WASHINGTON (AP) — After one of his worst games of the season, Washington forward Thomas Bryant had a heart-to-heart with Wizards coach Scott Brooks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bobby Portis' shooting touch returned Sunday and the Washington Wizards picked up a win.
Portis had 26 points and 12 rebounds and the Wizards beat the Minnesota...
Parker returns to Chicago with Wizards
CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker is focused on helping the Washington Wizards.
His rocky stint with his hometown Chicago Bulls is over.
Parker returned to Chicago on Saturday night just three days after he was traded to Washington in a multiplayer deal. The Wizards also got Bobby Portis and a protected 2023 second-round pick in exchange for Otto Porter Jr.
Wizards beat Bulls 134-125 in 1st meeting since trade
CHICAGO (AP) — Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker hugged and smiled after they departed with 42 seconds left.
It was a nice little party for Portis on the eve of his 24th birthday.
Bradley Beal scored 31 points for Washington, helping Portis and Parker make a successful return to Chicago and leading the Wizards to a 134-125 victory over the Bulls on Saturday night.
Bulls remain committed to keeping Boylen beyond this season
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls insist they remain committed to keeping coach Jim Boylen beyond this season and that he is delivering the way they anticipated despite their poor record.
Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said the Bulls "absolutely" plan to retain him. He said Boylen is "doing the right things" and is "promoting the right message to our players."
Davis remains in trade limbo; Barnes to Sacramento
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.
Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA's annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes didn't play in the fourth quarter of a win over Charlotte because of a trade with Sacramento.
"I got word of it during the game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
Wednesday’s Sports in Brief
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.
Davis remained in place, though the run-up to the NBA's annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where the Mavericks took Harrison Barnes out of their win over Charlotte in the third quarter because he's about to get moved to Sacramento, according to two people familiar with the negotiations there.
Bulls get Otto Porter Jr. from Wizards for Portis, Parker
CHICAGO (AP) — The Washington Wizards decided they needed to shake things up with All-Star point guard John Wall out for the season.
Otto Porter Jr. is gone. Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis are in.
Washington traded Porter to the struggling Chicago Bulls on Wednesday for Parker, Portis and a protected 2023 second-round pick.
The Latest: AP source: Markieff Morris to New Orleans
The Latest on NBA trades (all times Eastern):
A person familiar with the negotiations said late Wednesday that Washington has agreed to trade Markieff Morris to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson.
There will be draft considerations in the deal as well, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the NBA trade call was pending.
Antetokounmpo scores 36 points, Bucks hold off Bulls 116-113
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo kept doing his thing for the Milwaukee Bucks.
But he still needed a helping hand from teammate Khris Middleton, who sank a clutch 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to send the Bucks to a 116-113 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Antetokounmpo had a season-high 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in an entertaining duel with former teammate Jabari Parker, who paced the Bulls with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Parker shines as Bulls beat Suns 124-116
CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls pushed the ball whenever they had the chance. They stayed focused when the Phoenix Suns made a big play.
A couple of solid practices really paid off.
Parker had 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and the Bulls beat the Suns 124-116 on Wednesday night to stop a four-game slide.
LaVine scores career-high 41 points in double OT win
NEW YORK (AP) — Zach LaVine decided to take the game into his own hands and finally put an end to this double-overtime affair.
Scoring a career-high 41 points, including all eight in the second overtime and the game-winning free throw with 0.2 seconds left, LaVine led the Chicago Bulls to a 116-115 win over the New York Knicks on Monday night.
Harden scores 25 in return, Rockets top Bulls 96-88
CHICAGO (AP) — James Harden scored 25 points, including 11 in a decisive run in the third quarter, in his return to the Houston lineup and the Rockets defeated the Chicago Bulls 96-88 on Saturday night.
Harden, who had missed three games with a strained left hamstring, scored 11 straight points in a 1:59 span of the third as the Rockets went on a 15-0 run.
Carmelo Anthony had 17 points and James Ennis added 15 as the Rockets won their second game in two nights after starting the season 1-5.
LaVine, Parker lead Bulls past Hawks, 97-85
ATLANTA (AP) — Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls bounced back nicely from an ugly defeat.
LaVine had 27 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and the Bulls went 7 of 10 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 97-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
One night earlier, the Bulls were embarrassed 135-106 at Charlotte.
"It's good to get a win," said LaVine, who has led the Bulls in scoring in all six games. "I was upset with the effort that we gave (Friday)."
CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker recalled playing on the court with the Chicago Bulls' logo as a young child.
It was at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club where his dad was a supervisor and not the nearby United Center. But it sure felt big time to him.
"It was like our United Center, that gym," he said.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls agreed Saturday to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team.
Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal shortly after the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer. That made Parker an unrestricted free agent, clearing the way for him to join the rebuilding Bulls.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is trying to eliminate the drama around whether Jabari Parker will return to the Milwaukee Bucks.
It doesn't sound like he wants Parker to leave as a restricted free agent.
"Jabari ain't going nowhere," Antetokounmpo said with a smile. "He's going to be here and he's going to be ready for the next season."
- The Washington TimesWizards need a lot to go right in order to make playoffsFebruary 22, 2019
- The Washington TimesOtto Porter explodes for Bulls, torching Grizzlies for career-high 37 pointsFebruary 14, 2019
- The Washington TimesBobby Portis, Jabari Parker quickly fitting in with WizardsFebruary 12, 2019
- The Washington TimesWizards trade Markieff Morris to Pelicans in another salary dumpFebruary 7, 2019
- The Washington TimesOtto Porter traded from Wizards to Bulls for Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker, draft pickFebruary 7, 2019
Defense found: Bucks overwhelm Celtics for 116-92 win
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Length and athleticism make the Milwaukee Bucks a dangerous team with the ball.
When they defend the way they did on Friday night against the Boston Celtics, they're nearly unstoppable.
Khris Middleton scored 23 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19 and the Bucks used a dominating first half to overwhelm the Celtics 116-92, narrowing their deficit in the first-round playoff series to 2-1.
Jabari Parker trying to cope with reduced playing time for Bucks
MILWAUKEE — This was supposed to be Jabari Parker’s time to shine, the reason the Milwaukee Bucks took a painfully cautious approach as the third-year forward worked his way back from the second ACL blowout of his career.
Bucks beat Knicks 115-102 to tie for sixth in East
NEW YORK (AP) — If the easier road in the Eastern Conference is from seventh place instead of sixth, the Milwaukee Bucks aren't interested in taking it.
They know they aren't going to get the right playoff mindset by losing.
"If you have that mentality it kind of carries over to the postseason and you become a complacent basketball player," forward Jabari Parker said.
Bucks’ Jabari Parker nearing 1st playoff appearance
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Four years into his injury-plagued tenure in the NBA, Jabari Parker is finally nearing an important career first.
The Milwaukee Bucks are going to the playoffs for the third time in four years. But this will be the first postseason with a healthy Parker.
"I'm just grateful to get to get the opportunity. That's what means the most (in) the NBA," the forward said after practice Wednesday. "It's not the regular season. It's the postseason, and that's where you want to end up."
CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks played without star swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo on Friday night, but were cautiously optimistic that his sprained right ankle would not complicate their playoff run.
Antetokounmpo sat out against the Chicago Bulls after injuring himself in a 127-120 home loss against the Los Angeles Clippers two nights earlier. He rolled the ankle with four minutes left in the first half and did not return.
Bucks hold off Knicks 92-90 in Parker’s return
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jabari Parker waited nearly a year to get back on the court with the Milwaukee Bucks. He made an immediate impact with 12 points, including seven in the first quarter, and Giannis Antetokounmpo took it from there.
Antetokounmpo made a driving layup with 1.9 seconds remaining to lift the Bucks over the New York Knicks 92-90 on Friday night in Parker's return.
Bucks plan to limit F Jabari Parker to 15 minutes in return
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Drifting to the left elbow of the paint, Jabari Parker took the pass and put up a jumper that swished through the net.
Parker's left knee repaired twice by surgery looked just fine during practice on Wednesday. In a couple days, the forward will get a chance to finally to play in a game again for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Parker is set to return on Friday night at home against the New York Knicks for his first game in a year.
Bucks F Jabari Parker set to return from knee injury Friday
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks forward Jabari Parker is set to return to the court Friday against the New York Knicks, nearly a year after being sidelined with the second major left knee injury of his career.
Milwaukee said Monday night that Parker was medically cleared, making the announcement during the second quarter of its 107-95 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Giannis, Delly spark Bucks in 107-95 win over 76ers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — What a difference a week makes for the Milwaukee Bucks.
They won their fourth straight game since coach Jason Kidd was fired by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 107-95 on Monday night. And now they're getting forward Jabari Parker back in a few days.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 18 rebounds, and Matthew Dellavedova scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Bucks, who moved to 27-22 and look like a contender again in the Eastern Conference.
Bucks’ Parker expects target date for return this week
CHICAGO (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker expects to know a target date this week for his return from the second major knee surgery of his young career.
Parker played two-on-two on Saturday and worked out prior to Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls.
Closer to return, Bucks’ Parker will come back to new coach
MILWAUKEE (AP) — To teammates, Jabari Parker looks as if he is ready to get back on the court for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Parker speaks cautiously as he moves closer to a return from the second major knee injury of his young career.
"Within these couple weeks. I think it's in the air for now," Parker said. "I've got to keep on talking it over with the medical staff and by that time I should be good."
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned forward D.J. Wilson to the Wisconsin Herd, its G League affiliate.
Wilson assigned to the Herd
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned forward D.J. Wilson to the Wisconsin Herd, its G League affiliate.
Wilson joins Bucks teammate Jabari Parker for practice Tuesday with the Herd at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh. Wilson is expected to play Wednesday when the Herd takes on the Erie BayHawks at home.
Wilson has appeared in 15 games for the Bucks this season, averaging 0.5 points and 0.4 rebounds in 3.5 minutes per game.
Bucks F Jabari Parker on target for mid-February return
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is on target to return from a left knee injury the week before the All-Star break.
Coach Jason Kidd said before Wednesday night's game against Orlando that Parker is doing great and is about a month away from playing.
Jabari Parker makes strides in recovery from knee injury
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks forward Jabari Parker is taking nothing for granted as he works his way back from a second major knee injury in his brief NBA career.
The 22-year-old Parker practiced Tuesday with Milwaukee's G League affiliate for the second straight day. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in left knee Feb. 8 and had surgery six days later.
Bucks assign Parker to Herd, request waivers on Payton
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned injured forward Jabari Parker to the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA's G League.
Parker's assignment means he can try to practice with the Herd as he recovers from a devastating left knee injury. He injured his ACL last Feb. 8 and underwent surgery six days later.
The Bucks also said Monday they have requested waivers on guard Gary Payton II and have signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a two-way contract.
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks keep getting younger and longer up front.
Michigan's D.J. Wilson is headed to Milwaukee after the Bucks took the 6-foot-10 forward with the 17th overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
The 21-year-old Wilson joins an already athletic and lengthy Bucks frontcourt led by 6-foot-11 Giannis Antetokounmpo, who turned into an All-Star in his fourth year in the league.
Drafting Jabari Parker was the easy part for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Three years ago, they had the No. 2 pick in a two-player draft. When Minnesota took Andrew Wiggins No. 1, the Bucks’ decision was made for them.
Their next move regarding Parker isn’t nearly as cut-and-dried.
Bucks: Milwaukee confident heading into playoff matchup vs. experienced, talented Raptors
MILWAUKEE — Two months ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to find anyone who thought the Milwaukee Bucks would be preparing for the NBA’s postseason.
Bucks beat 76ers 90-82 to clinch playoff spot
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After leading his team to the NBA playoffs for the second time in three years, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tried to act emotional.
"I'm just going to tear up," Antetokoumpo joked.
Antetokounmpo, fighting a stomach bug, had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 90-82 to clinch a postseason berth.
Bucks hold off Clippers 97-96 when Griffin misses late
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a team fighting to make the playoffs, the absence of its second-leading scorer could have presented a huge problem.
Milwaukee was 22-29 when it lost Jabari Parker and his 20.1 points per game to a season-ending knee injury last month. Yet after escaping with a 97-96 victory Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Bucks are a surprising 11-5 since Parker got hurt and they sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Parker takes head-on challenge of 2nd left ACL injury
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) — Jabari Parker looked ahead to the future as he leaned up against a wall at the Milwaukee Bucks training center with the help of two metal crutches.
The star forward is embracing the challenge of coming back from his second left ACL injury in three seasons.
"I know I can be better," Parker said after the rest of the Bucks practiced on Thursday.