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Bucks breeze past Cavs to continue franchise best start

LOS ANGELES: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points as the Milwaukee Bucks won their 18th straight game with a 125-108 victory over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). The Bucks dominated inside and out as they continued their franchise best start and moved within just two victories of equalling their all-time longest winning […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: News4 hr. 11 min. ago Related News

Bucks gore Cavs to continue franchise best start

Los Angeles, United States—Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points as the Milwaukee Bucks won their 18th straight game with a 125-108 victory over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time)......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: Sports12 hr. 58 min. ago Related News

Bucks Bledsoe out at least 2 weeks with fibula fracture

The Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 24-3. They will be challenged to stay at the top however, sans the services of starting point guard Eric Bledsoe. The team tweeted that Bledsoe suffered "a right leg injury" during the Bucks' 127-114 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday (PHL time). An MRI revealed a "right fibula avulsion fracture" and Milwaukee expects him to be out for at least two weeks. Eric Bledsoe sustained a right leg injury on Friday night. After a MRI and exam, it showed a right fibula avulsion fracture. He is expected to be sidelined for approximately two weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate. pic.twitter.com/UrLMKlgBEd— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 15, 2019 Bledsoe this season is averaging 15.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. The team beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 125-108 on Sunday (PHL time), plugging in Donte DiVincenzo into the first five. The second-year player responded with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals, against just one turnover, in 25 minutes of action......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 15th, 2019Related News

Mavs may have to face East beasts minus injured star Doncic

By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The timing couldn’t be much worse for the Dallas Mavericks to be without star guard Luka Doncic. The reigning rookie of the year sprained his right ankle in the opening minutes of a 122-118 overtime loss to Miami, the first of five straight games for the Mavericks against the teams that entered Sunday (Monday, PHL time) with the five best records in the Eastern Conference. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said he didn’t expect Doncic to play Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in Milwaukee against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, although he stressed it wasn’t a medical opinion. X-rays were negative. The rally from a 24-point deficit to a four-point lead late in the fourth quarter against the Heat was probably the most encouraging thing to happen to the resurgent Mavericks this season. But the reality was they still lost and have games against East contenders every other day through next Sunday (next next Monday, PHL time). Three of the remaining four are on the road. “It’s going to be opportunities, a lot of touches for a lot of people,” said guard J.J. Barea, who played in just six of the first 24 games but figures to have more nights like his 12 points in 13 minutes against the Heat as long as Doncic is sidelined. “Just got to be ready. With him here, with him not here, we’ve still got to start the games better.” Doncic was coming off the latest of many eye-opening games this season. A former teenage star in Spain, the Slovenian wowed the crowd in Mexico City with a pre-game speech in flawless Spanish before scoring 41 points with 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 122-111 win over Detroit. Two nights later, the 20-year-old was on the ground between rows of fans behind a basket less than two minutes into the game, clutching his ankle after landing on the foot of Miami’s Kendrick Nunn on a drive. Doncic had left the arena, presumably to get an MRI, and wasn’t available to comment after the game. “Obviously, we lose a guy that’s a great player,” Carlisle said. “We don’t know for how long. We got to circle the wagons with the guys that we have and play like we did in the second half. Pretty simple.” Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half, including several clutch 3-pointers. But he was shut out in overtime, getting just one shot and missing a 3. Kristaps Porzingis, the other half of Dallas’ star European pairing along with Doncic, had 22 points and 14 rebounds. But the 7-foot-3 Latvian missed badly on two shots late in overtime to finish 7 of 21 from the field and gave up an offensive rebound in a one-point game after Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with nine seconds left in the extra period. The Bucks will take an 18-game winning streak into Monday’s (Tuesday, PHL time) game. Dallas then plays Boston at home before trips to Philadelphia and defending NBA champion Toronto. “Just like we did today, the second half,” Hardaway said of the mindset minus Doncic. “But we have to be like that for the whole 48. It’s not going to be easy.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 15th, 2019Related News

Davis, James lead Lakers to a 113-110 win over Heat

By The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 33 points, LeBron James had 28 while coming within a rebound of a triple-double and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Miami Heat 113-110 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). James had 12 assists and nine rebounds and Davis grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lakers. They improved to 23-3, extended the second-longest road winning streak in franchise history to 13 games and rallied from a double-digit deficit to win for the eighth time already this season. They also dealt Miami its first home loss of the season, after an 11-0 start. Jimmy Butler led Miami with 23 points, Derrick Jones Jr. had 17, Kendrick Nunn added 16 and Kelly Olynyk had 15. Bam Adebayo had 12 points and 12 rebounds, The Lakers outrebounded Miami 50-34, and the last of those was the biggest. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a free throw with 8 seconds left to keep the Heat within two, but Miami couldn’t get the rebound. Caldwell-Pope went back to the line with 4.2 seconds left, made one of two again and the Lakers’ lead was pushed to three. Butler took the last shot for Miami, a 3-pointer with about a second left. It hit the rim and bounced off, the Heat argued that he was fouled to no avail, and the Lakers survived in James’ lone trip this season to the city where he won championships in 2012 and 2013. ROCKETS 130, MAGIC 107 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James Harden scored 54 points, hitting 10 of 15 3-pointers and 19 of 31 shots overall, in Houston’s win over Orlando. Harden scored 50 or more for the fifth time this season and the fourth time in the last seven games. He also had seven assists, five rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes. Russell Westbrook added 23 points for Houston. The Rockets were 22 of 39 from 3-point range. The Rockets pulled away in the second quarter, with Harden scoring 18 points, including Houston's last 11 for a 59-49 lead. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 27 points. Aaron Gordon added 21. The Magic have lost three straight after winning four in a row. 76ERS 116, PELICANS 109 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 31 points, Ben Simmons had 24 points and 11 assists, and Philadelphia survived a late scare and beat New Orleans. Joel Embiid finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds in Philadelphia’s fifth straight victory. It was also the 14th consecutive home victory for the 76ers, the franchise's longest streak to start a season since winning 22 straight home games in their NBA championship season in 1966-67. Brandon Ingram scored 32 points and J.J. Redick had 19 for the Pelicans, who have lost 11 in a row. PACERS 110, HAWKS 100 ATLANTA (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon had 19 points and 12 assists, Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Indiana beat Atlanta. T.J. Warren scored 18 points as all five Indiana starters finished in double figures. The Pacers improved to 5-2 this month and 17-9 overall. They are eight games over .500 for the first time this season. Trae Young had 23 points, but missed 21 of 30 shots from the field, as Atlanta lost for the 14th time in 16 games. DeÁndre Hunter scored 21 and Jabari Parker 20 for the Hawks. HORNETS 83, BULLS 73 CHICAGO (AP) — Devonte’ Graham scored 16 points, Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington each had 13 and Charlotte bounced back after squandering an early 15-point lead, beating Chicago for its third straight win. Zach LaVine and Ryan Arcidiacono each had 12 points, Thaddeus Young and Lauri Markkanen added 10 apiece as Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games. It was the lowest offensive output of the season for both teams. Charlotte shot 38% from the floor, but the Bulls were even worse at 30% in a sloppy game between sub-.500 teams. Bismack Biyombo had 12 points for the Hornets. BUCKS 127, GRIZZLIES 114 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter to help Milwaukee pull away for its 17th straight victory. The Bucks overcome Jaren Jackson Jr.’s career-high 43 points. He scored 26 in the third quarter to give Memphis a 95-90 lead heading into the fourth. But Milwaukee outscored Memphis 37-19 in the final period to improve its record to 23-3, keeping pace with the Los Angeles Lakers for the best in the league. The 17-game winning streak is second-longest in franchise history, trailing only a 20-game run in the 1970-71 season. Antetokounmpo converted 12 of 23 shots and had 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which has not lost since Nov. 8 against Utah. Khris Middleton added 26 points for the Bucks, while Eric Bledsoe finished with 12 before leaving in the third quarter with an injury. Dillon Brooks had 19 points for Memphis, while Jae Crowder had 15 points. Memphis played without star rookie Ja Morant, who took the night off for injury maintenance on a bad back. JAZZ 114, WARRIORS 106 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic hit a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points and Donovan Mitchell added 28 points in Utah’s win over Golden State. Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz. Joe Ingles chipped in 13 points and eight assists, and Royce O'Neale added 14 points. Alec Burks scored 24 points and Damion Lee added 21 for the Warriors. D'Angelo Russell added 18 points. Golden State lost despite outscoring Utah 52-12 in bench points. CLIPPERS 124, TIMBERWOLVES 117 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 46 points, Kawhi Leonard had 42 and Los Angeles held on to beat Minnesota for its fourth consecutive victory. It was the highest combined scoring output of the season for the Clippers' new superstar duo. Leonard and George's previous high came Dec. 1 (Dec. 2, PHL time) when they combined for 65 points against Washington. They became the first set of teammates in Clippers' history to each score 40 points. It was the 21st time in NBA history it has happened. Karl-Anthony Towns had 39 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which lost its seventh in a row. Towns had 14 points, including a 4-point play, in a 22-6 fourth-quarter run that trimmed a 21-point Los Angeles lead to five. Andrew Wiggins added 34 points for the Timberwolves. KNICKS 103, KINGS 101 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Elfrid Payton had seven of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, Marcus Morris scored off an offensive rebound with 9.1 seconds left and New York rallied from 16 down to beat Sacramento. Julius Randle had 24 points and nine rebounds, Mitchell Robinson added 14 points and nine boards, and Damyean Dotson scored 11 points. The Knicks (6-20) won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Buddy Hield scored 34 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds for Sacramento. Harrison Barnes had 18 points and Nemanja Bjelica added 12 points and seven assists. The Kings had won their previous three......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 14th, 2019Related News

Love, Cavs rally by Spurs 117-109 in OT to snap 8-game skid

By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kevin Love hit a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied past the San Antonio Spurs 117-109 in overtime Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) to stop an eight-game losing streak. Love had 10 points in the fourth quarter and OT to help Cleveland win for the first time since Nov. 23 (Nov. 24, PHL time) against Portland. It was San Antonio’s third straight overtime game. The Spurs won the previous two but failed to maintain a five-point lead with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter this time. DeMar DeRozan had 21 points but missed a pair of free throws with 14 seconds remaining in regulation and the Spurs leading 103-100. Love tied the game at 103 on a 3 with 7.5 seconds to go. DeRozan missed a 20-foot fadeaway jumper at the close of regulation. Cleveland opened overtime on an 8-4 run, including back-to-back 3s by Love and Cedi Osman, to capture just its second road win of the season. Collin Sexton had 28 points and San Antonio native Jordan Clarkson added 25 for the Cavaliers (6-19). The Spurs outscored the Cavs 35-22 in the fourth period after trailing by 13 in the third. Consecutive layups by DeRozan put San Antonio up 84-83 with 6:23 remaining. It was the Spurs’ first lead since Rudy Gay’s 3-pointer put them ahead 7-6 with 8:19 left in the first quarter. Derrick White added 17 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 for San Antonio (9-15) Cleveland lost four of its previous five games by 20-plus points but dominated for three quarters. The Cavaliers built a 10-point lead in the second while shooting 47% from the field. Sexton drained a 3 after the Spurs closed to 72-68 with 1:21 left in the third. Cleveland rebuilt a 10-point lead entering the fourth. TIP-INS Cavaliers: Their previous victory against the Spurs was March 12, 2015, in San Antonio. ... Dylan Windler missed the game with a lower left leg stress reaction. Windler is the only injured player on the roster. Spurs: Assistant coach Tim Duncan missed the game due to illness. Assistant coach Mitch Johnson took Duncan’s spot on the front row of the bench alongside San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich and assistants Becky Hammon and Will Hardy. … DeRozan was assessed a technical foul at the close of the first half for chucking the ball high over the backboard from the opposite lane. DeRozan appeared frustrated after the Cavaliers scored with 1.1 seconds left in the second quarter after rebounding a missed 3-pointer. UP NEXT Cavaliers: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Spurs: Play the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in Mexico City......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 13th, 2019Related News

Jokic, Grant lead Nuggets to 114-99 win over Trail Blazers

By Dennis Georgatos, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant scored 20 points apiece and the Denver Nuggets overcame a career-high 33 by Hassan Whiteside to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 114-99 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Gary Harris and Will Barton each added 15 points for the Nuggets, who ended a three-game slide. Carmelo Anthony, who spent the first 7.5 years of his career in Denver, received a warm reception from the crowd during pregame introductions. He had 20 points for Portland, and CJ McCollum added 15. Trailing by seven at halftime, Portland cut the deficit to one on Damian Lillard's 3-pointer late in the third quarter. But the Nuggets scored 10 straight points in the last 2:33 of the period, including two 3s by Grant, to rebuild their lead to 89-78 going into the fourth. Barton's 3-pointer with 9:43 remaining put the Nuggets up 96-80, their biggest lead to that point, and Denver maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. The finish was a departure from recent meetings. The previous seven regular-season encounters between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers had all been decided by single digits. Denver, which lost to Portland in the Western Conference semifinals last season, has won the first two matchups this season, including an opening-night victory at Portland that snapped its 18-game winning streak in home openers. Harris hit three 3-pointers in the first half, helping the Nuggets take a 62-53 lead. TIP-INS Trail Blazers: C Jusuf Nurkic, working his way back from a broken lower left leg suffered last March, ran the stands at the Pepsi Center during the team's shootaround. Nurkic has been doing conditioning and shooting drills in recent weeks. The team hasn't given a timeline for his return, but coach Terry Stotts said before the game, "He is doing everything he is supposed to do behind the scenes." Nuggets: Jamal Murray was back on the floor after leaving Tuesday night's (Wednesday, PHL time) game at Philadelphia in the opening minutes with what the team described as a “trunk contusion” following an on-court collision. Murray finished with 12 points. UP NEXT Trail Blazers: Visit the Phoenix Suns on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Nuggets: Continue a five-game homestand against Oklahoma City on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 13th, 2019Related News

LeBron James, Anthony Davis bring new Heat to L.A.

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com The relationship they formed, nurtured and maximized to the championship fullest was captured in all its glory nine years ago this month on a sensational play that took maybe six seconds. Dwyane Wade grabbed a loose ball and ran up court, leading a rather routine fast break and then, chemistry happened. He gently tossed a short, no-look bounce pass that for a microsecond went to a ghost, at least until LeBron James, trailing the play in full sprint, appeared and scooped the ball. Wade didn’t see LeBron behind him … he just knew. LeBron didn’t call for the ball … he just knew. As LeBron elevated and cupped the ball for a tomahawk dunk, Wade kept running forward and spread his arms before the crowd, as if to say: This is how we do it. That finish was immortalized by an Associated Press photographer seated underneath the rim named Morry Gash. The image instantly went viral, causing witnesses to gasp at the image’s snarky, arrogant and amazing glory. Mostly, though, that sequence symbolized the blossoming bond between LeBron and Wade early in their time together with the Miami Heat. 9 years ago today. #L3GENDARY pic.twitter.com/Yc7iQDezlM — Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 6, 2019 And, it suggests what’s currently percolating in Los Angeles with the Lakers. LeBron has a new basketball boo, and the process with Anthony Davis is starting to look strikingly familiar. Theirs is an already devastating combo that has the Lakers scorching through the early NBA season with the best record in the West. ‘Bron and The Brow are both entertaining and effective, a combination that certainly works in L.A. (which expects both). This is more of the peanut butter-and-jelly variety than fingernail meets blackboard in terms of two forces blending in beautifully. They share the same ideas about how to play the game as one, when to defer (and when take over) and why there’s no need for ego or one-upmanship. It’s a tag-team, your-turn-my-turn type of existence, sprinkled with an ability to recognize each other’s tendencies. Oh, and it helps that they like each other as people. Longtime Laker witnesses might feel the urge to compare this to Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, but a more apt linkage is LeBron and Wade, whose on-court kinship spilled over into their personal lives, and to this day they still refer to each other as brothers from other mothers. “We had something special,” James said. And now, with Davis? “Everything’s coming along great, maybe even quicker than we thought.” As the Lakers prepare to play Friday in Miami (Saturday, PHL time) -- the site of so many LeBron-Wade connections -- the NBA’s new combo is just getting ramped up. No All-Star duo in the league is generating more wins, sizzle and per-game production than LeBron and Davis, who average a combined 53.6 points, 15.8 rebounds and 14.1 assists per game. They’re durable, too: LeBron has played in every game while Davis has missed only one. Much of this was expected when the Lakers traded for Davis and gave LeBron someone who was arguably his equal in terms of talent. The pairing seemed ideal because Davis is a low-maintenance star who doesn’t always demand the ball and keeps his ego hidden -- necessary tools when one plays in LeBron’s orbit. They also tend to cover each other’s weaknesses. For example, Davis is a superior defender while LeBron, who turns 35 in a few weeks, picks his spots defensively. Davis took the Pelicans to the semifinals once, while LeBron has played in eight of the last nine Finals. One other critical element worth noting is this: LeBron is anxious to grab at least another title here with his third team, which would be unprecedented. Davis is hungry for his first. They share the same quest, then, but approach it from different angles. Given where they are in their careers, there was a hunch they were made for each other. After 25 games, this notion has proven correct. “They hit the ground running right from the start of training camp,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “Both on and off the basketball court, their chemistry has been seamless.” LeBron seemed determined to make this work after his first season in L.A. lacked a true co-star and was slowed by a groin injury. His basketball relationship with Kyrie Irving in Cleveland took a sharp turn three years ago when Irving demanded a trade, mainly to escape LeBron’s enormity and strike out on his own. LeBron, like almost everyone else, was stunned as to why someone was so willing to bail on an all-time great. That raised this issue: while LeBron is one of the most accommodating superstars in NBA history, other stars in their prime would rather be the lead singer on another team. Davis seems cut from another cloth, however. And besides, when LeBron eventually retires (he has two seasons left on his contract), Davis will become a solo king if he so desires. This process was months in the making as LeBron made a point to align himself with Davis off the court since last summer. He welcomed him into his home, inviting him to events and generally magnetizing himself to Davis, who in turn did the same. This same approach worked for LeBron and Wade in 2010, but back then, LeBron was joining Wade’s team and was careful not to overstep any boundaries. “What I’m seeing here is how much time they spent together away from the court last summer and how that has impacted what’s going on right now,” Vogel said. “Even in film sessions the two are always together. They’re just building that friendship that LeBron and Dwyane had. LeBron has done everything in his power to make sure he’s going out of his way to make Anthony comfortable.” Wade and LeBron became fast friends because their personalities were similar and therefore clicked. Wade admitted that, at times, it was difficult to ride shotgun that first season together. But he respected LeBron’s talents too much to make that an issue. It all worked as they won two championships and made four Finals together. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra recognizes what’s developing in L.A. and says about LeBron: “He’s able to morph into whatever he needs to be to bring out the best from other players. This just fits like a glove with LeBron and AD, the way they work well together. Their skill sets compliment each other.” The Bron-Brow combo is causing defensive hell for teams: Which one gets a double team? Do you put a big player on LeBron and a shorter one on Davis or vice versa? Last Sunday (Monday, PHL time), the two combined for 82 points against the Timberwolves, which came two nights after they dropped 70 on the Blazers. Scoring only tells so much, but the way they compliment each other is nearly perfect. LeBron handles the ball, Davis impacts the rebounding and defense. They can almost sense where the other is without looking. Together, their sneaker prints are all over the floor. “The more time you spend together, if you have the same goals in mind and you have the same drive, then organically it happens,” LeBron said. Much of this is new to Davis, who only got a half-season’s worth of playing time with an All-Star (DeMarcus Cousins) his six seasons with New Orleans. He welcomes the change of synergy because playing next to LeBron ups his championship odds. “I mean, he’s a tremendous teammate, great talent and takes a lot of pressure off not only me, but everyone else,” Davis said. “It’s fun to be on the floor with him.” That’s evident from everyone who has watched this relationship take root and grow. “It’s there, and I think it’s genuine, too, from what I can see,” said former Lakers great and James Worthy, now a TV analyst for the club. “They’ve known each other for a while now, and they have that same drive and vision about the game and how it’s played. I think they know how to monitor each other and the team constructively to where the cohesiveness remains tight.” What’s frightening is the process hasn’t even reached a half-season. The wavelength LeBron and Wade once enjoyed can be matched with Davis, and it’s on pace to be fully maximized by the playoffs. The better it gets for Bron and Brow, the better it is for their supporting cast. “For me and AD, it starts with us,” LeBron said. “If we’re on the same page it makes it easier for the rest of the ball club.” There’s an important duplication taking place in Los Angeles, from LeBron-Wade to LeBron-Davis. The initial results are decisively promising. If this all keeps up, might multiple championships also follow? Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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 12th, 2019Related News

Reeling Knicks drop 10th straight, 115-87 to Trail Blazers

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press Damian Lillard had 31 points, including eight 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the New York Knicks their 10th straight loss, 115-87 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Hassan Whiteside added 17 points and 15 rebounds, and the Blazers ended a two-game skid. Portland led by as many as 32 points. Julius Randle had 15 points for the Knicks, who have won just four games, fewest in the league. They have one win on the road. The Knicks opened their four-game West Coast trip in disarray after coach David Fizdale was fired on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), just hours after he ran practice. Mike Miller was named interim head coach, and New York lost 104-103 at home to Indiana the next night. In Portland, New York faced Carmelo Anthony, who played for the Knicks from 2011-17. When the Blazers picked up Anthony on Nov. 19 (Nov. 20, PHL time), the 10-time All-Star had been out of the game for more than a year. But he has fit in well with Portland as a starter, averaging nearly 16 points and six rebounds a game. Anthony finished with 16 points. Portland was coming off a 108-86 loss at home to Oklahoma City on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), with the team still reeling from the loss of Rodney Hood, who tore his left Achilles tendon in a loss to the Lakers on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Hood will miss the rest of the season. Lillard's step-back 3 pointer put the Blazers up 32-22 at the end of the first quarter. Lillard had 17 points in the opening period. Portland led by as many as 21 points in the half and was up 60-41 at the break behind 25 points from Lillard. The Knicks were 2 of 15 from 3-point range in the first half and 7 of 38 for the game. Lillard's 28-foot 3 pointer put the Blazers up 74-47 midway through the third quarter. He didn't play the final quarter. Anthony and CJ McCollum went to the bench for good early in the fourth. Miller also sat his starters for much of the final period. TIP-INS Knicks: New York hasn't beaten Portland since November 2016, losing six straight. Trail Blazers: A report surfaced earlier Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that Kevin Love, currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers, would be interested in playing for Portland. Love grew up in Oregon and was a star at Lake Oswego High School. The Blazers are considered candidates to make deals when trade restrictions lift on Dec. 15 because of their need at forward. UP NEXT The Knicks' road swing continues at Golden State on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). The Trail Blazers visit Denver on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), the first of a two-game trip......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 11th, 2019Related News

Giannis scores 32, carries Bucks to 110-101 victory

Los Angeles—Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points as the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Orlando Magic to extend their winning streak to 15 games on Monday and maintain their grip on the Eastern Conference standings......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsDec 11th, 2019Related News

Rose caps big 4th with winning jumper, Pistons edge Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Derrick Rose hit a 14-foot jumper in the lane with 0.3 seconds left and scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Detroit Pistons over the skidding New Orleans Pelicans 105-103 Monday night. With the game tied, Detroit worked an isolation play for Rose, who dribbled the ball out top against Jrue Holiday. Rose drove into the lane, spun to the right and hit the jumper over Holiday's outstretched arms. New Orleans inbounded the ball from halfcourt toward Jaxson Hayes, but the rookie center could not get the tying tip-in and the Pelicans lost their ninth straight game. Rose scored 11 of the Pistons’ first 13 points in the fourth quarter to put Detroit on top 92-84, but New Orleans whittled the deficit to 96-95 on a turnaround baseline jumper by Brandon Ingram with 4:49 left. Ingram's 18-foot turnaround gave New Orleans a 103-101 lead with 1:11 to go, but Rose hit a spinning layup to tie it at 103 with 38.7 seconds remaining. Ingram missed a tough-angle jumper from the left baseline, and Detroit called a timeout with 14.7 seconds to play. Ingram finished with a game-high 31 points, and Holiday had 20. Detroit had three players in double figures besides Rose: Langston Galloway (16 points), Luke Kennard (14) and Andre Drummond (13). Drummond also grabbed 10 rebounds. The Pelicans missed their first 10 3-point attempts in the third quarter and Detroit erased a six-point deficit to take a 67-61 lead. The Pistons finished off a 34-21 period with a 7-1 run for an 81-74 advantage. New Orleans held the Pistons to 33% shooting in the first half to take a 53-47 lead. It was the fewest points scored in the first half by a Pelicans opponent this season. Ingram did most of the damage for New Orleans, scoring 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting and making all five foul shots. The Pelicans could have had a bigger lead but were hurt by 22% shooting from 3-point range, including 1 of 5 by sharpshooter JJ Redick. Hayes came off the bench to score 10 first-half points and energized the small New Orleans crowd with a tomahawk dunk over Drummond in the first quarter. Pistons star Blake Griffin scored just three points in the first half, missing six of seven shots. TIP-INS Pistons: Improved to 3-9 on the road. … Detroit has won four of five for the first time this season. Pelicans: The team’s marketing slogan this season has been “Won’t Bow Down,” reinforced every game before tipoff by an employee banging a drum at midcourt. In the wake of a 46-point road loss to Dallas on Saturday, the drumbeat was shelved, at least temporarily. ... Derrick Favors, who has missed the last seven games since the unexpected death of his mother, has returned to the team but did not play against Detroit. UP NEXT Pistons: Play the Dallas Mavericks in Mexico City on Thursday night. Pelicans: Play at Milwaukee on Wednesday night. The Eastern Conference-leading Bucks have won 15 in a row......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 10th, 2019Related News

Bjelica scores 30; Kings withstand rally, beat Mavs 110-106

DALLAS (AP) — Sacramento’s Nemanja Bjelica matched his career best with 30 points and Dallas’ Luka Doncic missed a game-tying attempt in the final seconds as the Kings withstood a furious rally and beat the Mavericks 110-106 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Richaun Holmes rebounded Doncic’s attempt to tie the game with eight seconds left. Doncic had taken Sacramento’s Cory Joseph down the lane for the turnaround shot that bounded off the front of the rim. After the rebound, the Kings called a timeout. Bogdan Bogdanovic in-bounded to Bjelica for a layup that sealed the win. Doncic missed a futile 3-point attempt from midcourt at the buzzer. Buddy Hield scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, for Sacramento. Former Maverick Harrison Barnes scored 12, Richaun Holmes added 12 and Bogdan Bogdanovic and Trevor Ariza 10 each. Doncic finished with 27 points, including 17 in the second half after Sacramento had sprinted to a 66-46 lead. The Mavericks’ high scorer was Tim Hardaway Jr. with 29 points. He kept the Mavs in the game by making a career-high nine of 12 3-pointers. For Dallas, Dorian Finney-Smith and Kristaps Porzingis each had 13 points. Sacramento didn’t trail in the game and led by as many as 24 points. Dallas trailed 106-90 with 6:34 remaining. A 10-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by Doncic pulled the Mavericks within six points. The Kings’ lead dwindled to two points on a fadeaway by Porzingis with 34 seconds left. Barnes missed a shot in the lane. Finney-Smith grabbed the rebound with 14 seconds left. After a timeout, Doncic got the ball, and tried and field to drive against Joseph. Bjelica (12 points) and Hield (11) came out hot in the first quarter, each making a pair of 3-pointers. The Kings led by as many as 10 points and finished the quarter with a 36-27 lead on 63% shooting (15 for 24). Hardaway kept Dallas in contention, scoring 14 points that including 4 for 5 from 3-point range. Hield finished the half with 18 points, Bjelica had 16 and Holmes 12, which included eight points and three offensive rebounds in the second quarter. TIP-INS Kings: PG Cory Joseph started despite experiencing pain in his lower back after playing 38 minutes on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). ... F Marvin Bagley III remained out because of a fractured right thumb. He has not played since the Oct. 23 (Oct. 24, PHL time) season opener. ... Kings not named Hield or Bjelica were 1 for 11 (9%) on 3-pointers in the first half. Mavericks: G Delon Wright was out after leaving Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) game with a strained groin muscle. “I feel like we dodged a bullet in terms of it being a serious thing,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “(The next game) Thursday (Friday, PHL time) hasn’t been ruled out. It’s going to be a day-to-day thing.” ... F/G Ryan Broekhoff was activated for the first time in eight games but did not play. UP NEXT Kings: Complete a four-game trip at Houston. Mavericks: Play the designated “home” team Detroit Pistons in Mexico City on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Their only other regular-season games outside the U.S. or Canada were both at Mexico City, most recently in 2016-17 against Phoenix......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 9th, 2019Related News

Thunder opens road trip with 108-96 win in Portland

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Dennis Schroder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander each scored 21 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened a four-game trip with a 108-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). The Thunder, who led by as many as 18 points in the first half, have won four of their last five games, the team's best stretch of the season. Chris Paul finished with 20 points. Damian Lillard had 26 for the Blazers, who have lost three of four. After trailing 55-47 at the break, the Blazers closed the gap in the third quarter and the Thunder held just an 82-78 advantage going into the final period. But Danilo Gallinari's 3-pointer put Oklahoma City up 95-87 with 4:14 left and Moda Center fans started streaming to the exits. Gilgeous-Alexander hit a 3-pointer and a floater that extended Oklahoma City's margin to 100-89 with 3:13 left and essentially put the game out of reach for the Blazers. Portland (9-15) was coming off a costly 136-113 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Starting forward Rodney Hood tore his Achilles during the first half and will miss the rest of the season. The Blazers had already lost forward Zach Collins to a shoulder injury that required surgery. And center Jusuf Nurkic continues to rehab from a broken leg. Portland made a move to shore up the frontcourt with the Nov. 19 signing of 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who hadn't played for more than a year. Anthony has fit in well with the Blazers, averaging 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds through his first nine games. But he struggled against the Thunder, going 4 of 18 from the field and finishing with just nine points. Kent Bazemore started in Hood's place against Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City (10-12) was without Terrance Ferguson because of right hip soreness for the second straight game. Coach Billy Donovan said before the game that he expects Ferguson will miss Monday night's (Tuesday, PHL time) game at the Jazz as well. Abdel Nader started in his place. The Thunder were coming off a 139-127 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Oklahoma City forced overtime when Steven Adams threw a length-of-the-court pass that Schroder caught and laid in at the buzzer. The game got attention because Thunder guard Chris Paul alerted the officials that Minnesota's Jordan Bell had an untucked shirt, which led to a technical foul that helped the trailing Thunder send the game to overtime. Neither team looked sharp at the start on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Oklahoma City held a slight 21-20 lead at the end of the first quarter, on 31.8% shooting. Portland shot 27.6% to open the game. Schroder's pull-up jumper stretched the Thunder's lead to 41-29 midway through the second quarter. Portland clawed back into it and closed to within 51-47 on Anthony's 3-pointer, which capped a 10-0 Blazers run. But Portland couldn't get closer and trailed 55-47 at the break. Paul led all players with 16 points. Portland closed within 62-60 on Lillard's 3-pointer in the third quarter. The Blazers eventually pulled in front when Lillard made a trio of free throws, but it was short lived and the Thunder led 82-78 going into the final quarter. The teams split their first two games earlier this season. TIP-INS Thunder: In the third quarter a fan dropped a phone on the court and Dennis Schroder picked it up and handed it back. ... It was the first of a four-game trip for Oklahoma City. ... Luguentz Dort fouled out with 4:34 left in the game. Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard went 0 for 6 from the field to start the game. His first basket was a floater with less than a minute left in the opening quarter. Then he had 16 points in the third quarter alone. ... Hassan Whiteside finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. UP NEXT Thunder: Oklahoma City plays the second of a back-to-back Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) at Utah. Trail Blazers: Portland hosts the New York Knicks on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

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Report: Blazers guarantee Melo s contract for rest of season

NBA.com staff report Carmelo Anthony returned to the NBA and immediately earned Player of the Week honors. Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, he can add a guaranteed contract to the ledger, with Portland re-working his previously non-guaranteed deal. The Trail Blazers will amend Carmelo Anthony’s contract so that it becomes fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season, league sources tell ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 6, 2019 Anthony is averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 44.8% overall and 38.7% from 3-point range in 31.0 minutes......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 6th, 2019Related News

Though, Resolute, Unyielding

Team Philippines bucks slow start with late surge in another nine-gold harvest.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 5th, 2019Related News

Philippines bucks slow start, overcomes Indonesia in SEA Games Ice Hockey

After a slow start that kept the game close, the Filipino squad went on a scoring spree in the final period to run away with their third straight victory......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 4th, 2019Related News

4 stats to know about the Bucks 12-game win streak

NBA.com staff report The Milwaukee Bucks made it look easy again on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), demolishing the New York Knicks 132-88 for their 12th straight victory. That win gave Milwaukee its longest winning streak since the 1980s and got us thinking about some numbers you should know from their run to date. * * * 1. Milwaukee’s winning streak is the longest in the NBA this season and the franchise’s longest since the 1981-82 season. The Bucks (18-3) own the league’s best record, ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers (17-3). 2. Not surprisingly, this 12-game win streak has been fueled by Giannis Antetokounmpo's play. He's had a double-double in 11 of the 12 games and came one rebound shy of making it perfect in a Nov. 30 (Dec. 1, PHL time) romp against the Hornets. That game ended his string of 19 straight double-doubles, but he got back to work on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Antetokounmpo did so in amazing fashion needing just 22 minutes of game action to log 29 points and 15 rebounds against the Knicks. In doing so, he added another 25-point, 15-rebound game to his league-leading total this season. 3. The Bucks are not only rolling up the wins, they're rolling through opponents in the process. On Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), they beat the Hornets 137-96 (a 41-point margin) and followed that up with Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) 44-point victory against the Knicks. They'll have a shot at some unique history on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) against Detroit as they can become the first team to log three straight wins of 40 or more points. This scoring surge shouldn't come as a huge surprise, though. After averaging a league-high 118.1 ppg last season, the Bucks again lead the NBA in scoring so far this season with 120.8 ppg. In addition to that, Milwaukee has scored at least 100 points in their last 44 regular season games dating back to Feb. 23 of last season. 4. As good as Milwaukee has been, there's still a chance they could set more team records in the coming days. The Bucks just passed the season's quarter point and will play their 25th game of 2019-20 next week. The number 25 is significant because Milwaukee is on pace for perhaps its best start ever through that many games. The Bucks' next four games are as follows: at Detroit on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), vs. the LA Clippers on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), vs. the Orlando Magic on Dec. 9 (Dec. 10, PHL time) and vs. the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 11 (Dec. 12, PHL time). A perfect run through those games would put the Bucks at 22-3 and give Milwaukee its best-ever start through the first 25 games of a season. * * * Information from The Associated Press was used in this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 4th, 2019Related News

Waiting for another disaster?

By today, typhoon “Tisoy” is crossing South China Sea after unleashing heavy rains and leaving behind a trail of damage to crops and to private and public properties as it exits the Philippines......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 3rd, 2019Related News

Tisoy leaves trail of destruction

Tisoy leaves trail of destruction.....»»

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Bucks keep streak alive; Sixers win

Los Angeles, United States—Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points as the Milwaukee Bucks stretched their winning streak to 12 games on Monday (Tuesday Philippine time) with a 132-88 demolition of the hapless New York Knicks......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsDec 3rd, 2019Related News