March 12, 2007 |
As Coach Bill Self cut down the nets to commemorate Kansas' second consecutive Big 12 tournament title, a shout came from the crowd: "And now a national championship!" After surviving another stellar effort by Texas' Kevin Durant, the second-ranked Jayhawks appear primed to make a run at another set of nets. "Our confidence level is pretty high right now," Kansas guard Brandon Rush said. "Just making big plays at the right time."
November 16, 2013 |
They won an NBA championship together in 2008 and lost in the Finals in 2010 when they were with the Boston Celtics, when their bond and kinship was stronger than ever. Now Clippers Coach Doc Rivers and Brooklyn Nets forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are on opposite sides, but that won't test their friendship when L.A. plays host to Brooklyn on Saturday night at Staples Center. Sure, Rivers admitted, it'll probably be an emotional time for him and his former players. That championship the three won in Boston will always be their signature moment together.
January 23, 2014 |
Miami Heat 109 - Lakers 102 (end of regulation) The Lakers made a game of it but the Miami Heat held off a Lakers' run, completing a two-game season sweep, 109-102. Chris Bosh had his jumper working all night, scoring 31 points on 15-of-22 shooting. LeBron James scored 27 points with 13 rebounds and six assists as Miami improved to 31-12 on the season. The Lakers got 22 apiece from Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks, along with 19 off the bench from Nick Young. Gasol also had a double-double with 13 rebounds.
April 13, 2008 |
This is the point in the NBA's draft process where the decision-makers -- the general managers -- come out to see what they think of all their scouts' reports. Here's a post-tournament update: Derrick Rose, Memphis -- Unassertive early this season but closed fast. Physical prodigy whose combination of size and athleticism is compared to the young Baron Davis. Now rated even with Michael Beasley with less risk maturity-wise.
February 6, 2006 |
Georgetown allowed Aaron Gray to look like the next coming of Patrick Ewing in the first half. In the second half, Pittsburgh's 7-foot center didn't even score. Hoya Coach John Thompson III went to a matchup zone to stop him and he pulled Gray away from the basket on defense by using Jeff Green as a point forward. Those moves allowed the 17th-ranked Hoyas to overcome a 15-point first-half deficit and survive a late rally for a 61-58 victory over No. 9 Pittsburgh on Sunday at Washington.
March 13, 2006 |
The Kansas Jayhawks considered their only loss over the last two months a bit of a fluke because they did so many things wrong. Given another chance against the Texas Longhorns, the Jayhawks showed why they think they're the best team in the Big 12. Handling with ease the big-game pressure that rattled them in Austin two weeks ago, No. 17 Kansas was terrific outside and played great defense to beat the eighth-ranked Longhorns, 80-68, Sunday at Dallas in the final of the conference tournament.
March 22, 2007 |
The key for the Southern Illinois Salukis will be to resist the lure. Kansas basketball plays full speed ahead, the way every kid who ever picked up a Nerf ball and began running toward the little basket on his closet door wants to play. Run, then dunk, then run some more. Kansas, the top-seeded team in the NCAA West Regional, will play No. 4 Southern Illinois today at HP Pavilion and the Salukis (29-6) spent Wednesday explaining that they will not end up the way Kentucky did.
March 4, 2007 |
No. 3 Kansas fought back from a 16-point deficit and defeated No. 15 Texas, 90-86, Saturday at Lawrence, Kan., clinching its fifth Big 12 Conference championship. Texas' freshman sensation Kevin Durant made all but four of his first 14 shots and scored 25 points in the first half and the Longhorns took a 54-42 halftime lead.