The N.B.A. announced a five-year deal worth at least $500 million with Tencent Holdings to carry games, highlights and other league content.
Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were selected in the West, despite early season injuries for the Oklahoma City stars. The Miami Heat also had two reserves in Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Point guard Damian Lillard was not among the seven reserves.
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Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State’s franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night. ”Anybody can get momentum or anybody can get the feeling they can beat anybody when you beat a team like this,” Rose said. Rose, looking as healthy as ever, dribbled to his left and created space to get off the 20-footer over Klay Thompson, skipping around the court after the Warriors called timeout. Rose finished with 30 points, and his final basket overshadowed a night when he committed a career-high 11 turnovers and made just 13 of 33 shots.
Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The star guard and the Lakers decided Monday on surgery, which typically requires several months of rehabilitation. The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year. His famously resilient body has finally worn down from the accumulated grind of nearly two decades and several lengthy postseasons with the Lakers, including five NBA title runs.
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LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.
Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will miss the rest of the season after he ruptured his left Achilles tendon. Jennings was injured in the third quarter of Saturday night’s 101-86 loss at Milwaukee. ”It’s definitely a tough loss for us,” Pistons forward Greg Monroe said before Sunday night’s game at Toronto. ”He’s a huge part of the success we’ve had recently.” Coming into the day, Detroit had won 12 of 16 to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race after a terrible start.
Less than 48 hours after the Portland Trail Blazers announced that forward LaMarcus Aldridge would undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder will return to action Saturday night.
The Portland Trail Blazers say forward LaMarcus Aldridge has decided to put off thumb surgery and play Saturday night against Washington. ”We don’t know if it’s going to go good or bad but I think at the least I’m going to try,” Aldridge said before the game. Aldridge hurt his thumb when his hand came down on the knee of Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins in the second quarter of the Blazers’ 98-95 victory on Monday night. Coach Terry Stotts said he was informed of Aldridge’s decision just after shootaround on Saturday.
Kobe Bryant’s torn right rotator cuff will be re-examined Monday before the Los Angeles Lakers decide whether the superstar guard needs potentially season-ending surgery. Bryant was examined Friday in Los Angeles after the third-leading scorer in NBA history tore his rotator cuff Wednesday in New Orleans. A completely torn rotator cuff typically requires surgery and several months of rehabilitation, which means Bryant’s 19th NBA season could be over. A partial tear sometimes can be managed while an athlete continues to play, but the Lakers have declined to specify the severity of Bryant’s tear.
Kobe Bryant, who injured his shoulder in the second half Wednesday, suffered a torn rotator cuff, preliminary results of MRI exam show.
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Kyle Korver got out ahead of the break, took a pass from Al Horford and saw a clear path to the basket. With Korver providing the highlight of the night with his first slam in more than two years, the Atlanta Hawks cruised past the Indiana Pacers 110-91 on Wednesday night, tying the franchise record with their 14th straight victory. He caught me by surprise.” With the victory, which improved the Hawks’ conference-leading record to a stunning 35-8, Mike Budenholzer clinched a spot as the Eastern coach in next month’s All-Star Game in New York City. ”I had hoped you wouldn’t mention that,” said Budenholzer, in his second season as Atlanta’s coach after a long stint as an assistant to Gregg Popovich at San Antonio.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trail Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge won’t play in Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns because of a left thumb injury.