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Butler leads T-wolves with 33 points in 131-123 win vs. Cavs

By DAVE CAMPBELL ,  AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler brushed off some early jeers from the jaded home crowd, scoring 33 points in 36 minutes to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Andrew Wiggins pitched in with 22 points and Anthony Tolliver hit three 3-pointers off the bench to bolster a vintage all-around effort by the four-time All-Star Butler, who requested a trade last month. Butler made 10 of 12 field goals and 12 of 12 free throws, with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists to help the Timberwolves (1-1) hold off a late charge by Kevin Love and the LeBron James-less Cavaliers. Love had 25 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists against his former team, but the Cavaliers (0-2) have a lot of work to do to become a contender again after James bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers. They've allowed an average of 123.5 points so far this season. Wiggins, who was taken with the first overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Cavs only to be traded to the Wolves two months later in the deal for Love, has averaged 27.2 points in nine career games against Cleveland. The Wolves led 83-62 early in the third quarter, when Love brought the Cavs to life with a 3-pointer that sparked a 24-10 spurt. Love had 13 points in the run. With a layup by Collin Sexton at the 4:02 mark, the Cavs were within 121-117, their closest since trailing 36-34 early in the second quarter. Cedi Osman's 3-pointer kept the Cavs within 125-120, but he missed his next one after a scoreless possession by the Wolves. Osman had 22 points, Jordan Clarkson added 19 points off the bench and Tristan Thompson totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs. BUTLER DID IT When the news of Butler's trade request broke exactly one month ago, the likelihood of him awkwardly suiting up in the home opener for the team he's seeking to leave was, well, extremely low. Yet here he was, taking the court at Target Center in the home blues with the white trim. Butler was the first starter introduced during the pregame pageantry, and boos rang out loudly as soon as the public address announcer said, "From Marquette University." They kept up each time Butler touched the ball on the first five possessions by the Wolves, until he stole a pass by Love in the backcourt and fed Taj Gibson for a dunk. The crowd immediately roared, as if the fans forgot who they were upset with because the play happened so fast. The four-time All-Star had plenty more highlight-reel dunks and steals from there. Soon enough, some "MVP! MVP! MVP!" chants even broke out. The Wolves enjoyed a 52-23 run over a 13-minute stretch until late in the second quarter, taking a 20-point lead on a three-point play by Wiggins that was launched when Karl-Anthony Towns blocked a layup attempt by Osman on the other end to start a fast break. TIP-INS: Cavaliers: Larry Nance Jr. has yet to play this season because of a sprained right ankle, though coach Tyronn Lue said he's hoping to have the center back soon. "It's a big loss," Lue said. "With the team we have, we need everybody." ... J.R. Smith played four minutes after missing the opener with a sore left elbow. Timberwolves: After scoring 27 points on 8-for-12 shooting on Wednesday, Jeff Teague went 3 for 9 for nine points. ... Towns had 12 points and nine rebounds. UP NEXT Cavaliers: Play the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night in their home opener. Timberwolves: Travel to Dallas to play on Saturday night. They won all four games against the Mavericks last season......»»

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Napoleses seek court nod for US trip

Jo Christine and James Christopher Napoles, children of pork barrel scam prime suspect , have asked the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division to let them travel to the United States on November...READ MORE The post Napoleses seek court nod for US trip appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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PBA: Dyip break 25-game Governors Cup losing skid

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- The last time Columbian won in the PBA Governors' Cup, they were still known as Mahindra. The Dyip then went by the monicket of the Enforcer and they had Chris Gavina as coach and James White as import. The last time Columbian won in the Governors' Cup, they actually made the playoffs for the conference, a first in franchise history. The last time Columbian won in the Governors' Cup, the year was still 2016. It's 2018 now. By beating Rain or Shine Friday at the Ynares Center here, the Dyip snapped a 25-game losing skid in the PBA's season-ending conference.  "Actually, hindi ko alam yan na 25 straight games na," head coach Johnedel Cardel said after Columbian finally scored a win. "Ayokong isipin kasi masyadong mabigat na. Losing for nine straight games masyadong mabigat na, and then thinking about 25 [mas mabigat]," he added. The win is also doubly special for Cardel considering its his first as a PBA head coach. Cardel took over the Dyip from Ricky Dandan to start the Governors' Cup. "Sabi ko basta every game is a championship game for us so now we came out with the win at sabi ko, I'm happy for this game," he said. "Natanggalan na nga ng tinik sa dibdib ko," Cardel added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 19th, 2018Related News

LeBron shines in debut, but Lakers still have lots to do

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com PORTLAND, Ore. -- His first basket of this new era was much like many others, in terms of impact and its ferocity and jaw-dropping nature. LeBron James stole the Trail Blazers’ cross-court pass and before him was the open court … and thousands of open mouths, all bracing in anticipation of a moment. His fast-break dunk was just as you expected it would be, jammed through the basket with a cocked arm and followed by a brief pose at landing, for emphasis and style. The greatest player in the game was back in full soar Thursday but, as it were, his new team remained stuck to the floor. Overall, this process is gonna take some time, you think? Before the Los Angeles Lakers whip the basketball world into a frenzy, they must whip Portland. And also the Houston Rockets, who visit Staples Center on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) for the Lakers’ home opener. And the Golden State Warriors. And Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. And any team in the Western Conference that considers itself a contender. But you knew this, right? “We’ll have to go through some moments,” LeBron said after the Lakers lost at Moda Center, 128-119. “We’ll have some adversity.” True, this isn’t an overnight sensation in the making. “Not as fast as you (media) guys think it’s going to happen,” LeBron said. The Lakers will get more chances to make a first impression, and that’s a good thing for them as they navigate through a potentially tricky transition period with their shiny new showpiece. There is only one thing that’s a lock through this bumpy path: LeBron is still the force he was in Cleveland and Miami, his only other NBA stops. Months before turning 34, his flow and his basketball instincts remain steak-knife sharp and his pride is intact. He tipped off his season by playing 37 minutes -- so much for reduced minutes here after 15 years of deep tread wear on his wheels -- and delivered 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. “I mean, that’s crazy, a guy to be in his 16th year playing at that pace and above the rim the way he was,” said Blazers guard Damian Lillard. “He looked like himself.” That said, he and his teammates are still working on their wavelength. This was evident for much of the night, when connections were missed and confusion reigned at times. On Thursday (Friday, PHL time), LeBron threw a behind-the-back pass that in Cleveland or Miami would usually hits is mark to teammates aware of his tendencies and timing. Last night, LeBron tried it and the ball dribbled out of bounds, all of which flummoxed LeBron and Kyle Kuzma (the nearest Laker). After the whistle blew and possession went to Portland, LeBron and Kuzma had a brief chat. “I expected Kuz to pop,” explained LeBron, “and he rolled. Then another time (Rajon) Rondo went to the hole, JaVale (McGee) thought it was going to him and it was meant for me. We’ll get better at that.” These first few weeks, if the Lakers are fortunate, will be conducted in a vacuum and a laboratory. Transitions are usually like that. LeBron had a similar one in Miami eight years ago, when a 9-8 start playing alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had folks thinking the sky was falling. With these Lakers, the reaction will -- or should, anyway -- be more muted if only because the expectations aren’t through the ceiling this season. The Lakers are trying to nourish the limited basketball experience of Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram with LeBron (and Rajon Rondo) taking on more of a mentor role. That means class will be in session most, if not all, season. LeBron is preaching patience not only for those in and outside of the organization, but for himself as well. Sometimes, it’s easier said than done. LeBron realizes that he’s on the clock personally, even though his stamina and level of play remain high. “A lot of these guys don’t have as much experience, so I have to understand that,” James said. “And I do.” LeBron seems cursed by celebrated season openers, falling to 0-4 all-time in his debut games. He scored 25 points in his rookie opener, but Cleveland lost to the Sacramento Kings. He had 31 in his Miami opener in a loss to the Boston Celtics. And he had 17 points in his Cleveland return in 2014, a home loss to the New York Knicks. The Lakers’ crime Thursday (Friday, PHL time) was a failure to tighten up defensively and of course the mistakes that could be blamed on a getting-to-know-you game. And then there’s another issue that LeBron will soon discover, if he hasn’t already: He’s not in the easy East anymore. “There’s a tough game every night,” Lillard said. The West had 10 teams with winning records last season fighting for eight playoff spots. Coaches and players in the West were fond of tweaking their neighbors across the Mississippi in 2017-18, saying the non-playoff teams in the West should take some East spots. Of last season’s playoff teams, none return seriously weaker -- unless you’re ready to bury the San Antonio Spurs (who have a 21-year playoff streak going) or Minnesota Timberwolves (who are coping with the Jimmy Butler crisis). The Blazers were the No. 3 seed and were swept in the first round by the Pelicans, which puts the depth and overall strength of the West in perspective. Only three games separated the Blazers and the ninth-seeded Nuggets during the regular season. Meanwhile, the Rockets and Warriors were beyond the reach of mortals. LeBron chumped the East eight straight times to reach the NBA Finals. Yet by most indications, he’s an A-list teammate away from spooking the Warriors -- and that teammate isn’t in a Lakers uniform this season. This journey through the West could either humble LeBron or, at the least, make him realize the work needed for the Lakers to regain contender status. Heck, the Lakers couldn’t even prevent Nik Stauskas from having the biggest night of his NBA life. He scored 24 points and made more three-pointers (five) than the Lakers’ starting lineup (two). It was telling that Lakers coach Luke Walton started Rondo over Ball at point guard -- an understandable move after Ball missed several months recovering from knee issues. Rondo was mainly stellar (11 assists, three steals) while the Lakers’ fourth-quarter lineups excluded Ball. Meanwhile, Hart (20 points off the bench) earned crunch time minutes. “Everyone had different roles last year,” Walton said, “and some of those roles could change.” Well, someone’s role will remain the same. Regarding that guy, Walton said: “Glad he’s on our team. He’s pretty good at the game of basketball.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

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Lakers lose to Blazers on LeBron s debut

LeBron James opened with two thunderous dunks and had 26 points and 12 rebounds in his first game with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Portland Trail Blazers prevailed, 128-119......»»

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James scores 26 pts, but Blazers spoil his LA debut

James scores 26 pts, but Blazers spoil his LA debut.....»»

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Blazers spoil LeBron’s Lakers debut

      LOS ANGELES, USA (UPDATED) –  LeBron James began his Los Angeles Lakers era with two rim-rattling dunks, but the 14-time All-Star couldn't reverse a string of losing debut games with new NBA teams. James scored a game-high 26 points and had 12 rebounds but the Portland Trail Blazers spoiled his Lakers ........»»

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LOOK: Monster dunks – and more – in LeBron s Lakers debut

MANILA, Philippines – It's the moment all Lakers fans have been waiting for.  LeBron James finally dons the purple and gold in the regular season, but unfortunately in losing fashion as the Los Angeles Lakers failed to quell the hot hands of Damian Lillard and Nik Strauskas of the Portland ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 19th, 2018Related News

Pagbabad kay LeBron lilimitahan ni Walton

LILIMITAHAN ni coach Luke Walton ang minuto ni LeBron James nga­yong season para hindi masagad ang bagong Los Angeles Lakers superstar. Nakatanaw si Walton sa mas mahabang senaryo ng pananatili ni James sa LA, at ang dibidendo na ihahatid nito sa Lakers. “We’ve got four years,” aniya sa bisperas ng road opener ng La­kers kontra Portland Trail Blazers ngayon. Apat na taon ang pinirmahan… link: Pagbabad kay LeBron lilimitahan ni Walton.....»»

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WATCH: LeBron scores his first Lakers points via a dunk

LeBron James' career as a member of the LA Lakers got off to an explosive start. James came up with a steal, and then took the ball coast-to-coast for an emphatic slam, earning him his first points in yellow and purple. LeBron James THROWS IT DOWN for the @Lakers! 👑🔥 🏀: #LakeShow x #RipCity 📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/l4VrJPpAzR — NBA (@NBA) October 19, 2018 Damian Lillard countered with a dunk of his own, but James came back with another slam, resulting in a 10-4 score in favor of LA, and a Portland timeout. King James SLAMS IT HOME AGAIN! 🔨😱#LakeShow @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/xWtD0IsxrG — NBA (@NBA) October 19, 2018 Prior to the slams, James found Brandon Ingram for a bucket, earning him his first Lakers assist. Don't let that man loose!!!!!! #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/0d0AJNliXL — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 19, 2018.....»»

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San Beda exacts revenge on Lyceum, clinches top seed

      MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda Red Lions avenged its first-round loss to the Lyceum Pirates just when it really mattered. Robert Bolick and James Canlas took charge as the Red Lions turned back the Pirates, 75-68, to clinch the top seed in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 94 men's ........»»

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Rookie James Canlas proves worth in crucial win for San Beda

The matchup between San Beda and Lyceum on Thursday had an atmosphere befitting of a championship series even though the they were only playing in the second round of the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament. In the midst of all that hype was one rookie who shone under the bright lights and shrugged off the championship aura to deliver for thedefending champions. James Canlas unleashed 18 points and six rebounds in the Red Lions' 75-68 win over the Pirates that sealed their status as the top seed. READ:NCAA: San Beda holds off furious Lyceum rally, secures top spot "At first I was a little bit nervous but once I got into the game, I just played good thinking that th...Keep on reading: Rookie James Canlas proves worth in crucial win for San Beda.....»»

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San Beda now NCAA 94 top-seed after imposing will on LPU

San Beda University has had to wait a long time just to get back at Lyceum of the Philippines University in the elimination round. The Red Lions finally exacted their revenge on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, forcing the Pirates to play at their pace for majority of the matchup before falling back on their championship experience in the endgame for a well-earned 75-68 win. Robert Bolick, of course, spearheaded the attack and had running mate Javee Mocon as well as promising rookie James Canlas right beside him as the defending champions seized the top-seed for the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Baskeball Tournament. As the top-seed, they will be facing off with fourth-seed University of Perpetual Help in the next round. “I’m happy that the guys played well today. Hopefully, we play more consistent in our next games,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said. It was Canlas’ layup that punctuated the 17-9 run that broke the game open and built up a 35-24 San Beda lead in the second quarter. Bolick and Mocon then joined in on the fun in the third, conspiring for a 12-2 rush that boosted their team in front, 51-33, at the midway mark of the quarter. The Pirates didn’t quit and ramped up the pressure in the final frame with MJ Ayaay’s fastbreak layup pulling them within 68-73 with 36.8 ticks to go. After Spencer Pretta turned the ball over, though, the Red Lions’ graduating guard made good on two free throws to put the game away. This is the first time in the last two years that Bolick and company have triumphed over their new challengers in the eliminations. “We’re happy we got this one and that the monkey is finally off our backs. Ang daming nagsasabing we cannot beat them,” their mentor said. In the end, the King Lion had 18 points, five rebounds, and two assists while Canlas had his own 18 markers and six boards. Mocon and Donald Tankoua both contributed double-doubles as well with the former finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds and the latter ending with 15 markers and 14 boards. More than that, however, it was the defense that keyed the defending champions’ big-time win. Indeed, the best defense in the league suffocated LPU to way below their 87.6 points per game and CJ Perez to way below his 19.2 markers per game. Perez only had nine points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals in this one while Mike Nzeusseu topped the scoring column with 16 markers and six boards. Unable to break free from their opponents’ suffocating defense, the Pirates sank to 15-3 and settled for the second-seed. They will be matchup up opposite Colegio de San Juan de Letran. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 75 – Bolick 18, Canlas 18, Tankoua 15, Mocon 13, Oftana 3, Presbitero 2, Soberano 2, Nelle 2, Carino 2, Doliguez 0, Abuda 0, Eugene 0, Tongco 0, Cuntapay 0 LPU 68 – Nzeusseu 16, Marcelino JC 14, Ayaay 11, Perez 9, Pretta 6, Marcelino JV 4, Caduyac 2, Tansingco 2, Santos 2, Valdez 2, Ibanez 0, Serrano 0, Lumbao 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-13, 39-31, 59-46, 75-68 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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NCAA: Robert Bolick pays it forward by mentoring James Canlas

Robert Bolick, the undisputed leader of San Beda University at present, has nothing but good words for their promising rookie. “We all know James is gonna be the next guy. I always challenge him because he has a lot of potential,” he said about James Canlas, the Red Lions’ Filipino-Canadian swingman who made noise with 18 points and five rebounds in their takedown of Lyceum of the Philippines University on Thursday For the graduating guard, Canlas has all the tools to be a star for the Mendiola-based squad – and not only that, in all of the NCAA. “He’s already a good player. Wala akong problema e kasi take charge din siya,” he shared. He then continued, “I see good potential kaya I always challenge him because gagaling siya dun.” So much so that Bolick, a contender to be the top pick in the looming 2018 PBA Draft, is actually jealous of the first-year player. “I’m really jealous of him. First year ko, ‘di ako nakakalaro nang ganyan e. My first two years, ‘di ko na-experience yung paano mag-step-by-step na mag-improve,” he said. Of course, the ever-playful King Lion is just joshing around – yet again narrating his colorful origin story of when he was still in De La Salle University and, in his own words, was a bench player and played behind the likes of LA Revilla, Thomas Torres, Oda Tampus, and Kib Montalbo. Turning serious, he said he feels it is his duty to make sure Canlas fulfils his destiny. “Nakikita ko kasi dati sa La Salle, sina Vosotros, tinutulungan nila ako so I think that’s my responsibility rin ngayon sa kanya,” he said. Indeed, while he didn’t have that much playing time as a Green Archer, Bolick still learned a lot from veterans such as Revilla and Almond Vosotros. That is exactly what he wants to do for Canlas – once called by head coach Boyet Fernandez as San Beda’s future. And so, now he is playing in his last few games in the collegiate ranks, San Beda’s current star is already making sure his school will remain a contender. “Hopefully, next year, our school is gonna be in good hands with him,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 18th, 2018Related News

Newcomer Leonard leads Raptors past Cavaliers

  TORONTO --- Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and a team-high 13 rebounds in his Toronto debut, Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and the Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 on Wednesday night in the season-opener for both teams. Fred VanVleet scored 14 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 and Danny Green 11 as the Raptors won their sixth straight season opener and gave Nick Nurse a victory in his first game as head coach. Kevin Love scored 21 points and Cedi Osman had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Cleveland knocked Toronto out of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, but faces a struggle this season now that former star LeBron James is with the Los Ange...Keep on reading: Newcomer Leonard leads Raptors past Cavaliers.....»»

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Antetokounmpo scores 25, Bucks top Hornets 113-112

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled the Charlotte Hornets' celebration of 30 years of basketball with a 113-112 victory in the season opener for both teams Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Antetokounmpo made two free throws with 23.7 seconds remaining to put the Bucks ahead after the Hornets battled back from a 20-point deficit behind 41 points from Kemba Walker. Walker missed a driving layup with 3.4 seconds left and the loose ball got kicked outside where Nic Batum misfired on a three-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer. Khris Middleton had 19 points and Eric Bledsoe added 17 as the Bucks set out on the quest to reach the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. Brook Lopez 14 points in his debut for the Bucks after signing a one-year contract in the offseason. Walker, a two-time All-Star, was terrific in the loss, hitting 15 of 29 shots including seven three-pointers — three of those in the fourth quarter — to rally the Hornets. Malik Monk had 18 points and Tony Parker had eight points and seven assists in his first game with the Hornets after 17 seasons with the Spurs. New Bucks coach Budenholzer stressed spacing and perimeter shooting to open up more 1-on-1 opportunities for the 6'11" Antetokounmpo to drive the lane. It certainly opened up some three-point chances as the Bucks used that spacing to knock down 11-of-22 three-point attempts in the first half to build a 67-54 halftime lead. The Hornets trailed by as many as 18 in the second half, but battled back to tie the game at 101-101 with 6:22 after coach James Borrego went small ball with a lineup of Walker, Parker, Monk, Batum and former small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at center. TIP-INS Bucks: Started the game on fire, hitting their first five shots to take a 14-5 lead. Hornets: Charlotte wore its throwback white jerseys with pinstripes and they celebrated its inaugural team back in 1988-89. Several members of the original team were introduced before the game, including Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry, Rex Chapman and Kelly Tripucka. ... Walker set a franchise record for the most points in a season opener. UP NEXT Bucks: Host Indiana on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Hornets: At Orlando on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

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Bamba, Gordon lead Magic over Heat 104-101

By Dick Scanlon, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Mohamed Bamba dunked twice and blocked a shot during Orlando’s 9-0 run in the fourth quarter and the Magic held on for a 104-101 win over the Miami Heat in the NBA season opener for both teams Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Aaron Gordon had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who went without a field goal over the final 4.5 minutes. Goran Dragic led Miami with 26 points and Josh Richardson added 21. With the Magic leading 86-81 early in the fourth quarter, Bamba swatted away a shot by Richardson, and Terrence Ross got his hands on two more Heat shots during a scoreless stretch of nearly four minutes for Miami. Bamba dunked in two Orlando misses, and Jerian Grant hit a jumper to lift the Magic to a 92-81 lead with 7:50 remaining. Richardson, Dragic and backup center Bam Adebayo rallied the Heat in the closing minutes, and after the Magic missed three free throws in the final 12.3 seconds, Miami had a chance to win. But Richardson dribbled out of bounds before Evan Fournier hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds left for the game’s final points. Miami led 28-14 after Richardson’s three-pointer late in the first quarter. But after making their first four shots and 10 of their first 19, the Heat went cold for the rest of the half. A three-pointer by Nik Vucevich gave Orlando its first lead of the game at 37-36, and the Magic led 54-51 at halftime in spite of Dragic’s 16 points and Fournier’s 0-for-5 from behind the three-point line. The seven-foot Bamba finished with 13 points and seven rebounds in his NBA debut. Dwyane Wade, playing the first game of his 16th and final NBA season, had nine points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes for the Heat. TIP-INS Heat: F Justise Winslow (hamstring), G Wayne Ellington (ankle), G Dion Waiters (ankle) and F James Johnson (hernia) did not play and are not expected to play Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Magic: The Magic made 7-of-25 3-point shots and missed 12 free throws. . . Orlando is 52-64 all-time against its intrastate rival, but has won 7 of the last 11. UP NEXT Heat: At Washington on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Magic: At home against Charlotte on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

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Newcomer Leonard scores 24 as Raptors beat Cavaliers 116-104

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and a team-high 13 rebounds in his Toronto debut, Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and the Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in the season-opener for both teams. Fred VanVleet scored 14 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 and Danny Green 11 as the Raptors won their sixth straight season opener and gave Nick Nurse a victory in his first game as head coach. Kevin Love scored 21 points and Cedi Osman had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Cleveland knocked Toronto out of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, but faces a struggle this season now that former star LeBron James is with the Los Angeles Lakers. Leonard played 37 minutes in his first competitive game since January with San Antonio. The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year was limited to nine games last season because of a quadriceps injury. Acquired from the Spurs in a July blockbuster that sent four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio, Leonard was introduced to a thunderous ovation, the final Raptors starter to have his name announced to the capacity crowd of 19,915. Lowry led Toronto with eight assists and shot 5-for-6 from three-point range. Jordan Clarkson and George Hill each scored 15 points and Rodney Hood had 12 for the Cavaliers, who trailed by as many as 20. Cleveland had won 15 of the previous 17 meetings between the teams, including 10 straight postseason games. Leonard missed his first three shot attempts but made three of his next four to score a team-high six points in the opening quarter. Lowry and Siakam each scored five in the first as Toronto led 28-25 after one. Leonard added six more points in the second quarter and Lowry had five as Toronto made 5-of-10 from three-point range to open a 60-47 lead at halftime. Lowry and Leonard each scored nine points in the third, with Lowry making three from long range, as Toronto took a 90-75 lead into the fourth. TIP-INS Cavaliers: F Larry Nancy Jr. (right ankle) and G J.R. Smith (right elbow) were inactive. ... Love shot 5-for-18 from the field and went 10-for-14 at the free throw line. ... Tristan Thomspon led Cleveland with 13 rebounds. Raptors: Leonard shot 9-for-22. ... G Delon Wright (left thigh) was inactive. . ... F OG Anunoby did not retrun after being hit in the face early in the fourth. The Raptors said Anunoby suffered a right orbital contusion. ... Siakam got the opening night start ahead of Serge Ibaka, but Nurse has said he intends to vary his starting lineup on a regular basis. ... Ibaka missed his first eight field goal attempts before connecting on a three in the fourth. ... Valanciunas had 12 rebounds and matched a career-high with three assists. ... Green stood at center court and thanked fans for their support in a brief pregame address. UP NEXT Cavaliers: Visit Minnesota on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Raptors: Host Boston on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

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PBA: Back-to-back wins for ROS after sinking Northport

Looks like Rain or Shine is starting to find its groove. The Elasto Painters made it back-to-back wins in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, sinking Northport, 120-98, Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Following a 0-4 start, ROS has now improved to 2-4 and are pretty much in the thick of the playoff race. "We played back-to-back good games," head coach Caloy Garcia said. "Everybody was hitting it from anywhere so I think this is just our day, sana tuluy-tuloy yung ganitong laro namin," he added. Chris Tiu led a balanced attack from Rain or Shine, firing a career-high 23 points, 15 in the final period. Three other players finished with at least 20 points for the Elasto Painters with import Terrence Watson and Beau Belga going for 21 each. Belga didn't miss in eight attempts from field. James Yap added 20 points for good measure. Northport, coming into the game with back-to-back victories, crashed and didn't get anything going from the start. The Batang Pier trailed by as many as 25 points and dropped to 2-7 with the loss. Import Rashad Woods led the team with 30 points.   The Scores: Rain or Shine 120 - Tiu 23, Belga 21, Watson 21, Yap 20, Ahanmisi 13, Norwood 10, Ponferada 5, Borboran 3, Torres 2,Daquioag 2, Washington 0. NorthPort 98 - Woods 30, Anthony 17, Taha 14, Guinto 10, Pringle 9, Javelona 7, Grey 6, Espinas 3, Elorde 2, Gabayni 0, Arana 0, Fortuna 0.    Quarters: 35-19, 63-43, 87-71, 120-98.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 17th, 2018Related News

Pip Pip Hooray: Pippa Middleton gives birth to baby boy

LONDON (AP) --- Pippa Middleton, the sister of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a baby boy. A spokesperson for Middleton and her husband James Matthews said Tuesday that their first baby had been born the day before. Kensington Palace says that Prince William and Kate are "thrilled for Pippa and James." The new baby will be a cousin to William and Kate's three children --- George, 5, Charlotte, 3, and 5-month-old Louis. The baby was born on the day the palace announced that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child.NVG RELATED STORIES: Pippa Middleton confirms she's pregnant with 1st child 'This is ...Keep on reading: Pip Pip Hooray: Pippa Middleton gives birth to baby boy.....»»

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