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Warriors down Spurs to keep record chase alive

Warriors down Spurs to keep record chase alive

The Golden State Warriors made a statement with a 112-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, clinching home court advantage throughout the playoffs in a clash of NBA titans.

The Warriors joined the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the only teams to win 70 games in a season.

The reigning champions kept their quest to break those Bulls’ record of 72 regular-season wins alive. They must still win their final three games of the season to do so, and the closing stretch includes another clash with the Spurs in San Antonio, where the Spurs are 39-0 this season.

Most importantly, the 70-9 Warriors ended the 65-13 Spurs’ chance of stealing the top seed in the West and shook off any doubts raised by a couple of lackluster defeats in their past three games.

Stephen Curry had a game-high 27 points and the Warriors held the Spurs to just 19 baskets in the first 30 minutes of the first-ever regular-season meeting of teams with 65 or more wins.

Australian big man Andrew Bogut had 11 rebounds and Harrison Barnes eight as Golden State out-rebounded the Spurs 43-32.

The Warriors led by as many as 23 in the third quarter en route to the victory.

Barnes had 21 points and Draymond Green 18 for the Warriors, who shot 54.2 percent from the field and connected on 12 of 25 three-point attempts.

Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 23 points for the Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

The Spurs made five of six shots to start the fourth quarter to pull within 93-80, but the Warriors quickly rebuilt the lead to 18 points and cruised home.

“We’ve been stumbling a little bit the last three home games here,” Curry said. “Against a team like that, that plays at a high level, you want to come in and get a win and that’s what we did.”

More importantly, Curry said, the Warriors played with the kind of energy and rhythm they’ll need to win a second straight championship.

“Our priority tonight was about how we played,” Curry said. “We obviously wanted to win, but how we play these next three games leading into the playoffs is how we focus on the big goal.”

BULLS, ROCKETS ON BRINK

The Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, both fighting for their playoff lives, were dealt damaging defeats.

The Bulls fell 106-98 to the Heat in Miami, where Dwyane Wade scored 21 points for the hosts who moved into a tie with Boston for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls fell to 39-40 and are on the brink of elimination. With three games remaining they are three games behind Detroit for the eighth and final post-season berth in the East.

If the Bulls fall short, it would mark the first time since 2008 that they have missed the post-season.

Jimmy Butler’s 25 points paced the Bulls, with Pau Gasol contributing 21 points and 12 rebounds and Derrick Rose adding 17 points.

Chicago jumped to an early lead and led 22-21 going into the second quarter. They stretched their lead to 46-40 at halftime, but the Heat responded after the interval.

After connecting on just 39.5 percent of shots from the field in the first half, the Heat shot 66.7 percent in the third quarter with no turnovers.

The Heat took a 75-69 lead into the fourth quarter, and put the game out of reach with a 14-4 scoring run in the final minutes.

Gasol said that once again the Bulls paid the price for poor defence.

In Houston, P.J. Tucker scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Mirza Teletovic chipped in 26 points off the bench as the Suns shocked the Rockets 124-115.

Tyson Chandler scored 21 points with 10 rebounds, producing the dunk that capped a 12-0 scoring run for the Suns, who snapped a seven-game losing streak and improved to 21-58.

James Harden led the Rockets with 30 points and seven assists, but Houston lost for the seventh time in 10 games and are 1 1/2 games behind the Utah Jazz for eighth in the Western Conference.

April 8, 2016 By : Category : English featured Teams Tags:,
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Warriors record bid falters after Minnesota upset

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors stands on the court towards the end of their loss to Minnesota Timberwolves at ORACLE Arena on April 5, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors stands on the court towards the end of their loss to Minnesota Timberwolves at ORACLE Arena on April 5, 2016 in Oakland, California.

The Golden State Warriors’ bid to surpass the Chicago’s Bulls regular season record suffered a setback Tuesday as they crashed to a shock overtime defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Warriors, chasing the legendary 1995-1996 Bulls team’s mark of 72 victories, slumped to a 124-117 reverse against the Timberwolves, who have the third worst record in the Western Conference.

The Warriors’ defeat means they must now win all four of their remaining games — which include two meetings with the second-ranked San Antonio Spurs — to get to 73 victories.

The Warriors (69-9) had looked to be cruising to a straightforward win after accelerating into a 17-point lead in the second half.

But Minnesota rallied superbly and a 35-point haul from Shabazz Muhammad — the best of his career — and 32 points from Andrew Wiggins inspired a fightback which left the Golden State home crowd in stunned silence.

Warriors talisman Stephen Curry struggled to find his range all night, finishing with 21 points but making only four of 14 three point attempts as Golden State tumbled to their second home defeat in the space of three games after last Friday’s loss to Boston.

A disappointed Curry rejected suggestions the drive for the record was weighing on the reigning NBA champions.

“I don’t think so,” Curry said. “We’ve put ourselves in a position that it’s a realistic goal and we’ve got to embrace the challenge.

“It’s obviously not easy to get it done — we’re proving that right now. But I don’t think it’s anything that’s weighing us down on the floor or anything like that.

“We just haven’t played well in two of the last three home games. It’s amplified now because we’re so close to the goal.”

Elsewhere on Tuesday, LeBron James scored 17 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged closer to locking up home advantage for the playoffs with a 109-80 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks.

James had a relatively quiet night, with his points haul matched by Kevin Love and surpassed by J.R. Smith, who finished with 21.

It was Cleveland’s fourth straight victory and left them with a record of 56-22 at the top of the Eastern Conference with four games left.

The only team capable of catching them at the top of the standings are the Toronto Raptors, who are 51-25 with five left to play.

WESTBROOK TRIPLE JOY

In Denver, Russell Westbrook banked his 17th triple double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Nuggets 124-102.

Westbrook weighed in with 13 points, 12 assists and 14 rebounds as he became the first player since Magic Johnson in 1988-89 to make 17 triple doubles in a season.

“It’s a great honour,” Westbrook said. “Whenever you’re mentioned in the same sentence as Magic, it’s always great. That’s something you never take for granted.”

Westbrook bagged his latest triple-double after assisting Andre Roberson’s dunk during the third quarter.

The victory saw Oklahoma City improve to 54-24 and guaranteed them the third seeding in the Western Conference.

Although the Los Angeles Clippers could reach 54 wins, the Thunder would still hold the third seed because of their superior head-to-head record this season.

The Thunder’s win came after Enes Kanter scored 18 points and 11 rebounds while Dion Waiters and Serge Ibaka scored 18 apiece.

Oklahoma City led by as many as 33 at one point, with the Nuggets barely in contention.

Gary Harris topscored for the Nuggets with 17 points. Emmanuel Mudiay and D.J. Augustin had 15 each as Denver fell to 32-47.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan however believed his side could have played better.

“We didn’t start the game all that well,” Donovan said. “Maybe the altitude had something to do with it but we started to get our legs underneath us as the game went on.”

AFP

April 6, 2016 By : Category : English featured Teams 0 Comment

APR BBC claim women basketball title

APR Women basketball club edged IPRS-South to win the women basketball league title.

APR Women basketball club edged IPRS-South to win the women basketball league title.

APR Women basketball club emerged champions of this year’s national women basketball league after defeating IPRC-South.

The military sponsored side registered a 65-57 win over IPRC-South to amass 15 points in eight matches played this season.

In eight matches played, APR basketball club won seven and lost once to amass 500 points scored while they conceded 430 points.

In the men’s category, IPRC-South tops the table with 25 points from 14 games, Espoir are second, also with 25 points but the former have a better score average, IPRC- Kigali are third on 24 points while Patriots come fourth with 21 points and three games in hand.

April 6, 2016 By : Category : English featured Teams 0 Comment

Warriors edge Nuggets in overtime, Spurs still perfect at home

The Golden State Warriors kept their bid for a record-setting NBA regular season on track Wednesday with a 103-96 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three-point basket against the Dallas Mavericks at ORACLE Arena on March 25, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three-point basket against the Dallas Mavericks at ORACLE Arena on March 25, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Stephen Curry scored 31 points and the Warriors overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit to notch a club record 68th win of the season. They have lost only seven games.

Klay Thompson forced overtime with a three-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation.

He scored 18 points to help the Warriors edge closer to the NBA record 72 regular-season victories posted by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Golden State need five wins in their last seven games to surpass the record. They finish out the season with home games against Boston, Portland, Minnesota, San Antonio and Memphis, and road games at Memphis and San Antonio.

“I’ve said many times over the years that I didn’t think that record would be broken, and it still may not be,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who played on that 1995-96 Chicago team. “We have a tough finish still to go in the last games.

“To be part of both situations is unreal.”

Gordon Hayward scored 21 points and Rodney Hood added 20 points for the Jazz, who had won eight of 10 games.

The Nuggets are now tied with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks in a battle for the last two Western Conference playoff berths.

The Jazz were hurt by their performance from the free-throw line, making just 13 of 29 from the stripe.

Hayward gave the hosts an early lead in overtime, but Utah’s offense then succumbed under pressure.

Curry scored six straight points in overtime and Draymond Green added a slam dunk for a 101-93 lead.

SPURS STILL PERFECT AT HOME

While the Warriors continued to close in on the regular-season wins record, the San Antonio Spurs broke one mark set by that Michael Jordan-led Bulls team of 1995-96 with their 38th straight home win of the season without a defeat.

Argentine veteran Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, including nine in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs finish off a 100-92 triumph over the injury depleted New Orleans Pelicans.

The Spurs took control of the contest with a 22-9 scoring run spanning the end of the second quarter and first six minutes of the third.

The Spurs improved to 63-13, matching a franchise record for wins in a season.

The Spurs have won 47 straight regular-season games in San Antonio dating back to last year, the second-longest home winning streak ever behind the continuing 54-game home win streak of the Warriors.

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green added 16 points each for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 11 points. Of 13 players who saw action for the Spurs, 12 of them scored. New Orleans, meanwhile, had just nine players in uniform. Seven of them scored in double figures, led by the 18 points of Alexis Ajinca.

50 WIN RAPTORS

The Raptors notched a milestone victory in Toronto, downing the Atlanta Hawks 105-97 to reach 50 wins for a season for the first time in franchise history.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with a game-high 26 points to go with six assists and five rebounds.

“It means everything to me,” DeRozan said. “My whole career, I’ve been through the tough times, now to be called the winningest Raptors of all time and now to break a franchise record three years in a row — it definitely means a lot to me.”

Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and nine rebounds, while Kyle Lowry, still nursing a right elbow injury, contributed 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.

In Minneapolis, Chris Paul scored 20 points, handed out 16 assists and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 99-79 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Clippers won their fourth straight, strengthening their grip on fourth place and the final home-court advantage berth in the Western Conference playoffs.

They are 6 1/2 games ahead of the injury-hit Memphis Grizzlies, who lost 109-105 at home to the Denver Nuggets and are now just two games in front of the Portland Trail Blazers for the fifth seed in the West.

 

March 31, 2016 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Teams 0 Comment

Spurs, Warriors remain perfect at home

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Stephen Curry #30 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors react during their game against the Los Angeles Clippers at ORACLE Arena on March 23, 2016 in Oakland, California.

The San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors kept their perfect home records intact as the Western Conference teams moved closer the Chicago Bulls’ all-time single season record for consecutive home wins with 11 games remaining.

The Warriors toppled Los Angeles 114-98 to sweep the season series with the Clippers while the Spurs dumped the Miami Heat 112-88 on Wednesday as Kawhi Leonard matched his career high with 32 points.

The Spurs improved to 36-0 at home to move within one of the 1995-96 Bulls NBA record of 37 wins and no losses from the start of the season.

The Warriors aren’t far behind as they improved to 33-0 to move into a tie with the 1995-96 Orlando Magic for third place on the all time list.

Both the Spurs (60-11) and the Warriors (64-7) have 11 games left in the regular season as they each try to become the first team to finish the season without a loss at home.

“If we take care of home court the rest of the way it would be good,” said Warriors star Stephen Curry on Wednesday night. “We don’t want to limp into the playoffs. With the schedule we have, we got to take advantage of it.”

Both teams are back at home on Friday with the Warriors facing Memphis and the Spurs hosting Dallas.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr also said earlier Wednesday that the club’s quest to set the NBA single-season win record was a real lure.

“We’re getting there,” he said. “That’s pretty enticing.”

The Warriors swept the season series over the Clippers as Curry scored a game-high 33 points while Klay Thompson wasn’t far behind with 32. The teammates combined for 11 three-pointers.

Draymond Green notched his 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Shaun Livingston came off the bench to score 11 points.

The victory allowed the Warriors to remain four games up on San Antonio in the battle for top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Leonard equalled his career high 32 points in 24 minutes of playing time before leaving the Spurs game against the Heat with a bruised quadriceps.

Leonard left the floor midway through the third quarter and headed to the San Antonio locker room with a towel over his face. He did not return, but he was not needed as the Spurs went on a 18-4 burst in the first five minutes after he left.

LOVE LETS LOOSE IN RETURN

Kevin Love returned to the lineup and finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-104.

LeBron James had 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kyrie Irving had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Cavaliers, who have won four of their last five.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Bucks, who lost their third straight. Greg Monroe had 14 points.

Love missed one game with a cold that bothered him for about a week and broke out of a shooting funk that bothered him since the all-star break. He hit eight of 14 shots from the floor.

James spoke earlier telling the US media he would take less money to play on the same NBA team with his basketball friends — Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul — before his basketball career ends.

“I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together,” James said. “At least one, maybe one or two seasons — me, Melo, D-Wade, CP — we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.”

Elsewhere, the Boston Celtics ensured their first winning season in three years under Brad Stevens, by posting a 91-79 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Despite the loss, Toronto clinched its third consecutive post-season berth thanks to a 115-107 loss by Chicago to the New York Knicks.

AFP

March 24, 2016 By : Category : English featured Teams 0 Comment

LeBron-less Cavs beat Mavs, Warriors home streak hits 50

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three-point basket against the New York Knicks at ORACLE Arena on March 16, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three-point basket against the New York Knicks at ORACLE Arena on March 16, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points to power the Golden State Warriors to a record 50th consecutive home victory Wednesday, while the Cleveland Cavaliers showed they could win without LeBron James.

Curry hit 12-of-20 from the floor, including 8-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arc, as the Warriors beat New York 121-85, improving to 32-0 at home this season with a 50-game overall home win streak.

At an NBA-best 61-6, the Warriors have a solid chance at beating the record one-season mark of 72-10 set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Curry opened the game 6-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-6 in 3-pointers as the Warriors took a 31-19 edge on the way to a blowout.

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving scored 33 points and came up with a key steal in the final seconds to preserve host Cleveland’s 99-98 victory over Dallas.

The Cavaliers were without four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, who was given the night off to rest, but the team improved to 4-12 over the past two seasons when playing without James.

MAGICAL KYRIE STARS

Irving threw the ball away when the Mavericks double-teamed him with 16 seconds remaining and the Cavaliers clinging to a 97-95 edge.

“I was really (mad) at the turnover. It was stuck in my head but I tried not to show it,” Irving said.

Irving regained possession when he hooked Dirk Nowitzki and wiggled in front of him for a steal. Nowitzki was forced to foul, and Irving converted both free throws.

“Dirk was trying to post up,” Irving said. “I kind of knew he wanted it on that left shoulder and I just tried to force him that way.”

“Kyrie magically appeared with the ball,” Nowitzki said. “That’s really all that happened.”

Dallas’ Deron Williams banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but that only trimmed the final Cleveland victory margin.

Kevin Love had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers and Channing Frye scored 14 points off the bench to give the Cavaliers (48-19) their first victory this season without James, having been twice before blown out without him.

“We know we have to pick up the slack when ‘Bron is out,” Love said. “It’s a learning experience for us. It’s a chance for us to grow. I think that teams look at when ‘Bron is out and think, ‘This is a game we can grab’ or ‘We hit them in the head and they’ll lay down.’ Tonight we didn’t do that. We came out aggressive and knew that we could take advantage of some mismatches.”

Nowitzki scored 20 points for Dallas, which never led as the Mavericks (34-34) lost for the sixth time in seven games.

BOSTON WANT KD

Boston Celtics fans chanted “Come to Boston” and held signs encouraging Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant to sign with the Celtics when his contract expires after the season, but the NBA star combined with Russell Westbrook to lead the Thunder over Boston 130-109.

Durant had 28 points, nine assists and seven rebounds while Westbrook had 24 points, five assists and five rebounds. Westbrook sat out the entire fourth quarter and Durant sat for most of it.

At Charlotte, Frenchman Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams each scored 26 points to power the host Hornets over Orlando 107-99.

At Washington, John Wall scored 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and passed out 12 assists as the host Wizards beat Chicago 117-96. Derrick Rose had 16 points for Chicago in his return after missing two games with a left abductor strain.

Jeff Teague had 22 points and nine assists and the visiting Atlanta Hawks won for the eighth time in 10 games by downing the Detroit Pistons 118-114.

J.J. Redick scored 14 of his 25 points by the middle of the first quarter, while DeAndre Jordan had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Chris Paul contributed 15 points and 16 assists in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 122-106 victory at Houston.

Zach LaVine scored 28 points, hitting six 3-pointers to help spark Minnesota to a 114-108 victory at Memphis, while Anthony Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds in a 123-108 New Orleans victory at Sacramento.

March 18, 2016 By : Category : English featured Teams Tags:,
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Warriors celebrate Curry’s birthday with 60th win

Golden State star Stephen Curry had plenty to celebrate on Monday, pouring in a game-high 27 points on his 28th birthday as the Warriors stayed perfect at home this season with a 125-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Alonzo Gee #15 of the New Orleans Pelicans tries to steal the ball from Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on March 14, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Alonzo Gee #15 of the New Orleans Pelicans tries to steal the ball from Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on March 14, 2016 in Oakland, California.

The Warriors improved to 60-6 — becoming the fastest team in league history to reach 60 wins and the first since the 2007-09 Boston Celtics to record 60 wins in back-to-back campaigns.

With 16 games remaining, they continue to chase the record of 72 wins set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Curry was feted with songs and chants to celebrate his birthday.

But it was Australian big man Andrew Bogut who sparked a third-quarter surge with a rare three-pointer — the third of his career and his first since March 8, 2013 — followed by a blocked shot at the other end.

His efforts ignited a 13-0 scoring run that put the Warriors well on their way to a 49th straight regular-season victory at home in Oakland, California, a streak dating back to last season.

The Warriors secured the Pacific Division title on their day off on Sunday thanks to the Los Angeles Clippers’ loss to Cleveland. They have won back-to-back division titles for the first time since 1975 and 1976.

“It’s a major accomplishment,” coach Steve Kerr said.

JAZZ DOWN CAVS

The Utah Jazz kept up their push for an NBA playoff berth with a 94-85 victory over LeBron James and the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rodney Hood scored 28 points and Shelvin Mack added 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to lead the Jazz, who were without leading scorer Gordon Hayward who missed the contest with plantar fasciitis.

James scored 23 points and Kyrie Irving added 15 and Kevin Love 12 for the Cavaliers, who had won three straight coming into the game.

Cleveland looked primed to end their road trip on a high note when the raced to an 11-4 four lead courtesy of an alley-hoop dunk from James.

But Utah battled back as Mack drained a three-pointer and French centre Rudy Gobert converted a three-point play to key a 13-2 run that put the Jazz up 19-15.

Cleveland used a 14-3 run to take a slim lead late in the third and they went into the final quarter with the score tied at 66-66.

Trey Lyles scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter for Utah — before he was ejected for a flagrant foul against Channing Frye with less than four minutes to play. Frye was also tossed after retaliating with a head-butt to earn his second technical.

With the victory Utah remained two games behind the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks — both winners on Monday — for the last Western Conference playoff berth.

The Cavs are two and a half games ahead of Toronto in atop the East.

GRIZZLIES MAULED

Trevor Ariza and Patrick Beverly set the tone with six three-pointers between them in the first quarter as the Houston Rockets thrashed the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 130-81.

The Rockets connected on 16 of 33 attempts from long range. Ariza finished with 16 points, one of nine Rockets players to score in double figures in the wire-to-wire win.

The last time Houston had nine scorers in double figures was in 1993.

In Toronto, the Raptors once again brought out the best in Chicago reserve forward Doug McDermott, who scored a team-high 29 points in the Bulls’ 109-107 victory.

“It’s something about playing one of the top teams in the East gets you motivated,” said McDermott, who had a career-high 30 points when the teams last met in February in Chicago.

The Bulls led by as many as 13 points early in the fourth quarter but the Raptors, who had won 15 of their previous 16 home games, twice cut the deficit to one in the final 20 seconds.

THUNDER PUNISH TRAIL BLAZERS

Enes Kanter scored 26 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 128-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, avenging a January defeat.

It was the first time since January 4 that a player other than Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook led the Thunder in scoring.

Oklahoma City’s stars did their part, however, with Westbrook posting his 12th triple-double of the season with 17 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds — all with no turnovers.

Durant added 20 points as seven Thunder players scored in double figures and Oklahoma City posted their largest margin of victory this season.

 

March 16, 2016 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Teams 0 Comment

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March 9, 2016 By : Category : featured Kinyarwanda Teams Tags:, , , , , ,
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Depleted Warriors stay perfect at home, Heat scorch Bulls

The Golden State Warriors struggled without NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry on Tuesday, but held on to beat Atlanta 109-105 in overtime to stay perfect at home this season.

Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks tries to steal the ball from Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on March 1, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks tries to steal the ball from Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on March 1, 2016 in Oakland, California.

The Warriors have won all 25 games on their home court in Oakland, California, this season and 43 straight regular-season games at Oracle Arena dating back to last season.

But with Curry sidelined by a sore ankle and Andre Iguodala — last season’s NBA Finals MVP — also absent, it was a close game.

“Terrific victory,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Our guys stayed with it. Every single guy who played contributed. Great team effort.”

Draymond Green beat the shot-clock with an awkward three-pointer with 40.2 seconds left in overtime to give the Warriors a 107-103 lead.

Golden State’s Australian centre Andrew Bogut had saved the ball from going out of bounds and swatted it to Green, who leapt and released his shot.

Thompson’s three-pointer with 2:54 remaining in overtime had put the Warriors up by one and Bogut tipped in a Green miss to make it 104-101.

The Hawks narrowed the gap to one point with Paul Millsap’s layup before Green’s off-balance shot, and Thompson capped the scoring with a step-back jump shot with 11.4 seconds left.

Thompson scored seven of his 26 points in the extra session as the Warriors improved to 54-5 with their fifth overtime win of the season.

“What a game,” Thompson said. “No excuses, but we were down two MVPs. It feels good to win — any means necessary.”

Bogut scored 19 points on eight-of-nine shooting, while Green added 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

“I thought everybody was aggressive, and that was the key,” Kerr said.

On Thursday the Warriors host Oklahoma City with a chance to tie the Chicago Bulls’ record 44-game home winning streak, set over two seasons in 1995 and 1996.

HEAT ON FIRE

The Miami Heat was on fire, connecting on a club record 67.5 percent of their shots in a 129-111 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

The Heat’s shooting percentage was not only the best in franchise history, but also the best in the NBA this season.

Miami centre Hassan Whiteside had a career-high 26 points with 14 rebounds and four blocks — all game highs. It was Whiteside’s sixth straight double-double, all of them off the bench.

Forward Joe Johnson, playing his first home game in Miami in his second contest since signing with the Heat at the weekend, scored 24 points.

Luol Deng, a former Bulls standout, had 20 points, Goran Dragic had a double-double of 17 points and 11 assists and Dwyane Wade added 18 points and seven assists for Miami, who improved to 34-26 and are in fourth place in the East.

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, back after missing three games with a hamstring injury, scored 17 points, but Chicago allowed more than 100 points for the 14th straight game.

The Bulls fell to 30-29 and ninth place in the Eastern Conference — half a game behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot.

LILLARD LIFTS TRAIL BLAZERS

In New York, Portland’s Damian Lillard scored 30 points to lead the Trail Blazers to their 10th win in 12 games, by a score of 104-85 over the Knicks.

Lillard scored 24 points in a dominant first half — including 14 in less than three minutes late in the second quarter.

C.J. McCollum helped the Trail Blazers distance themselves further after the interval, scoring 21 of his 25 in the second half.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but Anthony was visibly frustrated in a game in which the Knicks again heard boos from their home fans.

LAKERS FLOOR NETS

With Kobe Bryant sidelined by a sore shoulder, rookie D’Angelo Russell scored a career-high 39 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers snap an eight-game losing streak with a 107-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Russell connected on 14 of 21 shots from the floor, making eight three-pointers.

Russell’s 39 points were the most by a Lakers rookie in a regular-season game since Elgin Baylor scored 55 in a game in March of 1959.

 

March 3, 2016 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Teams 0 Comment

Wall, Wizards shut down Davis and Pelicans

The Washington Wizards weren’t about to grant New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis another sensational scoring night in the NBA on Tuesday.

John Wall 9(left) of the Washington Wizards talks with head coach Randy Wittman during the second half of the Wizards 98-86 win over the Detroit Pistons at Verizon Center on February 19, 2016 in Washington.

John Wall 9(left) of the Washington Wizards talks with head coach Randy Wittman during the second half of the Wizards 98-86 win over the Detroit Pistons at Verizon Center on February 19, 2016 in Washington.

Wizards guard John Wall notched his second triple-double of the season and Washington smothered Davis in a 109-89 triumph over the Pelicans.

In Davis’s first game since he dropped 59 points on the Detroit Pistons in a win on Sunday, he was held to just nine points on three-of-nine shooting.

“I just think they tried to double-team me, deny me the ball – a lot,” Davis said.

“They did a great job on him,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry added of the Wizards defence on Davis.

“A guy gets 59, I guarantee you game-plan for him the next game.”

With Davis wrapped up, none of his teammates were able to step up. No Pelicans starter scored in double figures as New Orleans shot a season-low 34.9 percent.

IMPRESSIVE RUN

Wall, meanwhile, finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Wizards, who have won three of four games since the All-Star break.

Washington outscored the Pelicans 31-14 in the third quarter for an 85-65 lead, and led by 23 points in the fourth.

Wizards center Marcin Gortat had 21 points, and forward Jared Dudley sank six three-pointers for 18 points. The effort on the other end of the court fuelled the victory.

“I think we came out and got some defensive stops, held them from scoring, and (Dudley) got hot,” Wall said.

Davis did pull down 20 rebounds for the second straight game. But the Wizards won the rebounding battle 55-48.

Davis wasn’t surprised by the extra defensive attention he received after his big game against the Pistons.

“That’s why we tried to prepare for it in practice yesterday and then shoot-around,” he said. “We worked on it, but we missed shots early, and they just stayed with their coverage.”

JAZZ VICTORY

The Utah Jazz withstood a 42-point performance from Houston guard James Harden to post a much-needed 117-114 overtime victory over the Rockets.

Gordon Hayward scored 28 points with seven rebounds and five assists and forward Derrick Favors added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz.

Favors produced a put-back basket late in overtime and Houston missed two potential game-tying three-pointers in the final seconds.

The Jazz, who had lost three of their last four games, improved to 28-28 and moved past 28-29 Houston for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

Harden connected on 16 of 30 shots from the floor, but the Rockets couldn’t get the lead in overtime after forcing the extra session with a fourth-quarter comeback.

Veteran Jason Terry hit a game-tying three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining in regulation for the Rockets.

The Jazz had a chance to win in regulation, but Houston’s Trevor Ariza forced a miss from Hawyard at the buzzer.

COUSINS DOMINANCE

In a close contest in Denver, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins scored 39 points to lead the Kings to a 114-110 victory over the Nuggets.

Cousins, who had 37 points and 20 rebounds in Sacramento’s home win over Denver on Friday, was dominant again, connecting on 14 of 24 shots from the field and grabbing nine rebounds.

In a game tied 107-107 with 1:27 to play, Cousins’s two free-throws and a put-back layup in the final minute, along with his block of Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur’s attempted layup with less than four seconds left helped the Kings seal the win.

 

 

February 25, 2016 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Teams 0 Comment