February 19, 2016 |
It was 2:55 a.m. in Houston when Ish Smith first heard the following three words directed toward him: You've been traded . It was 2010, and Smith, a rookie with the Houston Rockets, was in bed when his cell phone rang. He and veteran Shane Battier were being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. "That was the first time I realized it was real," the 76ers point guard said Wednesday after practice. "I was like, 'Oh, [I'm not] going to be in Houston for the rest of my career.
January 9, 2016 |
Shane Battier visited the 76ers on Thursday. The team met with the former NBA player as a way to reach "out to basketball people . . . trying to grow our organization," coach Brett Brown said. Brown said the Sixers picked Battier's brain to see if there's a connection down the road. They may decide to offer him some type of role with the team. However, both sides ruled out Battier coming out of retirement to play for the Sixers. "That ship has sailed," said Battier, 37. "The playing ship has left the port.
June 21, 2013 |
MIAMI - LeBron James scored 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday night as the Miami Heat repeated as champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. James was named the Finals' most valuable player for the second consecutive year. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from three-point range for Miami. James made 5 of 10 three-pointers and also hounded Spurs star Tony Parker on defense to make the Heat the league's first back-to-back champions since the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009-10.
March 25, 2013 |
MIAMI - The Heat have won 25 straight games, turned what was a super-close Eastern Conference race into a runaway, and seem to be finding different ways to prevail on a nightly basis. Still, they're not particularly thrilled with themselves right now. From the Heat perspective, it's almost like they are simultaneously slumping and streaking after facing double-digit deficits in three consecutive games, yet finding ways to win them all. "By no stretch of the imagination are we playing our best basketball right now. We're winning ball games, but we have a lot of room for improvement," forward Shane Battier said.
February 17, 2011 |
HOUSTON - The message after last night's game against the Houston Rockets from 76ers coach Doug Collins to his players was simple: Believe that you're a good team, and come back from the NBA All-Star break and show it. Collins gave the talk after his team proved its resiliency yet again, dropping a 114-105 loss on the Rockets a night after losing at Memphis. The Sixers will now head into the break with a 27-29 record and winners of 10 of their last 14 games. Last night, though, started eerily similar to Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies, in which the Sixers fell behind by 16 in the first quarter.
January 6, 2009 |
Next up for the 76ers is a date with the Houston Rockets tonight at the Wachovia Center. That means contending with 7-foot-6 center Yao Ming and a dangerous swingman in Tracy McGrady. The Rockets are coming off a 103-100 loss Saturday at Atlanta that was decided by a three-point jumper by guard Mike Bibby with 1.5 seconds remaining. On the same night, the Sixers went down in San Antonio on a last-second jumper by guard Tony Parker that gave the Spurs a 108-106 victory. The defeat left the Sixers with a 1-5 record for the road trip they returned from early Sunday morning.
April 11, 2008 |
Allen Iverson scored 33 points, J.R. Smith added 24 off the bench and the Denver Nuggets took control of the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 114-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors last night in Oakland. The win moved Denver (48-31) a full game ahead of the Warriors in the race for eighth place in the West with only three games remaining. The Nuggets also control the tiebreaker, meaning they can clinch their fifth straight playoff berth by winning two of their final three games.
March 17, 2008 |
Tracy McGrady had carried the Houston Rockets through their winning streak since Yao Ming went down with a foot injury. Yesterday, it was everyone else's turn to help him. Rafer Alston scored 31 points and hit eight three-pointers, both career highs, and the Rockets beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, 104-92, to stretch their streak to 22 and claim sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. Kobe Bryant scored 24 points for the Lakers and smothered McGrady on defense, helping hold the Houston star to 11 points on 4-for-16 shooting.
March 15, 2008 |
The Houston Rockets' 21st consecutive victory gave them the second-longest winning streak in NBA history and a share of first place in the Western Conference. Tracy McGrady scored 30 points and the Rockets beat the visiting Charlotte last night, 89-80, to break a tie with the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the second-best victory streak in league history. Only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 in a row, had a longer streak. The win also sets up tomorrow's showdown with the current Lakers at the Toyota Center.
February 20, 2008 |
Shane Battier chuckled before revealing Houston's defensive game plan to stop LeBron James. "Well, we hoped he had a good time in New Orleans," Battier said. It was the visiting Rockets, though, who gave James the headache. Rafer Alston scored 22 points, Yao Ming added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Houston tied a team record Tuesday night with its ninth straight road win, 93-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who wasted a triple-double from James. The Rockets entered the NBA's unofficial midseason interruption as the Western Conference's hottest team and they didn't cool off, winning their ninth in a row to improve to 18-3 since Jan. 4. "We don't want to get tired of winning," said Tracy McGrady, who added 17 points on just 6-of-21 shooting.