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Category: newsSource: davaotoday davaotodayNov 1st, 2016

CJ at No. 1?

Blackwater still needs a solid point guard to become a legitimate contender, coach Bong Ramos believes, but the Elite would likely not get the chance to sign up the man that they need when the 2019 PBA Rookie Draft unfolds Sunday at Robinson's Place Ermita.   For a good reason.   "There's no way we are going to pass up on Ray-Ray Parks," Ramos told the Inquirer over the phone on the eve of the rookie proceedings as the son of a seven-time Best Import winner, the late great Bobby Parks, would most likely land in the lap of the Elite as the second overall pick.   Columbian owns the top overall selection, and Ramos believes that the Dyip will go for form...Keep on reading: CJ at No. 1?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News7 hr. 53 min. ago

Kai Sotto towers above all with 22-point lead in UAAP 81 Jrs. MVP race

Unsurprisingly, Kai Sotto has been putting up the most impressive numbers after the first round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen has been posting per game counts of 25.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.7 assists. He is the league’s best scorer, rebounder and blocker. Those numbers have been more than enough to thrust Sotto onto the very top of the MVP leaderboard with 93.3 Statistical Points (SPs). Not only that, he has a 22-point edge over his closest competitor in Mark Nonoy of University of Sto. Tomas who has 70.9 SPs to his name. More impressive, however, is that with the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old fronting the effort, the Blue Eaglets have not skipped a beat as they are in joint second heading into the second round. This, even after losing all of SJ Belangel, Jason Credo, Dave Ildefonso, and Joaqui Manuel. Nonoy is doing his best to chase down Sotto with averages of 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.7 steals – nothing short of impressive especially for a first-year player. At third in the MVP race is Ateneo’s Forthsky Padrigao with 70.0 SPs, but his place there is tenuous as he has only suited up for one game in the season. Not counting Padrigao, rounding out the top five are Far Eastern University-Diliman’s do-it-all guard RJ Abarrientos, Adamson High School’s revelation at forward in AP Manlapaz, and Nazareth School of National University’s versatile big man Carl Tamayo. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News16 hr. 6 min. ago

2018 PBA Draft Baller Breakdown: Rodolfo “Jjay” Alejandro

Another former King Bulldog, Jjay Alejandro has always been known as a scorer. Ever since his days with Malayan College, Jjay could light up the scoreboard, connecting from inside and out; while at the same time making a name for himself as a deadly shooter. While he joined the NU Bulldogs primarily as an outside threat, he improved his scoring in the college ranks year in and year out, averaging almost 17 points per game in his final year. Coincidentally, his final year was played under the mentorship of multi-titled coach, Jamike Jarin, who developed Jjay no longer just as a scorer, but more of a playmaker and leader. Not only was he allowed to play point guard more often, Coach Jamike highlighted his leadership, designating him Team Captain in his senior year.   STRENGTHS Season 80 (his final year) saw Jjay’s usage rate skyrocket, logging an average 33 minutes, scoring 17 points, grabbing 6.4 rebounds, and dishing out 6.7 assists per contest. He also shot close to 40 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from downtown, with almost two 3-pointers a game. Most impressive in my opinion was the emergence of his passing ability, which had been underrated throughout his career. With the ball in his hand more often, Jjay was able to create more opportunities for himself and his teammates by getting into the paint, where he showed a lot of craftiness and composure in traffic. As a result, he more than doubled his assist numbers from season 79. AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT Areas which he will need to improve on as he makes the jump to the PBA are primarily his strength and his defense. While Jjay is a deft pickpocket who can swipe at ballhandlers or play the passing lanes, he will have to hold his own on a nightly basis against stronger and taller guards. That means he’ll have to work on his on-ball defense, whether perimeter or in the post. If he wants to carve out a regular spot in the rotation, he’ll have to play point guard effectively, while polishing his jumper such that he’ll have a quicker release, as defenders are much quicker and smarter in the pros -- think Kevin Alas when he made the jump from college ball. That means tightening his handles, and improving not just his court vision, but his overall control of the game. One thing he’s definitely got going for him though is his ability to make plays in the clutch. Jjay Alejandro has never been known to shy away from big moments, and he will be more than willing to take and make big shots to decide the outcome of a game. That is one thing PBA teams are always on the lookout for.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News16 hr. 6 min. ago

2018 PBA Draft Baller Breakdown: Bong Quinto

Ever since he was a young boy who grew up playing 3-on-3 streetball in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City, Kierjohn “Bong” Quinto dreamed about making it to the PBA. Tomorrow, his lifelong dream will finally be realized. The only question is, which team will draft the NCAA’s best small forward? STRENGTHS At 6’1”, Quinto was a match up problem for any team that faced the Letran Knights. Because of his strength, there was nobody in the NCAA who could handle him in the post. Quinto would attack the defense any way he wanted. If the defender was smaller, he would usually back him down and shoot a fadeaway. If the defender was bigger, he would face-up and make a powerful move towards the basket. Either way, it was easy money for Quinto. In his fifth and final season with the Knights, Quinto ranked 8th in scoring averaging 15.1 points a contest. He also averaged 8.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists, solid all-around numbers that earned him a spot in the Mythical Five. Prior to participating in Season 94, Quinto helped the Batangas City Athletics win the inaugural MPBL Championship, proof that he is experienced enough and ready for the physicality of the big boys in the PBA. WEAKNESSES At 6’1”, Quinto might be too small to be a forward in the PBA. Right now, he is labelled as a “tweener”. So, assuming he would have to play shooting guard, there’s a lot of aspects in his game that he has to work on. The first and obvious thing would be his shooting. Quinto only took 22 three-point attempts the entire NCAA season and made seven of them. He also rarely took mid-range jumpers because he didn’t have to. His shooting is a huge question mark as of the moment. In order to be effective in the pros, Quinto will have to show everybody that he has a shot because his “bully ball” style of play will not work on every one at this level. Another thing he will have to improve on is his speed. Although Quinto has shown surprising athleticism at times especially when he would dunk the ball during fast break opportunities where he found himself uncontested, his speed does not blow you away. If he really does makes the transition to the two in the PBA, he might have to shed off some excess pounds to be able to keep up with explosive guards like Chris Newsome or Terrence Romeo.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News16 hr. 6 min. ago

Adamson s Rob Manalang eager to prove complete skills in PBA

        MANILA, Philippines – Rob Manalang didn’t nearly have enough time to break out in the collegiate basketball scene, but the world of pro ball awaits. And he’s confident that he’s more than ready. A product of the fast-rising Adamson Soaring Falcons program under multi-titled head coach Franz Pumaren, the Fil-Am point guard ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News16 hr. 53 min. ago

PBA DRAFT: Lao hopes good Draft Combine showing lands him a PBA nod

Gauging his talents alongside his peers, Kyles Lao believes that he has already made a good account of himself in the two-day 2018 PBA Gatorade Draft Combine.   "It was nice to see the immense level of talent in this class and I think I was able to hold my own naman," the UP guard said after participating at the event held at the Gatorade Hoops Gym in Mandaluyong City.   Lao showed how he's one of the most intelligent prospects in this group, making the top five in the reaction tests as he got 83.33-percentage of hits during the biometrics phase of the Combine.   However, data could only speak so much on one's talent, and the former Xavier standout did show glimpses of what he could do when he played in the Combine’s mini-tournament.   The former UAAP Rookie of the Year didn't shy away from the spotlight in the scrimmages, helping his team finish runner-up to the JP Calvo and CJ Isit-led squad in the Finals.   Lao even uncorked 20 points in the semifinals against a team led by Robert Bolick, showing off his fearless slashing and precise sniping that hopefully, turned the heads of some of the coaches. "Si Kyles Lao, maganda ang nilalaro niya since Wednesday," remarked San Miguel coach Leo Austria.   For his part, however, Lao is just hoping for the best ahead of the PBA Rookie Draft at Robinson's Midtown in Ermita, Manila.   "Tingin ko naman naipakita ko na lahat ng kaya ko. Sana makuha," he said.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors 128-122

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game slide with a confidence-boosting 128-122 victory over the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Zach Collins scored 16 points and Seth Curry added a season-high 13, including three key tbhree-pointers at the start of the fourth quarter. Both were part of a Portland bench that outscored Toronto's reserves 58-26. Kawhi Leonard returned after missing two games and had 28 points for the Raptors (23-8), who played without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Danny Green added 19 points and 11 rebounds, matching his season high with five triples. Portland led by 16 in the fourth quarter but Leonard and C.J. Miles made consecutive three's to pull the Raptors to 117-113 with 2:44 left. Lillard hit a three-pointer for Portland before Leonard had another three and Fred VanVleet made a layup to get Toronto to 120-118. CJ McCollum and Al Farouq-Aminu answered with consecutive three's to extend Portland's lead to 126-118 with just under a minute to go. Leonard dunked on the other end, but the Raptors couldn't get any closer. Portland was in first place in the Western Conference after beating Washington on the road back on Nov. 18 (Nov. 19, PHL time) to improve to 11-5. But the team lost eight of 11 going into Friday night's (Saturday, PHL time) game to tumble into ninth in the conference. The Raptors, meanwhile, had lost just three previous games on the road this season. The victory snapped a six-game Portland losing streak to the Raptors. Lowry sat out with a left thigh bruise. VanVleet started in his place and finished with 21 points. Lowry led the Raptors with 23 points in a 113-93 win over Golden State on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). The victory was costly, however. Jonas Valanciunas dislocated his thumb in the game and required surgery. He will be in a cast for the next four weeks. Valanciunas was averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds a game. Portland was coming off a pair of losses on the road to Houston and Memphis. The Blazers went up 42-31 in the first half after Meyers Leonard's alley-oop dunk from Evan Turner. Portland led by as many as 13 and went into the break in front 58-50. Leonard, who was 0-for-5 from the field in the first half, had eight points to open the third quarter and his jumper got the Raptors to 59-64. But Leonard picked up his fourth foul later in the quarter and went to the bench for a while. OG Anunoby's jumper closed the Raptors to 82-80 but Collins answered with a three-pointer for the Blazers. After Portland had a 91-89 edge going into the fourth, Curry made a pair of three-pointers and the Blazers pushed the lead to 101-90. Curry hit another triple to give Portland a 107-93 advantage. TIP-INS Raptors: Former Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher was called up from the G-League on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). He will help fill the void created by Valanciunas' absence. ... It was the third of a four-game road trip for Toronto. Trail Blazers: It was Portland's third straight win at home. ... There was a sizable contingent of Raptors fans and several Canadian flags at the Moda Center. One group sang along loudly to the Canadian national anthem before the game. UP NEXT Raptors: Play at Denver on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Trail Blazers: Portland has a one-game road trip to play the Clippers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

Three nabbed in drug sting

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Three persons including two women were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation evening of Dec 13, 2018 at Brgy. Punta Tabuc here. The Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU6) and the Roxas City PNP collared Leah Gee Mendoza, 26; her live-in partner Jose Alba, 27, a security guard of a private hospital […] The post Three nabbed in drug sting appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

Down 2-3 in PBA Finals, Alaska out to prove comeback is real

Alaska was 11.4 seconds away from a 3-2 lead in the race-to-four Finals in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup. Only, Paul Lee had other plans – steal the win from the Aces and shoot Magnolia one win from the championship. Of course, Alaska only acknowledged that the close loss left a bad taste in their mouths. “It’s always a tough pill to swallow when you lose one. It was so close,” reinforcement Mike Harris, who scored the could-have-been game-winner, told reporters on Wednesday. He then continued, “This one just came down to both teams being hungry and fighting for it.” At the same time, the Aces also only acknowledged the heroics put on by Lee and the guts showed by the Hotshots. “Hats off to them. The ball bounced to them and Paul Lee ends up making the tough shot,” Harris said. He then continued, “Both teams were tough down the stretch and that’s what you want. These are the games you wanna play in. You want everybody sore and barely able to move when you come out of there.” Nonetheless, they are adamant that it ain’t over ‘til it’s over – even though they are in a must-win situation from here on out. As their American import put it, “The good thing is we got another one on Wednesday. We can clear our head.” He then continued, “We’re not looking forward to Game 7. Game 6 is do-or-die for both teams because I’m pretty sure they don’t wanna go to Game 7.” Point guard Simon Enciso could only agree. “This is really nothing new to us. We’re down 0-2 at the beginning of the series so we just really need to go back to the gym and work harder,” he said. Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals is scheduled on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Proven ‘winner’ Alex Mallari brings leadership to table at Phoenix

MANILA, Philippines---It cannot be denied that Alex Mallari has a wealth of experience in his relatively young PBA career. Mallari was drafted third overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft by Petron but was not able to complete a full season with the Blaze Boosters and he was dealt to sister team San Mig Coffee. But it was in Magnolia that Mallari blossomed into one of the finest role players as an off guard leading to four straight titles including the Grand Slam. And it's this quality that got Phoenix head coach Louie Alas's attentionwhen the Fuel Masters traded for Mallari. "Mallari's a veteran and he's a winner," said Alas Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center during the PBA D...Keep on reading: Proven ‘winner’ Alex Mallari brings leadership to table at Phoenix.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Spurs earn largest win of the season, beat Clippers 125-87

By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth straight, topping the Los Angeles Clippers 125-87 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) for their largest win of the season. Rudy Gay added 21 points and DeMar DeRozan had 14 points and seven assists for San Antonio. The Spurs held an opponent under 100 points for the third straight game while winning the first four games of a six-game homestand. Tobias Harris had 17 points for Los Angeles and Danilo Gallinari and Avery Bradley added 15 apiece. The Clippers have lost two straight and 4-of-5. San Antonio held Los Angeles to 20 points in the third quarter, extending its lead to 24 points and enabling Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to rest his starters in the fourth. The Clippers' only lead came in the opening 2.5 minutes of the game. TIP-INS Clippers: Harris was cut across the bridge of his nose when DeRozan swiped down in an attempt to strip the Clippers forward of the ball. Harris had to have a bandage placed on his nose before re-entering. . Guard Lou Williams missed his second straight game after injuring his left hamstring Dec. 10 against Phoenix. Williams is expected to miss two weeks. . Forward Luc Mbah a Moute has sat out 24 straight games with a sore left knee. . The Clippers are 13-71 against the Spurs in San Antonio. Spurs: San Antonio forward Davis Bertans returned after missing two games following the birth of his first child. Bertans had five points and four rebounds in 17 minutes. . The Spurs' 38 points in the first quarter were two shy of matching their season high of 40, which they set Oct. 22 (Oct. 23, PHL time) against the Lakers. . Bryn Forbes joined Danny Green and Gary Neal as the only Spurs players to score 1,000 points and make 150 three-pointers in their first 150 games with the team. UP NEXT Clippers: At Oklahoma City on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Spurs: Host Chicago on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

PBA Draft: Perez or Parks Jr. for 1st pick? Legends debate

Lyceum star CJ Perez and Alab Pilipinas captain Bobby Ray Parks Jr. are the concensus top-two picks for the upcoming 2018 PBA Draft this Sunday. What's unsure, however, is who Columbian Dyip, the owner of this year's top pick, should actually draft. PBA legends Gary David and Dondon Hontiveros were on hand at The Score's studio along with LA Tenorio and Beau Belga last Thursday to break down the exciting rivalry of sorts between Perez and Parks that's been adding spice to the PBA Draft. SPORTS SQUAD RELOADED! @dhonts7, Gary David, @LA_Tenorio, Beau Belaga and @micohalili discuss the possible top picks of the 2018 rookie draft! Who ya got? pic.twitter.com/56urqgJVFD — The Score (@TheScorePH) December 13, 2018 The question: Who should go first, and why? Hontiveros, who now plays for Alab Pilipinas in the ABL, obviously had Parks Jr. as this year's top pick.  The Cebuano hotshot was all praise for Parks Jr. and his ability to take charge and lead the team, which has already been proven with Alab's championship run last season.  David, Tenorio, and Belga, however, are all for CJ being the top pick. They all cited Perez's all-around game, his defense, and his ability to lead by example after two seasons with Lyceum.  What sets his apart, says Tenorio, was his willingness to learn, which is as important as any trait, said the Ginebra guard. Watch the entire breakdown below: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

All hands on deck

  Fines were slapped and suspensions didn't come, and Alaska will continue to square off with a full force Magnolia side when they break a 2-2 tie in their PBA Governors' Cup title series on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.   Magnolia guard Mark Barroca escaped with a P50,000 fine for hitting Alaska's Chris Banchero in the groin late in Game 4, while Alaska coach Alex Compton was slapped a P20,000 penalty for postgame statements the league called "detrimental."   And with no one axed for even a game, both squads will have all hands on deck for the crucial tiff slated at 7 p.m.   Compton had said after Wednesday's physical game that he c...Keep on reading: All hands on deck.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

PBA Draft: Abu Tratter says he is more than a big man

Concensus 2018 PBA Draft first round pick Abu Tratter is billed as the most promising big man in this year's batch of hopefuls. Despite the tag, Tratter bared that given his capabilities, he could be more than a towering presence. "I think I could be versatile enough to be a guard and a big," he said during the second and last day of the PBA Draft Combine. The 6-foot-6 former De La Salle Green Archer is one of the tallest players in this exceptionally guard-heavy batch. Given the advantage of being one of the few big men in this batch, he points out his athleticism as his main edge. "One way I can separate myself from everybody else is my athleticism. Not a lot of bigs are as athletic and as mobile as me, another great thing is my potential to be a great player," said Tratter. At this point, he shared that several teams have already showed interest in taking him in. "Couple of teams [have talked to me] but whatever team is picking me up, hopefully I can make a greater impact," said Tratter. Aside from his championship days in the UAAP, Tratter also had a solid experience as a Gilas cadet and a D-League stint for Marinerong Pilipino leading up to this year's Draft. He thinks all those valuable experiences will help him be a two-dimensional player in the pros just like his PBA peg, Gabe Norwood. "[I want to be] somebody like Gabe [Norwoord] where you can impact the game not only on offense but also on defense and also set the tone for the team," shared Tratter. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Little-known JP Calvo plays big in PBA Draft Combine

The PBA Draft Combine may be just for formality purposes for consensus big names and first round picks, but for players under the radar like JP Calvo, it is a very important stage to showcase their arsenal to the scouts present. The former Letran Knight Calvo valued the Combine so much that he finished the two-day event as the MVP after pacing the Combine champions aA-2 with 23 points. He was the anchor of his team after shooting the lights out with 11 points in the first quarter alone. He continued to contribute offensively all game long both by taking shots and setting up his teammates. "Actually, hindi ko expect yung [pagka-MVP ko]. Siguro yun nga, binigay talaga sa akin ni Lord ito. Talagang nag-prepare ako para sa itong draft na ito. So yun, siguro kaya maganda din ang pinakita ko," shared the court general. The 5-foot-8 point guard expressed that it is his limitation vertically that inspired him to shine during the event. "Siyempre sobrang importante para sa akin, kasi nga maliit ako eh. So kailangan ko magpakita, dahil maliit ako, so ginawa ko lang kung ano ang advantage ko para [umangat ako sa mga] kalaban," shared Calvo. Calvo honed his skills in Letran since his high school days and continued to be a reliable point guard up to his last year in the NCAA seniors. On Sunday, Calvo hopes to bring his talent to the next level that is the PBA. "Hindi ko na iniisip [pang-ilan ako mapi-pick]. Yung iniisip ko lang kung saan ako mapupunta at makapirma. Yun lang, di ko iniisip na ganyan, No. 1, No. 2. Ang importante lang ma-pick ako, okay na sa akin," he added. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Beware of colorum vessels – Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard is reminding passengers who will travel by sea this Christmas season to avoid ‘colorum’ or unregistered motorboats and vessels offering trips to various destinations. Beware of colorum vessels – Coast Guard Source link: Beware of colorum vessels – Coast Guard.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

NLEX gets No. 4 pick, trades Mallari, Marcelo to Phoenix

MANILA, Philippines – NLEX and Phoenix agreed to a trade deal days before the 2018 PBA Draft. The Road Warriors acquired this year's No. 4 overall pick from the Fuel Masters in exchange for guard Alex Mallari and center-forward Dave Marcelo on Thursday, December 13.  Phoenix head coach Louie Alas, who ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Irving scores Boston s last 12 in 130-125 OT win at Wizards

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored Boston's last 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime to outduel John Wall in a point-guard showdown, and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). With his team serenaded by "Let's go, Celtics!" chants on the road, Irving even got his own "M-V-P!" chorus late, finishing with 38 points and seven assists. Marcus Morris added 27 points and nine rebounds for Boston, which played without Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown — its No. 4-6 leading scorers. No matter how many players they were missing, and no matter how disjointed their offense looked for a half, the Celtics had too many interchangeable parts to get beaten by an opponent that has been inconsistent all season. Wall returned after missing a game with an aching left heel to pour in 34 points with 13 assists. But his seven points in OT weren't enough to keep pace with fellow All-Star Irving. The Wizards led 123-122 when Irving made a triple with just under 40 seconds to go, and after Wall tied it at 125, Irving hit another shot from beyond the arc — this one from 31 feet. That gave Boston the lead for good, because Bradley Beal (22 points; zero in OT) and Wall them missed three's. This sure was a close one: The clubs kept trading the lead and neither was ahead by more than three points over the final 10 minutes of regulation. Up 113-110, Boston opted to foul Beal on purpose with 13 seconds left, but that backfired, because after he made the first free throw, he missed the second — but grabbed the rebound and put it in for the tie. Irving blew by Beal at the other end but missed a layup right before the buzzer, sending the game to an extra period. And then he really took over. Down by nine at halftime, the Celtics turned things around in a hurry — although not before that deficit grew to 57-46 early in the third quarter. Soon enough, Boston put together a 10-0 spurt, capped by a pair of free throws by Marcus Smart, to take the lead at 65-62 midway through the period. When Morris made a triple and, after Washington turned over its inbounds pass, Terry Rozier sank another to cap a 27-9 run, suddenly the Celtics held their biggest lead at 73-66. The lopsided third quarter ended with Boston ahead 84-77. But the Wizards opened the fourth with an 8-0 run despite resting Beal and Wall, and when Markieff Morris — Marcus' twin — hit a three, it gave the hosts an 85-84 lead with about 9.5 minutes left. Horford sat for the third consecutive game — he's expected to miss at least a few more because of an injured left knee — and Brown and Hayward were out because of illness. The Celtics made only 19-of-50 shots in the first half, going 4-of-20 on three-pointers, and managed a grand total of six assists during that time. No wonder the Wizards led by as many 10 during the first two quarters and were up 55-46 at the break. Didn't last long, though. Boston outscored the Wizards 38-22 in the third quarter, when the Celtics had 10 assists and shot better than 60 percent. TIP-INS Celtics: Daniel Theis fouled out after just 14 minutes of game action. He had eight points and six rebounds. ... Boston went 25 for 25 at the free throw line. ... Semi Ojeleye was 1-for-7 on three-point attempts. Wizards: Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 20 of their 32 bench points. ... Rebounding has been a problem all season and this was no different. Washington was beaten 50-41 on the boards and outscored 24-8 in second-chance points. UP NEXT Celtics: Host Atlanta on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Wizards: At Brooklyn on Friday (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Davis 44 points, 18 rebounds, help Pelicans top Thunder

By Brett Martel, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 44 points and 18 rebounds, and the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans narrowly held on to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-114 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 10 assists, and Julius Randle added 22 for New Orleans, which has alternated wins and losses in its past 10 games. Paul George had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder scored 24 points for Oklahoma City, which came in having won five of its previous six. Russell Westbrook had 20 points and four steals but did not appear as eager as usual to shoot, hitting 8-of-16 shots. Steven Adams also scored 20. New Orleans seemed in control, leading 116-109 with less than 1:20 left when consecutive turnovers led to five quick Thunder points. Westbrook scored on a fast break that he initiated by breaking up Holiday's pass. Then another Westbrook steal during Holiday's drive led to George's fast-break layup as he was fouled. After Davis' missed a driving floater, Oklahoma City had an unusual possession in which no player seemed inclined to shoot, and a series of passes led to Westbrook's late-shot-clock three attempt, which rimmed out. Randle was fouled after his rebound, but missed two free throws to give the Thunder another chance. Westbrook again elected not to shoot, and Alex Abrines' triple for the lead rimmed out. Solomon Hill, who had eight points, came down with his seventh rebound and made both foul shots with less than a second left to seal the victory. Davis was dominant throughout, dunking seven times, including several times on crowd-pleasing alley-oops, to go with a three and an array of mid-range floaters and jumpers. He scored 18 of his points in the third quarter, when New Orleans went in front for good in a competitive game that included 12 ties, 17 lead changes and no lead larger than nine points. Davis and Randle helped New Orleans outscore the Thunder 74-48 in the paint. TIP-INS Thunder: Westbrook was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter by official David Guthrie for appearing to argue that a foul should have been called on his missed layup. ... Westbrook blocked layup attempts by Pelicans rookie guard Frank Jackson twice. ... Jerami Grant committed fouls off the ball twice in the first two minutes of the third quarter, at which point he had five fouls for the game and was subbed out. He did not return until 7:50 remained. ... Adams made 7-of-9 shots. ... Oklahoma City shot 48.3 percent but missed 30 of 43 from 3-point range. Pelicans: Forward Nikola Mirotic sat out after injuring his right ankle during Monday night's (Tuesday, PHL time) loss at Boston. ... Guard E'Twaun Moore also sat out with a strained muscle in his lower leg. ... Combined, Mirotic and Moore have been averaging 31.4 points per game. ... Randle has scored at least 20 points in six straight. ... Darius Miller scored 10 points. ... With Moore out, Jackson was recalled from the G League and scored eight points in 19 minutes off the bench. UP NEXT Thunder: Visit Denver on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Pelicans: Host Miami on Sunday (Monday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Mitchell, Jazz roll over short-handed Heat 111-84

By Matthew Coles, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points and Derrick Favors had 17 to help the Utah Jazz romp over the short-handed Miami Heat 111-84 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). "It started from the tip," Mitchell said after the Jazz led by as many as 42. "We came out strong and didn't let up." Playing against one of his basketball idols probably for the final time, Mitchell unleashed a variety of moves — the crossovers and misdirection dribbles that have prompted comparisons to a young Dwyane Wade. Mitchell has acknowledged he studies film of Wade to develop his own offensive repertoire. On Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), Mitchell took Wade to dinner in downtown Salt Lake City and gifted him a rocking chair. Then, the second-year guard, who said he calls Wade on the phone often and picks his brain, matched up and scored on the 12-time All-Star at least a few times in the blowout. Rodney McGruder paced the Heat with 16 points and Kelly Olynyk had 14 as Miami played without Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. Wade, set to retire after the season, scored six points. Less than two weeks ago, the Jazz also went up big in the first quarter against the Heat, leading by as many as 19 before allowing a 20-0 run and watching Wade sink two free throws to win it in Miami, 102-100. This time, there was no such drama. The Jazz sprinted out to a 34-10 lead on hot shooting and tenacious defense that denied the Heat any easy looks early. Favors went 7-of-8 and had eight boards in 19 minutes, while Rudy Gobert had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Korver, who has opened up the floor for the Jazz since arriving via trade from Cleveland, made four more three-pointers and scored 16 points. The Jazz have had an up-and-down year by any measure. This win marked Utah's second by 27 points or more in eight days, but the Jazz have also lost games by 33 and 50 points and have yet to reach the .500 mark at home (now 5-6). Even within the same game, the Jazz were nearly unstoppable in the first quarter — shooting 70 percent — but went through long stretches later in the game when they couldn't generate any offense and had a spate of turnovers. They ended up shooting 52.6 percent, including 16-of-32 from three-point range, with 17 turnovers. The Heat have been riding their own rollercoaster. They led by 31 in the second quarter of a win against New Orleans on Nov. 30 (Dec. 1, PHL time) and then trailed by 31 — and more — in the second quarter to the Jazz less than two weeks later. MISSING YOU Whiteside, who left the court for the locker room during the fourth quarter of a home loss to Orlando last week, is still not with the team for personal reasons. He later said he just needed to go to the bathroom, but Miami coach Erik Spoelstra was upset and said the Heat "handled it as a team." Whiteside is expected back with the club on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Dragic, who has battled a sore right knee for the last six weeks and had it drained in mid-November, missed the game — his 12th scratch of the season. Fellow guard Dion Waiters hasn't played at all since having ankle surgery in January. TIP-INS Heat: Wade, making his last regular-season appearance in Salt Lake City, got a standing ovation when he checked in midway through the first quarter and another when exited the court after the game. ... The Heat's 15 points were a season low in the first quarter for a Jazz opponent. Jazz: Raul Neto missed the game with a sore right leg. ... The win snapped a four-game skid against Miami. UP NEXT Heat: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Jazz: At the Orlando Magic on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018