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The Journal Gazette

Friday, July 14, 2017 1:00 am

NBA

Ex-Spartan stays on hot streak for Spurs

Staff, news services

The Las Vegas Summer League's leading scorer, Bryn Forbes, continued his summer onslaught with 29 points and five assists in the Spurs' Round 2 86-81 victory over the Pelicans on Thursday.

All of Thursday's winners advanced to the quarterfinal round, while the losers were eliminated from tournament play that began Wednesday.

The Spurs guard has been a terror for opposing teams as San Antonio improved to 3-1 in Vegas. Forbes, the former Michigan State Spartan, knocked down a crossover, pull-up 3-pointer from the top of the arc to give the Spurs an 81-78 lead with 1:02 remaining. San Antonio never trailed again. Former Mad Ant Shayne Whittington scored 8 points and had 8 rebounds for San Antonio.

In other games:

• Former Notre Dame guard Demetrius Jackson scored 9, had 4 assists and 3 rebounds for Boston in its 93-69 win over Golden State.

• Former Purdue center AJ Hammons scored 4 and had 9 rebounds and former Irish forward Zach Auguste scored 4 for Miami in its 91-84 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Longtime Mad Ant Trey McKinney Jones did not play.

• Former Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell had 5 rebounds and missed all 10 shots he took in Dallas' 83-76 win over Sacramento. Former Snider standout Reggie Hearn was scoreless in five minutes for the Kings.

• Late Wednesday, former Homestead and Purdue standout Caleb Swanigan scored 13 points and had nine rebounds in Portland's 88-77 win over Chicago; former Mad Ant Alex Poythress had 16 points and five rebounds and former Bishop Luers and IU guard James Blackmon Jr. scored 12 for Philadelphia in its 103-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Former Indiana player Thomas Bryant scored 5 for the Lakers;  and Hearn scored 3 and had 2 rebounds for Sacramento in its 69-65 win over Milwaukee.

Knicks, Rockets talk Anthony

A person with knowledge of the situation says the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets are still talking about a trade involving Carmelo Anthony but that no deal is imminent.

The person says Anthony has told the Knicks he would accept a move to the Rockets but the teams are still trying to find a trade that works for both sides. Anthony has a no-trade clause and would have to agree to any deal. He has told the Knicks he would waive it to go to Houston or Cleveland.

The Knicks have been trying to trade the All-Star forward but finding a deal is difficult. Anthony is 33 and still has two years and $54 million remaining on his contract, and teams have been hesitant to engage New York on talks knowing Anthony could block a deal.

He had long maintained he wanted to remain in New York, but Houston became attractive to him after acquiring his close friend Chris Paul from the Clippers in a trade. The Rockets are scheduled to introduce Paul at a press conference today.

NBA Africa Game rosters set

DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks will play for Team World in the NBA Africa Game.

Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker already had been chosen as captains for Team World. The squad includes Portland's CJ McCollum, Detroit's Andre Drummond, Boston's Jaylen Brown, Denver's Wilson Chandler, New York's Courtney Lee and Leandro Barbosa, who most recently played with Phoenix.

The rosters were announced for the second game featuring players born in Africa and second-generation African players against a team from the rest of the world. It will be played Aug. 5 in Johannesburg.

The game will be played in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children's Villages South Africa.

News roundup

• Washington matched Brooklyn's $106 million, four-year offer sheet to keep forward Otto Porter, setting career highs with 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and shooting and 3-point percentages of .516 and .434, respectively, last season.

• The Los Angeles Lakers have signed summer league standout Alex Caruso to a two-way contract.

• A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks have promoted Steve Mills to president and hired Scott Perry as general manager.