DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal that would send guards Will Barton and Monte Morris to the Washington Wizards for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a 10-day contract with two-time former All-Star and veteran point guard Isaiah Thomas, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
DETROIT (AP) — LaMelo Ball had 31 points and 12 assists, Terry Rozier added his second career triple-double and the Charlotte Hornets ended a six-game losing streak with a 141-119 win against the struggling Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The struggling Charlotte Hornets added some needed help to their frontcourt.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Russell Westbrook had a choice to make at the end of regulation — drive to the basket and try to send the game into overtime or pull the trigger on a 3-pointer and go for the victory.
DENVER (AP) — Kelly Oubre Jr., P.J. Washington and the Charlotte reserves helped recapture the momentum with their early fourth-quarter spurt.
Only fitting they got to finish it, too.
Washington hit three big 3-pointers down the stretch, Oubre scored 14 of his 23 points in the final quarter and the Hornets overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 115-107 on Thursday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball will rejoin the Charlotte Hornets in Portland for their game Friday night against the Trail Blazers.
Ball has missed the team’s last six games while in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame Ja Morant’s 40-point game to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 121-118 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season.
NEW YORK (AP) — LaMelo Ball had a good first three quarters in Brooklyn, then decided it was best if he watched the fourth.
Ish Smith was rolling so well that the Rookie of the Year told Charlotte coach James Borrego to stick with this backup.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball scored 31 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, and the Charlotte Hornets used a 24-0 third period run to battle back and beat the Indiana Pacers 123-122 on Wednesday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent guard Ish Smith, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The deal includes a team option for the second year of the contract.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Washington Wizards started 0-5, or when they were in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak, or when they lost two starters to season-ending injuries, who would have thought they'd find themselves beating the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on national TV in late April to sweep the two-game season series?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when it looked as if Washington's defense was going the cost the team a victory, the Wizards found a way to hold on.
Bradley Beal scored 30 points, and Washington held off Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls for a 126-114 win on Tuesday night.
Brooklyn Nets (21-26, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (16-31, 10th in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte Hornets (16-31, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (15-31, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
Washington; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Washington takes on the Charlotte Hornets after Bradley Beal scored 47 points in the Wizards' 151-131 loss to the Bucks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chants of “M-V-P!” flooded the arena as Ish Smith — yes, the 31-year-old reserve guard of 11 NBA teams across 10 seasons — stepped to the line for a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The short-handed Washington Wizards took down one of the NBA’s top teams thanks to their reserves for the second time in a week.
Ish Smith scored a career-high 32 points and Troy Brown added 25 and a career-high 14 rebounds in the Wizards' 128-114 victory over the Denver on Nuggets on Saturday night.
Chicago Bulls (10-19, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (8-17, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
Washington; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards play the Chicago Bulls.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are still clinging to the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs thanks to their biggest second-half comeback in three decades.
Andre Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Ish Smith matched a season high with 22 points, helping Detroit rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93 Tuesday night.
Orlando Magic (37-38, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (37-37, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Detroit; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Detroit looks to stop its three-game slide when the Pistons take on Orlando.
Detroit Pistons (34-32, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (31-35, eighth in the Eastern Conference)
Miami; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Eastern Conference foes Miami and Detroit meet at the American Airlines Arena.
DETROIT (AP) — All too often this season, the Detroit Pistons' offense has devolved into throwing Blake Griffin the ball and watching whatever happens.
Griffin was happy to see his teammates doing the heavy lifting Wednesday.
MIAMI (AP) — If there's been an area of concern for Detroit coach Dwane Casey in this playoff push, it's been the play of the Pistons' second unit.
The concern was unfounded Saturday.
Ish Smith scored 22 points off the bench, fellow backup Langston Galloway added 15 points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to almost single-handedly turn a close game into a rout and the Pistons moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference by downing the Miami Heat 119-96.
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond left Detroit's game against Miami on Friday night with a nasal injury after he was hit in the face by an opponent's arm.
James Johnson of the Heat caught Drummond in the face in the first half, and the Detroit big man left after playing only 7:14.
DETROIT (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is out for a second straight game because of left hamstring soreness.
Ersan Ilyasova is also missing Monday night's game at Detroit with a nose contusion.
DETROIT (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are resting center Joel Embiid for their game at Detroit.
It's the first game all season that Embiid is missing. Coach Brett Brown says he thinks it's the right move for the long run.
DETROIT (AP) — Golden State got Stephen Curry back on Saturday night.
Even that wasn't enough for the Warriors against Detroit's Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.
Griffin scored 26 points and Drummond added 16 points and 19 rebounds as the Pistons extended their winning streak to five games with a 111-102 victory over the Warriors.
CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Griffin was having a big game and he had just hit a key 3-pointer on his previous attempt.
Still, the perennial All-Star had no problem deferring to a reserve for a potential game-winning shot Saturday night.
DETROIT (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie hit the big shot against a familiar foe.
Dinwiddie's jumper with 0.9 seconds left lifted the Brooklyn Nets over Detroit 101-100 Sunday, the Pistons' fifth straight loss.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson is out for at least six to eight weeks with a sprained right ankle.
Jackson was injured after making a jump pass and landing awkwardly Tuesday night in a win over the Indiana Packers.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another second-half collapse, another round of questions about Oklahoma City's finishing power.
After dominating defending NBA champion Golden State from start to finish two days earlier, the Thunder wasted a big lead in a 99-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.