Watch LeBron score season high 34, lead Lakers past Bucks 113-106 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Lakers shot 19 of 37 from 3-point range, with James going 6 of 10 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope making 7 of 10

Watch LeBron score season high 34, lead Lakers past Bucks 113-106 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

For Clippers’ Terance Mann and Luke Kennard, familiarity builds chemistry — San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Mann and Kennard crossed paths in AAU and college, but they didn’t do so in the NBA until this season, when the sharp-shooting Kennard was traded to the Clippers.

For Clippers’ Terance Mann and Luke Kennard, familiarity builds chemistry — San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Japan privately concludes Tokyo Olympics should be canceled due to coronavirus — ABC4 Utah

TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan’s government has privately concluded the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Times reported, citing an unnamed senior member of the ruling coalition. The government’s focus is now on securing the Games for Tokyo in the next available year, 2032, the newspaper said. Japan has been hit…

Japan privately concludes Tokyo Olympics should be canceled due to coronavirus — ABC4 Utah

Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. back with team, is questionable for return Friday vs. Suns — The Denver Post

Nuggets small forward Michael Porter Jr. is questionable for Friday’s game at Phoenix after missing the last 10 games and completing the majority of his health and safety protocol.

Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. back with team, is questionable for return Friday vs. Suns — The Denver Post

USC men’s basketball game with Stanford postponed due to COVID-19 issue with Trojans — Orange County Register

For the second time this season, the USC men’s basketball team has had to postpone a game shortly before tip-off due to COVID-19 issues within the program. On Thursday, the Trojans’ game at Stanford was postponed indefinitely due to “a suspected COVID-related issue within our program,” USC tweeted out 14 minutes before the team was…

USC men’s basketball game with Stanford postponed due to COVID-19 issue with Trojans — Orange County Register

Joel Embiid: ‘Marcus Smart just told me that I flail a lot? Come on’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Free-throw attempts in the 76ers’ 117-109 win over the Celtics yesterday: Joel Embiid 21, Boston Celtics 20.

Joel Embiid: ‘Marcus Smart just told me that I flail a lot? Come on’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Kawhi Leonard, Clippers dispatch Kings for 5th straight win — Daily Bulletin

Leonard has 32 points, Paul George adds 19 and a career-high-tying 12 assists and the Clippers cruise to a 115-96 victory that gives them an 11-4 record, tied for the best in the league.

Kawhi Leonard, Clippers dispatch Kings for 5th straight win — Daily Bulletin

Marcus Smart Not Thrilled With Officiating In Celtics’ Loss To 76ers — NESN.com

Marcus Smart didn’t even take his jersey off or shower before his postgame media availability Wednesday following the Boston Celtics 117-109 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He had some things he wanted to get off his chest, first. Smart was particularly unhappy with the officiating. Specifically, he was upset with the fact that Joel Embiid […]

Marcus Smart Not Thrilled With Officiating In Celtics’ Loss To 76ers — NESN.com

Confidence isn’t an issue for 4-0 Golden Knights — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Late-game drama wasn’t needed Wednesday when the Golden Knights won a team record fourth straight game to open a season, this a 5-2 final against the Arizona Coyotes.

Confidence isn’t an issue for 4-0 Golden Knights — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Ayton has season-high 26 points, Suns beat Rockets 109-103 — The China Post, Taiwan

HOUSTON (AP) — Deandre Ayton had season highs with 26 points and 17 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns beat the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Wednesday night to end a two-game skid.The Suns won for the first time since Jan. 9. Between the two losses, they had three games postponed because of health and safety protocols after playing at Washington.The Suns led by 20 points in the third quarter, but the Rockets used a couple of runs to get back in it. A jump shot by Devin Booker, who had 24 points, pushed the lead to eight with less than three minutes to go. But Houston scored the next six points, with four from Victor Oladipo, to cut it to 103-101 with 90 seconds left. Ayton made two free throws and Booker added two more to push the lead to 106-101 with 45 seconds to go. Oladipo made a pair of free throws for Houston, but a layup by Booker sealed the victory. Oladipo and Eric Gordon had 22 points apiece for the Rockets. They have lost three of four since James Harden was traded to Brooklyn. Chris Paul had 13 points for the Suns to give him 19,004 in his career, making him the 60th player in NBA history to reach 19,000.Mason Jones made a layup for Houston to start the fourth quarter and cut the lead to five before Ayton took over, scoring eight points during a 10-0 run to make it 99-84 with seven minutes to go. Ayton had two dunks and two blocks in that stretch.A dunk by Christian Wood soon after that ended a scoring drought of more than five minutes and was the start of a 9-0 run that got Houston within 101-95 with about three minutes left. A 3-pointer by Gordon cut the lead to 11 early in the third quarter before the Suns scored the next nine points to make it 74-54 with eight minutes left in the quarter.Gordon ended the run by Phoenix after that with another 3-pointer which was the start of an 8-0 run by Houston that cut the deficit to 74-62.The Suns were up by 14 later in the third after a tip-in shot by Ayton. The Rockets then used a 10-1 spurt to get within 82-77 with about 2 ½ minutes left in the quarter.Phoenix went on a 7-2 run to extend its lead to 10 but a 3-point play by David Nwaba cut it to 89-82 entering the fourth. TIP-INSSuns: Damian Jones and Dario Saric both sat out for a second straight game and Jalen Smith missed his fifth in a row because of health and safety protocols. … Jae Crowder had 11 points off the bench. Rockets: John Wall missed his fourth straight game with a sore left knee and Danuel House (back spasms and self-isolation) sat out for the ninth game in a row. Coach Stephen Silas said he doesn’t expect either player to return until at least next week. … Wood had 20 points and 11 rebounds. UP NEXTSuns: Host consecutive games against Denver beginning on Friday night as part of a four-game homestand. Rockets: Begin a two-game trip on Friday at Detroit.

Ayton has season-high 26 points, Suns beat Rockets 109-103 — The China Post, Taiwan