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Cavaliers send Suns to franchise-record 16th straight loss

By Steve Herrick, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cedi Osman scored 19 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 11 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers sent the Phoenix Suns to a franchise-record 16th straight loss, 111-98 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). NBA-worst Phoenix (11-49) topped the record of 15 set March 2- April 1, 2018. The Suns' last victory was Jan. 12 (Jan. 13, PHL time) over Denver. Devin Booker scored 30 points for Phoenix, and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 23. The Suns have allowed at least 110 points in each game of the losing streak. Love played 22 minutes in his third game since returning from foot surgery and was 6-of-13 from the field. He played nearly 16 minutes Feb. 21 (Feb. 22, PHL time) against New York and sat out the final game before the All-Star break against Brooklyn two days later. The Cavaliers plan to steadily increase Love's minutes over the next several games as he rebuilds his stamina after missing over 50 games because of the surgery in November. Ante Zizic had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Cleveland trailed 72-71 late in the third quarter before taking control with a 12-0 run. The Cavaliers scored 34 points in the fourth quarter, leading by as much as 17. TIP-INS Suns: F T.J. Warren (sore right ankle) missed his 11th straight game. He worked out at Quicken Loans Arena but has not progressed beyond shooting drills. ... Interim co-general manager James Jones accompanied the team to Cleveland. He spent the final three seasons of his career with the Cavaliers and was a member of their 2016 NBA championship squad. Cavaliers: Love picked up four fouls in the first half. .... F Tristan Thompson (sore left foot) practiced Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), but missed his 14th straight game. LOOKING AHEAD Cleveland (13-46) has the second-worst record in the East. Both teams are in line for a prime spot in the May 14 (May 15, PHL time) draft lottery. The league's three worst teams will have a 14 percent chance for the first pick in the draft and a chance to take Duke star Zion Williamson. UP NEXT Suns: At Atlanta on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Cavaliers: Host Memphis on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 22nd, 2019Related News

Curry breaks out of slump, helps Warriors beat Suns

By BOB BAUM,  AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Curry shook off a poor shooting performance by scoring 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors finally broke open a tight game to beat the Phoenix Suns 117-107 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Klay Thompson scored 25 points for the Warriors, who beat the Suns for the 18th consecutive time. Kevin Durant added 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins 18. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 25 points and Deandre Ayton 23 for Phoenix, which was without scoring leader Devin Booker due to a tight right hamstring. Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson added 19 apiece for the Suns, who led 85-82 entering the final quarter. Golden State's Draymond Green was ejected after drawing his second technical between the third and fourth quarters. The matchup of the teams at the top and bottom of the Western Conference standings was a lot closer than anticipated — and in large part because it took Curry a while to find his stroke. Through three quarters, Curry was 2-of-12 shooting, including 1 of 8 on 3-pointers. But in the fourth quarter, he was 4 of 5, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. Down 94-88, Golden State took control with a 13-0 run — capped by Curry's 3-pointer that put the Warriors up 101-94 with 5:46 remaining. Richaun Holmes' tip-in cut the lead to 101-98 with 4:58 left. But Curry responded with another 3 and Golden State pulled away from there. Phoenix shot out to a 26-9 lead but the Warriors cut it to 31-26 after one quarter. Green's driving layup capped a 13-3 Golden State run that put the Warriors up 60-51 before Oubre's tip-in sliced the Warriors' lead to 60-53 at the break. Phoenix opened the second half with an 11-4 spurt to tie it at 64-64 and it stayed tight the rest of the third quarter. Oubre made one free throw with 4.9 seconds left, missed the second and grabbed the rebound for a dunk that put the Suns up 85-82 entering the final quarter. TIP-INS Warriors: Their 18-game win streak against Phoenix is the second-longest active streak against a single opponent behind only Oklahoma City's 21-game run against Philadelphia. ... Golden State drew three first-half technical: on Green, Cousins and Shaun Livingston. Suns: Booker missed his 15th game of the season. ... Phoenix also was without T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) and De'Anthony Melton (right ankle sprain). ... Ayton's 818 points through 50 games are third-most in team history, behind Walter Davis (1,169) and Alvan Adams (935). UP NEXT Warriors: host Miami on Sunday night. Suns: at Sacramento on Sunday......»»

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

Mitchell, Jazz beat Suns 116-88

By John Coon, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points and Joe Ingles had a career-high 11 assists, leading the Utah Jazz to a 116-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 12 rebounds as Utah won for the fifth time in seven games. Ingles and reserve Royce O'Neale each finished with 15 points. Phoenix committed 22 turnovers in its 12th straight loss. Josh Jackson matched his season high with 27 points, and DeAndre Ayton had 20 points and nine rebounds. The Suns closed to 75-71 on a three-point play by Kelly Oubre Jr. with 57.1 seconds left in the third quarter. But the Jazz responded with a 9-0 run. O'Neale's three-pointer made it 84-71 with 10:58 left. The Jazz led by as many as 28 points in the fourth. TIP-INS Suns: G Devin Booker was sidelined by right hamstring tightness. ... Jackson scored at least 25 points for the third consecutive game. This is the first time Jackson has had three straight 25-point games in his NBA career. ... Phoenix went 3-of-17 from three-point range. Jazz: Raul Neto returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a left groin strain. He finished with three points and two assists in 10 minutes. ... Ingles registered a double-double in points and assists for the first time this season. ... Utah finished with a 43-36 edge on rebounds. UP NEXT Suns: Host the Golden State Warriors on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Jazz: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2019Related News

Defending champ Booker up against Curry brothers; Dirk in 3-point contest - The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Defending champion Devin Booker will go up against Curry brothers Stephen and Seth as well as NBA veteran Dirk Nowitzki in the All-Star weekend three-point contest later thisREAD The post.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsFeb 7th, 2019Related News

Defending champ Booker up against Curry brothers, Dirk in 3-point contest

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Defending champion Devin Booker will go up against Curry brothers Stephen and Seth as well as NBA veteran Dirk Nowitzki in the All-Star weekend three-point contest later this month, the league said Tuesday, February 5 (Wednesday, February 6, Manila time). Phoenix Suns star Booker won last year's ........»»

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

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Suns 118-110

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — James Harden scored 44 points — his 20th 40-point game of the season — and the Houston Rockets beat Phoenix 118-110 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) to hand the Suns their season-worst 11th straight loss. Harden joined Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Rick Barry as the only players with 20 games of at least 40 points in the first 50 of a season. Harden, who also had eight rebounds and six assists, extended his streak of games with at least 30 points to 27, third-longest in NBA history. Chris Paul scored 18 and Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who were without two starters. Josh Jackson scored 25 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. 23 and Devin Booker 19 for the Suns. Deandre Ayton added 15 points and 11 boards. The Suns never led but stayed close through the first half before falling behind by as many as 20 in the third quarter. Phoenix cut it to single digits on several occasions in the fourth only to be thwarted by a basket from Harden or Paul. Harden scored 14 in the final quarter. Up by six at halftime, the Rockets opened a big lead in the third quarter. Harden sank a three-pointer from the corner and Faried dunked a rebound to cap a 13-4 run that put Houston up 84-68. The Rockets boosted the lead to 20 three times in the quarter, the last at 94-74 on Paul’s two free throws with 1:02 left. But Phoenix finished the period on a 6-0 spurt as Oubre’s three-pointer at the buzzer cut the Rockets’ advantage to 94-80 entering the fourth. The run reached 10-0 when Phoenix scored the first four of the final quarter, making it 94-84 on Oubre’s dunk with 10:57 to play. But Harden sank a pair of triples in an 8-0 run and Houston led 101-88 with 7:05 remaining. The Suns kept it close in the first half, despite Harden’s 22 points, five assists and five rebounds. Harden scored inside twice to ignite a 9-2 spurt that put Houston up 50-42 on Paul’s wide-open three with 6:03 left in the half. Austin Rivers’ three gave Houston its biggest lead of the half, 57-46, with 3:21 left. The Rockets led 63-57 at the break. TIP-INS Rockets: Through 50 games, Harden has 658 three-point attempts, seventh-most for an entire season in NBA history. ... Houston was without Eric Gordon (right knee soreness) and Clint Capela (right thumb injury). ... Five former Suns are on the Rockets’ roster: P.J. Tucker, Gerald Green, Marquese Chriss, Brandon Knight and Danuel House Jr. That’s not counting Rivers, waived by the Suns immediately after he and Oubre came over from Washington in a trade for Trevor Ariza. Suns: Phoenix again didn’t have T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) and De’Anthony Melton (right ankle sprain). ... The Suns have lost 10 straight at home to Houston. They last beat the Rockets in Phoenix on April 15, 2013. UP NEXT Rockets: Play at Sacramento on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Suns: Play at Utah on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 5th, 2019Related News
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Smith returns as starter, Mavericks hold off Clippers 106-98

By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Dennis Smith Jr. had 17 points and eight rebounds in his return after a week away from the team amid trade talk, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-98 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Smith had two of his four assists on a layup and alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter for DeAndre Jordan, who had 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in his third game against the team with which the 6'11" center from Texas spent his first 10 seasons. Rookie sensation Luka Doncic, whose sudden emergence has clouded Smith's future in just his second season with the Mavericks, matched Smith with 17 points, including a key jumper with Dallas hanging on to a late lead in just its third win in 10 games. Patrick Beverley scored 16 points while Avery Bradley and Lou Williams had 15 apiece for the Clippers, who lost for the sixth time in seven games coming off a win in San Antonio that ended a season-long five-game losing streak. Harrison Barnes stopped a recent three-point shooting slump by making 3-of-5 from long range, including one for the biggest Dallas lead at nine points with less than a minute remaining. Barnes led Dallas with 20 points. The Clippers missed 16 straight shots in the second half, including their last 15 of the third quarter. But they still led 88-83 in the fourth before going 4-of-16 to finish the game. They shot 36 percent overall. Smith and Doncic shared the floor for the final 2:14, with Smith starting that stretch with a long pass to Jordan for the dunk. Soon after, Doncic worked methodically for a jumper for a 101-93 lead with 1:22 to go. The 21-year-old Smith had missed six straight games. The first three were listed as back tightness, but the last three were officially for illness as trade talk percolated. He missed a two-game road trip and was away from the team for its most recent home game last Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). The Clippers finished the third quarter shooting 17 percent (4-of-23). Despite the woeful shooting, they were tied at 73-all before Dirk Nowitzki hit a three-pointer and Devin Harris had a driving layup for a 78-73 Dallas lead going to the fourth. Nowitzki, in his record 21st season with the same franchise, made 2-of-4 from long range and finished with eight points. The 40-year-old played 10 minutes, right on his season average. TIP-INS Clippers: Williams returned after missing two games with a hamstring issue. He was 5-of-16 from the field, including 1-of-6 from three. ... Leading scorer Danilo Gallinari missed his second straight game with back spasms. Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews was 1-of-4 from three-point range and needs two more from long range to become the first undrafted player with 1,500 career three-pointers. ... Doncic and Smith struggled from long range, combining to go 1-of-14 with several shots that missed the rim. ... Doncic had seven rebounds and six assists. UP NEXT Clippers: At Miami on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), with LA trying to avoid getting swept in two-game season series for second straight year. Mavericks: Both of this season's meetings with the Pistons are in the coming week, Friday in Dallas and Jan. 31 in Detroit (Saturday and Feb. 1, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 23rd, 2019Related News

Towns, Timberwolves rout short-handed Suns 118-91

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Karl-Anthony-Towns had 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves took an early lead and rolled past the short-handed Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Josh Okogie added a career-high 21 points for the Timberwolves, who beat the Suns for the second time in a row, following a 116-114 win in Minneapolis on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), when Derrick Rose sank the game-winner on a drive at the buzzer. In both games, Phoenix was without centers Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) and Richaun Holmes (right foot sprain). Devin Booker scored 14 for Phoenix before he and Minnesota's Gorgui Deng were ejected with 5:24 left in the third quarter. Phoenix already trailed by 20 by then. Josh Jackson had a season-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its fifth straight. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 13 and Dragan Bender, who started at center, had 12 points and 10 boards. Andrew Wiggins scored 17 and Jerryd Bayless 14 for Minnesota. It was a far cry from the tight game the teams played two days earlier. The Suns never led and were down by as many as 30 in the second half. Phoenix trailed only 44-42 after Bender's three-pointer midway through the second quarter but the Timberwolves outscored the Suns 20-7 the final 6:33 of the half to lead 64-49 at the break. Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the first quarters. Minnesota stretched it to 80-60 on Bayless' fourth triple of the night with 6:52 left in the third quarter. The Timberwolves led 82-62 with 5:24 left in the third quarter when Booker and Dieng got into a brief altercation, with Booker getting knocked down and responded with a hand to Dieng's face. After a video review, both were ejected. Since Booker is averaging 24.5 points per game and Dieng 5.4, Minnesota got the obvious advantage of that one. TIP-INS Timberwolves: Jeff Teague missed the game with left foot soreness. ... Tyus Jones missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle. ... Timberwolves have another pair of consecutive games against the same opponent next week, against Utah on Friday and Sunday (Saturday and next Monday, PHL time). ... Minnesota has won 6-of-9 games. ... Timberwolves won the season series 2-1. Suns: Phoenix has had four stretches of at least five losses in a row this season. ... Booker drew a technical foul from the bench in the second quarter. ... Oubre snapped a string of seven straight games of at least 14 points, longest such stretch of his career. .... Booker is averaging 24 points and a career-high seven assists. James Harden and LeBron James are the only others to have done that so far this season. UP NEXT Timberwolves: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Suns: Host Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 23rd, 2019Related News

Rose saves the day, Timberwolves beat Suns 116-114

By Andres Ybarra, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Rose hit an 18-footer with 0.6 seconds left to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Rose scored 29 of his 31 points in the seconds to help Minnesota overcome an 11-point deficit. THE KID FROM CHICAGO COMES UP CLUTCH 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹@budweiserusa Legendary Moment pic.twitter.com/hGOYIaRG4u — Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 21, 2019 Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 of his 30 points in the first half for Minnesota. With Towns struggling against double-teams in the second, Rose kept the Wolves in the game on 11-for-18 shooting in the half. T.J. Warren led Phoenix with 21 points and Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre, Jr. each added 18. Warren's last-second corner three hit off the side of the backboard. The Suns lost all four on their trip to fall to 4-20 on the road this season. Taj Gibson dunked to pull Minnesota within one with less than a minute to play. Towns intercepted a bad pass from Booker, and Rose hit the second of two foul shots to tie it at 114 with 30.5 seconds to play. Gibson grabbed the loose ball after Booker lost it on Phoenix's next possession, setting up Rose's winning shot. With the shot clock off and the crowd on its feet, Rose calmly dribbled down the clock against Mikal Bridges before pulling up and hitting the final shot. TIP-INS Suns: C Deandre Ayton (ankle) and F Richaun Holmes (foot) were out after suffering injuries Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in Charlotte. C Dragan Bender made his first start of the season and had 12 points. ... Veteran guard Jamal Crawford, who played last season in Minnesota, was active and on the bench for his 1,300th career game. He missed the previous three games with a sore left knee. "His experience, his voice, his presence, the wisdom he's sharing in the locker room when the coaches are not around, it's priceless for the group and we're thrilled to have him," coach Igor Kokoskov said before the game. Timberwolves: F Robert Covington (bruised knee) and G Tyus Jones (ankle) remained out, missing their ninth and second games, respectively. UP NEXT The teams meet again Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) in Phoenix......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 21st, 2019Related News

Siakam scores winning basket, Raptors beat Suns 111-109

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored the winning basket just before time expired and the Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 111-109 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Serge Ibaka put Toronto up 109-107 on a hook shot with 47 seconds left, but Mikal Bridges tied it with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining. Toronto gave the ball to Siakam, whose driving shot bounced off the backboard and fell through the rim as time ran out. The basket was confirmed following a video review. Pascal Siakam attacks and flips in the #TissotBuzzerBeater to win it for the @Raptors! #ThisIsYourTime #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/EyCOLXhBO2— NBA (@NBA) January 18, 2019 Siakam had 10 points and 12 rebounds, Ibaka scored 22 points and Kyle Lowry had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have won eight straight at home and 6-of-7 overall. Devin Booker scored 30 points, Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 18 for the Suns. Fred VanVleet had 15 points and C.J. Miles returned after missing three of the previous four games because of a sore right hip to score 13 as Toronto swept back-to-back season series against Phoenix for the first time. Kawhi Leonard (rest) sat as the Raptors played the second game of a back-to-back, Lowry was originally expected to rest, but told coach Nick Nurse he wanted to play as he works his way back into shape after missing time with a sore back. The Raptors are an NBA-best 8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. This was their ninth of 12 such sets. Lowry finished with eight assists, giving him 5,002 for his career. He's one of 10 active players to reach the mark. Phoenix was up 78-77 to begin the fourth, but Toronto took the lead at 88-87 when the Suns' Josh Jackson fouled Toronto's Chris Boucher on a dunk with 7:50 to go. Jackson argued the call and was ejected after picking up his second technical foul. After video review, the foul on Boucher was ruled flagrant. Toronto made both its foul shots and got the ball back, with Lowry hitting a triple to put the Raptors up 95-87. The Raptors made 13-of-20 shots from the field in the first, including shooting 4-of-9 from three-point range, to lead 32-20 after one. Ayton scored seven points and Booker had six as the Suns closed the gap. Phoenix trailed 57-49 at halftime. TIP-INS Suns: Jackson scored seven points in 19 minutes before being ejected. ... G Jamal Crawford (left knee) missed his second straight game. ... Phoenix F Quincy Acy was a second round pick by Toronto in 2012. Raptors: F OG Anunoby missed his second straight game for personal reasons. ... This was the first of three straight home games against Western Conference opponents. Phoenix will be followed by Memphis and Sacramento. ... G Patrick McCaw made his Toronto debut, going scoreless in six minutes. He signed with the Raptors last Thursday (last Friday, PHL time). UP NEXT Suns: Visit Charlotte on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Raptors: Host Memphis on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

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

Kelly Oubre, Deandre Ayton lead Suns past West-leading Nuggets

PHOENIX --- Kelly Oubre Jr. matched his career high with 26 points for the second time in three games and the Phoenix Suns beat the Denver Nuggets 102-93 on Saturday night, a victory for the team with the worst record in the Western Conference over the team with the best. Deandre Ayton added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who have won two of three with Devin Booker sidelined with back spasms. Oubre also tied his career best with 11 rebounds. Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Malik Beasley scored 20 points. Denver fell to just a half-game ahead of Golden State for best record in the West. The Suns took the lead for good late in the ...Keep on reading: Kelly Oubre, Deandre Ayton lead Suns past West-leading Nuggets.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 13th, 2019Related News

Clippers beat up on Suns again, win 121-111

By JACK MAGRUDER,  Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Marcin Gortat figures he is the beneficiary of coach Doc Rivers' New Year's resolution. Gortat had not played in the fourth quarter in the first 36 games of the season until the calendar turned, and he responded with his first double-double of the season when the Clippers extended their dominance of the Phoenix Suns with a 121-111 victory Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). "You never know with Doc," Gortat said after getting 18 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. "You just have to be ready. You earn your minutes. Obviously if you play well, you might earn a few more minutes. That's all I'm trying to do, help the team to win." Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams scored 21 points apiece and four other Clippers finished in double figures as they won their third straight against the Suns this season and their 11th straight in the series. Patrick Beverley scored 16 points for the Clippers, who led by 29 points in the second quarter. Beverley made four 3-pointers, Williams had three and Tobias Harris added two with his 16 points. Montrezl Harrell scored 15. "I loved how we started the game," Rivers said. "The way we can score, if we defend, it's hard for anyone to beat us." Devin Booker scored 23 points and T.J. Warren had 20 for the Suns, who lost their fifth straight. The Suns, down by 30 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, used 22-5 run fueled by seven points from Jamal Crawford and six by Josh Jackson to close to 91-78 entering the fourth quarter. Mikal Bridges' slam on the first possession of the period brought the Suns within 11, but Williams made two 3-pointers and a three-point play as the Clippers again pulled away. "We understand (Phoenix) is a young team," Williams said. "They are putting pieces together, trying to figure out their identity. So we just come in and play hard." The Clippers shot 51 percent from the field and held a 43-25 rebounding edge. Los Angeles outrebounded the Suns by 42 in the three meetings this season. "We don't have stupid great rebounders on this team," Gortat said. "Everybody has to rebound. We have to box out, hit somebody. "Make sure we are the guys who are hitting first. Then go get the ball. We have to make them miss and get the ball. Not every game is going to look that way, but today it worked perfectly. Reserves Richaun Holmes and Crawford had 16 points apiece for the Suns. Suns center Deandre Ayton had four points, tying a season low set in the first game against the Clippers on Nov. 28. He had three field goal attempts, five rebounds, three assists and four turnovers. "You know (coach) Larry Brown used to say, 'You need the touches, you go get it,'" Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. "(Three) touches? It's on all of us." The Suns fell behind early, a problem in their last several starts. Harris and Williams made two 3-pointers apiece in the first quarter, when the Clippers shot 71.4 percent and finished on a 23-6 run for a 38-19 edge. The Clippers led 63-34 on Gallinari's first 3-pointer with 4 minutes left in the half. It was 68-44 at halftime. Phoenix trailed Philadelphia by 22 points after 16 minutes of its 132-127 loss on Wednesday and was down by 17 at halftime of a 132-109 loss to Golden State on New Year's Eve. TIP-INS Clippers: The Clippers play six of their next seven games at home, only away for an over-night trip to Denver on Jan. 10. ... Boban Marjanovic, one of three Clippers to have a double-double against the Suns on Nov. 28, did not play. Suns: Ayton had double-doubles in nine of his previous 11 games, and he had nine rebounds in the other game in that stretch. ... The Suns are 5-16 at home. Only New York (4-12) has fewer home victories. ... Booker has seven 35-point games, tied for third in the league behind James Harden (15) and Stephen Curry (eight). BIG BENCH The Clippers' reserves had 61 points. They entered the game averaging a league-high 52.4 Williams and Harrell have not started a game this season, and Beverley flip-flopped with Avery Bradley on Nov. 20. All average at least 25 minutes a game, and Williams (18.2) and Harrell (15.7) are the Clippers' third- and fourth-leading scorers. "'Trez' could start, we know that. Lou could start," Rivers said. "The fact that they are OK coming off the bench is the first key. I do think it takes a special mindset for a guy to want to do that and then guys who accept to do that. We have that." UP NEXT Clippers: Host Orlando on Sunday. Suns: Host Charlotte on Sunday......»»

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

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

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

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

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

Curry s 34 points help Warriors scorch Suns, 132-109

By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Kevin Durant added 25, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 132-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). The Warriors beat the Suns for the 17th straight time, including eight in a row in Phoenix. Golden State was 14-for-28 on three-pointers, with Curry going 5-of-9. Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost 5-of-6. T.J Warren added 24 points and Devin Booker 20. Golden State led for all but one minute, 17 seconds of the first quarter, and went ahead 39-31 on a three from Curry with 10 minutes to go in the second. Curry had 12 points in the second quarter and added a team-high nine rebounds for the game. The Suns scored the next eight points to tie it, and were even at 45 before the Warriors closed out the half on a 24-7 run. A triple from Andre Iguodala, a layup and free throw from Jonas Jerebko and Iguodala’s pair of free throws gave the Warriors a 69-52 lead at the break. Ayton’s hook shot with 6:19 left in the third quarter cut the Warriors’ lead to 82-72, but Golden State took control again. A three and two free throws from Durant gave the Warriors a 100-81 lead with 1:38 to play. Quinn Cook knocked down a triple just before the third-quarter buzzer for a 108-87 lead, and Curry’s two three's early in the fourth quarter helped Golden State go up by 27 points. DEFENDING DEANDRE The Warriors, in the absence of a true big man, used starters Kevon Looney and Draymond Green plus Jordan Bell off the bench to guard the 7'1" Ayton. No Golden State defender on Ayton was taller than 6'9". Bell was the most physical of the group and was rewarded with extended minutes. He blocked Ayton’s shot under the basket in the third quarter and forced Ayton to work at the other end by making all five shots he took for a season-high 10 points. TIP-INS Warriors: For the 10th time this season, the Warriors’ starting lineup was Durant, Green, Looney, Klay Thompson and Curry. They’re 6-4 with that group. ... Curry has scored 30 or more points in 13 games this season. ... The Warriors’ point total was the third-highest in a game this season. Suns: Backup C Richaun Holmes missed the game due to illness, the second game in which he’s not played this season. That opened up minutes for seldom-used Dragan Bender, who played for the first time since Dec. 17 (Dec. 18, PHL time) and scored for the first time since Dec. 11 (Dec. 12, PHL time), 10 games ago. ... F Josh Jackson fouled out late in the third quarter and played only 14 minutes, his lowest total since Nov. 21 (Nov. 22, PHL time). ... C Eric Moreland made his Suns debut when entered the game in the fourth quarter. Moreland signed with Phoenix on Dec. 10 (Dec. 11, PHL time). UP NEXT Warriors: Host Houston Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Suns: Host Philadelphia Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), the fourth game of a season-high seven straight at home.  .....»»

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

Westbrook scores 40, Thunder pull away to beat Suns

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 40 points, 15 in the game's final 6.5 minutes, and the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled away to beat the Phoenix Suns 118-102 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Dennis Schroder scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Thunder snapped a two-game skid despite the absence of Paul George, who missed his first game of the season due to a right quad contusion. Abdel Nader scored a career-high 18 for the Thunder. Devin Booker had 25 points and 10 assists for the Suns, had a three-point lead after three quarters but were outscored 37-18 in the fourth. T.J. Warren scored 19 and Deandre Ayton 16 for Phoenix, which had won five of its previous seven games after opening the season 4-24. The Thunder swept the four-game season series from the Suns. Schroder scored 10, including a pair of three's, in what proved to be the decisive 17-2 fourth-quarter run that put Oklahoma City ahead 102-88 with 6:09 to play. Westbrook capped the outburst with a triple and pretty much took over the game from there. The Suns' reserves were the main contributors in a 16-4 second-quarter run. Nader converted a three-point play then scored again inside to put the Thunder up 43-35 with 10:02 left in the first half. But Josh Jackson sank a 19-footer, followed by a three-pointer, to ignite the surge. Booker also hit a three-pointer and Mikal Bridges scored from the baseline to put the Suns ahead 51-47 with 5:22 to go. There were five lead changes the rest of the half, with Oklahoma City leading 58-57 at the break. Phoenix scored the first six points of the second half to lead 63-55 and was up 82-77 after Warren's 3-pointer, but Raymond Felton's steal and layup cut it to 82-79. The Suns led 84-81 entering the fourth. TIP-INS Thunder: Terrance Ferguson left the game due to stomach illness in the first quarter. Alex Abrines missed his second straight game due to stomach illness. ... Oklahoma City has not lost three in a row since starting the season 0-4. ... Thunder have beaten Phoenix six straight times. ... George had started all 33 games this season. ... Schroder made 3-of-12 shots in the first three quarters, 5-of-6 in the fourth. Suns: The Suns opened a season-long, seven-game home stand after a 3-2 road trip. ... Booker missed his first six shots and was 1-for-7 shooting in the first quarter but with six assists. ... Phoenix had won more games in the last seven than it had in the previous 28. ... Kelly Oubre Jr. was 2-of-8 shooting, 0-of-4 on three's, for four points in his home debut for the Suns. UP NEXT Thunder: At Dallas on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Suns: Host Denver on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

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

Beal triple-double leads Wiz to 149-146 3OT win vs Suns

By Ian Quillen,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal had 40 points and his first career triple-double to lift the Washington Wizards over the Phoenix Suns 149-146 in triple-overtime Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). With All-Star point guard John Wall sidelined due to illness, Beal scored 10 points in the third overtime, including a slicing layup that made it 146-144 with 40 seconds left. He also had a career-high 15 assists and 11 rebounds. Thomas Bryant added a career-high 31 points, hit all 14 of his shots and made all three of his free throws. At one point, Bryant scored 16-of-18 points for Washington across a stretch of the first and second overtime. He also had 13 rebounds. Devin Booker had 33 points and 14 assists for the Suns, who ended their four-game winning streak after giving back a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 17 rebounds for his fifth consecutive double-double but fouled out midway through the second overtime. After going scoreless for nearly a 10-minute stretch in overtime, Beal scored eight straight points for Washington in the third extra period. Later, he cut through several defenders for a layup that gave the Wizards the lead for good, 146-144. Tomas Satoransky and Jeff Green combined to make 3-of-4 free throws, with Booker hitting a leaning shot on the other end. Booker tried to set up T.J. Warren for a tying three-pointer, but Warren's shot came after the buzzer. Beal missed a potential winning floater to end the first overtime period, and Booker had his shot from a similar spot rim out to end the second. TIP-INS Suns: F Kelly Oubre entered to an ovation from the Washington crowd with 5:02 left in the first. After playing his first three-plus NBA seasons with the Wizards, Oubre was traded with Austin Rivers to Phoenix for Trevor Ariza last week. ... Oubre had 20 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter or later. ... Ayton has 20 double-doubles, the most by a rookie this season. Wizards: Beal recorded double-digit assists for the second time this season after contributing 11 in a loss at New Orleans on Nov. 28 (Nov. 29, PHL time). UP NEXT Suns: Continue their road trip at Brooklyn on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Wizards: Visit Indiana on Sunday (Monday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 23rd, 2018Related News

NBA: Suns book first 2-game win streak of season

Devin Booker returned from a six-game absence to score 28 points and Phoenix beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-99 on Saturday night, giving the Suns a two-game winning streak for the first time in almost a year. NBA: Suns book first 2-game win streak of season Source link: NBA: Suns book first 2-game win streak of season.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Dec 17th, 2018Related News

Suns beat Wolves for first 2-game win streak of season

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker returned from a six-game absence to score 28 points and Phoenix beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-99 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time), giving the Suns a two-game winning streak for the first time in almost a year. Deandre Ayton had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, including 10 points and five boards in the fourth quarter, when Phoenix pulled away. T.J. Warren added 21 points for Phoenix. The Suns, coming off a victory over Dallas on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), last won two in a row on Dec. 26-29, 2017. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 for the Timberwolves but only seven in the second half. Derrick Rose added 25 for Minnesota, which finished 0-4 on a western road trip and is 2-12 on the road this season. The Suns played without Trevor Ariza after agreeing to trade him to Washington for Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced by either team. Neither team led by more than six points in a tight first half that ended with Minnesota up 58-56. Booker, who had been out with a strained hamstring, scored the first four in a 6-0 spurt that gave the Suns an 85-77 lead with 1:20 left in the third quarter. Josh Jackson's dunk capped the spurt on a fast break after Mikal Bridges' block of Andrew Wiggins' shot. Dario Saric sank a triple and Wiggins hit a 19-footer to cut the Suns' lead to 85-82 entering the final period. After Rose's basket to start the fourth quarter cut it to 85-84, Phoenix scored 11 straight, including Ayton's three-point play, to lead 96-84 on Warren's bank shot with 6:59 left. Rose scored five straight to make it a seven-point game but Ayton and Warren each scored inside and Minnesota never threatened seriously again. TRADE IN PROGRESS While the Suns wouldn't confirm the trade, Ariza was officially "not with the team." The deal is expected to be finalized on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), when the Suns are in New York to face the Knicks. TIP-INS Timberwolves: Taj Gibson was out for personal reasons. He had started every game this season. ... Minnesota is 0-11 on the road against Western Conference teams. ... Minnesota's only road wins are at Brooklyn and at Cleveland. ... Minnesota was 2-of-12 on three-pointers in the first half and finished 7-of-35. Suns: Phoenix's victory over Dallas on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) was its first of the season without Booker. ... Booker made seven of his first eight shots and finished 10-of-16. He had seven assists and seven rebounds. ... Jackson missed his first seven shots and finished 2-of-10 from the field UP NEXT Timberwolves: Host Sacramento on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Suns: At New York on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

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