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The Newport Beach, California, Police Department said Wednesday US time that detectives are conducting an investigation into an accusation that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey had an improper relationship with an underage girl.
In a since-deleted post, an anonymous social media user last week said a girl who is seen with Giddey in videos and photographs was a high school junior at the time. The social media account has since been deactivated.
Giddey, an Australian, turned 21 in October.
The Newport Beach Police said in a news release that it is “actively seeking additional information related to these allegations and pursuing all leads and evidence to obtain the facts of the case.”
The NBA said last week that it is investigating. Giddey has declined to comment, and coach Mark Daigneault had no comment before Tuesday’s game at Minnesota. The NBA and the Thunder did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
Giddey is averaging 12 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for an Oklahoma City team that is off to a 11-6 start. He has started both games since the accusations were made — losses to the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves. He was mostly cheered during starter introductions at home against Philadelphia, but he was booed and heckled throughout the road game against Minnesota.
Giddey was the number 6 overall pick in the 2021 draft and was named to the All-Rookie second team during the 2021-2022 season. Last season, he averaged 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists. At the FIBA World Cup this past summer, he averaged a team-high 19.4 points for an Australia team that went 3-2.
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Lakers bounce back to rout Detroit, handing Pistons team-record 15th straight loss
D’Angelo Russell scored a season-high 35 points, Anthony Davis had 28 and LeBron James 25, helping the Los Angeles Lakers beat Detroit 133-107 for the Pistons’ franchise-record 15th straight loss. James, coming off a career-high 44-point loss at Philadelphia, and his teammates were very loose during pregame warmups, perhaps sensing it would be an easy night to bounce back. And, they were right. The Lakers led 38-24 after the opening quarter, shooting 60% to Detroit’s 36%. Even though there were three quarters left, the outcome seemed certain against an offensively challenged team that doesn’t play stingy defense and is a league-worst 2-16 Detroit broke the franchise record after sharing it with three teams that had 14-game skids during the 2021-22, 1993-94 and 1979-80 seasons.
Magic beat Wizards 139-120 for their eighth straight win
Franz Wagner scored 31 points, Cole Anthony added 25 and the Orlando Magic beat the Washington Wizards 139-120 on Wednesday night for their eighth straight victory. Jalen Suggs had 22 points for the Magic, who were eliminated from the NBA’s inaugural In-Season Tournament by a tiebreaker Tuesday night. Their win streak is one short of the franchise record set in 1994 and matched twice in this century. Kyle Kuzma led Washington with 24 points. Deni Avdija added 22 and Jordan Poole scored 19. The Magic shot 60.7 % overall and made 17 of 27 from 3-point range in the opener of a two-game series.
Raptors end Suns’ winning streak at seven games, spoiling Kevin Durant’s return
Scottie Barnes scored 23 points, Pascal Siakam had 22 and the Toronto Raptors beat Phoenix 112-105 on Wednesday night to end the Suns’ winning streak at seven. Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter for Phoenix after missing two games because of a sore foot, while fellow star Devin Booker had only eight points. The Suns lost for the first time since a Nov. 12 at home against Oklahoma City. Booker, who beat the New York Knicks on Sunday night with a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left, missed a 3 that would have tied it with 50 seconds remaining. Booker shot 2 for 12, going 0 for 4 on 3-pointers.
Jaren Jackson Jr. scores 20 as Grizzlies defeat Jazz 105-91 for their first home win this season
Jaren Jackson Jr. had 20 points and six blocks, David Roddy added 19 points and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Utah Jazz 105-91 on Wednesday night for their first home win of the season. John Collins led the Jazz with 17 points, while Jordan Clarkson and Simone Fontecchio added 12 points. Utah was hindered by shooting 38% for the night, while committing 18Jackson turnovers. Memphis, which was 35-6 at home last season, had lost its first eight home games this year.
Jokic’s triple-double lifts Nuggets past Rockets 134-124 in Murray’s return
Nikola Jokic had 32 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, Michael Porter Jr. scored a season-high 30 points and the Denver Nuggets rolled past the Houston Rockets 134-124 on Wednesday night in Jamal Murray’s return from a hamstring injury. Murray scored 16 points after missing Denver’s past 11 games. After starting 6-1 with Murray available, the Nuggets were just 6-5 without their point guard. It was the third consecutive win for the NBA champion Nuggets, who had lost four of five before their current streak. Jokic, who was sidelined with a lower back injury in a win Monday at the Los Angeles Clippers, recorded his seventh triple-double of the season.
- with AP