LeBron James scores 41 for Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana

Brownsburg July 20, - The fourth stop of the Jr. Leaf pulled down two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 2: Reggie Miller by the Numbers Aug. The room takes into account free agent cap holds removed and Al Jefferson waived prior to his July 2 guaranteed date. Leaf went 1 of 2 from 3-point range. NBA on Twitter

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Can't argue with the way he's playing. Indiana finished with five players in double figures, including Thaddeus Young , who scored 18 points on 7-of shooting.

Center Myles Turner had 15 points in his return to the starting lineup, and Domantas Sabonis, whom Turner replaced in the lineup, had 16 off the bench. Victor Oladipo had 17 points and Darren Collison added 15 and 10 assists for the Pacers, who have lost two straight. Porzingis took over in the second quarter; we gave up a point fourth quarter.

They were the aggressors and wanted it a little bit more. After getting off to hot starts the previous two games, the Knicks struggled on offense early against the Pacers but surged late to finish the game shooting 50 percent from the field.

Indiana claimed a first-quarter lead after holding New York to 43 percent shooting while shooting 58 percent from the field. The Pacers had five players with five or more points in the quarter, including eight for Sabonis. New York shot slightly better in the second quarter, trimming the lead to as little as six before Indiana went on a late surge behind Turner, who scored nine points in the quarter and seven during a late two-minute stretch.

Jarrett Jack gave the Knicks something to smile about heading into the locker room, hitting a runner as time expired to cut Indiana's lead to at the half.

New York, which has yet to leave home during November, continues its home stretch on Tuesday against the Charlotte Hornets. Indiana first-round pick T. Leaf missed the game with a sprained ankle sustained Friday against Philadelphia. With the win, New York owns an advantage in the all-time series. The player with the best performance during the game is rewarded with a Game MVP award.

Other attractions of the All-Star break include the Rising Stars Challenge originally Rookie Challenge , where the top rookies and second-year players in the NBA play in a 5-on-5 basketball game, with the current format pitting U. These other attractions have varying names which include the names of the various sponsors who have paid for naming rights. Shortly after the All-Star break is the trade deadline , which is set to fall on the 16th Thursday of the season usually in February at 3pm Eastern Time.

Major trades are often completed right before the trading deadline, making that day a hectic time for general managers. Around the middle of April, the regular season ends. It is during this time that voting begins for individual awards, as well as the selection of the honorary, league-wide, post-season teams.

The Sixth Man of the Year Award is given to the best player coming off the bench must have more games coming off the bench than actual games started. The Rookie of the Year Award is awarded to the most outstanding first-year player. The Most Improved Player Award is awarded to the player who is deemed to have shown the most improvement from the previous season.

The Defensive Player of the Year Award is awarded to the league's best defender. The Coach of the Year Award is awarded to the coach that has made the most positive difference to a team.

The Most Valuable Player Award is given to the player deemed the most valuable for his team that season. Additionally, Sporting News awards an unofficial but widely recognized Executive of the Year Award to the general manager who is adjudged to have performed the best job for the benefit of his franchise. There are three All-NBA teams, consisting of the top players at each position, with first-team status being the most desirable.

There are two All-Defensive teams, consisting of the top defenders at each position. There are also two All-Rookie teams, consisting of the top first-year players regardless of position. The NBA Playoffs begin in late April, with the top eight teams in each conference, regardless of divisional alignment, competing for the Championship. Seeds are awarded in strict order of regular-season record with a tiebreaker system used as needed.

Having a higher seed offers several advantages. Since the first seed begins the playoffs playing against the eighth seed, the second seed plays the seventh seed, the third seed plays the sixth seed, and the fourth seed plays the fifth seed, having a higher seed means a team faces a weaker team in the first round.

The team in each series with the better record has home court advantage, including the First Round. Before the league changed its playoff determination format for the —07 season, this meant that, for example, if the team that received the 6 seed had a better record than the team with the 3 seed by virtue of a divisional championship , the 6 seed would have home court advantage, even though the other team had a higher seed.

Therefore, the team with the best regular season record in the league is guaranteed home court advantage in every series it plays.

For example, in , the Denver Nuggets won 44 games and captured the Northwest Division and the 3 seed. Their opponent was the 6 seed Los Angeles Clippers , who won 47 games and finished second in the Pacific Division.

Although Denver won its much weaker division, the Clippers had home-court advantage and won the series in 5. The playoffs follow a tournament format.

Each team plays an opponent in a best-of-seven series, with the first team to win four games advancing into the next round, while the other team is eliminated from the playoffs. In the next round, the successful team plays against another advancing team of the same conference. All but one team in each conference are eliminated from the playoffs. Since the NBA does not re-seed teams, the playoff bracket in each conference uses a traditional design, with the winner of the series matching the 1st and 8th seeded teams playing the winner of the series matching the 4th and 5th seeded teams, and the winner of the series matching the 2nd and 7th seeded teams playing the winner of the series matching the 3rd and 6th seeded teams.

In every round, the best-of-7 series follows a 2—2—1—1—1 home-court pattern, meaning that one team will have home court in games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while the other plays at home in games 3, 4, and 6. From to , the NBA Finals followed a 2—3—2 pattern, meaning that one team had home court in games 1, 2, 6, and 7, while the other played at home in games 3, 4, and 5. The final playoff round, a best-of-seven series between the victors of both conferences, is known as the NBA Finals , and is held annually in June.

Each player and major contributor—including coaches and the general manager—on the winning team receive a championship ring. The league began using its current format, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing regardless of divisional alignment, in the —16 season.

Previously, the top three seeds went to the division winners. The second most successful franchise is the Los Angeles Lakers , who have 16 overall championships 11 in Los Angeles, 5 in Minneapolis. The San Antonio Spurs have five championships, all since Current teams that have no NBA Finals appearances:. As one of the major sports leagues in North America, the National Basketball Association has a long history of partnership with television networks in the United States.

The League signed a contract with DuMont in its 8th season —54 , marking the first year the NBA had a national television broadcaster. Currently in the U. Games that are not broadcast nationally are usually aired over regional sports network specific to the area where the teams are located. The National Basketball Association has sporadically participated in international club competitions.

This tournament was won by the NBA invitee every year it was held. It also has the highest share of black viewers with 45 percent of its viewers being black and only about 40 percent of viewers being white , making it the only top North American sport that doesn't have a white majority audience.

Below is a short list of foreign players who have won NBA awards or have been otherwise recognized for their contributions to basketball, either currently or formerly active in the league:. On some occasions, young players, most but not all from the English-speaking world, have attended U.

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