• Suns burn Pacers… Four in a row for Knicks

    by  • January 31, 2014 • Sports

    UNDATED (AP) — There was a surprise in the NBA last night. Phoenix went into Indianapolis and handed the Pacers just their second home loss of the season, 102-94. Goran Dragic had 28 points and seven assists for the Suns, who’ve won four straight.

    Gerald Green and Marcus Morris scored 16 points apiece for the Suns.

    Roy Hibbert was high man for the Pacers with 26.

    In other NBA action:

    __ The New York Knicks won their fourth in a row, 117-86 over Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony had 29. He is averaging 37.5 during the four-game run. Tim Hardaway Jr. also had 29 for the Knicks.

    __ Golden State torched the L.A. Clippers 111-92. David Lee and Stephen Curry each had 22 points. Blake Griffin led all scorers with 27 for the Clippers.

     

    NBA-ALL-STAR RESERVES

    Blazers, Rockets add 2 to teams

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets each had two players picked as reserves for the NBA All-Star game, while the Indiana Pacers had to settle for just Roy Hibbert despite the league’s best record.

    LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard made it from the Trail Blazers, who have been among the Western Conference leaders all season.

    Dwight Howard, who was passed late in fan voting for a starting spot, was chosen Thursday along with Houston teammate James Harden.

    Old reliables Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki round out the West reserves for the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans.

    The rest of the East reserves are: Miami’s Chris Bosh, Washington’s John Wall, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.

     

    NBA-TATUM

    Tatum is new deputy commish

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Tatum will become the NBA’s new deputy commissioner when Adam Silver succeeds commissioner David Stern on Saturday.

    NBA owners unanimously approved the appointment of Tatum who is a 15-year veteran of the league office, currently serving as executive vice president of global marketing partnerships.

    In his new role, Tatum will also be the league’s chief operating officer.

    Silver has been deputy commissioner since 2006. Stern is retiring after 30 years as commissioner.