Basketball http://au.rd.yahoo.com/news/rss/top_stories/*http://au.news.yahoo.com/top/ en-au Copyright (c) 2014 Yahoo New Zealand. All rights reserved. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:45:35 +1200 Yahoo New Zealand Sport https://s.yimg.com/ao/i/hp/nz2/test/ynz.gif 144 36 Reigning NBA champs Miami open playoffs with win (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22804281 Miami (AFP) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points to lead two-time defending NBA champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:27:25 +1200 Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22802893 Miami (AFP) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points on Sunday to lead two-time defending NBA champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:02:55 +1200 Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22801416 San Antonio (AFP) - The San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan's 27 points, rallied for a 90-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday to open their NBA playoff series. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:44:02 +1200 Durant leads Thunder to win over Grizzlies (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22768846 Los Angeles (AFP) - Kevin Durant scored 33 points on Saturday to lead Oklahoma City to a 100-86 triumph over Memphis in game one of their NBA Western Conference playoff series. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:38:22 +1200 Steven Adams makes NBA playoff debut (NZ Newswire) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22767870 Steven Adams became the first Kiwi to contest an NBA playoff game for five years in a winning performance for Oklahoma City. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:34:17 +1200 Hawks swoop for win over top-seeded pacers (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22765730 Toronto (Canada) (AFP) - The Atlanta Hawks surprised the top-seeded Indiana Pacers 101-93 in the opening game of their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:11:08 +1200 NBA Warriors hold off Clippers in post-season opener (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22763319 Los Angeles (AFP) - The Golden State Warriors overcame 21 turnovers to edge the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday and snatch home court advantage in their NBA Western Conference first-round series. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:37:35 +1200 Nets dump Raptors in NBA playoff opener (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22761168 Toronto (Canada) (AFP) - Paul Pierce found his form in the final minutes, sparking the Brooklyn Nets over the Toronto Raptors 94-87 Saturday in the opening game of their NBA first-round playoff series. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:55:36 +1200 Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22750891 Washington (AFP) - LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates seek their third title in a row and fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals starting with their playoff opener Sunday against Charlotte. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:40:36 +1200 Lakers, Knicks, Celtics miss playoffs, seek help (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22744894 Washington (AFP) - For the first time in NBA history, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are all absent from the playoffs in the same season. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:56:53 +1200