Blake Griffin season-high 32 leads Clippers on Knicks fight night

first_imgDeAndre Jordan had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to end a three-game losing streak.Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and Kristaps Porzingis 27 on a night there was plenty of fight from the Knicks. Anthony played well the day after Phil Jackson took another dig at him on Twitter by referencing an article that was critical of the forward. Coach Jeff Hornacek acknowledged it may have been a distraction, but one he expected the Knicks to play through, and they had a chance to tie before Anthony missed a 3-pointer down 118-115.Griffin then put it away with a free throw with 5.9 seconds left.“They kept their composure. They played well, they executed and we just couldn’t score,” Porzingis said. “That’s how it goes sometimes.” NEW YORK >> The Clippers saw plenty of fight at Madison Square Garden — especially from a former Knick.Blake Griffin scored a season-high 32 points and the Clippers beat New York 119-115 on Wednesday night after ex-Knick Charles Oakley was ejected and arrested in the first quarter.Griffin was one of the players close to Oakley when he shouted at MSG chairman James Dolan and shoved away security guards before he was forcefully removed by arena security.“I stopped and then there was an inbounds play on the side,” Griffin said. “I turned around just in time as he was handing it to him and then there was a foul. I walked back to catch the third, fourth and fifth rounds. It was crazy, man.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Knicks lost their third in a row on a bizarre day even for one of the NBA’s most dysfunctional franchises.“At the end of the day, regardless of what’s being said, what’s going on, you still got to come in here and play basketball,” Anthony said. “And I think that’s the most important part, the most important thing that we should be focusing on.” The Jackson-Anthony feud dominated the pregame talk but quickly took a back seat to the main event between Oakley and Dolan. Oakley was a popular Knick during the 1990s but has fallen out of favor with the franchise because of his criticisms of Dolan.He shouted at Dolan from a seat a couple of rows behind until security came. Oakley shoved a couple of them before he was removed while players on both teams watched as Porzingis was preparing to shoot free throws. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” as he was led to the tunnel, handcuffed and eventually taken by the New York Police Department.“It kind of happened fast. It was a crazy little situation,” Jordan said. “But then they kind of took my boy out of there. It was kind of crazy.”It was the Clippers’ ninth consecutive victory against the Knicks, their longest winning streak against an opponent. It was coach Doc Rivers’ 785th win, passing Gene Shue for 15th place on the NBA career coaching list. Rivers and assistant Mike Woodson both played for the Knicks. Woodson coached New york to playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013.The Clippers will play at Charlotte on Saturday to end the eastern portion of their five-game trip.last_img read more

Josh Hart leads Lakers past 76ers in Las Vegas Summer League opener

first_img VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? LAS VEGAS — Second-year guard Josh Hart scored 24 points and rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk added 17 points to lead the Lakers to a 96-79 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in their Las Vegas Summer League opener on Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.With Lakers Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee, Coach Luke Walton and General Manager Rob Pelinka sitting courtside, the summer squad turned in its best performance so far, bouncing back from an 0-3 showing in the inaugural California Classic earlier in the week in Sacramento.Ball and Kuzma were the stars of the show last summer, helping lead the Lakers to the Las Vegas tournament title and picking up tournament MVP and championship game MVP awards, respectively, in the process. But Hart and the rookies got them (and the usual partisan summer league crowd) out of their seats more than once on Saturday.Hart, who is unlikely to play in all the Las Vegas games, was effective on both ends of the court. He scored five quick points and Mykhailiuk drained a pair of jumpers to help the Lakers open a quick 11-4 lead, and Hart held Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz to just four points (1 for 9, 0 for 7 from 3-point range) a night after he made eight shots from beyond the arc in a 40-point effort against the Boston Celtics. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers took control in the second quarter, extending their lead to 45-33 by halftime. They kept the pressure on in the second half, pushing the margin to 23 at one point. The Lakers shot 44.4 percent from the field, but made nearly half of their 3-point attempts (14 for 31).Hart finished 9 for 15 from the field, including 4 for 8 from 3-point range and helped the Lakers build a 23-point second-half lead against a 76ers team that struggled from the field all night (38.3 percent overall, including 3 for 29 from 3-point range). Mykhailiuk finished 6 for 11 overall (4 for 8 from 3-point range) and shared the team lead with nine rebounds.Rookie big man Moe Wagner added 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in 26 minutes, throwing down a crowd-pleasing one-handed dunk off a steal but adding seven more personal fouls to his growing summer collection.Issac Bonga, the 18-year-old second-round pick who just joined the team after signing his contract on Friday, struggled with three points, two steals and seven turnovers in 13 minutes.Nick King added 15 points and five rebounds, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 10 points and three assists for the Lakers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rookie Zhaire Smith led the 76ers (0-2) with 16 points.The Lakers take the court again on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. against the Chicago Bulls.Related Articleslast_img read more

India trounce Bangladesh for Asia Cup title

first_imgDHAKA (AP):OPENER Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 60 as India won the Asia Cup for the sixth time after beating Bangladesh by eight wickets yesterday.The home side was put into bat and posted 120-5 in a rain-hit game that was reduced from 20 to 15 overs after a two-hour delay.World T20 host India won with seven balls to spare, reaching 122-2 as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a towering midwicket six.Dhawan and Virat Kohli combined for a 94-run partnership for the second wicket after India was reduced to 5-1.Kohli was unbeaten on 41, while Dhoni was on 20.”The top order played sensibly and made it easy for us,” Dhoni said.”It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20. It’s the beauty of the side that everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”Bangladesh’s fast-bowlers Taskin Ahmed (1-14) and Al-Amin Hossain (1-30) shared the wickets.To the delight of the home crowd, Al-Amin broke through in just the second over when he swung one nicely to get the edge of Rohit Sharma (1) who was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.Dhawan and Kohli spent some uncomfortable moments at the crease against the pace of Al-Amin and Taskin. They took their frustration out on Abu Haider, who was playing his first match. Haider conceded 14 runs in his first over and the quick didn’t bowl further in the match.Both Dhawan and Kohli also found Shakib Al Hasan’s left-arm spin to their liking as they kept India in the hunt.Dhoni hurried the victory for India with 20 off six balls including one four and two sixes.”We are disappointed, no doubt. They played really well and we couldn’t keep the pressure,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said.”We have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here.”last_img read more