May 20, 1999 |
Appropriately enough, Allen Iverson's long night ended with a short shot. Iverson shot an airball from three-point range just before the final buzzer Wednesday night as the Philadelphia 76ers staged another desperate, final-minute rally that wasn't quite enough. No victory to take back to Philadelphia, just another disappointing loss, 85-82, and a 2-0 deficit against the Indiana Pacers in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
August 11, 1999 |
Scott Layden, who masterminded Utah Jazz personnel moves for 11 seasons, accepted a job Tuesday with the New York Knicks. The move is a homecoming for Layden, who was born in New York, and transports him from the NBA's smallest market to its largest. "It comes as a really tough decision to move on, but it just feels like the right thing to do," Layden, 41, said in Salt Lake City. "I need to move on and grow up a little bit."
April 28, 1998 |
Tim Duncan scored 22 points and keyed a crucial third-quarter rally Monday night as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the visiting Phoenix Suns, 100-88, to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five playoff series. Duncan teamed with David Robinson in the third-quarter scoring binge as the Spurs grabbed a double-digit lead by outscoring the Suns, 27-15, in the period. At one point, the two 7-footers took turns dunking off passes from the other.
May 21, 1998
All-NBA Team The 1997-98 All-NBA teams as voted by a panel of 116 American and Canadian media with first-place votes in parentheses and total points: First Team Forwards--Karl Malone, Utah (116), 580; Tim Duncan, San Antonio (45), 370. Center--Shaquille O'Neal, Lakers (103), 544. Guards--Michael Jordan, Chicago (116), 580; Gary Payton, Seattle (108), 561. Second Team Forwards--Grant Hill, Detroit (22), 290; Vin Baker, Seattle (10), 269. Center--David Robinson, San Antonio (13), 332.
October 20, 2000 |
Rik Smits is coming out of retirement--but not to play for the Indiana Pacers. Smits, who announced his retirement in September, will play three games in November for the Dutch national team. Now that chronic foot and knee injuries have ended his 12-year NBA career, Smits can volunteer to play without any cost to the national team other than transportation and other expenses. "It's something to look forward to, something to stay in shape for," Smits said.
September 28, 2000 |
Rik Smits, the 7-foot-4 center who played more games for the Indiana Pacers than any player except Reggie Miller, said the foot problems that plagued him in a disappointing season led to his retirement. "I always felt like I would retire at or near the top," Smits said during a news conference at Conseco Fieldhouse. "This past year, I felt I went a little over the top. I said from the beginning as soon as I'm going downhill or I'm over the hill, I'd like to call it quits."
April 7, 1997 |
Michael Jordan scored 37 points to move into fifth place on the NBA's career scoring list and visiting Chicago beat the Orlando Magic, 110-94, Sunday to sweep the season series. Chicago also clinched homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference. Jordan moved past Oscar Robertson (26,710) on the career scoring list with 26,726 points.
April 13, 1996 |
The Indiana Pacers hope they're peaking at the right time and the Orlando Magic hope they're not slumping at the wrong time. Reggie Miller scored 29 points and Rik Smits had 24 Friday night as the Pacers beat the Magic, 111-101, at Orlando. Indiana has won four consecutive games, while the loss was the Magic's fourth in six home games after beginning the season with 33 consecutive victories at Orlando.
January 12, 1996 |
Detroit won at Charlotte for the first time in nearly four years Thursday night as Grant Hill scored 20 of his 21 points in the final 18 1/2 minutes to rally the Pistons to a 95-93 victory over the Hornets. Hill, who made his final nine field-goal attempts, added 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Pistons won at the Charlotte Coliseum for the first time in nine tries since Jan. 28, 1992. Allan Houston had 26 points for Detroit, which got its ninth victory in 12 games.
March 28, 1995 |
David Robinson is inclined to let sleeping Pistons lie. "I'm not saying anything bad about those guys, because I'll have to see them down the road some time," he said Monday after scoring 40 points, getting 12 rebounds and blocking five shots in San Antonio's 114-93 victory over Detroit at Auburn Hills, Mich., the Spurs' eighth in a row. Well, you can't get away from reality. "I think we are just a little bigger and stronger than they are," Robinson said. No kidding.