Khris Middleton scored 40 points, the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo added 26 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-103 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals (NBA.com), tying the best-of-seven series at 2-2. After struggling in Game 3, Suns guard Devin Booker exploded with 42 points, but could not turn the tide down the stretch. It is now a best-of-three series which moves back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Saturday night, LIVE on ESPN at 3:00 a.m. CAT on Sunday morning.
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The start-studded all-NBA U.S. men’s basketball team roster was upset by Nigeria in their first exhibition match ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Nigeria became the first African basketball team to defeat the stacked U.S. team, coming out victorious with the final score 90-87. Although the loss will unlikely affect the United State’s gold medal ambitions, the feat is more symbolic than ever. The loss saw Team USA‘s record drop to 54-3 in exhibition games, which it has held since 1992 when NBA players were first given the go ahead to play in the Olympics. The last time Team USA lost an exihibtion game was in 2019 against Australia at the FIBA World Cup.
Nine years ago, Team USA beat Nigeria 156-73 at the 2012 London Olympics. It appears that the team has made its vengence in...
The Suns have taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, winning both of their home games, before the series shifts to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4
Devin Booker got 31 points, Chris Paul added 23 points and 8 assists and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 118-108 in Game 2 of the 2021 NBA Finals (www.NBA.com). The Suns have taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, winning both of their home games, before the series shifts to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4.
Nigeria and Greece’s pride, “The Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo, led the Bucks with 42 points and 12 rebounds, becoming the first player to score at least 20 points in a Finals’ quarter since Michael Jordan scored 22 in 1993, but it was not enough to overcome the Suns this morning. Game 3 will be in Milwaukee on...
The Phoenix Suns reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993 after wrapping up the Western Conference finals title against the Los Angeles Clippers.
They beat the Clippers 130-103 to secure a 4-2 series win.
Chris Paul was the key figure for the Suns with 41 points while Devin Booker added 22.
They will face either the Milwaukee Bucks or Atlanta Hawks in the best-of-seven championship final.
Paul, 36, has been selected for 11 NBA All-Star teams and won two Olympic golds with the USA, but this is the first time the former Clipper has reached the Finals after joining the Suns last year from Oklahoma City.
"This feels good," he said. "It has a been a lot of work, going to a new team, everybody staying the course.
"Sixteen years of this, 16 years of surgeries, o...
Trae Young scored 25 points as the Atlanta Hawks held on to win 103-100 at home to the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA play-offs.
Monday's win levelled their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series at 2-2.
The Western Conference semi-final between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz is also level at 2-2.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both scored 31 points as the Clippers beat the top seeds 118-104.
The Clippers' Marcus Morris scored 22 of his 24 points during a first half in which the LA side, who lost the first two games in the series, led by as many as 29 points at one stage.
Utah trailed 68-44 at half-time but Joe Ingles drained a three-pointer to pull them within 112-102 with just over two minutes left in Los Angeles.
But the h...
FIBA has made a decision on the fate of the AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers games that were not played during the last window due to health-related reasons.
Matches involving Silverbacks were postponed after it was reported that Uganda’s camp had several positive tests for Covid-19.
According to a statement released by FIBA, the games will be played between June 15 and July 15 at venue yet to be determined.
Following the postponement of Uganda’s games in application of the COVID-19 Protocol for FIBA Official National Team and Club Competitions and the advice of its Medical Commission, the pending Group E Uganda games, Uganda – Egypt, Morocco – Uganda and Cape Verde – Uganda, will be played between June 15 and July 15, 2021 at a venue to be decided.FIBA
When 3x3 basketball debuts at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, one heavyweight name will be missing after the United States men's team failed to qualify.
At the 2021 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament this week in Graz, Austria, Team USA topped its group despite losing to Belgium. But on Sunday in the quarterfinals, the Netherlands eliminated the U.S. from the tournament, where the top three teams will advance to Tokyo.
Team USA was considered one of the Olympic favorites after winning the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The team was made up of former Purdue star and Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel, No. 1 ranked U.S. 3x3 player and former NBA first-round draft pick Dominique Jones, former Princeton standout Kareem Maddox, NBA G League guard Canyon Berry, son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick...
BOSTON, U.S.A -- Every one of the 4,789 fans who entered TD Garden on Friday night came ready to boo Kyrie Irving until their voices were hoarse. But after the Boston Celtics came away with a stunning 125-119 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series, those same fans were doing something very different when they left: chanting Jayson Tatum's name.
Tatum scored 50 points for the second straight game in this building to go along with six rebounds and seven assists in 41 minutes. It was a spectacular performance that was enough to overcome his old teammate Irving, as well as Brooklyn's former MVPs, Kevin Durant and James Harden, to drag the Celtics back into this series.
"It's just one of those nights," Tatum said. "Trying to protect home court, t...
ATLANTA, U.S.A -- Michael Jordan and Nike's Jordan Brand are giving $1 million to Morehouse College to boost journalism and sports-related studies.
The gift announced Friday will help enrich its journalism and sports program that was originally launched with a donation from director and actor Spike Lee. The school, in a news release, said the donation will help fund scholarships, technology and educational programming for students in those fields.
"Morehouse is grateful to Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand for an investment in the education of talented men of color who will ensure there is equity, balance, and truth in the way sports stories are framed and the way the Black experience is contextualized within American history," said Monique Dozier, vice president for institutional...
Patriots captain, Aristide Mugabe has spoken out on the great performance his team put up as they saw off Mozambique's Ferroviaro de Maputo to book a place in the semi-finals of the Basketball Africa League (BAL).
In a tightly contested game on Thursday, Patriots showed character and determination to overcome the powerful Mozambicans 73-71.
Mugabe got 18 points, and was one of the players that stood out as his team made history on the night.
Speaking about the game, Mugabe paid tribute to the fans, saying the crowd drove the team to victory.
President Paul Kagame was one of the people that turned up for the match, along with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron who was in the country on a two day visit.
“It’s an honor for us to play in front of our p...
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LeBron James violated the NBA's health and safety protocols by attending a promotional event for Lobos 1707, a tequila brand that he backs, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. The event took place earlier this week, before the Lakers played against the Warriors in the play-in tournament. The league and the Lakers are aware of the situation.
"It's a violation of the agreed upon protocols, and, as we have in other comparable instances around the league, it has been addressed with the team," a league spokesman told ESPN on Friday. At this stage, no reporting has indicated that James will face discipline for the violation, and James played against the Warriors without incident. Health and safety protocol violations this season can lead to absences as l...
Former NBA player Ben Uzoh became the first player to score in the newly-created Basketball Africa League (BAL) (theBAL.com), but the historic game belonged to host Patriots Basketball Club of Rwanda who defeated Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers 83-60 on Sunday at Kigali Arena.
Although the Hoopers had a promising start, they struggled to adjust to the Patriots’ aggressive defence.
And turning the ball over 20 times didn’t help.
Wilson Nshobozwabyosenumukiza, who came off the bench, and Prince Ibeh led the Patriots comeback, and the Nigerians couldn’t find any answers.
And to make matters worse for the Hoopers, they got in foul trouble early in the second quarter, and things were never the same.
Nshobozwabyosenumukiza, who established a record for most steals in a...
The 19th Taco Bell® Skills Challenge is an obstacle-course competition that tests players’ dribbling, passing, agility and 3-point shooting skillsNEW YORK, United States of America, March 3, 2021/ -- NBA (www.NBA.com) All-Stars Julius Randle, Domantas Sabonis and Nikola Vučević in Six-Player Field; HBCU Alum Robert Covington to Make Skills Challenge Debut; Competition to Take Place on Sunday, March 7 Before 2021 NBA All-Star Game.NBA All-Stars Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks and Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns will display their vast array of talents in the 2021 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge on Sunday, March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The Taco Bell® Skills Challenge will take place before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, airing on TNT.Joining Dončić and Paul as 2021 NBA All-Stars in th...
The 36th AT&T Slam Dunk will take place at halftime of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, airing on TNT and ESPN RadioNEW YORK, United States of America, March 3, 2021/ -- Competition to Take Place on Sunday, March 7 at Halftime of 2021 NBA (www.NBA.com) All-Star Game; Five Past Slam Dunk Champions to Serve as Judges: Dee Brown, Jason Richardson, Josh Smith, Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins; Final Round: One Dunk for Each Finalist and Winner Determined by “Judges’ Choice” Instead of Individual Score.A new AT&T Slam Dunk champion will be crowned this year as first- time participants Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers, Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers and Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks compete for the title on Sunday, March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The 36th AT&am...
This marks the first 3-Point Contest in which each participant is a current NBA All-StarNEW YORK, United States of America, March 3, 2021/ -- Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum in Field, Composed Entirely of 2021 NBA (www.NBA.com) All-Stars; MTN DEW® Zone Returns: Two Deep Shots Located 6 Feet Behind 3-Point Line Worth Three Points Each; Competition to Take Place on Sunday, March 7 Before 2021 NBA All-Star Game.Former 3-Point Contest champions Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lead a field composed entirely of current NBA All-Stars who will participate in the 2021 MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest on Sunday, March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The competition will take place before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, airing on TNT...
The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that 107 international players from 41 countries are on opening-night rosters for the 2020-21 season
NEW YORK, United States of America, December 23, 2020
Opening-Night Rosters Feature Record 17 Canadian Players and Record-Tying 14 African Players; Seventh Consecutive Season League Has at Least 100 International Players.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) (http://www.NBA.com) today announced that 107 international players from 41 countries are on opening-night rosters for the 2020-21 season, including a record 17 Canadian players and a record-tying 14 African players. This marks the seventh consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 100 international players. All 30 teams have at lea...
Deal Marks the Online Travel Site’s First Partnership with a North American Professional Sports League
NEW YORK, United States of America, December 21, 2020/ -- Hotels.com®, an Expedia Group company, and the National Basketball Association (NBA) (http://www.NBA.com), today announced a multiyear global partnership that makes Hotels.com the Official Travel Partner of the NBA.
Tipping off ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season, the agreement will allow Hotels.com to engage with NBA fans and travelers alike through integrated marketing efforts, showing why using Hotels.com is the most rewarding way to book accommodations. As part of the deal, Hotels.com will have an in-game presence with brand integration on the top of the backboard for nationally-televised games throughout the se...