Basketball

  • Blazers Overwhelm Westbrook and Thunder in Fourth Quarter in 114-109 Win

    A 16-0 fourth quarter run, and stifling defense, helped the Blazers overcome 45 points from Russell Westbrook.

    The Portland Trail Blazers, spurred on by a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter, defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-109 at the Moda Center on Thursday night.

  • Blue Eagles, Tamaraws in win-or-go home match

    FOR one last time, the Ateneo Blue Eagles and defending champions Far Eastern University Tamaraws go at it to settle who get to advance to the finals of Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in a rubber match set at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Forged after FEU came from behind last time around to win, 62-61, and negate Ateneo’s twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four, the 4 p.m. set-to between the number two and three seeds determine who the already-qualified De La Salle Green Archers will face in the best-of-three finals beginning on Saturday.

    The Tamaraws rode on the yeoman’s effort of veteran Raymar Jose in the last game to extend their title reign and possibly go back to the finals to defend it.

  • Bolts bank on Durham’s monster numbers to win

    MERALCO delivered in the clutch in a game of spurts to trip Phoenix, 108-103, handing the Fuel Masters’ new coach in Ariel Vanguardia a rude welcome in the opening game of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

  • Bolts Regain Finals Advantage with Game 3 Victory

    Reynel Hugnatan heated up when Meralco needed him the most, nailing three crucial treys to help the Bolts down Ginebra, 107-103, Wednesday in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

  • Bolts shoot for 1st-ever finals appearance

    CAN Meralco finally break through all the way and make history?

    That will be answered as the peaking Bolts seek their first-ever finals appearance as they go up against TNT KaTropa again in the semifinals of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.

  • Bolts silent assassin Daquioag traded to ROS

    PBA Governors Cup campaign following the acquisition of Mike Tolomia in a trade with Rain or Shine on Monday.

    “We thought the trade for Tolomia would help us strengthen our point guard position moving forward,” said Black of the trade.

  • Bolts stay alive with huge victory over Elasto Painters

    DESPERATE times call for desperate measures.

    Meralco showed its survival skills as it staved off elimination, upsetting Rain or Shine, 82-72, in a dominant win to snap its six-game losing streak and stayed alive in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

    Three starters led the charge for the Bolts, with Chris Newsome grabbing a game-high 19 points, four rebounds and six assists, while Cliff Hodge had a monster double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds and Jonathan Uyloan also had a splendid game of 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.

  • Bolts try to boost bid for Top 2 slot

    BEFORE yet another lengthy break, the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup hosts two critical games expected to affect the wild race to the quarterfinals.

    Already through to the next round, league-leading Meralco (7-1) now looks at improving its chances of finishing in the top two as it plays unpredictable GlobalPort (2-6) at 4:15 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena.

  • Bolts Win Third In A Row After Defeating ROS

    The Meralco Bolts ratcheted up their defensive intensity in crunch time to keep their 3rd winning streak intact against a Rain or shine team that is at the same stage of its development curve.

  • Bolts, Painters dispute solo lead

    SOLO leadership will be up for grabs as co-league leaders Rain or Shine and Meralco dispute first place in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.

    Both enjoying early success, the Elasto Painters and the Bolts, both sitting at the top with 3-0 starts, go there separate ways when they meet at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

  • Boston Celtics Grind Their Way to Top of the Eastern Conference

    What once seemed a distant possibility is now a reality, as the Boston Celtics are now tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.

    BOSTON -- This moment has been a distant possibility for so long. Coming into the season, second place was a solid and achievable goal.

  • Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce announces he will retire after 16-17 season

    It's been a week of goodbyes in the NBA, as Paul Pierce has followed Kevin Garnett's retirement announcement by declaring the 2016-2017 season to be his last in the NBA. Pierce will play his 19th and final season for Doc Rivers' Los Angeles Clippers, although Doc has stated that he will waive Pierce before he retires so he can sign a one-day deal with the Celtics and retire.

  • Boston Celtics push Washington Wizards to the brink with 123-101 Game 5 Win

    The Celtics are one win away from facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals as they beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead back to Washington.

    BOSTON – LeBron is in sight.

    After two humiliating losses in Washington, the Celtics came home and throttled the Washington Wizards 123-101, pushing John Wall and the Wiz to the brink. Boston heads back to Washington for an elimination game Friday as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers await a potential Game 1 Monday.

  • Boston Celtics Soar Past Chicago Bulls 105-83 to Complete Comeback and Win Series

    After losing the first two games of their NBA Playoffs series against the Bulls under tragic circumstances, the Boston Celtics rolled off four straight wins to knock out the Chicago Bulls and move on to the second round with a 105-83 win.

    “It’s a wrap for these mother (bleepers)!” Isaiah Thomas screamed to his teammates in the middle of the third quarter. There was plenty of game left, but the Celtics were cruising past a 25-point lead and the Bulls had clearly thrown in the towel.

  • Boston Celtics waive swingman John Holland

    The Celtics will waive journeyman swingman John Holland, reports The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The Celtics have subsequently issued a release confirming they have waived Holland. The BU alum signed a two-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Celtics in April, but only played one minute in the second game of the Hawks series.

  • Bradley Beal can become a star if John Wall lets him

    When teams have a season as disappointing as the Wizards' 2015-16 campaign, tension is bound to build up between players. Unfortunately for Washington, it's their two biggest stars who have admitted to not having the best relationship.

  • Breaking trade: Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Thunder have acquired Nuggets forward Joffrey Lauvergne for 2 future 2nd round picks

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired Nuggets forward Joffrey Lauvergne from Denver, according to The Vertical

  • BRGY. GINEBRA VS MERALCO BOLTS G2: GAME PREVIEW

    Barangay Ginebra San Miguel avoided what could have been another collapse as it held off Meralco to level their 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series at 1-1 Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

  • Bucks 113, Trailblazers 110

    Who wins in Giannis vs. Zeus is a real conversation now

    Yep, he’s that good folks. In what was a back and forth affair, the Milwaukee Bucks took down the Portland Trailblazers 113-110 behind a career night from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee entered halftime tonight with a five-point lead, 60-55, with Giannis netting an absurd 21 points alone. The second half didn’t see either team pull ahead by a considerable margin, but when the Blazers closed Milwaukee’s lead late, Giannis was there to ensure they didn’t face back-to-back losses at home.

  • Bucks re-sign Miles Plumlee to 4-year, $52 million contract

    The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed free-agent center Miles Plumlee to a four-year, $52 million contract, Plumlee's agent told ESPN's Marc Stein. Even in this inflated salary-cap system, that's a sizable commitment to a player that logged just 14 minutes per game last season.