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    Indiana Pacers (16-9, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (6-19, 13th in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Friday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young leads Atlanta into a matchup against Indiana. He ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 27.9 points per game. The Hawks are 3-12 against Eastern Conference opponents. Atlanta is 4-14 against opponents over .500. The Pacers are 11-7 in Eastern Conference play. Indiana is 9-4 when it wins the turnover battle and averages 13.9 turnovers per game. The Pacers won the last meeting between these two teams 105-104 on Nov. 29. Jeremy Lamb scored 20 points to help lead Indiana to the victory. TOP PERFORMERS: Young is shooting 45.3 percent and averaging 27.9 points. Damian Jones is shooting 65.8 percent and averaging 8.6 points over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Malcolm Brogdon leads the Pacers averaging 19.5 points and has added 4.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Domantas Sabonis has averaged 13.8 rebounds and added 17.1 points per game over the last 10 games for Indiana. LAST 10 GAMES: Pacers: 7-3, averaging 111.8 points, 41.2 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 7.5 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Hawks: 2-8, averaging 111.3 points, 40.6 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 7.4 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting. INJURIES: Hawks: None listed. Pacers: JaKarr Sampson: out (back), Victor Oladipo: out (quad). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • Zach LaVine believes he needs to be a dependable fourth-quarter scorer for the Chicago Bulls to have success. Against Atlanta on Wednesday night, though, he was happy being a spectator. LaVine scored 35 points in three quarters, Lauri Markkanen added 22 and Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak with a 136-102 victory over the road-weary Hawks. LaVine, who sat out the final 14 minutes, was 12 for 15 from the field, including 7 for 7 from 3-point range. “It feels good; you want to have wins like that,” the 24-year-old said. “It does good for the team and the body. I was just more excited about us just keeping the gas on and not have to come back in. “We played a full game.” Wendell Carter Jr. had 11 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Coby White had 19 points. Trae Young had 15 points and 13 assists, Alex Len scored 17 points and rookie Cam Reddish added 16 for Atlanta, which has dropped two straight and 13 of 15. The Hawks were coming off a 135-121 overtime loss in Miami on Tuesday night — a game in which they led by six points with less than a minute remaining. Atlanta didn’t arrive at its hotel until about 3 a.m. “We've had our struggles on second nights of back-to-backs,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “I thought our guys were competing. It was a great start to the game. I thought it was one of our better starts to the game ... then it's a tough stretch at the end of the first quarter, tough stretch at the end of the second quarter.” Chicago scored the final 10 points of the first half for a 66-52 lead at the break. LaVine led the way with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting before the intermission. The Bulls continued the surge and took their largest lead to that point, 93-69, on a layup by Carter with 4½ minutes left in the third quarter. LaVine had 17 points in the third on 5-for-6 shooting, including 4 for 4 from long range, as Chicago took a 106-87 lead into the fourth. “Zach’s efficiency was unbelievable,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “He’s wants to be great and he’s working.” The Bulls, who have blown big leads multiple times, put the game away with a 19-3 run early in the final quarter for a 125-93 lead. It was Chicago’s biggest margin of victory since a 39-point win over Brooklyn in April 2017. “We usually mess up with that,” LaVine said. “We finally figured it out today. I think we should have had a couple more wins where we did that. “Finally, we were able to take a little bit of a break. We have to do more of that.” TIP-INS Hawks: Chicago native and former Bull Jabari Parker had 11 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes. Bulls: F Otto Porter will be sidelined an additional four-plus weeks after an MRI revealed a small fracture in his left foot. Porter, who hasn’t played since Nov. 6, originally was diagnosed with a sprain before a follow-up MRI two weeks later showed a bone bruise. He’ll be reassessed in four weeks. “It’s heartbreaking for him and, obviously, difficult for us,” coach Jim Boylen said. “He’s a big wing and a 40% 3-point shooter. His experience, talent, versatility is something we need.” BY THE NUMBERS The announced crowd at the United Center was 15,084 two days following a crowd of 14,775 against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Before Wednesday, the Bulls were averaging 18,747 per game, but the crowds have been shrinking of late. YOU GOTTA BELIEVE Young’s reaction with 59 seconds to go in Miami — he swung his arms apart and yelled, “It’s over!” — received plenty of attention because the Heat scored the next 22 points. Young offered a mea culpa with mostly emojis on Twitter following the game, but coach Lloyd Pierce said he had no issue. “You gotta love his confidence,” Pierce said. “Celebrate. There’s nothing wrong with that. It wasn’t in anyone’s face. He’s celebrating his team’s success in a position to win on the road.” UP NEXT Hawks: Host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Bulls: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night in the first of back-to-back home games. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Atlanta Hawks (6-18, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (8-17, 11th in the Eastern Conference) Chicago; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks take on the Chicago Bulls. Young is fourth in the NBA scoring 28.4 points per game. The Bulls are 5-11 in Eastern Conference games. Chicago has a 1-3 record in games decided by 3 points or fewer. The Hawks are 3-11 in conference games. Atlanta averages 17.3 turnovers per game and is 2-8 when winning the turnover battle. The Bulls won the last matchup between these two teams 113-93 on Nov. 6. Tomas Satoransky scored 27 points to help lead Chicago to the victory. TOP PERFORMERS: Lauri Markkanen is third on the Bulls averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers and scoring 14.2 points per game while shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc. Satoransky has averaged 6.4 assists and 10.7 points over the last 10 games for Chicago. Young has averaged 28.4 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Hawks. Damian Jones is shooting 67.5 percent and has averaged 8.9 points over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 2-8, averaging 111.4 points, 39.9 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 7.9 steals and five blocks per game while shooting 46.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.7 points on 48.0 percent shooting. Bulls: 3-7, averaging 102.5 points, 40.9 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 9.2 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 42.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting. INJURIES: Bulls: Chandler Hutchison: out (shoulder sprain), Zach LaVine: day to day (back), Daniel Gafford: day to day (finger), Coby White: day to day (hamstring), Denzel Valentine: day to day (ankle), Wendell Carter Jr.: day to day (abdomen), Cristiano Felicio: day to day (wrist), Ryan Arcidiacono: day to day (elbow), Otto Porter Jr.: out (left foot). Hawks: Alex Len: day to day (illness). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • Trae Young figured the game was over. Turns out, Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat were just getting started — on one of the craziest stat nights in team history. Duncan Robinson tied a franchise record with 10 3-pointers, Butler and Bam Adebayo each had triple-doubles and the Heat went on a wild late flurry to beat the Atlanta Hawks 135-121 in overtime on Tuesday night. The Heat were down by six with 59 seconds left in regulation, the moment when Young took a celebratory walk back to the Atlanta bench for a timeout — with Butler hearing him shout, “It’s over.” Miami scored the next 22 points, the last six of regulation and then the first 16 of overtime to improve to 18-6 overall and 11-0 at home. “I don’t think anybody really thought the Heat were relevant,” Adebayo said. “We’re making people watch us.” Kendrick Nunn scored a career-high 36 points, one off the Heat rookie single-game record. Robinson scored 34, a career high. Adebayo finished with a career-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Butler had 20 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and 10 assists. And afterward, Butler couldn’t resist a little jab at Young on Instagram — a post that other NBA players like Draymond Green and Klay Thompson quickly noticed. “Everybody in this locker room has a confidence that they’re the best player on the floor at any given time,” Butler said. “Man, when you’ve got guys who think like that, nothing’s ever over.” It was the NBA’s widest margin of victory in an overtime game since Oct. 31, 2009, when Philadelphia beat New York 141-127. De’Andre Hunter scored 28 points, and Young added 21 points and nine assists for Atlanta — which fell to 0-3 against the Heat this season. “What's tough is Robinson goes 10 for 14, a career high, two guys with triple-doubles, they played out of their minds a little bit with a couple guys and we still had a six-point lead with under a minute to go,' Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “I feel bad.' Vince Carter, in the 1,500th regular-season game of his career, scored 12 for the Hawks. Jabari Parker had 16 points and Cam Reddish added 12 for Atlanta. The Hawks used a 13-0 run to take an eight-point lead early in the fourth, before the Heat clawed back and eventually tied the game at 111-111 on a 3-pointer by Robinson with 3:11 left. Atlanta scored the next four to reclaim the lead, Butler missed a pair of free throws with 1:18 left and Alex Len had a dunk on the next Hawks possession for a 117-111 lead. The rest was all Heat. “Our energy was dead as soon as overtime started,” Young said. In other words, it was over. TIP-INS Hawks: Atlanta made 13 3-pointers in the first half, tying a team record set on three other occasions. The Hawks had only nine 2-pointers before intermission. ... Hunter returned to the starting lineup, and Reddish played off the bench. ... Kevin Huerter remains on a minutes restriction of about 25 per night, though that isn’t expected to last much longer. He played 26 in regulation, then didn’t play in overtime. Heat: Miami again played without four of its six highest-paid players. Goran Dragic (groin strain), Justise Winslow (back strain), James Johnson (illness) and Dion Waiters (illness) were out. Dragic is working toward a return. Winslow has missed 14 of Miami’s 24 games, Johnson has made only six appearances and Waiters has yet to play. FAREWELL, VINCE Barring a playoff meeting or trade, this was Carter’s final game in Miami. He appeared in Miami as an opponent 36 times including playoffs, tying Allan Houston for third-most all-time behind Paul Pierce’s 42 and Patrick Ewing’s 37. Carter’s 714 points are fourth-most of any opponent in Miami, behind Pierce’s 867, Ewing’s 754 and Michael Jordan’s 722. STAR WARS NIGHT The Heat threw a “Star Wars”-themed celebration, replete with lightsabers on the court during the pregame delivery of the game ball, Darth Vader patrolling around the arena and radio analyst Ruth Riley Hunter with her hair done like Princess Leia. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is a fan of the sci-fi saga. “Every summer, the whole family gets together in Hawaii and we end up watching ‘Star Wars,’” Spoelstra said. UP NEXT Hawks: Visit Chicago on Wednesday. Heat: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • RJ Barrett was asked to explain something that would have been unusual to a 10-year veteran, let alone someone who had played 21 NBA games. Was it strange to have a coach run practice, only to fire him after it ended? “I mean, I have no idea. I just got here,' Barrett said. “I don’t know how these things work.' Welcome to life with the New York Knicks, rookie. It's nothing new when they change coaches, but the firing of David Fizdale was a head-scratcher even for the Knicks. When they finally got around to announcing his dismissal last Friday, hours after the practice he led, the Knicks did it with a two-sentence statement void of any quotes or any other explanation. They played at home the next night and then departed the following day for a road trip, all without president Steve Mills or general manager Scott Perry commenting on Fizdale's removal. That left it up to the players to do all the talking. The front office did speak earlier in the season, a strange press conference immediately after a Nov. 10 home loss to Cleveland in which they expressed their disappointment with the team's start. That put even more pressure on Fizdale beyond what he already faced trying to improve the NBA's worst team in its most unforgiving media market. The front office had given Fizdale a new roster and not much time to mold it, which numerous coaches around the league thought was unfair. “As coaches, sometimes you get caught in a storm,' Indiana's Nate McMillan said. The skies are always stormy over the Knicks, which can be a difficult adjustment for anyone once they arrive and see it up close. Barrett just spent one season around the picture of college basketball stability at Duke, where Mike Krzyzewski has led one of the nation's most prestigious programs for 40 seasons. But the No. 3 pick in the draft knew to expect turbulence in the pros — even if it arrived earlier than maybe he could have anticipated. “I don’t want to say surprised, just because I had a lot of good people in my ear telling me about different things in the league,' Barrett said. “So not a surprise, but more so just try to be prepared for whatever comes my way.' With the Knicks, it will keep on coming. The 1,500 CLUB Vince Carter is set to reach another milestone by playing in his 1,500th game. The 42-year-old swingman will become the fifth player to reach the mark, with his next game scheduled for Tuesday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Miami. Robert Parish is the career leader with 1,611 games played, followed by fellow center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 1,560. Dirk Nowitzki retired this year after playing in 1,522 games and Carter will soon pass John Stockton, who finished at 1,504. Carter is coming off his highest-scoring game of the season, finishing with 17 points off the bench Sunday against Charlotte. He is averaging 5.6 points for the season. He is the first player in NBA history to play 22 seasons and in January — a few weeks before he turns 43 — Carter will become the first player to play in four decades. ROLLING ON THE ROAD The Los Angeles Lakers are about to put the NBA's best road record to the test. They begin a five-game trip Wednesday in Orlando and two days later visit the Miami Heat, where LeBron James' old team is 10-0 at home. Games in Atlanta and Indiana follow before it wraps up Dec. 19 with the highlight of the trip — and likely of the NBA season to this point. The Lakers visit Milwaukee for a nationally televised matchup between teams who share the league's best record at 21-3. The Lakers have won 11 in a row on the road, their longest streak since the 1972-73 season. They haven't lost outside their own arena, with their opening defeat at Staples Center being designated a home game for the Clippers. OTHER GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK Denver at Philadelphia, Tuesday: The 76ers put their 12-0 record at home up against one of the best from the West. New York at Golden State, Wednesday: The two teams at the bottom of the NBA standings. It only seems strange seeing one of them there. Utah at Minnesota, Wednesday. The teams split a home-and-home series last month, with each winning on the road. Portland at Denver, Thursday. Trail Blazers won a Game 7 on Denver's home floor in last season's Western Conference semifinals. Dallas vs. Detroit, Thursday. First of two games in Mexico City on the week. Phoenix plays San Antonio on Saturday. HAPPY HOMECOMING? Pelicans fans let Anthony Davis have it in New Orleans. Kristaps Porzingis was treated as a traitor in New York. Celtics fans jeered Kyrie Irving — and he didn't even play. Home crowds love to boo players who they loved but then left, and it's happened in a few comeback games already this season. But things figure to sound different north of the border on Wednesday. That's when Kawhi Leonard makes his lone trip to Toronto this season. He stuck around only one season after being acquired by the Raptors, but it was the most memorable one in franchise history. Leonard led the Raptors to their first NBA title, winning NBA Finals MVP honors, but the California native wanted to return home and signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. Teammate Paul George wanted to get back to his home area, too, and Indiana Pacers fans still haven't forgiven him. George was booed throughout the Clippers' 110-99 victory in Indianapolis on Monday. So how does George think things will sound Wednesday in Toronto? “The exact opposite of what it was like tonight,” he said. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Atlanta Hawks (6-17, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (17-6, third in the Eastern Conference) Miami; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Miami hosts Atlanta aiming to prolong its 10-game home winning streak. The Heat are 4-0 against division opponents. Miami has a 1-0 record in one-possession games. The Hawks are 2-2 against the rest of their division. Atlanta is 3-11 in games decided by 10 points or more. The Heat won the last meeting between these two teams 106-97 on Oct. 31. Kendrick Nunn scored 28 points to help lead Miami to the win. TOP PERFORMERS: Jimmy Butler has averaged 20.6 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Heat. Bam Adebayo has averaged 15.6 points and added 11.1 rebounds while shooting 53.2 percent over the last 10 games for Miami. Trae Young has shot 46.2 percent and is averaging 28.8 points for the Hawks. Jabari Parker has averaged 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 47.0 percent over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 2-8, averaging 112 points, 40.5 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 8.3 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Heat: 7-3, averaging 109.4 points, 45.9 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 6.9 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 46.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Heat Injuries: Dion Waiters: out (illness), Justise Winslow: out (back), KZ Okpala: out (achilles), Goran Dragic: out (groin). Hawks Injuries: None listed. ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • Trae Young took a knee to the face, then returned to deliver a knockout blow to the Hornets. Young turned in perhaps his most complete game of the season with 30 points, nine assists and six rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks beat Charlotte 122-107 on Sunday night for their second victory in three games after a 10-game losing streak. 'I thought I was going to be out forever,” a fat-lipped Young said about the blow. 'But I just cut my lip though. It felt worse than it looks.” Jabari Parker added 19 points and Vince Carter had 17 off the bench on 7-of-9 shooting to help the Hawks improve to 6-17. Center Alex Len finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and played a big role in helping turn the tide of the game in the third quarter. But it was Young who provided the daggers. He had 20 points in the second half, including 14 in the decisive fourth quarter in which the Hawks blew open a game in which they trailed at halftime. This was Young's 10th 30-point game of the season, but only the second time the Hawks have won when he's reached that scoring plateau. 'I love it, whenever we win that's all that matters to me,' Young said. “If I play good and we win, I feel great. Play good and we lose, I'm mad.” “I thought that was his best game of the year,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “He had leadership on both side of the floor. He was engaged. He was yelling out their plays and barking to us. When you're locked in on both side of the ball and leading your team, I just thought it was his best game as a floor general.” The 7-foot Len scored 11 points in the third quarter after being shut out in the first half. He played aggressive, scoring on a 3 from the top of the key, a pick-and-roll dunk from Carter and was strong on the offensive glass, helping give the Hawks a five-point lead entering the fourth quarter. From there, Young took over as the Hawks broke open the game with a 19-8 run to start the fourth quarter. Young was 5 of 7 from the field in the final quarter with two 3-pointers. Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington each had 20 points to lead the Hornets. Charlotte has lost three of four during a five-game homestand. Washington left the game midway through the fourth quarter after rolling his right ankle on a drive. Its unclear if he will miss any time. “I just thought we were going through the motions in the second half,” Washington said. “It felt like we could have put them away, but we just let them hang around, they got on a run and started making shots and they just put us away.” TIP INS Hawks: DeAndre Hunter returned after missing a game because of a dislocated right index finger. He had 10 points and five assists. ... Atlanta's backups outscored Charlotte's 57-36. Hornets: Marvin Williams did not play due to a knee injury. He tried to warm up before the game, but wasn't able to go. ... Shot just 40% from the field. ... Scoring leader Devonte Graham had a rough night shooting, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting. He had eight assists. CARTER STILL HAS IT The 42-year-old Carter still has what it takes to bring the crowd to its feet. Returning to North Carolina, where he played college ball, Carter always gets a little more amped. He made one move to the basket and finished with his left hand, drawing “ooohs' from the crowd. “I mean the stuff he did today was unbelievable,' Len said. “He had steals, was making moves, spin and step back making 3s. It was just great to see. When he was playing that way we all just picked it up and played with it like it was contagious.” KIDD-GILCHRIST RETURNS Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has spent the majority of the season on the bench, but did see his most extensive action against the Hawks and scored seven points in nearly 23 minutes. “I was giving MKG a look,' Hornets coach James Borrego said of the former No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. 'He’s the one guy that has stayed ready. He’s working and I went with him tonight instead of Nic (Batum). That’s where we’re at.” Batum, the team's highest-paid player at more than $20 million per season, did not play at all. UP NEXT Hawks: At Miami on Tuesday night. Hornets: At Washington on Monday night. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Atlanta Hawks (5-17, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (9-15, 10th in the Eastern Conference) Charlotte; Sunday, 5 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young leads Atlanta into a matchup against Charlotte. He currently ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 28.7 points per game. The Hornets are 0-2 in division games. Charlotte is 6-2 in games decided by 3 points or fewer. The Hawks are 1-2 against the rest of their division. Atlanta is the top team in the Eastern Conference with 53.9 points in the paint per game led by Young averaging 10.6. The matchup Sunday is the first meeting this season for the two teams. TOP PERFORMERS: Devonte' Graham leads the Hornets averaging 3.7 made 3-pointers and scoring 19.1 points per game while shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. Terry Rozier has averaged 20 points and 5 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent over the last 10 games for Charlotte. Young leads the Hawks averaging 28.7 points and is adding 4.0 rebounds. Jabari Parker has averaged 14 points and totaled 6.4 rebounds while shooting 44.3 percent over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 1-9, averaging 109.9 points, 39.4 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 8.6 steals and four blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.2 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Hornets: 3-7, averaging 104.6 points, 42.5 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.5 points on 48.0 percent shooting. Hornets Injuries: Marvin Williams: day to day (knee). Hawks Injuries: Chandler Parsons: day to day (illness), Allen Crabbe: day to day (right knee), De'Andre Hunter: day to day (finger). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • The Thunder had found multiple ways to lose close games this season. Not this time. Chris Paul scored a season-high 30 points and Oklahoma City pulled off an improbable 139-127 overtime victory over the Timberwolves on Friday night. With Minnesota ahead 121-119 and 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation, Oklahoma City fouled Karl-Anthony Towns. He missed a free throw, then Minnesota was issued a technical foul for a delay of game because Jordan Bell did not have his jersey tucked in when he subbed in. It was a technical because the Timberwolves had been called for delay of game late in the third quarter, and a technical is given on a second delay of game. Danilo Gallinari made the technical free throw for Oklahoma City, then Towns shot his second free throw at the other end. He made it, putting Minnesota up two but giving Oklahoma City a chance at a throw-in. The Thunder would have had to scramble if Towns had missed because they were out of timeouts. Steven Adams took advantage of the unexpected opportunity and completed a nearly length-of-the-court pass to Dennis Schroder, who made a layup as time expired to force overtime. It left the Thunder celebrating and the Timberwolves stunned. “I ain’t ever been part of something like that,” Towns said. “I’ve been a part of a lot of basketball games in my life, but I’ve never seen something like that happen … just the execution of everything going down.” Bell was in no mood to discuss it after the game. He walked past a group of reporters and said, “I'll save my money.” Towns said he was trying to miss the second free throw, but that — and everything else — went haywire in that final sequence during regulation. Oklahoma City was prepared. “We actually practiced that specific situation a lot in practice, and to see it pay off is good,” sad Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 29 points. Oklahoma City outscored the Timberwolves 17-5 in the extra period. “We knew once we made the shot, we had a lot more work to do, and we were willing to do whatever it took to win,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. Schroder scored 25 points, Adams had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Gallinari scored 21 points for the Thunder. Jeff Teague scored a season-high 32 points, and Towns added 30 for the Timberwolves. Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said Minnesota played well enough to win. “We’re going to pick ourselves up and be better,” he said. 'But it hurts.” TIP-INS Timberwolves: F Andrew Wiggins sat out with a left thumb sprain. Wiggins averages 24.9 points per game. ... Committed 13 fouls in the third quarter. .... Minnesota made 2 of 6 free throws in the fourth quarter. ... Towns made 5 of 9 3-pointers. Thunder: Thunder G Abdel Nader got his first start of the season and the third of his three-year NBA career. .... G Terrance Ferguson was out with soreness in his right hip. .... G Deonte Burton served a one-game suspension due to conduct detrimental to the team. FIRST TIME The Thunder had five players score at least 20 points for the first time since the team started playing in Oklahoma City in 2008-09. According to the Thunder, it was the first time that has happened for any NBA team since the Atlanta Hawks did it in 2004. “Oh wow,' Paul said. 'That's sick. I didn't know that. It just shows that we played the right way. Played the right pace and tempo. Defense got to be better, but you know a win is a win and we are going to take it.” OFFICIAL OUT Official Haywoode Workman was injured during the game Scott Foster and Mark Ayotte finished it out as a two-man crew. FREEBIES Oklahoma City made 32 of 34 free throws in the second half and overtime, including 8 of 8 in the extra period. “We did a lot of fouling in the third and fourth quarter, and then overtime,' Saunders said. 'We need to play more clean in that sense.” The Thunder outscored the Timberwolves 36-14 from the free throw line overall. UP NEXT Timberwolves: At Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Thunder: At Portland on Sunday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • On a team that's undergone a full roster rebuild and endured significant injuries, Garrett Temple knew the Brooklyn Nets would need extra time to mesh. “We had so many new guys,' Temple said. “On this team, our defensive principles are a little different than around the NBA. We have a very unique game plan a lot of the times. We are doing a great job out there, and guys are buying in.' Temple scored a season-high 27 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 of his 24 in the second half and the Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 130-118 on Wednesday night. Taurean Prince finished with 23 points against his former team and Jarrett Allen had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who were coming off a three-point home loss Sunday to Miami but have won six of eight despite not having injured stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert. Trae Young had 39 points and 10 assists and rookie Cam Reddish scored a career-high 25 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost 11 of 12. Reddish drove for a fast-break layup to cut the lead to eight with 8:49 remaining. But after a Nets timeout, Dinwiddie drove the left side for a basket that pushed the lead to 102-92, and Brooklyn wasn't threatened again. Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce blamed his team's weak defense for the loss. “We have to be into the ball a little bit more with pressure,' Pierce said. “We have to pressure their passers. It's whoever is on the court has to do a little bit better with regards to their responsibility.” Joe Harris' no-look pass from the top of the key to Allen for a dunk completed a 13-5 run that gave Brooklyn a 117-101 lead with 4:38 left in the game. The Nets took their first double-digit lead early in the third on Temple's 3. Dinwiddie went into attack mode, prioritizing drives to the lane that resulted in three baskets and two free throws that made it an 11-point lead. Harris scored inside to make it 80-67, and DeAndre Jordan pushed the lead back to 13 with a follow shot that caused a Hawks timeout. Dinwiddie quickly added another inside basket for his 12th point of the third to make it 86-75. Brooklyn matched his its previous high in offensive rebounds — 18 against Indiana on Oct. 30 — late in the third. The Nets led 56-47 at halftime. They outrebounded Atlanta by 12 and outscored the Hawks 17-7 in second-chance points before intermission. “Dominating on the glass — that's been a sticking point for us,' Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We've talked a lot about rebounding the last couple of days, how much that's hurt us. Collectively, I thought we got on the boards. Even in the first half when we were missing shots, I thought we cleaned up a lot of misses and it was a difference in the game.' TIP-INS Nets: Irving missed his 10th straight game with a right shoulder impingement and did not make the two-game road trip to stay home and rehab. ... Brooklyn has won five straight in the series and four in a row in Atlanta. ... The Nets had 10 of their 26 assists in the fourth. Hawks: F Kevin Huerter, returning after missing 11 games with a left rotator cuff strain, was on a 15-minute limit and was scoreless. ... F De'Ándre Hunter, sidelined by a dislocated right index finger, missed his first game. DeAndre' Bembry started in his spot and had two points. ... G Allen Crabbe was out with right knee soreness. LAST MAN STANDING With the firing of New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes, Atkinson has the longest tenure of any coach or manager of a major pro sports team in the New York metropolitan area. This is the former Hawks assistant's fourth season. “Coaching’s a tough business,' Atkinson said. “I really don’t know what to say. I don’t know if it makes me proud or sad for the other guys but it’s a tough business to survive in. Especially in New York.” HE'S BACK Prince received some warm applause after the Hawks showed a video tribute early in the first quarter to recognize his three seasons in Atlanta. The Nets acquired Prince in a June trade for Crabbe and a second-round pick. Prince starts at forward and is Brooklyn's fifth-leading scorer with a 13.0 average. Prince had no trouble getting movitated. “One hundred percent,' he said. “Especially being the team that traded me away.' UP NEXT Nets: At Charlotte on Friday and host Denver on Sunday. Hawks: After three days off, at Charlotte on Sunday and at Miami on Tuesday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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  • The remains of six victims of a deadly volcano eruption in New Zealand have been recovered. Sixteen people were killed on White Island when a volcano there unexpectedly erupted Monday, The Associated Press reported. Eight military specialists recovered six of the eight victims believed to be on the island, and the bodies will be taken to Auckland for identification, CNN reported. Due to toxic gases still being released from the volcano, the team had to wear protective suits and breathing gear to be on the island, the AP reported. The search had to end as air supplies ran low, the New York Times reported. An additional recovery mission is planned to find a tour guide and boat captain who had taken tourists to the island. At least one of them is expected to be in the water, but the other person’s location is unknown, the AP reported. Forty-seven tourists, many from a Royal Caribbean cruise, and guides were on the island when the volcano exploded. Many of the people who survived were burned. Fifteen tourists not from Australia are in burn units across the country with 11 listed as very critical. Thirteen Australians who were part of the tour have all returned to their home country, the AP reported. Skin banks are sending tissues to hospitals to help treat the burns, as medical teams from Australia, Britain and the U.S. travel to New Zealand to help treat patients, the AP reported.
  • A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 24 years in prison in the death of his 13-day-old son. Michael Herkal, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, nearly 16 months to the day after Apple Valley police responded to an Aug. 12, 2018, medical call for an infant not breathing, WCCO reported. The child died two days later, after doctors determined he had suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in his brain. Herkal was charged initially with felony assault and malicious punishment of a child, but three additional charges of murder were filed after authorities received the autopsy report, KARE11 reported. According to WCCO, Herkal initially told authorities his toddler pulled the newborn off the couch twice but later claimed the baby slipped from his hands and fell onto a coffee table during a diaper change. During his plea hearing, however, Herkal admitted he also shook the infant violently and slapped him, the TV station reported.
  • Major League Baseball announced substantial changes Thursday to its drug use and testing policy, multiple news outlets reported. In addition to removing marijuana from its “drugs of abuse” category – making it the first major US sports league to do so – the organization announced mandatory testing for the presence of opioids, cocaine, synthetic THC, LSD and fentanyl, ABC News reported. Per the policy revisions, players will still be tested for “natural cannabinoids” such as THC, CBD, and marijuana, but punishment for violations will now be treated similarly to those of the alcohol and violence policies, ABC News reported. 'Going forward, marijuana-related conduct will be treated the same as alcohol-related conduct under the Parties’ Joint Treatment Program for Alcohol-Related and Off-Field Violent Conduct, which provides mandatory evaluation, voluntary treatment and the possibility of discipline by a Player’s Club or the Commissioner’s Office in response to certain conduct involving Natural Cannabinoids,” the league, in association with its players union, stated. According to NPR, the policy changes will take effect during 2020 spring training.  “The opioid epidemic in our country is an issue of significant concern to Major League Baseball,” MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said in a prepared statement, adding, “It is our hope that this agreement - which is based on principles of prevention, treatment, awareness and education - will help protect the health and safety of our Players.” Read more here and here.
  • Seeking emergency mental health assistance could soon be as simple as dialing 988, federal regulators announced Thursday. The Federal Communications Commission formally began the process Thursday to designate 988 as a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. “The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in a crisis,” Dwight Holton, CEO of suicide prevention nonprofit Lines for Life, told USA Today. “No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency.' According to The Wall Street Journal, the new hotline is intended to simplify access to services available currently by dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the existing National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Once operational, dialing 988 would connect callers to the existing hotline and then route them to nearby crisis centers equipped to provide assistance. “We believe this historical and critical effort will turn the tide on reducing suicides and promote mental wellness in the United States,” said a statement from Kimberly Williams, chief executive of Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit that administers the lifeline, The Journal reported. Read more here and here.
  • An emergency landing by a single-engine plane snarled traffic Thursday night on Interstate 5 in San Diego, multiple news outlets reported. Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, told KNSD the Cessna 182 made a hard landing on the southbound lanes around 7:15 p.m. Within 30 minutes authorities had re-opened two southbound lanes, KFMB reported. Carlsbad Fire Division Chief Mike Lopez told KNSD a man and a woman were on board traveling from the San Gabriel Airport in Los Angeles to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. According to KFMB, no injuries were reported, and the plane did not strike any motorists. “They did a pretty good job landing this thing,” Lopez told KNSD, adding, “The skill of that pilot, he did a stellar job.”
  • A Fort Gibson man recently showed off his blacksmith skills by taking first place in a competition television show. Nic Overton, 23, earned the top spot on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire,” which is centered around blacksmith work. Along with bragging rights, Overton won a $10,000 prize. Overton told KOKI he’s been fascinated with blacksmithing since he was a child and crafted his first knife out of a railroad spike. He managed to turn his hobby into a career. He owns his own business called Nix Knives.