Hibbert fires Pacers past Wizards to level series

admin   •   May 8, 2014   •   1624

May 7, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) takes a shot against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Washington 86-82. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – Roy Hibbert emerged from a deep playoff slump to help rescue the Indiana Pacers as they edged Washington 86-82 on Wednesday to avoid falling behind by two games in the Eastern Conference semi-final.

Hibbert, coming off a Game One performance in which he failed to record a point or rebound, broke through with 28 points and nine rebounds that allowed Indiana to tie the best-of-seven series 1-1.

Indiana’s seven-footer had been under fire for his poor play throughout the post-season and he credited his team for helping him regain form. “Paul (George) took me out on his boat yesterday and we sat there and fished – we didn’t even talk about basketball,” Hibbert told reporters. “My team mates really believed in me. I’m thankful for such great team mates.”

Things were not as harmonious for the whole game for the top-seeded Pacers, who trailed 77-74 with five minutes to go before answering with a 10-2 run that clinched the contest.

Lance Stephenson hit a 3-pointer with 21.4 seconds left, giving the Pacers a five-point lead. Stephenson finished with 12 points, and guard George Hill scored 14.

Marcin Gortat tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wizards. Bradley Beal added 17 points and seven assists while point guard John Wall had a second difficult shooting night, making just 2-for-13 from the field.

The Wizards now head home to Washington for Game Three on Friday.

Washington surprised Indiana by jumping on them early in Game One, but it was the turn of the Wizards to be blindsided by Hibbert in the rematch.

“We knew he was going to get touches, no one expected him to score 28,” Gortat said.

“The most important thing is to make sure he’s not going to come back the next game with the same effort.”

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

Emergency workers remove what appear to be human remains from Kobe Bryant crash site

Robie de Guzman   •   January 28, 2020

Weather conditions appear likely to come under the scrutiny of investigators probing the helicopter crash that killed former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others near Los Angeles on Sunday (January 26), when overcast skies and fog grounded other aircraft.

Bryant’s Sikorsky S-76 chopper slammed into a steep hillside outside the town of Calabasas, California, about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, igniting a brush fire and spreading debris over a quarter-acre (1,000 square meters) of grassy terrain.

Hours later, Los Angeles County authorities said all nine people aboard the helicopter died in the crash.

On Monday (January 27), emergency workers began removing what appeared to be human remains from the crash site.

The deaths of Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were confirmed by the National Basketball Association, as expressions of disbelief and grief poured in from fans, fellow athletes and politicians.

Bryant and his entourage were reported by local media to have been on their way to a sports academy in the nearby city of Thousand Oaks, where he was to have coached his daughter’s basketball team in a youth tournament.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board began arriving in the area on Sunday to launch separate crash investigations. (Reuters)

(Production: Omar Younis)

Mavericks retiring No. 24 in honor of Kobe Bryant

Marje Pelayo   •   January 27, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant shouts directions against the Houston Rockets in the second half of play in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, California, USA, 03 January 2012 (reissued 26 January 2020).

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced that his team is taking number 24 out of its list of jersey numbers as a tribute to NBA legend and icon Kobe Bryant.

Bryant never played for the Mavericks but Cuban’s reason for his decision to strike number 24 from his team’s jersey numbers was Bryant’s significant impact on the game of basketball.

“Kobe was an ambassador for our game, a decorated legend and a global icon. Above all, he was a loving and dedicated father,” Cuban wrote in a statement on Twitter.

“Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick,” he added.

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Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna, was on his way to a travel basketball game the helicopter they were on crashed Sunday morning (January 27) near Calabasas, California.

In honor of his death, teams in the NBA deliberately took 24-second shot clock and eight-second violations before they start the game as tribute to the NBA icon.

Bryant began his NBA career in 1996 with number 8 and made significant records for LA Lakers until he decided to change to 24 from 2006 until his retirement in 2016.

Born Kobe Bean Bryant on August 23, 1978, he was considered one of the greatest NBA players of his generation, spending all his 20-year basketball career exclusively to Los Angeles Lakers.

His scores in both of his numbers are equally notable.

Bryant had 16,777 points as Jersey #8 with three title wins and eight All-Star appearances.

Meanwhile, he had 16,866 points as Jersey #24 with two more title wins and 10 All-Star Games appearances.

Likewise, he was hailed as NBA’s scoring champion while wearing each of his numbers.

The success of each stage of his career justifies Lakers decision to retire not just one of Bryant’s numbers.

Thus, Bryant will be the first player in the NBA history to have two different numbers retired by the same team – 8 and 24.

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Actor Kevin Hart injured in Los Angeles car accident

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 2, 2019

Actor Kevin Hart suffered major injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles early on Sunday morning (September 1), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said.

Hart, 40, was being driven in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda shortly after midnight on Mulholland Highway when the driver lost control of the car and it tumbled down an embankment, the CHP said in a statement.

CHP did not elaborate on the nature of Hart’s injuries, but TMZ reported that he injured his back.

The driver, Jared Black, also suffered major injuries in the accident, the CHP said. He was not under the influence of alcohol at the time, the CHP added.

Hart, who is known for his stand-up comedy and comic roles in movies including “Ride Along,” was able to leave the scene of the crash with a second passenger, who was not badly hurt, and head to his home nearby to get medical attention, the CHP said.

Hart was eventually taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center and the driver was taken to another hospital. (Production: Kia Johnson)

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