Basketball

A Bit of Talk Therapy Helps Rockets’ Artest Transform

HOWARD BECK The New York Times 10.05.2009
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The warning signs were all there: the snarl, the darting eyes, the gesturing, the frustration and finally the mad dash across the court. Ron Artest was in motion, a 260-pound freight train heading straight at Kobe Bryant.

Lakers defeat Rockets, pull even in series, 1-1

Broderick Turner Los Angeles Times 07.05.2009
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Kobe Bryant scores 40 points. Lakers' Fisher and Rockets' Artest are ejected.


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LeBron James showed why he is the NBA's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday, scoring 34 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a crushing 99-72 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in their Eastern Conference semi-final opener.

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Dwyane Wade scored 41 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 98-72 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday and force a deciding Game Seven in their Eastern Conference playoff series.


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Carmelo Anthony shot 34 points to help Denver beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-86 on Wednesday and propel the Nuggets into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1994.

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The Dallas Mavericks completed a surprise series victory over the higher-ranked San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, while the Rockets' bid for a second-round berth was grounded when Houston lost to the Portland Trail Blazers.


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Kobe Bryant poured in 31 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 107-96 on Monday to complete a 4-1 series win in their Western Conference quarter-final.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers completed their expected sweep of an overmatched Detroit Pistons in Sunday's NBA playoff action, while a determined Chicago Bulls continued to take the fight to the Boston Celtics.


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Defending champions Boston Celtics trounced the Chicago Bulls 107-86 on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Basketball Prospect Leaving High School to Play in Europe

PETE THAMEL The New York Times 23.04.2009
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Jeremy Tyler, a 6-foot-11 high school junior whom some consider the best American big man since Greg Oden, says he will be taking a new path to the N.B.A. He has left San Diego High School and said this week that he would skip his senior year to p...


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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was named defensive player of the year by the NBA on Tuesday.

Lakers lead Jazz, 66-55, at halftime

Broderick Turner Los Angeles Times 22.04.2009
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The Lakers shot 63.4% from the field in the first half. But Utah almost matched that, making 60% of its shots.


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LeBron James scored 38 points, including a near-midcourt three-pointer, to spark the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 102-84 victory over the Detroit Pistons in their Eastern Conference playoff opener on Saturday.

Lakers' Jordan Farmar says he's not down or out

Broderick Turner Los Angeles Times 16.04.2009
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Farmar is now the backup to backup Shannon Brown at point guard. His minutes and scoring are dropping. But he says all he wants to do is win.


N.B.A. Players Line Up a Ride for Their Rides

JONATHAN ABRAMS The New York Times 16.04.2009
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The N.B.A.’s regular season ended Wednesday night. Now wheeled migration can begin.

Andrew Bynum looks good in return

Mike Bresnahan Los Angeles Times 10.04.2009
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He has 16 points and seven rebounds in first game since Jan. 31. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol pace victory over the Nuggets.


Trojans trio says it's ready for the NBA

Chris Foster Los Angeles Times 09.04.2009
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Sources say DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett will make themselves available for the draft.

Connecticut Women Win National Title

JONATHAN ABRAMS The New York Times 08.04.2009
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From beginning to end, Connecticut remained peerless, and on Tuesday it bookended and bow-tied a perfect season in its usual dominating fashion, unwrapping Louisville for its sixth women’s national championship.


Ride Ends for Spartans as Tar Heels Coast to Title

PETE THAMEL The New York Times 07.04.2009
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If any town is skeptical of happy endings, it is this one.

Cavaliers’ winning streak ends at 13

BostonHerald.com 03.04.2009
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The Washington Wizards had been without two members of their starting lineup since the beginning of the season.



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