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Doncic’s triple-double lifts Mavericks over Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — As he watched his late, rainbow 3-pointer drop in off the glass, Luka Doncic skipped backward toward the defensive end for the Dallas Mavericks with a snarl on his face and clenched fists lowered near each hip. “He makes those shots. He’s wild,” teammate Kristaps Porzingis said. “At the end of the game, …

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Ayton tests positive for diuretic, gets 25-game ban

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, has been suspended for 25 games for violating the NBA-NBPA’s anti-drug policy with a positive test for a diuretic, the league announced Thursday night. The National Basketball Players Association plans to file arbitration papers immediately on behalf …

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Bucks beat Rockets in Westbrook’s Houston debut

HOUSTON — When Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out with more than five minutes left after putting up a triple-double against the Houston Rockets, the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t panic. “These guys in this locker room, we’re fighters, we’re competitors,” Wesley Matthews said. “If Giannis fouls out we can’t just come into the locker room.” Antetokounmpo scored …

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Griffin reportedly out till November with knee, hamstring issues

The Detroit Pistons rode a rejuvenated Blake Griffin back to the postseason last season. Doing so this year will now be significantly more difficult.  Griffin will be out through the first week of November as he recovers from knee and hamstring injuries, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Pistons were able to acquire …

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