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Bogut breaks leg on Cavs debut, season likely over

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Mar 6, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bogut (6) lays on the floor after being injured during the first half against the Miami Heat at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Australian center Andrew Bogut suffered a fractured left tibia just 58 seconds into his Cleveland Cavaliers debut on Monday, with the team reporting that he could be out for the rest of the season.

The 32-year-old, a former champion with the Golden State Warriors, signed as a free agent with Cleveland for the remainder of the campaign last week and joined the team before Monday’s game after resolving visa issues.

However, with 11:38 left in the second quarter, Bogut ran out to the perimeter to guard Miami’s Okaro White and the pair made contact, with the Australian landing badly on his left ankle and hobbling before falling to the court.

His new team mates helped carry him to the locker room and the Cavaliers later said X-rays revealed a fracture that could end his season.

“It’s very deflating,” Cleveland forward LeBron James told reporters after the Cavaliers’ 106-98 defeat.

“As soon as the collision happened, I heard a break. When I went over to him and he said it, I already knew, I heard it crack,” he added.

When he was carried off, it was like the air had been sucked out of the building and the Cavs seemed to be distracted by the incident after talking with Bogut in the locker room at halftime before he was sent to the hospital.

“How would you think his spirit’s like? He played 58 seconds,” James added. “And to have an injury like that to take you out for the rest of the season, possibly, and you really, there’s not much you can say.”

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O’Brien)

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Magic topple Lakers again

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: LeBron James (REUTERS / USA-Today)

Nikola Vucevic scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Sunday as the visiting Orlando Magic upended the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time in eight days, earning a 108-104 victory.

The Lakers tied the game at 104 with 2:24 remaining on a pair of free throws by LeBron James, but Los Angeles missed four 3-point attempts down the stretch.

Terrence Ross made a cutting layup with 34 seconds remaining to give the Magic a 106-104 lead, and Aaron Gordon sealed the victory on a dunk with 10 seconds remaining.

Gordon finished with 17 points, while Ross had 16 as Orlando ended a two-game slide. The Magic now have four victories in their past six games.

James scored 24 points for the Lakers, who have seven victories in their last nine games, but both of those defeats came to the Magic.

After losing 130-117 at Orlando, the Lakers made a commitment to defense, holding their next three opponents to an average of 95 points per game. That defensive focus was evident early in the Sunday game as the Lakers held Orlando to 19 points in the first quarter.

The Magic, though, turned things around, starting with a 12-2 run with just under three minutes to play in the first half. Orlando held its first lead of the game at 51-49 with less than a minute to play in the second quarter before a James 3-pointer put the Lakers up 52-51 at the half.

The Magic’s surge continued in the third quarter as they opened on a 15-7 run, forcing the Lakers into eight consecutive missed shots during the stretch. Orlando held an 86-71 lead after three quarters, having limited the Lakers to 19 points in the period.

Vucevic’s 31-point performance came after he scored a season-high 36 points the first time the teams met. Two of his three games with at least 30 points this season have come against the Lakers.

D.J. Augustin scored 12 points and had nine assists for the Magic, while Jonathon Simmons added 10 points.

Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points for the Lakers, while Brandon Ingram added 17. Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball scored nine points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

—Field Level Media

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Lakers boast .500 record after win over Kings

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

The Lakers’ LeBron James speaks during a news conference on Monday in El Segundo, California. | USA TODAY / VIA REUTERS

The Los Angeles Lakers have a .500 record for the first time this season after a 101-86 win against the host Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

LeBron James scored 25 points for Los Angeles, which has won four of five and six of nine. The Lakers have another winnable game Sunday against the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

Brandon Ingram had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma scored 11 apiece for the Lakers. Tyson Chandler had a team-high 12 rebounds off the bench in his second game since joining the Lakers.

De’Aaron Fox scored 21 points to lead Sacramento. Marvin Bagley III had 13 points off the bench and Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who had won six of eight coming in.

Kuzma made a 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half to extend the lead to 53-44. Los Angeles missed its next seven shots, including three open 3-point attempts on one possession, which would have extended the lead back to double digits.

At the same time, the Kings went on a 7-0 run to get within 53-51 and they pulled as close as one point on two occasions before Lakers backup point guard Rajon Rondo capped a 10-0 run by hitting a wide-open 3-pointer for a 67-56 lead with 3:50 left in the third quarter.

The Lakers took a 76-65 lead into the fourth and Lance Stephenson sank a 3-pointer off a loose ball on the first possession, extending the lead back to 14. They soon went up by 20 on Josh Hart’s 3 with 8:01 left and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

The Lakers led by 16 midway through the second quarter before taking a 50-44 lead into the half.

James led the way with 15 points in the first half for the Lakers.

—Field Level Media

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NBA roundup: LeBron moves up scoring list in Lakers loss

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2018

Oct 27, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a dunk during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

DeMar DeRozan finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to help the San Antonio Spurs post a 110-106 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

Rudy Gay had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Bryn Forbes also scored 16 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 as San Antonio defeated Los Angeles for the second time in less than a week.

LeBron James registered 35 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers. His 17-foot jumper with 7:51 left in the third quarter moved him into sixth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 31,202 career points, 14 more than Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.

In fifth place on the list is Wilt Chamberlain with 31,419 points.

Celtics 109, Pistons 89

Jaylen Brown scored 19 points, and Marcus Morris led a strong bench effort with 18 points as Boston handed host Detroit its first loss.

Boston controlled the game virtually from the opening tap and led by 22 at halftime. Daniel Theis had 17 points and eight rebounds, Gordon Hayward supplied 15 points and Terry Rozier added 14.

Pistons forward Blake Griffin, who entered the game averaging 33.8 points, was held to seven points on 2-of-13 shooting from the field. Andre Drummond led Detroit with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Stanley Johnson contributed a season-high 16 points.

Bucks 113, Magic 91

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 19 minutes as host Milwaukee remained undefeated by routing Orlando.

Milwaukee’s 6-0 start is the team’s best since the 1971-72 squad led by future Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson opened with seven straight wins. The Bucks host the NBA’s only other undefeated team, the Toronto Raptors (6-0), on Monday night.

Khris Middleton had 18 points and seven rebounds, Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points and Donte DiVincenzo added 15 points off the bench for the Bucks. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Heat 120, Trail Blazers 111

Goran Dragic scored 28 points, and Hassan Whiteside provided 16 rebounds and six blocks in host Miami’s defeat of Portland.

Damian Lillard posted a season-high 42 points and added seven rebounds and six assists. He had 41 points in his previous game Thursday night at Orlando.

Miami blew a 19-point second-quarter lead but put together a 10-0 run late. Dwyane Wade, the Heat’s 36-year-old 12-time All-Star who is a reserve in his final NBA season, scored 18 of his 19 points in the first half.

Grizzlies 117, Suns 96

Wayne Selden and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to spark a 19-3 run to start the second quarter, and host Memphis went on to defeat Phoenix.

Selden scored eight points, and Mack added six as the Grizzlies opened up a 45-21 lead in the first four minutes of the period. A Jamal Crawford 3-pointer accounted for the only points scored by the Suns during the Grizzlies’ run.

Marc Gasol led five Grizzlies in double figures with 19 points. Rookie Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Phoenix has lost four straight, all by at least 18 points.

76ers 105, Hornets 103

Joel Embiid had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and host Philadelphia turned to defense down the stretch to finish off Charlotte.

Embiid was listed as questionable going into the game because of a sprained ankle, but he played through the pain and was dominant at times. The Sixers snapped a two-game losing streak while the Hornets have lost three of their last four.

Robert Covington finished with 18 points, and JJ Redick scored 15. Kemba Walker finished with 37 points to lead the Hornets, but he was 11 of 31 from the field and 3 of 15 from 3-point range, on a night when the Hornets shot just 38.9 percent collectively.

Pacers 119, Cavaliers 107

Victor Oladipo scored six of his 24 points in the final 7:50 as Indiana handed host Cleveland its sixth straight loss to open the season.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 25 points and combined with Oladipo to hit 20 of their 29 shots, helping Indiana win a second straight game for the first time this season.

The Cavaliers have lost all six of their games by at least seven points in their slowest start since opening 0-7 in 1995. Rodney Hood had 17 points, Larry Nance Jr. 15 and George Hill 14 for the Cavaliers, who were without Kevin Love, out with a sore foot.

Bulls 97, Hawks 85

Zach LaVine scored 27 points, and Jabari Parker came off the bench to score 18 to help Chicago beat host Atlanta.

LaVine was 9 for 19 from the floor, and his step-back jumper with 1:35 remaining was the final nail in Atlanta’s comeback hopes. LaVine then sealed the outcome with a rebound of a missed shot on Atlanta’s next possession.

Chicago also got a season-high 13 points from Ryan Arcidiacono and 12 from former Hawk Justin Holiday. Taurean Prince led Atlanta with 16 points and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Trae Young scored 13 points but was 0-for-6 on 3-pointers.

Jazz 132, Pelicans 111

Ricky Rubio scored 28 points as Utah took advantage of the absence of All-NBA forward Anthony Davis to hand host New Orleans its first defeat of the season.

Davis, who averaged 27.3 points and 13.3 rebounds during the Pelicans’ 4-0 start, did not play because of a right elbow strain sustained a night earlier in a victory against Brooklyn.

Rubio added 12 assists and six rebounds, and Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 14 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic led the Pelicans with 25 points and eight rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 18 points.

—Field Level Media

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