N.Orleans H. - Washington W. 70-77 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) kept shooting. In a game where neither team could hit anything, he finally connected on enough shots to give the shorthanded Washington Wizards a rare road win. Crawford scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Wizards spoiled the return of overall No. 1 draft pick Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) Davis, beating the New Orleans Hornets 77-70 on Tuesday night. Crawford made only nine out of 26 shots - his most attempts since his rookie season in 2010-11 - but he had four of the Wizards' final five baskets. ''I just really wanted to do everything to take the win,'' he said. ''I didn't care how many shots I shot. Turnovers. Nothing. I just wanted to do whatever it took to win.'' Bradley Beal (6'3''-SG-93, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) added 15 points for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 13 and never led until the fourth quarter. Washington won for the first time on the road after losing its first eight away from home this season. Ryan Anderson led New Orleans with 17 points but did not score in the second half, missing all nine of his shots after going 7 of 12 in the first half. Davis, who missed 11 games with a stress reaction in his left ankle, had 13 points and seven rebounds. The game befitted the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference (Washington) and the team with the worst in the West (New Orleans). The Wizards shot 32.9 percent, scored 11 points in the first quarter - a season low for any quarter - and had a season-worst 36 points at the half. ''That first quarter, I thought I was getting my teeth pulled at the dentist without any Novacaine,'' Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. ''It was pretty painful.'' The Hornets shot 32.5 percent and scored a season-low 10 points in the fourth quarter, losing for the 13th time in 15 games. Crawford, normally a reserve shooting guard, started at the point for the first time because A.J. Price fractured his right hand against Golden State last Saturday and will be out four to six weeks. And Price was starting only because 2010 overall top pick John Wall has missed the entire season with a stress injury in his left knee. ''It was different playing the point,'' Crawford said. ''At the beginning of the game, I was thinking about different stuff. Once I got into the game and once I saw what the team needed, I got comfortable.'' HIs numbers weren't point-guard like - he shot first and passed second, finishing with four assists - but the Wizards will take it. ''It was good for the first time kind of starting there,'' Wittman said. ''You could see him thinking. It's going to be a little bit of a process, but he came down the stretch and made big shots.'' Crawford hit a 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 68-65 lead with 5:09 left, and he sank a tough leaner while drawing a foul from the Hornets' Greivis Vasquez the next time down the floor to make the score 71-65. ''We were stuck on 65-65, kept going back down,'' Crawford said. ''They were missing, we was missing and I just wanted to get that shot to break the ice.'' Davis responded with a dunk on an alley-oop from Austin Rivers, the Hornets' first points in nearly four minutes, but another attempted alley-oop from Vasquez to Davis resulted in a turnover that Nene converted into a layup as Washington went ahead 73-67 with 3:00 left. Davis converted a three-point play in transition to cut the deficit to 73-70 with 1:51 to go, but the Hornets did not score again. After Vasquez missed a wild running hook with just over a minute left, Crawford hit an open 18-footer to put Washington ahead 75-70. Anderson went 0 for 7 in the fourth quarter. ''I had some great looks,'' he said. ''Those are shots I normally make, and I wouldn't turn them down again. I would shoot them over and over again.'' Nene had a double-double for Washington with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie guard Austin Rivers, starting for the first time in 10 games, had 11 points for the Hornets, but only two of them came in the second half. The first two possessions for both teams set the tone. The Wizards turned the ball over on their first possession and missed their first shot badly. The Hornets clanked their first shot off the backboard and committed a turnover on their second possession. At one point, the Wizards were 6 of 26 from the floor with almost as many air balls as made shots. Jan Vesely even shot an air ball on a free throw, falling to 3 of 15 for the season at the line. The Wizards also played without Trevor Ariza, who strained his left calf last Tuesday against Miami, and Trevor Booker (right knee), who started the first six games. Even with the return of Davis, who scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his last game before getting hurt, the Hornets could not hold on. ''We did not play with the effort that is necessary to win an NBA game,'' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. ''You don't deserve to win when you play that way.'' NOTES: It was the first NBA game since April 1, 2005 when both teams shot below 33 percent. The Hornets were involved in that one, too, playing the Houston Rockets. ... Davis entered with 4:34 left in the first quarter and played 24:54, just under his average of 26 minutes. ... With its first road win, Washington is ahead of its pace from last year, when it lost its first 25 games away from home. Courtesy of: http://sports.yahoo.com
Detroit P. - Denver N. 94-101 Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) had 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Corey Brewer added 15 points and Andre Iguodala had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, who rallied from a slow start in which they trailed by as many as 17 in the first quarter. JaVale McGee also had 12 points for Denver. Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) had 20 points and five assists for the Pistons. Jason Maxiell added 18 points, six blocks and six rebounds, and Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points. Danilo Gallinari hit a 3-pointer with 1:48 left to give the Nuggets a 96-89 lead before Lawson's driving layup with 1:15 remaining pushed it to 98-89. After Stuckey pulled the Pistons within two on a layup with 7:27 remaining, Andre Miller's three-point play with 7:11 left and Brewer's 3-pointer with 6:45 to go put the Nuggets up 82-74. Lawson's driving floater at the buzzer gave Denver a 72-66 lead after three quarters. The Nuggets led 48-42 at the half after outscoring the Pistons 31-17 in the second quarter -- including 20-6 in the finals seven minutes of the first half. McGee's breakaway dunk tied it at 41 with 3:17 left in the second and Lawson hit a layup with 2:12 remaining in the first half to give Denver its first lead of the game, 43-41. Detroit raced off to fast start and led 21-4 with 5:22 left in the first quarter after Greg Monroe hit a pair of free throws. Courtesy of: uppermichiganssource.com
Cleveland C. - LA Lakers 100-94 CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) dropped in 28 points and handed out 11 assists in his return to the hardwood on Tuesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-94, at Quicken Loans Arena. Irving saw his first game action since fracturing his left index finger in a Nov. 18 loss at Philadelphia. C.J. Miles buried five three-pointers en route to 28 points, while Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) contributed 20 points, nine boards and five assists for the Cavs, who snapped a five-game skid. Alonzo Gee donated 17 points and five rebounds in the triumph. Kobe Bryant went off for a game-high 42 points on 16-of-28 shooting to go with five rebounds, while Dwight Howard added 19 points and 20 boards for the free- falling Lakers, who have lost eight of their last 11 games. Metta World Peace finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for the visitors, who played without forward Pau Gasol for the fifth consecutive game. Courtesy of: www.wkyc.com
Chicago B. - LA Clippers 89-94 CHICAGO - Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls 94-89 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory, the team's longest winning streak in two decades. Marco Belinelli hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute left to cut Chicago's deficit to 89-87, but Chris Paul answered with a floater in the lane, then iced it with three free throws down the stretch as Los Angeles snapped the Bulls' season-high three-game winning streak. Paul finished with 18 points and four assists, below the 20 and 10 he averaged in his first dozen games against Chicago, but it was enough for the Clippers to sweep the season series for the first time since 2009-10. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who had won five of six overall. Courtesy of: www.star-telegram.com
Brooklyn N. - New York K. 97-100 NEW YORK (AP)Now, this Knicks-Nets rivalry is really on. If it hadn't started when the Nets left New Jersey and set up shop in the Knicks' city, it surely arrived when Jason Kidd delivered the tiebreaking 3-pointer Tuesday night, making himself an enemy of his former franchise. ''I hate him,'' Nets guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) said. Williams was kidding, the point guards are friends. But Nets fans who watched Kidd ask out of the organization and Carmelo Anthony refuse to come could easily work up more dislike of the Knicks after watching those two Tuesday. Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Kidd made the tiebreaking shot with 24 seconds left, and the Knicks rallied from an early 17-point hole to beat Brooklyn 100-97. Kidd finished with 18 points against his former team, who used to dominate the Knicks when he played in New Jersey. He pumped his fist afterward in what he said was as much emotion as he shows, though denied taking any special pleasure in beating the Nets. ''I'm a competitor. I want to win,'' he said. Now the series is tied at 1-1 since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, both games coming down to the tense final minutes. Andray Blatche scored 23 points in place of Brook Lopez, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right foot. Williams added 18 points and 10 assists, and Reggie Evans grabbed 18 rebounds, but the Nets lost their fifth straight. Gerald Wallace scored 17 points, but both he and Williams missed potential tying 3-pointers on the last possession after Kidd broke a 97-all tie with his 3-pointer from the left side while being fouled by Jerry Stackhouse. Kidd missed the free throw in an otherwise terrific effort for the 39-year-old point guard who helped carry the Knicks while fellow point guard Raymond Felton was struggling through a 3-for-12 night. Kidd had six rebounds and six assists, playing 38 minutes. There were wild swings in momentum and crowd support in the second half, once the Knicks had gotten themselves untracked after the Nets threatened to run them off the floor in the first quarter. The crowd was loud and energetic, the players and fans eventually matching the playoff-like intensity from the first meeting, a 96-89 Nets victory in overtime here on Nov. 26. That had left both teams tied atop the Atlantic Division at 9-4, but the Knicks have since gone 7-1 to surge to the top of the Eastern Conference, while Brooklyn has gone 2-5. It occasionally felt like a Knicks home game, with ''MVP! MVP!'' chants for Carmelo Anthony - which the Knicks think he deserves - and a black-and-orange dressed Spike Lee sitting courtside and yelling at the referees. ''What can you say? I just think tonight Carmelo wanted it so badly,'' Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. The Brooklyn native never wanted to play in New Jersey, preferring instead a trade to the Knicks, and Kidd eventually wanted out after leading the Nets to two NBA Finals but never the local popularity of the Knicks. But despite their efforts, the Nets had plenty of chances to send their fans home happy. ''This was a winnable game,'' Nets coach Avery Johnson said, ''but we just couldn't quite close it.'' The Nets scored the first five points, gave up a 3-pointer to Kidd, then outscored the Knicks 16-2 over the next five-plus minutes to open a 21-5 lead on Blatche's layup with 4:29 left in the first quarter. Brooklyn hit nine of its first 11 shots, led by as much as 17 and was ahead 30-16 going to the second. Blatche had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in eight minutes. The Nets still led by 16 with 4:49 remaining in the half, but Carmelo Anthony nailed a jumper and 3-pointer, triggering an 18-6 run to end the half that he capped with a layup with 1.8 seconds left, bringing the Knicks within 53-49 as they headed to the locker room. The Knicks scored the first five points of the second half to take their first lead, but Williams quickly put the Nets back ahead and Blatche helped them stay there. Brooklyn was back up by nine late in the third quarter before settling for a 79-74 lead. Brooklyn held the lead until Kidd tied it a 91 on a 3-pointer with 4:01 to play. The Nets lost a potential go-ahead basket when Blatche's tip in was ruled an offensive violation, and Carmelo Anthony tipped in his own miss to give New York a 93-91 edge with 2:47 to play. The Nets tied it again at 95 when Wallace - who just moments before had banged knees hard with J.R. Smith and could barely stand - tipped in a miss. Two free throws by Carmelo Anthony followed by Joe Johnson's basket set the stage for Kidd's go-ahead shot. Courtesy of: msn.foxsports.com
Five days ago, Mo Williams(6'1''-PG-82, college: Alabama) posted a tweet indicating he was returning to the NBA - and to the Cavaliers - for one more year. Apparently that's no longer the case. According to Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.com, Cavs GM David Griffin announced today that Williams' agent informed him of his client's decision to retire. Williams, the 47th overall pick in the 2003 draft, spent a year in Utah before heading to the Bucks and blossoming into a starting point guard. Over... [read more]
Five days ago, Mo Williams (6'1''-PG-82, college: Alabama) posted a tweet indicating he was returning to the NBA - and to the Cavaliers - for one more year. Apparently that's no longer the case. According to Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.com, Cavs GM David Griffin announced today that Williams' agent informed him of his client's decision to retire. Williams, the 47th overall pick in the 2003 draft, spent a year in Utah before heading to the Bucks and blossoming into a starting point guard. Over the course of his 13-year NBA career, Wiliams also played for the Cavaliers, Clippers, Trail Blazers, Timberwolves, Hornets, and enjoyed second stints with the Jazz and the Cavs. An All-Star in 2009, Williams averaged 13.2 PPG, 4.9 APG, and 2.8 RPG for his career, shooting 37.8% on three-point attempts in his 818 regular-season contests. The 33-year-old also appeared in 62 playoff games, winning his first championship with the Cavs this June. Williams had been set to earn $2,194,500 for the 2016/17 season, so we'll see how the Cavs handle that cap hit. The team may end up just waiving the veteran guard, eating his salary, but perhaps the two sides can work out a buyout agreement that takes Cleveland off the hook for some of that $2MM+. Meanwhile, Williams' departure thins out the point guard ranks for the Cavs. Behind Kyrie Irving, the team will be relying on rookie Kay Felder and perhaps camp invitee Markel Brown, though he's more of a combo guard. For what it's worth, Griffin says the Cavs are 'comfortable' with the point guard position, adding that it will be a 'an incredibly competitive' training camp. Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com
Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers agreed on terms of a training camp contract with 24-year old forward Jonathan Holmes (203-108kg-92, college: Texas). He played most recently at LA Lakers . Holmes has never been drafted by the NBA. Holmes was also voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2015 at his college time. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. Holmes graduated from University of Texas... [read more]
Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers agreed on terms of a training camp contract with 24-year old forward Jonathan Holmes (203-108kg-92, college: Texas). He played most recently at LA Lakers . Holmes has never been drafted by the NBA. Holmes was also voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2015 at his college time. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. Holmes graduated from University of Texas in 2015 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season as a professional player.
Paul Pierce says this will be his last season in the NBA - 1 day ago
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All summer long, we've been waiting for a definitive answer from Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) about when his career could be coming to an end. With Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78), Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest), and now Kevin Garnett(6'11''-F/C-76) all retiring from the NBA within a few months of each other, Pierce seemed to be the next man up in possibly calling it a career and looking forward to a Hall of Fame enshrinement five years later. But we're not goin... [read more]
All summer long, we've been waiting for a definitive answer from Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) about when his career could be coming to an end. With Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78), Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest), and now Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F/C-76) all retiring from the NBA within a few months of each other, Pierce seemed to be the next man up in possibly calling it a career and looking forward to a Hall of Fame enshrinement five years later. But we're not going to induct Pierce into the Hall with those three above. He'll have to wait one more season. The Los Angeles Clippers forward announced on the Players' Tribune that he's coming back for the 2016-17 season and then he's going to call it quits. Since he knows that he's going to retire after this coming season, he's going to soak it all in and cherish every single moment with this Clippers team as he hopes to help Doc Rivers win another championship together after their title in Boston in 2008. From the Players' Tribune: This is it, my final season. It's time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you've got to be at peace with yourself. I'm at peace with retiring, but I've got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity. With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We're hungry. We want to win a championship. After 18 NBA years, it's hard to believe I'll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I'm going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I'm going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal. Courtesy of: cbssports.com
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