(AP) -- After LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard were too much for them to handle, the New Orleans Pelicans may not have to face Oklahoma City's star tandem.
With Kevin Durant a game-time decision Sunday night due to a sprained ankle, the Pelicans may be able to shift more attention toward Russell Westbrook when they visit the Thunder.
New Orleans (13-13) was chasing its first three-game win streak but ran into a wall against Portland on Saturday night, allowing the Trail Blazers to shoot 53.3 percent in a 114-88 loss that marked its lowest point total in nine games.
The Pelicans, who averaged 110.6 points to win five of their previous seven, allowed 94 through three quarters and scored less than 20 in bo...
(AP) -- The Indiana Pacers are coming off their worst shooting night in four seasons, but their next opponent has allowed plenty of offense to just about everyone they face.
Frank Vogel's struggling squad will try to win for just the second time in 12 games Sunday night when visiting the similarly injury-plagued Minnesota Timberwolves, who are in danger of posting their third losing streak of at least five games.
Indiana (8-19) fell 76-73 in Denver on Saturday while shooting a season-low 30.7 percent for an eighth straight road loss. It was its worst shooting night since also making 30.7 percent on April 13, 2011, and the team could now lose nine straight road games for the first time since Dec. 1, 2010-Jan. 8, 2011. Overall, the Pacers have lost 10 of 11 while shooting 40.9 percent.
"We competed at a high level, got a lot of great looks," Vogel said. "I wasn't unhappy w...
(AP) -- The struggling Brooklyn Nets have had a rough go without All-Star center Brook Lopez, and they could be in for an even bumpier road ahead without another key piece.
Deron Williams is listed as doubtful heading into Sunday's home matchup against the last-place Detroit Pistons.
Williams limped off the court in the second quarter of Friday's 95-91 loss at Cleveland with a strained right calf and didn't return. The three-time All-Star, averaging 15.6 points and a team-high 6.8 assists, has appeared in all 25 games for Brooklyn (10-15) after missing 18 last season due to ankle issues.
Williams' absence could prove especially costly for a Nets team that's averaged 89.5 points in dropping three straight and six of eight. Brooklyn has played its last seven games without Lopez, who has alr...
(AP) -- After pinning their latest loss on a listless start, the Orlando Magic acknowledged they must come out with more energy.
Despite their struggles, the Magic seemingly shouldn't have much trouble starting fast Sunday night against a Philadelphia 76ers team that routinely lets teams impose their will in the opening minutes.
Orlando (10-19) was never able to recover from a miserable first quarter Friday against Utah and ended up losing 101-94, its fifth defeat in six games. The Jazz shot 70.0 percent in the opening quarter to the Magic's 37.5 and took a 15-point lead less than two minutes into the second period. Utah bullied Orlando early, scoring 14 of its 29 first-quarter points in the paint.
"We have to be the ones who hit first," Magic center Nikola Vucevic said. "We've got to put this one behind us, go back (Saturday) at ...
(AP) -- The return of DeMarcus Cousins wasn't enough to lift the Sacramento Kings out of their slump, which now consists of a season-high five consecutive defeats.
That slide began when Kobe Bryant pushed the Los Angeles Lakers past a Cousins-less Kings team earlier this month, and the superstar will be seeking to bounce back from one of the worst offensive performances of his career in Sunday night's rematch.
Cousins had a team-leading 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting with 11 rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes Thursday, returning from a 10-game absence due to viral meningitis. However, he missed a jumper at the buzzer as the Kings fell 108-107 to Milwaukee for their 10th loss in 12 games.
"I'm not at the level I was before, but I was able to play through. I know for a fact that I will...
(AP) -- After their breakthrough last season, the Washington Wizards have their sights on a deeper playoff run.
Working toward that goal, the Wizards can pull off a pair of impressive achievements Sunday night by recording the best start in franchise history and their longest winning streak in nearly a decade if they beat the visiting Phoenix Suns.
Washington reached 44 wins last season and made it to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The Wizards are now on pace for the winningest regular season in franchise history, needing a victory Sunday to reach 20 wins faster than they ever have.
They matched the franchise-record 19-6 start from 1974-75 with a 105-103 victory in Miami on Friday, their sixth consecutive victory.
"It's just showing our hard work, our resilience," point guard John Wall ...
(AP) -- Facing the worst team in the Western Conference, the Boston Celtics fared well in their first game since trading star Rajon Rondo.
With perhaps their new additions available against a somewhat tougher opponent Sunday night, the Celtics look for a season-high fourth straight victory while trying to extend the Miami Heat's worst home skid in seven seasons.
A day after sending the four-time All-Star to Dallas for Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, two draft picks and a $12.9 million trade exception, Boston (10-14) continued its surge with a 114-98 win over Minnesota on Friday. Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures for the C...
Having to prepare for another potential scoring threat is unlikely to deter the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies try to bounce back from their first loss in two weeks when one of the Western Conference's best teams faces a power from the East on Sunday in Cleveland.
"We have to be physical with them, like we are every night," Grizzlies points guard Mike Conley said of the Cavaliers. "We can't let them lead the dance, we can't let them be comfortable and make the plays they're accustomed to making. We just have to make everything tougher and tougher on them as the game goes on....
(AP) -- Strong defense has keyed another impressive winning streak for the Toronto Raptors. They would appear to have a good chance to extend it with the offensively challenged New York Knicks coming to town.
The Raptors go for a season best-tying sixth consecutive victory Sunday against the injury-plagued Knicks, losers in 14 of 15.
Eastern Conference-leading Toronto (21-6) has limited opponents to an average of 91.0 points during its current run after yielding an average of 108.9 while going 5-4 in its previous nine games. The Raptors won six in a row Nov. 15-26, and also strung together five consecutive victories Nov. 4-11.
Toronto returns home after getting by Detroit 110-100 on Friday. Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points to lead six players in double figures for the Raptors, who had a season-high 60 points in the paint and outsc...