January 29, 2011 |
BOSTON AT LAKERS Sunday at 12:30 p.m. TV: Channel 7. In 2007, when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo couldn't shoot, Kendrick Perkins didn't shoot and the Boston Celtics' bench consisted of James Posey until late-arriving P.J. Brown and Sam Cassell were hailed as heroes. Three seasons, 1,000 injuries, two Finals appearances, one title and one heartbreak later, they're bigger, deeper and even more ticked off. So if the Lakers think they are the motivated team, the best they will get is a tie. Once runty menaces with only Garnett taller than 6 feet 9 in stocking feet, the Celtics are a thundering herd with Perkins, Shaquille O'Neal, Glen Davis and Jermaine O'Neal.
January 14, 1994 |
Nick Van Exel of the Lakers was among 16 players selected Thursday to play in the NBA's first rookie all-star game, to be held Feb. 12 at Minneapolis. The roster also includes Chris Mills of the Cleveland Cavaliers from Fairfax High and Bryon Russell of the Utah Jazz from Long Beach State. The teams will be divided not by conference, but from a mock draft later this month between coaches Doug Collins and K.C. Jones. The other participants: Shawn Bradley of Philadelphia, P.J.
March 21, 1999 |
Alonzo Mourning finally lost his temper Saturday, and the Miami Heat lost its 11-game home winning streak. Antonio Davis, whose contact with Mourning led to the Miami center's ejection, scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Heat, 94-89, in a battle of Eastern Conference division leaders. With 5:11 to play in the first half and Miami trailing, 31-27, Davis drove the lane and ran into P.J. Brown.
May 18, 2007 |
Richard Hamilton scored 23 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Chicago Bulls, 95-85, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday night, clinching a series that turned tense after Detroit won the first three games. No NBA team has lost a best-of-seven-games series after taking a 3-0 lead, and the Pistons rejected the Bulls' shot at history. Now, Detroit can focus on its fifth straight conference final.
May 4, 2001
Sports figures to be featured on TV and radio from today through Thursday: * Kirk Gibson, actor Rob Schneider --"The Last Word With Jim Rome," tonight, 5:30 and 11:30, Fox Sports Net * Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Lazcano --"Rich Marotta's Neutral Corner," tonight, 10-midnight, KXTA (1150) * Jamal Mashburn, P.J. Brown, Larry Johnson, Derek Anderson --"NBA Inside Stuff," Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Channel 4 * Brian Poli-Dixon, Freddie Mitchell --"Southern California Sports Report," Saturday, 10 p.m.
April 30, 1997 |
Offense is not the only part of Michael Jordan's game. Jordan, winner of a record ninth NBA scoring title this season, is the second player in league history to be selected to the all-defensive first team eight times. Jordan tied Bobby Jones for the honor Tuesday when he was voted to the team by the league's coaches.
May 11, 2001 |
When all else failed, the Charlotte Hornets went back to what they do best: playing solid defense and crashing the boards. Jamal Mashburn scored a career-playoff high 36 points and the Hornets held Ray Allen to six points in the second half in a 102-92 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series Thursday night. Milwaukee still has a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 is Sunday at Charlotte. "He was the difference," Allen said of Mashburn.
October 17, 2004 |
Rookie J.R. Smith scored 22 points to lead the New Orleans Hornets past the Clippers, 105-95, in an exhibition game Saturday night. The 19-year-old Smith, drafted 18th overall out of high school, started his third consecutive preseason game in place of injured guard David Wesley. He also led the Hornets with 19 points in their win over Dallas on Wednesday night. Wesley has been sitting out because of a strained right hamstring.
July 9, 1996 |
BRING LOTS OF MONEY Michael Jordan: Love of Chicago (and $18 million a year) should keep him. Shaquille O'Neal: Age, willingness to move make him the Big Kahuna. Alonzo Mourning: Says he's staying in Miami (for $15 million or so). Juwan Howard: Young star who emerged at the right time. Gary Payton: Says he's staying in Seattle, but Knicks, Heat interested. Dikembe Mutombo: Instant team defense; Pistons, Suns in hunt. Allan Houston: Young Dale Ellis; Knicks drooling.