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Warriors’ Durant named Most Valuable Player of NBA Finals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Jun 12, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter in game five of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors hoping to win an elusive title and on Monday he not only reached his goal but was also named the unanimous Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals.

Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, led the way in a 4-1 series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to capture his maiden NBA title and the team’s second in three seasons.

The 28-year-old American averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the best-of-seven Finals, which the Warriors wrapped up in five games.

To win his first NBA title, Durant had to overcome Cavaliers forward LeBron James, whose former Miami Heat team defeated Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Finals.

“He’s the only person that I was looking at since 2012,” Durant said after the game. “I knew it was going to be a battle I just tried to challenge him … you can’t stop the guy. But we battled.

“I told him we’re tied up now and we’re going to try to do this thing again but I’m going to celebrate this one tonight.” — By Rory Carroll | OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

(Additional reporting by Jahmal Corner; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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Highlights of Saturday’s NBA games

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017

Basketball – NBA Global Games – Brooklyn Nets v Miami Heat – Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico December 9, 2017. Goran Dragic of Miami Heat in action. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Saturday:

Heat 101, Nets 89

Goran Dragic scored 20 points as the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 in the Global Games in Mexico City on Saturday.

Tyler Johnson also scored 20 points for the Heat to follow up his season-high 25-point showing in Wednesday’s loss at San Antonio. He helped Miami stay close by scoring 18 of his points before halftime.

James Johnson added 17 while Justise Winslow contributed a season-high 15 points and hit a career-best four 3-pointers as Miami shot 46.7 percent from the field.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets with 18 points and Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 15 and nine assists but it was not enough as Brooklyn dropped its sixth straight game against Miami and appeared fatigued by Mexico City’s over 7,000-foot altitude.

Clippers 113, Wizards 112

Lou Williams scored 35 points, including a long three-pointer with just over a second remaining, as Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over Washington.

Otto Porter Jr scored 27 points and Bradley Beal scored 25, but that total did not count what appeared to be Bradley Beal’s game-winner as time expired.

The game ended in controversial fashion as Beal looked as if he scored the winning basket on a baseline jump shot, but it came just after the buzzer sounded.

Referees ruled the clock started too soon and replayed the Wizards’ final possession.

Rockets 124, Blazers 117

James Harden scored 48 points as Houston rallied from a 14-point deficit after three quarters for a victory over Portland.

Chris Paul added 26 points and seven assists for the Rockets, who extended their win streak to nine games and have won 15 of their last 16 outings.

Damian Lillard scored 35 points and CJ McCollum had 28 for the Trail Blazers, who lost four the fourth straight game — all at home.

Lakers 110, Hornets 99

Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles won its second straight to open a four-game road trip with a victory over Charlotte.

The Lakers took charge midway through the fourth quarter of a game that had 19 lead changes and nine ties. They led by as many as 15 in the last five minutes. The Lakers opened the trip with a win at Philadelphia on Thursday.

Brandon Ingram added 18 points for the Lakers as part of a balanced attack. The Lakers also got 15 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 13 points from Brook Lopez, 12 points and 14 rebounds from Kyle Kuzma and 12 points from Julius Randle.

Hawks 117, Magic 110

Kent Bazemore had two steals and slams and two free throws in the final 30 seconds to help the Atlanta secure a win over Orlando.

Bazemore finished with 19 points, 17 of them in the second half, as Atlanta avenged Wednesday’s overtime loss to Orlando and snap a two-game losing streak. Orlando has dropped two straight.

Atlanta was led by Ersan Ilyasova, who was 9-for-9 from the field and scored a season-high 26 points.

Cavaliers 105, 76ers 98

LeBron James scored or assisted on the Cavaliers’ final 22 points en route to another triple-double in Cleveland’s win.

James finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in 39 minutes for his 58th career triple-double during the regular season and third this year.

Jeff Green, Kyle Korver, and Dwyane Wade all scored 13 points off Cleveland’s bench. Jae Crowder scored 12 points, including a dagger three-pointer from James with 40.9 seconds left for a 104-98 lead.

Bulls 104, Knicks 102

Nikola Mirotic scored 19 points and Kris Dunn scored 17, including a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining, as Chicago beat New York.

Lauri Markkanen and David Nwaba each scored 15 points for Chicago, which also got 11 points from Robin Lopez and 10 from Bobby Portis.

Kristaps Porzingis led New York with 23 points to go along with 14 from Courtney Lee.

Bucks 117, Jazz 100

Giannis Antetokounmpo flirted with a triple-double, scoring 37 points with 13 rebounds and seven assists in Milwaukee’s win over Utah.

Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton put together another big night offensively, combining for 77 points on 28-of-49 shooting while the Bucks shot 54.3 percent overall.

The Jazz set a franchise record for three-pointers when they hit 18 against the Bucks two weeks ago but were 8-for-23 from beyond the arc and shot just 43.4 percent overall.

Spurs 104, Suns 101

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and Bryn Forbes hit a three-pointer with 21.5 seconds left as short-handed San Antonio posted a win over Phoenix.

Trailing by 19 points in the third quarter, the Suns got back into the game with a 26-9 run and took their first lead of the game at 100-99 on a Marquese Chriss runaway slam with 1:19 left.

But after Josh Jackson made one of two free throws to extend the lead to two, Patty Mills found Forbes alone in front of the Spurs bench for his first made three-pointerin six tries to give San Antonio the lead for good.

Thunder 102, Grizzlies 101 (OT)

Russell Westbrook completed another triple-double just in time to give Oklahoma City a much-needed road victory in overtime, against free-falling Memphis.

Westbrook, who shot 7-of-29 from the field, had the ball in his hands with his team down 101-100 in the final eight seconds. Russell blew by the defense, drew the contact and hit both free throws to give the Thunder the lead.

It gave him 20 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. END.

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National Basketball Association roundup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Dec 4, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives past New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

An MRI exam performed in Charlotte, N.C., displayed no structural damage and the Warriors said Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., the team’s second-leading scorer, will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a “stress injury” in his lower left leg, the team announced.

A stress injury means Hardaway has either a stress reaction or a stress fracture, with the latter being more serious. Based on information received from medical experts, the New York Post reported that a stress reaction could sidelined a player for two to six weeks, while a stress fracture could keep a player out for two months.

San Antonio Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard still doesn’t know when he will make his season debut. But it could occur later this week.

The soft-spoken Leonard has missed the team’s first 24 games due to a quadriceps injury and said he is feeling good during his first interaction with reporters since Sept. 25.

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National Basketball Association roundup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

November 27, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin could be sidelined for two months while recovering from a sprained MCL in his left knee, according to an ESPN report Tuesday.

Griffin, 28, sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. Examinations revealed no structural damage in Griffin’s knee, per ESPN.

Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists over 36 minutes in the Clippers’ 120-115 victory against the Lakers before exiting with the injury.

The Golden State Warriors are hoping to have at least one star player back from injury when they open a six-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant each sat out a 110-106 loss to the visiting Sacramento Kings on Monday. Curry has a bruised right hand and Durant has been dealing with a sprained left ankle.

Former NBA player Ben Gordon was arrested on a felony robbery charge in Los Angeles, the latest in a string of incidents over the past few months.

Gordon, 34, allegedly punched the manager of a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex on Saturday and pulled a knife. Gordon took money from the man that he said was his security deposit.

Gordon was arrested on Saturday and released Tuesday on $50,000 bail.

Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol insists he had nothing to do with the firing of coach David Fizdale, which occurred one day after Gasol was furious that he was benched for the fourth quarter of the team’s eighth consecutive loss.

In fact, Gasol said he was surprised by the timing of the move and didn’t know about the firing until after the decision was made.

Memphis general manager Chris Wallace said the firing of the second-year coach was due to the team being underachievers and not related to the rift between Fizdale and Gasol.

Phoenix Suns center Alex Len admittedly is frustrated with his recent lack of playing time.

“I want to be out there, and I want to compete,” the 7-foot-1 Len told AZCentral.com after sitting out two of the Suns’ last three games.

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