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Rose wins it at buzzer

May 9, 2015

Rose wins it at buzzer

Derrick Rose wanted to make one thing clear about his winning 3-pointer. He did not call glass. Rose banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer and scored 30 points Friday night to give the Chicago Bulls a 99-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and ...

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

May 8, 2015

Hitachi edges Chiba in NBL playoff opener

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Hitachi Sunrockers had to take a ferocious challenge from the Chiba Jets in their playoff opener. But they managed to survive it, coming through in the end. Hitachi forward Aki Chambers shot 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc and scored a team-high 22 ...

May 8, 2015

Toyama's Joho needs to rest ailing knee in offseason

by Ed Odeven

Toyama Grouses star Masashi Joho won’t have offseason surgery after sustaining a knee injury in the final week of the regular season. “I don’t need surgery,” Joho told The Japan Times on Friday night. “I need to rest.” The 33-year-old Joho sustained a medial ...

May 8, 2015

Takamatsu hires Ito to replace Maeda as bench boss

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows made their first coaching change since 2011 on Friday. Nobuyoshi Ito, who has earned recognition as a high school bench boss during the annual Winter Cup in recent years, will replace Kenzo Maeda on the Five Arrows bench, the Western ...

Harden, Rockets even series

May 7, 2015

Harden, Rockets even series

Stuck on the bench with four fouls for most of the third quarter, James Harden knew he would have to make up for lost time when he got back on the floor. Harden scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to ...

NBL playoffs set to tip off

| May 7, 2015

NBL playoffs set to tip off

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With the regular season wrapping up last weekend, the NBL is set for more heated battles when the playoffs begin on Friday. Here are the first-round matchups (best-of-three): — Hitachi Sunrockers (45-9) vs. Chiba Jets (34-20) at Ota City General Gymnasium. — Mitsubishi Diamond ...

Conley returns to lead Grizzlies past Warriors

May 6, 2015

Conley returns to lead Grizzlies past Warriors

The masked man came to the rescue for the Memphis Grizzlies. Mike Conley returned just eight days after having facial surgery to score 22 points, and the Grizzlies used a smothering defensive effort to beat the Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Tuesday night, evening ...

Fukushima makes great progress in first season

| May 5, 2015

Fukushima makes great progress in first season

by Ed Odeven

The Fukushima Firebonds’ season-ending loss on Sunday closed one chapter in the team’s history. But of greater significance was the foundation the first-year franchise built over the past eight months. This is where you start: The Firebonds have a determined, capable young head coach ...

Rose, Gasol spark Bulls

May 5, 2015

Rose, Gasol spark Bulls

The Chicago Bulls came in oozing with confidence, unafraid of LeBron James and convinced they could keep their playoff momentum rolling. Derrick Rose made sure they did. Looking like the league MVP he was before being slowed by knee injuries, Rose scored 25 points, ...

Curry voted Most Valuable Player

May 5, 2015

Curry voted Most Valuable Player

His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, Stephen Curry cried. He had felt this way in the past — when he barely received any university scholarship offers out of high school, when some questioned whether his game could translate to the ...