Hawks beat Celtics, Spurs crush Grizzlies

first_imgATLANTA (AP):Atlanta and San Antonio took imposing 2-0 leads in their opening-round playoff series with emphatic victories over Boston and Memphis on Tuesday night.The Hawks held the Celtics to the lowest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs since the NBA went to the shot clock, building a 21-point lead and holding on despite an ugly shooting performance of their own for an 89-72 victory and a strong hold on their Eastern Conference series.Al Horford and Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 17 points apiece, but this game was essentially decided in the first 12 minutes.The Hawks started nine of 13 from the field, knocking down six from beyond the three-point arc. Korver made four from long range, a big turnaround from a one-of-10 performance in Game One that didn’t include any threes. Atlanta led 24-3 just 6 1/2 minutes into the game.Even after failing to score the rest of the period, the Hawks still led 24-7 heading to the second.Shaking off a dismal performance in the playoff opener, Korver swished four three-pointers in the opening minutes to propel Atlanta to a stunning 21-point lead before many fans had settled into their seats. There wasn’t much doubt after that.MISSED SHOTS”We all have pride, right?” said Korver, who went one of 10 on Saturday and missed all seven of his three-point attempts. “I wanted to come out and play better the second game.”As good as Korver and the Hawks were in the early going, this one will be remembered more for the Celtics’ grisly start.”I don’t know what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder, looking a bit shell-shocked after scoring just two points on one-of-nine shooting. “But we’ve got to change something.”Crowder had plenty of company in his shooting misery.Boston star Isaiah Thomas was held to 16 points on four-of-15 shooting, going one of six beyond the arc. Marcus Smart stepped in for the injured Avery Bradley and went one of 11, also making just one of six from three-point range. The Celtics finished at 32 per cent overall (28 of 88), five of 28 from long range.Game Three is tomorrow night in Boston.San Antonio were even more impressive than the Hawks in beating the Grizzlies 94-68. Patty Mills had 16 points, Kawhi Leonard added 13 and San Antonio never trailed in sweeping the first two games.last_img read more

PBA D-League finals: Che’Lu-SSC vs Zark’s-Lyceum

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pradera, Wack Wack shine in jungolf tilt Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jeff Viernes drilled the go-ahead jumper with 18.2 seconds left to give the Che’Lu Revellers a 92-90 advantage and applied pressure defense on the other end as Egie Boy Mojica’s layup rolled off the rim with 4.8 seconds left.Viernes then settled the final score with a split from the foul line en route to a team-best 17 points, before Mojica botched another try from halfcourt as time expired.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 crown“Even though he played bad at the start, it was still him who delivered us the win in the end,” said coach Stevenson Tiu of the veteran Viernes.CJ Perez led the sixth-seeded Zark’s Jawbreakers with 23 points.“Again, it’s just a blessing for us to be here,” said Che’Lu-SSC coach Topex Robinson. “We’re so grateful that we’re given the opportunity to play in the Finals.” —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NET Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ 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 CJ Perez of Zark’s-Lyceum (right) gets away from Abu Tratter of Marinerong Pilipino during their D-League match. —AUGUST DELA CRUZChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian College and Zark’s Burger-Lyceum swept their semifinal rivals to arrange a title clash in 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Che’Lu-SSC battled back from 19 points down to edge Akari-Adamson, 93-90, while Zark’s-Lyceum leaned on a big second half to decimate Marinerong Pilipino, 102-89, and win their Final Four series with two-game sweeps.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more