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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have settled on David Kahn as their new president of basketball operations, the St.
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
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...
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 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.
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.
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