Celtics storm back from 26 to stun Rockets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart and Terry Rozier had 13 points apiece.Tatum made a layup with seven seconds left to pull the Celtics within 98-97, then Smart had position on Harden for an offensive foul that gave Boston the ball and a chance to win it. Horford converted from the lane to put Boston up for the first time in a game Houston had led throughout and dominated until midway through the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHarden finished with 34 points and 10 assists. Eric Gordon scored 24 points for Houston, which shot 25 percent (9 of 36) in the second half and lost its fourth straight.The Rockets had one last chance after Horford’s go-ahead hook shot, but Harden was called for another offensive foul and time expired after Horford missed his second free throw. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) and Kyrie Irving (11) celebrate as Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night.Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls against James Harden in the closing seconds to help Boston complete the comeback.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Houston was able to stall the momentum when Harden drew a foul with 1:56 left and got two extra free throws when Morris and Boston coach Brad Stevens received technicals for arguing. Harden made all four from the line, but a late 3-pointer by Rozier had Boston within 78-69 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Veteran swingman Gerald Green, who signed a free-agent deal with the Rockets earlier Thursday, finished with two rebounds and no points in 11 minutes. … The Rockets’ 62 points in the first half were the most scored on the Celtics in the first two periods of a game this season. … Houston point guard Chris Paul missed his third straight game with a groin strain and the Rockets fell to 10-7 without him.Celtics: Were just 5 of 19 in the first quarter while scoring 12 points, the second-lowest total for a quarter by the Celtics this season. … Boston committed eight turnovers in the first quarter.2-MAN CREWReferee Mark Lindsay missed the game with a sore back, leaving Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to officiate the game on their own.UP NEXTRockets: Wrap up a three-game road trip Friday at Washington.Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.by Taboolacenter_img Houston opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at halftime. After committing six turnovers in the first half, Houston had seven in the third quarter and Boston capitalized by outscoring the Rockets 31-16. Irving scored 12 in the third quarter as Boston picked up its defense, holding Houston to just four field goals in the period.Boston got within a point a couple times in the fourth, but couldn’t quite catch the Rockets until the final seconds.Smart drove for a layup and pulled Boston within 96-95 with 13.5 seconds left. Boston pressured the inbounds pass and Houston called time, then another before getting the ball to Harden, who made both free throws and finished 15 for 15 from the foul line. Rather than going for the 3-pointer, Boston went to Tatum for another layup, then Smart took an offensive foul by Harden on the inbounds play.Houston’s lead was in the 20s for nearly all of the second quarter and much of the third before Boston pulled back within range on a 12-0 run.Irving drew another foul while driving to the basket and added two more from the line, then after a shot-clock violation, Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 71-58 — the lowest it had been since Houston led 23-10. After a timeout, Irving stole the ball and got it to Smart for a layup to make it 71-60.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

Olynyk’s hot shooting powers Heat past Hawks

first_imgOlynyk’s first two 3s in his streak of four straight for the Heat capped a 14-0 run for a 42-36 lead.Following a basket by Atlanta’s Damion Lee, Olynyk sank two more 3s before a miss ended his hot stretch.“He’s one of our best shooters,” said Spoelstra of Olynyk. “He works on it all the time and it’s such a weapon. And he picks the right spots. It’s all because his heart’s in the right place. He doesn’t want to take all the shots. He only wants to shoot open ones.”Olynyk also had eight rebounds and five assists.Josh Richardson also had 19 points, with four blocks and three steals, and Justise Winslow had 18 for Miami.Miami stretched its lead with a 12-0 run late in the third quarter and increased the advantage to 20 points early in the final period.Even without some of its top players, Miami had plenty of depth to control the game. The woeful Hawks have lost seven of eight and 13 of 15 to solidify their hold on the worst record in the Eastern Conference.“Energy wise, our gas tank hit empty,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.Taurean Prince led Atlanta with 20 points, Lee and Tyler Dorsey each had 15. No other Hawks player scored in double figures.“It’s just one of those nights when we dug ourselves a hole,” Dorsey said.TIP-INS Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award One 3-pointer at a time.Olynyk scored 19 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers when Miami took the lead for good in the second period, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-86 on Wednesday night, capping a sweep of back-to-back games between Southeast Division rivals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBy logging his first two minutes in the game, Olynyk earned a $1 million bonus for reaching 1,700 for the season.That sort of detail doesn’t go unnoticed on a team. Olynyk’s teammates and coach Erik Spoelstra are expecting the 7-foot forward to pick up some tabs. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Dinner, drinks, beers all that is on him,” Spoelstra said. “I’m going to see if I can get tickets to a play. All that is on him. I’m going to bill his account for everything.”Spoelstra and his players have reason to celebrate.Miami rested Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and James Johnson one day after clinching a playoff berth by beating the Hawks in Miami.Olynyk made five of six 3s in the second period. His career high for 3s in a game is six.“I was kind of in the zone,” he said. “I felt like whatever I threw up was going to go in.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Heat: Spoelstra said Dragic (right ankle), Wade (left wrist) and Johnson (left ankle) have played through injuries as the Heat “made a pretty big push without exhaling at all” to clinch the playoff spot. … Rodney McGruder had 14 points. Wayne Ellington had 11. … Miami made 17 of 38 3s.Hawks: G Antonius Cleveland had five points in 12 minutes in his return after missing 18 games with a left ankle injury. He appeared in his first game since Dec. 18 with the Mavericks. … Center Dewayne Dedmon (sore rib) was cleared following pregame warmups. He had six points and eight rebounds after missing Tuesday night’s game.SHORT RESTSpoelstra said he’s not shutting down his starters before the playoffs.“Right now we’re not shutting everybody down,” Spoelstra said.Wade is confident he’ll be ready for the postseason.“I’ve got three more games,” Wade said before the game. “Yeah, I’ll be out there.”REMEMBERING KINGThere was a pregame moment of silence to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.UP NEXTHeat: At New York on Friday night.Hawks: At Washington on Friday night. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sixers roll to 12th straight win, oust Pistons from playoff race LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) drives past Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)ATLANTA — With an extra $1 million in his pocket, Kelly Olynyk could have afforded a spending spree.“Instead, I just made it rain,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ballon d’Or 2017 nominees revealed

first_imgBallon D’Or Ballon d’Or 2017: Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo among 30 nominees Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:15 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(48) Ronaldo Neymar Messi GFX Getty composite Ballon D’Or Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Marcelo Chelsea Juventus Premier League Serie A Bundesliga Real Madrid PSG Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División The full 30-man list includes seven Real Madrid players following their second successive Champions League win last season Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead an illustrious list of 30 players nominated for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award.The full list of top footballers was revealed across Monday by organisers France Football, with Champions League and La Liga winners Real Madrid dominating with seven nominees.Following unprecedented back-to-back Champions League wins, Real Madrid star Ronaldo is joined on the roster by attackers Karim Benzema and Isco, defenders Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, and midfielders Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Neymar has been recognised following an eventful year that has seen the Brazil star impress for both his national team and Barcelona, before his world-record summer transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. Former team-mate Luis Suarez, meanwhile, was one of Barca’s key men last term, scoring 37 goals in all competitions.Neymar 14/1 to be CL top scorer Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann was one of the final three in the 2016 Ballon d’Or, finishing third, and he continued his fine form for Diego Simeone’s side with 26 goals in all competitions last season.Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala is nominated alongside team-mate Gianluigi Buffon after enjoying a stand-out 2017, helping the Bianconeri to yet another Serie A title and the Champions League final.Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is also among the nominees after he claimed his second Premier League title in a row following his switch from Leicester City. Philippe Coutinho, David de Gea, Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne are also recognised for their performances in the English top flight.Other nominees include Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, PSG teenager Kylian Mbappe, and Roma forward Edin Dzeko, who finished as Serie A’s top goalscorer last season.FULL LIST OF 2017 BALLON D’OR NOMINEES Player Teams Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid & Portugal Eden Hazard Chelsea & Belgium Leonardo Bonucci AC Milan & Italy Isco Real Madrid & Spain Kylian Mbappe PSG & France Neymar PSG & Brazil Luka Modric Real Madrid & Croatia Paulo Dybala Juventus & Argentina Marcelo Real Madrid & Brazil N’Golo Kante Chelsea & France Luis Suarez Barcelona & Uruguay Sergio Ramos Real Madrid & Spain Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid & Slovenia Philippe Coutinho Liverpool & Brazil Dries Mertens Napoli & Belgium Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City & Belgium Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich & Poland David de Gea Manchester United & Spain Harry Kane Tottenham & England Edin Dzeko Roma & Bosnia-Herzegovina Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid & France Gianluigi Buffon Juventus  & Italy Radamel Falcao Monaco & Colombia Sadio Mane Liverpool & Senegal Toni Kroos Real Madrid & Germany Lionel Messi Barcelona & Argentina Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund & Gabon Edinson Cavani PSG & Uruguay Mats Hummels Bayern Munich & Germany Karim Benzema Real Madrid & France WHAT IS THE BALLON D’OR? Ballon d'OrThe Ballon d’Or (French for ‘Golden Ball’) is an annual individual award which is given to the footballer who is deemed to have performed the best during the previous year.The accolade is presented by the football magazine France Football and it first appeared in 1956, when it was popularly known as the European Footballer of the Year award due to the fact that it was initially restricted to European players. In 1995, it expanded to include players of any nationality at European clubs before being adapted to include all players from around the world in 2007.The Ballon d’Or was initially distinct from FIFA’s World Player of the Year award, but the two merged in 2010 to become the FIFA Ballon d’Or. However, that merger lasted just five years and the Ballon d’Or became separate from FIFA again in 2016, with the world governing body subsequently creating the new ‘The Best’ awards series.Who has won the most Ballon d’Or awards?Since its formation in 1956, the Ballon d’Or has been won by many different players, but no one has been as successful as Lionel Messi . The Barcelona star has won on five occasions, finishing in the top three a total of 10 times. Behind Messi is his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo with four awards and the Real Madrid talisman is hoping to pull level with the Argentine in 2017.After Messi and Ronaldo, just hree players have won the Ballon d’Or three times, with Johan Cruyff shining in the 1970s, while Michel Platini and Marco van Basten dominated the 1980s. Franz Beckenbauer , Ronaldo , Kevin Keegan , Alfredo di Stefano and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have each been presented with the accolade twice.Among the others to have won the award are George Best , Zinedine Zidane , Michael Owen and George Weah , while Kaka , who won in 2007, was the last person outside of Messi and Ronaldo to scoop the prize.last_img read more