Basketball

  • TALK N TEXT finishes off GINKINGS with 104-92 win

    All eyes were fixed on Jason Castro “the Blur” took the floor at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna Sunday night  to claim a 104-92 victory and secure the No. 1 seed in the PBA Governors' Cup .

  • Tamaraws move to solo fourth with win over NU

    THE Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws moved to solo fourth early in Season 80 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament after defeating the National University (NU) Bulldogs, 90-83, in midweek action yesterday.

    Locked in a three-way logjam for fourth place entering the match, along with the idle Adamson Soaring Falcons, FEU broke off from the 2-2 tie with a gutsy victory, anchored on a balanced attack all game long, while sending NU down the standings.

  • Teague lifts Pacers over Thunder despite Westbrook heroics

    NEW YORK -- (UPDATED) Indiana's Jeff Teague scored 30 points, eight of them in over-time, to lead six double-figure scorers who powered the Pacers over Oklahoma City 115-111 in an NBA game Sunday.

    Russell Westbrook, who had game highs of 31 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in a losing cause, sank a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to pull the Thunder level at 103-103 and send the game into over-time.

  • Team USA pulls away from pesky Aussies late in fourth

    RIO DE JANEIRO — The United States Men's National Team got its first test of the 2016 Olympics on Wednesday, and it was a serious one. Australia, having already defeated France and Serbia, went toe-to-toe with the tournament favorites for three and a half quarters before the Americans escaped with a 98-88 victory. 

  • Team USA wins 2016 women's Olympic basketball gold medal in blowout 101-72 win over Spain

    Team USA crushed Spain 101-72 to win their sixth-consecutive gold medal. In what will likely be their last Olympic games, Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird (who played through a knee sprain) can walk away from international play as 4-time gold medalists and some of the best ever to play the game.

  • Team USA's second unit revels in defensive mentality

    Through its exhibition schedule and its first game at the Olympics, the United States Men's National Team has played mostly against bad teams. Five of the six games have been against the three lowest-ranked teams here in Rio.

  • Ten-man Gilas Pilipinas slays China in FIBA Asia Cup debut

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    GILAS Pilipinas made an auspicious debut in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup last night, beating defending champion China, 96-87, despite being reduced to 10 men.

    Relying on a total team effort on both ends of the court and an explosion from GlobalPort Batang Pier star guard Terrence Romeo in the end, the Philippines withstood a strong challenge from China to book its first win in this year’s edition of the high-profile regional basketball tournament.

  • Tenorio powers Ginebra to title

    THERE were plenty of heroes in Barangay Ginebra’s title conquest.

    None stood taller than the smallest man on the court in LA Tenorio who put off surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow to lead his team to back-to-back victories as Ginebra retained the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup crown.

  • Thaddeus Young hits game winner to lift Pacers past Wizards 107-105

    Thaddeus Young’s runner in the closing seconds put Indiana in the win column against Washington. Paul George led the Pacers with 27.

    Thaddeus Young was inbounded the ball with under five seconds in the fourth and the game tied. Young drove around Markieff Morris and put in an off-balance left-handed floater to seal the win for the Indiana Pacers.

    The Pacers found themselves in a tie game late due to a 7-0 Wizards run over the course of a minute with flops and moving screens setting up a 105-105 tie that would eventually swing in Indiana’s favor after a Bradley Beal missed three with 0.9 seconds remaining put Indiana into the win column.

  • That ridiculous Game 4 was exactly what the NBA Finals needed

    Nothing that happened with the Warriors and the Cavaliers made sense, but we loved it all the same.

    Game 4 might have been the dumbest thing that has ever happened on an NBA Finals hardwood. It was also the most sensational 48 minutes of shotmaking from one team that we’ve ever seen in the Finals. If the first assertion isn’t true, the second one most certainly is.

  • The 2008 Celtics were the first and most fascinating NBA superteam

    Ten years ago, the NBA’s first modern superteam was formed. There hasn’t been a successor quite like it.

    The first lesson of NBA roster building is there are no guarantees. The can’t-miss phenom gets hurt in Year 3. The dynamic pair of teammates decide they can no longer stand each other’s company. The big acquisition that’s supposed to put you over the top weighs you down and kills your cap sheet.

  • The 21 players who could win NBA MVP this season

    With the Warriors stars stealing votes from each other, the NBA MVP race is wide open this year. Let’s break it down.

  • The 25 games you don't want to miss in 2016-17

    With the full NBA schedule released, we have scanned the slate for 25 extra-special games you won't want to miss:

  • The 76ers are being honest about their need to trade a big man

  • The Bulls haven't lost a Thursday TNT regular-season home game since 2013

    The Bulls have established an odd, but longstanding streak: they’ve won every regular-season home game played on a Thursday TNT special since 2013. And they’ve taken down all formidable opponents while establishing this super-specific dominance in a talented league.

    Chicago squeaked out a 104-103 victory against the Celtics on Thursday thanks to two free throws from Jimmy Butler in the final minute. That gave Chicago 17 straight wins on TNT Thursday night games.

  • The Bulls were worth watching for a grand total of TWO games this season

    For two games, I actually enjoyed watching the Chicago Bulls. Those two games happened last week, when they beat the top-seeded Boston Celtics twice at home to open up the first round.

    Four games later, the Bulls season is over and done. It’s been a long time coming.

  • The Cavaliers have been really bad on defense

    They say defense wins championships, but if that’s the case, the Cleveland Cavaliers are dead in the water.

    The Cavaliers got pummeled by the Washington Wizards on Saturday, 127-115. They allowed John Wall to scorch them for 37 points and 11 assists while Bradley Beal ran rampant for 27 points and 6 assists. The Wizards scored 71 points in the first half and watched seven players score in double digits. They shot 60 percent as a team.

  • The center position in the NBA is dying

    Free agency proves that traditional centers don’t just matter as much anymore. Why is this the case?

    More than two weeks into the 2017 NBA free agency period, nine centers have signed new contracts for a combined $145 million. Nine centers have combined to lock up a bit more guaranteed money than Jrue Holiday. Nine centers have combined to lock up $50 million less than Stephen Curry. Nine centers have combined to lock up $30 million less than Blake Griffin.

  • The Clippers are outscoring teams by even more than last year’s Warriors

    After the Los Angeles Clippers’ 127-95 Monday rout of the Brooklyn Nets, it’s clear the team has the “singular focus” Chris Paul referenced after the game.

    ''No excuses, we said we're going to come out the same way every night,” he said. “It's all about playing the right way. We got to keep building.''

  • The cord-cutter’s guide to legally watching the NBA

    You love NBA basketball. You want to save money by getting rid of your monthly cable bill. You can do this! We’ll tell you how.