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Fukushima earns playoff berth as first-year franchise

by Ed Odeven

In the penultimate game of their inaugural season, the Fukushima Firebonds clinched a playoff spot on Saturday. The Firebonds accomplished the feat by beating the slumping Shinshu Brave Warriors 89-77 in Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture. As the East’s seventh-place squad, Fukushima (20-31) can finish no worse than eighth, guaranteeing that the ...

Apr 24, 2015

Takamatsu torches Fukuoka in series opener

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows shot a sizzling 57.9 percent from 3-point range and Dexter Lyons flirted with a triple-double in a 102-86 victory over the Rizing Fukuoka on Friday night. Justin Watts paced the Five Arrows (17-34) with 23 points, including 3-for-4 from beyond ...

Warriors top Pels in OT

Apr 24, 2015

Warriors top Pels in OT

Stephen Curry wasn’t about to turn down the music, or put any kind of damper on a giddy locker room celebration that seemed more reminiscent of a series-clinching triumph. The Golden State Warriors still need one more victory to close out their first-round playoff ...

Apr 24, 2015

Leonard named NBA's top defender

San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard was selected the NBA defensive player of the year on Thursday, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win the award and the NBA Finals MVP. “Growing up as a kid, you’re watching these players ...

Apr 23, 2015

Billionaire agrees to buy Hawks

A group headed by billionaire Antony Ressler has agreed to purchase the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks for $850 million. The team announced the deal Wednesday during the first half of the Hawks’ Eastern Conference playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Apr 23, 2015

NBA to stage exhibition in S. Africa

The NBA will play an exhibition game Aug. 1 in South Africa. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday that the Team Africa vs. Team World game will be played at Ellis Park Arena. It will support Boys & Girls Clubs ...

Spurs outlast Clips in OT

Apr 23, 2015

Spurs outlast Clips in OT

Three days from his 39th birthday, Tim Duncan keeps getting better with age. He smartly stayed on the court while playing the last eight minutes with five fouls, and recovered from a woeful fourth quarter to steady the Spurs in overtime. Duncan scored 28 ...

Apr 23, 2015

Thunder dismiss coach Brooks after 7 seasons

Scott Brooks did everything but win a championship. It wasn’t enough. The Oklahoma City Thunder fired their coach on Wednesday, parting ways with a former NBA coach of the year who led the team to three conference finals in four years, only to falter ...

LeBron closes door on Celtics in Game 2

Apr 22, 2015

LeBron closes door on Celtics in Game 2

The Celtics wouldn’t go away, and then LeBron James finished them off. James scored 30 points — 15 in the fourth quarter — and Kyrie Irving added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook off Boston in the fourth quarter for a 99-91 victory ...

Apr 22, 2015

Budenholzer named coach of year

Mike Budenholzer was right where he didn’t want to be: the center of attention. There was no avoiding it. Not after leading the Atlanta Hawks to the top of the Eastern Conference. Budenholzer was honored as the NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, ...

Apr 21, 2015

Former Olympic basketball player Kaiho dies at 73

by Ed Odeven

Nobuo Kaiho, a guard on Japan’s men’s basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has died at age 73. The Tokyo native passed away at his home in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday, according to published reports. The cause was cancer. Kaiho played college ...