Knicks Morning News (2016.04.05)

  • [New York Times] A Historic Regular Season Without a Title Often Rings Hollow (Tue, 05 Apr 2016 06:21:41 GMT)

    Golden State, take note. Putting together a historic regular-season is only half the battle for teams trying to etch out a spot in the annals of sports immortality.

  • [New York Times] Dramatic Buzzer-Beater Earns Villanova NCAA Title (Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:30:27 GMT)

    Kris Jenkins buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift Villanova to a thrilling 77-74 upset victory over North Carolina in the U.S. college basketball championship game in Houston on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Dramatic Late Basket Earns Villanova NCAA Title (Tue, 05 Apr 2016 03:51:28 GMT)

    Kris Jenkins buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift Villanova to a thrilling 77-74 upset victory over North Carolina in the NCAA Final to win the U.S. college basketball championship in Houston on Monday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: LeBron James Passes Robertson as Cavs Edge Hawks (Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:40:06 GMT)

    James scored 29 points, passing another Hall of Famer on the N.B.A.’s career scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the Atlanta Hawks, 110-108.

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  • [New York Times] With 2 Games vs Warriors This Week, How Will Spurs Play It? (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 07:00:41 GMT)

    The biggest mystery surrounding the Golden State Warriors’ run at history is how motivated San Antonio will be to stop it.

  • [New York Times] Boston Celtics Survive Kobe Bryant’s 34, Beat Lakers 107-100 (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:18:39 GMT)

    After 20 years, two NBA Finals meetings and countless major moments, Kobe Bryant cherishes the history and tradition of the Los Angeles Lakers’ rivalry with the Boston Celtics.

  • [New York Times] Pelicans 106, Nets 87: Nets Fall to New Orleans as New Pelican Shines (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 04:28:15 GMT)

    The Nets lost their fifth straight game after announcing that Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young would sit out the rest of the season.

  • [New York Times] Curry Pours in 39 as Warriors Trounce Trail Blazers (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 04:21:27 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors play so well after they lose, it makes one wonder why they don’t do it more often.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pacers Blow Lead but Hold Off Knicks to Move Into Seventh in East (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 03:55:06 GMT)

    The Indiana Pacers beat the Knicks, 92-87, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night to tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Rebound From Rare Home Loss to Beat Blazers 136-111 (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 03:36:48 GMT)

    The pain of a rare home loss disappeared quickly for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Just like the other seven defeats this season, it was followed with yet another win.

  • [New York Times] George Hits Go-Ahead Shot, Pacers Edge Knicks to Tie for 7th (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 02:21:44 GMT)

    Paul George returned from an injured ankle to make the tiebreaking jumper with 23.6 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 92-87 on Sunday night to tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

  • [New York Times] Without Irving, Cavs Hold Off Hornets (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 02:18:27 GMT)

    LeBron James said it felt like playing three games in three nights, yet as the Cleveland Cavaliers have for most of the season, they passed the test.

  • [New York Times] Jimmy Butler Scores 25 Points, Bulls Hold Off Bucks 102-98 (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 01:42:52 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler scored 25 points on 10-of-11 shooting, Pau Gasol had 16 points and eight rebounds and the Chicago Bulls held off a second-half surge by the Milwaukee Bucks for a 102-98 win Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Hayward’s 22 Helps Jazz Keep Pace in West With Win Over Suns (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 01:06:54 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward led five Utah players in double figures with 22 points, and the Jazz boosted their playoff chances with a 101-86 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Fall to Magic 119-107 for Sixth Straight Loss (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 01:00:57 GMT)

    Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points off the bench, Victor Oladipo and Evan Fournier added 22 points each and the Orlando Magic topped the struggling Memphis Grizzlies 119-107 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Post] Don’t tell Kristaps Porzingis his season is over (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:36:21 -0400)

    Kristaps Porzingis ain't done yet. Porzingis hasn't given up on his rookie season, showing progress with his right-shoulder strain by lifting his arm over his head in a demonstration for reporters in the Knicks' locker room before they played host to the Pacers Sunday night. The rookie phenom wasn't able to do that in Dallas…

  • [New York Post] Rambis’ strange rant: Demoting Afflalo will help his wallet (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:28:08 -0400)

    Kurt Rambis went from Arron Afflalo's coach to his agent for one weird, brief moment after Sunday's 92-87 loss to the Pacers. Afflalo scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, nearly spearheading an improbable comeback victory. Afflalo had been embroiled in a rift of sorts with Rambis, who demoted him to the…

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony among Knicks starters to sit in latest loss (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:29:43 GMT)

    The Knicks haven’t shut down their season yet. At least not officially.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Carmelo Anthony ‘resting’ is trend among NBA stars (Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:07:10 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony received what was referred to as a “rest” day on Sunday.

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  • [New York Daily News] Facing Pacers a reminder of when Knicks’ tailspin began (Sun, 03 Apr 2016 02:25:37 GMT)

    The beginning of the end for Carmelo Anthony’s best season in New York took place in a loss to the Pacers.

  • [New York Times] McCollum Has 24 Points, Blazers Beat Heat 110-93 (Sun, 03 Apr 2016 04:57:37 GMT)

    C.J. McCollum had 24 points and made all six of his 3-point attempts to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Miami Heat 110-93 Saturday night for their seventh straight home win.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge, Leonard Lead Spurs to Franchise Record 64th Win (Sun, 03 Apr 2016 04:36:41 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs got exactly what they were hoping for against the Toronto Raptors — a scare.

  • [New York Times] Pistons Edge Bulls in Chicago to Boost Playoff Hopes (Sun, 03 Apr 2016 04:18:27 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson had 22 points and Tobias Harris had 21 to lead the Detroit Pistons, who got double-figures scoring from all five starters, to a 94-90 win against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the United Center.

  • [New York Times] North Carolina Set Up Villanova Meet for U.S. College Title (Sun, 03 Apr 2016 04:12:27 GMT)

    North Carolina will play in their 10th NCAA men’s basketball championship game in Houston on Monday after beating Syracuse 83-66 to set up a final against the Villanova Wildcats.

  • [New York Times] Gay Scores 25 Points, Kings Rally to Beat Nuggets 115-106 (Sun, 03 Apr 2016 03:36:45 GMT)

    Rudy Gay had 25 points and nine rebounds, Seth Curry scored 17 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Denver Nuggets 115-106 on Saturday night to sweep the three-game season series.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Fend Off Raptors to Keep Home Record (Sun, 03 Apr 2016 03:24:27 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 33 points, eight of which came in final minute, as San Antonio thwarted a determined upset bid by the Toronto Raptors in a 102-95 win on Saturday night that allowed the Spurs to remain unbeaten at home.

  • [New York Times] Jackson, Harris Lift Pistons Over Bulls 94-90 (Sun, 03 Apr 2016 02:54:38 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Tobias Harris added 21 and the Detroit Pistons overcame Jimmy Butler’s first career triple-double to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-90 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Miles, Pacers Rally Past 76ers 115-102 (Sun, 03 Apr 2016 02:24:42 GMT)

    C.J. Miles scored 25 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:39 left, and the Indiana Pacers rallied to beat the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 115-102 on Saturday night.

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  • [New York Daily News] Isola: It’s time for Knicks to shut Kristaps Porzingis down (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:54:15 GMT)

    The Knicks aren’t prepared, at least not publicly, to declare Kristaps Porzingis finished for the season so we’ll do it for them.

  • [New York Daily News] Porzingis sits out again as lowly Knicks trounce lowly Nets (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 01:56:24 GMT)

    The Garden was dull Friday night, and it certainly had a lot to do with the lowly Knicks and Nets facing off for the final time this year.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Hold On to End Warriors’ 54-Game Home Winning Streak (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 06:27:27 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas scored all 22 of his points in the second half, including a driving layup with 8.3 seconds remaining, as the Boston Celtics ended the Golden State Warriors’ 54-game home winning streak with a 109-106 stunner on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Warriors’ Home Winning Streak Ends at 54 in Loss to Celtics (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 06:03:38 GMT)

    Everybody expected Stephen Curry to make the 3 from way out with the clock winding down, just as he always does.

  • [New York Times] Celtics 109, Warriors 106: Celtics End Warriors’ 54-Game Home Winning Streak (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 05:31:40 GMT)

    Stephen Curry’s missed 3-point attempt with 5.3 seconds left sealed Golden State’s first regular-season loss at Oracle Arena since January 2015. The Warriors fell to 68-8 this season.

  • [New York Times] Morris Shines in Return to Phoenix, Wizards Dump Suns 106-99 (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 05:18:44 GMT)

    Markieff Morris overcame a rude welcome in his Phoenix return by scoring 21 points and helping the Washington Wizards beat the Suns 106-99 Friday night in a much-needed victory for their playoff hopes.

  • [New York Times] Heat Blow Big Lead, but Hold On to Beat Kings 112-106 (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 05:03:45 GMT)

    Luol Deng made a 3-pointer with 45.7 seconds left and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-106 on Friday night, avoiding a second straight late-game collapse.

  • [New York Times] LeBron James’ 29 Points Lead Cavs Past Hawks, 110-108 in OT (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 04:27:39 GMT)

    After leading by 21 points in the first half, the Cleveland Cavaliers were pushed past regulation by the Atlanta Hawks.

  • [New York Times] Hayward Scores 22, Jazz Defeat Timberwolves 98-85 (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 04:18:39 GMT)

    The pressure was on the Utah to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race after the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The Jazz have six games left and can’t afford to drop games against teams that have struggled all season.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | College Basketball: Jamal Murray Will Enter N.B.A. Draft (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 04:13:30 GMT)

    Kentucky guard Jamal Murray will enter the N.B.A. draft, the first of several Wildcats who may turn professional.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: LeBron James Passes Robertson as Cavs Edge Hawks (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 04:04:43 GMT)

    James scored 29 points, passing another Hall of Famer on the N.B.A.’s career scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the Atlanta Hawks, 110-108.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 105, Nets 91: With Little Up for Grabs, Knicks Defeat Nets (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:44:43 GMT)

    The Knicks won at the Garden in a game between two teams going nowhere.

  • [New York Times] Barea’s 29 Points Lead Dallas to 98-89 Win Over Pistons (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:27:50 GMT)

    J.J. Barea scored 29 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19 as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 98-89 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan, Lowry Lead Raptors Past Grizzlies 99-95 (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:15:52 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and Toronto Raptors held off the Memphis Grizzlies for a 99-95 victory on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Edge Weakened Grizzlies in Memphis (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:09:27 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 22 and Jonas Valanciunas led a strong defensive effort that carried the Toronto Raptors to a 99-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night at FedExForum.

  • [New York Times] Parker’s Driving Layup Carries Bucks Past Magic 113-110 (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:03:55 GMT)

    Jabari Parker made a driving basket with 10.1 seconds left to put Milwaukee ahead and Tyler Ennis hit two free throws that sealed the Bucks’ 113-110 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Walker Scores 27, Hornets Defeat 76ers 100-91 (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 02:33:43 GMT)

    When the Philadelphia 76ers clawed back to within four points with five minutes left to play, Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets just dug a little deeper.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Beat Nets 105-91 to Split Season Series (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 02:00:53 GMT)

    Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

  • [New York Post] What’s left for Knicks and Nets? Playing for pride — and jobs (Sat, 02 Apr 2016 02:41:19 -0400)

    Give Nets interim coach Tony Brown some credit for being brutally honest. When asked by The Post whether Friday night's game at the Garden had any extra meaning because it was Knicks vs. Nets, he didn't sugar coat the dire situation for both teams. "It's two teams not going to the playoffs. I don't know…

  • 2015-16 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Nets

    The Knicks take on the Nets in a game that makes Jerian Grant’s debut as a starting point guard for the Knicks due to Jose Calderon perhaps being out for the rest of the season.

    The Nets are shockingly kind of fun to watch now, so even with Porzingis out, this might actually be a fun game to watch.

    Always fun to watch the Lopez twins play each other.

    Let’s go, Knicks! The meaningless winning streak begins soon!

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  • [New York Times] In Fightball, Basketball Is Stripped Down to a Gladiator Sport (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:00:34 GMT)

    The concept seeks to merge a tough, one-on-one street game with a slick nightclub vibe.

  • [New York Times] Durant Drives Thunder to Win Over Undermanned Clippers (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:09:36 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 31 points to lead Oklahoma City to a 119-117 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • [New York Times] Aminu Leads Trail Blazers to 116-109 Win Over Celtics (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:06:39 GMT)

    Al-Farouq Aminu scored a career-high 28 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak at home to a season-high six games with a 116-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Adams’ Late Basket Lifts Thunder Past Clippers 119-117 (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:33:42 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Steven Adams hit a go-ahead tip-in with 26.9 seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to avoid a potentially embarrassing loss, edging the depleted Los Angeles Clippers 119-117 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: LeBron James Moves Up Scoring List as Cavs Beat Nets (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 04:27:12 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 24 points to pass Dominique Wilkins, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Nets, 107-87.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Boston’s Pablo Sandoval Loses Job at Third (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 03:58:12 GMT)

    The Red Sox said third baseman Pablo Sandoval, in the second year of a five-year, $95-million deal, would begin the season on the bench, in favor of Travis Shaw, who made his big league debut in 2015.

  • [New York Times] Confident Cavaliers Shred Nets in Cleveland (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 03:30:28 GMT)

    The Golden State Warriors might be marching to the best record in league history, but Kyrie Irving still believes the Cleveland Cavaliers are marching toward a championship.

  • [New York Times] James Scores 24, Moves to 12th on Scoring List in Cavs’ Win (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 03:24:37 GMT)

    LeBron James continues to move up the NBA’s career scoring list, but he has more important matters on his mind.

  • [New York Times] Babbitt Leads Pelicans Past Nuggets 101-95 (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 03:00:44 GMT)

    Luke Babbitt scored 22 points and Tim Frazier had 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, leading the injury-riddled New Orleans Pelicans past the Denver Nuggets 101-95 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Kings C Cousins Suspended for 1 Game for 16th Technical (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 02:21:34 GMT)

    Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended for one game by the NBA after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season.

  • [New York Times] Mirotic Scores 28 as Bulls Edge Rockets 103-100 (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 02:06:45 GMT)

    Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points and Jimmy Butler added 21 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 103-100 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Pull Out All Tricks to Pull Away From Pacers 114-94 (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 01:48:34 GMT)

    Evan Fournier scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic added 24 on Thursday night to lead the Orlando Magic past the Indiana Pacers 114-94.

  • [New York Times] Cavs’ James Moves Into 12th Place on Career Scoring List (Fri, 01 Apr 2016 01:06:58 GMT)

    LeBron James has moved past Dominique Wilkins into 12th place on the NBA’s career scoring list.