76ers rally to beat Hornets 110-99, 13th straight in Philly

Ersan Ilyasova’s return to Philadelphia came in time to key a comeback against the Hornets.

The “Trust the Process!” chants rang out in the final minute and the 76ers — who won just 10 times in 2015-16 — won the type of game that proved why they might make some noise in the playoffs.

Ilyasova scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter in his first home game since he rejoined the Sixers, Joel Embiid had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Philadelphia beat Charlotte 110-99 on Friday night.

Hill, also acquired at the trade deadline, scored a season-high 26 points and Cleveland placed six in double figures.

Russell led Brooklyn with 25 points. Caris LeVert scored 18 while DeMarre Carroll had 16. Brooklyn broke an eight-game losing streak Monday by beating Chicago.

James took a strong stance on the NCAA in light of the FBI’s investigation into recruiting in college basketball.

“The NCAA is corrupt, we know that,” he said. “Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”

Smith, who missed Cleveland’s 108-97 loss to the Philadelphia Sixers on Thursday, is expected to start against the Nuggets. He declined to speak to reporters Friday at practice.

“I had a little discussion with him,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said, declining to disclose any further details on Smith.

The Cavs are just 2/3 since the All-Star break. All three losses have come at home, and they failed to score 100 points in any of those contests.

With four new players added and six sent out in trades on Feb. 8, Lue has decided to simplify the offense until everyone is on the same page.

“I feel good about this team,” Lue said. “No doubt about it. We got a lot of young talent. We got a lot of good pieces. We’re just trying to figure it out, put it together. I think we’ve only played seven games right now and those guys are still trying to figure it out.

“Our coaching staff, we’re just trying to stay Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China positive and just try to make it as simple as possible Cheap Kids Jerseys for those guys until we’re able to catch on.”

The Nuggets (34-28) beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-102 on Friday to start a stretch of 11 of 15 games in March on the road.

Lakers say they won’t rush rookie Josh Hart back after surgery

Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Josh Hart will undergo surgery Friday on a fractured metacarpal bone in his left hand.

The Lakers said there was no timetable for the rookie’s recovery, but head coach Luke Walton did not rule him out for the season. The Lakers have 21 more regular-season games after Thursday night’s game in Miami.

Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy took his starting five to task for their offensive failure at the end of regulation and in overtime.

“We didn’t play very well,” Van Gundy said. “Those are the guys that are supposed to win games for us. We just stand around. Clearly if we had answers, we would have won.”

Fournier’s scoring burst gave Orlando a 110-104 lead going into the final two minutes of overtime. That proved to be plenty of cushion against a Detroit team that went from shooting 52.4 percent in the first three quarters to making just one of their last 17 shots in regulation and overtime.

Kemba Walker made his first eight shots and led Charlotte with 23 points. Dwight Howard had 21 points for the Hornets, who were coming off a victory over Chicago on Tuesday night and couldn’t keep up with the Celtics after halftime.

“That’s a product of how we started the game. We’ve got to do a better job of starting and making sure we don’t allow guys to get in a rhythm early,” Howard said. “We didn’t start the second half the right way. We started it like we did in the first half. They capitalized on it and they didn’t look back.”

Boston led 67-59 at halftime and opened the third quarter on a 12-3 run, followed by an 8-0 spurt a few minutes later as the Hornets continued to wilt.

“What we got was what we deserved. Our defense was Baseball Jerseys For Sale embarrassing,” coach Steve Clifford said. “The things that have made us the Hornets over the years … none of it was there.”

Charlotte didn’t have much luck, either, in the third period. Irving barely beat the shot-clock buzzer with a turnaround jumper that put Boston up 86-67 with 6:29 left Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal in the third, and bounces continued to fall for the Celtics.

Giants, Seahawks face offensive line challenges

The New York Giants, who host the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, have some common ground.

The biggest similarity is that both teams have had issues on their respective offensive lines.

Rodgers broke his right collarbone after Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr hit him in the first quarter Sunday. The quarterback was rolling out to his right with Barr pressuring him. As Rodgers threw, Barr hit him in the midsection and drove him into the turf, where Rodgers landed on his shoulder.

Bradford was sacked four times and mostly looked like a player who’d rather hit the ground himself than have someone hit him. He finished with just 36 passing yards on 11 attempts and was mercifully replaced by Keenum just before halftime.

The Jets were at the 47-yard line with seconds left in the first half — if Catanzaro had been called in, he would have been tasked with hitting a 65-yard kick. They called one more play, however, and earned 8 yards on a pass. This resulted in a 57-yard kick for Catanzaro, which he nailed, and was still good enough for the longest field goal in Jets’ history.

For those of us who reside on Cleat Street, this is the type of attitude that brings a tear to our eye. It’s glorious. It’s a man looking at a big ole kick, and saying, “You know what? I want KICKIER.”

Fans packed Bridgestone Arena an hour before puck drop.

Now, with the contract behind him, Zibanejad must live up to the investment the Rangers made in him. With Derek Stepan, the de-facto top-line center for many years on Broadway, traded to the Coyotes earlier this off-season, Zibanejad will consistently face other team’s top lines and defense pairs, while receiving more ice-time, more responsibility at even-strength, power play and penalty kill, and with higher expectations to produce offensively, while proving capable of playing well defensively.

“I always want to improve, always want to evolve, take my game to the next level, that’s what I am working on,” Zibanejad told reporters on a conference call. “Even before signing, seeing Derek being traded was a little bit of an alert to me that I might get a chance to play a bigger role. As a player, you always want more responsibility…I am am super pumped.”

Acquired from the Senators last summer in a trade for Derick Brassard, Zibanejad suffered a broken leg which derailed his first season with the Rangers. However, he scored 14 goals and 37 points in 56 regular season games before stepping up to the lead the team with nine points in 12 playoff contests.

Fans packed Bridgestone Arena an hour before puck drop. They stood during warm-ups and chanted “Pekka! Pekka!” in support of their beleaguered goalie. When Jake Guentzel scored 2:42 into the game, a soft goal that could have rattled Rinne’s already fragile psyche, fans were back on their feet at the next commercial break for a boost.

Their chants, choreographed like a Premier League match, took aim at the Penguins from the introduction.

At the announcement of each players’ name, fans yell “SUCKS!” in perfect Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys harmony. Following a Predators goal, they’re quick to inform opposing goalie Matt Murray “IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!”

“I’ve said before, it’s a little bit similar to European soccer match Jerseys Supply where everybody is on the same page and knows exactly what to do and when to do it.”

Stars land Radulov, but Dallas GM says big summer ‘doesn’t guarantee anything’

You can’t win the Stanley Cup during the summer. However, you can help build a playoff contender during the offseason.

Stars general manager Jim Nill is banking on this old hockey adage, hoping a series of bold moves this summer vaults his club back into contention next season.

On Monday, Nill and the Stars landed arguably the most coveted forward on the free agent market, signing right wing Alexander Radulov to a five-year, $31.25 million contract. Radulov’s addition follows those of goaltender Ben Bishop, defenseman Marc Methot and center Martin Hanzal, all of whom were acquired in trades or signed as free agents by Dallas this summer, not to mention the hiring of head coach Ken Hitchcock.

“We’re excited about these moves, but we’re going to work now. It doesn’t guarantee anything,” Nill said on a conference call with reporters Monday. “We like what we have on paper, but in the end the goal for us is to be a contender every year, get in the playoffs every year. We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but we still have to go out and do it.”

Spoken like a man whose team finished out of the playoffs with the sixth-worst record in the NHL last year despite having star players like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza on its roster. In fact, the Stars missed the playoffs two of the past three seasons and in seven of the last nine Direct Cheap Jerseys even China Cheap Jerseys with some decent talent, so the GM’s take-nothing-for-granted attitude is to be expected.

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich unloads on Donald Trump

Gregg Popovich didn’t hold anything back Saturday when asked about President Donald Trump.

The Spurs coach praised those who marched on Washington in protest of Trump’s presidency and said Trump’s personality is worrisome.

TRADE RUMORS: Will these big men move before the deadline?

Westbrook has used this move before in order to draw a foul, but he didn’t get the call this time, as it was clear he initiated all of the contact.

The Clippers called timeout after gaining possession of the ball. Paul was not happy to leave the game, kicking a chair on his way to the locker room.

Paul left the floor much in the same fashion after breaking his hand in the Clippers’ first-round playoff series against the Trail Blazers. The good news for Los Angeles is Paul’s thumb isn’t broken, though the full extent of the damage remains unclear.

Any time with Paul on the bench would be a huge problem for the Clippers. Paul is having another sensational season, averaging 17.7 points, 9.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds with the highest effective field goal percentage of his career (54.7). The Clippers are already without Blake Griffin. They can’t afford to lose their No. 1 player and leader for an extended period.

To that end, the Bulls nearly traded Butler just ahead of the draft. Boston had the No. 3 pick, and Minnesota had No. 5. Both teams had interest in Butler, who had not been an easy personality for Hoiberg to manage. That came to the fore in December 2015, when Nike Cheap Jerseys Butler criticized Hoiberg for being too soft on the team. While Butler later said he would “make it work” with Hoiberg, the veterans in Chicago were never New England Patriots Cheap Jerseys truly on board with Hoiberg.

Charles Barkley again says he won’t get personal with LeBron James; Shaq defends King

Fans expecting to hear Charles Barkley go nuclear on LeBron James on Thursday were disappointed.

Barkley had a chance to deliver one (or more) zinger to James on TNT’s “NBA Tip-Off,” but he chose instead just to defend his earlier criticism of James and pledge again not to get personal with any player.

To those who screech, “They knew it was dangerous when they started playing it, they had a choice” — no, you’re wrong, they didn’t know all of this. There’s no plausible way they could have.

Make that argument in 20 or 30 years, when the kids coming up now have grown up. No sensible person can look at that sobering graphic and the faces attached to it, from Hall of Famers to long-forgotten short-timers, and speak for them, believing they went into it as many as eight decades ago with the idea that their brains would someday betray them.

There’s still going to be a lot of denial about this; there always has been, every time another revelation about the toll of this sport goes public.

On the other hand, every time, there also is another group of parents who declare that their child will never play it. Not to mention another player who walks away from the NFL to save whatever he has left.

Players were reporting to training camps around the league Tuesday as the report went public. There’s no question many took notice and reconsidered their options at least a little.

Those who still live and profit off of the game, and who have US Cheap Jerseys voids that need filling from it, will keep fighting it. The battles will continue.

But if this is really a “war,” they lost this battle.

How do you overcome “110 out of 111”? And why would you even Really Cheap Jerseys try?

MLB trade rumors: Dodgers ‘confident’ of completing blockbuster trade by deadline

The Dodgers have built a commanding lead in the National League West, but they aren’t satisfied with their current roster.

With ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with a back injury, Los Angeles has increased its likelihood of pulling off a trade before the July 31 trade deadline. In fact, according to MLB Network, the Dodgers are “increasingly confident” they will acquire either Justin Verlander, Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish.

The system is broken, Cuban asserts, but “the system is the system” even if things don’t work as smoothly as he’d like, and the Warriors backup center, who received 1.5 million fan votes, is Exhibit A.

“The three branches of NBA government — the players, the media, and the fans — you would think would be able to make it all work. But I understand if the guys who are All-Stars won in the NBA Electoral College, if they would have thought they were at risk they would have campaigned at different games.

“But the system is the system. They campaigned in the states — and in Zaza’s case — the countries where they needed to. There’s a Pew Study that talks about the difference between digital straight-up fan voting and the NBA Electoral College, and that’s what I pin my hat on.’’

With Beal and Wall commanding so much attention, it helps having someone like Porter who is a willing cutter. In addition to being a huge target at 6-8, he uses his 7-1 wingspan and soft touch Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale around the basket well to finish over shot blockers.

Some struggle coming to terms with being the third option behind two Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys volume scorers, but Porter seems to have embraced being the thorn in a defense’s side. It explains why 80.8 percent of his field goals this season have been assisted.

Devin Booker explodes for 70 points against Celtics, but Suns lose

Suns guard Devin Booker exploded for 70 points against the Celtics Friday night, making him only the sixth NBA player in history to achieve that feat.

He added eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, but Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys his efforts weren’t enough to lift the Suns to a win. The rest of the Suns players accounted for 50 points as the Celtics still earned a 130-120 victory.

The Knicks lost to the Heat, 105-88, on Wednesday, and are pretty much eliminated from playoff contention. With only seven games left in the regular season, Anthony will likely be benched more so younger players can get experience.

“I don’t think me going out there, trying to score 30 and 40 every night and playing that way, is going to help them out at this point,” Anthony said. “I think it’s more about getting that experience and letting them go out there and play through that right now. It’s challenging, but I think it’s for the greater good for Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys everybody on this team.”

It’s the fourth season in a row the Knicks have missed the playoffs, which means they will likely have a top-10 draft pick this year.

Anthony’s future with the team remains uncertain even in the offseason, despite his no-trade clause. The team could want to deal him to make room for younger players with a smaller salary, giving the team more cap space.

“He’s smart,” one scouting director said. “He is a basketball junkie like his dad. He always seems to get that team to play to its strengths. You want to see more, where he goes from here. But I could imagine him coaching in the NBA someday.”

Pacers’ Paul George can’t wait to rekindle ‘special memories’ with Lance Stephenson

The Pacers haven’t announced it yet, but reports say the team is set to sign Lance Stephenson in the near future. The electric guard departed Indiana for Charlotte in free agency a few years ago and was never able to return to what he was.

After bouncing around a few teams, Stephenson is ready to return, and his teammates are welcoming him with open arms.

“Lance is a ball player and he’s a guy that fits right in,” George said Wednesday, via the Indianapolis Star. “I think one area that we need and we’re lacking is a shot creator and a playmaker (in the second unit) and you’ve got a guy that can do both of those.”

Stephen Curry scored a team-high 24 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Klay Thompson added 20 points and eight rebounds, but the bench came up big for the Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Andre Iguodala scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals, while JaVale McGee scored 13 points with five blocks and four rebounds in just 11 minutes of action.

The Warriors received a total of 49 points off the bench, with all six players shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Even backup guard Paypal Cheap Jerseys Ian Clark was draining 3-pointers.

Defensively, the Warriors were excellent, holding the Rockets to 37 percent shooting from the field. James Harden, who scored 17 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists, shot just 4 of 18 from the field and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc.

The win was crucial for the Warriors (62-14), because it proved the two-time Western Conference champs could win playoff-like games without one of their biggest stars. It should give the rest of the team confidence heading into the real Nike NFL Jerseys From China postseason in a couple weeks.