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MPBL: San Juan routs Davao in Finals rematch

ILOILO CITY -- In the rematch of the Datu Cup Finals, champion San Juan-Go for Gold asserted its dominance against Davao Occidental-Cocolife, 84-65, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season, Saturday at University of San Agustin Gym here. Though the margin seemed imposing, the Knights needed to dig deep early in the contest. The Tigers started their comeback trail entering the second half with a 15-5 burst, to trim San Juan's once-26 point advantage to just eight, 54-46, with 3:19 left in the first half. But as Davao chomped the lead down to just eight, 57-65, in the final frame, the Knights unloaded 13 straight points to put the game away on a Jhonard Clarito layin off of a turnover at the 3:58 mark, 78-57. Andoy Estrella, John Wilson, and CJ Isit all contributed in the run as well. "Siyempre, nagulat kami sa maagang lamang, pero lumaban kami sa depensa, sa dikdikan. Naka-match kami, naka-execute at gumana ang depensa namin," said Knights coach Randy Alcantara. Davao opened the game with five unanswered points but it was all San Juan after that, outscoring their rivals 43-12, capped by Jeff Tajonera's trey to put his squad ahead by a commanding 43-17 with four minutes left in the second period. Orlan Wamar tallied 15 points in just less than 14 minutes of play to go with eight rebounds as the Knights rose to 23-3, still the top team in the Northern division. John Wilson delivered 14 points, seven rebounds, and two steals for San Juan while Renzo Subido added 11 markers founded on three triples and three assists. The Knights torched Davao from the outside, hitting 15 three-pointers, 11 from their pace-setting first half. Mark Yee and Yvan Ludovice registered 14 points apiece with the former adding 14 rebounds against five turnovers for the Cocolife-backed Davao Occidental. Despite their five-game win streak halted, the Tigers retained the top seed in the Southern division behind a 21-4 win-loss card. The Scores: San Juan-Go for Gold 84 - Wamar 15, Wilson 14, Subido 11, Ayonayon 9, Clarito 9, Tajonera 9, Rodriguez 6, Isit 4, Estrella 4, Reyes 2, Aquino 1, Victoria 0, Bonifacio 0, Pelayo 0, Bunag 0. Davao Occidental-Cocolife 65 - Ludovice 14, Yee 14, Gaco 9, Calo 8, Robles 6, Balagtas 5, Albo 3, Mocon 2, Bonleon 2, Forrester 1, Raymundo 1, Saldua 0, Dumagan 0, Adormeo 0. Quarterscores: 26-13, 49-31, 63-51, 84-65......»»

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Doncic, Hardaway lead Mavericks over Trail Blazers, 120-112

Doncic, Hardaway lead Mavericks over Trail Blazers, 120-112.....»»

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Tabuena trails by three with 68

With an eye at The Open, Miguel Tabuena put up a strong start in the Singapore Open where he keeps a good track record, carding a three-under 68 to crowd the likes of Major champions Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson at joint eighth and trail Japanese Kosuke Hamamoto by just three strokes at Sentosa’s Serapong course yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2020Related News

NCAA Season 95: Lady Blazers aim for share of lead

College of St. Benilde shoots for a piece of the early lead in a showdown with Lyceum of the Philippines University on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air via iWant. The pre-season favorites opened their campaign on a high note last Friday with a 25-17, 14-25, 25-17, 25-20, win over last season’s runner-up University of Perpetual Help. All eyes will be on Gayle Pascual, Jade Gentapa and rookie Mycah Go, together with veterans Klarisa Abriam and setter Jewel Lai, who both saw limited action in the season opener, as CSB tries to join defending three-time champion Arellano U at the top spot. LPU eyes to bounce back from a straight sets loss to the Lady Chiefs the last time out. Meanwhile, Emilio Aguinaldo College and Letran clash at 12:00 noon in their season debut. In men’s action, the Generals and Knights cross paths at 10:00 a.m. while the Blazers and Pirates square off at 3:30 p.m. The juniors match between Letran and EAC is at 8:30 a.m. while LPU and CSB battle at 5:00 p.m.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 16th, 2020Related News

Durham more concerned with extending Finals than record Best Import win

Meralco's Allen Durham made history Wednesday night just before Game 4 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Durham was awarded his third Best Import award, which moved him to second all-time for most Best Import awards in league history. Only Bobby Parks Sr., the man that the award was named after, has more. Parks Sr. won seven of them during his PBA career. But as Durham's 21 points and 27 rebounds went to waste with a bad Meralco loss in Game 4 to go down 1-3 in the Governors' Cup Finals, he was in no mood to talk about his historic feat. "It don’t mean nothing right now [Best Import]," he said. "I don’t really care about that, that’s not why I came back," Durham added. The reason Durham came back for a fourth season with Meralco is to obviously win a championship. The Bolts already lost two Governors' Cup Finals to Ginebra. They now trail a third Finals by two games. "Very frustrating. They’re a great team, they got one of the best coaches in PBA history. It’s not gonna be easy," Durham said. "I’m just worried about trying to get a win on Friday and extend the series," he added. As Meralco fights for its season, Durham says they just flat out need to play better. After an embarrassing outing in Game 4, AD urges his whole team, including himself, to dig deep. "It’s not even about Xs and Os, yeah we gotta execute but we gotta have some heart," he said. "We basically gotta have heart. It’s not even about Xs and Os on Friday, We gotta come out and have some heart, and see if we want it more," Durham added.   — Follow this writer, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 16th, 2020Related News

Giannis leads Bucks in rout of Blazers

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo rebounded from his season-worst performance to tally 32 points and 17 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks routed the Portland Trail Blazers 122-101 on Saturday. Milwaukee, who are on pace to win 70 games, won for the eighth time in the last nine games to improve to 35-6 on the […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2020Related News

Jordan Clarkson shines as Jazz blast Hornets

LOS ANGELES: Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points as the Utah Jazz extended their league leading winning streak to eight games with a 102-92 win over the Charlotte Hornets. The Jazz started fast and never let up, winning their sixth consecutive home game and improving to 26-12 on the season in front of a crowd of […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2020Related News

LeBron James posts 35 points, 16 boards, Lakers beat Mavs

By The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — LeBron James had 35 points and 16 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma scored a season-high 24 points starting in place of injured star Anthony Davis, and the Los Angeles Lakers went up big early in a 129-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). James was dominant from the start to help the Lakers build a 22-point lead in the first half, which ended with Luka Doncic in a ripped jersey on a frustrating night for the 20-year-old Dallas phenom against the player he grew up admiring. Doncic, who had played James just about even while the Lakers took two of first three in the season series, had 25 points and 10 rebounds but ripped his jersey late in the first half after one of his 11 misses (8 of 19). Davis missed the first game of a road back-to-back after taking a nasty fall in a win over the Knicks in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Both leading men — James and Doncic — were without their star sidekicks for the final regular-season meeting as both fell short of a triple-double after both had one in the previous meeting in Dallas. They had seven assists apiece. Tim Hardaway finished with 22 point for Dallas. NETS 117, HEAT 113 NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 26 points and had a career-high 14 assists as Brooklyn beat Miami and snapped a seven-game losing streak. Rodions Kurucs scored 19 points and Taurean Prince added 17 for Brooklyn. Jarrett Allen finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for his team-high 17th double-double of the season. Jimmy Butler scored 33 points and Bam Adebayo added 22 for the Heat. Miami's Duncan Robinson missed a 3-pointer from the corner with 5.7 seconds left. PELICANS 123, KNICKS 111 NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 28 points, Jaxson Hayes had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans beat the Knicks. Lonzo Ball had 15 points and 11 assists, and Josh Hart added 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Pelicans won for the seventh time in nine games. Taj Gibson led the Knicks with a season-high 19 points, shooting 8 for 8 from the field. RJ Barrett scored 16 points, and Reggie Bullock and Elfrid Payton finished with 15. The Knicks lost their fifth straight following a season-best three-game winning streak. BUCKS 127, KINGS 106 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Khris Middleton had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe scored 24 and Milwaukee beat Sacramento despite an off night for Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee improved to an NBA-best 34-6 and extended the best start in franchise history. Antetokounmpo was held to a season-low 13 points and 10 rebounds. The reigning MVP took only nine shots and picked up three of his four fouls in the first half. Donte DiVincenzo had a season-high 18 points and Sterling Brown added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, which is 16-4 on the road. De’Aaron Fox had 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for Sacramento. Harrison Barnes scored 19 before limping off the court and into the locker room late in the fourth quarter. CLIPPERS 109, WARRIORS 100 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Clippers rallied from a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to defeat Golden State. The Warriors had a 93-83 lead going into the final 12 minutes before Los Angeles went on a 21-6 run the first six-plus minutes of the quarter to take control. Montrezl Harrell keyed the rally with seven of his 11 points as the Clippers went 8 of 12 from the field and forced the Warriors to go 3 of 11. The Clippers defeated the Warriors in two straight games for the first time since 2011. Glenn Robinson III and Omari Spellman scored 17 apiece for Golden State, which has lost its last seven. Alec Burks added 16. WIZARDS 111, HAWKS 101 WASHINGTON (AP) — Jordan McRae scored 29 points, Troy Brown Jr. added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Washington overcame a poor shooting performance to beat Atlanta. Atlanta, which has the worst record in the NBA, lost for the 14th time in 16 games. Trae Young, who had 42 points in a defeat to Houston on Wednesday, led the Hawks with 19 points. John Collins had his second straight double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds for Atlanta, and Alex Len had 10 points and 14 rebounds. PACERS 116, BULLS 105 CHICAGO (AP) — Myles Turner set season highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds, and short-handed Indiana withstood a huge effort by Zach LaVine to beat Chicago. The Pacers overcame 43 points by LaVine and escaped with the victory after Chicago rallied from 16 down to cut the deficit to four in the closing minutes. T.J. Warren scored 17 for Indiana after being fined $25,000 by the NBA for an altercation with Miami's Jimmy Butler on Wednesday night. The Pacers picked up their second win in three games even though they were missing two of their top players, with Malcolm Brogdon out with strep throat and Domantas Sabonis nursing a sore left knee. LaVine finished six points shy of his career high set at Charlotte in November. Coby White scored 23, but the Bulls lost their sixth straight — their worst skid since a 10-game slide in December and January last season. GRIZZLIES 134, SPURS 121 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 24 points, Ja Morant added 22 points and a season-high 14 assists and Memphis won its fourth-straight game. Dillon Brooks also scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 21 as six Memphis players scored in double figures. DeMar DeRozan matched his season-high with 36 points, and added nine assists for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes each scored 21 points, combining to go 9 of 17 from 3-point range. Rudy Gay added 13 points. JAZZ 109, HORNETS 92 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 15 points, 13 rebounds, and six blocked shots, leading Utah to a victory over Charlotte. Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 20 points off the bench. Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Georges Niang chipped in 15 while matching his career high with five 3-pointers. Utah has won eight straight games and 13 of 14. Terry Rozier scored 23 points to lead the Hornets. Miles Bridges added 11. Charlotte finished with 21 turnovers, leading to 24 points for the Jazz. The Hornets have lost three straight. The Jazz swept the regular-season series with the Hornets for the second straight season. SUNS 98, MAGIC 94 PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker scored 24 points, including late back-to-back 3-pointers, and Ricky Rubio came up with a steal and a free throw to help Phoenix rally past Orlando. The Suns scored the final eight points of the game after Nikola Vucevic knocked down a 3 from the top of the arc with 59.4 seconds left, giving the Magic a 94-90 lead, Orlando's largest of the game. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 22 points and Rubio added 11 points, 10 assists and three steals. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 28 points, 16 in the second half. Vucevic added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Terrence Ross scored 18 off the bench......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 11th, 2020Related News

Sans best, player Altas open NCAA men s volleyball three-peat bid with win

The Altas’ attack stayed relentless and their defense almost impenetrable despite playing minus Almodiel, who was cut from the roster for conduct detrimental to the team, as they steamrolled the Blazers, the same group the former swept in two games in last season’s finale on their way to an 11-game title sweep......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 11th, 2020Related News

NCAA Season 95: Lady Blazers strike down Lady Altas

Rookies Gayle Pascual and Mycah Go announced their entry in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball with inspired performances in College of St. Benilde’s, 25-17, 14-25, 25-17, 25-20, win over University of Perpetual Help on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. Pascual, a transferee from University of Sto. Tomas, anchored the Lady Blazers’ offense with 15 points with all but one coming off attacks while Go, a product of Hope Christian School, displayed an all-around game with eight points, 15 digs and seven excellent receptions. Jade Gentapa added 12 markers, Diane Ventura had nine while alternate setter Cloanne Mondonedo tallied 13 excellent receptions for CSB, which is looking to get back on the throne since winning it all in 2016. CSB head coach Jerry Yee started his newcomers in all four sets while limiting the minutes of his veterans Klarisa Abriam, who is nursing an ankle injury, setter Jewel Lai while Marites Pablo rode the bench all game long.     His rotation worked wonders in the first frame before crumbling in the second. “Siguro po kasi kami po ang naglaro sa first two sets na mga rookies so parang napi-feel pa namin ang pressure,” said Go. “Sa first set yun nga nakuha namin tapos nung second set siguro kasalanan namin kasi nag-relax kami.” The Lady Blazers opened a 7-1 lead in the third to control the frame. CSB then opened a 17-12 lead in the fourth and held on late as Perpetual tried to fight back. Costly errors by the Season 94 runner-up Lady Altas, including a wrong server violation that put CSB at match point, did them in in the end.     Jhona Rosal finished with 14 points while Bianca Tripoli and Dana Persa had 10 markers each for Perpetual.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 10th, 2020Related News

NCAA Season 95: Altas crush Blazers in early Finals rematch

Three-peat-seeking University of Perpetual Help barely felt the departure of two-time Most Valuable Player Joebert Almodiel as the Altas cruised past College of St. Benilde, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19, on Friday in a rematch of last year’s Finals in the NCAA Season 95 men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Converted hitter Louie Ramirez, who was moved from middle to open spiker, stepped up in his new found role scoring 18 points in a 17-of-36 spiking clip for the Altas, who won their 14th straight match – a winning run that started from their 2018 championship series win. Head coach Sammy Acaylar praised his men for responding to the huge challenge of facing one of the top title contenders even without scoring leader Almodiel, who was scratched from the lineup due to conduct detrimental to the team and a violation of school rules. “I always tell my player that they are going to play for the school and the community,” said Acaylar. “And it's very hard kasi na defending champion ka to maintain the championship so sabi ko lang sa kanila na ensayado tayo, well prepared tayo physically, mentally and spiritually. So they're going to contribute lang 'yun performance nila bawat isa.” Kennry Malinis and Ronniel Rosales scored 11 markers each while Gabriel Casana tallied 13 excellent sets to help the Altas hammer 45 attack points. The Las Pinas-based squad, which swept Blazers in last year’s championship, dominated CSB in their one-hour, nine minute match. Perpetual had six kill blocks and landed seven aces. Ruvince Abrot was the only Blazer in double figures with 12 points while Joshua De Sequera and Georgie Gauani finished with six each.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 10th, 2020Related News

NCAA Season 95: Lady Chiefs begin four-peat bid

Arellano University fields a solid and intact core as the Lady Chiefs begin their four-peat bid on Friday in a clash with Lyceum of the Philippines University in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Winners of four titles in the last five years, the Lady Chiefs’ campaign to extend their dynasty gets underway at 12 noon and will air via iWant.    Arellano U’s vital cogs in their previous conquests will be back, led by reigning Most Valuable Player Necole Ebuen and two-time Finals MVP Regine Arocha. Also making their return are Princess Bello, Carla Donato, Mikaela Juanich and setter Sarah Verutiao, who will pilot the Lady Chiefs’ offense after the departure of veteran playmaker Rhea Ramirez. The Lady Pirates, on the other hand lost two key players after Cherilyn Sindayen and Bien Juanillo exhausted their playing eligibility, and will bank heavily on holdovers Monica Sevilla, Mikaela Wanta and Alexandra Rafael. Meanwhile, last year’s runner-up University of Perpetual Help plunges into action at 2:00 p.m. in a clash with pre-season favorite College of St. Benilde. The Lady Altas saw the departure of scoring leader Cindy Imbo and setter Necelle Gual after Season 94’s championship stint. But the Macky Carino-mentored squad remains formidable with holdovers Jhona Rosal, Shyra Umandal and Bianca Tripoli. The Lady Blazers are out to prove their pre-season billing true with a good mix of veterans and young guns led by Klarisa Abriam, Marites Pablo, Michelle Gamit and setter Jewel Lai. Rising stars Mycah Go and Gayle Pascual, who displayed great potential in CSB’s stint in the PVL last year, are also expected to add depth to the Lady Blazers, who won the crown four years ago. The opening ceremony is set at 11:00 a.m. Arellano U and LPU will clash in the men’s division at 9:30 a.m. while grandslam-seeking Perpetual opens its campaign in an early Finals rematch with CSB at 3:30 p.m. In the juniors division, LPU and Arellano U meet in the curtain-raiser at 8:00 a.m. while five-time defending champion Perpetual collides with CSB-La Salle Greenhills at 5:00 p.m.        --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 9th, 2020Related News

Melo grabs winner as Blazers stun Raptors

   LOS ANGELES, USA – Carmelo Anthony rolled back the years with 28 points and a last-gasp winner as the Portland Trail Blazers upset the Toronto Raptors, 101-99, in the NBA on Tuesday, January 7 (Wednesday, January 8, Philippine time). Anthony finished with 7 rebounds to continue an impressive run of recent form which ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 8th, 2020Related News

Spurs season-best 3-point shooting does in Bucks, 126-104

By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan had 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs had a season-high 19 3-pointers to beat Milwaukee 126-104 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), snapping the Bucks' five-game winning streak. Patty Mills added 21 points, including 6 for 10 on 3-pointers, for San Antonio (15-20). LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay added 18 points each. The Spurs finished 19 for 35 on 3-pointers and shot 51 percent overall. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee and Donte DiVincenzo added 16 points. The Bucks, whose last loss was Dec. 25 (Dec. 26, PHL time) at Philadelphia, maintain the league’s best record at 32-6. Milwaukee defeated San Antonio 127-118 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at home but could not maintain its early momentum in a rare home-and-home, back-to-back games. Milwaukee opened the game with three straight 3-pointers but San Antonio went on a 13-4 run in taking its first lead at 15-13. DeRozan blocked Antetokounmpo layup during the run, tying up the 6-foot-11 forward as he drove through the lane and forcing a jump ball. Seven players would score in the first quarter for San Antonio, including nine by DeRozan. The Spurs followed that up with 38 points in the second quarter, their highest total in that quarter all season and third-highest in any quarter. San Antonio was 12 for 20 on 3-pointers in the first half in building an 18-point lead and tying a franchise record for the most 3s in any half. Mills continued the dominance in the third quarter, forcing a defensive switch on Robin Lopez by driving the lane, sprinting to the 3-point line, faking a drive and then hitting a step-back 3 over the 7-footer to give San Antonio a 91-79 lead with 22.5 seconds remaining. TIP-INS Bucks: Milwaukee G Pat Connaughton missed the game with a bruised right thigh. Connaughton had five points and four rebounds in 18 minutes Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against the Spurs. … DiVincenzo reached double figures for the 16th time this season but first since scoring 10 against Atlanta on Dec. 27 (Dec. 28, PHL time) … The Bucks trail their all-time series with the Spurs, 41-50, but had won five of the previous six meetings after losing nine straight to San Antonio. Spurs: Aldridge has 7,781 career field goals, surpassing former Spurs teammate Tony Parker for 43rd in league history … Murray joined Alvin Roberts and Willie Anderson as the only players in franchise history with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 400 assists in their first 150 career games. … San Antonio also made 12 3-pointers in the first half at Charlotte on Dec. 8, 2012. UP NEXT Bucks: At Golden State on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Spurs: At Boston on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 7th, 2020Related News

Whiteside’s return to Miami doesn’t go exactly as planned

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Pres MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside had a big game and the Miami Heat won. That wouldn’t have seemed so conflicting a year ago. Whiteside is having perhaps the best season of his career now, in his first year with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Heat, at 26-10, are off to their best start since the final season of the LeBron James era in Miami. And on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time), it was Whiteside vs. the Heat for the first time since the trade that sent him to the Trail Blazers this past summer. Whiteside had 21 points and 18 rebounds. The Heat won anyway, 122-111. “It’s been surreal,” Whiteside said of his return to Miami. “It feels so different, you know? Even coming into the building a different way. You know, I didn’t know which way to go. I’ve never even been in this away locker room. I didn’t know what it even looked like.” He got booed early and often by Heat fans, and Whiteside seemed genuinely confused by that postgame. He wasn’t always the most popular Heat player -- despite winning the league rebounding title one season in Miami and winning the blocked shots title another year -- and was often criticized over a perception that he wasn’t always giving his all. Last summer, Whiteside shouted “We’ve got shooters” on social media after the trade to Portland. Heat fans perceived that as a shot at their team, and serenaded him with that same chant in the latter moments of Sunday’s win. “I didn’t really realize they felt it was a diss,” Whiteside said. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he still remembers a 90-minute meeting with Whiteside several years ago inside a lounge at the team’s arena. From that meeting, the Heat decided that Whiteside was worth trying to resurrect after years of him bouncing around internationally and in what’s now called the G League. “I developed a strong relationship with Hassan because I’ve arguably spent as much time with him as any other player and I love his story,” Spoelstra said. “I really do. I love guys that have to overcome something or people discount them.” Whiteside hasn’t had to overcome much this season. He’s playing exceptionally well. The NBA started officially recording blocked shots in 1973 and since then only seven players have finished a full season averaging what Whiteside is averaging now -- 15.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 2.8 blocked shots. It’s pretty much a who’s-who of big men: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (he did it three times), Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Walton, Dwight Howard, Elvin Hayes and Bob McAdoo. Whiteside picked a perfect time to be in their company, given that this is a contract year. His $98 million, four-year deal that the Heat gave him with no reservation is about to run out. And he has been markedly better in every category this season. Points, up. Shooting, up. Free throw shooting, up an astounding 32% -- he was one of the NBA’s worst last season at 45% and is up to 77% this season. Blocks, up. Minutes, up. He says it is a byproduct of more opportunity. Whiteside wanted to play more minutes in Miami. Portland is giving him a workload to his liking. “I’m just out there longer,” Whiteside said. “I’m just out there playing 30 minutes a game. I never felt like my production changed. You guys know better than me. You all can run the per-36 minutes. You can run it every year for my NBA career and it’s going to pretty much stay around the same.” He’s right. Starting with the 2014-15 season, Whiteside’s per-36 averages have ranged basically between 18 to 20 points per game, 15 to 18 rebounds per game. “People here in Miami know what he is capable of doing,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “And he’s been doing that for us.” Being traded last summer -- it was a four-team trade, the principal moves being ones that brought Jimmy Butler from Philadelphia to Miami, Meyers Leonard from Portland to Miami, sent Josh Richardson from Miami to Philadelphia and Whiteside from Miami to Portland -- reminded Whiteside of the business side of the game. So is the noise that’s percolating now. Whiteside is in the final year of his $98 million, four-year deal that he signed with Miami. Expiring contracts, like his, tend to be attractive trade chips. The Blazers are only 15-22 this season and could be looking to deal, and have been one of the teams believed to have interest in Cleveland’s Kevin Love. Whiteside’s deal would seem to work if Cleveland wanted to move Love to Portland. If Whiteside is hearing any whispers of what may or may not happen, he insists that he’s not being affected. “All I can control is what I can control,” Whiteside said. “I just play.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 6th, 2020Related News

Hornets sting Mavs, Hawks down Pacers as ageless Carter makes NBA history

LOS ANGELES: Terry Rozier drained the go-ahead three-pointer in overtime as the Charlotte Hornets withstood a triple-double from Dallas star Luka Doncic to beat the Mavericks 123-120 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Rozier’s 29 points included the trey that put Charlotte up for good with 41.9 seconds left in the extra session, as well as […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJan 5th, 2020Related News

Grizzlies take advantage of George s absence to top Clippers

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jae Crowder scored 27 points and the Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of Los Angeles star Paul George's absence to rout the Clippers 140-114 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 points, and Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks had 22 points each to help Memphis improve to 7-10 on the road with its highest scoring game of the season. Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 28 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams added 24 points each. The team appeared out of sorts from the start without George. He sat out with left hamstring tightness and Los Angeles clearly missed his defense. The usually stoic Leonard complained to the referees, who hit him with a technical after the halftime buzzer. Coach Doc Rivers stayed on court discussing it and was unhappy about other calls in the game. The Grizzlies raced to an 18-point lead to open the game, highlighted by a 16-2 run that included four 3-pointers. By the time Williams made the Clippers' first 3-pointer late in the second, cutting their deficit to seven, the Grizzlies had already connected on 10 3s. Los Angeles never got closer. BUCKS 127, SPURS 118 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 of his 32 points in the third quarter to help NBA-leading Milwaukee beat San Antonio. The Bucks improved to 32-5 with their fifth straight victory since a Christmas Day loss in Philadelphia. Eric Bledsoe added 21 points. Khris Middleton scored 20 points for the Bucks and backup center Robin Lopez had 14 points in 19 minutes. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 26 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 — all the first half. RAPTORS 121, NETS 102 NEW YORK (AP) — Fred VanVleet had 29 points and 11 assists, Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and Toronto bounced back from its worst offensive performance of the season to beat slumping Brooklyn. Serge Ibaka finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors. They were held to season lows for points and shooting in their 84-76 loss in Miami, when they hit just 31.5% overall and went 6 for 42 from 3-point range (14.3%.). Toronto made 13 3s and beat Brooklyn for the 17th time in 18 meetings. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 23 points for the Nets. They have lost five straight games. CELTICS 111, BULLS 104 CHICAGO (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 28 points, Gordon Hayward added 24 and Boston beat Chicago. The Celtics hung on for their eighth win in nine games after a 16-point lead dwindled to three in the fourth quarter. Tatum hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left to bump the lead to seven, and the Atlantic Division leaders came out on top after rallying from 18 down to beat Atlanta on Friday night. Zach LaVine scored 35 points for Chicago. HORNETS 123, MAVERICKS 120, OT DALLAS (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 29 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime after his tying basket in regulation, and Charlotte outlasted Dallas. Luka Doncic set a Dallas season record with his NBA-leading 10th triple-double, finishing with 39 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Devonte Graham had 27 points and 13 assists to help the Hornets win their second straight after a season-worst six-game losing streak. WIZARDS 129, NUGGETS 114 WASHINGTON (AP) — Ish Smith scored a career-high 32 points and Troy Brown added 25 and a career-high 14 rebounds in Washington’s victory over Denver. After Denver took a 101-99 lead with 9:33 left on Mason Plumlee's dunk, the Wizards scored the next 11 with the run eventually reaching 19-2 for a 118-103 lead with 4:48 remaining. Smith scored 11 points in that stretch, capping the surge with a 3-pointer. Jamal Murray scored all 39 of his points after the first quarter for Denver. The Nuggets have lost two of three on their five-game trip. JAZZ 109, MAGIC 96 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and Georges Niang added 15 off the bench to help Utah beat Orlando for its fifth straight victory. Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points, Emmanuel Mudiay scored 12 points and Joe Ingles had 11. Terrence Ross led Orlando with 24 points. Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 11 rebounds. THUNDER 121, CAVALIERS 106 CLEVELAND (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 22 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 20 and Oklahoma City beat Cleveland to run its winning streak to five. Danilo Gallinari added 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and Steven Adams grabbed 16 rebounds. Collin Sexton scored 30 points for Cleveland. PISTONS 111, WARRIORS 104 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andre Drummond had 14 points and 18 rebounds before fouling out late, Derrick Rose scored 22 points off the bench and Detroit beat Golden State to snap a three-game losing streak. Reserve guard Alec Burks contributed 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Golden State's fourth straight defeat following a four-game winning streak. Draymond Green was ejected with 4:57 left in the third. HAWKS 116, PACERS 111 ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 30 of his 41 points in the first half, Kevin Huerter added a season-high 26 points and Atlanta beat Indiana after blowing a 22-point lead. Domantas Sabonis had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana. Justin Holiday added 18 points. PELICANS 117, KINGS 115 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — JJ Redick’s driving layup with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted New Orleans over Sacramento. Lonzo Ball had 24 points with 10 assists and Redick scored 18 as the Pelicans won for the fifth time in six games. Nemanja Bjelica converted a four-point play for Sacramento with 4.2 seconds left to tie it at 115. Harrison Barnes scored 30 points to lead the Kings, and Buddy Hield added 24......»»

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Harden has 44 points in triple-double, Rockets beat 76ers

By The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Houston Rockets’ 118-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). On a “Flashback Friday” in which the Rockets wore retro ketchup-and-mustard uniforms from their back-to-back NBA title days in the mid-90s, Harden sported a white headband and cornrows. Harden hit a deep step-back 3-pointer over Josh Richardson with 1:17 left in the game that put Houston up 10. On the next possession, he found Clint Capela with an alley-oop for a thunderous dunk. Capela was a point shy of his career high in scoring with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Ben Simmons led Philadelphia with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists and four blocks, which matched a career high. Tobias Harris scored 24 points, and Joel Embiid added 20 points and 12 rebounds. The 76ers have lost four straight, their longest skid since dropping five in a row in Dec. 2017. LAKERS 123, PELICANS 113 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 46 points against his former team, Danny Green added 25 and Los Angeles rolled over New Orleans. It was Davis' second straight 40-point game against the team he played seven seasons for after he was the top overall pick in 2012. He also had 13 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season. LeBron James had 17 points and 15 assists for the Lakers, who have won four straight after having a season-high, four-game losing streak. Former Lakers Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram led New Orleans in their return to Staples Center. Ball scored a team-high 23 points and Ingram added 22 as the Pelicans had their four-game winning streak snapped. MAGIC 105, HEAT 85 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Terrence Ross scored 25 points, Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Orlando shut down Miami in the fourth quarter. Miami scored only six points in the fourth quarter, going 3 for 19 from the field. Jimmy Butler had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat. Aaron Gordon had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, and Evan Fournier scored 15 points. One day after holding the Toronto Raptors to 6-of-42 shooting from 3-point range in a victory in Miami, the Heat shot 7 for 37 from long range and 37.5% overall. CELTICS 109, HAWKS 106 BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Boston Celtics overcome an 18-point, first-quarter deficit against Atlanta. Marcus Smart started in place of the flu-ridden Kemba Walker and scored 15 points, adding nine assists and hitting a 3-pointer that gave Boston a four-point lead with 43 seconds left. Gordon Hayward scored 18 points, and Enes Kanter had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Trae Young scored 28 points with 10 assists for the Hawks. They beat Orlando on Monday to snap a 10-game losing streak. TRAIL BLAZERS 122, WIZARDS 103 WASHINGTON (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 35 points and CJ McCollum added 24 in Portland’s victory over Washington. Hassan Whiteside added 23 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks to help Portland snap a five-game losing streak. Jordan McRae scored a season-high 35 points, for Washington. Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas was ejected less than 1 1/2 minutes into the game for making contact with an official. Thomas was tied up along the sideline by Portland's Carmelo Anthony. As Thomas broke away from Anthony, he made contact with referee Marat Kogut, who stumbled into the crowd. SUNS 120, KNICKS 112 PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker scored 38 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 29 and Phoenix rallied in the fourth quarter to beat New York. Phoenix won for the third time in four games. Aron Baynes added 20 points and 12 rebounds, ande Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 13 boards. Booker scored at least 30 points for the fifth straight game, the longest streak of his career and tying a franchise high. Oubre shot 11 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Former Suns forward Marcus Morris scored 25 points for New York......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 4th, 2020Related News

Trump hits campaign trail with pitch to evangelicals

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Donald Trump benefited from the fierce support of evangelicals in 2016 and cannot afford to lose those voters if he wants to win a second term in November. So the Republican incumbent is beginning the election year with a pitch to seal up the backing ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 3rd, 2020Related News

Rookie sizzles in Nuggets’ win

RESULTS Hornets 109, Cavaliers 106 Nuggets 124, Pacers 116 Heat 84, Raptors 76 Jazz 102, Bulls 98 Timberwolves 99, Warriors 84 Mavericks 123, Nets 111 Thunder 109, Spurs 103 Kings 128, Grizzlies 123 Clippers 126, Pistons 112 LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Rookie Michael Porter Jr. scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Denver Nuggets […].....»»

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