Basketball

Mavs edge Bulls, Spurs and Raptors win

Dwyane Wade (left) of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot against Salah Mejri of the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday night. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dallas forward Wesley Matthews drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 11.8 seconds remaining on Tuesday as the Mavericks spoiled Chicago guard Dwyane Wade’s 35th birthday with a 99-98 NBA victory over the Bulls. Wade missed at the buzzer and the Bulls ... Read More

Kyrie Irving (right) of Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a shot against Anthony Tolliver (centre) of Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on Friday in Sacramento, California. (Photo: AFP) Cavs snap skid, Grizzlies down Rockets
LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a two-game sk ... Read More

Kawhi Leonard (right) of San Antonio Spurs shoots a lay up against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. AFP Leonard scores 31 as Spurs thrash slumping Lakers
LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard poured in 31 points in just three quarters as ... Read More

James Harden (right) of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. (Photos: AFP) Harden plays down MVP talk after latest triple
LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Houston star James Harden played down talk of being this se ... Read More

Grizzlies hold off Jazz

Tuesday, January 10, 2017    

Stephen Curry (centre) of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a lay-up against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Guard Mike Conley finished with 19 points and nine assists as the Memphis Grizzlies managed to hold off a fourth quarter rally from the Utah Jazz for an 88-79 NBA win on Sunday. Forward Zach Randolph came off the Grizzlies’ bench in front of a crowd of 16,100 at the FedExForum to post a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. “I was really happy with the effort,” Grizzlies’ coach David Fizdale said. “We gave it from ... Read More

Westbrook’s 17th triple-double leads Thunder win

Monday, January 09, 2017    

Russell Westbrook (right) of Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball during the game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook notched his 17th triple-double of the season Saturday, leading the Thunder to a 121-106 home win over the Denver Nuggets. Westbrook, who leads the NBA in scoring and is averaging a triple-double, produced 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists in the 54th triple-double of his career. His seven three-pointers were one shy of the career-high eight he delivered in a loss to Houston on Thursday, but the fiery point guard ... Read More

Grizzlies rally from deep hole to beat Warriors in OT

Sunday, January 08, 2017    

Mike Conley (right) of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against his Golden State Warriors teammate at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, on Friday.  Grizzlies won 128-119. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Memphis Grizzlies completed a dramatic comeback with a dominating overtime performance Friday to beat the two-time defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors for the second time this season. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combined for four baskets on Memphis’s first four possessions of overtime as the Grizzlies rallied from a 24-point deficit in the third quarter to win 128-119. Mike Conley nailed a clutch jump shot with seven ... Read More

Nene nails game-winning free throws

Saturday, January 07, 2017    

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Brazil’s Nene drained two clutch free throws with 0.7 seconds left on the clock to lift the Houston Rockets to a 118-116 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. James Harden nearly had a triple-double for the Rockets with 26 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists as Nene added a season-high 18 points. All five Rockets starters scored in double figures and Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 22. The game-deciding drama started with ... Read More

Curry scores 35 as Warriors topple Trail Blazers

Friday, January 06, 2017    

Stephen Curry (right) of the Golden State Warriors leaps into the air in their game against the Portland Trail Blazers at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, on Tuseday. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Stephen Curry scored 35 points and Kevin Durant had 30 as the Golden State Warriors won their ninth-straight home game with a 125-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. The Warriors helped seal the victory with a 34-second burst in the final quarter that included a Curry three-pointer, a Shaun Livingston dunk and a Draymond Green block. Despite not having injured star point guard Damian Lillard for the fifth-straight game, the Trail Blaze ... Read More

Butler’s big night lifts Bulls; Cavs and Warriors win

Wednesday, January 04, 2017    

Jimmy Butler (#21) of Chicago Bulls leaps to pass over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left) of Charlotte Hornets at the United Center on Monday in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hornets 118-111. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jimmy Butler scored 52 points and the Chicago Bulls started 2017 off right with a 118-111 NBA victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. With a clash with the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers looming today, the Bulls snapped a two-game skid, posting just their fourth victory in their last 12 games. The turnaround was down to Butler, whose 52 points were one shy of his career high. He added 12 rebounds and six assists, carrying his team with veteran g ... Read More

LeBron, Harden, Westbrook sparkle in triumphant efforts

Monday, January 02, 2017    

LeBron James (right) of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday. (Photos: AFP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Houston’s James Harden scored a career-high 53 points, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook achieved a first-half triple double, and LeBron James sparked an injury-hit Cleveland squad in triumphant NBA efforts Saturday. Westbrook, the NBA’s top scorer with 31.3 points a game, needed only 19 minutes to reach double figures and finished with 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds in the Thunder’s 114-88 home victory over the Los Angeles ... Read More

Another Westbrook triple-double lifts Thunder over Heat

Thursday, December 29, 2016    

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday night. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The seemingly unstoppable Russell Westbrook produced his 15th triple-double of the season Tuesday night to propel the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-94 NBA victory over the Heat in Miami. Westbrook’s 52nd career triple-double was his 30th of 2016 — a total spanning the latter part of last season. He joined Oscar Robertson as the only players to notch 30 triple-doubles in a calendar year – furthering his chances of matching Robertson&rs ... Read More

With James resting, Cavs fall to Pistons

Wednesday, December 28, 2016    

Tobias Harris (right)  of the Detroit Pistons shoots the ball during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers  at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on Monday.  The Pistons won 106-90. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Detroit Pistons made the most of LeBron James’ absence, snapping a five-game skid with a 106-90 victory on Monday over the NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers. A day after their 109-108 triumph over the Golden State Warriors in a Christmas Day thriller, the short-handed Cavs had no answer for the Pistons. Tobias Harris came off the bench to lead Detroit with 21 points. The hosts shot a modest 44.6 per cent overall, but they connected on 16 of 2 ... Read More

Irving delivers another dagger as Cavs stun Warriors

Tuesday, December 27, 2016    

Kyrie Irving (right) of Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the game-winning shot against Golden State Warriors in NBA action on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kyrie Irving’s turnaround jump shot over Klay Thompson, with 3.4 seconds left lifted the NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-108 Christmas Day triumph over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The rematch of last June’s NBA Finals headlined the league’s holiday slate, and didn’t disappoint. The Cavaliers — who rallied from 3-1 down in the championship series last season to deny the Warriors a second-straight title &m ... Read More



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