No Curry, no three-pointers as Rockets thrash Warriors

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Houston Rockets humbled the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors 107-86 on Thursday in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals. The Rockets took full advantage of the absence of Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury. They posted their sixth victory in eight games after a 1-5 start and climbed to .500 at 7-7 in the still young […]

Rockets confirm Anthony no longer in their plans

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Carmelo Anthony’s brief tenure in Houston is over after he played just 10 NBA games with the Rockets, general manager Daryl Morey said Thursday. “After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” Morey said in a statement on the status of the 10-time All-Star. “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted […]

Lakers guard Rondo to have surgery on broken right hand

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo will have surgery to repair a broken right hand, the NBA team said Thursday, and will likely miss several weeks. Rondo, who was apparently injured stealing the ball in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s win over Portland, could have surgery as early as Friday. “We have to shake it off,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of losing the veteran, who has been […]

Green settles Durant spat, says Warriors won’t ‘crumble’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green said Thursday he had settled his differences with team-mate Kevin Durant and warned that the NBA champions would not “crumble” over their recent locker-room strife. Green was suspended for one game on Tuesday for “conduct detrimental to the team” following a furious bust-up with Durant during the team’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Reports said Durant and several other teammates […]

LeBron passes Chamberlain as Lakers sink Blazers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James poured on 44 points to leapfrog Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s all-time scoring rankings on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 126-117. James’ highest points haul since joining the Lakers saw him vault over Chamberlain into fifth place on the scoring rankings, leaving him with 31,425 points from his career. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time points leader with 38,387 […]

Butler beaten on debut as Magic rally stuns Sixers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Nikola Vucevic scored 30 points as the Orlando Magic staged a fourth quarter comeback to hand Jimmy Butler a defeat on his debut for the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Vucevic drained two free throws with five seconds remaining to seal a wild victory which saw Orlando overturn a 16-point deficit in the final quarter to post a 111-106 win. Orlando improved to 7-8 with the victory while the Sixers […]

Warriors guard Curry will sit out three-game road trip

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss the reigning NBA champions’ next three games while being monitored for a nagging left groin strain, the team announced Wednesday. Curry has missed the Warriors’ past three games after suffering the injury last Thursday against Milwaukee and has been monitored and evaluated by the club’s medical staff since then. The 30-year-old sharpshooter, twice an NBA Most Valuable Player, will travel with […]

Pacquiao, Broner to unveil fight details next week

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao and former world welterweight champion Adrien Broner will announce details Monday in New York about their upcoming bout, expected in January at Las Vegas. Pacquaio owns the World Boxing Association’s regular welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA ‘super champion’ Keith Thurman, after stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur — his first knockout win since 2009. The southpaw, 60-7 with […]

UP ends 21-year Final Four drought with win over DLSU

The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons finally ended their 21-year Final Four drought with a win over the Dela Salle University Green Archers on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Fighting Maroons were off to a blazing start, following back-to-back threes from the Leano brothers, who made up for a bulk of the 52 Maroon points versus La Salle’s 29 by the end of the first half. The Green Archers flexed their guns in the third, […]

Durant stars as Warriors bounce back

OAKLAND, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant scored 29 points as the Golden State Warriors set aside their off-court discord to post a 110-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. The NBA champions went into the game at the Oracle Arena against a backdrop of controversy, with power forward Draymond Green suspended following his bust-up with Durant 24 hours earlier. Durant and Green had a heated off-court exchange during Monday’s 121-116 overtime defeat to […]

Nets guard LeVert won’t need surgery for dislocated foot

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert will not require surgery after suffering a dislocated right foot in an NBA game, the club announced Tuesday. The 24-year-old American, who has played all three of his NBA seasons with the Nets, was wheeled off the court in pain after a gruesome injury in Monday’s 120-112 Brooklyn loss at Minnesota. In the final seconds of the first half, LeVert was contesting a drive […]

Eriksson off to winning start as Philippines boss

BACOLOD, Philippines (AFP) — Sven-Goran Eriksson began his Philippines reign with a win as his Azkals beat Singapore 1-0 in a Suzuki Cup group match at home Tuesday. Winger Patrick Reichelt scored the only goal in the 78th minute. He beat three defenders after captain Phil Younghusband, playing in his 100th cap, instinctively flicked on a header from his center-forward brother James Younghusband, a second-half substitute. Until then the Singaporeans played a compact, counter-attacking game […]