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New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) shoots over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. The Pelicans won 114-105. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Anderson scores 36, leads Pelicans past Kings, 114-105

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ryan Anderson tied his career high with 36 points and New Orleans beat the Sacramento Kings 114-105 on Thursday night, the Pelicans’ sixth victory in eight games.

The Pelicans won despite the absences of newly named All Star Anthony Davis, who suffered a concussion on Monday night, and Tyreke Evans, who has right knee tendinitis. Jrue Holiday had 25 points and eight assists for New Orleans, while Norris Cole had 17 points and a career-high 10 assists.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, making his first NBA start, added 14 points.

DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost three straight. Ben McLemore added 26 points for Sacramento and Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 15 assists.

Kings associate head coach Chad Iske stood in for head coach George Karl, who was out sick.

New Orleans, which lost 11 of its first 12 games this season, is now 17-28 and just three games behind Portland for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Pelicans’ only two losses in the past eight games came by two points at Memphis and by one point at home to Houston on Monday night.

The Kings, who trailed by as many as 19 in the second quarter, were as close as five in the third period when James Anderson‘s driving layup made it 82-77.

But Ryan Anderson responded with his fifth 3 of the game, and New Orleans steadily rebuilt its lead to 19 again when Cole’s driving bank shot made it 101-82 with less than eight minutes to play. Sacramento never got closer than eight after that.

Despite missing two of their top three scorers in Davis and Evans, New Orleans raced to an 18-point lead in the first quarter, when Ryan Anderson scored 18 of his points on 8-of-12 shooting, highlighted by a pair of 3s and an array of mid-range turnaround jumpers.

The lead grew to 19 when Holiday’s 3 made it 42-23 early in the second quarter.

Cousins, who had nine points in the second quarter, helped Sacramento briefly whittle its deficit to single digits before Anderson hit a step-back jumper to give him 30 points in the first half and push the Pelicans’ lead back to 11.

Rondo’s free throw cut New Orleans’ lead to 63-53 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Kings: Rondo reached double-digit assists for his 14th straight game, tying the franchise record set by Nate “Tiny” Archibald in 1972. … The Kings fell to 8-14 on the road, where they have lost two straight.

Pelicans: Alonzo Gee scored 10 for New Orleans. … The Pelicans, plagued by injuries all season, sent out their 21st different starting lineup of the season. … The Pelicans improved to 1-5 when Davis does not play. … New Orleans had at least 10 3s for the 18th time this season, compared with 14 all of last season. It was also the Pelicans’ sixth game in the last eight with 10 3s.

 

Derrick Rose with behind-the-back pass on break to E’Twaun Moore (VIDEO)

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LOS ANGELES — If one were going to be cynical, one would note that everybody’s offense looks good when playing the Lakers’ defense.

The Bulls don’t care, they will take it. And the 114-91 win to start their seven-game road trip.

One of the highlights of the night? Derrick Rose finding E'Twaun Moore with a behind-the-back pass for a lay-up in transition. Where does Rose find these playground moves?

“They’re just coming to me,” Rose said. “The plays I made I feel they are necessary, I was just caught up in the moment.”

One of the pregame plans of Bulls’ coach Fred Hoiberg was to run more, and Thursday night the Bulls’ defense (nine deflections in the first quarter) made that possible. The Bulls ran the Lakers into the ground.

“The way we’re playing that up-tempo type pace, that’s when I think we’re most dangerous when we’re in the open court,” Rose said.

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan each have 26, Raptors win 10th straight

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) drives past New York Knicks' Langston Galloway (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
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TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 26 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 26 points and the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory, 103-93 over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Jonas Valanciunas added 11 points and 17 rebounds for Toronto.

Arron Afflalo had 20 points for the undermanned Knicks, who matched a season high with a fourth straight loss. New York was without starters Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon.

The Raptors surpassed their nine straight victories between March 22 and April 9, 2002. They left the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic as the only NBA teams without a winning streak of 10 games of more, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The victory marked a double celebration for the sold-out crowd at the Air Canada Centre, which had earlier seen DeRozan named as one of the reserves for the Eastern Conference team at next month’s NBA All-Star Game, which is being held in Toronto.

The addition of DeRozan to go with Lowry, already voted in as a starter, means the Raptors will be represented by two players at an All-Star Game for the first time since 2001, when Vince Carter and Antonio Davis took part.

After missing three of his first four shots of the game, DeRozan found his groove, connecting on his next four to finish the first quarter with nine points and putting the Raptors up, 27-21.

Aided by eight points off the bench from Patrick Patterson and another eight from Lowry, the Raptors built on that lead in the second quarter, pushing it as high as 14 points at one point before settling for a 53-43 edge at the break.

The Knicks cut it to one midway through the third quarter, but another 10 points from DeRozan combined with six from Lowry pushed the lead back to 10 entering the fourth quarter.

A 3-pointer by Sasha Vujacic brought the Knicks within eight points with 1:57 to play, but Lowry answered right back with a 3-pointer of his own 12 seconds later, and the Raptors closed it out from there.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Anthony (left knee) missed his second straight game, while Calderon (groin) and Porzingis (upper respiratory illness) both missed their first game of the season. . The Knicks are 0-6 in games without Anthony. . New York is 6-2 when Afflalo scores 20 or more points.

Raptors: Toronto wore its black-and-gold Drake Night jerseys for the sixth time this season. The Raptors are 5-1 when wearing their alternate jerseys. . The Raptors are 8-1 in games against other Atlantic Division teams. Their only loss within the division was against the Knicks in November. Since 2013, the Raptors are 30-11 against divisional opponents. . The Raptors have won 28 straight games when holding opponents below 100 points.

 

Draymond Green, Chris Paul, Chris Bosh headline All-Star reserves

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Fans get to pick to pick the starters for the NBA All-Star Game. No matter what DeMarcus Cousins wants. Those players were announced last week:

Western Conference: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Kevin DurantKawhi Leonard

Eastern Conference: Dwyane Wade, Kyle Lowry, LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony

NBA coaches pick the All-Star reserves, and those players — two guards, three frontcourt players, and two wildcards per conference — were announced formally Thursday (but had leaked online about an hour earlier).

The reserves are:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Draymond Green (Golden State)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento)
LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio)
Chris Paul (LA Clippers)
Klay Thompson (Golden State)
James Harden (Houston)

Guys with a beef not making the cut: Damian Lillard, Dirk Nowitzki, and Blake Griffin (if he were healthy, but he punched a guy).

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Paul Millsap (Atlanta)
Chris Bosh (Miami)
Andre Drummond (Detroit)
Jimmy Butler (Chicago)
John Wall (Washington)
Isaiah Thomas (Boston)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto)

Guys with a beef not making the cut: Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving (he has only been healthy a few weeks but is an elite point guard), and Pau Gasol.

New technology to virtually light up 3-point line on ABC

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — The 3-point line will virtually light up during Saturday prime-time NBA broadcasts on ABC this season.

ESPN said Thursday that it is using new technology to show viewers when a player attempts a jumper from beyond the 3-point arc. “ESPN Virtual 3” will debut for Saturday’s matchup between the Cavaliers and Spurs.

For a made 3-pointer, the line will briefly remain lit up. For a miss, the illumination will end immediately.

Senior coordinating producer Tim Corrigan says “it will give viewers instant clarity on whether a 3-point shot has been attempted, which hasn’t been consistently evident during a live telecast.”