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Spurs losing streak puts playoff run at risk

By Michael C. Wright, NBA.com The number 22 became pertinent to the plight of the San Antonio Spurs after they lost their seventh straight Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), falling 138-132 to the Washington Wizards. The club’s current seven-game freefall matches its longest in 22 years, dating back to Gregg Popovich’s first season as head coach, when the Spurs suffered through skids of seven and eight games. Perhaps most alarming is that San Antonio’s NBA-record tying run of 22-straight postseason appearances might now be in jeopardy of ending in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. “It’s extremely frustrating, especially being on this losing streak,” said DeMar DeRozan, who led the Spurs with 31 points as one of the team’s eight double-figures scorers. “It sucks to lose. On the streak that we are on, every single game that we have lost has felt worse than the last one.” The Spurs certainly worked behind the scenes to prevent this outcome. Seeking an offensive spark after countless slow starts through the first 15 games, Popovich shook up the starting lineup Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), opting for veteran reserve Patty Mills at point guard over Dejounte Murray, in addition to inserting Jakob Poeltl with the first team. The move netted a quick return, as San Antonio scored a season-high 69 points in the first half to go into intermission ahead six points. DeRozan and Bryn Forbes combined for 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting. “You know, we started out better. That’s what we wanted to do,” Popovich said. “Bad third quarter. All in all, if you score 132 points, you should probably have a pretty good chance to win a game. The bad news is if you give up 138, you’re probably not gonna [win]. I’m just a really smart guy. Yeah, I’m figuring that’s logical, right? You know, [giving up] 138 [points], it’s probably going to be tough to win that game.” Popovich finished those remarks and took only one question. He, like the rest of the Spurs, continues to search for answers. Washington inflicted most of its damage in the third quarter, thanks to 21 points from Bradley Beal, who produced his fourth-consecutive game with 30-plus points (33), the longest such streak of his career. The Wizards outscored San Antonio 38-29 in the third quarter, hitting a blistering 61.5% from the floor and 83.3% from deep (5-of-6). Beal shot 3-of-9 in the first half before catching fire in the third quarter. “A guy like that, I think he had like six points coming out of halftime,” DeRozan said. “A guy like that, you’ve got to expect him to turn it up, even if he misses shots.” Added Mills: “No matter what he shoots in the first half, you know he is going to come out smoking in the second half, and that’s is what he did.” He wasn’t the only one. Isaiah Thomas, Ish Smith and Moritz Wagner each knocked down 3-of-4 from 3-point range, while former Spur Davis Bertans hit 4-of-7. Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant also drained the only 3-pointers they attempted. The Wizards would finish the game shooting 60% from behind the arc, which ranks as their best percentage from range of the season, not to mention the highest percentage in team history in a game in which they launched 30 or more attempts from deep. Washington’s 138 points ranks as the most against the Spurs in Wizards' history. San Antonio’s latest setback marks the second consecutive loss in its current four-game road trip with matchups on the horizon Friday (Saturday, PHL time) at Philadelphia, followed by a Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) date with the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The competition only intensifies when the Spurs return to the AT&T Center on Monday to host the Los Angeles Lakers, which boast the league’s best record (12-2). The concern now is whether San Antonio has dug itself into an insurmountable hole that threatens to swallow up prospects for a 23rd-consecutive postseason berth. “I don’t look at it that way,” DeRozan said. “It’s a long season. We are worried about now. It’s not like we are 50 or 60 games in. It’s still early. Just as we are on this bad streak, we can start a positive streak as well.” Michael C. Wright is a senior writer for NBA.com. 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......»»

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Vucevic, Fournier help Magic hold off Wizards

ORLANDO, Florida  — Markelle Fultz is fitting in nicely with the Orlando Magic. The former No. 1 overall pick had 19 points and the deciding defensive play in a 125-121 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night (Monday morning, November 18, 2019, Philippine Time). Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 17 rebounds and Evan […] The post Vucevic, Fournier help Magic hold off Wizards appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 18th, 2019Related News

Harden drops 44 as Rockets ground Pacers; Hornets win

Rockets 111, Pacers 102 Hornets 109, Pistons 106 Thunder 127, 76ers 119 (OT) Wizards 137, Wolves 116 Grizzlies 107, Jazz 106 Magic 111, Spurs 109 Lakers 99, Kings 97   LOS ANGELES (AFP) – James Harden scored 44 points and had eight rebounds as the Houston Rockets beat the Indiana Pacers, 111-102, on Friday night […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2019Related News

Nunn, Adebayo lead Heat past Cavaliers 108-97

By Steve Herrick, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points, Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Miami led the entire game and was up by 27 points in the third quarter. The Heat (8-3) have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. Miami lead 96-74 early in the fourth before Cleveland rallied. Kevin Love hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, cutting the Cavaliers’ deficit to 98-88 with seven minutes remaining. Jimmy Butler's basket in the lane and a 3-pointer by Duncan Robinson helped stop Cleveland's charge and Miami maintained a double-figure lead. Rookie Tyler Herro, who missed Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) game with an ankle injury, had 16 points, while Butler finished with 14. Love had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, while Collin Sexton added 15 points. Cleveland was coming off a 2-1 road trip and nearly beat Philadelphia on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) before losing 98-97. The Cavaliers' chances of staying with another of the league's top teams were hit with an early run. Miami made consecutive 3-pointers to take a 9-0 lead, forcing Cleveland coach John Beilein to use a timeout less than two minutes into the game. The Heat continued to roll and had a 32-15 advantage late in the period. Miami was 15 of 25 from the field and didn't go to the foul line in the quarter. Cleveland regrouped briefly and cut the lead to 40-34 before Miami took control again with a stretch that included a 15-2 run and continued for the final nine minutes of the quarter. Herro scored 12 points in the period and helped push the lead to 68-44 at halftime. Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. appeared to injure his left hand on a breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter. He went to the locker room and didn't return. Nance has played with his left thumb wrapped for several games. The Heat shot 43 of 79 from the field and made 12 of 30 from 3-point range. TIP-INS Heat: F James Johnson was available after being out Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) because of illness, but didn't play. ... Robinson played for Beilein at the University of Michigan. ... Justise Winslow (concussion), Derrick Jones Jr. (hip), KZ Okpala (Achilles) were out for Miami. Cavaliers: Cleveland was 13 of 15 from the foul line in the first half, and still trailed by 22 points. ... F Tristan Thompson, who had eight doubles-doubles in the first 10 games, was held to two points and three rebounds in 23 minutes. UP NEXT Heat: Host New Orleans on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Miami swept the two-game season series over the Pelicans by 11 total points in 2018-19. Cavaliers: Host Philadelphia on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The 76ers beat visiting Cleveland 98-97 on a Joel Embiid dunk with 14 seconds left Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2019Related News

Celtics beat Wizards 140-133 despite 44 points from Beal

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 25 points and the Celtics overcame 44 points from Bradley Beal to beat the Washington Wizards 140-133 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), Boston’s ninth straight victory. Jayson Tatum bounced back from a historically bad shooting night with 23 points, Jaylen Brown scored 22 and Enes Kanter had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics. Boston has not lost since the season-opener at Philadelphia, its longest streak since winning 16 in a row in the 2017-18 season. Rui Hachimura scored 21 points and Davis Bertans had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who lost their third straight game, and for the sixth time in seven games. Former Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, who led Boston to the 2017 Eastern Conference finals, scored 18 and had seven assists. Boston led by two at the half and made it a six-point game after three quarters. After Bertans hit a 3 to open the fourth and make it 102-99, the Celtics ran off the next 10 points. Boston led by 16 points, 137-121, with 3:39 left in the game before the Wizards ran off 12 in a row. Walker hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left to preserve the victory, and Hachimura missed a 3 at the other end. Thomas received a standing ovation when he was introduced before the game. When he went to the free throw line in the fourth quarter, a few fans even broke out in an “M-V-P!” chant. Celtics F Gordon Hayward watched from the bench, two days after he had surgery on his broken left hand. He is expected to miss six weeks. Carsen Edwards, a second-round draft choice, had a career-high 18 points for Boston. TIP-INS Wizards: Thomas was back for the third time since he was traded to Cleveland as part of the 2017 deal that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston. He was inactive the first time, with Cleveland, and scored zero points in seven minutes when he returned with the Nuggets on March 18, 2018. Celtics: Tatum was 1 for 18 in the victory over Dallas on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and then posted a picture of himself working on his shot later that night. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the second-worst shooting performance by a Celtics player in the last 65 seasons, and matched the second-worst shooting percentage by a player on a winning team in 65 years (minimum 15 shots). He was 9 for 20 from the field and 1 for 5 from 3-point range against Washington. UP NEXT Wizards: Visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Celtics: Visit the Golden State Warriors on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 14th, 2019Related News

Embiid scores 27, leads 76ers past Cavaliers 98-97

By Aaron Bracy, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 27 points, including the go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining, to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 98-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Embiid's two-handed slam WINS it for the @sixers! #PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/M5dBQ7xYSn — NBA (@NBA) November 13, 2019 Josh Richardson added 17 points and Ben Simmons had 15 for Philadelphia, which won despite missing 30 of 38 3-point attempts. Tobias Harris missed all 11 of his 3-point tries. Jordan Clarkson and Kevin Love each had 20 points to pace Cleveland. Collin Sexton added 18 points and Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers trailed for most of the contest, but took advantage of Philadelphia's poor shooting in the fourth quarter, going up by as many as five points on three occasions. Cleveland led 97-92 with 3:34 remaining after Sexton's driving layup, but the Cavaliers wouldn't score again. Harris pulled Philadelphia within 97-94 with a follow layup and then hit a 17-footer on the ensuing possession to make it a one-point game with 1:42 left. Cleveland had chances to build the lead after that, but Love missed a close-range shot before a shot-clock violation on the Cavaliers' next possession. The 76ers were having their own trouble scoring with Richardson and Embiid failing to convert on consecutive possessions. After a timeout with 26.6 seconds left, coach Brett Brown called a high-percentage play with Harris finding Embiid close to the basket. Embiid slammed it home to give the 76ers their first lead, 98-97, since early in the fourth quarter. Cleveland had a chance to win it, but Love's attempt from the top of the key rimmed out. Simmons returned after missing two games due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, but Philadelphia played without Al Horford (rest). Philadelphia missed its first eight 3-pointers before Embiid connected from long range with 1:49 left in the first quarter. The 76ers finished the first period 1 for 11 from the arc with Harris missing all five of his 3-point attempts. The 76ers finished the first half going 3 for 20 from 3-point range, but led 54-48. TIP-INS Cavaliers: Kevin Porter Jr. returned in the second half after appearing to injure his hip early in the second quarter. Porter finished with four points. . John Henson (hamstring) and Ante Zizic (foot) sat out. 76ers: Shake Milton (knee) and Trey Burke (left calf) didn't play. UP NEXT Cavaliers: Host Miami on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). 76ers: At Orlando on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2019Related News

Fil-Ams in hot NBA start

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson are off to a strong start in the NBA this season with both Fil-Ams providing a lift to their teams......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsNov 12th, 2019Related News

PBA: Wells out as SMB goes with John Holland as import

Plan B is in effect for San Miguel Beer. The Beermen are replacing Dez Wells as import in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, going with John Holland starting Saturday against Rain or Shine in Cebu. Holland is the latest former NBA player to suit up as import in the PBA. He had a previous stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. San Miguel is in fourth place in the team standings with a 6-3 record but they played Wednesday against Blackwater without Wells. The Beermen needed overtime to escape the Elite. Wells was a super scorer for the Beermen but he had an ankle injury during San Miguel’s two-game losing skid mid conference.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Cavs guard Porter gets one-game NBA ban for ref contact

    NEW YORK, USA – Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Monday, November 4 (Tuesday, November 5, Philippine time) for improperly making contact with a game official, the league announced. The incident took place at the end of the 3rd quarter of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 5th, 2019Related News

Cavaliers, Warriors sustain top form in UNTV meet games tomorrow

PNP vs GSISDefending champion Armed Forces of the Philippines extended its winning streak to five games while Department of Environment and Natural Resources stunned Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission, 80-77, in the 8th UNTV Cup held over the weekend at the Pasig City Sports Center......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsNov 4th, 2019Related News

Doncic triple-double powers Mavericks over Cavaliers 131-111

By Brian Dulik, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Luka Doncic posted his second straight triple-double — and third of the season — with 29 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high tying 15 assists, powering the Dallas Mavericks to a 131-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points and nine rebounds and Boban Marjanovic had 12 points and eight boards off the bench for the Mavericks, who are 3-0 on the road for the first time since their championship season of 2010-2011. The reigning Rookie of the Year completed his triple-double with 3:44 left in the third quarter on an assist to Marjanovic. The 6-foot-7 Slovenian had 11 points, four boards and five assists during the period as Dallas built an 86-76 advantage. Two nights earlier, Doncic collected 31 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a 119-110 overtime loss to the Lakers. His 11 career triple-doubles before the age of 21 are an NBA record, four more than Magic Johnson’s previous mark. Kevin Love had a season-high 29 points and eight rebounds and Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points for the Cavaliers, who lost for the first time in three home games under coach John Beilein. Cleveland seized a 23-15 lead as Love scored 13 points in the first seven minutes. Doncic sank his first five shots, including three 3-pointers, and delivered a highlight-worthy, behind-the-back pass while driving down the lane to Porzingis for a trey. He had 16 points, eight boards and seven assists as Dallas carried a 58-53 lead into halftime. Neither team attempted a free throw in the first half until Cleveland center Tristan Thompson went to the line with 38 seconds left in the second quarter. Seth Curry subsequently shot a pair on the Mavericks’ final possession. Thompson had 11 points and 12 rebounds, reaching double figures in the latter for the sixth game in a row to start the season. Jalen Brunson scored 14 points and Curry had 13 as Dallas had seven players score 10 or more points. STILL SALTY Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle wasn’t placated by the NBA’s official report stating that Lakers C Dwight Howard should have been called for an offensive foul against Mavericks G Seth Curry before Danny Green buried a 3-pointer to force OT Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Hopefully (next time), the officials call an obvious foul on the other team at the end,” he said sternly. “We were one whistle away from a huge win.” FAN CLUB At 66, Beilein of the Cavaliers is the oldest, non-interim, first-time coach in NBA history. Carlisle is delighted to have him in the league after 41 seasons at the college level. “He’s a brilliant coach and I’ve been a fan of his for over a decade,” Carlisle said. “He doesn’t need any advice from me. He’s a very experienced coach and is highly, highly qualified to be in this league.” TIP-INS Mavericks: C Maxi Kleber (right knee bruise) was inactive, but Carlisle said his injury was “not serious” and expects the third-year pro to return to practice Tuesday. . Curry played in one game with Cleveland as a rookie on March 22, 2014. . Assistant coach Jenny Boucek was a member of the Cleveland Rockers of the WNBA. Cavaliers: G Matthew Dellavedova (personal reasons) was unavailable for the second straight game. G Brandon Knight, who did not appear in Cleveland’s first four contests, had 10 points while filling in for him as the backup point guard. .. Love had a streak of five straight double-doubles to open the season snapped. UP NEXT Mavericks: Host Orlando on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Dallas has won seven straight over the Magic at American Airlines Center. Cavaliers: Host Boston on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). The Celtics swept their four-game season series with Cleveland in 2018-2019......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 4th, 2019Related News

Korkmaz hits late 3-pointer, 76ers top Trail Blazers 129-128

By The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Furkan Korkmaz made a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied for their fifth straight victory to start the season, 129-128 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). ???????????? ???????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/f52lsN1tp3 — Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 3, 2019 Anfernee Simons made a corner 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to put Portland in front, but the Sixers got the ball back after a timeout to set up Korkmaz's falling-down, 24-footer for the win — without suspended center Joel Embiid. Philadelphia is the last undefeated team in the NBA with its first 5-0 start since 2000-01. Embiid served the first of a two-game suspension for an altercation with Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns during the 76ers' 117-95 home victory Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Al Horford added 25 points for Philadelphia. Damian Lillard led Portland with 33 points, hitting eight of Portland's 19 3-pointers. BUCKS 115, RAPTORS 105 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists to lead Milwaukee past Toronto in the first meeting between the teams since the Eastern Conference finals. Eric Bledsoe added 14 points and five assists, and Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez each had 11 points. The Bucks had the best record in the East last season and took a 2-0 lead over the Raptors in the conference finals, but Toronto took the next four en route to its first NBA championship. In this rematch, Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 36 points and Pascal Siakam had 16 for Toronto. PISTONS 113, NETS 109 DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 25 points and 20 rebounds, Bruce Brown added career highs of 22 points and seven assists and Detroit beat Brooklyn. Luke Kennard finished with 24 points and helped seal it with a driving basket and two free throws in the final 30 seconds of both teams' second game in two nights. Drummond had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the third straight game and fourth time in seven games this season. He added six assists, five blocks and three steals. Kyrie Irving had his first triple-double with Brooklyn with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Taurean Prince added 20 points. SUNS 114, GRIZZLIES 105 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 21 points and Aron Baynes hit a career-high four 3-pointers and had 20 points in Phoenix's victory over Memphis. The two combined to shoot 14 of 23 from the field and the Suns finished at 50%, going 14 of 34 from 3-point range. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 15 points and Frank Kaminsky had 14. Rookie Ja Morant led Memphis with 24 points and seven assists, Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke each had 16 points, and Clarke added 11 rebounds. HORNETS 93, WARRIORS 87 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Terry Rozier made a short go-ahead jumper and added two free throws with 4.9 seconds left after missing three straight, and Charlotte held off injury-depleted Golden State. Dwayne Bacon scored 25 points while Rozier finished with 20 points and seven assists to help the Hornets win their second straight after back-to-back losses to the Lakers and Clippers. Erich Paschall had a season-high 25 points for Golden State while starting in place of injured Draymond Green. Green suffered a torn ligament in his left index finger on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), joining a long list of injured Warriors. Golden State is 1-5. NUGGETS 91, MAGIC 87 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 22 points, Nikola Jokic had 20 points and seven rebounds and both made big late plays to help Denver beat Orlando. Jokic hit a shot from the corner with 1:53 left to put Denver up 84-81. Murray made a jumper with 1:24 left, drove for a dunk and an 88-83 lead with 35 seconds remaining, and wrapped up the victory with two free throws with 5.1 seconds left. Nikola Vuevic scored 24 points for Orlando. Aaron Gordon added 21 points and nine rebounds. TIMBERWOLVES 131, WIZARDS 109 WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Robert Covington and Jarrett Culver each added 20 and Minnesota cruised past Washington. Minnesota improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2012-13. They played with Karl-Anthony Towns serving the first of a two-game suspension for an altercation with Philadelphia's Joel Embiid on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Bradley Beal scored 30 points for Washington. The Wizards are 1-4. THUNDER 115, PELICANS 104 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points and eight rebounds in Oklahoma City's victory over New Orleans. Dennis Schroder and rookie Darius Bazley each added 17 points, Danilo Gallinari had 16 points and Chris Paul finished with 15 points and nine assists. JJ Redick scored 17 points for the Pelicans......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 3rd, 2019Related News

LeBron James has triple-double, Lakers beat Mavs in OT

By The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Anthony Davis started overtime with back-to-back dunks after Danny Green's buzzer-beating 3-pointer in regulation, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-110 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). LeBron James and young Dallas phenom Luka Doncic had matching triple-doubles, with the 10th of Doncic's career extending the 20-year-old's record for triple-doubles for players under 21. James is third on that list with five. James had a season-high 39 points with 16 assists and 12 rebounds. The 15-time All-Star converted a three-point play on a layup for a 110-103 lead in overtime. Dallas got closer with five straight points from Doncic before a punctuating 3-pointer from James. Doncic finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists. Davis had 31 points and eight rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 16 points and nine boards after a fast start for the 7-foot-3 Latvian in the best test yet of big-name duos for the young Dallas pair from Europe. Kyle Kuzma made his season debut for the Lakers with nine points and three rebounds in 19 minutes. NETS 123, ROCKETS 116 NEW YORK (AP) — Taurean Prince had 27 points and 12 rebounds and Brooklyn slowed down James Harden and Houston. Two nights after scoring a franchise-record 159 points in a victory at Washington, the Rockets couldn't get nearly enough shots to drop after opening an early 15-point lead. They went 12 for 48 from 3-point range, with Harden a dismal 2 for 16. Harden finished with 36 points and eight assists, but he was 10 for 31 from the field. Russell Westbrook added 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Neither Harden nor Kyrie Irving was at his best in a matchup of the NBA's two leading scorers. Harden came in leading the league with 36.8 points per game and scored 59 in the Washington outburst. Irving came in at 35.3 per game, He finished with 22 points on 7-for-18 shooting with 10 assists. Caris LeVert scored 25 points for Brooklyn. KINGS 102, JAZZ 101 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored on an offensive rebound with 2.9 seconds remaining after Nemanja Bjelica's missed 3-pointer, and Sacramento won its first game of the season, snapping a five-game skid. Donovan Mitchell's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer grazed the front of the rim. De'Aaron Fox scored 25 points, Buddy Hield had 18 and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 14 to help the Kings (1-5) end their worst start in nearly 30 years. Sacramento entered the game as the only winless team in the NBA. Mitchell had 24 points for the Jazz (4-2). Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Mike Conley scored 19. CELTICS 104, KNICKS 102 BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum hit a turnaround jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining and Boston beat New York for its fourth straight victory. Tatum finished with 24 points. Kemba Walker scored 23 of his 33 points in the second half, and Gordon Hayward had 13 points and nine boards. Marcus Morris led the Knicks with 29 points, hitting a tying 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left. Rookie RJ Barrett had 15 points and seven rebounds. BUCKS 123, MAGIC 91 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 14 rebounds and Milwaukee routed Orlando. Eric Bledsoe added 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, and Khris Middleton added 16 points and six rebounds. The Bucks were coming off a 116-105 loss at Boston on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Evan Fournier led Orlando with 19 points. BULLS 112, PISTONS 106 CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 26 points, Otto Porter Jr. added 22 and Chicago overcame a big effort by Derrick Rose against his former team to beat Detroi. Rose delighted the hometown crowd with 23 points and seven assists. But the Bulls came away with the win after dropping three in a row while handing the Pistons their fourth loss in five games. LaVine put Chicago ahead for good with back-to-back 3-pointers and added four free throws in the final 11.5 seconds. Porter shot 8 of 12, nailing three 3s. Wendell Carter Jr. added 16 points and 11 rebounds. PACERS 102, CAVALIERS 95 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help injury-depleted Indiana beat Cleveland for its first home victory of the season. Jeremy Lamb added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and 17 rebounds. The Pacers have won two in a row after opening the season 0-3. Kevin Love led Cleveland with 22 points and 17 rebounds. SPURS 127, WARRIORS 110 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Patty Mills came off the bench to score 31 points and San Antonio beat Golden State, hours after the Warriors learned they will be without injured star Stephen Curry for at least three months. LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points for the Spurs (4-1), who were coming off their first loss of the season a night earlier. D'Angelo Russell led Golden State (1-4) with 30 points. The game was an indication of the uphill battle facing Golden State without Curry, who underwent surgery after breaking his left hand Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) against Phoenix. Russell couldn't carry the Warriors alone, even with three teammates in double figures. Rookie Jordan Poole scored 20......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 2nd, 2019Related News

Rookie Ladder: With Zion out, surprises take top spots

By Drew Packham, NBA.com With one injury, everything changed. When news came down that No. 1 pick Zion Williamson would miss 6-8 weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Kia Rookie of the Year race was officially up for grabs. Williamson, the No. 1 pick who was dominating the preseason and was a clear favorite to win Kia ROY, will miss anywhere from 20-30 games based off the initial timetable. The Pelicans are being cautious with their prized big man, meaning the door is wide open for other rookies to take advantage. So that begs the question: Can Williamson miss 25-30% of the season and still return to claim the top prize? If what we’ve seen so far from the rest of this rookie class is any indication, Zion will have his work cut out for him when he gets back on the court. Here’s how the race looks after the first week. * * * 1. Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat The biggest surprise of the first week has been Kendrick Melvin Nunn, who spent last season in the G League after going undrafted in 2018. The Heat clearly saw something in Nunn, signing the guard to a deal in April, although he wouldn’t see action until Opening Night this season. Nunn burst onto the scene, scoring 24 (one shy of the Heat rookie debut record) in Miami’s 120-101 win over the Grizzlies and hasn’t slowed down since, despite Jimmy Butler’s return to the lineup. "I've never seen him look like he's under stress or pressure," Spoelstra said of Nunn, who leads all rookies in scoring (21.0 ppg) while shooting 48.6% from the floor. "He's an experienced older young player." For now, the starting job seems to be Nunn’s. Whether he keeps up this hot start will be something to watch, but he’s already winning over fans and his underdog story will only help his case. The Flying Nunn! pic.twitter.com/oRQEVth17z — Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 28, 2019 2. P.J. Washington, Charlotte Hornets The No. 12 pick didn’t take long to make his case for playing time in Charlotte. While GM Mitch Kupchak previously suggested the Kentucky product would spend time in the G League, Washington wasn’t having it. Washington scored 27 points and hit 7 3s in the opener, setting an NBA record for a debut. And he hasn’t showed many signs of slowing. Through five games as a starter, he’s averaging 15.8 points and 7.0 rebounds (tied for 1st among rookies) while shooting 54.7% from the field and 52.0% on 3s. Another ???? night for @PJWashington! ? 23 PTS ? 8 REB ? 76% (10-for-13)#AllFly pic.twitter.com/HwLNyoW6Jg — Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) October 31, 2019 3. RJ Barrett, New York Knicks The No. 3 pick has looked like a star, starting all five games and proving he’s one of the best shooters in this rookie class. Through five games, Barrett is averaging 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 47.4% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the arc. Barrett’s only issue so far is one that plagued him at Duke: He’s just 11-for-27 (40.7%) from the free-throw line. Coach David Fizdale is experimenting with Barrett at the point, with mixed results so far. First career double-double ?@rjbarrett6 went to work. pic.twitter.com/hXxyibWIO0 — NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 29, 2019 4. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies Morant has had his ups and downs, but he certainly had a signature moment in one of his first big tests. Squaring off against Kyrie Irving, Morant scored 30 points (17 in the 4th) and sealed the win with a block on Irving before setting up the game-winning 3 as the Grizzlies beat the Nets 134-133 in OT. Morant is averaging 17.5 points and 5.0 assists through four games, but he’ll have to cut down on his 5.0 turnovers per game. Still, Morant’s flashes of brilliance in a big matchup earn him a top 5 spot on the first Ladder. ?? ????? in the ?? ?17 points in clutch time ?Block to send the game into OT ?Became 1 of 3 players in NBA history to have a 30+ point 9+ ast night within his first 3 games. (shouts @GrizzliesPR) @JaMorant | #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/wa5LynMl7h — Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) October 28, 2019 5. Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards Hachimura is winning over fans and teammates alike with his early play. The No. 9 pick has started all four games for the 1-3 Wizards, averaging 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds (tied for 1st among rookies) on 46.9% shooting. Coach Scott Brooks is giving the former Gonzaga forward free rein, so he should be a regular on the Ladder. “He's going to be special in this league. I think he has the potential to be a star," Isaiah Thomas said of his teammate. "I always tell him he reminds me of Kawhi Leonard when he first came into the league; big body, big hands, midrange game, he knows the game really well." Just missed the cut: Coby White, Chicago Bulls White started the season hot, scoring 17 and 25 in the first two games, but hasn’t reached double-digits since, shooting 8-for-31 in the Bulls’ next three games. Still, White has proven to be a capable change-of-pace off the bench and could climb with more playing time. Tyler Herro, Miami Heat Herro has been a key piece to the Heat’s 3-1 start to the season, averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 45.8% from the field (36.8 on 3s). The No. 13 pick, who was tabbed “best shooter” by his fellow rookies, scored 29 points (exploding for 19 in the 2nd quarter) in Miami’s 112-97 win over the Hawks. DeAndre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks Hunter has started all four games for the Hawks, averaging 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game. This team is clearly built around Trae Young and John Collins at this point, but Hunter is sliding right into his role and his numbers should only rise as he gains experience. Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers Thybulle’s numbers on offense won’t wow you, but the No. 20 pick out of Washington makes his money on the defensive end. Through four games, Thybulle has 12 steals (leading all NBA players) and 6 blocks, both tops among rookies. He’s had multiple steals in all four games (setting a Sixers rookie record) and two or more blocks in three of the four, even more impressive considering he’s only seeing about 20 minutes per game. * * * (All stats through Thursday, Oct. 31, PHL time) Send any questions or comments to my email or find me on Twitter @drewpackham. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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Harden scores 59 points as Rockets outlast Wizards

WASHINGTON  — James Harden needed every one of his 59 points against the Washington Wizards. Harden made one of two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to give the Houston Rockets a 159-158 victory over Washington on Wednesday night (Thursday morning, October 31, 2019, Philippine time). “I didn’t know we were going to have to […] The post Harden scores 59 points as Rockets outlast Wizards appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Harden scores 59 points, Rockets outlast Wizards 159-158

By Rich Dubroff, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — James Harden scored 59 points and made one of two free throws with 2.4 seconds to play to give the Houston Rockets a 159-158 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Bradley Beal scored 46 points for Washington, hitting three throws with 8.1 seconds left to tie it at 158. Harden was 18 of 32 from the field, 6 of 14 from 3-point range, and made 17 of 18 free throws. He also had nine assists in 37 minutes. Russell Westbrook had had just three points in the first three quarters, then scored 14 in the fourth quarter and finished with his second triple-double of the season. He had 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Clint Capela added 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Houston improved to 3-1. Rui Hachimura had 23 points in his home debut for the Wizards, Davis Bertans added 21 and Washington shot 62.6% from the field. The Wizards dropped to 1-3. Hachimura, the highest drafted Japanese-born player in NBA history, had lots of fans in his home debut, including Shinsuke Sugiyama, the Japanese ambassador to the U.S. Washington coach Scott Brooks coached Harden and Westbrook for three seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and is intrigued to see what the two, who were reunited in the offseason, can do with Houston. "They're going to do wonderful things together," Brooks predicts. TIP-INS Rockets: F P.J. Tucker began the season with three games of at least 15 points. "He's so important that he was a couple of minutes late for the plane, and I told the guys, 'We're waiting for him. He's the only guy shooting the ball,'" coach Mike D'Antoni joked. ... G Austin Rivers was assessed a technical foul in the fourth quarter. Wizards: F Troy Brown had 14 points in his first game. Brown missed the first three games with a left calf injury. ... G C.J. Miles (left foot) has been assigned to the G League Capital City Go-Go on a rehab assignment. .F Admiral Schofield has also been sent to the Go-Go and G Justin Robinson has been recalled from the G League. UP NEXT Rockets: At Brooklyn Nets on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Wizards: Host Minnesota on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

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Team effort lifts Bucks past Cavaliers 129-112

By Charles F. Gardner, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 21 points, George Hill added 19 and seven Milwaukee players finished in double figures as the Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-112 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes, Pat Connaughton added 17 points, Brook Lopez 16, and Wesley Matthews and Eric Bledsoe each finished with 14 points for Milwaukee. Collin Sexton paced the Cavaliers with 18 points, while Jordan Clarkson and Tristan Thompson each added 17. Milwaukee led by as many as 16 points before Cleveland rallied and cut its deficit to 96-91 in the fourth quarter. But Middleton and Lopez led a 28-12 run that pushed the Bucks' lead to 124-103 with less than 4 minutes remaining. Middleton had 10 points in the run, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Bucks pulled away. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer expressed concern over his team's defense in his pregame comments. Milwaukee allowed 31 points in the first quarter as the Cavaliers shot 50% on the way to a one-point lead. Connaughton came off the bench to give the Bucks a spark, scoring 11 points in the first minutes of the second quarter. He converted a three-point play off a nice feed from Antetokounmpo. After scoring on a drive, Connaughton sank a pair of 3-pointers as part of a 13-2 run. The Bucks grabbed a 59-52 halftime lead behind Connaughton's 14 points and 10 from Lopez. Milwaukee hit 8 of 17 attempts from 3-point range. TIP-INS Cavaliers: Former Bucks player John Henson played 8 minutes (3 points, 3 rebounds) in Cleveland's 110-99 victory over Indiana on Saturday (Monday, PHL time) but suffered a strained right hamstring that could sideline him for a month. The Cavaliers acquired him from Milwaukee in a three-team deal last December, but he was out the rest of the season following wrist surgery. Henson and Ante Zizic (left foot plantar fasciitis) were out, leaving the Cavaliers thin in the frontcourt. ... First-year Cleveland coach John Beilein is quite familiar with Bucks forward D.J. Wilson, who played for Beilein at Michigan. "He's got so many tools with his length and overall ability," Beilein said. "He can shoot; he can pass. Finding his place and staying healthy and all those things are going to be key for him." Bucks: Foul woes plagued Milwaukee in its first two games, and Antetokounmpo fouled out of both contests. Opponents are doing their best to draw fouls on the Bucks star or force a call by the officials. "I haven't picked up on a strategy," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I think Giannis can be more disciplined. He knows that. I have a ton of confidence that he can self-correct." UP NEXT Cavaliers: Host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Bucks: Play at the Boston Celtics on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).    .....»»

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Heat spoil Bucks home opener, rally to 131-126 win in OT

By Keith Jenkins, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 25 points off the bench, Bam Adebayo added 19, and the Miami Heat rallied from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime 131-126 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Antetokounmpo finished with 29 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists, but last season’s MVP also had eight turnovers and fouled out with 2:31 to play in overtime. Antetokounmpo also fouled out of Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in Houston. After trailing 74-53 with less than 11:00 to play in the third quarter, the Heat outscored Milwaukee 78-52 the rest of the way, including 49-33 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Kendrick Nunn scored 18 points before fouling out for the Heat, who had seven players score in double digits. Miami rookie Tyler Herro, a Milwaukee native, finished with 14. Khris Middleton added 25 points for the Bucks. Heat guard Jimmy Butler missed his second straight game after he and his girlfriend welcomed a baby on Wednesday. TIP-INS Heat: Derrick Jones Jr. left with a left leg injury and did not return. Bucks: Antetokounmpo came one assist shy of becoming the fourth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in consecutive games to start a season (Magic Johnson in 1981 and ’82, Jerry Lucas in ‘72 and Oscar Robertson in ’61). UP NEXT Heat: Play at the Timberwolves on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Bucks: Host the Cavaliers on Monday (Tuesday, PHl time)......»»

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Salt Lake City to host NBA All-Star 2023

NBA press release SALT LAKE CITY – The NBA announced today that Salt Lake City has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2023. The 72nd NBA All-Star Game will take place at Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023 (Feb. 20, PHL time). This will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1993 NBA All-Star Game played in Salt Lake City. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement today during a press conference at Vivint Smart Home Arena, where he was joined by Larry H. Miller (LHM) Group of Companies Owner and Chairman Gail Miller, LHM Group of Companies CEO Steve Starks, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “Along with a rich basketball tradition, Salt Lake City has proven to be a world-class destination for large-scale events and sports competitions,” said Silver. “I want to thank the Miller Family and the Utah Jazz organization for their commitment to hosting our All-Star festivities and to developing a program that will leave a lasting impact on the community.” “The return of the NBA All-Star Game to Salt Lake City is a tremendous honor and an opportunity for us to welcome back the NBA family for one of basketball’s biggest events,” said Miller. “The memory of John Stockton and Karl Malone sharing MVP honors 30 years ago remains strong. We are excited to create new memories for this generation of NBA fans in a place that loves to celebrate basketball.” “We are excited to bring NBA All-Star 2023 to Salt Lake City and Utah,” said Starks. “We have civic and community partners who are engaged and committed to making our celebration very special. Vivint Smart Home Arena is an ideal host venue after our recent $125 million renovation, which focused on enhancing the guest experience. With the close proximity of the Salt Palace Convention Center and Huntsman Center as facilities, NBA fans will enjoy a dynamic downtown atmosphere.” “I am very proud of our people and our state, and hosting NBA All-Star 2023 is a fitting tribute to the Miller Family and Utah Jazz organization,” said Herbert. “We look forward to showcasing our state in an unforgettable way. It’s true that nature played favorites with Utah. Visitors can hike or bike in red-rock Moab in the morning, ski at Park City in the afternoon, and attend NBA All-Star events at night for a robust Utah experience.” “Salt Lake City is a vibrant, diverse, and culturally-rich community that knows how to celebrate the experience of sport,” said Biskupski. “Our 2002 Olympic Winter Games remain the standard against which all other Games are measured. Our selection as the NBA All-Star 2023 host is a testament to Salt Lake City as a sought-after destination for major conventions, sports and entertainment events, and new business.” NBA All-Star oncourt events will tip off on Friday, Feb. 17 (Feb. 18, PHL time) at Vivint Smart Home Arena and will culminate with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 19 (Feb. 20, PHL time). Additional programming for fans of all ages will take place at venues throughout the city, including the Salt Palace Convention Center and Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus. The league will also continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares and Diversity & Inclusion events during NBA All-Star 2023. Through partnerships with schools, government, and local and national nonprofit organizations, the league will reach thousands of children and families in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas and provide critical resources to community-based programs. In 2023, TNT will be televising the All-Star Game in prime time for the 21st consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 38th year of All-Star coverage. The game will be broadcast worldwide in more than 200 countries and territories and more than 40 languages. NBA ALL-STAR HISTORY IN UTAH Salt Lake City previously hosted NBA All-Star at the Delta Center in 1993, when the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 135-132 in overtime in the 43rd All-Star Game. Karl Malone and John Stockton of the hometown Jazz became the first teammates to share the All-Star MVP award. Malone led the West with 28 points, while Stockton notched nine points and 15 assists.  The San Antonio Spurs’ David Robinson added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the West, which overcame a game-high 30 points from the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan. This was the final All-Star Game for the Detroit Pistons’ Isiah Thomas and the first for Orlando Magic rookie Shaquille O’Neal. The Charlotte Hornets’ Larry Johnson became the first player in franchise history to appear in an All-Star Game. Mark Price of the Cleveland Cavaliers won the Three-Point Contest, ending a three-year reign by the Chicago Bulls’ Craig Hodges. Price would win it again in 1994. The Miami Heat’s Harold Miner won the first of his two Slam Dunk Contest titles. Salt Lake City was home for the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association from 1970-75 and hosted the 1973 ABA All-Star Game at The Salt Palace. The Eastern Conference team in the 1973 ABA All-Star Game included NBA legend Julius Erving and was coached by Hall of Famer Larry Brown......»»

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Cavaliers, Food Masters lock horns

Defending champion Armed Forces of the Philippines and Department of Agriculture dispute Group A lead while Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission goes for its fourth straight Group B win today in the 8th UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center......»»

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