LOS ANGELES (AP) — Xavier Henry, the fourth player to start at point guard this season for the injury-ravaged Lakers, scored 21 points and Los Angeles began another long stretch without Kobe Bryant by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-91 on Friday night.
While Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge put a lid Thursday on rumors that the team was in talks with the Houston Rockets about a deal for Omer Asik, the two Celtics mentioned in possible swap never seemed too concerned by the chatter. The rumored deal would have sent Courtney Lee and Brandon Bass along with a first-round pick to Houston for the Rockets big man, but Ainge said that while the team was indeed having “discussions”, reports were “embellished.”For his part, Bass coyly said that he had no idea a possible deal was floating around. “I never heard nothing about a deal,” Bass said.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving made four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds of overtime and finished with 39 points while battling a flu bug, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-111 win over the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.