Highlights of Sunday’s National Basketball Association games

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Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) backs in against Memphis Grizzlies center Kosta Koufus (41) in the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s National Basketball Association games:

Grizzlies 103, Heat 87

The Memphis Grizzlies used a 17-3 run early in the final quarter to beat the slumping Miami Heat.

The Heat (9-11) got within three points but ran out of gas to drop their fourth straight despite a game-high 25 points by Dwayne Wade.

Reserve forward Jon Leuer led Memphis with a season-best 20 points as the Grizzlies (16-4) bounced back from their first home defeat of the season against San Antonio on Friday.

Celtics 101, Wizards 93

The Boston Celtics almost blew a 25-point second-half lead but held on for their third straight victory, nipping former captain Paul Pierce and his Washington Wizards.

Guard Avery Bradley nailed a three-pointer from the right corner with 37 seconds left, after Pierce had missed one at the other end, and the Celtics (7-11) survived to halt a four-game winning streak for the Wizards (13-6).

Hawks 96, Nuggets 84

The Atlanta Hawks built a 24-point lead in the third quarter on their way to a victory over the injury-depleted Denver Nuggets, who lost their third in a row.

Forward Paul Millsap scored 23 points as the Hawks (13-6) posted their sixth consecutive victory, their longest winning streak in more than two years.

Thunder 96, Pistons 94

Kevin Durant scored 28 points in his third game back from a broken right foot and the Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Detroit Pistons their 12th consecutive loss.

The Thunder (7-13) won for the fourth time in five games, while the Pistons moved within one game of their longest losing streak since they dropped 13 in a row during the 2009-10 season.

Trail Blazers 103, Knicks 99

The Portland Trail Blazers started their five-game road trip with a win over the New York Knicks.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland (16-4) with 24 points, while Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points for the Knicks (4-18), who lost their eighth in a row.

Mavericks 125, Bucks 102

The forward duo of Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki combined for 49 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a dominating victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Mavericks (16-6) won for the fifth time in six games, and they beat the Bucks (11-11) for the second time in five days.

Pelicans 104, Lakers 87

Forward Anthony Davis scored 23 points, and point guard Jrue Holiday added 22 points guiding the New Orleans Pelicans to a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Guard Kobe Bryant scored 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting to lead six Lakers in double figures but it did not prevent Los Angeles (5-16) from losing a third game in a row.

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Vince Carter retires after NBA record 22-season career

UNTV News   •   June 26, 2020

Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter officially announced his retirement from professional basketball on Thursday (June 25) after an NBA record 22-season career during which his high-flying dunks made him one of the game’s top players in his prime.

Carter, widely regarded as one of the greatest dunkers of all time, had previously said the 2019-20 NBA campaign would be his last but had not addressed his playing status since the NBA suspended its season in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I am officially done playing basketball professionally,” Carter, 43, told the “Winging It” podcast.

Carter, the first NBA player to feature in four different decades, signed a one-year deal with the Hawks last August.

However, their season is over as they did not qualify for the NBA’s 22-team format for restarting action in late July at Disney World amid the novel coronavirus.

Carter played for eight teams during his career but will be most remembered for his time with the Toronto Raptors, where he put the Canadian city on the basketball map and earned the nickname “Air Canada” for his feats above the rim.

After his first season in Toronto, Carter was named the NBA’s rookie of the year in 1999. He was then named an All-Star for each of the following eight seasons.

In his second season, Carter won the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend with a dazzling display that further increased his stardom and helped ignite basketball’s popularity in what had otherwise been an ice hockey-mad country.

Carter, who ranks 22nd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, averaged 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game during a career that also included stops in New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and Atlanta.

He also helped USA Basketball win gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2003 FIBA Americas tournament. (Reuters)

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League approves plan to resume NBA season in July at Disney World

UNTV News   •   June 5, 2020

REUTERS – The National Basketball Association (NBA) Board of Governors have approved a plan to restart the suspended season with a tentative July 31 start at Disney World, Florida amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the league said on Thursday (June 4).

The plan would see 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams play eight games to determine a 16-team playoff field that would follow the traditional post-season format with four best-of-seven series that would crown a champion no later than October 12.

The league said approval from its Board of Governors, which came on the day originally scheduled for the start of the NBA Finals, is the first formal step among the many required to resume the season.

According to ESPN, the vote on the format was 29-1, with the Portland Trail Blazes voting against the proposal.

All games, practices and housing would be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex which is inside the Orlando resort and has multiple hotels and arenas, and would allow the league to limit outside exposure.

The NBA was the first North American sports league to suspend its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic after one of its players tested positive for the new coronavirus in mid-March.

The 22 returning teams would be comprised of the eight teams from each of the two conferences currently in playoff positions plus the six clubs that are six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.

If everything goes according to plan, the NBA said the 2020-21 season would begin on Dec. 1.

The league also said it plans to hold its 2020 NBA Draft Lottery to determine the order of the first 14 selections on Aug. 25. Lottery teams would be comprised of the eight clubs that do not participate in the restart and the six that go to Florida but do not qualify for the playoffs.

The actual NBA Draft, typically held in June, is now scheduled for Oct. 15.

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Jordan’s autographed game-worn sneakers from his rookie season sold for record $560,000

UNTV News   •   May 18, 2020

NBA great Michael Jordan’s autographed game-worn sneakers from his rookie season fetched a record $560,000 (463,380 pounds) in an online auction, Sotheby’s said on Sunday (May 17).

The Air Jordan 1s, designed for Jordan in 1985 and the first ever signature sneakers, were expected to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 in the auction.

Known for selling multimillion-dollar art, Sotheby’s held its first auction dedicated entirely to sneakers last year and had then set a world record of $437,500 for a pair of 1972 Nike running shoes known as the “Moon Shoe.”

“We saw tremendous bidding up until the moment the sale closed, with the value more than doubling in the final hour alone,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s director of eCommerce development.

“That coupled with strong international bidding from six countries on four continents shows not only the incredible appeal of Michael Jordan… but also that sneaker collecting is truly a global and growing market.”

Like most of Jordan’s basketball shoes, they are a mismatched pair in a size 13 (left) and size 13.5 (right).

The auction coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan brand and the screening of the 10-part ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” about the Chicago Bulls and Jordan. The final two episodes of the show are set to air later on Sunday.

The shoes were sold by collector Jordan Geller, the founder of the sneaker museum Shoezeum in Las Vegas. (Reuters)

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