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Jayson Tatum scores 24 points, Celtics edge Knicks 103-101

By BRIAN MAHONEY,  AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics withstood his careless foul with 1.9 seconds left to beat the New York Knicks 103-101 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Tatum had just given the Celtics a three-point lead with two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and the Knicks called their final timeout. They had trouble getting the ball inbounded from the sideline, and Knicks guard Trey Burke had to race into the backcourt to retrieve it as the clocked ran down. He pulled up for a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc and Tatum jumped to contest it, fouling Burke for three free throws that could have tied it. But he missed the first and the Knicks couldn't grab the rebound when he intentionally missed the third. Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each added 16 points for the Celtics, who rebounded from their loss in Toronto on Friday night. They won despite giving Gordon Hayward a night off to rest his surgically repaired left ankle. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 24 points for the Knicks, who lost rookie Kevin Knox to a sprained left ankle in the first quarter. Enes Kanter had 17 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out of their second two-point loss in two nights. The Celtics are considered one of the Eastern Conference favorites but coach Brad Stevens said the Raptors were clearly better now and Boston needed to improve after Toronto's 113-101 victory Friday night. On Saturday night, they were just good enough to beat the rebuilding Knicks. The Celtics looked sharp early in racing to a 26-10 lead Saturday and still had a double-digit cushion midway through the second quarter before Damyean Dotson's second straight 3-pointer trimmed it to 50-48 by halftime. Boston seemed to be regaining control early in the fourth quarter but again the Knicks came back, tying it at 89 on consecutive 3-pointers by Hardaway. But Irving had five points and an assist in a 7-0 burst that put the Celtics on top again and they held on from there, with Tatum hitting a tough turnaround jumper with 21 seconds left and missing a dunk earlier in the possession. TIP-INS Celtics: Aron Baynes got the start with Hayward out and scored 10 points. But he played only 12 minutes before leaving with a sore right hamstring. ... Jaylen Brown was only 2 for 9, finishing with seven points. Knicks: Coach David Fizdale said G Courtney Lee would see specialists Monday after experiencing neck spasms that went down into his chest. Lee was sidelined throughout the preseason by a neck injury. ... Kanter became the first Knick since Zach Randolph (2007-08) to start the season with three straight double-doubles. KNOX KNOCKED OUT Knox was driving for a layup on a fast break when his ankle appeared to roll badly as he was fouled by Terry Rozier III. Knox stayed on the court briefly, appearing in pain, then was carried off by a pair of teammates. Because the No. 9 pick wasn't able to shoot the free throws, he was, by rule, forced to miss the remainder of the game. The Knicks said X-rays on his ankle were negative. HAYWARD'S HEALTH Celtics coach Brad Stevens said there wasn't a plan to rest Hayward on back-to-backs, but his minutes are being watched and he's being evaluated on a game-by-game basis. He said Hayward, who broke his ankle last year in the season opener, was just experiencing general soreness Saturday and didn't think it was anything overly concerning. UP NEXT Celtics: Host Orlando on Monday night. Knicks: Visit Milwaukee on Monday night......»»

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Walker scores 39, Hornets survive Heat rally 113-112

By TIM REYNOLDS,  AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 39 points, including the game-winning free throw with a half-second left, and the Charlotte Hornets spoiled Dwyane Wade's final home opener by topping the Miami Heat 113-112 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). The Hornets led by 26 points midway through the third quarter, then wasted it all before Walker saved them on a night when he eclipsed the career 10,000-point mark. Wade scored to tie the game with 12.3 seconds left, setting up the final play. Walker drove on Miami's Rodney McGruder, wound up on the ground and referee Scott Wall called a blocking foul — one the Heat argued to no avail. Walker made the first, missed the second and time expired before anyone could contain the rebound. Malik Monk scored 15 for Charlotte, and Marvin Williams added 13. Wade led the Heat with 21 points. Goran Dragic scored 20, McGruder finished with 19 and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 15 rebounds for Miami. Charlotte was 12 for 20 from 3-point range in the first half, fueling its run to the huge lead. The Hornets then went 1 for 12 from beyond the arc in the third quarter, and missed their first three tries from deep in the fourth quarter before Monk rattled one down for a 103-97 lead with about 5 minutes left. But it wasn't over, not by a long shot. Wade made a pair of 3-pointers, then set up Whiteside for a basket that got the Heat within 107-105. Miami kept chipping away, getting within 111-110 on a drive by McGruder with 46 seconds left. After Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made one of two foul shots, the Heat had the ball down two with 24.7 seconds left. Wade tried a 3 for the lead and missed badly — so badly that he knew where the rebound was going. He scooted in, got the board himself and laid it in for a tie with 12.3 seconds left to mark the first time that the Hornets hadn't led in the second half. That's when the Hornets gave the ball to Walker for their final play, and he delivered. The Heat led 15-6 early, and it didn't last long — as the next 24 minutes were basically all Charlotte. The Hornets had separate runs of 11-2 and 20-6 in the second quarter to take a 72-52 lead, and Cody Zeller's dunk midway through the third put the Hornets up 82-56. Miami outscored Charlotte 26-10 over the remainder of the third to get within 92-82 going into the final quarter. Dragic had 13 of his points in the third, and his alley-oop to Bam Adebayo for a dunk got the Heat within six less than a minute into the fourth. TIP-INS Hornets: Charlotte had lost six straight against Miami. ... Walker got his milestone basket on a drive in the third quarter, and coach James Borrego said getting to 10,000 is something to celebrate. "You're talking about being in an elite class," Borrego said. "You've got to work. You've got to get better every single year. You can't relax." Heat: Miami's three games have been decided by margins of three points, one point and one point. ... Miami is 9-2 in home openers under coach Erik Spoelstra. Both losses have come to Charlotte. ... The Heat outrebounded Charlotte 49-40, but saw their 16 turnovers converted into 25 points. SIZZLING WALKER Walker has 106 points through Charlotte's first three games. That's more than he's ever scored in his first four games of an NBA season — he had 92 in his first four appearances of the 2016-17 season. ONE LAST DANCE It was the final home opener for Wade, who has dubbed this season "one last dance." He and fellow 16-year veteran Udonis Haslem addressed the Miami crowd before the game. "We want to thank each and every last one of you guys," Wade said. UP NEXT Hornets: Visit Toronto on Monday. Heat: Host New York on Wednesday......»»

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Griffin, Smith lead Pistons over Bulls 118-116

By JOHN JACKSON,  Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Griffin had 33 points and 12 rebounds, Ish Smith scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including the game-winning basket, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls 118-116 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in Chicago's home opener. Griffin was 12 for 23 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, as Detroit won its second straight to start the season. Zach LaVine had 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting for Chicago, which dropped its second consecutive game. The Bulls played without starters Kris Dunn (excused absence) and Lauri Markkanen (sprained right elbow), and reserve Denzel Valentine (left ankle). With the score tied at 116, Smith drove through the defense for a layup with 5.4 seconds left. Detroit had a 60-58 halftime lead despite shooting 34 percent in the first two quarters. Griffin had 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. LaVine had 19 first-half points for Chicago. The Pistons led 85-84 entering the fourth before the Bulls scored four straight points. Smith put Detroit back on top 89-88 and the Pistons held a slim advantage until LaVine hit a 3-pointer with 24.6 seconds left. After Smith's basket, Chicago had a chance to tie or go ahead with a 3, but LaVine lost the ball — he was pressured by Griffin — as he rose for a 3-pointer. TIP-INS Pistons: F Reggie Bullock (illness) and F Stanley Johnson (toe) returned to the starting lineup after missing the opener against Brooklyn. Bullock finished with 16 points in 24 minutes, while Johnson had 10 points in 30 minutes. Bulls: Valentine will be out for at least another two weeks after a scan on Friday revealed a bone bruise in his left ankle. He'll be re-evaluated in two weeks. "It's not that bad," Valentine said. "My ankle's feeling better, so it's just time." . Dunn missed his second straight game following the birth of his first child. He is expected to rejoin the team Monday in Dallas. UP NEXT Pistons: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Bulls: At the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night......»»

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Youngsters Doncic, Smith lead Mavs past Wolves 140-136

By SCHUYLER DIXON,  AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 26 points in the teenager's home debut, Dennis Smith Jr. converted a tiebreaking three-point play with six seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 140-136 in a wild offensive game Saturday night. DeAndre Jordan had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Mavericks in his first game in front of the fans who used to boo him unmercifully after the Texas native backed out on a pledge to join Dallas in free agency three years ago. The Timberwolves didn't seem to miss Jimmy Butler much after letting the disgruntled guard stay home to rest on the second night of their first back-to-back this season. Minnesota matched the most points Dallas has given up a first quarter while going up 46-37. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 31 points, including an off-balance 3-pointer that helped get the Timberwolves close in the final minute. Derrick Rose scored 28 for Minnesota but got beat on the decisive play by Smith, who hit the jumper over Rose and drew the foul after Taj Gibson hit a tying jump hook in the lane with 27 seconds left. Smith's free throw put the Mavericks up 137-134. He scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. Doncic, the No. 3 overall pick and second-youngest to play in a game for the Mavericks, bounced back from a slow start and finished 8 of 16 from the field and 4 of 9 from 3-point range. With 40-year-old fellow European Dirk Nowitzki watching from the bench in a light blue suit while deal with an ankle issue, Doncic missed his first three shots and committed two quick turnovers. But the 19-year-old sparked a second-quarter flurry of 15 points in the final 6:41 of the quarter with a floater that drew a foul, although he missed the free throw. He poked away a loose ball and hit a second straight 3-pointer to give the Mavericks their first tie at 54-all. The Mavericks, who trailed by 15 in the first quarter, took their first lead at 62-61 in the second quarter on Jordan's layup on an alley-oop pass from J.J. Barea, who finished with 11 assists. TIP-INS Timberwolves: The Timberwolves shot 63 percent while building their first-quarter lead. ... Jeff Teague had 22 points and a team-high nine assists. ... Andrew Wiggins scored 19 before fouling out in the final seconds. Mavericks: Harrison Barnes (right hamstring strain) and Devin Harris (left hamstring strain) joined Nowitzki on the sidelines. ... The Mavericks set a franchise record with 50 3-point attempts. ... Wesley Matthews and Dwight Powell scored 19 points apiece. Barea had 12. ... Jordan and Powell combined to go 14 of 17 from the field. UP NEXT Timberwolves: Indiana at home on Monday. Mavericks: Chicago at home on Monday......»»

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Jokic s triple-double leads Nuggets past Suns 119-91

By ARNIE STAPLETON,  AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 35 points, posted a triple-double and didn't miss a field goal in leading the Denver Nuggets past the Phoenix Suns 119-91 Saturday night (Sunday PHL time). Jokic, who had 10 assists and 10 rebounds, joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to post a triple-double with 30 or more points without missing a field goal. Chamberlain did it twice, in 1966 and '67. Jokic made all 11 of his shots from the floor and missed just one of 11 free throws on a night the crowd serenaded him with chants of "MVP! MVP!" Jamal Murray added 26 points for the Nuggets, who are off to their first 2-0 start since 2011-12 and will go for their first 3-0 start since 2009-10 when they host the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. They'll be without starting forward Will Barton, who injured his right hip on a reverse layup in the third quarter and was wheeled off the court in obvious distress. Devin Booker's 25 points led the Suns. Barton's injury took some air out of the Pepsi Center, where Jokic stretched Denver's 65-49 halftime lead to 81-59 on a dunk, which was followed by a 3-pointer from Murray for a 25-point lead midway through the third quarter. The intriguing matchup between Jokic and top overall draft pick Deandre Ayton down low never really materialized. Ayton, who had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his debut against Dallas, scored 5 points on 2-of-7 shooting. Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov knew it was going to be a learning experience as his prized rookie worked against Jokic. "He makes everybody else better. He's a tricky player. He's going to try to sell a lot of tricks to Deandre," Kokoskov said before tipoff. "Deandre has to play smart. He has to play to his strengths, his energy and high motor. He also has to match all of his tricks." He didn't come close, and neither did the Suns. TIP-INS: Suns: Phoenix was without G Troy Daniels, who sustained a concussion at practice. "It was a contact practice, guys were scrimmaging and it happened right in front of me," Kokoskov said. "It didn't look that hard but he didn't pass the test. He's in concussion protocol and he's expected to come back in a few days." Nuggets: Denver was 31-10 at home last season, fourth-best in the NBA. ... Murray tried to get too fancy on a steal and layup and was stripped when he tried to go behind his back before scoring. ... The Nuggets' second string kept letting the Suns back in the game as Phoenix's big runs came when Denver's starters were getting breathers on the bench. The Nuggets were outscored 13-2 at the end of the third quarter and saw their lead go from 25 to 13. UP NEXT Suns: visit Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Nuggets: host Golden State Warriors on Sunday night......»»

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PVL: Madayag, Gaston to skip Lady Eagles-Cool Smashers clash

Ateneo-Motolite will miss the services of some key players Sunday in the Lady Eagles’ marquee match against Creamline at the end of the first round of eliminations at the Baliwag Star Arena. Graduating players Maddie Madayag, Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino are doubtful to play in the much-anticipated showdown of the Lady Eagles and the Cool Smashers where the hold of the lead is at stake following the trio’s required school activity. Ateneo volleyball program official Sherwin Malonzo told ABS-CBN Sports that the three players left for their community immersion Friday night as part of their academic requirements. “Itong weekend sila nag-immersion pero alam ko pauwi na sila,” he said. “Yung immersion kasi part talaga yan ng school activity ng mga graduating (sa academics). Naka-schedule talaga yan.” Malonzo added that while Madayag and Gaston won’t be joining the team in the out of town game, Tolentino might still be able to make it in Bulacan. “Ang sabi ng mga coaches baka makarating si Kat pero baka di na rin palaruin,” he said. Ateneo-Motolite and Creamline are on a three-way tie at the top spot together with BanKo, sporting 5-1 win-loss slates. The Lady Eagles are on a three-game winning tear and will take on the Cool Smashers, who are hoping to win six in a row, bannered by former Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez and another Ateneo product setter Jia Morado.   ---            Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Aces, Elite eye solo 3rd

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Brewers force decider

The first inning was loud from then on MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — The Milwaukee Brewers staged an early onslaught to set up a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers to level their National League Championship Series here Friday and force a decisive Game 7. Jesus Aguilar, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz all drove in first […].....»»

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A way out of a tight fix

The way he handled the Dyip in a game that was for nothing but respect was remarkable, as Cardel pushed all the right buttons right from the start and in the fourth quarter where they scuttled the.....»»

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Kawhi Leonard scores 31 as Raptors outplay Celtics

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores on the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) T.....»»

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Jimmy Butler dominates as Timberwolves down Cavs at home

Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim.....»»

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Nets edge Knicks on LeVert s basket

Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert react during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) NEW YORK -- Caris L.....»»

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Ignore Mayweather-Nurmagomedov talk, says UFC boss

FILE - Floyd Mayweather attends the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP Floyd Mayweather has not contacted U.....»»

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Beermen halt Texters, climb to 6th

Kevin Murphy struggled for just 16 points in the first three quarters but exploded for 11 in the last three minutes of the game as San Miguel Beer came from behind to stop TNT KaTropa, 107-96, and move two rungs up to sixth place in the PBA Governors Cup last night......»»

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Fighting Warays stun Lady Warriors, end slump in PVL

Tacloban’s Fighting Warays took a solid 2-1 set lead, lost some steam in the fourth but came armed to the teeth in the decider to score an earth-shaking 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9 conquest of Myla Pablo and her Pocari Sweat-Air Force team and arrest a three-game skid in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference yesterday......»»

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Squash in Palarong Pambansa?

There are plans to introduce squash in the Palarong Pambansa but even if it’s initially brought in as a demonstration sport, how can elementary and high school students learn to play the game if courts aren’t available in the provinces?.....»»

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Depleted Ateneo exacts revenge in FEU rout

      MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eagles got even against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws – and they made sure to do it in a big way. Despite missing 3 stalwarts – Mike and Matt Nieto to illnesses and Thirdy Ravena to a one-game suspension – the Blue Eagles rolled past the ........»»

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Fighting Warays snap skid, shock Lady Warriors

      MANILA, Philippines – On the brink of another late-game collapse, Tacloban fought back from a fourth-set defeat and shook off an early struggle in the deciding frame to stun Pocari-Air Force, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, and revive its floundering campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open ........»»

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Rejected by La Salle in high school, Sean Manganti shows how far he’s come

Rejection has a way of making people better. Take for instance the case of Adamson University forward Sean Manganti, who was technically a reject of De La Salle's basketball program. Manganti tried out for one of the high school teams under De La Salle's educational system but he was cut off without even having met the head coach of the squad. READ:From zero to hero: Sean Manganti redeems himself with game winner This rejection has been a source of motivation for Manganti and seven years later he relishes being able to savor a win over La Salle. Manganti led Adamson University to 57-50 win over the Green Archers in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball, which incidentall...Keep on reading: Rejected by La Salle in high school, Sean Manganti shows how far he’s come.....»»

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PBA: San Miguel gaining steam after stopping TNT

San Miguel Beer posted back-to-back wins after rallying past TNT, 107-96, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Saturday night at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan. The Beermen closed the game on a 32-10 surge after trailing by 11 points at the 9:46 mark of the fourth quarter. It was a crucial win for San Miguel Beer, which appeared to have put its early struggles behind. The Beermen rose to sixth place with a 4-4 mark while also stopping the KaTropa's three-game winning run. Kevin Murphy almost had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for San Miguel while Christian Standhardinger added a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Marqus Blake...Keep on reading: PBA: San Miguel gaining steam after stopping TNT.....»»

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