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FIBA bans Japan from international competition

by Ed Odeven

Although nearly a month passed since FIBA’s Oct. 31 deadline for the Japan Basketball Association to present a merger plan for the bj-league and the NBL, among other demands, basketball’s world governing body delivered the expected news. On Wednesday, the JBA, one of FIBA’s 214 national federations, was suspended from ...

Raptors raise record to 12-2 with win over Suns

Nov 25, 2014

Raptors raise record to 12-2 with win over Suns

The Phoenix Suns used a long range barrage to give the Raptors a fourth-quarter scare, but Toronto held firm for its fifth straight win. Jonas Valanciunas had a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan added 23 points and the Raptors beat the ...

Gasol leads Grizzlies to win over Clippers

Nov 24, 2014

Gasol leads Grizzlies to win over Clippers

Marc Gasol’s dominance is making one of the NBA’s best frontcourts even better. Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. It marked the second straight game Gasol ...

Nov 23, 2014

Big Bulls beat B-Corsairs to stretch win streak to 14

by Ed Odeven

What has defined the Iwate Big Bulls’ performance this season? Wins. Lots of wins. And what’s defined those wins? “I think we are the best ‘hustle’ team,” Iwate coach Dai Oketani told The Japan Times after the Big Bulls defeated the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs ...

JT to excerpt new Jordan book

Nov 23, 2014

JT to excerpt new Jordan book

The Japan Times will run excerpts from Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith’s new book “There Is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of Michael Jordan” on the NBA great beginning in Wednesday’s print edition. Smith, who has written a bi-monthly column for ...

Davis pumps in career-high 43 in win

Nov 23, 2014

Davis pumps in career-high 43 in win

Anthony Davis wanted to come out strong to help the New Orleans Pelicans end their road swing with a win. He got off to a fast start and kept it going. Davis had a career-high 43 points and 14 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 19 ...

Togashi makes D-League debut

Nov 22, 2014

Togashi makes D-League debut

Texas Legends guard Yuki Togashi made his NBA Development League debut on Friday in a 114-106 home loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. The 21-year-old Togashi, who hails from Niigata Prefecture, played 4 minutes, 41 seconds, all in the second quarter. He had one ...

Wizards shut down Cavs

Nov 22, 2014

Wizards shut down Cavs

LeBron James lost the battle for an offensive rebound and stewed in frustration while everyone else ran downcourt, leaving his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates to defend 4-on-5 at the other end while the game was still in the balance in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers ...

Nov 21, 2014

Shinshu signs post player Washington

by Ed Odeven

The Shinshu Brave Warriors on Friday filled a roster vacancy, signing forward/center DeVaughn Washington. The 25-year-old Washington played 10 games for the NBL’s Hyogo Storks to open the 2014-15 season. He averaged 10.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from the field. ...

Paul, Clippers hand Heat third straight home loss

Nov 21, 2014

Paul, Clippers hand Heat third straight home loss

Late in the third quarter, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul found themselves all alone on a fast break, no Miami Heat player even remotely close to them. Everything wasn’t always that easy for the Los Angeles Clippers. It only seemed that way. Paul had ...

Spurs outplay LeBron, Cavs

Nov 20, 2014

Spurs outplay LeBron, Cavs

Out of timeouts, LeBron James had no choice but to hurry up the floor. With the clock ticking down, James tried to dribble behind his back and had the ball — and game — bounce away. The San Antonio Spurs stopped him again. Tim ...