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Phoenix, RoS eye early QF entry

Undefeated Phoenix and red-hot Rain or Shine are both aiming for an early quarterfinal entry when they clash at 4:30 p.m. today in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup…READ The post Phoenix, RoS eye early QF entry appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netFeb 10th, 2019

Threeforall: Bucks become latest team to set a 3-point mark

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press The best 3-point shooter who ever lived, at least in terms of volume, is Ray Allen. Boston used to have him. Milwaukee used to have him. And he doesn’t figure into either franchise’s greatest single-game 3-point barrage. With NBA records being set from 3-point range this season — Golden State’s Klay Thompson has already busted the mark for 3s in a game with 14, one more than the standard his fellow Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry established in 2016, the league is well on its way to making more shots from beyond the arc than ever before. The record, set last season, is 25,807. The NBA is on pace this season to make about 27,300 shots from 3-point land. Now, not even three full weeks into this season, five teams have broken their own franchise record for 3s in a game. The most recent entry into that club was Milwaukee, which connected on 22 3s — on 56 tries, as opposed to 39 from inside the arc — in its 144-109 win over Sacramento on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The Bucks used 13 players, with everyone trying at least one shot from 3-point range and 11 connecting on at least one triple. It was the second time this season the Bucks tried more 3s than 2s. Number of times in Bucks history that happened before this season? Zero. “We’ll just hopefully keep pushing that record, whatever it is,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “See if we can get more. ... Good for us to know that we’re pushing that envelope and we want to be great behind that 3-point line.” The Bucks aren’t alone in their quest for 3-point greatness. Boston, which has had 3-point stars like Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, Antoine Walker and Allen in its rich history, made a team-record 24 3-pointers last week against the Bucks. The Celtics came into this season with 19 3s in a game being their franchise mark; they’ve made 19 or more twice already this season. “We took what the defense gave us,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the barrage of 24 3s. Fueled by Thompson’s 14 3s in Chicago, the Warriors set a team record that night with 24 makes from deep. Atlanta set a team mark with 22 3-pointers against Cleveland, and Utah connected on its record of 19 in a loss to Golden State. “This is the NBA right now,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. Curry is shooting more 3s per game than ever, making more 3s per game than ever — and doing it more accurately than ever. He’s already made 59 3s through the Warriors’ first 10 games, and is shooting 51 percent from deep. Curry is fifth all-time in 3-pointers made with 2,188. Allen is the record-holder with 2,973, a mark Curry is on pace to get in about two years. MUST GET 100 In this NBA, if a team doesn’t score 100 points, they’re not winning. Then again, getting to 100 doesn’t guarantee anything either. Teams that score 100 points or more are 134-99 this season, meaning they win 57.5 percent of the time. Those who don’t score 100 are 5-40, or winning 11.1 percent of the time. That’s a big change from recent years. Last season, teams over 100 won 62.2 percent of the time, and teams that didn’t score 100 won 20.8 percent of the time. A decade ago, those scoring 100 won at a 69.4 percent clip, and those not reaching the century mark won 30.8 percent of the time. THE WEEK AHEAD A six-pack of games to watch this week ... — Minnesota at L.A. Clippers, Monday (Tuesday, PHL time): Jimmy Butler had the Clippers among those on his radar when this trade saga started. — Philadelphia at Indiana, Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time): Joel Embiid’s numbers are fantastic, but Myles Turner is another great young big guy. — Milwaukee at Golden State, Thursday (Friday, PHL time): Bucks have been one of the season’s top early stories, and now get the ultimate test. — Boston at Utah, Friday (Saturday, PHL time): This will be Gordon Hayward’s 262nd time playing in Salt Lake City, and his first in a Celtics uniform. — Houston at San Antonio, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time): Spurs are 14-7 in last 21 with Rockets, and the teams play three times before Christmas. — Atlanta at L.A. Lakers, Sunday (next Monday, PHL time): Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter was LeBron James’ scrimmage teammate at a Nike camp in 2015. ON THE MOVE Now that the Tyson Chandler buyout by the Phoenix Suns has been completed, he’s expected to be on the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster later this week once he clears waivers. Portland coach Terry Stotts, who was a Dallas assistant when Chandler was with the Mavericks, said it’ll be a good move for the Lakers. “I like Tyson Chandler,” Stotts said. “Great teammate, obviously that was a few years ago but he impacts the game at the defensive end. He’s a great locker room guy. ... He’s all about winning. So, any team that has Tyson is going to be better for it.” ___ AP Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson in Portland, Oregon contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Ginebra denies Phoenix early entry to playoffs

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra hacked out a gritty 101-99 win over Phoenix to wrest the top spot in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, September 29.  The Gin Kings grabbed the lead in the standings after clinching ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Promising signs from Bulls young guns

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com In time, Zach LaVine’s return, development and eventual career arc will determine to a large extent how successful the Bulls’ Draft Night trade of Jimmy Butler to Minnesota was. For now, and until LaVine suits up this season and beyond, his value to Chicago is strictly to be determined. The two-time NBA Slam Dunk champ is back in the practice gym in his recovery from left knee (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery. Playing 1-on-1 with teammates, working out with the G-League Windy City Bulls in Chicago’s northwest suburbs and improving his timing and his conditioning, LaVine is penciled in to make his season debut before the end of 2017. Meanwhile, though, the Bulls have two other pieces to show from the Butler deal: stretch-four forward Lauri Markkanen and point guard Kris Dunn. Both have offered glimpses of what they can do and how they might fit into the team’s long-term vision that someday won’t prioritize losing. Markkanen, the lanky Finn by way of the University of Arizona, is averaging 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and in 30 minutes. He’s putting up 7.2 three-point shots per game and hitting 31.7 percent. His 140 attempts from the arc ranked 14th in the NBA – more than Bradley Beal (126), more than Carmelo Anthony (125) – and Markkanen’s 48 makes are the most by any player in his first 20 games. Dunn, whose disappointing 2016-17 rookie season with Minnesota essentially has gotten a reset, was at 12 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 4.2 apg after having 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in Thursday night's (Friday, PHL time) loss at Denver. The 23-year-old from Providence is shooting 43.2 percent on three-pointers (43.2 percent)  and his steal percentage of 3.8 – an estimate of the percent of opponents’ possessions ending in Dunn steals – ranked No. 1 in the NBA. Their trajectories have been somewhat different so far in 2017-18: Markkanen has been consistent while fighting through a flu bug and some road weariness, while Dunn has played his best most recently. But they’ve both contributed in ways that, aside from the Bulls’ relentless losing, suggests brighter days and in time a positive verdict on that headline-grabbing, bit-spitting trade. Markkanen: Stays cool, likes cold, shoots hot It’s fair to say that the Bulls, when they acquired Markkanen as the No. 7 selection in the Draft last June, got a sleeper. No, literally. That’s about all the 20-year-old native of Vantaa, Finland was able to do after a hectic spring leading up to the draft followed by a tortuous summer at the Las Vegas Summer League and a key role for his home country’s national team in the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 tournament. Markkanen’s single season at Arizona not only acclimated him to the American game, it earned him all-American status and a taste of the NCAA tournament before the Wildcats lost to Xavier. In the Euro competition, he averaged 19.5 points and 5.7 rebounds before heading to Chicago for an early jump on training camp. “When he came over here, he was exhausted,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “The week before training camp was completely lost time – he needed to recharge his batteries. So, we really didn’t know what we had. He was still tired when we started camp. We didn’t throw him out there for all the drills, just as part of the process in getting his body back. “But then every time he stepped on the floor, he showed a little more.” First Markkanen demonstrated he would crack the rotation. Then – when forwards Nikola Mirotic (facial injuries) and Bobby Portis (suspension for the punch that caused them) rendered themselves unavailable two days before the season opener – Markkanen was thrust into the starting lineup. Butterflies? Rookie mistakes? Not so much. Markkanen looked almost unflappable in averaging 17.2 points and 9.3 rebounds through his first six appearances, with a high of 25 points at Miami and double-doubles against San Antonio and Atlanta. “We had to adjust our offense,” Hoiberg said, “and put in some new things to try to get him the ball in different spots on the floor, because of his versatility to score.” Justin Holiday was one of the teammates who learned quickly to get the ball more often to the tall blond guy. “He’s playing consistent, and that’s a very mature thing to do in this league,” Holiday said. “What’s maybe surprising is his confidence in shooting the ball. He’s not afraid to shoot it.” Said Markkanen, whose father Pekka lettered at Kansas before returning home to play professionally: “I’m expecting big things from myself. I think that’s what motivates me every day. Whatever I do, I’m not satisfied. So, I try to set higher goals every time I step on the court. Try to do things better. “It’s going to get harder, I know that. I’m trying to face it like any other job. Just go at it positively, fight through it, put the work in, and I think it will work itself out.” At 20 games and counting, Markkanen will soon blow by the 37 he played in college, and the workload probably has something to do with his recent production; in his five most recent games before Thursday (Friday, PHL time), he shot 25.4 percent, including 11-of-39 from the arc. He says he has adjusted from one game to the next – “I don’t want to give my scouting report, but I try to add something new and figure out what they’re going to throw at me,” he said. He even drew praise from the great LeBron James after hitting four three-pointers in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Cavaliers. Markkanen hasn’t been fooled by Chicago’s relatively balmy late-autumn weather and has to be one of the few NBA players to welcome winter’s chill (“I’m actually looking forward to snow”). He isn’t flinching from the Bulls’ task at hand, either, which looks longer and more laborious with each lopsided defeat. “I understand this part of a process,” said Markkanen, who would appear to be on his way to the Rising Stars Challenge game at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. “We’ve got a young group. We’re having tough times. ... It’s about sticking together and having everyone know that. We can’t afford to not trust or not be a good teammate.” Dunn: Pushing a personal reset button Dunn’s young career was looking a little snakebit. He suffered a concussion in the first game he played for Minnesota in the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League. This time, he had to leave the Bulls’ Vegas entry early to attend to family matters. Then the point guard got hurt in a preseason game against Milwaukee Oct. 7 (Oct. 8, PHL time), winding up with an “open dislocation” of his left index finger. All those setbacks cost Dunn valuable learning time, as far as running first the Wolves’ and then the Bulls’ attacks. He never fully recovered from it last season, sputtering through a rookie season that fell far short of his and others’ expectations. His fellow Class of 2016 draftees had voted him the most likely to snag the Rookie of the Year award, but it went instead to Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, who’d been chosen in the second round 31 spots after Dunn. This time, Dunn was out of action until Chicago’s fifth regular season game. And the delay showed in his performances: 9.8 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 38.6 percent shooting in his first eight games. One Bulls insider said Dunn “had a lot going on in his head” from last season’s failures, even as he tried to get traction in Chicago. Said Holiday, 28, who went undrafted and bounced through five organizations in barely three years from 2013 to 2016: “When you’re young, man, everybody’s pushing. Who knows what was going on his head? He might have been trying to be perfect. Sometimes it takes time. It’s a big role. “But he has the confidence to do it, where last year maybe he didn’t have as much confidence. All you can really do is go out and play hard, and if it works out, it works out.” Over Dunn’s past seven games before Thursday (Friday, PHL time), he was a more effective, more efficient player: 13.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, while averaging 2.1 steals and 27.7 minutes. He had made 9-of-15 three-pointers, compared to 6-of-21 to start the season. Already in the five weeks he’s been active, he has played about 30 percent of the total minutes he got in 78 appearances for Minnesota’s Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls have been 3.6 points better when he’s been on the floor, too. That’s not enough to tip outcomes, but keep in mind the Wolves were 2.6 points worse a year ago with Dunn in the game. He played probably his best NBA game Tuesday against Phoenix, scoring 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting with eight assists, four rebounds and four steals. If not for a couple of egregious turnovers among his four, he might have agreed with Hoiberg’s “terrific” assessment. That performance came 48 hours after Dunn had scored two points and missed all six of his field-goal attempts against Miami. Hoiberg sought him out and demanded that the second-year guard play more aggressively, and Dunn proved his coach right. “He called me out,” Dunn said. “When a coach calls you out, you try to play as hard as you can. I had to get through my mind, ‘Go out and play the way I used to play. With that aggression. On defense, on offense. Try to stay down in errors as much as I can and get everybody involved.’ “I want to be an elite point guard one day and I understand, the best point guards don’t make those killer turnovers. If I want to reach my goal, I have to get better each and every day in practice, watch film and, y’know, think a little smarter when you’re playing.” Some have suggested Boston’s Marcus Smart as a legitimate comparison for Dunn, given their defensive aptitudes and challenges both face when shooting from range. Dunn is a huge fan of Smart, but believes he can be a full-service, top-notch playmaker. Mostly, he finally looks comfortable with this reset to his NBA experience. “Individually for me, it is a reset,” Dunn said. “I say this is my first year because I didn’t get too many minutes and I didn’t play the right position in Minnesota. I was a two, a three, sometimes a one. But this is my first year of [regularly] playing the point guard. As a team, we don’t have Jimmy, we don’t have [Rajon] Rondo, we don’t have Dwyane Wade, so we’re all trying to figure it out. Everybody is trying to step up and come together as a unit.” With LaVine’s debut now weeks rather than months away, the Bulls – and their skeptical fans – will be able to more fully judge the yield from that Butler trade. Two out of three so far are giving glimmers of hope. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

Cignal-Ateneo flexes muscle in 28-point beatdown of GFG-CSB

Cignal-Ateneo de Manila Univeristy announced its entry to the 2019 PBA D-League with a rousing 103-75 victory versus Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Isaac Go got the ball rolling for the Blue Eagles as they went on a 24-3 tear in the second quarter that turned a slim 20-16 lead to a commanding 44-17 advantage, capped off by an Ange Kouame lay-up. The versatile forward topscored for the early favorites with 21 points on a sizzling 4-of-6 shooting from threes, to go with his four rebounds as Cignal-Ateneo gained an early headstart in the Aspirants Group. Adrian Wong also had his way from downtown, drilling five long bombs to notch 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists, as Matt Nieto contributed 14 points, seven assists, and three rebounds in the win. It was a sweet-shooting outing for the Blue Eagles as they went on a 55-percent field goal shooting and 45-percent clip from threes, much to the delight of coach Tab Baldwin. "This isn't how we play in the UAAP. We'll press a lot more, we'll do a lot of other things that we really can't do when our numbers are down. So offensively, I was surprised, we played pretty well," he said. "We're not doing a lot really, but the guys played very efficiently and that's a good thing." Ivorian slotman Kouame did his damage inside on his way to 13 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals, including a big rim-rattler to finish the game in the final 81 seconds. Justin Gutang led Foundation Cup champion Go for Gold-CSB with 21 points and three rebounds in the losing effort. Yankie Haruna provided support with his 11 points and three boards for the Scratchers. BOX SCORES CIGNAL-ATENEO 103 -- Go 21, Wong 17, Ma. Nieto 14, Kouame 13, Mi. Nieto 9, Navarro 9, Belangel 9, Daves 6, Credo 5. GO FOR GOLD-CSB 75 -- Gutang 21, Haruna 11, Belgica 9, Pasturan 8, Naboa 7, Young 6, Dixon 6, Carlos 5, Leutcheu 2, Nayve 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-14, 49-26, 80-55, 103-75......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Curry heats up late, Warriors roll past Jazz 115-108

By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry overcame a sluggish night shooting and made a pair of pivotal three-pointers in the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant had 28 points and seven assists, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from behind for the third consecutive game and beat the Utah Jazz 115-108 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Curry had 24 points on 8-of-19 shooting. The two-time MVP missed his first five shots beyond the arc and finished 5-of-14 on three's. Klay Thompson scored 22 and DeMarcus Cousins added 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Golden State to its fourth straight win and 16th in 17. Donovan Mitchell had 25 points and seven rebounds for Utah. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 16 rebounds. Gobert's double-double is his 46th of the season. The Warriors came back from 17 down to beat Phoenix on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) and were down 19 to Miami on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) before winning. Both of those deficits were at halftime. This time Golden State fell behind 91-84 early in the fourth before going on a 21-4 run. Andre Iguodala helped spark the surge with a steal and dunk while Thompson had a three-pointer and reverse layup, but it was Curry's burst that was key. Curry made back-to-back three's, then drove around Ricky Rubio for an easy layup that put the Warriors up 105-95. Before the game Curry, Durant and Thompson received their All-Star jerseys from general manager Bob Myers. The Warriors got off to a rough start with their perimeter shooting, going 1-of-9 beyond the arc in the first quarter, and didn't find their stroke until late in the second. Curry made back-to-back triples, Iguodala added one and Thompson — who appeared to dislocate the ring finger on his left hand in the first quarter — made another. Golden State led 62-53 early in the third before Mitchell got Utah rolling with a pair of three's and seven points as part of an 18-7 run. Neto later made consecutive layups to put the Jazz up 84-81. TIP-INS Jazz: Rubio missed an open layup and shot an airball on a three-point try in the first quarter. . Utah committed 16 turnovers that led to 27 points for Golden State. . Six Jazz players scored in double figures. Warriors: Curry got off to another slow start in the first quarter, missing all three of his three-point attempts and shooting 2-of-6 overall. . Coach Steve Kerr said he plans to rest Cousins and Shaun Livingston for the second half of Golden State's back-to-back Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in Portland. . Thompson made three triples to move past Dale Ellis into 17th place on the NBA's list for career three-pointers with 1,721. UP NEXT Jazz: Play at Oklahoma City on Feb. 22 (Feb. 23, PHL time). Warriors: Play at Portland on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

Cousins late free throws lead Warriors past Heat 120-118

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 39 points and DeMarcus Cousins made two free throws with 5.4 seconds to play that helped the Golden State Warriors cap a comeback from a 19-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Miami Heat 120-118 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Cousins rebounded a missed three-pointer by Durant and drew a foul, setting the stage for his winning free throws that gave the Warriors their 11th double-digit comeback of the season, and second straight after rallying from 17 points down in the first quarter Friday (Saturday, PHL time) in Phoenix. Miami overcame an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game on a three-pointer by Justise Winslow. Josh Richardson and Dwyane Wade then had back-to-back steals and layups to put the Heat up 118-115 with 51.5 seconds to play. Durant then tied it with a three-pointer and Cousins made his big shots after both teams missed from long range to give the Warriors their 15th win in 16 games. Klay Thompson scored 29 points and Stephen Curry added 25 for Golden State. Richardson helped shoot Miami to the big early lead and finished with a career-high 37 points with help from eight three-pointers. Waiters added 24 and Winslow had 22 in Miami's fifth loss in six games. The Warriors went on a 12-0 run early in the third quarter starting with a three-pointer from Curry to take a 66-61 lead. But Miami wouldn't go away and the Warriors needed to fight until the final horn to secure the win. The Heat went on a 24-2 run early in the first quarter and quickly built a 19-point lead against the slow-starting Warriors. But Golden State scored the final six points of the frame, including a three-pointer from Jonas Jerebko to cut the deficit to 10 points after one. TIP-INS Heat: Wade played despite a scary fall Friday (Saturday, PHL time) in Sacramento that left him with a bruised back. "Any one of us would probably be in a body brace right now. But he's built like Captain America," coach Eric Spoelstra said. Wade got a standing ovation following a video tribute during the first quarter timeout in his final regular season game in the Bay Area before retiring after the season. Wade finished with 10 points. Warriors: F Andre Iguodala sat out after tweaking his left hamstring on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). ... The Warriors have scored at least 100 points in 26 straight games, their longest streak since a 36-gamer in 2016-17. ... Draymond Green was called for his 11th technical foul early in the fourth quarter when he wanted a goaltending called when Bam Adebayo blocked Shaun Livingston's shot. Durant was called for his 10th later in the quarter. FREE AGENCY TALK The Warriors have grown tired of talk about NBA free agency, but coach Steve Kerr was happy to chime in when it came to baseball's market. When asked about the possibility that free agent slugger Bryce Harper could sign with the San Francisco Giants, the noted Los Angeles Dodgers fan was all in favor of it. "I'd love it if Bryce Harper came here," Kerr said. "Does my opinion matter? Bryce, come to the Giants. Let's go!" UP NEXT Heat: Visit Denver on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Warriors: Host Utah on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

Kings come back from 11 down in fourth to beat Heat 102-96

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN,  Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 23 points and made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left, and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 11 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat 102-96 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Harrison Barnes scored 12 in his Kings debut after being acquired from Dallas as part of a three-team trade earlier in the week. Josh Richardson scored 21 points and Dwyane Wade had 15 for Miami, all coming after the 12-time All-Star was involved in a scary fall with 15 seconds left in the first quarter. Wade landed awkwardly while going for a rebound and his head bounced off the floor. He immediately grabbed the back of his head, and then rolled onto his stomach, where he lay while being checked by a team trainer. Wade was eventually helped to his feet and walked off the court. He was examined by a team trainer and was checked for a possible concussion before returning with 4:35 remaining in the first half. Hassan Whiteside added 17 points and 19 rebounds, while Dion Waiters scored 12 points for Miami. The Kings closed the game on a 9-0 run over the final 2 minutes to extend their winning streak to four over the Heat. Sacramento trailed 96-93 following Richardson's layup with 2:05 left. After Willie Cauley-Stein's dunk, Bogdanovic and Hield both made free throws. Hield then scored off an offensive rebound before he and Cauley-Stein combined for three free throws to end the run. Before that, much of the attention was focused on Wade's final game in Sacramento that nearly ended early when Wade appeared to get hurt. After returning, Wade made a trio of 3-pointers then drove around Sacramento's 7-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein for a layup that gave the Heat a 59-50 lead. Wade struggled down the stretch when Miami was trying to hold onto its lead. He committed a turnover while trying to lob a pass to Whiteside, then missed a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left. Richardson also missed a layup and had a pass go through his hands for a turnover in the final seconds. TIP-INS Heat: Ryan Anderson, acquired in a trade from Phoenix at the deadline, did not play. Kings: Before the game Corey Brewer signed a 10-day contract. The seventh overall pick in 2007, Brewer played in seven games with Philadelphia this season before being released by the 76ers earlier this week. UP NEXT Heat: At Golden State on Sunday. Kings: Host Phoenix on Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

Rookie Ladder: Deadline deals create some intrigue

By Drew Packham, NBA.com The trade deadline has been interesting for several rookies. In Dallas, the Mavericks made a bold move for the future, landing Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and a pair of first-round picks. Dallas brought back Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke, but the core of the deal boils down to pairing Porzingis with Luka Doncic. Doncic has proven he’s a franchise-changing player. Porzingis, for his part, proved to be as well, winning over New York fans before suffering a torn ACL in his knee exactly one year ago Wednesday. Now, the two of them will pair up in what could be a dynamic duo that shapes the NBA for years. “Our goal is to keep these two together for the next 20 years,” Cuban said when introducing Porzingis to the Dallas media this week. Doncic and Porzingis already seem to have a bond, and even with Porzingis taking his time to return, it should work out well for Doncic’s future. The other rookie involved in a major trade was Philadelphia sharpshooter Landry Shamet, who has been no stranger to the Kia Rookie Ladder this season. Shamet has been in the Top 5 once and in the Top 10 in six of the 13 editions. Shamet, who had become a key contributor off the bench, was part of the Sixers’ package to bring in Tobias Harris from the Clippers. Shamet had become a key contributor for the Sixers and seemed to becoming more and more valuable as a spread-the-floor shooter as the season progressed. Now, he’ll move to the Clippers and play alongside another rookie, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Clippers, who are clearly looking toward the future. How he fits in with that roster and mindset will be interesting to watch. Will he continue to put up numbers like he has in Philly (8.3 ppg in 20.5 mpg) or will he see his role grow on a team that’s taking a different approach? * * * 1. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks Last week: No. 1 Doncic played in just two games this week after missing last Thursday’s (last Friday, PHL time) loss to the Pistons with left ankle soreness. Still, Doncic was impressive in his two games to keep his top rung. He had 35 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the Mavericks’ 111-98 win against the Cavs. Then, Doncic tallied his third triple-double (first teenager ever with three in a season) with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as Dallas beat Charlotte 99-93 Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Doncic struggled from the field (5-for-20 FG, 2-for-10 3FG), but had several clutch plays to seal the win. 2. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks Last week: No. 2 Over three games this week, Young averaged 21.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists as the Hawks went 2-1 with road wins in Phoenix and Washington. Young was especially clutch in Phoenix, scoring 16 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to spark Atlanta to a 118-112 win. Young was also named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January (he averaged 18.7 points and 7.2 assists) and was named a participant in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge during All-Star weekend in New Orleans. 3. Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings Last week: No. 3 Another week, another run of double-doubles for Bagley, who is quickly gaining attention as a potential superstar. In three games, Bagley averaged 16 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game. His most impressive performance came in a 127-112 win over the Spurs in which he scored a career-high 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had one of the most memorable dunks of his young career. ''It's been fun, man,'' he said. ''I'm a totally different person from Game 1. I just feel different. I'm seeing a lot of things differently out there. The game is slowing down.'' 4. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns Last week: No. 4 Ayton returned to the Suns this week, but it’s hard to bump him back up to his No. 2 rung as I’d hinted to previously when I bumped him down the Ladder. Don’t get me wrong, Ayton has been his usual self since returning from a sprained ankle, but the guys above him have been outstanding. In three games (all losses), Ayton averaged 16.0 points, 10.3 rebounds while shooting 48.9 percent from the floor. 5. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies Last week: No. 5 The Grizzlies appear headed toward trading Marc Gasol, which means more responsibility for "Triple J." The Grizzlies have strung together two wins (the only two games for Jackson this week), and Jackson Jr. was huge in both victories. Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in New York, Jackson put up 16 and seven and followed that up Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) by going for 23 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal to help Memphis edge Minnesota 108-106. He finished 4-for-7 from three-point land and his numbers should only increase if Gasol ends up elsewhere Thursday afternoon (early Friday, PHL time). Just missed the cut: Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks The Hawks’ sharpshooter has strung together four double-digits games and proving he’s a big piece to the Hawks’ future. Over that stretch, "Red Velvet" has averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, five assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 51.4 percent overall and 53.8 percent from 3-point range. Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns Bridges is establishing himself as the defensive leader of this rookie class. Over his last three games, he’s had eight steals (2.7 per game) and continues to lead all rookies on the season (1.5 spg). He's also averaged 12 ppg while shooting 53.8 percent (46.7 percent on 3s). Kenrich Williams, New Orleans Pelicans With Anthony Davis still in limbo (at least until the trade deadline), Williams continues to produce while seeing big minutes. In his last three games, the TCU product averaged 10.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists in 33.5 minutes per game. The 6'7" swingman is proving he can shoot from deep, too, going 11-for-26 (42.3 percent) on three-pointers. Kevin Knox, New York Knicks With the changes in New York, Knox has already seen a bump in playing time. In three games this week, Knox played 36.5 minutes, averaging 16.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. He struggled a bit from the field (35.3 percent, 31.8 on 3s), but he should have some big games down the stretch as he learns to play alongside Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan. * * * (All stats through Feb. 7, PHL time) The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2019

Rickie Fowler shoots 64 for 4-shot lead at Phoenix Open

By John Marshall, Associated Press SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rickie Fowler had the lead heading into the final round last year at the Phoenix Open, only to see the title slip through his grip for a second time. He will have a big cushion in his third bid to win the championship following a stellar display of golf. Fowler had eight birdies in a 7-under 64 on Saturday at TPC Scottsdale to take a four-shot lead over Matt Kuchar into the final round. Fowler opened with four birdies in six holes and navigated a difficult two-putt on the par-4 18th hole to reach 20-under 193. Now it's time to finish it off. "This one is definitely high on the list, another being Torrey Pines," Fowler said. "I would say between here and there, those would be the two highest on the list other than a major." Kuchar shot a bogey-free 65 to put himself in position for his third victory of the wraparound PGA season. He has been par or better in all 19 rounds this season, winning the Mayakoba Classic and Sony Open. Justin Thomas, who started one behind Fowler, shot 65 and was five back of his friend and desert roommate. Branden Grace and Byeong Hun An were at 13 under on a day golf said goodbye to one of its most distinctive voices. Saturday's third round was the broadcasting finale of NBC lead golf analyst Johnny Miller's career. Miller followed a Hall of Fame playing career with three decades of calling it the way he saw it, regardless of what the players thought of him. Wanting to spend more time with his family, the 71-year-old Miller decided to call it quits after the Phoenix Open, where he won twice to help earn the nickname "Desert Fox." NBC played multiple tributes to Miller during Saturday's coverage and on-course announcer Roger Maltbie's voice cracked as he talked about his friend. "I appreciate the people out there. I do my commentating for you," Miller said. "I'm glad you accepted my form of commentating, which was not normal. It was a little rough at first, but it's just been a pleasure, the friendships I've made." Fowler had the 54-hole lead at last year and fell flat in the final round, shooting 73 to finish six shots behind champion Gary Woodland. He also lost in a playoff in 2016. Fowler put himself in position for a third run at the title with a superb round of golf. He had a one-shot lead over Thomas after closing with four birdies for a 6-under 65 in Friday's second round. Fowler made an eight-foot birdie putt on 18 to reach 13 under and quickly added to it on Saturday, dropping in an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 first hole. Fowler, who shot 64 in the opening round, added birdies on Nos. 3, 5 and 6 to reach 17 under, but had a par putt lip out after he hit into the greenside bunker at the par-3 seventh. He hit his approach to two feet for birdie at No. 9, turning in 4-under 31, and followed a birdie at the difficult 11th with a two-putt birdie on No. 13. Fowler reached 20 under with a birdie on the short par-4 17th for a nice cushion heading into what's expected to be a rainy final round. "I've done a good job of kind of everything this week," he said. "Nothing's standing out as super special, just playing solid golf and when I've gotten into trouble, being able to get up and down most of the time." Playing in the group ahead of Fowler, Thomas and Grace, Kuchar had three birdies for a 3-under 32 on the front nine and rolled in a nine-foot birdie putt on the 167-yard 12th hole. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 13th and made a five-foot birdie on 15 to reach 16 under. Kuchar missed a good opportunity on No. 17, sliding a six-foot birdie putt past the hole, but finished with a nice save from the greenside bunker on No. 18. "It would be amazing to get three wins this early," Kuchar said. "It had been a number of years since I found the winner's circle, so to have gotten two in this year has been amazing." It may take an amazing round of golf to catch Fowler......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

Rookie Desiderio to have long PBA career, says Blackwater coach

MANILA, Philippines – It may be too early for now but Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos has vouched that Paul Desiderio will stay in the PBA for a long time. Ramos heaped praises on his prized rookie for showing heart even after Blackwater was blown out by Phoenix by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

PBA: Wright on 4-0 start: “I take a lot of pride in that”

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — At 4-0, Phoenix is off to its best ever start in the PBA. The Pulse Fuel Masters, after a convincing win over Blackwater Friday, maintain their hold on first place so far in the 2019 Philippine Cup and look like an actual contender early in the tournament. Matthew Wright, in his third year after being drafted by Phoenix, is taking pride in helping the Fuel Masters unlock a special team achievement in the PBA. “Honestly it’s a great feeling, it’s one thing getting drafted by a great team and then just being a part of history,” Wright said. “It’s another thing to start from the bottom and see it develop and start something brand new. I take a lot of pride in that,” he added. While a 4-0 start in the All-Filipino is a strong indication that Phoenix is off to better things, Wright says they haven’t done anything worth celebrating. Wright looks forward on how they handle the San Miguel teams later in their schedule but for the meantime,  the Pulse Fuel Masters will stay on their toes as they look to extend their 4-0 start even further. “I’m very happy on how we’ve been playing . [But] I think we’re still far from where we should be,” Wright said. “We haven’t done anything yet, we haven’t done anything worth bragging. We haven’t won a playoff game yet, we’re still hungry and motivated. I feel like we’re gonna be something special, we just gotta keep [going] at it,” he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

PBA: DiGregorio stresses consistency moving forward after point dip

ANTIPOLO CITY -- Blackwater Elite guard Mike DiGregorio says he needs to find the middle ground in his shooting after a slump Friday evening. The Filipino-Italian sharpshooter was red-hot in the Elite's first victory Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome, swishing seven triples in ten attempts, a far cry from his five-point showing in the blowout loss against the now 4-0 Phoenix Fuel Masters.  Phoenix' stifling defense made him a marked man, the team's best defenders looking for him at every stop down the floor, only allowing him to make a single field goal in ten attempts. Despite all that, DiGregorio still let it fly, but unfortunately for him and his team, the shots did not fall through the nylon. "But I never lose confidence in myself. There were a lot of shots that I shot that rolled in and out and hung on the ring a little bit and then fell out. I think every shot I take is going to go in so it's not going to derail me from the confidence I have and the work I put it. If I miss 5, 6 or 7 in a row, I think the 8th and 9th are going in. It's not going to stop me," shared the sharpshooter.  Trailing by as much as 37, the now 1-3 Elite put up their last hurrah and cut the lead to as low as 17 in the fourth, which heaped praise from coach Bong Ramos. "Just that showing character. Playing the lead down. I don't even know what the lead was. From 30-something to just being 17 or 16 at one point. I mean obviously he was upset with the effort that we had. All you can do from these games is learn from it, watch film and see what you can do better," DiGregorio shared. Just like what his new shooting coach, three-time PBA MVP Bogs Adornado said, shooters need to find consistency with their shot, to which the 27-year old agreed. "The confidence, like I said, with the shooting, it doesn't waver. You can't get too high or too low. Wednesday's game was an extreme high, and this one's an extreme low," said DiGregorio. Even though they're sitting near at the bottom of the early standings, DiGregorio is optimistic that Blackwatwe can still bounce back and make a run at the playoffs if they could stay true to their goals. How? Well here's his answer. "Staying level-headed and just watching the film and see what we can correct before getting back to work."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

Gotladera, Hayes here to help Enderun make noise in PBA D-League

Enderun is embarking on its maiden voyage to the bigger stages and the brighter lights of basketball. The Titans, partnering with Family Mart, are all set to see action in the 2019 PBA D-League – marking the first time the young Taguig-based school is venturing out from the NAASCU. As it turns out, this was years in the making. “Years ago, our school president asked me if we can join the NCAA or the UAAP and I told him no because we don’t meet the requirements. What we can do is if we can get better, we can join the D-League,” head coach Pipo Noundou said. He then continued, “So every year, it was a goal for me to push the guys there. Now, we’re here.” Indeed, Enderun has fulfilled its goal of making it to the PBA D-League – and in the 2019 season, they will wage war against 19 other teams. Helping them with their transition there are a couple of ex-pros as well as a pair of former collegiate players. “Their goal is to help make the team more competitive. More importantly, as veterans, this is their chance to mentor the younger players,” team manager Paolo Bugia said Bugia was referring to Fonzo Gotladera, who was released by NLEX early in the year, as well as Marvin Hayes, who had played for the Titans’ sister team Phoenix in the PBA. They will also be joined by former San Beda University skipper Joe Presbitero and ex-Enderun star Jan Vidal. Of course, the expectation is also for the current Titans themselves to rise to the challenge. That means that now team captain Mark Nunez, Filipino-American Vallandre Chauca, and foreign student-athlete Wabo Colince are all out to make noise. “We joined to raise our level of competition. In the NAASCU, we lost to St. Clare in the Finals because we lacked D-League experience,” coach Pipo said. He then continued, “What we want now is to get better through the D-League so that when we meet (St. Clare) again, we can be more competitive.” —— Follow this writer, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2019

Entry of ANA in PAL may happen soon

The entry of Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc. in Philippine Airlines (PAL) may happen as early as this week, sources said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

Bullpups inch closer to No.1 in UAAP juniors

Early semifinalist National U inched closer to the twice-to-beat advantage while holder Ateneo formalized its Final Four entry with victories over separate foes in yesterday’s UAAP Season 81 juniors’ basketball at Filoil Flying V Center......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

McCollum has triple-double, Trail Blazers beat Hawks 120-111

By Erik Garcia Gundersen, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum had 28 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, leading the Portland Trail Blazers to a 120-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) Seth Curry, who got the start for the Trail Blazers in place of a resting Damian Lillard, scored 22 points. Trae Young had 30 points and eight assists to lead the Hawks. McCollum had 10 points and three assists in the third quarter to give Portland a three-point lead heading to the fourth. Atlanta pulled to 101-100 with 7:17 remaining, but Curry scored 11 points during the Trail Blazers' 13-0 game-closing run. After Atlanta jumped out to an early 11-7 lead, the Blazers outscored the Hawks 33-19 to build a 10-point lead after the first quarter. The Hawks quickly cut the Blazers lead to three in the early moments of the second quarter. Dewayne Dedmon's dunk with the 7:39 left in the quarter gave Atlanta a one-point lead and the Hawks led by as many as six. Atlanta held a one-point lead at halftime with Collins and rookie Trae Young leading the way. McCollum got off to an early start on a big night, with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the first half. Blazers sixth man Evan Turner was forced out from the game at halftime with a sore left Achilles. TIP-INS Hawks: John Collins has made a big jump from his rookie year in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game, which is nearly double his average from last season. But another area in which he's improved has been on the offensive rebounding. Collins began the day averaging 3.8 offensive rebounds per game, a full rebound more than last year. In terms of percentage, Collins has improved by two percentage points and he's just outside of the top-10 in that category. Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce commended him for his willingness to embrace the mentality of dominating mismatches. "And it's easy to get frustrated when we don't find him when there is a guard defending him. The effort part that he's shown over the last month or two months. When there's a guard on him, we want to find him but if we don't, go to work. Because now you a small down there. He's completely bought into it. I said it a while back, it's like a new toy for him." Trail Blazers: Lillard had been dealing with nagging injuries over the last few weeks. With the Blazers just returning home after a three-game road trip, the team elected to rest Lillard who has been listed with a bruised right hand and a sore right knee. "There's nothing serious," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "He almost didn't play against Phoenix so I think it's just, he needs a day." Lillard was one of only four Blazers who had played in each of the first 50 games this season. The choice to rest Lillard comes at a brief break in the Blazers schedule. After Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), the Blazers only have one game in the span of nine days. UP NEXT Hawks: At Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Trail Blazers: Host Utah on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

Belga, Erram name the PBA players who keep them up at night

NLEX's Poy Erram and Rain or Shine's Beau Belga are two of the most formindable big men in the PBA.  Erram, at 6'8", was recently hailed as the Defensive  Player of the Year for 2018, while the hulking Belga has earned a disctincion as one of the most fearsome forwards in the league. So it was just appropriate that the two big men were the special guests for The Score last Thursday, as the topic was the most "nakakapikon", or pesky players in the PBA. Erram had his co-guest Belga on his list. "Before I came to the league, alam ko na ganun yung attitude niya, yung game niya," Erram said. "Mafe-feel mo talaga yung swagger. Pero swagger na maiintimidate ka, matatakot ka na pag-tanggap mo yung bola tapos siya yung bantay mo, matatakot ka agad." Belga's reputation and size adds to the fear factor, added Erram. "Kasi sa katawan pa lang, tapos kung paano siya magsalita. Pano niya dalhin sarili niya, nakakapikon talaga e, diba?" Poy said of Beau, adding "Tsaka nakatikim na rin ako ng siko niya." Belga, meanwhile, had Phoenix's Calvin Abueva on the top of his list. "[It's because of] the way he plays," said Beau. "Kasi si Calvin, kahit sinong katapat niyan, hindi niya sasantuhin. Bago pa lang si Calvin, Diyos ko, talagang sabi ko sa sarili ko. Ito yung taong kaiilangan sa liga." Abueva's sheer unpredictability and relentless motor, as well as his antics keep him on the most pesky players list for Belga and Erram. "Kasi hindi mo alam kung anong gagawin niya na next eh. Sa sobrang galawgaw niya, sobrang likot niya, di mo alam kung tatamaan ka na sa mukha, sa dibdib o ano. Kasi siyampre pag player ka natamaan ka, maiirita ka, mapipikon ka," shared Belga. "Unorthodox siya maglaro e. Yung mga antics niya, dun ka mapipikon eh," Erram chimed. "Yung didilaan niya yung bench. Titingin siya sa bench pag nakagawa siya ng magandang play." Erram and Belga however, acknowledged how much fun it could be playing alongside a baller like Calvin. Kung kalaban mo siya, maiinis ka pero kung kakampi mo siya, matutuwa ka," Erram said.  "Pagsamahin mo kami niyan ewan ko na lang. Ubos ang pera natin sa fines," joked Belga. Another player Beau hates going up against is San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo, and with good reason. "Napipikon ako kay June Mar not in a negative way. In a positive way na ang galing niya," Belga said.  Fajardo instills so much fear into his opponents' psyche that Beau admits to thinking about their match-up as early as the night before. "Kumbaga ako, pinoproblema ko si June Mar, gabi pa lang," Belga admits. But it's not because of his play. Both Erram and Belga said Fajardo plays within the rules. He's just that good. "He knows how to use his body. Ganun ka kalaki, ganun ka kagaling, It's impossible na hindi mo siya i-hate e. Kasi 5-time MVP, tapos sobrang galing pa niya tapos bata pa. Parang andami pa niyang magagawa," Erram said. "Hassle siya sa buhay pag kalaban mo siya," Belga said, perhaps giving Fajardo the ulimate compliment. Erram even went as far as likening his hate for June Mar as the people's hate for retired Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. "Parang sa NBA, you hate Kobe so much pero you love him kasi pano siya maglaro, ganun si June Mar sa PBA." he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019

LA Revilla s proposal to Denden Lazaro was simple, sweet, and perfect

LA Revilla didn’t need to prepare a flashy setup or anything extravagant. He just waited for the right moment to pop the question. It was simple. It was sweet. It was perfect. “It was very casual lang. It’s just the two of us. No one else around,” said Revilla’s fiancée Denden Lazaro in a conversation with ABS-CBN Sports, Wednesday night at the Big Dome during Phoenix’s 108-98 win over Columbian Dyip in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.     “I think hinanap lang talaga niya ‘yung perfect time to ask,” added Lazaro, who watched Revilla drop 12 points and dish out seven assists in the Fuel Masters’ third straight win in as many games. “Like without any pressure and when the time was right, that’s when he asked.” The Petron libero and national team mainstay talked about her engagement for the first time since posting a picture of them in her Instagram last Sunday.   “Bagong taon, bagong buhay. Bagong team and I got engaged,” said Lazaro, who added that Revilla proposed earlier this month. The former Ateneo de Manila University star, who helped the Lady Eagles win back-to-back UAAP titles in 2013 and 2014, and Revilla have been together for five years. Revilla popped the question at Lazaro’s condominium. “We came from a date lang tapos hinatid niya lang ako sa bahay,” Lazaro said. “Nag-hangout lang kami. Usap lang, casual na usapan tapos may nilabas siya sa pocket niya tapos lumuhod siya,” continued Lazaro, who added that Revilla has already asked her parents for her hand in marriage as early as last year. Then she said, ‘yes’. The couple plan to tie the knot next year.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Towns, Timberwolves rout short-handed Suns 118-91

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Karl-Anthony-Towns had 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves took an early lead and rolled past the short-handed Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Josh Okogie added a career-high 21 points for the Timberwolves, who beat the Suns for the second time in a row, following a 116-114 win in Minneapolis on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), when Derrick Rose sank the game-winner on a drive at the buzzer. In both games, Phoenix was without centers Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) and Richaun Holmes (right foot sprain). Devin Booker scored 14 for Phoenix before he and Minnesota's Gorgui Deng were ejected with 5:24 left in the third quarter. Phoenix already trailed by 20 by then. Josh Jackson had a season-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its fifth straight. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 13 and Dragan Bender, who started at center, had 12 points and 10 boards. Andrew Wiggins scored 17 and Jerryd Bayless 14 for Minnesota. It was a far cry from the tight game the teams played two days earlier. The Suns never led and were down by as many as 30 in the second half. Phoenix trailed only 44-42 after Bender's three-pointer midway through the second quarter but the Timberwolves outscored the Suns 20-7 the final 6:33 of the half to lead 64-49 at the break. Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the first quarters. Minnesota stretched it to 80-60 on Bayless' fourth triple of the night with 6:52 left in the third quarter. The Timberwolves led 82-62 with 5:24 left in the third quarter when Booker and Dieng got into a brief altercation, with Booker getting knocked down and responded with a hand to Dieng's face. After a video review, both were ejected. Since Booker is averaging 24.5 points per game and Dieng 5.4, Minnesota got the obvious advantage of that one. TIP-INS Timberwolves: Jeff Teague missed the game with left foot soreness. ... Tyus Jones missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle. ... Timberwolves have another pair of consecutive games against the same opponent next week, against Utah on Friday and Sunday (Saturday and next Monday, PHL time). ... Minnesota has won 6-of-9 games. ... Timberwolves won the season series 2-1. Suns: Phoenix has had four stretches of at least five losses in a row this season. ... Booker drew a technical foul from the bench in the second quarter. ... Oubre snapped a string of seven straight games of at least 14 points, longest such stretch of his career. .... Booker is averaging 24 points and a career-high seven assists. James Harden and LeBron James are the only others to have done that so far this season. UP NEXT Timberwolves: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Suns: Host Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

PBA: Phoenix survives TNT in OT for early lead at 2-0 | Inquirer Sports

ANTIPOLO Phoenix Pulse shored up its drive for a lofty standing in the Philippine Cup after turning back TNT in overtime, 93-84, in the cardiac nightcap of Saturdays PBA Philippine Cup action at Ynar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019