UConn holds off Iowa State at MSG

 

THE BIG APPLE – DeAndre Daniels' UConn teammates were going to keep passing him the ball until he cooled off.

By the time that happened, it was too late for Iowa State.

Daniels scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, and the Huskies hung on for an 81-seventy six victory Friday to reach the East Regional final a year after UConn was barred from the NCAA match.

"DeAndre's a scorer, and once you are feeling that you've that confidence, the following shot's going to go in," said senior Shabazz Napier, who knows a thing or two about scoring himself. "We stored feeding him, and he bought super scorching."

Daniels hit his first six photographs after halftime, the one Husky to make a area aim for over eight half of minutes. His three-pointer gave seventh-seeded UConn a forty nine-32 lead.

The third-seeded Cyclones rallied late, pulling within sixty seven-63 with 2 half minutes remaining. However senior Niels Giffey hit a three in the nook for his first factors because the recreation's opening moments, and when the Huskies (29-8) made their free throws within the remaining minute, the UConn followers packing Madison Sq. Backyard could have a good time.

The Huskies will face fourth-seeded Michigan State on Sunday for a trip to the Final 4.

Dustin Hogue scored a profession-excessive 34 factors for Iowa State (28-8), but Large 12 participant of the year Melvin Ejim was three of 13 for seven points, greater than eleven below his average.

The Cyclones, within the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000, had been enjoying their second game with out third-leading scorer Georges Niang, who broke his foot of their tournament opener.

They trailed by sixteen with less than 7 half of minutes to go however almost came all the way again behind Hogue's scoring inside.

"That is who these guys are, they're fighters," coach Fred Hoiberg stated.

With UConn clinging to a 70-sixty five lead and fewer than a minute left, Iowa State's Naz Lengthy missed a three-pointer, and the 6-1 Napier pulled down the rebound and was fouled by Hogue. The guard calmly drilled each free throws.

UConn was 20 of twenty-two from the foul line, while Iowa State was 6 of 15.

Napier, the American Athletic Conference player of the 12 months, drained 4 early three-pointers, then made just one more area purpose the remainder of the best way. However the quick start by Napier and backcourt mate Ryan Boatright opened up house for the 6-foot-9 Daniels, an inconsistent junior who can score all over the courtroom when he is on.

Since a stretch in late February and early March when he failed to achieve double figures in 4 straight games, Daniels had averaged 15 in his last six outings before Friday. Then towards Iowa State, he shot 10 of 15 and pulled down 10 rebounds.

"With our seniors on this staff, I simply need them to exit with a bang," Daniels stated.

Ejim and DeAndre Kane, Iowa State's prime scorers, have been a mixed 9 of 31. But Hogue, from nearby Yonkers, discovered plenty of space, shooting 15 for 19.

"To play within the Backyard, it's one thing I dreamed about as a child," he mentioned.

After Napier's tough early 3-pointers – he was falling away on two of them and stepping back to open a sliver of space on a 3rd – Boatright and Daniels took over. The three combined for all however six of the Huskies' factors as they constructed a 36-26 halftime lead.

Second-year coach Kevin Ollie is now 3-zero within the NCAA event after taking over for mentor Jim Calhoun, who gave him a giant hug after this one was over. The final time UConn made it this far, the Huskies won a nationwide title when Napier and Giffey have been freshmen.

The current upperclassmen might have transferred after this system's low scores on the NCAA's tutorial progress measure stored UConn from final yr's Large East and NCAA tournaments.

"We were banned from quite a lot of issues," Ollie stated. "We couldn't come here for the match, but they weren't banned from loving and pushing and encouraging one another, and that is what it's all about. Those darkish times, if you don't surrender at nighttime instances, it can reverse, the wind will begin going in your favor, your path.

"And I think that is what's happened now."

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Johnson, Arizona heat up, rally over SDSU

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Nick Johnson put an awful first half behind him and came up large for Arizona in the closing 2:forty five.

The Pac-12 player of the year scored all of his 15 factors over that span after lacking his first 10 photographs and helped Arizona maintain off San Diego State 70-sixty four on Thursday night time to reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA match.

"After I hit one shot, it simply began to feel a little bit bit better," he mentioned. "I just saved on hitting shots."

Largely, Johnson hit free throws, making all 10 of his attempts to go together with a discipline goal and a three-pointer after the Aztecs shut him down for the first 37 minutes.

"He simply exploded within the second half," stated San Diego State's Dwayne Polee II, who guarded Johnson. "I can not say that we didn't play onerous protection, however he just made a variety of good pictures."

Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 15 points each for the highest-seeded Wildcats (33-4), who will try to win a West Regional last for the primary time in Anaheim. They're 0-3 at Honda Heart going into Saturday's game towards second-seeded Wisconsin (29-7).

Arizona coach Sean Miller joined brother Archie in the ultimate eight. The younger Miller coached Dayton to an 82-72 victory over Stanford of the Pac-12 in the South Regional semifinals.

"We watched the sport in our locker room," Sean Miller stated. "The truth that two of us are within the Elite Eight is a really unique situation, but we'll see."

Xavier Thames scored 25 factors and Polee added thirteen points for the Aztecs (31-5). Those two tried to bail out SDSU within the final minute, every hitting 3-pointers before Thames' basket minimize the deficit to 65-61 with 38 seconds left.

The drama wasn't over but in a game that includes tenacious defense and rabid depth by both groups.

SDSU acquired known as for a 10-second violation, and the Wildcats regained the ball. Johnson obtained fouled and made each for a 67-61 lead with 26 seconds to go. Thames obtained fouled on a 3-level try, and he sank all three pictures to depart SDSU trailing 67-64.

The Aztecs had Johnson trapped close to their bench, however he handed out of the double-team and Gabe York bought fouled at the other end. He missed the first and made the second, maintaining Arizona forward 68-64. Thames missed, and Johnson once more went to the road, where he ended the scoring with two free throws.

San Diego State led by eight factors early within the second half after leading by that many simply earlier than halftime. The Aztecs managed the boards 37-29, with three of them often battling without delay on the defensive finish. Josh Davis had 14 rebounds for SDSU.

The Aztecs were making an attempt to reach the final eight for the primary time at school history below sixty nine-year-outdated coach Steve Fisher.

"One in every of as of late, we will get to a Closing 4," Fisher mentioned.

Johnson's 2-of-12 taking pictures wasn't the Wildcats' only drawback. Kaleb Tarczewski returned late within the sport with four fouls, and Hollis-Jefferson fouled out with four:forty two to play.

However Johnson made his first basket a couple of minutes later and carried the Wildcats across the end line after they trailed a lot of the second half.

"It is wonderful for a kid to be able to try this after not making shots for about 25, 30 straight minutes," Miller mentioned.

T.J. McConnell's layup gave Arizona its first lead, 50-49, of the second half after the Wildcats got within one 3 times. SDSU answered with baskets the primary two occasions however couldn't cease McConnell, who finished with 11 factors.

The Wildcats started getting a number of the offensive rebounds that eluded them a lot of the sport, and Tarczewski scored after his teammates grabbed two on the identical possession to keep Arizona ahead 54-51.

Polee's protection helped maintain Johnson scoreless within the first half, when he went zero-for-7 and missed all three of his 3-point makes an attempt. He lastly hit a jumper at the buzzer, however typical of Arizona's early luck, it was dominated no good. Tarczewski picked up his third foul with 5:13 to go, leaving the Wildcats without their 7-footer to guard the basket.

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LeBron scores 43 to power Heat past Cavs

LeBron Powers Heat Past Cavs

 

CLEVELAND – As shot after shot dropped via the online, it became clear LeBron James was going to have a kind of special nights.

The sort he has on occasion.

The type he has when Dwyane Wade sits.

James scored 43 points – 25 in a bewildering first-quarter capturing show – and Chris Bosh added 21, leading the Miami Heat to a a hundred-ninety six win Tuesday evening over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played their first game without injured All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.

With Wade out resting his sore knees, James took it upon himself to carry the Warmth. The same thing happened on March 3 and James responded by scoring a career-excessive sixty one in opposition to Charlotte.

"I don't know, it is a kind of zones," James said, making an attempt to explain how he made 10 of eleven shot and five 3-pointers in the dizzying opening quarter. "When I began the game off, I felt like I could have gone for 50 or 60."

James added two crucial blocks and dropped six free throws within the ultimate two minutes, and Bosh had a key rejection to lead the Warmth to simply their third win in eight games.

With Wade out, the Warmth's two different megastars picked up the slack.

Jarrett Jack scored 22 and Dion Waiters added 17 and eleven assists for Cleveland, which was additionally with out starting forward Luol Deng (sprained ankle). Irving's anticipated to miss two weeks with a strained biceps tendon, an harm that further damages the Cavs' fading playoff hopes. Cleveland fell six games behind Atlanta for the ultimate playoff spot.

"Our guys hung in there and so they competed," Cavs coach Mike Brown said.

After one quarter, it was: James 25, Cavs 25.

And like the other 20,000 plus in attendance, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra marveled at James' accuracy.

"That had nothing to do with me," Spoelstra mentioned. "Fact be told, it is not like I am completely in love with these type of plays, however he had it rolling. So I took a step again for just a little bit."

The four-time MVP had 31 points at halftime and 37 after three quarters, however the Heat entered the ultimate 12 minutes tied as they were unable to shake off the Cavs, who shot 60 p.c from the floor via three and had all 5 starters in double figures.

With James content to distribute the ball, Bosh scored nine straight factors to put Miami ahead 93-88 with 2:24 remaining. Cleveland minimize it to three on a basket by Anderson Varejao and had a chance to get nearer however James – with an help from Udonis Haslem – snuffed a dunk attempt by Spencer Hawes. Just 11 seconds later, Bosh turned away Waiters and James made a pair of free throws to make it 95-ninety with 1:06 remaining.

After empty possessions by each groups, James blocked a drive by Waiters and Bosh split a pair of free throws, giving the Warmth a ninety six-90 lead. Jack made two three-pointers within the last 15.7 seconds, but both times James answered by hitting two free throws to shut it out.

Spoelstra was most happy with Miami's defense down the stretch.

"Most likely my favourite play was the double block," he stated. "U.D. and L.J. going for that. It needs to be a layup. It ought to be a dunk. To make that play, those are the things I like to see."

James improved to thirteen-1 against the Cavaliers, the crew he left after seven seasons as a free agent in 2010.

James made his first six shots – 4 of them 3s – and showed most of his offensive repertoire in the first quarter. He hit fadeaways, runners and a thunderous breakaway dunk. The one shot James missed got here on a "heat-test" 3-pointer from method beyond the arc.

"That is what makes LeBron unique on this league," Spoelstra stated. "In as we speak's age, there are gamers who can be in search of numbers with that sort of begin to see when you can go for 70. LeBron's just making an attempt to play the game the fitting manner. It takes great maturity. He's selfless."

It was James' second visit to Cleveland in 10 days. He had been back on March 8, when former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas had his jersey retired by the Cavs, who might one day elevate the No. 23 James wore to the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena.

Much pregame hype focused on the All-Star's future. James can opt out of his contract with Miami this summer time and become a free agent, and certainly one of his potential locations may very well be Cleveland.

Asked immediately if he wants to play for his former crew again, James was noncommittal.

"As of proper now, it is too arduous for me to think about," he said. "We've 20 or less games earlier than we gear up for no sleep for 2 months, hopefully. So for me to try to take my mind some place else when I know what's on its way is sort of unimaginable."

Game notes

Wade will be re-evaluated Wednesday when the Warmth visit Boston… James has but to fill out his NCAA match brackets and didn't seem to be in a rush to do it anytime quickly. "I'm horrible," he said. He was then reminded in regards to the $1 billion Gilbert and tycoon Warren Buffett are offering for anybody who picks the games perfectly. Does not he need the billion? "No," James said. "I'm simply going to ask him for it." It's unclear whether he meant Gilbert or Buffett… Spoelstra intends to maintain C

Greg Oden

in the beginning lineup, a drastic change for Miami, which has favored smaller, shooter-heavy lineups. Oden made his third start and finished with six points in 14 minutes.

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Davis’ 40 points, 21 boards power Pelicans

Davis' Monster Evening Fuels Pelicans In OT

 

NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis is getting even better while the New Orleans Pelicans close out one other difficult season.

Davis set career highs with 40 points and 21 rebounds, and Eric Gordon made two crucial free throws in additional time to guide the Pelicans to a 121-one hundred twenty extra time victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night time.

"My teammates inform me that they feed off my power and so they need me to be great so I can not be timid and do what it takes to help my staff win," mentioned Davis, who additionally blocked three photographs, making him the eight participant in NBA history with at the very least forty factors, 20 rebounds and three blocks in a game. "We're making an attempt to do a better job of constructing me comfortable down the stretch."

Tyreke Evans added 26 factors and Gordon had 19 for the Pelicans (27-39), who had lost two consecutive games. Gordon's foul pictures with 9.four seconds remaining gave the Pelicans a 121-117 lead.

"In overtime we did sufficient to squeak out a one-level win," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.

Jeff Green, who led Boston with 39 factors, answered Gordon's free throws in time beyond regulation with a three-point play that trimmed New Orleans' result in 121-one hundred twenty with 5.7 seconds remaining. But the Celtics had been unable to foul on the inbounds play and New Orleans ran out the clock.

"No less than we played with higher poise on the finish of regulation and time beyond regulation," mentioned Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who blamed a defensive miscommunication for Boston not committing the late foul. "We gave ourselves a chance to win on the offensive end. Guys acquired a couple of stops, simply not sufficient at the finish."

Davis did not score in additional time however controlled the middle by grabbing six rebounds. He turned the first player in franchise historical past to have a minimum of forty factors and 20 rebounds in a game. He's averaging 32.three points in his last six games.

His earlier high for factors was Friday night when he scored 36 in a loss in opposition to Portland. Davis' 21 rebounds erased his earlier profession high of 19 against Orlando on Jan. 26.

"I believe he can do this 10 to 15 times a year just because he is so gifted and does issues for the precise reason," Williams said. "Obviously, he has nice athletic skill but some of that stuff is simply him. We attempt to put him ready where he is usually a dominant participant."

Green made three massive free throws late in regulation, tying it at a hundred and ten. Davis answered with a jumper for New Orleans, however Kris Humphries, who scored 16 factors, sent the game into overtime on a long jumper from the correct nook.

"That is a tricky one to swallow," mentioned Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, who scored 14 points. "(Humphries) hitting that big shot to ship it into extra time, we thought we could win. In the end we got here up quick."

Avery Bradley had 12 factors for the Celtics, who lost their fourth consecutive recreation.

Evans' layup with 5:33 remaining within the fourth quarter gave the Pelicans a 102-89 lead. Boston then closed with a 23-10 surge to pressure the extra interval.

It was similar to the previous two games when the Pelicans blew leads towards Memphis and Portland.

"We played defense within the fourth quarter and in time beyond regulation and received stops once we wanted it," Davis stated. "We got here up with the rebounds and made free throws."

The Celtics, who tried to push the tempo towards the defense-minded Pelicans, closed the primary half on a 17-eight run to take a 64-fifty seven halftime lead. Boston scored 39 factors within the second period.

Green had 20 factors on the break. He had a tying dunk with four:eleven left and a three-pointer with 2:35 remaining, giving Boston a fifty four-forty nine lead.

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The Pelicans completed 24-of-28 from the free-throw line, after making their solely two foul shots in the first half… Davis was 12-of-12 from the line, and has not missed an attempt in his past three games… The Pelicans have won their previous 5 games which have gone into overtime… New Orleans scored a season-excessive 70 points in the paint, and held Boston to forty six.

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Aldridge nets 44, Blazers rally vs. Nuggets

 
PORTLAND, Ore. – LaMarcus Aldridge's 44-point outburst against the Denver Nuggets came the same day the particular All-Star starters were introduced.
 

"It was nothing about that, " the Trail Blazers' forward said. "We dropped two games and we required this win. "

Aldridge furthermore had 13 rebounds within Portland's 110-105 come-from-behind triumph over the Nuggets on thurs night. Wesley Matthews additional 24 points for the Blazers, who snapped a two-game losing streak coming away a 2-2 road trip. the particular Blazers have not lost 3 straight this season.

Aldridge scored the particular team's final 15 factors: After missing 3 associated with 4 free throws, this individual settled down to make 8 straight to close out the game.

It was their third career game along with 40 or more points.

"It will go without saying, LaMarcus simply keeps impressing everybody with what he's doing, " Blazers coach Terry Stotts stated, ticking off the contributions: "He was aggressive to the container, he made his jump photos, he made his free tosses, he rebounded, he arrived up big when we required him, he made passes out of the double teams when they bending, he got blocked photos. He was fantastic. "

The Blazers trailed by as many as fifteen points in the third one fourth, but chipped away in Denver's lead to pull in order to 91-90 on Matthews' transformation fadeaway before taking the guide on his 15-foot jumper.

The groups wrestled for control, yet Aldridge's jumper put Portland up a 102-99 along with 3: 08 left.

Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov produced consecutive baskets to restore the lead for Denver, and it was back-and-forth until Aldridge made four consecutive totally free throws to shouts associated with "M-V-P, " from the Portland crowd, giving the Blazers a 108-105 lead.

Chandler skipped a jumper with eight seconds left and Aldridge made more free tosses for the final margin.

Chandler finished with 18 points for denver colorado, which has lost three directly and four of their past 5 games after a five-game successful streak.

"LaMarcus Aldridge, the and therefore that he made, I can live with that, " said denver colorado coach Brian Shaw. "But some of the fouls that we committed to send him to the collection without him having to really work for it, I thought is what harm us, especially in the fourth one fourth. "

Kenneth Faried got 2 quick fouls early in the game and had to sit, but the Nuggets still led 30-28 at the end of the first quarter, spaced by Anthony Randolph off the bench.

Nate Robinson's 3-pointer extended Denver's lead to 44-37, and the Nuggets went on to lead simply by as many as 12 points in the second quarter.

Portland went on a 9-0 run to close to 51-48, but denver colorado held on to 67-59 guide at the half.

Randy Foye strike a 3-pointer early in the third quarter to extend Denver's lead to 78-63. the particular Nuggets led 91-86 heading to the fourth.

Earlier in the day, Aldridge and teammate Damian Lillard were named to the 2014-16 U. S. men's nationwide team pool, the first step towards making the Olympic team. Faried was also invited.

The All-Star group starters were also announced prior to Thursday night's game. Aldridge finished fifth in lover voting among Western meeting frontcourt players, while Lillard finished seventh among protects. Both players will have a chance to make the team if they are chosen by the league's coaches.

Aldridge, the two-time All-Star, has never been the very best a starter by the fans. Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin plus Kevin Love will make up the Western Conference's starting frontcourt this season in New Orleans.

Matthews thought Aldridge should have made it.

"What can you say? He's a good MVP candidate. Best energy forward in the game, " Matthews said. "I've been saying that for two years now. this individual put it one display once again tonight. "

Blazers owner john Allen addressed the press at halftime, talking on a wide range of topics including an agreement extension for Aldridge, which the team will consider "at the appropriate time. "

Game notes

 

The Blazers defeated the Nuggets 113-98 in Denver their 1st meeting of the season upon Nov. 1… Portland is the only team to have used the same starting lineup almost all season… The Nuggets introduced earlier this week that ahead

Danilo Gallinari

will miss the rest of the season after undergoing a second surgery on his left leg. Gallinari averaged 16. two points per game final season for Denver… acting professional Billy Dee Williams was at the game.

 

No. 3 Spartans top Indiana for 11th straight

 
Harris scored twenty of his 24 factors in the second half, assisting the Spartans beat indianapolis 71-66 on Tuesday night time to remain unbeaten in the large Ten.

"He's just got to take more than games, " Spartans trainer Tom Izzo said. "He is that good, to be really blunt and honest about it. What an incredible performance simply by him with just thirteen shots. He's probably the most effective player in college golf ball. "

Michigan State (18-1, 7-0) has won 11 directly games, extending their best one-loss start in a season in school history despite playing badly at times with an injury-depleted roster.

"We're 18-1 now, " Travis Trice said. "That's almost all we care about. "

The Hoosiers (12-7, 2-4) have lost 2 straight and four of 6. After beating then-No. a few Wisconsin at home last week, these people lost at home to Northwestern.

"I'm proud of my team due to the fact I think we did a great job the last couple days of setting up even more togetherness, " Hoosiers coach Tom Crean stated.

the state of michigan State went on a 10-2 run to take a 62-52 guide with 4: 29 remaining, but led by just 4 points after Yogi Ferrell made a 3-pointer along with 36 seconds remaining. Keith Appling made one of two totally free throws on the ensuing ownership and Stanford Robinson's athlete pulled the Hoosiers inside three points.

Trice made 2 free throws with thirteen. 7 seconds left to give the Spartans a five-point guide, essentially sealing their eighteenth win in 19 house games against Indiana.

"We're obtaining ways to win and other groups around the country are finding ways to lose, " Izzo stated.

the particular Spartans were missing possibly their best player, Adreian Payne, for a fourth straight sport with a sprained right feet.

Izzo said Payne wants to perform Saturday at home against No . 21 Michigan, the only some other Big Ten team without a conference loss, but the older standout is questionable at best because he just started to run mon on a weight-bearing treadmill.

"He could be day-to-day for two weeks, inch Izzo said.

The Hoosiers did not have a key player, older forward Will Sheehey, in the starting lineup for the first time this season after he injured a good ankle against the Wildcats. austin tx Etherington started the first sport of his career within Sheehey's place, giving the team a second sophomore in a selection with three freshmen.

"I'm proud of the way we played without having Will, " Crean stated. "Everybody that went into the game impacted the game. "

Ferrell obtained 14 of his nineteen points in the second fifty percent. He is leading the Big 10 in scoring with a 19-point average in conference online games. Indiana's Noah Vonleh experienced 13 points and thirteen rebounds. He was named large Ten freshman of the 7 days on Monday for the 2nd straight time and sixth this season.

the state of michigan State's Branden Dawson obtained 13 points and snapped up nine rebounds.

Appling, who appeared to play much of the game within pain, had eight factors on 2-of-10 shooting right after averaging nearly 18 factors the previous seven games. Trice and Denzel Valentine each scored 10 points.

Indiana led 28-27 at halftime on an 8th lead change after 7 ties in a sloppy, carefully contested first half. half way through the first half, the particular teams had combined for more turnovers (10) than industry goals (9).

Harris had simply four points on 2-of-5 shooting in the first fifty percent, missing his only 3-point attempt. He finished eight of 13, connecting upon 4 of 6 photos from beyond the arch.

"I just wanted to come out in the 2nd half and be aggressive and put some points on the table, " Harris said.

The Spartans started to play a little much better in the second half, going on an 11-2 run to take a four-point lead in the middle of the particular half, but they couldn't maintain success against an inexperienced plus scrappy team.

"Indiana, I thought, outplayed us and we found a way to win, " Izzo stated. "Those young guys performed well, played hard. inch

Harris, who was recruited to stay in condition to play for Indiana, obtained a career-high 26 points to lead Michigan State to a 73-56 victory over the Hoosiers last month. He had five shop lifts in both games against indianapolis.

"Knowing him as long as we've recognized him, he is as good as this gets it in the backcourt, " Crean said.

Hawks knock off Heat despite LeBron’s 30

 

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks did not talk about ending their nine-game losing streak against ohio.

the particular Hawks only wanted to make up for the last loss in the ability – an overtime beat in Miami last month.

Paul Millsap scored 26 points and the Hawks overcame LeBron James' 30 to beat the warmth 121-114 on Monday night time, leaving Miami to lament its defensive woes."To all of us, this was a get-back sport, " said Atlanta's Lou Williams, who had 12 points. "We felt we should have received the last one in Miami that we lost in overtime. inch"We obtained enough points to win, therefore obviously it was defense, inch James said. "Especially in the first half. "

The Hawks led 71-70 at halftime.

DeMarre Carroll finished with 19 factors and Pero Antic experienced 17 for the Hawks, that beat Miami for the first time given that Jan 2, 2012. It was Atlanta's first home win over the Heat since Nov. eighteen, 2009.The Hawks have been remanufactured under second-year general supervisor Danny Ferry and first-year coach Mike Budenholzer. the majority of Atlanta players said they had no idea the Hawks had gone so long without beating the Heat.

"I never even knew that will, " Millsap said, including the Hawks' were a lot more motivated by Miami's back-to-back NBA championships.

"Anytime you perform Miami or any great group, you want to step up and perform your best, " Millsap stated. "I think that's what we did today. "

Chris Bosh had 21 points with regard to Miami, which was without Dwyane Wade for the second directly game.

The Hawks set the season high for factors in a half and factors allowed by a Miami challenger in a half.

The Heat trailed in spite of matching their season higher for points in a fifty percent. It was only the second time in Miami's franchise history each teams had at least seventy points in a half.

"I cannot just pinpoint what it is, inch James said of the protective woes. "It's a little bit of every thing. At some point we've got to figure it out. It's just not good golf ball right now. "

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said the protective problems were "all across the board, A through Z. inch

"There just wasn't a lot of satisfaction on that side of the court tonight, " Spoelstra said. "We tried to earn it on a shootout and then when our offense arrived up dry on the road towards the end, a couple missed photos and turnovers, we were unable able to secure an earn. "

The Hawks led 57-45 late in the first fifty percent and kept a 97-92 advantage entering the final time period. Even so, Miami appeared certain for its eighth comeback through double-digit deficits of the time of year.

With a large portion of the altlanta ga crowd chanting "Let's proceed, Heat! " James went under a 3-pointer with seven: 06 remaining for a 104-all tie. James made an additional jumper on Miami's following possession to give the Heat the lead.

Carroll's 3-pointer for Atlanta linked it at 107. ohio took its last guide when Mario Chalmers, who had 17 points, made one of two free throws.

The Hawks regrouped to lead 112-108 following 2 free throws by Millsap.

the particular Hawks led 116-111 when a missed layup by Atlanta's Shelvin Mack set up James' three-point play to cut the lead to two points. Kyle Korver, who had 12 points, clarified with a 3-pointer.

James had a proceeds on a bad pass and a missed 3-pointer on Miami's next two possessions.

Wade, that missed his second directly game, said before the sport there is "still a little soreness" in his knees.

Some players on each team wore purple sneakers on Martin Luther ruler Jr. Day in King's hometown. Both teams and the officials wore "Dream Big" logos on their warm-up t-shirts.

King's daughter, Bernice King, shipped a brief message before the sport.

Korver hit a 3-pointer to open the second period, extending in order to 109 his NBA report of consecutive games with a 3.

James was slow to return to his feet after he was hit in the back of his mind by Korver, who was trying to block a shot with a few: 18 remaining in the 1st half. Korver was called for a flagrant foul, but the call was overturned following a review.

sport notes

The Heat and the boston celtics each had 70 or more points in the second fifty percent on April 12, 1990, at Boston, the only some other time Miami and its challenger each scored at least seventy points in a half… Spoelstra said G Toney Douglas, acquired in a three-team industry on Wednesday, was working out in Miami… Forward-center bob Andersen, who has missed the particular Heat's past three online games with a right knee coup, returned with eight factors… C Greg Oden did not play… Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, the former college of Georgia star, went to the game.

 

 

Pacers repel Warriors’ rally, win 5th straight

Pacers earn Fifth Straightvideo

 

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Paul George performed at Golden State final season, he missed almost all seven shots he required and finished scoreless within Indiana's loss. Instead of sulking, he went straight to the gym after the Pacers arrived back home in the wee hours of the morning.That work ethic has paid off.

George scored 23 points to go with four rebounds and 2 assists, and the NBA-leading Pacers built a big lead prior to holding off the Warriors 102-94 Monday night for their 5th straight win.

"That game transformed everything, for our franchise and for him, " Pacers trainer Frank Vogel said, remembering the 103-92 loss in Golden State on december. 1, 2012. "It pushed him to change his strategy. "George has emerged as an MVP candidate this season, and his Indiana teammates are enhancing just as rapidly.

The Pacers (33-7) went ahead by twenty in the third quarter, viewed the Warriors whittle the lead to two and then regrouped in the closing minutes to open the particular five-game West Coast journey with a victory.

Roy Hibbert experienced 14 points and thirteen rebounds, David West additional 17 points and puncture Stephenson finished with 14 factors, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to help the Pacers pull away for good."I felt great coming off screens, dribbling a basketball the ball and striking some shots, " stated George, who made nine of 20 from the ground. "It's just tough running around with those guys and still having legs to make photos at the end. That's really what the toughness was. "

Stephen Curry had 24 points plus nine assists, and jesse Lee had 20 factors and 12 rebounds for the streaky Warriors, who have dropped four of six given that winning 10 in a line.

indianapolis outshot the Warriors forty five. 1 to 40. seven percent and outrebounded all of them 52 to 45. each teams committed 15 renouvellement.

"We're right there as a team that has the potential to do some great things this year if we can figure that will last, little bit of consistency away, " Curry said. "We've shown in spots we have the talent to do it, all of us just have to find that last small piece of assertiveness against the greatest teams in the league. inch

fantastic State made the Pacers work for the win.

 

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Paul George rebounded from a scoreless sport against the Warriors last year to a 23-point performance in Monday's win.

After going down by 20 in the 3rd quarter, Harrison Barnes strike a 3-pointer to cut Indiana's lead to 79-77 earlier in the fourth. The Pacers pulled away by 8 before the Warriors roared back again within three on Lee's free throws.

Stephenson answered with a 3-pointer to put the Pacers up 94-87. Klay Thompson followed with swish through long range, then George slope hit another from past the arc to keep indianapolis in control.

"It was like the movie `Rocky II. ' I'm not sure which guy was going to drop first. Both teams had been completely exhausted, " Vogel said.

The Warriors' final drive ended almost as quickly as this started.

Andre Iguodala made the fadeaway to trim Indiana's lead to 98-94 with less than a minute left. After Iguodala stole the ball through Hill, Curry missed the contested 3-pointer short, and the Pacers put the game aside on free throws.

"We're near, but we still have function to do, " said players center Andrew Bogut, who had 10 points and 13 springs back.

the particular Warriors entered the night getting played an NBA-high twenty five road games compared to seventeen at home. The game began the string of five straight plus nine of 11 in Oracle Arena, though fantastic State's home court offered little comfort against the NBA's best.

Sparked by its protection and work-to-get-a-good-shot approach, indianapolis opened a 35-21 guide at the end of the first quarter. fantastic State switched to a smaller sized lineup Paul Georgeto try and outrun the particular Pacers, who instead used their size inside.
After heading ahead by 16 factors late in the second quarter, Indiana let the Warriors creep closer thanks to a series of turnovers. The Pacers led 53-40 at the fifty percent.

 

indianapolis came out of the break just like it did to start the game, scoring the first seven of the third quarter to take the 60-40 lead that quietened most of the announced sellout masses of 19, 596.

 

But Curry and Co. quickly experienced fans on their feet and to a fever pitch after a timeout. Curry hit the jumper, then tossed a good alley -oop to BogutThompson's 3-pointer started an operate that brought the players within eight heading to the particular frantic fourth quarter.

Game notes

Warriors trainer Mark Jackson said it was an honor to play on the holiday honoring the revolution. Martin Luther King junior. "I'm not sitting right here if he didn't have a dream and he didn't fight for that dream the right way, inch Jackson said… The players haven't won a series against the Pacers since the 2000-01 time of year… Indiana hosts Golden condition on March 4 in the teams' only other conference this season.

Arizona withstands UCLA run to stay perfect

LOS ANGELES – Arizona took its lumps against UCLA last season, losing three times to its Pac-12 rival. Those defeats stuck in the minds of the Wildcats, especially when they let a commanding lead slip away in the latest matchup.
Nick Johnson scored 22 points and the top-ranked Wildcats withstood UCLA's late 15-1 run to beat the Bruins 79-75 Thursday night, equaling the best start in school history at 16-0.
 

The Wildcats (3-0 Pac-12) blew a 13-point lead with 6: 16 to play and committed a season-worst 17 turnovers. UCLA shot 41 percent in the second half against a team that had been holding opponents to 36 percent in the final 20 minutes.

"Losing to them three times last year definitely made us more hungry, " said Gabe York, who had 12 points. "None of us forgot that. "

Johnson added: "It was definitely a chip on my shoulder. "

Kaleb Tarczewski made all six of his field goal attempts and scored a career-high 16 points for the Wildcats in the lone regular-season meeting between the longtime conference powers. The 1931-32 Wildcats also began the season 16-0.

"Our common goal is to get to the national championship, " York said. "We don't really talk about it. We take it one game at a time and I think that's what's giving us a great record right now. "

Freshman Zach LaVine hit a 3-pointer that got UCLA to 77-75 with 15 seconds left, but he missed another one with 2 seconds to go that would have left the Bruins down one.

"We knew they were going to make their run, " Johnson said. "We couldn't blow them out really, but we just tried to respond when they made their run and we did. "

Kyle Anderson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Adams added 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Bruins (12-3, 1-1). They haven't beaten a top-ranked team since March 13, 2003, when they took down Arizona in overtime in the Pac-12 tournament.

UCLA's other two losses came against Missouri and Duke.

"Being down to a very good team, we did a good job of fighting back, " Anderson said. "I'm not one for moral victories, but we did fight hard. "

Buoyed by loud chants of "U of A" in sold-out Pauley Pavilion, the Wildcats pulled away to a 12-point lead midway through the second half after UCLA kept it close in the first 20 minutes. Arizona starters Aaron Gordon (16 points), Brandon Ashley (nine points) and T. J. McConnell (eight points) all played with four fouls in the second half.

Johnson's dunk gave Arizona its largest lead of the game, 68-55.

That's when the Bruins reeled off a 15-1 run, including 13 consecutive points, to take their last lead at 70-69.

Adams hit a 3-pointer for a 68-all tie. He, Anderson and Bryce Alford combined to outscore the Wildcats, who made just one free throw during that stretch. Alford finished with 12 points.

"Being down one was a little bit nerve-racking, but Coach Miller is a really good coach, " Gordon said. "He gathered us and said, `OK, stick together, it's really time to come together and just stick with and just do what we'd been doing the whole game. It's a process and just stick to Arizona principles. "

The Wildcats were limited to one field goal over the final 1: 27, when they went 8 of 10 from the free throw line to hang on.

"Gabe York and Aaron Gordon making those four free throws at the very end really solidified things, " Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "That's not easy to do if you're Gabe because he came in off the bench, and those are two huge free throws. "

The Bruins' 79 points were the most scored by an Arizona opponent this season. They missed five straight free throws before their big run.

"They were huge, " Anderson said. "That's something we can fix. "

Arizona controlled the boards, 37-36, as it has done in all 16 games so far.

Arizona led 42-38 at the break, hitting three 3-pointers over the final 2: 56, when UCLA twice tied the game.

Retired Lakers coach Phil Jackson and Clippers coach Doc Rivers attended the game, along with former Bruins Baron Davis, Jordan Farmar and Ryan Hollins. Injured Lakers guard Steve Nash, actor John Lithgow, who sat with Jackson, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea were there, too.

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Aztecs end Jayhawks’ home winning streak

San Diego State Edges Kansas

 

LAWRENCE, Kan. – It was so loud inside Allen Fieldhouse that San Diego State's gamers might barely hear what coach Steve Fisher was saying, yet they knew what the message could be because the timeout ended.

No matter the scenario, it's always the identical.

"He just tells you to assume something constructive, whether or not it is basketball, family, whatever. Assume something positive," Xavier Thames stated. "I think that actually helps."

It positive appeared to settle down the Aztecs.

Thames scored sixteen factors, and calmly made 4 straight free throws in the closing seconds Sunday, helping No. 21 San Diego State knock off No. 16 Kansas sixty one-57, ending the Jayhawks' sixty eight-game nonconference winning streak at their venerable on-campus arena.

Skylar Spencer added thirteen factors and Josh Davis had 10 for the Aztecs (12-1), who have received eleven straight since shedding to No. 1 Arizona on Nov. 14. That streak is tied for the second-greatest at school historical past, trailing solely the 20-0 start of the 2010-11 workforce.

"Our coach by no means will get rattled," San Diego State ahead Winston Shepard stated. "He's always even keeled, whether we're up 20 or it is a shut game in here. After each timeout, he tell us to take a superb thought out there."

Think blissful ideas? Why didn't those other sixty eight groups strive that at the Phog?

Kansas (9-4) nonetheless had a chance to tie the game when Perry Ellis went to the free throw line with eleven.9 seconds left. He made his first free throw however, after San Diego State known as a timeout to ice him, Ellis missed the second and the Jayhawks had been forced to foul.

Thames made both free throws to offer San Diego State a 3-level lead, and the Aztecs fouled reasonably than enable Kansas to try a tying three. Frank Mason missed the first and made the second, and Thames made two extra free throws with 4.6 seconds left to seal the win.

"It is a great win for us," Thames mentioned. "Quite a lot of teams don't come in right here and get victories. I'm simply blessed to be a part of this one."

Andrew Wiggins and Mason scored 14 points apiece for the Jayhawks, who had gained 112 of their final 114 video games at Allen Fieldhouse. Joel Embiid completed with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Jayhawks struggled towards the long, lanky Aztecs proper from the start, lacking eight of their first nine pictures and permitting San Diego State to dictate the tempo.

After a three-pointer by Naadir Tharpe gave Kansas a 9-eight lead, the Jayhawks had just one more subject aim over the subsequent eight-plus minutes. Thames and Davis had no such hassle for San Diego State, hitting a series of jumpers and contested layups because the Aztecs built a 29-23 halftime lead.

Kansas wound up taking pictures 20.7 p.c (6 of 29) within the first half.

"I think all people, we all missed pictures we normally make," Wiggins said, "and that's going to occur occasionally with a young staff."

The Aztecs kept up the depth in the second half, forcing the Jayhawks to misfire on eight of their first 10 shots with their in-your-face, man-to-man defense. The lead slowly grew to 44-33 when JJ O'Brien transformed after two misses, once extra silencing a packed home.

The Jayhawks finally began to construct some momentum midway by way of the second half, closing inside fifty eight-fifty six on a basket by Wiggins and 50-forty eight on Tharpe's scooping layup.

It appeared as if each time Kansas went on a run, although, the Aztecs had a solution.

Spencer scored after Tharpe's basket, and Thames curled in a 3-pointer to offer San Diego State a fifty five-48 lead with 3 minutes to play. Kansas made another salvo, getting inside 57-55 on a three-pointer by Mason and seemingly getting the ball back after O'Brien missed a free throw.

Throughout a stoppage in play, the officers determined that the ball went off Kansas with forty four.8 seconds left. And regardless that the Jayhawks got a stop, it price them valuable time.

Kansas coach Invoice Self known as a timeout with 20 seconds left and determined to go with Ellis, the positive-handed sophomore. He drove to the basket and was fouled, but the 72 percent free throw shooter may only make the first of his two attempts, and San Diego State finally held on to win.

"Each play we made, it seemed like they came down, they got something positive out of the subsequent possession," Mason mentioned. "Whether it was free throws or a made basket, we simply couldn't get the stops we would have liked."

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George takes over late as Pacers outlast Knicks in OT

THE BIG APPLE – Paul George and the Pacers have been down and just about out, seconds away from consecutive losses.

Once a late foul name gave him an opportunity to tie it, he wasn’t letting Indiana lose it in extra time.

“I wanted to assault,” he mentioned.

George made three throws to tie it with 5.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored nine of his season-excessive 35 points within the further interval as Indiana pulled out a 103-96 victory Wednesday night time against the New York Knicks, who dropped their sixth straight at residence.

New York scored the first 13 factors, however this settled right into a playoff-type game between groups that met in the postseason last Could. And it again went to the Pacers, who bounced back from their first loss after a franchise-record 9-zero start.

“Heck of a win for our guys,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. “A grind-it-out type of recreation. That’s typically when we’re at our best. The offense wasn’t actually flowing however our defense really buckled down.”

George Hill added 23 factors and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who beat the Knicks in six games in final season’s Jap Convention semifinals. Simply as within the clincher of that collection, Roy Hibbert had a pivotal block on Carmelo Anthony’s drive to the basket.

Anthony had 30 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who regarded fully deflated after they couldn’t score following the free throws George made when Iman Shumpert was referred to as for fouling him.

George then put away the Knicks in extra time, keeping them winless at house since beating Milwaukee on Oct. 30 in their season opener.

“I thought we had the game gained,” Anthony said. “And in time beyond regulation, I do not know, they just walked away with it.”

J.R. Smith had 21 points, and Beno Udrih scored a season-excessive 19 for the Knicks, including a go-ahead shot with 1:21 left in regulation when he appeared to just throw it on the rim when Anthony couldn’t get free. The Knicks protected the lead through a couple of missed three-pointers by Hill, and Anthony made two free throws for an 89-86 lead with 9.2 seconds left.

Shumpert was then known as for the foul on George, with replays exhibiting what appeared to be maybe only a slight contact to George’s arm. The All-Star sank the free throws, and Anthony missed on the opposite finish, and Smith was off on a tip try.

“It don’t really matter what I believe or what happened,” Shumpert stated. “They called the foul.”

The surprised Knicks walked back to the bench as if they had just misplaced – and fairly soon, they had.

George followed Hibbert’s block with a 3-pointer, and answered Anthony’s basket with 4 straight points to place the Pacers in management.

Last season’s winner of the Most Improved Player award stated he would have deferred in similar situations in the past.

“I’d have regarded to have someone else to be in that place or that function,” George said. “This year, this time around I wish to be extra aggressive.”

The Knicks had been once more with out injured starters Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. Amare Stoudemire additionally didn’t play on the second night time of the again-to-again.

They now go on a 4-recreation street trip, maybe what they need with their incapacity to win on their home flooring.

George was two shy of his career high, bouncing again nicely from a season-low 12 factors on 3-of-14 shooting in a one hundred ten-94 loss at Chicago that ended Indiana’s perfect begin.

The Knicks jumped to a thirteen-0 lead whereas Indiana missed its first seven pictures. The Pacers have been only 5 for 20 in the first quarter, however one of many makes was Hibbert’s ugly, banked 3-pointer that beat the buzzer and reduce it to 19-14.

New York was ahead forty two-37 on the half and never trailed by greater than 4 till additional time.

The teams were evenly matched last season, solely minutes from heading to a Recreation 7 till Hibbert’s sensational, momentum-shifting block on Anthony’s dunk try late in Game 6. Indiana went on to power Miami to seven video games within the East finals and is intent on doing better this season.

As for the Knicks, they are 3-eight, unable to match their sturdy begin final season, certainly not in a position to hold tempo with Indiana’s blistering start.

This was a significantly better efficiency from the Knicks, who had been essential of their own effort and were coming off a loss in Detroit a night earlier, however not good enough.

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Metta World Peace returned, saying he had fluid drained from his left knee twice in current weeks… Danny Granger is with the Pacers on their trip that concludes Friday at Boston, however Vogel stated Granger continues to be experiencing soreness in his left calf and will not apply until that is gone.

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Ellis rallies Mavericks, ruining Dwight’s huge night

DALLAS – Monta Ellis is turning into quite a consolation prize after Dallas missed out on Dwight Howard.

Ellis had a season-excessive 37 factors and two key assists late, Dirk Nowitzki led a fourth-quarter rally with 14 of his 35 factors, and the Mavericks spoiled Howard’s finest offensive night time in Houston with a 123-a hundred and twenty victory in opposition to the Rockets on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks settled for a pair of guards in Ellis and Jose Calderon after Howard selected the Rockets in free agency through the summer season. Nowitzki needed Howard as a lot as anybody else, however has raved about Ellis all season.

“We’re actually simply enjoying off of him,” stated Nowitzki, who additionally had a season high in scoring. “He is been aggressive, he is been taking pictures the ball properly, however what’s been great is that he has been making plays for others. He is making all of us higher.”

Howard, enjoying in front of Dallas followers for the primary time since his massive choice, made his first 11 photographs and scored a season-high 33 factors to go together with a recreation-high 11 rebounds after receiving some gentle pregame boos.

The Mavericks, who improved to 6-zero at residence, trailed by 18 late within the third quarter however had been down just one within the remaining minute when Ellis drove and zipped a go to Shawn Marion in the nook for the go-ahead 3-pointer with forty seven seconds left.

Houston’s James Harden had a chance to tie it with 9 seconds left however missed the second of two free throws, conserving Dallas’ lead at 121-a hundred and twenty. Calderon made two free throws after a Houston foul, and Harden shot an airball on a 3-level strive within the remaining seconds.

The Rockets had a hundred and one points after three quarters – 50 of them within the paint – but set the tone for the fourth by starting it with 4 consecutive three-pointers, all misses.

“In the fourth quarter, we went away from what we had been doing the primary three quarters,” mentioned Howard, who had 4 alley-oop dunks within the first half. “We’ve just acquired to read how teams are playing us. It is growing pains. We’ve got a very young crew. We have to appreciate what we can do as a crew.”

Howard, who was 12 for 16 from the sector and even made nine of thirteen free throws, hit one in all two from the line for a 119-114 lead before Nowitzki hit a jumper, then blocked a shot by Howard on the other end.

Ellis assisted on a dunk by Marion, and after Chandler Parsons missed a layup, Ellis found Marion for the go-ahead shot. Ellis completed with eight assists.

“We stayed collectively as a workforce,” Ellis mentioned. “We received the defensive stops when we needed and came down and made pictures on the opposite end.”

Nowitzki handed Reggie Miller for fifteenth on the NBA scoring record, with the 35-12 months-previous in his 16th season going forward of Miller on a free throw after a technical foul for defensive three seconds known as in opposition to Howard. Nowitzki now has 25,298 factors.

Miller, the second-most prolific 3-level shooter behind Ray Allen, scored 25,279 factors in 18 seasons with Indiana from 1987-2005.

Brooklyn’s Kevin Garnett is 14th at 25,340 points after scoring four in a ninety five-ninety one loss to Charlotte on Wednesday evening.

“We never might get a handle on them,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale mentioned. “We just could not get them stopped the entire game. Dirk and Ellis obtained what they wanted.”

The Rockets led by 18 late within the third quarter before the Mavericks rallied within the fourth by shooting 74 % and outscoring Houston 36-19.

After Dallas received to 104-one hundred and one, Houston went back up by nine on consecutive 3-pointers from Patrick Beverley and Harden, who had 23 factors on 6-of-14 capturing.

The lead was nonetheless 9 when Calderon and Nowitzki hit 3-pointers round a bucket by Harden, setting up the wild end.

“It would have been easy to drop our heads and stop taking part in, however these guys aren’t going to do that,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle mentioned.

Parsons had 21 points and a game-high 11 assists, however he tried only two shots within the second half after scoring 18 and hitting three of four from three-point range earlier than halftime.

“It is just annoying and frustrating to know we should always have won the sport,” Parsons stated. “We had a big lead and then we played utterly totally different in one half than we did in the first half.”

Samuel Dalembert, the defensive-minded heart Dallas signed after Howard selected Houston, was powerless to stop him most of the evening earlier than lastly getting a block on a layup try that was just Howard’s second miss.

Dalembert led the Mavericks with 10 rebounds and 4 of their five blocks.

A night after shooting 72 p.c in the first half of a blowout win over Boston, Houston was at sixty eight p.c on the break against Dallas and had 36 points within the paint – sixteen of those on dunks – in taking a 68-61 lead.

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Nowitzki obtained a technical foul within the first half for complaining a couple of foul on a drive by Harden, who missed the free throw… The Rockets shot seventy five percent in a 40-level first quarter. Harden, Parsons, Terrence Jones and Omri Casspi combined to go 5 of 6 from three-level vary as Houston took a forty-29 lead.

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Charlotte’s layup knocks off No. 14 Michigan

Charlotte Stuns Michigan

 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Charlotte 49ers came to Puerto Rico an afterthought in a tournament that featured two ranked teams and two more from power conferences.

They’re going home champions.

Terrence Williams put back his own miss with 0.4 seconds left, giving Charlotte a stunning win over No. 14 Michigan on Sunday in the final of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

“That’s one of the most incredible basketball games I’ve ever been a part of,” Charlotte coach Alan Major said. “All three games in this tournament got sticky… The thing that’s been the thing that’s been the most encouraging and fun for me is watching them coming together down here and just trying to be a team.

“They deserve this,” Major said.

The title is the 49ers’ (5-1) second early-season tournament win in two seasons. They won the Great Alaska Shootout last season.

Michigan’s Mitch McGary tied it at 61 on a layup with 9 seconds left, but Charlotte quickly pushed the ball up the floor. Williams missed a layup but got his own rebound and scored.

“I just stayed with it so I could get an extra chance at the basket and I ended up making the shot,” Williams said. “There was no time to think I just had to react.”

Denzel Ingram had 12 points and Willie Clayton added 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead the 49ers. Pierria Henry chipped in 11 points. Charlotte’s Shawn Lester was named to the all-tournament team.

“We told them before the game, you belong in this game,” Major said. “You’ve earned your way into it. Whatever was lined up before, bracket-wise and who’s in it, you can’t control that. But you can control the way you play. You can control how close you are as a team. You can control your toughness.

“We just said before the game – it’s enough,” he added. “Don’t worry that you don’t have enough. If you rely on each other, you’ve got enough.”

Michigan overcame a 16-point deficit in Friday’s semifinal against Florida State to win in overtime. On Sunday it stayed in the game despite shooting just 31 percent for the game.

The Wolverines (4-2) also played most of the night without starting forward Glenn Robinson III, who logged only 9 minutes as he struggled with back problems.

The one player that was able to keep up the scoring load was Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, who was chosen the tournament’s most valuable player. He finished with 20 points, but played through an ankle injury over the final 9 minutes. Caris LeVert added 11 points.

“The injury was tough, especially defensively, because they noticed it real quick and whoever I was guarding just started running around a bunch of screens,” Stauskas said. “It was definitely difficult just to move around and put pressure on them. I was kind of limited.”

Charlotte held about a six-point cushion for most of the second half until Michigan took its first lead of the half – 47-46 – on a pair of free throws by LeVert with 6:12 remaining in the game.

But McGary, playing in his fourth game back from a back injury, was forced to the bench with his fourth foul at the 5:26 mark. The 49ers attacked, and immediately went on an 8-2 run to take back the advantage at 54-49.

McGary returned with the clock under three minutes, and cut the 49ers’ lead to 58-55.

Then, after another Charlotte basket Michigan cut it to 60-58 on a 3-pointer by Zak Irvin.

Michigan fouled, and Williams hit 1 of 2 free throws.

The Wolverines came up empty on the next possession, but after a foul this time Williams missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

Spike Albrecht was fouled in a scramble on Michigan’s next trip down the floor and hit the first of his free throws to make it 61-59. He missed the second, but a scramble for the rebound ended up in a jump ball and the possession arrow favored Michigan with 11.4 seconds left.

McGary got free on the inbounds pass for a layup, but Charlotte quickly pushed the ball up the floor to set up the final sequence.

“Another March game played in November,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Charlotte was really good… We’re embracing this and saying, ‘What a great opportunity to grow.’ We had adversity tonight like we hadn’t had, and we just kept plugging away.

“It’s all good. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s all good to come into that environment, play as hard as we did and fight back to have a chance to win.”

Major said it’s way too early to think about what his team’s ceiling might be this season, though.

“Our thing is gonna be let’s take the good from these three games and try to store that away,” Major said. “We can still get better. Let’s take improvement and see where we can go from here. I think it gives the guys a taste of how good we can be at some point. But what that is, I don’t know.”

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