rickyben anarfiMarch 6, 2019


DeMarcus Cousins lost his cool and the Golden State Warriors lost at home in embarrassing fashion once again.

Gordon Hayward scored 30 points off the bench, Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 11 assists, and the Boston Celtics ran away from the Warriors early on the way to a 128-95 win on Tuesday night in a game that turned testy.

Cousins and Terry Rozier received double technicals with 8:44 to play. Cousins was called for his fifth foul on a charge drawn by Aron Baynes, then the fiery Warriors centre stood over Baynes in clear frustration.

Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins (right) shoves Jayson Tatum on Tuesday evening

Cousins also got involved with the Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier at the Oracle Arena

rickyben anarfiMarch 5, 2019


Zlatan Ibrahimovic took in the LA Lakers’ defeat against the LA Clippers on Monday night.

Ibrahimovic knows local rivalries well, having played for both Inter Milan and AC Milan during his storied career, and managed to see one take place in his new home town at the Staples Center.

The Swede is currently playing for LA Galaxy, who began their new season at the weekend. Ibrahimovic scored the winner as they overcame the Chicago Fire 2-1 at home to start their campaign.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took in the LA Lakers' defeat against the LA Clippers on Monday night

The striker is currently playing for LA Galaxy in the city and decided to watch some basketball

Floyd Mayweather was also photographed at the game in Los Angeles on Monday evening

Floyd Mayweather was also spotted courtside on Monday night, wearing his usual TMT cap and a denim jacket.

Ibrahimovic will be hoping for more success with the Galaxy this season than their more famous neighbours are managing.

Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Clippers dealt another blow to the Lakers’ fading play-off hopes with a 113-105 victory.

Ibrahimovic applauds an impressive play during the clash between the two Los Angeles sides

LeBron James scored 27 points as the LA Lakers fell to a 113-105 defeat against the Clippers

Gallinari led six Clippers scoring in double figures while they comfortably maintained a lead over their Staples Center co-tenants down the stretch.

The Clippers (37-29) took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference standings with their sixth win in eight games.

LeBron James scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo had his 32nd career triple-double, but the Lakers took their ninth loss in 12 games since they beat the Clippers on January 31.

Ibrahimovic and LA Galaxy will be hoping for more success than their local rivals this season

rickyben anarfiFebruary 26, 2019


Luka Doncic received an early 20th birthday present as he was able to rub shoulders with boxing great Floyd Mayweather before and after his comeback appearance.

Doncic, who missed Dallas Mavericks’ last two games with an ankle injury, revealed his delight at bumping into boxing royalty during his side’s defeat by the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Slovenian, who rose through the ranks at Real Madrid before being selected third overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, looked delighted to have met Mayweather after signing a jersey for his idol.

Luka Doncic (right) poses with Floyd Mayweather after signing his jersey for the retired boxer

Mayweather, dressed in gold and black, exchanges words with the NBA rookie in Los Angeles

Mayweather sat courtside at the Staples Center as he watched the Clippers beat the Mavericks

Doncic told reporters after the game that Mayweather said he plays like him but that he wanted to see him in action before commenting on the former boxer’s style of play.

He said: ‘He said he plays like me. I said I want to see it live.’

Doncic, who is averaging 20.7 points for the Dallas Mavericks during his first season in the NBA, turns 20 on Thursday.

He was unable to guide his side to victory in Los Angeles on Monday night as the Clippers won 121-112 at the Staples Center.

Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 32 points for the Clippers while Lou Williams added 21.

Doncic, who finished the game with 28 points, was criticised by his coach — Rick Carlisle — for committing nine turnovers during his 33-minute appearance.

‘He thinks he can thread any needle and throw the ball through one guy’s nose and out his rear end,’ said Carlisle.

‘You just can’t do that in this league on a consistent basis.’

The Mavericks are seemingly out of the NBA Playoff picture after losing their last five games.

Doncic, who returned from an ankle injury, was criticised by his coach for turning the ball over

The 19-year-old Slovenian drives to the basket as his Dallas Mavericks team-mates watch on


Nanaama sakyiwaaFebruary 25, 2019


Terrence Ross returned to haunt his former team as he scored 28 points to help the Orlando Magic to a surprise 113-98 win over the high-flying Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Ross, who once drained 51 points in a game for Toronto, added nine rebounds to his tally against a sluggish Raptors team that was without the rested Kawhi Leonard.
Nikola Vucevic contributed 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Magic, who have won two of three games against Toronto this season and ended the Raptors seven-game winning streak.







Nanaama sakyiwaaFebruary 22, 2019



Stephen Curry hit 10 three-pointers to lead the Golden State Warriors to a narrow 125-123 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Curry hit on 12 of his 23 field goal attempts (52.2 per cent), including 10-of-16 (62.5 per cent) from three-point range, as his 36 points – along with an equally-efficient 28 from Kevin Durant – enabled the defending NBA champions to break Sacramento hearts for the fourth time this season.




Nanaama sakyiwaaFebruary 18, 2019


Dwyane Wade and LeBron James connected on an alley-oop slam in the All-Star Game that brought back memories of their title-winning prime with the Miami Heat.

Wade and James played together in Miami for four seasons, reaching four NBA finals and winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. Their tenure




rickyben anarfiFebruary 16, 2019


Offense ruled the day as Team USA won the Rising Stars game over Team World, 161-144, on Friday night at Spectrum Center in the opening competition of All-Star Weekend.

Game leaders

Team World

  • Points: Ben Simmons – 28
  • Assists: Luka Doncic – 9
  • Rebounds: DeAndre Ayton – 8


Team USA

  • Points: Kyle Kuzma – 35
  • Assists: De’Aaron Fox – 16
  • Rebounds: Jayson Tatum – 9

Lakers guard Kyle Kuzma was named MVP of the game played at a dizzying speed, the 24-second shot clock rarely ticking to 16 before the ball went up.

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Kuzma scored a game-high 35 points and had six rebounds, while Celtics forward Jayson Tatum added 30 for Team USA. Kuzma was 15-of-27 from the field in 22 minutes.

“I played in this game last year and was really lackadaisical. I didn’t want to do that again,” Kuzma said.

Rising Stars MVP Kyle Kuzma hammer home a dunk
Image:Rising Stars MVP Kyle Kuzma hammer home a dunk

His team-mates were impressed. “He definitely showed out tonight. Without his 35 we probably lose,” Hawks guard Trae Young said.

The annual exhibition game features players in their first and second seasons in the league.

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Team USA went up on the World team 132-121 with 7:35 left on Young’s second three-pointer in as many possessions, and Knicks rookie Kevin Knox flushed a two-handed jam off a Young behind-the-back dish 13 seconds later to build a 134-121 edge.

Timberwolves forward Josh Okogie’s three-point play for the World made it a two-possession game with 6:17 to go.

John Collins slams home a huge dunk
Image:John Collins slams home a huge dunk

The breakneck, video-game pace might have been blinding for basketball purists, with a turntable active for all 40 minutes and a modest level of defense applied – even by All-Star Weekend standards. No free throws were attempted in the first half.

“As you can see, not much defense, guys just want to get up and play,” World guard Ben Simmons said. “It’s good to get out there and just get up and down with guys you don’t normally go up and down with.”

Simmons led the World with 28 points, hitting 14 of his 17 shots.

Jazz forward Donovan Mitchell made the game’s first free throw with 2:30 left in the third quarter to complete the ‘And 1’ play.

Only one serious defensive challenge at the rim was made and it was an emphatic rejection by Brooklyn Nets forward Jarrett Allen of the US squad when Ben Simmons attacked in the paint.

Kyle Kuzma shows off his Rising Stars MVP tropht
Image:Kyle Kuzma shows off his Rising Stars MVP trophy

Team USA led 83-71 at half-time, shooting 62.1 per cent from the field.

“It’s tough in these types of games and environments to manage how to have fun and compete,” Young said, noting Team USA was driven to snap a two-game losing streak to Team World.

Kuzma and Tatum combined for 39 points in the first half.

rickyben anarfiFebruary 11, 2019


DeMarcus Cousins made two tie-breaking free throws after retrieving Kevin Durant’s missed three-pointer with 5.4 seconds remaining as the Golden State Warriors survived a three-point-shooting assault by the Miami Heat to cling on for a 120-118 victory in Oakland.

Game leaders

Miami Heat

  • Points: Josh Richardson – 37
  • Assists: Dwyane Wade – 9
  • Rebounds: Hassan Whiteside – 14


Golden State Warriors

  • Points: Kevin Durant – 39
  • Assists: Draymond Green – 14
  • Rebounds: Draymond Green – 7

The game marked the final Oakland appearance by Heat standout Dwyane Wade and has become tradition around the league this season, tribute was paid to the 37-year-old with a video during a timeout.

Wade contributed 10 points, six rebounds and nine assists to a remarkable Heat effort, which saw them trail 107-99 with 5:34 to go before rallying into a 116-115 lead on a Wade steal and hoop with 54.8 seconds remaining.

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Josh Richardson made it a three-point lead with a steal and hoop of his own with 51.5 seconds left before Durant capped a 39-point night with a game-tying three-pointer.

After Justise Winslow then missed a three-pointer for Miami, Durant misfired from 26 feet at the Golden State end, but Cousins was able to corral the rebound, after which he was fouled and made the game-winning free throws.

Dwayne Wade and Steph Curry swap jerseys after the game
Image:Dwyane Wade and Steph Curry swap jerseys after the game

Dion Waiters took a shot at a win with a buzzer-beating three-point attempt for Miami, but it was off the mark, allowing Golden State to win for the 15th time in their last 16 games.

Klay Thompson backed Durant with 29 points and Stephen Curry had 25 for Golden State, who also got 14 assists from Draymond Green.

Sunday’s results

  • Portland Trail Blazers 101-102 Dallas Mavericks
  • LA Lakers 120-143 Philadelphia 76ers
  • Phoenix Suns 104-117 Sacramento Kings
  • Orlando Magic 124-108 Atlanta Hawks
  • Miami Heat 118-120 Golden State Warriors

Richardson recorded season-highs in points with 37 and three-pointers with eight for the Heat, while Waiters also had season-bests in points (24) and 3-pointers (six) for the Heat.

The Heat, who made 18 three-pointers and outscored the Warriors 54-39 from beyond the arc, remain the only team in the league with a winning record on the road and a losing record at home.

Kevin Durant top-scored with 39 points for Golden State
Image:Kevin Durant top-scored with 39 points for Golden State

Having averaged just 11.5 made three-pointers per game this season, Miami bombed in 11 in the first half alone, enough to lead by as many as 19 points and remain ahead 59-54 at the break.

But the Warriors got their offense in gear. Durant (14 points), Curry (10) and Thompson (six) combined for 30 third-quarter points, pushing Golden State into a 90-82 lead by period’s end.

Thompson’s 20-footer then kept the Warriors’ lead at eight with 6:07 to go before Miami’s late rally.

Hassan Whiteside had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double for Miami, while Winslow finished with 22 points.

rickyben anarfiFebruary 11, 2019


Luka Doncic led a remarkable fightback by the Dallas Mavericks over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, while there were also wins for Orlando and Sacramento.

Sunday’s results

  • Portland Trail Blazers 101-102 Dallas Mavericks
  • LA Lakers 120-143 Philadelphia 76ers
  • Phoenix Suns 104-117 Sacramento Kings
  • Orlando Magic 124-108 Atlanta Hawks
  • Miami Heat 118-120 Golden State Warriors

Portland Trail Blazers 101-102 Dallas Mavericks

Highlights of the Portland Trail Blazers’ visit to the Dallas Mavericks in Week 17 of the NBA.

Rookie sensation Luka Doncic is gaining the reputation as one of the league’s best clutch performers and he did it again on Sunday with 28 points to give the Dallas Mavericks a 102-101 comeback win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Doncic scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, a period in which Dallas trailed 96-81 with 10:43 to play – a lead Portland built on Damian Lillard’s incredible 21-point third quarter, all of which came in the final 5:19 of the period.

Lillard, who started the game 2 of 11 from the field but finished with 30 points on 10-of-23 shooting, made eight consecutive shots, including five three-pointers for a 92-78 lead after three quarters, and it seemed the Trail Blazers were going to pick up a big road win with a date at Oklahoma City coming.

But Doncic, who scored 13 of the final 19 points of the game, and his retooled Mavs consisting of three former bench players in the starting line-up, had other plans.

Portland were held scoreless for seven minutes of the fourth quarter and limited to just nine points, marking the first time Portland have lost this season in the 34 games when they have led after three quarters.

Newcomer Tim Hardaway Jr., acquired in the deal with the New York Knicks along with Kristaps Porzingis, scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting, while Dwight Powell had 13 points off the bench and Dorian Finney-Smith added 11.

Orlando Magic 124-108 Atlanta Hawks

Center Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points to lead seven Orlando players in double figures as the Magic completed a back-to-back road sweep with a 124-108 drubbing of the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

Vucevic was 8 of 13 from the field and added 12 rebounds, while the Magic also got 18 points from Terrence Ross, 17 each from Jonathan Isaac and Evan Fournier and 14 points from D.J. Augustin.

Aaron Gordon, who played despite a sore back, also scored 12 with Wes Iwundu adding 10.

Augustin played a flawless floor game, handing out 10 assists and not committing a turnover.

Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points for the Magic
Image:Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points for the Magic

The Magic, fresh from a 20-point win over the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, showed no lack of energy in the runaway win, shooting 47.3 from the floor and pouring in 13 three-pointers to secure their fourth victory in five games.

The defeat was Atlanta’s third straight and second to Orlando this season.

John Collins, who played despite a sore right knee, scored 15 points for the Hawks, who also got 16 points from Alex Len, 15 points from Kevin Huerter and 13 points and seven assists from Trae Young.

Phoenix Suns 104-117 Sacramento Kings

Rookie Marvin Bagley III scored a career-high 32 points as the host Sacramento Kings coasted to a 117-104 victory over the struggling Phoenix Suns.

Bagley shot 10 of 15 from the field and 11 of 13 from the free-throw line to eclipse his previous high of 24 points, which he recorded on Monday in Sacramento’s win over San Antonio.

Buddy Hield chipped in 18 points while Bogdan Bogdanovic added 14 for the Kings, who ended a six-game homestand 5-1 and avenged a 26-turnover performance in a 115-111 setback to Phoenix last month.

Devin Booker collected 27 points and eight rebounds in his return from a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury for the Suns, who have lost 14 in a row.

Marvin Bagley III posted a career-high 32 points in the Kings' win over the Suns
Image:Marvin Bagley III posted a career-high 32 points in the Kings’ win over the Suns

Booker briefly exited the contest after knocking knees with Bogdanovic with 1:32 remaining in the third quarter, but he returned to start the fourth quarter and drilled a three-pointer to trim what was once a 25-point deficit for Phoenix to 12 at 87-75.

But he then picked up his fifth foul on the ensuing possession and Bagley made two jumpers and five free throws in an 85-second span to stretch Sacramento’s lead to 96-77 and make the game safe.

LA Lakers 120-143 Philadelphia 76ers

Joel Embiid scored 37 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 143-120 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

DeMarcus Cousins made two tie-breaking free throws after retrieving Kevin Durant’s missed three-pointer with 5.4 seconds remaining as the Golden State Warriors survived a three-point-shooting assault by the Miami Heat to cling on for 120-118 victory in Oakland.

rickyben anarfiJanuary 27, 2019


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Image:Jimmy Butler has seen a specialist for his sprained wrist

The sprained wrist that has kept Jimmy Butler from playing in the Philadelphia 76ers’ past two games was examined by a specialist in Los Angeles on Friday, the team announced.

Butler, who has averaged 19.0 points in 28 games since Philadelphia acquired him in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, last played Saturday at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He did not suit up in victories against the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs this week and would appear unlikely to return for the 76ers game at Denver on Saturday.

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 16, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Image:Butler was traded to the 76ers from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November

Butler, who had surgery on his right hand this past offseason, is expected to rejoin the team in Denver, but his playing status remains unknown.

“It’s a confirmation that things are OK,” 76ers head coach Brett Brown said of the visit to the specialist.

“It’s far more precautionary than stuff that people are, sort of, overly worried about.”

Winners of five of their past six games, the 76ers entered will go to Denver with a 32-17 record and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia hold a 23-11 win-loss record since Butler joined the team on November 14. He has been inactive for six games in that span, with the 76ers going 4-2 in those games.

Center Joel Embiid also is expected to be absent for Saturday’s game at Denver with a planned day of rest.

The game against the Nuggets, currently second in the Western Conference at 31-15, is the beginning of a four-game western swing for the 76ers that includes meetings with the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.

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