July 14, 2014 |
CLEARLY, you can indeed go home again, and if you are LeBron James, you dramatically change the entire power hierarchy of the National Basketball Association when you do it. The only thing close to the shakeup that James has caused by deciding to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers 4 years after he deserted them to take his talents to the Miami Heat was when Michael Jordan retired for the first time from the Chicago Bulls in 1993. "His Airness" put the basketball down for 1 1/2 seasons to pick up a baseball bat, but that did not kick off the domino effect that King James leaving South Beach has. In one heart-tug to return to his roots, James has reduced the Heat from a team that had gone to four consecutive NBA Finals and won two championships to one that very well soon could be preparing for the lottery.
January 8, 2014 |
With news of a legitimate winning streak, an impressive individual honor and yes, even a discussion about the playoffs, the 76ers returned home from a bountiful West Coast road trip with some real optimism. It took just one half of almost defenseless action to squash all those feel-good stories. The Sixers suffered a late second-quarter meltdown and never recovered during Monday's 126-95 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves before 10,736 at the Wells Fargo Center. Thus, the four-game winning streak built during the 4-1 West Coast trip is over.
December 13, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - It had all the signs of a much-needed victory for the 76ers. They were shooting 77.2 percent in the first quarter. They had a commanding 19-point lead late in the second. And the Minnesota Timberwolves were struggling to even make a basket. Then Robbie Hummel took over. The Timberwolves rookie forward sparked a 13-3 fourth-quarter run to lift the Timberwolves to a 106-99 victory Wednesday night at the Target Center. Hummel scored five of his 10 points during the decisive run as Minnesota improved to 11-11.
October 29, 2013 |
Perhaps the toughest job in professional sports is being an NBA head coach. There are a only a few coaches who have job security. Others are fired in the blink of an eye. Of the 30 NBA coaches who began last season, 13 lost their jobs. The list of departed coaches included 2012-13 coach of the year George Karl, Lionel Hollins, and Byron Scott. This is a high-pressure job - and it can be argued that the 76ers' rookie coach, Brett Brown, has the toughest of them all. He'll lead a team that is expected to finish with the league's worst record.
March 14, 2013
Devin Harris scored 17 points, Ivan Johnson hit a key basket, and the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks shook off a 20-point third quarter by Kobe Bryant, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night in Atlanta. Bryant finished with 31 points, but made just 11 of 33 shots. He drove the baseline with a chance to force overtime, but he missed a jumper with three seconds remaining. Garnett, Pierce star Kevin Garnett scored 12 points, passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA's career scoring list, and Paul Pierce joined him among the top 20 scorers in league history with 15 points as the Boston Celtics beat the visiting Toronto Raptors, 112-88.
March 14, 2013 |
THE LAKERS' push for the playoffs might be without Kobe Bryant for a while. The Los Angeles star severely sprained his left ankle Wednesday night after missing a game-tying shot in the closing seconds of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Lakers spokesman John Black said Bryant is out indefinitely, just as a team that underachieved much of the season is playing its best basketball. The 96-92 loss in Atlanta snapped a four-game winning streak and was just Los Angeles' third loss in the last 12 games.
February 9, 2013
The Celtics' Paul Pierce scored 24 points and led a third-quarter surge that paced host Boston over the Los Angeles Lakers, 116-95, Thursday night. The Celtics improved to 6-0 since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season with a knee injury. Kobe Bryant scored 27 to lead the Lakers, who suffered their worst loss of the season despite the return of Dwight Howard after he missed three games with a sore right shoulder. Williams' knee surgery Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams had reconstructive knee surgery Thursday and will now begin a long rehabilitation period that could leave his status in question for the start of next season.
February 8, 2013 |
PAUL PIERCE scored 24 points and led a third-quarter surge as the Boston Celtics routed the visiting Lakers, 116-95, on Thursday night, improving to 6-0 since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season with a torn knee ligament. The Lakers had cut a 58-44 halftime deficit to 72-61 with 5:07 left in the third quarter. Then the Celtics went on a 23-8 run and led 95-69 going into the fourth. Pierce started the surge with a three-point play and ended it with a three-pointer with 41 seconds left, giving him 12 points in the period.
January 9, 2013 |
PAUL PIERCE scored 23 points, and the visiting Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks, 102-96, on Monday night in a heated first meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division rivals. Kevin Garnett added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who even without suspended guard Rajon Rondo won their third straight. New York's Carmelo Anthony had 20 points but shot 6-for- 26 while battling his temper, Garnett and foul trouble. J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 24 points. Boston led by four with 9:03 remaining in the game when Anthony and Garnett became extra physical with each other on a Boston possession that ended with a turnover.
January 6, 2013
Carmelo Anthony scored 16 of his game-high 40 points in the fourth quarter, helping the New York Knicks outlast the host Orlando Magic, 114-106, on Saturday night. J.R. Smith added 18 points off the bench, and Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Elsewhere: Brook Lopez scored 18 points in 17 minutes, and the Brooklyn Nets got a nice effort from their reserves in beating the visiting Sacramento Kings, 113-93, for their third straight victory. . . . Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the host Atlanta Hawks, 89-81.