Doncic nails epic game winner, Celtics, Raptors advance

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Luka Doncic wasn’t about to let a sprained ankle slow him down, nailing a game-winning three pointer at the buzzer to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 135-133 overtime playoff win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The 21-year old Slovenian phenom, who was playing with a tender ankle and missing his offensive sidekick Kristaps Porzingis, finished with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists to level the first […]

Lakers, Bucks stumble out of gate in NBA playoff openers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A pair of eighth-seeded teams delivered stunning upsets in their playoff openers on Tuesday as the Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic surprised the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. Damian Lillard scored 34 points as the Trail Blazers toppled the West’s number one seeded Lakers 100-93 and Nikola Vucevic tallied 35 points as the Magic defeated the East’s top seeded Bucks 122-110 at Walt Disney World Resort […]

Murray scores 36 as Nuggets beat Jazz in series opener

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jamal Murray scored 36 points, including 10 in overtime, as the Denver Nuggets overcame a 57-point performance from Donovan Mitchell to defeat the Utah Jazz 135-125 in a playoff game on Monday. Nikola Jokic finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, who were taken to overtime by the Jazz for the second-straight contest. Jokic had a chance to ice the victory in regulation, but his hook shot […]

Portland’s Lillard named MVP of NBA restart

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, who averaged a league-leading 37.6 points in eight seeding games, has been named the top player of the NBA’s restart in a quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida. Lillard recorded 30 points and 16 assists against Boston on August 2, matching his career high for assists and logging his first of three seeding games with at least 30 points and 10 assists. On August 6 […]

Bucks star Antetokounmpo suspended after head-butting opponent

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo was suspended for one game after head-butting Washington Wizards center Moritz Wagner during a game, the league said Wednesday. The Milwaukee Bucks star was ejected from the contest after the incident in the second quarter of the Bucks 126-113 victory Tuesday over the Wizards. Antetokounmpo was contrite after the game, admitting he let his emotions get the better of him after he […]

Lillard scores 61 as Blazers stride towards playoffs

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — Damian Lillard exploded for 61 points on Tuesday as the Portland Trail Blazers roared towards a place in the NBA playoffs with a thrilling 134-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Lillard — who had scored 51 points in a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday — once again led from the front for Portland, who are now within touching distance of a postseason berth. The Blazers talisman nailed a […]

Joy of six for Suns as Booker extends unbeaten streak

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — Devin Booker produced another 30-point scoring display as the Phoenix Suns made it six wins in a row since the NBA’s restart with a blowout victory over Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Booker scored 35 points with five rebounds and four assists in a 128-101 win that maintained Phoenix’s improbable charge towards a place in the Western Conference play-in. It was the fourth time in six games that Booker has […]

Lillard scores 51 in Portland win as Sixers lose Embiid

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Portland’s Damian Lillard poured in 51 points against a Philadelphia team missing injured stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, powering the Trail Blazers to a 124-121 NBA victory Sunday. Lillard, taunted on social media after two key missed free throws in a Saturday loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, unleashed the 10th 50-point performance of his career and fifth of the season to pull Portland within a half-game of Memphis […]

Simmons faces injury layoff after dislocating knee

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons faces an indefinite injury layoff after suffering an injury to his left knee, the team said Thursday. Australian ace Simmons limped out of the third quarter during the Sixers’ defeat of the Washington Wizards, and did not return. An MRI scan revealed Simmons had suffered a subluxation of his left patella, which typically takes several weeks to heal. Sixers coach Brett Brown would not be […]

NBA Lakers thumped by Thunder, Raptors and Celtics win

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Having clinched a Western Conference top seed in the NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers began experimenting for the post-season Wednesday and found they still have some work to do. In their first game since taking the top spot, the Lakers were routed 105-86 by Oklahoma City, never leading for the first time all season. Chris Paul scored a game-high 21 points and Italian forward Danilo Gallinari added 19 as […]

Doncic triple gets Mavs off mark, Clippers, Bucks fall

ORLANDO, United States (AFP) — Luka Doncic delivered a monster triple-double performance as the Dallas Mavericks bagged their first win of the NBA’s relaunched season in an overtime thriller against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Slovenian scored 34 points, with 20 rebounds and 12 assists as the Mavericks completed a 114-110 victory to get their campaign back on track in the Western Conference. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis also came up big […]

Westbrook, Harden rally Rockets over NBA-best Bucks

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and James Harden added 24 Sunday to rally the Houston Rockets over NBA overall leader Milwaukee 120-116 despite a big night for Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks led 112-104 after Khris Middleton’s three-pointer with 3:14 to play, but Houston closed the game with a 16-4 run. “It’s amazing,” Westbrook said. “We fought through. Adversity showed up and we showed off. All the guys in our locker […]