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Light to moderate rains expected in Metro Manila – GMA News

Light to moderate rains expected in Metro Manila  GMA News The northeast monsoon will continue to affect most of Luzon on Friday, reported Chris Perez, Senior Weather Specialist of PAGASA. Current latest trending … Source link link: Light to moderate rains expected in Metro Manila – GMA News.....»»

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Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has surgery on dislocated thumb

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will be out at least four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated left thumb on Thursday, the National Basketball Association team announced on Twitter. Valanciunas was hurt in the second quarter of Wednesday's 113-93 win over the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors. The 26-year-old Lithuanian is averaging 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 18.8 minutes in 30 games this season. He has led the team in rebounding 11 times and recorded five double-doubles. The Raptors also announced they have recalled Chris Boucher from their minor league Raptors 905 team. Boucher is averaging 29 points per game with the G-Le...Keep on reading: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has surgery on dislocated thumb.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 14 hr. 40 min. ago Related News

Harden s 50-point triple-double leads Rockets over Lakers

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, scoring 11 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Harden grabbed his 10th rebound with less than 90 seconds left to give him his second triple-double this season and the 37th of his career. LeBron James finished with 29 points for the Lakers, who had won their previous two games. Houston's lead was three after Kyle Kuzma's soaring dunk, but Harden was fouled on a three-pointer and made all three free throws to make it 112-106. Harden then made three-pointers on consecutive possessions to push the lead to 12 and cause Lakers coach Luke Walton to call a timeout. James was in Harden's face on the second one and Harden fell to the court as the ball rolled around the rim for a couple of seconds before dropping in. James added a dunk before Clint Capela and Harden made consecutive baskets to compete the 13-2 run and make it 122-108 to put the game out of reach. It was the first meeting between these teams since Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo got into a fight on Oct. 20 (Oct. 21, PHL time) that led to suspensions for both players and Brandon Ingram. There wasn't an altercation this time around in a game where Rondo sat out as he recovers from surgery to repair a broken right hand. But there was a spate of technical fouls late in the third quarter that led to the ejection of Nene. The Lakers scored six straight points, highlighted by a dunk from James, to get within 74-72 midway through the third quarter. Los Angeles ran off six in a row later in the period to tie it up before Harden ended the run with a jump shot. Nene then received a foul after being knocked to the ground trying to defend Kuzma as he drove to the lane. He yelled at officials and received a technical foul. Kuzma made his free throws but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed the technical shot. Nene made a hook shot before fouling Kuzma again on the next possession. He continued to scream at officials and was hit with a second technical foul and was ejected. Harden attempted to calm him down, but Nene continued to be agitated until he was escorted to the locker room. Kuzma made all three foul shots and added a three-pointer with Harden in his face after a triple by Harden to leave the Lakers up 88-87 with 9.9 seconds left in the quarter. Kuzma was called for a foul after that and Walton got a technical for arguing about that call. Harden made the technical shot and Paul added two more free throws to leave Houston up 90-88 after three. TIP-INS Lakers: Kuzma received a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing about a foul call. ... Brandon Ingram missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. ... Kuzma had 24 points to give him 20 or more points in a career-best six straight games. Rockets: Brandon Knight played in his first game since Feb. 15, 2017, after recovering from surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. He came in with about four minutes left in the first quarter and played about four minutes with one assist and one rebound. ... James Ennis sat out with a strained right hamstring. UP NEXT Lakers: Visit Charlotte on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Rockets: Visit Memphis on Saturday night  (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

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All hands on deck

  Fines were slapped and suspensions didn't come, and Alaska will continue to square off with a full force Magnolia side when they break a 2-2 tie in their PBA Governors' Cup title series on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.   Magnolia guard Mark Barroca escaped with a P50,000 fine for hitting Alaska's Chris Banchero in the groin late in Game 4, while Alaska coach Alex Compton was slapped a P20,000 penalty for postgame statements the league called "detrimental."   And with no one axed for even a game, both squads will have all hands on deck for the crucial tiff slated at 7 p.m.   Compton had said after Wednesday's physical game that he c...Keep on reading: All hands on deck.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 14th, 2018Related News

Alaska routs Magnolia, evens championship series to 2-2 | The Manila Times Online

Chris Banchero of Alaska is defended by Magnolias Mark Barroca in Game 4 of their best-of-seven Finals series of the PBA Season 43 Governors Cup on Wednesday, December 12 atREAD The post Alaska routs.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2018Related News

Compton slams dirty basketball as Banchero sustains low blow

    MANILA, Philippines – Alaska head coach Alex Compton didn't hold back in airing his sentiments after Chris Banchero sustained a low blow as the Aces equalized the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals against Magnolia.  Banchero got punched in the groin by the Hotshots' Mark Barroca with under 3 minutes left ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2018Related News

Barroca: Banchero punching incident just heat of moment

MANILA, Philippines – Magnolia's Mark Barroca shrugged off his punching incident with Alaska's Chris Banchero, saying it happened in the heat of the moment of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals.  Barroca hit Banchero with a closed fist in the groin late in the Hotshots' 76-90 Game 4 loss on Wednesday, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2018Related News

Best of the best

  Playing one of his finest and complete tournaments, Magnolia's Paul Lee on Wednesday night won his first Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award over Alaska's Chris Banchero after getting 31 out of 36 first place votes from the covering media.   The 6-foot dynamo finished fourth in the statistical points (SP) race and was just a rung ahead of Banchero before getting 424 out of 885 points from the media votes to tally 1013.   Statistical leader and rookie Christian Standhardinger was third, with NorthPort's Stanley Pringle winding up fourth and Barangay Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar bringing up the rear of the five-man pack of candidates.   Banc...Keep on reading: Best of the best.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 12th, 2018Related News

Alaska routs Magnolia, evens championship series to 2-2

Chris Banchero of Alaska is defended by Magnolia’s Mark Barroca in Game 4 of their best-of-seven Finals series of the PBA Season 43 Governors’ Cup on Wednesday, December 12 at…READ The post Alaska routs Magnolia, evens championship series to 2-2 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsDec 12th, 2018Related News

Rockets stop their bleeding

LOS ANGELES — James Harden scored 29 points as the Houston Rockets halted their three-game losing streak with a 111-103 National Basketball Association victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Reigning NBA MVP Harden also chipped in four assists on a night when seven Rockets players finished in double digits. Rockets point guard Chris […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsDec 12th, 2018Related News

PBA: Paul Lee captures his first-ever BPC plum

Paul Lee gets his first major individual award. Magnolia's resident hotshot won the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Best Player of the Conference plum Wednesday, edging out Finals rival Chris Banchero and stats leader Christian Standhardinger. Drafted second overall in the 2011 Draft, this is Lee's first BPC award ever and it's his highest individual award after previously winning Rookie of the Year and one Finals MVP award in 2016 Through the semifinals, Lee barged into the top-4 of the stats race, finishing with an average of 31.64 statistical points. Lee went for 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists through the semis. With Lee at the lead, Magnolia made it to its second Finals this season, dethroning two-time champion Brgy. Ginebra in the semifinals on the way. Lee bested Standhardinger and Banchero for the BPC award.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 12th, 2018Related News

PBA: Alaska dominates Magnolia again to force 2-2 tie

Now we have a series. Alaska has tied the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals after dominating Magnolia once again in Game 4,  scoring a 90-76 win Wednesday at the Big Dome. The Aces have fully recovered from an early 0-2 deficit, forcing a 2-all tie in the best-of-7 showdown for the title. Just like in Game 3, Alaska had another strong second quarter in Game 4 to gain some separation. The Aces then weathered a third-quarter storm from the Hotshots before landing the final haymaker in the fourth, reducing this series to a best-of-3. "I thought our defense was great again," head coach Alex Compton said. "Our guys have been playing great defense. I mean, there's ways that they can beat us and stuff, but I think it's really tough. It's really tough to get good shots for either team, actually. It's really tough to get good shots for either team," he added. True enough, Game 4 was another grinding game but it was th Aces that once again found more than enough offense. Best Import Mike Harris was effective anew, scoring a game-high 34 points to go along with 22 rebounds. Chris Banchero was the top local for Alaska with 17 points. For the Hotshots, Romeo Travis fired 29 points from six three-pointers. Best Player of the Conference Paul Lee added 14 points. Game 5 to break the series tie is set for Friday still at the Araneta Coliseum.   The Scores Alaska 90 - Harris 34, Banchero 17, Pascual 9, Racal 8, Teng 7, Galliguez 5, Manuel 4, Cruz 3, Baclao 3, Enciso 0, Exciminiano 0, Casio 0. Magnolia 76 - Travis 29, Lee 14, Sangalang 11, Barroca 8, Jalalon 7, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Melton 1, Dela Rosa 0, Herndon 0. Quarters: 19-22, 43-32, 63-50, 90-76.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 12th, 2018Related News

PBA: Compton livid over 'low blows' from Magnolia

Coach Alex Compton didn't even have time to sit first before he started his post-game barrage right after Alaska's big Game 4 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Fresh from a 90-76 decision to tie the best-of-7 series at 2-2, Compton lashed out on the apparent dirty plays from Magnolia players. "First I'm glad we won but second, if we're gonna get punched multiple times and there aren't calls or suspensions, I've got a problem. You all saw it right?" Compton said. "Somebody punched Mike in the testicles, somebody punced Chris in the testicles. At what point is it gonna get called? That's literally a low blow. I'm not happy about that one bit," he added. It has been a physical game, as it was the whole series. However, on the part of Alaska, the tipping point came in the fourth quarter when guard Chris Banchero went down in pain. TV replays showed that Mark Barroca punched Banchero in his nether regions after a free throw play. No foul was called and fortunately, things didn't escalate any further. "It's dirty basketball," Compton said. "To call it anything else would be a lie, and I'm not a liar," he added. Granted, Compton believes that Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero is not out there barking instructions to his players to go after opposing player's balls. However,the Alaska mentor is adamant that there should be things to be done for those kinds of actions. "Maybe punches don't merit suspensions anymore. We'll see. I'm curious what will happen. I don't think I should get in trouble or fined for saying that, because I have a right to protect my players," Compton said. "I'm proud of my guys because we made a deal. You have to be able to take a punch for our team and not throw one back. I'm proud to be part of our team," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 12th, 2018Related News

PBA Finals: Barroca claims no sanctions yet over Banchero hit

Magnolia Hotshots guard Mark Barroca says he has not been sanctioned yet over his hit on Chris Banchero's groin area in the late stages of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals Game 5 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Barroca was caught by television cameras hitting Banchero in the crown jewels during a dead-ball situation below six minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Filipino-Italian floor general writhed in pain for some time before being helped to the bench. The two had been earlier called for a double technical for extra motion during similar dead ball situations. "No sanctions. No fine," Barroca bluntly said after a brief meeting with PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial. The former PBA Finals MVP also shared that he and Banchero are friends off the court but the intensity of the game led to making people see things otherwise. "Wala naman siguro nangyari na yun e. Di pagkakaintindihan na nangyari yun, di naman sa inano ko yung insidente na yun pero game yun e. Di maiiwasan din. Siguro talo kami ngayon bounce back nalang." Even though they butted heads during the game, the two exchanged pleasantries after the final buzzer, perhaps an indication that there were no hard feelings. "Kinongrats ko pa nga siya eh. Nice game. Ganun talaga sa loob magaaway pero sa labas magkakaibigan kami." See Barroca's statement here: Mark Barroca explains his side on the incident with Chris Banchero. #PBA2018 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/OLZrVrKb7A — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) December 12, 2018   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 12th, 2018Related News

PBA: Compton proud of Banchero for playing through 'low blow'

Chris Banchero was not available for the media Wednesday after Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals but his head coach was more than proud of his reaction despite taking a closed fist to his family's crown jewels. In the fourth quarter of Alaska's Game 4 win to tie the Finals at two games each, the TV replay clearly showed that Magnolia's Mark Barroca landed a closed fist on Banchero's nether region. No foul was called as Banchero went down in pain. Things remained a little testy between both point guards afterwards both overall, thing's didn't escalate any further. "We talked about being willing to take a punch and play through it," Compton said. "If somebody hits you, expect it, and then it seems like a lot of times, when you get hit and you hit back, they'll call you hitting back. Just play through it. He [Banchero] took the punch, and he kept going," Compton added. While Compton was happy about Banchero keeping his cool, the Alaska head coach was absolutely furious about the low blow he took from Barroca. Compton was not having it post-game and he's looking for some possible sanctions from the league. "If we're gonna get punched multiple times, and there aren't calls or suspensions, I've got a problem with it. You all saw it, right? We have an officiating crew that perhaps didn't see it, and I understand that. They can't see everything. But Jio punched us, somebody punched Mike in the testicles, somebody punched Chris in the testicles," Compton said. "I'm really curious if there's gonna be suspensions. Because if you're not gonna call it in the game, if you're not gonna have anything... punching, as we say in our family to our kids, the male part, that's literally a low blow. And I'm not happy about that one bit. That's dirty basketball," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 12th, 2018Related News

Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Blazers 111-103

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 29 points and seven Rockets scored in double-figures as Houston used a big second-half run and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 111-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Clint Capela added 13 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with five minutes left, and Eric Gordon, who started in place of James Ennis, had 14 points for the Rockets, who shot 49 percent from the field. Houston's bench played a key role in a 24-6 first-half run that erased a 15-point deficit, and then led a charge in the second half. Gerald Green had 13 points, and Danuel House had 12 off the bench. Damian Lillard had 34 points, CJ McCollum scored 22 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Portland, which shot 44 percent after starting the game by making seven of its first nine shots. Houston used a 25-5 run to end the third and start the fourth quarters, and opened a 100-83 lead on three-pointer by Harden with 6:48 left. House and Green each had five points in the run. The Blazers responded with a 14-2 run and cut the lead to 102-97 when Nurkic made a pair of free throws with three minutes left. After trading baskets, Houston pushed the lead to 107-99 on a free throw by Harden and two free throws by Chris Paul. After Lillard missed a layup, Paul hit two more free throws to push the lead back to 10 points with 1:38 left. Portland got no closer than eight the rest of the way. TIP-INS Trail Blazers: Al-Farouq Aminu had 10 points and 15 rebounds. . Portland shot 17-of-21 from the free throw line. . The Blazers shot 10-of-25 from three-point range. Rockets: Houston's bench outscored Portland's 37-13. Nene had 10 points. . Paul had 11 points. . The Rockets shot 18 of 27 from the free-throw line. . Coach Mike D'Antoni said Brandon Knight (knee) could see playing time early next week. . Ennis left the game with a strained right hamstring. CLEAN UP ON THE FLOOR PJ Tucker dove for a loose ball during the second quarter, landing in front of Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Astros owner Jim Crane, who were seated courtside, and splashing their drinks on them. Bregman and Crane were given towels to help dry off. UP NEXT Trail Blazers: Travels to Memphis on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Rockets: Host the Lakers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time)......»»

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George has 31 as Thunder roll by Jazz in playoff reprise

By Murray Evans, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George went 5-of-6 from three-point range and scored 31 points, Dennis Schroder added 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 122-113 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Steven Adams had 22 points in the first meeting between the Western Conference foes since the Jazz downed the Thunder in six games in the first round of last season's playoffs. Oklahoma City overcame a 4-of-18 shooting performance by Russell Westbrook, who nonetheless managed a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Oklahoma City has won 15 straight regular-season games at home against Utah, although the Jazz did beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City in Game 2 during their playoff series. The Thunder have gone 17-4 since starting this season 0-4. Donovan Mitchell battled foul trouble much of the game but led the Jazz with 19 points, while Rudy Gobert recorded his 23rd double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds. It was the second straight lopsided road loss in two days for Utah, which fell 110-97 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) at San Antonio. The Thunder jumped to a 6-0 lead, causing Jazz coach Quin Snyder to call a timeout just 68 seconds into the game. Oklahoma City gradually built its lead to 17 points before settling for a 57-46 halftime advantage. George, who scored 25 fourth-quarter points during a 47-point outburst in a win at Brooklyn on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), nearly reprised that performance in the third quarter. George hit his first three-point attempt 50 seconds before halftime, then hit his next four shots from behind the arc en route to a 17-point third quarter. That helped the Thunder build their lead to 26 points near the end of the quarter and the Jazz never seriously threatened after that, although they did cut a 29-point deficit to nine in the final minute. Reserve Epke Udoh scored 10 points in nine minutes for Utah. Jae Crowder had 13 points and Derrick Favors had 12 for the Jazz. TIP-INS Jazz: Mitchell hit a halfcourt shot at the first-quarter buzzer for his first points of the game, allowing him to avoid a second straight scoreless first quarter . Gobert was called for a technical foul with 52 seconds left in the third quarter after complaining about a foul call while trying to guard Adams . Ricky Rubio, who had averaged 18.8 points during Utah's previous eight road games, had 10 against the Thunder. Thunder: The Thunder are 14-1 this season against sub-.500 opponents, including the Jazz, who entered the game at 13-14 . Schroder received a technical foul with 6:20 left . The triple-double was the 110th of Westbrook's career. UP NEXT Jazz: Host Miami on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Thunder: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 11th, 2018Related News

Longtime friends James, Wade prepare for last meeting as opponents

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES — Friendships are never formed totally by choice, because fate demands a say-so in the process by creating the time and the place and in the curious case of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the basketball court. It was in Chicago, June of 2003, site of the NBA’s annual draft combine, the meet market for young players gathered to someday change the game, when Wade and LeBron had each other at wassup. In some ways, it was an unlikely pairing: Teenaged phenom from Akron, Ohio, fresh from the cover of Sports Illustrated and the high school prom who already had a national following; and an overlooked underdog from the Chicago suburbs who only became an acquired basketball taste weeks earlier after a searing run through the NCAA tournament. That day, Wade and LeBron went through the checkup lines for height and weight, vertical leap and whatever else the combines put rookies through and then during a break came the only measurement that counted, when one future Hall of Famer sized up the other. LeBron said: “Some things you can’t explain. Sometimes it’s just chemistry.” Wade said: “When you’re young and coming into the league, you find guys you have something in common with, then you continue to link and that’s what we did. It’s organic how we built this friendship.” Some 15 years later, the bond will endure, likely forever. The basketball part, however, ends Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) after the game when Wade, who’s calling it a career after this season, peels off his sweat-soaked Heat jersey and swaps it for a Laker top belonging to LeBron. It might qualify as the best trade of the NBA season, or at least the most emotional. "It's sweet and sour,” said LeBron, anticipating the moment at Staples Center. “The sweet part about it is I've always loved being on the same floor with my brother. And the sour part about it is that this is our last time sharing the same court.” Brother? How many folks with different blood can call each other that? True friendship is answering the phone at 3 a.m. instead of letting it ring, and reaching for the tab with longer arms, and above all, becoming a mattress when the other guy falls. Those tests were aced throughout the LeBron-Wade bromance that stretched through two Olympic teams, four years in Miami, two NBA championships and even 46 games in Cleveland together but of course was always put on hold whenever they were on opposite benches. This is best placed into proper context by Gabrielle Union, the actress and wife of Wade, who says ever so delicately about her husband in those friend vs. friend moments: “He wants to kill him. Drop three-balls on him.” Perhaps so, because as Wade says, “you always want to beat your best friend,” yet their competitive spirit is confined within the baselines and between the jump ball and buzzer. Then the teasing and bragging rights begin by text or call, almost instantly. This arrangement irked the old-school basketball culture, long cringing at the chummy ways of a new generation, believing that most if not all interaction should cease until the offseason, or even better, when careers are done. Wade and LeBron then turned up the volume on that subject when they linked up as teammates with the Heat in 2010, angering the purists and creating, at least initially, a team to be despised as well as respected. Not that Wade and LeBron regret that experience at all, or the noise that followed; this was, as Union observed, “far bigger than basketball.” The chance to be neighbors and watch their kids grow up together and celebrate championships on South Beach until well past sunrise was a priceless part of the bonding process, something neither will be able to duplicate as they begin a new phase of their relationship. The chance to let their hair down (well, Wade anyway) and loosen up, away from the crowds and the media, is something they could keep to themselves. Although: Mrs.Wade spilled a few friendship secrets the other day, with an ohmigod and a roll of the eyes. “They laugh a lot,” she said. “LeBron is silly. Dwyane is silly. They’re silly and goofy together. When they’re around each other it’s like a never-ending sleepover. That’s what it feels like when you’re in their orbit. They have an unspoken language and jokes and it’s like a show and everyone’s watching.” It helped that, in addition to being in the same sport, both LeBron and Wade became all-time greats, because like-minded and like-talented people tend to magnetize. It was LeBron who collected MVP awards and a huge social media flock at first, then Wade followed up by winning a championship first, and this created a mutual respect for each other’s abilities. It also allowed them to walk through the same exclusive doors together, for example, making a pair of Olympic teams and a batch of All-Star Games, therefore putting them in close company even before the Heat experience. From those moments, a relationship tightened. And when life threw airballs in their direction, one was there to help the other. “When I was going through the custody of my kids and that battle, he was someone I talked to constantly and told him what I was going through,” said Wade. “And vice versa, when he was going through things family-wise, I could talk to him and try to relate. You lean on guys who have similar stories and have gone through similar things in their lives to help with advice or just be there to listen.” Curiously, one of their few awkward moments happened when they became teammates in Miami initially. The transition, Wade admitted, was friction-free but not totally smooth. Superstars have egos. Adjustments were needed and were done and this was made possible by LeBron’s game, which is built on unselfish play. “It would’ve been easier if we went to a neutral site,” Wade said. “But because he came to Miami, it was my team before he got there. It was a little hard because of that, but once we got through the first year it was easy. He can play with anybody. He can go out and score or he can get 17 points and 20 assists. He knows if a guy hasn’t shot the ball in a while and how to get him going.” Their on-court chemistry was astonishing to witness at times, the best entertainment in basketball back then. They knew each other’s tendencies, spots on the floor and how to mesh. How many times did Wade toss a lob to a streaking LeBron for a dunk, or vice-versa? Along with Chris Bosh, this was one of the most productive link-ups in NBA history. Four years and four trips to the NBA Finals don’t lie. And true friendship is following your pal to Cleveland in winter, as Wade did last year in an awkward attempt to re-create the past. To this, Wade shook his head and laughed: “Yeah, yeah, you right about that.” While Wade is putting a bow on this retirement season, he marvels at his friend’s staying power and salutes LeBron’s decision to sign up with the Lakers and take on Los Angeles. “I think it’s great, something he wanted to do,” Wade said. “For a player to be able to map out his career the way he has been able to do, he’s doing it his way. This is the way he wanted, to end it here in L.A., on and off the court. His career is not over, but this is the last layer of his career.” And LeBron, reflecting on Wade’s NBA imprint, said: “D-Wade has definitely had a helluva career, obviously. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, a three-time champion and so on and so on. I mean, it speaks for itself. But what he's done for that franchise and what he's done for that community since he's been drafted has been a pretty good story.” This is curious timing, how the NBA schedule has Wade making his last trip to Los Angeles and against LeBron not long after Wade and Union, who have a home in L.A., recently welcomed a newborn daughter. The families spent Sunday (Monday, PHL time) together at the baby shower, then the farewell game tips 24 hours later. Union calls it the “end of a basketball brotherhood but the beginning of a real friendship with basketball gone” and Wade agrees. “When we first came into the league people couldn’t understand how we could be friends during the season," Wade said. "When I was in Cleveland for a game I’d go to his house the night before, we’d go to the movies and hang out and then we’d go at each other in the game. We’d laugh about that. We enjoy having a different relationship than what was done before us, but then going out and playing against him, I’d always want to whup his you-know-what. And vice versa. Just the times we shared. The moments when it’s not all been great, but to be able to have somebody to talk to and run things by. A lot of people don’t have a LeBron James to call up and say, 'Hey, I’m thinking about this, what do you think about it?’ That’s special.” What will also be special Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) is when Wade, as has been his routine after every game this season, swaps jerseys with an opposing player; this will be the 1,001st game of Wade’s dwindling NBA career. “Obviously this is something I wanted to do in my last year,” Wade said. “But of all the players in the league, LeBron is one of my closest friends so this one will mean a little more, because of the paths that we both went down as competitors against each other and as teammates. We’ll be linked together forever.” And what might be said between friends and competitors caught up in that moment? Wade offers this: “We’ll look at each other and say, 'Yo, this is it.’ It’s crazy that it happened so fast. We remember the night we got drafted like yesterday. But it comes fast. Just an ending of a chapter in both of our lives.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or 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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Doncic scores 11 straight, Mavs rally past Rockets, 107-104

By SCHUYLER DIXON ,  AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic shrugged off a rough shooting night with 11 straight points to erase an eight-point deficit late in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks went on to their ninth consecutive home victory, 107-104 over the Houston Rockets on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Doncic was 3 of 13 before hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to get Dallas within two. After Chris Paul missed two free throws, Doncic hit a floater in the lane for a tie, then followed an air-ball 3 from James Harden with another from long range for a 105-102 lead. It was 26th lead change. The Slovenian rookie had 21 points along with Wesley Matthews, who missed two free throws with a chance to put the game away in the final seconds. Eric Gordon missed a potential tying 3-pointer for Houston at the buzzer. Harden overcame early foul trouble to finish with 35 points, and Paul had 23. Both finished with eight assists, but the Rockets couldn't hold a lead less than two weeks after losing to the Mavericks by 20 points at home. Doncic's flurry helped Dallas overcome a nearly six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks extended their longest home winnings streak since winning nine straight in 2011, the year they won their only championship. The 19-year-old ended up 7 of 17 from the field with seven rebounds. DeAndre Jordan had a double-double at halftime and finished with 12 points — all in the first half — and 20 rebounds. Paul hit a 3-pointer for the 25th lead change at 94-92. It looked like it would be the last one as the Rockets took their biggest lead at eight. Then Doncic took over. Harden already had 10 points when he picked up his third foul after a pump fake from Doncic with 4:17 left in the first quarter. But he didn't foul again until midway through the fourth, finishing 11 of 22, including 6 of 16 from 3. But Harden missed all four shots from long range in the fourth quarter. Dallas rookie second-round pick Jalen Brunson made his second start for the Mavericks with Dennis Smith Jr. out because of a sprained right wrist. The two-time national champion at Villanova had a career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. TIP-INS Rockets: Clint Capela had 12 points and 13 rebounds. ... The Rockets had just four other assists besides the 16 combined from Harden and Paul. Mavericks: F Maxi Kleber was out with a left big toe sprain. ... Smith sat for the second straight game and third time in seven games because of the wrist issue. ... Dorian Finney-Smith had 14 points along with Harrison Barnes. UP NEXT Rockets: Host Portland on Tuesday night. Mavericks: Host Orlando on Monday night......»»

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Eovaldi agrees to $68 million, 4-year deal with Red Sox

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi’s marathon relief performance in Game 3 of the World Series is a moment that will resonate in Red Sox history. Boston rewarded him with a $68 million, four-year contract. “We’re very happy to have Nathan back with us,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement as the deal was announced Thursday. “He did a tremendous job for us last season, playing a significant role in helping us win the division and the World Series. His performance in the postseason was outstanding, both as a starting pitcher and as a reliever.” A 28-year-old right-hander who has had a pair of Tommy John surgeries, Eovaldi was acquired by Boston from Tampa Bay on July 25. He went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA down the stretch. He made four starts against the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, and beat the New York in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, when he gave up one run in seven innings. In six postseason appearances, including two starts, Eovaldi went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, a .185 opponent’s batting average, 16 strikeouts, and three walks Eovaldi pitched one inning of relief in each of the first two games of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He entered Game 3 in the 12th inning and threw 97 pitches over six-plus innings, preventing the bullpen from enduring additional stress. Boston lost the game when Eovaldi surrendered an 18th-inning home run to Max Muncy, but his performance inspired his teammates. Manager Alex Cora credited Eovaldi’s effort with being one of the catalysts that helped Boston win its fourth World Series title in 15 years. At the premiere of the Red Sox’s 2018 season highlight video, Eovaldi got the biggest cheers when his name was mentioned, with the crowd chanting “Bring him back!” “Nobody’s going to remember who won that game. Everybody’s going to remember Nate Eovaldi,” Cora said. Eovaldi is part of a projected starting rotation that includes Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez. Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery in 2007 when he was a junior in high school and his second in August 2016 while with the Yankees. He was let go by New York after the season and signed with Tampa Bay, a deal that guaranteed $2 million in 2017 and included a $2 million option for 2018. He had arthroscopic surgery late in spring training to remove loose bodies in his pitching elbow and did not make his season debut until May 30 — his first major league game since Aug. 10, 2016. Boston earlier reached a $6.25 million, one-year contract with first baseman Steve Pearce, the World Series MVP. Remaining unsigned players who became free agents after winning the Series include closer Craig Kimbrel, left-hander Drew Pomeranz, right-hander Joe Kelly and second basemen Brandon Phillips and Ian Kinsler......»»

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