Archive for November 4th, 2012

Melo leads Knicks past Sixers

Melo leads Knicks past Sixers

Unlike the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks didn’t tip off the season on time last week. But it was the Knicks, and not the 76ers, who looked to be in midseason form Sunday afternoon.

Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points to lead four New York Knicks in double figures as New York routed Philadelphia 100-84 at Madison Square Garden.

J.R. Smith scored 20 points and hit four of the Knicks’ 11 3-pointers, Jason Kidd scored 12 points and Raymond Felton added 11 points for the Knicks…

Jrue Holiday had 27 points and Thaddeus Young scored 16 points for the 76ers, who fell to 1-1 in playing their first game in four days. Evan Turner had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors.

“I thought they were much more aggressive than us,” 76ers coach Doug Collins said. “I think the layoff hurt us a little bit. We didn’t adjust to the speed of the game, the physicality of the game early. I’m hoping as we start playing more games we’ll be better.”

– Reported by Jerry Beach of the Sports Xchange

Magic step up and wreck Suns

Magic step up and wreck Suns

J.J. Redick scored 24 points, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis each had 22 points, and Nikola Vucevic added 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 115-94 Sunday night.

The Magic trailed by as many as 13 points early in the second half, but used a 40-point third quarter to build as much as a 21-point cushion in the fourth.

Luis Scola led the Suns with 24 points and Michael Beasley added 22. But Phoenix’s shooting eroded overall in the second half.

With the victory the Magic opened a season 2-0 for the first time since 2009-10. The Suns lost their fifth straight game in Orlando.

– Reported by Kyle Hightower of the Associated Press

Memphis Grizzlies name Jason Levien CEO

Memphis Grizzlies Chairman Robert Pera announced today that he has named seasoned sports executive Jason Levien as the new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Memphis Basketball, LLC, which operates the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum. In this role, Levien will have leadership responsibility for the entire organization; serve as the ownership group’s Managing Partner and as an Alternate NBA Governor.

“Jason and I share a vision for building a world-class team on and off-the-court,” Grizzlies Chairman Robert Pera said. “He has my complete trust, confidence and support in how best to lead our organization’s efforts.”

“I’m honored to be part of such a dynamic and potential-filled opportunity here in Memphis,” Memphis Grizzlies & FedExForum CEO Jason Levien said. “I appreciate what a special role the Grizzlies and FedExForum play in the Memphis community and I know that we will build successfully on the foundation already in place.”

Levien was, until recently, a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and prior to that he served as an NBA team executive with the Sacramento Kings. Levien spent a decade representing professional athletes, including advising multiple NBA first-round draft picks and high-profile free agents. He serves as a general partner for Major League Soccer’s DC United.  He graduated from Pomona College, where he was a member of the basketball team, and earned a law degree and masters in public policy from the University of Michigan.

Multitude of whistles put Dwight Howard in a foul mood

There’s something irking Dwight Howard, and it goes beyond the Lakers’ 0-3 record or his surgically repaired back.

It involves avoiding the referees’ whistle.

“The only thing I can do is stay positive and not let it affect the way I play,” said Howard, who’s averaged 5.3 fouls per game. “Sometimes it has an effect because I want to do so good and help our team win. It’s tough.”

In the Lakers’ season-opening loss to Dallas, Howard collected six fouls and earned a flagrant foul one on Mavericks forward Elton Brand.

“I felt like I got fouled on the other end,” Howard said. “I kind of complained for a second so I was just getting back on defense. … I have to get back. I can’t look at the refs and complain.”

– Reported by Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News

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