Basketball

  • Some things we learned after the Mavs 111-103 win against the Pacers

    The Mavs responded after their bad loss against the Kings to look impressive against a good Pacers team.

    Well that was surprising. Just a couple days ago the Kings beat the Mavericks so bad Rick Carlisle had to have his first post-game film session in 15 years as a head coach. The loss dropped the Mavs back to the worst record in the league.

    So a Pacers team that beat them earlier was a tall task but the Mavs responded. Dallas hung in and led at the half by two and then used a really good third quarter to take control of the game and eventually win 111-103 Friday night in Dallas.

  • Splash Brothers lead Warriors to 112-95 win over Nets, clinch playoff berth

    With Kevin Durant out, the Splash Brothers reigned supreme and helped lead the Warriors to their 5th consecutive playoff appearance.

    In a more competitive game than I think anyone was expecting, the Golden State Warriors ultimately slammed the door on the Brooklyn Nets, winning 112-95.

    This ensured that they will see the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, becoming the fastest team in NBA history to do so.

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  • Spurs execute in second half, beat Timberwolves 122-114

    It was another game of two halves for San Antonio and the Spurs tightened up their defense in the final 24 minutes to pick up a nice home win and extend their winning-streak over the Timberwolves to nine in a row.

    The Spurs have hit the halfway mark of the season, have performed very well through their first 41 games and hold the second best record in the NBA at 32-9. At times the team looks like a juggernaut, thrashing their opponents early and pouring it on for the entire game, and sometimes it goes more like it did when they took on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

  • Spurs extinguish Suns hot-shooting in second half, win 119-98

    The Spurs won their ninth-straight game against the Suns and extended their current home winning-streak to six behind a great second-half defensive performance where they limited the Suns to just 34 points.

    Kawhi Leonard missed his first game of the season suffering through a bout of gastroenteritis and the Spurs gave up a whopping 64 points and allowed the Suns to shoot 68% from the field in the first half of Wednesday night’s contest. Phoenix’s bench dropped in 43 of those 64. In one half. Against the third best defense in the league. What a weird start.

  • Spurs fly by Pelicans, 113-100

    On Tim Duncan’s celebration night, the Spurs made it easy on everyone and took care of business against the Pelicans. A loss wouldn’t have been a good start to the after-game festivities.

    The Spurs picked up their 22nd win of the season as they put down the New Orleans Pelicans behind 22 points from LaMarcus Aldridge (his first game leading the team in scoring since the November 26th tilt against the Wizards) and a bit of a throwback performance from 39-year old Manu Ginobili, who scored 17 points in just 15 minutes.

    Pau Gasol chipped in a season-high 14 rebounds just two games after he pulled down 13 boards against the Boston Celtics. He also contributed seven points, four assists and a couple of blocks for good measure.

  • Spurs prevail in overtime, take 3-2 series lead over Rockets with 110-107 win

    The Spurs managed to pull out a huge win despite shooting poorly, giving the Rockets 48 threes and losing their best player down the stretch.

    Not only did we finally get 48 minutes of competitive basketball for the first time in this series, we got 53. And the Spurs came out on top in an overtime period that didn’t see a second of play from Kawhi Leonard, out nursing an ankle that was tweaked in the third quarter. Kawhi didn’t see the floor in the last eight minutes of the game.

  • Spurs run clinic, destroy Raptors, 110-82

    It’s still just January, but the Spurs look to be rounding into form as they displayed their potential against a weary Raptors squad.

    What a bounceback performance from the San Antonio Spurs after a tough overtime loss to the Hawks on New Year’s Day. This game was a blast for fans of the Spurs, who looked absolutely stunning against the only team out East that has even a slim chance of sneaking into the Finals not named the Cavaliers.

  • Spurs smash reeling Blazers as fans jeer Aldridge

    There’s still some bitterness there, apparently

    Game 30 @Portland: Spurs 110, Trail Blazers 90

    Record: 24-6 1st in Southwest, 2nd in West Streak: W-1

    Friday night’s game at Portland was unusual in several respects. For one, it was a meeting of two winning franchises in the ultra-rare occasion of them both being in grouchy moods.

  • Spurs throttle Lakers at home, 134-94

    The Spurs beat the Lakers by the largest margin ever in a well-executed home game.

    What a performance from the San Antonio Spurs coming off of their tough loss to the Bucks on Tuesday night. The Spurs put an absolute whooping on the visiting Lakers in a game that pretty much was not a contest, dropping a season-high 134 points at the final buzzer.

    At the end of the first quarter the Spurs had built a 12-point lead at 36-24 and aside from the Lakers cutting the Spurs lead to four with seven minutes left to play in the second quarter there was no drama in this one. The Spurs finished the second quarter by outscoring Los Angeles 27-13 and basically put the game away at 72-54.

  • Spurs vs. Grizzlies 2017: Schedule, scores, and predictions for NBA playoffs

    San Antonio should roll in this series.

    In a traditionally hard-fought showdown between two Western Conference foes, the No. 2 San Antonio Spurs and seventh-seeded Memphis Grizzlies go head-to-head in a lopsided first-round playoff matchup.

  • Spurs win eighth straight game, edge Rockets, 112-110

    Kawhi Leonard strengthened his case for MVP behind an incredible crunch time performance and his fourth-straight 30-point game.

    What a game at the AT&T Center on a Monday night!

    Fresh off of being named Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time in five weeks, Kawhi Leonard dropped 39 points, with 15 coming in the last five minutes of the contest. He led the Spurs to their eighth straight victory and with the win the Spurs won the season-series with their I-10 rivals, 3-1.

  • Spurs win fourth straight game, beat Knicks 106-98

    The Spurs have now beaten every team in the league this season.

    With the Spurs looking to tighten up their game as the postseason gets close, the lottery-bound Knicks are moving in the opposite direction. It was a game that shouldn’t have been close, and wouldn’t have been if not for a poor third quarter from San Antonio.

  • Spurs win in overtime over Grizzlies, 95-89

    It looks like we’ve got our first-round matchup all set. Who’s excited?

    San Antonio’s win over Memphis on Tuesday night pretty much locked Memphis into the seventh seed and a first-round showdown with the Spurs. I mean, that’s pretty good for the Spurs in that I don’t think that Memphis can do more than make it a five-game series.

  • Spurs' Pau Gasol: Will join Spurs on two-year deal

    Gasol officially signed with the Spurs on Thursday.

  • Star Blows Meralco Out of Philippine Cup

    Meralco’s woeful conference ended with a whimper.

    Star dealt the Bolts an emphatic 47-point mugging, 120-74, Saturday, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo.

    Allein Maliksi had a hot-shooting night, firing five treys to lead the Hotshots with 25 points, all coming from the first three quarters, while Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon both chipped in 15 markers.

  • Star draws first blood in Manila Clasico semis

    THE Star Hotshots extended their winning form in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs last night, defeating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 78-74, in Game One of their “Manila Clasico” best-of-seven semifinal series.

  • Star Hotshots and TNT KaTropa seek to pad PBA campaigns

    RIGHT smack in the top half of the standings of the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup, the Star Hotshots and TNT KaTropa seek to pad their campaigns as the elimination round hits the closing stretch, taking on each other in the main game today.

    Currently joint fourth with a 6-2 record, the Hotshots and KaTropa battle at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena looking to stay within striking distance of a possible top-two finish in the classification phase of the mid-season PBA tournament and earn the twice-to-beat advantage that goes with it in the quarterfinals.

  • Star Hotshots look to strengthen playoff bid

    STANDING on the fringes of the playoff picture in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup, the Star Hotshots look to strengthen their quarterfinal bid as they take on the Blackwater Elite today in a key ball game at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

    Set as the curtain-raiser at 4:15 p.m., the Hotshots (4-4), currently ninth in the standings and are outside looking in for a spot in the next round of the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament, try to pad their record and throw themselves back in the mix of possible playoff qualifiers against Blackwater (5-5), itself out to fortify its hold of a quarters seat in its final elimination round game.

  • Star Hotshots notch key win over Blackwater Elite

    THE Star Hotshots did themselves a favor yesterday by beating the Blackwater Elite, 111-95, in a key PBA Philippine Cup match at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City that had a lot of playoff implications.

    By emerging triumphant, the Hotshot improved to 5-4, throwing them back in the quarterfinal picture of the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament while dropping the Elite to 5-6 with their playoff chances in doubt.