Basketball

Desperate Warriors beat Thunder to stay alive

Andrew Bogut (airborne) of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a dunk against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Thursday.Photo: AFP

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Stephen Curry scored 31 points as the defending champion Golden State Warriors kept their record-setting season alive with a 120-111 win over Oklahoma City in game five of their Western Conference play-off. Curry, who has been plagued by injuries throughout t ... Read More

Michael Schloss of Catherine Hall All-Stars (right) passes the ball over Holland Saints’ Damaine Thorpe (second right) in Saturday’s WBA Elite Basketball League second-round game at Montego Bay Cricket Club. Catherine Hall won the game 67-58. (Photo: Paul Reid) Granville Jaguars seek to rebound in WBA league
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars will seek to rebound from their ... Read More

DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors cheers after a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers during game four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Play-offs at Air Canada Centre in Ontario.Photo: AFP Lowry, DeRozan star as Raptors stun Cavs to tie series
MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored more than 30 points each as the T ... Read More

Catherine Hall defeat Jaguars in Western Basketball
Catherine Hall All-Stars sent a big warning with a 63-43 win over the previously unbeaten defending ... Read More

Cavaliers slaughter Raptors in Eastern Conference opener

Thursday, May 19, 2016    

Kyrie Irving (right) of Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball in the second quarter against Kyle Lowry (centre) of Toronto Raptors in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Tuesday.Photo: AFP

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Cleveland Cavaliers maintained their 100 percent post-season record on Tuesday with a crushing 115-84 defeat of the weary Toronto Raptors to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Kyrie Irving scored 27 points, while LeBron James added 24 as the Cavaliers dominated almost from start to finish to the delight of their home fans at the Quicken Loans Arena. The 31-point rout was Cleveland’s biggest-ever victory in a play-off game. The Caval ... Read More

Lowry stars as Raptors down Miami to make history

Tuesday, May 17, 2016    

Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors goes for a lay up during game seven against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals of the 2016 NBA Play-offs on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre in Ontario, Canada.  AFP

CALIFORNIA, United States — Kyle Lowry is relishing the prospect of taking on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, after leading the Toronto Raptors into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history on Sunday. Lowry scored 35 points as Toronto completed a 116-89 win over the Miami Heat to seal a 4-3 series victory — and set up a showdown with James and the Cavs starting today. Toronto will start against Cleveland with the odds stacked against them, hav ... Read More

Dragic on fire as Heat scorch Raptors

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

Goran Dragic (centre) of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against teammates DeMar DeRozan (left) and Patrick Patterson of the Toronto Raptors during game six of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on Friday in Miami, Florida. <InfoBold>(Photo: AFP)</InfoBold>STREETER LECKA

FLORIDA, United States (AFP) — Goran Dragic scored 30 points as the Miami Heat roared back to level their Eastern Conference semi-final series with a 103-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors here Friday. Slovenian star Dragic was outstanding as Miami squared the best-of-seven series at 3-3 to set up a decisive final duel in Toronto today. Dragic also had seven rebounds and four assists as Miami seized an early lead before gradually pulling away from the Raptors. Dragic’s tally was ... Read More

Superstar Duncan unsure of return to Spurs

Saturday, May 14, 2016    

Tim Duncan (#21) of the San Antonio Spurs waits for the end of Game Six of the Western Conference Semi-finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.(Photo: AFP)

Washington, United States (AFP) — Five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs’ 40-year-old superstar big man, says he does not know if he has played the final game of his NBA career. The future of Duncan and Argentine guard Manu Ginobili with the perennial title contenders became the key subject for the Spurs yesterday after a 113-99 play-off loss to Oklahoma City ended their season. Duncan, who has a $6.4-million player option for next season in what would be his 20th ... Read More

Durant the spur as Thunder roll San Antonio

Saturday, May 14, 2016    

Kevin Durant (#35) of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs in game six of Western Conference Quarter-finals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.(Photo: AFP)

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant scored 37 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a 4-2 series victory over the San Antonio Spurs to advance to a Western Conference finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. He left the game to a standing ovation after a superb personal contribution that also included nine rebounds and two assists. “We’re not done yet,” Durant said. “We have to keep improving. Keep getting better and get rea ... Read More

Warriors eliminate Blazers in game five

Friday, May 13, 2016    

Stephen Curry (centre) of the Golden State Warriors dribbles between Al-Farouq Aminu (left) and CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers during game five of the Western Conference Semi-finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Wednesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.(Photo: AFP)

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Stephen Curry was honoured with his second-consecutive league MVP award before leading Golden State to a 125-121 victory over Portland as the Warriors advanced to back-to-back conference finals. The night started with Curry’s award for the first unanimous MVP trophy and ended with the superstar capping his 29-point performance with four free throws in the final 18 seconds to give the Warriors a 4-1 series victory over the Trail Blazers. Asked if ... Read More

Westbrook shines as Thunder stun Spurs

Thursday, May 12, 2016    

Russell Westbrook (right) of the Oklahoma City Thunder high fives Kevin Durant (left) during the game against San Antonio Spurs in game five of the Western Conference semi-finals, during the 2016 NBA Play-offs on Tuesday at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.Photo: AFP

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Russell Westbrook scored 35 points as Oklahoma City Thunder fought back to stun San Antonio Spurs 95-91 and take a 3-2 series lead in their Western Conference semi-final playoff series on Tuesday. Oklahoma City had trailed by as many as 13 points at one point, as the Spurs looked to seize the initiative in front of their home crowd at AT&T Center. But a scintillatingfourth-quarter fightback transformed the contest and means the Thunder can clinch a s ... Read More

Wade sorry over Canadian anthem snub

Wednesday, May 11, 2016    

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat passes the ball against the Toronto Raptors in game four of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals, during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Sunday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.(Photo: AFP)

FLORIDA, United States (AFP) — Miami star Dwyane Wade insisted yesterday that he had meant no disrespect by continuing his warm up during the playing of the Canadian national anthem ahead of the Heat’s play-off game against the Toronto Raptors. Wade sparked an angry backlash after images emerged of him shooting baskets while the anthem O Canada played ahead of Game 3 in Miami, on Saturday. “No disrespect at all from me,” Wade said. “I apologise for Canada thinking ... Read More

Curry back with a bang in epic OT show

Wednesday, May 11, 2016    

Stephen Curry (#30) of Golden State Warriors goes to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers in game four of the Western Conference semi-finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on Monday at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.AFP

CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Stephen Curry returned from injury to deliver an overtime performance for the ages Monday, scoring 17 points in the extra session to lift Golden State to a 132-125 win over Portland in game four of their play-off series. Curry reminded everyone why he is the reigning league MVP, coming off the bench to finish with 40 points in 37 minutes of playing time as the Warriors moved to within one victory of the NBA Western Conference finals. Curry, who sat out t ... Read More

Curry named MVP for second straight year

Wednesday, May 11, 2016    

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Golden State superstar Stephen Curry was yesterday named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight year, becoming the first unanimous winner in the award’s 61-year history, after a record-breaking contribution to the Warriors’ historic season. Curry, who returned from injury on Monday to score 40 points in Golden State’s overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers, won in a landslide, sweeping all 131 first-place votes ... Read More



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