NBA Capsules: No Parker & Duncan, Spurs fall to Blazers by 40 - Brownsville Herald

Portland faced the San Antonio Spurs, playing without resting stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, and led by as many as 48 points on the way to a 137-97 victory.

"It still counts, right?" said LaMarcus Aldridge, among six Blazers who had with 16 points or more.

Jamal Crawford scored 20 points, shooting 5 for 7 on 3-pointers, and had eight assists. Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum each had 19 points before Portland sat its starters for most of the fourth quarter.

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs, who saw the end to 11-game overall winning streak and an eight-game streak on the road.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that he was resting Parker and Duncan because the Spurs were playing three games in four nights. Parker, who had not missed a game this season, is averaging 19.5 points per game, while Duncan's averaging 19.9 points and 8.6 rebounds.

San Antonio was also without guard Manu Ginobili for the second straight game because of a strained left oblique. Ginobili is expected to miss two weeks. Brazilian forward Tiago Splitter was also out for a second straight game with a right calf strain.

"It would be great if I would still be able to play Manu and Tiago tonight and still rest Tony and Tim, but that's not the case," Popovich said. "Those guys are out, but I can't run our guys into the ground when it's time for them to rest based on the schedule and the time they've been playing.

"That's what's going to happen if you want to put some money in the bank for later."

The Spurs are on their annual rodeo road trip which keeps them away from home for an extended period while the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center. The team was coming off a 106-102 victory at Utah on Monday night. They travel to Denver on Thursday for their final game before the All-Star break.

In addition to Leonard, San Antonio also started rookie guard Corey Joseph, who had five points. Danny Green finished with 16 points. The Spurs had not lost by 40 or more points since March 5, 1997, when they fell 111-69 at Chicago.

The Blazers were also playing the second of a back-to-back, after a tough 103-92 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. In the loss, the Blazers had just seven points in the first quarter. Against the Spurs, they had 41.

"We needed to get back on track, we needed to bounce back from that loss that we had and we did it tonight," Aldridge said.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan warned his team not to get too caught up in who wasn't on the floor for the Spurs.

"Sometimes it can be a letdown. For our guys, as I told them, it's not about the team or who is out, we need to play the game," he said. "I thought they did. They went out, stayed focused, and played the game the right way."

McMillan tinkered with his starting lineup, starting Crawford at the point rather than Raymond Felton. Crawford started a game for the Blazers earlier this season but is normally a reserve. He won the NBA's Sixth Man award for the 2009-10 season while with Atlanta.

Felton has struggled this season, and had just nine points against the Lakers. He finished with 16 against the Spurs.

Coming off the bench, Felton hit two straight 3-pointers that put the Blazers up 35-20. He added another one to put Portland up 41-23 at the end of the first quarter. It was the most points the Blazers scored in a quarter all season.

Aldridge hit a layup that made it 53-32, and Crawford sank a 3-pointer that sent Portland to the break with a 66-43 lead.

Batum's 3-pointer made it 88-55 and it was never a contest. Luke Babbitt made a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers a 120-75 lead with 7:11 left, but many fans had departed long before then. Wesley Matthews, who finished with 11 points, left the game early in the fourth quarter with a mild left ankle sprain.

"One loss isn't going to do anything to us so we're just going to keep moving on," Leonard said.

NOTES: Aldridge has a cameo in this week's episode of "Portlandia," the IFC channel's comedy about life in the Rose City. Aldridge appears with director Penny Marshall. ... Portland gets an extended rest over the All-Star break and doesn't play again until Feb. 29, when the team visits Denver. ... The last time the Blazers had six players with at least 16 points was Dec. 20, 1992 against Golden State at the Memorial Coliseum.

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and added 10 assists, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh each scored 20 points and the NBA-leading Miami Heat stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 120-108 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

LeBron James scored 18 points, Norris Cole had 12 and Udonis Haslem added 10 for Miami (26-7), which has won each of its games during this streak by at least 12 points. Wade shot 11 for 16, the 11th straight game he's shot at least 50 percent, matching his career best in that department. He also had a run of 11 such games in his rookie season.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter for Sacramento, which dropped its sixth straight. Marcus Thornton scored 23, and Tyreke Evans finished with 21 points and 10 assists.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert had a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead Indiana past New Orleans in overtime. Paul George scored 20 points and Darren Collison had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, winners of three straight.

Trevor Ariza scored 21 points to lead the Hornets, who have lost 10 of their last 13. New Orleans, which snapped a three-game winning streak Monday at Oklahoma City, concludes a stretch of three games in three days — all on the road — Wednesday at Cleveland.

The Pacers went on a 10-0 run in overtime. Hibbert and Collison combined for eight points and West scored to take a 113-102 lead.

The Hornets scored back-to-back baskets and only scored once more.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Antawn Jamison scored 32 points and rookie Kyrie Irving led Cleveland's comeback from a 17-point deficit with 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Alonzo Gee, who scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, put the Cavaliers ahead for good, 97-95, by rebounding his own miss with a dunk with 25.4 seconds left. Irving, who scored 25 points, and Gee combined for 30 of Cleveland's 35 points in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland, which trailed 72-55 late in the third quarter, ended Detroit's three-game winning streak. Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 24 points while Greg Monroe scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Memphis moved a season high-tying four games above .500.

O.J. Mayo added 13 points and Marreese Speights had 12 for the Grizzlies. Gasol, who's headed to this weekend's All-Star Game in Orlando, finished three assists shy of a triple double.

Jrue Holiday scored 22 points — none in the fourth — for the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers, who shot just 37 percent while losing their fourth straight and sixth in their last eight. Rookie Lavoy Allen had 14 points for Philadelphia, and Andre Iguodala added 11 on 5-of-14 shooting.

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Year after trade, Anthony's time as Knicks player falls short

NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony briefly had what now belongs to Jeremy Lin.

Madison Square Garden shook when he was announced. Fans lined up to buy his jerseys, chanted his name, delighted in having the New York native back in the city.

The happy homecoming hasn't lasted. The Knicks are a sub.-500 team in the year since Anthony's celebrated trade from Denver, and the New York Post even wrote Tuesday that the Knicks should try to deal him to the Lakers for Pau Gasol.

Still popular, Anthony is no longer beloved. Fans appreciate his talents but question whether they translate to victories, writing on Twitter they feared he'd mess things up once he returned from injury to play with Lin.

Anthony tried to laugh that off, but the truth is he craves the popularity of Lin, an underdog success story whom Anthony compared to Rudy.

"I don't see why fans (would) not like me. I don't say I wouldn't care, I don't care, because I do care if fans like me or not. But at the end of the day I'm here to do one thing and that's to win basketball games," he said last week. "If people don't like it, then they don't like it. I move on, I go on."

The problem for Anthony is he isn't winning enough games. The Knicks were 14-14 after acquiring him on Feb. 22, 2011, after going 28-26 before his arrival. They are 16-17 this season, but 6-4 without Anthony.

Meanwhile, Lin is the winner, leading the Knicks to an 8-2 record since earning his first meaningful minutes in a victory over the Nets on Feb. 4. Anthony strained his right groin two nights later and missed the next seven games while the offense emerged from what had been a season-long funk.

The better they looked without Anthony, the more people speculated that Anthony, despite being the Knicks' leading scorer, had been the problem all along.

One person tweeted on Feb. 12 that he wondered if Anthony "knows or cares how terrified Knicks fans are about his return."

Yes, Anthony was aware. And yes, turns out they had reason to worry.

The Knicks lost 100-92 to New Jersey on Monday, as a rusty Anthony shot only 4 for 11 from the field for 11 points. He said afterward he was trying to play as the Knicks did during the previous two weeks and reiterated his belief in Lin's ability to run the team.

"I want Jeremy to have the ball. Hands down. I want him to create for me. I want him to create for Amare (Stoudemire). I want him to create for everybody and still be as aggressive as he's been over the past two weeks. I want that," Anthony said.

"There's going to be times I have the ball during the pick-and-roll situations, being a distributor, trying to be aggressive. But for the most part, I want Jeremy having the ball in his hands."

Anthony was greeted with a loud cheer Monday, maybe even louder than Lin's. He was voted by fans to start the All-Star game — though the TNT analysts announcing the picks unanimously said he was undeserving — so he's still got a huge following. He thanked his fans Tuesday with a message on Twitter.

"Big shout to all my fans and the (Knicks) fans as well," he wrote. "It's been 1yr. Wow!!!!!!"

Still, it's fallen short of hopes.

He wore a huge grin throughout his Feb. 23 debut Milwaukee, when the words "I was born in Brooklyn, New York" played across the overhead video board to a raucous ovation before he scored 27 points in a victory. He doesn't flash it nearly as often now in a frustrating season in which he's battled an assortment of injuries.

The Knicks paid an enormous price to get Anthony, surrendering starters Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and top reserve Wilson Chandler, and that's created expectations that are nearly impossible to meet. He could have waited and joined the Knicks as a free agent with their core intact, and those holding that against him are likely the ones behind the occasional groaning at the Garden when Anthony launches an ill-advised shot.

Lin, on the other hand, was a simple waiver pickup who had already been cut twice this season, the type of guy that's easy to love.

The undrafted Harvard guard has downplayed concerns of his ability to play with Anthony, noting Monday was also the debut of Baron Davis and the second game with J.R. Smith.

"We're not in panic mode, because it doesn't just work where all of sudden people show up and you have great chemistry," Lin said. "So we're going to have to work through some struggles, so as long as we're all committed and buying in, we'll be fine."

D'Antoni and Stoudemire have also used the "buying in" term, and though nobody has ever said so, the hunch is always that they're talking specifically about Anthony. D'Antoni's offense flows best with quick ball movement and unselfish play, and Anthony's preference has also been to isolate and hold the ball before trying to take his man 1-on-1.

Anthony has had moments of brilliance with the Knicks, such as his 42-point, 17-rebound Game 2 performance against Boston in the playoffs. His 20 game-winning or tying baskets with under 10 seconds left are second among active players to Kobe Bryant's 22, so the Knicks need him on the floor no matter what this season's results have been.

Extra practice time around the All-Star break should allow Lin and Anthony to develop cohesion, and eventually New York's two most popular players might be just as productive.

Maybe Melo can turn Linsanity into LinsAnthony.

-- Brian Mahoney

In Miami, the Heat await a look at Linsanity

MIAMI (AP) — The hottest team versus the hottest story. Linsanity is on its way to Miami, and the Heat can finally say they're eager for the arrival.

It may be the NBA's marquee matchup so far this season, the phenomenon that is New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin taking center stage in Miami on Thursday against the NBA-leading Heat in both sides' finale before the All-Star break. Online ticket brokers reported early Wednesday that the average price of a seat on the resale markets is about $600. Unless you want courtside seats, that is. They run about $8,000 — each.

"It's not about Jeremy Lin versus LeBron James," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "It's the Miami Heat versus the New York Knicks."

And, sure, Heat-Knicks is a big deal. Always is, probably always will be, even though the teams' run of four straight years of playoff knockdown-drag outs ended nearly 12 years ago. But the Lin story has already seemed to crank the intensity of the rivalry up several more notches, to the point where some Heat players and coaches have been getting asked about this particular matchup for more than a week already.

Most had been hesitant to talk about the Lin story line, usually declining because there were other games on the schedule beforehand.

No more. When Miami finished off Sacramento on Tuesday night and the Knicks were officially the next order of Heat business, the questions — hardly any having to do with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire or any other New York player — started coming in bunches.

"Who do we play?" Heat coach Erik Spoelstra asked with a sly grin.

Mm-hmm. Right. He knows. Everyone knows.

"It's the game right before All-Star," James said. "But it won't be like 'that' game before All-Star, like people are accustomed to. Everybody always says, you know, the game before All-Star, people are ready to get to All-Star weekend. I don't think so. Just knowing the rivalry, knowing the history between the Heat and Knicks. It could be one of the most watched games we've had in a long time, especially with what Jeremy Lin is doing."

A couple weeks ago, there was probably no one who thought James would be touting Lin as a reason to watch this game.

Lin has played against the Heat before, a short stint best described as unremarkable.

A missed shot, an offensive rebound, two assists and a steal. That's what Lin managed against the Heat on Dec. 10, 2010, when he checked in for the final 3:20 of a blowout Miami victory against Golden State. He was inactive when the Warriors came to Miami three weeks later, and didn't play on Jan. 27 when the Knicks visited the Heat and lost 99-89.

Linsanity started about a week later, when the point guard who was a career 12.9-point-per-game scorer at Harvard came off the bench and scored 25 points in a 99-92 Knicks victory over New Jersey. Entering Wednesday's game against Atlanta at Madison Square Garden, New York — suddenly a strong playoff hopeful after a dreadful start — is 8-2 with Lin in the rotation, and he's averaging 24.6 points and 9.2 assists in that stretch.

"The kid deserves it, he's worked hard, he's a great story," Wade said. "But for us, it's another game — a big game — and a chance to get a win."

Celebrities are expected in droves. Floyd Mayweather Jr., who's been to many Heat games since James, Wade and Chris Bosh decided in 2010 to play together in Miami, has tickets. Knicks superfan Spike Lee is almost certain to be courtside.

Rest assured, Lin won't be the only star visiting Miami on Thursday night.

Oh, there's even rumors that former President Bill Clinton — who watched the Heat beat Orlando on Sunday from a courtside seat — may be back Thursday. And President Barack Obama — a noted basketball fan — has some speaking engagements in nearby Coral Gables, Fla., on Thursday afternoon, wrapping up just a little while before Heat-Knicks will tip off.

"This will be a game that won't require a lot of motivation, by either team," Spoelstra said. "It'll be good for the fans."

Spoelstra and Lin are both Asian-American. Spoelstra is of Filipino descent, while Lin's parents were born in Taiwan.

Miami will bring a seven-game winning streak and a 26-7 record into the game, both of those marks the best in the league. Each of Miami's wins during that streak have come by at least 12 points, and the Heat have won 17 of their last 20 games overall. The Knicks are 16-17 entering Wednesday. Records rarely mean much in Knicks-Heat games, though.

"We love playing against them and they love playing against us," Wade said. "I don't have to pump it up. It's going to be pumped up enough."

Maybe that's why the two Heat players who will spend much of their time guarding Lin on Thursday added little fuel to the fire when asked about the matchup.

"It's a showdown. Everybody's been hyping this game up," Heat starting point guard Mario Chalmers said. "So it's going to be a lot of fun. Crazy atmosphere. It's not really personal. It's team. Team on team. Heat versus Knicks."

Added Heat backup point guard Norris Cole: "Definitely looking forward to it. I've heard about what he's done. I've watched the highlights. I've seen some of the games. He's produced. You've got to give the guy credit. He's been playing very well."

So have the Heat, of course. Which means this one could be worthy of the hype.

"It's going to be a high-energy game," Wade said. "The crowd is going to be into it. Fans around the world are going to watch the game, obviously, for many different reasons, so it'll be great."

-- Tim Reynolds

Ties to Knicks' Lin peck at Taiwan bookishness

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — In achievement-oriented Taiwan, where studying seems to be the preferred pastime activity among young people, the outdoor complex of basketball courts near National Taiwan University is normally a pretty lonely place, more used to hosting raindrops and discarded food wrappers than pivoting feet and jump shots.

All that is starting to change as the island of 23 million people enters its fourth week of Linsanity, the worldwide phenomenon following the improbable success of New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, whose talent has helped energize the team and whose parents spent their formative years in the central Taiwanese county of Changhua.

Though Lin himself was born and raised in the United States, Taiwan is proud to claim him as its own, seeing in the Harvard graduate's rapid rise from basketball obscurity to global stardom the same virtues they say propelled their island from agricultural backwater to high-tech powerhouse: hard work, devotion to family and modesty.

On a recent weekday afternoon the NTU basketball complex featured a spirited 1-on-1 matchup between Jake Chang and Spencer Wang, two 19-year-old economics students who share a dream of playing in the NBA, even if their modest size and less than lightning speed suggest their studies will lead to a more appropriate career.

"I admit it," said Wang, smiling broadly. "Banking is probably a better bet for us."

But that doesn't diminish Lin's importance to them or their regard for his accomplishments on the biggest basketball stage in the world.

"Lin really inspires me to be a better player," said Wang, who hits the NTU courts 3-4 times a week. "The main thing is he's Asian.

Adds Chang: "How can you not be inspired by Lin? He wasn't very famous, but he worked hard in the offseason and now he's a star."

Their comments underscore the durability of the "no shortcuts to success" ethos on Taiwan, a vital cog in the global information technology industry, where parents of third graders routinely exchange tips on how best to approach their children's math homework.

But Lin's achievement appears to be promoting an increased appreciation for the importance of sport in creating well-rounded individuals, even on bookish Taiwan.

Noting an upsurge in basketball interest — both in watching and playing — Mayor Eric Chu of the suburban cluster of Xinbei City near Taipei ordered officials to replenish missing nets at community and school basketball courts, and to ensure that night lighting at outdoor facilities was working properly.

"Jeremy Lin's success tells Taiwanese parents that good players can be good students too," he said.

His message may be getting through. On Tuesday morning 4,000 Xinbei high school students were allowed time off from classes to see a televised broadcast of the Knicks game against the New Jersey Nets — a contest the Knicks lost after Lin fouled out.

"The students pleaded and I agreed to do this on an experimental basis," explained principal Wang Chi-kuang, as his students jumped up and down and clapped red noisemakers to cheer their hero on.

Another Lin convert is Taiwan President Ma ying-jeou, who invoked the star's name to underscore the closeness of the island's relations with the United States, while greeting a visiting congressional delegation on Tuesday morning.

"We are both democracies, we are both concerned with human rights and peace, and we both appreciate the basketball skills of Jeremy Lin," Ma said.

That seems to be an understatement. On the day that Ma spoke, all four Taiwanese morning newspapers ran full color front page photographs of Lin in action against the Dallas Mavericks, while TV news stations aired endless commentaries on his exploits.

While American publications have tried to outdo each other with Lin-based puns, their Taiwanese counterparts refer to him simply as the "Hao" kid, a play on words that uses his second Chinese name, which means both "good" and "heroic."

-- Peter Enav

Thomas' production falling off for lowly Bobcats

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Bobcats gave Tyrus Thomas a five-year, $40 million contract in 2010 figuring he'd develop into a force for them at power forward.

That hasn't happened. Thomas' production hasn't come close to matching his hefty salary, particularly of late where he's nearly disappeared from the NBA radar screen altogether.

Thomas has failed to score in three of Charlotte's last four games and has seen his playing time drastically reduced since being benched in favor of Boris Diaw at the four spot.

It's safe to say the NBA-worst Bobcats were expecting a little more from a veteran who's making $7.3 million this season and is scheduled to make an average of $8.7 million the next three seasons.

"The frustrating part is we need him to play up to his level so he can help us win games," coach Paul Silas said. "What he makes (in salary) and that kind of stuff, I don't care about that. But I look at what he does out on the court and he's just not playing that well."

Thomas declined comment through the team's public relations department for this story.

Teammate D.J. White simply believes Thomas is in a slump and will break out.

"I don't think he's frustrated," White said. "I think he's working through it. He's in here early getting up shots. Even on the road he's staying after practice and working on his game. As basketball players we go through some things some time. You have to stay focused and believe in yourself and he's doing that right now."

If he is still confident, it's not showing. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound Thomas is averaging just 6.1 points per game, his lowest mark since his rookie year with the Chicago Bulls when he came into the league as the fourth overall pick out of LSU. He's only scored in double digits in five of Charlotte's 31 games and 13 is his season high.

Much of his problem lies in his accuracy. He's shooting just 35 percent from the field, by far the lowest mark of his career. In his previous five seasons Thomas shot a combined 45 percent from the floor.

Silas said he's "not really sure" why Thomas' production has dropped off so sharply this season, particularly in February where he's averaged just 3.7 points per game.

"He's just got to concentrate on his game and what he's doing wrong and not," Silas said. "But we've talked about it. We need him to be at the top of his game. He's played a lot at the three-spot, so now moving back to four he's had to make a lot of adjustment. He just has to play better."

Until he does, his playing time might continue to decrease. In the past four games Thomas has only played a combined 30 minutes, and that has nothing to do with injuries.

On the surface, Thomas would seem to be a perfect candidate for the amnesty clause this coming offseason but it's unclear of Bobcats owner Michael Jordan would be willing to swallow that contract and pay Thomas $26 million simply to clear salary cap space.

The Bobcats might be more inclined to dump DeSagana Diop's contract instead. He's due $7.3 million next season and is averaging 3.4 rebounds and less than a point per game this season.

What's even more concerning for the Bobcats is they still owe the Bulls a first-round draft pick for Thomas as part of the trade that brought him to Charlotte two years ago.

Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson said the team's problems are too widespread to pick out any one player who might be struggling. The Bobcats are a league-worst 4-27 entering Wednesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.

"Our whole team is struggling," Henderson said. "We lost by 40 points that last game. So whoever is playing well and wants to play hard and compete out there is going to play."

Notes: Silas said Monday that he doesn't expect Henderson to return until after the All-Star break. Henderson had previously told reporters he hoped to return to action this week, but Silas said Henderson's strained hamstring is not quite ready.

-- Steve Reed

Hawks' G Johnson to miss two games with ailing knee

ATLANTA (AP) — Johnson, the Atlanta Hawks' All-Star guard, was returning to Atlanta for an MRI on his ailing left knee Tuesday and will miss at least two games, another blow to a team already missing star center Al Horford.

The Hawks said Johnson would not play in New York against the Knicks on Wednesday or the following night, when the team returns home to face Orlando.

Johnson, who leads the team in scoring at 17.6 points a game, left in the third quarter of a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night with what was described as tendinitis. He did not travel with the team to New York, instead returning home for a more extensive examination of his knee.

The injury casts doubts on whether Johnson, selected to play in the All-Star Game for the sixth straight year, will be able to participate in Sunday's contest at Orlando.

Horford was injured early in the season and underwent pectoral surgery that will keep him out for most, if not all, of the regular season. There's still a chance he could return if the Hawks make the playoffs.

Atlanta started out with one of the best records in the Eastern Conference, but has lost seven of its last 10 games to fall to sixth in the overall standings.

The team did get a bit of good news. Forward Marvin Williams, who didn't play against the Bulls because he was attending a family member's funeral, is expected to return to the lineup against the Knicks.

Lin helping Knicks draw huge ratings on MSG

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Lin has people watching the New York Knicks in record numbers.

The Knicks said Tuesday that their past two games were the highest-rated regular season events on MSG since the network began tracking household ratings in the 1988-89 season.

Losses to New Orleans on Friday and New Jersey on Monday were each watched in more than 540,000 households and drew ratings above 7.3.

That easily beat the previous high in the regular season, a 6.78 rating for Michael Jordan's famed "double-nickel" game on March 28, 1995, when he scored 55 points in his first game back at Madison Square Garden since ending his retirement.

The Knicks also announced that an online auction for the autographed jersey Lin wore in a victory over the Lakers, plus four tickets to Wednesday's game against Atlanta and a chance to meet the former Harvard star, raised $42,388 for the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

Cavs sign G Harris to 10-day deal

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Manny Harris to a 10-day contract. Harris has been playing with Canton of the NBA Development League. He averaged 21.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Charge, and was named the D-League's top performer last week. Harris scored 46 points in a game against Rio Grande.

Harris played in 54 games and made 15 starts last season for the Cavs, who are short-handed in the backcourt with Daniel Gibson (ankle) and Anthony Parker (back) still out with injuries. The Cavs also needed another guard after Ben Uzoh's 10-day contract expired.

Uzoh appeared in two games for Cleveland. Harris is expected to be active Tuesday night when the Cavs host the Detroit Pistons.

Erden, Gee suffer facial injuries for Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Semih Erden and guard Alonzo Gee were both taken to the locker room after sustaining facial injuries. The injuries occurred in the first quarter of Tuesday night's game against Detroit.

Erden was poked above the right eye by teammate Antawn Jamison while the two were going for a rebound. He needed four stitches to close the cut and returned to the bench in the second quarter. Gee suffered a nose contusion after being hit by a forearm from the Pistons' Tayshaun Prince. Gee was defending Prince, who was driving to the basket.

Both players returned to the game late in the second quarter.

Gibson in lineup for Cavaliers against Pistons

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson will be back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a sprained left ankle. Cleveland hosts Detroit on Tuesday night.

Gibson is averaging eight points in 21 games. He was injured when he landed on the foot of Indiana's Paul George while attempting a jump shot on Feb. 15. Gibson, who is shooting 42.9 percent on 3-pointers, missed games against Miami and Sacramento.

Guard Anthony Parker missed his 11th straight game because of back spasms. He hasn't played since Jan. 29. Guard Manny Harris, who was signed to a 10-day contract Tuesday, was active for the game.

Foot surgery for Nets F Williams

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Nets forward Shawne Williams will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove a bone fragment from his left foot.

The surgery will be performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by foot specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley and Nets team orthopedist Dr. Riley Williams III. A timetable for his return will be determined following surgery. Signed as a free agent in the offseason, Williams appeared in 25 games, averaging 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 20.6 minutes.

The Nets defeated the Knicks, 100-92, on Monday night in Madison Square Garden.

Love to drop off donated coats at local shelter

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love will deliver a truck full of coats to a local homeless shelter as part of his annual outreach event.

Love hosted the coat drive for a fourth straight year to benefit The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, just around the corner from the Target Center arena where the Timberwolves play their home games. The delivery will take place on Tuesday afternoon. Donated coats were collected over the past three weeks. Love will play in his second NBA All-Star game next weekend. He's in his fourth year in the league.


Forward Monique Currie re-signs with Mystics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forward Monique Currie has re-signed with the Washington Mystics.

Currie has been with the Mystics since 2008. She missed all but the final four games last season with a torn ligament in her left knee. The six-year veteran has averaged 11.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in her WNBA career. The Mystics announced the move Tuesday.

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