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NBA ROUNDUP/NOTEBOOK: Ex-star Williams says he saw players smoke pot before games

In peculiar timing, former NBA star Jay Williams dimes out his former fellow players in a recent New York Times interview, saying he used to witness players smoking pot before games and gambling and partying afterward, despite just getting blown out in a game.

In peculiar timing, former NBA star Jay Williams dimes out his former fellow players in a recent New York Times interview, saying he used to witness players smoking pot before games and gambling and partying afterward, despite just getting blown out in a game.

Celtics outlast Nuggest in 3OT

Recap: Celtics 118, Nuggets 114 (3OT)

Celtics 118, Nuggets 114 (3OT): Jason Terry hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the third overtime and scored a season-high 26 points as Boston outlasted Denver to win its seventh straight game.

Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer to help force the third overtime and picked up his second triple-double of the season with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for the Celtics. Kevin Garnet scored the first six points of the third overtime and finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds while Jeff Green, whose 3-pointer forced the second overtime, added 17 points.

Ty Lawson collected 29 points and nine assists and Danilo Gallinari added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Nuggets had their nine-game winning streak come to an end.

Denver took its first lead of the game at 90-89 on Lawson’s jumper with 1:43 left in regulation, but Nuggets center JaVale McGee was called for a technical foul just after the hoop and Terry’s free throw tied it at 90. Green came in after a timeout and buried a 16-foot jumper from the right baseline to put Boston back on top.

The Celtics looked like they had it locked up when Kenneth Faried missed two free throws with 3.6 seconds left in regulation, but officials ruled the ball went out of bounds on Boston after consulting replay. Lawson hit a runner with 0.8 seconds left to send it to overtime.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Nuggets F Andre Iguodala left the game with a right cervical strain and did not return. … Denver was trying to reach 10 straight wins for the first time since 2005. … The Celtics have not lost since All-Star G Rajon Rondo went down for the season with an ACL injury.

Recap: Magic 110, Trail Blazers 104

Magic 110, Trail Blazers 104: Guard J.J. Redick scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting in his return from a three-game injury absence as host Orlando snapped a 12-game losing skid.

Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 19 rebounds and Gustavo Ayon matched his career high with 16 points while also contributing 11 rebounds and six assists as the Magic won for the first time since Jan. 16 against Indiana. It is only their third win in 26 games.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Nicolas Batum tallied 19 and Wesley Matthews added 17 as Portland for lost for the seventh time in its last eight road games.

Redick returned from a shoulder injury and scored 15 points as Orlando took a 55-49 halftime advantage. The lead grew to 13 early in the third quarter before the Magic took a 79-72 lead into the final quarter.

Portland moved within eight late in the fourth quarter but Redick drained a 3-pointer with 1:29 to play and Ayon scored two baskets in a 23-second span to make it 110-98 with 43 seconds left.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The victory kept Orlando from equaling its longest skid since a 13-game slide during the 2003-04 campaign. … Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard had 12 assists but struggled to just four points on 1-of-16 shooting. … Magic F Hedo Turkoglu (illness, back) sat out his third straight contest.

Recap: Grizzlies 105, Timberwolves 88

Grizzlies 105, Timberwolves 88: Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points to power host Memphis past Minnesota for the ninth consecutive time.

Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Austin Daye scored 16 points apiece as the Grizzlies won back-to-back games for the first time since trading leading scorer Rudy Gay in the deal that brought Prince, Daye and Ed Davis to Memphis.

The Grizzlies shot 51.9 percent and outscored the Timberwolves 55-36 in the middle two periods to hand them their fourth straight defeat and 15 in the last 17 games.

Starting guards Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour scored 17 points apiece for Minnesota, which dropped to 6-18 away from home and lost for the 10th time in the last 11 matchups with Memphis.

The Grizzlies used an 8-0 spurt to take a 10-point edge into halftime before Prince scored seven points in an 11-2 run in the third to build the lead to 19. Minnesota never got the lead under double digits thereafter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Prince hit all eight of his shots and was 5-for-5 in the third quarter to help the Grizzlies pull away. … The injury-riddled Timberwolves were missing F Andrei Kirilenko (quadriceps) and PG J.J. Barea. … Daye had his best outing since scoring 20 points vs. Atlanta on Jan. 4 while a member of the Detroit Pistons.

Raptors 102, Hornets 89: John Lucas scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and hit all five of his 3-point attempts as host Toronto beat New Orleans for a fourth straight time. Rudy Gay scored a game-high 20 points, Kyle Lowry added 14 and 10 assists and Amir Johnson scored 14 for the Raptors, who earned a second consecutive win.

Robin Lopez scored 19 points for the Hornets while point guard Greivis Vasquez followed up his first career triple-double with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis struggled to two points on 1-of-6 shooting.

After Brian Roberts completed a three-point play to cut the Raptors’ lead to 73-71 with 10:06 left, Toronto responded with a 10-3 run to surge back ahead. Lucas did the bulk of the damage, hitting consecutive jumpers before closing the spurt with a 3-pointer to give the Raptors an 84-74 edge with 7:28 minutes remaining.

Lucas hit his fifth 3-pointer minutes later as the lead swelled to 89-76. The Hornets would only get within 10 points the rest of the way.

Game Notebook: Raptors C Andrea Bargnani was not in uniform because of flu-like symptoms. … Toronto C Jonas Valanciunas recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds in the triumph. … The Hornets failed in their bid to win a third straight game.

Recap: Magic 110, Trail Blazers 104

(Updated: Jameer Nelson had 15 assists added to Para 2)

Magic 110, Trail Blazers 104: Guard J.J. Redick scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting in his return from a three-game injury absence as host Orlando snapped a 12-game losing skid.

Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 19 rebounds, Jameer Nelson had 15 assists and Gustavo Ayon matched his career high with 16 points while also contributing 11 rebounds and six assists as the Magic won for the first time since Jan. 16 against Indiana. It is only their third win in 26 games.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Nicolas Batum tallied 19 and Wesley Matthews added 17 as Portland lost for the seventh time in its last eight road games.

Redick returned from a shoulder injury and scored 15 points as Orlando took a 55-49 halftime advantage. The lead grew to 13 early in the third quarter before the Magic took a 79-72 lead into the final quarter.

Portland moved within eight late in the fourth quarter but Redick drained a 3-pointer with 1:29 to play and Ayon scored two baskets in a 23-second span to make it 110-98 with 43 seconds left.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The victory kept Orlando from equaling its longest skid since a 13-game slide during the 2003-04 campaign. … Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard had 12 assists but struggled to just four points on 1-of-16 shooting. … Magic F Hedo Turkoglu (illness, back) sat out his third straight contest.

Former NBA player and current ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams told the New York Times in an interview that some of his Chicago Bulls teammates smoke marijuana before games during the 2002-2003 season.

“I didn’t know how to handle it at first,” Williams said, according to the Times report. “I didn’t know how to be around it. Guys were on the bench, trying to kick it to girls in the stands, having ball boys run over. I mean, some guys were high.”

“There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, ‘Do you smell popcorn?’ “

Williams also said players gambled.

“They’re playing dice in the back of the plane for money,” Williams said. “Like, we just lost by 30 tonight! And we’ve got a game tomorrow! It bugged me out.”

Williams’ only season in the NBA was with the 2002-03 Chicago Bulls, and he averaged 9.5 points. Williams battled depression and considered suicide following a motorcycle accident in 2013 that ruined his pro career.


Cavs to offer ex-No. 1 pick Oden contract

The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to offer oft-injured center Greg Oden a two-year contract with a team option for a third year, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

Oden, a free agent, hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Knee injuries have derailed the former No. 1 draft pick’s NBA career. The former Ohio State standout has undergone three microfracture surgeries.

Oden has been working out in Columbus and his hometown of Indianapolis in hopes of making a comeback. In recent weeks, the Cavs, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have expressed interest in signing the 7-footer.

The Cavs will wait until the Feb. 21 trade deadline passes before making their offer to Oden, according to the Beacon Journal report that pointed out the team has about $4 million in salary cap space.

Oden’s agent, Mike Conley Sr., told the Beacon Journal that Oden and the Cavs could meet in the next few weeks.

“Greg has been up there before and he’ll probably be up there again in an official capacity,” Conley said.

Oden played in only 84 games with the Trail Blazers after he was drafted in 2007.


Heat sign ‘Birdman’ for rest of season

The Miami Heat have signed forward-center Chris “Birdman” Andersen for the rest of the season.

Andersen, 34, joined the Heat on Jan. 20 when he signed the first of first of two 10-day contracts.

The 10-year NBA veteran has seen action in six games for Miami and averaged 3.7 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Andersen played for the Denver Nuggets last season and averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 32 games.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 10 months ago

Nobody has ever died from a pot overdose, ever!

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