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Wolves halt Rockets’ 9-game winning run

Wolves halt Rockets’ 9-game winning run.....»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

Lady Spikers halt Lady Bulldogs' win streak

Defending champion De La Salle University encountered a tight resistance in the opening set before putting a muzzle on the National University Lady Bullogs winning run with a bounce back 29-27, 25-16, 25-21, victory Sunday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan. The Lady Spikers got back on the winning track to erase a painful straight sets loss to league-leading and unbeaten University of the Philippines the last time out to improve to 3-1 tied with their victim and idle Ateneo de Manila. Season 78 Finals Most Valuable Player Kim Dy, Ernestine Tiamzon and Filipino-Nigerian Eduke Ogunsaya showed the way for the Taft-based squad. The Lady Bulldogs dropped its first match after a blistering three-game winning streak.       (to be updated)   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2017

Maroons overcome Tigers in five sets for share of second

Graduating players Alfred Valbuena and skipper Wendel Miguel stepped up when needed the most to tow University of the Philippines back in the win column Sunday in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan. The duo powered the Fighting Maroons back from a 1-2 match deficit to a thrilling, 25-23, 20-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-8, decision over the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers to move up to a share of the second to fourth spot. Valbuena uncorked 17 attacks with three kill blocks and a pair of aces to lead the Diliman-based squad with 22 points while Miguel scored all but one of his 21 markers off spikes to help UP rebound from a shocking straight sets loss to De La Salle University last Wednesday. The win put the Maroons, who survived its second 5-set match after beating Adamson in their season opener, beside Far Eastern University and National University at second to fourth spot with 3-1 win-loss mark behind unbeaten three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila (4-0). John Millete coming off the bench added 17 points for UP, which rained down 67 attacks and held its defense at the net with 10 kill blocks. The Maroons will face Ateneo next Sunday. UST saw its two-game winning run come to a quick halt to drop to 2-2. Manuel Medina finished with 16 points while Jayve Sumagaysay had 11 for the Tigers. The Espana-based squad’s next assignment is on Saturday against winless Adamson.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2017

Shooting Star: An exclusive interview with Kevin Martin

p align="center">  During the early 2000’s, the NBA was dominated by dynamic scorers like Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and Allen Iverson just to name a few. So when the Sacramento Kings drafted 21 year old Kevin Martin as the 26 suth /su overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, no one was really sure whether his high-scoring exploits at little known Western Carolina University would materialize in the pros. During his third year in the league, Martin suddenly burst onto the scene, starting all 80 regular season games for the Kings and leading them in scoring, averaging 20.2 PPG. Sacramento may have not made the playoffs that year but Martin developed a reputation as one of the game’s up-and-coming shooting guards. After six seasons with the Kings, Martin would go on to play for the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves before closing out his career with the San Antonio Spurs. It was a productive twelve year career that ended without much buzz. But, for Martin, he wouldn’t have had it any other way because according to him, he’s the type of person who likes to keep things “under the radar”. Martin is now 34 years old. He’s happily retired and is now focused on helping the NBA by traveling the world and being an ambassador for the game. As part of promoting the NBA All-Star Weekend, Martin is in the country for the very first time to connect with the Filipino basketball community. I was able to chat with “KMart23” yesterday at the Globe Iconic Store at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig. The first thing I asked him was why he retired so young. The 6’7” native of Zanesville, Ohio was wearing a blazer, jeans and shiny wingtips. He looks like he can still play the game at a high level. So, it was a bit strange to hear his response. “It was more mentally than it was physically. I maxed out. Everybody gets a different calling card at different points in life and right now, I’m living beyond playing the actual game.” Aside from the Philippines, Martin is looking to visit China, Africa and Europe as part of his journey to give back to the community. In relation to me still believing that Martin could play in the NBA, I asked him which team he would play for if ever he made a comeback. I was surprised by his choice. “I would play for the Golden State Warriors. It would be an easy ride. With all those great players, I would just sit there and enjoy the ride,” said the smiling Martin, in a very chill manner. Ron Artest and Brad Miller were the players Martin looked up to the most. They were his teammates in Sacramento and even though they would move on to different teams later on in their careers, Martin would still reach out to them for advice. One thing Martin did learn early in his career though, was never to talk trash to Kobe Bryant. He told me story about how the Black Mamba torched him for 45 points after he made the mistake of getting a little too cocky for his own good. “I made an unbelievable shot. I looked at Kobe and said something like, ‘I’m a great two-guard! I’m on my way!’. And he said, ‘You gotta work for this one, Young Fella!’.” Playing with Kings from 2004 to 2010 was an “unbelievable time to be a two-guard”, says Martin. “We were in the same division as the Lakers. So, I saw Kobe four times a year.” Besides Kobe, Martin also mentions T-Mac, Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton and Jason Richardson as his toughest competitors. Honestly, I am still in disbelief that a player as talented as Martin has already closed the chapter of his playing career in the NBA. But, getting opportunity to sit down and talk to him made me realize that maybe he has a bigger purpose in life that goes beyond the hardcourt. In those 12 years in the NBA, Martin may have never won a Championship or made it to the All-Star game. Despite that, I still won’t forget the game-winning lay-up he made over Tim Duncan in the 2006 NBA Playoffs. Kevin Martin proved that could shine in a league of stars. We’re thankful to have a person of his caliber here to spread his wisdom and knowledge about the game we all love.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2017

Dragic leads Heat to 11th straight win, 115-113 over Wolves

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 33 points and hit a career-high seven three-pointers to lead the Miami Heat to their 11th straight victory, 115-113 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Hassan Whiteside had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Heat shot 53.6 percent (15-for-28) from three-point range. Miami made 10 more three’s than Minnesota and held on late after a furious comeback attempt by the Wolves. Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost four straight games. Andrew Wiggins added 27 points, but missed two shots with chances to win the game in the final 8.5 seconds. The Heat led by as many as 14 points -- the ninth straight game they have led by double digits -- and now own the second-longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Golden State won 12 in a row in November. Miami carved up the Wolves' defense for most of the night, scored 48 points in the paint and made them pay for all the open looks from beyond the arc. Rodney McGruder went 3-of-4 from deep. Dragic hit eight of his first nine shots and his first seven three-pointers, including one that banked in just before halftime for a 14-point lead. After a listless start, Wiggins scored 13 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to five points and Dragic finally missed a triple early in the fourth to give the Wolves a glimmer of hope. They trailed by four with 35 seconds to play, but Wiggins got a steal and converted a three-point play. He stole the ball a second straight time, but missed what would have been the go-ahead jumper with 8.5 seconds left. Whiteside made one free throw on the other end, and Wiggins missed a contested fallaway from the baseline as time expired. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Heat: /strong> /em> Dragic has made at least one three-pointer in 15 straight games, the longest streak of his career. Miami scored 40 points in the first quarter. McGruder had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. James Johnson scored 11 points off the bench, including a huge corner triple with 3:40 to go. em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> PG Kris Dunn missed his third straight game with a bruised right hand. Ricky Rubio had 14 points and 13 assists. Gorgui Dieng had 13 points and seven rebounds. strong>PUTTING THE `D' IN DION /strong> Heat guard Dion Waiters didn't have quite the offensive game he has been having during the streak. He scored 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting in 33 minutes. But he delivered one of the highlights of the game on the other end when he ran down Shabazz Muhammad in transition and emphatically swatted a layup attempt. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Heat: /strong> /em> Miami stays on the road for the second of a four-game trip that continues in Milwaukee on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em>Minnesota stays home to host Toronto on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), the third game of a six-game homestand. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2017

Wizards' Scott Brooks, Warriors' Steve Kerr named Coaches of the Month for January

em>NBA press release /em> NEW YORK -- The Washington Wizards’ Scott Brooks and the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.  Brooks guided Washington to an Eastern Conference-best 12-4 record during January as the Wizards climbed into a tie for first place in the Southeast Division.  Washington went 7-0 at Verizon Center to extend its home winning streak to 15 games, tied for the second-longest run in franchise history. The Wizards closed the month on a five-game winning streak, which included victories over the current Atlantic Division leader, the Boston Celtics, and the Southeast co-leader, the Atlanta Hawks. Brooks’ team held opponents to 43.4 percent shooting from the field, the best mark in the NBA. Kerr led the Warriors to an NBA-best 12-2 record in January, with Golden State losing to the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime and falling to the Miami Heat after Miami guard Dion Waiters made a tie-breaking three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left. The Warriors led the NBA in scoring (120.3 ppg), assists (30.6 apg), field goal percentage (50.9) and point differential (14.1) for the month, which included wins over the East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers, the Houston Rockets and the LA Clippers. On Jan. 23 (Jan. 24, PHL time), Kerr and his staff earned the honor to coach the Western Conference All-Stars in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game after clinching the best record in the conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 5 (Monday, Feb. 6, PHL time).     Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer, Boston’s Brad Stevens, Indiana’s Nate McMillan, the LA Clippers’ Doc Rivers, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and Philadelphia’s Brett Brown. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

Dwane Casey, Mike D'Antoni named NBA Coaches of the Month

em>NBA press release /em> NEW YORK -- The Toronto Raptors’ Dwane Casey and the Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December, 2016.  Casey guided the Raptors to a 10-4 record in December, highlighted by two four-game winning streaks that started during the month. Toronto had identical 5-2 records at home and on the road, including a 101-94 victory at the Boston Celtics on Dec. 9 (Dec. 10, PHL time) and a 104-98 win at the Utah Jazz on Dec. 23 (Dec. 24, PHL time). The Raptors led the Eastern Conference in scoring (112.1 ppg) and point differential (11.1 per game).  In December, Toronto set franchise records for largest margin of victory (a 44-point win, 128-84, over the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 4, PHL time) and consecutive road wins (seven, with the first two victories coming in November). D’Antoni led the Rockets to an NBA-best 15-2 record in December as Houston tied a franchise record for wins in a month. Behind Kia NBA Western Conference Player of the Month James Harden, the Rockets paced the league in scoring (120.9 ppg) and point differential (12.9). They also made an NBA-high 16.4 three-pointers per game, hitting 111 more than their opponents for the month. Houston opened the month with a 132-127 double-overtime road victory over the league-leading Golden State Warriors on Dec. 1 (Dec. 2, PHL time).       Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue, Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Memphis’ David Fizdale, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Utah’s Quin Snyder and Washington’s Scott Brooks. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

NBA: Rockets dim Suns

A night after their 10-game winning streak came to a halt with a two-point loss at home to San Antonio, the Houston Rockets looked ready to start a new run of victories......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2016

All-Star Weekend Q&A: Paul George

NBA.ph joined several other international journalists in an online teleconference, powered by Cisco. Here was our conversation with Indiana Pacer and Eastern Conference All-Star Paul George em>(some portions of the interview have been edited for clarity)  /em> strong>Q: /strong> What’s your target with the team [the Pacers] and what’s been changing due to all the moves in the East? strong>A: /strong>We want to position ourselves good in the East where we can possibly go for a top-four seed and get home court advantage in the Playoffs. The landscape of the East is starting to shake up, and [teams] are really separating themselves. We see that with how Washington’s been playing, Cleveland’s been playing, even Boston, so we’re trying to be that team that’s starting to go up, elevating our game.  It’s gonna come down to where we’re playing tough basketball late in April, trying to position ourselves. That’s how it’s coming down to. We’ve got a tough season to end, with pretty much all of our games being against playoff tams. It’s gonna be a grind for us to close this season out.  strong>Q: /strong> Currently you guys are sitting in sixth. Looking at the teams behind you, what are the keys to you guys ending up, like you said, in a top-four spot? strong>A: /strong>We gotta have a strong finish. We’ve lost six games in a row, but we’re still in the sixth spot. That’s gonna change if we keep having these losing streaks. It’s just now we have to learn how to play against the good teams. Like I said, to finish the season, we gotta play against a lot of playoff teams. And that’s where it’s a real test for us. If we can beat these playoff teams and start to get some chemistry going, start to get some consistency flowing, then we’ll be in good position to move up in the standings. As of now, that’s been our problem, inconsistency. strong>Q: /strong> What do you need to do to get to that place?  strong>A: /strong> I think everyone as a whole needs to step up. I definitely as the leader of our team need to step my game up. At the end of the day, everything relies on me, so I have  to be the one that’s always ready, that’s always there. But that’s what I want. I want to be the go-to guy for us, the guy that needs to be playing at a high level for us to win. I put that burden on my shoulders and that’s the only way we’re going to have a chance, is if we elevate, if we’re not happy with where we’re at right now. We all know that we can play a lot better, so as a group, we have to get on the same page.  strong>Q: /strong> When you look at your roster, from a personal standpoint, what do you think is missing for this team to be a championship quality team? strong>A: /strong> For us, if you look at teams, like in [Miami] when LeBron, Wade and Bosh came together, their first year they started out kinda shaky. They struggled and you thought with those three guys they would have just dominated right away.  That’s been the case for us, having a lot of new guys. I’ve played with a new roster these past two years, so there really hasn’t been much time to build chemistry and have a good understanding of what guys want to do. We’re just plugging pieces in there. For teams to be successful, [and] you’re seeing it now, teams two or three years ago that were struggling are now good. You look at a Washington team, [it] took them some time to develop and to mesh where now they’re all on the same page, they love playing with one another, they’ve got a great feel for one another. I just think it takes time.  And that’s what I mean by where we can get a winning spirit, having guys that stick together and pay together for a long time, That’s when you have winning teams. But it’s hard to do when you have a new roster every year. It is hard to build that chemistry.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2017

All-Star Weekend Q&A: Stephen Curry

NBA.ph joined several other international journalists in an online teleconference, powered by Cisco. Here was our conversation with Golden State Warrior, two-time MVP, and Western Conference All-Star Stephen Curry em>(some portions of the interview have been edited for clarity)  /em> strong>Q: /strong> You got four guys [Warriors] in the All-Star lineup this year. How do you think that’s going to work in terms of chemistry during the game?  strong>A: /strong> Oh it definitely helps to have that many familiar faces. And also our coaching staff, I’m sure our coach [Steve Kerr, will run] the same plays we run during the year. Myself, Klay [Thompson], Draymond [Green] and KD [Kevin Durant] will know exactly where to be on the floor. It just allows us to have a little bit more fun. We have four guys representing our team and our teammates so we’re going to enjoy it to the fullest. Hopefully all four of us get out on the floor at the same time.  strong>Q: /strong> With the Golden State Warriors and KD, you guys are definitely one of the favorites to win the title. Is there a lot of pressure? Also, you’ve been very vocal, speaking out about [US President] Donald Trump. Do you encourage others to do the same? strong>A: /strong> First question, there’s no added pressure for us since we’ve been on this championship run two straight years. Each year is different. First year, we had the best record in the NBA as we were going into the Playoffs, I dunno if we were favored or not, but we had the best record, [so] you’re expected to win, and we obviously did. Last year, after 73 wins, things didn’t go our way. We felt a bit of pressure and expectations from outside the locker room, which was a new thing for us to deal with. This year, everything’s brand new, but with the same goal in mind. I like where we are mentally. I can focus on doing everything we can to win the championship. Second question, I encourage basketball players, my family, staff, anybody in any walk of life, to speak their minds, use whatever platform they have to evoke change and just say what you believe in. Whether people believe in me or not, that’s the beauty of the conversation. I think everybody asks us players what we think because I think they value what we think. There’s going to be people that fall in line and don’t, but that comes with the territory, but I definitely encourage everybody to not be afraid to speak what they believe and what’s on their mind.  strong>Q: /strong> Can you tell us the adjustments you had to make, playing with KD? strong>A: /strong> Early in the year it was more, as a point guard, I was worried about everyone getting their shots, understanding the flow of the game. And that distracted a little bit from just being myself and playing my game. There was a certain point where I understood if I’m just aggressive and I play the way I play and have energy, the team will feed off of that. KD and Klay and Draymond and all the other guys can still have a big impact on the game.  It’s a learning process when you add a super talented scorer like KD, but I think we’re figuring it out. strong>Q: /strong>We were talking about you adjusting to KD. Where do you think you guys are as a team in terms of chemistry. Would you say you are 60-70 percent of your potential? strong>A: /strong> If you look at the eye test, where we were game one against San Antonio, to the Christmas Day game versus Cleveland, to the game in OKC, for example, I think we’re obviously a much better team. We’re playing with a much better flow and rhythm and consistency. The biggest test for us and as we finish out the regular season, we want to continue to get better with each game. The beauty of it is we don’t have to worry about chasing 73 [wins]. We can really have players focus on getting better as we go into the Playoffs.  strong>Q: /strong> Besides adding KD to the lineup, what have you done differently this season? strong>A: /strong>Our identity is the same. So all the things that we do day-in and day-out, practice habits, our attitude in the locker room, all that’s the same. We have the same teamwork, the same leadership. The biggest thing, like what I was talking about before, is when you’re not taking about 73 wins and chasing that record, there’s more of an emphasis on how you’re playing as opposed to just winning games.  Because you don’t want to create bad habits, you don’t want to just sweep things under the rug, just because you’re winning. If we’re holding ourselves to a championship mentality, that’s the real difference this season. It’s all about how we’re playing. Each game, whether we can say we got better tonight, versus did we win or not, because we’re chasing that 73 number. strong>Q: /strong>How do you make sure Draymond’s temperament doesn’t harm the team? And who do you think is the biggest threat out in the West?  strong>A: /strong>I’m not worried about Draymond at all. To even say that sounds negative. His passion for the game and what he brings to our team from a leadership standpoint and as a consistent presence on the floor, he wouldn’t be the player he is without that kind of stuff. You might see, you know, ‘conversations’ I call them, on the floor during games where we’re trying to get better and challenge each other. All that’s what winning teams do. He’s a part of that culture. We love everything about Draymond and what he brings to us. And whether I gotta get in front of him while he’s yelling at the refs, we’ll take that every once in a while. You name the top teams in the Western Conference standings behind us, San Antonio, Houston, the Clippers, Memphis, all the way down the list. We’re going to have to beat three really good teams to get to the Finals. We understand that, but we have to focus on ourselves each step of the way so that you’re ready for the moment.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2017

Rodriguez nets hat trick as Ateneo outguns FEU for second straight win

Skipper Camille Rodriguez recorded a hat trick, including two crucial conversions late in the second half to push Ateneo de Manila past Far Eastern University, 4-3, in UAAP women’s football action, Saturday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.  An own goal from Ateneo’s Nina Catedrilla got things going 13 minutes into the match to give the former three-peat champions the early lead, but it didn’t take long for Ateneo to come up with an equalizer, as Pamela Diaz scored just six minutes later.  The Lady Tams jumped right back in front a minute later courtesy of team captain Jovelle Sudaria’s free kick.  Ateneo’s Rodriguez got on the board with the Lady Eagles’ second equalizer of the match in the 27th minute after sinking a penalty off a handball call on FEU.  FEU got on the board first again in the second half, with Bia Requerme putting the Lady Tams back up in the 58th minute of action.  With her team seemingly headed for their first loss of the season and yet another loss to the Lady Tams, Rodriguez provided the late game heroics, first pulling the Lady Eagles even in the 76th minute, and then giving the Katipunan side the lead with another conversion just two minutes later.  With less than ten minutes remaining, it looked as if FEU would be given a chance to pull even after a hard tackle in the box was initially rewarded with a penalty kick. The call was later rescinded, and the Lady Eagles held on for the 4-3 victory.  Graduating team captain Rodriguez spoke highly of her coaches an teammates after the match. “I’m very proud of my team, and much of our win and our success is because of the coaches, they really prepared for the game, they really thought how we should play against FEU, so our performance right now is well thought of, and the team just followed the gameplan,” “I think it’s really about momentum,” Rodriguez added about her game-winning brace. “Siguro at that time, we really just followed the instructions of our coaches, and their instruction was to keep pushing, keep pressing them high, and luckily it converted to the two goals.”  The Ateneo women’s team scores their second win in as many games, and they move into the top of the women’s standings with six points. FEU on the other hand, begins the season with back-to-back losses.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2017

FEU back on the winning track, sends UE to 0-4

Far Eastern University made sure that it won’t make the same mistakes it did the last time out to weather the upset attempt of the University of the East Lady Warriors Saturday. The Lady Tamaraws gored the Lady Warriors, 25-18, 25-22, 25-27, 25-11, to get back on the winning track and even its record in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan. FEU improved its record to 2-2 and bounced back from a five-set loss at the hands of the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles last Sunday where the Lady Tams squandered a 2-1 match lead. Veterans Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma teamed up to dismantle UE in the fourth set after the Lady Warriors stole the third frame with a gutsy stand down the closing stretch. FEU broke open the fourth set with an early barrage for an 8-2 gap. The Lady Tams widened its lead to 23-11 to extinguish the fight out of the Lady Warriors.     UE built a 19-17 lead in the third frame but FEU overtook the Lady Warriors, 21-20, after Heather Guino-o’s kill block on Judy Abil. It was a see-saw battle in the next plays but a wide running hit by Palma sent UE at set point, 24-23. An off speed hit by Pons tied it at 24 before Lady Warriors team captain overcooked her attack to give FEU the match point. Pons was denied in the next play before sending her attack long to put UE back on top, 26-25. Adorador smashed an attack that clipped the hand of Pons as the Lady Warriors extended the match.     UE’s woes continued as UE dropped its fourth straight game of the season to remain down the cellar.       (To be updated)   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2017

AP Exclusive: Wolves owner says playoffs priority this year

JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer br /> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves enter the All-Star break in 13th place in the muddled Western Conference, seemingly faced with two options. They can try to chase down the eighth seed and make the playoffs, with the Denver Nuggets just 3 1/2 games ahead of them. Or they could turn their eyes toward the lottery, either using a higher draft pick to add another talented young player or as an asset to move this summer in a quest for an accomplished veteran to complement a promising trio of young stars. For Wolves owner Glen Taylor, president and coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden, there is no debate. 'We're all of the same mind, to get in, get the experience,' Taylor told The Associated Press. 'Just the winning of games to try to get there is worth it. Our guys can't see anything positive about losing games. They must win games, and then if we can win enough to get into the playoffs, that in and of itself would be a major step for our young players.' The Timberwolves (22-35) have shrugged off a lousy start to show signs of improvement over the last 30 games, but there is an awful lot of work to do. Five teams are ahead of them in the race for a likely first-round date with the Golden State Warriors, and the young Wolves are still trying to get a firm grasp on Thibodeau's defensive system. Making it more daunting, Zach LaVine had surgery on a torn ACL on Tuesday and will miss the next nine months. That leaves 21-year-old Karl-Anthony Towns and 22-year-old Andrew Wiggins to carry the load, barring a trade before the Feb. 23 deadline. In the last two games before the break — a loss to Cleveland and a win at Denver — Wiggins became the second player in franchise history to score at least 40 points in back-to-back games. Towns has solidified himself as one of the best young big men in the game, averaging 28.4 points and 11.4 rebounds in the seven games since LaVine was injured. 'We're on the right path,' Wiggins said after the loss to the Cavs. 'We've done a lot of good things. There's still some stuff everyone needs to work on, but we've done some good things.' The Timberwolves are 11th in the league in offensive rating, but 23rd in defensive rating, a point of consternation for Thibodeau, who is known as one of the best defensive tacticians in the league. And a 6-18 start to the season put them in a deep hole. The Wolves are 11-9 in their last 20 games, but still on pace for about 31 wins, which would be just a two-win increase over last year's team coached by Sam Mitchell. 'I thought with (Thibodeau's) experience and his mentoring, it would push it along a little faster,' Taylor said. 'And it hasn't gone as fast as we hoped. But I appreciate that he's looking at the long run. He came here to be the coach for the long run. We hired him for the long run. And we've got players that we anticipate will be here for a long time.' While disappointed in the win total, Taylor said he was bullish on the direction of the franchise. 'I'm happy with my coach. I'm happy with the general manager. They're being very patient working through this,' Taylor said. 'On the other side, I was hopeful that we would have more wins.' The one thing that appears to be missing is a strong, veteran, defensive-minded presence to hold things together when the young guys either get too excited or lose focus. 'I know the guys will look at other alternatives, but I also know them well enough that they aren't going to do something foolish,' Taylor said of the looming trade deadline. 'They aren't going to do something that would hurt the team in the long run just to make us look good in the short run. This is a long-run game for all of us.' Taylor has thrown millions into a new practice facility that opened two years ago and a renovation to Target Center that began before the season started. He has also added two minority owners to strengthen his financial position, hired a new CEO in Ethan Casson and has been pleased with the developments on the business side of his operations. 'They can see I'm committed for the long run and we're making investments back into the team and building for the long run,' Taylor said. 'I think we've done all of those things. The only thing that hasn't lived up to our expectations is the number of wins I would've hoped we'd have to this point.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2017

The Roots to perform original NBA-themed musical at All-Star Game

em>NBA press release /em> NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2017 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that The Roots will compose and perform an original NBA-themed musical titled “The Evolution of Greatness,” joined by Tony Award-winning Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs, Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, actor Michael B. Jordan, recording artist and producer Jidenna, and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, prior to the introduction of the 2017 NBA All-Star East and West teams on Sunday, Feb. 19 (Monday, Feb. 20, PHL time) in New Orleans. “The Evolution of Greatness” will take viewers through a historical, musical and visual journey from the 1950s to the present. On Saturday Feb. 18 (Sunday, Feb. 19, PHL time), multi-platinum band and JBL Global Brand Ambassador DNCE will open State Farm All-Star Saturday Night with a medley of hits including “Cake by the Ocean” and “Body Moves,” while renowned music producer and social media superstar DJ Khaled will thrill fans following the JBL Three-Point Contest and prior to Verizon Slam Dunk at Smoothie King Center.  As previously announced, the NBA All-Star Game halftime show will feature 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend performing a compilation of his current and former hits. In addition, Louisiana native, music director and bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Jon Batiste and jazz-pop sensation Nikki Yanofsky will sing the U.S. and Canadian national anthems, respectively, prior to the game. The game and NBA All-Star 2017 Entertainment Series Presented by JBL performances will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages. With HARMAN serving as the Official Sound of the NBA, its audio brand, JBL, will be the presenter of this year’s NBA All-Star Entertainment Series. JBL will power exciting musical performances during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night in addition to pregame introductions and the halftime show at Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

Whiteside helps Heat beat Rockets 117-109

em>By Jordan Godwin, Associated Press /em> HOUSTON (AP) -- Hassan Whiteside had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to help the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 117-109 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Dion Waiters added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Goran Dragic had 21 points for the Heat, who ended a two-game skid that followed a 13-game win streak. Miami got back to winning by defeating the same team where that long winning streak started Jan. 17 (Jan. 18, PHL time). James Harden had 38 points 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his 15th triple-double of the season to lead the Rockets, who lost for the second time in seven games. Miami shot 13-for-35 on three-pointers, while Houston was 13-for-40. The Rockets' defense struggled without guard Patrick Beverley, who suffered a strained groin early in the second quarter. His backup, Corey Brewer, played 27 minutes and finished with four points. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

BLOGTABLE: Who should replace Kevin Love on the East All-Star team?

em>NBA.com blogtable /em> Who's your choice to replace injured Kevin Love on the Eastern Conference All-Star roster? strong>David Aldridge: /strong> The purist in me would seek a big to replace a big. My first instinct would be Joel Embiid (20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks) just for the fun factor, but I'm assuming he's not going to be available with the meniscus tear in his knee. So I'd look at either Hassan Whiteside (16.7 points, league-leading 14.1 boards, 2 blocks), Dwight Howard (13.6 points, 12.9 rebounds) or Marcin Gortat (11.9 points, 11.5 rebounds), and if you're asking me to pick one, I'd go with Whiteside -- even though I think Howard's having a really strong season in Atlanta. But if I'm consistent with my philosophy that the All-Star Game is for the fans, I'd pick the Wizards' em> strong>Bradley Beal /strong> /em>, who's having a sensational season (22.3 points per game on nearly 40 percent shooting on three-pointers).  strong>Steve Aschburner: /strong> If we’re going to be literalists and stick to frontcourt options, Miami’s Hassan Whiteside would be a fine choice. He is the NBA’s leading rebounder (14.1 rpg) and he was pivotal in the Heat’s hot, hot winning streak that generated so much buzz lately. If going more general, I’d choose em> strong>Bradley Beal /strong> /em>, without whom backcourt mate John Wall and the rest of the Wizards wouldn’t be thriving. Sorry, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade might be fan favorites but they’re not performing at their traditional levels, and Joel Embiid doesn’t play enough even when he’s healthy. strong>Fran Blinebury: /strong> My first inclination is to replace a big with a big and give the spot to Joel Embiid. But with Embiid dealing with his own injury situation and not likely to take part in the All-Star activities, I’d give the spot of em> strong>Bradley Beal /strong> /em> for his role in lighting the fire of the Wizards. strong>Shaun Powell: /strong> em> strong>Bradley Beal /strong> /em> is my choice for obvious reasons. Since Jan. 1 (Jan. 2, PHL time), the Wizards have the best record in the Eastern Conference and the NBA and Beal (along with John Wall) is a major reason. Beal is having a career year, is healthy for a change and had a monster game (41 points) against the best team in the East just recently. strong>John Schuhmann: /strong> em> strong>Bradley Beal /strong> /em> will make the East's roster even more guard-heavy than it already is (Paul Millsap is their only big man at this point), but he deserves the spot. He ranks sixth in usage rate and 11th in true shooting percentage among remaining East players that have logged at least 1,000 minutes, and the only other players who rank in the top 20 in both are Goran Dragic (fifth and 17th) and Brook Lopez (third and 20th). On individual numbers, you can make the case for Dragic over Beal, but Beal's Wizards are 10 games ahead of Dragic's Heat in the standings. The Wizards are 12 games over .500 and have been their best with Beal on the floor. strong>Sekou Smith: /strong> em> strong>Bradley Beal /strong> /em> is the most deserving, given the way he's played and his team's performance since Dec. 1. There's no doubt that he's played at what anyone would have to agree is All-Star level. And the Wizards have been an absolute revelation since that 6-12 start. As much as a Hassan Whiteside, Andre Drummond or Al Horford would provide some much-needed size to balance out the Eastern Conference roster, I'd much prefer to see a guy like Beal rewarded for what he's done this season. strong>Ian Thomsen: /strong> I want to see em> strong>Carmelo Anthony /strong> /em> in the All-Star Game. I understand a lot of people think he isn’t deserving. Those opinions are part of the reason why I want to see him. He’s the most embattled player in the league. Every year it seems as if he’s playing under a new GM or new coach or new system, and yet he’s never paired with an established star who could help him go deep in the playoffs (as Chauncey Billups did when Anthony’s Nuggets reached the Western Conference finals in 2009). strong>Lang Whitaker: /strong> Man, this is a tough, tough call.There’s no shortage of frontcourt players who deserve consideration, from Hassan Whiteside to Carmelo Anthony. But to me I feel like the team’s record should be considered as well, and by the best of my reckoning, the best Eastern Conference team without a representative in All-Star Game is the Detroit Pistons. So em> strong>Andre Drummond /strong> /em>, pack your bags and get to New Orleans. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

UP wins third straight, ends 16-game losing streak to DLSU

University of the Philippines ended a 16-game losing streak against the reigning champion De La Salle University with a shocking, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19, win Wednesday to remain unbeaten in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan. Veterans Kathy Bersola, Marian Buitre and Nicole Tiamzon with the help of sophomores Isa Molde and Diana Carlos led the assault of the Lady Maroons to bag their third straight win in as many outings to tie idle National University on top of the standings. Tiamzon finished with 16 points all coming off kills while Carlos and Buitre had 11 and eight markers, respectively, for the Lady Maroons. Bersola and Molde, who had 14 digs and eight excellent receptions, had six markers each for the Lady Maroons. UP controlled the tempo of the whole match and kept the repeated rallies of the Lady Maroons at bay. Smelling blood in the third set, UP broke open a tight 16-15 frame with a huge run to build a 22-18 lead.  Tiamzon sent a missile to put the Lady Maroons at match point before Ernestine Tiamzon committed an attack error, hitting the net.    The victory was the first of the Diliman-based squad since winning by forfeiture back in January 20, 2008. The Lady Spikers won that game but was forfeited along with all of their second round wins due to the ineligibility of Jacqueline Alarca (academic technicalities). UP dealt DLSU its first loss in three games. DLSU tied archrival Ateneo de Manila.   The Lady Maroons banked on their intact and more matured core to bully their way into victory against the Lady Spikers, who lost six of their championship core players including Ara Galang, Cyd Demecillo and Mika Reyes. “Alam kasi ng girls ang capability nila this year. Alam nila na sila ang medyo matured this season dahil sa composition nila,” said UP assistant coach Rald Ricafort, who filled in for the head coach Jerry Yee for the postgame interview. Yee, overcome by emotions, begged off to grant an interview. No player on the DLSU side scored in double figures with Majoy Baron and Kianna Kim Dy scoring only nine points each.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2017

Doc Volleyball: Breaking Down the UE Lady Warriors vs UP Lady Maroons

In what could be considered as their most exciting outing to date, the University of the East Lady Warriors (UE) held their own against the rampaging University of the Philippines Lady Maroons (UP). State U might have prevailed,  25-16, 26-24, 25-19, but UE made them earn the victory. While it can be argued that their previous season’s win over Adamson University (AdU) that ended a 58-game losing streak was a monumental feat for the Recto-based squad, the Lady Warriors going cut throat against no other than the Lady Maroons, highlighted by an intriguing match-up between converted setters, has proven to us that they are no longer the pushover squad from seasons past. strong>Revelation Wall /strong> Coming off from a tough match-up with one of the season contenders in National University (NU), the Lady Warriors had all eyes on the Lady Maroons if they can go beyond their recent performance most especially in the blocking department where they outscored NU. It was quite evident from the first set against UP that these Lady Warriors are the real deal in the blocking department. Boasting of increased height at the net early on, UE was able to disrupt UP’s offense in such a way that their wing attackers rarely hit line shots and had to force their way through with mostly angle shots. UE head coach Francis Vicente has to be credited for his decision to convert middle blocker Roselle Baliton into a setter to bolster their net defense. Raising some eyebrows with such decision in the previous season, Vicente has now shown us the quintessential reason for such conversion. Baliton’s blocking presence in the right wing has proven to be a crucial factor in forcing the UP wings to avoid the lines and primarily go for cross court hits. The Lady Warriors, despite losing the match, out-blocked UP with a staggering 14-3 performance. strong>Mean Maroon Machine /strong> With what could be considered as the best match-up scheduled amongst other teams, UP was expected to come off with an easy 2-0 team standing early on. Basing on performances from the previous season, AdU and UE would have been early pushovers to secure a good standing for UP. Despite winning the match in straight sets, UP had their early share of facing adversity from a surging UE squad. No longer just a final four candidate, but an actual series contender, UP actually benefited from this tight match since it gave them an early opportunity to test not only their synchronicity as a team but their mental fortitude as well. Having a converted rookie setter in Ayel Estranero, the Lady Maroons showcased their attack prowess despite the barrier put up by the Lady Warriors. While UP can be considered to have the most seasoned wings and middles individually, the team’s scoring capability still heavily relies on Estranero. From the get go, the Lady Warriors have put up a solid defense on the net but Estranero’s ball distribution was commendable in circumventing that wall. Like perfectly fitting gears, the UP hitters have found in Estranero an engine to make them run smoothly. Individual Scores strong>Roselle Baliton – C /strong> While Baliton has to be credited for her significant contribution in net defense, she is yet to perform superbly in her primary role which is setting. Despite the commendable block output of UE, they didn’t fare as well in the attack department listing only 18 successful hits for the entire duration of the match. It was pretty evident in the match that Baliton still has some struggles in putting up the ball in an ideal location that maximizes the hitting potential of her spikers. This struggle is best exemplified by Shaya Adorador’s outing of just 5 hits although she is considered the best attacking option of UE. With her commendable build and athleticism, Adorador is expected to be racking up the points especially now that she has been assigned the opposite wing position. It is noticeable though, especially with their transition attack, that Baliton’s setup is still inconsistent with Adorador having to deal with balls either too far from the net or too short from the pins. It can be considered that Baliton has indeed embraced the setter position yet she still needs vital support from her teammates especially from passing and floor defense. One good strategy coach Vicente can utilize is ensuring that the first pass and dig are high enough for Baliton to establish her footing. While UE libero Kath Arado is to be commended for manning the floor, she is yet to establish a stable and consistent connection with Baliton. Throughout the match, Baliton was chasing low balls too much leading to her limited setting range. Although having excessively high first ball can be misunderstood to slow down the offense, it is quite the contrary since Baliton would definitely be able to run faster offense if she can establish her ground. With her built, she has the upper body strength enough to shoot the pins and run fast enough plays with consistency. strong>Ayel Estranero – B /strong> Having a fully loaded team of seasoned hitters, Estranero has all the offensive options at her disposal. Indeed, her ball distribution was the crucial factor for the match yet it should be considered that UE was still able to tally a big number in blocks. It is to be noted also that from here on, UP would be facing taller teams like NU and De La Salle University (DLSU). As such, UP can’t just rely on good ball distribution to mitigate a good blocking team. It was obvious that the UP hitters were avoiding the line on rotations when Baliton is upfront. While her height is definitely an intimidating factor, UP wings could have actually used it to their advantage. Baliton is tall but she is still quite loose at the tape as she is yet to show consistency in her pressing on the block. This would have been the perfect opportunity for UP’s wings to tool her block and go for check balls. Given that they will soon face tall blockers from other teams, UP would benefit in identifying the ability (or lack thereof) of these tall blockers to press in the net. Tooling the block however would be heavily reliant on Estranero setting up a ball high enough to maximize the reach of her hitters. Overall, UP had better floor to setter connection compared to UE. Aside from the occasional shanks on the pass and digs at crucial rallies, UP can definitely benefit from enhancing their technical execution in order to get Estranero in a good position. Estranero did an exemplary job in simplifying UP’s offense and this would be highly beneficial for the team to win their transition defense with ease. Coming up against tougher opponents from here on, the Lady Maroons can definitely utilize faster sets to the pins. Shoot sets would be ideal for UP since their middles are formidable on the attack which can then translate to a lot of single blocks for the wings if Estranero can deliver it fast enough. In line with that, UP can definitely use sharper angle shots like those of Nicole Tiamzon to ease through the block and floor defense. Since most open hitters tend to defend the deep angle, the sharp cross is a reliable option to rack in the points for UP. That is of course possible if Estranero can locate the ball at a good height and with enough space from the net for her hitter to angle adequately.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2017

James, Cavs hold off Wiggins, Wolves, 116-108

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- LeBron James had 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to turn back a charge from Andrew Wiggins and help the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Channing Frye had 21 points and 10 rebounds while starting for All-Star Kevin Love, who will miss at least the next six weeks after having surgery on his left knee. Kyre Irving scored 25 points for the Cavs and James sealed the victory with a step-back three-pointer with two minutes to play. Wiggins scored 41 points against the team that drafted him and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 for the Wolves, who finished a six-game homestand at 2-4. The Wolves allowed Cleveland to shoot 51 percent and hit 13 three’s. James tried to calm the Cavs on Tuesday morning (Wednesday, PHL time) when they found out they would be without Love for the stretch run in an Eastern Conference race that is suddenly tight with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards right on their heels. He said that as long as he's on the floor, the Cavs will always have a chance to win, and no one doubts him. He took his time to get going, choosing to get others involved, including with a no-look pass through Wiggins' legs to a diving Derrick Williams for a layup in the second quarter. He threw down two soaring dunks later in the third and added a Jordan-like reverse layup as part of a highlight-filled night. The Cavs appeared to be pulling away when they opened a 14-point lead in the third quarter, but Wiggins exploded for 20 points in the period to make it a game. He hit a three-pointer and beat the buzzer on a long two to tie it at 93 going into the fourth. Wiggins was chosen by the Cavs No. 1 overall three years ago, but that was before James made his surprising return to Cleveland. The Cavs traded Wiggins to Minnesota for Love and Wiggins has always given them his best punch. He entered the night averaging 27.6 points per game against them, his highest scoring average against any team in the league. The Wolves missed two open three-pointers that would have tied the game in the final four minutes, but James hit his from deep and Williams got a steal and a layup to hold off the Wolves. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em> F Iman Shumpert played 25 minutes after missing the previous three games with a sprained left ankle. Williams scored 13 points off the bench against the team that drafted him No. 2 overall. Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 11 boards. em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em>SG Zach LaVine had surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) to reconstruct the torn ACL in his left knee. He is expected to miss nine months while recovering. Ricky Rubio had 16 assists and eight rebounds, but was just 2-for-8 from the field. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em> Cleveland heads back home to face Indiana on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) for its final game before the All-Star break. em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> Minnesota flies to Denver for a game Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in a key game for the Wolves against the Nuggets, who currently own the eighth seed in the West. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2017

Game 1 pa lang alam kong nandoon ang misis ko -- Javier

For Tita Amy Marie. Players of Arellano University fulfilled their promise to head coach Obet Javier to deliver the championship that his deceased wife wanted the Lady Chiefs to reclaim since winning it all two years ago.   The Lady Chiefs overcame the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian College Lady Stags Tuesday with the title-clinching 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, win to pocket the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City     It was a bittersweet championship for Javier, who had to celebrate the school’s second title in the league without the team’s biggest supporter there to witness it and congratulate them.  “Maganda rin yung motivation namin kasi nga sabi nga ng mga players ko, 'Coach, ang unang-unang motivation namin is para kay Tita (ang championship na ito),' said Javier. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa player ko na kasi sa ganoong bagay, nalaman ko na talagang dinamayan nila ako.” Throughout the series, Javier said that he felt that his wife’s presence was there to guide them back to the throne. Amy Marie died of lung cancer two weeks ago in Spain.    “Actually noong Game 1 pa lang, alam ko na andon ‘yung misis ko,” said Javier. “Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanya na i-guide mo ako, i-guide mo kami. Alam ko na gusto-gusto mo ulit na manalo tayo sa NCAA.” The mentor never showed pain in front of his players. He was a picture of strength in his most trying times but was able to accomplish their mission against an unbeaten team and armed with a thrice-to-beat advantage in the Finals. Arellano U did a historic feat beating the Lady Stags in series sweep. SSC-R also lost last year in four games against College of St. Benilde while holding the same advantage.   Finals Most Valuable Player Jovielyn Prado said that they wanted to fulfill the wish of their Tita Amy Marie and at least in a small way console Javier’s bleeding heart on Valentine’s Day.  “Sobrang halaga po kasi isang buong taon po kami nag-hirap eh. Lahat kami nag-training. Lalo na po sa pinagdaanan ni coach, ayun po talaga ang motivation talaga naming,” said Prado, the 2nd Best Outside Hitter of the season. “And ipakita po sa kanya na kayang-kaya po talaga namin. “Ayun po, kasi si coach po kasi, sobrang tatag,” added Prado, who had 14 points to lead the Lady Chiefs. “Halos hindi namin alam na may pinagdadaanan na po siya. Noong nalaman po namin, nag go-hard po talaga kami para hindi niya na po kami intindihin. Ayun po ang ginawa namin.” Where ever you are Tita Amy Marie, the Lady Chiefs hope that you are now smiling and celebrating their victory.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2017

Bucks beat Pistons 102-89 behind Monroe's double-double

em>By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press /em> MILWAUKEE (AP) — Greg Monroe had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Michael Beasley added 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 102-89 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), winning their first home game since star forward Jabari Parker got hurt. The Bucks led by 22 at one point and held a double-digit advantage for most of the second half. It was a confidence-building outing for a team adjusting to life again without Parker, the 20 point-a-game scorer who tore his left ACL last week for the second time in three seasons. Beasley's energy gave the Bucks a boost. Starting now with Parker out, the veteran sliced through traffic for layups and hit mid-range jumpers. Monroe, the active 6’11” center, wheeled in the lane for baskets and boards. Marcus Morris led Detroit with 26 points, while Andre Drummond added 21 points and 12 rebounds. Detroit's third frontcourt starter, jump-shooting big man Jon Leuer, added 15 points and 11 boards. The Pistons didn't have enough production out of their backcourt, getting a combined 19 points from their top three guards. They were 7-of-21 (33 percent) from three-point range and never posed a serious threat after falling behind by 17 at halftime. Milwaukee held an opponent to less than 100 points for the first time since a 98-94 victory on Jan. 2 (Jan. 3, PHL time) against Oklahoma City, a span of 20 games. The Bucks have now won two in a row since losing their first game without Parker, who got hurt on Feb. 8 (Feb. 9, PHL time) against Miami. They won in spite of just eight points from All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was 2-of-9 from the field. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Pistons: /strong> /em>Rookie F Henry Ellenson was inactive in the former Marquette star's first visit to Milwaukee since being taken by Detroit with the 18th overall pick in last year's draft. Ellenson played one season with the Golden Eagles. Drummond was 6-of-12 in the first half for 16 points. He was often matched up against rookie Thon Maker. The rest of the team was 8-of-26 from the field in the first half, while the Pistons allowed the Bucks to shoot 50 percent in the second quarter to trail 51-34 at halftime. em> strong>Bucks: /strong> /em> Led by Beasley and Monroe, Milwaukee started the second quarter 7-of-11 from the field. Beasley started out the game 6-of-6, while Monroe hit his first seven shots. Antetokounmpo was scoreless in the first half for the third time this season. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Pistons: /strong> /em> Host Dallas on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in Detroit's last game before the All-Star break. em> strong>Bucks: /strong> /em> Try to take the season series with the Nets in a visit to Brooklyn on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2017