The Bengals and Vontaze Burfict agreed to a three-year contract extension that will pay the Pro Bowl linebacker a maximum of $20.05 million through 2017, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Burfict is making $570,000 in the final year of his original deal with Cincinnati, which took a minimal risk when it signed him as an undrafted free agent from Arizona State in 2012. Burfict has quickly emerged as the Bengals' top defensive player. His extension comes two weeks after the Bengals got quarterback Andy Dalton - also entering the final year on his original deal - under contract through 2020 for up to $115 million.
Kyrie Irving made all five shots and scored 12 points starting in place of Derrick Rose, and the U.S. James Harden also scored 12 in limited playing time for the Americans, who used their subs for most of the second half. Rose sat out, with team officials saying coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to be able to look longer at other players with cuts coming soon.