NBA wrap: James Harden notches 50-point triple-double; Kings eliminated from playoff contention

first_img His array of dribble moves fooled Sacramento’s defense all night, and he made it known it couldn’t stop him.🐐 pic.twitter.com/3NzJbr93mp— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 30, 2019Harden recorded an NBA-record fifth 50-point triple-double. It is his ninth 50-point scoring night of 2018-19. He is one of the front-runners for the MVP award in 2019 and has continued to make a case for himself. Related News Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis accused of sexual assault hours after tearing ACL, report says James Harden has had stellar offensive performances all year, but his performance on Saturday stands out.The Rockets’ superstar recorded 50 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his team’s 119-108 victory over the Kings. Clint Capela was Houston’s second-leading scorer, contributing 24 points and 15 rebounds to the cause.Sacramento’s Bogdan Bogdanovic nearly tallied his own triple-double. He totaled 24 points, eight assists and nine rebounds in the contest.The Rockets are just one win away from reaching 50 victories this season. They are still within reach of first place in the Western Conference, but the Kings have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.Studs of the NightD’Angelo Russell totaled 29 points and 10 assists as Brooklyn took down Boston 110-96.Aaron Gordon posted 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the Magic’s 121-116 victory against the Pacers.Ben Simmons’ 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists lifted the 76ers over the Timberwolves 118-109.Devin Booker poured in 48 points and dished out 11 assists in Phoenix’s 120-115 loss to Memphis.Duds of the NightPatrick Beverley squeaked by with four points on 1-of-10 shooting in the Clippers’ 132-108 win over the Cavaliers.Al-Farouq Aminu was held scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting in Portland’s 99-90 loss to Detroit.Kyle Lowry scored 10 points on 2-of-10 shooting as Toronto blew out Chicago 124-101.HighlightsBen Simmons did a 180 and finished an impressive reverse layup against the Timberwolves. Ben Simmons spins in mid-air and knocks down the reverse layup!#HereTheyCome 84#AllEyesNorth 72📺: @NBATV pic.twitter.com/lxnAI5Phuv— NBA (@NBA) March 31, 2019James Johnson knifed through the lane to finish a powerful dunk against the Knicks in the Heat’s 100-92 triumph.James Johnson drops the hammer at MSG! #HeatCulture pic.twitter.com/dx0WPLNlcw— NBA (@NBA) March 31, 2019What’s Next?Grizzlies (30-45) at Clippers (46-31) 10:30 ET — Los Angeles has had an up-and-down season. But it has won eight of its last 10 games and sits just a half game back from the Jazz for the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers’ performances for the rest of the regular season could change the playoff picture.last_img read more

TRIPLE CROWN WINNING HALL OF FAMER VICTOR ESPINOZA RETURNS TO THE SADDLE ON MONDAY FOLLOWING SEVEN MONTH ABSENCE

first_imgTRIPLE CROWN WINNING HALL OF FAMER VICTOR ESPINOZA RETURNS TO THE SADDLE ON MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA FOLLOWING SEVEN MONTH ABSENCE DUE TO BROKEN NECK SELF PROCLAIMED ‘LUCKIEST MEXICAN ON EARTH’ TO RIDE MAIDEN FILLY FOR SADLER IN FIRST RACE ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2019)–After a near seven-month absence, popular Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, a winner of the 2015 Triple Crown with American Pharoah, will return to the saddle on Monday at Santa Anita, as he’s been named to ride Irish-bred Gallantlystreaming in the first race for Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler.Sidelined due to a fractured vertebra in his neck which was sustained in a morning workout at Del Mar July 22, the road to recovery and return to the saddle has been a long and arduous journey for the 46-year-old Espinoza.“At first, I thought I was done, I really did,” said Espinoza, who initially lacked feeling in his left arm and required 24-hour assistance with life’s basics, such as shaving, walking and getting in and out of bed.  “At that point I was thinking this is it, that my health has to come first and I was thinking about ‘What am I going to do with my life?’  But about three months ago, it kind of happened overnight.  I started feeling better and I felt like I could make it back.  I’m ready.  It’s good for me to know that I’m 100 percent and I can come back now and do my job.“I don’t really know anything about this filly I’m riding, but she’s dropping in class and hopefully, we can win.  I’m excited to get back to my routine and to feel like I have a real job again.”A winner of three Kentucky Derbies, in 2002 with War Emblem, in 2014 with California Chrome and 2015 with American Pharoah, Espinoza, who declared himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth!” following his 2015 Belmont Stakes win, said that he and his agent, Brian Beach, are making themselves available to horsemen in the mornings here at Santa Anita.“We want to work as many horses as we can and build our business up,” Espinoza said.  “It’s always tough here and you have to work hard and show people you are 100 percent to get their confidence.  I feel good and it’s great to be back.”For his part, Beach is looking forward to sunny skies as he continues to plot Espinoza’s comeback.“We’ve been wanting to work a lot of horses for different people, but we’ve been a victim of the inclement weather,” he said. “The track has been closed a lot in the morning so it’s really limited us.  At this point, I thought it would be better to get him named on a horse.“John (Sadler) and the Hronis brothers were kind enough to put us on a ‘live’ horse for Monday and we’ll just try to build off of that.”A 4-year-old filly that’s sprinted on turf in three maiden special weight races, Gallantlystreaming drew the far outside in a field of 10 fillies and mares entered for a maiden $50,000 claiming tag at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf here on Monday.From milking cows on his family’s farm, to driving a bus in his native Mexico City at age 17, to coming to America in 1990 with little money and no “Ingles,” Victor Espinoza has already overcome steep odds to succeed at racing’s top levels.Here’s hoping he’ll be flashing his million dollar smile in the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle soon.last_img read more

76ers overcome Joel Embiid’s absence to beat Heat

first_img“He was our bell-ringer tonight,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.Tobias Harris had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and JJ Redick hit a late 3-pointer to help Philadelphia win its first game without Embiid. He’s expected to miss at least a week with a sore left knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDwyane Wade scored 19 points for Miami, and Dion Waiters added 18.Miami led 99-98 after Wade’s runner with 1:56 left. Marjanovic made two free throws to put Philadelphia ahead 100-99. Following Wade’s missed jumper, Redick drained the 3 from the top of the key to make it 103-99 with 1:04 left. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Added Harris, “I was surprised he didn’t shoot a 3 tonight because he had it going.”Marjanovic, starting for Embiid, had 11 points and seven rebounds to help Philadelphia to a 23-13 lead before being lifted with 3:34 left in the first quarter. He returned 3 1/2 minutes into the second, finishing the half with 16 points and eight rebounds while making all six of his field-goal attempts to help the 76ers to a 57-50 halftime lead.He finished 6 for 7 from the field and 7 for 10 from the free-throw line.“He’s incredibly skilled for a man of his size,” Brown said.Wade’s exitThe 37-year-old Wade, playing in his last season, was honored early in the first quarter with a highlight video that included a tribute from 76ers great Allen Iverson. Philadelphia fans gave Wade a standing ovation following the video, and the Miami star pounded his heart and waved back in appreciation.Wade was touched by the tribute, particularly by Iverson’s inclusion. After Michael Jordan, Iverson was Wade’s favorite player growing up.“To take myself out of the moment and think 20-something odd years later, Allen Iverson would be the one, his voice would be the one dedicating something to me in this arena, in his city, I couldn’t have written it any sweeter, any better,” Wade said.Passing the torchSimmons and Wade exchanged jerseys after the game. Fresh off his first All-Star appearance and a rising star in the league, Simmons reflected on playing against Wade. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, left, and Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade pose after swapping jerseys following an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 106-102. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania—Boban Marjanovic covered up All-Star center Joel Embiid’s absence — at least for a night.Marjanovic had 19 points and 12 rebounds and made three key free throws in the final 1 1/2 minutes to help Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 106-102 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It’s cool to be on the floor with a legend,” Simmons said. “It’s an amazing feeling.”Simmons, who had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists, said he wore Wade’s brand of sneakers as a kid. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Zion’s freak injury ripples in basketball, business worlds Kelly Olynyk then missed a 3-point attempt, and Marjanovic made the first of two free throws with 38.3 ticks left to put Philadelphia up five.“He was fantastic,” Redick said about Marjanovic. “He really stepped up for us tonight.”Perhaps the only way Marjanovic didn’t impersonate Embiid was after the game, as he was unavailable for comment due to treatment — quite unlike the loquacious and quotable Embiid.It was left to his teammates to speak for his performance.“He’s a bucket,” Butler said. “All you have to do is throw it to him.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more