Hornets push Heat to the brink with Game Five win

admin   •   April 28, 2016   •   2482

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Charlotte Hornets guard Courtney Lee (1) reacts after making a basket against the Miami Heat during the second half in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Charlotte Hornets guard Courtney Lee (1) reacts after making a basket against the Miami Heat during the second half in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Courtney Lee hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining, and the Charlotte Hornets earned a 90-88 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Charlotte, with a chance to end the best-of-seven series, will host Game Five on Friday.

With the Hornets trailing 88-87 in the final minute, Charlotte guard Kemba Walker missed a jumper but for the second game in a row Lee came up with a huge offensive rebound.

This time, Lee went right back up and hit his game-deciding 3-pointer.

Marvin Williams led Charlotte with 17 points and the Hornets also got 14 points each from Al Jefferson and Walker. Lee had eight points as Charlotte won their third straight game in the series.

Dwyane Wade had a game-high 25 points but missed a shot on a drive to the basket with 2.6 seconds left that could have tied the score on Miami’s final possession.

Lee blocked Wade’s shot from behind and Wade’s complaints that he was fouled were to no avail.

Wednesday’s game was the first time in the series that the home team lost.

The Hornets got good news when forward Nicolas Batum, usually a starter, returned after missing two games due to a foot injury.

Batum, one of only six players in the NBA this season to average at least 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, came off the bench and produced eight points in 25 minutes.

Miami also got an injured player back in uniform but he did not play. Guard Tyler Johnson, who had been out after surgery on his left shoulder, suited up for the first time since January.

Charlotte led 28-25 after a back-and-forth first quarter.

Miami got off to a 14-6 lead, but Charlotte went on a 14-0 run to key their comeback.

The Hornets started the second quarter on a 15-3 run and led by as many as 12 points. However, Charlotte had to settle for a 49-47 lead at halftime as Wade scored 10 second-quarter points.

Charlotte made five of 10 first-half 3-point attempts. Miami made one of eight.

For the game, the Hornets were 12-for-24 from long distance, the Heat 5-for-18.

Miami surged to a 71-65 lead after three quarters. The Heat held Charlotte to 26.1 percent shooting in the quarter, outscoring the Hornets 24-16.

That set the stage for the fourth quarter, when the Hornets battled back to pull the upset.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Vince Carter retires after NBA record 22-season career

UNTV News   •   June 26, 2020

Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter officially announced his retirement from professional basketball on Thursday (June 25) after an NBA record 22-season career during which his high-flying dunks made him one of the game’s top players in his prime.

Carter, widely regarded as one of the greatest dunkers of all time, had previously said the 2019-20 NBA campaign would be his last but had not addressed his playing status since the NBA suspended its season in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I am officially done playing basketball professionally,” Carter, 43, told the “Winging It” podcast.

Carter, the first NBA player to feature in four different decades, signed a one-year deal with the Hawks last August.

However, their season is over as they did not qualify for the NBA’s 22-team format for restarting action in late July at Disney World amid the novel coronavirus.

Carter played for eight teams during his career but will be most remembered for his time with the Toronto Raptors, where he put the Canadian city on the basketball map and earned the nickname “Air Canada” for his feats above the rim.

After his first season in Toronto, Carter was named the NBA’s rookie of the year in 1999. He was then named an All-Star for each of the following eight seasons.

In his second season, Carter won the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend with a dazzling display that further increased his stardom and helped ignite basketball’s popularity in what had otherwise been an ice hockey-mad country.

Carter, who ranks 22nd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, averaged 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game during a career that also included stops in New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and Atlanta.

He also helped USA Basketball win gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2003 FIBA Americas tournament. (Reuters)

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League approves plan to resume NBA season in July at Disney World

UNTV News   •   June 5, 2020

REUTERS – The National Basketball Association (NBA) Board of Governors have approved a plan to restart the suspended season with a tentative July 31 start at Disney World, Florida amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the league said on Thursday (June 4).

The plan would see 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams play eight games to determine a 16-team playoff field that would follow the traditional post-season format with four best-of-seven series that would crown a champion no later than October 12.

The league said approval from its Board of Governors, which came on the day originally scheduled for the start of the NBA Finals, is the first formal step among the many required to resume the season.

According to ESPN, the vote on the format was 29-1, with the Portland Trail Blazes voting against the proposal.

All games, practices and housing would be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex which is inside the Orlando resort and has multiple hotels and arenas, and would allow the league to limit outside exposure.

The NBA was the first North American sports league to suspend its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic after one of its players tested positive for the new coronavirus in mid-March.

The 22 returning teams would be comprised of the eight teams from each of the two conferences currently in playoff positions plus the six clubs that are six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.

If everything goes according to plan, the NBA said the 2020-21 season would begin on Dec. 1.

The league also said it plans to hold its 2020 NBA Draft Lottery to determine the order of the first 14 selections on Aug. 25. Lottery teams would be comprised of the eight clubs that do not participate in the restart and the six that go to Florida but do not qualify for the playoffs.

The actual NBA Draft, typically held in June, is now scheduled for Oct. 15.

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Jordan’s autographed game-worn sneakers from his rookie season sold for record $560,000

UNTV News   •   May 18, 2020

NBA great Michael Jordan’s autographed game-worn sneakers from his rookie season fetched a record $560,000 (463,380 pounds) in an online auction, Sotheby’s said on Sunday (May 17).

The Air Jordan 1s, designed for Jordan in 1985 and the first ever signature sneakers, were expected to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 in the auction.

Known for selling multimillion-dollar art, Sotheby’s held its first auction dedicated entirely to sneakers last year and had then set a world record of $437,500 for a pair of 1972 Nike running shoes known as the “Moon Shoe.”

“We saw tremendous bidding up until the moment the sale closed, with the value more than doubling in the final hour alone,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s director of eCommerce development.

“That coupled with strong international bidding from six countries on four continents shows not only the incredible appeal of Michael Jordan… but also that sneaker collecting is truly a global and growing market.”

Like most of Jordan’s basketball shoes, they are a mismatched pair in a size 13 (left) and size 13.5 (right).

The auction coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan brand and the screening of the 10-part ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” about the Chicago Bulls and Jordan. The final two episodes of the show are set to air later on Sunday.

The shoes were sold by collector Jordan Geller, the founder of the sneaker museum Shoezeum in Las Vegas. (Reuters)

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