The Beard also made some NBA history in the process!
James Harden and the Rockets earned their fourth straight victory Saturday night as they defeated the New York Knicks 129-122 to close out 2016. The Rockets won 15 of 17 games in the month of December and have themselves well-positioned as they head into 2017.
Right from the very start, you could tell Harden was going to have an incredible night, even though the rest of the Rockets started out slow.
Well, that was breezy. Until it wasn’t.
After a lackluster effort on Wednesday in Detroit, the Atlanta Hawks entered Friday evening with a bounce-back in the plans. Within moments after tip-off against the Chicago Bulls, it was apparent that a victory would be taking place. From there, the Hawks simply held on (for dear life down the stretch) and the final result was a 102-93 victory.
Atlanta raced out of the gates and, frankly, never really looked back. The home team held a 20-8 lead in the early going and that quickly became a 28-13 advantage that pushed Chicago into a timeout. At that point, the Hawks had converted 13 of 17 from the floor and the red-hot shooting simply continued.
What a win.
At halftime, the Atlanta Hawks looked to be dead in the water. The Milwaukee Bucks finished the second quarter with a flurry to claim a 64-44 lead at the break and, with the way that Atlanta has been playing in the recent past, there was little reason for optimism. However, the Hawks made a heroic comeback down the stretch on the road and, in the end, it was enough to steal a four-point victory by the final score of 114-110.
48 minutes wasn’t enough on New Year’s Day.
The Atlanta Hawks have encounterd all kinds of trouble when trying to defeat the San Antonio Spurs in the recent past. On Sunday evening, the team managed to flip the script on 18 losses in 19 games, putting together a very strong performance and snatching a 114-112 overtime victory from the edge of defeat.
Atlanta capitalized on a Chicago collapse with some key shots and defense
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls tonight by a score of 119-114, pulling off an improbable late comeback. The Bulls led for most of the evening, and the Hawks only took the lead for the first time late in the fourth quarter. After a disappointing showing on Monday night, this was a nice victory for the team.
Atlanta got a crucial win tonight in Oklahoma City
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 110-108, moving to 14-14 on the season. This was a particularly thrilling game, coming down to the final possession (and final tenths of a second).
Atlanta led after the first quarter, 22-16, holding the Thunder to under 20 points in an impressive defensive performance. This margin didn’t hold, though, as Russell Westbrook and the Thunder exploded in the second quarter to take the lead by a score of 53-48 at the half.
The Hawks are officially making Schroder their point guard of the future.
The Atlanta Hawks and Dennis Schroder have come to an agreement on a four-year contract extension, according to Schroder himself. The deal will be for $70 million, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The new deal will kick in beginning in the 2017-18 season.
ATLANTA (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard is recovering from a likely case of dehydration after becoming ill on a flight from China, leading to a brief hospitalization.
Collapsing in the endgame, there was no doubt in coach Norman Black’s mind where Meralco failed to deliver in its game against Alaska on Wednesday: free-throw shooting.
“It was a tough loss. If you’re up by nine with four minutes to go, you should win the basketball game, but we missed a lot of foul shots tonight and didn’t make the plays when we needed it,” he said, after the Bolts’ 81-79 defeat to the Aces.
Miami loses their sixth straight road game thanks to Kemba Walker’s heroics.
Another game, another Miami Heat loss at the hands of a true go-to scorer. This time it was a 91-82 defeat to Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night, marking their sixth consecutive road loss.
WASHINGTON — The Heat was little match for the likes of San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Toronto and Atlanta — NBA heavy hitters who factored into Miami’s six-game losing streak.
Perhaps the sailing won’t be quite so rough for Miami in the lower ranks.
The Heat opened a four-game trip on Saturday night with a closer-than-it-looked 114-111 victory over the Washington Wizards, giving it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Wade remains one of Miami’s most beloved athletes ever.
Miami Heat fans still love Dwyane Wade. Wade received a standing ovation on Thursday night as he returned to Miami for the first time since leaving the Heat for the Chicago Bulls in free agency. Fans held up signs in support and thanked him for his 13 years with the team.
Six players scored in double figures for the Heat.
With seven minutes and five seconds left in the Miami Heat’s game against the Houston Rockets, James Harden made a layup. He had scored his 32nd and 33rd points of the game and put the Rockets up one. Miami was yet again in a close game (this one featured 19 lead changes), and seemed at risk of losing yet another hard-fought game in what has become a lost season.
We knew last week that Yi Jianlian was going to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, but what we didn’t know was how much he would eventually make over the course of the season.
Someone's streak was going to continue Tuesday. The Charlotte Hornets were simply happy it wasn't them as they snapped a seven-game losing streak and held onto a 111-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Charlotte (24-28) had not won since a Jan. 21 triumph over Brooklyn. The Nets (9-43) dropped their 10th straight, and still have not won since a Jan. 20 victory at New Orleans.
The Hornets have won four of their last eight games thanks to stellar performances from Kemba, Batum, MKG, and Zeller against the Pacers Monday night.
The Charlotte Hornets overcame a terrible third quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 100-88 Monday night. Kemba Walker scored nine of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to propel the Hornets to their fourth win in their last eight games.
The Golden State Warriors were the best regular-season team in NBA history last year for a reason. They pushed the boundaries of what was possible offensively, stretching defense with movement, shooting, space, and unselfish team play until they snapped like rubber bands.
Young has been Swaggy-P(retty amazing) from distance.
Common wisdom holds that less is more for most NBA players, but Nick Young isn’t most NBA players. Coming into the season, it wasn’t even clear Young would be on an NBA roster this year.
Yes, it’s now become mandatory to mention just how unlikely Young’s career resurgence as a valuable role player for the Los Angeles Lakers this season is in almost every single thing written or said about him. Even his head coach is doing it.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors held off the Toronto Raptors 121-111 in a game that included crunch-time struggles and a large, lost lead. It was a bit like Sunday's loss to Cleveland, but with a larger margin for error and sans Kyrie Irving's late brilliance. It should also be noted that Stephen Curry was conspicuously more involved throughout Wednesday's affair, finishing with 28 points, seven assists and seven boards.
ZILLER: The world champion Cleveland Cavaliers (man, that's a weird phrase) have an interesting problem this season: How do you stay motivated in the regular season? They won the East No. 1 seed despite a coaching change and despite never punching the gas pedal during the regular season. They went 12-2 in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Toronto didn't substantially improve, Atlanta got weirder, and Boston hasn't been able to touch the Cavs in recent years.
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