NBA Roundup: Bucks' Mayo suspended one game (The SportsXchange)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:29:47 PST)
Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo was suspended one game without pay for forcibly striking New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma in the throat, the NBA announced.
Olajuwon works with Rockets' bigs on Saturday (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:35:48 PST)
Rockets big men Omer Asik and Terrence Jones spent some time working on the court Saturday afternoon with Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon. Olajuwon, who was part of the Rockets' presentation to help Dwight Howard make the decision to come to join the Rockets, was sitting courtside for the Rockets dominant, 112-86 win over the Pacers on Friday night. "It's just a great learning experience, I mean he's a Hall-of-Famer," Terrence Jones said.
(WATCH) Sir Issac wins another dunk contest (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:25:19 PST)
Sir Issac White has outdone himself at the Rockets 10th Annual Blacktop Battle presented by ZTE on Saturday. And he did it in front of a handful of Rockets players serving as judges, including his favorite player James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Pat Beverley, Omri Casspi and Greg Smith as well as Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson. Beverley attended last years dunk contest and witnessed Whites winning dunk then, but he rates the overall competition higher this year.
Rockets get revenge against Pacers (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:19:28 PST)
After getting drubbed by Indiana earlier this season, payback was on the minds of the Rockets as they dished out a similar beatdown of the Pacers on Friday night, 112-86. After talking with the Rockets following the impressive victory over the east-leading Pacers, there was no doubt that's exactly what the Rockets were intent on securing. "It was payback, last time we played them, they beat us pretty bad," Dwight Howard said. On Friday night, the Rockets came out strong in the first quarter with an answer for anything the Pacers threw at them.
Rockets hope fun times continue vs. Portland (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:59:23 PST)
After the Rockets 112-86 win over the Pacers on Friday night, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said it was a fun game to watch. He reiterated the same following practice on Saturday as the team prepares for their next championship-caliber opponent, the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. "If you love basketball, which I do, I've been around it my whole life, that was a fun game to watch," McHale said. In the win over Indiana, their fourth straight for the Rockets, Houston turned a seven-point halftime advantage, into a 29-point bulge after an explosive and highlight-filled third quarter.
Blazers’ Nicolas Batum suffers nasal contusion (NBC Sports)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:30:59 PST)
UPDATE 6:20 p.m.: Batum’s nose is not broken after all, according to an updated CSNNW.com report. It’s being called a nasal contusion, and it hasn’t yet been determined if it will require a protective mask. 4:30 p.m.: Well, we know he can’t wear a black mask to protect his face going forward. Portland’s starting swingman…
Kings F Landry out for season (The SportsXchange)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:13:46 PST)
Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry is out the rest of the season after an MRI revealed a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, the team announced Saturday.
Pacers-Mavericks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:56:00 PST)
If the Indiana Pacers are to end their longest slide of the season, they'll need a much better performance versus the Dallas Mavericks than what they provided in the first stop on their trip to Texas. Looking to avoid their first four-game skid in two years, the visiting Pacers try to bounce back from their worst defeat of the season Sunday night against the Mavericks. Indiana (46-16) followed a five-game winning streak by falling 98-96 to Golden State on Tuesday, then opened this three-game trip with a 109-87 loss at Charlotte the next night. The Pacers looked even worse in Friday's 112-86 defeat at Houston.
Trail Blazers-Rockets Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:31:50 PST)
The Houston Rockets have been the NBA's best team over the last five weeks, and they've been particularly unbeatable at home. They'll try to make it eight straight at the Toyota Center and 15 of 17 overall Sunday night against the Portland Trail Blazers in the final regular-season meeting between a pair of powers that could meet again in Round 1 of the playoffs. The Rockets (43-19) are an NBA-best 14-2 since Jan. 28, the day they beat San Antonio to begin their current home winning streak. With a win over the Trail Blazers (42-20), that run will be the franchise's longest at home since Nov. 24-Dec. 27, 2010.
James Harden, Evan Turner get into shoving match in Rockets’ blowout win over Pacers (VIDEO) (NBC Sports)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:00:58 PST)
Late in the third quarter Friday with the Rockets leading the Pacers by 23 points, James Harden and Evan Turner got into it a bit, and the players had to be separated after getting face-to-face and a little shoving ensued. This appeared to be Harden intentionally agitating things, as this play had been whistled dead…
Dirk Nowitzki scores 22, Mavericks sneak by Trail Blazers (Automated Insights)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 04:22:11 PST)
The Portland Trail Blazers turned it over on 19 possessions and only totaled 17 assists in a disappointing performance in which they were edged by the Dallas Mavericks, 103-98. This snaps a three-game losing streak for Dallas (37-26). Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points on 8-19 shooting from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line. Monta Ellis chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds for Dallas as well.
James Harden scores 28, Rockets dominate Pacers (Automated Insights)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 04:21:35 PST)
The Houston Rockets took quality shots in this one, going 40-76 (52.6%) from the field, including 13-28 (46.4%) from three-point range, in a blowout 112-86 win over the Indiana Pacers. Houston (43-19) is now on a four-game winning streak.
Rockets win 4th straight, 112-86 over Pacers (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:48:18 PST)
James Harden and the Rockets were determined to make up for their most lopsided loss of the season when they got a second shot at Indiana on Friday night. Not only did Houston do that, but it handed the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers their biggest defeat in the process. Harden had 28 points and the Rockets used a huge third quarter to turn a close game into a blowout in a 112-86 win over the Pacers. Harden scored 16 in Houston's 38-point third quarter, which turned a three-point lead into a 29-point advantage.
Rockets, Harden handle Pacers (The SportsXchange)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:40:07 PST)
HOUSTON -- In the aftermath of an eruptive stretch that had Houston guard James Harden stomping and shouting in delight, he worked to steer the conversation toward subdued analysis of the Rockets' 112-86 drubbing of the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. The Rockets extended their home-court winning streak to seven games and improved to 14-0 against the Eastern Conference at the Toyota Center. But after squeaking by the two-time defending champion Miami Heat on Wednesday night, Houston dismantled the league-leading Pacers (46-16) with a riveting 33-6 run in the third quarter that left a lasting impression. Pacers forward Paul George had consecutive baskets that pulled the Pacers to 50-47 before the Rockets scored nine points in three trips, capped by consecutive three-point plays from center Dwight Howard and Harden.
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.
Give and Go: When will Sixers snap losing skid? (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:55:33 PST)
Each week, we'll ask questions about the Sixers to our resident basketball analysts and see what they have to say. Running the Give and Go this week are CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez, CSNPhilly.com producer/reporter John Finger and CSNPhilly.com producer/reporter Matt Haughton. When will the Sixers snap their losing skid? Bovada recently sent out out a release stating that the Sixers will be underdogs in each of their remaining games.
Harden, Turner scuffle during Pacers-Rockets game (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:38:03 PST)
HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Evan Turner of the Indiana Pacers have both received technical fouls after a scuffle in the third quarter.
Rockets 112, Pacers 86 (The SportsXchange)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:20:14 PST)
HOUSTON -- If the Houston Rockets left any doubt of their status as championship contenders with their white-knuckle victory over the two-time champion Miami Heat on Wednesday night, they silenced them by drubbing the Indiana Pacers 112-86 on Friday night at the Toyota Center. Rockets guard James Harden scored 16 of his 28 points during a 33-6 blitz in the third quarter that followed two Paul George baskets that pulled the Pacers (46-16) to 50-47. Houston (43-19) made 14-of-21 shots from the field and committed just one turnover in the third quarter en route to improving to 14-0 against the Eastern Conference at home this season. Center Dwight Howard added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists and forward Chandler Parsons chipped in 11 points and six assists for Houston, which fell 114-81 at Indiana on Dec. 20.
(VIDEO) Rockets have liftoff (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:31:18 PST)
James Harden followed his steal and three with an thundering dunk that set the crowd on fire at the Toyota Center.
(VIDEO) Harden puts Pacers away (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:27:18 PST)
The Indiana Pacers have been the NBA's best team in the third quarter this season, but not tonight. The Rockets turned a three point lead into a 20-point lead in the third thanks, in part, to James Harden who followed up a steal to drop a dagger from beyond the three-point line.
(VIDEO) Hamilton plus Lin equals two points (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:43:41 PST)
Jordan Hamilton pulled off a fantastic block at the rim on defense to create a fast break opportunity for Jeremy Lin and Lin took advantage, going coast to coast for the lay up in the second quarter against the Pacers at the Toyota Center on Friday night.
(VIDEO) D-Mo caps a strong first quarter (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:30:07 PST)
The Rockets expected Friday night's game with the Pacers to be physical and they were right. That doesn't mean the Rockets aren't playing well. James Harden dribbled the final second of the first quarter down until he hit Donatas Motiejunas in the corner to bury a three pointer with less than one second left to cap off a 17-4 Rockets run.
(VIDEO) Pick and roll to perfection (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:59:35 PST)
I can hear Dwight Howard channeling his inner George Gervin right now. 'The one thing I could do, was pick and roll.'
Bulls' Noah embarrassed by GQ questions (Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:16:28 PST)
When you watch Joakim Noah on the basketball court he doesn't seem like the type of guy that would be shy in front of the camera.
Is Carmelo Anthony’s smart play to opt in and play out contract with Knicks? (NBC Sports)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:46:30 PST)
According to every reliable source, Carmelo Anthony is going to opt out of the final year of his contract this season and look either to re-sign a five-year deal with the Knicks or move on to another team to be part of a contender. If Anthony wants to jump ship and go somewhere like oft-mentioned…
Rockets look to change result against Pacers (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:24:17 PST)
First, the two-time defending champion Miami Heat visited on Tuesday night and the Rockets took care of them with a 106-103 win. Now, on Friday night, it's the East-leading Pacers who make their lone visit to Houston. The Rockets suffered their worst defeat of the season when they went to Indiana and lost 114-81. That was the Rockets 27th game of the season and with that loss, they dropped to 17-10, while Indiana moved to 21-5.
Broken nose won't stop Pat Beverley (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:11:52 PST)
Pat Beverley is just two days removed from taking an elbow to the nose in the Rockets 101-89 win against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. He broke his nose from the blow, but he didn't even come out of the game when he did. Now, after being fitting for a mask as the Rockets prepare to face Indiana on Friday night at Toyota Center, he's not even sure if he'll be wearing the protective mask for his nose during the game. "I tried to go up and down with it, I wasn't really feeling it, so I took it off the first minute of practice," Beverley said following the morning shoot around.
Magic-Spurs Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:12:03 PST)
The San Antonio Spurs just handed the two-time defending NBA champions their most lopsided loss of the season, and two more top-flight opponents await in a difficult back-to-back next week. Don't expect the Spurs to overlook the last-place Orlando Magic in between. No team has been better at handling the league's bottom feeders than the Spurs, who look to push their winning streak to six Saturday night as they continue their pursuit of the Western Conference's top seed. San Antonio (45-16) has withstood periodic absences from Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili to again hover near the top of the West, where they're currently just a half-game behind Oklahoma City.
Spurs rout Heat in NBA finals rematch
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:19 PST)
Tim Duncan tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds to power San Antonio to a 111-87 victory over Miami in a rematch of the two NBA finalists from last season. Tony Parker on Thursday finished with 17 points and four assists for the Spurs who snapped their five game regular season losing streak against the Heat. Miami beat the Spurs 113-101 on January 26 at home in the first meeting between the clubs since the Heat beat San Antonio last season to win their second consecutive league title.
Duncan, Spurs beat up on Heat (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:00:47 PST)
SAN ANTONIO -- One day after Miami Heat forward LeBron James said he did not believe the San Antonio Spurs are too old to contend for another spot in the NBA Finals, the Spurs confirmed that assessment. The oldest of the Spurs, 37-year-old forward Tim Duncan, produced 23 points and 11 rebounds as San Antonio defeated Miami 111-87 Thursday for its eighth victory in nine games. The victory was the first for the Spurs (45-16) this season over any of the other four teams with the best records in the NBA.