Big trade for Knicks and Mavs...Bucks coach headed to All-Star game...LeBron returns with 24 points
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks and struggling New York Knicks have pulled off the first blockbuster deal before the Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline. The Knicks are sending former first-round pick Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) to Dallas, along with guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee. New York receives Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two future first-round picks.
TORONTO (AP) — Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff are heading to the NBA All-Star Game. The Bucks’ 105-92 win over the Raptors last night in Toronto clinched the spot for Budenholzer, who will coach in the All-Star Game for the second time in five years. He also coached in 2015, when he was with the Atlanta Hawks. Milwaukee improved to an NBA-best 37-13 with the win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James looked like his old self, even if he wasn’t feeling like it after his first game since Christmas. James had 24 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a 17-game injury absence, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Clippers 123-120 in overtime last night after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead. The Lakers were 6-11 during the longest absence of James’ 16-year career.
ATLANTA (AP) — Football helmets could be getting another boost toward enhanced safety features with announcements by two major manufacturers today. Riddell has partnered with Carbon, a tech company that features 3-D printing, to bring digital design innovation and customization to head protection through its new Diamond helmets. The helmets include a 3-D printed liner. And VICIS is expanding its $30 million fundraising program, adding further investments from quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith.
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin and Petra Vlhova shared victory today in the final women’s World Cup giant slalom before the world championships. Shiffrin, the Olympic champion in the event, held a lead of 0.48 seconds over Vlhova after the opening run, but the Slovakian skier posted the fastest time in the final run and made up the difference. The victory is Shiffrin’s 55th career win and ninth in giant slalom, matching the United States women’s record of World Cup GS wins set by Tamara (TAM’-uh-ruh) McKinney in the 1980s.