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Kyrie Irving, Nick Kyrgios collab for sneaker crossover

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving and Australian tennis pro Nick Kyrgios are pouring their shared Aussie roots into an ambitious sneaker crossover. Both born in Australia, Irving and Kyrgios share a love for their heritage and a high esteem for one another. The mutual respect inspired a collaborative project that will have Kyrgios wearing a Kyrie 5-inspired Vapor X shoe in the Aussie Open in Melbourne. Irving already rocked his Vapor-inspired sneakers last Monday in the Celtics' 116-95 win over the Nets. Kyrgios' low-cut tennis version features the Kyrie 5's iconic Flytrap-inspired upper for a lockdown fit and a Vapor X outsole. The Nike Vapor X 'Kyrie 5' releases January 14......»»

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

Late surge lifts Lakers over Mavs; Bucks down Jazz | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Young stars Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball answered Los Angeles coach Luke Waltons call for more fire on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), leading the Lakers to a 107-97READ The post Late surge.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 9th, 2019Related News

Another solid night for Giannis Antetokounmpo as Bucks trip Jazz | Inquirer Sports

MILWAUKEE After not playing at all in the Milwaukee Bucks previous game, Thon Maker got a chance to shine in a hard-fought win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Maker had a season-high 15 points of.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJan 8th, 2019Related News

Celtics top sloppy Nets on Irving s return

Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games with an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures as the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets, 116-95......»»

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Leonard powers Toronto Raptors past Milwaukee Bucks, 123-116

Leonard powers Toronto Raptors past Milwaukee Bucks, 123-116.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 6th, 2019Related News

Raptors rebound to beat Bucks for first time this season

  LOS ANGELES, USA – Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam scored 30 points each as the Toronto Raptors used a balanced attack to outduel the Milwaukee Bucks, 123-116, in a battle of the top two NBA Eastern Conference teams. Leonard was back to his old self on Saturday night, January 5 (Sunday, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 6th, 2019Related News

Leonard, Siakam each score 30 points, Raptors beat Bucks

By Joe Totoraitis, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam each scored 30 points, with Siakam setting a career high, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 123-116 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in a matchup of the top two teams in the NBA standings. Serge Ibaka added 25 points and nine rebounds, Fred VanVleet had 21 points, and Danny Green 12 points and nine rebounds. The Raptors slowly took charge in the second and third quarters and withstood the Bucks' comeback attempt in the fourth. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 43 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee. Malcolm Brogdon added 15 points, and Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe each had 14. The Bucks had won five straight. Milwaukee was coming off a 144-112 victory over Atlanta on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), while Toronto had a day to rest following a 125-107 loss to the Spurs on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in Leonard's return to San Antonio. The Raptors put it away with a 15-2 run, taking a 110-98 lead on Siakam's wide-open triple from the corner with 5:14 to play. Trailing by as much as 13, the Bucks opened the fourth quarter with a 14-4 run, capped by Antetokounmpo's layup and three-pointer, and led 96-95 with 8:12 left. TIP-INS Raptors: C Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb dislocation) missed his 11th consecutive game. G Kyle Lowry (lower back pain) missed his sixth straight game. ... The last time Lowry and Leonard played together was Dec. 9 (Dec. 10, PHL time) against Milwaukee. Bucks: F Ersan Ilyasova scored three points in 13:23 minutes in his second game back from broken nose. ... G Sterling Brown was back after missing one game with a right ankle injury. UP NEXT Raptors: Host Indiana on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Bucks: Host Utah on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

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

Red-hot Hayward powers Celtics past Mavericks

LOS ANGELES: Gordon Hayward flirted with a triple-double as the Boston Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks 114-93 in what might have been Dirk Nowitzki’s final appearance at the Boston Garden….READ The post Red-hot Hayward powers Celtics past Mavericks appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Red-hot Hayward powers Celtics past Mavericks

      LOS ANGELES, USA – Gordon Hayward flirted with a triple-double as the Boston Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 114-93, in what might have been Dirk Nowitzki's final appearance at the Boston Garden on Friday, January 4 (Saturday, January 5, Manila time). Hayward had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists before heading ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 5th, 2019Related News

Bucks roll in Mike Budenholzer’s 1st game vs Hawks

MILWAUKEE --- The last thing the Milwaukee Bucks wanted on Friday was a grind-it-out game, with Eastern Conference rival Toronto coming to town the next night to complete a back-to-back set. No need to worry in Mike Budenholzer's first game against his former team. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in just 19 minutes, and the Bucks starters got plenty of rest in a 144-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Khris Middleton scored 19 points while hitting all four of his 3-point attempts. Malcolm Brogdon also scored 19 and point guard Eric Bledsoe added 14 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who led 43-14 after 12 minutes. "Obviously, the fi...Keep on reading: Bucks roll in Mike Budenholzer’s 1st game vs Hawks.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 5th, 2019Related News

Bucks roll 144-112 in Budenholzer s 1st game vs Hawks

By CHARLES F GARDNER,  Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Budenholzer's first game against the team he coached for five seasons was no contest. Budenholzer's Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 33-point halftime lead and coasted to a 144-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) for their fifth straight victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, and Khris Middleton scored 19 points while hitting all four of his 3-point attempts. Malcolm Brogdon also scored 19 and point guard Eric Bledsoe added 14 points and eight assists. Milwaukee (27-10) improved its NBA-best record and won for the ninth time in 10 games. The Bucks tied a season high for points in a game, equaling their total points against Sacramento on Nov. 4. Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Milwaukee starters did not play in the fourth quarter and got some rest before the Bucks' showdown with Toronto on Saturday night. The Bucks shot 55 percent from the field and were 14 of 40 from 3-point range. Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs in four of his five seasons with the team and his 2014-15 squad won 60 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals. The rebuilding Hawks (11-27) were no match for the Bucks, who led by as many as 38 points in the first half and held a 43-14 lead after the first quarter. Milwaukee took a 76-43 halftime lead. Milwaukee extended the lead to 46 points in the fourth quarter. DeAndre Bembry led Atlanta with 19 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 14 while hitting 4 of 9 3-pointers. TIP-INS Hawks: Atlanta has two rookies making major contributions: fifth overall pick Trae Young, acquired in a draft-night deal with Dallas; and 19th overall pick Kevin Huerter. Young, the former Oklahoma star and 6-foot-2 guard, entered Friday averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 assists. He had only two points in the first three quarters but finished with 13 points in 31 minutes. Huerter, who played at Maryland, scored a personal-best 22 points at Indiana on Dec. 31 and had 12 points in 44 minutes against Washington on Wednesday. "We played him 40 minutes in Indiana and he gets a career high," Pierce said. "It was kind of a lesson to me. Play him more. Get him more shots and his shot attempts have gone up in every month, so we're finding more productivity with more opportunity. So, it's my job to get him more opportunity." Huerter scored 10 points Friday. ... Former Bucks forward Miles Plumlee (left knee pain) was unavailable for the Hawks after being ruled out following the team's morning shootaround. Bucks: Veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking his nose in practice on Dec. 16. Second-year forward D.J. Wilson has played well in Ilyasova's absence, and Budenholzer said he wasn't sure how he would distribute playing time. "It's the hard part about our league," Budenholzer said. "When you have a roster with a lot of depth and a lot of good players, sometimes you have to make hard decisions. Sometimes you play a little bigger rotation. But we've certainly been happy with D.J., happy with Thon (Maker). Ersan is a veteran guy and we're happy to have him back. This league is amazing how opportunity is always right around the corner if someone isn't playing." Ilyasova drew a charge — his specialty — just 13 seconds after entering the game in the first quarter. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes. UP NEXT Hawks: Host Miami on Sunday. Bucks: Host Toronto on Saturday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 5th, 2019Related News

LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo top early NBA All-Star vote totals

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the first fan balloting updates announced Thursday for next month's NBA All-Star Game. Los Angeles Lakers star playmaker James received the most votes with 1,083,363 to pace the Western Conference frontcourt while Milwaukee Bucks forward Antetokounmpo led the Eastern Conference with 991,561 votes in the first fan ballot returns. Voting continues through January 21 with fan ballots counting 50 percent, current NBA players counting 25 percent and a media panel counting 25 percent to determining the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game on February 17 at Charlotte, North Carolina. All-...Keep on reading: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo top early NBA All-Star vote totals.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 4th, 2019Related News

Undermanned Sixers hold off Suns, Celtics pounce on T wolves

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Cameroon international Joel Embiid led the way for the Philadelphia 76ers with a 42-point display in a high-scoring 132-127 victory over the Suns in NBA action in Phoenix on Wednesday, January 2 (Thursday, January 3, Manila time). Embiid exploded for 30 points in the 1st half alone ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 3rd, 2019Related News

Leonards 45 points fuel Raptors over Jazz, Bucks win | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Kawhi Leonard poured in a career-high 45 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 122-116 NBA victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). WithREAD The post Leonards 45 poi.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 3rd, 2019Related News

Hayward leads Celtics past Timberwolves 115-102

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Gordon Hayward came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-102 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Terry Rozier scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter while making his third start of the season because Kyrie Irving scratched both of his eyes in Monday’s (Tuesday, PHL time) game against San Antonio. Hayward took over from there, with 13 in the second quarter and 15 in the third to finish with his highest scoring game with the Celtics. Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 of his 28 points — and grabbed five of his 12 rebounds — in the third quarter, when Minnesota trimmed a 22-point deficit to six points. But with about four minutes left the Celtics scored eight straight points to clinch their fifth straight win over the Wolves. Minnesota scored nine of the last 11 points in the first quarter to trim Boston’s 11-point lead to 25-21, and then opened the second with a step-back jumper from Wiggins. It was a four-point game when Boston ran off 16 points in a row to take a 47-27 lead. Boston led by as many as 22 in the third quarter before Towns scored 15 points during a 23-11 Minnesota run that cut the deficit to 10. He added five more in the final 90 seconds of the third to make it a six-point game. TIP-INS Timberwolves: The last time Minnesota won in Boston was March 6, 2005. Kevin Garnett was a starter in his first stint with the Wolves. Ricky Davis led the Celtics with 22 points. ... Robert Covington (right knee injury), Derrick Rose (right ankle sprain) and Jeff Teague (left ankle inflammation) were sidelined by injuries. ... Coach Tom Thibodeau called a timeout just 64 seconds into the game to settle his team down after giving up two quick baskets. Celtics: Improved to 2-1 with Rozier starting. ... Boston shot 60 percent in the first half and out-rebounded Minnesota 20-13. ... In addition to Irving, the Celtics were missing big man Aron Baynes, who missed his seventh straight game with a broken left hand. ... Hayward scored 30 against Minnesota a month ago when the teams last played, also coming off the bench. THAT SMARTS Boston guard Marcus Smart left in obvious pain after absorbing a pick from Towns early in the second half. He walked over by the Celtics bench with his right arm dangling at his side. After coach Brad Stevens called a timeout, Smart was ushered by the training staff into the tunnel to the locker room. But Smart was back with about four minutes left in the quarter, getting a big cheer when he rejoined his teammates on the bench. He re-entered the game late in the third and finished with two points and eight assists. The Celtics said it was a right shoulder strain. Marcus Morris Sr. left the game in the third quarter with a sore neck and did not return. HOMESTAND The Celtics returned home after a 1-2 road trip to Texas and Memphis. They play four straight and 15-of-19 games at home in January and don’t leave the Eastern time zone until Feb. 21 (Feb. 22, PHL time). UP NEXT Timberwolves: Home against the Magic on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Celtics: Host the Mavericks on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

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

IN NUMBERS: Brogdon, Curry chase records as NBA enters new year

MANILA, Philippines – New records will be made and old ones will be broken as the NBA approaches the new year.  Here are some interesting statistics to watch out for in 2019:  98.2 Talk about efficiency from the free throw line. Milwaukee Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon is shooting a staggering 98.2% from the charity ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 2nd, 2019Related News

Kawhi s 45 fuel Raptors over Jazz, but Bucks still on top

  LOS ANGELES, USA – Kawhi Leonard poured in a career-high 45 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 122-116 NBA victory ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 2nd, 2019Related News

Best, worst NBA teams for December 2018

By Khari Arnold, NBA.com Just when mock drafts were beginning to list the San Antonio Spurs as a certified lottery team -- something that hasn’t happened in over two decades -- a vigorous December stretch has Gregg Popovich’s squad clicking and back among the top eight in the Western Conference standings. The Spurs struggled severely in November, pairing their below-average offense with the NBA’s worst defense. They finished the month with a 5-10 record and sat 10-12 overall, just in front of the lowly Phoenix Suns. Injuries began to pile up, LaMarcus Aldridge struggled shooting and their ability to win on the road was nonexistent. While the latter issue still hasn’t been fixed, a shift occurred for the Spurs in December. San Antonio finished No. 1 in offensive efficiency during the last month of 2018 and ranked among the top 10 in defensive efficiency. Seeming to have found their rhythm, the Spurs shot a league-high 51.2 percent from the floor in December, boasted the NBA’s best Net Rating and closed the year out winning 10 of their last 13 games. Talk about ending a year on the right track. Here’s a look at the best records, offenses and defenses based on numbers from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31 (Dec. 2-Jan. 1, 2019, PHL time) only. Five best records Indiana Pacers: 12-3 Houston Rockets: 11-4 Milwaukee Bucks: 10-4 San Antonio Spurs: 11-5 Golden State Warriors: 10-5 The Pacers have quietly climbed to third in the Eastern Conference standings, holding the same amount of wins as the first-place Bucks. Five worst records New York Knicks: 2-12 Cleveland Cavaliers: 4-12 Detroit Pistons: 4-11 Phoenix Suns: 5-11 Memphis Grizzlies: 5-10 The sweepstakes for Zion Williamson, who played at Madison Square Garden in December, roll on. Top five offenses (Points scored per 100 possessions) San Antonio Spurs: 116.6 Boston Celtics: 115.5 Houston Rockets: 113.4 New Orleans Pelicans: 112.2 Minnesota Timberwolves: 111.6 While the Spurs are rolling, the hottest team in Texas -- and the NBA for that matter -- is Houston. James Harden is carrying the Rockets offense without Chris Paul at a historic pace. Bottom five offenses Chicago Bulls: 98.7 Orlando Magic: 101.7 Detroit Pistons: 102.4 Memphis Grizzlies 102.7 New York Knicks: 104.6 Dwane Casey's first year in Detroit hasn't gone according to plan -- yet at least. His offense committed the second-most turnovers per game in December. Top five defenses (Points allowed per 100 possessions) Indiana Pacers: 99.6 Utah Jazz: 100.5 Oklahoma City Thunder: 101.7 Milwaukee Bucks: 102.1 Miami Heat: 104.1 The Lakers, who had a top-three Defensive Rating in November, fell out of the top 10. Bottom five defenses Cleveland Cavaliers: 116.9 New York Knicks: 115.9 LA Clippers: 114.3 Atlanta Hawks: 112.6 Phoenix Suns: 112.4 The Clippers' defense is tumbling despite being in the playoff hunt. Top 10 individual scorers (Points per game) James Harden: 36.4 Paul George: 30.8 Anthony Davis: 29.6 Kawhi Leonard: 29.1 Stephen Curry: 28.1 Damian Lillard: 27.1 Bradley Beal: 26.5 Devin Booker: 26.2 Kevin Durant: 26.1 LeBron James: 25.8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 2nd, 2019Related News

Lopez has 25, Giannis monster dunk as Bucks beat Pistons

By Rich Rovito, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brook Lopez had 25 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo threw down a spectacular one-handed dunk and the Milwaukee Bucks cruised past the Detroit Pistons 121-98 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Khris Middleton had 22 points and Eric Bledsoe had 18 for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo had just 15 points, but his slam over Jon Leuer was the highlight of the night. Antetokounmpo blew past Andre Drummond, jumped and reached his right arm over a leaping Leuer for the slam during the first quarter. Did @Giannis_An34 just throw down the POSTER OF THE YEAR!?!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/anVvi6nNO6 — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 2, 2019 Milwaukee has won four straight and 8-of-9. The Bucks are an NBA-best 26-10. Blake Griffin had 29 points and nine rebounds, and Reggie Jackson scored 19 points for Detroit, which fell to 16-19. After leading 92-73 after three quarters, the Bucks built a 28-point lead midway through the fourth. Lopez made 7-of-12 shots from three-point range and capped off the night by nailing a shot from beyond the sideline hashmark in the fourth. The Bucks pulled away in the second quarter, leading by as many as 21 points. They held a 68-52 advantage at the break after making 70 percent of their first-half shots. Milwaukee made 15-of-20 shots (75 percent) to grab a 35-27 lead after the first quarter. Lopez made all three of his three-point attempts in the quarter. TIP-INS Pistons: C Zaza Pachulia (right lower-leg contusion) sat out and is also likely to miss Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) game at Memphis, coach Dwane Casey said. Pachulia had an MRI on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). ... G Ish Smith, who has been out since Dec. 7 (Dec. 8, PHL time) with an abductor muscle tear, is making progress in his rehabilitation. ... Griffin fell to the court early in the second quarter holding his knee at the same time teammate Jose Calderon writhed in pain after getting hit in the face. Later in the quarter, Griffin again fell to the floor, this time holding his face after colliding with Antetokounmpo. Bucks: F Ersan Ilyasova has returned to practice but remains out of game action after having surgery to repair a broken nose. Ilyasova hasn't played since Dec. 14 (Dec. 15, PHL time). ... Thon Maker received a technical foul in the fourth quarter for arguing. UP NEXT Pistons: Visit Memphis on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in the first matchup of the teams this season. Bucks: Host Atlanta on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) as Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer goes against his former team for the first time......»»

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Warriors scorch Suns, Spurs roll past Celtics

    LOS ANGELES, USA – The two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors closed out 2018 with a 132-109 victory over the Suns in Phoenix on Monday, December 31 (Tuesday, January 1, Manila time). Stephen Curry scored 34 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Kevin Durant added 25 points and Klay ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 1st, 2019Related News