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UAAP: What do Juan GDL and Marvin Cruz have in common?

Juan Gomez de Liano is the first player to tally a triple-double in the UAAP in 12 years. With 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, he was, without a doubt, a big part of the University of the Philippines’ much-needed win against University of the East last Sunday. Before him, it was another Fighting Maroon in Marvin Cruz who had the league’s last triple-double in a loss to Ateneo de Manila University in August 2006. As it turns out, Juan GDL and Cruz share more of a connection than just hailing from State U and having triple-double games. “I talk to him. Sometimes, I would go to UPIS practices kasi assistant siya dun,” Juan GDL shared. “So minsan, I go with sina Jordi.” Juan GDL came from UP Integrated School before being promoted to the Seniors squad. He also has a younger brother in Jordi GDL still suiting up there. Cruz, on the other hand, is now serving as an assistant coach for Paolo Mendoza. And apparently, during their training sessions, Juan GDL is a firsthand witness to the talent that allowed Cruz to collect 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in one game. “Super galing ni coach Marv,” he said. In that light, the current UP superstar is nothing but glad to be making another kind of bond with the one-time pride of his alma mater. As he put it, “It’s really overwhelming for me na galing UP ulit yung nag-triple-double.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports7 hr. 37 min. ago Related News

Bulls Carter Jr. undergoing NBA big man s trial by fire

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CHICAGO – Every August, the NBA holds its rookie transition program to give its newly minted pros an idea of what life in the league is going to be like, from handling their money and dealing with reporters to fending off assorted unsavory outside forces. And then, every October, the young guys begin their real rookie transition. Consider Wendell Carter Jr. of the Chicago Bulls. In a span of five days, he will have gone through a gauntlet of imposing NBA big men that would have some 10-year veterans flinching and wondering if their tendinitis needed a night off. Carter’s on-the-job rigors began Thursday (Friday, PHL time), when he became only the 10th Bulls rookie to start on opening night and was met in his matchup at center with Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. It continued Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in Chicago’s home opener against Detroit, with Carter banging at various times against both Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. Now the 19-year-old will travel to Dallas, where he’ll get his first test against the Mavericks’ salty DeAndre Jordan. And just for the record, in the Bulls’ final preseason game, he had to cope with Denver’s crafty Nikola Jokic. For someone so young, against such a slate of established or eventual All-Stars, Carter’s early lessons have been difficult. There really is no other way. “I’m sure it’s just chaos and confusion right now for him,” Griffin said after leading the Pistons with 33 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a 118-116 victory at United Center. “He doesn’t look that way, but that’s just how you feel – no matter what – when you’re a rookie. The game is moving so fast.” Carter, the No. 7 pick from Duke in this year's Draft, fell victim to foul trouble early and the Bulls’ need to play catch-up late, which had coach Fred Hoiberg sticking with Jabari Parker at the end. Carter logged less than 18 minutes, finishing with eight points, two rebounds and two blocks. Drummond had foul issues of his own, exiting with his sixth after just 23:33. Still, Drummond and Griffin won the frontcourt battle with 43 points and 25 boards to Carter and Bobby Portis’ combined 14 and 16. It wasn’t the sort of Windy City debut Carter would have scripted. This was, after all, kind of a big deal – he’s the player Chicago landed after an entire 2017-18 season spent gaming the NBA’s Draft lottery system. The Bulls consciously tried to dive deep, won a little too counterproductively in December and January and wound up waiting until after the first six picks were gone. That tortuous process led everyone to Saturday, when 21,289 in the stands got their first official look at the alleged silver lining from last season’s dark cloud. Carter wasn’t happy with either his or his team’s performance afterward, pulling his clothes from the hangers in his locker as he dressed and bemoaning the Bulls’ lack of defensive communication (they’ve given up 245 points in two games). Not to worry, though, Griffin said. “He’s so talented, he’s going to be fine,” the Pistons star said. “It’s just a matter of time for him. I watched him play probably more than any other player in college last year – I really like his game. I’ve known of him since he was in high school. He would be the least of my concerns if I was over there in the front office or on the coaching staff.” Hoiberg and his staff have approached Carter’s trial by fire by starting him in response to the challenges he handled in summer league and in the preseason. He arrived with a maturity, poise and defensive bent some players never achieve – a young Al Horford was a frequent comp – and isn’t about to blow that image, no matter how many lumps he takes. “I appreciate the fact I’m able to play against these very talented bigs early on in my career,” Carter said. “Learn what I’ve got to work on. I’ve got to get stronger, that’s the first thing I recognized. … Just being up against the best, I love the competition. I love going against the best players.” Truth be told, Hoiberg said he talked with Carter on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) about handling the frustrations he’ll surely encounter. He’s a little cranky about the officiating, for example, picking up at least three fouls in all six preseason and regular-season appearances while playing fewer than 23 minutes every time. He’s does the “verticality” thing as if from a textbook and still hears a whistle. “At this point, I just feel like it’s rookie calls. I don’t care what nobody’s saying, that’s how I really feel,” Carter said. “I still have respect for the game, though. I have respect for the referees. If they call it, it’s a foul. I’ve just got to do better, learn from it.” Then there was the chatter from Embiid in Philadelphia, a 19-point Sixers romp. “He was telling me what I should and shouldn’t do,” Carter said. “‘C’mon rookie, you’ve got to do’ something ‘better.’ Carter didn’t chatter back, he said. “Not yet. I’m gonna get there at some point though.” Drummond didn’t pile on, thanks perhaps only to the referees. "If I played more, I think it woulda been more of a schooling,” the Detroit center said. “This is a helluva three games for him.” Drummond, 25, remembers what it was like six years ago, when he was the one absorbing the lessons. His rookie year got dinged 22 games due to a stress fracture in his back, an injury that compounded the basketball education. “I learned my lessons the hard way,” Drummond told NBA.com. “Physically. I started out being hurt. I had to just play and figure it out game by game. Watched films. Learned the guys that I played against. And figured it out.” Drummond wound up averaging 7.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He had nine double-doubles and earned all-rookie status. But he’s glad to be wiser now in the NBA’s ways, given how few the shortcuts were. “It was more of a sponge season for me,” he said. “Learning the NBA. I mean, I was a young kid. Just tried to have fun with it. It was the game I loved and I was playing it at the highest level, so I just tried to enjoy every moment and take it in.” That’s Carter today, way at the front end of his career. He’s got a notebook, he said, that he scribbles in bullet points, tips and lessons from each game after he’s left the arena, his mind clear. Portis said he’ll share more with Carter as the season goes on – there hasn’t been much time and the Bulls haven’t really hit the road yet – but most of this stuff will be hands-on. “It’s as important a thing as you’re going to face in this league,” Hoiberg said. “When you’ve got a 19-year-old kid out there, it’s human nature I think when you’re playing against an opponent like Wendell has gone against, to hang your head a little bit.” The coach added: “It’s something every player goes through in this league. It’s understanding who you’re playing against. We’re showing him a lot of personnel, film on who he’s going to be going up against.” Until the day, and it will come, when young guys are studying film of Carter, going through gauntlets of their own. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports7 hr. 37 min. ago Related News

PBA: Alaska s Harris couldn t care less about top-4 finish

The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup standings is pretty top heavy right now, with five teams separated by just one game. Of the five teams, one will not get a twice-to-beat advantage and the top-4 advance to the playoffs with a bonus in hand. However, for Alaska super import Mike Harris, he couldn't care less of a top-4 finish. "People talk about the top-4 and to be honest with you, I really don't care about the top-4," Harris said. "No disrespect to the top-4 but everywhere I play, whether I’m at the top seed or the bottom seed, my objective’s to win. I learned from Greg Popovich, great teams win on the road, doesn’t matter if you’re home or away. Good thing here is all games are neutral games, some teams may get more fans but they’re like neutral side games here. I really like that," he added. Regardless of his feelings of the top-4, Harris' performance sure helped the Aces move closer to finishing as one of the higher seeds come playoff time. Monster Mike had himself a game against Blackwater, finishing with 38 points and 19 rebounds. His clutch four-point play with less than 20 seconds to play helped seal the deal for the Aces. Currently, Alaska is in a three-way tie for first place with Ginebra and Magnolia as all three teams sport identical 7-2 cards. But with about two weeks left of regular season play, Harris' focus is on Alaska's next assignment and not whether or not the Aces are inside the top-4 in the team standings. "You want to take each game one game at a time. We have NLEX next, so the focus is just to beat them," he said. "If you do what you have to do on the court, everything else takes care of itself," Harris added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Rockets deal LeBron, Lakers 2nd loss in fight-marred game

      LOS ANGELES, USA – LeBron James' home-game debut turned quite chaotic.  The Houston Rockets kept LeBron and the Los Angeles Lakers winless in two games, 124-115, in a fight-marred NBA match at the Staples Center on Saturday, October 20 (Sunday, October 21, Manila time). Houston's Chris Paul and Los Angeles' Rajon ........»»

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La Salle quickly moves on from crucial loss to Adamson

It's the point of the tournament when teams have started weighing their chances for a Final Four spot, especially with a very tight contest at the upper half of the standings of UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament. But De La Salle University, which currently sits in the third spot of the standings with Far Eastern University with a 5-4 card was quick to say it does not want to think about the playoffs just yet. La Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez said the Green Archers' loss to Adamson on Saturday is not a cause of concern as the team takes one game at a time, adding, it's just one of those "ordinary games." "No, it's not really red flag," said Gonzalez. "When we mo...Keep on reading: La Salle quickly moves on from crucial loss to Adamson.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 15 hr. 37 min. ago Related News

FEU hits rough patch after strong start

As the Final Four race starts to heat up, Far Eastern University finds itself stumbling on a bumpy track. The Tamaraws were on top after the first round of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament but then, took a rough path to start the second round, dropping their first two games to tie De La Salle in the third spot of the standings. But head coach Olsen Racela is not worried by the chaos, even as the battle has evidently become more competitive than ever for FEU. "I don't wanna look at the standings yet. We're just gonna take it one game at a time," Racela said in Filipino, whose team is also on a possible three-way tie with the Green Archers and UST if the Growling...Keep on reading: FEU hits rough patch after strong start.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 15 hr. 37 min. ago Related News

Meghan’s tour schedule in Australia cut after hectic start

SYDNEY --- The pregnant Princess Meghan has had her schedule cut back during her first royal tour, after a hectic start to her visit to Australia and the South Pacific with husband Prince Harry. The Duchess of Sussex's first tour is an extremely busy one, with the royal couple scheduled to attend more than 70 engagements during a 16-day trip across four countries. Kensington Palace says the couple has decided to slightly reduce Meghan's schedule "for the next couple of days" ahead of the final week-and-a-half of the tour. Meghan, who is about 12 weeks pregnant, skipped an event in Sydney on Sunday morning, leaving Prince Harry to attend the Invictus Games alone. /ee...Keep on reading: Meghan’s tour schedule in Australia cut after hectic start.....»»

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NU stuns UST for 3rd win

National University scored its second win in three games after overcoming University of Santo Tomas anew, 69-61, in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Center. The Bulldogs stayed in the seventh spot in the standings with a 3-6 record and stopped the Growling Tigers' three-game winning streak with the latter settling for fifth place with a 4-5 slate. Rookie Dave Ildefonso took over late in the game for NU after his team allowed UST to erase an 11-point lead, 53-42, lead at the end of the third quarter to just one, 59-58, after Zach Huang's layup midway through the fourth. Ildefonso scored five points in the Bulldogs' corresponding 6-0 run...Keep on reading: NU stuns UST for 3rd win.....»»

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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......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports19 hr. 50 min. ago Related News

Aces, Elite eye solo 3rd

We better be different for it will surely be a hard game for us Games Today: (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. — Rain or Shine vs Meralco 6:45 p.m. — Alaska vs Blackwater Playoff-bound Alaska and Blackwater are out to boost their respective chances for a twice-to-beat incentive when they clash in the Philippine Basketball […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: News20 hr. 16 min. ago Related News

Para heroes vow to bring honor for country

FILE - Philippines' Ernie Gawilan (R) at the start of Heat 2 of the Men's 100m Freestyle - S8 at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Se.....»»

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Arnis National Open under way in Bacolod

Action in the Eskrima sa Masskara Arnis National Open resumes today with aspirants for next year’s SEA Games leading the cast at the City Mall Mandalagan in Bacolod City......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports22 hr. 50 min. ago Related News

No definite date yet for UAAP 81 return of Nieto twins

Matt and Mike Nieto were with Ateneo de Manila University as they dueled Far Eastern University on Saturday. The twins, however, were not suited up as they were just coming off a bout with dengue. This is the second game they have missed. Through nine games in the season, Matt has normed 6.9 points, 2.4 assists, and 2.2 rebounds while Mike has averaged 6.1 markers and 5.4 boards. The faithful over at Katipunan need not worry, however, as team captain Mike and floor leader Matt are already on their way to a return. “Recovering na kami,” the former told reporters post-game. Exactly when their return to action would be, however, is yet to be determined. What’s important is that they two were already up and about and did not look like they had just been downed by dengue. As it turns out, Matt had been battling the illness for more than a week now. “Nung UP game pa yun. Nung sinabing high fever ako, pagka-check sa akin, dengue na pala,” he said. And from there, the mosquitoes also got to Mike and, later on, to their younger brother. The good news is that the Nietos are all good now. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 20th, 2018Related News

PVL: Pacres out to prove her worth

Dimdim Pacres is out to prove that she’s still a vital cog for the University of Sto. Tomas. When Tacloban head coach Nes Pamilar asked Tigresses mentor Kungfu Reyes for the services of Pacres, the Cebuana native saw it as an opportunity to make up for her less than stellar performance in the last season of the UAAP.  In just two games with the Fighting Warays in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference, the opposite hitter has been showing her brilliance on offense averaging 19.5 points per outing. On Saturday, Pacres dropped 21 points including 18 from attacks in the Fighting Warays’ 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, win over Pocari Sweat-Air Force to snap a three-game losing slump to end the first round elimination.  “Malaking opportunity siya kasi doon ko lang ma-prove ulit ‘yung self ko kasi ang panget nga ng pinakita ko nu’ng (UAAP) season,” said Pacres, who joined Tacloban last week together with Jeannie Delos Reyes. The hitter was considered as one of UST’s top hitters heading into Season 80 together with Sisi Rondina and then rookie Fil-Italian Milena Alessandrini especially with EJ Laure sitting out because of a shoulder injury after a great run in Season 79 and in pre-season tournaments. But Pacres admitted that she underperformed in the last UAAP tournament and this is a chance for her to bring back her dangerous form especially with newcomers vying for position in the Tigresses' lineup which include top rookie opposite hitter Eya Laure.     “Kailangan ko talaga i-prove sa kanila at ibalik ko ‘yung sarili ko kung paano ako maglaro sa loob,” said Pacres, who also played in the Philippine Superliga Invitational for Smart. Pacres is one of Pamilar’s replacements for Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez, who were recalled by the University of the East. “Nakipag-tune up kami sa UST sakto naman na nakausap ko si coach Kungfu at Rev. Fr. (Jannel) Abogado. Nagpaalam ako kay Father so maganda naman ‘yung tanggap niya sabi niya, ‘sige kung kailangan mo na paglaruin mo na,’" said Pamilar. “Actually dalawa ‘yan ‘yung isa (Alina Bicar) naglalaro pa sa Unigames siguro pagbalik ng isa mas magiging buo kami.” Pacres debuted last Wednesday, scoring 18 points in a five-set loss to Ateneo-Motolite. “Kasi naubos ako,” she said of her last outing." Kakabalik ko lang kasi ng laro kasi ang tagal ko nakapahinga kasi simula sa PSL pa ko huling naglaro, sa ust training-training tapos tuneup, pahinga. So kakabalik ko lang talaga as in sa animan.” Against Pocari Sweat, Pacres pounded 18 kills and had three kill blocks including the intangibles on floor defense that helped Tacloban escape with the win. Now steadily jelling with her team, expect Pacres to be at the forefront of the Fighting Warays’ drive for a Final Four spot.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 20th, 2018Related News

Isaac Go: Kouame makes everybody better

Game after game, Ateneo de Manila University's Angelo Kouame has been impressing UAAP fans with his all-around brilliance. In his latest performance, he dazzled with 33 points and 27 rebounds -- a showing that earned him MVP chants from a tough Ateneo crowd. With all the attention that Kouame has been getting, his mentor Isaac Go beamed with pride but at the same time deflected any possible credit that can be drawn to him. "The entire team is happy for him. He did all the work. He's the one who shows up at practice early, he's the one who puts up the extra shots. So you have to put all the credit to him. I haven't really done much to 'mentor' him. He's done everything," said Go. Go became one of the stars of Ateneo's championship run last Season 80 after his clutch baskets in the semifinals and the finals. With Kouame's impressive performances in recent games, fellow big man Go's role significantly diminished.  Despite his more subtle role this season, Go expressed that as long as it is for the betterment of the team, he is all for it. "I think it's a double-edged sword if you think about it because you are happy that he is producing. At the end of the day, it is always what is best for the team. At the end of the day also, you want to help him get better and the best way to do it is getting better as well," said the former Xavier Golden Stallion. Kouame also displayed the same mentality when asked about possibly overshadowing his mentor. "[George] really helped me for everything. Even off the court, in the court, he's my second coach. It doesn't matter who is the scorer, who is the leader or anything, it's about the team," Kouame said. Both players revealed that during practices, the presence of each other brings out the best in them. "Even in practice, George and I, we give challenges. We keep progress with that, it makes us better as a player," shared Kouame. "If you go up against him in practice, he just makes everybody better and work harder because we have to complement what he can bring to us," added Go. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 20th, 2018Related News

After countless heartbreaks, Sean Manganti gets back at La Salle

MANILA, Philippines – So how much does this win over La Salle mean to Sean Manganti?  More than losing to La Salle for 7 straight games over 3 seasons, the Adamson captain suffered his first heartbreak from the Green Archers when he was rejected by the team when he was in high ........»»

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China, Asean star in SCS war games

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China, Asean star in SCS war games

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LeVert’s basket gives Nets 107-105 win over Knicks

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Caris LeVert’s driving layup with a second left gave him a career-high 28 points and the Brooklyn Nets their first victory of the season, 107-105 over the New York Knicks on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). LeVert surpassed the 27 points he scored Wednesday night in Detroit, when the Nets fell just short. He made sure they pulled this one out, driving right into the lane and putting up the tiebreaking shot over Tim Hardaway Jr. D’Angelo Russell and Jarrett Allen each added 15 points for the Nets. They improved to 6-1 in home openers since moving to Brooklyn in 2012. Hardaway and Enes Kanter each scored 29 points for the Knicks, who were trying for just their third 2-0 start in 20 years. Kanter tied it on a three-point play with 15.9 seconds remaining but all they could manage for a final shot after LeVert’s basket was a long 3-pointer by Hardaway that wasn’t close. The Nets were still without starting forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who just became a father, and DeMarre Carroll, who had right ankle surgery. But they did get back Allen Crabbe, their normal starting guard who came off the bench after missing the opener while recovering sprained left ankle. They started fast, shooting 70 percent in the first quarter, and were in control until early in the second half. Then, Kanter and Frank Ntilikina had a couple of baskets apiece in an 11-0 run that wiped out a 10-point deficit and gave the Knicks a 66-65 lead on Hardaway’s 3-pointer. New York was ahead 76-74 after three quarters and neither team led by more than six in a back-and-forth final 12 minutes. TIP-INS Knicks: G Courtney Lee, sidelined by a neck injury since the preseason, experienced spasms when he picked up his workout level, delaying his season debut. ... G Emmanual Mudiay didn’t like the way his sprained right ankle responded when he tried putting more pressure on it and remained out, with coach David Fizdale saying he would be day to day. Nets: Joe Harris’ first 3-pointer was his 237th a Net, moving him into 10th place on the franchise’s career list. Next up for Harris, in his third season with Brooklyn, is recently retired Richard Jefferson (286), who is now a Nets’ analyst for YES Network. ... The Nets play only once at home in their first five games. They play three straight on the road before hosting Golden State on Oct. 28. ... F Traveon Graham strained his left hamstring in the first half and missed the rest of the game. SIZZLING START The Nets made 11 of their first 14 shots from the field. QBS IN THE CROWD Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh McCown were at the game. UP NEXT Knicks: Host Boston on Saturday night. Nets: Visit Indiana on Saturday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 20th, 2018Related News

Mirotic, Davis push Pelicans past Kings, 149-129

By BRETT MARTEL ,  AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nikola Mirotic scored 36 points, Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the pace-pushing New Orleans Pelicans continued their torrid start to the season with a 149-129 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, who shot 58.9 percent (56 of 95) and reached 110 points before the third quarter ended. Julius Randle and Ian Clark each scored 13, and Randle also had 13 rebounds for New Orleans, which opened the season with a surprising 131-112 victory at Houston and has scored at least 30 points in each of its first eight quarters of play so far. Mirotic hit three 3s in quick succession in the middle of the fourth quarter, the third a step-back shot from the right wing, drawing chants of "Ni-ko! Ni-ko!" from the crowd. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 20 points and Marvin Bagley III had 19 for Sacramento, which has lost its first two games. De'Aron Fox and Frank Mason each scored 18 for the Kings, who shot 52.1 percent but simply could not keep up with the Pelicans, whose relentless style produced a slew of crowd-pleasing moments. In the first half, Holiday lofted a right-handed lob that looked like a running hook to Davis, who soared to palm the ball with his right hand and slam it down in one motion. Later, Davis grabbed an offensive rebound as he crashed to the court, and from his back flipped a pass to Holiday, who drove down the lane for a layup. New Orleans finished with 16 3-pointers on 31 attempts from deep (51.6 percent). TIP-INS Kings: Former Pelicans first-round draft choice Buddy Hield scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. ... C Kosta Koufos was out with a right hamstring strain. Pelicans: Randle played despite being on New Orleans' injury list with left plantar fasciitis. ... G Elfrid Payton had 11 points to go with six rebounds and six assists in his second game with New Orleans after getting a triple-double in his debut. ... Darius Miller scored 10 points. ... The Pelicans are 2-0 for the first time since 2011-12, the last season before Davis was drafted. UP NEXT Kings: Visit Oklahoma City on Sunday. Pelicans: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday......»»

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