Monday, September 22, 2014
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Wizards stay alive with win over Pacers

Marcin Gortat collected 31 points and 16 rebounds, John Wall scored 27 points, and the Washington Wizards rode a 39-rebound advantage to a 102-79 rout of Indiana on Tuesday night in Indianapolis, cutting the Pacers' lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals to three games to two.

It was a stunning turnaround for a team that had lost the last three. But with Gortat matching a career high in points and posting a playoff career high in rebounds, Washington held a 62-23 rebounding edge.

Trail Blazers 104, Spurs 92 - Damian Lillard scored 25 points Monday night as host Portland staved off elimination in its Western Conference semifinal against San Antonio, which leads the series, 3-1.


SVG headed to Detroit

Stan Van Gundy has agreed to a $35 million, five-year contract to be the Detroit Pistons coach and president of basketball operations, a person with knowledge of the details said. The deal was first reported by

The Pistons said in April that they were not renewing Joe Dumars' contract, ending his 14-year run as president of basketball operations. John Loyer was the interim coach after Maurice Cheeks was fired.

Van Gundy has a 371-208 career record with Orlando and Miami.


Sterling discussion

Magic Johnson said Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is "living in the stone ages" in his attitudes about minorities.

In an interview Tuesday with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Johnson said he was shocked that such a prominent man would have such ignorant views on HIV and AIDS.

Sterling made his first public comments Monday since racist recordings emerged last month and earned him a lifetime NBA ban. In an interview with Cooper, he repeatedly brought up the ex-NBA star's HIV and called him an unfit role model.

On Tuesday, NBA owners discussed Sterling's interview and the plans to terminate his ownership of the Clippers in the third meeting of the advisory/finance committee.

League spokesman Mike Bass said owners reviewed the status of the charge for termination of the Clippers' ownership. Commissioner Adam Silver apologized to Johnson in a statement, adding that owners were working "as expeditiously as possible" on the process for removal.

Bass said the panel also discussed the media appearance of Shelly Sterling, who said she wants to keep her share of the franchise even if her estranged husband is forced to give up his. The NBA has said that wouldn't be possible.


- Associated Press

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