No player in all of basketball is a better fourth-quarter performer than Nets star guard Kyrie Irving.
Irving scored 21 of his 32 points in the final period alone in Brooklyn’s 122-115 victory over the Knicks at Barclays Center on Saturday. The scoring barrage marked his fourth 20-point fourth quarter of the season, tying Trae Young, Kemba ...Read more
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — When Michigan State hosted Purdue less than two weeks ago, it went down to the final seconds, the Boilermakers getting the wining bucket from Zach Edey with 2.2 seconds to play.
The rematch at Mackey Arena on Sunday afternoon never had the same suspense as Edey, once again, had his way with the Michigan State defense as...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was Mascot Day inside Spectrum Center, bringing together a collection of furry friends from the area and all over the country.
Homer the Dragon of the Charlotte Knights joined the likes of Chicago’s Benny the Bull, Phoenix’s Gorilla and, of course, Hugo the Hornet to entertain the masses. They tossed up one-handed ...Read more
BOSTON — Anthony Davis sat in his chair in a quiet and disappointed Lakers locker room, a towel over his shoulders, his ire about the officials coming out very strong. The normally low-key forward was unafraid to bash the referees on a night when the Lakers were sure they came out on the wrong end of calls Saturday night against the rival ...Read more
The names have been out there and will continue to be out there when it comes to Miami Heat trade speculation.
But this is not about Jae Crowder, D’Angelo Russell, Bojan Bojdanovic, Jarred Vanderbilt, O.G. Anunoby, P.J. Washington, Norman Powell, Dorian Finney Smith, Malik Beasley, Kelly Olynyk or some other unknown target.
It’s about the ...Read more
CHICAGO — Amid the swirling uncertainty of WNBA free agency, the Chicago Sky made a major addition this week — to their front office, not their roster.
The Sky hired Nadia Rawlinson for a newly created role of operating chairman. Rawlinson aims to establish a stronger base for the business aspects of the team as the WNBA continues to grow ...Read more
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to knock down 19 3-pointers on Saturday night and fell 120-113 at State Farm Arena.
Here are five observations:
1. Despite hustling on both ends of the floor, the Hawks could not overcome the Clippers’ power from long distance.
The Hawks did a good job of forcing the Clippers ...Read more
BOSTON — The road trips have been long, the games have been stacked and, inside the Los Angeles Lakers’ locker room, the eyes have been droopier. The NBA schedule is long — the comparisons to a marathon too accurate for them to be fully dismissed as merely a cliche.
But the Lakers — they’re lucky, lucky to be in Boston on Saturday to...Read more
BOSTON — As the Celtics backpedaled into a rare losing streak this week, Jaylen Brown took the blame. His pair of free throws with seconds left in overtime cost them, and he took accountability for not bringing the right energy in a poor performance.
On Saturday, he brought it at just the right time.
Brown shook off one of his worst games of...Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. — For most of Saturday, the Orlando Magic’s 128-109 home loss to the Chicago Bulls looked like it was going to go how most of their games on the second night of a back-to-back have gone.
The defensive intensity was lacking early. Their 3-point shots weren’t falling.
The Bulls took advantage of the Magic’s lackluster play,...Read more
DETROIT — The Pistons haven’t had many victories that would be considered easy. There was an opportunity for them to have one on Saturday, but instead Detroit relinquished an early 14-point lead to a lowly Houston Rockets team.
With two teams at the bottom of the league’s standings, the game was an opportunity for the Pistons to show they...Read more
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A prime opportunity to earn a major boost to its NCAA Tournament résumé slipped through Kentucky’s grasp Saturday night in Rupp Arena.
Reigning national champion Kansas came to town ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll and sitting at No. 9 in the NCAA’s NET ratings, and the Jayhawks left Lexington with a 77-68 ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS — Saturday's game at Target Center offered the Timberwolves two opportunities:
— To see how they stacked up against a quality opponent in the first of two consecutive games against Sacramento, third in the Western Conference, and;
— A forum on two All-Star hopefuls in Anthony Edwards and the Kings' De'Aaron Fox.
The verdict:...Read more
NEW YORK — It can’t be a rivalry if the results are this lopsided.
Even if the Knicks and Nets wanted to feed into the cross-bridge rivalry narrative — which they don’t — the numbers lean too drastically in Brooklyn’s favor.
Sunday’s 122-115 victory marked the Nets’ ninth straight victory over their nearby opponent. The Knicks ...Read more
SEATTLE — The Washington men's basketball team targeted Saturday's rematch against No. 6 Arizona as a chance to rekindle their flickering NCAA Tournament hopes.
And for about 25 minutes, the Huskies kept pace with fleet-footed Wildcats.
However, midway in the second half, Arizona shifted its high-octane offense into another gear that sparked...Read more
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State’s basketball game against Florida was far from the challenge it was billed as when the Big 12 and SEC scheduled the matchup as part of their final conference crossover series.
The Wildcats dominated the Gators from start to finish on their way to a 64-50 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Bramlage Coliseum...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid got the ball as the shot clock ticked down, dribbled, and pulled up against Nikola Jokić.
The 3-pointer went bang, Embiid shrugged his shoulders on the way back to the bench, and the Wells Fargo Center crowd unleashed into an “M-V-P!” chant that reminded everyone who they believed was most worthy of the award. ...Read more
PITTSBURGH — For nearly the entire game, it seemed as though Jeff Capel’s team couldn’t catch a break. Matched up at home against a ranked opponent, any sort of momentum Pitt could gather would be matched by the opposition.
That was until the very end. An 11-0 run in the game’s final two minutes lifted the Panthers to a thrilling 71-68 ...Read more
CHICAGO — Candace Parker chose to leave the Chicago Sky for the same reason she joined the team in 2021 — to go home.
The Naperville, Ill., native and two-time WNBA champion on Saturday announced her decision to sign with the Las Vegas Aces as a free agent. In an Instagram post, she cited her family as her primary decision for returning ...Read more
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri’s throwback uniforms might have to stick around.
Wearing the classic Block M jerseys and Tiger paw shorts from the program’s banner years, the Tigers throttled former conference nemesis and 12th-ranked Iowa State, 78-61, on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge behind another flurry of 3-pointers. The win was ...Read more
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