This is the December 5, 2012 news archive. View today's NBA rumors and news.
Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to an 87-81 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.Upvote Share TweetJosh Smith's steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended Atlanta's lead and the Hawks held on to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-104 on Wednesday night.Upvote Share TweetKevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as the Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-94 on Wednesday night in Rajon Rondo's return from a two-game suspension.Upvote Share Tweet
Scott doles out dolls, strollers to Cavs' rookiesByron Scott has put a new spin on rookie hazing. The Cleveland Cavaliers coach presented each one of his rookies, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones, with baby dolls and pink strollers before Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls.Upvote Share TweetNBA Commissioner David Stern says the New Orleans Hornets have yet to file required paperwork with the league to change the team's name.Upvote Share TweetNBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday his $250,000 fine of the San Antonio Spurs was justified because the club went beyond what league owners agreed was a reasonable approach to resting healthy players.Upvote Share TweetJ.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give the New York Knicks a 100-98 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.Upvote Share TweetNew York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony suffered a laceration on his left middle finger in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats, according to MSG.Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Updated Dec 5, 2012Everything is stacked against the Knicks on Thursday night, which makes it an even better setting if Mike Woodson’s team can get out of Miami with a win over the defending champs.Upvote Share TweetChicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau does not expect to get fined for his comments after Tuesday night's loss to the Indiana Pacers.Upvote Share TweetLos Angeles Lakers mega-star Kobe Bryant now has another NBA record to his name. With 1:17 left in the first half of Wednesday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets, Kobe cut through the lane and scored over center Robin Lopez to score the 30,000…Upvote Share Tweet
Grizzlies off to unusually fast startSitting atop the NBA standings is new territory for Memphis. Getting off to a winning start is just as unusual for the Grizzlies.Upvote Share TweetNEW YORK -- The Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.Upvote Share TweetChicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says veteran guard Richard Hamilton could miss two weeks because of a foot injury.Upvote Share Tweet
Heat's James, Thunder's Durant take monthly honorsNEW YORK -- The Miami Heat's LeBron James and the Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.Upvote Share Tweet
Cavaliers guard Waiters out vs. BullsCavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters is out for Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sprained left ankle.Upvote Share TweetLakers guard Steve Blake underwent successful surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
DeMarcus Cousins says he has no confidenceIt is commonly accepted by reasonable people that Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is not the easiest player to deal with. In addition to getting questionable suspensions for confronting announcers, Cousins is an emotional, volatile personality…Upvote Share TweetBrooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for flopping, joining teammate Reggie Evans as the only repeat offenders under the league's new penalty system.Upvote Share Tweet
The 10-man rotation, starring ‘BALL DON’T LIE!’A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: New York Times. In case you missed it,…Upvote Share Tweet
The NBA has finally reached a deal to televise selected games live in the United KingdomOne would think, after committing time and significant resources to the NBA publicity tour that was officially known as "Team USA Men Basketball" last summer, that the league would be quick to tap into the United Kingdom's potential following …Upvote Share Tweet
Lamar Odom on the lockout year spent in Dallas: ‘Basketball just wasn’t there for me at that time’Lamar Odom won't have to visit Dallas on Wednesday night, he won't be faced with the indignity of playing his former team in Texas until late March, but he and his Clippers will face the Mavericks in Los Angeles on Wednesday and the press has already st…Upvote Share Tweet
Looking Ahead: How does the 2012 Sportsman follow up a year in w…How does the 2012 Sportsman follow up a year in which he took home a title, an MVP and a gold? Rob Mahoney and Ben Golliver look at that and more burning questions for King James.Upvote Share Tweet
5-on-5: Nuggets-Hawks, Mavs-Clippers5-on-5: Breaking down the four teams heading into ESPN's doubleheaderUpvote Share Tweet
Create-a-Caption: D.J. Augustin wishes Nate Robinson would be quiet"Hey, D.J.? Thanks. Seriously." - Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas, Mike D'Antoni, Doc Rivers, Scott Brooks, Mark Jackson and Tom Thibodeau, probably. Best caption wins a compendium of Quiet Time Tales, courtesy of Grandpa Read and Champ (not really). Good lucUpvote Share Tweet
Kendrick Perkins Is Mentoring His OKC Teammates & Smoothing Egos In The Locker RoomEven though the Thunder’s hulking center has a reputation for toughness on the court that sometimes mimics his terrifying countenance, off the court he’s turned into a bit of a mentor for the Oklahoma City Thunder. This current Thunder team might be pUpvote Share Tweet
Russell Westbrook debuts the Air Jordan XX8 during Thunder win over Nets (PHOTOS)When Nike and Jordan Brand unveiled the Air Jordan XX8, the latest iteration of their most iconic basketball shoe, the immediate, gut-level response from many observers was mixed, to say the least. My colleague Eric Freeman noted the controversy surroun…Upvote Share TweetFrontcourt players are constantly trying to expand their game and their range. It’s part of becoming a well-rounded basketball player, but it shouldn’t come at the detriment of what’s made someone successful. While Blake Griffin‘s outside shot hasUpvote Share Tweet
Drunk On Victory, Local DC Sports Reporter Loses His Mind After A Wizards Windeadspin.com Updated Dec 5, 2012The lowly Wizards beat the Miami Heat in a real-life basketball game last night. It was a nice moment for one of the most awful teams in the league, but for local DC sports reporter Michael Jenkins, it was so much more. A deliriously giddy Jenkins, who …Upvote Share Tweet
Wizards win ‘on the road at home’ over Heat, 105-101, as RGIII looks onWe swear, we won't do a special post every time the Washington Wizards win a game, but considering Tuesday night's four-point triumph was just their second in 15 tries and that it came over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat, a bit of acknowledgement…Upvote Share Tweet
The Top 10 NBA Player Rivalries Of All TimeIn all sports the basic concept is to beat your opposition. You never want to lose a game to anyone, but when your rival beats you there’s a different feel. When your rival beats you, there’s suddenly an everlasting second wind about you. When your riUpvote Share Tweet
Rockets Announcer Rubs It In After Houston Win: "The Lakers Have Just Pooped Their Big-Boy Pants!"deadspin.com Updated Dec 5, 2012Pau Gasol is rapidly falling out of favor in L.A. On Sunday, for the second time in a week, Gasol was benched for the last few minutes of the game, and he's growing frustrated. Kobe Bryant had a message for him: More »Upvote Share Tweet
Dwight Howard deflects blame from his free-throw shooting after Lakers loss (VIDEO)The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last seven games, which means they're currently in the midst of their 47th crisis of the still-young season. Their latest defeat, a 107-105 road loss to the Houston Rockets, stung quite sharply. Leading by …Upvote Share TweetToney Douglas had a season-high 22 points and Greg Smith added a career-best 21 to help the Houston Rockets overcome a tough outing by James Harden and rally for a 107-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Durant, OKC eclipse 100 points in 10th straight gameDurant, OKC eclipse 100 points in 10th straight gameUpvote Share Tweet
LeBron, The Heat Lose To The NBA’s Worst Team; New Orleans Has A Terrible New Team NameLeBron James dropped a ridiculous triple-double last night (26 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) but no one’s going to remember him carving up the Wizards. They’ll remember that with about 20 seconds left, he missed a wide-open wing triple that could”Upvote Share TweetWith nine minutes left in the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves' November 16 loss to the Warriors, a middle-aged couple descended from the stands at ...Upvote Share Tweet
Two Questions About This Photo of the Cleveland Cavs Locker Room1. Why is Kyrie Irving's locker so messy? 2. What in the name of all that is holy is Dion Waiters doing with a toy baby in a stroller?Upvote Share Tweet
Chris Brody Was Right: The Wizards Beat the HeatA couple of weeks ago on Homeland, the often neglected Chris Brody told his surrogate father, Magic Mike, that the Wizards were beating the Heat. It s...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Night: Break Up the Wizards!In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday: LeBron James posted a triple-double, but Jordan Crawford...Upvote Share Tweet
Highlight Of The NightDec 5Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points, in the Lakers' 103-87 victory.
Celtics Win In Rondo's ReturnDec 5Rajon Rondo drops a double-double in return to Celtics.
Hawks Knock Off Nuggets, 108-104Dec 5Hawks sneak past Nuggets.
Kobe Bryant Youngest To 30,000 PointsDec 5Kobe Bryant becomes fifth player in NBA history with 30,000 points.
Sources: Los Angeles Lakers rebuffing trade inquiries for Pau GasolDec 5The Los Angeles Lakers, largely at the behest of general manager Mitch Kupchak, have rebuffed trade inquiries from at least two teams for Pau Gasol, according to sources with knowledge of the Lakers' thinking.
Daily Dime: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers a lesson in NBA busines…Dec 5J.A. Adande examines the Clippers' win over the Mavericks
Ian Thomsen: Lillard excels after unexpected rise to NBA lottery pickDec 5Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is the early favorite to win Rookie of the Year, and yet it was only six years ago that he remembers a decisive conversation with a high school coach that ended sadly.