NBA Rankings: Don't sleep on Spurs


NBA Rankings: Don't sleep on Spurs

Four straight wins has the Spurs making a big jump in Matt Steinmetz's latest power rankings, while the Warriors and Kings remain stuck among the 10 worst NBA teams.

1 (1) Oklahoma City Kendrick Perkins' numbers down across board 2 (3) Chicago Bulls Getting it done despite injury to Rip Hamilton 3 (2) Miami Heat LeBron James' numbers this year are historical 4 (4) L.A. Clippers Kenyon Martin gives them depth; will J.R. Smith give them more? 5 (7) Philadelphia 76ers Doug Collins with early Coach of the Year consideration 6 (16) San Antonio Spurs Just when you thought Spurs were fading - four straight wins 7 (6) Denver Nuggets Nene: More shots less points per game this season 8 (9) Indiana Pacers Pacers continue to win despite Granger's subpar season 9 (14) Boston Celtics Celtics on season-high four-game winning streak 10 (5) Atlanta Hawks Vladimir Radmanovic in Hawks' rotation and helping 11 (15) Orlando Magic Magic bounce back from two brutal losses vs. Celtics 12 (13) Portland Trail Blazers Nicolas Batum: 33 points in 25 minutes vs. Denver 13 (12) L.A. Lakers Lakers are fine, other than those road games (3-8) 14 (11) Utah Jazz He's not perfect, but he ain't bad, either: Al Jefferson 15 (10) Houston Rockets Second-year forward Patrick Patterson now fixture in rotation 16 (17) Memphis Grizzlies It just doesn't seem like Marc Gasol is in great shape 17 (8) Dallas Mavericks Too many things just not working out this year for Dallas 18 (18) Minnesota Timberwolves No factor; no factor at all: Anthony Randolph 19 (19) Milwaukee Bucks No. 8 seed in East despite looking awful at times 20 (21) Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving averaging fewer than 30 minutes per game 21 (22) New York Knicks Jeremy Lin with game for the ages at Madison Square Garden 22 (20) Phoenix Suns Michael Redd now starting at shooting guard 23 (23) Golden State Warriors Owner Joe Lacob said team nowhere near panic mode 24 (26) Sacramento Kings Jimmer Fredette: Out of the rotation with a bang 25 (24) New Jersey Nets Anthony Morrow throws in 42 points in loss last week 26 (25) Toronto Raptors It just doesn't seem like there's a lot going on here 27 (29) Detroit Pistons Austin Daye: One significant step back 28 (27) Washington Wizards Reality took about a week to set in for Randy Wittman 29 (28) New Orleans Hornets Not a strong debut for David Stern as a general manager 30 (30) Charlotte Bobcats Last win: Jan. 14 vs. Golden State Warriors

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins


NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books.

And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he's clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.

He scored 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record that had stood for 55 years, and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 on Sunday night — the highest-scoring game in league history.

Davis made 26 shots and took 39, both of those also All-Star records. He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes — which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.

Not this time. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, to the delight of his New Orleans fans.

"It was a lot of fun," Davis said. "My teammates did a great job of looking for me."

Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West — where a subplot emerged as DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, prompting some speculation that a trade sending him out of Sacramento might be looming.

Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East, with 12 dunks in his night. LeBron James scored 23 points to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career, Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 14 assists, and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East.

Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.

And if there is any animus remaining between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game's top highlights — a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.

"OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?" Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.

Draymond Green called the play "cute," and Westbrook and Durant seemed happy with it as well.

"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said. "Good give-and-go. Made a good pass. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go."

Added Durant: "It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play."

Some fans were shouting "De-Fense!" in the fourth quarter. West center DeAndre Jordan heard them, rising from his seat on the West bench to yell "No, no, no" back in their direction.

If those fans were serious, they were disappointed.

Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.

It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honors, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth.


East: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. ... Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16. ... No East player logged more than 24 minutes.

West: Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. So later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam — one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay. ... Kawhi Leonard had a steal and dunk in the opening minute, a defensive display that left West coach Steve Kerr in hysterics.


Joel Embiid wanted to be in the All-Star Game, and he was close — literally and figuratively.

The Philadelphia star sat on the edge of the baseline next to the West bench, meaning he got to greet players throughout the night and share a few words with some at halftime.


A huge roar greeted Jon Batiste, who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" pregame, when he started the song.

It wasn't for him.

That happened to be the moment when John Legend — the halftime performer — and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena. And a louder cheer came not long afterward when Beyonce and Jay Z got on-screen.

Among the other celebs in the seats: Guy Fieri, Dave Chappelle, Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and The Roots.


The next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league.