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George returns to court as Pacers thump Heat

Apr 6, 2015

George returns to court as Pacers thump Heat

Paul George savored every moment of his postgame stroll to the locker room. He pumped his fist, traded high-fives with teammates, gave the No. 1 signal to the fans and heard coach Frank Vogel explain how much he had been missed. Yes, a little ...

Duke, Wisconsin brace for title tilt

Apr 6, 2015

Duke, Wisconsin brace for title tilt

Duke languished in the shadows of Kentucky all season, the big blue juggernaut that nobody seemed to be talking about. It was a rarity for a program with such a championship pedigree, not to mention a record-setting coach and superstar freshmen. They can thank ...

Apr 5, 2015

Lakestars thrash Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Saitama Broncos topped the Shiga Lakestars in three statistical categories on Easter Sunday: turnovers, personal fouls and missed 2-point shots. It was a recipe for disaster. The Lakestars pounded the hosts 104-69 in the bj-league series finale. What’s more, Shiga outscored Saitama 51-21 ...

Hawks equal franchise wins record

Apr 5, 2015

Hawks equal franchise wins record

The Hawks looked playoff-ready while building a big first-half lead over a Brooklyn team which had won six straight. Then Paul Millsap, Atlanta’s leading scorer and rebounder, left the court with a pained expression on his face as he held his right shoulder, tarnishing ...

Kentucky's perfect season ends with loss to Wisconsin

Apr 5, 2015

Kentucky's perfect season ends with loss to Wisconsin

Nobody ever said they were perfect. Now, the Kentucky Wildcats aren’t undefeated, either. The hard-nosed Wisconsin Badgers did what nobody else could this season: They knocked off the Wildcats 71-64 on Saturday night behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from birthday boy Frank Kaminsky ...

Hamamatsu torches Nara from 3-point range

Apr 4, 2015

Hamamatsu torches Nara from 3-point range

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix found their comfort zone from beyond the 3-point arc on Saturday. The Bambitious Nara only found frustration from the same spot at the opposite end of the court. The Phoenix drained 13 of 28 3-pointers and held the visitors to ...

Apr 4, 2015

Kaminsky named AP Player of Year

Frank Kaminsky, the 213-cm big man who anchored Wisconsin’s run to a second straight Final Four, is the runaway choice as The Associated Press’ Player of the Year, it was announced on Friday. Kaminsky averaged 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 54.9 percent ...

Spurs claim 6th straight

Apr 4, 2015

Spurs claim 6th straight

Denver Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt compared San Antonio’s dominant start to a first-round knockout. However, the Spurs may have also taken a big blow early. Danny Green scored 21 points, including 6-for-6 shooting on 3-pointers, and the Spurs cruised to a 123-93 victory over ...

Apr 4, 2015

Texas names Smart coach

Shaka Smart finally received an offer he couldn’t resist. Smart was introduced as the new basketball coach at Texas on Friday, leaving Virginia Commonwealth for the Longhorns after turning down several suitors, including UCLA, since taking VCU to the NCAA Final Four in 2011. ...

Apr 3, 2015

Ryukyu whips West rival Fukuoka

by Ed Odeven

Kibwe Trim notched a double-double and five teammates scored in double figures as the Ryukyu Golden Kings steamrolled the host Rizing Fukuoka 108-79 in their bj-league series opener on Friday. Reigning champion Ryukyu (38-9 overall, 18-5 on the road) led 60-45 at halftime, then ...