Jazz center Rudy Gobert had 22 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks in Saturday’s 112-107 win over the Mavs and got a big endorsement from head coach Quin Snyder, who said Gobert’s case as an All-Star was “self-evident.”
With 14 points in the first half in Philadelphia, followed by four more halfway into the third quarter, Lakers guard LeBron James passed former Lakers guard Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Saturday night vs. the 76ers.
Thunder center Nerlens Noel underwent a procedure to repair a left cheek fracture and will miss Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the team.
Knicks guard RJ Barrett, who is averaging 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season, has transitioned from crutches to a walking boot and his sprained right ankle will be evaluated after another week.
The Clippers handed the Heat just their second home loss of the season on the heels of Kawhi Leonard’s first career triple-double.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he understands the fans’ frustrations with the team sitting Zion Williamson in the game’s final minutes, but said, “It’s best for him right now and that’s what we’re going to stick to.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra ripped the league’s “antiquated” voting process for the All-Star Game and said it’s “a joke” that swingman Jimmy Butler wasn’t selected as a starter.
Luke Walton says the change is not permanent and reiterated that it is not a punishment to Buddy Hield. But the Kings, coming off six straight losses, need a change.
Willie Cauley-Stein, 26, provides the Mavericks with a backup big to replace Dwight Powell, who suffered a ruptured right Achilles on Tuesday.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 12 rebounds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets 116-103 on Friday night in the first NBA regular-season game in France.