The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bet­ter days? The Knicks, mean­while, are hop­ing Fri­day’s re­silient per­for­mance in Los An­ge­les marks a turn­ing point in their try­ing sea­son.

The Lak­ers? They just hope LeBron James feels bet­ter very soon.

Tim Har­d­away Jr. scored 22 points as the Knicks snapped an eightgame los­ing streak. The Lak­ers dropped to 1-4 with­out James, side­lined for at least an­other week with a left groin strain. Los An­ge­les also played with­out sec­ond-lead­ing scorer Kyle Kuzma, who has a bruised back.

The Knicks blew an early 17-point lead be­fore ral­ly­ing from a six-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter.

“I think this is a con­fi­dence-booster,” said Trey Burke, who added 16 points in his most ex­ten­sive play­ing time in 21⁄ weeks. “We’ve been in a lot of games, but it doesn’t mat­ter when you don’t pull it out.”

No dis­re­spect: Philadel­phia coach Brett Brown de­nied a re­port that Jimmy But­ler was dis­re­spect­ful while ques­tion­ing his role in the 76ers of­fense.

A re­port pub­lished on Fri­day said that But­ler re­cently chal­lenged Brown in a dis­re­spect­ful way and wants to be uti­lized dif­fer­ently in the coach’s of­fen­sive scheme.

Brown dis­missed the re­port be­fore Sat­ur­day’s game against the Dal­las Mavericks.

“I didn’t feel like any of that crossed the line,” Brown said. “He’s vo­cal. He’s all in and he has opin­ions, but it’s in­sti­gated by me. None of this should sur­prise any­body. He’s got opin­ions. He wants to be heard. And he should be heard.” its 10th straight home vic­tory. At 26-11, the Nuggets are off to their best NBA start in fran­chise his­tory. This also marks the lat­est they’ve been in first place in the con­fer­ence since March 16, 1977.

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