Dikembe Mutombo

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NBA's Statesman Mutombo Retires

(Newser) - Dikembe Mutombo officially called it quits today after an 18-year NBA career. "I had a wonderful, wonderful ride," said the eight-time All-Star, injured in Tuesday's game. Tomorrow, fittingly, he receives yet another award for humanitarian service. The 42-year-old has long been involved in efforts for his native Congo,... More »

Hawks Clinch a Playoff Berth

Long postseason drought over thanks to Indiana loss

(Newser) - For the first time since 1999, the Atlanta Hawks are headed to the NBA playoffs after clinching the final spot in the Eastern Conference when Indiana, the only other team with a mathematical chance, lost at Washington 117-110. The league's longest playoff drought ended with Atlanta enjoying an off day.... More »

Rockets Blast Timberwolves

McGrady finds his groove to score 10 of his 23 in decisive fourth

(Newser) - The Houston Rockets paid tribute to Dikembe Mutombo last night, but as usual it was Tracy McGrady who stole the show in a 97-86 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports the Houston Chronicle. McGrady had made just 4 of 15 shots when he re-entered the game in the fourth quarter... More »

Rockets Rally for Number 21

McGrady, Houston overcome early cold spell

(Newser) - Maybe Houston got caught looking ahead to its Western Conference showdown this Sunday with the Lakers. Fortunately for them, it didn't last, as the Rockets got back to the game at hand and eventually defeated Charlotte for their 21st consecutive victory, and the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. Tracy... More »

Bruising Rockets Make It 19

Nets manage just 28 first-half points in 91-73 loss

(Newser) - A season-best defensive performance against the Nets propelled the Rockets into rarefied air: the fourth 19-game win streak in NBA history. Houston held New Jersey to 28 first-half points and 30.4% floor shooting overall in a grinding 91-73 victory, reports the Houston Chronicle. Tracy McGrady led his team with... More »

Resilient Rockets Rout Wiz Sans Yao

Young Timberwolves claw way to a big upset; Grizzlies, not so much

(Newser) - No Yao, no problem. After learning they'd lost 7'6" franchise center Yao Ming for the season with a stress fracture, the scrappy Rockets dominated the Wizards defensively, coasting 94-69 for their 13th straight win. Platooning at the five-spot were 41-year-old Dikembe Mutombo, who had four blocks, and promising rookie Carl... More »

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