May 22, 2013
Ah! what would the world be to us If the children were no more? - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tragedies are always made worse when children are involved. The thought of unfulfilled dreams falling victim to premature death can melt even the coldest heart. So it was Monday, as news traveled of children dying inside an elementary school where they sought shelter from an Oklahoma tornado. Initial reports of 91 deaths, including more than 20 children, were reduced significantly Tuesday, but the exact number was still being determined as rescue workers continued to search for bodies.
May 17, 2013
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks broke out just enough to stay in it. Anthony scored 28 points and the Knicks avoided elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Reserves J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail three games to two and will need a victory Saturday in Indiana to force a seventh game back in New York on Monday. "I was totally impressed because we met the challenge," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
May 12, 2013
Playing at home, Marc Gasol hit two free throws with 1:03 left to put the Grizzlies ahead to stay in their 87-81 win Saturday over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 2-1 series lead in their Western Conference semifinal. Gasol scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as Memphis remained unbeaten at home in the postseason. Memphis pulled out the win in an ugly performance for both teams following a three-day layoff since Game 2. After struggling at the free throw line in Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies hit all six at the line in the final 1:03 to clinch it. Meanwhile, Thunder star Kevin Durant, a 91 percent free throw shooter in the regular season, missed two with 39.3 seconds left.
May 9, 2013
It was the biggest postseason win in Miami Heat history, and the biggest postseason loss in Chicago Bulls history. Ray Allen scored 21 points, LeBron James added 19, and the host Heat embarrassed the Bulls with a 115-78 victory in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Wednesday night. The Bulls were called for six technical fouls, and Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were ejected late as Miami's lead reached as much as 46 points. The Heat knotted the series at one game apiece, with Game 3 Friday night in Chicago.
May 1, 2013
Andre Iguodala brought the energy and the Denver Nuggets rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off elimination Tuesday night with a 107-100 win over the visiting Golden State Warriors. The Nuggets slowed down Golden State's guards, jump-started their transition game, and got under Andrew Bogut's skin in Game 5, jumping out to a 22-point lead before weathering a Warriors rally. Game 6 is Thursday night in Oakland. Golden State leads the series, three games to two. Iguodala had 25 points and 12 rebounds.
May 1, 2013
Andre Iguodala brought the energy and the Denver Nuggets rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off elimination Tuesday night with a 107-100 win over the visiting Golden State Warriors. The Nuggets slowed down Golden State's guards, jump-started their transition game and got under Andrew Bogut's skin in Game 5, jumping out to a 22-point lead before weathering a Warriors' rally. Game 6 is Thursday night in Oakland. Golden State leads the series, 3-2. Iguodala had 25 points and 12 rebounds.
April 27, 2013
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, and the New York Knicks moved to the brink of their first playoff series victory in 13 years, routing the Celtics, 90-76, on Friday night in Boston in Game 3 of the first-round series. Quickly taking the crowd out of it in the first NBA game here since the Boston Marathon bombings, the Knicks built a 16-point halftime lead and now are on the verge of taking out the Celtics. Raymond Felton added 15 points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who haven't advanced since reaching the 2000 Eastern Conference finals.
April 17, 2013 |
KEVIN DURANT scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had 21 before getting ejected in the final 3 minutes and the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the visiting Sacramento Kings, 104-95, on Monday night. Tyreke Evans, the Kings' second-leading scorer, did not return after grabbing at his troublesome left knee following a drive to the basket late in the first quarter. Durant hit a three-pointer and Westbrook set up Serge Ibaka for a two-handed slam during a string of 11 straight Thunder points midway through the third quarter that stretched the lead to 75-51.
April 11, 2013 |
THE NEW YORK Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the visiting Washington Wizards, 120-99, on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory. Anthony put this one away with 21 points during the Knicks' 37-point third quarter that gave them a 95-71 lead. The NBA's scoring leader added eight rebounds and six assists while becoming the first Knick since newly elected Hall of Famer Bernard King with five straight 35-point games.
April 8, 2013
Carmelo Anthony collected 36 points and 12 rebounds, J.R. Smith hit a pair of shot-clock beaters in the final two minutes, and the visiting New York Knicks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 125-120, on Sunday for their 12th consecutive win. The Knicks reached the 50-win mark for the first time in 13 years. Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists for Oklahoma City, which fell a game behind San Antonio for first place in the West with five games to play. Kevin Durant scored 27, slipping behind Anthony in the NBA scoring race.