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NBA: Miami s Jones wins slam dunk contest; Hield tops 3-point shootout

CHICAGO (AP) —  Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable showdown that required two tiebreaker jams. Jones and Gordon each got a perfect 50 on both of their dunks in the final. Then they got two more perfect scores on their first jam in the dunk-off. Jones then took off from just inside the foul line and threw down a windmill jam with his left hand, drawing a 48 from the panel of five judges. After a short discussion with Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, Gordon brought out 7-foot-5 Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall and positioned him near the basket. He then took the ball from Fall's hands on his way to a thunderous dunk. The United Center gasped as the courtside NBA stars celebrated. But Gordon was awarded a 47, giving the victory to Jones. Gordon also lost a memorable dunk contest to Zach LaVine in 2016. Earlier, Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield made a late surge to win the NBA 3-Point Contest. Hield nailed a two-point money ball from the corner to finish with 27 points, edging Phoenix Suns All-Star Devin Booker by one in the final round. Hield is one of the few bright spots for struggling Sacramento, averaging 20.4 points while shooting about 39 percent from 3-point range. Washington's Davis Bertans opened the second and final round with a 22, before Booker eliminated him. Defending champion Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago's Zach LaVine were eliminated after they failed to crack the top three in the first round. Five racks with five balls each were set up around the perimeter — two in the corner, two on the wings and one up top. Four of those racks had four balls worth one point each plus a multi-colored two-point ball. The other had nothing but moneyballs. There were also two green balls worth three points set up six feet behind the 3-point line......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 16th, 2020Related News

Tatum lifts Celtics past LA Clippers in overtime

Washington---Jayson Tatum scored 39 points, two off his career-high, and Marcus Smart added 31 on Thursday to lift the Boston Celtics over the Los Angeles Clippers 141-133 in double overtime.   .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2020Related News

Numero 5 ni Garnett isasabit ng Celtics

SA first timeout ng 141-133 double-overtime win ng Boston kontra Clippers nitong Miyerkoles, iniha­yag ng Celtics na ire-retiro na ang No. 5 ni Kevin Garnett......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2020Related News

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

Tatum powers Celtics over Clippers in double OT

Jayson Tatum scored 39 points, two off his career high, and Marcus Smart added 31 on Thursday to lift the Boston Celtics over the Los Angeles Clippers 141-133 in double overtime. Tatum hit 14-of-23 from the floor, 5-of-10 from three-point range, and grabbed nine rebounds in more than 47 minutes while playing tough defense against […] The post Tatum powers Celtics over Clippers in double OT appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2020Related News

Booker to replace ailing Lillard in All-Star Game

  LOS ANGELES, USA – Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will take the place of injured Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard in the NBA All-Star Game and the three-point contest, league commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday, February 13. The nod from Silver gives Booker his first NBA All-Star selection in his ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2020Related News

Harden, Westbrook help Rockets beat Celtics 116-105

  By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 42 points, Russell Westbrook had 36 and the Houston Rockets snapped Boston's seven-game win streak with a 116-105 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday night. Houston broke it open with a 15-2 run that made it 116-98 with about two minutes left. Harden scored six points during the decisive stretch, and Danuel House had five. Boston had two turnovers and missed numerous shots to allow the Rockets to turn the close game into a one where coach Mike D’Antoni cleared the bench for the last minute with the game well in hand. Harden had eight rebounds and seven assists and Westbrook finished with 10 rebounds and five assists as Houston continued to go with a small-ball lineup after trading Clint Capela last week. The Rockets enjoyed a big advantage at the line, going 37 for 42 compared to 20 for 25 for the Celtics. Harden made 17 of 18 foul shots. Gordon Hayward had 20 points in Boston's first loss since Jan. 26. Jaylen Brown scored 19, and Jayson Tatum had 15 on 5-for-15 shooting. Harden, who scored 19 points in the third quarter to help Houston take control, picked up his fifth foul with about eight minutes left. But he was able to stay in the game and avoid fouling out. Robert Covington had 12 points and seven rebounds in his fourth game since he was acquired as part of a four-team trade that sent Capela to the Hawks. The Rockets were up by seven with about eight minutes left when Harden picked up three fouls in about 30 seconds. The Celtics then closed to 96-94 on Brown's 3-pointer and a dunk by Tatum with 5:40 to go. But Houston made five straight free throws to push the lead to 101-94 before making the big run to put the game away. TIP-INS Celtics: Kemba Walker received a technical foul in the second quarter for arguing with the officials. ... The Celtics had 18 turnovers. Rockets: G Eric Gordon missed his second straight game with a bruised left leg. ... P.J. Tucker received a technical foul in the second quarter for arguing a foul call. ... House had 17 points and nine rebounds. UP NEXT Celtics: Host the Clippers on Thursday night. Rockets: Visit Golden State on Feb. 20......»»

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

Davis, James power Lakers past Suns

Los Angeles, United States---Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds while LeBron James added 17 points as the Lakers breezed past the Phoenix Suns 125-100 to maintain their lead at the top of the Western Conference on Monday (Tuesday Philippine time)......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsFeb 11th, 2020Related News

Rondo, Davis lead Lakers to 125-100 rout of Suns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rajon Rondo’s Los Angeles Lakers teammates have been encouraging him to be more aggressive and shoot the ball instead of trying to distribute it to everyone. On Monday night, he took the advice to heart. The 13-year veteran point guard scored a season-high 23 points, including 15 in the second quarter, […] The post Rondo, Davis lead Lakers to 125-100 rout of Suns appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsFeb 11th, 2020Related News

Lakers overpower Suns to hold Western Conference No.1

  LOS ANGELES, USA – Anthony Davis recorded 25 points and 10 rebounds while LeBron James added 17 points as the Lakers breezed past the Phoenix Suns 125-100 to maintain their lead at the top of the Western Conference. Rajon Rondo added 23 points from the bench on a night when 6 ........»»

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

Rondo, Davis lead Lakers to 125-100 rout of Suns

Rondo, Davis lead Lakers to 125-100 rout of Suns.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 11th, 2020Related News

Murray scores 36, Nuggets finish season sweep over Suns

Murray scores 36, Nuggets finish season sweep over Suns.....»»

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

Streaking Raptors beat Pacers, Celtics down Hawks

LOS ANGELES, USA – Reigning NBA champiosn Toronto Raptors' mid-season surge continued with a franchise-record 13th straight victory after convincing a 115-106 win over the Indiana Pacers. Serge Ibaka scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have not lost a game since January 15 and beat the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 8th, 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

NBA injuries hit Celtics Walker, Kanter, Raptors Powell

NEW YORK, USA – Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell will be sidelined indefinitely by a broken left hand while Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter are sidelined by short-term injuries, their NBA clubs said. Powell suffered a fracture to the fourth metacarpal on his left hand in the 4th quarter ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 3rd, 2020Related News

Celtics beat 76ers to avoid season sweep

LOS ANGELES, USA – Jaylen Brown scored 32 points as the Boston Celtics won their sixth game in the last 7 with a 116-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, February 1 (Sunday, February 2, Manila time). Jayson Tatum tallied 25 points, Marcus Smart had 16 points, and Brad Wanamaker ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 2nd, 2020Related News

Thunder rally in final minutes, push past Suns 111-107

Thunder rally in final minutes, push past Suns 111-107.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 1st, 2020Related News

Deserving? Paul George, Devin Booker left out of NBA All-Star game

Most noticeably snubbed were the Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George and Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 31st, 2020Related News

Dear Kobe, from a Celtics fan

I hate you, Kobe, because after everything you did for basketball — and for me — I didn't even get the chance to thank you......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 29th, 2020Related News

Kobe Bryant’s death leaves NBA players, others in shock

NEW YORK (AP) — Kobe Bryant authored some of his most memorable moments at Madison Square Garden and made himself a centerpiece of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. Bryant was remembered for that and so much more Sunday after the five-time NBA champion, his teenage daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash. Tributes poured in […] The post Kobe Bryant’s death leaves NBA players, others in shock appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 27th, 2020Related News