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.
March 29, 2013 |
AMARE STOUDEMIRE said Thursday his recovery from right knee surgery is going "a little bit ahead of schedule," though he isn't sure if he can return to the New York Knicks for the first round of the playoffs. Stoudemire had surgery to clean up and remove tissue from the knee about 2 1/2 weeks ago and the Knicks said his expected recovery time would be about 6 weeks. The playoffs open the weekend of April 20. "It's going well. Actually going a little bit ahead of schedule right now, so I want to keep that progress going," Stoudemire said in a phone interview.
March 20, 2013 |
THE INDIANA PACERS broke out of their funk Tuesday night. Now they just have to play good basketball. The second-best team in the Eastern Conference got 19 points from Paul George and 14 points and 14 rebounds from Tyler Hansbrough, leading the Pacers to a 95-73 rout over visiting Orlando. It's just what Indiana needed after losing two of its last three games and, surprisingly, two of its last three at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, too. "I feel like if we continue to play the way we played today then we can be a tough team to beat," George Hill said after scoring 14 points.
March 17, 2013 |
The 2012-13 season has been hard on everyone involved in the 76ers organization, a fact that is not lost on center Spencer Hawes. Facing a team that has at times bullied them this year, the Sixers played a cathartic game, earning a 98-91 victory against the Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers in front of 18,587 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. And no one enjoyed the night more than Hawes. The 7-footer, matched up against 7-2 Roy Hibbert (25 points, 10 rebounds), had perhaps the finest all-around game of his career.
March 17, 2013
Kobe Bryant played 12 minutes Friday at Indiana, missed all four shots he took, and then went to the bench for good. It was all his severely sprained left ankle could take. Despite Bryant's absence, the Lakers held off the Pacers, 99-93, when Dwight Howard completed a go-ahead, three-point play with 90 seconds left. Howard finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Metta World Peace had 19 points. George Hill scored 27 points and Paul George had 20 for Indiana. Bryant spent two days trying to fight his way back after landing on the foot of Atlanta's Dahntay Jones in the waning seconds of Wednesday's loss at Atlanta.