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 16, 2013
LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, and the Miami Heat trampled the host Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-100, in a Thursday night showcase before the all-star break. Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat won their sixth straight against the Thunder dating to last year's NBA Finals. Miami swept the season series after winning on its home court on Christmas Day, following up after taking the last four games of the Finals. James was in position to continue his record run of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting to seven, but missed from beyond the three-point line as the shot clock ran down with just over a minute left.
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.
June 26, 2013 |
John Hollinger knew the question was coming. Earlier this month, the 42-year-old Hollinger, an accomplished journalist but newly minted vice president of basketball operations for Memphis, was berated by then-Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, 59, for interfering with a playoff practice. In the previous three seasons, Hollins, who coached the Grizzlies to all 18 of their playoff victories in their 18-year history, had transformed Memphis from a 24-win team into a 56-victory, Western Conference finalist.
July 11, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The hairline has receded a bit, the face is a little fuller and shows some age lines, but the jump shot is still as smooth as a baby's bottom. And that, Rasual Butler says, is what will get him back into the NBA after a frustrating season away. The Roman Catholic and La Salle product is now showing off his patented jumper in the Orlando Summer Pro League as a member of the Indiana Pacers. Butler, now 34 and by far the oldest player participating, had his steady job of 10 years taken away from him last season when no NBA team added him to the roster.
November 1, 2013 |
ON TUESDAY, Daily News managing editor Pat McLoone sent me an email about the column I'd written about many Sixers fans wanting the team to lose so it could get a better draft pick. "Where I lose it is when Thad Young drives through traffic and banks in a runner at the buzzer for a win and fans scold him for making the shot," he said. Last night at the Wells Fargo Center, it wasn't Young driving through traffic. It was oft-maligned swingman Evan Turner and rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams going to the free-throw line in the closing moments of a close game against the two-time reigning champion Miami Heat.
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.
December 12, 2005 |
Playing for the first time in 5 weeks, Shaquille O'Neal came through in the clutch - and at the free throw line, of all places. The NBA's most notoriously erratic foul shooter sank the second of two tries with a second left in regulation to force overtime, and the Miami Heat ended a four-game losing streak by beating visiting Washington, 104-101, last night. Coming off the bench in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him Nov. 3, O'Neal finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, four in overtime.