James leads Cavs to sweep of Pacers

(The Sports Xchange) – LeBron James scored 33 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:08 remaining, and Cleveland completed a four-game sweep of Indiana in their NBA playoff opening-round series.

Road to Mecca begins with wins for Linden, G/town clubs

The ‘Road to Mecca’ began Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with wins for Colts, Retrieve Raiders, Ravens and Kings as the new executive of the Guyana Amateur Basketball federation staged its first tournament a countrywide inter-club affair.

NBA round-up

Masked James leads Heat past Orlando (The Sports Xchange) – Indiana forward Paul George scored 10 points over the final four minutes, 20 seconds as the Pacers, the team with the best record in the NBA, beat the Boston Celtics 102-97.

Heat need rare win streak to keep NBA title hopes alive

SAN ANTONIO, (Reuters) – Stringing together a two-game win streak sounds routine for the reigning champion Miami Heat, but they have failed to do it for more than three weeks and must do so in the NBA Finals or risk losing their crown.

Pacers, Grizzlies win

(Sports Direct) – Roy Hibbert collected a post-season career-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as host Indiana Pacers won a defensive battle over the New York Knicks to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal with a 82-71 points win on Saturday.

Denver Nuggets stave off elimination

(Sports Direct) – Denver’s Andre Iguodala collected 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Nuggets forced a Game Six against Golden State with a 107-100 points win.

Slumping Clippers seeking solutions as Griffin hobbles out

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Clippers are sweating on the fitness of All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who aggravated an ankle injury during a first-round playoff loss to Memphis on Tuesday that leaves the team on the brink of elimination.

James leads Heat past Thunder in finals rematch

(Reuters) – LeBron James scored 29 points and flirted with a triple-double as the Miami Heat claimed a 103-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in a rematch of last season’s NBA finals on a Christmas Day schedule of five games.

Nuggets tame Grizzlies on return to Denver

(Reuters) – The Denver Nuggets took full advantage of a Memphis Grizzlies team lacking in confidence by grinding out a 99-94 home win to get back to .500 for the season on Friday.

Philip George laid to rest

Coach of the Bounty Colts basketball team, Philip Rockcliffe ‘One Foot’ George was laid to rest yesterday after a ceremony at the Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral on North Road which was attended by a large number of former players.

Heat spoil Mavericks’ party with Christmas Day crushing

(Reuters) – The Miami Heat gained a  little revenge for their loss in last year’s NBA finals, by  spoiling the Dallas Mavericks’ championship celebration with a  resounding 105-94 victory on today’s opening day of the season.

Unknowns into next round of 3-on-3 basketball

Former junior national basketball player Orin Rose put on a clinic to lead his team, Unknowns, undefeated through to the next round of the Mackeson Smooth Moves 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Court last Wednesday evening.

Five more teams set to advance in Mackeson Smooth Moves tourney

Tonight’s third night of the Mackeson Smooth Moves basketball tournament will see action at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard Court and the Albouystown basketball court as the nation’s   premier players vie for a chance to cash in on the tournament’s $1M first prize.

NBA cancels first two weeks of regular season

(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) has cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season after the league owners and players were unable to resolve a bitter labor dispute on Monday.

Yao proud to have survived NBA and ‘Shaq’

SHANGHAI, (Reuters) – Standing seven-foot, six  inches tall and weighing 140 kilograms it is hard to imagine Yao  Ming being afraid of anything, but the Chinese basketball icon,  who retired on Wednesday, told Reuters he was “scared” after  being taken first in the 2002 NBA draft.

Ex-Olympian Marion Jones released by women’s team

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Disgraced Olympic sprinter  Marion Jones has been released by the Tulsa Shock, putting her Women’s National Basketball Association career in jeopardy, the team said yesterday.

China’s Yao retires, ready to take ‘next step’

SHANGHAI, (Reuters) – China’s Yao Ming, who opened  up the world’s most populous country to the NBA and became an  Asian sporting icon, officially announced the end of his  basketball career yesterday.

Bryant salutes Yao impact on China’s NBA dreams

SHANGHAI, (Reuters) – Yao Ming has made it possible  for young Chinese basketball players to chase their NBA dreams  and the country will produce more top quality players in the  coming years, All Star guard Kobe Bryant said yesterday.

Igloo Ice Cream teams up with schools basketball

Sterling Products Limited last Saturday under their Igloo Ice Cream brand committed to sponsoring the 2011 National Schools Basketball Festival at the company’s head office at Providence, East Bank Demerara.

Basketball: Trust College in comeback win against QC

Dominic Vincente dropped 31 points to lead Trust College to a comeback win against Queen’s College in a semifinal playoff of the National Schools  Basketball Festival at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday.

Pacers name Vogel as head coach after run to playoffs

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Frank Vogel was named head  coach of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, about five months  after he took over the struggling team on an interim basis and  led them to a playoff berth.

Linden Technical Institute logs 106 in schools basketball fest

Linden Technical Institute (LTI) registered the highest team score last Monday when they dropped 106 points on President’s College (PC) in the Division One quarterfinal of the National Schools Basketball Festival at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).

Tutorial takes every possible award

National Schools Basketball Festival

By Treiston Joseph Tutorial Academy walked away with every possible award after they defeated New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary School yesterday in the final of the National Schools Basketball Festival, Berbice Conference.

Gordon lifts Saints over Nations 79-70

By Treston Joseph Neil Gordon single handedly lifted St. Stanislaus College over School of the Nations 79-70 to reach the final of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YGB) and National Sports Commission Schools’ Basketball Championships in the Georgetown Conference Sunday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).

Oklahoma beat Memphis to reach Conference finals

OKLAHOMA CITY, (Reuters) – The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies  105-90 yesterday to seal their place in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Western  Conference finals.

Celtics coach Rivers accepts new five-year deal

BOSTON, (Reuters) – Doc Rivers has agreed to a fresh  five-year deal to remain head coach of the Boston Celtics and  take the franchise into a new era, the NBA team said yesterday.

Rose, James and Howard headline All-NBA selections

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Most Valuable Player Derrick  Rose of the Chicago Bulls and LeBron James of the Miami Heat,  winner of the two previous MVP awards, were selected for this  season’s All-NBA team, the league said yesterday.

James delivers fatal blow as Heat finish off Celtics

MIAMI,  (Reuters) – An inspired LeBron James delivered  the decisive blow with the last 10 points as the Miami Heat beat  the Boston Celtics 97-87 on Wednesday to book their place in the  Eastern Conference finals.

Heat burn Celtics in OT to take 3-1 lead

BOSTON, (Reuters) – LeBron James muscled his way to a  35-point, 14-rebound performance as the Miami Heat pushed the  Boston Celtics to the brink of playoff elimination with a 98-90  overtime triumph Monday.

Cloudy future for Lakers after premature playoff exit

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The aging and erratic Los  Angeles Lakers faced an uncertain future yesterday after the  NBA champions were embarrassingly swept out of the second round  of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks.

Lakers coach Jackson bids farewell after playoff exit

DALLAS, (Reuters) – Phil Jackson, the most successful  coach in NBA history, walked gingerly off the court for what is  likely to be the final time following the Los Angeles Lakers’  season-ending loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Rose leads Bulls to rout of Hawks, Mavs grab 3-0 lead

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – Chicago’s Derrick Rose was in MVP  mode on Friday scoring a career-high 44 points to lead the Bulls  to a 99-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks as Dallas beat the Los  Angeles Lakers to leave the two-time defending champions on the  ropes.

Kings to stay in Sacramento at least one more year

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The Sacramento Kings will remain in the California capital for at least one more season after  dropping plans to relocate to Anaheim, the NBA team confirmed yesterday.

Wading in!

- Led by a virtuoso performance from Dwayne Wade Miami Heat ran over the Boston Celtics in their opening NBA semi-final

MIAMI, (Reuters) – Dwyane Wade played a key role in  creating Miami’s ‘Big Three’, urging LeBron James and Chris  Bosh to join him at the Heat, and on Sunday he repaid them with  a stellar 38-point display as they beat the Celtics 99-90 in  their second round playoff opener.

Grizzlies maul Thunder as magical playoff run continues

OKLAHOMA CITY, (Reuters) – The Memphis Grizzlies  continued their magical playoff run by mauling the Oklahoma  City Thunder 114-101 on Sunday to draw first blood in their  best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series.

YBG programme up and running

The girl’s Basketball Developmental Programme hosted by the Youth Basketball Guyana (YGB) continued yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall from 12:30hrs.

Lakers squash Hornets to march on

NEW ORLEANS, (Reuters) – Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol  exploded for 23 of Los Angeles’ 29 points in the third quarter  to propel the two-time defending NBA champions to a 98-80  victory over Western Conference rivals the New Orleans Hornets  on Thursday, sending them into the next round of the playoffs.