Villanueva moves past Garnett banter


Villanueva moves past Garnett banter

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON - Charlie Villanueva didnt mind the boos. In fact, he expected them.

After tweeting earlier in the season that Kevin Garnett called him a cancer patient (he suffers from alopecia), Villanueva had a feeling Celtics fans would not react warmly to him during Wednesdays game at TD Garden.

I expect the fans to protect their player, he said before the game. Bostons a good town and they love their sports. I expect the worst. But Im OK with that.

Villanueva said he doesnt mind being dubbed the most hated guy in the room.

At least Im some type of guy, he said.

But he isnt interested in stirring up any more controversy over the situation. He didnt let the jeers bother him and is looking to move on from it.

Im past all this stuff, drama if you want to call it that, he said. Ive been past that. Its just another game.

Villanueva scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench during the Celtics 86-82 win over the Pistons. There were no technical fouls, no heated arguments between he and Garnett (11 points, 6 rebounds).

When the buzzer sounded, the match up had been just that - another game.

Im not looking for his friendship, Villanueva said. I sleep well at night.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBA

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder


Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed


Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

By Kurt Helin, NBC Pro Basketball Talk

This is a sad and stunning development.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, the rookie guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, has died, the Dallas, Texas, County Coroner has confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune broke the news.

Dejean-Jones was just 23.

The coroner’s office would not give a cause of death, but Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had the tragic detail.