February 3, 2009 |
Kobe Bryant broke the Madison Square Garden record with 61 points, and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New York Knicks, 126-117, last night. Bryant teased and pleased a sold-out crowd that took turns booing him and saluting him with "MVP!" chants during an electrifying performance. He passed Michael Jordan's opponent record of 55 points at the present building, known as "Garden IV," when he hit three free throws with 3:56 remaining, then bettered Bernard King's mark of 60, set on Christmas Day 1984, with two more foul shots with 2:33 to play.
January 19, 2009 |
Still seething from an overtime defeat in Denver and a narrow home loss to Minnesota, Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire pegged yesterday's game in Toronto as a must-win. And with the Raptors charging in the fourth quarter, he took over. Stoudemire scored 31 points, Steve Nash had a season-high 18 assists and the Suns beat Toronto, 117-113, their ninth consecutive victory over the struggling Raptors. "After a tough loss to Minnesota, it felt like this was a win we definitely needed," Stoudemire said.
January 13, 2009 |
Paul Pierce scored nine of his season-high 39 points in overtime and the Boston Celtics beat the visiting Toronto Raptors for the second consecutive day, 115-109, last night. One day after Ray Allen's 36 points led Boston to a 94-88 win in Toronto, Pierce led a comeback from a 10-point deficit midway through the third quarter and carried the Celtics to their second straight win after they lost four in a row. Pierce also had nine rebounds, while Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 12 rebounds.
December 15, 2008 |
The Grizzlies' youth movement is starting to show results. Memphis won its fourth straight game yesterday, beating the visiting Miami Heat, 102-86. Rookie O.J. Mayo had 28 points, and Rudy Gay added 18. "As long as we play together, open it up for each other making an extra pass, a screen to get your teammate open, then I feel it makes the game a lot easier for us," Mayo said. Memphis' winning streak is its longest since winning the last five games of the 2005-06 season.
November 13, 2008 |
As the second-quarter clock ticked toward the buzzer, Andre Iguodala stood at the top of the key and dribbled away the seconds. Through the first seven games, Iguodala was not often in this position: asked to create some offense in the last possession of a quarter. Most often, it had been guard Lou Williams. But not last night. Last night - a 106-96 win by the 76ers over the Toronto Raptors - Iguodala started to his right, crossed to his left, drove deep into the lane, sucked in Willie Green's corner defender, stopped, and passed to Green on the left wing.
October 31, 2008 |
The 76ers handed Andre Iguodala the microphone on Opening Night, and he welcomed the crowd by mentioning the parade he knew was coming from the Phillies and that, hopefully, the Sixers would soon be there with a parade of their own. Might as well aim high. "We're trying to win a championship . . . that's our goal," Iguodala was saying yesterday, undeterred by Wednesday's 95-84 loss to Toronto. "Last year, we lost our first game and we said we were building. Now, we've got to get it rolling.
October 30, 2008 |
A stone's throw from sold-out Citizens Bank Park, where the crowd waved white towels, the 76ers' faithful tried in vain to inspire their team by slapping together plastic Thunderstix. But in the season opener for both teams last night, the Sixers lost, 95-84, to the Toronto Raptors at the Wachovia Center. For the home team, it was a disappointing start to a much-anticipated season. Since the Sixers signed two-time all-star power forward Elton Brand in early July, momentum has rolled toward this season, with talk about the Sixers being legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference.
April 25, 2008 |
T.J. Ford scored 21 points, Jose Calderon had 18 points and 13 assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the visiting Orlando Magic, 108-94, last night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Dwight Howard had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Hedo Turkoglu added 24 points and Rashard Lewis had 19. Jamario Moon had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup for Toronto, while Chris Bosh and Jason Kapono each scored 15 points.
April 12, 2008 |
Carlos Delfino scored 24 points, Chris Bosh had 21 and the Toronto host Raptors eliminated the New Jersey Nets from playoff contention with a 112-85 victory last night. Vince Carter had 21 points and Devin Harris added 19 for the visiting Nets, who last missed the playoffs in 2001 season. T.J. Ford and Andrea Bargnani had 14 each as the Raptors rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter to beat the Nets for the third time in four games this season. Toronto has now won consecutive games after losing four of five.
April 5, 2008 |
Jason Richardson scored 27 points and Earl Boykins converted a three-point play after stealing the ball from T.J. Ford in the final minute of the Charlotte Bobcats' 105-100 victory over the Raptors in Toronto last night. Chris Bosh had 23 points for the Raptors, who could have clinched a playoff berth with a victory. Toronto could still seal a spot if New Jersey loses or Washington wins in later games. The Raptors (38-38) are hardly playing like a team poised to make a strong playoff run. Toronto has lost three of four and 14 of 20, and fans booed the Raptors at the final buzzer.