July 11, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Fun. That seems to be the word that best describes this bunch of players who make up the 76ers entrant in the Orlando Pro Summer League. The team plays with incredible speed, led by diminutive guard Casper Ware, who may be securing himself a spot in the league with his play down here, averaging 19 points and close to five assists a game. They have been able to knock down three-pointers at a 37 percent clip, have blocked shots and possess two of the best leapers in this Summer League, in Nerlens Noel and Ronald Roberts.
January 19, 2014 |
THERE ARE just some things you don't do. As the late singer Jim Croce wrote: You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind and you don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger. Add to that beating the Miami Heat when it comes in on a three-game losing streak. Miami avoided doing something it hasn't done in 3 years, lose four in a row, as it demolished the Sixers, 101-86. If this were a murder, it was premeditated. The Heat was methodical, had a true plan coming in and carried it out with deadly precision.
June 20, 2013 |
MIAMI - LeBron James could not sleep after Game 6. Imagine, then, how frayed his emotions will be going into Game 7. So much is at stake. Legacies, for so many players, James included. The NBA championship. Whether the season was a success or a bust. How he will be portrayed over the next few months. How history will judge a Miami Heat team that won 27 straight games in one stretch, 66 games in the regular season and now 81 games overall. Although the Heat will insist otherwise, the common belief is that it all hinges on James' shoulders.
June 19, 2013 |
MIAMI - LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, Ray Allen hit a three-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play to force overtime, and the Miami Heat staved off elimination with a 103-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. James missed nine of his first 12 shots, but scored 16 points in the fourth to rally the Heat from a 10-point deficit. The Heat trailed by 94-89 with 28 seconds to play, but James hit a three with 20 seconds to go and Allen drilled another to tie it. James' layup with one minute, 4 seconds to play in overtime gave the Heat a 101-100 lead, and Allen added two free throws to force Game 7, which is Thursday night in Miami.
June 18, 2013 |
LEBRON JAMES has been here before, with dire results. It was 2 years ago, the end of the first season of "Big Three" basketball in Miami. The situation: Heat down 3-2, hosting Game 6 of the NBA Finals, only two home wins separating them from what would have been James' first title. Then, thud. The forward had six turnovers in Game 6, the Heat was outscored by 24 with him on the floor, and the Dallas Mavericks became NBA champions. James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade won the title last year, 4-1, over Oklahoma City.
June 14, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - LeBron James was better as promised. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were the best they've been since the playoffs started. Riding big performances from their Big Three, the Miami Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night in Game 4. James had 33 points and 11 rebounds after failing to break 20 points in any of the first three games of the series, and Wade scored 32 points, 11 more than...
June 10, 2013 |
MIAMI - Back with a blowout, and, no, the Miami Heat didn't need to lean on LeBron to get it. Not when Mario Chalmers and everyone else came through. Chalmers led the charge, James broke out to finish it with a flurry and the Heat used a 33-5 run to blow away the San Antonio Spurs, 103-84, last night to even the NBA Finals at one game apiece. James missed 10 of his first 13 shots and the Heat trailed by a point late in the third quarter before unleashing the lethal brand of basketball that led it to a franchise-record 66 wins this season.
June 9, 2013 |
MIAMI - If LeBron James played for the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich might have a message for him. It's the same one he's occasionally delivered to Tim Duncan. Selfless play is great. Moving the ball to open teammates is usually the right idea. That belief has carried the Spurs to four NBA titles. Sometimes, though, it's best if the superstar takes on more himself. "I've talked to players before about being more aggressive," Popovich said Friday, after the Spurs practiced following their 92-88 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1. "Opportunities might be there that they didn't take advantage of. That happens with Timmy now and then.
June 7, 2013 |
TONY PARKER banked in a 16-footer with 5.2 seconds left for the last of his 21 points and the visiting San Antonio Spurs stunned the Miami Heat 92-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night. Tim Duncan had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, and Manu Ginobili scored 13 points for the Spurs, who are in the finals for the first time since 2007 and are pursuing their fifth championship. LeBron James had 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and Dwyane Wade scored 17 for the defending champion Heat.
April 5, 2013
Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 18 rebounds, Nate Robinson made the go-ahead basket with 22 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 92-90, Thursday night in Brooklyn. Bosh's home buglarized While Miami Heat star Chris Bosh was out celebrating his birthday at a Morocco-themed party complete with live camels, police said Thursday that thieves made off with about $340,000 in jewelry from the player's nearby home. Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said the department received a call about 12:30 a.m. after Bosh and his wife, Adrienne, returned from the party at a bayside Miami nightspot.