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May 13, 2015

Niigata parts ways with Hiraoka

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB reached the playoffs in each of Fujitaka Hiraoka’s two seasons as head coach. But they failed to advance to the Final Four, which they did in May 2013 under Hiraoka’s predecessor, Matt Garrison. On Wednesday, the Albirex announced that Hiraoka, ...

LeBron's 38 carries Cavaliers past Bulls

May 13, 2015

LeBron's 38 carries Cavaliers past Bulls

With the “Big 3″ reduced to the “Banged-Up 2,” LeBron James again showed why he’s Cleveland’s one and only. James scored 38 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cavaliers held off Chicago’s charge in the fourth quarter for a 106-101 victory over the ...

Pelicans fire Williams

May 13, 2015

Pelicans fire Williams

The New Orleans Pelicans fired head coach Monty Williams on Tuesday, parting ways with a coach who has a strong relationship with the franchise’s marquee player, Anthony Davis. General manager Dell Demps, who’ll lead the search for a new coach, said he informed Davis ...

Curry, Warriors even series

May 12, 2015

Curry, Warriors even series

Steve Kerr challenged his Golden State Warriors to ratchet up the intensity to playoff-level. With MVP Stephen Curry leading the way, they responded and looked like the team that cruised through the regular season. Curry scored 21 of his 33 points by halftime, and ...

LeBron lifts Cavs over Bulls

May 11, 2015

LeBron lifts Cavs over Bulls

LeBron James watched his coach draw up the final play — and then drew one up of his own. “Give me the ball and get out of the way,” he said. James overruled Cleveland coach David Blatt’s idea for a last-second inbounds play and ...

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

May 10, 2015

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

by Ed Odeven

The Final Four picture is now set, and it’s a decidedly different look this year. The Akita Northern Happinets and Iwate Big Bulls will represent the Eastern Conference, while the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Shiga Lakestars advanced from the Western Conference. The Big Bulls ...

Randolph, Gasol guide Grizzlies past Warriors in Game 3

May 10, 2015

Randolph, Gasol guide Grizzlies past Warriors in Game 3

Steve Kerr says his Golden State Warriors are going through a learning process as a very young team. The Memphis Grizzlies are using their hefty postseason experience to make the lesson as painful as possible. Zach Randolph scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added ...

May 9, 2015

Murry sinks shot at buzzer to lift Phoenix

by Ed Odeven

Nile Murry provided the heroics in crunch time. The veteran guard nailed a buzzer-beating jumper from the top of the key to shatter a late tie, and the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix outlasted the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings 71-69 in overtime in Game 1 ...

Sunrockers complete sweep of Jets

May 9, 2015

Sunrockers complete sweep of Jets

The Hitachi Sunrockers completed a 2-0 sweep of the Chiba Jets with an 86-60 win in their best-of-three first-round series at Ota Citu General Gymnasium on Saturday. Hitachi center Josh Heytvelt racked up 22 points and eight rebounds while Joji Takeuchi had a double-double ...