Furkan Korkmaz was the hero as the Philadelphia 76ers preserved their perfect record in the NBA with a dramatic 129-128 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Korkmaz made a clutch three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining as the unbeaten 76ers improved to 5-0 for the season on Saturday.

The Trail Blazers had led thanks to Anfernee Simons' three 2.2 seconds from the end in Portland, where Korkmaz stepped up by hitting the game-winner as he fell to the floor.

Philadelphia, who trailed by as many as 21 points in the third quarter in the absence of suspended star Joel Embiid, are off to their first 5-0 start since the 2000-01 season.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors fell to 1-5 after losing 93-87 to the Charlotte Hornets.

Golden State tasted defeat in the absence of Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell – who were ruled out on gameday – and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

 

Wiggins inspires Timberwolves

Andre Wiggins had 21 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the Washington Wizards 131-109 without banned star Karl-Anthony Towns.

Devin Booker led the Phoenix Suns to their fourth win of the season – a 114-105 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies – behind 21 points on eight-of-13 shooting from the field and a perfect three-of-three from three-point range.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points as his team beat the New Orleans Pelicans 115-104.

Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe were close to double-doubles but it was the reigning MVP who stole the show. Antetokounmpo recorded 36 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past defending champions the Toronto Raptors 115-105.

 

Poole highlights Warriors' woes

Jordan Poole had just five points on two-of-nine shooting as the Warriors almost pulled off the win.

The Orlando Magic's second unit were barely productive in their 91-87 loss to the Denver Nuggets. D.J. Augustin had just four points and Mo Bamba had only one.

 

Jokic with the fadeaway

Halloween might be over but the Nikola Jokic aka the '"Joker" is here to stay.

The "Greek Freak" does it all, obviously.

 

Saturday's results

Oklahoma City Thunder 115-104 New Orleans Pelicans
Detroit Pistons 113-109 Brooklyn Nets
Denver Nuggets 91-87 Orlando Magic
Milwaukee Bucks 115-105 Toronto Raptors
Phoenix Suns 114-105 Memphis Grizzlies
Minnesota Timberwolves 131-109 Washington Wizards
Charlotte Hornets 93-87 Golden State Warriors
Philadelphia 76ers 129-128 Portland Trail Blazers

 

Lakers at Spurs

The Los Angeles Lakers are handling the spotlight well and the San Antonio Spurs are heating up. San Antonio toppled the injury-ridden Warriors on Friday behind Patty Mills' 31 points off the bench. All-and-all, it will make for an exciting matchup when the two teams meet for the first time this season at the AT&T Center on Sunday. 

Golden State Warriors stars Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell will not feature against the Charlotte Hornets, the NBA team confirmed.

Green injured his left index finger during Friday's 127-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs as the Warriors fell to 1-4 for the season.

And the struggling Warriors – who lost superstar Stephen Curry to a broken hand as Klay Thompson recovers from a serious knee injury – will be without Green for Saturday's visit of the Hornets in San Francisco.

"He's going to miss the next few games for sure," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "There's a torn ligament in the finger, but it's not something that should keep him out for a long time.

"But I just talked to [Warriors director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] about it, he said most likely the next few games."

Green played 34 minutes against the Spurs on Friday; and he has averaged 28.8 through the team’s first five games.

Warriors recruit Russell – who was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets after Kevin Durant opted to swap teams via free agency – will also sit out Saturday's clash due to a sprained right ankle suffered in the loss to San Antonio.

"I just spoke with him, he's not going to play," Kerr said. "He's in a lot of pain this morning. He rolled his ankle, tweaked it last night, and it got worse overnight so he's out tonight."

On the absence of Green, Kerr added: "It's a huge challenge because he's one of the leaders on the team. With Steph not here last night it was really obvious that Draymond was the unquestioned leader of the group.

"At shootaround, during the game, at half-time, he's the one the players look up to. He's the one who's offering assistance and advice, and he's been great in that role. I'm really pleased with the way Draymond has handled himself and handled our young players.

"There's a reality to this situation that is difficult for everybody to deal with, but particularly a guy like Draymond who's so competitive, who's used to winning, who's known nothing but winning. So for him to set the emotion aside and understand he's got to help the young guys, he's been great. So without him on the floor, it just increases the challenge."

Luka Doncic described the opportunity to do battle with LeBron James as "crazy stuff", although his Dallas Mavericks were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers in an overtime NBA thriller.

A gripping encounter went to the additional period after James assisted Danny Green's buzzer-beating three-pointer to complete a 10-point comeback from the Lakers, who eventually prevailed 119-110.

But much of the focus was on basketball's reigning king and potential heir on an historic night.

Doncic and James became the first opponents in NBA history to manage triple-doubles of 30 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in the same game, also becoming the youngest and oldest players respectively to achieve this feat.

Dallas star Doncic (31 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists) revelled in the opportunity to take on an all-time great in this manner.

"That was just some crazy stuff for me," he said. "I've been following him. He was my idol from the beginning. I can play against him and play a game like that."

James (39 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists) was full of praise for his opponent, although he insisted he did not look at the game as an individual tussle.

"I don't really get into the one-on-one battle," he said. "Obviously he's a great young talent. I love his game, his ability to not only create shots for himself.

"But you guys know I love the fact that he can get great looks for his team-mates. That's what I thrive on, that's what I've always believed in, and he just plays the game the right way."

Doncic responded: "The words that he said after the game were something that were very special for me.

"They [the Lakers] are a championship team. We had a chance to win. We did some great things out there and we should be proud of ourselves."

Brooklyn faced adversity early against Houston on Friday night, but they rebounded to claim a 123-116 victory at Barclays Center.

The Nets fell into a hole early and trailed by as much as 15 in the first half before it found scoring from some surprising places.

Taurean Prince unexpectedly led the way offensively with a team-high 27 points for Brooklyn while Garrett Temple chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Brooklyn still called Kyrie Irving's number down the stretch and he sealed the game with a step-back dagger on a corner 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. He finished with 22 points on the night.

James Harden continued his ridiculous run at the charity stripe, tallying 36 points and eight rebounds while sinking 14 free throws. But he struggled from deep and made only two of his 16 long-range shots.

Houston has made a name for itself by shooting a large number of threes, but shooting at a 25 percent clip against a Brooklyn team that converted 59.4 percent from downtown didn't help their chances.

The Rockets dropped to 3-2 in the western conference, while the Nets improved to 2-3 in season 2019-20.

Kemba makes himself at home in the Garden

Kemba Walker scored 33 points in the Celtics' 104-102 win over the Knicks at TD Garden.

Russell Westbrook totalled 27 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and four steals against Brooklyn.

Andre Drummond tallied 25 points and 24 rebounds as the Pistons fell to the Bulls 112-106.

Lopez and Garland wayward

Brook Lopez went 1-of-7 from the field and scored three points in the Bucks' 123-91 rout of the Magic.

Cleveland's Darius Garland missed all 10 of his shots and notched just two points in his team's 102-95 loss to the Pacers.

Tatum ices the game for the Celtics

Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and nailed the decisive basket as the Celtics snuck past the Knicks.

 

 

76ers at Blazers

Philadelphia is undefeated but they face a talented Portland team without Joel Embiid who is serving a two-game suspension for a skirmish with Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns. How will the 76ers respond without their dominant post presence and defensive stud down low? Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum certainly won't make things easy for the Eastern Conference powerhouse.

Stephen Curry underwent surgery on his broken hand in Los Angeles on Friday, the Golden State Warriors announced.

The two-time NBA MVP was hurt during his team's game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, as he suffered a bad fall while going for a layup during the third quarter.

Golden State plan to provide a further update on Curry, whose hand became caught under Suns big man Aron Baynes, in three months - meaning he is unlikely to play again until February 2020.

The 31-year-old - a six-time All-Star - averaged 20.3 points and 6.5 assists in four games at the start of the new season.

His absence is a further blow to the Warriors, who lost Kevin Durant during the offseason and are also without long-term absentee Klay Thompson.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have handed a long-term contract extension to general manager Koby Altman.

Despite struggling last season in the wake of LeBron James' move to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has insisted he has faith in Altman to turn their fortunes around.

Altman bucks a trend in Cleveland, having become the first GM to receive an extension since Gilbert bought the team in 2005.

Gilbert said: "Koby has been a culture-driver and an innovator who has built a fresh, new foundation and environment for our front office and team that inspires everyone involved.

"He is a passionate leader who is executing a very dynamic, strategic plan for the future of the team and our vision for growth and success.

"Koby's collaborative approach has also extended beyond the team and had a consistent, positive impact across our entire organisation.

"I look forward to seeing his hard work and creativity continue to make us better and help guide the team towards reaching our goals for years to come."

Altman, who has worked in Cleveland's front office since 2012, was promoted to his current role in July 2017 and received a three-year deal at the time.

"I'm truly humbled and excited to sign a long-term extension with the Cavaliers and I look forward to continuing the overall development and growth we are experiencing with this team," Altman said.

"We have a first-class organisation, led by our chairman Dan Gilbert, an extraordinary fanbase and a great team behind the team, who provide incredible resources and opportunities for us to be successful."

The 37-year-old watched his team plummet from their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance against the Golden State Warriors in his first full season at the helm to a 19-63 record last year after James departed for the Lakers.

This past off-season, Altman hired veteran coach John Beilein, sending a signal that player development was a priority for the franchise moving forward.

Kawhi Leonard haunted his former team as the Los Angeles Clippers topped the previously unbeaten San Antonio Spurs 103-97 in NBA action on Thursday.

Leonard – who spent seven seasons with the Spurs before joining the Toronto Raptors and winning an NBA championship in 2018-19 – dropped 38 points and 12 rebounds in Los Angeles on Halloween.

After sitting out Wednesday's loss to the Utah Jazz due to load management, Leonard returned to snap the Spurs' winning start to the season following three successive wins.

Montrezl Harrell added 24 points for the Clippers, who improved to 4-2 for the season, while DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 29 points.

Highly rated prospect Michael Porter Jr made his NBA debut for the Denver Nuggets, who lost 122-107 to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Nuggets used pick 14 to secure Porter and the 21-year-old capped his Denver bow with 15 points in 20 minutes.

 

Nunn ignites Heat

Miami Heat rookie Kendrick Nunn had 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting in a 106-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

 

Hawks' Hunter struggles

Hawks rookie De'Andre Hunter had four points on one-of-nine shooting.

 

Harris dunks on Okafor

Gary Harris threw one down over Jahlil Okafor.

 

Thursday's results

Miami Heat 106-97 Atlanta Hawks
New Orleans Pelicans 122-107 Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers 103-97 San Antonio Spurs

 

Lakers at Mavericks

The veteran duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis takes on the up-and-coming pairing of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. This game is going to be dynamic.

Ben Simmons rejected claims he was not a peacemaker in the brawl between Philadelphia 76ers team-mate Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns.

Embiid and Towns were hit with two-game suspensions without pay for their fight during Philadelphia's 117-95 NBA win over Minnesota on Wednesday.

Sixers All-Star Embiid and Towns got tangled up in the third quarter and eventually exchanged blows before the benches cleared and the two needed to be separated prior to their ejections.

Simmons was seen on top of Towns during the fight with his arm around his throat, with the Timberwolves reportedly alleging the 76ers guard had been the aggressor.

"I don't really have anything to say about it," Simmons – who escaped punishment – told reporters when asked about the claims.

"My team-mate and Karl went at it, I tried to grab them and separate them and get Karl to relax a little bit because I know Karl. People know me, they know I'm not that type of player so it is what it is.

"As a team, we have each other's backs, no matter what, no matter what the situation is. We're always going to have each other's backs with whatever happens on the floor.

"But at the same time, we're a physical team. We're not coming out here trying to fight people but that at the same time, we're a physical team."

On the comradery of the team, Simmons added: "We're close. We're brothers. I think that's huge for us, going to eventually playoffs and further down the track.

"I think right now where we're at is a great place and everyone's feeling comfortable and knows we all support each other."

Brett Brown was asked about the incident and allegations directed at Simmons and the 76ers head coach replied: "I most definitely have thoughts.

"I've been advised to keep them to myself and I'm aware of [the Timberwolves' accusation of Simmons]. I understand what's going on."

"We intend on playing and feel that we do play the game in the spirits that it should be played," Brown continued. "But this is Philadelphia and we play a certain way and playing sort of as a unit, as a team, covering each other is important in any case and I feel like some of that was achieved."

LeBron James said the Los Angeles Lakers are looking forward to welcoming Kyle Kuzma back from injury.

Kuzma has yet to feature for the Lakers this NBA season due to a stress reaction in his left ankle, missing the team's opening four games.

However, Kuzma – who suffered the injury whilst on duty for Team USA ahead of the FIBA World Cup – is set to make his season debut against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

"It's going to take him a little bit to get into game shape," James told reporters of the 24-year-old after Thursday's practice.

"He hasn't played since USA basketball when he had the stress reaction. Obviously he's been training and working out, but like I always tell you guys, there's no substitution for game fatigue and game stamina.

"That will come, though. It's great to have him back on the floor. We definitely missed him."

Kuzma averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 2018-19 as the Lakers missed the playoffs in James' first season in Los Angeles.

"Yesterday [Wednesday] was kind of the most running I've done, so to wake up and not really have too much discomfort was a good sign," Kuzma said.

"Getting out here and doing the same thing [on Thursday], and so hopefully it's the same for tomorrow's game."

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel added: "[The training staff is] saying around 20 minutes. So there'll be a little bit of a restriction there."

 

 

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers have both been suspended for two games after their brawl.

Wednesday's clash between the 76ers and Timberwolves in Philadelphia erupted when Embiid and Towns clashed and were ejected at Wells Fargo Center.

Towns and Embiid got tangled up in the third quarter of the Sixers' 117-95 win and eventually exchanged blows before the benches cleared and the two needed to be separated.

On Thursday, the NBA handed down bans, while 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons was not suspended or fined for his involvement.

Simmons was seen on top of Towns during the fight with his arm around his throat, leading many to believe the NBA would discipline the young guard.

But that did not seem to be the case after the league conducted its review of the event.

The unbeaten Sixers (4-0) travel west to take on the Portland Trail Blazers (3-2) on Saturday, while Minnesota (3-1) face the Washington Wizards (1-3).

 

The Washington Nationals are the newly crowned world champions in baseball, the NFL's trade deadline is boring and an injury to Stephen Curry has left Golden State in a hole

A lot has certainly happened this week - learn more below.

 

1. Washington Nationals come from behind to win World Series

This was not supposed to happen. The Nationals started the year 19-31 but made the playoffs in the National League on a wildcard berth. But still, they had to face an Astros team with home-field advantage that won 107 games and 61 at home in 2019. Washington were not supposed to win a title.

But, after falling behind 3-2 in the series, the Nationals won two straight games over the Astros at Minute Maid Park coming from behind in both games to take the first championship in the history of the organisation.

The Astros won 117 games in total in 2019 but it just was not quite enough. Stephen Strasburg was named the World Series MVP after winning two games while Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto were huge contributors as well. Now the eyes of MLB turn to the postseason where Strasburg has a chance to be a free agent while Astros ace Gerrit Cole absolutely will be.

 

2. What a boring deadline

The NFL is not the NBA or MLB. The league does not have a crazy eventful trade deadline, but after a 2018 year full of moves we thought we were going to have some drama on Tuesday. Instead, when it was all said and done, there was just one trade made before things wrapped up.

There were plenty of trades that happened leading up to the deadline, as Jalen Ramsey went to the Rams and Marcus Peters went to the Ravens, but all in all, this one was kind of boring. Teams appear happy to stand pat and hope their rosters are good enough to win titles already.

 

3. Stephen Curry breaks hand

For the Golden State Warriors, this season just went from bad to worse. After starting out 1-2, Golden State were simply trying to get a win against a surprisingly competitive Phoenix Suns team in the early going. But what they actually got was a loss and an injury to their star player.

Stephen Curry broke his hand on a bad fall on Wednesday and he may be out for an extended period of time because of the injury. The Warriors were already going to be without Klay Thompsonfor the majority of the year, but now they will also be without the two-time MVP for an extended period of time.

D'Angelo Russell will likely have to lead a team of rookies and youngsters for the next few months, which is not the news the Golden State fans thought they were going to get before the year started.

 

4. UFC 244 already full of drama

While UFC 244 was actually pretty tame in the weeks leading up to it, with main event competitors Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal very respectful to each another, the drama really kicked up a notch in the last week.

First, Diaz announced he would not be fighting after he was told he tested for elevated levels of a banned substance. He said he would not compete if his name was not immediately cleared. Then, in the last couple of days, Liverpool's Darren Till ran into visa issues which put his fight with Kelvin Gastelum at risk as well.

But, it appears things have calmed down as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the UFC almost instantly cleared Diaz and Till has reportedly overcome his visa issues while landing in New York on Thursday.

It's been a very dramatic week ahead of what promises to be an awesome fight weekend.

Kevin Durant has admitted his heated exchange with Draymond Green last season was part of the reason he left the Golden State Warriors in free agency.

A verbal altercation broke out between the pair during a game last November when Green grabbed a rebound against the Los Angeles Clippers and did not pass to Durant, who was open.

The incident carried over into the locker room, with Green subsequently suspended by the Warriors for one game without pay for conduct "detrimental to the team".

After losing the NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors, Durant left at the end of his contract and signed for the Brooklyn Nets, although he is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season through injury.

Pressed on the exchange with Green and whether it played into his thinking when deciding his future, Durant told ESPN: "A little bit. Yeah, for sure.

"I mean, if your team-mate talks to you that way, you think about it a bit. We talked about it, but definitely. For sure. I'm not going to lie about it.

"I just felt like I needed a switch. I felt like a lot of stuff in Golden State had reared its head and I felt like it was going to be the end, no matter what - especially for that group.

"Shaun Livingston was retiring, Andre Iguodalo was getting older, our contracts were going to stifle the team and put us in a hole to get other players. It was time for all of us to separate."

Green took blame for the incident last week, acknowledging he was "wrong" and revealing he had to work to rebuild Durant's trust.

"Once I was able to get over my stubbornness and accept the fact that I was wrong, I was able to move on," Green told ESPN. "I lost [Durant's] trust. How do I get that back?

"[It was] not so we can win a championship or we can win some games but [because] I actually loved this guy - like that's really my brother. And so not knowing what's next in our relationship bothered me more."

Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns' on-court tussle boiled over onto social media as their feud continued following the Philadelphia 76ers' win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Embiid and Towns were involved in a bust-up during Wednesday's NBA game, with both players ejected from the game after scrapping off the ball in the third quarter.

The Sixers' Ben Simmons also got involved as he wound up on top of Towns, while Embiid was seen laughing at his opponent after the two were finally separated.

Having been sent to the locker room, Embiid relished the moment, hyping up the home crowd as he headed down the tunnel.

However, the argument did not stop there, as Towns posted several photos of the fight - plus one of Embiid crying - to his official Instagram account.

Embiid, who claimed after the game Towns had instigated the fight, responded by mocking his opponent's playoff record.

The Sixers big man commented: "Imagine talking after a 20 pts loss. You hate to see it. Go ahead using that [picture] of me caring about losing in the second round OF THE PLAYOFFS.

"Oh wait you [have] never been there. You don’t know what is like. Boy finally won three games and he's talking and I know you ain't talking.

"You've been a p**** your whole life. That's why you were treated like a b**** by you know who. I ain't gonna put your business out but I got the facts about you. Don't get it twisted I OWN YOU."

Steve Kerr admitted the Golden State Warriors are in a "tough spot" after star Stephen Curry broke his hand in the defeat to the Phoenix Suns.

Golden State's NBA season went from bad to worse following confirmation Curry suffered a broken left hand in Wednesday's 121-110 loss against the Suns in San Francisco.

Two-time MVP Curry – who had nine points, six assists and five rebounds – was forced to leave the court after falling on his wrist in the third quarter.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers told ESPN that Curry will have an MRI and CT scan to determine if he requires surgery and discover a recovery timetable.

Head coach Kerr addressed the injury post-game, telling reporters: "Obviously it's been a tough start on many levels.

"Just trying to find out footing and obviously this puts us in a tough spot. So, we will assess it and go from there."

Curry had his wrist caught up under Suns big man Aron Baynes after a bad fall attempting a layup midweek.

"Baynes came up after the game and just wanted to know how Steph was doing," Kerr added. "You could tell he felt really bad. It's just a random basketball play, so stuff happens."

It is a huge blow for the Warriors, who crashed to their third defeat in four games to start the season.

The Warriors are already without All-Star Klay Thompson as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, while Kevin Durant departed for the Brooklyn Nets.

"It's a great opportunity for these young guys to play," Kerr said when asked about the added responsibility on the team's young players. "It's also a little bit too much.

"You want to bring along rookies the best you can. We have no choice with all the injuries. Where we are, we might as well throw them into the frying pan."

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