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Embiid, Butler lead 76ers 120-96 rout of Pacers

By Chris Goff, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Joel Embiid had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their seventh win in nine games, a 120-96 blowout of the Indiana Pacers. Jimmy Butler added 27 points, eight assists and five boards as Philadelphia shot 53 percent and finished with 38 assists, the most by an Indiana opponent this season. In a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers improved to 2-1 in the four-game season series. The road team has won all three games. J.J. Redick contributed 20 points and five assists, and Ben Simmons finished with 11 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Indiana's starting backcourt of Darren Collison and All-Star Victor Oladipo was limited to 21 combined points on 9-of-30 shooting. What had been a competitive game turned into a rout in the third quarter. The 76ers led 28-25 after the first quarter and 54-48 at halftime, but a quick 8-0 run put them up 66-55 and prompted Pacers coach Nate McMillan to call timeout. Redick hit two three-pointers assisted by handoffs from Embiid, and Embiid scored in the lane during the burst. T.J. McConnell's driving bank shot in the final seconds of the quarter pushed the lead to 15 for the first time. Philadelphia carried that 86-71 advantage to the fourth. Redick's sixth triple made it an 18-point lead. Indiana replied with a 10-0 run, but back-to-back three's from Embiid and his backup, Mike Muscala, quieted the crowd and forced yet another Indiana timeout. Muscala had 11 points and seven rebounds. Indiana, held to 40 percent shooting, never challenged again. Ex-Sixer Thaddeus Young had 27 points and six rebounds. Oladipo ended up with 15 points and seven assists. TIP-INS 76ers: Embiid was third and Butler fifth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players in fan votes for the All-Star Game when the league announced the third set of ballot returns Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Simmons was fourth among guards. ... Listed as questionable to play because of back tightness, Embiid stretched on a foam roller during one rest. Pacers: Reggie Miller, back where he played his entire 18-year NBA career, served as an analyst on TNT's broadcast of the game and took a tour of the Pacers' new practice facility near Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miller ranks second on the NBA's career three-point list at 2,560, though Stephen Curry is on his heels at 2,313. ... Oladipo was fifth among East guards in All-Star voting as of Thursday (Friday, PHL time). UP NEXT 76ers: Return home to face Oklahoma City on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Pacers: Continue a five-game homestand Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) against Dallas......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 18th, 2019Related News

Sixers crush T wolves in Butler s first clash vs former team

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Philadelphia forward Jimmy Butler's first game against his former team was no contest as the 76ers destroyed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 149-107, on Tuesday, January 15 (Wednesday, January 16, Manila time). Sixers center Joel Embiid scored 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds and guard Ben Simmons fell ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2019Related News

76ers escape Knicks | Inquirer Sports

NEW YORK --- Ben Simmons backed up his tough talk with a big day. Simmons had 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 108-105 on Sunday. Joel Embii.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Embiid scores 42 points, 76ers hold off Suns 132-127

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a strong second-half rally to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Ben Simmons added 29 points and J.J. Redick 27 for the 76ers, who were without Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler, both due to an upper respiratory infection. Devin Booker scored 37 points for the Suns. Deandre Ayton added 18 points and 11 boards and Josh Jackson scored 16 points. Philadelphia led by 23 at halftime and as many as 30 in the third quarter. The Suns cut it to three points before Redick finally sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds to play. The 76ers shot out to a 13-3 lead and consecutive three-pointers by Simmons made it 21-8. The 76ers led 44-32 after one, matching the most point allowed by the Suns in any quarter this season. Embiid scored 10 points as Philadelphia opened the second quarter with a 13-2 run to lead 58-36 and the margin barely changed the rest of the one-sided half and the 76ers led 72-49 at the break. Phoenix finished the third quarter on a 13-2 run. Troy Daniels sank a pair of three's and Ellie Okobo added another after a Philadelphia turnover cut the lead to 104-87 after three. A 19-5 Suns run reduced the lead to 116-110 when Jackson scored on a lob pass from Booker with 3:24 to go. Furkan Korkmaz sank a three-pointer, Phoenix turned it over and Embiid's dunk boosted it to 121-110. Booker's three-pointer cut the lead to 129-125 with 14.3 seconds, Redick made one of two free throws and Booker scored on a put-back to make it 130-127. Redick put it out of reach with his two final shots from the line. TIP-INS 76ers: Embiid's career high is 46 set last season. He scored 42 against Charlotte on Nov. 9 (Nov. 10, PHL time). ... Philadelphia wrapped up a 3-2 trip. ... 76ers shot 77 percent in the first quarter (13-of-17), including 4-of-5 three's. ... Embiid was 17-of-19 from the line, 12-of-14 in the first half. Suns: Also allowed 44 points in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 24 (Oct. 25, PHL time). ... Phoenix's only lead was 2-0. ... Most points Suns have allowed in a half is 76, also in that game against the Lakers. ... The first 5,000 fans received Ayton bobbleheads. ... After winning 5-of-7, Phoenix has lost the first four of a seven-game homestand. UP NEXT 76ers: Host Dallas on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Suns: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 3rd, 2019Related News

Walker, Monk lead Hornets past Magic, 125-100

By Justin Parker, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 24 points in just 27 minutes, and the Charlotte Hornets beat Orlando 125-100 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), their 13th straight victory over the Magic. Walker had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half and did not play in the fourth quarter. Malik Monk added 21 points as the Hornets put six players in double figures in the easy victory over the Magic and Steve Clifford, who coached Charlotte for five seasons. The Hornets improved to 18-18 with their second win in three games. Aaron Gordon scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic had 12, but he did not play after leaving the court with a knee injury late in the third quarter. Mo Bamba had 12 rebounds in 18 minutes for the Magic, who opened a six-game trip by having a two-game winning streak snapped. Orlando led 14-4 in the opening minutes, but the Hornets answered with a 20-4 run over the next 4.5 minutes. Charlotte’s first-quarter lead reached 36-23 after a dunk by Monk. Walker found Monk open in the corner for a three-pointer as the first half clock expired, giving the Hornets a 63-53 lead. Cody Zeller added 14 for the Hornets before leaving in the third quarter with a broken right hand. Marvin Williams, Willy Hernangomez and Devonte Graham added 10 apiece. The Hornets got a boost off the bench from rookie guard Graham, who scored all his points in the third quarter, helping the Hornets extend their lead to 95-77 through three. TIP-INS Magic: D.J. Augustin (sprained right ankle) and Jonathan Simmons (sprained left ankle) did not play. Jerian Grant started in place of Augustin. . With the score tied at 18, Jonathan Isaac missed a breakaway dunk. The Hornets took their first lead on the next possession on Jeremy Lamb’s runner and never trailed again. Hornets: Guard Jeremy Lamb strained his right hamstring in the first quarter and did not return. He played nine minutes and finished with nine points and hit all four of his shots. . Zeller also had six rebounds in 24 minutes. UP NEXT Magic: Visit Bulls Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Hornets: Host Dallas Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 1st, 2019Related News

Harden has Rockets rolling with visit to Warriors looming

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena. The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason. The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against Memphis, then visit Golden State for the first time since the Western Conference finals, having recovered from a rough start thanks to Harden’s torrid stretch. He has scored 40 points in three straight games and 35 or more in seven straight, the longest streak since LeBron James did it in nine in a row in 2006. The NBA scoring leader’s quest to repeat as MVP is clearly on track. And after a poor start, so are the Rockets (20-15). They have won four straight and nine of their last 10 games overall, and are 8-0 at home in December after dropping their first four games at the Toyota Center. Just like Game 6 of the West finals, when they blew a double-digit lead, they will play at Golden State for Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) nationally televised game without Chris Paul because of a hamstring injury. But instead of what had been a shaky season getting worse, the Rockets have surged in his absence because of Harden. “Somebody said the other day that we can only win if he scores 40. OK, that’s kind of a bad thing, but the good thing is he can score 40 every night, so we’re OK with that,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Tell him to keep going.” NEW YEAR, OLD HOME Kawhi Leonard’s first trip of the new year is to his old home. The Toronto Raptors visit San Antonio on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) for what became one of the most anticipated games of this NBA season this summer when the Spurs gave Leonard the exit he had been seeking, trading him to the Raptors. Leonard was the NBA Finals MVP when the Spurs won their last championship in 2014 and had become one of the league’s most complete players by last season. But he was limited to nine games because of a quadriceps injury and his relationship with the organization became strained. The Spurs dealt him along with mainstay Danny Green to Toronto, getting All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan back. Leonard led Toronto to the best record in the league for most of the season and the two-time Defensive Player of the Year’s absence has shown on the Spurs’ defense, long one of the league’s best but well back in the rankings now. While the game Thursday (Friday, PHL time) is the most newsworthy, it’s not the most important of the week for Toronto. The Raptors follow it Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) by visiting the Milwaukee Bucks, who have inched ahead of them for the NBA’s best record and have won both meetings this season. OTHER GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK: Orlando at Charlotte, Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Magic coach Steve Clifford returns to face the team he coached for five seasons. Oklahoma City at Lakers, Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Chance for Californians Russell Westbrook and Paul George to put on a show for the fans back home. Atlanta at Milwaukee, Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Mike Budenholzer’s move from Atlanta to Milwaukee couldn’t look much better. Dallas at Philadelphia, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). The reigning Rookie of the Year (Ben Simmons) against the player (Luka Doncic) who could succeed him. AYTON IN ACTION Deandre Ayton will finish his strong December by testing himself against the NBA champions. Then he opens January against a different kind of test — perhaps the toughest in the league at his position. The rookie center squares off for the second time against Joel Embiid on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) when the Phoenix Suns host the Philadelphia 76ers. Luka Doncic might already have too much hype and highlights to be caught in the Rookie of the Year race, but Ayton’s strong play certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. The No. 1 pick scored a season-high 33 points on 16-of-20 shooting and added 14 rebounds Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in a 122-118 loss to Denver, after he came into the game averaging 16 points and nearly 12 boards for the month. “You can feel game-to-game he is getting better,” coach Igor Kokoskov said last week. “He is working on his game. He is a very dedicated player. It was just a matter of time.” That improvement has helped the Suns go 5-4 in their last nine games — one more victory than they had during a brutal 4-24 start. After facing Golden State on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), it’s on to his second matchup with Embiid, one of the league’s biggest talkers who was already chirping about Ayton even before he’d played his first game. After the former Arizona star was compared to him in June, Embiid wrote on Twitter: “Don’t compare Ayton to me either. I play DEFENSE.” He then told ESPN in a preseason interview that Ayton was “about to get his (butt) kicked.” Embiid had 33 points to Ayton’s 17 in the 76ers’ victory in Philadelphia in November......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 31st, 2018Related News

Embiid has 23, 76ers roll over Jazz 114-97

By Matthew Coles, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — JJ Redick scored 24 points and Joel Embiid had 23 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks to help the Philadelphia 76ers cruise past the Utah Jazz, 114-97 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Ben Simmons, who was selected over Utah's Donovan Mitchell as Rookie of the Year last season, had his fifth triple-double of the season with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. Mitchell scored 23 points, Dante Exum added a season-high 20 and Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz. Embiid, who has a league-leading 31 double-doubles, and Gobert both had bright moments in the post but the Jazz let Redick get loose for six three-pointers. Jimmy Butler was also effective on the perimeter and drives for dunks as he scored 19 points. The 76ers (23-13) were able to disrupt the Jazz offensive sets and force them into shots they don't usually take. Utah shot 38 percent from the field. On the other end, crisp passing and constant movement off the ball kept the 76ers one step ahead all night. Utah came into the game with the best defensive rating over the last 10 games, per NBA stats, but the 76ers shot 50 percent and racked up 31 assists. Embiid and Redick each had 10 points in the second quarter as the 76ers shot 75 percent in the period to turn a seven-point deficit into a 57-52 halftime lead. The 24-8 run continued through much of the third quarter and Philadelphia led 76-60 after Mike Muscala sank a three-pointer. The Jazz never got within 15 points the rest of the way. TIP-INS 76ers: The Sixers shot 14 free throws in the third quarter (making 12) after shooting just two free throws in the entire first half. ... Redick had a four-point play in the second quarter. ... With 4:21 to play, Embiid fouled out just one point shy of 3,000 in his career when he fell and took out Rubio's legs on a play that looked like a diving football tackle. Jazz: Kyle Korver beat the shot clock and was fouled for a four-point play of his own in the first quarter, when he scored 10 points. ... Gobert has 30 double-doubles. ... The Jazz had 16 turnovers that led 26 points for Philadelphia. UP NEXT 76ers: Continue their five-game road trip at Portland on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Jazz: Host the New York Knicks on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 28th, 2018Related News

Reasons to watch 2018 slate of NBA X mas day games

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com Bucks vs. Knicks (1am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: Two words; Giannis Antetokounmpo. The most dominant force in the league this season resides in Milwaukee. That’s right, the Greek Freak sits atop the Kia Race to the MVP Ladder heading into the Christmas Day showcase games. And with good reason. The Bucks are riding the wave their dynamic superstar forward has created in his first season in Mike Budenholzer’s system. Open it up and enjoy because … The Bucks are more than a one-man show. Antetokounmpo should be joined on the All-Star team this season by Khris Middleton, who is playing at that level, and point guard Eric Bledsoe is shooting better than he ever has in Budenolzer’s aggressive, shooter-friendly system. Watching the Bucks try and set a record for three-pointers taken and made should be entertaining enough. But the Knicks will offer some entertainment value of their own as they attempt to match the Bucks shot-for-shot with Tim Hardaway Jr. leading the way. The gift we’re hoping for is … The Knicks could use a statement win before a global audience to jump start the post-Christmas portion of their season-long grind. The Bucks have spent most of this season frightening the competition, both in the Eastern Conference and beyond. They’ve got the gift that’ll keep on giving for years in Antetokounmpo, who’ll get another chance to show the basketball public that what they’ve hard about a contender rising in the Central Division is real. Thunder vs. Rockets (4am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: Do we really need anyone to remind us to tune in for every Russell Westbrook-James Harden matchup for the foreseeable future? Didn’t think so. The matchup of the last two Kia MVPs winners is enough of an incentive to lock in on this one. And the fact that the Thunder occupy the space in the standings most thought was reserved for the Rockets only adds to the intrigue. Open it up and enjoy because … The real showstopper in this one isn’t either one of the MVP winners. Thunder swingman Paul George is the player you need to lock in on as he continues his dark horse MVP campaign for a much-improved team (the Thunder are light years away from the group that started the season 0-4). There are few soap operas better right now than the Rockets, who are dealing with yet another injury to All-Star point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) and a failure to play up to expectations that threatens to swallow up their season before Santa’s finished off his cookies and milk. The gift we’re hoping for is … What Westbrook and Harden wear into the building is worth a few moments of your time as these two fashion-forward superstars never fail to make an impression. But it’s the competitive fervor on the court that should provide the ultimate viewing pleasure. The Thunder would love to take over the position the Rockets held last season, as the legitimate threat to the Golden State Warriors’ stranglehold on the Western Conference throne. In the absence of a Christmas tilt against the two-time defending champs, the Rockets make an ideal fill in. Sixers vs. Celtics (6:30am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: The Eastern Conference version of Thunder-Rockets, the schedule makers look pretty good slotting the Sixers and Celtics in this spot. No one relishes an opportunity to take down a projected heavyweight the way the Sixers do (what else would you expect with Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid leading the charge?). The suddenly chummy Celtics, however, appear to be the team most eager to prove that they are indeed who we all thought they were in the summer, when they were the consensus pick to ascend to the top of the heap in place of Cleveland. Open it up and enjoy because … Kyrie Irving has embraced his role as the leader of this disjointed Celtics bunch in ways that fans in Cleveland have to be enjoying with an eyebrow raised. Kyrie trying to convince his young teammates to follow his lead is rich, given his reluctance to do exactly that when he was in their shoes. As far as rivalries go, this is perhaps the day’s deepest and most volatile. The Sixers are still smarting from that playoff ouster at the hands of the Celtics. And they won’t have ant sympathy for the Celtics as they continue their search for good health and better chemistry. The gift we’re hoping for is … A Ben Simmons-Kyrie point guard duel will make this game shine even brighter than usual. And they’re both more than capable of going off on the big stage. But the real treat here is going to be watching Jimmy Butler and Jayson Tatum match wits in what could be a preview of fireworks to come in a potential playoff matchup. Tatum’s sophomore season has been a bit choppier than expected. And Butler, whose shown a penchant for schooling youngsters (teammates and opponents) is surely betting on himself in this game within the game. Lakers vs. Warriors (9am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: With all of the recent history dripping off of this LeBron James-Warriors rivalry, the inclusion of the Los Angeles Lakers into the mix only serves to take this spectacle to the next level. LeBron insists this isn’t a measuring stick game for the upstart Lakers, not against a Warriors juggernaut that has won three of the last four Larry O’Brien trophies. Yeah, whatever you say big fella. Folks who haven’t watched a minute of NBA basketball season will be tuned into this one. Count on it. Open it up and enjoy because … Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have moved into that cosmic zone that only the all-time greats are capable of locating (see their work in their Monday, PHL time win over the Los Angeles Clippers for proof). We already know how the superstars respond in a matchup of this nature. The great unknown is how the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball will react to the marquee spotlight at Oracle Arena. The Lakers’ youngsters have thrived at times and struggled at others in their first season inside the LeBron bubble. But they haven’t seen anything like what they’ll experience in Oakland on this night. The gift we’re hoping for is … Draymond Green hasn’t had a true breakout game since returning from his extended injury absence. With Lance Stephenson in uniform on the other side, the opportunity for fireworks would appear to be extremely high. We’d settle for some Finals-level intensity from both of the world class agitators in the building. That and vintage performances from LeBron, Steph, KD and Klay Thompson are expected. Anything else beyond that is really gravy on the best basketball meal of the day. Trail Blazers vs. Jazz (11:30am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: We’re dubbing the nightcap of the Christmas Day showcase the “Respect Bowl.” The Trail Blazers are always on the hunt for more respect and the Jazz, one of the trendy summer picks as a team poised to become a contender in the Western Conference this season, could stand to show a little self-respect in the way they tackle the remainder of this season. Open it up and enjoy because … Second-year Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is suffering from the same sophomore spell that has plagued Jayson Tatum in Boston. It’s one thing to surprise the basketball world as a rookie and another to come back better and even more dangerous the second time around. We’re betting on Spider showing up and showing out for the Christmas Day crowd. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Damian Lillard will not allow someone else to steal the spotlight from him. He warmed up for Mitchell and the Jazz by finishing off Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks Sunday night. You know his swagger travels, so expect to see his competitive best against Mitchell and the Jazz. The gift we’re hoping for is … Joe Ingles stealing the show would make for an ideal end to a day full of some the league’s biggest and brightest superstars. And the sweet-shooting Jazz swingman is one of the league’s criminally underrated stars. It would also be nice to see the rest of that Jazz team we expected to make things interesting this season make an appearance. Christmas Day games have always served as a launching pad/turning point for teams willing to dive in. And the Blazers and Jazz both seem like prime candidates to take advantage of the opportunity. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 25th, 2018Related News

Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers over short-handed Raptors

PHILADELPHIA --- Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers weren't too excited after their latest win. Embiid had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Ben Simmons added 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Philadelphia routed the short-handed Toronto Raptors 126-101 on Saturday night. JJ Redick added 22 points for the 76ers, who pulled within 2 games of first-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division. Pascal Siakam scored 26 points and Kyle Lowry added 20 for the Raptors, who slipped to 25-10. Toronto played without two-time defensive player of the year Kawhi Leonard, as well as Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas. And it's the absences that had Embiid downplaying the victory. "...Keep on reading: Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers over short-handed Raptors.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 23rd, 2018Related News

Markkanen scores 32, Bulls beat Magic 90-80

By MICHAL DWOJAK,  Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Lauri Markkanen scored a season-high 32 points and the Chicago Bulls won for just the third time in 15 games, beating the Orlando Magic 90-80 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Markkanen was 12 for 20 from the field in his 10th game since missing the start of the season with a right elbow injury. The 7-footer also went 4 for 6 from beyond the arc. Robin Lopez had 14 points for Chicago, and Justin Holiday had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Orlando lost for the fifth time in its last seven games. Evan Fournier scored 24 points, and Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 19 rebounds after missing a game for the birth of his son. Markkanen hit the 30-point mark for the third time in his career. He shook off a slow start after taking just six shots in a 96-93 loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday. He had the crowd roaring in the third quarter when he drove for a hard dunk on Vucevic. The Bulls led by as many as 15. Vucevic's turnaround jumper got Orlando within five with 1:37 remaining, but Markkanen hit a jumper and two foul shots to help seal the game for Chicago. TIP-INS Magic: F Jonathan Simmons was sidelined by a sprained right ankle. He was injured Wednesday against San Antonio. Bulls: F Jabari Parker (stomach illness) hopes to return Sunday at Cleveland after missing his fourth straight game. He was still experiencing fatigue and believes he would benefit from another practice before rejoining the rotation. "When I come in, I want to contribute," Parker said. "I hold myself to a high standard, and I'm gonna try to do my best to contribute to the team." ... F Bobby Portis said it's "not tough at all" to remain patient as he works his way back from a sprained right ankle. He also dismissed the idea that the banged-up Bulls are snake-bitten. "I wouldn't say that," he said. ... G Cameron Payne sat out with a strained calf. UP NEXT Magic: Host Miami on Sunday. Bulls: Visit Cleveland on Sunday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 22nd, 2018Related News

NBA roundup: Simmons’ rare triple-double carries 76ers

Ben Simmons had 22 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Philadelphia 76ers past the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday. It was Simmons’ third triple-double this season and the 15th of his career, and he completed it with more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. He also had zero turnovers […] The post NBA roundup: Simmons’ rare triple-double carries 76ers appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopDec 17th, 2018Related News

Sixers rout Cavs in Jimmy Butler s return

LOS ANGELES, USA – Ben Simmons delivered his third triple-double of the season and Jimmy Butler returned from an injury to score 19 points as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled over the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday, December 16 (Monday, December 17, Philippine time). Simmons finished with 22 points, 14 assists and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 17th, 2018Related News

Cleveland Browns beat injury-plagued Broncos 17-16

By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Baker Mayfield capitalized on Denver's depleted cornerback corps and dubious coaching decisions in leading the Cleveland Browns past the Broncos 17-16 on Saturday night, keeping alive their slim hopes of ending the NFL's longest playoff drought. Mayfield's 2-yard TD toss to Antonio Calloway with just under 12 minutes left provided the winning margin for the Browns (6-7-1). They snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Broncos (6-8). Improving to 3-28 on the road over the last four seasons, the Browns still have a shot at their first winning season since 2007 and even their first playoff berth since 2002 thanks to their first win over Denver since 1990. "I think the tough environment, winning on the road's the most important thing," Mayfield said. "If we don't take care of business tonight — and obviously we have to move on and take care of business next week — none of that matters. "So, being able to win on the road is something we've got to take pride in, going into somebody else's house, our backs against the wall, it's just us and coming out with a win," Mayfield said. "Find a way to win." Combined with their win at Cincinnati last month, the Browns have multiple road victories for the first time since 2014. Calloway's touchdown made it 17-13 and came with safety Justin Simmons in coverage because the Broncos were down five cornerbacks. The Broncos responded with a 13-play drive that ate up more than seven minutes, but after Phillip Lindsay was stuffed for no gain on third-and-1 from the Cleveland 6, coach Vance Joseph sent in kicker Brandon McManus for a field goal instead of going for it. "I wanted points there," Joseph explained. "We had about 4:35 left. We had one timeout and the 2-minute warning. I trust our defense to get a stop there." It didn't happen, at least not right away. Nick Chubb reeled off a 40-yard run on the first play, and on fourth-and-1 from the Denver 10, Cleveland interim coach Gregg Williams went for it — and Chubb was dropped for a 2-yard loss by Adam Gotsis. The Broncos got the ball back at their 13 with 1:49 remaining and reached the 50-yard line with 52 seconds left. But a spike, two incompletions and a sack by Jabrill Peppers all but ended Denver's playoff hopes. They could officially be eliminated with Sunday's slate of games. The Broncos began the night with cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Isaac Yiadom sidelined and they lost Brendan Langley to a concussion in the first half and newly signed Jamar Taylor to an ejection in the second half on the same play Bradley Roby went out with a laceration in his mouth. Roby later returned. With safety Dymonte Thomas, who had his first career interception in the first half, subbing at cornerback, Von Miller broke Simon Fletcher's franchise record of 103½ sacks, including playoffs. Denver's depleted defense, however, was forced right back out onto the field when Case Keenum's first-down heave was easily picked off by T.J. Carrie at the Broncos 48, after just eight seconds had ticked off the game clock. Six plays later, Mayfield put the Browns ahead for good. The teams were tied at 10 after a mistake-filled first half in which both quarterbacks were thwarted by interceptions in or near the end zone. Keenum, who was implored by his coach during the week to let it rip and quit worrying about being intercepted, was picked off for the first time since October when Peppers came down with his 29-yard floater to Courtland Sutton in the end zone. Mayfield had the Browns in field goal range at the Denver 30 in the final minute before halftime when Thomas recorded his first career interception at the 2 on a throw to Jarvis Landry. INJURIES Langley went out in the first half and Roby in the second. Combined with Taylor's ejection — he was signed after Harris fractured his right fibula two weeks ago — and the Broncos were left scrambling in their secondary. UP NEXT Browns: Host Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 23. Broncos: Visit Oakland Raiders on Christmas Eve......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Barnes, Brunson lead Mavericks past Magic 101-76

By Dave Jackson, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 19 points, rookie Jalen Brunson added 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Orlando Magic 101-76 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Brunson got the start at point guard in place of injured Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain) and reached a career high in points. He has scored in double figures in each of the Mavs' last three games. Luka Doncic had 11 rebounds and a season-high nine assists to offset a 2-for-11 shooting performance, finishing with seven points. Dwight Powell had 16 for the Mavericks. Dallas never trailed in winning its 10th straight at home for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Mavericks led by as many as 28 in the fourth quarter. Jonathon Simmons had a season-high 18 for the Magic and Aaron Gordon scored 10. Orlando played without Evan Fournier, who missed the game for personal reasons. Orlando's Nikola Vucevic played 26 minutes despite turning his ankle during a loss Friday (Saturday, PHL time) against Indiana. He scored just eight but had 16 rebounds. Brunson was 5-for-5 from the field in the first half and scored 11 points, as did Barnes, who had the Mavericks' final eight to give Dallas a 52-40 lead at halftime. Brunson then gave Dallas a 61-44 lead with a triple from the right corner with 9:05 left in the third quarter. They extended the lead to 22 by the end of the period. TIP-INS Magic: Coach Steve Clifford did not detail the reasons for Fournier's absence, but said, "It's totally excused." Jonathan Isaac started in Fournier's spot. Clifford didn't know whether Fournier would miss more games. . Rookie Mo Bamba, who had played in all 26 previous games, was a DNP-Coach's Decision on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle on the decision to start Brunson in place of the injured Smith in the last two games: "He earned that opportunity based on his play through the first two months along with how he played in the New Orleans game (a 132-106 loss). He played a very solid game even though it was a blowout." IT'S BEEN A WHILE For perspective on how long it has been since Dallas won 10 games in a row at home, consider that the 2007-08 season was the last one the Mavericks were coached by someone other than Carlisle, who took over for Avery Johnson after that season. The Mavericks' final loss of that regular season came against the Seattle SuperSonics, led by then-rookie Kevin Durant. The SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City after that season. UP NEXT Magic: Travel to Mexico City to play Chicago on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) and Utah on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Both are Magic home games. Mavericks: Host Atlanta on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 11th, 2018Related News

Butler, Simmons spark 76ers past Grizzlies

PHILADELPHIA --- Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons have started wearing white headbands --- yes, they are a headband of brothers --- as a symbol of their commitment to defense. But the 76ers stars wanted to make more than a fashion statement --- Butler and Simmons made a high-stakes pledge to D with a series of bets. Most steals. Most blocks. Simmons won the hand with two steals to Butler's one block. "They gave (Joel Embiid) one of my blocks," Butler said. "Technically, it's 2-2. So we'll push." The box score tally may be in dispute but it's incontestable Butler has made the Sixers a true championship contender. Butler continued his run as Philadelphia's stretch-run shooter, ...Keep on reading: Butler, Simmons spark 76ers past Grizzlies.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 3rd, 2018Related News

Lillard has Portland-record 10 3s in 115-112 win over Magic

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 41 points, including a franchise-record 10 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Orlando Magic 115-112 on Wednesday night. Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Blazers stopped a season-high three-game slide. Lillard surpassed the previous Portland record of nine 3s that he shared with Nicolas Batum. Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who have lost four of their last five games. Portland pushed its lead to 108-98 on Evan Turner's layup with just over five minutes to go, but Evan Fournier hit a pair of 3-pointers and Jonathan Isaac added a layup to close the gap to 108-106. Jonathan Simmons made two free throws to tie it, but CJ McCollum responded with a 3-pointer for the Blazers. Fournier had a step-back jumper to get Orlando within a point before McCollum missed a pair of free throws with about two minutes to go. Lillard's floater with 55 seconds gave Portland a 113-110 lead. There was some confusion at the end of the game after what was described as a game-clock malfunction prompted a video review. Officials put 0.9 seconds on the clock but Orlando's inbounds was off and time ran out. Orlando, playing the fourth of a six-game trip, was without Aaron Gordon, who was sidelined by a sore lower back. Gordon is averaging 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds this season. He left Monday's 116-110 loss at Golden State in the third quarter with back spasms. Isaac replaced Gordon in the starting lineup against Portland. Vucevic scored 15 in the first half to help Orlando to a 63-55 lead at the break. Nik Stauskas had 15 early points for the Blazers. Trailing 82-79, Portland went on a 16-2 run, capped by Lillard's record-breaking 10th 3-pointer, to go up 95-84 going into the fourth quarter. Portland was coming off a 104-100 loss at home to the Clippers on Sunday night. TIP INS Magic: Ross is from Portland and played at Jefferson High School before going to Washington. ... The Magic have dropped five straight to Portland. ... Vucevic fouled out with 13.7 seconds left. Trail Blazers: It was coach Terry Stotts' 400th career win. ... Lillard's seven 3-pointers in the third were a franchise record for a quarter. UP NEXT Magic: Play Friday night at the Phoenix Suns. Trail Blazers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 29th, 2018Related News

Combs, other celebs say goodbye to Kim Porter with fireworks

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) --- Fireworks marked the end of the graveside service at the funeral of Kim Porter, the longtime former girlfriend of music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs. The funeral was held Saturday in Porter's hometown of Columbus, Georgia, at a megachurch that can seat 2,500. TheLedger-Enquirerreported that along with Combs, record producer Russell Simmons, artists Usher, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim, Mase, Faith Evans and Yolanda Adams were all at the service, which ended with fireworks Porter was an actress and model and the mother of three of Combs' children. She was buried in the same cemetery as her mother. Porter was found dead in her Los Angeles home on Nov. 15. She w...Keep on reading: Combs, other celebs say goodbye to Kim Porter with fireworks.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 26th, 2018Related News

Sixers beat Pacers to solve their road woes

      INDIANAPOLIS, USA – Joel Embiid scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers won their first road game of the season with a 100-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Ben Simmons flirted with a triple double, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the 76ers ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2018Related News

Rough road: Brown says 76ers not yet among East s royalty

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At home, they can beat anybody. On the road, the Philadelphia 76ers only beat themselves. That’s what they did Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) in Brooklyn, committing an NBA season-high 28 turnovers in a 122-97 loss. A team that was expected to be among the Eastern Conference contenders is only 6-5, and the 76ers are 0-5 outside Philadelphia. “We are not, right now, at this present moment, amongst the royalty in the East and we understand that,” coach Brett Brown said. “And it’s a badge that we want. It’s in us. But at this moment, after 11 games, that’s not where we are. And that’s OK. “This group does have fight, this group does have pride and we will find a way to move on, move up, move forward and that’s my job.” The 76ers were routed at Toronto, Milwaukee and Boston, but those are three of the top teams in the conference. The loss in Brooklyn, their most lopsided of the season, was such a pitiful performance — Brown called it “unacceptable”— that the coach made sure to stress that it was an outlier for his team. The 76ers handed the Nets 39 points off their miscues, which contributed to Brooklyn’s whopping 40 more shot attempts. “It’s not Golden State. We shouldn’t lose a game to Brooklyn by that many points,” said Joel Embiid, who finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds but got only eight shots and was pulled midway through the fourth quarter. “We didn’t compete.” Brown knows the Sixers have to change their ways to have any success away from home. “To win on the road, you better not turn it over at the rate that we’ve been turning it over. You better have an incredible focus on rebounding,” Brown said. “Historically, like, those are the tenants of road wins. “And I think that togetherness, that toughness, the ability to take punches and still come out on the other side, that is part of growth. We don’t have that right now.” Philadelphia was 22-19 on the road last season, when it won its last 16 games overall and went 52-30 before reaching the second round of the playoffs behind Embiid and Ben Simmons. That strong finish has been followed by a shaky start, and players agreed with Brown’s tough talk about their effort Sunday (Monday, PHL time). But he insisted afterward the 76ers wouldn’t overreact and would move on. They’ll try to do that Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) at Indiana, another team ahead of the 76ers in the East. A victory smooths out a rough road that’s left them puzzled. “I don’t know what it is,” Simmons said, “but I think we just need to step it up.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 5th, 2018Related News

Nets keep turnover-prone 76ers winless on the road

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — D’Angelo Russell snapped out of a slump with 13 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Brooklyn Nets kept the sloppy Philadelphia 76ers winless on the road with a 122-97 victory on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). The 76ers committed 28 turnovers, most in the NBA this season, leading to 39 points for the Nets. They fell to 0-5 away from home. They are 6-0 in Philadelphia. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also scored 21 points and Caris LeVert had 20 for the Nets. They took a small lead into halftime thanks to 17 Philadelphia turnovers, then blew it open with a 41-point third quarter that was one of the biggest in Barclays Center history. They kept pouring it on in the fourth and 76ers coach Brett Brown pulled Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons midway through the period facing a 24-point deficit. Embiid finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, taking only eight shots a day after going for 39 points and 17 rebounds in a victory over Detroit. Simmons had 20 points and 12 boards. Russell was only 4-for-12 for eight points in the first half, a game after he was on the bench down the stretch in the Nets’ loss to Houston. The point guard shot 5-for-14 in that game and 3-for-15 in the previous one, and the former No. 2 pick’s benching was the biggest topic of conversation leading into the game. But he helped trigger to the big third quarter with eight points in the period and he was only on the bench as the final minutes ticked down this time because there was no crunch time. Joe Harris snapped a 61-all tie with a three-pointer, Russell scored five straight and Harris made another triple to make it 72-61. JJ Redick scored to end that drought but it didn’t change the momentum, as the Nets scored 15 of the next 21 points to open an 87-69 lead. The 76ers limited the Nets to 5-of-28 shooting in the first quarter but led only 21-18 in part because of their 10 turnovers. Philadelphia then made 9-of-14 shots in the second, but coughed it up seven more times to lead to seven points for the Nets, who scored 33 in the period and led 51-47 at halftime. TIP-INS 76ers: Wilson Chandler rested a day after making his 76ers debut by playing 10 minutes. ... Philadelphia had a three-game winning streak against Brooklyn snapped. Nets: Brooklyn improved to 9-4 against Philadelphia at Barclays Center, tied for the most victories against any opponent since moving from New Jersey. The Nets have also beaten Orlando nine times. ... Jarrett Allen had 15 points and 10 rebounds. FAMILIAR FACES The Nets have used the same starting five (LeVert, Russell, Joe Harris, Jared Dudley and Jarrett Allen) for each of the first 10 games of the season. The last time they did that was in the 2002-03 season, when Jason Kidd, Kerry Kittles, Richard Jefferson, Kenyon Martin and Dikembe Mutombo started the first 16 in a row. ... Harris made a three-pointer in his 25th straight game, moving into sole possession of fourth place on the team’s career list. Joe Johnson hit at least one in 37 in a row in 2014. BIG THREE The 41-point third quarter was one off the Nets’ high in Barclays Center, which opened in 2012. They had a 42-point third against Golden State last season and against the 76ers on Dec. 16, 2013. Most points scored by the Nets in a 3rd quarter in Barclays Center history (since 2012-13): UP NEXT 76ers: Visit Chicago on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Nets: Visit Phoenix on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 5th, 2018Related News