• Thunder vs Nuggets, pre-season final score: OKC finishes off Denver, 96-86

    The Thunder wrapped up their pre-season with a 3-1 record.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder closed out pre-season play on Tuesday night with a road win against the Denver Nuggets. The Thunder used outstanding efforts on offense and defense able to hold on for a 96-86 victory in preparation for the regular season to begin.

  • Thunder vs Pelicans, final score: Westbrook triple-double, Adams double-double fuels OKC win, 114-105

    The Thunder dominated majority in New Orleans and held on for the road win.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 114-105. Marking their second consecutive road win in a row, the Thunder used a bruising inside game behind Steven Adams (20-11-3 with 4 blocks) and Russell Westbrook’s triple-double (27-12-10) to hold the Pelicans at arm’s length for most of the night. The win brings the Thunder back to 8 games over .500 and an even 6-6 in their toughest month of the season with 3 games to go.

  • Tim Duncan is gone, but the Spurs will be just fine

    They still have Pop, Kawhi, LaMarcus and Parker. They'll be a threat to win the title. Again.

    FLANNERY: I started working in newspapers full-time in the fall of 1997. That was also Tim Duncan's rookie year. (I also skipped my grad school graduation ceremony to watch the lottery, but that's another story). The dude has been playing for literally my entire working life. Now, he's gone and I'm feeling old.

  • Titans clash: Beermen take on Elasto Painters

    THE much-anticipated battle between the top two teams finally takes place as sizzling San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine collide in a titanic clash in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.

    Winners of six straight, the top-ranked Beermen (7-1) are on a roll and they plan on continuing their surge, but the second-running Elasto Painters (5-2) are likewise on a streak.

  • Tiu cited by PBA press

    WHO says the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters are doomed to mediocrity without long-time coach Yeng Guiao?

    Chris Tiu and the rest of his teammates made sure experts won’t ever be saying that with back-to-back victories over the Kia Picanto and the TNT KaTropa the past week in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors Cup.

  • TJ McConnell downs Knicks with buzzer beater jumper

    Timothy John McConnell plays hero for the Sixers against the Knicks.

    Wednesday night’s matchup between the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers attracted a lot of national attention, as many hoped to feast their eyes on the first of many battles between Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis.

    But in the Sixers 98-97 victory over the Knicks, it was one Timothy John McConnell who ended up stealing the show.

  • TNT bucks loss of import, edges Alaska, 107 to 106

    NO import in the clutch, no problem.

    TNT KaTropa pulled of an astounding rally down the stretch to prolong Alaska’s misery and take a thrilling 107-106 win that put the Texters back on track in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Before flying to Lebanon today to be a part of the national team in the FIBA Asia Cup, RR Pogoy first took care of business for his mother team, pouring in 25 points, highlighted by seven triples on only eight attempts as his scoring down the stretch lifted the Tropang Texters when they needed it the most.

  • TNT claims early series lead over Barangay Ginebra

    TNT KaTropa got their semifinal bid in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup to a good start, defeating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, 100-94, in Game One of their best-of-five series last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Boosted by a strong start and the towering play of import Joshua Smith, the KaTropa maintained the cushion they got the rest of the contest to upend the top-seeded Kings for the early series lead.

  • TNT clobbers Rain or Shine

    Jayson Castro took advantage of a well-executed screen

  • TNT draws first blood in QF against Meralco

    TNT KaTropa went one up over the Meralco Bolts in their best-of-three Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series, beating the latter, 102-84, in Game One yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    A battle of teams that finished fourth and fifth place, respectively, at the end of the elimination round, the KaTropa gave their tournament push a favor by taking the opener to move a win away from advancing to the next round.

  • TNT KaTropa beat Mahindra to go 4-1

    TNT KaTropa sustained their ascent in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup, taking down the Mahindra Floodbuster, 86-84, in the opening match yesterday to win their fourth straight game.

    After initially tumbling in their first outing in the mid-season PBA tournament, the KaTropa have racked up four victories in as many games after to fortify their place early in the top half of the standings at 4-1.

  • TNT KaTropa race to 3-2 semifinal series lead

    THE TNT KaTropa are just a win away from returning to the finals of the Philippine Basketball Association after beating the defending champions San Miguel Beermen, 101-94, in Game Five of their best-of-seven Philippine Cup semifinal series last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

  • TNT KaTropa survive Meralco Bolts, 113-107

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    THE TNT KaTropa got back to the win column yesterday after defeating the Meralco Bolts, 113-107, in their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup encounter yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Lost in their previous game, the KaTropa avoided dropping consecutive games by making sure to be on top of the Bolts from start to finish.

  • TNT KaTropa targets 2-0 lead over Beermen

    TNT KaTropa is in a good position to hold a huge advantage over the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.

    The Tropang Texters are eyeing a commanding 2-0 lead over San Miguel Beer in the continuation of their best-of-seven titular tilt in the finals of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.

  • TNT KaTropa, Meralco resume sibling rivalry

    THREE teams want to reclaim a piece of the top spot while one wants to continue its move up the standings as the 2016-17 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup resumes.

    Streaking TNT KaTropa, winners of two in a row and holding a 2-1 card, resumes its sibling rivalry with the Meralco Bolts (1-1) in their 7 p.m. clash.

    Blackwater Elite and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, both at 2-1, who want to keep their place up top will part ways when they face off at 4:15 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum today, Friday, December 9.

  • TNT rookie selected PBA player of the week

    ROGER Pogoy may only be a rookie, but the young TNT wingman plays with the confidence of a veteran.

    The 6-2 former Far Eastern University showed just that on Sunday, firing 17 points, none bigger than his three-point shot with under two minutes left to help TNT KaTropa beat a rallying Barangay Ginebra side, 100-94 in the opening game of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series.

    A deadly gunner, whose confidence grew further with his recent stints at Gilas, Pogoy’s heads-up play earned him the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period of June 6-11.

  • TNT takes Game One, 104-102

    THE TNT KaTropa wrested the early lead in their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals with the San Miguel Beermen, taking Game One, 104-102, last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Bucking an early breakaway by the Beermen, the KaTropa charged back and took the fight to their opponents and succeeded, with hurting import Joshua Smith taking the hero’s role, to move a step forward toward the title of the PBA’s midseason tournament.

  • TNT tops Ginebra anew to take 2-0 series lead

    THE TNT KaTropa moved one step away from returning to the finals after topping the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings anew in Game Two of their best-of-five PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series, 107-103, last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Had the series edge entering the contest following their series-opening victory last Sunday, the KaTropa did their cause in the midseason Philippine Basketball Association tournament a huge favor by claiming another win that thrust them closer to another finals stint after more than a year of coming up short.

  • TNT win over Ginebra, 103-96

    Best-of-5 / Semis Game 2: TNT KaTropa defeated Barangay Ginebra, 103-96 to tie the series at 1-1 in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal on Wednesday night at the Batangas City Coliseum.

  • TNT, Rain or Shine mix it up in sudden death

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    THE TNT KaTropa and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters go at it for the last time this season as they settle once and for all who between them get to secure a semifinal spot in their quarterfinal pairing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup.

    Failed to advance outright in their first try on Wednesday, the KaTropa now use their second attempt from a twice-to-beat incentive they got for finishing in the top four in the elimination round as they collide anew with the E-Painters in the lone quarterfinal game today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.