Doncic leads Mavs over Jazz, Harden injury fear for Nets

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Luka Doncic scored 31 points as the Dallas Mavericks shrugged off the injury absence of Kristaps Porzingis to snap Utah’s nine-game winning streak on Monday. Slovenian star Doncic spearheaded a superb offensive performance for the Mavs in a dominant 111-103 victory over the Western Conference leaders, who had been chasing a 10th straight win. Doncic’s tally included six three-pointers, while the 22-year-old prodigy also hauled down nine rebounds with […]

Japan swimmer Ikee wins Olympic relay spot after leukemia

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee said she “didn’t know what had just happened” after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics medley relay on Sunday, just two years after being diagnosed with leukaemia. Ikee, who only resumed training in March last year after being hospitalised for around 10 months, won the 100-meter butterfly race at Japan’s Olympic trials in Tokyo in a time of 57.77 seconds. That was not enough to earn her an […]

Durant fined $50,000 by NBA after apology for actor tirade

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Friday over a slew of expletive-laden social media messages including misogynistic and homophobic language. The league said in a statement the Brooklyn Nets forward was fined for “using offensive and derogatory language on social media”, noting that Durant, who had apologized for his remarks, had “acknowledged that his actions were inappropriate.” The 32-year-old superstar said late Thursday he was sorry […]

‘MVP’ Harden hits 44 to spark Nets while Celtics beat Bucks

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — James Harden delivered game highs of 44 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists Friday to power the Brooklyn Nets over Detroit 113-111 while Boston ended Milwaukee’s eight-game NBA win streak. Harden missed Wednesday’s loss at Utah with neck soreness but returned with a vengeance at Detroit, hitting 14-of-30 from the floor, 4-of-11 3-pointers, and 12-of-14 free throws. It was Harden’s highest-scoring performance since joining the Nets from Houston, helping Brooklyn […]

Lakers legend Baylor dies aged 86: team

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Lakers legend Elgin Baylor, widely regarded as one of the greatest players never to win a championship after playing and losing in eight NBA Finals, died on Monday, the franchise announced. He was 86. The 11-time Hall-of-Famer, a dominant force for the Lakers during 14 seasons in the league between 1958 and 1971, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife Elaine and daughter Krystal, the Lakers said. […]

LeBron injury scare as Lakers slump to Hawks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James limped off injured as the Los Angeles Lakers slumped to defeat against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Lakers superstar James exited for the NBA champions in the second quarter after appearing to roll his right ankle in a collision with Atlanta’s Solomon Hill. James collapsed to the Staples Center court and writhed in pain, clutching his right ankle before returning to the game briefly. He hit a […]

LeBron leads Lakers rout, triple trio for Giannis in Bucks win

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James bagged his fourth triple-double of the season as the Los Angeles Lakers thrashed the Golden State Warriors 128-97 on Monday. James finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as the Lakers dominated almost from start to finish for an impressive win on the road at the Chase Center. Stephen Curry led the Golden State scoring with 27 points but the much hoped-for duel with All-Star […]

Triple trio for Antetokounmpo, Nets down Knicks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo reeled off his third straight triple-double as the Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to four games with a 133-122 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday. Antetokounmpo finished with 31 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in another MVP-caliber performance that came two days after his 33-point triple-double against the Wizards on Saturday. “We feel like we’ve said it a lot after games for a good […]

Birthday boy Curry lifts Warriors, rookie ‘Poku’ powers Thunder

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State star Stephen Curry celebrated his 33rd birthday Sunday with a 32-point performance that propelled the Warriors to a 131-119 victory over the NBA-leading Utah Jazz and snapped a four-game skid. Curry got off to a sizzling start, connecting on 63 percent of his shots in a 14-point first quarter in which the Warriors seized a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. He finished 10-of-20 from the field with six […]

Irving carries the load as Nets cool off Celtics

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kyrie Irving scored 40 points as the red-hot Brooklyn Nets picked up where they left off before the All-Star break by beating the Boston Celtics 121-109 on Thursday in New York. With Kevin Durant sitting out his 10th straight game with an injury and James Harden struggling early with turnovers, Irving seized control of the game in the second quarter in front of a pandemic-limited crowd of 1,300 at […]

LeBron, Lakers set NBA sales pace with Nets at their best

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — LeBron James and the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers were the top sellers in NBA jerseys and merchandise announced Thursday with the Brooklyn Nets rising to team-record sales levels. The results announced by the league and players union were based upon NBA store website sales for the first half of the 2020-21 NBA season, which concluded last week. No sales figures were released, only rankings, which saw Lakers superstar […]

Two new Covid-positive players as NBA All-Star break ends

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The NBA had two players test positive for Covid-19 from 465 players tested since March 3, the league said Wednesday as its mid-season All-Star Game break concluded. Anyone returning a positive test or identified as being in close contact to an infected person must quarantine until they are cleared under NBA health and safety protocols. The contract tracing issue was what kept Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid of Cameroon […]