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Apr 23, 2015

Thunder dismiss coach Brooks after 7 seasons

Scott Brooks did everything but win a championship. It wasn’t enough. The Oklahoma City Thunder fired their coach on Wednesday, parting ways with a former NBA coach of the year who led the team to three conference finals in four years, only to falter ...

LeBron closes door on Celtics in Game 2

Apr 22, 2015

LeBron closes door on Celtics in Game 2

The Celtics wouldn’t go away, and then LeBron James finished them off. James scored 30 points — 15 in the fourth quarter — and Kyrie Irving added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook off Boston in the fourth quarter for a 99-91 victory ...

Apr 22, 2015

Budenholzer named coach of year

Mike Budenholzer was right where he didn’t want to be: the center of attention. There was no avoiding it. Not after leading the Atlanta Hawks to the top of the Eastern Conference. Budenholzer was honored as the NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, ...

Apr 21, 2015

Former Olympic basketball player Kaiho dies at 73

by Ed Odeven

Nobuo Kaiho, a guard on Japan’s men’s basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has died at age 73. The Tokyo native passed away at his home in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday, according to published reports. The cause was cancer. Kaiho played college ...

Apr 21, 2015

Williams earns Sixth Man Award

Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams has won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award. He was honored as the league’s best reserve Monday after averaging a career-high 15.5 points in his 10th season and helping Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games. Williams received 78 first-place votes ...

Warriors rally past Pelicans

Apr 21, 2015

Warriors rally past Pelicans

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes to say his team teeters on “explosive and careless” basketball, pulling off an astonishing play one moment and a perplexing one the next. Kerr saw both extremes Monday night. And the better half was just good enough ...

Clippers overwhelm Spurs

Apr 20, 2015

Clippers overwhelm Spurs

Blake Griffin accelerated through the paint and threw down a vicious dunk right on Aron Baynes’ head in the third quarter. A few minutes later, Griffin did it again to the same poor San Antonio center. After three years of early-round failures, the Los ...

Ryukyu cruises past Nara

Apr 19, 2015

Ryukyu cruises past Nara

by Ed Odeven

For the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 40-win seasons are expected — championships, too. The reigning bj-league champion, who captured three titles during their first seven seasons, have surprised nobody with their excellence again in this campaign. The Golden Kings completed a series sweep by routing ...

Top-seeded Warriors beat Pelicans in playoff opener

Apr 19, 2015

Top-seeded Warriors beat Pelicans in playoff opener

Stephen Curry carried the Golden State Warriors to a huge lead, waving his arms and flexing his muscles with one acrobatic shot after another. Every time the New Orleans Pelicans pulled closer, Curry came back even better. Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy ...

Apr 18, 2015

Akita beats Iwate, ties rival for top record in East

by Ed Odeven

In a clash of Eastern Conference heavyweights, the Akita Northern Happinets delivered a stellar effort in the opening quarter and maintained their poise throughout the game in a 67-58 win over the visiting Iwate Big Bulls. Shigehiro Taguchi drained four 3-pointers and led the ...

'King James' eyes NBA crown

Apr 18, 2015

'King James' eyes NBA crown

For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights set on another NBA title, and if he ...