While you were sleeping: Brooklyn takes down Cavs, Sweet 16, NBA condemns NC legislation

Good morning! A lot happens in sports, even when you’re busy doing other non-sports-y stuff. So here are the top headlines and moments from yesterday, in case you missed anything while you were watching reruns of Adventure Time.

Hello, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Nets somehow defeated the East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center last night. LeBron James dropped 30 points through three quarters but went scoreless in the fourth and the Cavs dropped what should have been a gimme against the third-worst team in the NBA. It wasn’t a particularly pretty game for either side, save for Bron’s individual brilliance in the first three quarters and the Nets, who arguably have been playing much better over the past month in spite of their record, would not relent. On the court, James’ frustration was palpable in the fourth quarter as evidenced by this popular Vine:


Sweet 16: Oregon, Kansas, Villanova, Oklahoma advance

The Ducks, Jayhawks, Wildcats and Sooners all took care of business on Thursday night in the Sweet 16. Iowa State, Virginia, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Indiana, North Carolina will all look to advance tonight. For a full breakdown of the tourney head here and in the meantime, check out why former Badger, Frank Kaminsky, gets so nervous about listening to his Badgers as a fan.


NBA issues a clear message to North Carolina

In other NBA news, the league issued a statement regarding the North Carolina state legislature passing of a discriminatory measure prohibiting transgender citizens from using public restrooms that they self-identify with and forcing them to use restrooms based off their biological assignment. The NBA, which has been very forward on equality rights for the LGBT community, has made it very clear that the state legislature of North Carolina has a choice to make, or else face a very real, direct financial impact of the league taking its 2017 All-Star Weekend to a different state.

Here’s the statement in full:

“The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.”

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