Trail Blazers lose fifth straight game
Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss, 99-63...
NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss, 99-63 on Wednesday night.
Davis, who missed all seven of his field-goal attempts on Monday night in Detroit, was 10 of 17 against Portland, scoring on an array of dunks, tip shots and even jumpers from as deep as 20 feet. Ryan Anderson added 14 points and Jason Smith 13, both in reserve roles. Greivis Vasquez had 10 points and eight assists in 26 minutes.
Damian Lillard had 12 points and Victor Claver 11 for Portland, which lost starting guard Wesley Matthews to a sprained right ankle early in the game and played poorly throughout.
"It is embarrassing — one of the most embarrassing nights of the year," Portland forward Nicolas Batum said. "It's a rough way to go into the All-Star break, losing five games in a row with a big loss, so we just need to get back on track" next week.
The Hornets, who started 5-22, have won four of five and 14 of their past 26 games.
• Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu was suspended 20 games by the NBA after testing positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. Turkoglu took full responsibility for the positive test and apologized to the Magic organization, fans and fellow teammates. He said he took medication from a trainer in Turkey this past summer to help him recover from a shoulder injury and mistakenly neglected to check it against the NBA's list of banned substances.
• Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said he is making progress in his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery but his left leg "still isn't right." Speaking after Chicago's 71-69 loss to the Celtics in Boston, Rose said he won't rush back just to play this season if he isn't ready.
• Carmelo Anthony's All-Star Game start could be in jeopardy after he received a deep bruise in his right arm that caused numbness. Anthony said he wants to play Sunday in Houston but is "not going to force it."
• Kawhi Leonard made a three-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 win over the host Cleveland Cavaliers. The Spurs have won 14 of 15 and had stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on the floor together for the first time since Jan. 13.
• Former Husky Spencer Hawes had 19 points and nine rebounds, but the Philadelphia 76ers lost 94-92 to the host Milwaukee Bucks.