The Braves held their first formal talks Wednesday in pursuit of 300-game winner Tom Glavine, hoping to lure him back to Atlanta to finish his career. Glavine’s agent, Gregg Clifton, met with Braves general manager Frank Wren at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where Wren was scouting an Arizona Fall League game.
Kevin Durant said it felt like Seattle won a world championship. Pat Riley sounded as if his championship feeling couldn’t have been farther away. And the Seattle SuperSonics were more than happy to ruin Dwyane Wade’s comeback game. Chris Wilcox scored 20 points, Damien Wilkins added 19 and the SuperSonics spoiled Wade’s return to the Heat lineup by beating Miami 104-95 Wednesday night — Seattle’s…
Strangers to success, the new Boston Celtics see their perfect record as something to improve on. Their 91-69 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night gave them their best start in 35 years, but coach Doc Rivers gave another number to their 7-0 record. “Means zero, really,” he said. Early in the season, the Celtics are focusing on their flaws and not the uptempo game and shutdown defense…
LeBron James heard the whistle and figured he was headed to the free throw line. He got there. Just not to shoot. Driving down the lane in the final seconds of overtime, James was tied up by Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu for a game-ending jump ball as the Magic, paced by Dwight Howard’s 35 points and 16 rebounds, remained unbeaten on the road with a 117-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday…
Ron Artest rejoined Sacramento’s lineup Wednesday night at Minnesota, ready to resume his never-dull career after serving a seven-game suspension to start the season. The Kings picked up only two victories during Artest’s penalty. They were eager to have him back, though Artest expressed little emotion about his return following the team’s morning shootaround at Target Center.
The Utah Jazz aren’t worried about winning with style. They know ugly victories are worth just as much as the pretty ones. Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Deron Williams scored 22 points, and the Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 92-88 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win. “We’ll take any victory,” Boozer said.
Coming off knee surgery, Gilbert Arenas is learning how to balance getting rest with avoiding rust. He certainly had things figured out Wednesday night. Arenas showed more spring in his step and more accuracy with his shot, finishing with 30 points, 11 assists and six rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 103-90 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Stephon Marbury grinned as he made his way down the hall to the New York Knicks’ locker room, back in the fold but out some $182,000 because of a fine. After skipping the game in Phoenix the previous night, Marbury flew from New York to Los Angeles to join the Knicks for their Wednesday night game against the Clippers.
The Atlanta Hawks have to wait to learn if their victory over the Charlotte Bobcats was a costly one. Joe Johnson scored a season-high 34 points, Josh Childress added 23, also a season best, and the Hawks never trailed in beating the Bobcats 117-109 on Wednesday night. The Hawks, however, lost two starters with injuries.
Coach Phil Jackson said he deserved the reprimand he got from the NBA on Wednesday for making a sexual reference in a comment following the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss in San Antonio. The Spurs made 13 3-pointers in their 107-92 victory on Tuesday night, and Jackson was asked if too much penetration was leading to open outside shooters.
Not only did Bruce Bowen successfully guard Kobe Bryant, he even outscored him. Bowen went 6-of-6 from 3-point range, sinking them from his favorite spot in the corner, and the San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 107-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Bowen finished with 23 points in the Spurs’ fourth straight victory.
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