EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers exercised their team options for next season Wednesday on Stanley Johnson and Wenyen Gabriel.
Johnson started 27 of his 48 games last season for the Lakers, who signed the Orange County native as a free agent on Christmas Eve.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stanley Johnson scored a season-high 21 points and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 120-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
TORONTO (AP) — LeBron James scored 19 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 128-123 on Friday night.
Indiana Pacers (4-2, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (4-2, second in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Monday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans host Domantas Sabonis and the Indiana Pacers in a non-conference matchup.
Toronto Raptors (1-3, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (3-2, third in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors take on Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans in a non-conference matchup.
New Orleans Pelicans (2-2, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2, 13th in the Western Conference)
Oklahoma City; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans travels to Oklahoma City for a Western Conference matchup.
New Orleans Pelicans (2-1, second in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (2-1, third in the Western Conference)
Phoenix; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans take on Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns in Western Conference play Tuesday.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — PJ Washington will return to Kentucky after withdrawing from the NBA draft, while teammates Wenyen Gabriel and Jarred Vanderbilt have decided to turn pro.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel will enter the NBA draft pool but not hire an agent, remaining eligible to return for his third season with the Wildcats.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore averaged nearly 10 points over the final eight games to rank sixth on the team at 6.8 points with 5.4 rebounds per contest.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Florida worked through ugly play for much of the night against No. 18 Kentucky, and the persistent Gators eventually made the necessary shots to go ahead before holding on with several big defensive plays.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A night in which No. 16 Kentucky seemingly couldn't make any shots didn't stop the Wildcats from trying, especially with the lead within reach against Georgia.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander changed everything with one timely 3-pointer that freed things up for everything to fall when they needed them.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's roster always seems dominated by freshmen. This year will be no different.
The Wildcats will have eight new faces this fall. It has been a way of life in Lexington with the steady flow of one-and-dones under coach John Calipari.