David Lee, Warriors defeat Hawks, 111-97 (Automated Insights)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 04:21:18 PST)
The Golden State Warriors shot lights out from the field in this one, going 43-80 (53.8%), in a 111-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Golden State (39-24) has now won three consecutive games.
Hawks-Clippers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:27:13 PST)
The Los Angeles Clippers have won a season-high six straight while the Atlanta Hawks are enduring their longest road losing streak in seven seasons. The high-scoring Clippers have had trouble with the Hawks over the years and will try to hand Atlanta a sixth straight defeat and 10th in a row on the road Saturday night. Darren Collison scored 24 points and Blake Griffin had 20 and 11 rebounds as the Clippers finished with the most points by any NBA team this season.
Warriors bench comes through in win over Hawks (The SportsXchange)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:08:45 PST)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors were so concerned about a lack of offensive production from their bench earlier this season, they made deals to bring in a new set of reserve guards -- Jordan Crawford and Steve Blake. The newcomers contributed 15 points to Golden State's 111-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, but it was what the reserve unit did on the defensive end that was an even bigger factor in the comfortable win. Blake (three) and backup forward Draymond Green (four) combined for seven steals in the game, and the Warriors -- with four reserves on the floor -- held the Hawks scoreless for the first 6:52 of the fourth period to turn a tight game into a runaway victory. "We got off to a slow start in the third quarter," Green said of an 18-8 Hawks run that turned a 14-point game at the half into a just a 74-70 Warriors lead.
Warriors ease past Hawks 111-97 in return home (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:45:04 PST)
Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Friday's morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over .500? Only veterans Jermaine O'Neal, Steve Blake and Andre Iguodala raised their hands. With so many home games remaining, the opportunity in front of the Warriors is rare. Golden State took another step forward Friday night by easing past the Atlanta Hawks 111-97 for its third straight win.
NBA-Highlights of Friday's NBA games
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:30:45 PST)
(Adds late games) March 7 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Basketball League games. - - - Raptors 99, Kings 87 Guard Terrence Ross showed no ill effects from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him from last Sunday's game, leading the Toronto Raptors to a comfortable win over the Sacramento Kings. Rudy Gay, in his first game in Toronto since his trade to the Kings in early December, was booed relentlessly as Toronto (34-26) improved to 27-14 since the trade. - - - Bobcats 101, Cavaliers 92 Center Al Jefferson scored 28 points as the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Warriors 111, Hawks 97 (The SportsXchange)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:09:16 PST)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Reserve guard Steve Blake opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and the Golden State Warriors held the Atlanta Hawks scoreless for the first 6:52 of the period en route to a runaway, 111-97 victory Friday night. The win was the Warriors' eighth in 10 games since the All-Star break and allowed them to retain the No. 6 playoff position in the Western Conference with 19 games to play. Golden State (39-24) hosts its two closest rivals in the playoff race -- Phoenix and Dallas -- in its next two games. Shooting 46.3 percent for three quarters, the Hawks (26-34) managed to stay within 85-77 heading into the fourth period.
Instant Replay: Warriors centers pick up slack vs. Hawks (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:47:54 PST)
OAKLAND The Warriors returned to Oracle Arena after nearly two weeks away and fought through an early lack of focus before giving their fans what they wanted, an old-fashioned rout of a struggling team. The Warriors' 111-97 victory over the Hawks was widespread and comprehensive, with pretty much every Warrior contributing something of value. Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by 18 points from power forward David Lee and 17 points in 19 minutes from backup center Jermaine O'Neal. Starting guard Klay Thompson left the game midway through the first quarter, clutching his lower back after taking a hard fall.
Anthony, Knicks enjoy easy 108-81 win over Jazz (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:23:01 PST)
There's little margin for error, and the New York Knicks know it. Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter, sending the Knicks to a rare easy night in a 108-81 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday. With a long way to go to get back into playoff position, the Knicks won their second straight following a seven-game losing streak. J.R. Smith had 17 points and Tyson Chandler finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who led by as many as 32.
LIVE: Hawks vs. Warriors (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:36:33 PST)
The Warriors look to continue their recent surge against the Atlanta Hawks. Watch on CSN Bay Area and follow with In-Game Live!
Spurs-Heat show Brett Brown what he wants (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:46:22 PST)
Watching Sixers basketball can be difficult these days. Thats why when the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat kicked off Thursday nights national doubleheader on TNT, Brett Brown felt compelled to watch. Last year, Brown was sitting on the Spurs bench as an assistant coach when they fell to the Heat in seven games of a classic NBA Finals. Seeing the latest rematch brought a flurry of emotions for the Sixers' head coach.
Fast Forward: Warriors know they must play better at home (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:52:34 PST)
OAKLAND Its a bold goal, but Warriors power forward David Lee is willing to make it on behalf of his team. The Warriors (38-24) are coming off another winning road trip, confirming their potency away from Oracle Arena. The Hawks (26-33) are just such a team. They've been without their best player, Al Horford, for most of the season.
Darren Collison, Blake Griffin spark Clippers by Lakers (Automated Insights)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:20:33 PST)
In a complete performance, Blake Griffin scored 20 points and recorded 11 rebounds and 7 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers dominate the Los Angeles Lakers, 142-94. The Clippers had a strong shooting performance, finishing 57-103 (55.3%) from the field, including 12-26 (46.2%) from beyond the arc. The Clippers (43-20) is now on a six-game winning streak, dating back to a 125-117 win against Oklahoma City Thunder on February 23rd. Other key players for the Clippers included Matt Barnes with 17 points and 12 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Paul with 13 points and 11 assists.
Clippers hand Lakers their worst loss ever (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:40:56 PST)
LOS ANGELES -- As much as the Los Angeles Clippers enjoyed hammering the Los Angeles Lakers again, Darren Collison said his team has bigger goals. "No disrespect to the Lakers, that's a very good team, but right now we want to accomplish something big," the Clippers guard said. For the second time in as many meetings, the Clippers dealt the Lakers a massive beating. The Clippers had eight players score in double figures en route to a 142-94 blowout of the Lakers on Thursday night at Staples Center.
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(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:56:53 PST)
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Clippers 142, Lakers 94 (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:32:47 PST)
LOS ANGELES -- For the second time in as many meetings, the Los Angeles Clippers dealt the Los Angeles Lakers one of their worst beatings in franchise history. The Clippers had eight players score in double figures en route to a 142-94 blowout of the Lakers on Thursday night at Staples Center. The 142 points are a season-high for the Clippers. Guard Darren Collison scored 24 points to lead the Clippers (43-20), who won their sixth straight game and dropped the Lakers (21-41) to their second consecutive loss and their ninth in the past 12 games.
Pistons-Timberwolves Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:35:16 PST)
The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't help their playoff chances by losing to a lackluster opponent in their return from a lengthy road trip earlier this week. The Timberwolves will try to bounce back by dealing another blow to the Detroit Pistons' postseason hopes Friday night. Minnesota (30-30) had won six of seven and gone 4-1 on a five-game trip before a 118-106 loss Wednesday to a New York team that entered with seven straight defeats. The Timberwolves cut a 17-point deficit to two by the end of the third quarter but allowed the Knicks to pull away in the final period.
Hawks-Warriors Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:24:42 PST)
Following a successful six-game road trip, the Golden State Warriors will play 13 of their final 20 regular-season games at home. Golden State plays the first of nine at home in an 11-game span Friday night against the free-falling Atlanta Hawks, who are trying to avoid a 13th loss in their past 14 as they cling to a playoff spot. The Warriors (38-24) went 4-2 during their trip against Eastern Conference foes, which included consecutive wins to close it out. After handing Indiana just its fourth home loss of the season on Klay Thompson's jumper with 0.6 seconds left on Tuesday, Golden State never trailed in a 108-88 rout of Boston one night later.
Korver's record 3-point streak ends at 127 games
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:47:46 PST)
Kyle Korver's record run of consecutive NBA games with a 3-point basket was snapped at 127 in the Atlanta Hawks' 102-78 loss at Portland. Korver, who turns 33 on March 17, went 0-for-5 from beyond the arc for Atlanta. "I'm a little bummed, for sure," Korver said of the end of the streak. Korver, an 11-year NBA veteran, began his streak November 4, 2012, against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Jazz-Knicks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:16:37 PST)
If the New York Knicks want to make a push and force the teams directly above them into checking the rearview mirror, this upcoming week is the time to do it. Kicking off a stretch of five contests against opponents who are all well below .500, the Knicks will try to win back-to-back games for the first time in over a month as they host the Utah Jazz on Friday night. New York (22-40), in 11th place in the weak Eastern Conference, has gone 3-13 since the start of February and is 5 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot with 20 remaining. Cleveland and Detroit are also trying to chase down Atlanta, but each has lost five of seven.
Wednesday night NBA grades: Another night, another Joakim Noah triple-double (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:31:33 PST)
Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while suing a casino for letting you bet big while drunk…. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls. Friend of this site Coach Nick called watching Noah play “coach porn” — he plays with a high IQ, he is focused on defense, he can pass, he moves off…
Kyle Korver's record streak of consecutive games with a 3 ends at 127 (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:07:52 PST)
Atlanta Hawks shooter Kyle Korver is widely regarded as one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history, someone who puts the "special" in "specialist." We know this in part because he holds several records, including highest three-point shooting percentage in a single season (53.6 percent with the Utah Jazz in 2009-10). On December 6 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Korver earned headlines by making a three-pointer in his 90th consecutive game , breaking a record set by Dana Barros with the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics from 1994 to 1996.
And then it kept going. For 37 more games, Korver made at least one three-pointer, because that's just what he does. It seemed as if the streak might go on forever.
On Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, Korver went 0-for-5 from three-point range (and 1-for-9 from the field) in 28 minutes, ending the streak at 127 games. In all, the Hawks went 3-for-27 from beyond the arc in a 102-78 blowout loss . With the Blazers hammering the Hawks by 24 points after three quarters, Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer sat starters Korver, DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague for the entirety of the fourth quarter, which ensured the conclusion of the streak.
Korver spoke about the end of the streak after the game. From Anne M. Peterson of the Associated Press :
''I'm a little bummed,'' Korver said. ''The streak was good, it was good while it lasted. Someday I'll look on it and be proud. Not tonight, obviously. This was a tough game all the way around for us.''
In those 127 games, Korver made 337 threes in total, or an average of 2.65 per contest. The longest active streak in the NBA now belongs to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry at a mere 50 games. He seems the player most likely to challenge Korver's streak, but there's obviously a long way to go.
On the other hand, it wouldn't be terribly shocking to see Korver challenge his own record. He turns 32 on March 17 and doesn't rely on athleticism, so it's feasible that he could hit a triple in another 127 games. Crazier things have happened.
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Blazers rout Hawks 102-78; Korver's streak ends (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:16:57 PST)
Wesley Matthews had a simple goal going into the Blazers' game against the Hawks: Don't let Kyle Korver get the ball. Korver wound up with few chances and his NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer was snapped in Atlanta's 102-78 loss to Portland on Wednesday night. ''I'm a little bummed,'' Korver said. He was 0 for 5 from 3-point range against the Blazers and finished with five total points, well off his 12-point average.
Defense carries Blazers to rout of Hawks (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:08:05 PST)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Entering Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Portland Trail Blazers had two primary goals. "We wanted to put them away early, and we wanted to play good (defense)," Blazers forward Nicolas Batum said. Portland built an 18-point halftime lead and held Atlanta to 33 percent shooting in a 102-78 romp at the Moda Center. Batum scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds as the Trail Blazers (42-19) won for the sixth time in seven games.
Kyle Korver’s consecutive games with a three streak comes to end at 127 (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:52:58 PST)
Kyle Korver was 0-of-5 from three Wednesday night in an Atlanta loss to Portland. That ends his streak at a record 127 consecutive NBA games with a made three-point bucket, an NBA record. Korver passed former Celtic Dana Baros back in December to take the record away (it had been 89) and kept right on…
NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:24:30 PST)
- - - Bobcats 109, Pacers 87 Al Jefferson scored 34 points, including 20 in the first half, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Bobcats (28-33) raced to a 28-8 lead after one quarter and never trailed the rest of the way, although the Pacers got as close as three at one point late in the second quarter. Trade deadline acquisition Evan Turner scored 22 points for the Pacers (46-15) but they lost a second straight game to see their Eastern Conference lead trimmed to 1.5 games over Miami.
Klay Thompson, Warriors blow out Celtics, 108-88 (Automated Insights)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:23:00 PST)
David Lee put up 18 points and added 10 rebounds, his 31st double-double of the season, to lead the Golden State Warriors to a blowout victory over the Boston Celtics, 108-88. The Warriors picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 28 assists and turning it over only 11 times. This is the seventh win for Golden State (38-24) in its last 10 games.
Mo Williams, Trail Blazers cruise past Hawks, 102-78 (Automated Insights)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:21:52 PST)
The Atlanta Hawks struggled to make buckets, finishing 29-88 (33.0%), including 4-27 (14.8%) from three-point range, as they were pummeled by Portland Trail Blazers, 102-78. Portland (42-19) gets one in the win column after losing to Los Angeles on Monday. Mo Williams came off the bench and put up 15 points on 6-9 shooting, including 3-3 on 3-point attempts, in a strong performance. Other top performers for Portland were Nicolas Batum with 14 points and 18 rebounds, Damian Lillard with 12 points and 6 assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Trail Blazers 102, Hawks 78 (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:13:14 PST)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Forward Nicolas Batum scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers put away the Atlanta Hawks early in a 102-78 romp Wednesday night at the Moda Center. Five other players scored in double figures for the Trail Blazers, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Guard Mo Williams led the way with 15 points. Guard Damian Lillard and center Robin Lopez had 12 apiece, and forward LaMarcus Aldridge and guard Wesley Matthews had 10 each for the Blazers, who led by as many as 29 points.
Warriors close road trip with victory over Celtics (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:58:56 PST)
BOSTON -- After they pulled out a dramatic, last-second win at the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors could have been excused for being a bit flat Wednesday night. "I thought we did a great job against a team that, in all honesty, we are better than," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said after his team cruised to a clinic-like 108-88 victory over the Boston Celtics to cap a 4-2 road trip. Golden State forward David Lee scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, guard Klay Thompson also had 18 points, and guard Stephen Curry added 14 points. The Warriors, who led by as many as 31 points, removed their starters before the end of the third quarter, with Curry resting a sore leg that would have allowed him to play if needed.
Warriors 108, Celtics 88 (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:56:20 PST)
BOSTON -- After they pulled out a dramatic, last-second win at Indiana on Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors could have been excused for being a bit flat Wednesday night. Putting on a clinic against a weak opponent, the Warriors never trailed, and they capped a 4-2 road trip with a clinic-like 108-88 blowout of the Boston Celtics. Golden State forward David Lee scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, guard Klay Thompson also had 18 points, and guard Stephen Curry added 14 points. The Warriors, who led by as many as 31 points, removed their starters before the end of the third quarter.