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At All-Star Game, Anthony Davis finds himself in spotlight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Anthony Davis isn't completely sure if he's going to play in Sunday's All-Star game. He doesn't know how much the New Orleans Pelicans will have him play the rest of this season. Or where he'll play next season. Or where he'll play the season after that, either. So Davis, obviously, has a lot of questions. At All-Star media day, he also had some answers. Yes, Davis wants to keep playing through the end of the season with New Orleans. No, he didn't eliminate Boston from the list of cities where he would consider playing. Yes, he will test the free agent market in the summer of 2020. And above all else, big market or small market, he insists that having a c...Keep on reading: At All-Star Game, Anthony Davis finds himself in spotlight.....»»

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WATCH: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ‘I’d want to be Anthony Davis

    MANILA, Philippines – New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis got a fan in one of the best NBA players in history.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league’s all-time leading scorer who also holds a record 6 MVPs, wouldn’t mind playing like Davis, whom he described as a “complete player.” .....»»

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Former PBA import Dell Demps out as Pelicans GM

  NEW YORK, USA –Dell Demps was dropped as general manager of the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, February 15 (Saturday, February 16, Manila time) after what coach Alvin Gentry called a "dumpster fire" surrounding star Anthony Davis. Demps, who had served as general manager of the team since 2010, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Hurt Anthony Davis wait-and-see for NBA All-Star Game

    CHARLOTTE, USA – New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis will see how his bruised left shoulder responds before deciding whether or not to play in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, according to multiple reports Friday, February 15 (Saturday, February 16, Manila time). ESPN and Yahoo Sports reported on the status of the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Davis-less Pelicans survive Thunder; Knicks end slide

Julius Randle capped a 33-point, 11-rebound performance with three clutch baskets in the final minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-122 on Thursday night despite losing All-Star Anthony Davis to a shoulder injury after the first half......»»

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Pelicans surprise Thunder

Pelicans surprise Thunder.....»»

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James Harden s 42 down the drain as Timberwolves nab win over Rockets - Inquirer Sports

MINNEAPOLIS James Harden was Josh Okogies responsibility for much of Wednesday night. Even though Harden piled up 42 points, Okogies teammates were full of praise for the Nigerian rookie. It wasnt a.....»»

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Hardens streak survives but Wolves ground Rockets - The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: James Harden joined some elite company by scoring at least 30 points in his 31st straight game on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), but the Houston Rockets lost 121-111READ The post Hardens.....»»

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Timberwolves hound Rockets

Jeff Teague scored 27 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame James Harden’s 42 points to beat the Houston Rockets 121-111 on Wednesday night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 14th, 2019Related News

Jordan: 6 NBA titles tougher than Harden, Westbrook streaks

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan says James Harden’s streak of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook’s 10 straight triple-doubles are both impressive and tough to accomplish. But the Charlotte Hornets owner said Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) — flashing a big grin — that there is one accomplishment tougher than both those feats: “Which is harder from the player’s standpoint? Six championships by all means.” Michael Jordan’s response to what is tougher to achieve - James Harden’s streak of 30 straight 30-point games OR Russell Westbrook’s 10 straight triple doubles... Classic Jordan. pic.twitter.com/upR8Xj1g07 — Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) February 12, 2019 Jordan praised both players for what they’re doing, noting that both streaks are hard to accomplish. Jordan said the milestones show “the talent that we have within the league.” “It shows progression in the league,” Jordan said during an interview at his Hornets facility while discussing the upcoming All-Star weekend . “I am very proud of how both guys have done because they are making a mark for the league and I think it really helps grow the league.” Harden needed a late scoring spree on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) to extend his streak to 30 games, scoring 11 points in the final 100 seconds as the Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-104. Harden, who is playing with a strained left shoulder, reached the 30-point mark by swishing a 30-foot pull-up jumper. Westbrook finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to notch his 10th straight triple-double in the Thunder’s 120-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, breaking a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple doubles. Both players will be in Charlotte this weekend for the All-Star game......»»

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Harden hits 30th straight 30-point game

LOS ANGELES, USA – James Harden produced a scintillating late burst of scoring to extend his remarkable 30-point scoring streak to 30 games on Monday, February 11, as the Houston Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-104. The reigning NBA MVP had been bidding to become only the second player in history ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 12th, 2019Related News

Vucevic leds Magic to 3rd straight win, 124-108 over Hawks

By Paul Newberry, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — All-Star Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading the Orlando Magic to a 124-108 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Despite getting into Atlanta around 2:40 a.m. after a 20-point victory at East-leading Milwaukee the previous night, Orlando looked like the fresher team by far in recording its third straight victory, matching its best run of the season. The Magic began to pull away late in the first half, ripping off an 11-2 run that sent the road team to the locker room with a 63-48 lead — its biggest of the game to that point. D.J. Augustin finished off the spurt, racing the length of the court after a couple of Atlanta free throws to lay one in with 1.2 seconds left. Atlanta's Trae Young hit a desperation shot from just inside the halfcourt line, but he clearly released the ball after the buzzer. The officials gave the replay a quick look before ruling no basket. That pretty much epitomized the night for the Hawks, who lost their third straight game at State Farm Arena. Orlando kept up the onslaught after halftime, scoring 12 of the first 14 points and pushing the lead as high as 26 points in the third quarter. The Magic led 98-74 at the end of the period, sending plenty of fans to the exits. Vucevic, who will be making his first All-Star Game appearance next weekend, led seven Orlando players in double figures. Jonathan Isaac and Evan Fournier each had 17 points. Isaac also had five blocks — three on one Atlanta possession. Alex Len led the Hawks with 16 points, despite picking up four fouls in the first half. TIP-INS Magic: It was the first time in nearly five years that Orlando has won road games on back-to-back days. The last occurred on April 3-4, 2014, when the Magic defeated Minnesota 97-90 and Milwaukee 97-84. ... Eight players connected from beyond the three-point arc, led by Isaac's 3-of-7 performance. ... Augustin had 10 assists to go with 14 points. Hawks: The starting frontcourt had a rough night. John Collins led the way with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, while Taurean Prince was held to eight points and Dewayne Dedmon managed only five. ... Atlanta was outrebounded 49-33. UP NEXT Magic: Travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).  Hawks: Continue a seven-game homestand Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 11th, 2019Related News

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

MANILA, Philippines – Here's the day's recap and other game highlights in the NBA! Paul George erupted for 45 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder storm back from 26 points down to stun the Houston Rockets, 117-112, on Saturday, February 9 (Sunday, February 10, Philippine time). The Most Valuable Player contender added ........»»

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OKC Thunder shoots down Houston Rockets

OKC Thunder shoots down Houston Rockets.....»»

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Thunders rally past Rockets, 117-112

HOUSTON — Paul George said it took a fiery halftime discussion to help the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome the largest deficit they’ve seen all season. “We just knew we had to have a better second half,” George said. “Being down that much at the half, that’s not the team we are. We know this team […].....»»

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Paul George, Russell Westbrook rally Thunder past Rockets

HOUSTON --- Paul George said it took a fiery halftime discussion to help the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome the largest deficit they've seen all season. "We just knew we had to have a better second half," George said. "Being down that much at the half, that's not the team we are. We know this team very well and we knew that wasn't us. So we had to come in here and talk and just light a fire under this team and we did that." George scored 45 points, Russell Westbrook matched the NBA record with his ninth straight triple-double and Oklahoma City overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 117-112 on Saturday night. It was Oklahoma City's largest comeback victory. ...Keep on reading: Paul George, Russell Westbrook rally Thunder past Rockets.....»»

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Pelicans balancing Anthony Davis’ playing time with future concerns

NEW ORLEANS --- Even with one foot out the door, Anthony Davis is showing he can still produce prolific statistics for the New Orleans Pelicans. He only needed 25 minutes to score 32-points in his first game for New Orleans since requesting a trade nearly two weeks ago. Davis also had nine rebounds and three blocks in a 122-117 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Whether his presence in the lineup is sustainable for a club that is trying to move on without him --- and protect his trade value by keeping him healthy --- remains to be seen. But for now, coach Alvin Gentry and other Pelicans veterans sound inclined to try to make it work. "He's obviously made it...Keep on reading: Pelicans balancing Anthony Davis’ playing time with future concerns.....»»

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WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

    MANILA, Philippines – The big men turned up and dominated not just the games, but the NBA highlight reel!  Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid came through the clutch with a huge rejection in the Sixers’ victory over the Nuggets and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis got the Pelicans fans cheering for ........»»

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Westbrook ties NBA record as Thunder shock Rockets

      LOS ANGELES, USA – Russell Westbrook matched the NBA record with a ninth straight triple-double and Paul George scored 15 of his 45 ........»»

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Old School Power Rankings 2018-19: Weeks 15-16

By Scott Wraight, NBA.com It almost happened. The King almost surrendered the throne and his crown. But thanks to an impressive performance, the kingdom avoids disarray -- for now. Over the past month or so, it's becoming clear that we have a slight separation of powers, with the Big Three putting some distance between themselves and the field. But that could change depending on how a certain big man responds to his new surroundings in Toronto. And now that he's back and healthy, that gritty guard in Houston could quickly ascend the ranks. - NOTE: Statistics are through games of Feb. 8 (PHL time) - Any player who turns 32 during regular season can be added to rankings. - Check out previous rankings. 1. LeBron James (34), Los Angeles Lakers Previous rank: 1 Latest stats: 3 games, 23.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 10.0 apg Season stats: 27.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 7.4 apg James must have sensed he was about to lose his spot at the top of the mountain, as he quickly responded with an impressive triple-double against the Celtics (we'll overlook the 1-for-5 from the free-throw line). The King hasn't shown much rust since returning from a long-term groin injury, but others have elevated their game. 2. LaMarcus Aldridge (33), San Antonio Spurs Previous rank: 2 Latest stats: 7 games, 24.4 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 2.6 apg Season stats: 21.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.5 apg If not for James' triple-double on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), Aldridge would've claimed the throne. That's what happens when you grab double-doubles in five of the last seven, and go for 30-9 and 22-9 in the other two. In fact, over his last 10 games, he's only had one subpar performance (13 points and five rebounds on Jan. 24, PHL time). 3. Lou Williams (32), LA Clippers Previous rank: 3 Latest stats: 8 games, 23.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.9 apg Season stats: 19.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.2 apg We didn't forget. Williams started the stint with his first career triple-double. If that wasn't enough, he poured in a career-high 39 four games later. If that wasn't enough, he added 31 two games after that. Despite closing out the period with a relative stinker (10 points in 17 minutes), Williams is averaging 24.5 in February after 20.4 in January. 4. Marc Gasol (34), Toronto Raptors Previous rank: 5 Latest stats: 6 games, 18.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.7 apg Season stats: 15.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.7 apg It was another mixed bag for Gasol, who managed two games of 24 or more, two games of 18-19 points and two games between 8-11 points. We fully expect Gasol to step up now that he's playing on a team in the Raptors with serious title aspirations, as he should be able to integrate nicely with both the offense and defense. 5. Rudy Gay (32), San Antonio Spurs Previous rank: 8 Latest stats: 8 games, 16.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.1 apg Season stats: 14.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg Shooting 50.5 from the field and 52.2 from beyond the arc, Gay turned in six games of 15 or more points. He's now managed to score in double figures in 12 straight while shooting better than 50 percent in eight of those contests. No wonder he's shooting a career-best 52.2 percent from the field. 6. J.J. Redick (34), Philadelphia 76ers Previous rank: 4 Latest stats: 3 games, 16.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.7 apg Season stats: 18.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 apg A small sample size is the reason for Redick's slip, as he failed to make any big impressions in his three games. He did, however, shoot 42.3 from deep (11-for-26) while scoring 13 or more in all three. But he'll need to pocket more 20-point games if he hopes to climb back to where he was. 7. Kyle Lowry (32), Toronto Raptors Previous rank: 6 Latest stats: 5 games, 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 8.4 apg Season stats: 14.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 9.3 apg In three wins, Lowry averaged 17.3 points and 9.3 assists. In two losses, he averaged 9.5 points and 7.0 assists. But the shooting remains a big issue. Lowry's 40.6 FG% is his lowest since 2012-13 (40.1) and his 32.5 3PT% is his lowest since '09-10 (27.2). On a positive, Lowry's 9.3 assists per game easily rise to a career-best mark. 8. Jeff Green (32), Washington Wizards Previous rank: Just missed Latest stats: 7 games, 19.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.1 apg Season stats: 12.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg Shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 42.3 from three-point range, Green went for 20 or more points in five of seven games, including four straight -- his longest such stretch all season. Green's stellar run has been boosted by increased playing time; he's averaging 35.7 minutes in three February games after averaging 30.5 minutes in 14 January games. 9. Chris Paul (33), Houston Rockets Previous rank: NA Latest stats: 5 games, 15.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 7.2 apg Season stats: 15.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.9 apg Paul finally returned to action Jan. 27 (Jan. 28, PHl time) after missing 17 games with a hamstring injury. He's managed to turn in five straight double-figure scoring games to go along with six or more assists in four of the games. There's a little rust, but we like what we see, especially the 2.4 steals and 47.2 FG% during the span. 10.  Al Horford (32), Boston Celtics Previous rank: 10 Latest stats: 7 games, 14.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 5.1 apg Season stats: 12.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.8 apg Horford started the stint on fire, turning in back-to-back double-doubles for the first time this season. Yes, you read that right. In addition to the double-doubles, he shot 60.3 percent from the field and 2.3 blocks, including a season-best six blocks in last Monday's win over the Nets. Just missed the cut: Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Trevor Ariza, Marco Belinelli The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 10th, 2019Related News