Heat players, coach lose it in bench scuffle in loss to Warriors

MIAMI — Jimmy Butler and Udonis Haslem were shouting at each other, fingers were pointed in various directions, some Miami players were trying to play peacemaker and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra slammed a clipboard to the floor in frustration. And that wasn’t the evening’s low point for the Heat. The short-handed Golden State Warriors made … Read more

Knicks’ RJ Barrett eyes 20 points-per-game mark amid lost season

The Knicks have just 14 games remaining, so the likelihood of their reaching the playoffs is essentially at an astronomical “Dumb and Dumber” level, as in: “So you’re saying there’s a chance.” From a personal standpoint, RJ Barrett acknowledged a far more realistic goal Tuesday, saying he has his eye on finishing the season with … Read more

Kevin Durant avoids selecting James Harden in All-Star draft, happy Nets ‘got guys who want to be part of this’ in trade

7:39 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Before serving as a captain in the NBA’s All-Star Game draft Thursday night, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant said he was “happy we got guys who want to be part of this” in the blockbuster trade that saw James Harden go to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Ben Simmons. … Read more

Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul, Devin Booker named All-Star reserves; Darius Garland, Fred VanVleet to make first appearance

7:42 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Chris Paul and Devin Booker, the starting backcourt for the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns, headlined the NBA’s announcement of the 14 reserves for the NBA’s All-Star Game in Cleveland later this month. Paul, who is averaging 14.9 points and 10.4 assists, is making his 12th All-Star appearance, while Booker, who is … Read more

Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul, Devin Booker All-Star Reserves appointed; Darius Garland, Fred Vanfleet to debut

7:42 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Chris Paul and Devin Booker, the backcourt of the NBA’s leading Phoenix Suns starters, topped the NBA’s announcement of the 14 reserves for the NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland later this month. Paul, who averages 14.9 points and 10.4 assists, is making his 12th All-Star appearance, while Booker, who averages … Read more