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Tremendous George shows up as Thunder blast Heat

  LOS ANGELES, USA – Paul George scored 43 points and had a career-high 10 three-pointers as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat, 118-102, extending the NBA's longest current winning streak to 7 games. "Paul George, tonight, was tremendous," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "One of the more impressive shooting displays I've ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 2nd, 2019Related News

LOOK: Here are the 2019 NBA All-Star Game reserves

NBA press release NEW YORK – Two-time Kia NBA All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and four first-time All-Stars lead the list of 14 players selected by the NBA’s head coaches as reserves for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. The 68th NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. (Feb. 18, PHL time). NBA All-Star 2019 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. Joining Westbrook as reserves in the Western Conference player pool are San Antonio Spurs forward-center LaMarcus Aldridge, New Orleans Pelicans forward-center Anthony Davis, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.  Jokić has been named an NBA All-Star for the first time. The Eastern Conference reserve pool includes three first-time NBA All-Star selections: Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton, Philadelphia 76ers guard-forward Ben Simmons and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vučević.  They are joined by Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo. Team captains LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks will draft the NBA All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. The team rosters will be revealed on TNT in a special NBA All-Star Draft Show on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET (Feb. 8, PHL time). James and Antetokounmpo will make their picks without regard for a player’s conference affiliation or position.  Each captain will choose 11 players to complete a 12-man roster. The 2019 NBA All-Star Draft rules include: - The eight starters (aside from James and Antetokounmpo) will be drafted in the First Round. - The 14 reserves will be drafted in the Second Round. - As the top overall vote-getter among fans, James will have the first pick in the First Round (Starters).  Antetokounmpo will have the first pick in the Second Round (Reserves). - The captains will alternate picks in each round until all players in that round have been selected. The 10 All-Star Game starters, unveiled last week, were selected by fans, current NBA players and a media panel.  The Eastern Conference starter pool consists of Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving and the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker. The Western Conference starter pool is James, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City’s Paul George and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden. The 14 All-Star Game reserves were selected by the NBA’s 30 head coaches. The coaches voted for seven players in their respective conferences – two guards, three frontcourt players and two additional players at either position group. They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game, choosing a player from the same conference as the player who is being replaced. Team LeBron will be coached by the head coach from the Western Conference team with the best record through games played on Sunday, Feb. 3 (Feb. 4, PHL time). Team Giannis will be led by the head coach from the Eastern Conference team with the best record through games played on Feb. 3 (Feb. 4, PHL time). Below is a closer look at the NBA All-Star Game reserves: 2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME RESERVES Western Conference Player Pool The Western Conference @NBAAllStar Reserve Pool!@aldridge_12 @AntDavis23 Nikola Jokic@Dame_Lillard @KlayThompson @KarlTowns @russwest44 #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/BHu2JnxiHg — NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2019 • LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs (7th All-Star selection): Aldridge is an All-Star for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. The Spurs have now had at least one player selected to 21 consecutive All-Star Games, the NBA’s longest active streak. • Anthony Davis, Pelicans (6th All-Star selection): An All-Star for the sixth year in a row, Davis scored a record 52 points in the 2017 All-Star Game. • Nikola Jokić, Nuggets (1st All-Star selection): Selected with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Serbian center is Denver’s first All-Star since the 2010-11 season (Carmelo Anthony).   • Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (4th All-Star selection): Lillard is the fourth player to earn at least four All-Star nods with Portland, joining Clyde Drexler (eight), Aldridge (four) and Sidney Wicks (four). • Klay Thompson, Warriors (5th All-Star selection): This marks the fifth consecutive All-Star selection for Thompson, who made a game-high five three-pointers and scored 15 points in the 2018 All-Star Game. • Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves (2nd All-Star selection): Towns is the third player to be named an All-Star multiple times with Minnesota, along with Kevin Garnett (10) and Kevin Love (three). • Russell Westbrook, Thunder (8th All-Star selection): An All-Star for the eighth time in the last nine seasons, Westbrook is the only player to win the Kia NBA All-Star MVP Award outright in back-to-back years (2015 and 2016). Eastern Conference Player Pool The Eastern Conference @NBAAllStar Reserve Pool!@RealDealBeal23 @blakegriffin23 @Klow7 @Khris22m @VicOladipo @BenSimmons25 @NikolaVucevic #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/LfwuSBvA1P — NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2019 • Bradley Beal, Wizards (2nd All-Star selection): This is the second straight All-Star selection for Beal, who scored 14 points in his All-Star Game debut last year. • Blake Griffin (6th All-Star selection): Griffin is set to appear in the All-Star Game for the first time since 2014, when he scored 38 points as a member of the LA Clippers. • Kyle Lowry, Raptors (5th All-Star selection): With his fifth consecutive All-Star nod, Lowry becomes the second player to be named to at least five All-Star teams after not being selected in any of his first eight seasons, joining Chauncey Billups. • Khris Middleton, Bucks (1st All-Star selection): The 39th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft joins Antetokounmpo to give Milwaukee multiple All-Stars in the same season for the first time since 2000-01 (Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson). • Victor Oladipo, Pacers (2nd All-Star selection): Oladipo has been named an All-Star in each of his two seasons with Indiana. He sustained a season-ending ruptured quad tendon in his right knee on Jan. 23 (Jan. 24, PHL time). • Ben Simmons, 76ers (1st All-Star selection): The reigning Kia NBA Rookie of the Year makes his All-Star debut in his second season – just as Philadelphia teammate Embiid did last year. • Nikola Vučević, Magic (1st All-Star selection): The eight-year NBA veteran from Montenegro is Orlando’s first All-Star selection since the 2011-12 season (Dwight Howard).  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 1st, 2019Related News

New Orleans Pelicans shock Rockets, 121-116

New Orleans Pelicans shock Rockets, 121-116.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 30th, 2019Related News

Military launches offensive against Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Artillery shells and rockets from helicopter gunships rained on Abu Sayyaf jungle positions in Patikul, Sulu on Tuesday in what the military said was an execution of President Duterte’s order for an all-out offensive against the terror group, following the Jolo cathedral bombing last weekend......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 30th, 2019Related News

Plucky Pelicans shock Rockets

LOS ANGELES, United States — The New Orleans Pelicans shrugged off multiple injuries and uncertainty surrounding star Anthony Davis on Tuesday, rallying for a 121-116 NBA victory over the Houston Rockets. One day after Davis requested a trade, and with five of the team’s top six scorers — Anthony included — absent because of injury, […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJan 30th, 2019Related News

Rockets rally to win vs Magic, Thunder cool off Bucks | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Chris Paul returned from injury, but it was James Hardens 40 points that fueled the Houston Rockets 103-98 come-from-behind victory over the Orlando Magic in the NBA onREAD The post Rocke.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 29th, 2019Related News

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

MANILA, Philippines – Paul George has some serious bounce.  And he put his aerial act in full display by putting Giannis Antetokounmpo in a poster dunk late in the Oklahoma City Thunder's emphatic win over the Milwaukee Bucks. (READ:  George leads Thunder past Bucks ) Also showing off his hops, Luka Doncic goes coast-to-coast as ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 29th, 2019Related News

Fear The Beard: James Harden on a roll, revives Houston

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden has been scoring at a pace not seen since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1960s. He doesn’t want to talk about it, of course. He never does, whether things are going well or not. But it is clear he is enjoying this because his scoring outburst has coincided with Houston climbing the standings, back among the top teams in the Western Conference after an early-season slump. “I love to hoop,” he said. “I love to just be out there and the grind.” He scored 40 points in Houston’s win over Orlando on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) to extend his stretch of consecutive 30-point games to 23, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history behind three such streaks by Chamberlain. In 13 games this month, last season’s MVP is averaging 44.1 points. He has scored at least 40 points in eight games in January, including two 50-point games and a franchise-record 61 in a win over the Knicks. “It’s remarkable,” teammate Eric Gordon said. “I’ve been around a lot of big-time players and he’s for sure the best scorer I’ve ever been around and he does it so easily. It’s a credit to him. He’s one of the best scorers ever.” It isn’t only Harden’s teammates who have been wowed by his work. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who worked for the Rockets from 2011-16, gushed about him. “When we left here we thought he was really good and then somehow, some way he’s gotten even better,” he said. “Last year he was the MVP and now he’s even better and it’s a credit to him, his work ethic and the passion that he plays the game with.” Harden led the league in scoring last season for the first time by averaging 30.43 points a game, but injuries to Chris Paul and Clint Capela have forced him to carry an even bigger load this year and he’s averaging in NBA-best 36.33. If he keeps this pace up for the rest of the season he would be the first player to average more than 36 points a game since Michael Jordan averaged 37.09 in in 1986-87. If the season ended today, Harden would have the seventh-highest scoring average in NBA history behind that season by Jordan, which ranks fifth, and five seasons by Chamberlain. His average is seven points higher than Steph Curry and Anthony Davis, who are tied for second with 29.3 points a game. But as much as Harden is scoring, he’s also finding ways to get his teammates involved, and his 8.2 assists a game are tied for fourth in the league. “I know the attention I draw on the court and the defense is locked on me so I try to help the guys get their opportunities to make it easier for them to score,” Harden said. As Harden has been piling up points, opponents are searching for ways to slow him down. He’s often asked about the different things teams have thrown at him and seems amused at the varying tactics. “I’ve been seeing double teams, triple teams, zones,” he said. “I’ve been seeing it all these past few weeks.” During this streak more than one opposing coach has considered it an accomplishment to limit Harden to less than 40 points. Kenneth Faried, who signed with Houston last week, has had to defend Harden in the past and noted the mindset he had when faced with that task. “He’s going to get 30,” Faried said. “It’s going to happen. So you might as well just mark that down in the book. You’ve just got to make sure he doesn’t get the 60 points.” In the days following his 61-point show at Madison Square Garden, the Beard was asked if he feels like he’s un-guardable right now. “I mean, I’ve always felt like that,” he said with a sly smile and laugh. “So I don’t know about now, but I’ve had that feeling. It’s just confidence. That’s all it is.” Houston went 12-5 in 17 games without Paul, who returned over the weekend. The Rockets have won three straight to improve to 29-20 and are in fifth place in the Western Conference. While they’ve made strides since a terrible start had them near the bottom of the conference, Harden and Houston know they need to get much better if they hope to bring the team its first title since 1995. That, Harden says, is why he doesn’t like all the talk about his high scoring and why those close to him know they shouldn’t discuss it either. “Nobody can praise me,” he said. “None of my friends and close family, I don’t want them to be talking about it. We’ve got a long way to go.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 28th, 2019Related News

Harden carries Rockets again

Harden carries Rockets again.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJan 28th, 2019Related News

Rockets rally to win vs Magic, Thunder cool off Bucks

LOS ANGELES: Chris Paul returned from injury, but it was James Harden’s 40 points that fueled the Houston Rockets’ 103-98 come-from-behind victory over the Orlando Magic in the NBA on…READ The post Rockets rally to win vs Magic, Thunder cool off Bucks appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Jan 28th, 2019Related News

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

MANILA, Philippines – Here's the day's recap and other game highlights in the NBA! Watch the Toronto Raptors spoil Luke Doncic's triple-double performance, plus more thrilling action on Sunday, January 27 (Monday, January 28, Philippine time).  Game results Toronto 123, Dallas 120 (READ:  Doncic tallies triple-double but Mavs still fall to Raptors ) Oklahoma City 118, Milwaukee 112 (READ:  George leads Thunder past Bucks ) Houston 103, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 28th, 2019Related News

Wade s visit brings Carmelo back to Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK (AP) — Dwyane Wade considered ending his NBA career after last season. Carmelo Anthony was one of the people who told him he needed a proper goodbye. On Sunday (Monday, PHL time), Wade’s final lap around the league even brought Anthony back to Madison Square Garden. Anthony sat courtside at his former home to watch Wade help Miami beat the New York Knicks 106-97. “I didn’t know he was coming. I found out before the game. But it meant a lot, man. I am glad,” Wade said. “I talked to him this summer. We went out to dinner and I was contemplating retirement and Melo was one of the ones that was pushing me to come back and he was like, ‘Flash, you can’t go out like that. You got to come back and get that love, that last tour kind of.’ And he was a big part of me making that decision. I am glad he came out (to) see me play in person, you know, maybe for the last time. So it’s cool.” Anthony spent 6.5 seasons with the Knicks before they traded him to Oklahoma City in September 2017. He’s still looking for a team after the Houston Rockets traded him to the Chicago Bulls, who are expected to either trade or waive the 10-time All-Star. Anthony received a loud ovation when he was shown on the overhead videoboard in the first quarter. He told MSG Network it was important to come back and see Wade, who is scheduled for one more game back in the arena in March. “It means a lot because it was very difficult for me to come out of the house and come to an NBA game,” Anthony said, “but if there was one moment that I could come out and be here in this seat it’s to come see him finish it out here in the Garden. ... It’s deeper than basketball when it comes to us.” "This is home. New York is home." Melo talks with @RebeccaHaarlow about being back at The Garden. #NewYorkForever pic.twitter.com/fBuV3FLEfw — MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) January 28, 2019 Anthony holds the single-game record at the current Garden with 62 points, one more than James Harden scored for Houston last week in a win over the Knicks. The New York native expects to return to the arena as more than a fan in the future. “I’ve had some great years in this building and I look forward to coming back and playing in this building some more,” Anthony said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 28th, 2019Related News

Harden cools off but Rockets still beat Raptors – The Manila Times

Harden cools off but Rockets still beat Raptors  The Manila Times LOS ANGELES: James Harden scored 35 points on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as the Houston Rockets used a balanced attack and held on to beat the Toronto … Source link link: Harden cools off but Rockets still beat Raptors – The Manila Times.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jan 27th, 2019Related News

Harden cools off but Rockets still beat Raptors

LOS ANGELES: James Harden scored 35 points on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as the Houston Rockets used a balanced attack and held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 121-119. The…READ The post Harden cools off but Rockets still beat Raptors appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJan 27th, 2019Related News

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

MANILA, Philippines – The Houston Rockets continued their resurgence in the Western Conference, and it is all thanks to James Harden. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player highlighted his 35-point showing in the Rockets' 121-119 win over the Toronto Raptors with a sweet dribble drive move late in the 4th quarter.  Although the Chicago ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 27th, 2019Related News

Harden cools off but Rockets still beat Raptors | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: James Harden scored 35 points on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as the Houston Rockets used a balanced attack and held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 121-119. TheREAD The post Harden cools o.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 27th, 2019Related News

Houston holds off Toronto; Cavaliers continue freefall

James Harden scored 35 points for his 22nd straight game with 30 or more and the Houston Rockets never trailed in a 121-119 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 26th, 2019Related News

James Harden scores 35 in Rockets win over Raptors | Inquirer Sports

HOUSTON James Harden scored 35 points for his 22nd straight game with 30 or more and the Houston Rockets never trailed and held off a late charge for a 121-119 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJan 26th, 2019Related News

Harden cools off but Rockets still beat Raptors

  LOS ANGELES, USA – James Harden scored 35 points as the Houston Rockets used a balanced attack and held on to beat the Toronto Raptors, 121-119, in the NBA on Friday, January 25 (Saturday, January 26, Manila time). The red-hot Harden had been averaging more than 50 points ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 26th, 2019Related News

WATCH: Red-hot Harden extends 30-point streak

  MANILA, Philippines – James Harden kept his streak of 30-point games alive by dropping 35 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 121-119 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday, January 25 (Saturday, January 26, Philippine time).  The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player has now scored at least 30 points in 22 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 26th, 2019Related News