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Shorthanded Jazz outshine Nuggets, Blazers get leg up on slumping Lakers

Bojan Bogdanovic torched Denver for a career-high 48 points as the Utah Jazz remained in top spot in the Western Conference with a 127-120 victory over the Nuggets on Friday night. The under-manned Jazz were without their dynamic guard duo of Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, but throughout their injury absences other Utah players have […] The post Shorthanded Jazz outshine Nuggets, Blazers get leg up on slumping Lakers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneMay 8th, 2021

2020 NBA Champion doesn t deserve dreaded 'asterisk'

Take your asterisk and file it somewhere else. For former NBA champion Glen Rice, the winner of the 2020 NBA title will be a deserving one. It certainly shouldn't be subject to to any asterisks even as the NBA season was postponed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If anything, the season delay and the fact that NBA teams had to be subjected inside the bubble for the duration of the playoffs plus an additional eight seeding games makes this year's champion all the more celebrated. "When you have what's going on around everyone, trying to maintain a safe lifestyle in the bubble, at the same time staying aware of what's going on outside the bubble and the nuances that can go as far as COVID creeping in there, if you can get champion out everything that's going on that's really easy to distract you from basketball, I think that's a huge plus for these guys," Rice said in an interview set up by NBA Philippines. "That just goes to show you how determined and focused they were," he added. The 2020 NBA Champion will be one of the few crowned during a season where teams played less than then 82 regular season games. The 2012 Miami Heat and 1999 San Antonio Spurs won their respective titles during lockout-shortened seasons. Still, those teams don't deserve asterisks shouldn't they? Do the 2019 Raptors deserve an asterisk because Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were injured in the last two games of the Finals? Do the mid-1990s Houston Rockets deserve an asterisk because Michael Jordan chose to play baseball? Each NBA champion will be unique in their own way, Rice says there should be no reason why the 2020 NBA winner should be looked at any differently just because of the current world circumstances. "I think you will see a lot of people saying something different, perhaps having that asterisk. But I think more importantly, people need to realize is that this is different and I'm talking about in a positive way," he said. "This is something that we've never seen in sports. To crown a champion in this environment right now, I think that says a lot about the players and coaches who go out there and do what they gotta do," Rice added. The 2020 NBA playoffs tip off Monday (Tuesday in Manila) with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers leading the East and West, respectively. The Bucks open round 1 against the Orlando Magic while the Lakers battle the Portland Trail Blazers. Defending champion Toronto Raptors take on the Brooklyn Nets while the Boston Celtics meet the Philadelphia 76ers. The Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat complete the East bracket. In the Western Conference, the no. 2 Los Angeles Clippers open things up against the Dallas Mavericks. The Denver Nuggets take on division rival Utah Jazz while the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder duke it out in a best-of-7.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

Jazz hold off Nuggets, tighten hold on top spot; Lakers relegated to play-in

Clarkson, who started off hot with three triples in the opening quarter, made a clutch 3-pointer to bring the Jazz's lead to six, 124-118, with 51.7 ticks left......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

Sixers hold off slumping Lakers; Fox, Kings blow out Warriors

The Sixers almost squandered a double-digit lead after the shorthanded Lakers got within three, 101-104, with 51.4 ticks left in the game......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2021

Lakers rally to turn back Nuggets; Blazers win

Los Angeles---LeBron James had a triple double of 27 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a double digit halftime deficit to pull away in the second half for a 114-93 victory over the Denver Nuggets......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2021

Lakers overcome 12-point deficit to beat Nuggets; Blazers stuns Sixers

After trailing by as much as 12 in the third quarter, LeBron James and the Lakers went on a scorching 15-0 scoring run to open the final quarter with the lead, 83-75......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2021

Jazz cruise past Pistons; Blazers rip Wizards

Led by a 32-point performance by Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz bounced back after getting their win streak cut by the Denver Nuggets in their last game......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2021

Kuzma, Lakers top Suns; Nuggets rout Blazers in NBA preseason

The NBA preseason rolls on with its hostilities on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) with four games completed in anticipation of their season tip off before Christmas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 17th, 2020

Nuggets oust Blazers

Los Angeles, Unites States—Serbian center Nikola Jokic scored 36 points and the Denver Nuggets advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs Thursday (Friday morning, June 4, 2021, Philippine time) by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers, 126-115. The 7-footer went 13-of-22 from the field and added eight rebounds and six assists for the visiting […] The post Nuggets oust Blazers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

Suns eliminate defending champion Lakers

The Phoenix Suns eliminated the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers with a masterful 113-100 win in Game 6 of their Western Conference first round showdown at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, June 4, 2021, Philippine time. The Suns wrapped up the best-of-seven series, 4-2, and will face the Denver Nuggets in the […] The post Suns eliminate defending champion Lakers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

Nuggets eliminate Blazers in Game 6

Aaron Gordon's triple buried the Blazers after extending Denver's lead to nine, 124-115, with 52.6 left......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

Lillard s late heroics go down the drain as Nuggets outlast Blazers in 2OT

It was Michael Porter Jr. who had the last laugh after drilling a dagger 3-pointer to put the Nuggets up by three with 1:33 ticks left in 2OT......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2021

Bucks complete sweep of Heat; Blazers tie series against Nuggets

The Bucks blasted their tormentors last year with a 4-0 series beatdown to be the first team through to the second round of the playoffs......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 30th, 2021

Nets Big 3 tow Brooklyn past Celtics; Blazers draw first blood vs Nuggets

In the other games of the day, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks also took 1-0 leads over their respective match-ups earlier Saturday (Sunday, Manila)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

Suns cling on top-seed hopes with rout of Spurs; Lakers win fourth straight

The Suns reached the 50-win mark against the Spurs but will need to repeat against them tomorrow and hope for a loss for the Utah Jazz against the Sacramento Kings to clinch the No. 1 seed in the conference......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2021

Warriors complete sweep of Jazz, Suns; Lakers avert disaster vs Knicks

Capping off back-to-back games against the top two teams in the West, the Warriors took their 37th win in the season and keep themselves ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies who also took a win earlier Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks, 133-104......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

Kings edge Lakers in LeBron s return; Suns overtake Jazz in NBA standings

James would miss on a potential game-winner with 2.7 ticks left to cap off a 16-point performance in his first match back......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2021

Also-ran Wolves stun Jazz; Mavs storm back vs Lakers

The Wolves battled back from as big as 17 points to steal the win from the Jazz on the road......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2021

Mitchell-less Jazz fall to Lakers in overtime

Los Angeles—An MRI on Donovan Mitchell’s injured ankle showed no structural damage, giving the Utah Jazz some hope that their leading scorer would not be out for long, US media reported on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

Nets Aldridge retires due to irregular heartbeat

The 35-year-old, who is most prominent for his nine-year stay with the Portland Trail Blazers from 2006 to 2015, played his final game on April 10 (April 11, Manila time) in a 126-101 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

Irving ejected as depleted Lakers surprise Nets, Jazz hit 40 wins

Andre Drummond finished with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 126-101 on Saturday in a battle between two teams lacking much of their star power......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 11th, 2021