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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Ballin'

Last year
2022
# Rebel Roar
Glanmire beat DCU to win eighth Paudie O’Connor Cup and first since 2018
Irish international Claire Melia starred as the Cork club were the big winners at the National Basketball Arena today.
All time
# NBA
Durant guides red-hot Nets past Raptors, reigning champions Bucks hit road in tailspin
‘When he’s at that level, he makes us go’ – KD ever-inspiring for the Brooklyn nets.
# NBA Playoffs
Brooklyn Nets close in on series win as Big Three breeze past Boston, fan arrested for throwing water bottle
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden combined for 104 points.
# The MVPs
Triple-doubles for Harden and history-making Westbrook deliver NBA wins
Westbrook unleashed 35 points, a career-best 21 assists and 14 rebounds to power the Wizards past the Indiana Pacers.
# Wrap
Raptors rip Nets apart and Boston hold off 76ers for 3-0 NBA playoff leads
Elsewhere, the ‘incredible’ Kawhi Leonard sparkled for the Clippers.
# Wrap
Upsets aplenty as top seeds Lakers and Bucks stunned in NBA playoff openers
Wins for the Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic, as the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat were also victorious.
# Ballin'
Pacers hold off Rockets despite Harden's 45 points
A run through last night’s NBA action.
# Round-Up
Davis follows in Kobe's footsteps and LeBron also stars as Lakers clinch top spot in the West
‘To be in a category with him means a lot. I know he’s looking down on us, cheering us on.’
# Ballin'
Young stars in shock win, Clippers honour Lakers legend Bryant and Raptors roar on
A wrap of Thursday’s NBA action.
# Ballin'
Nuggets top Kawhi's Clippers, Irving returns after prolonged absence
The Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Denver Nuggets as Kyrie Irving made his long-awaited comeback.
# NBA
Doncic dominates as Mavericks halt winning streak for LeBron's Lakers
The 20-year-old hit 27 points as Dallas won out 114-110.
# NBA
That's all of 'em: Triple-double history for LeBron, Warriors end losing streak
Meanwhile, ‘Melo returned to basketball with a loss to the Pelicans.
# Ex Factor
Kawhi back to haunt Spurs and halt their winning streak
Meanwhile, undrafted Kendrick Nunn starred for the Heat.
# NBA
Harden holds nerve as Rockets win 317-point shoot-out, Embiid and Towns battle on and off court
‘I didn’t know we were going to have to score about 160 points to win,’ said relieved Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni.
# gsw
Steph hits hot streak to get upper hand on brother and Blazers in finals opener
The Warriors star struggled from outside the arc early in this playoff run, but that looked a long way behind him last night.
# NBA
LeBron's Lakers appoint new head coach, Warriors go into finals without Durant
Frank Vogel will be the man charged with helping LeBron James get back into the playoffs.
# Ballin'
Durant-led Warriors edge Rockets as Celtics baffle Bucks in NBA playoffs
There were four points in the difference as Golden State beat James Harden’s Houston.
# timeless
A feint, a block and the win: Warriors beaten by incredible buzzer-beating three from Dwyane Wade
‘A one-legged flick from my chest. It’s crazy.’
# Prospect
Highly-rated Irish basketball star Aidan Igiehon signs up with University of Louisville
The 6’10 Clondalkin man was rated the 36th best player in the 2019 crop in the US.
# One-Handed
LeBron punched a whiteboard after astounding game one and has played with a fractured hand since
The series could have been a little different if JR Smith had known what the score was.
# half measure
Brilliant blocks ought to be celebrated... except when they lead to a wide open shot
That’s the thing about defending, you have to keep doing it.
# Ballin'
Wall back in business as the Wizards book NBA playoff spot
Elsewhere, the Heat were made to wait to guarantee their post-season plans while the Raptors were beaten by the Celtics.
# Ballin'
The Beard should still be feared while Warriors just outlast Lakers
There was a decent slate of NBA action on Wednesday night.
# Ballin'
LeBron James thrives at point guard in win over Bulls
Tyronn Lue made some tweaks to his new look Cavs team.
# NBA
'OK3' ensure Thunder roll over Knicks, Lonzo Ball's Lakers debut spoiled by Clippers
Patrick Beverley took particular delight in welcoming Lonzo’s “little young ass to the NBA”.
# court battle
LA Clipper breaks his hand in fight just a month after signing €55 million contract
The forward won’t need surgery, but will have to rest his thumb for a month.
# this is what you came for
Durant drops 39 to secure NBA title with the Warriors
LeBron James wasn’t able to stop the Warriors celebrating in Game 5.
# down not out
LeBron and Cavs refuse to be swept as they bite back in record-setting game 4
The Warriors will get another chance to close out and win the NBA title on Monday night.
# unbeaten
Curry eclipses Kobe as Warriors complete sweep against Spurs
Kevin Durant helped out with 29 points as the Warriors brought their play-off record to 12 -0 to put them in their third straight Finals.
# Ballin'
LeBron and the Cavs embarrass Celtics for 2-0 series lead
He missed out on the shortlist for league MVP though.
# manu up
Ginobili thwarts Harden's last-gasp shot to give Spurs series lead over the Rockets
Harden looked set to put the game in overtime before Ginobili slid the ball from his hands.
# Ballin'
Curry for 30: Warriors sweep into western finals with 5 players in double figures
Houston and San Antonio, currently locked at 2 – 2 in their series, will battle to join the free-flowing Warriors.
# game 6
Veteran Tony Parker at his most efficient as Spurs finish off Grizzlies
In Milwaukee, the Raptors saw off the Bucks to take their place alongside LeBron James’ Cavaliers in the second round.
# NBA
After being ridiculed with Barney music, Raptors take control of enthralling Bucks series
Meanwhile, Steph Curry hit the 30-point mark as the Warriors cruised into the second round.
# Ballin'
The Celtics and the Thunder are still alive after big wins in the NBA Playoffs
Boston and OKC cut their playoff deficits to 2-1 with big wins.
# two zip
LeBron and Kawhi flex their muscles as Cavs, Spurs take control in playoffs
Kawhi Leonard’s haul of 37 points was his highest yet in the playoffs.
# Ballin'
Perfection! Russell Westbrook made every shot on his way to last night's triple-double
The OKC star is on target to average a triple-double this season.
# Champions
Untouchable Glanmire make it four-in-a-row as National Cup is Cork-bound again
Ulster Rockets, BFG Neptune and DCU Mercy were also succesful in the National Basketball Arena today.
# OKC ya later
The Warriors just got a hell of a lot harder to beat: Kevin Durant goes west on $54 million deal
“I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team.”
# melo in rio
Durant and Anthony the experienced heads in US Olympic basketball squad
No Steph, no LeBron. Can they take a third straight gold medal?