June 11, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili sat in mostly stunned silence, all that playoff experience not preparing them for how they felt after two games. They were satisfied, yet shaken. The San Antonio Spurs had taken home-court advantage away from the Miami Heat, but then the reigning champions took them apart. So as they prepared to bring the NBA Finals back home for the first time in 7 years, the veterans struggled with how they were supposed to sum up their situation.
May 7, 2013
Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third consecutive game, and the Chicago Bulls stunned the host Miami Heat, 93-86, on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Trailing by 86-83 with two minutes to go, the Bulls scored the final 10 points of the game to beat the Heat. Joakim Noah added 13 points and Taj Gibson had 12 for Chicago, which snapped a 27-game Miami winning streak during the regular season and handed the Heat their first loss in their last 13 games in this one. Marco Bellinelli scored 10 points for the Bulls after being fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's win at Brooklyn.
May 29, 2013
Roy Hibbert collected 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lance Stephenson added 20 points, and the Indiana Pacers charged back late in Indianapolis to beat the Miami Heat, 99-92, on Tuesday night and tie the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. LeBron James led the Heat with 24 points before fouling out with 56 seconds to go. Mario Chalmers had 20 points on a night the defending NBA champions failed to take command of the series. The Heat will host Game 5 on Thursday. Suns hire Hornacek Phoenix hired Jeff Hornacek, 50, who played the first six of his 14 NBA seasons with the Suns.
March 27, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - If the Miami Heat keep streaking - they have won 27 straight - they could tie the NBA record by beating the 76ers on April 6. The record of 33 straight wins was set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Sixers coach Doug Collins believes that the Heat are good enough to break the record. "Sure they can," Collins said Monday. "They have been pulling rabbits out of their hat lately, but they are in a rhythm. "Absolutely, they could do it. They have great players, a great coach, they defend every night and they have championship players like Ray Allen and Shane Battier coming off their bench.
February 4, 2012 |
If Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center was a yardstick game for the 76ers, a way to compare their 16-6 record with the 16-6 record of the Miami Heat, then the night didn't turn out to be very encouraging. If it was merely a test to see if they could still stay with one of the best teams in the league, the team that bounced them from the postseason last year, then there were a few more positives. After watching how far the Sixers have come under Doug Collins, everyone agrees their glass is half-full now. But after getting shrugged off by the Heat, 99-79, it's also clear that it is still just half a glass.
April 22, 2011
I'M JUST NOT sure how much more you can ask of the 76ers than what they gave last night at the Wells Fargo Center. Coming home with a 2-0 deficit in their Eastern Conference playoff series, they responded exactly the way a young and seemingly overmatched team would against an opponent as formidable as the Miami Heat. You wanted passion. The Sixers displayed it. You wanted heart. The Sixers bled theirs out. You wanted determination, courage, fight, composure, toughness.
October 1, 2013 |
Erik Spoelstra signed a multiyear extension to remain as coach of the Miami Heat. Team officials confirmed the signing Sunday afternoon. Spoelstra has led the Heat to the last two NBA championships and is 260-134 in his first five seasons in Miami. He had one year left on his existing contract. The NBA Finals could return to a 2-2-1-1-1 format. The league's competition committee voted unanimously to recommend the change from the current 2-3-2 system and owners will vote on it next month at their meetings.
June 17, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginobili had 24 points and 10 assists in a surprise start to spark the San Antonio Spurs to a 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, pushing the Spurs one victory away from their fifth title. Danny Green scored 24 points and broke Ray Allen's Finals record for threes in a series with 25. Tony Parker had 26 points for San Antonio. LeBron James scored 25 points on 8-for-22 shooting for the Heat and Dwyane Wade had 25 points and 10 assists.
January 19, 2014 |
Brett Brown called it. The 76ers coach knew his squad was facing the Miami Heat at the wrong time. The two-time defending NBA champions were coming off their first three-game losing streak in two seasons. In those setbacks, Miami was uncharacteristically awful on defense. "You are getting a very talented, angry team that's going to go up many, many levels defensively," Brown said before Friday's 101-86 setback to the Heat. "And that is going to be a real test for our young team, because we lead the league in turnovers already.
April 24, 2010 |
Paul Pierce demanded the ball for the last shot. The Boston Celtics were rewarded. And the much-anticipated offseason of 2010 is closer than the Miami Heat ever wanted. Pierce's 21-foot jumper at the buzzer - with injured Heat star Dwyane Wade watching helplessly from the bench - gave the visiting Celtics a 100-98 win over Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series last night. Boston leads the best-of-seven 3-0, and will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in Miami.