A research paper presented at the M.I.T. Sloan and Sports Analytics Conference showcases a method for assessing basket protection.
Damian Lillard scored 24 points, J.J. Hickson added 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-96 on Saturday night to earn only their second win in nearly a month.
Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday helped Philadelphia snap a seven-game losing streak with a win over Golden State.
Monta Ellis scored six of his 23 points in overtime and Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings added five apiece in the extra period to spark the Milwaukee Bucks to a 122-114 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.
Dirk Nowitzki, who after knee surgery missed half of Dallas’s first 58 games, has been inconsistent, and the team has a losing record.
The Nets, who may have been tired after their home loss to Dallas on Friday, grabbed an early 15-4 lead but fizzled out and lost, 96-85, at Chicago.
Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-85 on Saturday.
As the Knicks prepare to face the Heat again, they’re relying on finding the form that led them to two early-season wins over Miami.
Evan Turner had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jrue Holiday scored 27, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 104-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
Get to the Garden early Sunday. You never know. LeBron James just might put on another one of his mesmerizing pregame dunking shows that has all of the NBA buzzing.
James White’s unfortunate sequence of events in the Slam Dunk Contest two weeks ago in Houston could easily become the second-most humbling moment of the season for the Knicks’ swing man.
Here is how the Eastern Conference-leading Heat and the Knicks, tied with Indiana for No. 2 in the conference, match up heading into Sunday’s game.