Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been pleading with his players to improve their defensive effort and efficiency for most of the last two weeks.
Ty Lawson scored 27 points, Wilson Chandler had 20 and the Denver Nuggets defeated the short-handed Sacramento Kings 125-117 on Sunday night.
Tom Gola, the Hall of Famer who led La Salle to the 1954 NCAA title, still holds the Division I record for career rebounds and helped the Philadelphia Warriors win the 1956 NBA championship, died Sunday. He was 81.
Kevin Garnett stole the ball from his friend and put the finishing touch on an emotional night with a layup that helped him and Paul Pierce become winners in their return to Boston.
The Heat led the Spurs by as many as 29 points in a surprisingly easy home victory.
The Nets are playing up to expectations as a result of better defense and more 3-point shooting, but they will encounter an equally hot team in the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Barclays Center.
For Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, it was an emotional homecoming to Boston, and it ended with the Nets’ fifth straight win.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, Devin Harris had a season-high 14 for the second straight game and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 116-106 Sunday night.
Anthony Davis had 22 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans won their second straight game, 100-92 over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
Mike D’Antoni’s return to New York, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers, brought back questions about why he and Carmelo Anthony failed as a tandem in New York.
Markieff Morris scored 27 points and the Phoenix Suns rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-90 on Sunday night.
Two days after scoring 62 points in a blowout victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, Carmelo Anthony had 35 hard-fought points as the Knicks edged the Lakers.
No 62-point game for Carmelo Anthony on Sunday. He didn’t even match his first-half total from Friday night.
The Knicks will take the practice floor Monday morning a game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The real race in the East, though, is for sixth place. Whoever finishes sixth can avoid Indiana or Miami in the first round. The Knicks are 4 1/2 games out of sixth place right now, which is currently occupied by the Wizards. New York seems to have gained some momentum over the weekend by beating the Bobcats and Lakers.
Kobe Bryant’s phone blew up Friday night with several messages that Carmelo Anthony was “going after” his single-game Garden scoring record.
Well, if it is any consolation for Mike D’Antoni at least Carmelo Anthony didn’t score 62 points again. Under the circumstances, the Lakers and their head coach, who had a famous falling out with Anthony, should consider themselves fortunate that Anthony only scored 35 points in the Knicks 110-103 victory at the Garden.
Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points to break the all-time Knicks scoring record in a single game and the Madison Square Garden single game record.
Carmelo Anthony was heading up court in transition, but instead of adding to his scoring total, flipped a lob pass to the right side of the rim.
Kobe Bryant couldn’t wait to leave Siberia and get back to Los Angeles. “I’ll throw on some shorts and I’ll throw on a T-shirt and I’ll walk outside, for one,”he said at the Garden Sunday before watching on the bench as the Lakers lost to the Knicks, 110-103.