Category Archives: Basketball

New York Knicks v Orlando Magic

National Basketball Association

Monday 21st December 2015

19.30 Tip off

New York Knicks 99 Orlando Magic 107,  attendance 19,812

Knicks Starters ;

Carmelo Anthony, 23 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast

Robin Lopez, 12 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk

Arron Afflalo, 4 pts,5 reb, 3 ast

Kristaps Porzingis, 9 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast, 4 blk

Jose Calderon, 4 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 1 ast

Playing Reserves ;

Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Jerian Grant, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin, Sasha Vujacic

Magic Starters ;

Tobias Harris, 20 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl

Nikola Vucevic, 26 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk

Evan Fournier, 16 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl

Channing Frye, 7 pts, 1 reb, 1 blk

Elfrid Payton, 5 pts, 3 ast

Playing Reserves ;

Jason Smith, Victor Oladipo, Mario Hezonja, Andrew Nicholson, Shabazz Napier, Aaron Gordon

@ Madison Square Garden

4 Pennsylvania Plaza

New York, NY 10001

Admission  $102 + $15.60 fees (resale) print at home ticket

No programme.

This is the fourth venue to take the name ‘Madison Square Garden’ and was opened in February 1968. It is one of the most famous sporting venues in the world, especially in boxing, having staged amongst numerous title bouts, Muhammad Ali- Joe Frazier.

Capacity these days is 19,812 and it is also home to New York Rangers of the NHL.

Another that is very easy to reach on public transport and is right in the heart of Manhattan, being no more than 10 minutes walk from Times Square.

Having had former President George W. Bush and Sir Paul McCartney introduced to the crowd at previous basketball games, it was good to see the cameraman pick out a big name at tonight’s game as well……..Pete Davidson ?????????

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Brooklyn Nets v Minnesota Timberwolves

National Basketball Association

Sunday 20th December 2015

13.00 Tip off

Brooklyn Nets 85 Minnesota Timberwolves 100,  attendance 14,552

Nets Starters ;

Brook Lopez, 20 pts, 12 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk

Bojan Bogdanovic, 13 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl

Thaddeus Young, 12 pts, 8 reb, 1 stl

Joe Johnson, 6 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast

Jarret Jack, 4 pts, 3 reb, 6 ast, 1 stl

Playing Reserves ;

Wayne Ellington, Donald Sloan, Andrea Bargnani, Markel Brown, Willie Reed

Timberwolves Starters ;

Andrew Wiggins, 16 pts, 3 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk

Karl-Anthony Towns, 24 pts, 10 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk

Ricky Rubio, 8 pts, 2 reb, 15 ast, 4 stl

Tayshaun Prince, 4 pts, 1 reb

Kevin Garnett, 0 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl

Playing Reserves ;

Gorgui Dieng, Zach LaVine, Kevin Martin, Adreian Payne, Shabazz Muhammad, Andre Miller, Nemanja Bjelica, Damjan Rudez

@ Barclays Center

620, Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Admission $38 + $7.44 fees,  print at home ticket

Programme free, 56 pages.

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Barclays Center was opened on 21st September 2012 and has a capacity of 17,732. It is also home to The New York Islanders NHL team.

This is as easy as it gets to reach by public transport. Simply take the subway to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and as you exit the station the arena is right in front of you. The surrounding area has seen a massive regeneration project so plenty of eateries within easy reach of the arena.

We had former President George W. Bush introduced to the crowd on the big screen at SMU Mustangs basketball last month, but has he been gazumped as our most famous fellow spectator by Sir Paul McCartney ?

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Dallas Mavericks v Atlanta Hawks

National Basketball Association

Wednesday 9th December 2015

Tip off 20.30

Dallas Mavericks 95 Atlanta Hawks 98,  attendance 19,936

Mavericks Starters ;

Zaza Pachulia, 11 pts, 17 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl

Deron Williams, 18 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast,

Wesley Matthews, 17 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk

Dirk Nowitzki, 13 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl, 1 blk

Raymond Felton, 11 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl

Playing Reserves ;

Dwight Powell, Chandler Parsons, Devin Harris, J.J. Barea, Charlie Villanueva, Jeremy Evans

Hawks Starters ;

Al Horford, 14 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk

Paul Millsap, 20 pts, 11 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl, 1 blk

Kyle Korver, 8 pts, 1 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk

Jeff Teague, 14 pts, 2 reb, 6 ast,

Thabo Sefolosha, 7 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk

Playing Reserves ;

Kent Bazemore, Dennis Schroder, Lamar Patterson, Tiago Splitter, Mike Muscala,

@ American Airlines Center

2500, Victory Avenue

Dallas, TX 75219

Admission free,  corporate guest in VIP Box, including free Gold Car Park Pass.

Programme free, 36 pages.

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Watching a game from a VIP Box is certainly different. Yes, there is the free food and drink flowing freely and the car park is under the stadium , so you arrive by elevator onto the middle level of the arena and into your box, where there are 16 very comfortable seats, set in two rows, but although it is open, you somehow feel detached from what is going on around you and it feels a bit strange. Sadly, the Mavs were pretty poor so the atmosphere felt flat. I had quite fancied a Season Ticket here, but the cost is astronomical.

The AAC was opened in 2001 at a cost of $420 million. Capacity for Basketball is 19,200 which obviously doesn’t include the VIP seats judging by the attendance tonight. The Dallas Stars of the NHL also play home games here.

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University Texas Arlington Mavericks v University North Texas Mean Green

National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I

Thursday 3rd December 2015

Tip off 19.00

University Texas Arlington Mavericks 90 University North Texas Mean Green 67,  attendance 6,107

@ College Park Center

600, South Center Street

Arlington, TX 76019

$10 admission

Programme free, 16 pages.

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Opened in February 2012 at a cost of $78 million, having a seated capacity of 7,000. Tonight’s attendance has only been bettered once for a Mavericks home game, when 6,228 attended the opening match at the arena versus UTSA Roadrunners on 1st February 2012.

One thing you certainly notice here is the fantastic atmosphere the fans generate. Well worth the admission money and nice to park for free in the multi storey car park less than 100 yards walk away.

Following photos of poor quality due to camera malfunction.

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Los Angeles Clippers v Utah Jazz

National Basketball League

Wednesday 25th November 2015

Tip off 19.30

Los Angeles Clippers 91 Utah Jazz 102,  attendance 19,060

Clippers Starters ;

Blake Griffin, 40 Pts, 12 reb, 3 ast, 2 blk

Chris Paul, 24 Pts, 5 reb, 8 ast, 3 stl

DeAndre Jordan, 8 pts, 11 reb, 3 stl, 4 blk

J.J. Redick, 3 pts, 1 ast, 1 stl

Wesley Johnson, 0 pts, 1 reb

Playing Reserves ;

Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, Josh Smith, Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce, Luc Mbah a Moute

Jazz Starters ;

Gordon Hayward, 33 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl

Rudy Gobert, 10 pts, 11 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk

Derrick Favors, 22 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl

Rodney Hood, 13 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast

Paul Neto, 10 pts, 1 reb, 6 ast, 3 stl

Playing Reserves ;

Alec Burks, Trevor Booker, Trey Burke, Joe Ingles, Chris Johnson, Trey Lyles, Jeff Withey

@ Staples Center

1111, South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Admission $35 + $8.50 fees.

Team sheet, free.

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The arena was opened in October 1999 at a cost of $375 million. It is shared with fellow NBA team Los Angeles Lakers and is also home to NHL team Los Angeles Kings. Oddly, the capacity for Clippers games is 19,060, whereas it is only 18,997 when the Lakers are playing host.

It is the only arena in the NBA shared by two teams from the same league and one of only two North American professional sports venues hosting two teams from the same league, the other being MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, home to New York Giants and New York Jets of the NFL.

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University Southern California Trojans v California State University Northridge Matadors

National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I

Monday 23rd November 2015

Tip off 18.00

University Southern California Trojans 96 California State University Northridge Matadors 61,  attendance 2,764.

@ Galen Center

3400 South Figueroa Street,

Los Angeles, CA 90089.

Admission $15

Programme $5, covers all home November games, 84 pages.

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The arena was opened in 2006 having cost $147 million to build. The capacity is 10,258, which was sold out for the record attendance versus the Arizona Wildcats in January 2008.

On 10th May 2014 the arena staged the World Boxing Council Heavyweight title fight between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne.

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Southern Methodist University Mustangs v Sam Houston State University Bearkats

National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I

Saturday 14th November 2015

Tip off 19.00

Southern Methodist University Mustangs 85 Sam Houston State University Bearkats 50,  attendance 6,852.

@ Moody Coliseum

6024 Airline Road

University Park, TX 75205

Admission free, borrowed Season Ticket.

Programme free, 4 pages.

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Moody Coliseum has been home to SMU since December 1956. The arena has held as many as 10,276, but after four upgrades over the years capacity is now 7,000.

Excellent seats along the side of the court and even better when they are free as we were offered 2 season tickets by friends who couldn’t make the game.

Surprised to be sat opposite former U.S. President George W. Bush and wife Laura, an SMU graduate, who live locally and are regular visitors to the Moody Coliseum.

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