Basketball

  • Richard Jefferson officially re-signs with the Cavs

    The Cavs have taken another step to rounding out their roster.

  • Ricky Rubio ready to mentor Kris Dunn in Minnesota

    RIO DE JANEIRO — When Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden were hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the expectation within in the organization and around the NBA was that they were coming in to make significant changes to a franchise with the longest-running playoff drought in the league.

  • Ricky Rubio traded to Jazz for 2018 first-round pick, per report

    Rubio to the Jazz could clear space for the Timberwolves to land a marquee point guard this summer.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves completed a deal to trade point guard Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. In exchange, the Timberwolves receive Oklahoma City’s 2018 first-round pick, shedding cap space to set up a big splash for an All-Star caliber point guard when free agency starts after midnight Friday.

  • Road Warriors shut down Batang Pier, 109-99

    NLEX took control of the game in the payoff period after squandering an early lead in the first half to turn back undermanned GlobalPort, 109-99,  in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

    The triumvirate of Aaron Fuller, Juami Tiongson and JR Quinahan did damage for the Road Warriors, lifting the squad to victory.

  • Road Warriors, Bolts look to pad PBA cards

    TOP half teams NLEX Road Warriors and Meralco Bolts look to fortify their win-loss cards in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup when they take on separate opponents in the resumption of festivities today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Took a break on Wednesday to give way to the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon, the season-ending PBA tournament returns today with NLEX (5-1) and Meralco (4-1), currently second and third in that order in the standings, taking on the Blackwater Elite and Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters, respectively.

  • Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka gave us worst NBA fight in 10 years, but it could have been worse

    Neither big man connected with their punches, and the only fallout will be suspensions.

    With several legitimate punches thrown at each other’s faces, Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka combined for the most significant fight we’ve seen in the NBA in more than a decade. Still, it could have been a lot worse.

  • Rockets at Nuggets game thread: Overcoming the schedule

    I'm still basking in the afterglow of last night's victory. You should read Eric's post-buzzer recap and Darren's great piece contextualizing the win if you want to have even more feels. Also, if you're like me, you'll want to re-watch Montrezl Harrell posterize James Michael McAdoo about 70 more times this weekend.

  • Rockets avoid trap, narrowly escape Nets 122-118

    Houston wins its seventh straight behind Harden’s near triple-double

    After losing to Brooklyn in both meetings last year, the Rockets put their losses behind them and beat the Nets 122-118.

    Houston was leading most of the way, thanks to a strong 29-point first quarter. The Rockets were up 10 at halftime and were leading by 15 at one point, but the Nets hung in there and claimed a lead with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter. Thankfully, the Rockets were able to edge out a win from six Eric Gordon points in the final two minutes and great defensive plays from Trevor Ariza and Patrick Beverley.

  • Rockets back on track with blowout of Bucks

    The Rockets bust out of their slump with a big win at home against Milwaukee.

    The Rockets started out slowly tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks, but used big second and fourth quarters to eventually look like the Houston team we all know and love and grab a 111-92 blowout victory at the Toyota Center.

  • Rockets beat surging Sixers behind Harden’s heroics

    51 points, 13 assists, 13 rebounds, and a couple of steals for good measure.

    That’s the night that James Harden just had in leading the Rockets to a 123-118 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. And he did it in front of a raucous crowd and a national audience that was almost certainly rooting for the Sixers to win.

  • Rockets blow out Bulls, win number 500 for D’Antoni

    The Rockets get back in the win column and secure a milestone for their coach in the process.

    The Houston Rockets thrashed the Chicago Bulls 115-94, winning head coach Mike D’Antoni the 500th game of his career, breaking a two-game losing streak and also snapping a streak of bad luck against mediocre Eastern Conference teams. D’Antoni becomes just the 30th coach in NBA history to achieve that milestone and is the fifth active coach to that many wins.

  • Rockets bounce back in Phoenix with 125-111 victory over Suns

    Houston’s three-point shooting returned in the win over Phoenix.

    The Rockets had to play almost a full four quarters, but they pulled away down the stretch and were simply too much for a young Suns squad in a 125-111 win.

    James Harden finished with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the Rockets with his 23rd double-double on the season, which is as many as he had all of last year. He was also 5-11 from beyond the arc in much better shooting night from deep for Houston.

  • Rockets bounce back, thump Clippers 122-103

    Rockets start off March on the right foot.

    The Rockets bounced back from their loss Monday night to beat the Clippers 122-103 on national television in LA Wednesday night.

    The win clinches the season series against Los Angeles, and Houston did it in convincing fashion. Despite trailing after the first quarter, the Rockets claimed the lead in the middle of the second and never looked back.

  • Rockets come from behind to down Thunder 115-111

    The Rockets started hitting shots and Russell Westbrook missed most of his down the stretch to send Houston up 2-0.

    It was a disheartening first half of basketball for Houston, but the game eventually evolved into a microcosm of both the individual seasons for both teams and the MVP race, as the Rockets rebounded in the second half to take down the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 to lead their first-round playoff series 2-0.

  • Rockets cruise to eighth straight win by dismantling Kings 132-98

    James Harden messed around and got another triple double in the Rockets’ blow-out victory.

    James Harden finished with his fifth triple double on the season, and the Rockets knocked down 22 threes and also set a season high with 40 assists on their way to a 132-98 pounding of the Sacramento Kings and their eighth straight victory.

    Harden’s line was 15 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in just 30 minutes of play, as he now is tied with Hakeem Olajuwon for the franchise lead in triples dips with 14. The Beard sat the entire fourth quarter, getting some additional rest with the blowout.

  • Rockets explode for season-high 140 points, beat Clippers

    Harden’s 11th triple-double and Harrell’s career-high 29 lead the Rockets to their third straight

    The Rockets scored their third win in a row as they routed the Clippers 140-116. It was Houston’s season-high in points and Houston is now 3.5 games into third place in the Western Conference behind Los Angeles.

    The game started out with a full Rocket offensive blitz with 37 first-quarter points, and James Harden almost had a double-double in the first quarter alone, scoring 17 and grabbing 9 rebounds. The lead ballooned into the twenties before Clippers PG Austin Rivers was ejected in the second quarter.

  • Rockets explode for season-high 142 points in win vs. Wolves

    Points, points, and more points!

    The Rockets scored 142 points, a season-high, in their win tonight vs. the Timberwolves. In their first game back at Toyota Center since the All-Star break, the Rockets had eight players score in double figures.

  • Rockets finish off Thunder with 105-99 victory

    Houston moves on to the semis with a big win over the Thunder.

    The Houston Rockets advanced to the semifinals of the Western Conference NBA playoffs with a hard-fought 105-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to close out their first-round series in five games.

  • Rockets gut out win over Thunder to go up 3-1

    The Rockets still didn’t play great, but they’re leaving Oklahoma City with a big lead in the series anyway.

    It wasn’t exactly pretty, but the Houston Rockets gutted out a 113-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

  • Rockets hold on to win tight one over Thunder, 102-99

    It wasn’t always pretty, but it counts in the win column just the same.

    The Rockets overcame some fourth-quarter doldrums that were self-inflicted and some horrid calls by the officials down the stretch, and they also got 21 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists from James Harden told hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 102 - 99 victory and their fifth straight win.

    Houston also got one heck of a gutsy performance from Patrick Beverley, who finished with only 3 points on 1-8 shooting, but also had 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. In addition, he harassed Russell Westbrook into an 8-25 shooting night, and despite allowing Westbrook his seventh straight triple double, Beverley locked him down into a miss with some nasty defense with under 10 seconds remaining to help seal the Houston win.