May 6, 2013 |
BIGGER, BADDER, and so far better. Physical beat finesse yesterday, as the Indiana Pacers outworked and outmuscled the New York Knicks in a 102-95 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden. David West scored 20 points and Paul George added 19 for the Pacers, who outrebounded the Knicks 44-30, showing the smaller team that in the rugged East, size does matter. "I thought guys did a good job just putting them on their heels," West said.
May 6, 2013
David West scored 20 points, Paul George added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks, 102-95, on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden. D.J. Augustin had 16 points for the Pacers, who built a 16-point lead while New York's Carmelo Anthony was on the bench in foul trouble in the third. Anthony finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Thunder top Grizzlies. Down by one in the final minute, Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher poked the ball away from Memphis' Mike Conley, springing Kevin Durant into the open court with a chance to put the Thunder on top. Durant sank a jumper with 11.1 seconds left for the last of his 35 points, lifting the Thunder to a 93-91 victory over the Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference semis.
April 30, 2013
Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and the host Brooklyn Nets beat Chicago, 110-91, on Monday night. The Bulls lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two. Andray Blatche scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and Gerald Wallace had consecutive baskets down the stretch as the Nets finally pulled away in a game they led most of the way. The Bulls were outscored by 15-1 down the stretch and failed to set up a second-round series with Miami.
April 30, 2013 |
BROOK LOPEZ had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat visiting Chicago, 110-91, last night, cutting the Bulls' lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series. The Bulls were outscored 15-1 down the stretch and failed to set up a second-round series with Miami. Instead they will host Game 6 on Thursday. The Bulls' Nate Robinson had 20 points and eight assists starting in place of point guard Kirk Hinrich, who bruised his left calf in Saturday's game.
April 27, 2013 |
Is it time for the 76ers to turn the coaching reins over to someone with no head coaching experience? That is one of the many options the team's front office must seriously consider as it moves to hire its eighth coach to lead the Sixers since 2003. Eddie Jordan (27-55) and Doug Collins (110-120) have led the Sixers to a 137-175 record (.439) in the last four seasons, and both took over the Sixers having had experience as head coaches. Brian Shaw, 47, the longtime assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and currently an associate head coach on South Jersey native Frank Vogel's Indiana Pacers staff, might be exactly what the Sixers need if they are not interested in hiring another retread.
April 25, 2013
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after squandering a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Houston Rockets, 105-102, on Wednesday night and take a two-games-to-none series lead. Pacers top Hawks Paul George scored a playoff career-high 27 points to lead Indiana past Atlanta, 113-98, in Indianapolis. The Pacers lead the best-of-seven first-round series, two games to none, and have won four straight home games over the Hawks.
April 23, 2013
San Antonio's Manu Ginobili, coming back from a hamstring injury, and Tony Parker each scored 18 points as the host Spurs dropped the Los Angeles Lakers, 91-79, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Sunday. Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who failed to take full advantage of their inside presence, much to the consternation of the injured Kobe Bryant. While watching on TV, he tweeted: "Post. Post. Post. " "Yeah, that's what we did," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said about Bryant's tweets.
April 17, 2013 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Like many across the world, 76ers coach Doug Collins spent much of his time Monday before a 109-101 loss to the Detroit Pistons transfixed by the two explosions at the Boston Marathon. Before the game, Collins said he and the Sixers would say a prayer for those touched by the tragedy. "I am pretty good with perspective, and I don't need any tragedy to remind me how blessed my life is," Collins said. "Watching that today was very sobering. All I could think about was those runners' loved ones standing at the finish line and waiting to greet them.
April 15, 2013
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting against the rugged Indiana defense on Sunday, and the New York Knicks clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 victory over the visiting Pacers. The Knicks will host seventh-seeded Boston next weekend. New York is guaranteed the home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs after finishing a distant second to Miami in the conference. Anthony didn't play in the fourth quarter, ending his streak of 30-point games at seven, after he bruised his left shoulder when he was fouled by Sam Young in the third.
April 14, 2013
LeBron James scored 20 points in 29 minutes and Rashard Lewis added 19 on a huge night for the Miami bench as the Heat beat the Boston Celtics, 109-101, Friday, to tied their franchise record for home wins in a season. The Heat erased an early 13-point deficit with a 41-point second quarter to win their 35th home game to tie the standard set in 2004-05. Dwyane Wade, back after missing six games with a bruised right kneecap, scored 11 points in 34 minutes. Elsewhere: Deron Williams scored 33 points to lead Brooklyn, 117-109, over host Indiana, securing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.