NBA: Detroit 109, San Antonio 100

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Brandon Jennings scored 21 points Monday and the Detroit Pistons bested San Antonio 109-100 in their first game under interim Coach John Loyer.

Pistons fire Coach Maurice Cheeks after 50 games at helm

DETROIT, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons announced Sunday head Coach Maurice Cheeks has been fired after just 50 games behind the bench.
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Sixers to retire Iverson's No. 3

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia 76ers announced plans Wednesday to retire the uniform No. 3 worn by longtime Sixers star Allen Iverson.

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DETROIT, June 10 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons Monday named former all-star guard Maurice Cheeks as their new head coach, replacing the fired Lawrence Frank.

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HOUSTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton and Coach Rick Pitino are among 12 finalists on the ballot for the 2013 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Reggie Miller and Rick Pitino are among 12 finalists for the 2012 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

NBA: Dallas 108, New Orleans 100

DALLAS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Dirk Nowitzki had 36 points, eight rebounds and seven assists Sunday to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-100 win over New Orleans.
Thunder hire Cheeks as assistant coach

Thunder hire Cheeks as assistant coach

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Maurice Cheeks, fired as Philadelphia's head coach last season, hooked on with the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday as an assistant coach.

76ers fire Coach Maurice Cheeks

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia 76ers fired Coach Maurice Cheeks Saturday morning after a disappointing 9-14 start to the 2008-09 season.
Cheeks to get new contract with Sixers

Cheeks to get new contract with Sixers

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia 76ers and Coach Maurice Cheeks have agreed in principle to a contract extension, the NBA team announced Wednesday.

Allen Iverson sent home by the 76ers

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Veteran guard Allen Iverson of Philadelphia will miss two games because of recent conduct issues.

NBA: Philadelphia 105, Toronto 78

TORONTO, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Andre Iguodala scored a game-high 26 points and Kyle Korver added 23, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-80 win over the Toronto Raptors.

NBA: Philadelphia 107, Portland 83

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Allen Iverson had 38 points and eight rebounds to help the Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, 107-83.

NBA: Philadelphia 111, Indiana 109

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Allen Iverson had 29 points and added 12 assists Saturday night as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Indiana Pacers, 111-109.
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Maurice Cheeks
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Maurice Cheeks directs his team from the bench against the Phoenix Suns on January 4, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ. (UPI Photo/Will Powers)

Maurice Edward "Mo" Cheeks (born September 8, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player and assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association from May 23, 2005 to December 13, 2008. Prior to that, he was head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from the start of the 2001–02 season until March 2, 2005.

Cheeks was born in Chicago, grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, and attended DuSable High School. He attended West Texas State University from 1974 to 1978. Cheeks was an all-Missouri Valley Conference player for three straight seasons, as he averaged 16.8 points per game and shot nearly 57% for his collegiate career. He is currently the third leading scorer in WTSU history.

After college, Cheeks was selected as the 36th pick in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Cheeks played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, including 11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, He earned four trips to the NBA All-Star Game, and he helped the 76ers earn three trips to the NBA Finals in a four-year span in the early 1980s (1980, 1982, and 1983), including one NBA championship in 1983. While starting at point guard for a Sixers team that at times included stars such as Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, and Charles Barkley, Cheeks was well-regarded for his unselfish team play and excellent defensive skills. As a result, he was named to four straight NBA All-Defensive squads from 1983–86, and then earned a spot on the second team in 1987.

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