November 14, 2009 |
THEIR CAPTAIN, All-Star point guard Deron Williams, had left the team earlier in the day for what was described as personal reasons. In his place was point guard Eric Maynor, the 10th overall pick in this year's draft. It was Maynor's first start, necessitated by the sprained left big toe of backup point guard Ronnie Price. Maynor's running mate in the backcourt last night was fellow rookie Wesley Matthews, who went undrafted out of Marquette. The Utah Jazz was hurt, shorthanded and in disarray as it limped into Philadelphia following a blowout loss in Boston on Wednesday night.
March 9, 2009 |
Don't forget about the Orlando Magic in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Dwight Howard scored 18 points with 15 rebounds, making a pair of free throws with 13.9 seconds left to ice it after Boston cut a 22-point deficit to three, and the Magic held on to beat the Celtics, 86-79, yesterday, moving two games behind Boston and three behind Cleveland in the East. "It was big for [us] to see where we are for the playoffs," said Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu, who scored 16. "It's not just a team that we want to catch, it's a team that we want to beat.
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 29, 2008 |
The 76ers will face another shorthanded opponent tonight when they play the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena. The game is the second in a five-game road swing for the Sixers. On Friday night in Denver, the Nuggets (20-11) were without their ailing leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony. After leading by as many as 17 points, the Sixers lost by 105-101. Tonight in Utah, the Jazz (18-14) will be without leading scorer Carlos Boozer, third-leading scorer Paul Millsap, and possibly Mehmet Okur, their No. 2 scorer.
November 12, 2008 |
When it was over - after they lost by 93-80 - the 76ers said the Utah Jazz outhustled them to each loose ball. "They got to everything," said Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds last night. "They beat us to a lot of hustle plays: tipped balls, loose rebounds," said Sixers guard Willie Green. "That's unacceptable. " Added head coach Maurice Cheeks: "And they ended up getting scores out of it. " Perhaps that's part of why Utah is 6-1 and the Sixers are 2-5. A loose ball late in the fourth quarter that no Jazz player pursued typified the night for the 12,839 in attendance at the Wachovia Center.
November 10, 2008 |
The first quality victory of the Mike D'Antoni era came the way the New York Knicks used to win games: with defense. Jamal Crawford scored 32 points, and the Knicks toughened up defensively in the second half to end the Utah Jazz' undefeated start with a 107-99 victory yesterday. Zach Randolph had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks (4-2), who moved two games over .500 for the first time since they were 16-14 on Jan. 1, 2005. Chris Duhon added 16 points, nine assists and five rebounds in a strong all-around game.
May 12, 2008 |
Andrei Kirilenko blocked Kobe Bryant twice in overtime and converted a three-point play with 35 seconds remaining as the Utah Jazz beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers yesterday, 123-115, tying the Western Conference semifinal series at 2-2. Utah's Deron Williams had 29 points and 14 assists, while Carlos Boozer scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds. Mehmet Okur added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Kirilenko finished with 15 points and five blocks, stuffing Bryant twice as the Lakers tried to rally in overtime.
May 5, 2008 |
Kevin Garnett took a behind-the-back pass from Paul Pierce, slammed in the dunk to make the lead 36 points and then slashed his hand across his throat to signal what the Atlanta Hawks already knew: It was over. The game. The series. The surprising scare Atlanta put into the NBA's best. Garnett had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Pierce scored 22 points, and the Celtics turned back the pesky Hawks with a 99-65 victory yesterday in Game 7 of their playoff series in Boston to advance to the second round against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
April 3, 2008 |
Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics tied the NBA record for the best single-season turnaround with a 92-77 win over the visiting Indiana Pacers last night. With the league's best record at 60-15, the Celtics have 36 more wins than last season when they finished 24-58. The only other team to improve that much was the San Antonio Spurs, who went from 20-62 in 1996-97 to 56-26 the next season, Tim Duncan's first. "Did we do that," asked coach Doc Rivers.
January 3, 2008 |
Former 76er Kyle Korver did not waste time haunting his old team. Traded on Saturday to Utah, Korver hit five free throws down the stretch and came up with a key loose ball last night as the Jazz held off a frenetic Sixers rally in a 110-107 win at Energy Solutions Arena. Korver played only 11 minutes, 23 seconds, but he scored 14 points, hitting 3 of 4 from the field, including both three-point attempts, and 6 of 7 foul shots. He said it was difficult emotionally to go against his former teammates, whom he could only praise.