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Warriors fire on all cylinders in Game 3

May 24, 2015

Warriors fire on all cylinders in Game 3

Golden State coach Steve Kerr described Stephen Curry’s performance Saturday night simply. “Steph was Steph,” Kerr said. Indeed. The MVP did what he does best, using his extraordinary 3-point shooting to power a 40-point game and the Warriors made it look easy against Houston, ...

Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

May 23, 2015

Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets dominated the second half against the Iwate Big Bulls, turning a tie game into a convincing victory. First-year head coach Makoto Hasegawa guided the Northern Happinets to an 84-68 Eastern Conference final victory over the Big Bulls at Ariake Colosseum ...

Sakuragi leads SeaHorses to Game 1 victory

May 23, 2015

Sakuragi leads SeaHorses to Game 1 victory

by Kaz Nagatsuka

An old scorer never dies. Veteran center and former UCLA player J.R. Sakuragi paced the Aisin SeaHorses with 30 points and four assists in their 86-82 win over the Toyota Alvark in Game 1 of the best-of-five NBL Finals at Yoyogi National Gymnasium Annex ...

May 23, 2015

Firebonds renew Fujita's contract

The Fukushima Firebonds have renewed head coach Hiroki Fujita’s contact for the 2015-16 bj-league season. The team made the announcement on its website on Thursday. The 29-year-old Fujita guided the first-year franchise to a 21-31 record during the regular season and a seventh-place finish ...

LeBron sparks Cavs to 2-0 lead

May 23, 2015

LeBron sparks Cavs to 2-0 lead

Forget the Big Three. One is enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as long as it’s the King. LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, beating the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 ...

Globetrotters great Haynes dies

May 23, 2015

Globetrotters great Haynes dies

Marques Haynes’ dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world. Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, Texas, ...

Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets

May 22, 2015

Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets

James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips — and then he didn’t. Now the Golden State Warriors have the Western Conference finals in their grasp. Stephen Curry scored 33 points before Harden lost the ball in the closing seconds to end a spectacular ...

May 22, 2015

Gentry interviews for Pelicans job

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans’ job. Kerr’s comments came before the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. He said Gentry met with ...

Hot-shooting Smith lifts Cavs past Hawks

May 21, 2015

Hot-shooting Smith lifts Cavs past Hawks

J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. While LeBron James ...

May 20, 2015

Timberwolves win NBA Draft lottery

The Minnesota Timberwolves too often came to the NBA Draft lottery and left in worse shape than they arrived. And when they finally ended years of lottery futility, it came from the spot where nobody had been winning. The Timberwolves won the lottery Tuesday ...