Pacers reach semifinals on Haliburton's big night; Pelicans power past Kings

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The NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament has reached the knockout rounds, which will culminate in one team hoisting the NBA Cup and each of its players walking away with $500,000 in prize money.

After all 30 teams were split into six groups and played four group stage games across November, eight qualified for the quarterfinals.

The Indiana Pacers beat the visiting Boston Celtics 122-112 on Monday night to clinch a berth in the semifinals, while the New Orleans Pelicans also booked their spot in the semis with a 127-117 win at the Sacramento Kings.

Tuesday will see the Milwaukee Bucks host the New York Knicks, followed by the Phoenix Suns playing at the Los Angeles Lakers. Both contests are rematches from the group stage.

The semifinals will take place on Thursday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, followed by the championship game on Saturday.

So what, exactly, is

Oubre 'ready to hoop,' says hit-and-run 'serious'

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PHILADELPHIA — Kelly Oubre Jr. wanted to set the record straight — yes, a vehicle struck him as he walked near his home and the driver fled. Yes, he suffered a traumatic injury. And no, he doesn’t care for anyone who questioned his account of what happened on that Philadelphia street last month.

“This was and is a very traumatic situation for me and my family,” Oubre told reporters Monday at the Philadelphia 76ers‘ complex in New Jersey. “So, I just wish that my life wasn’t like ‘The Truman Show’ where everybody kind of watched it and have their own opinion about my life.”

Oubre was off to a strong start in his first season with the 76ers (16.3 points in eight games) when he said he was struck by a vehicle while walking near his home in Philadelphia’s Center City on Nov. 11.

Pels lean on 'trust,' ride collective effort to Vegas

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SACRAMENTO — As the Sacramento Kings stormed out to a 15-point lead in Monday night’s NBA in-season tournament quarterfinal game, the New Orleans Pelicans remained calm.

“We just looked at each other like ‘We’re straight,'” Pelicans forward Zion Williamson said.

Having already beaten the Kings two times this season in New Orleans, the Pelicans expected Sacramento to punch early. The key, CJ McCollum said, was to not get knocked out.

Coach Willie Green’s game plan at the time was simple: one stop, one score, one stop, one score — that repeated enough times would bring the Pelicans right back into the game, which they eventually won 127-117 to advance to the tournament semifinals in Las Vegas.

“The biggest thing I saw in that game was trust,” Green said. “Our guys just stuck together, they stuck together in the huddle, and they continued to make the

Lawyer Allred to rep girl's family in Giddey case

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Dec 4, 2023, 03:41 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorney Gloria Allred has confirmed that she is representing the family of the girl with whom Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey is alleged to have had an improper relationship.

Allred has been a famous advocate for women in cases against powerful men and celebrities for decades. She did not elaborate in an email response, saying: “We have no comment.”

Last week, the Newport Beach, California, police department said its detectives are conducting an investigation. Before that, the NBA announced it was investigating.

In a since-deleted post, an anonymous social media user last month said a girl who is seen with Giddey in videos and photographs was a high school junior at the time. The social media account has since been deactivated.

Giddey, who is from Australia, turned 21 in October. He and the Thunder have declined to comment on the situation so far.

Giddey is

Nets say Simmons got epidural to aid back rehab

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BROOKLYN — Brooklyn announced late Saturday afternoon that forward Ben Simmons had received an epidural injection in his back, meaning his absence with a nerve issue in his lower back will stretch to more than a month.

“The epidural happened within the course of this week here,” coach Jacque Vaughn said before the Nets beat the NBA’s hottest team, the Orlando Magic, 129-101 at Barclays Center on Saturday night. “It was just a part of his getting back to playing, and that is a part of his treatment, a part of his strengthening that was just a part of his getting back to a position of joining us. No setbacks.

“Right now he is still doing low-level stuff on the court. So no rebounding drills, no sprinting up the floor. Then, in two weeks, you’ll continue to strengthen it and we’ll have something

Fan dies after emergency during Pels-Kings game

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A fan experienced a medical emergency and died during the Sacramento Kings‘ home game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night at Golden 1 Center, the team announced.

During the game, the Kings issued a statement offering their condolences.

“During the first quarter of the Kings vs. Pelicans game, a guest had a medical emergency,” the statement said. “EMS immediately responded and administered CPR. Tragically, these efforts were unsuccessful and the guest passed away. The organization offers its deepest condolences to the guest’s family and loved ones.”

The Sacramento Metro Fire Department said the victim was a man in his 30s, FOX40 News later reported, with the outlet detailing that he was unresponsive when medics arrived, and after 20 minutes, he was pronounced dead.

Keegan Murray, a forward for the Kings, spoke to reporters after their 127-117 loss, and said the team wasn’t “aware” of the

Haliburton's 1st triple-double powers Pacers in IST

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INDIANAPOLIS — After missing Saturday’s win over the Miami Heat with an upper respiratory infection, Indiana Pacers superstar Tyrese Haliburton didn’t look like himself in the first half of Monday’s in-season tournament quarterfinal against the Boston Celtics.

“The first half, I was dead,” Haliburton said later.

So, at halftime, Haliburton — at the behest of the athletic training staff — did something he’s never done before: he used an inhaler.

As a result, when the second half started, he looked like himself again — and the Pacers looked like a totally different team. And, behind Haliburton’s first career triple-double — 26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in 40 minutes — Indiana emerged with a 122-112 victory over the heavily favored Celtics to advance to the in-season tournament semifinals in Las Vegas on Thursday.

“It feels good to win,” Haliburton said with a smile, “especially

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The Celtics have enjoyed a three-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They will square off against the Indiana Pacers at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Celtics have been getting the ball to fall more lately as they’ve increased their point totals each of their last three games.

Last Friday, even if it wasn’t a dominant performance, Boston beat Philadelphia 125-119.

Derrick White and Al Horford were among the main playmakers for the Celtics as the former scored 21 points along with 6 rebounds

NBA In-Season Tournament predictions: Expert picks for bracket with Celtics, Lakers, more eyeing championship

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The inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament is moving right along, and with group stage over we look ahead to the knockout rounds with eight teams still alive for a chance to win the NBA Cup. The knockout stage starts Monday night, and here’s the bracket. Just to quickly recap how we got to this point, six of the eight teams that advanced got here after winning their group by either having the best record, or having the higher point differential, which is why the Boston Celtics (+27) advanced over the Orlando Magic (+22) and Brooklyn Nets (+20). The other two teams — The Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks — were given wild-card spots after finishing with the highest point differential out of remaining teams.

The eight teams that are left are now

James Harden opens up on broken relationship with Daryl Morey, explains why he called 76ers president a liar

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James Harden is now well into his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers. But the ending of his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, and more specifically the dramatic strain to his relationship with Daryl Morey, still leaves many to wonder what exactly led to Harden calling the Sixers president a liar multiple times last summer in front of a crowd of people in Japan while debuting his newest Adidas sneaker.

In a recent interview with The Athletic, Harden got candid about the situation, and explained the backstory that led to him calling out Morey, whom he once had a decade-long close working relationship with. While everything bubbled to the surface this past offseason, it actually started in the summer of 2022. At the end of the 2021-22 season, Harden declined his $47.3 million player