Knicks anxious to get Derrick Rose back with team

Derrick Rose will likely have no more than just a few practices to get ready for opening night with the New York Knicks.

Rose and two friends were cleared Wednesday in a $21.5 million lawsuit that accused them of raping his ex-girlfriend, jurors in Los Angeles needing less than four hours to reach their decision. Rose has been away from the team while dealing with the trial, and the Knicks are ready to welcome him back with open arms.

"It's a tough thing he went through," Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said in Boston on Wednesday night, before New York beat the Celtics in a preseason matchup. "But now it's over. Now he can focus on basketball. I know that's what Derrick wants, to get back to do. We're just all glad it's done with and now he can get back here and focus on basketball."

Hornacek said he did not expect Rose to play in the preseason finale in Brooklyn on Thursday, though did not completely rule it out. Rose and the Knicks open the season Tuesday in Cleveland, when the Cavaliers will get their championship rings " and at the same time, next door at Progressive Field, the Indians will host Game 1 of the World Series.

Teams traditionally don't practice coming off a back-to-back, so that would suggest the Knicks might only have three practices with their point guard before the opener.

Rose played in one preseason game.

"We have to get him up to speed on some of the things we've put in," Hornacek said.



SAN DIEGO " Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Kevin Durant scored 27 and Klay Thompson finished with 19 points and eight assists for Golden State.

Curry was 11 for 19 from the floor, 6 for 12 from 3-point range.

Brandon Ingram led Los Angeles with 21 points, 14 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Nick Young scored 19 and D'Angelo Russell had 16 points and nine assists for the Lakers.



AUBURN HILLS, Michigan " Toronto guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan look ready for the season. Lowry scored 27 points, DeRozan added 26 and neither All-Star played more than 28 minutes.

Andre Drummond scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Detroit. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also scored 16, while Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris each had 14 for the Pistons.



BOSTON " Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points for New York, which got 13 from Kyle O'Quinn and 12 apiece from Sasha Vujacic and Ron Baker.

Jaylen Brown scored 17 for the Celtics, who lost Marcus Smart to a sprained left ankle in the second half.



MILWAUKEE " Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 points and Jabari Parker finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which trailed by 10 late in the third quarter.

Paul George scored 18 points for Indiana, which got 16 from Myles Turner.



MINNEAPOLIS " Karl-Anthony Towns had 31 points and nine rebounds and Minnesota led by 40 points in the third quarter.

Towns shot 7 for 10 from the field and 17 for 17 at the free throw line in 25 minutes, having his way with defensive stalwart Marc Gasol.

Gasol had six points and four rebounds in 19 minutes for Memphis, an encouraging sign after the star center suffered a bone bruise on the same foot that was surgically repaired in February.



DALLAS " James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, including 12 and four while playing most of the third quarter, to lead Houston.

Wesley Matthews led Dallas with 15 points.

The Rockets started on an 18-2 run and led 23-7 when some starters were subbed out. With backups involved, the Mavericks outscored Houston 15-4 to finish the first quarter.



SALT LAKE CITY " Damian Lillard scored 27 points in 27 minutes for Portland.

Evan Turner finished with 15 points for the Trail Blazers. George Hill scored 16 points and Rudy Gobert added 15 for Utah.

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