Tatum scores 26 to lead Celtics over Suns 99-85

PHOENIX (AP) — Boston’s Kemba Walker took his time during the final seconds of the first half before accelerating around one defender and splitting two more while scooping a layup off the glass for the buzzer-beating basket.

One night after their 10-game winning streak was snapped, the Celtics were right back to their dominating basketball.

Jayson Tatum scored 26 points, Walker added 19 and Boston won for the 11th time in 12 games by beating the Phoenix Suns 99-85 on Monday night.

“We showed a lot of heart, a lot of fight,” Tatum said. “We could have held our heads down after yesterday. The streak ended and we lost a close game.

“But that’s the good thing about the NBA, no matter how good or bad you play, there’s another game coming up real soon. That’s what matters.”

Boston (11-2) had its lengthy win streak snapped Sunday by the Sacramento

C's Smart sprains ankle, says 'everything's fine'

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter of Monday’s 99-85 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Smart appeared to land awkwardly on his right foot at around the 9-minute mark as he was guarding Devin Booker along the baseline. He immediately waved for help after going down and limped off the court with assistance from medical personnel.

Smart had 17 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 30 minutes before exiting.

Smart said he might have tried to return if the game had been close, and there wasn’t much swelling after the injury.

“It just irritated the exact same ankle I was coming back from in the same spot,” Smart said. “But everything’s fine. I should be fine to play the rest of the trip.”

Coach Brad Stevens said Smart will be

Doncic scores 42 in triple-double, Mavs top Spurs 117-110

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic grew up idolizing LeBron James, and now the young NBA prodigy has joined James in the record book.

The Dallas Mavericks needed everything Doncic delivered in a sensational performance Monday night.

Doncic scored a career-high 42 points to go with 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks held off the skidding San Antonio Spurs 117-110. The 20-year-old second-year guard joined James as the only players in league history younger than 21 to have a 40-point triple-double.

“It feels like every day there are stats you don’t know about, stats that you read about,” Doncic said. “It’s great to hit.”

Dallas led wire to wire but had to fend off a late Spurs rally, with Doncic hitting a 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds to play that put Dallas up 115-110 after the Spurs had rallied from 14 down at the start of the quarter.

Doncic has

The Knicks, load management and the RJ Barrett controversy

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This edition of the NBA mailbag features questions on the RJ Barrett‘s minutes load, a hypothetical West-East move and pick-sixes in the NBA.

You can tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to [email protected].

Do we have evidence on the impact that big minutes have on young players? People seem hysterical about the minutes RJ has played, as if he’s a high-school pitcher who was left on the mount for 135 pitches.

— Paul Theiss (@PaulTheiss) Nov 3, 2019

The furor over the heavy workload for No. 3 overall pick RJ Barrett erupted after he played 41 minutes, including seven in the fourth quarter, during a 21-point loss to the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 3. Following the game, New York Knicks coach David Fizdale pushed back on a question about Barrett’s playing time.

“We’ve got to get

Lakers bring in Chappelle for 'peek' at greatness

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The doors to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ practice court swung open Monday, and as reporters trickled into the gym, a team spokesman joked that “our new free agent” was at the far basket, getting up shots.

Dave Chappelle, welcome to the Lakers.

The comedian and actor, whose recent Netflix stand-up special “Sticks and Stones” caused a stir and whose body of work earned him the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor earlier this month, was the latest guest speaker in Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka’s “Genius Talks” series.

“He’s great,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “That guy’s incredible. He really is. Our whole mindset with the genius series is to just get people that are the best at what they do. He’s the best of all time at stand-up comedy and his parts in acting and everything. We just like to get

Panthers owner David Tepper discusses Cam Newton situation, says all options are on the table

One day after the Carolina Panthers‘ embarrassing 29-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, team owner David Tepper held a long meeting with local media to discuss the state of the franchise. 

The Panthers have now lost their last two games and Kyle Allen has not looked like the quarterback he was earlier this year. Allen threw zero interceptions in his first four starts this season, but has thrown nine in the past four games. According to Nick Carboni of WCNC in Charlotte, Tepper is upset with Sunday’s loss and the overall mediocrity of the organization throughout its history. He also added that it would be unwise to make any decisions on anyone’s future right now.

The biggest decision that the Panthers will have to make in the near future will have to do with the quarterback position. After the

LSU LB Michael Divinity returns to team after brief absence from the program for personal reasons

LSU linebacker Michael Divinity has returned to the team and practiced on Monday, according to a report from 247Sports. The senior left the team for personal reasons the week of the Tigers’ 46-41 win over Alabama on Nov. 9. Divinity announced his departure from the program in an Instagram post on Nov. 4, and this is the latest twist in a month-long defensive saga for the Tigers. 

“I am taking some time off to focus on a personal matter and just wanted to say thank you to my coaches, teammates, and the entire LSU community for your continued help and support,” the statement read. “I am sorry I can’t be on the field for you guys. My goal is to get myself back to 100% in time to graduate in December and be back on the field fighting with my brothers

2019 RSM Classic odds: PGA picks, predictions from model that nailed six majors

The early portion of the 2019-20 PGA schedule has been full of memorable moments like Tiger Woods’ 82nd career PGA Tour victory at the Zozo Championship and Rory McIlroy’s victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Now, a number of proven PGA Tour champions will compete alongside up-and-coming golfers who are looking to make a name for themselves this week at the 2019 RSM Classic. This event began in 2010 when Heath Slocum took home the title, and with several major champions peppering the 2019 RSM Classic field, it’s shaping up to be a star-studded showdown. Play gets underway from the Sea Island Golf Resort on Thursday.

Webb Simpson enters this week’s event as the Vegas favorite at 7-1 according to the latest 2019 RSM Classic odds, while Billy Horschel and Matt Kuchar are close behind at 16-1. Before locking in

Sorting the Sunday Pile, Week 11: Bow before Lamar Jackson and NFL's best team, the Baltimore Ravens

Unquestionably the most debunked preseason narrative of 2019? “Lamar Jackson can’t pass.” Another week, another big win over a top-end AFC foe and another set of highlight reels plays for Jackson, who has emerged as the clear-cut front-runner for the 2019 NFL MVP. 

At a certain point things we think could be the truth simply become facts. And factually, Lamar Jackson is a cheat code. 

Sunday featured another gasp-inducing, ankle-breaking lengthy run where Jackson showed he is just a different breed of athlete than everyone else on the field.

But to me this is the whipped cream on the sundae. Or perhaps you prefer the gravy on the turkey? Jackson’s development as a passer is the real story this season. Anyone suggesting he can’t be accurate or win from the pocket or that he looks to run before he

D'Angelo Russell says weather played a 'major part' in picking Warriors over Timberwolves

D’Angelo Russell was a restricted free agent this past summer, meaning the Brooklyn Nets, his former employer, had the right to match any offer he might’ve received on the open market in order to retain his services. But once the Nets signed Kevin Durant, Russell was no longer affordable, which effectively made him an unrestricted free agent who could’ve signed anywhere. 

Russell obviously chose the Warriors, who were then able to engage in a sign-and-trade with Brooklyn for Durant, but one of the teams Russell was heavily considering was the Timberwolves, who reportedly were mutually interested. 

Why did Russell choose the Bay Area over Minnesota? The opportunity to play for a championship franchise alongside Stephen Curry obviously played a role. But so did the Northern California weather. Per Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

“I thought the opportunity