Turkish authorities seek arrest warrant for Knicks’ Enes Kanter

Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization.

The Sabah newspaper reported that the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office had also prepared an extradition request for the NBA player. Officials at the prosecutor’s office could not be reached by the Associated Press for comment on Wednesday.

Kanter, who didn’t go with the Knicks for their game against the Wizards in London on Thursday because he feared he could be killed over his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responded on Twitter that the Turkish government could not present “any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing.”

“I don’t even have a parking ticket in the U.S.,” he wrote Wednesday.

Kanter has been an outspoken critic of Erdogan, and his Turkish passport was revoked in 2017. This time, Sabah says prosecutors are seeking an Interpol “Red Notice” citing Kanter’s ties to exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for a failed coup in 2016, and accusing Kanter of providing financial support to his group.

Wednesday’s games

Nets 145, Rockets 142: Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and visiting Brooklyn won despite James Harden’s 58-point game for Houston. Harden had his second straight season high after scoring 57 in a victory over Memphis on Monday. The Rockets attempted an NBA-record 70 3-pointers, making 23.

Celtics 117, Raptors 108: Kyrie Irving hit a foul-line fadeaway to give Boston the lead, then hit a 31-foot 3-pointer to finish with 27 points and lead host Boston past Eastern Conference-leading Toronto. Returning after missing the previous game because of a bruised right leg, Irving had 10 points and six of his career-high 18 assists in the fourth quarter — including passes to set up Boston’s last three baskets in a game-ending 17-4 run.

Trail Blazers 129, Cavaliers 112: Jusuf Nurkic had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double and Portland won at home. The Blazers’ Damian Lillard had 33 points.

Spurs 105, Mavericks 101: Davis Bertans hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 left and San Antonio overcame a 19-point first-half deficit to win on the road. The Spurs clawed back to even in the fourth quarter, then survived a see-saw finish. Bertans and DeMar DeRozan scored 17 of the Spurs’ 30 points in the fourth quarter.

Jazz 129, Clippers 109: Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points and visiting Utah defeated Los Angeles for its first five-game winning streak this season. Mitchell, coming off Western Conference player of the week honors, has averaged 30.3 points over his past six games.

Bucks 111, Grizzlies 101: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds and host Milwaukee used a third-quarter outburst to capture its third straight win.

Pistons 120, Magic 115: Blake Griffin scored 30 points and Andre Drummond added 14 points and 21 rebounds for host Detroit.

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