Basketball

Can San Antonio Spurs survive in the West?

BRIAN MAHONEY - AP

To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, then Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Hawks dispatch Rangers in NBL, Giants get W

Dennis Scott

The in-form Bay Hawks have dispatched the Super City Rangers 99-81 in Friday night NBL action in Napier.

Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV

ANTONIO GONZALEZ - AP

Forget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades. There's a flashy brand of basketball being played by a new pair of California rivals.

Braswell shoots Southland Sharks to road win

Kevin Braswell

GEORGE HEAGNEY - © Fairfax NZ News

Southland Sharks guard Kevin Braswell shot the lights out as they got their title defence back on track with a 96-87 win over the Manawatu Jets.

LeBron James still the most popular in NBA

LeBron James

TIM REYNOLDS - AP

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James' jersey remains the most popular in the NBA.

NBA Playoffs set: Can anyone beat the Heat?

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James

TIM REYNOLDS - AP

Finally, the NBA playoffs are set. It took the entire season to fill out those brackets.

Wildcats' Jermaine Beal unsure of ANBL future

JUSTIN CHADWICK - AAP

Star Perth Wildcats import Jermaine Beal says he's yet to decide whether to extend his stay in the Australian NBL.

Wellington Saints take revenge on the Sharks

Cory Webster of the Saints

SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ News

The Wellington Saints gained revenge on the Southland Sharks, beating the NBL's defending champs 94-76.

LA Clippers miss out on No 2 seed in the West

Blake Griffin

The NBA regular season came to a close with the Los Angeles Clippers suffering a 110-104 loss at Portland and missing out on the chance to secure the No 2 seed in the Western Conference.

Clippers beat Nuggets for record 57th victory

BETH HARRIS - AP

Blake Griffin won't be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded.

Wellington Saints pray for Easter atonement

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SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ News

Revenge is on the agenda for the Wellington Saints tonight.

New Southland import a perfect replacement

Dave Gruber

LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ News

Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare has given new import Dave Gruber a big pass mark, saying the ease with which he has fitted into the squad has been astonishing.

Taranaki face Giant challenge without captain

Brad Anderson

MURRAY HILLS - © Fairfax NZ News

The Taranaki Mountain Airs face an uphill battle against the Nelson Giants in New Plymouth, without banned captain Aaron Bailey-Nowell.

Memphis Grizzlies clinch last NBA playoff spot

BOB BAUM - AP

The Memphis Grizzlies are back in the playoffs and the upstart Phoenix Suns are staying home.

Heat lose to Wizards, Pacers clinch top seed

JOSEPH WHITE - AP

LeBron James' only role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley's interview amid an upbeat locker room that normally wouldn't jibe with a 21-point loss.

NZ Breakers review honest, club vows to learn

Dean Vickerman

MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ News

The New Zealand Breakers have admitted standards dropped this season but vow to put things right.

Giants break the Rams' hearts in final seconds

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BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ News

A frustrated Canterbury Rams side left Nelson knowing they did everything but consign the Giants to a rare home defeat on Saturday night.

Sharper Pistons show potential in win over Airs

Waikato Pistons

IAN ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ News

The Waikato Pistons appear to be a team rapidly on the improve after an 84-62 win over Taranaki in Hamilton.

Hawks top Heat, grab East's last playoff berth

GEORGE HENRY - AP

Point guard Jeff Teague says he never doubted the Atlanta Hawks would be in the NBA playoffs.

Tall Blacks? Tai Wynyard reaches for the NBA

Tai Wynyard

MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ News

When Tai Wynyard was 12 a teacher asked whether he could one day see himself playing for the Tall Blacks.

Warriors clinch playoff spot with win over Lakers

GREG BEACHAM - AP

Stephen Curry realizes a playoff berth is still a precious commodity for the Golden State Warriors.

Nuggets stay unbeaten; Giants, Hawks win too

Troy Payne

The Otago Nuggets remain unbeaten in the NBL after a 92-82 win over the Super City Rangers in Dunedin

Miami Heat back atop East after beating Pacers

TIM REYNOLDS - AP

For most of the season, the Miami Heat were chasing the Indiana Pacers. On Friday night, they just blew by them.

Import is key man to stop for Waikato Pistons

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IAN ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ News

Control imported guard Adrian Oliver and the Waikato Pistons should score their second successive win of the new NBL season.

Canterbury Rams need to control boards battle

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BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ News

Coach says the Canterbury Rams will be punished if they allow the Nelson Giants to grab offensive rebounds.

Mountain Airs will man up in double-header

Adrian Oliver

MURRAY HILLS - © Fairfax NZ News

Things don't get any easier for the Taranaki Mountain Airs with a doubleheader on the road this weekend.

Adelaide 36ers force ANBL finals game three

Anthony Petrie

STEVE LARKIN - AAP

The Adelaide 36ers held off the fast-finishing Perth Wildcats to win game two of the ANBL finals series, forcing a title decider.

Easy as Southland Sharks beat Rangers in style

Kevin Braswell

LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ News

The Southland Sharks have opened the account as far as wins go for Southland sporting franchises playing at Invercargill's rebuilt indoor stadium.

Tall Blacks fans face late nights, early mornings

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SCOTT PRESTON - © Fairfax NZ News

Tall Blacks fans back in New Zealand face disrupted sleep to watch their team at the Basketball World Cup.

NBA announces international preseason games

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STEVE KEATING - Reuters

The Miami Heat will be among five NBA teams playing preseason games in four countries this October in an effort to connect with fans globally.

I'll be back, declares NZ Breaker Abercrombie

Tom Abercrombie

MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ News

NZ Breaker Tom Abercrombie has some bad news and some good news for Kiwi hoops fans.

Southland Sharks aim to break home hoodoo

Paul Henare

NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ News

The Sharks will look to turn around a disappointing start to the season when they host the Super City Rangers.

Indiana Pacers rest starters, still edge Bucks

RICH ROVITO - AP

When Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel benched his starters for the entire game against the Milwaukee Bucks, it meant extended playing time for the reserves.

ANBL victory all in the mind - Damian Martin

STEVE LARKIN - AAP

Perth Wildcats captain Damian Martin believes the mind, not the body, will determine if he lifts the ANBL championship trophy.

Randolph, Gasol lead Grizzlies past Miami Heat

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CLAY BAILEY - AP

Zach Randolph had 25 points and Marc Gasol added 20 points as the Memphis Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive with a 107-102 victory over the Miami Heat.

Dave Gruber signs on with Southland Sharks

Dave Gruber

LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ News

The Southland Sharks have signed Wollongong Hawks forward Dave Gruber on a game-by-game contract.

Brooklyn finish off season sweep of Miami Heat

LeBron James

TIM REYNOLDS - AP

A debated block at the buzzer. Hello, Brooklyn - the only NBA team this season to go unbeaten against the Miami Heat.

Shea Ili happy with move to Southland Sharks

Shea Ili

LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ News

The lure of playing alongside Luke Martin and Kevin Braswell was enough to make Shea Ili sign for the Sharks.

Sharks seek temporary NBL cover for Conklin

Brian Conklin

LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ News

Southland Sharks' American import Brian Conklin is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.

Connecticut tame Wildcats to win NCAA title

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JAHMAL CORNER - Reuters

Connecticut's experience trumped Kentucky's youth as the Huskies prevailed with a 60-54 NCAA national championship victory.

ANBL: Adelaide 36ers angry over foul count

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STEVE LARKIN - AAP

Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright fears the whistle might ruin his team's ANBL championship hopes.

Kiwi teen to play Michael Jordan Brand Classic

Tai Wynyard

MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ News

Sixteen-year-old Auckland schoolboy Tai Wynyard is probably still pinching himself. 

Wildcats beat Adelaide in Grand Final opener

James Ennis

JUSTIN CHADWICK - AAP

The Perth Wildcats are just one win away from claiming a record sixth Australian NBL crown after beating Adelaide 92-85 in the opening game of the grand final series.

Stateside: NBA's best team in for tough ride

Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs

PHIL HAMILTON - © Fairfax NZ News

OPINION: Once again the San Antonio Spurs look the best team in the NBA but the conference system is set to seriously hamper their chances.

Sharks' Henare keeping import options open

Paul Henare

LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ News

Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare is keeping a look out for other potential import options with the prospect that American Brian Conklin could spend time on the sidelines.

Canterbury Rams show some positive signs

Matthew Rogers of the Rams shoots a free throw

BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ News

The Canterbury Rams have shown they will at least be competitive this season.

Wellington Saints deny Rams in Christchurch

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BRENDON EGAN - © Fairfax NZ News

The Wellington Saints have denied the Canterbury Rams the perfect return to the national basketball league.

Waikato Pistons beat Rangers, get on board

Corin Henry

They wouldn't have gained many aesthetic points, but the Waikato Pistons would have been happy enough with a win.

Charlotte Bobcats finally make NBA playoffs

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The Charlotte Bobcats will be in the NBA playoffs for just the second time in franchise history after beating Cleveland.

Tom Abercrombie will be back, say NZ Breakers

Tom Abercrombie

MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ News

Breakers say they aren't reading anything more into Tom Abercrombie's departure than what it was.
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