March 24, 1987 |
Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer each sank a pair of free throws in the final 23 seconds Monday night at Houston to give the Detroit Pistons a 114-110 National Basketball Assn. victory over the Houston Rockets. The victory moved the Pistons to within one-half game of the first-place Atlanta Hawks in the Central Division. "We're playing really good basketball," Thomas said. "We're steadily peaking and playing with more instinct.
April 18, 1988 |
With the Lakers faltering and the Boston Celtics not all that great, maybe it's time for the Denver Nuggets to bid for their first National Basketball Assn. championship. For sure, Doug Moe's underrated team is reaching a peak at the right time. The Nuggets, who beat the Lakers three of five this season, have the second-best record in the West and a firm grip on first place in the Midwest Division.
January 27, 1989 |
Kurt Rambis, noted for his rebounding and not for his scoring ability, would not be the likely candidate to take the last shot with time running out and his team trailing by a point. And while that wasn't part of the game plan, it was Rambis who grabbed a loose ball and scored at the buzzer Thursday night, giving the Charlotte Hornets an 89-88 victory over the Utah Jazz at Salt Lake City.
March 20, 1987 |
The Washington Bullets are learning to play without Moses Malone. In a March 10 game that the dominating center left early because of a neck injury, the Bullets were humiliated by New Jersey. They also lost a March 11 game against Milwaukee with Manute Bol starting at center. Lately, though with the 7-6 Bol intimidating the shooters and forwards Terry Catledge and Jay Vincent pacing the attack, the Bullets have adjusted. Catledge scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half at Landover, Md.
April 5, 1987 |
Moses Malone, who scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds the night before against the Chicago Bulls, came back for 38 and 17 Saturday night at Richfield, Ohio, to lead the Washington Bullets to a 127-111 victory over Cleveland. Malone, who scored 26 of his points in the first half, was credited with only 4 assists. Several times, however, he set up Manute Bol and John Williams for easy baskets, hitting Bol inside the lane and whipping outlet passes to a fast-breaking Williams.
May 4, 1988 |
When he wasn't busy helping defend Michael Jordan, Mark Price was scoring the points that enabled the Cleveland Cavaliers to stay alive in the playoffs Tuesday night at Richfield, Ohio. The Cavaliers, holding Jordan under 50 for the first time in the series, fought off a late rally by the Chicago Bulls to score a 110-102 victory. The Cavaliers, trailing 2-1 in the best-of-five series, can knot it up with a win at home Thursday night.
September 26, 1990 |
Jerry West, known for pulling plums out of the bottom of the draft, took next summer's shot early, swapping the Lakers' No. 1 choice in 1991 for Golden State guard Terry Teagle on Tuesday. Teagle, ticketed for Michael Cooper's old No. 3 spot, is coming off his finest season, when he had an average of 16.1 points as a reserve while shooting 48% from the field and 83% from the free-throw line. "We felt maybe we didn't have enough scoring off the bench," West said.
July 28, 1988
The U.S. men's volleyball team will play Olympic qualifier Sweden tonight at San Pasqual High and Friday at San Diego State in the final two games of a four-match series. Both are set for 7:30. The U.S. team, top-ranked in the world, leads the series, 2-0, having won both matches, 3-0. In their last San Diego outings before the Seoul Olympic Games, the United States can avenge a May 28 loss to the Swedes in the first round of the Mondovolley Tournament in Italy. The U.S.
October 26, 1986 |
Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Washington are putting Moses Malone, Jack Sikma, Jeff Ruland and Roy Hinson in different uniforms this year in a bid to challenge the Boston Celtics' dominance in the NBA's Eastern Conference. But out West, where the Lakers missed the finals for the first time since 1981, nearly everyone is standing pat in what Coach Pat Riley calls a balanced conference.
October 5, 1986 |
The Washington Bullets have yet to bestow some catchy sobriquet upon the assemblage of bodies that will make up their 1986-87 team. The rumblings promised by Thunder and Lightning have dissipated with the trade of center Jeff Ruland to Philadelphia and the hazy status of free-agent guard Gus Williams. The previous slogan--"Bullets Fever--Catch It"--fizzled amid sub-.500 finishes. So, this season the Bullets will attempt a novel approach: Management will rely on talent to provide the punch line.