Lowry scores 24 points as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio's mark of 19-2. LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home. It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. The Raptors won 97-94 at home on Dec. 9, 2015. San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili missed his second straight game because of a sore right thigh. Ginobili returned to Texas after the Spurs won at Brooklyn on Wednesday. The Spurs trailed 70-69 after a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes at 6:52 of the fourth, but DeRozan and Lowry connected on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 74-69 lead with 5:11 remaining. After a jump shot by Mills, Toronto reeled off a 6-0 run including baskets by Lowry, Valanciunas and DeRozan to lead 80-71 with 2:40 left. Another 3-pointer by Forbes made it 86-83 with six seconds left. DeRozan was fouled but missed both free throws, giving San Antonio a chance to tie, but the Spurs couldn't get a shot off in time. After making seven of 23 shots in the first quarter, the Raptors hit 11 of 20 attempts in the second, including a buzzer-beating jumper from DeRozan that gave Toronto a 44-37 lead at halftime. Toronto led 55-41 on DeRozan's three-point play at 7:33 of the third but Aldridge did all the scoring in an 8-0 Spurs run that cut the gap to 63-60 heading to the fourth. TIP-INS Spurs: Aldridge has 19 double-doubles this season, one more than he had all of last season. ... Kyle Anderson had 11 rebounds. ... Aldridge missed nine of his 11 shot attempts in the first half. Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) missed his second straight game. ... DeRozan had a team-leading six assists. ... Toronto FC forward and former MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco attended the game. UP NEXT Spurs: Host Indiana on Sunday. San Antonio has won three straight home meetings with the Pacers, but lost at Indiana earlier this season. Raptors: Visit Minnesota on Saturday. It's Toronto's final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent......»»

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Carroll scores 26, leads Nets past Heat, 101-95

NEW YORK -- DeMarre Carroll scored 26 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Miami Heat 101-95 on Friday night. Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing skid at Barclays Center and a seven-game home losing streak to the Heat. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each added 12 points for the Nets. D'Angelo Russell played 14 minutes and went 0-for-5 from the field for Brooklyn in his first action after missing 32 games following left knee surgery. Hassan Whiteside had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Goran Dragic scored 17 points for the Heat. LeVert made an acrobatic layup to give the Nets a 95-91 lead with 57.8 seconds remaining and then made a step-back jumper to ice the game at 97-91. Carroll hit a 3-pointer from the wing to give Brooklyn an 89-86 lead with 4:19 left. Brooklyn took a 79-77 lead with 8:57 remaining on a corner 3-pointer from LeVert. It was Brooklyn's first lead since the 5:41 mark of the first quarter. Miami took a 69-67 lead into the fourth quarter. Carroll helped Brooklyn slice the deficit with seven points in the third quarter. Whiteside led Miami with 15 points and eight rebounds at the half as the Heat took a 53-43 lead into the locker room. Carroll led Brooklyn with 11 points at the half. TIP-INS Heat: Coach Erik Spoelstra praised Dragic before the game. "He means everything to our team. In our eyes, he's having an All-Star season. There's a reason why we are where we are in the East, and he's a big part of it." ... Isaiah Whitehead (G-League assignment) and Jeremy Lin (ruptured patella tendon) were out for Brooklyn. Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson said Russell will play in short stints as he works his way back from left knee surgery. ... Tyler Johnson (left ankle), Dion Waiters (left ankle), Okaro White (left foot) and Rodney McGruder (left tibia) were out for Miami. UP NEXT Heat: Visit Charlotte on Saturday in the fourth of a five-game trip. Nets: Begin a five-game trip at Detroit on Sunday......»»

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Wizards score 45 in 3rd, beat Pistons 122-112

DETROIT (AP) — Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 26 points each, and the Washington Wizards scored 45 points in the third quarter before holding on for a 122-112 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The Pistons cut a 20-point second-half deficit to four in the fourth quarter, but John Wall made a big 3-pointer to put the Wizards up 107-100. Oubre added a four-point play a few possessions later to push Washington's lead to nine. Andre Drummond had 14 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists for the Pistons, who have lost four straight. Both teams were struggling coming into the game. The Wizards lost by 24 at Charlotte on Wednesday, and they fell behind by 15 in the first quarter at Detroit. It was tied at 46 at halftime, though. Then Washington dominated the third quarter, shooting 16 of 20 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Beal scored 13 points in the period and Wall, who was scoreless in the first half, added 10 in the third. The Wizards led 91-74 after three before Detroit rallied, with substitutes Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard and Anthony Tolliver helping lead the comeback. Wall finished with 16 points and 11 assists. LEUER'S ANKLE Detroit forward Jon Leuer told the Detroit News earlier Friday that he had decided to have season-ending ankle surgery. "He's tried everything to get back," coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game. "Did not want to go to the route of anything season-ending, right up to the very last day earlier this week. He gave it everything he could to try to get back." The 6-foot-10 Leuer has played in only eight games this season. TIP-INS Wizards: Beal scored at least 20 points for the 35th time this season. No guard in the Eastern Conference has done it more often. Pistons: Drummond had 14 rebounds in the first half and played almost the entire second before fouling out. UP NEXT Wizards: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Pistons: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday......»»

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Brooks, McLemore lead Grizzlies past Kings 106-88

CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored a career-best 22 points, Ben McLemore had a season-high 21 and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the skidding Sacramento Kings 106-88 on Friday night for their third consecutive win. The game marked Zach Randolph's first return to Memphis since spending eight years as a key figure in the Grizzlies' success. The power forward received a standing ovation when he was introduced with the starting lineups. The team showed a tribute video between the first and second quarters. Randolph finished with four points and six rebounds for the Kings, who have lost seven straight. Tyreke Evans added 14 points and Andrew Harrison finished with 12 for Memphis, which built its lead in the third quarter and coasted down the stretch. De'Aaron Fox led the Kings with 16 points and six assists, while Bogdan Bogdanovic and Vince Carter scored 15 each for Sacramento. Memphis clicked off a 22-7 run to open the second half, extending the lead to 15 before carrying a 67-59 advantage into the fourth. The Kings never really threatened the rest of the way. Neither team shot particularly well, both hitting at less than 37 percent through three quarters. Sacramento's 21 turnovers added to its problems. Memphis took an early 13-point lead but then fell into a poor shooting stretch. That contributed to the Kings tying the game 40-all at halftime. TIP-INS Kings: Randolph wasn't the only one back with recent ties to Memphis. Carter also played for the Grizzlies last season before signing with the Kings, and Sacramento coach Dave Joerger was the Grizzlies' coach until the end of the 2015-16 season. In addition, F Skal Labissiere played high school ball in Memphis. . The Kings have lost 14 of their last 15 games in Memphis. Grizzlies: Put together their first three-game winning streak since the opening three games of the season. . McLemore's previous season high was 17 points against Oklahoma City on Dec. 9. . Brooks has reached double figures in three straight games. UP NEXT Kings: Make their second stop on a six-game road trip Monday night at Charlotte. Grizzlies: At the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night......»»

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Eaglets survive scare from Baby Tams to seize playoff berth

STANDINGS Ateneo 10-0 NU 7-2 UST 5-4 FEU-Diliman 5-5 Adamson 4-5 DLSZ 3-6 UPIS 2-7 UE 1-8 For the first time in the 80th Season of the UAAP Juniors Basketball Tournament, Ateneo de Manila High School’s matchup went down the wire. Far Eastern University-Diliman put up the best fight the undefeated league-leaders have faced thus far, but team captain SJ Belangel and Joaqui Manuel came up big in a 68-65 decision, still in favor of the Blue Eaglets on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The three-point margin is the smallest the kids from Katipunan have registered after 10 games. It is also the first and only time their winning margin was not in double-digits. Dominant throughout the tournament, Ateneo was under siege after the first half and was down by eight before their team captain got together with Dave Ildefonso to outscore their opponents in the third, 15-10. Behind that 21-point quarter, they mounted a three-point lead heading into the final frame. There, last year’s Finals MVP L-Jay Gonzales came alive with all but two of his 12 points, but was quickly responded to by Belangel. In the endgame, it was then Manuel who took charge. In all, he had eight of his 12 points in the last seven minutes. He also had a total of 14 rebounds and four assists. Ildefonso chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds while Kai Sotto contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. While it was their first game that didn’t end in a rout, head coach Joe Silva said the close contest was actually good for them as it showed their character. Indeed, Ateneo is gladly taking the hardfought win as it already guarantees them a spot in the playoffs. At 10-0, they are also four more wins away from an elimination round sweep that automatically advances them into the Finals. On the other hand, the defending champions remain winless up against the three other contenders above of them in the standings in Ateneo, Nazareth School of National University, and University of Sto. Tomas. This, despite a strong showing from RJ Abarrientos who had 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. At 5-5, FEU-Diliman is in need to get a win run going as Adamson High School continues to lurk behind them. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME ATENEO 68 – Belangel 20, Sotto 16, Manuel 12, Ildefonso 11, Credo 9, Escalona 0, Chiu 0, Angeles 0, David 0, Jaymalin 0, Lopa 0 FEU-DILIMAN 65 – Abarrientos 16, Alforque 12, Gonzales 12, Torres 12, Sajonia 10, Celzo 0, Ona 1, Boc 0, Tolentino 0, Mariano 0 QUARTER SCORES: 10-20, 25-33, 46-43, 68-65 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Yeng Guiao denies hurling N-word at Chris Ross

MANILA, Philippines – Tempers flared late in San Miguel's 109-98 victory over NLEX on Friday, January 19, after Beermen's Chris Ross confronted Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao. With 1:46 left in the game, Ross stood in front of NLEX's bench and exchanged some words with Guiao.  It did not ........»»

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MANILA, Philippines — Francesca Racraquin turned in another superb all-around game as San Beda racked up its fourth straight win with a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25,.....»»

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Fiery Batang Pier rout weary Elite

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Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word

If there's one thing that San Miguel guard Chris Ross and NLEX coach Yeng Guiao have in common, it's that both of them don't want to lose. But the similarities end there as both figures find themselves always at war, much like on Friday when Guiao and Ross butt heads anew late in San Miguel's 109-98 win over NLEX. Things came to head with 1:46 mark of the fourth quarter and the game already decided.While Kevin Alas was at the charity stripe, Guiao and Ross traded barbsthat triggered a commotion among the players as they tried to come between the two. READ:SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEX Ross was ejected after he was attested with his second technical foul and refused to...Keep on reading: Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word.....»»

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D-League: Pasaol still feeling his way with new team

Alvin Pasaol had to wait a little longer before he got to make his debut for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League. He was fielded in at the 6:16 mark of the third period, but made most of his limited time on the floor with four points, two rebounds, a steal, and a block in his almost six minutes of action. "He was just with us since January 2 and he's pretty much still learning our system. It's a good thing that Alvin was able to deliver for us during those crucial stretches," said Marinero coach Koy Banal. Pasaol finished His contributions may have been scarce in his first game in the developmental league, but Marinerong Pilipino did enough to eke out a 94-92 win over Z...Keep on reading: D-League: Pasaol still feeling his way with new team.....»»

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Beermen remain perfect after scrappy affair with NLEX

San Miguel is just too good. The three-time defending champion Beermen went to work in the fourth period, simply overpowering the NLEX Road Warriors on their way to a 109-98 win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome. In a game that featured more than a couple of physical altercations and shouting matches, San Miguel relied on its superior star power to maintain a perfect 4-0 record. The Beermen's MVP tandem both submitted double-double performances to overcome NLEX's challenge. 2013 MVP Arwind Santos led the way for the champs. scoring 26 points on top 13 rebounds and four assists. Santos did his best work in the fourth, dropping 13 points in the period as the Beermen pulled away for good. Reigning four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo was dominant as well, going for 25 points and 16 rebounds.  Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter added 14 points apiece. "I know from the start that this will be an exciting game," head coach Leo Austria said. "With NLEX losing their last two games, we knew they will come out hard and it happened. They refused to lose because of their pride and experience," he added. With less than five minutes to go, things got testy as Mike Miranda was called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 for kicking Chris Ross in his nether regions. The Road Warriors paid for it dearly as the Beermen's six-point lead turned into 10 real quick after two free throws from Ross and a jumper from Marcio Lassiter in the same possession. Then Arwind dropped the dagger by hitting a booming triple with 3:42 to go for an 11-point lead. Before the game ended, Ross figured in another altercation, engaging with a shouting match against NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Ross was tossed after being called for his second technical foul in the game. His first was for second motion against Alex Mallari earlier in the second half. Meanwhile, Kiefer Ravena scored 15 points to lead NLEX but it wasn't enough to save the Road Warriors from a third straight defeat. Mallari, Raul Soyud, and JR Quinahan each added 12 points for the Road Warriors.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 109 — Santos 26, Fajardo 25, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 14, Pessumal 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, De Ocampo 4, Ross 4, Heruela 2, Mamaril 2, Semerad 2. NLEX 98 — Ravena 15, Mallari 12, Quiñahan 12, Soyud 12, Miranda 10, Tiongson 8, Fonacier 6, Uyloan 6, Al-Hussaini 5, Alas 5, Taulava 3, Baguio 2, Gotladera 2. Quarters: 31-24, 49-58, 74-74, 109-98.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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'I m not here to make any friends' --- Von after shove on Kiefer

In an interesting turn of events, former teammates and suppossedly good friends Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal got into it a little bit Friday during San Miguel and NLEX's matchup in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Things got heated early in the fourth quarter after Pessumal was called for a flagrant foul penalty 1 for shoving Kiefer to the floor. It's unclear what Kiefer did to trigger Von but the push definitely happened. Pessumal also basically offered nothing to clear the situation. "It's part of the game. It's part of the game," Pessumal said post-game. Pressed for answers, Pessumal declined again, questioning why the entire thing is a big deal in the first place. "I don't wanna say anything, I'm sorry. It's part of the game. Whatever, move on. Not a big deal," the second-year guard said. "It's part of the game, I don't see any reason why it's a big deal. It's part of the game," he added. Asked if there was trash talked involved and if his history with Kiefer offered any factors, Pessumal declined to give anything again. He also says he didn't talk to Kiefer after the game was over. "I wouldn't say anything. I don't know, after the game? I'm a professional basketball player, I'm not here to make any friends," Pessumal said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Guiao s alleged racial slur sparks confrontation with Ross

Chris Ross was the center of more than a couple incidents Friday during the heated game between San Miguel and NLEX in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Ross got into it with forward Alex Mallari in the third period, causing both to be called for technical fouls for second motion. Then, Ross got kicked in the nether regions by Mike Miranda in the fourth, causing the latter's ejection thanks to a flarant foul penalty 2. And finally, with less than two minutes to go in a sure win by the Beermen, Ross figured in a shouting match against NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, causing his own ejection for getting another technical foul. Ross denied talking to the media after the game but his head coach, Leo Austria, tried to make do of the situation. Apparently, Guiao allegedly issued a racial slur towards Ross. "That’s the word na he don’t want to hear from any people. According to Chris, tinawagan siya ng [n-word] or ganyan," Austria said. "I don’t know but that’s what he explained to me because I confronted Chris Ross. He’s one of the most important players in my team especially in the endgame but that’s the thing he don’t want to hear so nag-flare up yung bata so I cannot blame him," he added. Fortunately for San Miguel, Ross' ejection hardly mattered because the Beermen were already up by double digits. However, Austria is just trying to look out for his point guard and for his team in general. "I hope this thing is a lesson for any player especially the key players in the endgame, we cannot afford to lose players. Imagine, nathrown out siya e kung close game ito?" Austria said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Kiefer admits to talking trash to Von Pessumal

Kiefer Ravena denies doing anything physical to provoke Von Pessumal during NLEX's eventual loss to San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. However, Ravena admitted to trying to talk some trash to his former Ateneo teammate. Well, it kinda worked. Obviously. "I did not expect that at all. But hopefully Von doesn't take it personal," Ravena on the whole incident that caused Pessumal to receive a flagrant foul penalty 1 for shoving Kiefer to the floor. "They were talking smack so I was trying to do the same thing. It was a heat of the moment [type of thing]," he added. With Pessumal offering no explanations from his end, Ravena hopes that everything will be well after the heated game. "I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that. Probably nung tinignan ko siya. But you know, Von and I, we go way back. Things like this hopefully don't become too personal," Ravena said. "I have no intention na ipapahiya yung tao or sasaktan mo yung tao. Wala namang ganun. Laro-laro lang," he added. Finally, Kief says he has no plans of reaching out to Von after the fact. Basically what Pessumal said as well. "No. Not really," he said on if he tries to reach out to Von. "It's just two players wanting to battle it out and help their team win," Ravena added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Guiao denies racial slur but admits to dirty finger during Ross incident

In a not-so-surprising admission, NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao absolutely denied issuing a racial slur to San Miguel point guard Chris Ross. Late in Friday's Philippine Cup game featuring both squads, Guiao and Ross got into shouting match causing the latter's ejection from the game. Ross never talked to the media after the game and San Miguel coach Leo Austria was the one that tried to clear to air for his player. For his part, Guiao basically says that it was just normal trash talk. Whatever that means. "Wala. Nandoon siya [Ross] sa tapat namin. Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto nalang. Lumayo ka nalang tutal mananalo naman na kayo," Guiao said. "I just felt that... I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about. Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya. But he was right in front of our bench. And the game was a foregone conclusion at that time, siguro magrespetuhan nalang kapag ganoon. Mananalo naman na kayo. So, manahimik ka lang," he added. Asked about the alleged "n-word" that apparently triggered Ross, Guiao denied everything. "Hindi. Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi," he said. What Guiao did admit though, is flashing the dirty finger. He can't really deny that since it was caught on live television. "Oo. Kasama na rin yun. Pero ano naman eh. It’s part of siguro psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar," he said. "Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes. He also knows what he’s capable of," Guiao added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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