Bosnia, Ukraine win at Euro Championship

Updated 09 September 2013
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Bosnia, Ukraine win at Euro Championship

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia: Bosnia-Herzegovina overcame a 10-point deficit in the final quarter to beat Montenegro 76-70 for its first victory at the European basketball championship on Friday.
Also, Ukraine beat Germany 88-83 in the other early game to all but book a place in the second round with its third victory in three games.
In Jesenice, Nihad Djedovic sank a pair of key free throws with 16 seconds remaining and added a spectacular layup to seal Bosnia’s victory over its Balkan rival.
Djedovic finished with 13 points. Mirza Teletovic led Bosnia with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Nemanja Gordic sparked Bosnia’s comeback by adding 17 points, all of them in the second half.
Bojan Dubljevic led Montenegro with 16 points, while American-born guard Tyrese Rice had 13. But Rice missed three 3-point attempts in the final minute.
Montenegro has one win and two losses in Group B.
In Lubljana, Sergii Gladyr scored 25 points to lead Ukraine past Germany, which dropped its second straight after upsetting France in the opener.
Ukraine is the only unbeaten team in Group A.
Gladyr nailed half of his 10 three-point attempts. American-born guard Eugene Jeter added 19 points for Ukraine.
Heiko Schaffartzik led Germany with 22 points and 11 assists, while Niels Giffey added 16 points.
Spain upset
Goran Dragic scored 18 points to lead host Slovenia to a 78-69 upset of defending champion Spain at the European basketball championship on Thursday.
Dragic, a guard in the NBA, also had six rebounds, seven assists and two steals and scored the last four points of the game in Celje.
Spain is bidding to become the first team to win three consecutive European titles since Yugoslavia in the 1970s. Spain led early in the game but could never slip from Slovenia.
“Everything worked out,” Dragic said. “We had nothing to lose and we deserved to win.” Bostjan Nachbar, who finished with 14 points, made two free throws to put Slovenia up 74-69 with 1:12 left. Jose Calderon missed on Spain’s next possession and Dragic made a layup and sank a jumper to send his team to its second win in two games. Spain is 1-1.
Marc Gasol had 17 points for Spain.
In Ljubljana, France got 17 points from Nicolas Batum and 16 from Tony Parker in crushing Britain 88-65 to bounce back from an opening loss to Germany.
Greece beat Russia 80-71 to stay perfect after two games. Russia, bronze medalist two years ago, is in deep trouble after two straight losses.


LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5

James pushes the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs. (Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 26 April 2018
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LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5

  • James' 3-pointer buzzer beater puts Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs
  • James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists.

CLEVELAND: LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo’s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass, took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.
As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career.
James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.
Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.
Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.
Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points, and Young had 16 for the Pacers, who battled back to tie it 95-all on Sabonis’ 15-foot jumper with 33 seconds left. Indiana, which held Cleveland without a field goal for more than seven minutes during their fourth-quarter rally forced James into a turnover and had a chance to re-take the lead.
Oladipo, who shot just 2 of 15, drove the left side and was at the rim when James swooped in for a block on a play reminiscent of his Game 7 block on Andre Iguodala in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Oladipo’s shooting woes continued. He’s only 12 of 50 from the field in the last three games. He scored 32 in the Pacers’ Game 1 win, but the Cavs have been double-teaming him ever since.
The third quarter has been a major problem for Cleveland all season. The Cavs had tried everything to try and shake things up after halftime, even doing layup lines at the break in Game 4 like a high school squad.
Turns out, all it took was some defensive intensity.
Down by seven at half, the Cavs swarmed the Pacers in the third quarter, forcing five turnovers in the first six minutes and holding Indiana to one field goal over the first 6:52 while opening with a 19-3 run.
Cleveland outscored Indiana 32-17 in the third, when the Pacers shot just 5 for 16 (31 percent) and committed seven turnovers.
The Cavs were again without starting point guard George Hill, who missed his second straight game with back spasms.
DWYANE’S WORLD
James had enough to worry about with the Pacers that he didn’t want to discuss close friend Dwyane Wade’s future.
Miami’s star is mulling retirement after the Heat were eliminated Tuesday in Philadelphia. James spent four years playing in Miami with Wade, who began this season with the Cavs before being traded.
James said that following his last game against Wade he told him, “’If it’s like our last time going against each other, then it’s been everything and more.” James wants to wait for Wade to make his decision and will then “give a more in-depth analysis of his career if he decides to hang ‘em up.”
TIP-INS:
Pacers: Following Lance Stephenson’s aggressive, wrestling-like takedown of Jeff Green in the waning moments of Game 4, coach Nate McMillan said he reminded the fiery forward to be careful. “The officials are going to be watching that, Lance knows that and there are some times where I think they (the Cavs) are taking advantage.” ... Dropped to 2-12 in their last 14 games in Cleveland. ... James’ triple-double in Game 4 was the sixth against Indiana in the playoffs. James has done it to the Pacers three times.
Cavaliers: With his 21st 40-point game in the playoff, James tied the logo — Jerry West — for the second-most all-time. Michael Jordan scored at least 40 in 38 postseason games. .... Hill’s back has improved in the past few days, but he didn’t look close to playing while sitting stiffly in his locker-room chair before the game. ... Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown sat courtside.
UP NEXT
Game 6 is Friday night at Indianapolis.