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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 10:15 pm

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — James Harden received a familiar welcome to San Antonio, but little else resembled his previous trip to the River City.

Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in a 114-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

The Spurs had six players score in double figures while matching their season high with 33 assists. San Antonio (16-4) led by as many as 33 points and never by less than 21 in the final quarter.

"They're a very good team," Harden said, "especially at home. They did a good job at moving the ball and we knew they were going to pass the ball. It was just a matter of us locking down and trying to stay on one page defensively."

It was Harden's first game in San Antonio since helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Spurs last season in the Western Conference finals. Harden was traded by the Thunder to the Rockets before the start of this season.

San Antonio fans certainly remembered Harden, who was booed heartily during pregame introductions and every time he shot a free throw.

While Harden had 29 points and five assists to lead Houston, he couldn't help the Rockets walk away with a win against the well-balanced Spurs.

Tiago Splitter added 15 points and Gary Neal, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Tim Duncan each scored 12. Duncan also had a game-high 12 rebounds. Every active San Antonio player scored and played at least 8 minutes.

"We weren't as consistent as we'd like to be, but we had a really good pace offensively and I got to play a lot of guys," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Parker keyed a quick start, scoring eight points and picking up two assists as San Antonio took a 10-point lead in the first 5 minutes.

Jeremy Lin had difficulty keeping up with Parker, who raced by him for three layups in scoring eight of the Spurs' first 10 points. Parker also made a pair of free throws during the run after being fouled by Lin on a layup attempt.

"You're not really going to take away everything just because something's got to give," Lin said. "They move the ball well. The speed in which they move their offense and the speed in which they make decisions makes it really hard (to defend)."

Lin finished with four points, four assists and two turnovers.

Harden kept the Rockets in contention early, scoring 13 points in the first quarter after being shut out in the opening 4 minutes. His 3-pointer pulled Houston to 14-13, but the Rockets never tied it.

Harden fueled another rally in the second half, scoring nine points to help Houston pull to 66-58 with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

The Spurs responded with a 15-0 run following a vocal timeout by Popovich. San Antonio held the Rockets scoreless for 4 minutes during the run to essentially seal the game.

"It was important," Neal said. "Coach Pop kind of rattled the cage a little bit with that timeout."

San Antonio opened a 103-70 lead with 6:48 left on an 8-foot jumper by DeJuan Blair. The Rockets closed the game on a 22-11 run, but both teams had already pulled their starters midway through the period.

Matt Bonner did give the fans and the Spurs' bench something to cheer about in the final minutes, driving baseline for a two-handed, rim-hanging dunk that drew cheers, laughter and shouts of excitement from his teammates.

"Of the NBA, it's like top 10, easy," Duncan said about where Bonner's dunk ranks historically. "World? Fifteen, maybe. Top 15."

The dunk capped a needed blowout win for the Spurs, who play at Charlotte on Saturday night to open a four-game road trip.

"It was great for them to keep it that way," Duncan said. "Obviously with the game tomorrow, and this long flight tonight, we wanted to have as much rest as possible and not take Charlotte lightly. It was good to keep our minutes down, good to give a lot of guys a lot of minutes and spread it around as much as possible. Four games in five nights? We need as much rest as possible."

NOTES: Neal set a career high with his eighth start of the season. ... Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson (broken right pinkie) and F Kawhi Leonard (left knee) both sat out with injuries. ... Duncan had the 742nd double-double of his career. ... Houston has lost 10 straight road games against Southwest Division opponents since a 91-89 victory at New Orleans on Feb. 27, 2011. ... Houston's Chandler Parsons went 0 for 4 from 3-point range, snapping his streak of making at least one 3 at 23 games in a row.

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Gay, Grizzlies defeat Hornets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rudy Gay tied a season high with 28 points and the Memphis Grizzlies maintained their NBA-best winning percentage with their second-straight victory, 96-89 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

New Orleans put up resistance, though, despite losing for the 11th time in 13 games, and Memphis needed Gay's 3 with 2:10 left to get some breathing room.

Former Hornets first-round draft choice Quincy Pondexter tied a season high with 16 points for the Grizzlies, who improved to 14-3 (.823). Zach Randolph added 15 points and Marc Gasol 13.

Ryan Anderson, Austin Rivers and Brian Roberts each scored 15 points for the Hornets, who were within one possession of tying or leading several times in the fourth quarter. Xavier Henry, making his first start this season, had 12 points.

76ERS 95, CELTICS 94, OT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Evan Turner had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Philadelphia past Boston in overtime.

Turner drove past Courtney Lee and tossed up an off-balance, right-handed shot for a 95-94 lead with 3.9 seconds left. Boston guard Rajon Rondo slipped and his ankles buckled on the last possession, costing him a chance to hit the potential game-winner, a dud ending to his sizzling triple-double.

The teams meet again Saturday night in Boston.

Rondo had 16 points, 14 assists and a season-high 13 rebounds. Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce scored 27 points. Jeff Green, who gave Boston its last lead in OT with a 3-pointer, finished with 19 points.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant had 36 points, Russell Westbrook scored 27 of his 33 in the first half to stake Oklahoma City to a commanding lead in a win over short-handed Los Angeles.

NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 35 points to lead the Lakers, who trailed by 19 before rallying to get within four in the final minute. Dwight Howard added 23 points and 18 rebounds.

What could have been an early showdown between championship contenders instead had the Lakers limping in with a losing record and three key players out because of injuries.

Westbrook's big first half put the Thunder in control, but L.A. charged back with a late 27-12 run to make it interesting.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andre Miller scored eight of his 15 points during a late 10-0 spurt, sending the Denver Nuggets to a 92-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

The Nuggets (10-10) have won 13 of the last 16 in this series, including seven of the last nine in Indianapolis. The 36-year-old Miller was the big reason this time.

Denver led most of the second half but found itself in an 85-82 deficit with 3:32 left.

That's when Miller took over. He made two free throws, a layup , a 15-foot jumper and assisted on JaVale McGee's breakaway dunk to make it 90-85 with 1:38 left, then closed the run with a 14-foot pull-up jumper.

Indiana (10-10) had a chance to force overtime, but George Hill's 3 bounced off the rim. Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Joakim Noah had career highs of 30 points and 23 rebounds, to help Chicago beat Detroit for the 16th straight time.

The Bulls trailed by 17 points in the second quarter, but rallied toward the end of the half and took control in the fourth quarter. All five Chicago starters finished in double figures, including Carlos Boozer with 24 points. Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli scored 16 apiece.

Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 24 points and Brandon Knight added 21. The Pistons had 28 rebounds on the night, only five more than Noah had by himself.

Noah's previous career highs were 26 points and 21 rebounds.


NEW YORK (AP) — David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 28 points, and Golden State gave coach Mark Jackson a winning return to Brooklyn.

Lee scored six straight points to break open a tie game midway through the fourth quarter, and Curry had 21 in the second half for the Warriors, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Golden State improved to 2-0 on its season-high, seven-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents, a game played not far from where Jackson became a New York City star.

Joe Johnson scored a season-high 32 points for the Nets, who dropped their season-high third straight. Deron Williams added 23 points and eight assists.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota past Cleveland.

Luke Ridnour had 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Timberwolves, and Andrei Kirilenko had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists after missing the previous four games with back spasms.

Alonzo Gee scored 16 points and Anderson Varejao grabbed 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have lost four in a row and eight of their last nine while star guard Kyrie Irving has been out with a broken left index finger.

The two teams combined for 41 turnovers and shot 25 percent from 3-point range in an ugly offensive game.


ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Smith had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Al Horford also posted a double-double and the Atlanta Hawks beat Washington 104-95 on Friday night to keep the Wizards winless on the road.

Horford had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won eight of nine. The Wizards, who had won two of three following their 0-12 start, fell to 0-8 in road games.

Kevin Seraphin had 19 points and Bradley Beal had 18 for Washington, which could not build on its win over defending champion Miami on Tuesday night.

Jeff Teague had 19 points and DeShawn Stevenson made five 3-pointers for 15 points for Atlanta.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points and Marquis Daniels had season highs with 18 points and six rebounds as Milwaukee took command early and cruised past Charlotte.

Brandon Jennings had 15 points and eight assists and Monta Ellis added 13 points to help the Bucks.

Milwaukee led by 13 after the first quarter, 18 at the half and 25 at the end of the third. Leading 98-77 with 6:06 to play, coach Scott Skiles cleared the bench. The Bobcats closed to within nine, but never got any closer.

Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 19 points and Kemba Walker had 16 for Charlotte, which has lost six in a row.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 20 points, Enes Kanter had 18 in his first career start and Utah hit 13 3-pointers.

Gordon Hayward added 17 points off the bench as the Jazz improved to 8-1 at home. Marvin Williams, Randy Foye and DeMarre Carroll all made three 3-pointers as Utah finished 13 for 23 from beyond the arc.

The Jazz hit five 3s in a 3½-minute span of the second quarter to build a 14-point lead after trailing by as many as 10 early. They hit seven more in the second half and led by as many as 34 in the game, a stark contrast to the triple-overtime thriller the Jazz won on Nov. 12 in Toronto.

Kanter started at center for the Jazz with Al Jefferson still bothered by back spasms.

Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 20 points and eight rebounds. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points while Amir Johnson scored 10 off the bench as the Raptors fell to 1-12 on the road.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 14 rebounds and reserve guard Isaiah Thomas also scored 17 to lead Sacramento.

After squandering an 11-point lead in the third quarter, the Kings regrouped in the fourth behind the strong play of their backups. Led by Thomas, who scored 11 points in the period, reserves played for much of the final quarter and produced a 15-2 run that propelled Sacramento to consecutive wins for the second time this season.

Jimmer Fredette had 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who outscored the Magic 29-18. Jason Thompson added 12 points and Aaron Brooks 11. The Kings are 5-0 at home when leading at halftime.

Glen Davis had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando, but fouled out in the final 36 seconds. Arron Afflalo had 18 points and Jameer Nelson added 17.

Jefferson, Favors out, Kanter has 1st career start LYNN DeBRUIN,AP Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Center Al Jefferson and reserve power forward Derrick Favors have been ruled out of Utah's game against Toronto on Friday night because of injuries.

Second-year pro Enes Kanter will make his first career start in place of Jefferson.

Jefferson was coming off a 31-point, 15-rebound game against Orlando on Wednesday but couldn't finish because of back spasms. He vowed to be ready for the Raptors but coach Tyrone Corbin said it was best that Jefferson and Favors sit. This will be the fourth straight game Favors has missed because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Jefferson leads Utah in scoring (17.4 points) and rebounding (10.7) and Favors is the team's leader in blocked shots.

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Heat say things will change, and change soon

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James and four teammates chatted for several minutes under a basket after the Miami Heat finished practice on Friday afternoon, each player sporting a serious look for the entirety of the conversation.

For the first time this season, the reigning NBA champions are dealing with some real trouble.

Back-to-back losses — at Washington on Tuesday, then by 20 points at home against a New York Knicks team that didn't even have Carmelo Anthony on Thursday — have soured the Heat mood. Add that to some poor defensive numbers and Miami already needing six late rallies before closing out wins so far this season, and it's easy to see why no one seemed to be laughing at work on Friday.

"When you win everything's great. When you lose everything's bad," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "That's how it works."

As Wade spoke, James was chatting about 50 feet away with Ray Allen, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and James Jones, a few of them sometimes gesturing at spots on the court as if to mimic how a play is or is not supposed to work. Typically, when the Heat are done with their actual practice, it's a light-hearted time, one filled with shooting contests and things of that nature.

That wasn't the case on Friday.

"There is a cloud over our team because we're not defending like we know we're capable of defending," James said. "We have some room for improvement. The good thing is we can be great. But right now, we're not good. We're not very good right now as a team and we've got to get to that point."

Miami's next chance to start getting to that point comes Saturday, when the Heat play host to New Orleans.

The Heat saw the Knicks make 18 shots — on 44 tries — from 3-point range on Thursday night, which became the latest entry on a list of events where Miami believes opponents have thrived simply by getting up to play against last season's champions.

So far this year, the Heat have seen opponents score at least 100 points 11 times in 17 games. Last season, that happened 16 times in 66 regular-season games.

Some of the highlights, or lowlights, include the following:

— Washington scored 105 points against Miami on Tuesday, the most the Wizards have managed in regulation against anyone all season, and remember, they had one win all year entering that game.

— Wayne Ellington made seven 3-pointers for Memphis in a win over Miami on Nov. 11. He's 3 for 21 from beyond the arc since, entering Friday.

— Raymond Felton had a season-high 27 points, and tied a career-high with six 3-pointers in the Knicks' win Thursday.

"Never seen anything like this," Bosh said of how opponents have at times scored at will against Miami. "And I've played on some bad defensive teams. We're not one."

The most troubling defensive stat of all for the Heat is likely this: Miami entered Friday 23rd in points allowed per game, after finishing fourth in the league in that stat last season. The Heat have allowed the third-highest number of 3-pointers in the NBA so far, nothing new after giving up the second-most makes from beyond the arc a season ago.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra often speaks of habits and the human condition, and he was asked Friday if Miami's struggles are simply because the team knows the playoffs are still four months away.

"If that is a reality, then that is a major problem," Spoelstra said. "But we have an opportunity to correct it, you know, right now. If it goes too long, what it becomes is a tendency. Goes longer than that, it becomes a habit. If it continues, by the time you get to the playoffs, that's who you are. So that's what we're going to change right now."

James insisted that the regular-season-is-irrelevant argument doesn't apply to Miami.

"Not for me," James said. "It's not for me. My motivation is well beyond hoisting one trophy. I'm not taking any shortcuts to get to that point, so I can't allow my teammates to take shortcuts. We've got to be better. I've got to be better. It's that simple."

For two years, ever since Wade and James and Bosh decided to play together in Miami, the Heat have been surrounded by what they call "noise." Everything the Heat have done, the good and especially the bad, have been scrutinized. Winning last season's title, they figured, would relieve perhaps a tiny bit of that noise — that is, until the first rough patch of this season arrived.

It's now here. And some inside the Heat locker room think that the extra motivation might not be a bad thing right now.

"We understand what it takes to win," Haslem said. "We understand that we have what it takes to win. But not performing at a high enough level defensively, it's just a shame. We've got to fix it. And we're going to fix it."

-- Tim Reynolds

Rubio knows big expectations await his return

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wait 'till Ricky comes back. It seems like that's been the hopeful mantra for the Minnesota Timberwolves all season long.

Guards getting torched by opposing backcourts? Wait 'till Ricky comes back. Nikola Pekovic not getting the same clean looks in the paint he did last year? Wait 'till Ricky comes back.

Attendance a little on the sluggish side early on? Wait 'till Ricky comes back.

Ricky Rubio knows that there are a lot of expectations being put on his return to the Timberwolves. He knows he is being cast as the magic sand that will fill in every crack and mask any blemish in the team's promising, if flawed, foundation as soon as he hits the court. It's nothing new for basketball prodigy who has been carrying the weight of expectations since he was a teenager in Spain.

"I don't know why, but the pressure has been following me since I turned pro," Rubio told The Associated Press on Friday. "I was 14 and I was they said I was unimpressive. 'He's too young to play. He's not going to do well.'  And I did well back in Spain.

"The pressure followed me when I came here and they said, 'Oh Ricky's coming after two years, he's going to bring everything to this team.' It's just hard, but it's something that I'm used to. I like the pressure, I like the challenge. The more difficult the challenge, the better it is for me."

What makes this hurdle different than any other he's had to leap before it is that Rubio is recovering from his first significant injury. It's been almost nine months since he tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee late in a game against the Lakers, ending a terrific rookie season and sucking the life right out of a young Timberwolves team that he helped return to relevance in the Western Conference.

Rubio was scratched from the Wolves' game against Cleveland on Friday night, but his season debut appears to be imminent. Minnesota has four days off after the game against the Cavs before a home game against Denver on Wednesday. Neither the team, nor Rubio has set a date for his return, but it's clear he's starting to get a little antsy.

"I want to play like a month ago, but they don't let me," Rubio said with a smile, probably only half-joking. "Now it's kind of a thing when my knee feels ready, it's going to be the time. But I don't know. I need a couple more practices to see how I am. Actually, I don't know if I'm going to be ready next week or three weeks. It depends how I feel and how my knee responds."

To put it simply, Rubio is too important to the franchise's future for the Wolves coaches and medical staff to go out on too shaky a limb by bringing him back a game or two early. Along with All-Star Kevin Love, he is the glue that holds everything together, the headliner on the marquee, the apple of a swooning fan base's eye.

"I don't think I'm the key or I'm going to change the team," he said. "But I'm going to help it."

Still, Rubio and the team are trying to temper the out-sized eagerness surrounding his return. He hasn't played in a game in nine months. It's going to take time for him to get his timing and conditioning back up to speed. So that beautiful game that he plays might not be so pretty at first.

"I've been out like eight, nine months," he said. "I'm not giving excuses. It's how it is. If you're out for eight months or nine, the first game you're not going to play like you used to. It's going to take time, one, two, three months, who knows? I have to get used to the rhythm again and get used to playing again."

After all, not everyone is Adrian Peterson. Just across town, the Minnesota Vikings running back has defied all the odds in his own comeback from a torn ACL. He leads the NFL in rushing and appears to be playing better than he ever has, less than a year removed from his injury.

"That's crazy. Nobody can do that," Rubio said. "He did it and he came back even better than he was. I'm watching some games and I'm not a big fan of football but because he had the same injury and he's playing for the Vikings, I follow him. It's real impressive performance, what he's doing. I wish I could be as good as he does after that injury."

Love knows how his friend is feeling. The power forward missed most of the first month of the season with a broken right hand, and he heard everyone saying how things would be so much better as soon as he was in the lineup. But the Wolves lost four of Love's first five games and clearly struggled initially to incorporate him back into the mix.

"For me, obviously I want to be cautiously optimistic from that standpoint because I know a lot of pressure was put on me, not knowing how my hand was going to respond," Love said. "I know I haven't been the 25 (points) and 10 (rebounds) guy that I usually am. ... I haven't been quite putting up the numbers and helping the team as much as I can, but we do have an 8-9 record.

"For Ricky, I've said all along that I know he's going to return probably sometime in December. But as far as putting that type of pressure on him, I think our organization and our coaching staff and the guys, the players, have done a good job of doing that."

Rubio knows one of his trademark no-look bounce passes may miss the target in the early going. The alley oops may be a little harder to come by, and his timing on the pick-and-roll may not be as sharp. But as long as he's healthy, he's OK with that. And that's why even with his first game apparently so close, he has to be sure he's completely ready.

"If I come back earlier than I'm supposed to, it's bad for my knee and bad for the team too because I'm not going to give my 100 percent," he said. "And if I get hurt again, it's not going to help the team. And if I play and I'm not playing good, it's not going to help the team. I want to play so bad, but I want to be focused and I want to be ready to play when I'm ready."

-- Jon Krawczynski

Wolves president dismisses Gasol trade talk

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have long been interested in Pau Gasol.

Now that Gasol is having trouble fitting in with new Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's offense, the time would seem natural for the teams to renew trade talks. But that's not the case.

"There's absolutely nothing imminent that we're working on," Timberwolves President David Kahn said Friday.

Kahn called an impromptu news conference after a shootaround leading to Minnesota's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He addressed a report that said the Wolves have built a package around Derrick Williams and Nikola Pekovic to offer the Lakers for Gasol.

The Associated Press reported in June that Wolves did dangle Williams in an effort to land Gasol, but Kahn said Friday that is the last time the teams talked about it.

"I can assure you there have been absolutely no discussions with that team since last June," Kahn said.

Kahn has considered speaking with Williams and Pekovic to reassure them. But he acknowledged that can be "a slippery slope" because while there is no immediate deal one or both of them could be on the move in the future.

Pekovic said he pays no attention to the talk, hearing of it only when friends contact him to see if there is truth to it.

"I just never think about it," Pekovic said.

What does appear clear is that Kahn wants to see how the team responds to point guard Ricky Rubio's return to the lineup. Rubio has been out since March with a torn ligament in his left knee. But he has been practicing and could play in a game as early as next week, though there is no firm timetable.

"My main concern right now is that the team simply regain its health and then maintain its health," Kahn said. "That's the No. 1 concern I have because this has been, since really the night Ricky got hurt last March, it's really been difficult for us to become healthy again. Hopefully sooner rather than later the team will become healthy again."

Kevin Love, Chase Budinger, Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko, JJ Barea and Pekovic have all missed time with injuries this season. The Wolves, though, have not fallen too far behind. They were 8-9 heading into the game against the Cavaliers.

"I'm very admiring of the players and the coaching staff," Kahn said. "I'm admiring and proud. If you really think about it, if we'd been at full health, we might've had a pretty nice record right now because they've been competitive, I think, in every game."

The Lakers maintain they don't plan on any moves until Steve Nash returns from a leg injury. But Gasol, who is earning more than $19 million this year and next, struggled to find a place in D'Antoni's up-tempo system. He is averaging just 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds, and has missed the last two games and is out indefinitely with tendinitis in his knees.

-- Jon Krawczynski

Gasol expected to miss Lakers' game at Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol is expected to miss his third straight game with tendinitis in his knees.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said at the Lakers' shootaround that he hadn't received an official update from team doctors, but he took that to mean that Gasol is "not ready yet" for Friday night's game at Oklahoma City. D'Antoni says it "could be any day" that Gasol is ready to return.

Gasol was not on the court for the portion of the shootaround that was open to reporters.

D'Antoni also says he doesn't expect injured point guard Steve Nash to be back until at least the Lakers' next road trip, which starts Tuesday.

The Lakers host Utah on Sunday.

Jefferson, Favors out, Kanter has first career start

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Center Al Jefferson and reserve power forward Derrick Favors have been ruled out of Utah's game against Toronto on Friday night because of injuries.

Second-year pro Enes Kanter will make his first career start in place of Jefferson.

Jefferson was coming off a 31-point, 15-rebound game against Orlando on Wednesday but couldn't finish because of back spasms. He vowed to be ready for the Raptors but coach Tyrone Corbin said it was best that Jefferson and Favors sit. This will be the fourth straight game Favors has missed because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Jefferson leads Utah in scoring (17.4 points) and rebounding (10.7) and Favors is the team's leader in blocked shots.

-- Lynn DeBruin

Blazers assign two to D-league

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers have assigned rookies Will Barton and Victor Claver to Portland's development league affiliate, the Idaho Stampede.

Barton has played in 16 games for the Blazers this season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game. The guard was the 40th pick in the June draft out of Memphis.

Claver, a 6-foot-10 forward from Spain, was selected by the Blazers in the 2009 draft and signed with the team this summer. He has appeared in four games this season, averaging 5.8 minutes with 0.3 points and one rebound per game.

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