December 3, 2012
Arron Afflalo scored 30 points, Glen Davis added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat Dwight Howard in their first game against their longtime center, stunning the host Los Angeles Lakers, 113-103, on Sunday night. Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds against his former team, but the rebuilding Magic rallied impressively for a 40-point fourth quarter for just their fourth win in 14 games, snapping a three-game skid. Orlando did it partly by intentionally fouling Howard, who went 9 for 21 at the line - including 7 for 14 in the fourth quarter.
December 27, 2012
Kobe Bryant engineered a second-half comeback to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New York Knicks, 100-94, at the Staples Center on Tuesday and extend the Lakers' winning streak to five games while lifting them to .500. Bryant scored 34 points in his NBA-record 15th Christmas Day game, and Metta World Peace added 20 points and seven rebounds for the hosts while defending Carmelo Anthony, whose 34 points led the Knicks. The league's leading scorer, Bryant has topped 30 or more points in nine straight games.
November 13, 2012 |
JUST WHEN everybody thought the Los Angeles Lakers were getting back together with Phil Jackson, they switched course in the middle of the night and went with Mike D'Antoni. Pau Gasol read about it on Twitter, while Dwight Howard got a midnight message on his BlackBerry. They shared most Los Angeles Lakers fans' mix of surprise, trepidation and anticipation. "It has been crazy, but all this stuff will just make this team stronger," said Howard, who has been in a Lakers uniform for about 6 weeks.
December 22, 2012
New York's Carmelo Anthony and three others were thrown out of a foul-filled game, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Knicks for the second time this season, 110-106, on Friday night in New York. Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Bulls counterpart Joakim Noah were tossed after a fourth-quarter altercation, shortly after New York coach Mike Woodson was ejected following his second technical. Anthony finished with 29 points on 10-of-25 shooting, ending his streak of four straight 30-point games.
December 13, 2012 |
KYRIE IRVING scored 28 points in his return after missing 11 games with a broken finger, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-94 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, who dropped to a new low Tuesday night in a tumultuous season. Irving added 11 assists in 39 minutes and showed off his dizzying array of moves as the Cavs ended a five-game losing streak. Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and Dwight Howard, who attempted 22 free throws, had 19 points and 20 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to stop the Lakers from losing for the eighth time in 11 games and to a Cleveland team that came in with only four wins.
April 14, 2012 |
Late Thursday night, Juan Fernandez said he was thankful for his opportunity to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Understandably so. The Temple senior point guard signed a multiyear agreement Friday morning in Portsmouth, Va., to play professional basketball for EA7 Olimpia Milano, a top-level Italian team. He is expected to receive a high six-figure salary. "I'm obviously really, really happy," said the 22-year-old Argentine, who is on pace to graduate from Temple this summer.
November 19, 2012
Kevin Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and a career-high 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the visiting Golden State Warriors, 119-109, on Sunday. The three-time NBA scoring champion has been trying to improve his floor game and reduce turnovers. He came in averaging four per game, fourth-worst in the league. He turned it over just twice in this one and pumped his fist after he set up Kevin Martin's three-pointer with 4 minutes, 57 seconds to play for his 10th assist.
March 22, 2012 |
THE RECENT resurgence of the New York Knicks, winners of five in a row after Wednesday night's 82-79 win over the 76ers, has been directly attributed to the resignation of coach Mike D'Antoni on March 14 and the promotion of assistant Mike Woodson to head coach. But how can a team, almost two-thirds of a way through a season, immediately become so much better because of a coaching change? The Knicks were wildly inconsistent under D'Antoni this season, having put together a seven-game winning streak to go with two six-game losing streaks, the last of which precipitated the resignation.
January 6, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Royal Ivey spent two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and got to see every day what a special player point guard Russell Westbrook is. He sees many of those same qualities in 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday, who posted his second career triple-double against Phoenix on Wednesday, is garnering serious interest throughout the NBA as a possible All-Star selection this season. He entered Friday night's game against the Thunder averaging 18.8 points, 9.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds, similar numbers to those posted by Westbrook (21.7, 8.7, 5.2)
September 23, 1998 |
The Denver Nuggets, coming off one of the worst seasons in NBA history, named Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach yesterday. D'Antoni, who joined the Nuggets as director of player personnel last year after coaching in the Italian League for seven seasons, brought in a former 76ers head coach, John Lucas, as his top assistant. D'Antoni replaced Bill Hanzlik, who was fired after an 11-71 season. D'Antoni, 47, compiled a 144-68 coaching record with Benetton and Milan of the Italian League.