The Golden State Warriors pulled away from the San Antonio Spurs for a 97-87 overtime win that tied their National Basketball Association Western Conference semifinal playoff series at two games apiece.
George Karl of the Denver Nuggets was named the National Basketball Association’s Coach of the Year for the first time after leading his team to a league-best 38-3 home record and a No. 3 playoff seed.
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs moved into the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs by completing first-round sweeps, while the Boston Celtics kept their season alive with a 97-90 overtime win against the New York Knicks.
Gregg Popovich was voted the National Basketball Association’s Coach of the Year after leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 50-16 record this season, tied with the Chicago Bulls for the most wins in the league during the lockout-shortened regular season.
The San Antonio Spurs pushed their winning streak to 19 games by rallying from a nine-point fourth- quarter deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-98 in the opening game of the National Basketball Association’s Western Conference finals.
The San Antonio Spurs defeated their division rival Memphis Grizzlies 99-95 in overtime to validate their coach’s decision to rest his starters three nights earlier, a move that cost the team $250,000.
National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern vowed to impose “substantial sanctions” on the San Antonio Spurs, who lost at Miami last night after sending four top players home before the game.
It’s just so convenient to demonize Randy Moss , whose history of hubris makes the wide receiver an easy target for sports fans fed up with coach killers. Not this time, though, and not with this team.