October 29, 2008 |
The 76ers' Opening Night starting small forward will be . . . Thaddeus Young. Maurice Cheeks waited until yesterday to say that publicly, not because Young hadn't earned the job, but because the coach wanted to see him on the practice floor, to be certain the back strain he suffered Friday was no longer an issue. Cheeks' contingency plan tonight would have been to use Kareem Rush in Young's spot. He gave Rush some extra time with the other starters during the workouts at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
March 10, 2008 |
There were nights early in the season when the Raptors' Rasho Nesterovic didn't play at all. Rather than sulk postgame, the veteran center would head upstairs to the practice gym and run. Now, with All-Star forward Chris Bosh sidelined with a knee injury, that perseverance is paying off for Nesterovic. Nesterovic scored 17 points and led host Toronto to a 114-106 win over Seattle yesterday, the Raptors' fifth consecutive game without Bosh. "Rasho is a pro," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said.
January 24, 2008 |
Boston coach Doc Rivers looked at the box score and shook his head at the shooting percentages Toronto had just compiled. "Fifty-eight percent [from the floor]; 71 percent from the three; 100 percent from the foul line. At least the foul line wasn't guarded," Rivers said after the visiting Raptors shot 15-for-21 from three-point range last night to beat the Celtics, 114-112. "Half the guys in our league couldn't shoot 15-for-21 if they were in a gym by themselves," he said.
January 20, 2008 |
The 76ers, who have had trouble winning at home and winning anywhere against Toronto, reversed those trends last night after playing one of their most impressive quarters of the season. They scored the final nine points of the second quarter to go into halftime leading by 42-40, then broke the game open with a 34-16 third quarter en route to a 99-95 win over the Raptors at the Wachovia Center. "We picked up our energy in the third quarter, and it was good to turn into another gear," said Willie Green, who scored a team-high 23 points.
April 25, 2007 |
The Toronto Raptors made Sam Mitchell a winner twice last night. Anthony Parker scored 26 points, Chris Bosh added 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the visiting New Jersey Nets, 89-83, to even their first-round Eastern Conference series at a game apiece. New Jersey's Bostjan Nachbar missed a three-pointer from the corner that would have tied the game with 8 seconds to play. Game 3 is Friday night in New Jersey. Toronto's win came hours after Mitchell was honored as the NBA's coach of the year after leading the Raptors to a 20-win improvement and their first Atlantic Division title.
April 10, 2007 |
The Dallas Mavericks can ease up the last five games of the regular season. They've already clinched the league's best record (64-13) - and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, including 12 straight in the third quarter, and Josh Howard made a key three-pointer in the final 2 minutes, leading the Mavs past the visiting Los Angeles Clippers, 96-86, last night to clinch the top seed this postseason. Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 24 points.
April 7, 2007 |
The goal of this fading season for the 76ers, often stated by coach Maurice Cheeks, is to win as many games as they can. But that pales in comparison to that of the Toronto Raptors, who have loftier ambitions that carry into the postseason. The Raptors exhibited their resolve last night, going on a 19-1 run over a seven-minute span of the third and fourth quarters behind Chris Bosh and Anthony Parker that lifted them to a 94-85 victory over the Sixers in front of 17,566 at the Wachovia Center.
March 29, 2007 |
NEW YORK - Eddy Curry scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Stephon Marbury rattled in a clinching three-point basket with 8.5 seconds left, and the New York Knicks revived their playoff hopes last night by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 97-93, to snap a four-game losing streak. Marbury and Channing Frye each finished with 16 points for the Knicks. Mavericks 105, Bucks 103 DALLAS - With Dirk Nowitzki out after hurting his left ankle in the first half, Jason Terry scored 27 points, including key late baskets and the go-ahead free throw, as Dallas beat Milwaukee for its 60th victory.
October 29, 2006 |
Atlantic Division New Jersey Nets Last season: 49-33 (1st in division), lost to Miami in the conference semifinals. Coach: Lawrence Frank (4th NBA season, 116-88). New blood: The Nets drafted point guard Marcus Williams in the first round to back up Jason Kidd and acquired Eddie House to provide scoring punch off the bench. However, House will miss the first month of the season with a left-knee injury. Scorecard: The Nets tinkered with their bench, bidding farewell to Jacque Vaughn, Lamond Murray, Scott Padgett and Jeff McInnis.
October 17, 2005 |
Autopsy results in the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier will not be available until today at the earliest. The autopsy on the 7-foot, 260-pound player has been performed but other tests are needed, the coroner said yesterday. The 28-year-old player died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing in his home, according to his father. Jeff Collier told the Associated Press his son died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and did not have any diagnosed health problems apart from his knees.