The Thunder dominated majority in New Orleans and held on for the road win.
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-105. Marking their second consecutive road win in a row, the Thunder used a bruising inside game behind Steven Adams (20-11-3 with 4 blocks) and Russell Westbrook’s triple-double (27-12-10) to hold the Pelicans at arm’s length for most of the night. The win brings the Thunder back to 8 games over .500 and an even 6-6 in their toughest month of the season with 3 games to go.
They still have Pop, Kawhi, LaMarcus and Parker. They'll be a threat to win the title. Again.
FLANNERY: I started working in newspapers full-time in the fall of 1997. That was also Tim Duncan's rookie year. (I also skipped my grad school graduation ceremony to watch the lottery, but that's another story). The dude has been playing for literally my entire working life. Now, he's gone and I'm feeling old.
The greatest power forward who ever lived is calling it a career.
San Antonio Spurs stalwart Tim Duncan announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday after 19 seasons, ending weeks of speculation about his future. Duncan had a player option on the two-year contract he signed last summer for $5.6 million.
Timothy John McConnell plays hero for the Sixers against the Knicks.
Wednesday night’s matchup between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers attracted a lot of national attention, as many hoped to feast their eyes on the first of many battles between Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis.
But in the Sixers 98-97 victory over the Knicks, it was one Timothy John McConnell who ended up stealing the show.
Allen, known as “The Grindfather,” will take his talents to New Orleans. That’s an odd fit for a team that needs perimeter shooting.
After spending the past seven seasons helping build the Memphis Grizzlies into the grittiest team in the NBA, veteran shooting guard Tony Allen will sign a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Allen’s departure, coupled with Zach Randolph’s two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, marks the end of the “Grit ’N’ Grind” era in Memphis.
NOW that the National Basketball Association (NBA) Rookie Draft is over and done with and they know where they are heading to, top rookie picks Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Jayson Tatum expressed their readiness to get to work and show what they are capable of doing on basketball’s biggest stage.
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, in that order, in the first three picks of the annual draft, all the three incoming NBA freshmen said they are very excited over the situations they are placed in.
Tracy McGrady made headlines during the season when he said Steph Curry’s unanimous MVP was a product of a watered-down NBA. He’s back at it with criticism of the NBA’s most-talked about offseason signing: Kevin Durant.
T-Mac heads into the Hall of Fame as a star wing ahead of his time.
Tracy McGrady loved to sleep. As an 18-year-old rookie on the Toronto Raptors, McGrady would reportedly sleep for up to 20 hours a day. That doesn’t sound like an inherently intimidating quality, but McGrady had a way of making it one. At his peak, T-Mac was the type of player who looked like he could roll out of bed and average 30 points per game.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers continue their preseason, they won’t have Tristan Thompson. available for the next two games.
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Thompson is dealing with a sore foot and will miss the Cavs’ next two preseason games with a sore left foot. Per Haynes’ report, it’s a precautionary measure.
Some interesting comments from the Cavs’ head coach.
According to Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, the Boston Celtics are harder to defend to gameplan for than the Golden State Warriors.
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will rematch Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 on March 4th.
Forget about Tyron Woodley fighting Michael Bisping, or Nick Diaz, or Demian Maia, because the UFC’s current welterweight champion isn’t facing any of those three next. On The Morning Wood Show (hosted by Woodley and Din Thomas), Woodley confirmed that he’ll be rematching Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 in March.
To the shock of no one, Masai Ujiri has agreed to a multi-year contract extension to stay on as President of the Toronto Raptors. In related news, Jeff Weltman will be promoted to General Manager, and Bobby Webster will step up as Assistant General Manager/Vice-President Basketball Strategy (by far the coolest title).
It was still too close for comfort, but the United States flashed just enough firepower offensively to overcome another poor defensive effort in a 100-97 win over France on Sunday in the final game of group play. This was in large part due to Klay Thompson’s best game of the tournament.
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.
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