Enes Kanter adding ‘Freedom’ to name when he becomes US citizen

Enes Kanter becomes a U.S. citizen on Monday, and with it, will take a new name. Kanter will change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Kanter retweeted Charania’s report, seemingly confirming the news. It’s the latest in a series of high-profile moves from the Celtics center, who has called for freeing … Read more

Suns extend win streak to 16 with 113-107 victory over Nets

NEW YORK — A chance to match franchise history and take a spot atop the NBA is waiting for the Phoenix Suns. They have loftier aspirations than those, but want them anyway. ‘Obviously, everybody knows the ultimate goal is to win a championship,’ Chris Paul said. ‘But if you don’t enjoy the small victories throughout … Read more

Knicks could be without Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose vs. Trae Young, Hawks

Could the Knicks be without Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose on Saturday night in Atlanta?  Walker said Friday night that he hasn’t decided whether he will play on the second night of a back-to-back against the Hawks.  The Knicks have had two sets of back-to-backs so far this season. Walker played one of them in … Read more

Nuggets drop sixth straight as Nikola Jokic sits, fall to Giannis Antetokoumpo’s Bucks, 120-109

Too much Giannis, not enough Joker. Or any Joker, now that you mention it. Reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic sat for a fourth straight game as he recovers from a wrist sprain, and his Nuggets continue to miss him — dropping a sixth straight game, this one to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, 120-109, … Read more

Caldwell-Pope, Beal help Wizards beat Thunder, 101-99

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kantavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 20 points, Bradley Beal also had 20 and the Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Friday night. The Wizards trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before rebounding to snap a two-game skid. Lu Dort led Oklahoma City with 21 … Read more

Kings Rally to Beat Lakers 141-137 in Triple Overtime

De’Aaron Fox scored 34 points, Buddy Hield had 13 of his 25 after regulation and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 141-137 in triple overtime Friday night. In a game that saw 19 ties and 23 lead changes, the Lakers led 126-124 a minute into the third overtime when the Kings went on … Read more

Brink helps No. 7 Stanford hold off No. 4 Indiana 69-66

NASSAU, Bahamas — Cameron Brink had 21 points, 22 rebounds and five blocks to help seventh-ranked Stanford edge No. 4 Indiana 69-66 on Thursday at the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship tournament. Brink, who set a career high on the boards, also added five assists for the Cardinal (4-1) and made one of two … Read more

Warriors Use Big Second-Half Comeback To Beat 76ers, Win 5th Straight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 25 points to younger brother Seth’s 24 for the 76ers, and the Golden State Warriors used a big second-half comeback to beat Philadelphia 116-96 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win. Juan Toscano-Anderson came up big off the bench in the second half, scoring all of his … Read more