Bubble Kings: Lakers run past Heat for 17th NBA championship
For the first time since Kobe Bryant's fifth and final title a decade ago, the Lakers are NBA champions. James had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 on Sunday night to win the NBA Finals in six games. Rajon Rondo scored 19 points for the Lakers, who put together the elite talents of James and Davis with this moment in mind. James (Miami, Cleveland) and Danny Green (San Antonio, Toronto) added their names to that list with this title. HEAT SEASONMiami led the NBA with 94 games played this season — 30 more than Minnesota, which played the fewest in the NBA.
The Finals are set: LeBron, Lakers will meet Butler, Heat
Get ready for the NBA Finals — a title series like none other, to end a season like none other. The Heat won the Eastern Conference title Sunday night, finishing off Boston a day after the Lakers won the Western Conference crown. So, for the first time — well, excluding the league’s inaugural season — two franchises that missed the playoffs the previous season will meet in the NBA Finals. “We know why I came here,” said Lakers All-Star forward Anthony Davis, whose first finals trip comes in his first L.A. season. The last Lakers’ championship was in 2010, when Bryant got his fifth and last title.
Davis, Lakers run past Rockets for 3-1 West semifinals lead
Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) and P.J. James had 16 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, who outrebounded the Rockets 52-26. Russell Westbrook had 25 points and James Harden had 21 for the Rockets, who got 19 from Eric Gordon and 14 from Austin Rivers. It was 57-41 Lakers at the break, meaning Houston had scored 79 points in its last 48 minutes of basketball. Rockets: Houston is one of the franchises that has overcome a 3-1 deficit, doing so against the Clippers in the second round of the 2015 playoffs.
LeBron, Rondo spark Lakers to 112-102 victory over Rockets
Rondo had 21 points and nine assists as the Lakers broke open a close game in the final period. He scored eight straight points during a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter that put the Lakers ahead for good. Rondo assisted on a layup by James that put the Lakers ahead with about 10 minutes remaining. Rondo then hit a 3-pointer to give the Lakers an 89-85 advantage, their largest lead to that point. The Lakers blew a 21-point lead in Game 2 but outscored Houston by 10 in the fourth quarter to win 117-109.
James and Lakers advance with 131-122 win over Trail Blazers
We got better throughout the course of the series, James said. The Lakers hadn't won a playoff series since 2012. James has never lost a first-round playoff series, going 14-0. CJ McCollum had 36 points for the surprisingly scrappy Trail Blazers, who played without injured All-Star guard Damian Lillard. His personality and energy were unmatched, and his contributions on the court were unmistakable, helping the Trail Blazers into the playoffs each of his eight seasons with the team, the Blazers said in a statement.
Kuzma's 3-pointer lifts Lakers to 124-121 win over Nuggets
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Kyle Kuzma hit a 3-pointer with .4 seconds left and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 124-121 Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Dozier had a chance to put the Nuggets up by one with 4.4 seconds left but missed the second of two free throws. Kuzma rebounded and the Lakers called timeout to set up the winning play. James had given the Lakers a 121-119 lead by converting a 3-point play with 45.7 seconds to go. Lakers: Play the Sacramento Kings on Thursday in their final bubble game.
CP3 leads Thunder's rout of cold-shooting Lakers, 105-86
Oklahoma City pulled even with Houston for the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoff picture with five games left. Los Angeles, which has already clinched the top seed in the West and the Pacific Division title, never held a lead for the first time all season. Los Angeles dropped two games behind Milwaukee for the NBA's best overall record, which won't provide a real home-court advantage in the NBA Finals this year. Dion Waiters scored 14 points for the Lakers, whose poor perimeter shooting in the bubble still hasn't been fixed. ... Los Angeles got a scare in the third quarter when Paul elbowed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the ribs, forcing Caldwell-Pope to leave the game.
James' layup late lifts Lakers past Clippers, 103-101
Anthony Davis scored 34 points, James had the go-ahead basket with 12.8 seconds left and the Lakers moved closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs by topping the Los Angeles Clippers 103-101 on Thursday night in the second game of the NBAs re-opening doubleheader. James had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to help the Lakers move 6 1/2 games ahead of the Clippers in the West with seven games remaining. The Clippers got that lead after a 26-5 run; the Lakers immediately rebutted with a 36-14 run to reclaim control. It was a good game," Leonard said.
Daryl Macon returns to Heat, fills roster spot after Dion Waiters' suspension
Daryl Macon poses during the Miami Heat's media day, Sept. 30, 2019, in Miami. MIAMI - Daryl Macon is back with the Heat. Miami announced Tuesday that Macon has rejoined the team as part of his two-way contract. The 23-year-old guard played in a Nov. 10 game for the Heat's G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Macon fills a roster spot vacated by Dion Waiters, who has been suspended 10 games by the Heat for "conduct detrimental to the team."
Heat players remain quiet about Waiters' suspension
Dion Waiters has been suspended 10 games by the Miami Heat. MIAMI - Miami Heat players are not saying much about the suspension to guard Dion Waiters. Veteran Udonis Haslem only would address the situation by differing to the team's statement Sunday. However, Haslem did add, "I'm glad my brother Dion is doing OK.""I don't feel like it's a distraction," Haslem said. This is Waiters' second suspension of the season.
Miami Sports Pod - Dolphins & Dion make for a very strange weekend
What a strange weekend it was on the South Florida sports scene as the Dolphins and Dion Waiters make headlines for different reasons. Local 10's Will Manso and Clay Ferraro discuss on the Miami Sports Pod. SUBSCRIBE to the Miami Sports Pod - iTunes | Android1:00 Last week wasn't a bump in the road for the tank4:00 Will these Dolphins wins lead to mediocrity6:00 How many teams ahead of the Dolphins are looking for a quarterback? 11:00 The one nightmare situation for the Dolphins is they have to settle for a quarterback14:00 The Dolphins quick decision to bench Josh Rosen gives Clay confidence the Dolphins won't settle17:00 The Dion Waiters story won't go away18:30 This thing will go on and on21:00 The Dion Waiters contract situation is very complicated27:00 Will believes the Heat DO care about Dion Waiters the person30:00 There would have been a role for Dion on this roster31:30 The Canes have found a quarterbackCopyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Heat's Dion Waiters suspended 10 games
MIAMI - Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters has been suspended for 10 games without pay. Waiters was also suspended at the beginning of the season by the Heat. There have been a number of instances this season in which Dion has engaged in conduct detrimental to the team. ESPN reported that Waiters suffered a panic attack on a flight Thursday night from Los Angeles to Phoenix after consuming a THC-infused edible. Andy Slater of 640 AM had the original report that Waiters suffered seizures after taking gummies on the flight.
Report: Heat guard Dion Waiters suffered panic attack
Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters celebrates after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks. Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters is back in Miami after a medical incident on the team's charter flight to Los Angeles from Phoenix. ESPN is reporting that Waiters suffered a panic attack on the flight Thursday night after consuming a THC-infused edible. Andy Slater of Miami radio station 640 AM had the original report of an incident at the end of the flight and reported that Waiters suffered seizures after taking the gummies. Waiters was suspended earlier in the season for "conduct detrimental to the team" and has yet to play in a game for Miami this season.
Waiters re-instated with the Heat
Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters celebrates after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks. MIAMI - Dion Waiters has been re-instated with the Miami Heat. The guard was suspended for the opener for conduct detrimental to the team. Waiters will rejoin his teammates on Monday. Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Strong second half propels Heat to opening night victory over Grizzlies
Goran Dragic scored 19 points for Miami, which played without Jimmy Butler, who missed what would have been his Heat debut for personal reasons. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, while Winslow added seven rebounds and seven assists. He picked up his fourth foul 17 seconds into the second half, and finished 6 for 12 from the floor. ... None of the five players who started Memphis' opener last year are still with the Grizzlies. Morant, at 20 years and 74 days old, became the second-youngest player to start a season opener for the Grizzlies.
Heat ready to start season against Memphis
MIAMI - The wait is over for the Miami Heat. Wednesday night Miami will tip off the season at home against Memphis. This will be the first season since Dwyane Wade retired and the Heat acquired All-Star Jimmy Butler. Center Bam Adebayo said he was excited because the Heat are actually starting a season at home, they usually open on the road. Ready to get out there and start the season."
Miami Sports Pod - Time to tip-off the Heat season
The Local 10 sports team previews the upcoming Miami Heat season as it's time for tip-off. SUBSCRIBE to the Miami Sports Pod - iTunes | Android1:00 What are you most looking forward to for the Heat? 2:00 Dion Waiters did something that the Heat didn't like4:00 Instagram made it harder to stalk6:30 Everyone of the team is a role player, except Jimmy Butler11:00 Manso's advice to Dion Waiters13:30 Tyler Herro has become the star of the summer15:00 Could his ceiling be Klay Thompson? 18:00 Lang morphs into his mother kveling over Tyler Herro24:00 How good can the Heat be this season? 28:00 Middle of the East pack--- hoping to reach a 4 seed would be realisticCopyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Dion Waiters suspended for 1 game, Heat announce
MIAMI - The Miami Heat announced Saturday that Dion Waiters has been suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. During the Heat's preseason finale against the visiting Houston Rockets on Friday night, Waiters and head coach Erik Spoelstra got into a heated exchange, which contributed to the decision by the team. "There were a number of unacceptable incidents this week, culminating with his unprofessional conduct on the bench last night," Heat President Pat Riley said in a statement. Following the suspension, Waiters took to social media in a series of public comments, including taking apparent shots at Spoelstra and rookie first-round pick Tyler Herro, while also liking comments that suggested the Heat should explore trading or waiving the guard. Waiters will be eligible to return to the team on Thursday.
Miami Heat's Dion Waiters speaks about challenges during road to recovery
MIAMI - Miami Heat's Dion Waiters on Wednesday was doing what he loves and does best -- playing basketball. Waiters said a lengthy recovery from ankle surgery was not only a struggle physically, but mentally as well. We have you know all types of things, and we're better every day," Waiters said. Waiters said his recovery took an emotional toll on him because most people send insults without knowing how much he had to go through in rehabilitating himself following the surgery. It was tough," Waiters said.
Dion Waiters motivated after 'depressing & frustrating' times
Dion Waiters talks about his struggle to get into shapeMIAMI - Dion Waiters it out to prove his detractors wrong. Last season, Waiters appeared to be out of shape at times. Waiters wrote, "Last year when I came off 1 of the most depressing and frustrating times of my life. Waiters wrote, "Now a days with this social media ran world they laughed at me made jokes etvc not knowing what I was batting or going through everyday." Many of his offseason posts online were of Waiters working out and playing basketball.