When the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat meet Wednesday, it’s still likely to be a preview of the Eastern Conference finals.
Jordan Hill did it at both ends of the court Sunday night against the Orlando Magic, putting together his own personal highlight reel in a season during which there haven’t been many of those for himself or the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Pacers, 5-5 in their last 10 games, have been playing relatively poorly lately, while the Heat have had their struggles, too.
The Nets began a three-city trip by overcoming a 14-point deficit to pick up an overtime victory at Dallas and stay close to Toronto for the Atlantic Division lead.
The Atlanta Hawks lost earlier in the day, giving the Knicks a chance to move closer to a playoff spot, but a poor second-half performance led to a loss to the Cavaliers.
A chance to gain ground in the playoff race was there, until Jarrett Jack took it away.
Joe Johnson scored 22 points, including the tying layup in regulation and the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to lead the Brooklyn Nets past the Mavericks 107-104 Sunday night in Jason Kidd’s return to Dallas as a coach.
Phoenix trailed by 22 in the first half but shot a season-high 57 percent from the floor to overcome Kevin Love’s 36 points and 14 rebounds.
A new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society sheds light on little-known amateur and professional black basketball teams from the first half of the 20th century.
Randy Wittman was livid with his team’s rather lackadaisical play, especially this close to the postseason and against an injury depleted Denver Nuggets squad.
DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 12 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas had 30 points and eight assists in the Sacramento Kings’ 124-107 victory Sunday that sent the Milwaukee Bucks to their seventh straight loss.
The Knicks had an eight-game winning streak, a 17-point first-half lead and a chance to pull within two games of a playoff spot.
Even as the Knicks had been inching closer in the scramble to reach the postseason, Mike Woodson knew that their margin for error was growing smaller with each passing game. With the eighth-place Hawks coughing up a double-digit lead and losing to Toronto earlier on Sunday, the Knicks squandered a chance to move back within two games of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Try as he did, Carmelo Anthony at first couldn’t even get the words out. That’s how brutal the Knicks’ 106-100 loss at the Garden on Sunday night to the Cavs was, as they threw away a golden opportunity to pick up a game on the dying Atlanta Hawks.
An irritated J.R. Smith discarded the clear mask he’s been wearing for more than six weeks in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ playoff-damaging 106-100 home loss to Cleveland on Sunday. “I was frustrated, frustrated with the mask,” said Smith, who suffered a small fracture in his left cheekbone on Feb.9.
Maybe he was just trying to be polite, but Mike Woodson decided to blame himself for the New York Knicks’ hope-crushing loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. “We didn’t handle our business,” Woodson said, “and I’ve got to take full responsibility for that.”We’ve got to take issue with that. Woodson didn’t allow Jarrett Jack to go off for a career-high 31 points. He didn’t come out of the locker room listless to start the second half and allow Cleveland to score nine unanswered points.
Embattled New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson pointed the finger at himself after a disastrous loss on Sunday. “We didn’t handle our business,” Woodson said, “and I’ve got to take full responsibility for that.” The Knicks let a 17-point lead slip away at home to a Cavs team that was without Kyrie Irving, its best player. With a win, New York would have cut the deficit between itself and eighth-place Atlanta to two games.
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