As NBA prepares to celebrate King, Robertson also remembers
King was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. A day later, Robertson began planning a benefit game in King’s memory — and on Aug. 15 of that year, on an outdoor court in New York, he was among 27 NBA players who wound up taking part. “What happened years ago with Dr. King is still part of our social fiber,” the 83-year-old Robertson said. The annual reminder of that comes Monday, on the annual celebration of the King holiday. The NBA has scheduled 12 games — including the traditional home games in King’s birthplace of Atlanta and in Memphis, where he was killed at 39.wftv.com
Wizards beat Cavaliers 120-105, clinch East play-in spot
Davis Bertans scored 17 points, and Rui Hachimura and Robin Lopez each had 14 as seven Wizards reached double figures. Washington clinched a spot in the NBA’s new play-in tournament for the playoffs involving the Nos. On Friday night, the league announced that both Eastern Conference play-in games will be played next Tuesday with the No. ... G Darius Garland returned after missing seven games with a sprained left ankle and scored three points in 12 minutes. Wizards: Host Charlotte on Sunday in a game that may have play-in seeding implications.wftv.com
Westbrook breaks Robinson's NBA triple-double record
Wizards Hawks Basketball Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against Atlanta Hawks, Monday, May 10, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot)ATLANTA — (AP) — Russell Westbrook has set the NBA record with his 182nd triple-double, surpassing the mark set by Oscar Robertson in 1974. Westbrook began the night averaging 11.5 assists, tops in the NBA and the only player in double digits. Westbrook, the 2016-17 MVP and a nine-time All-Star, praised Robertson when he tied the record in Saturday’s overtime win at Indiana. Oscar Robertson’s triple-double and Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game.”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportswftv.com
Mavs' Luka Doncic set to begin his first NBA playoff run
For the first time since 1990, the Dallas Mavericks are going to the playoffs without Dirk Nowitzki on the roster. The German great retired after last season, officially passing the torch as leader of the Mavs to Doncic the Slovene who nearly averaged a 30-point triple-double in just his second NBA season. So, no, he hasnt seen what the NBA playoffs are like. Behind Doncic, they only assembled the greatest year in NBA history in terms of offensive efficiency. He can make those incredible plays.And now Doncic gets the chance to make those plays on the NBAs best stage: The playoffs.