May 12, 2013
Playing at home, Marc Gasol hit two free throws with 1:03 left to put the Grizzlies ahead to stay in their 87-81 win Saturday over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 2-1 series lead in their Western Conference semifinal. Gasol scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as Memphis remained unbeaten at home in the postseason. Memphis pulled out the win in an ugly performance for both teams following a three-day layoff since Game 2. After struggling at the free throw line in Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies hit all six at the line in the final 1:03 to clinch it. Meanwhile, Thunder star Kevin Durant, a 91 percent free throw shooter in the regular season, missed two with 39.3 seconds left.
April 28, 2013
The Bulls wiped out a 14-point deficit late in regulation to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 142-134, in triple overtime Saturday in Chicago and take a three-games-to-none lead in the first-round playoff series. The Bulls were trailing, 109-95, with less than four minutes to go in the fourth quarter when Nate Robinson put the Bulls on his back and carried them to the wild victory. "I always think I'm on fire, kind of like the old-school game NBA Jam ," Robinson said. "You make a couple in a row, the rim's on fire.
April 25, 2013
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after squandering a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Houston Rockets, 105-102, on Wednesday night and take a two-games-to-none series lead. Pacers top Hawks Paul George scored a playoff career-high 27 points to lead Indiana past Atlanta, 113-98, in Indianapolis. The Pacers lead the best-of-seven first-round series, two games to none, and have won four straight home games over the Hawks.
April 12, 2013 |
THE EARLY candidate for most interesting nugget from our boys down in Augusta was that Jack Nicklaus, for the longest time, never owned any of the green jackets he earned by winning six Masters. The club never seemed to have a 43 regular on hand, but in 1965 they gave him the one owned by Thomas Dewey, who is best known for the unfortunate 1948 Chicago Daily Tribune headline "Dewey defeats Truman. " The idea that Nicklaus has a closet full of green jackets also is a misperception.
April 2, 2013 |
DEVIN HARRIS scored a season-high 25 points and Josh Smith nearly added a triple-double Monday night as the Atlanta Hawks beat the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-94, to improve their chances of securing homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Smith had 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists in front of a sparse crowd in Philips Arena to help the Hawks (42-33) pull within one game of Brooklyn (42-31) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Reserve Marreese Speights scored 14 of his 22 in the final quarter, but the Cavs (22-51)
March 21, 2013 |
LEBRON JAMES scored 25 points as the visiting Miami Heat overcame a 27-point deficit in the third quarter and won their 24th straight game, 98-95 over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night to extend the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The Heat are within nine games of matching the record of 33 consecutive wins held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. James and his teammates have insisted the record isn't one of their goals, and for more than 30 minutes the defending champions seemed disinterested and on the verge of losing for the first time since Feb. 1. Miami trailed 67-40 with 7:44 left in the third quarter.
February 28, 2013 |
ZACH RANDOLPH scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 21 as the Memphis Grizzlies matched their largest comeback in franchise history, rallying to beat visiting Dallas, 90-84, on Wednesday night. Quincy Pondexter finished with 12 and Austin Daye added 10, all in the first half, for Memphis, which trailed by 25 points in the second quarter but stormed back to win its eighth straight. Gasol had 12 rebounds and Randolph 10 as Memphis outrebounded Dallas, 46-34. Shawn Marion led the Mavericks with 16 points, Elton Brand finished with 12 off the bench, and O.J. Mayo added 11, despite going 5-for-13 from the field.
February 1, 2013 |
KEVIN DURANT scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 21 points and nine assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat visiting Memphis, 106-89, Thursday night in the Grizzlies' first game since trading away leading scorer Rudy Gay. Memphis struggled mightily in the first half and trailed by 26 in the third quarter before a mini-implosion by the Thunder that featured Westbrook getting benched after a dust-up with his teammates. It still didn't provide a big enough opening for the Grizzlies, who were playing short-handed while waiting for trade acquisitions Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis to arrive and pass physicals.
February 1, 2013
Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 21 points and nine assists, and the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat Memphis, 106-89, Thursday night in the Grizzlies' first game since trading away leading-scorer Rudy Gay. Memphis struggled mightily in the first half and trailed by 26 in the third quarter before a mini-implosion by the Thunder that featured Westbrook's getting benched after a dustup with his teammates. It still didn't provide a big enough opening for the Grizzlies, who were playing shorthanded while waiting for trade acquisitions Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, and Ed Davis to arrive and pass physicals.
January 29, 2013 |
The beauty of Marc Gasol is that when the 7-foot-1, 265-pound center for the Memphis Grizzlies has it going the way he did Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center, almost every asset of his multifaceted game stands out. He is hitting three-pointers that no one expects him to make. He is recording seven assists, pounding the boards and muscling in shots around the basket. Gasol scored 27 points and had seven rebounds as the Grizzlies beat the Sixers, 103-100. He also made the defensive play of the night.