After snapping the city's long title drought, Cleveland driven by challenge of repeating its feat
BOSTON — This season, when the Washington Wizards grew in grit and confidence, players often stated the goal of meeting the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. The Wizards so badly wanted this May matchup. Their yearning even prompted star point guard John Wall to proclaim how the entirety of the 2016-17 season would be a “waste” if Washington failed to book the trip.
The Rockets rebounded after a slow start to beat the Hornets in Charlotte.
The Houston Rockets came out a bit sloppy and sluggish in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets and fell behind early, but they turned up both the offensive and defensive intensity in the second half on their way to a 107-95 victory.
The Cavaliers decided to take their talents to Spectrum SportsNet, and ABC didn’t take it well at all.
As far as 30-point blowout wins go for a team that hasn’t had anything resembling one in a long while, there’s really not that much to say about this game. Cleveland announced an hour before tipoff that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love (plus birthday boy Kyle Korver) would all sit — the latter three due to legitimate injury concerns, LeBron because at-that-point-why-even-bother.
Down go the Champs! Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum lead the Blazers to a huge victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
What a shocker! The Portland Trail Blazers took care of business against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Moda Center for the third straight season, winning 102-86. On the second half of their road trip, the Cavs were unprepared for the Blazers’ aggressive play and bench scoring.
A 16-0 fourth quarter run, and stifling defense, helped the Blazers overcome 45 points from Russell Westbrook.
The Portland Trail Blazers, spurred on by a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter, defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-109 at the Moda Center on Thursday night.
FOR one last time, the Ateneo Blue Eagles and defending champions Far Eastern University Tamaraws go at it to settle who get to advance to the finals of Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in a rubber match set at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Forged after FEU came from behind last time around to win, 62-61, and negate Ateneo’s twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four, the 4 p.m. set-to between the number two and three seeds determine who the already-qualified De La Salle Green Archers will face in the best-of-three finals beginning on Saturday.
The Tamaraws rode on the yeoman’s effort of veteran Raymar Jose in the last game to extend their title reign and possibly go back to the finals to defend it.
What once seemed a distant possibility is now a reality, as the Boston Celtics are now tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.
BOSTON -- This moment has been a distant possibility for so long. Coming into the season, second place was a solid and achievable goal.
It's been a week of goodbyes in the NBA, as Paul Pierce has followed Kevin Garnett's retirement announcement by declaring the 2016-2017 season to be his last in the NBA. Pierce will play his 19th and final season for Doc Rivers' Los Angeles Clippers, although Doc has stated that he will waive Pierce before he retires so he can sign a one-day deal with the Celtics and retire.
The Celtics are one win away from facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals as they beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead back to Washington.
BOSTON – LeBron is in sight.
After two humiliating losses in Washington, the Celtics came home and throttled the Washington Wizards 123-101, pushing John Wall and the Wiz to the brink. Boston heads back to Washington for an elimination game Friday as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers await a potential Game 1 Monday.
After losing the first two games of their NBA Playoffs series against the Bulls under tragic circumstances, the Boston Celtics rolled off four straight wins to knock out the Chicago Bulls and move on to the second round with a 105-83 win.
“It’s a wrap for these mother (bleepers)!” Isaiah Thomas screamed to his teammates in the middle of the third quarter. There was plenty of game left, but the Celtics were cruising past a 25-point lead and the Bulls had clearly thrown in the towel.
The Celtics will waive journeyman swingman John Holland, reports The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The Celtics have subsequently issued a release confirming they have waived Holland. The BU alum signed a two-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Celtics in April, but only played one minute in the second game of the Hawks series.
When teams have a season as disappointing as the Wizards' 2015-16 campaign, tension is bound to build up between players. Unfortunately for Washington, it's their two biggest stars who have admitted to not having the best relationship.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired Nuggets forward Joffrey Lauvergne from Denver, according to The Vertical
Who wins in Giannis vs. Zeus is a real conversation now
Yep, he’s that good folks. In what was a back and forth affair, the Milwaukee Bucks took down the Portland Trailblazers 113-110 behind a career night from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee entered halftime tonight with a five-point lead, 60-55, with Giannis netting an absurd 21 points alone. The second half didn’t see either team pull ahead by a considerable margin, but when the Blazers closed Milwaukee’s lead late, Giannis was there to ensure they didn’t face back-to-back losses at home.
The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed free-agent center Miles Plumlee to a four-year, $52 million contract, Plumlee's agent told ESPN's Marc Stein. Even in this inflated salary-cap system, that's a sizable commitment to a player that logged just 14 minutes per game last season.
Greg Monroe and his 24 points off the bench are instrumental in a big victory for Milwaukee
Remember that sleepwalking disaster against Denver on Wednesday? Of course you do. Somehow the Bucks rebounded with a 112-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (yes, the Clippers) in a performance many didn’t see coming. Basketball is a weird sport and the Bucks are a weird team, but that’s why we love them.
Giannis and Jabari show up their southern rivals again with 62 combined points
So maybe it wasn’t a trouncing till the fourth quarter, but the Bucks eventually laid their third smackdown on the Chicago Bulls this season, 116-96. A near even first half split wide open in the second, as the Bucks’ terrific tandem twisted their way through Bulls’ defenders time and again.
Giannis and Jabari combine for 59 as Milwaukee shoots 59% for the game
A perplexing Bucks season only added to its confusing legacy tonight, snapping a five-game losing streak with an offensive explosion in a 127-114 against Houston. Milwaukee shook up its starting lineup, inserting Miles Plumlee for John Henson, giving Plumlee his first start since November 25th against the Raptors.
Milwaukee dominates all facets of the game in a career night for Giannis Antetokounmpo
You know what's exciting? Winning a close game. You know what's also exciting? Obliterating an opponent, and the Bucks did just that against the Wizards in a 123-96 destructive performance.
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