May 16, 1990 |
The Phoenix Suns kept the Los Angeles Lakers from reaching the NBA's Western Conference finals for the first time since 1981 last night, rallying from a 15-point deficit for a 106-103 victory. Kevin Johnson scored 37 points, including 14 in the final quarter, as the Suns won their Western Conference semifinal, 4-1, spoiling a 43-point effort by Magic Johnson. Kevin Johnson and Jeff Hornacek, who finished with 22 points, scored four each in the final two minutes. A drive by Kevin Johnson cut the Lakers' lead to 97-96.
April 28, 1986 |
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 28 points yesterday, and the host Los Angeles Lakers continued their playoff roll with a 130-116 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the opening game of their Western Division semifinal series. The second game of the best-of-seven series will be played in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The Lakers, who ousted the San Antonio Spurs with three similar one-sided victories, scored at will in the opening 6 1/2 minutes, taking a 22-6 advantage. Dallas, playing less than 48 hours after eliminating the Utah Jazz, connected on only two of its first 10 shots.
April 20, 2013
The first time Byron Scott was fired, Lawrence Frank took his job. Now, both are looking for work. On Thursday, Scott was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Frank was ousted by the Detroit Pistons. Scott was hired by the Cavaliers about a week before LeBron James decided that he wanted to leave Cleveland and join Miami. There is mutual interest between former coach Mike Brown and the Cavaliers for a possible reunion, espn.com reported, citing league sources. Frank was a Nets assistant when the then-New Jersey franchise fired Scott in 2004.
May 24, 1988 |
James Worthy scored 28 points and Byron Scott 23 as the Los Angeles Lakers turned back a second-quarter rally and beat the Dallas Mavericks, 113-98, last night in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals. Magic Johnson added 19 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 17 and A. C. Green 14 for the Lakers, the defending NBA champions, who led by 52-49 at halftime. Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman and Roy Tarpley scored 18 points each for the Mavericks, and Derek Harper added 17. Game 2 is set for tomorrow night, also on the Lakers' home court at the Forum.
June 7, 1991 |
Was Michael Jordan taunting the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 2 of the NBA finals? Byron Scott says so, but Michael says no. "We noticed Michael taunting our bench," Scott, a starting guard for the Lakers, said after the Bulls beat Los Angeles, 107-86, Wednesday night in Chicago to even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. "That's not something you do early in the series. "It got us upset and we'll be ready at home. " The Lakers canceled practice yesterday, so Scott and his teammates weren't available to expand on the comments Scott made Wednesday night.
June 30, 2012 |
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Byron Scott saw the similarities the first time he watched Dion Waiters play for Syracuse: The fearlessness. The explosiveness. The solid build. The killer instinct. "The first thing that came to my mind was Dwyane Wade," Scott said. But the Cavaliers coach wanted to make sure his eyes weren't deceiving him, that there were no tricks in the tape. So he viewed another 15 or so games, dissecting every aspect of Waiters' game. It was only then that he felt content with his conclusion.
May 19, 1991 |
What Magic Johnson did yesterday when the Los Angeles Lakers squared off with Portland was more than just great playmaking - it was art. The three-time league most valuable player took this opening game of the Western Conference finals into the palms of his hands and shaped it into a 111-106 Lakers victory. Johnson finished with 21 assists, but it was the volume of his feeds that carried the day, and their sheer effectiveness. "They double-team and I make the pass," said Johnson, who had seven assists in the pivotal fourth quarter.
April 29, 1994 |
There was a time when Byron Scott would have been the man the opposing team wanted to take the last shot with the game on the line. Back then, in the Los Angeles Lakers' wonder years, Scott was the least threatening among himself, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy. There were some learned experts who even called Scott a choker, a fainthearted player when the pressure was on. Last night, Scott, now a wily old veteran with the Indiana Pacers, launched a shot to make any of his critics gag. With two seconds left and the Orlando Magic focused on deadly bomber Reggie Miller, Scott drained a three-pointer to give the Pacers an 89-88 victory in the opening game of a best-of-five first-round NBA playoff series.
March 15, 1990 |
Johnny Dawkins can't pinpoint exactly when the Sixers' fans began accepting him as a replacement for Maurice Cheeks. Or even if they've begun to accept him. "Everyone likes Mo, but I think they have respect for me because I've shown I play hard and I'll play hurt," he said. "If I continue to do that, I may not win 'em all over, but I'll win enough over. " The cheers rolled in like telethon dollars last night as Dawkins matched his career high with 30 points and the skidding Sixers won perhaps their most important game of the season, 116-110, over the Lakers.
June 7, 1989 |
They had jogged languidly through the NBA playoffs, loping undefeated through three series, hardly breaking a sweat, certainly never breaking down because of an injury. Then, on Monday, in a freak accident at practice, the Los Angeles Lakers pulled up lame in their run toward a third straight title. Coming down with a rebound, guard Byron Scott landed awkwardly and partially tore his left hamstring. He missed last night's Game 1 of the finals, and he will miss Game 2 tomorrow.