January 14, 1998 |
The Seattle SuperSonics have the NBA's best record. The way the Chicago Bulls are playing, that might not be the case for much longer. "With a team like that, it's hard to make statements," Michael Jordan said last night after he shook off a cold to score 40 points and lead the Bulls to a 101-91 victory over the visiting Sonics. "But we feel that if we had our team intact all season long . . . we would have the best record. " At 26-11, the Bulls are three games behind Seattle (29-8)
May 3, 1996 |
Hakeem Olajuwon just won't allow the Houston Rockets to step down as NBA champions. Olajuwon scored 25 points, including two key baskets down the stretch, as the Rockets beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, 102-94, last night to win their opening-round series, 3-1. The Rockets, seeking their third straight NBA championship, will meet Seattle in the second round beginning tomorrow. The SuperSonics beat Sacramento, 101-87, to win their series, 3-1. "Basic team defense was the key," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said.
February 24, 1994 |
The Seattle SuperSonics had the Atlanta Hawks right where they wanted them. But they couldn't keep them there. "We let them wake up, and they did," Seattle coach George Karl said after watching Dominique Wilkins, Mookie Blaylock and Craig Ehlo spark a fourth- quarter rally that helped the host Hawks erase a 13-point deficit in a 99-92 victory. Wilkins, Blaylock and Ehlo accounted for all the scoring in a 19-0 run that came just after the SuperSonics had stretched their lead to 80-67 in the opening seconds of the final quarter.
January 22, 2013
Nearly five years after the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City, the NBA is one step closer to returning to Seattle, while the Kings are on the verge of leaving Sacramento. All that appears to stand in the way now is approval by NBA owners. The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, the league confirmed in a statement Monday morning. The deal is still pending a vote by the NBA board of governors. The Kings franchise began with the Rochester Royals in 1945, and made stops in Cincinnati, Kansas City and Omaha before arriving Sacramento.
December 1, 2006 |
Kobe Bryant scored 52 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 132-102 win over the visiting Utah Jazz last night. Bryant, who left the game with 4:47 left, was 19-for-26 from the field and 12-for-15 from the line. The Lakers were also led by Maurice Evans, who had 17 points, and Lamar Odom, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds. In a loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday, the Lakers set a franchise record with 37 three-point attempts (missing 26). Last night, they were 8-for-17.
April 12, 1995 |
The hottest team in the NBA was so cold last night, it could almost joke about it. The San Antonio Spurs set franchise lows in scoring and shooting and saw their 15-game winning streak snapped by the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, 91-71. The 15-game winning streak was a franchise record for San Antonio and was the longest in the NBA this season. "It was just one of those games. You can either laugh or cry about it, and I'd rather laugh," Spurs forward Terry Cummings said.
February 17, 1999 |
Larry Hughes, the 76ers' blue- chip rookie, was just plain blue. He played seven, count 'em, seven scoreless, ineffective minutes in last night's 93-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. "He didn't deserve to play seven," Sixers coach Larry Brown said, responding to a question during his postgame press conference. "I didn't play Aaron [McKie] Sunday. I gave Larry a chance. He didn't deserve to be out there, Aaron deserved to be out there. " McKie, who appeared for less than a minute in the 78-70 victory over Atlanta, went 17 minutes last night.
October 25, 2006 |
Shaquille O'Neal was present during a botched child pornography raid last month while working in Virginia as a reserve sheriff's deputy. The Miami Heat center, who pursues his interest in law enforcement during the offseason, denied yesterday taking part in serving the search warrant at the wrong house Sept. 23. However, Bedford County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Harmony confirmed to the Associated Press that O'Neal was there. O'Neal, in Orlando to play a preseason game, was asked yesterday about the raid and several times somewhat playfully responded, "It wasn't me. " The 13-time All-Star has expressed an interest in becoming a Bedford deputy or sheriff somewhere else after his NBA career ends.
May 24, 1997 |
Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf reiterated that he didn't think the team's refusal to speak with the media, an action that resulted in a $50,000 fine, was aimed as a message at him. The Chicago Tribune, citing team sources, reported yesterday that the silence was planned to show the team's general displeasure, particularly concerning the future of coach Phil Jackson. Bulls players are annoyed with Reinsdorf's perceived disinterest in re-signing Jackson and keeping the defending NBA champions together.
June 10, 1996 |
Seattle coach George Karl keeps saying the SuperSonics can profit from learning something in each game of the NBA Finals. Careful, George. Class is about to be dismissed. Seattle, down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series after last night's 108-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls, learned last night that it is a mistake to dismiss Bulls center Luc Longley from the game plan. Longley, who had just two points and three rebounds in 25 minutes of Game 2, came rushing back in Game 3 with a playoff career-high 19 points in 28 minutes.