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April 22, 2012

Wade hurt as Heat lose to Wizards 86-84

dwyane wadeWith the playoffs a week away, Dwyane Wade left the Miami Heat arena Saturday night with his swollen finger in a splint - and considered himself lucky. Wade played less than 3 minutes before dislocating his left index finger but avoided serious injury as the Heat lost 86-84 to the woeful Washington Wizards. A doctor reset Wade's finger, and X-rays were negative. ''I'm not going to cry about it,'' he said. ''When I was sitting on the table before they could put it back in, the worst-case scenario was surgery, and the best-case scenario was this. Obviously it will be sore for a couple of days, but I'll be ready to go when the playoffs start, for sure.'' Read more here.

Deng leads Bulls over Mavericks 93-83


luol dengDerrick Rose could feel some pain in the area of his right ankle and foot, the site of his most recent injury during a season in which he has missed 26 games. It was OK, though. All worth it. The fans were cheering for him, he was back on the court and the Chicago Bulls got another victory that moved them closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference. ''It was throbbing a little, but the great thing about it is we got the win and we get a couple of days off to get treatment and I'm going to stay off my feet and hopefully it's going to get better,'' Rose said after the Bulls beat the Dallas Mavericks 93-83 on Saturday night. Rose's return after missing three straight games wasn't spectacular, but it was still a 32-minute effort that saw him get 11 points and eight assists. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





April 16, 2012

Kobe-less Lakers hold off Mavs in overtime 112-108

andrew bynumSure, Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers are well aware a regular-season sweep means nothing compared to a playoff sweep. The Lakers are still pleased they're controlling this rivalry with the Dallas Mavericks heading to another postseason in which they just might meet again - and they even did it without Kobe Bryant. Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Gasol made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime, and the Lakers won their fourth straight game without the NBA's leading scorer, 112-108 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Ramon Sessions scored 22 points, and Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds as Los Angeles rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit before finishing off a four-game season sweep of the defending champion Mavericks, who swept the two-time champion Lakers out of last season's playoffs. Read more here.

Heat beat Knicks 93-85, clinch Southeast Division


lebron jamesThe Miami Heat finally came to Madison Square Garden, a sea of orange surrounding them in what looked like a playoff game. Maybe that's all it took to bring out their best on the road. LeBron James had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 points and nine boards, and the Heat overcame Carmelo Anthony's 42 points to beat the New York Knicks 93-85 on Sunday to clinch the Southeast Division title. Originally scheduled to be here in November, the Heat's lone regular-season game in New York came with the compressed regular season coming to a close - and with a chance they'll be back again soon. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





April 8, 2012

Lin feels good, but doubts return for 1st round

jeremy linKnicks guard Jeremy Lin said Sunday he feels “pretty good” after knee surgery but doesn’t think he could make it back for the first round of the playoffs. “I think unless something goes really well, I wouldn’t get there,” Lin said before the Knicks played the Chicago Bulls. Lin had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. The Knicks have said the expected recovery time is about six weeks. The playoffs begin April 28. The Knicks, also playing without the injured Amare Stoudemire, went into Sunday’s game holding the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference. Lin won’t rule out a return if the Knicks can advance in the postseason. “It depends on how far and how long it goes,” Lin said. “But obviously I want to get to 100 percent and then come back, hopefully see what I can do. Read more here.

Bryant sits out Suns game with injured left shin


kobe bryantKobe Bryant sat out the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night because of an injured left shin, ending his consecutive games streak at 138. Lakers longtime trainer Gary Vitti said just before tipoff he decided to put Bryant’s left foot in a protective boot to rest the injury. “It’s very painful,” Vitti said. “He’s been playing with this and it’s not getting any better. Really the only way to stop it is to shut him down. That’s why I put him in a boot.” The trainer said there is no timetable for Bryant’s return. Bryant is to be re-evaluated on Monday. Coach Mike Brown said he didn’t find out Bryant wasn’t going to be able to go until just before tipoff. “Gary came to me and said that Kobe is out,” Brown said. “I said `OK.”’ Bryant did not talk to reporters after the game, a 125-105 loss. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





April 1, 2012

Lakers beat Hornets 88-85 on Bryant’s late 3

kobe bryantAs long as there’s time left on the clock, Kobe Bryant can still work wonders even when he’s having a horrible game. Bryant burnished his reputation as one of the NBA’s greatest closers, hitting a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left after missing his first 15 shots, to help the Los Angeles Lakers hold off the last-place New Orleans Hornets 88-85 on Saturday. “There’s always time to redeem himself,” Jarrett Jack of the Hornets said. “Nobody’s even going to talk about those first three quarters. They’re going to talk about that last shot he made to put his team over the top.” It was just the third field goal of the game for Bryant, who finished with 11 points on 3 of 21 shooting as the Lakers ended a two-game skid at home. Read more here.

Lin-surgery! Knicks guard done for regular season


jeremy linJeremy Lin will miss the rest of the regular season because he needs knee surgery that will sideline him six weeks and could leave the Knicks without their star point guard in the playoffs—if they make it that far. Lin had an MRI exam this week that revealed a small, chronic meniscus tear and he has elected to have surgery next week in New York. With the regular season ending April 26, the biggest story in basketball this season is done unless the Knicks make a deep postseason run. Speaking slowly during a pregame press conference, Lin was unable to hide his disappointment with the decision that was reached earlier Saturday after a painful workout. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





March 25, 2012

Deng saves Bulls at buzzer in OT

luol dengLucky? Maybe. Luol Deng’s timing was awful good, too. He grabbed a shot that had been blocked and put it in the basket just before the buzzer sounded Saturday night, rescuing the Chicago Bulls and giving them their NBA-leading 40th victory. At 40-10, the Bulls clinched a playoff spot. Teammate C.J. Watson drove for the basket but his shot was partially blocked by Toronto’s James Johnson and Deng was there for the winner. After officials reviewed the play to make sure Deng’s shot beat the buzzer, the Bulls had a 102-101 overtime victory on a night in which they were often outplayed by the 16-win Raptors. “We’re lucky we had enough time to get the rebound,” Deng said. Read more here.

Blair, Duncan lead Spurs past Hornets 89-86


tim duncanDeJuan Blair scored 23 points and Tim Duncan had four key points down the stretch as the San Antonio Spurs beat the short-handed Hornets 89-86 on Saturday night. The Spurs, chasing the Oklahoma City Thunder for the best record in the Western Conference, trailed by a point twice in the final two minutes. Duncan responded each time, atoning for a lackluster game by making two free throws and tipping in a missed shot with 1:19 left to give San Antonio the lead for good. Jarrett Jack had 27 points for the Hornets, 25 in the first three quarters. He also committed a turnover and missed a driving layup in the final 32.7 seconds. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





March 19, 2012

Wade, Bosh carry Heat past Magic, 91-81

dwyane wadeChris Bosh got the Miami Heat started. Dwyane Wade provided the big finish. Wade scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Bosh made his first six shots and finished with 23 and the Heat held off the Orlando Magic 91-81 on Sunday night for their 13th straight win at home. LeBron James finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Heat. His pass with 3:46 left made it past two Magic defenders and set up Bosh for perhaps the clincher, a three-point play that stretched Miami’s lead to 84-73. “He’s the biggest piece of our team,” James said of Bosh. “And when he’s going, we’re very dangerous. … That’s what it was all about tonight.” Read more here.

Derek Fisher confirms buyout deal with Rockets


derek fisherDerek Fisher confirmed Sunday night he has reached a buyout agreement with the Houston Rockets. The 37-year-old point guard gave no indication of his plans for the future in a statement issued by his business manager. The eighth-place Rockets acquired Fisher from the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, and the club was eager to put Fisher into its lineup, even planning to pick up his $3.4 million option for next season. “Derek’s desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward,” manager Jamie Wior said in the statement. If Fisher clears waivers in the next few days, he would become a free agent. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





March 11, 2012

Wade beats buzzer, Heat top Pacers 93-91 in OT

dwyane wadeLeBron James took over at the end of regulation. Chris Bosh tied the game in overtime. And Dwyane Wade provided the exclamation point, moments before the power was knocked out at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami’s “Big Three” was big time. And the Heat needed every one of their clutch plays. Wade’s jumper with 0.1 seconds left gave the Heat a 93-91 win against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, a game where James scored his team’s last eight points of regulation to lead a wild comeback and that omnipresent question — “So who takes the big shots for Miami at crunch time?”—had three answers. Read more here.

Timberwolves’ Rubio out for season with torn ACL


ricky rubio injuredRicky Rubio’s sensational rookie season has come to a devastatingly abrupt end. The Minnesota Timberwolves point guard will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Saturday. Now the upstart Wolves will have to keep chasing a playoff berth without the flashy, fiery leader of the franchise’s resurgence. “It’s a big emotional shock,” All-Star forward Kevin Love said. “He makes winning plays, he’s a winner. We love having him around. On and off the court. We hope for a speedy recovery so he can help this team next year. It’s a big loss for us.” It also means that Rubio will miss the upcoming Olympics, where he was expected to be a vital part of Spain’s bid for the gold medal. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





March 3, 2012

Harris, Jazz snap Heat’s 9-game win streak

lebron jamesLeBron James had the ball and a chance to finish a furious rally that would extend Miami’s winning streak. Instead, he left it up to Udonis Haslem. Haslem missed a long jumper just before the buzzer, and the Utah Jazz help on for a 99-98 victory on Friday night that snapped the Heat’s nine-game winning streak. James had 35 points, 17 in the fourth quarter, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots. He kicked the ball out to Haslem as Josh Howard and Paul Millsap converged on him and felt he made the right call because Haslem had a good look at the basket. Read more here.

Odom playing Saturday for Mavs, not in D-League


lamar odomLamar Odom is rejoining the Dallas Mavericks without playing a planned game in the NBA Development League. The Mavericks said Saturday that Odom has been recalled and will be in uniform for their game that night against Utah. Odom had been set to play for the Texas Legends on Saturday night after missing four straight games for the Mavericks. He was assigned to the D-League team Friday. Odom’s last game was Feb. 20. The Mavericks have said he was away for a family matter and personal reasons. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





February 27, 2012 - West wins 2012 All-Star game

kevin durant lebron jamesIn last night spectacle in Amway Center, Orlando, Florida, West Conference won 152:149. Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Kobe Bryant added 27, Blake Griffin 22 and Russell Westbrook 21.

For East, Lebron James scored 36 points, Dwyane Wade added 24, Deron Williams 20 and Carmelo Anthony 19. Dwyane Wade had triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Kevin Durant was named as MVP and Kobe Bryant moving past Michael Jordan as the career scoring leader in the game. Read more here.



February 26, 2012 - Tony Parker Wins 2012 Skills Challenge

tony parkerTony Parker San Antonio Spurs wins 2012 Skills Challenge on 2012 NBA All-Star weekend. Parker beat his opponents in first round as only player under 30 seconds score (29.2).

In final run, Tony Parker demonstrates all his great abilities and with 32.8 seconds beat Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics who had 34.6 seconds and Deron Williams who had 41.4 seconds.

This win of Tony Parker is quite unexpected since most of NBA fans expected win of Rajon Rondo or even Kyrie Irving. Read more here.



February 26, 2012 - Kevin Love wins 2012 3-Point Shootout

kevin loveKevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves wins 2012 3-Point Shootout. In final round Kevin Love defeats Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder.

With tied scores of 16 points, Kevin Love and Kevin Durant entered final round in battle for 3-Point Shootout trophy.

In Final round, Kevin Love scored 17, and Kevin Durant had only 14 and allowed Kevin Love to win this trophy for the first time. Read more here.



February 26, 2012 - Jeremy Evans Wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

jeremy evansLast night in second night of 2012 NBA All-Star weekend Jeremy Evans, Utah Jazz wins in 2012 Slam Dunk contest. His teammate, Gordon Hayward helped him with a jump-over double alley-oop.

Jeremy Evans wins over Chase Budinger Houston Rockets, Paul George Indiana Pacers and Derrick Williams Minnesota Timberwolves.

This year, fans had a control over voting and this was new for Slam Dunk contest. Contestants had three rounds, but only two minutes per round to complete dunk. Read more here.



February 25, 2012 - Team Chuck beat Team Shaq in NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2012

kyrie irving2012 NBA All-Star weekend began last night witk NBA Rising Stars Challenge where team of Charles Barkley beat team of Shaquille O’Neal.

As we wrote two days ago, this year Rookies and Sophomores didn’t play against each other. NBA legends, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal choose players for its teams.

As it was expected, attractive game with little or better say no defenses at all, with a lot of attractive moves and high score 146:133 for team Chuck at the end of game. Read more here.



February 23, 2012 - 2012 NBA All-Star weekend, February 24-26

nba all-star 2012Tomorrow, Friday, February 24, 2012 NBA All-Star weekend will start. This great spectacle impatiently expected from fans all over the world will start as usual with Rising Stars Challenge.

As you know in this game the best rookies (players in their first NBA season) and Sophomores (players in their second NBA season) used to meet each other.

This time situation is bit different since two NBA legends, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal choose players for squads from draft pool.
Read more here.





February 18, 2012

Hornets end Knicks' Lin-ning streak, 89-85

jeremy linJeremy Lin knows everybody credited him for the Knicks’ seven straight wins, so he takes the blame for their one-game losing streak. With famous fan Spike Lee donning Lin’s high school jersey in the latest bout of Linsanity, New York’s point guard sensation committed nine turnovers, tied for the most in the NBA this season, in an 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night. Lin scored 26 points, but his turnovers nearly doubled his five assists, and the Knicks lost for the first time with Lin as a starter, falling back below .500 at 15-16 heading into a matchup with the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Read more here.

James, Heat blast Cavaliers 111-87


heat beat cavaliersHis latest homecoming over and the hatred subsided, LeBron James had more to do. He greeted a fans standing behind the bench and personally delivered his headband to a young admirer before heading to the locker room. He left the floor he once owned, skipping down a carpeted runway and slapping outstretched hands with every step. It was time to leave for his new home. It was time to go back to Miami and run down an NBA title. James scored 28 points in his third game back in Cleveland as a visitor, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Heat concluded a six-game road trip with their fifth straight win, 111-87 over the Cavaliers, who seemed intimidated by Miami’s mere presence. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





February 11, 2012

Paul lifts Clippers over Sixers 78-77

chris paulWith some help from Blake Griffin, Chris Paul came up huge when the Los Angeles Clippers needed it most. Paul had 24 points, including the game-winning 17-footer with 3.2 seconds left, Griffin added 16 points and 11 rebounds and the Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 78-77 on Friday. On the Clippers’ final possession, Paul sent a pass to Griffin, but the ball bounced through his legs. Griffin went on the floor, passed back to Paul, who somehow scored over the outstretched arm of Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala who is one of the best defenders in the league. “That almost turned out to be ugly,” Paul said. “I threw the ball between Blake Griffin’s legs. I thought it would be a turnover, so thank you Blake Griffin for diving for the ball. Without him, we don’t win the game.” Read more here.

Lin scores 38 to lead Knicks over Lakers 92-85


jeremy linJeremy Lin outplayed Kobe Bryant, ended the mighty Lakers’ dominance of the Knicks and then tried to pretend it was just another game. Wrong. This was the night that proved he’s no one-week wonder, that he’s got a real NBA career ahead of him. After all, Kobe’s waiting for revenge next season. Lin had the most astounding performance of his remarkable week, scoring a career-high 38 points and outdueling Bryant as New York held off the Los Angeles Lakers 92-85 on Friday night. Buried deep on the bench a little more than a week ago, Lin led the Knicks to their fourth straight win, tying their longest streak of the season. His two free throws with 52 seconds left amid booming “MVP! MVP!” chants stopped the Lakers’ final rally and allowed the undrafted Harvard product to pass Carmelo Anthony for the highest-scoring game by a Knicks player this season. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





February 4, 2012

Heat use late run to top 76ers 99-79

heat beat sixersWith LeBron James running the show, Miami ran the Sixers out of their building. Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, and James had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Miami Heat to a 99-79 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Needing a jumpstart in the fourth, James shifted to point guard, sparking a dominant late run that put away the pesky Sixers. James led a makeshift lineup that included Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller to a 15-0 spurt in the quarter. It turned a tight one for 36 minutes into a comfortable victory and handed the Sixers just their third home loss of the season. Wade used a pair of ferocious dunks during the game-changing run that pushed the Sixers’ first sellout crowd of the season toward the exits. Read more here.

Wolves overcome Morrow’s 42 to beat Nets 108-105


anthony morrowThe Minnesota Timberwolves almost never won away from home last season. Now, they don’t seem eager to go back there. Luke Ridnour made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:23 left, Nikola Pekovic scored a career-high 27 points, and the Timberwolves beat the New Jersey Nets 108-105 on Friday night to surpass last season’s road victory total. The Timberwolves overcame a career-high 42 points from Anthony Morrow, whose eight 3-pointers in 11 attempts were the most in the NBA this season. Kevin Love added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which improved to 6-4 on the road and 11-12 overall. The Wolves, just 5-36 on the road last season, have won three in a row away from home. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





February 3, 2012 - 2012 All-Star starters named

2012 nba all star orlandoTwo cities and three franchises accounted for six of the 10 players voted starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, announced Thursday. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James of the Miami Heat were voted Eastern Conference starters for the Feb. 26 game at Amway Center in Orlando. The Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum and the Clippers' Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were voted starters in the West. Defending NBA MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls was voted a starting guard along with Wade in the East, with the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony joining James at forward and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic at center. The starters were chosen by fan balloting. Howard was the leading vote-getter with 1.6 million votes. Read more here.

Source: espn.go.com





January 28, 2012

James, Wade lead Heat over Knicks, 99-89

heat beat knicksThe New York Knicks, they were all about the 3's. The Miami Heat, they welcomed back No. 3. LeBron James scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade—he of that No. 3 jersey— scored 28 in his return from a sprained right ankle, and the Heat topped the 3-point-obsessed Knicks 99-89 on Friday night. Chris Bosh scored 13 points and James finished with eight rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which plays host to Chicago on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference finals. “Real nice to be back,” Wade said. “Felt great. Felt great.” Bill Walker scored 21 points for New York, which took 43 shots from 3-point range, the most in the NBA this season and a total that had the Knicks flirting with Dallas’ NBA record of 49 set in 1996. Read more here.

Thunder top Warriors 120-109 to start road trip

kevin durantKevin Durant stood in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s locker room buttoning up a blue-knit sweater atop his beige corduroy pants. Two spots over, Russell Westbrook sat in a chair with his shirt off and ice under his left leg, poking fun at Durant’s outfit. Then both took turns teasing teammate James Harden for his sparkling, spiked black shoes. “See this tension in the locker room?” Durant said, smiling at a small group of reporters inside. While they might not be the best dressed, the Thunder sure look every bit like the NBA’s top team. Durant had a season-high 37 points and 14 rebounds, Westbrook dazzled with 28 points and 11 assists and the Thunder started a critical road stretch with a 120-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





January 21, 2012

Howard’s big night carries Magic past Lakers 92-80

kobe bryantIf Orlando center Dwight Howard is eventually traded to the Los Angeles Lakers before season’s end, he will be joining a team the Magic continue to dominate at the Amway Center. Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Magic’s energy wasn’t always great Friday night, but they came alive when it counted in a 92-80 win over the Lakers—Orlando’s sixth victory in the last nine regular-season meetings between the two. Howard scored 21 points and grabbed 23 rebounds to guide his team through a tough shooting performance. Jameer Nelson added 17 points and nine assists, and J.J. Redick had 15 points as all five starters reached double figures. Read more here.

Love hits 3 at buzzer, Timberwolves top Clippers


darko milicicNow that they are on their first three-game winning streak in almost two years, Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves are enjoying the ride. Love hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer after Ricky Rubio’s tying 3 with 20 seconds to play, lifting the Timberwolves to a pulsating 101-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. The Timberwolves, coming off consecutive home wins over Sacramento and Detroit, have won three straight for the first time since a four-game stretch from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6, 2010. After that, they lost 29 of their final 31 games. “In the last two games we’ve missed a ton of shots, but our defense has picked up and we’ve executed down the stretch and we’ve given ourselves a chance to win,” Love said. “So if we can continue to do that, eventually our offense will pick up and we’ll be able to win a lot of ballgames.” Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





January 14, 2012

Nuggets hand Heat third straight loss, 117-104

lebron jamesThe Denver Nuggets pressed the pace and then turned it up a notch in the fourth quarter. And the Miami Heat couldn’t keep up, especially once Dwyane Wade was injured. Ty Lawson scored 24 points in his return to the lineup, and the Nuggets sent the Heat to their third straight loss with a 117-104 victory on Friday night. “When they crashed our defense, they got 3s and when we tried to stay home, they got layups,” said LeBron James, whose 35 points led the Heat. “They just broke us down too many times. They broke our defense down too many times and they were able to pretty much get anything they wanted.” Nene added 17 points for the Nuggets, who won their 10th in a row against the Heat in Denver. Rudy Fernandez and Al Harrington each had 15 points. Read more here.

Rose scores 25 on return, Bulls top Celtics 88-79

bulls beat celticsThe Chicago Bulls let a 20-point lead drop to one before Derrick Rose decided to take control, sore toe and all. The NBA’s reigning MVP knew he had to make the shot after Paul Pierce missed a jumper that would have given the Boston Celtics their first lead. “That was my whole mindset, just getting to the hole if I was close enough to shoot the floater,” Rose said after the Bulls won 88-79 Friday night. “Just making sure that I was aggressive.” He made the layup, the Celtics missed their next shot, and Rose followed with two free throws. Suddenly, the Bulls led 71-66 with 8:30 remaining and stayed in front by at least five points the rest of the way. Rose had missed Wednesday’s 78-64 win over the Washington Wizards with a sprained left big toe. Read more here.





January 7, 2012

Anthony’s 3 helps Knicks keep Wizards winless

knicks beat wizzardsCarmelo Anthony shook off the pain in his sore right hip long enough to keep the Washington Wizards winless. Anthony made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 15 seconds left as the New York Knicks avoided a late collapse to beat the Wizards 99-96 on Friday night. Anthony scored 37 points despite being hurt with about three minutes left when he was hit in the back. He shot 16 of 33 from the floor, including the three-pointer after Washington had taken the lead. “I was hurt. I was just praying it went in. I wasn’t going to try to drive at all, I knew I didn’t have any push off on my right leg,” Anthony said. The Knicks, who were roundly criticized after allowing 118 points to Charlotte on Wednesday, were entertaining and willing to tussle—and so were the Wizards. Read more here.

Late spurt lifts Rose and Bulls over Magic, 97-83


kyle korverAt times last season the Chicago Bulls were guilty of leaning on MVP point guard Derrick Rose too much to help them pull out wins in close games. If the way they closed out Friday night’s 97-83 victory over Orlando is any indication, coach Tom Thibodeau’s team is well on the way to fixing that problem. Rose and Luol Deng each scored 21 points and Chicago held off a fourth-quarter surge by the Magic for its sixth straight victory. Carlos Boozer added 20 points for Chicago, which led by as many as 17 before the lead was trimmed to three. The Bulls closed the game on a 17-6 run and hung on despite getting just four points from Rose in the final 12 minutes. “Anything to win,” Rose said. “That was the whole mindset. Just try to get out aggressive. Read more here.





December 30, 2011

Kobe scores 28, Lakers surge past Knicks in 4th

lakers beat knicksAfter the Lakers roared away from the Knicks in the fourth quarter without even a point from Kobe Bryant, he put his long-standing friendly rivalry with Carmelo Anthony in perspective. “I enjoy going against Melo, because I always win,” Bryant said with a grin. Although Bryant was exaggerating about his head-to-head advantage over Anthony, he’s absolutely right about Los Angeles’ rivalry with New York over the past half-decade. Bryant scored 28 points in yet another dynamic performance against the Knicks, and the Lakers relied on stiff defense to roll to their ninth straight victory over New York, 99-82 Thursday night. Read more here.

Durant leads Thunder past Mavericks 104-102


thunder beat mavericksKevin Durant thought he might have just given away a victory and let the Dallas Mavericks steal another one in heartbreaking fashion. Then he found a way to take it right back. Durant scored 30 points and hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-102 win against Dallas on Thursday night in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals. “As a kid, of course you dream about hitting a game-winning shot in the NBA,” said Durant, who has hit two other game-winners at the buzzer in his five seasons. “It’s a dream come true.” The Thunder let Dallas wipe away a five-point deficit in the final 46 seconds to go ahead on Vince Carter’s 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com





December 26, 2011

LeBron’s 37 lifts Heat past Mavs 105-94

miami beat dallasWhile Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks were on the court celebrating the championship they won over LeBron James and Dwyane Wade last season, the Miami Heat were gathered in another part of the building. It wasn’t because they dreaded watching the ceremony, they insisted. They were simply getting ready to show everyone why they are favored to win it all this season. LeBron James helped the Heat to leads of as much as 35 points over the defending NBA champs. James and Wade led a series of scoring waves that put Miami ahead by 35 points midway through the third quarter, the lead peaking when James soared to the rim and tipped an alley-oop pass to Wade so he could have the dunk instead. Read more here.

Chris Paul, Clips beat Warriors 105-86 in opener

clippers beat warriorsBlake Griffin offered up a reminder for all those expecting an immediate transformation now that Chris Paul is part of the Los Angeles Clippers. “Not every game is going to be just alley-oop left and right,” Griffin said. Griffin, CP3 and Co. are far from a finished product. They certainly showed signs of the talented team this can be on both ends of the floor. Paul had 20 points and nine assists in his highly anticipated debut, Griffin added 22 points and seven rebounds and the Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors 105-86 on Sunday night to spoil Mark Jackson’s opener as a first-time coach. Read more here.

Bulls rally to stun Lakers on Rose’s winner


bulls beat lakersKobe Bryant has already been on the journey Derrick Rose is starting. Even after the reigning MVP hit the shot that ruined the Los Angeles Lakers’ opener, Bryant said he still roots for his young friend. Bryant might not have the same immediate warmth toward Luol Deng, who spent the final minute causing most of Kobe’s problems and securing the Chicago Bulls’ impressive comeback. Rose scored 22 points and hit a go-ahead floater in the lane with 4.8 seconds to play, and the Bulls rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 3:44 for an 88-87 victory Sunday. Read more here.

Source: sports.yahoo.com


Preseason news


November 26th, 2011 - NBA season saved by tentative agreement?

As we already wrote here, NBA season could start right at the Christmas day, December 25. According to news coming from United States, it seems that both sides finally agreed tentative agreement about terms, and all fans could expect to watch their favorite sport since Christmas. It seems that Santa Claus will fulfill one of the biggest wishes of NBA fans across the globe. After a more than 15 hours meeting, it is possible that lockout is close to the end. I am saying possible, because I still believe that we should wait for official confirmation in next day or two. Read more here.


November 24th, 2011 - Santa Claus will bring NBA for Christmas?

According to some news form United States, there is a possibility that NBA season could start for Christmas, December 25. As they stated next 72 hours are crucial in negotiations between players union and club owners. If this happen, NBA teams will play 66 games in NBA season 2011/12. If negotiations fail again Court in Minnesota will take care of this problem. For me, it seems that both sides just waiting for this, expecting that they will win in this process. Read more here.


November 18th, 2011 - NBA players to invade Europe

As you guys already know several NBA players already play in Europe. But according to latest news about NBA lockout and some rumors from United States and Europe, very soon many NBA players could be pointed to Europe. We will just mention few players according to current rumors. Probably the most interesting information or better say rumor is that Gasol brothers, Pau and Marc would like to join FC Barcelona Regal. Already superb roster of Spain team could be reinforced with two extraordinary players, native from Spain. Read more here.


November 14th, 2011 - NBA players rejected offer

I may say as expected, NBA players Union rejected offer or better say ultimatum form David Stern and club owners. It seems that all this saga will finish someday, but on court. Derek Fisher, president of NBA players association said that this decision was unanimous. As you probably know last offer from David Stern was 50-50, and it was unacceptable for players. Read more here.


November 13th, 2011 - Kevin Durant in Europe?

Kevin Durant refuses to be at the NBA players Union meeting scheduled for Monday, November 14. Durant also stated that offer is not good for NBA players: “This is not what we wanted. This is not good deal and I don’t see why we should accept it, especially so late.” If those negotiations fail again in next week, Durant said that he might sign a contract with one of European teams. One of the best NBA players already got offers from Valencia and Maccabi Electra. There are also rumors that one German team is also interested. Read more here.


November 7th, 2011 - NBA Lockout, deal on Wednesday?

Even if opinions are pretty divided not only between players and NBA club owners, but also between Basketball fans around the world, NBA Lockout saga might be finished on Wednesday, or maybe not? Funny guy called David Stern said that it is not ultimatum as he offered 51% to players and expect that they accept it on new meeting on Wednesday. He also said that if players don’t accept this offer: “they would get a deal that would guarantee them just 47 percent of BRI and call for a flex salary cap.” Not ultimatum, huh??? Read more here.


October 29th, 2011 - No deal in NBA talks

In last two days many American media announced that significant progress was made in talks between NBA players and clubs. There were possibility that those last talks could finally stop NBA lockout. Unfortunately for NBA and luckily for European Basketball, talks failed again. According to NBA commissioner David Stern, all games for November are canceled. That means that no games will be played before December, possibly. Read more here.


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