NBA roundup: Thunder win on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s late shot

January 23 – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 34 points, including a go-ahead bucket with 9.2 seconds left, and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 101-99 on Sunday night. Josh Giddey had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Kenrich Williams scored 11 points for Oklahoma City, which ended the Nuggets’ nine-game winning streak … Read more

NBA roundup: Celtics run win string to nine by edging Raptors

January 22 – Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and the visiting Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors 106-104 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to nine games, matching their longest of the season. Reserves Grant Williams and Malcolm Brogdon added 25 and 23 points for the Celtics. Payton Pritchard scored all 12 of his … Read more

NBA returns to Paris as French hopes of Olympic gold grow

Jan 18 (Reuters) – The NBA returns to Paris on Thursday for the first time in three years amid growing optimism in France that the men’s national team could win Olympic gold on home soil next year. Tickets to see the Chicago Bulls face the Detroit Pistons at Accor Arena sold out in minutes and … Read more

NBA roundup: Lauri Markkanen (49) carries Jazz past Rockets

January 6 – Lauri Markkanen scored a career-high 49 points and the Utah Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak with a 131-114 road win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday. Markkanen finished 15-for-27 from the floor and 13-for-13 from the free-throw line. The 25-year-old Finland native, whose previous high was 38 points, also corralled eight … Read more

Exclusive: NBA-China’s NBA viewership approaching pre-ban levels – source

LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Basketball fans in China are watching NBA games at levels close to where they were before Chinese state broadcaster CCTV took the league off the air for 18 months following a 2019 rift, a source familiar with the league’s viewership date told Reuters. Viewership has jumped 80% for the … Read more

The NBA is sued by fired referees who refused COVID vaccines

NEW YORK, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The National Basketball Association has been sued by three longtime referees who say the league fired them this year after they refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 over religious objections. In a complaint filed on Saturday in Manhattan federal court, Kenny Mauer, Mark Ayotte and Jason Phillips said the … Read more