Rose back with Knicks after emotional journey to join family

Sports | 12 Jan 2017

New York Knicks star Derrick Rose has been fined an unspecified amount but is back with the NBA team after a mysterious no-show.

Rose, 28, baffled teammates, officials and fans by failing to appear for what turned out to be a 110-96 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at home.

He offered a limited explanation to media during a practice session yesterday, saying he went to Chicago over "a family issue. It had nothing to do with the team or basketball. That's the first time I ever felt like that emotionally and I had to be with my family."

Asked why he did not respond to calls from the Knicks' management, Rose said he needed "space."

Elsewhere, DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 41 points and Kyle Lowry had 24 as the Toronto Raptors rallied to end the Boston Celtics' four-game winning streak with a 114-106 win.

Isaiah Thomas had 27 points for the Celtics, who stayed third in the Eastern Conference behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Raptors.

In Utah, Gordon Hayward went toe- to-toe with LeBron James in the second half to help the Jazz beat the Cavaliers 100-92.

Hayward had 28 points and was instrumental in Utah's breakaway after James, who finished with 29 points, revived the Cavaliers after a 15-point half-time deficit.

James Harden had 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in the Houston Rockets' 121-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets. The Milwaukee Bucks beat the San Antonio Spurs, 109-107.


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