NBA Roundup For Monday, January 21st
UNDATED (AP) — Kenneth Faried scored the go-ahead layup in overtime to propel Denver to a 121-118 win over Oklahoma City, ending the Thunder’s six-game winning streak.
Corey Brewer scored 26 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Nuggets, who reversed a 20-point loss to Oklahoma City last Wednesday. Danilo Gallinari added 18 points and Faried finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder got 37 points from Kevin Durant and 36 from Russell Westbrook.
The game was a difficult one emotionally as well for Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whose 79-year-old mother, Lee, died on Saturday.
In other Sunday action;
— Landry Fields had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Toronto over the Lakers 108-103. It was the fifth straight road loss for the 17-23 Lakers, who were paced by Kobe Bryant’s 26 points.
— Shawn Marion scored 20 points and O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter added 15 each in the Mavericks 111-105 win over Orlando. Dallas held off a fourth quarter Magic charge that saw Orlando reduce a 13-point deficit to just a basket, before the Mavs put it away.
— Rookie Andre Drummond scored 16 points and had seven rebounds to lead Detroit over Boston 103-88. Kevin Garnett paced the Celtics with 16.
UNDATED (AP) — Two people familiar with the decision says the Maloof family has agreed to sell the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Sunday night because the deal is still pending approval from the NBA Board of Governors.
One person said the Maloofs are selling all 65 percent of their share for $525 million to Hansen, who will move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.
The Maloofs will still be allowed to look at other bids until the league approves the sale.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said last week he had received permission from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to league owners from buyers who would keep the Kings in Sacramento.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns picked player development director Lindsey Hunter as interim coach, two days after the team parted ways with Alvin Gentry. This is the first head coaching job for the 40-year-old Hunter.
The 17-year NBA veteran joined the Suns in the scouting department last year and this season took over the team’s new player development department.