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WASHINGTON -- Carmelo Anthony continued his return from a knee operation with his second straight strong performance, scoring 21 points in 25 minutes as the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards 115-104 on Friday night.
Anthony, who underwent left knee surgery in February, shot 10 of 15, including 4 of 5 in the second half. He made a pretty turnaround fade away from 18 feet with 1.9 seconds remaining in the first half.
In his first game since surgery, Anthony shot 8 of 10 for 17 points against Paschoalotto Bauru of Brazil.
PHOENIX -- Center Alex Len scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the first half and Markieff Morris added 18 points in 16 minutes, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 101-85 win over the Utah Jazz Friday night.
Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points, including four 3-pointers in a team-high 32 minutes.
Utah led 47-45 at halftime. The Suns pulled away behind a 3-pointer from Brandon Knight late in the third quarter that gave them an 80-67 lead.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dennis Schroder scored 11 points as the Atlanta Hawks overcame a slow first half to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 103-93 Friday night.
Atlanta took its first lead at the end of the third quarter, then pulled away in the fourth during the preseason game at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 20 points in 26 minutes.
MANILA, Philippines – Coach Yeng Guiao said the Star’s switch from the triangle offense to a fast-paced style under new coach Jason Webb could spell trouble to the rest of the teams because it could draw the best from veteran Hotshots like James Yap, Peter June Simon and Mark Barroca.
Guiao made this observation after learning that Webb has installed his own run-and-gun system into the team to replace the tried and tested "triangle".
The triangle offense produced five PBA championships for Star in the last four seasons under Cone, including the grand slam in 2014.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors guard Klay Thompson opened up about an assessment of how lucky Golden State was in winning the 2015 championship -- specifically in regard to comments made by Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
In a recent interview, Rivers told Grantland's Zach Lowe: "You need luck in the West. Look at Golden State. They didn't have to play us or the Spurs."
When asked Friday about Rivers' comments, Thompson said, "That sounds pretty bitter to me."
The NBA has suspended Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker one game without pay for his altercation with Los Angeles Lakers center Roy Hibbert in a preseason game earlier this week.
Hibbert approached Booker during a stop in play at the 7:14 mark of the third quarter during Tuesday's game. The players got in each other's faces before Booker took an open-handed swing at Hibbert, who was held back by his teammates.
Shortly thereafter, Booker was assessed two technical fouls and ejected from the Jazz's 117-114 overtime win at the University of Hawaii. Hibbert remained in the game.
It’s going to be a while before the Star Hotshots get comfortable seeing their old coach Tim Cone on the opposing side.
The team got a first look at Cone at the helm of Ginebra in the Hoop For A Cause benefit game on Friday night but the players and coaches all admitted that it felt strange seeing the American mentor on the other end of the court.
“Yeah, it’s weird, seeing coach Tim on the other side, seeing coach Richard (del Rosario) on the other side. But it’s also nice being beside coach Alex (Compton for the benefit game),” said Purefoods’ new head coach Jason Webb, who was taken in by Cone late in San Mig Coffee’s Grand Slam campaign in 2014 to become one of his assistant coaches, but has now found himself in charge beginning this season.
NEW YORK -- Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted Friday in a case stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy New York City nightclub.
A Manhattan jury deliberated for about an hour and found Sefolosha not guilty of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
"They were on the side of truth and justice today. ... I'm just happy all this is over now and I can put this behind me, knowing my name has been cleared," the 31-year-old Sefolosha told reporters.
China has been very good to Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin.
He has millions of followers on Weibo, the Chinese parallel of Twitter. He makes millions off endorsement deals for cars, sports apparel and sports drinks. He draws massive crowds on the mainland for every promotional appearance or basketball camp.
MANILA, Philippines – Forward Dylan Ababou hopes his latest team switch from Barako Bull to Talk ‘N Text would lead to championships even as he looks forward to learning from the team’s established stars led by Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo.
The 6-foot-2 Ababou, who only played a total of 93 games in his first four years in the PBA due to injuries, was shipped by Barako Bull to Talk ‘N Text in exchange for the Energy’s 2016 second-round draft pick.
“Kahapon (Thursday), bale si coach Jong, pina-welcome niya lang ako sa team. Pero sobrang excited ako, lalo na at di pa ako nagcha-champion sa PBA kaya malaking opportunity ito sa akin na makasama sa isang champion team,” Ababou told Philstar.com on Friday.