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LeBron James triple-double lifts Cavaliers over Sacramento Kings

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walks off the court on their way to being defeated 106-97 by the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walks off the court on their way to being defeated 106-97 by the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Cleveland superstar LeBron James posted his 40th career triple-double — and his first this season — to lead the Cavaliers to a 120-100 NBA win over the reeling Sacramento Kings on Monday.

James had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and teammate Kyrie Irving added 32 points and 12 assists to pile on the misery for the Kings, who have lost four straight and eight of their last nine.

Sacramento coach George Karl reportedly could be fired before next weekend’s All-Star break.

Cleveland were in control throughout, stretching a 16-point halftime lead to as many as 24 in the third quarter.

James capped his triple-double with his 10th rebound in the final minute of the third period.

He said he didn’t realize until the end of the quarter that he had achieved the triple-double.

“I just go out and continue to play the game,” James said. “If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it doesn’t.

“The only concern is how we can close out quarters and win the ball game.”

It was another encouraging performance from Irving, still returning to full strength after missing the first two months of the season as he continued to recover from the knee injury he suffered in the first game of last season’s NBA Finals.

“I think we are just starting to settle into our roles every game out,” Irving said. “Last few games felt really good.”

Cavs forward Kevin Love, back from a one-game absence with a bruised thigh, scored 11 points and surpassed 9,000 for his career in the first half.

“We were happy that we were able to maintain the lead,” Love said of a Cavaliers team that has sometimes struggled to finish off wins. “We were able to maintain and keep enough distance there.”

OVERTIME DRAMA

The Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers all notched overtime victories.

Portland point guard Damian Lillard scored a game-high 33 points in the Trail Blazers’ 112-106 win over the Grizzlies in Memphis. He made 10 of the Trail Blazers’ 14 free throws — including two late in an overtime in which Portland outscored Memphis 10-4.

Portland trailed 102-100 with 7.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter and attempted three shots — the last an equalizing tip-in by Allen Crabbe with one-tenth of a second left.

In Atlanta, the host Hawks led the Magic by 20 in the first quarter but Orlando battled back, erasing an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to triumph 117-110 in overtime with the aid of 28 points and 12 rebounds from center Nikola Vucevic.

The Clippers rallied for a 98-92 overtime triumph over the lowly 76ers in Philadelphia.

Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick scored 23 points each and center DeAndre Jordan scored four of his 12 points in the extra session.

Point guard Chris Paul added 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Los Angeles, who trailed by 19 points in the first half and by eight with six minutes left in regulation.

JOHNSON LIFTS NETS

It came down to the wire in Brooklyn, where Nets forward Joe Johnson hit the game-winning three-pointer with one-tenth of a second remaining to give the hosts a 105-104 triumph over the Denver Nuggets.

The Nets had wasted a 16-point lead before pulling out the dramatic victory.

The Indiana Pacers also held on for a win, 89-87 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Indianapolis.

Paul George scored seven of his 21 points in the final one minute and 11 seconds as the Pacers thwarted a Lakers rally.

The Lakers trailed by as many as 17 in the third quarter and were down 75-68 before Kobe Bryant led a rally that put the visitors up 84-80.

George scored the next six points with three free throws and a three-point play as the Pacers held on.

February 9, 2016 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

Nuggets hand Warriors third defeat of season

Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket against Harrison Barnes #40 of the Golden State Warriors at Pepsi Center on January 13.

Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket against Harrison Barnes #40 of the Golden State Warriors at Pepsi Center on January 13.

Denver forward Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points and came up with a key late steal as the Nuggets handed the Golden State Warriors just their third defeat of the NBA season on Wednesday, 112-110 in Colorado.

Golden State’s star guard Stephen Curry scored 38 points, but the Warriors trailed by 10 heading into the final period and couldn’t quite climb out of the hole.

“I don’t think we played hard enough for the majority of the game,” said Warriors coach Luke Walton, whose team fell to 36-3.

“I thought we gave a tremendous effort in the fourth quarter — well, in the last half of the fourth quarter.

“But for a championship team and what we’re trying to accomplish, in my opinion we didn’t play hard enough and we didn’t play smart enough for a majority of that game.”

Nevertheless the Warriors, who are chasing not only a repeat title but the record for regular season wins set by the 72-10 Chicago Bulls of 1995-96 — had a chance to pull it out at the end.

Gallinari, who made 17-for-19 free throws, missed one with 3.1 seconds left to give the Warriors a chance to overcome the 112-110 deficit.

Golden State inbounded the ball, but Klay Thompson missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Golden State played without versatile forward Draymond Green, who missed his first game of the season as a scheduled day of rest.

“We could have used his energy tonight,” Walton said.

Curry scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, draining a three-pointer, three free throws and two layups as the Warriors cut the deficit to 102-95 with 2:40 to play.

Curry’s fourth three-pointer of the game pulled the Warriors within 104-100 with 1:44 remaining but Will Barton, who scored 21 points for Denver, responded with a three-pointer of his own.

After another Curry layup, Denver’s Darrell Arthur sank a jump shot to give the Nuggets a 109-102 lead.

A layup from Warriors forward Harrison Barnes and a three-pointer by Curry made it 109-107 with 37.1 seconds to play.

Gallinari then stole the ball from Curry and Denver guard Gary Harris hit two free throws with 5.4 seconds left.

Thompson sank a three-pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining to pull the Warriors to 111-110.

But after Gallinari made one of two free throws, Thompson was unable to get the game-winner.

“We showed a lot of fight and aggressiveness down the stretch,” Curry said. “(But) we spotted them too many points.”

THUNDER ROLL PAST MAVS

Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead the Thunder to a 108-89 victory over the short-handed Dallas Mavericks in a testy affair in Oklahoma City.

Durant connected on nine of 14 from the field to go with 10 rebounds and four assists.

The Mavericks, playing without all five regular starters after a tough overtime loss to Cleveland, were led by J.J. Barea, who scored 18 points and handed out six assists.

It was Barea who got tangled up with Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second quarter, sparking a shoving match between the two teams that resulted in multiple technical fouls.

Dallas’s Charlie Villanueva — who put a hand on Westbrook’s throat — was ejected.

Minutes later, Barea and Westbrook clashed again and Westbrook was issued a second technical foul and ejected for just the third time in his career.

Westbrook finished 0 for 3 from the field and 0 for 4 from the foul line, just the second time in his career he failed to score in a game.

HARDEN MILESTONE IN WIN

James Harden scored 27 points — reaching 10,000 for his career on a fourth-quarter free throw — to lead the Houston Rockets to a 107-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Harden added 11 assists, while centre Dwight Howard posted his own double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Rockets stretched their winning streak to a season-best five games.

Los Angeles Clippers centre DeAndre Jordan’s “iron-man” streak of 360 straight NBA games played ended as pneumonia forced him to sit out his team’s 104-90 home win over the Miami Heat.

Jordan’s was the longest active streak of games played in the league. He hadn’t missed a game since March 23, 2011 — when he was also diagnosed with pneumonia.

January 14, 2016 By : Category : English featured NBA Tags:,
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NBA:Griffin powers Clippers to over-time win at Detroit

m_NBA Griffin powers Clippers to over-time win at Detroit

Blake Griffin scored 34 points and set up two crucial baskets that sparked the Los Angeles Clippers to a 105-103 over-time NBA victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

The star power forward assisted on JJ Redick’s game-tying 3-pointer with 19.6 remaining in regulation time and flipped the ball to reserve Jamal Crawford ahead of his go-ahead 3-pointer with 12.4 seconds remaining in over-time among seven assists as the visiting Clippers improved to 15-10.

“People look at the power, the speed and the dunks. They miss the best part of his game and that’s his passing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Griffin.

Players talked Rivers out of his plans to set up the plays that led to the key 3-pointers.

“It was really one of those games where you listen to them,” Rivers said.

“They were so into the game, they had a great feel. Sometimes as a coach you say, ‘No, I’ll go with my stuff.’ Sometimes, you go with theirs.”

Detroit couldn’t convert three put-back attempts after a missed free throw in the final seconds.

Reggie Jackson led Detroit with 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Redick had 24 points while Chris Paul had 13 points and 12 assists for the Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker each added 18 points as the San Antonio Spurs ripped Utah 118-81, improving to 13-0 at home this season, their best home-court start since 2007.

The Spurs, with the NBA’s second-best record at 21-5 behind only 24-1 Golden State, led the Jazz by as many as 46 points on the way to a third consecutive blowout romp.

DRAGIC LOSES TOOTH

In Atlanta, Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds to power the Miami Heat over the host Hawks 100-88.

The Heat had lost seven games in a row to the Hawks and last won in Atlanta in 2013.

Miami guard Goran Dragic had a tooth knocked out by an accidental elbow from Atlanta forward Al Horford.

The Slovenian returned from the locker room to finish with 12 points, eight points and seven rebounds.

“I think we all learned a little something about him tonight,” Heat forward Dwyane Wade said of Dragic. “Most people want to go to the locker room. But he didn’t want to go and wanted to stay in the game. He’s just a tough guy. We knew he was tough, but didn’t know he was ‘get your teeth knocked out, bleeding and come right back in’ tough.”

At Indianapolis, the Toronto Raptors took a 26-5 lead and the Indiana Pacers answered by scoring the next 22 points to grab the lead on their way to a 106-90 victory.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel lectured his team during a timeout to spark the reversal of fortune.

“I’m not sure I can actually repeat what I said, but essentially, it was about getting our defence right, something we have talked about for the past five games,” Vogel said.

The Pacers surged to a 44-30 lead and never trailed again, beating the Raptors for the first time in the past six meetings.

Marc Gasol had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Mike Conley added 18 points and 11 assists as host Memphis ripped Washington 112-95 while Jimmy Butler scored 23 points to lead the Chicago Bulls over visiting Philadelphia 115-96.

Deron Williams scored 18 points and the Dallas Mavericks snapped a three-game home losing streak by downing Phoenix 104-94.

Will Barton scored 23 points and Gary Harris added a career-high 21 points as the Denver Nuggets defeated Houston 114-108.

December 16, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

Bryant receives high praise from peers

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

The NBA fraternity reacted quickly to Kobe Bryant’s announcement Sunday that he would retire at the end of the season, with some calling it “sad” while other spoke of his incredible legacy.

Bryant, 37, one of the greatest US basketball players ever, will retire after spending his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver was one of the first to respond to Bryant’s announcement.

“With 17 NBA All-Star selections, an NBA MVP (2008), five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals and a relentless work ethic, Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the history of our game,” Silver said.

“Whether competing in the NBA finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game. I join Kobe’s millions of fans around the world in congratulating him on an outstanding NBA career and thank him for so many thrilling memories.”

Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke to reporters about Bryant’s decision before Sunday’s 107-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

“I thought he at least had another year in him,” Scott said. “It kind of shocked me when he told me. Sad more than anything. Somebody I care about, have a lot of respect for, it’s always hard when greatness like Kobe decides to hang it up.”

It’s a unique situation for a Lakers team that lost iconic centre Shaquille O’Neal to a departure for Miami, and past legend Magic Johnson to his announcement that he had the HIV virus.

“We’re all sad,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said. “This era of Lakers basketball has been one of the most fun, exciting prosperous eras we could imagine.”

Johnson told Yahoo Sports that the five-time NBA champion Bryant leaves a lasting legacy.

“He’s the closest thing we’ve seen to Michael Jordan,” Johnson said. “He’ll probably go down as the second-greatest scoring guard. You couldn’t stop him. His will to win was incredible and he stayed in the gym like no other.”

Indiana star forward Paul George said the 37-year-old Bryant will always be an inspiration to him.

“He’s still my idol regardless of him aging and his game changing,” George said.

Shane Battier, who won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat and is now retired, paid Bryant the highest compliment.

“Kobe is the greatest competitor I have ever faced,” Battier said. “I am glad he found peace, I don’t know if we will see another like him. Enjoy the last 66.”

 

November 30, 2015 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight NBA 0 Comment

Warriors rally to grab 13th victory

Paul Pierce and Andre Iguodala

Paul Pierce and Andre Iguodala

The Golden State Warriors erased a 23-point first-half deficit to stretch their NBA season-opening win streak to 13 games on Thursday with a 124-117 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The reigning NBA champions became just the fifth team in NBA history to open a season 13-0 and continued to close in on the record for the best start to a season of 15-0 — achieved by Washington in 1948-49 and the Houston Rockets in 1993-94.

But it was a close-run win, as the pumped up Clippers raced to a big lead over their Pacific Division rivals, led by point guard Chris Paul.

Paul, back in action after being sidelined by a groin strain, made his first seven shots, including three from three-point range.

He finished the game with 35 points and eight assists in 32 minutes on the floor.

But Golden State, who trailed 55-32 early in the second quarter, battled back, with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry scoring 13 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 91-85 going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors shot 73.3 percent from the field in the final period taking a 116-115 lead with less than two minutes to play and never relinquishing it.

AFP

November 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

NBA, Deng Foundation partner for UK dev’t

Luol Deng

Luol Deng

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Luol Deng Foundation, a non-profit organisation that uses basketball as a tool to give hope to those in Africa, the US and the UK, will again collaborate to support the DENG Camp TOP 50 led by two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng (Miami Heat; Great Britain; born in South Sudan).

The DENG Camp TOP 50, a four-day residential basketball camp for boys ages 18 and under from across the UK, tips off today and runs through August 22 at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London. The NBA will provide sports apparel and prizes for the participants, who have been selected by a panel of national and club team coaches.

The camp will focus on basketball development and teaching the values of the game, including teamwork, discipline, dedication, fitness and healthy living.

“We have always looked at doing a camp for the most talented kids in the UK, and now seems a better time than ever to do it,” said Deng. “The selected players will take part in a three-day camp to give them an idea of what the next level is like. I’m excited about the camp, and I truly believe this will have a huge impact on these players and UK basketball.”

“The NBA is thrilled to partner with the Luol Deng Foundation once again, and we are inspired by Luol’s relentless commitment to grassroots basketball development here in the UK,” said Neal Meyer, NBA Senior Director of Basketball Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Luol is an inspiration to young basketball players across Great Britain and for the second straight year the NBA will support his Foundation’s efforts to attract more youth to the sport while also teaching the values of the game.”

Deng was born in South Sudan and became a British citizen in 2006, having moved to London with his family in 1994. The 6’9’’ forward was drafted seventh overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. In 2006-07 he was the only Bulls player to start all 82 regular-season games. He joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in January 2014, during which time he was voted the 2013-14 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, presented annually to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. He is currently a forward with the Miami Heat. Earlier this month in Johannesburg, South Africa, he captained Team Africa in the first NBA Africa Game, where he won co-MVP honours.

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August 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

Shaq picks Michael Jordan over LeBron James – but ‘Dr J was best’

Shaq picks Michael Jordan over LeBron James - but 'Dr J was best'

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Shaquille O’Neal weighed into basketball’s great debate on Tuesday when he backed a young Michael Jordan to beat LeBron James one-on-one — but added that both were outshone by the legendary Dr. J.

O’Neal, visiting Hong Kong to promote an energy drink, faced both Jordan and James in their prime and when asked who would win a hypothetical match-up, he didn’t hesitate.

“Mike,” said O’Neal, winner of four NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-2002) and the Miami Heat (2006). “I think you have to go with a young Jordan every time.”

O’Neal was addressing an issue which has captured the imagination during the NBA off-season after both James and Jordan insisted they would win if they clashed at the height of their powers.

In comments splashed by media, Jordan said he would come out on top “No question”, while James retorted to the NBC’s Today show: “I’m gonna take myself versus anybody”.

But Shaq, 43, said he’d side with Chicago Bulls star Jordan over Cleveland’s James.

“It would be an interesting game,” said O’Neal. “Young LeBron was more like (Lakers Hall of Famer) Magic Johnson. He was sort of like Magic with Jordan’s abilities. He liked to pass, and he liked to get it up.

“But Mike was Mike. He was just special, like no one else. He always did things no one else could do, and things you couldn’t compare to anyone else. So he was special, and he’d win.”

The 30-year-old James’ star continues to rise through two NBA titles with the Miami Heat (2011-12, 2012-13), four NBA MVPs, and a return to his hometown of Cleveland on a mission to lead the Cavaliers to their first title.

There has also been much debate over whether he, or the now-retired Jordan — with six NBA titles and five NBA MVPs to his name — could be labelled the greatest of all time.

But O’Neal threw another player into the mix when he said 1970s and 1980s superstar Julius Erving AKA Dr J was the best he had ever seen.

“I’ve seen young Mike and young LeBron and I must say Dr. J is still my favourite player,” said O’Neal. “A lot of people today don’t even mention his name but to me I still think he was the best. But these are questions that we’ll never know the answer to.

“It’s a bit like if I met Bruce Lee in an alleyway. Who would win? You’ll never know. Some people say well Bruce would kick Shaq’s ass. Some people say well Shaq is two times bigger than Bruce Lee. It’s a good question, a good conversation. But we’ll never know.”

August 18, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA Tags:
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All-Star trio rescues Hawks, Curry lifts Warriors

All-Star trio rescues Hawks, Curry lifts Warriors

Jeff Teague

Atlanta Hawks key players stepped up when the team needed them most to tie their Eastern Conference Semifinal series at 2-2 on Tuesday morning, beating the Washington Wizards 106-101.

Hawks All-Star trio of Jeff Teague (26 points), Millsap (19 points, six assists and five rebounds), and Al Horford (18 points and 10 rebounds) came up big, making significant impact to give Atlanta hope for the remainder of the series.

Paul Pierce, who was Hawks villain in Game 3 after hitting a game-winner with a second left, missed a three-pointer with 9.5 seconds remaining as the Wizards tried to tie the contest at 104-104, instead Paul Millsap hit two free-throws to close the game out.

The Hawks stepped on floor on a desperation mood, leading by as many as 14 points, moved the ball incredibly well with 30 assists, prompting coach Mike Budenholzer to was his players “to find a way to do that for more of the 48 minutes.”

“To me, personally, I think this is the best we’ve played all series. Thirty assists, the way we played defense, the way we stepped up, the way we helped each other, the way we moved the basketball, the way we set screens,” Millsap said afterwards.

Bradley Beal finished with a career playoff-high 34 points for the Wizards, who saw All-Star guard John Wall siting out for a third straight game due to a broken left hand.

The Wizards visit Atlanta on Thursday mooring for Game 5 of the best-of-seven series.

In Memphis, MVP Stephen Curry has played the best game of his Western Conference Semifinals campaign, powering the Golden State Warriors when they needed him most to tie the series at 2-2.

Curry finished with a game-high 33 points as the Warriors sealed a comprehensive 101-84 victory at Memphis.

Marc Gasol did everything the Grizzlies needed him to do by scoring a team-high 19 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out six assists, but the game belonged to a desperate Golden State Warriors who led most of the contest, trailing only by two.

 

Warriors host Memphis in Game 5 on Thursday morning.

May 13, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

Cavaliers down Bucks, clinch division title

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Cleveland superstar LeBron James drained a three-pointer with 14.9 seconds left to help the Cavaliers beat Milwaukee 104-99 on Wednesday and clinch the NBA Central Division title.

Even before completing their fourth straight victory, the Cavaliers were assured of the division title thanks to Chicago’s loss to Orlando.

They also secured the second seed behind Atlanta in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

James finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 27 points.

Kevin Love added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who earned their first Central Division title since 2009-2010 — before James departed his home state team for four seasons in Miami.

FREE AGENT

“It means a lot,” said James, who returned to Cleveland this season as a free agent.

“Just from the simple fact that I understand how hard it is to win in professional sports and to be able to clinch a division and put a banner in our building it means something to me and it should mean something to all of us.

“We understand we have bigger goals than this, but along with bigger goals you have accomplishments you can’t take for granted.”

Although the Hawks are already assured of the top seed in the East, they’re making a strong run into the playoffs.

Al Horford scored 24 points, including a dunk with 19 seconds left that lifted Atlanta to a 114-111 victory at the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

The defeat saw the Nets fall into a tie with Boston for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, with the Celtics owning the tiebreaker.

If the Nets can hang on for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East they would face the Hawks in the first round.

The Celtics inched closer to a playoff berth with a 113-103 victory over Detroit, but Miami and Indiana are just one game back in the race for the final post-season spot.

In the Western Conference, reigning NBA champions San Antonio continued their bid to grab the Southwest Division with a 110-98 victory over division leaders Houston.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 27 points. Kawhi Leonard chipped in 20 points and Boris Diaw added 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench for San Antonio, who have won nine straight and pulled within one half-game of the Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies for the division lead.

Memphis parlayed an impressive shooting performance into a 110-74 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Grizzlies shot 51.1 percent from the floor overall. Six Memphis players scored in double figures, with Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Jeff Green scoring 15 apiece.

The Pelicans lost for the second time in three games and dropped into a tie for eighth in the Western Conference with idle Oklahoma City.

AFP

April 11, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

Gasol shines for Grizzlies, Celtics sink Heat

Grizzlies 101, Bulls 91

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

 Marc Gasol led all scorers with 23 points to spearhead the Memphis Grizzlies’ 101-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Gasol’s older brother, Pau, scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Chicago (39-26) for his NBA-leading 43rd double-double. It tied his career high set in 2010-11 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jeff Green added 19 points, Zach Randolph scored 16 points and Tony Allen finished with 11 points for Memphis (45-18), who have not lost in Chicago since January 1, 2012.

Hawks 130, Kings 105

The Atlanta Hawks blasted Sacramento 130-105, handing the Kings their fourth straight loss.

Atlanta (50-13) hit 12 three-pointers and had 25 assists on 30 field goals in the first half.

All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures, led by DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver, who each finished with 20. Jeff Teague added 18 points and 13 assists.

Rudy Gay had 23 points to lead the Kings (21-41).

Wizards 95, Hornets 69

MarcinGortat scored 20 points on nine-of-11 shooting, and the Washington Wizards rolled to a 95-69 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

The Wizards (36-28) were dominant early and led by as many as 19 points in the first half, then pushed the margin to 26 at the end.

Wizards guard John Wall, who hit his first five shots in the first quarter, finished with 15 points and nine assists.

Celtics 100, Heat 90

Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, and the Boston Celtics, taking advantage of the ejection of Miami centre Hassan Whiteside, defeated the Heat 100-90.

Whiteside, who finished with seven points and nine rebounds, was tossed with 2:45 left in the third quarter after he elbowed Boston’s Kelly Olynyk.

Boston (26-36) won for the third time in four games. The Celtics trail the Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers by two games in the battle for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat (28-35), who trail the Hornets and Pacers by a half-game, were led by Dwayne Wade’s game-high 34 points.

Nuggets 106, Knicks 78

Kenneth Faried scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Wilson Chandler added 17 points and the Denver Nuggets routed the New York Knicks 106-78.

Ty Lawson scored 14 points for Denver (23-41).

Andrea Bargnani added 12 points and seven rebounds for New York (12-50).

Warriors 98, Suns 80

Stephen Curry scored 36 points and Klay Thompson added 25 as the Golden State Warriors became the second team in the NBA to 50 victories with a win over the Phoenix Suns.

Draymond Green had 11 points and 10 rebounds to help the Warriors (50-12) reach 50 victories about four hours after Atlanta (50-13) got there by routing Philadelphia.

Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 19 points, guard Brandon Knight had 13 but suffered an ankle sprain in the first half and did not return.

Pelicans 114, Bucks 103

Anthony Davis set a new career high with 43 points as the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Milwaukee Bucks for a victory.

Davis was dominant in all phases of his game. He hit 17 of 23 shots and nine of 11 free throw attempts while grabbing eight rebounds with six assists and a pair of blocked shots.

With the win, New Orleans pulled within a half-game of Oklahoma City for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

Forward GiannisAntetokounmpo with a career-high 29 points for the Bucks (33-30).

Clippers 89, Timberwolves 76

J.J. Redick scored a game-high 26 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers rolled to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Redick hit 10 of 19 shots from the floor as the Clippers (41-23) ended a two-game losing streak. Centre DeAndre Jordan finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds.

The win kept the Clippers (41-23) a half-game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

Rookie forward Adreian Payne led Minnesota (14-48) with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Reuters

March 11, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment