LeBron James hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds left for the Cleveland Cavaliers to pull ahead of the Miami Heat 92-91 yesterday at the American Airlines Arena. Dwayne Wade had the final shot of the game but failed to connect, giving Cleveland their 35th victory of the season. Flash scored 30 of 32 in the first half with 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. LeBron produced quite the stat line himself, netting 32 with a side of nine boards and four assists.
James and the Cavaliers have won eight of their last nine against Miami. “Two really, really good friends, one of my best friends that I have, just two great competitors not wanting to lose to each other,” said LeBron after the game. “But at the same time, knowing that we’re putting on a show not only for each other, but for the fans and whoever was watching the game.” The Heat are next set to matchup with the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night as the Cavs head to Minnesota to face the T’wolves.
Dwayne Wade supplied 44 points and some key pressure defense to come up with the steal and go-ahead score with 0.6 left in regulation. Head coach Doc Rivers then drew up a play for the Boston Celtics to execute to perfection with Rajon Rondo cutting to the basket for the tip in send the game to overtime. From there the Celtics took control with the six point OT advantage en route to defeating the Miami Heat 112-106 yesterday at American Airlines Arena.
“We’ve been working on that play for a long time, actually since last year,” said Rondo. “As soon as Wade stole the ball, I knew exactly that was the play we were going to run.” Rondo led the Celtics with 25 points and eight assists. Paul Pierce produced a solid stat line in his return from injury with 17 points, five assists and six rebounds. Ray Allen netted 3-of-4 attempts from downtown to score 22 while collecting a game high four steals.
The Celtics will try to keep the momentum going tomorrow night against the Atlanta Hawks. With the win the Celtics remain atop of the Eastern Conference with a 25-8 record. Boston Celtics regular season tickets are available right here with us at Ace!
Dwayne Wade produced 28 points and eight rebounds as the Miami Heat dominated the Atlanta Hawks early and often Monday night at American Airlines Arena. Miami jumped out to a 16 point lead by the end of the first quarter and never let up from there, eventually posting 92 points to Atlanta’s 75. Michael Beasley contributed behind Wade, netting 20 of his 22 total game points in the first half.
“We’re far from a perfect group,” said coach Erik Spoelstra. “But this group does have a spirit and they enjoy coming to work, and even though we went through a very tough stretch … we’ve shown an ability to bounce back and have some resiliency, and it was a strong and important win.” Miami is set to host the Boston Celtics tonight at 7:30 PM as the 21-12 Hawks look to post a W tonight against the New Jersey Nets.
Kevin Garnett led his team with 24 points (11 of 12 shooting) as the Boston Celtics went on to defeat Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat 92-85 last night at American Airlines Arena. The game was tight down the stretch until Ray Allen supplied final dagger 3-ball with 1:38 left to play. “You never can take anything for granted,” said Allen. “Every win is much needed. So you just have to create momentum. That’s important.”
Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo once again for Boston with 13 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins produced 31 combined as Allen followed up with 11. The C’s have three more road games ahead this week against the Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder before making their way back to Boston to face the Milwaukee Bucks December 8th.
Wade netted a game-high 27 points and Michael Beasley finished with 18 for Miami. The Heat have lost five of their last seven but certainly show better than their record. “Tonight, there’s a lot of good things in a loss,” said Wade. “We were right there. The seasoned team, the veteran team made the plays they had to make at the end. They made the shots we had to make. We had good shots. We just didn’t make them and we missed free throws as well.” Miami will next travel to Portland to matchup with the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, December 1st.
Dwayne Wade scored a game high 36 points for the Miami Heat in attempts to beat out his friendly nemesis LeBron James. Though LeBron failed to match Flash in points with 34, his Cleveland Cavaliers more importantly were able to notch the 111-104 win on the road at the American Airlines Arena.
Buying a ticket to yesterday’s game meant you were in store for a full on performance involving two of the three best players in the NBA. The game was competitive on top of the marquee talent really going to work. “I like playing against LeBron more than anybody else in the league,” said Wade. “He brings out the best in me, and I bring out the best in him.”
James refused to answer any free agency questions, but earlier this week Wade confirmed that the two have talked about playing together someday. So far the likely choices for LeBron in 2010 (aside from re-signing with the Cavs) include the New York Knicks, New Jersey (or Brooklyn) Nets, and Miami Heat.
Miami Heat franchise player Dwayne Wade has decided not to keep talking contract negotiations with the organization as they head into the upcoming season. “Yeah, that’s no longer a conversation we’re really having right now,” said Wade. “We’ve talked about it all summer. We know where they are — they know where we are. We both want the best. But the focus is only on trying to get better than we were last year. And then we’ll get back to the table and look at everything.”
With this said, Wade openly would like to see where his options are after the season along with LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Amare Stoudemire. Wade dominated the league in 2008, averaging 30.2 points per game and re-building his strength from his two previous injury filled seasons. The franchise has offered him (according to NBA sources) around $60 million for a three year extension.
Wade has mentioned before that he would like to finish his career with Miami where he won a championship in 2006. He and LeBron James have also said that they would like to play together some day, leading us to think that the biggest blockbuster move in the history of the NBA could go down in 2010. Aside from these two thoughts, rumor has it that he wouldn’t mind playing for his home town Chicago. Either way, Wade has made it clear that his #1 interest is to fight with the Heat this year with hopes to be top contenders in the Eastern Conference for the 2010 playoffs.
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The Memphis Grizzlies have officially extended an offer to free agent veteran guard Allen Iverson. The press first caught wind of the news through Iverson’s twitter page, and it was later confirmed by GM Chris Wallace. “We’re heading into the home stretch before the season, and we have had interest in Allen all summer,” Wallace said. “We’ve been in touch on a fairly consistent basis and had dialogue with his agent, Leon Rose, since the beginning of free agency.”
Although the Grizzlies have already formulated a set deal for the 10-time All-Star, there are still other teams in the picture. Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown has been speaking with Iverson about teaming up again. The Miami Heat and LA Clippers have also had conversations with him but have a more difficult route in signing the free agent with the luxury tax in place. The deal from Memphis will likely be the biggest contract Iverson will see, knowing the franchise is around $3.5 million under the salary cap going into this season.
The former Piston was also a member of the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers earlier in his career. Last season between Denver and Detroit he only played 57 games, averaging a career-low 17.5 points per game.
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6-foot-6 swingman Quentin Richardson has just been traded to the Miami Heat, marking the fourth time an NBA team has dealt him away. Despite the fact that he hasn’t been able to really unpack anywhere, he manages to keep a positive attitude about the situation. “The funny part about it was I didn’t even get any of the jerseys,” said Richardson. “I have a Knicks jersey and obviously I have a Clippers jersey because I played there before. I don’t have a Minnesota jersey and what was the other team?” “The other team” was the Memphis Grizzlies; where he stopped after New York before arriving to LA. From there he went to Minnesota, and after filling out the necessary paper work for the T-wolves, he wound up in Miami. Best of luck to Q-Rich, who at this point is on pace to be acquired by every single NBA team by the end of the 2010 season.
Knowing the amount of times Richardson has changed locations, some teams have certainly made their fair share of deals this off-season. The Los Angeles Clippers recently traded for Rasual Butler to fill their outside shooting weakness. The 6-7 small forward averaged 11.2 points per game last year, shooting 39% from behind the arc during the regular season and 53% in the playoffs.
The Orlando Magic just signed free agent guard Jason Williams to add more depth and experience to their backcourt. Williams hasn’t laced up since September of 2008, when he retired after a season with the Miami Heat. He averaged 8.8 points a game in that season.
One of the most interesting developments this offseason has been talk of where veteran guard Allen Iverson will end up. Iverson is currently waiting for offers and has stated: “my people just informed me that we are getting close to a deal. I asked them to call me when it’s done. I am so ready to know!” The eight-time All-Star is expecting calls from Charlotte, Miami, and New York. After coming off the worst season of his career with the Detroit Pistons, AI feels as though he should address his new found work ethic through his twitter page. “When you see me again you will think that I am fresh out of Georgetown,” said Iverson. “Getting in shape, running, lifting and thinking about which team that I will help compete for a championship! Whoever gets me will be happy.”
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Atlanta Hawks 81, Miami Heat 71.
Azaza Pachulia dominated the glass for the Hawks with 18 rebounds, helping Atlanta regain their home court advantage with a 81-71 win over the Miami Heat. The Hawks scoring was basically split between Bibby, Johnson, and Smith scoring 15, 14, and 13. Atlanta coach Mike Woodson stated that Pachulia was the crucial factor to the win. “Zaza was huge throughout the whole game,” said Woodson. “I mean, 18 rebounds, 12 points for us, and we needed all that tonight to survive.” Dwayne Wade scored 22 for the Heat and Jermaine O’Neal contributed 20, but Miami was never ahead and only shot 38 percent.
Denver Nuggets 121, New Orleans Hornets 63.
Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 26 points and was taken out in the fourth quarter due to the 58 point blow out over the New Orleans Hornets. The victory matched the biggest lopsided contest in NBA playoff history, which came in 1956 when the Minneapolis Lakers beat the St. Louis Hawks 133-75. The Hornets will need their All-Star point guard Chris Paul to step up in order for them to stay in the series. The Nuggets held Paul to just 4 points and 6 assists. Denver leads the series 3-1.
Los Angeles Lakers 107, Utah Jazz 96.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to finish the series in 5 games with 31 points against the Utah Jazz last night at the Staples Center. The Lakers were in control the whole game, winning every quarter in scoring aside from the fourth. Utah made a run at the end cutting the 20-point deficit to just six with 3:15 remaining. From there Lamar Odom came up with two clutch finishes after LA kicked in its defense to officially decide the series. “We out did them,” said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. “I thought it was a disappointment to them but they played hard; they played together and you have to give them credit. I thank them for giving us a run and a good, hard series.”
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Paul Pierce led the Boston Celtics with 36 points to win out over the Miami Heat in overtime 112-108 last night in Boston. He was the only big 3 member present as Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett were sidelined with injuries. Rajon Rondo picked up his game for the C’s scoring 27 points while dishing out 10 assists. With 13 games to go in the regular season Boston was able to clinch the Atlantic Division with the win.
The Miami heat also had injury troubles with their star player Dwayne Wade recently injuring his right hip flexor. Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers helped the Heat give the Celtics a run for their money, scoring 21 and 19. “It showed that even without D-Wade we’re still going to fight,” Chalmers said. “We’re a good team.”
Though they were able to pull off the overtime win at home, the Celtics need to get healthy soon for the post season. Leon Powe, Tony Allen, and Brian Scalabrine were inactive along with Garnett and Allen. Pierce believes the team morale is high after the victory saying “we know that we are injured, but just to get back on the winning mind-frame is big for us.”
The Celtics are on their way to San Antonio to match up against the Spurs Friday at 8:30 p.m.
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