The New York Knicks threw away a 19-point lead and lost 101-100 to the Washington Wizards on a last-second goaltending call in a stunning finale at the O2 Arena in London.

Allonzo Trier, celebrating his 23rd birthday, was deemed to have illegally blocked Thomas Bryant's go-ahead bucket and they were unable to salvage a result with 0.4 seconds put back on the clock following a review.

The Wizards started the fourth quarter with a 17-2 run as they bounced back from a double-overtime loss to Eastern Conference leaders the Toronto Raptors in dramatic fashion.

Bradley Beal scored a game-high 26 points as he carried the load again in the absence of injured duo John Wall and Dwight Howard, with the Knicks now having won just two of their last 20 games.

There were arguably bigger names in the crowd than on the Knicks' roster – Arsenal team-mates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Hector Bellerin were among the stars in attendance – but they stormed ahead thanks to four three-pointers from Luke Kornet in the opening quarter.

Damyean Dotson and Trier impressed from the bench and were in double-digits as the Knicks moved 19 points clear during the second quarter.

However, Beal made three straight shots and a corner three from Tomas Satoransky helped get the deficit back down to 10 at the half.

Emmanuel Mudiay turned up the heat in the third quarter by adding 10 of his 25 points, though it was Troy Brown Jr's dunk on Frank Ntilikina that drew the loudest reaction from the crowd.

Beal hit a pair of threes either side of one from Otto Porter Jr and the shooting guard completed an and-one play to put the Wizards four points clear as the game was turned on its head.

Noah Vonleh bullied Bryant as the lead changed hands again with 33.7 seconds remaining, but the Wizards were not to be denied at the last.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver declared player safety is his top priority after admitting it was "very unfortunate" Enes Kanter did not travel with the New York Knicks to London. 

Knicks center Kanter opted against making the trip to the English capital due to safety fears amid tensions with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

The dispute between the player and Erdogan stems in part from the player's support of United States-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the president accuses of being behind a failed attempt to overthrow the Turkish government – an allegation Gulen denies. 

Kanter responded to a report that Turkish prosecutors were seeking an international arrest warrant for him by stating they "cannot present any single piece of evidence" of his alleged wrongdoing. 

The NBA commissioner understands the difficult situation Kanter finds himself in, meaning he missed out on facing the Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena on Thursday. 

"My stance is that I think it's very unfortunate that Enes Kanter is not here with New York Knicks," said Silver.

"I understand his reasoning why he elected not to come. There was never a suggestion from the league that he was not welcome on this trip.

"We live in a world where these are significant issues that he's dealing with and I recognise that as the NBA is a global business we have to pay attention.

"There's nothing more important to me as commissioner than the security of our players, so we take very seriously the threats that he has received."

The NBA could be heading to Paris next year instead of London, Adam Silver has revealed.

A solitary regular-season games has taken place in the English capital every year since 2013, while the New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors played back-to-back fixtures in the United Kingdom in 2011.

The last time the NBA went to France was when the New York Knicks faced the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, but NBA commissioner Silver revealed a return could be on the cards in 2020.

Asked about the potential of a game being played in Paris ahead of the Knicks' meeting with the Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena in London on Thursday, he told a news conference: "I'm told I'm not allowed to break news today, but yes, it is possible.

"It's something we're looking at very closely, playing a game in Paris next season.

"France has historically been a terrific market for the NBA. We've played many exhibition games in Paris over the years, I remember being there with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

"We took a number of years off because your arena got renovated. We're looking forward to returning."

On whether the match in Paris would be in addition to another in London, he added: "That is not clear yet. It's a very labour intensive undertaking to bring regular-season games to Europe.

"Right now, we're thinking the format will be to have one game next year."

Gregg Popovich is unsure whether he will return to coach the San Antonio Spurs next season. 

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for verbal abuse of a game official. 

The incident occurred at the conclusion of Detroit's 100-94 loss to the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Monday.

Griffin previously had a disagreement with an official in a December 28 loss to the Indiana Pacers when he pulled out a tablet to argue his case.

The Pistons (19-24) will play the Miami Heat (21-21) at home in their next match on Friday.

DeMarcus Cousins is looking forward to ending almost a year out with a ruptured Achilles and debuting for the Golden State Warriors, who he believes are the "most hated team in sports".

All-Star center Cousins joined the reining NBA champions in free agency on a one-year deal despite going down with injury when playing for the New Orleans Pelicans against the Houston Rockets on January 26 of last year.

The 28-year-old is expected to make his long-awaited return when the Warriors take on the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Friday.

Cousins is disinterested in the narrative of whether he needs the Warriors more or vice versa, claiming people love to hate Golden State and their leading stars.

He said: "I don't really pay attention to storylines. I mean, they're gonna say what they have to say. They're gonna add their opinions. We're the most hated team in sports. Can you name another?"

Put to him that the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees would vie for that title: "Well, put us up there. I would say the Warriors are for sure.

"You know they hate Kevin [Durant]. They hate me. I think the only guy they really like is Steph [Curry]. Actually, they may hate him as well. They hate Draymond [Green]. But I mean, it is what it is. I can't worry about that."

Cousins sent out a warning that he intends to make his presence felt and feels he has improved as a player following his rehab.

"I'm back, and I'm not looking back. I'm moving forward. I'm leaving it on the floor every night. And I plan on coming back for that top spot," he told ESPN.

"You know, at the end of this month, it'll basically be a calendar year. So it's been a long time coming, to say the least.

"Obviously, I won't be the same player. I've got better. A lot of things have changed in my game. You start to tune up other areas of your game: jump shooting, skill work. I think everything has just increased and gotten better."

Stephen Curry became the first NBA player to hit eight three-pointers in three successive games on Wednesday.

The Boston Celtics were ready for the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, claiming a thrilling win in the NBA.

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving revealed he had called LeBron James to apologise for some of his behaviour while with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Houston Rockets star James Harden did something that has not been done in the NBA since 1962.

Segafredo Virtus Bologna and Banvit sealed their places in the FIBA Champions League play-offs with victories over medi Bayreuth and Nizhny Novgorod respectively on Wednesday.

A fourth straight win in all competitions secured Group D leaders Bologna's place in the round of 16, Bayreuth suffering a 93-83 home defeat.

Kevin Punter scored 22 points and was 5-of-9 from behind the arc, while Tony Taylor poured in 17 points as the Italian side put a dent in Bayreuth's play-off hopes.

Gary Neal inspired Banvit to a 75-72 victory in Novgorod which guaranteed their progress with three Group A matches still to play.

Neal led the way with 21 points in what was a seventh win of the season for the Turkish side.

Brose Bamberg were unable to seal qualification from Group C, going down 84-67 to Lietkabelis, while defending champions AEK - already through to the play-offs – hammered JDA Dijon 80-56.

MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg remain bottom of Group A but saw off fifth-placed Anwil 87-74, while UNET Holon thrashed Opava 97-64 in Group B.

There were also wins for UCAM Murcia, Filou Oostende and Nanterre 92.

LeBron James will return to full practice next week, but will miss the Los Angeles Lakers' upcoming games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

The 34-year-old superstar, who has not played since straining his groin against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, had his injury re-evaluated on Wednesday, having missed his side's last 11 contests.

He will not travel with the Lakers for their fixtures against Western Conference rivals the Thunder and Rockets on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

Games against the Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns follow next week, though James' availability for those matches remains uncertain after the Lakers' update did not specify how quickly he would be back after returning to the practice court.

He had participated in half-court shooting and passing drills during the Lakers’ shootaround on Tuesday and head coach Luke Walton spoke of his optimism over how quickly his key player would make his comeback.

"James, who will not travel with the team on the upcoming two-game road trip, has been cleared to return to practice commencing next week, and progress towards a return to game play thereafter," read a Lakers statement after his re-evaluation.

The Lakers' update came after his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, stressed James would not rush his recovery, telling The Athletic: "However long it takes, it takes. We're not on nobody else's timeline." 

The Lakers (24-21) are 4-7 without James and have slid to eighth in the Western Conference standings.

He underwent an MRI the day after the injury and revealed on Twitter he "dodged a bullet", but he will now take his total of missed games to 13, tying the most he has ever missed in any season of his NBA career, and the most he has ever missed consecutively, per ESPN.

James had played in 156 consecutive matches prior to suffering the problem in his left groin.

Los Angeles signed James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract in July. He is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34.6 minutes per game this season.

With LeBron James at the Los Angeles Lakers, Scott Brooks is confident the Washington Wizards can still compete for a playoff spot despite the key absences of John Wall and Dwight Howard.

Steve Kerr described the Golden State Warriors' record-breaking 51-point first quarter against the Denver Nuggets as "a fireworks show".

NBA champions the Golden State Warriors enjoyed a record-breaking performance after crushing the Denver Nuggets 142-111.

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