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.

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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.