January 27, 2009 |
A.I.'s playing time In a bombshell out of the Motor City, the Detroit Free Press said yesterday that guard Allen Iverson might be getting phased out of the Pistons' rotation. As his teammates were mounting a comeback that ultimately ended in a 108-105 home loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday, Iverson watched the last 11 minutes from the bench. "I just feel like I can offer a little more to the team," said Iverson, who scored 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting. "I can help us do more to win basketball games.
March 26, 2012
Joe Johnson scored 37 points, Josh Smith added 22 and the host Atlanta Hawks ended Utah's six-game winning streak with a 139-133 victory Sunday night in the NBA's first quadruple-overtime game since 1997. The four overtimes tied for the third-longest in NBA history. It was the ninth NBA game to go four OTs and the first since Phoenix beat Portland 140-139 on Nov. 14, 1997. Al Jefferson finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, and Paul Millsap had 25 points and 13 boards for the Jazz before both players fouled out in the final overtime.
November 4, 1997 |
Shaquille O'Neal was suspended for one game and also fined $10,000 by the NBA yesterday for slapping Utah center Greg Ostertag before their teams' season opener last week. O'Neal will miss tonight's game at Sacramento and lose $156,794 in salary. He apologized to Ostertag, saying he failed to set a good example for young people. "I hope he accepts my apology and that he and I can put behind us any bad feelings," he said in a statement yesterday. "I made a mistake. Instead of focusing upon what is best for the team, I got caught up in the drama of the season's first game and reacted emotionally instead of logically.
May 17, 1988 |
Glenn Rivers tied an NBA playoff record for assists and Dominique Wilkins scored 40 points last night as the Atlanta Hawks evened their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Boston Celtics at 2-2 with a 118-109 victory. Rivers collected 15 of his 22 assists in the first half, tying the mark for a half set by the Los Angeles Lakers' Magic Johnson in 1985. Johnson established the single-game playoff mark of 24 in 1984. The Hawks outscored the Celtics by 60-31 in a 21-minute span bridging the first half and second half, turning a 10-point deficit into an 88-69 advantage with 4:49 left in the third quarter.
January 26, 2012
The Los Angeles Lakers have surpassed the New York Knicks as the NBA's most valuable team, according to Forbes' annual report. The magazine said Wednesday that the value of the Lakers, who won NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, soared 40 percent from last year due to a 20-year television deal with Time Warner Cable. The Lakers are comfortably above the second-place Knicks, whose value rose 19 percent to $780 million, largely with a boost from the renovation of Madison Square Garden.
June 26, 2010 |
Scottie Reynolds made history Thursday night, though not for the reason the former Villanova star guard would have preferred. Reynolds, a 6-foot-2 senior who was the school's second all-time leading scorer with 2,222 points, became the first Associated Press all-American not selected in the NBA draft since the league merged with the ABA in 1976. Reynolds was not among the four all-Americans who were drafted, all of whom were chosen in the top five. Reynolds led Villanova to a top 10 ranking his senior season which ended in disappointment with a second-round loss to St. Mary's.
June 22, 1995 |
It was an expensive jersey that Michael Jordan wore in the NBA playoffs. The Chicago Bulls were fined $100,000 by the NBA yesterday for allowing Jordan to return to his familiar No. 23 during the playoffs without notifying the league. Jordan had come back from retirement to the NBA wearing No. 45, his baseball number. He played 17 regular-season games and the first round of the playoffs as No. 45, before switching back to No. 23 before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Orlando Magic.
February 11, 2004 |
Chris Ford has been in difficult situations before, and that should certainly prepare him for his new job as interim head coach of the 76ers. Think taking over a dispirited 21-31 team is a tough task? Ford spent nearly two seasons coaching in the NBA graveyard with the Los Angeles Clippers, working for notorious skinflint owner Donald Sterling. Any coach, to survive that ordeal, has to own a tad of mental toughness. That is what the Sixers hope that Ford will bring to them - a different mind-set.
January 22, 2010 |
As chants of "M-V-P" filled the electrified air, LeBron James locked his thumbs under his maroon jersey and made it pop off his chest. The Cavaliers had beaten the NBA champions again, and James soaked in every second. "This," he said last night, "is what I live for. " James scored 37 points, including 12 straight down the stretch, and the Cavs, playing their first game without injured Mo Williams, beat Kobe Bryant and the visiting Lakers, 93-87. J.J. Hickson grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and Anderson Varejao made three free throws in the final 20 seconds as Cleveland swept the season series between the league's top two teams.
April 24, 2010 |
Paul Pierce demanded the ball for the last shot. The Boston Celtics were rewarded. And the much-anticipated offseason of 2010 is closer than the Miami Heat ever wanted. Pierce's 21-foot jumper at the buzzer - with injured Heat star Dwyane Wade watching helplessly from the bench - gave the visiting Celtics a 100-98 win over Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series last night. Boston leads the best-of-seven 3-0, and will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in Miami.