Arron Afflalo

A real fight (not an NBA one) breaks out in Magic win

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A real fight (not an NBA one) breaks out in Magic win

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Evan Fournier scored a season-high 32 points to help the Orlando Magic break a seven-game losing streak with a 108-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

D.J. Augustin added 11 points and three assists in the fourth quarter, when the Magic scored 35 points after trailing by two through three.

Jimmy Butler had 28 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had won five straight games by an average of 18.8 points.

Bismack Biyombo had 16 rebounds for the Magic, leading the team with the NBA's worst rebound percentage to a 51-37 advantage.

Fournier and Augustin hit 3-pointers during a 14-4 fourth-quarter run that put Orlando ahead to stay, and Augustin's three free throws with 2:10 left gave the Magic a nine-point lead, the biggest of the game for either team.

Jeff Teague and Karl-Anthony Towns answered with 3-pointers to keep the Timberwolves (29-17) in it, but Biyombo scored five straight Magic points to regain an eight-point lead with 50 seconds left.

A loss would have dropped Orlando (13-31) to the worst record in the NBA.

Magic guard Arron Afflalo and Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica were ejected with 7:58 left in the second quarter when they got into a fight while the game was being played.

Afflalo threw at least one punch in the fight, which came four minutes after both players had been assessed technical fouls (see full recap).

Davis scores 45 as Pelicans top C’s in overtime
BOSTON -- Anthony Davis had 45 points and 16 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory over Boston on Tuesday night, ending the Celtics' seven-game winning streak.

Davis, who scored 48 on Sunday in an overtime win in New York, had four points in overtime and blocked two shots for the Pelicans, who overcame a sluggish start to the fourth quarter and erased a five-point deficit in the final few minutes of regulation.

DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday added 23 points and seven assists. Ian Clark added 15 points for the Pelicans, whose size inside ended up prevailing in overtime when Boston's barrage of 3-pointers stopped falling.

Kyrie Irving led Boston with 27 points and Al Horford had 14 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown added 16 points apiece for the Celtics, who attempted a season-high 50 3-pointers.

Rather than challenge Davis and Cousins inside, the Celtics lived outside and it cost them in overtime when they went just 1 for 4. Horford's 3-pointer early in OT gave Boston a 107-106 lead and Boston went up 113-110 before the Pelicans away put the game.

A jumper by Cousins cut the lead to 113-112, then Holiday added two more field goals and Boston couldn't catch up from there (see full recap).

Jokic’s big night helps Nuggets slip past Mavs
DENVER -- Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, Gary Harris hit two late free throws and the Denver Nuggets led by as many as 23 points before holding on for a 105-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Harris finished with 25 points and Will Barton added 22 for the Nuggets, who won for just the second time in six games.

The Nuggets led 82-59 with 4:04 left in the third before Dallas staged a massive comeback. The Mavericks cut the deficit to one on a three-point play by Dennis Smith Jr. with 10.4 seconds remaining. After Harris made two free throws, the Mavericks had a chance for a last-second shot, but Dwight Powell couldn't corral a long pass as the buzzer sounded.

Smith had 25 points for the Mavericks, while Harrison Barnes contributed 17.

Trying to address the issue of slow starts, Nuggets coach Michael Malone tweaked the starting lineup by inserting Barton and sending Mason Plumlee to the bench. The change worked as Denver led at halftime. That's significant because it halted a streak of seven straight games in which the Nuggets trailed at intermission (see full recap).

5 guards the Sixers should target in free agency

5 guards the Sixers should target in free agency

NBA free agency begins July 1 and the Sixers have plenty of money to spend.

With No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz in the fold alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Sixers have big pieces in place. Now Bryan Colangelo and company will look to complement them with the right players.

After looking at a few veteran free agents on Tuesday, we'll take a closer at the guards who could interest in the Sixers.

J.J. Redick
Redick has seemingly been the most popular guard linked to the Sixers this offseason. It makes sense. The Sixers need shooters and that's Redick's forte. Redick has shot 42 percent from three during his 11-year career. He's finished in the top five in three-point percentage in each of the last three seasons, including shooting a league-leading 48 percent in 2015-16.

He'll also add a veteran presence on a remarkably young team. He did just turn 33, but if the Sixers can front-load his deal, it could align with when the team is starting to become a contender. Defense is also a concern. Redick is adequate at best in that department. Plus his playoff resume has a lot to be desired.

Arron Afflalo
Afflalo might not be as prolific as Redick from three, but he's no slouch. He's shot at least 40 percent from downtown in six different seasons, including last season (41 percent). He's a little more versatile offensively as well, with the ability to score in different ways. 

Afflalo is also a little on the older side at 31 and not the greatest defender. He's coming off a down year, which you could attribute to playing on an awful Kings team. Then again, the down year could lower his price tag.

C.J. Miles
Miles seems like he's been in the league forever but he's just 30 years old. He came to the NBA directly from high school and it took him some time to find his niche. But he's certainly found it as a three-and-D floor spacer.

Miles might actually be the best fit for the Sixers at two guard/small forward. He shot a career-high 41 percent from three last season on 5.4 attempts a game. Miles isn't a game changer and won't break the bank, but he's a solid piece whose skill set would complement the current roster extremely well.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
This is where things could get a little interesting. Caldwell-Pope is already a strong defender with a budding offensive game. His shot is still a work in progress. He shot a career-high 35 percent from three and also knocked down 83 percent of his free throws last season. But he was arrested for a DUI back in March and will be suspended for the first two games of 2017-18.

He's a restricted free agent who the Pistons might have trouble hanging on to. He could get a max offer from a team like the Nets (if his off-the-court incident doesn't scare them off). The Sixers should at least make a phone call. The eighth overall pick in 2013, Caldwell-Pope has plenty of potential. If his shot continues to develop, he could give the Sixers a young, formidable starting five. 

Ben McLemore
The pick right before Caldwell-Pope in 2013, McLemore has never lived up to the billing of being the seventh overall pick. McLemore has averaged 9.4 points per game in his four-year career, but has improved his three-point percentage in each season. 

Like Afflalo, it's hard to know if McLemore's lack of success is fully on him. Sacramento is a place where prospects go to die (hopefully not this year because I really love De'Aaron Fox and Harry Giles). McLemore is also restricted, but with Fox and Buddy Hield — the prize of the Boogie Cousins trade — the Kings appear to be set in their backcourt. Again, McLemore was a high pick who produced at a high-level college program. He might be worth rolling the dice on.