Cavaliers, Bulls pushing for playoffs in East after droughts
76ers Cavaliers Basketball Cleveland Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro (35) passes the ball while he scrambles on the floor with Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden, top, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Cleveland. AP Photo/David Dermer) (David Dermer)Not since 1998 have the Cleveland Cavaliers made the playoffs without LeBron James. The only suspense left is determining seeding — and which teams will avoid the play-in and go straight to the playoffs. Their big new addition, DeMar DeRozan, is averaging a career-high 28 points per game, helping change the Bulls' outlook considerably. DeRozan said a missed free throw late in the fourth quarter left him frustrated, but the Bulls took the game anyway.wftv.com
Irving fined $25,000 by NBA for cursing at fan in Cleveland
Nets Cavaliers Basketball Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro (35) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak)NEW YORK — (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for cursing at a fan in Cleveland. Irving's comments to the fan during the second quarter of Brooklyn's 114-107 loss on Monday were captured on video. Irving used profanity in reminding the fan that he helped the Cavaliers win the NBA championship in 2016. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Curry lands second $200M contract of career with Warriors
Warriors Curry Extension Basketball FILE - In this April 15, 2021, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen (31) and Isaac Okoro during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Curry has landed the second $200 million contract of his career, reaching agreement on a $215 million, four-year extension with the Warriors on Tuesday, Aug. 3. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File) (David Dermer)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — Stephen Curry has landed the second $200 million-plus contract of his career, reaching agreement on a $215 million, four-year extension with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday that takes him through the 2025-26 season. Curry averaged 32.0 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds and shot 42.1% on 3-pointers for the Warriors, who lost in the play-in tournament to Memphis. In July 2017, Curry received a $201 million, five-year deal that initially was the richest ever, until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the Rockets.wftv.com
Fultz tears ACL, out for season; Magic beat Cavs 105-94
The Magic confirmed the ACL injury after the game and said Fultz would miss the rest of the season. Fultz signed a three-year, $50 million extension last month and was finally showing the promise that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft as he led the Magic to a quick start this season. Terrence Ross scored 20 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Magic, who beat the Cavaliers for a second time in three nights. Collin Sexton scored 21 points for Cleveland, his eighth straight game with at least 20 points to start the season.
Gordon helps Magic beat Cavaliers 103-83, snap 2-game skid
Gordon broke out of a shooting slump Monday night, hitting six of nine 3-pointers on the way to a season-high 24 points as the Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-83. Gordon scored 13 points in the third as the Magic broke open a close game. Khem Birch added 12 points and 12 rebounds, while rookie guard Cole Anthony added nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Cedi Osman scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half and added seven rebounds and seven assists. Magic: Orlando hosts Cleveland again on Wednesday.