Deveney: Power Poll: Celtics, Magic fight for East’s No. 2 spot

March 31st, 2009 admin

With a 12-game winning streak, a five-game lead, a favorable schedule and just nine games left to play, it’s safe to hand the top seed in the East to the Cavaliers. But who will finish No. 2?

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Deveney: Power Poll: Celtics, Magic fight for East’s No. 2 spot

March 31st, 2009 admin

With a 12-game winning streak, a five-game lead, a favorable schedule and just nine games left to play, it’s safe to hand the top seed in the East to the Cavaliers. But who will finish No. 2?

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NBA Power Rankings

March 31st, 2009 admin

It’s time to forget that 0-2 mark vs. L.A. and admit the Cavs are having the better season. John Galinsky’s Power Rankings do just that.

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NBA Power Rankings

March 31st, 2009 admin

It’s time to forget that 0-2 mark vs. L.A. and admit the Cavs are having the better season. John Galinsky’s Power Rankings do just that.

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James, Cavs manhandle Mavs for milestone 60th win

March 31st, 2009 admin

DPA SPORTS Basketball NBA James, Cavs manhandle Mavs for milestone 60th win By Paul Levine, dpa?? = ?? Los Angeles (dpa) - The Cleveland Cavaliers turned 60 on Sunday, but aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. ?? MVP front-runner LeBron James had 24 points with 12 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, Mo Williams scored 22 and the Cavaliers dismantled the Dallas Mavericks 102-74 for their franchise-record 12th straight victory. ?? The Cavaliers blew out the candles on their first-ever 60-win season by erasing an early 15-point second-quarter deficit with a dominant 55-25 second-half to run their home mark to a league-best 35-1. ?? “It almost seemed like two different games,” said James, who had 15 third-quarter points when the Cavs outscored the Mavs 30-11 to go ahead, 77-50. “Defensively, we just turned it up. We just came out, executed our offense end and started to get stops.” ?? Though the Cavaliers own the NBA’s top record (60-13), and are legitimate contenders to dethrone the reigning league champion Boston Celtics, they’re having the time of their lives do it. ?? “It’s an unbelievable feeling,” James said. “Our team is built around chemistry, it’s built around trust. We go out on the court, we trust each other, we have fun on the court and we take care of business.” ?? Though the Mavericks stood helpless in the second half blowout, referee Derek Richardson proved to be the only one able to slow down James. ?? After missing a three-pointer, James headed back on defense when the 6-foot-8, 260-pound superstar unknowingly ran over Richardson. ?? Though the 47-year-old quickly got up, James stayed down for several minutes after having the wind knocked out of him before rising to his feet. ?? “When you’re caught off guard it doesn’t matter how old or how young somebody is, because there’s a possibility you’re going to go down,” James explained. “I just stayed down to catch my breath.” ?? German wunderkind Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points for the Mavericks (43-30), who remain 3.5 game ahead of Phoenix for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot with eight remaining. ?? Elsewhere: Atlanta Hawks 86, LA Lakers 76 Mike Bibby scored 21 points with five three-pointers, and the Hawks took advantage of ailing Kobe Bryant to stop the visiting Lakers’ five-game winning streak. ?? Spaniard Pau Gasol had 21 points with 11 boards, while Bryant finished with 17 points despite flu-like symptoms and a tender ankle, that dropped the Lakers (58-15) two games behind the Cavaliers for the NBA’s best record. ?? Sacramento Kings 126, Phoenix Suns 118 Jason Thompson scored 21 points, Spencer Hawes had 20 with 10 rebounds and the league-worst Kings (16-56) dimmed the playoff hopes of the fading Suns. ?? Steve Nash collected 31 points with 14 assists, and Shaquille O’Neal scored 24 for visiting Phoenix (40-34) which trails Dallas by 3.5 games for the final Western Conference playoff spot. ?? Boston Celtics 103, Oklahoma City Thunder 84 Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Glen “Big Baby” Davis had 15 of his 19 in the final quarter along with 10 rebounds and the Celtics minus Kevin Garnett (sore right knee) moved one-half game ahead of idle Orlando for second place in the East. ?? Russell Westbrook netted 23 points for visiting Oklahoma City (20-53), which was outscored 32-16 in the final frame. ?? New Orleans Hornets 90, San Antonio Spurs 86 Chris Paul scored 26 points, including three game-clinching free throws with 7.1 seconds left, David West had 23 with 16 rebounds and the Hornets held off the visiting Spurs. ?? Frenchman Tony Parker scored 20 points, Tim Duncan collected 19 with 15 boards and Argentine Manu Ginobili tossed in 17 for San Antonio (48-25), which leads idle Houston by one-half game atop the Southwest Division. ?? Detroit Pistons 101, Philadelphia 76ers 97 Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points, and spotted Richard Hamilton’ for the game-sealing 15-foot baseline jumper with 14 seconds left, as the Pistons welcomed back Allen Iverson ?? After sitting out 16 games with a sore back, Iverson had eight points in 22 minutes off the bench, helping the Pistons move within one-half game of the sixth-place 76ers in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. ?? Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia (37-35) with 24 points. ?? Toronto Raptors 134, Chicago Bulls 129 (OT) Chris Bosh had 31 points with 15 rebounds and converted the go-ahead three-point play with 14.8 seconds left in overtime as the host Raptors escaped the Bulls for their season-high fourth straight victory. ?? Italy’s Andrea Bargnani scored 28 points for host Toronto (28-45), while Spanish-native Jose Calderon added 22 and matched a franchise-record with 19 assists.. ?? Ben Gordon poured in 37 points for Chicago (36-39) which had its four-game run stopped to fall to eighth-place in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. ?? Indiana Pacers 124, Washington Wizards 115 Danny Granger scored 31 points, Brandon Rush had a career-high-tying 29 with 10 rebounds, and the Pacers moved within 4.5 games of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. ?? Caron Butler collected 31 points with 13 rebounds for Washington (17-58) which held out Gilbert Arenas who made his season-debut from knee surgery on Saturday night. ?? Minnesota Timberwolves 108, New Jersey Nets 99 Mike Miller had 22 points with 10 rebounds, Ryan Gomez scored 21 and the Timberwolves snapped a seven-game slide with just their third win in the last 21 games. ?? Vince Carter had 36 points for the fading Nets (30-43), losers of four in a row. ?? ??Mar 3009 0450 GMT

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James, Cavs manhandle Mavs for milestone 60th win

March 31st, 2009 admin

DPA SPORTS Basketball NBA James, Cavs manhandle Mavs for milestone 60th win By Paul Levine, dpa?? = ?? Los Angeles (dpa) - The Cleveland Cavaliers turned 60 on Sunday, but aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. ?? MVP front-runner LeBron James had 24 points with 12 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, Mo Williams scored 22 and the Cavaliers dismantled the Dallas Mavericks 102-74 for their franchise-record 12th straight victory. ?? The Cavaliers blew out the candles on their first-ever 60-win season by erasing an early 15-point second-quarter deficit with a dominant 55-25 second-half to run their home mark to a league-best 35-1. ?? “It almost seemed like two different games,” said James, who had 15 third-quarter points when the Cavs outscored the Mavs 30-11 to go ahead, 77-50. “Defensively, we just turned it up. We just came out, executed our offense end and started to get stops.” ?? Though the Cavaliers own the NBA’s top record (60-13), and are legitimate contenders to dethrone the reigning league champion Boston Celtics, they’re having the time of their lives do it. ?? “It’s an unbelievable feeling,” James said. “Our team is built around chemistry, it’s built around trust. We go out on the court, we trust each other, we have fun on the court and we take care of business.” ?? Though the Mavericks stood helpless in the second half blowout, referee Derek Richardson proved to be the only one able to slow down James. ?? After missing a three-pointer, James headed back on defense when the 6-foot-8, 260-pound superstar unknowingly ran over Richardson. ?? Though the 47-year-old quickly got up, James stayed down for several minutes after having the wind knocked out of him before rising to his feet. ?? “When you’re caught off guard it doesn’t matter how old or how young somebody is, because there’s a possibility you’re going to go down,” James explained. “I just stayed down to catch my breath.” ?? German wunderkind Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points for the Mavericks (43-30), who remain 3.5 game ahead of Phoenix for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot with eight remaining. ?? Elsewhere: Atlanta Hawks 86, LA Lakers 76 Mike Bibby scored 21 points with five three-pointers, and the Hawks took advantage of ailing Kobe Bryant to stop the visiting Lakers’ five-game winning streak. ?? Spaniard Pau Gasol had 21 points with 11 boards, while Bryant finished with 17 points despite flu-like symptoms and a tender ankle, that dropped the Lakers (58-15) two games behind the Cavaliers for the NBA’s best record. ?? Sacramento Kings 126, Phoenix Suns 118 Jason Thompson scored 21 points, Spencer Hawes had 20 with 10 rebounds and the league-worst Kings (16-56) dimmed the playoff hopes of the fading Suns. ?? Steve Nash collected 31 points with 14 assists, and Shaquille O’Neal scored 24 for visiting Phoenix (40-34) which trails Dallas by 3.5 games for the final Western Conference playoff spot. ?? Boston Celtics 103, Oklahoma City Thunder 84 Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Glen “Big Baby” Davis had 15 of his 19 in the final quarter along with 10 rebounds and the Celtics minus Kevin Garnett (sore right knee) moved one-half game ahead of idle Orlando for second place in the East. ?? Russell Westbrook netted 23 points for visiting Oklahoma City (20-53), which was outscored 32-16 in the final frame. ?? New Orleans Hornets 90, San Antonio Spurs 86 Chris Paul scored 26 points, including three game-clinching free throws with 7.1 seconds left, David West had 23 with 16 rebounds and the Hornets held off the visiting Spurs. ?? Frenchman Tony Parker scored 20 points, Tim Duncan collected 19 with 15 boards and Argentine Manu Ginobili tossed in 17 for San Antonio (48-25), which leads idle Houston by one-half game atop the Southwest Division. ?? Detroit Pistons 101, Philadelphia 76ers 97 Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points, and spotted Richard Hamilton’ for the game-sealing 15-foot baseline jumper with 14 seconds left, as the Pistons welcomed back Allen Iverson ?? After sitting out 16 games with a sore back, Iverson had eight points in 22 minutes off the bench, helping the Pistons move within one-half game of the sixth-place 76ers in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. ?? Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia (37-35) with 24 points. ?? Toronto Raptors 134, Chicago Bulls 129 (OT) Chris Bosh had 31 points with 15 rebounds and converted the go-ahead three-point play with 14.8 seconds left in overtime as the host Raptors escaped the Bulls for their season-high fourth straight victory. ?? Italy’s Andrea Bargnani scored 28 points for host Toronto (28-45), while Spanish-native Jose Calderon added 22 and matched a franchise-record with 19 assists.. ?? Ben Gordon poured in 37 points for Chicago (36-39) which had its four-game run stopped to fall to eighth-place in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. ?? Indiana Pacers 124, Washington Wizards 115 Danny Granger scored 31 points, Brandon Rush had a career-high-tying 29 with 10 rebounds, and the Pacers moved within 4.5 games of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. ?? Caron Butler collected 31 points with 13 rebounds for Washington (17-58) which held out Gilbert Arenas who made his season-debut from knee surgery on Saturday night. ?? Minnesota Timberwolves 108, New Jersey Nets 99 Mike Miller had 22 points with 10 rebounds, Ryan Gomez scored 21 and the Timberwolves snapped a seven-game slide with just their third win in the last 21 games. ?? Vince Carter had 36 points for the fading Nets (30-43), losers of four in a row. ?? ??Mar 3009 0450 GMT

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Iverson returns, Prince scores 21 to lead Pistons

March 30th, 2009 admin

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Allen Iverson has heard a lot of negative comments during his tempestuou…

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Iverson returns, Prince scores 21 to lead Pistons

March 30th, 2009 admin

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Allen Iverson has heard a lot of negative comments during his tempestuou…

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Philadelphia 76ers Notes, Quotes

March 30th, 2009 admin

–The Sixers are 3-13 when the opposition shoots .500 or better this season
–The Sixers have been out-rebounded by 10-plus four times over the past 22 games after it didn’t happen in any of the first 50 games of the season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Our destiny, in terms of seeding and the playoffs, is in our own hands.” — Guard Willie Green.

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Philadelphia 76ers Notes, Quotes

March 30th, 2009 admin

–The Sixers are 3-13 when the opposition shoots .500 or better this season
–The Sixers have been out-rebounded by 10-plus four times over the past 22 games after it didn’t happen in any of the first 50 games of the season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Our destiny, in terms of seeding and the playoffs, is in our own hands.” — Guard Willie Green.

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