The United States' Men's National Team beat China for the third time in two weeks on Saturday. This time, it was in a game that counted.
The United States crushed Argentina, 105-78, to advance to the semifinals in the 2016 Olympic men's basketball tournament Wednesday night. It was easily the Americans' best performance yet in Rio, and there was no need for late heroics to end the Golden Generation's run.
The U.S. men's national basketball team had no trouble running away from China for a 106-57 win Sunday in its second Olympic tune-up. Team USA might be missing several big names for the upcoming tournament in Rio, but these recent exhibitions have shown that the United States remains the clear team to beat this summer.
It wasn't easy but Team USA managed to escape their semifinals matchup against Spain with an 82-76 win. The game was always expected to be close, as the U.S. has struggled with quality opponents all tournament long, but Spain could never break through despite a great performance by Pau Gasol, who had 23 points in the losing effort.
The Utah Jazz overcame injuries and a sloppy first half to beat the young Los Angeles Lakers.
It wasn't pretty, it wasn't much fun for the most part, to be honest, but the Utah Jazz (19-13) moved into the 6th spot in the Western Conference, getting the win over the Los Angeles Lakers (12-23) 102-100 behind Gordon Hayward's big night, (31 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) Derrick Favors' return, (8 points, 6 rebounds) and Joe Ingles (13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists) who hit a critical three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. The two teams acted like they had been visited by Jacob Marley and his ghostly ensemble over Christmas during the first 2.5 quarters, as they were determined to give each other the ball, combining for 44 turnovers. Still, the score remained close after both teams settled down, and the Lakers played gritty, aggressive basketball, but couldn't get it done down the stretch, seeing their hopes dashed on a D'Angelo Russell airball at the buzzer.
Don’t sweat the details in an 82 game schedule. Utah won.
The Utah Jazz (17-10) handed the Dallas Mavericks (6-20) their 20th loss of the season tonight, off of a Rodney Hood no time-out buzzer beater, 103-100. It was similar to what Howard Eisley did years ago, on a team that would end up going to the NBA Finals. Will history repeat itself for this club? Time will tell. But for now, this is a victory that caps a 4-1 home stand. Utah beat the Phoenix Suns 112-105, lost to the Golden State Warriors (missing four starters) 106-99, beat the Sacramento Kings 104-84, the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-89, and now Dallas.
No Blake Griffin. No Gordon Hayward. No room for error.
The Utah Jazz (2-2) defeated the Los Angeles Clippers (2-2) tonight by the final score of 105-98. And in doing so, have tied up their 4/5 series in the NBA Playoffs at two wins a piece. This game wasn’t a given, and there has been plenty of intrigue to add huge unknowns to this series that so many national writers assumed would be very predictable.
Down 16, Jazz tighten up D, win on OT thanks to Rudy Gobert’s very long arms and great instincts
I don’t know, man. The Utah Jazz (39-24) defeated the Sacramento Kings (25-37) by the final score of 110-109 (OT). This OT thriller was really not even supposed to go this way. Before the game started most of us, including myself, expected that the Kings would not put up a lot of resistance.
Jazz win fourth straight, first two in a row on the road after outscoring Pels by 24 in the second half
The Utah Jazz (34-19) took care of business on the road tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans (20-33), 127-94. These are not two evenly matched teams. At all. Utah is fighting for home court in the playoffs. New Orleans is a very dark horse to even make it. Utah is playing well right now, and stringing together wins. New Orleans is stringing together losses (3-7 in their last 10 games).
This is it, the last game of 2016. For reals. It's the Utah Jazz (20-13) hosting their regional rivals to the south, the Phoenix Suns (10-23). These two teams are pretty darned linked, so many guys have played for both sides, or coached, or announced, or whatever. Both have lost to the same teams in the playoffs as well, the Spurs, Lakers, and even the Bulls in the finals. Both are smaller market teams that are trying to make it out there in the NBA today. The Jazz are looking to make the playoffs this season, while the Suns are a few seasons behind.
Vince Carter liked Grizzlies rookie Deyonta Davis so much, he “built a room” for him in his house to come visit whenever he wanted, Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale said on ESPN’s The Jump on Thursday. Here’s the clip of Fizdale talking about Carter.
Two all-time legends, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant, decided to hang it up after the 2015-16 NBA season. Kobe went out with a bang and Duncan went out almost unnoticed. While Vince Carter doesn't have quite the career those two Hall of Famers have, he's still one of the most impressive basketball figures of his era. But he's not quite ready to call it a career after 18 seasons in the NBA.
The Bulls magical run on national TV continues
The Bulls defeated the Warriors 94-87 to run their winning streak on TNT’s Thursday night games up to 18. Even more unbelievably, they handed Golden State their first back-to-back loss in 146 regular season games. The first game of Kevin Durant’s absence will undoubtedly be the big story in Golden State’s locker room, but the Bulls earned an impressive victory over a far more talented team.
The Warriors overcame their own lackadaisical defense and the Nets’ hot shooting to get another road win.
Tonight's game in Brooklyn was just one more example of why beating the Golden State Warriors is so difficult.
After the Brooklyn Nets gave all they had to build a 16-point halftime lead, the Warriors tied the game about halfway through the third quarter and somehow ended up making it look like an easy 117-101 win.
With Stephen Curry struggling to hit shots, it was Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson who picked up the scoring slack, scoring 26 and 23 points, respectively. Yet we've come to expect scoring from some combination of that trio; subtly more noteworthy was center Zaza Pachulia’s work in the paint against a Nets team that did not lack heart and hustle.
The Warriors leaned heavily on their biggest stars to wrangle a physical win away from the Thunder. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the OKC fanbase were the stars of the night.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant finally acquiesced and gave us the head-to-head battle that the media has been trying to sell us since August. Westbrook put up the volume-inflated numbers, but Durant ended the night as the breadwinner for the third straight meeting. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 52 to prop up Durant’s 34, and the Warriors survived Westbrook’s 47-point, 11-turnover hailstorm, 130 - 114.
Facing a depleted Spurs roster, JaVale McGee and Kevin Durant were the stars of tonight’s big win. Yes, you read that correctly.
The Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 series lead over the San Antonio Spurs in Saturday night’s 120-108 road win. San Antonio, as Jeff Van Gundy pointed out in tonight’s broadcast, used to be a “house of horrors” for the Warriors, but this season seems to be changing that trend.
Golden State turns a two point halftime lead over Detroit into playing time for Anderson Varejao.
Once again, the Golden State Warriors let a team hang around for the first half. This time, it was the slow-playing Detroit Pistons. How slow, you ask? Detroit managed to score a whopping two fast break points — and they came in garbage time.
Despite scoring 60 points in the first half, the Warriors had their trademark turnover trouble, allowed several second chance points for the Pistons, and entered the locker room at halftime with just a two point lead.
Trailing at halftime, Golden State shut it down in the third quarter and came back strong to take a 3-0 series lead over Portland.
The Golden State Warriors had a comeback for the ages tonight as they overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat the Portland Trailblazers 119-113.
Warriors end the road back-to-back with signature victories over Thunder and Mavericks.
The Golden State Warriors completed a 3-0 season sweep of the Dallas Mavericks with a resounding 112-87 win in Dallas.
Golden State locked in defensively and the bench unit stepped up in the Game 2 victory against Portland.
In the second game of their first-round series against the Portland Trailblazers, the Golden State Warriors reminded everyone why they're the most dangerous team in the world.
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