Rockets beat Mavericks for 8th straight win

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) shoots as Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., bottom and forward Doug McDermott, left, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden scored 27 points, Chris Paul added 25 and the Houston Rockets easily handled the short-handed Dallas Mavericks to get a 104-97 win on Sunday night.The Rockets have won eight straight and 12 of 13.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next The Rockets led for most of the game, but the Mavericks kept it close until a couple of runs in the third quarter allowed Houston to pull away.They were up by 12 to start the fourth quarter and led 93-77 after four straight points by Nene early in the quarter. Yogi Ferrell had the next seven points, highlighted by a 3-pointer he made before crashing to the ground as he was fouled, to cut the lead to 93-84 with about eight minutes remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHouston scored the next five points, with a basket from Paul just before the shot clock expired followed by a 3 from Harden that spurred Dallas coach Rick Carlisle to call a timeout with about six minutes left.But the Mavericks, who were playing their first game this season without Dirk Nowitzki, didn’t threaten again and most of the Rockets’ starters were soon on the bench with the game in hand. Houston got back on track after that, using an 8-2 spurt to make it 84-73 with less than a minute left in the quarter. Eric Gordon got things going in that stretch with a 3-pointer, and Paul scored the last five points.Ferrell added a basket for Dallas after that, but Gordon capped the third quarter with another 3 to leave Houston up 87-75 entering the fourth.Houston led 57-55 at halftime.TIP-INSMavericks: Nowitzki stayed in Dallas because of a swollen left ankle. … Wesley Matthews didn’t make the trip because of tightness in his lower back.Rockets: Trevor Ariza missed his seventh straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Clint Capela added 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Sacramento on Tuesday.Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Tuesday. Paul had nine assists and eight rebounds and Harden had five assists and six rebounds.Ferrell scored 20 points for the Mavs, who have lost eight of 10. Dwight Powell had 18 points and 12 rebounds.The Rockets were up by two early in the third quarter when they used an 8-2 run to make it 68-60 with about 8½ minutes left in the quarter.Powell scored four points in a row later in the third to get Dallas within 5. Harden made two free throws after that before both teams went cold, with nobody scoring for the next 2½ minutes.Maximilian Kleber ended the drought with an alley-oop to cut the lead to 76-71 with about three minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Floorball Association kicked off PFL season 2017-2018 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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Ginebra outlasts Rain or Shine in 3OT, clinches fourth spot

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Game 3 hero SJ Belangel takes inspiration from Mike Nieto Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES View comments Ginebra vs Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra had to trudge through three overtime periods to beat Rain or Shine, 100-92, and secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Despite both teams ending up with identical 6-5 cards, the victory propelled the Gin Kings to the fourth seed in the standings because of quotient advantage and set up a best-of-three series against, incidentally, the fifth place Elasto Painters starting on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Ginebra had parts in the conference where they played without Joe Devance, Sol Mercado, and Greg Slaughter due to injuries and the victory symbolized a huge sigh of relief for Ginebra. “This is the first good thing that happened to us all conference long and it took us a triple overtime game to do it against a team that really didn’t have much to play for,” said Cone. “We lost Joe and Sol earlier and they’re struggling to come back from their injuries, and we lost Greg in some key games.”Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra with 30 points, 17 boards, and five assists while LA Tenorio added 20 points. Beau Belga had 17 points, six boards, and five assists to lead the Elasto Painters while Gabe Norwood finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Ginebra win also eliminated Blackwater in the process and allowed TNT to get a crack at the final playoff berth against Phoenix on Sunday.With Ginebra leading 94-92, Rain or Shine had four chances to either force the tie or the lead but Maverick Ahanmisi and Raymond Almazan bricked their free throws with 55 seconds left in the game. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJervy Cruz then promptly punished the Elasto Painters with a dagger of a baseline jumper that gave the Gin Kings a 96-92 buffer with 34 seconds left. After the grinding victory, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said the victory was a Godsend for them. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Akhtar wants Sarfaraz to be removed calls for split captaincy

first_imgNew Delhi: Following Pakistan’s dismal performance in the 2019 World Cup, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes Sarfaraz Ahmed should be kept in the team for his wicket-keeping and batting skills and not as a captain in any of the three formats. “He (Sarfaraz) should be used for his wicket-keeping and batting skills,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his YouTube channel. “No way should he continue as captain of the team. He should not be the captain in any format.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPakistan were knocked out in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men finished fifth in the points table — at equal points (11) with New Zealand after the round-robin stage. However, the Black Caps qualified as the fourth team for the semi-finals owing to better net run-rate. According to Akhtar, Haris Sohail should lead Pakistan in ODIs and T20Is whereas Babar Azam should be handed over the captaincy in Test cricket. “Haris Sohail should be made the captain. He should captain the side in ODIs and T20Is. They should test him (Babar Azam) in Test cricket. I wish him the best. He has scored a lot of runs,” he said. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ had earlier lashed out at Sarfaraz following Pakistan’s defeat in the round-robin stage of the World Cup and had termed the 32-year-old as a “brainless captain”.last_img read more

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