Rose leads Bulls past Pacers as Lakers, Magic win big

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – Derrick Rose showed no effects  of his injured left ankle as the Chicago Bulls pushed their way  past the Indiana Pacers with a 116-89 first round playoff series-ending rout on Tuesday.

Grizzlies push Spurs to brink; Mavs, Nuggets prevail

MEMPHIS, (Reuters) – Western Conference top seeds San Antonio were pushed to the brink of elimination from the first round of the NBA playoffs after the Memphis Grizzlies took a 3-1 series lead with a 104-86 win over the Spurs on Monday.

Hawks swoop to take opener from Magic

ORLANDO, (Reuters) – The Atlanta Hawks exploded  offensively in the middle two quarters to beat the Orlando Magic  103-93 in their NBA playoff series opener on Saturday.

Heat out to silence critics as playoffs begin

TORONTO, (Reuters) – After a sluggish start to the  season, the Miami Heat’s All-Star trio of LeBron James, Dwyane  Wade and Chris Bosh have silenced their critics and head into  the playoffs among the favourites to win an NBA title.

Miami ready to turn up heat in bid for championship

TORONTO, (Reuters) – The Miami Heat completed their  regular season with a confident 97-79 win over the Toronto  Raptors on Wednesday, the star-studded lineup now able to shift  their focus to a tilt at the NBA championship.

Bynum injured as Lakers snap 5-game losing streak

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Lakers  snapped a five-game losing streak with a 102-93 victory over the  San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, but the win was marred by a knee  injury to starting center Andrew Bynum.

League fines Bryant $100,000 for anti-gay slur

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers guard  Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 by the NBA yesterday for  comments directed at a referee during a recent game that have  been strongly criticised by leading gay rights groups.

Thunder unseat Kings to keep pace in West

SACRAMENTO, California, (Reuters) – The Oklahoma City  Thunder maintained their late bid to claim a higher Western  Conference playoff seeding with a 120-112 victory over the  Sacramento Kings on Monday.

Ex-US college basketball players charged in game-fixing

SAN DIEGO, (Reuters) – Ten people, including two  former basketball players and a former assistant coach at the  University of San Diego, have been indicted in connection with a scheme to fix games since 2008, federal prosecutors said yesterday.

Heat scorch Celtics to earn control of second seed

MIAMI, (Reuters) – LeBron James and the Miami Heat  took firm control of the Eastern Conference’s second seed with  a crushing 100-77 triumph over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

GABA focusing on club admin, basketball committees

- scheduling tournament for after GABF c/ships

The Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) is currently focusing its attention on the formation of committees and the structuring of the administration of the clubs as well as re-registering clubs, among other matters.

Murray-led executive elected to lead LABA

Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain Eon Murray was elected to head the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) when the basketball sub-association finally held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections Wednesday at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) pavilion.

Dyna’s Ravens support St Stanislaus

Following the conclusion of the inaugural Kevin Lawrence Memorial Basketball Tournament which was won by Dyna’s Ravens, the team began a charitable move to give back to the basketball fraternity in some schools.

GBOC starts off with referees’ clinic today

The Guyana Basketball Officials Council (GBOC), which was recently established by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), will officially begin operations today with a referees’ clinic at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall from 18:00 hours.

GABF launches National Club Championships

-ANSA McAL, Digicel sponsor tournament

The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) launched its inaugural National Club Championships with the support of ANSA McAL and Digicel yesterday at the Waterchris Hotel.

Murray set to be new LABA president

Captain Eon Murray and the rest of his executive are expected to be installed into office today when the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and election of office bearers for the 2011/12 term takes place.

GABF National Club championships set for April…

...Tournament to jump start national selection for CBC

In an effort to pinpoint Guyana’s top basketball club and jump off competitive club basketball for the year, the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has scheduled the commencement of its highly-anticipated GABF National Club Championships for April 2.

GABF to institute official’s council

The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) will be revamping the current structure and training of basketball officials with the implementation of the Guyana Basketball Officials Council (GBOC).

Technology defeat Staff 56-53

UG Inter-Faculty Basketball Tournament

More teams continue to chalk up wins in the University of Guyana (UG) Inter-Faculty Basketball Tournament, which continued yesterday with a game that saw the Faculty of Technology defeating UG’s staff team 56-53.

Natural Sciences demolish Agriculture/Forestry

UG Inter-Faculty basketball tournament….

Two-time defending champions of the University of Guyana (UG) Inter-Faculty basketball tournament, the Faculty of Natural Sciences demolished the Faculty of Agriculture/Forestry 72-43 when the two teams met in this year’s edition of the competition yesterday afternoon at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

Johnson finds touch as Hawks swoop on Bucks

ATLANTA,  (Reuters) – Joe Johnson dug himself out  of a shooting slump with 36 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to  a 110-85 rout of the struggling Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

Linden clubs boycott LABA AGM

- Murray and Toney team up

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) had to be postponed Sunday last but a new date has not yet been  scheduled.

Orlando rally to stun LeBron and Miami

MIAMI, (Reuters) – The Orlando Magic stunned the  Miami Heat with an inspired second-half comeback on Thursday,  overcoming a 24-point deficit with a flurry of three-pointers to  secure a thrilling 99-96 victory.

Magic knock Knicks down a peg with 116-110 win

ORLANDO, Florida, (Reuters) – Orlando brought the  New York Knicks back to Earth with a bump on Tuesday with Dwight  Howard grabbing 30 points in the Magic’s 116-110 win.

It’s automatic!

- As expected, Griffin wins slam dunk contest by soaring over car

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Blake Griffin soared over  an automobile and into a new stratosphere on Saturday with an  awe-inspiring performance to win the NBA’s slam dunk contest.

Plaisance and Marian Academy record victories

Plaisance Secondary School and Marian Academy Secondary School were the first two teams in winners’ row on the opening day of the United Insurance Inter-School Mashramani Basketball Competition.

Warriors blowout Panthers 77-35

The New Amsterdam Warriors convincingly defeated long time rivals, Rose Hall Panthers 77-35 as the Mashramani basketball tournament continued at the New Amsterdam basketball court on Saturday.

Mash basketball tourney jumps off in Berbice

The Berbice Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) in collaboration with the Region 6 Mashramani Committee will be tipping off a Mashramani Basketball competition today in Berbice.

Rondo drives Celtics past Magic in heated East affair

BOSTON, Reuters) – Point guard Rajon Rondo, the  NBA’s assist leader, turned into a scorer yesterday and paced the  Boston Celtics to a 91-80 triumph over their Eastern Conference  rivals, the Orlando Magic.

Lakers storm back in final quarter to sting Hornets

NEW ORLEANS, (Reuters) – All-Stars Kobe Bryant and Pau  Gasol combined to score 66 points and lead the twice defending  NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers to a 101-95 win against the New  Orleans Hornets on Saturday.

Cavaliers set record with single-season losing streak

CLEVELAND, (Reuters) – The Cleveland Cavaliers  plunged new depths when they set an NBA record for the most  consecutive losses in a single season at 24 after losing  111-105 to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

McDyess buzzer-beater gives Spurs win over Lakers

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Antonio McDyess beat the  buzzer by tipping in Tim Duncan’s missed shot to lift the San  Antonio Spurs to an 89-88 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on  Thursday.

James scores season-high 51 points in Heat victory

ORLANDO, Florida, Reuters) – LeBron James scored  an NBA season-high 51 points on Thursday as the Miami Heat  topped the Orlando Magic 104-100 and closed in on the Boston  Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Raptors’ Kleiza out for season after knee surgery

TORONTO, (Reuters) – The struggling Toronto Raptors  will be without forward Linas Kleiza for the remainder of the  season after he underwent surgery on his right knee, the NBA  team said yesterday.

Durant extends scoring binge in win over Hornets

OKLAHOMA CITY, (Reuters) – Kevin Durant continued his  prolific scoring streak with 43 points on Wednesday to lift the  Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-93 victory over the New Orleans  Hornets.

Lakers take down Rockets in overtime

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Kobe Bryant helped the  limping Lakers to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets in  overtime on Tuesday as the defending champions ground out the  win despite another sub-par performance.

LeBron, Heat hand Cavs 21st straight loss in rout

MIAMI, (Reuters) – LeBron James added to his former  team’s misery by helping the Miami Heat to a 117-90 blowout win  over Cleveland on Monday, handing the reeling Cavaliers their  single-season record 21st straight loss.

Magic says Lakers might need a trade to liven up roster

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Former Los Angeles Lakers  Hall of Famer Magic Johnson said yesterday he agreed with general manager Mitch Kupchak that the NBA champions might benefit from  making a deal to add energy to the team.

Nearly Net Anthony scores 37 but Nuggets fall in Newark

NEWARK, New Jersey, (Reuters) – The New Jersey  Nets gave a rude welcome to one time trade target Carmelo  Anthony on Monday, beating his Denver Nuggets 115-99 in his  first visit to New Jersey since the proposed deal broke down.

Mavericks kick off Super Bowl fun with win over Wizards

DALLAS, Texas, (Reuters) – The Dallas Mavericks  kicked off the Super Bowl week party by sending the Washington  Wizards to their 24th straight road loss with a 102-92 win on  Monday in front of the cheering Pittsburgh Steelers.

23 players identified as YBG Elite

The newly-established Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) initiative has released the names of 23 junior players 21 years and under to commence training with the YBG Elite Programme.