Down go the Champs! Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum lead the Blazers to a huge victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
What a shocker! The Portland Trail Blazers took care of business against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Moda Center for the third straight season, winning 102-86. On the second half of their road trip, the Cavs were unprepared for the Blazers’ aggressive play and bench scoring.
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.
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.
Despite Matthew Wright’s scoring outburst, the Meralco Bolts hung tough late and prevailed over the Phoenix Fuel Masters in overtime, 103-100, in their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup encounter, on Friday evening at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts thus earned their fifth victory in seven outings, while the Fuel Masters fell to 3-4 win-loss card.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
BOCAUE — Australia retained leadership in Group B of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers after it defeated the Philippines, 89-53, in a highly emotional match at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, that saw a fight break in the third period that eventually halted the contest.
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.
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.
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.
Taco Jay and Max Money Al led Boston to take a 3-0 series lead with the OT win.
Victory was assured at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter. Aron Baynes (7 points & 10 rebounds) splashed a 3-pointer from the corner, and according to the rules, the Boston Celticsdefeated the Philadelphia 76ers 101-98 in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
MINNEAPOLIS — Down two games to none in an unfavorable first round series against the lethal, unrelenting high-speed Houston Rockets, the Timberwolves returned home to a city that hasn’t hosted a playoff game since 2003-04. The building was booming from the jump with chants of “Let’s go Wolves!” and “DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE” setting an energetic tone.
The Rockets (championship contenders) and Suns (worst team in the NBA last season) made a trade in the dusk of August, shaking up Houston’s salary cap sheet and Phoenix’s rotation. Ryan Anderson and second-round pick De’Anthony Melton are headed to Phoenix. The Suns sent Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to Houston.
Bronny James mania has officially arrived. With his famous father in the stands, LeBron James’ oldest son spent the weekend playing in front of massive crowds with his grassroots team in Las Vegas. Even though he’s only entering eighth grade, it’s clear Bronny is already a certified basketball celebrity.
By Roy Afable
Three-time NBA Champion and Spurs Legend Bruce Bowen is here in Manila to join Pinoy hoops fans for live viewing of the 2018 NBA Finals from June 1 – 4. He will also be doing some charity while in the country as part of the NBA Cares program.
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.
Greg Monroe and his 24 points off the bench are instrumental in a big victory for Milwaukee
Remember that sleepwalking disaster against Denver on Wednesday? Of course you do. Somehow the Bucks rebounded with a 112-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (yes, the Clippers) in a performance many didn’t see coming. Basketball is a weird sport and the Bucks are a weird team, but that’s why we love them.
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