from recently-returned-from-injury shooting guard Bradley Beal, veteran point guard Ramon Sessions and interior mauler Nene, the Wizards would never again get closer than six, as a steady diet of Shaun Livingston jumpers, Klay Thompson splashes and Curry buckets kept the opposition at arm's length to finish off the win. After Curry capped his 51-point evening, fellow All-Star Draymond Green ? who finished with 12 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, five blocks and a steal, giving him his league-leading and Warriors-franchise-record-setting 10th triple-double of the season ? figured out one way to cool Steph off that the Wizards hadn't tried: It felt almost disappointing that Curry didn't fire up another try or two late in the fourth, as the Warriors looked to hold off the still-battling Wiz. After all, the NBA's all-time single-game record of 12 made 3s ? shared by Donyell Marshall and Kobe Bryant ? was right there . Then again, for a player who already owns the records for most 3s in a single season (a mark he's on pace to shatter this year) and a single postseason, that record must feel like it's always right there. No shooter ever has made domination of the long-distance record books seem this inevitable, and there haven't been many who have made inevitability this much fun to watch. Marshall sure seems to agree: What a tremendous shooting display by @StephenCurry30 I can breathe another day. But it's only a matter of time before he breaks 3pt record ? Donyell Marshall (@Dmarsh42) February 4, 2016 You'll forgive us if we don't hold our breath waiting for Kobe to offer a similar salute. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
3 Feb 2016 at 11:14pm
Following one of his worst offensive games this season, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry stopped thinking about basketball and recalibrated his mind. Curry was all systems go Wednesday night as he made 11 3-pointers and scored 51 points to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Washington Wizards 134-121 for their eighth straight victory, which came in spite of a monster performance from John Wall. Wall scored a season-best 41 points in the shadows as Curry shot 13 of 14 for 36 points in the best first half of his career.
3 Feb 2016 at 10:13pm
The veteran will make his season debut Saturday, barring any physical setbacks.
3 Feb 2016 at 7:49pm
3 Feb 2016 at 6:02pm
Heat guard Tyler Johnson underwent left shoulder surgery on Wednesday in Miami. - - The Memphis Grizzlies reassigned forwards James Ennis and Jarell Martin to Iowa of the NBA Development League after recalling the players earlier in the day. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Ennis, 25, has averaged 1.3 points and 3.6 minutes in 10 appearances with the Grizzlies and Miami Heat this season, his second in the NBA.
2 Feb 2016 at 9:21pm
The good news for the Washington Wizards is that the Golden State Warriors experienced issues against lesser competition on the first two stops of their road trip. The Warriors brushed aside some uncharacteristic stretches by extending some more telling trends over the weekend, and they will go for their eighth straight victory when they visit the nation's capital Wednesday night. It's easy to focus on the concerns from the opening two games of Golden State's trip as it nearly blew a 24-point lead in Saturday's 108-105 win over lowly Philadelphia before scoring a season-low 18 points in the opening quarter of Sunday's 116-95 victory against New York.
2 Feb 2016 at 7:53pm
Former NBA player Chris Duhon says he will be more dedicated to his work as an assistant coach at Marshall University.
2 Feb 2016 at 2:19pm
Although the losses continue to mount, the Chicago Bulls are trying to stay positive. The Sacramento Kings are feeling confident after ending a four-game losing streak without their All-Star. The slumping Bulls try to win in a venue in which they haven't played well lately when they visit a Kings team uncertain to have DeMarcus Cousins on Wednesday night.