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2009-05-26 14:21:43

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove bone spurs from his right knee, the NBA team said. Celtics President Danny Ainge described the procedure as a success. Garnett missed some of the late regular season and the playoffs because of posterior knee bone spurs but he is expected to fully recover for next season, Ainge said. I expect Kevin to return to active duty in full force and be that consummate two-way professional that he has shown all of us...

2009-05-25 23:48:04

Denver, handicapped by Carmelo Anthony's injury and illness, relied on their role players Monday to extract a 120-101 win from the LA Lakers. While Anthony, hobbling on a bad ankle and suffering from a stomach virus, managed just 15 points on 3-for-16 shooting, Chauncey Billups and J.R. Smith produced 24 points apiece to even the best-of-seven Western Conference final series going into Game 5 Wednesday in Los Angeles. Linas Kleiza added in 10 points and Chris Andersen had 14 rebounds as the...

2009-05-25 00:25:30

Dwight Howard's 24 points and nine rebounds Sunday led Orlando's 99-89 win over Cleveland, giving the Magic a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference final. Orlando, still smarting from a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by LeBron James Friday, bolted to a 16-6 lead when Rashard Lewis sank a jumper with 6:07 left in the first quarter, but saw its lead dwindle to 42-41 by halftime. Howard sank seven free throws in the fourth to secure the victory before fouling out. Rafer Alston scored 18 with four...

2009-05-23 23:07:27

Kobe Bryant scored 41 points Saturday, powering the LA Lakers to a 103-97 victory over Denver and a 2-1 margin in their Western Conference finals. It was Bryant's second 40-plus point game of the series. The loss ended Denver's 16-game home winning streak. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Trevor Ariza 16 points for Los Angeles. The Nuggets, playing their first conference finals home game in 24 years, were led by Carmelo Anthony, who scored 21 points but fouled out in the final...

2009-05-21 22:59:06

The Minnesota Timberwolves have settled on David Kahn as their new president of basketball operations, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday. The NBA club is to formally introduce Kahn at a noon news conference Friday, the newspaper said. Kahn, 47, spent nine years with the Indiana Pacers, including four as general manager. He left Indiana in 2004 and has been working with the NBA's D-league, where he owned as many as four teams and hired nine head coaches. First up on Kahn's to-do...

2009-05-17 22:07:41

Hedo Turkoglu scored 10 of his 25 points in a fourth-quarter surge Sunday that carried Orlando over Boston 101-82 and into the Eastern Conference finals. The Magic hit 13 of 21 3-point shots en route to eliminating the defending NBA champions. Orlando outscored the Celtics 35-21 in the final quarter. Turkoglu also contributed 12 assists. Rashard Lewis scored 19 points, Mickael Pietrus had 17, Rafer Alston 15 and Dwight Howard had 12 points and 16 assists for Orlando, which takes on the...

2009-05-14 23:48:05

Aaron Brooks and Luis Scola halted a third-quarter charge Thursday and Houston downed the Los Angeles Lakers 95-80 to force a Game 7 in their playoff series. Houston won for the second time in three games without center Yao Ming, who is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a broken foot. The one loss without Yao, however, was a 40-point crushing in Los Angeles and that is where the Rockets must play the deciding game of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday. The winner of that...

2009-05-14 21:15:30

Dwight Howard gave Orlando the lead with 3:50 to play Thursday and the Magic scored the final eight points to down Boston 83-75 and stay alive in the playoffs. Orlando tied the Eastern Conference semifinals at 3-3 and forced a deciding seventh game, which will be played in Boston on Sunday. The winner of that one will take on Cleveland in the conference finals. Rajon Rondo made a jump shot for Boston with 3:50 remaining to forge a 75-75 tie and the defending champion Celtics did not score...

2009-05-12 22:17:29

The Boston Celtics rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth period Tuesday to beat Orlando 92-88 and take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern semifinals. Glen Davis scored 10 of his game-high 22 points and Stephon Marbury all had 12 of his points in the final quarter. The Celtics closed the game with a 17-3 spur when they forced Orlando to miss its final eight shots from the field. Davis and Marbury combined to shoot 9-of-11 from the field in the fourth quarter. Paul Pierce had 19 points, nine...

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2009-05-12 11:39:57

Indiana forward Danny Granger, who finished fifth in the league in scoring average, was voted the NBA's most improved player for this past season. Granger was listed first on 48 ballots and totaled 364 points in the voting, the NBA announced Tuesday. New Jersey guard Devin Harris, who was first on 43 ballots and had 339 points, was the runner-up and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, with 83 points, was third. Granger, who just completed his fourth season in the NBA, averaged 25.8 points a game in...