A high-profile incident involving Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and a heckling fan highlights the sometimes overly-close physical proximity between NBA fans and the targets of their derision.,On Monday night, Westbrook and 45-year-old Shane Kiesel exchanged insults during the second quarter of the Thunder’s game with the Jazz in Vivint Smart Home Arena.,Westbrook explained after the game that Kiesel’s insult is the latest in a series of disdainful remarks by fans aimed at him and other NBA players when playing in road arenas.,First, Kiesel and several other fans in Vivint Smart Home Arena were issued co-called “warning cards” pursuant to the NBA’s Fan Code of Conduct.,In addition to the Fan Code of Conduct, the uniform player contract signed by every NBA player contains provisions that empower commissioner Adam Silver to punish Westbrook.

James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets.,As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.,Jordan has also admired James’ game for years.,When James surpassed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side.,James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

YOUNGSTOWN — Senior guard Melinda Trimmer scored in double figures for a seventh straight game in leading Youngstown State past Milwaukee, 64-58, in a Horizon League quarterfinal Wednesday night in front of 1,382 fans at the Beeghly Center.,LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list Wednesday night.,James, who entered the NBA at 18 years old compared to 21 for Jordan, began the night averaging 27.1 points per game in 1,189 games over 16 seasons with Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers.,Just eight days ago, James moved into 10th place on the assists list, becoming the first player in league history to make the top 10 in points and assists.,James began the night averaging 27.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists while hitting 51 percent of his shots and playing 35.7 minutes per game for the Lakers.

They cheered him, but only after booing him.They stood, but not all of them, and not immediately, and not for long.He surely heard them, but never acknowledged them.LeBron James passed Michael Jordan to move into fourth place on the NBAs all-time scoring list Wednesday night, leaping over the legend in a monumental accomplishment that felt like an enormous dud.Epitomizing this embarrassment of a season, the history-rich Lakers couldnt even enjoy making history.It wasnt the franchises fault.,The NBA wouldnt let them stop the game immediately, so at the first stoppage of play after James layup against the Denver Nuggets with 5 minutes 38 seconds to play in the second quarter gave him 32,294 points two more than Jordan an attempted celebration ensued.The scoreboard displayed a video.,The fans stood and cheered, but it was mostly politely, and somewhat uncertainly, as if they were applauding an impromptu speech given by a distant uncle at an acquaintances wedding.Lakers' LeBron James, left, is congratulated by Rajon Rondo after his basket against the Denver Nuggets passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list on Wednesday at Staples Center.James was never given the game ball.,From his initial decision to forgo an introductory news conference last summer to his Culver City prank pizza tweet to his pregame announcements of movie releases in the middle of playoff pushes, he has never really reached out to the fans, and now they are holding him accountable for the Lakers failure.On probably the most unusual milestone night in Lakers history, so much felt different, so much was lost.This passing of Jordan should have been another brick in the foundation of a local debate that James is the greatest player ever.,But even with this monumental history looming, Lakers fans are focused on a different, more uncomfortable milestone.At his current rate, James will easily pass Bryant next season for third place on the all-time list with 32,311 points, hes 1,332 points behind, and he has averaged 2,042 points in the previous three seasons.On the night he passes Bryant, if the Lakers are still struggling, can you imagine how conflicted fans will be?

The Golden Eagles got out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.,The Govs were shutout in the scoring column until senior forward Jack Maher scored a bucket with seven seconds left before the first quarter buzzer.,The Golden Eagles got 11 points from the bench.,The Govs were led by junior center Grey Zabel, who racked up ten points.,Sophomore guard Bennett Dean claimed eight points coming off the bench for the Govs.

The Govs (no. 15 in Class AA, 4-13) have lost their last nine games. read more

The Golden Eagles got out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.,The Govs were shutout in the scoring column until senior forward Jack Maher scored a bucket with seven seconds left before the first quarter buzzer.,The Golden Eagles got 11 points from the bench.,The Govs were led by junior center Grey Zabel, who racked up ten points.,Sophomore guard Bennett Dean claimed eight points coming off the bench for the Govs.

The Govs (no. 15 in Class AA, 4-13) have lost their last nine games. read more

Austintown 62, Lakeside 34

Sabria Hunter scored 29 points as Fitch clinched the All-American Conference Red Tier.,Boardman was led by Katie Stamp with 12 points and 12 rebounds.,Kyla Jamison led the Quakers with 15 points and eight rebounds and Ellie Davidson and Echo Mayer-Kutz each scored 14.,Neither team scored any points in the second quarter.,Sydney Ogden scored a game-high 21 points in defeat for Heartland Christian. read more

With 2:18 left to go in the second quarter, and with the Govs up 26-23, junior forward Garrett Stout, who was one of the leading scorers for the Govs at the time, committed his third foul of the game.,With Stout of of the picture, the Tigers ended the half on a 10-2 run, including a rare four point play by junior forward Teegan Evers.,Senior forward Tanner Evers exploded in the fourth quarter for four three pointers to help expand the Tigers lead.,The Tigers were led by Teegan Evers, who had a game high 24 points.,The Tigers (9-6, no. 8 in Class AA) have beaten the Govs twice this season.

The Pierre T.F. Riggs Governors took on the Sioux Falls Washington Warriors in a key Class AA matchup at Riggs Gymnasium in Pierre on Thursday night.,The visiting Warriors entered the game with two spots ahead of the Govs in the Class AA rankings.,The Warriors were led by sophomore guard Eli Williams, who had a game high 20 points coming off the bench.,The Govs made 33 percent of their three point attempts, while the Warriors made 27 percent.,The Warriors also made 74 percent of their free throws, while the Govs made just 55 percent.

Washburn was pleased with the way his players started Wednesday’s game, and he noted that, while they kind gave up some things defensively, Orange was “coming off of a lot of momentum” after narrowly edging Western Albemarle in the game before.,On Friday, Powhatan was taking on a Louisa team that up to that point had just one loss: a recent 67-52 defeat to Western Albemarle.,Washburn was really pleased with the way that Powhatan started Friday’s game.,But Washburn added: “I thought that maybe we could’ve done a little bit more [in the first quarter] because as the quarter ran on, I thought we got some defensive stops but weren’t able to capitalize off those opportunities...even though it was a good quarter I thought it was a quarter that we could’ve even extended the lead more than we had...”

Louisa then started to heat up in the second quarter and capitalize on Powhatan’s misses.,Despite the loss, the Indians saw three players score in the double figures (Van Natter had 23 points, Chipper Ford had 15 and Williams had 12) and Washburn said his players did a really good job of limiting the Lions’ open looks. read more