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Trail Blazers stun Sixers again; Heat win

Los Angeles---Damian Lillard drained a pair of crucial late free throws and Robert Covington made a clutch defensive play with three seconds left as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers 118-114 on Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 12th, 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

Lillard scores 51 in Portland win as Sixers lose Embiid

Portland's Damian Lillard poured in 51 points against a Philadelphia team missing injured stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, powering the Trail Blazers to a 124-121 NBA victory Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 10th, 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

Portland s Lillard contributes to million-peso aid for fire-struck PGH

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard was reportedly among the generous donors who passed the hat to financially help recovery efforts for the Philippine General Hospital, which caught fire in mid-May......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 31st, 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 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

Harden scores, dishes as nets get past Blazers

James Harden scored 25 points and matched his career high of 17 assists to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 116-112 victory over the host Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 25th, 2021

Nets hold off Portland sans Irving, Durant; Sixers beat Curry-less Warriors

James Harden took charge for Brooklyn, dishing out 17 assists to facilitate the Nets' offense. He also top-scored in the back-and-forth affair against the Blazers with 25 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 24th, 2021

Lillard shines as Blazers rip OKC Thunder; Celtics win

Los Angeles---Damian Lillard drained three clutch three-pointers in four possessions in the final quarter Tuesday, and the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers held on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-104 for their fifth consecutive NBA win. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

Lowly Pistons stun Nets; Heat outlast Knicks

In only their sixth win of the season, the Pistons took a virtually wire-to-wire victory over the Nets where they led by as much as 18 points early in the second period, 49-31......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 10th, 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

Harris game-winner lifts 76ers past Lakers; Nuggets add to Heat s woes

The Sixers improved to 13-6 while the Lakers fell to 14-5......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2021

Nets bounce back at expense of Heat, Sixers continue hot streak

Fresh from back-to-back losses against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Nets booked their first win with the trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 24th, 2021

NBA postpones another game, announces 11 new players test positive

Los Angeles, United States—Memphis’ NBA game at the Portland Trail Blazers scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021, has been postponed with the Grizzles depleted by coronavirus contact tracing, the league said. The 16th such postponement of the season came on the day the league announced that of 502 players tested for Covid-19 since January 13, […] The post NBA postpones another game, announces 11 new players test positive appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Nuggets down undermanned Sixers; McCollum tows Blazers past Kings

Six Nuggets finished in double-figures led by Garry Harris' 21 points against the 76ers, who were without stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

Lakers legend, NBA players tips off hat to Curry after 62-point explosion

      By CARLO ANOLIN Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry proved to all and sundry why he’s arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history. Curry posted a career-high 62 points as the Warriors routed the Portland Trail Blazers, 137-122, Sunday night (Saturday, Manila time). Even Portland’s Damian Lillard could not help but to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 5th, 2021

Scorching display nets Curry career-high 62 pts

Los Angeles---Two-time MVP Stephen Curry got his swagger back on Sunday night, scoring a career-high 62 points as the Golden State Warriors outgunned the Portland Trail Blazers 137-122......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

McCollum powers Trail Blazers to overtime win over Rockets

Los Angeles, United States—Portland’s CJ McCollum drained the game-winning three-pointer with 6.9 seconds left in overtime as the Trail Blazers edged James Harden and short-handed Houston 128-126 in the Rockets’ belated NBA season opener on Saturday (Sunday Philippine time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 27th, 2020

Nuggets rise from 1-3 to stun Clippers; Heat surprise Celts in opener

Los Angeles---Jamal Murray scored a game high 40 points and Nikola Jokic had a triple double as the Denver Nuggets stunned the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 in game seven to reach their first Western Conference finals in 11 years......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

Underdog Nuggets stun Clippers in game seven, Heat edge Celtics opener

Jamal Murray scored a game high 40 points and Nikola Jokic had a triple double as the Denver Nuggets stunned the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 in game seven to reach their first Western Conference finals in 11 years......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020