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Rockets look for new coach after another early playoff exit

HOUSTON — James Harden and the Houston Rockets believed the addition of Russell Westbrook and their unorthodox small lineup would be what they needed to win their first title in 25 years. Instead, they suffered another early playoff exit and must find a coach after Mike D’Antoni told them he wouldn’t return after he and management couldn’t agree […] The post Rockets look for new coach after another early playoff exit appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 15th, 2020Related News

Big lesson on small ball

It was an interesting guessing game that started even before the 2019-20 season of the NBA commenced: how far will the Houston Rockets go playing their brand of small ball?.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsSep 14th, 2020Related News

D’Antoni tells Rockets he’s not coming back to Houston

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  — Mike D’Antoni has told the Houston Rockets that he will not be back as coach with them next season, essentially choosing free agency over a return to the club with whom he has spent the last four seasons. D’Antoni told the Rockets on Sunday — not even a full day […] The post D’Antoni tells Rockets he’s not coming back to Houston appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 14th, 2020Related News

D’Antoni  tells Rockets he won’t return as coach

LOS ANGELES (AFP) —  Mike D’Antoni won’t return as coach of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, ESPN reported on Sunday. “It is with tremendous sadness and gratitude that my wife Laurel and I announce that our incredible journey in Houston has ended for now and that we’ll be moving to a new chapter,” D’Antoni said in […] The post D’Antoni  tells Rockets he won’t return as coach appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 14th, 2020Related News

Lakers dismantle Rockets, head to West Finals

The Lakers clinched the wire-to-wire victory to claim the series in five games and reach the Conference Finals for the first time in 10 years......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 13th, 2020Related News

Lakers put Rockets on brink of elimination

Orlando—Anthony Davis had 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers dominated the Houston Rockets 110-100 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their NBA Western Conference series on Thursday......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsSep 12th, 2020Related News

NBA ejects Rockets forward House after bubble violation

    Houston Rockets forward Danuel House will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs after a violation of COVID-19 quarantine rules, the league announced Friday. The NBA season, shut down March 11 by the coronavirus pandemic, resumed in July in a bubble atmosphere under strict health and safety rules at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. […].....»»

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

Lakers hold off Rockets, on brink of West Finals berth

The Laker defense held the small-ball Rockets to a dismal showing for most of the game, leading the James Harden-bannered squad for all 48 minutes......»»

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

Heat oust depleted Bucks to reach NBA East finals; Lakers down Rockets, up 2-1

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the NBA Playoffs on September 8, 2020 at The Field House in Orlando, Florida. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP) MIAMI (AFP) — The Miami Heat punched their ticket to the NBA Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, beating top-seeded Milwaukee 103-94 as injured Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo watched from the bench. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic finished with 17 points apiece as six Heat players scored in double figures and Miami completed a 4-1 series victory in a bruising encounter against the league’s top defensive team. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points. Antetokounmpo — tipped to scoop a second straight NBA Most Valuable Player award this season — aggravated his sprained right ankle in the first half of the Bucks’ game-four overtime victory over the Heat. The Bucks declared him inactive less than an hour before tipoff on Tuesday. The loss of Antetokounmpo, who averaged career highs of 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season, was a huge blow for the Bucks, as they tried to do what no NBA team has done before: come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game playoff series. It’s the second straight campaign that the Bucks built the best regular-season record only to come up short in the playoffs. In 2019 they fell to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference finals. The fifth-seeded Heat will face either the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors for a place in the NBA Finals. The Celtics lead their series against the defending NBA champion Raptors three games to two. Butler, who added 10 rebounds and six assists and was a perfect eight-for-eight from the foul line, said the Heat’s impressive 8-1 record so far in the playoffs means nothing now. “All of that is behind us now,” he said. “We’ll wait and see who we get out of Toronto and Boston and then we’ll lock in on that. “But it’s zero-zero now, we’ve got eight more to get.” The Heat trailed 28-19 after a chaotic first quarter in which they committed six turnovers leading to nine Bucks points. They trailed by as many as 13 in the first period, but settled down in the second, out-scoring the Bucks 33-18 to take a 52-46 lead into halftime. But Milwaukee, with Middleton leading the way, refused to go away. After going scoreless for more than six minutes in the third period the Bucks put together an 8-0 run to pull within five points. Trailing 73-65 going into the final period, the Bucks trimmed the deficit to four multiple times, but the Heat’s depth finally proved too much. “Obviously they missed their MVP,” Butler said. “But we knew we were going to have to get one out of the mud and I think this was the one.” Antetokounmpo said he felt “lost” as he was unable to contribute. “Mentally it was a battle, but at the end of the day you’ve got to trust your teammates and that’s what I decided to do,” he said after the Bucks medical staff persuaded him not to risk further injury by playing. LeBron leads Lakers LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers, left, drives the ball against Ben McLemore #16 of the Houston Rockets during the second quarter in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 08, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (AFP) In Western Conference action, LeBron James scored 36 points and Anthony Davis added 26 as the Los Angeles Lakers powered to the finish in a 112-102 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Lakers grabbed a 2-1 series lead and James notched an NBA record 162nd career playoff win. “It says that I’ve played with a lot of great teams,” said James, who won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It says that I’ve played with a lot of great teammates and some great coaches.” James Harden scored 33 points with nine rebounds and nine assists and Russell Westbrook added 30 points for Houston in a back and forth battle that saw 16 lead changes. The Lakers’ reserves scored 42 points, with Houston’s only points off the bench the 16 of Jeff Green. Rajon Rondo, who scored 21 off the bench for Los Angeles, hit back-to-back three-pointers and came up with a steal and layup as the Lakers surged ahead with a 17-5 scoring run to start the fourth quarter. After putting up 64 points in the first half Houston scored just 38 in the second and the Lakers posted their second straight win of the series. There was a frightening moment in the fourth quarter, as Robert Covington and Davis collided as Davis rose for a rebound. Davis’s elbow appeared to hit Covington in head and he left the court holding a bloodied towel to his face, while Davis was hurting from Covington’s elbow in his side......»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

Lakers pull away in 4th quarter anew, lead Rockets 2-1

The Lakers used another fourth quarter run to pull away in the game and take a 2-1 series lead......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 9th, 2020Related News

Lakers down Rockets for 2-1 series lead

LeBron James scored 36 points and Anthony Davis added 26 as the Los Angeles Lakers powered to the finish in a 112-102 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Lakers grabbed a 2-1 series Western Conference playoff series lead and James notched an NBA record 162nd career playoff win. “It says that I’ve played with a […] The post Lakers down Rockets for 2-1 series lead appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

Harden, Rockets draw first blood vs Lakers in NBA West semis

A long scoring drought in the last period doomed the Lakers, who were stuck playing catch-up for most of the game......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 5th, 2020Related News

Harden block clinches series for Rockets, sets Lakers clash

James Harden's shooting touch deserted him, but the Houston star came up big on the defensive end in the Rockets' 104-102 series-clinching win over Oklahoma City in the NBA playoffs on Wednesday......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsSep 3rd, 2020Related News

Hamas, Israel strike deal

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) — Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas said Monday they had reached a Qatari-mediated deal with Israel to end more than three weeks of cross-border attacks. In the latest escalation, Israel has bombed Gaza almost daily since 6 August in response to airborne incendiary devices and less frequently, rockets launched across the […] The post Hamas, Israel strike deal appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 2nd, 2020Related News

Ewan rockets to Tour bunch sprint win

Sisteron—Australian rider Caleb Ewan produced an irresistible late burst of speed to pip a stunned Sam Bennett of Ireland on the finish line of stage three of the Tour de France on Monday......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsSep 1st, 2020Related News

Bucks, Lakers move on; Rockets take lead over Thunder

After three days of game postponements amid social unrest and discussion among players on the fight for social justice, the NBA returned with a bang in Orlando......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 30th, 2020Related News

Harden scores 31 points, Rockets beat Thunder for 3-2 lead

Harden scores 31 points, Rockets beat Thunder for 3-2 lead.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 30th, 2020Related News

James and Lakers advance with 131-122 win over Trail Blazers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — While the ultimate objective is to win a title, LeBron James said the Los Angeles Lakers achieved a key goal against the Portland Trail Blazers — and it wasn't simply to win the first-round playoff series. It was improvement. “We got better throughout the course of the series,” James said. “We knew we were coming into a series versus a hot Portland team that was playing the best basketball inside the bubble along with Phoenix. So we wanted to just come in and try to work our game, get better and better as the games went on, as the series went on. And I believe we did that.” James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the Lakers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, beating the short-handed Blazers 131-122 in Game 5 on Saturday night (Sunday morning in the Philippines). Anthony Davis had a playoff-best 43 points for the top-seeded Lakers in their first playoff appearance since 2013. The Lakers hadn't won a playoff series since 2012. James has never lost a first-round playoff series, going 14-0. The Lakers will play the winner of the series between Houston and Oklahoma City. The Rockets took a 3-2 lead with a 114-80 victory earlier Saturday. CJ McCollum had 36 points for the surprisingly scrappy Trail Blazers, who played without injured All-Star guard Damian Lillard. Carmelo Anthony added 27 points. Down 14 in the third quarter, Portland got to 100-97 on McCollum's layup and tied it on Anfernee Simon's 3-pointer to cap an 8-point run with 9:46 left. James answered with a 3. Gary Trent Jr.'s 3-pointer tied it at 109 with just under seven minutes to go. Again the Lakers held off Portland with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's 3. After Trent's 3-pointer closed it to 114-112 with 4:53 left, Davis had a personal 11-0 run to put Los Angeles up 123-112 and all but seal it. The game was originally set for Wednesday night, but players collectively decided not to play in the three playoff games scheduled for that day to protest racial injustice following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Games on Friday were also postponed. James said he hopes the past few days made a difference. “Obviously, the bubble season will never be forgotten. In sports this is the first time we’ve been able to do something like this, but this moment is so much bigger than us playing basketball,” James said. “Hopefully, years on down the line, when America is in a better place, you can look back to this moment and be like, that was one of the catapults that kind of got it going.” Lillard injured his right knee in Game 4 that prompted him to leave the bubble in Florida and return to Portland to see team doctors. Lillard was named MVP of the seeding games heading into the playoffs, averaging 37.6 points and 9.6 assists in eight games. Trent Jr. took his Lillard's spot in the opening lineup. But because of injuries the eighth-seeded Blazers had just nine players available for the game. “All you can do is hope to hang around and make it a fourth quarter game and win in the end, and we didnt quite win it in the end," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. Portland's lone win in the first-round series came in Game 1. TIP INS Trail Blazers: In addition to Lillard, Portland was without Zach Collins because of left ankle inflammation, Nassir Little with dehydration and Wenyen Gabriel with right quad tendonitis. Lakers: Rajon Rondo practiced on Friday but remained inactive for Game 5 as he recovers from a fractured right thumb and back spasms. ... Dion Waiters was game-time decision with a migraine but was available. MOURNING UNCLE CLIFFY: There was a moment of silence before the game for former Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson. He died Saturday at 53. Robinson played 18 seasons in the NBA, his first eight in Portland, and later made the city his home. Portland players also wore headbands during the game in his honor. “His personality and energy were unmatched, and his contributions on the court were unmistakable, helping the Trail Blazers into the playoffs each of his eight seasons with the team,” the Blazers said in a statement. The moment of silence also recognized former Arizona coach Lute Olson and actor Chadwick Boseman. CIVIC DUTY: The Lakers announced before the game than that Staples Center will serve as a voting center for the upcoming general election. Voters can cast ballots at the arena from Oct. 30 through Nov. 3. The arena will also serve as a drop-off site for ballots......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 30th, 2020Related News

Schroder, Paul help OKC over Houston 119-107 in OT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 29 points, Chris Paul added 26 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated in overtime to beat the Houston Rockets 119-107 on Saturday night (Sunday in the Philippines) and cut their deficit in the first-round series to 2-1. James Harden scored 38 points for Houston, but fouled out 53 seconds into overtime — the first time he's fouled out this season. The Thunder scored the first 12 points of overtime, powered by two 3-pointers from Paul, to take a 116-104 lead. Houston missed its first seven shots of overtime before Danuel House made a 3-pointer with less than a minute left. By then it was too late. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Monday. The Thunder had a balanced scoring attack, with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander adding 23 points and Danilo Gallinari had 20. Paul made a basket to putt the Thunder within three, House then stepped out of bounds to give the Thunder the ball back. A layup by Steven Adams cut it to 102-101 with less than 30 seconds to go in the fourth. Paul and Harden got tangled up with Harden before the ball was thrown inbounds. Harden made a free throw., but Houston turned it over. Gilgeous-Alexander put Oklahoma City up 104-103 with a 3 from the corner on an assist by Paul with 14.3 seconds left. House made a three throw to tie, but missed the second. Paul’s reverse layup rolled across the rim and out to send it to overtime. Jeff Green had 22 points for the Rockets. They have played the entire series without Russell Westbrook, who is out with a strained right quadriceps. TIP-INS Rockets: Coach Mike D’Antoni said Westbrook is improving and did some shooting at practice on Friday. But he still isn’t sure when he’ll return. ... Houston made 15 of 50 3-pointers. Thunder: Adams left the game late with a bruise on his right knee. He had 13 rebounds. UP NEXT Following Monday’s game (Tuesday in the Philippines), Game 5 is Wednesday (Thursday in the Philippines).....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 23rd, 2020Related News

Laser Robinson leads Heat over Pacers, Rockets silence Thunder

Miami guard Duncan Robinson went 7-of-8 from 3-point range for a game-high 24 points Thursday as the Heat defeated Indiana Pacers 109-100 in an NBA playoff game......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsAug 21st, 2020Related News