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Celtics to retire Kevin Garnett s jersey

Garnett spent six years with the Celtics from 2007 to 2013 after playing 12 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsFeb 14th, 2020Related News

No bull! D-Rose, LaVine didn t get nod but show must go on

    CHICAGO, USA – The hope was that the host city will be represented in the 69th edition of the mid-season classic. And the expectation was that either resident Bulls star Zach LaVine or hometown hero Derrick Rose, who now toils for the Detroit Pistons, will be named to ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 12th, 2020Related News

Beal scores 30, Wizards beat Bulls 126-114

  By HARVEY VALENTINE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 30 points, and the Washington Wizards held off Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls for a 126-114 win on Tuesday night. Rui Hachimura added 20 points for Washington, which won for the fourth time in six games. Shabazz Napier and Ian Mahinmi had 15 apiece. LaVine scored 19 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls whittled an 18-point deficit down to six points. LaVine shot 15 of 21 from the field, including 8 for 11 from 3-point range. He is slated to compete in the 3-point contest during the All-Star festivities in Chicago this weekend. Tomas Satoransky added 19 points for Chicago, which enters the break on a six-game losing streak. The Bulls had won four straight versus Washington. The Wizards led by seven at halftime and Beal’s 3-pointer capped a quick 9-2 burst to open the third quarter. Four straight points by Mahinmi finished a 10-0 run that gave Washington its biggest lead at 94-73 with 4:17 left in the third. Chicago rallied to start the fourth, and LaVine’s five straight points capped a 13-3 run that made it 103-95 with 6:48 remaining. LaVine's 3 trimmed Washington's lead to 114-108 with 1:54 left, but the Wizards responded with six straight points. UP NEXT Bulls: Host Cleveland on Feb. 20 Wizards: At New York on Wednesday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 12th, 2020Related News

Defending champions Raptors stretch winning streak to 15

LOS ANGELES, USA – Pascal Siakam scored 34 points as the Toronto Raptors shrugged off their injury problems to extend their winning streak to 15 games on Monday, February 10, with a 137-126 defeat of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Siakam's dominant display included 6` three-pointers as the reigning NBA champions overpowered a ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 11th, 2020Related News

McLaughlin, Beasley, new-look Wolves rout Clippers 142-115

By JOE ZIEMER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 24 points, Malik Beasley added 23 in his Minnesota debut and the new-look Timberwolves snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 142-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Karl-Anthony Towns just missed a triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who won for the first time since Jan. 9. McLaughlin added a career-high 11 assists as Minnesota scored its highest point total of the season thanks to a franchise-record 26 3-pointers. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 for the Clippers, who had a three-game win streak snapped. The Timberwolves turned over more than half their roster before Thursday's trade deadline. Three separate trades Wednesday and Thursday sent out seven players and brought in eight. The most high-profile addition, point guard D'Angelo Russell, did not play. Russell, who was acquired in a trade with Golden State on Thursday, sat out with a right quad contusion. Minnesota still had plenty of shooting. Ten Timberwolves players hit 3s, setting a franchise record. Beasley, who arrived in a four-team trade Wednesday, made a career-high seven 3s. The Timberwolves shot 15 for 25 from 3-point range in the first half and took an 81-59 lead into halftime. The 81 points were a franchise record for points in a half and the most allowed by the Clippers in a half this season. Beasley was 6 for 9 on 3s and scored 20 points in the first half. Minnesota led by as many as 26 points in the second half. Los Angeles didn't get closer than 17. TIP-INS Clippers: Forward Marcus Morris, acquired in a trade with New York on Thursday, did not play. Guard Patrick Beverly missed the game with a right groin injury. ... The game was the start of a four-game road trip for Los Angeles. Timberwolves: Forward Jake Layman missed his 37th consecutive game with a left toe sprain. Forward Evan Turner, acquired in a four-team trade Wednesday, is not with the team. ... Russell addressed the crowd prior to tipoff. The nine 3-pointers Minnesota made in the first quarter were a franchise record for one quarter. UP NEXT Clippers: At Cleveland on Sunday. Los Angeles has won the last three meetings. Timberwolves: At Toronto on Monday. The Raptors have won the last four meetings......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 9th, 2020Related News

Former champion Dwight Howard leads field in 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2020 – Former Slam Dunk champion Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers returns to the competition for the first time in 11 years as he headlines the field of four players who will take flight in the 2020 AT&T Slam Dunk on Saturday, Feb. 15 (Sunday, Feb. 16 in the Philippines) at the United Center in Chicago. Howard is joined by two previous second-place finishers, Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat, as well as first-time participant Pat Connaughton of the Milwaukee Bucks. The 35th AT&T Slam Dunk is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which also features the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and the MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest.  All-Star Saturday Night will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the United States at 8 p.m. ET.  NBA All-Star 2020 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. Howard, the 2008 Slam Dunk champion, will compete in the event for the first time since 2009, when he made the last of three consecutive appearances.  Gordon’s dazzling runner-up performance in 2016 included three straight perfect scores of 50.  Jones Jr., who turns 23 on the same day as AT&T Slam Dunk, finished second in 2017.  Connaughton is seeking to become the first Milwaukee player to win Slam Dunk.  AT&T Slam Dunk takes in place Chicago for the first time since 1988, when the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan memorably outdueled the Atlanta Hawks’ Dominique Wilkins to win his second consecutive Slam Dunk title. Here is a closer look at the 2020 AT&T Slam Dunk participants: • Pat Connaughton, Bucks (1st appearance): The 6-5 guard is in his second season with Milwaukee after spending his first three NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.  Connaughton (CONN-uh-ton) recorded a max vertical leap of 44 inches at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine, tied for the third-highest mark in event history.  He was selected as a pitcher by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. • Aaron Gordon, Magic (3rd appearance): Gordon returns to AT&T Slam Dunk for the first time since 2017.  The 6-9 forward ranks third on the Magic in scoring (13.6 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.2 rpg) in his sixth NBA season. • Dwight Howard, Lakers (4th appearance): Howard is an eight-time NBA All-Star selection, eight-time All-NBA Team selection and three-time Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year.  The 6-10 center ranks 14th in NBA history in both rebounds (13,553) and blocked shots (2,120). • Derrick Jones Jr., Heat (2nd appearance): As a rookie in the 2016-17 season, Jones became the first player to compete in AT&T Slam Dunk and play in the NBA G League in the same season.  Since then, the undrafted Jones has earned a full-time role in the NBA.  Nicknamed “Airplane Mode” for his leaping ability, the 6-7 Jones won a national dunk contest for high school players in 2015.    2020 AT&T Slam Dunk Rules In the two-round event, participants can perform any dunk they choose.  The players have a maximum of three attempts to complete each dunk in both the first round and the final round.  Five judges score every dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a high score of 50 and a low score of 30.  The judges will be announced at a later date. All four competitors get two dunks in the first round.  The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks advance to the head-to-head final round.  Both players get two dunks in the final round.  The player with the highest combined score for his two dunks in the final round is crowned the 2020 AT&T Slam Dunk champion.  Click here for a complete explanation of the rules.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 5th, 2020Related News

Four past champions highlight 2020 NBA Skills Challenge

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2020 – Defending champion Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and former champions Patrick Beverley of the LA Clippers, Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets and Derrick Rose of the Detroit Pistons will display their vast array of talents in the 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 15 (Sunday, Feb. 16 in the Philippines) at the United Center in Chicago. Tatum is one of five 2020 NBA All-Star selections in the eight-player field, joined by the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton, the Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis and the Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam. The 17th Taco Bell® Skills Challenge is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which also features the MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest and AT&T Slam Dunk.  All-Star Saturday Night will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the United States at 8 p.m. ET (9 a.m. in the Philippines) NBA All-Star 2020 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. Tatum and Dinwiddie won the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge in 2019 and 2018, respectively.  Beverley, a Chicago native, was crowned champion in 2015.  Rose, a Chicago native and the 2010-11 Kia NBA MVP while playing with the Chicago Bulls, earned the Skills title in 2009 as an NBA rookie.  The 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge is a three-round, obstacle-course competition that tests the players’ dribbling, passing, agility and 3-point shooting.  Featuring a mix of guards and frontcourt players, the event showcases a head-to-head, bracket-style tournament format.  First-round matchups will be determined on the night of the event. Here is a closer look at the 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge participants: • Bam Adebayo, Heat (1st appearance): A first-time NBA All-Star selection in his third season, Adebayo is one of five players averaging at least 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 2019-20.  He has recorded his first three career triple-doubles this season.   • Patrick Beverley, Clippers (2nd appearance): The 6-1 guard is a two-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection, a career 37.9 percent shooter from 3-point range and a premier rebounder at his position.  Beverley is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game this season, just below his career high of 5.9 rebounds set in 2016-17. • Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets (2nd appearance): He is averaging a career-high 21.3 points and 6.4 assists per game.  The NBA G League veteran has improved his scoring average in each of his four seasons with Brooklyn. • Khris Middleton, Bucks (1st appearance): An NBA All-Star selection for the second straight year, Middleton is posting career highs in scoring (20.4 ppg), field goal percentage (50.8) and 3-point field goal percentage (44.2) to go with 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.  He scored a career-high 51 points against the Washington Wizards on Jan. 28. • Derrick Rose, Pistons (3rd appearance): Rose is shooting a career-high 49.8 percent from the field and averaging his most points (18.5 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg) since the 2011-12 season.  A three-time NBA All-Star selection, Rose last appeared in the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge in 2011. • Domantas Sabonis, Pacers (1st appearance): Sabonis is averaging career highs across the board as a first-time NBA All-Star selection, with 18.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.  He ranks third in the NBA in double-doubles (38) and has recorded his first two career triple-doubles this season.           • Pascal Siakam, Raptors (1st appearance): Siakam has become the first NBA G League veteran to be named a starter in the NBA All-Star Game.  This season, he has already set a career high for 3-pointers made (84) to go with career-high averages of 23.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.   • Jayson Tatum, Celtics (2nd appearance): The 21-year-old first-time NBA All-Star selection is averaging career highs of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.36 steals per game in his third season.  Last year, Tatum made a half-court shot to win the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge.         2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge Rules Two players compete simultaneously on identical courses and the fastest finisher reaches the next round.  In the first round, the eight players are paired to participate in four head-to-head competitions.  The four winners advance to the second round, where two more head-to-head showdowns determine the two finalists.  The first finalist to successfully complete the course is declared the winner of the 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge.  Click here for a complete explanation of the rules......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 5th, 2020Related News

Defending champion Harris and NBA All-Stars Lillard and Yong headline 2020 3-point contest

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2020 – Defending champion Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets and NBA All-Stars Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks will participate in the 2020 MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the United Center in Chicago. The eight-player field for the two-round, timed shooting competition also includes Davis Bertans of the Washington Wizards, Devonte’ Graham of the Charlotte Hornets, Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls and Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat. The 34th MTN DEW 3-Point Contest is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which also features the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and AT&T Slam Dunk.  All-Star Saturday Night will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the United States at 8 p.m. ET.  NBA All-Star 2020 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. The 2020 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest features a new look with the addition of two shots in the “MTN DEW Zone” – two locations positioned equidistant between the traditional racks at the top of the 3-point arc and the adjacent “wing” rack.  Each of the two ball pedestals in the MTN DEW Zone is located 6 feet behind the 3-point line and holds one special green ball, the “3-Ball.”  Shots made with the green ball are worth three points.  Click here for a diagram showing the location of the MTN DEW Zone.      In addition to the two new shots, the MTN DEW 3-Point Contest will continue to have five main shooting locations – four racks containing four official NBA game balls (each worth one point) and one multicolored “money” ball (worth two points) as well as one special “all money ball” rack.  Every ball on the all money ball rack, which each participant can place at any of the five traditional shooting locations, is worth two points. With the addition of the MTN DEW Zone, the number of balls in a round has increased to 27 from 25, the amount of time in a round has expanded to 70 seconds (1:10) from 60 seconds (1:00) and the maximum possible score in a round has risen to 40 points from 34 points.  The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round.  The player with the highest score in the championship round is the winner of the 2020 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest.  Click here for a complete explanation of the rules. Here is a closer look at the 2020 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest participants: • Davis Bertans, Wizards (1st appearance): In his first season with Washington, the 6-10 forward from Latvia is fourth in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (3.6) and leads the league in catch-and-shoot 3-pointers made per game (3.1).  Bertans is shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks 10th in the NBA and is identical to his full-season mark with the San Antonio Spurs last season. • Devonte’ Graham, Hornets (1st appearance): Playing his second NBA season, Graham ranks fourth in the league in 3-pointers made with 176.  He was selected to play for the U.S. Team in NBA Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 14 during NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago.   • Joe Harris, Nets (2nd appearance): Last year, Harris became the second NBA G League veteran to win the 3-Point Contest, joining 2009 champion Daequan Cook.  Harris, who led the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage last season, is shooting better than 40.0 percent from beyond the arc (40.5) for the third consecutive season. • Buddy Hield, Kings (2nd appearance): Hield was one of three players to reach the final round in the 2019 MTN DEW 3-Point Contest, along with Harris and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry.  In his fourth NBA season, Hield has made the third-most 3-pointers in the league with 186. • Zach LaVine, Bulls (1st appearance): LaVine has already set a career high for 3-pointers made in a season with 154.  A two-time AT&T Slam Dunk champion (2015 and 2016), LaVine is seeking to become the first player to win both the Slam Dunk and the 3-Point Contest. • Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (3rd appearance): Lillard, who earned his fifth NBA All-Star selection this season, ranks third in the NBA in scoring (29.8 ppg) and second in 3-pointers made (192).  In his last six games, Lillard has averaged 48.8 points and 8.2 3-pointers made per game and shot 57.0 percent from beyond the arc.   • Duncan Robinson, Heat (1st appearance): The undrafted Robinson ranks fifth in the NBA in 3-pointers made (165) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (43.9) in his second season.  An NBA G League veteran, Robinson tied a Miami franchise record by making 10 3-pointers against Atlanta on Dec. 10. • Trae Young, Hawks (1st appearance): The NBA’s fifth-leading scorer (29.2 ppg) has made the same number of 3-pointers in 46 games this season as he did in 81 games last season (156).  In his second season, Young was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game and a participant for the U.S. Team in NBA Rising Stars.    .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 5th, 2020Related News

Irving hits 54 points in honor of Kobe

New York—Kyrie Irving channeled his inner “Mamba mentality” by torching Chicago for 54 points on Friday as the Brooklyn Nets crushed the Bulls 133-118 at Barclays Center......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsFeb 1st, 2020Related News

Kyrie Irving honors Kobe with 54-point explosion against Bulls

     NEW YORK, USA – Kyrie Irving channeled his inner "Mamba mentality" by torching Chicago for 54 points as the Brooklyn Nets crushed the Bulls 133-118 at Barclays Center on Friday, January 31 (Saturday, February 1, Philippine time). Irving's electrifying performance saw him shoot 19-of-23 from the field as he made his first ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 1st, 2020Related News

NBA, fans pay tribute to trailblazing Bryant

Los Angeles—NBA players paid tribute to Kobe Bryant at Monday’s games, with the Minnesota Timberwolves recalling an iconic moment  in the late superstar’s legendary 20-year career......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 28th, 2020Related News

LaVine delivers late, Bulls edge Spurs 110-109

LaVine delivers late, Bulls edge Spurs 110-109.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 28th, 2020Related News

NBA: Hield rallies Kings to 133-129 OT win over Timberwolves

By JOE ZIEMER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Buddy Hield scored a career-high 42 points to help the Sacramento Kings rally from a 27-point deficit for a 133-129 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. De'Aaron Fox scored 22 for the Kings, putting back the rebound of his intentionally missed free throw as part of a 33-11 run over the final 5:42 of regulation. Andrew Wiggins had 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who lost their 10th consecutive game. With the Kings down three with 4.7 seconds left in regulation, Fox made his first free throw. He intentionally fired the second off the front of the rim, grabbed his own rebound and laid it in to tie the game with 3.6 seconds left. Hield scored 18 points in the final 4:36 of regulation on a night that featured tributes to his childhood hero, Kobe Bryant. Fox scored 17 points in the second half and overtime. Nemanja Bjelica finished with 20 points. The Timberwolves built their lead thanks to a franchise-record 23 3-pointers. Wiggins was 7 for 11 beyond the arc. Robert Covington had 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 23 for Minnesota. It was the first time three Timberwolves have scored 20 or more points in a game since Dec. 13. To open the game, both teams honored Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash. Minnesota took an 8-second backcourt violation and Sacramento took a 24-second shot-clock violation on the ensuing possession. While taking the 8-second violation, Wiggins placed the ball on the free throw line where Bryant scored to pass Michael Jordan for third place on the career scoring list on Dec. 14, 2014, at Target Center. Minnesota hit 10 of its first 15 3-point attempts and shot 14 for 23 from 3 in the first half. That set a franchise record for 3s in a half and helped the Timberwolves to a 68-50 halftime lead. The Timberwolves honored Bryant prior to tipoff with words from Towns, a video tribute and a moment of silence. Towns wore No. 24 and Covington wore No. 8 while being introduced as part of the starting lineup to honor Bryant. They donned their regular Nos. 32 and 33 before the opening tip. TIP-INS Kings: Forward Marvin Bagley III missed his third consecutive game with left foot soreness. ... Forward Richaun Holmes was out for the seventh straight game with right shoulder soreness. ... Kings coach Luke Walton was a teammate of Bryant's for nine seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Timberwolves: Guard Allen Crabbe did not play after suffering a left knee subluxation Saturday against Oklahoma City. ... Forward Jake Layman missed his 33rd consecutive game with a left toe sprain. Minnesota's eight first-quarter 3-pointers tied a franchise record for 3s in a quarter. UP NEXT Kings: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday, their first home game since Jan. 15. Timberwolves: At Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday to begin a two-game road trip......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 28th, 2020Related News

Zach LaVine scores 44 as Bulls beat Cavaliers 118-106

Zach LaVine scores 44 as Bulls beat Cavaliers 118-106.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 26th, 2020Related News

Bulls lose Finnish forward Markkanen for 4 to 6 weeks

NEW YORK, USA – Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen will be sidelined at least 4 to 6 weeks with a right pelvis injury, the NBA team announced Friday, January 24. The 22-year-old Finnish seven-footer underwent an MRI exam on his right hip on Thursday that revealed an early stress reaction ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 25th, 2020Related News

Lowly Hawks land guards Teague, Graham from Timberwolves

  WASHINGTON, USA – Struggling to escape the NBA's Eastern Conference basement, the Atlanta Hawks obtained guards Treveon Graham and Jeff Teague from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, January 16 in exchange for swingman Allen Crabbe. The Hawks have stumbled to a 9-32 start at mid-season, last in the East by two ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 17th, 2020Related News

Tatum and Brown lead Celtics to 113-101 win over Bulls

By Ken Powtak, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 21 points, Jaylen Brown 19 and the Boston Celtics coasted to a 113-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Enes Kanter had 15 points and nine rebounds, Kemba Walker added 14 points and Marcus Smart had 12 points for Boston, which won its second straight after a season-high three-game losing streak. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 30 points, including a couple of highlight dunks. Thaddeus Young added 17 points for Chicago, which has lost seven of eight. The Bulls trailed by 55-37 at halftime, but came out with a 17-5 run over the initial 4 minutes of the second half. Lavine had six points in the spree. Chicago cut its large deficit at intermission to six points twice in the third, the last 67-61 on Kris Dunn’s 3-pointer from directly in front of Boston’s bench, but the Celtics closed the quarter with an 8-2 spurt to take an 83-71 edge into the fourth. The Bulls never really threatened in the final quarter. They closed it to 95-84 with just under 6 minutes to play on Daniel Gafford’s put-back basket, but never tested Boston the rest of the way. TIP-INS Bulls: C Gafford returned to the lineup after missing the last four games with a sprained left ankle. … C Wendell Carter Jr. missed his fourth straight with a sprained right ankle. Celtics: C Daniel Theis missed the game with right knee soreness. … G Marcus Smart went to the floor early in the second quarter after banging his left knee into Ryan Arcidiacono’s right knee. Smart got up slowly after a short delay, but stayed in the game. He also was limping later in the quarter. TOTAL CONTROL The Celtics only trailed once in the game — 6-4 in the opening quarter — and that was just for 22 seconds. They opened their first double-digit lead (21-9) on Walker’s 3 pointer and shot 52.5 % in the opening quarter (21 of 40) en route to a 28-14 lead at the break. UP NEXT Bulls: Host the Wizards on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Beat Washington on the road in the clubs’ first game, 110-109, in overtime on Dec. 18. Celtics: Host the Pistons Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in the teams’ second meeting of the season. Boston won the first, 114-93, at home on Dec. 20 (Dec. 21, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2020Related News

Gilgeous-Alexander s first triple-double leads Thunder

By Joe Ziemer, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in his first triple-double, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Gilgeous-Alexander came in averaging 23.7 points in his previous 13 games but did much more than score in this one, also matching his career best in assists. Danilo Gallinari scored 30 points for the Thunder, who have won 12 of their past 15 games and six of seven on the road. He was 11 for 12 from the free throw line. Naz Reid scored 20 off the bench for Minnesota, which was still without Karl-Anthony Towns. Reid has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games. Robert Covington scored 18 points. The Thunder held a 63-60 lead at halftime. They went on an 11-2 run early in the third quarter and then a 10-3 burst midway through the third to push their lead into double figures. Oklahoma City led by as many as 18. Steven Adams had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Thunder. TIP-INS Thunder: Forward/center Nerlens Noel missed his fifth consecutive game because of a left ankle sprain. Guard/forward Andre Roberson (left knee injury recovery) has yet to play this season. ... Mike Muscala, who attended nearby Roseville High School, scored 11 points off the bench. ... Chris Paul was held without a point or assist in 15 first-half minutes and finished with 10 points and three assists. It was the first time in his career he did not record a point or assist in a half in which he played 10 or more minutes. Timberwolves: Towns has missed 14 games with a left knee sprain. He also was battling an illness Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). ... Forward Jake Layman missed his 25th straight game with a left toe sprain. ... Andrew Wiggins scored 10 points in the first half but was held scoreless in the second half. ... Minnesota had a three-game home win streak snapped. UP NEXT Thunder: Host Toronto on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Oklahoma City won the first meeting between the teams 98-97 in OT on Dec. 29 (Dec. 30, PHL time). Timberwolves: Host Indiana on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in the first meeting of the teams this season......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2020Related News

Harden hits milestone as Rockets beat & lsquo;Wolves

Los Angeles, United States—James Harden paced the Houston attack with a deft shooting touch, finishing with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists Saturday (Sunday Philippine time) as the Rockets routed the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 139-109......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 12th, 2020Related News

Harden hits milestone as Rockets stroll past T’Wolves

James Harden paced the Houston attack with a deft shooting touch, finishing with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists Saturday as the Rockets routed the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 139-109. Harden also nailed a stepback three-pointer with 6:30 left in the second quarter to record his 20,000th career point, becoming the 45th player in NBA […] The post Harden hits milestone as Rockets stroll past T’Wolves appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2020Related News