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Apr 7, 2014

Crane Thunders sink B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

Across-the-board production carried the Gunma Crane Thunders to a bounce-back 84-76 victory over the Yokohama B-Corsairs on Monday night in the bj-league. Carlos Dixon scored 24 points and provided eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for Gunma (13-33). Teammate Jermaine Green scored 15 ...

Heat victory pushes Knicks closer to edge

Apr 7, 2014

Heat victory pushes Knicks closer to edge

LeBron James couldn’t wake up Sunday. He was sluggish when his alarm went off at 8 a.m. and still in a funk when the Miami Heat and New York Knicks tipped off five hours later. He eventually got into form, just in time to ...

Apr 6, 2014

Iwate edges Akita again, extends win streak to six

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls improved to 3-1 against the Akita Northern Happinets, winning back-to-back weekend games by three points apiece. On Sunday, Iwate handed the hosts an 81-78 defeat, stretching its winning streak to six games. The Big Bulls improved to 34-12. The Happinets ...

UConn upends top-seeded Gators

Apr 6, 2014

UConn upends top-seeded Gators

Shabazz Napier looked up toward the Connecticut fans in the crowd at AT&T Stadium and held up one finger. The Huskies had just beaten overall No. 1 seed Florida 63-53 on Saturday in the Final Four. But Napier’s gesture had another meaning. “One more ...

Bobcats clinch spot in NBA postseason

Apr 6, 2014

Bobcats clinch spot in NBA postseason

No one will fault the Charlotte Bobcats for taking a moment to savor their second postseason appearance in franchise history. They’ve come a long way in a short period of time. Al Jefferson scored 24 points, including seven in overtime, and the Bobcats clinched ...

Apr 6, 2014

Irving upset with media portrayal

Kyrie Irving says he’s had enough. Frustrated with media reports he says have unfairly portrayed him this season, the Cavaliers All-Star guard said Saturday that he’s happy in Cleveland and only focused on winning. “The barrage and little bit of attack that I saw, ...

Timberwolves win thriller over Heat

Apr 5, 2014

Timberwolves win thriller over Heat

Making one free throw at the end of regulation wasn’t enough for the Miami Heat, nor was making just one again at the end of the first overtime. In the second extra session, one made all the difference for Minnesota. Corey Brewer hit one ...

Foreign coaches making impact in revamped NBL

Apr 4, 2014

Foreign coaches making impact in revamped NBL

by Kaz Nagatsuka

While the National Basketball League of Japan is essentially the rebranded Japan Basketball League, there’s one distinguishing aspect that is different from before — it’s a foreign coach-filled league. Currently, nine of the 12 teams have foreign bench bosses in the NBL, which began ...

Thunder end Spurs' winning streak at 19

Apr 4, 2014

Thunder end Spurs' winning streak at 19

Kevin Durant’s rare streak of games with least 25 points continued, and San Antonio’s run of 19 straight wins came to a halt. Another streak might mean more than both of them — Oklahoma City’s season sweep. Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook ...

Apr 3, 2014

Nara bounces back against Oita

by Ed Odeven

Four Bambitious Nara players sank two 3-pointers apiece and coach Koto Toyama’s club made it difficult for the Oita HeatDevils to score in bunches, salvaging a series split against the hosts on Thursday night. Nara’s 82-64 triumph featured Joe Chapman’s 18 points and Jamar ...