MIAMI -- David West's right hand helped the Indiana Pacers grab home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals.
Roy Hibbert scored 29 points, West knocked away two passes by LeBron James for huge turnovers in the final minute, and the Pacers evened the East title series with a 97-93 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the series on Friday night.
Paul George scored 22 points, George Hill added 18 and West finished with 13 for the Pacers, who handed the Heat just their fourth loss in their last 50 games.
MANILA, Philippines - Alaska Milk super rookie Calvin Abueva has opted to push through with his long-planned injury treatment in China, thus dashing the chance to be with Smart Gilas in a training trip in Lithuania next month.
“Calvin himself made the decision. He decided he can’t forego undergoing treatment as soon as possible,” said Alaska team manager Dickie Bachmann.
Team owner Wilfred Steven Uytengsu also said he won’t allow Abueva join the Gilas training if it would put his career at risk.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The NBA has fined Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen $5,000 for violating the league's anti-flopping rule during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
Officials called a flagrant foul on Manu Ginobili for grabbing Allen's arm as the Grizzlies' guard drove to the basket with 26.1 seconds left in regulation Tuesday night. Allen hit the court and rolled over, holding his hands to his head. Replay showed Allen never hit his head on the court.
Allen hit both free throws, and the Grizzlies also got the ball to force overtime. The Spurs won 93-89 in overtime.
DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets are letting general manager Masai Ujiri, the NBA's Executive of the Year, meet with the Toronto Raptors about their GM vacancy, Yahoo! Sports is reporting.
Yahoo! reported that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke is prepared to offer Ujiri $3 million annually to return to Toronto, where he was assistant GM for three years before joining the Nuggets in 2010.
Other top candidates for the Raptors include Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard and Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver, league sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard.
The Indonesia Warriors started their AirAsia 2013 ABL playoffs campaign with a comfortable 72-63 win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons in front of their home fans at Mahaka Square, Indonesia. With this win, the Warriors take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-five series.
Stanley Pringle led all scoring with 21 points, John Smith finished with 17 points and Mario Wuysang added 14 points to round up the top scorers from the Warriors side.
Before tip-off, the Dragons received discouraging news that their import Marcus Hubbard will sit out for this game due to an illness. Hubbard’s absence was felt in the first quarter as the Dragons were struggling to score the ball. With the Dragons only shooting at 29% from the field in the first quarter, the Warriors took advantage and built their lead. Pringle made a three-pointer with 3 minutes left, putting the Warriors up 16-8.
MANILA, Philippines–The Philippines clinched the first-ever FIBA Asia 3×3 Under 18 championship, ousting India, 21-19, in the gold medal round on Friday night in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena, San Beda’s Arvin Tolentino, La Salle Greenhills’ Prince Rivero and Kobe Paras first towed the Philippines past China in the semis, 22-18, earlier on Friday.
And then they completed the job they went to Bangkok for, nipping India to bring home the gold for the boys’ section of the inaugural tournament.
If Phil Jackson was picking his own dream team, his squad would start with someone other than Michael Jordan.
"In my estimation, the guy that has to be there would be Bill Russell. He has won 11 championships as a player," Jackson said in an interview with Time. "That's really the idea of what excellence is, when you win championships."
Russell, the centerpiece of the Boston Celtics dynasty in the 1950s and 1960s, won 11 titles and was a five-time Most Valuable Player and 12-time All-Star during his iconic 13-year career. He also won two NCAA championships with San Francisco and was the captain of the United States' gold-medal-winning team at the 1956 Olympics.
MANILA, Philippines — In another tough blow, Far Eastern University lost lanky forward Russel Escoto to injury just a month away from the upcoming UAAP season.
Escoto’s left knee injury was confirmed as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, which could sideline him for the entire season.
“ACL [tear] daw. He had an MRI yesterday and we got the results today officially. Pero yun as of yesterday yun ang sabi ng doctor,” head coach Nash Racela told reporters after the game.
The name Sean Chambers rings a bell for Robert Dozier, the Best Import who led the Alaska Aces to the Commissioner’s Cup title.
“Yeah I’ve heard about him, but didn’t have a chance to watch him play,” Dozier told InterAKTV in an exclusive interview.
Dozier was only four years old when Chambers first suited up in the PBA for the Alaska franchise. He became the greatest import in team history, playing for the squad until 2002 and helping Alaska establish a dynasty in the 1990s.
Although Alvin Gentry has a standing invitation to join Mike D'Antoni's staff as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers next season, he'd prefer to return to Los Angeles as a head coach ... with the Clippers.
"If you look at that job, it's probably the best one out there," Gentry said of the Clippers' vacancy Thursday in an interview on ESPNLA 710. "When you take into consideration the talent level that they have and what they did this year."
League sources have told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Gentry will be considered for the Clippers' job once the process gets more serious.