Heat edge Lakers in thriller to keep NBA title dream alive

first_img“We got where we wanted to on offense, shared the ball like we always do,” Butler said.”This is a game of runs — I think we withstood theirs.”Butler drained two free throws with 16.8 seconds left to put Miami up by one.James, stymied under the basket, found Danny Green for a wide-open three-pointer with 7.1 seconds remaining but Green missed and Tyler Herro added two more free throws to seal it.”We got a hell of a look to win the game, to win the series,” James said. “Didn’t go down.”On a night that saw the Heat lead much of the way, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s three-pointer with 6:18 remaining put the Lakers up 97-96 — their first lead since the first quarter.But the Heat dug in, Duncan Robinson’s three-pointer putting Miami back up, 101-99 with 3:16 remaining, and it was a heavyweight slugfest the rest of the way, the lead changing hands seven more times.”It was all about getting stops, getting what we wanted on offense,” Butler said. “I still don’t think we rebounded the ball the way we were supposed to close out the game.”This one, it was a little bit of luck that Danny Green missed that one at the top of the key.”Duncan Robinson added 26 points for Miami. Kendrick Nunn had 14, Bam Adebayo 13, Herro 12 and Jae Crowder 11.James added 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers.Anthony Davis added 28 points and Caldwell-Pope scored 16.The frantic finish was foreshadowed by a first quarter that saw eight lead changes.The tension was palpable when Los Angeles center Dwight Howard tangled with Butler and the two had to be separated less than five minutes into the contest, each receiving a technical foul.The Lakers got an early injury scare when Davis, battling Andre Iguodala for a rebound late in the first quarter, took an awkward hop and limped off the court.Lakers ‘got to be better’ The Lakers, trailing 25-24 through one quarter, said Davis had aggravated a right heel contusion. He stayed on the sideline, testing the injury as the game continued and returning in the second quarter.The Heat twice pushed their lead to 11 points in the second period, Nunn’s putback layup making it 50-39 with 3:41 left in the first half.Butler poured in 22 points in the first half on seven-of-10 shooting on the way to his second triple-double of the series.He’s just the sixth player in NBA Finals history to have multiple triple-doubles in the title series, and just the second, along with James, to have multiple 30-point triple-doubles in the same Finals.James made sure the Lakers kept it close with 21 first-half points while Davis had 13 before the break.But the Lakers’ bid for a record-equalling 17th NBA title — their first since 2010 — was at least temporarily denied.”We’ve just got to be better in game six and close the series,” James said.Topics : Jimmy Butler’s triple-double propelled Miami to a 111-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday that kept the Heat alive in the NBA Finals.Butler scored 35 points with 12 rebounds and 11 assists and the Heat withstood a 40-point performance from Lakers superstar LeBron James to deny Los Angeles a title-clinching win in the NBA’s quarantine bubble at Orlando.The Lakers still lead the best-of-seven series three games to two and can secure the title with a game-six victory on Sunday. Game seven, if needed, will be on Tuesday.”We’ve got two more to get,” said Butler, who played more than 47 minutes and delivered a stunning display of will and skill.”We just played hard, and just stayed with it,” said Butler, who has insisted the Heat can become just the second NBA team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship series.The only other team to do it was the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers against Golden State in 2016.last_img read more

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DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis help Pelicans beat Clippers

first_imgCousins and Davis were too much for the Clippers, particularly an artful fadeaway jumper by Cousins from 15 feet with 8 minutes left that put the Pelicans up by 10. Almost 2 minutes later, Cousins ripped down a rebound and launched a coast-to-coast pass to Davis for a dunk.Austin Rivers managed to keep the Clippers in the game with 11 fourth-quarter points.RONDO’S RETURNPoint guard Rajon Rondo, the Pelicans’ major offseason free-agent acquisition, is a week to 10 days from making his team debut.“He’s close to doing it and everything seems to be going along fine,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “We’re not trying to push the issue at all.”DOC’S DIAGNOSIS Clippers coach Doc Rivers said his view that too many fouls are being called this year is, in essence, a structural issue with the league.“This day and time, they look at each other wrong, it’s a foul. I don’t know how they even play against each other anymore. It’s so difficult,” he said. “I don’t even blame the officials. There’s so much to call.”TIP-INSClippers: Griffin had his 2,000th career assist with a pass to Sindarious Thrornwell early in the first quarter. … Guard Patrick Beverley missed his second game in a row due to a sore right knee. … Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell were hit with technical fouls in the fourth.Pelicans: Guard/forward Tony Allen did not play, leaving the Pelicans without the services of six players. Gentry said Allen was pulled for rest. … Though he leads the league in charges taken with five, Cousins had two offensive fouls in the first quarter. … Forward Cheick Diallo, who hass shuffled between the Pelicans and the G-League since being drafted last season, looked sharp off the bench with nine points and six rebounds.UP NEXTClippers: Host Philadelphia on Monday night.Pelicans: Host Atlanta on Monday night. NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Anthony Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Clippers 111-103 on Saturday night.Jrue Holiday had eight assists for New Orleans, half of the total assists generated by the entire Clippers team. The Pelicans also overcame 23 turnovers. Cousins lost the ball eight times — two on offensive fouls — and Holiday had seven turnovers.Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, but it came on 9-of-27 shooting. DeAndre Jordan has 12 points and 14 rebounds.The game would likely have been a blowout were it not for the Pelicans turnovers, which kept the Clippers within striking distance until the final minutes. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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India don’t play for rankings, says Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia have surrendered their No.1 rankings in Test to Pakistan thanks to the waterlogged outfield in Queen’s Park stadium that washed out four full days of play in the fourth Test between Virat Kohli’s men and West Indies.Captain Kohli though is unperturbed by drop in points and maintained that his team doesn’t play for rankings. (India lose No.1 ranking to Pakistan after rain ruins final Test vs West Indies)”Had Pakistan not won, had we drawn the last game, the rankings would have looked different again. It is a very short-term incentive because we understand that the points table is very close. But as a team we think we can assess ourselves at the end of this season, not one Test at a time.”The other teams have played more games than us and we need to play as many games to be able to compare after the whole season is done. Rankings keep going up and down, and you don’t play for rankings. You want to be the best side in the world and that has always been our aim,” Kohli told PTI after India clinched the Test match series 2-0 in the Caribbean.BIGGEST GAIN OF THE SERIESKohli said the batting performance by the lower order batsmen, particularly wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, was the biggest gain of the West Indies series.  (Also read: Ashwin breaks Sehwag’s record for most Man of the Series awards for India in Tests)”It’s been a pretty good tour for us. We had come here looking to improve in a few areas and we have done that. For me, the biggest positive is Wriddhiman Saha getting runs in the lower order, plus R Ashwin coming good at No.6.”advertisementBoth Saha and Ashwin had scored a century each in the third Test to help India recover from the top-order collapse in the first innings. (Also read: BCCI hikes daily allowance of women, U-19 teams)”I hope we can keep on improving this aspect of our game because there are positions, which matter a lot in Test cricket. Whenever teams have done consistently well in Test cricket, their lower order has always contributed. So, those were the areas for us to solidify,” Kohli said.Only 22 overs were bowled in the rain-affected Test, but India’s team selection was once again a surprise.KOHLI DEFENDS TEAM SELECTIONBoth Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were included in the playing eleven as the visitors went in with four bowlers for the first time in the series.Kohli provided the reasoning for the decision.”We lost a Test in Galle (on the Sri Lanka tour last year) when we were a batsman short. Even in the home series against South Africa, we were struggling on quite a few occasions because of lack of a batsman. So we wanted to try this combination out, though the game didn t happen here.”If we play four specialist bowlers at home we may not need the fifth, because if you play with three frontline spinners at home, it probably does the job for you. So we thought even if we play two spinners and two pacers, Rohit (Sharma) and Vijay can give those 10 extra overs. Away from home you need all your best bowlers playing because you don’t need how the wickets will play.”We are going to play world-class sides at home who are going to capitalise on the window of chance we give them. So it was just something we wanted to try out. We should be flexible,” he explained.Talking about the 2-0 result in the series against a side ranked eighth in the Tests, the skipper said, “The amount of cricket we played, I think it’s a pretty fair representation.””We lost a day of cricket in Jamaica. But let’s give credit to West Indies who showed resilience and played really good cricket on day five there. That s what you expect from a Test playing nation. Here (Trinidad) we didn’t have a game and we couldn’t control the result. The other two games we played, we won convincingly and that pleased the whole squad.’IMPORTANT TO BE SELFLESS’ Team India now flies off to Florida to play two T20s against the West Indies this coming weekend. But the Test cricket will resume soon, with New Zealand travelling to kick off the long-haul home season. The first of the 13 Tests begins in Kanpur on September 22.”We needed improvement here in the lower order. If we play five bowlers then you know the top order can bat freely and will not play in pressure. So we can put up good totals. Bowlers are taking responsibility, bowling to a plan and they are not selfish.advertisement”It is very important to be selfless in the team and it is a quality of this team. This team has developed this attitude and we have to keep at it if we want to become the best team in the world.If we drift from this plan, and drift into our individual preparations, then the plan gets disturbed. We have addressed that and responded to it. That’s why we have won quite a few matches in the last 15 months,” Kohli signed off.last_img read more

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Cried because did not want MS Dhoni to lose his last match as captain

first_imgThe young fan who stole the limelight after he was seen weeping following India’s final Super Four match against Afghanistan ended in a draw, has reason behind his reaction.The game got over with Rashid Khan dismissing Ravindra Jadeja off the penultimate ball as India got bowled out for 252, the same score Afghanistan had made batting first in an inconsequential match in Dubai.As Afghanistan players started celebrating, cameras turned towards the stands to capture the reactions of the fans. Among them was a little kid wearing the Indian jersey, who couldn’t hold back his tears even as his father tried his best to console him.India vs Bangladesh Final Asia Cup 2018: Live Score”I cried because I did not want Mahendra Singh Dhoni to lose his last match as an ODI captain and his 200th match as the skipper,” Arjan Singh, the young boy, told ANI.READ – Dhoni bonded with junior cricketers over hookah: George BaileyIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh even tweeted a picture of the crying child and offered support by saying, “Koi na putt Rona Nahi hai final aapa jittange (Don’t cry child, we will win the final).”Koi na putt Rona Nahi hai final aapa jittange pic.twitter.com/fjI0DWeBoyHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 25, 2018The kid’s father, identified as Amarpreet Singh, replied to Bhajji’s tweet thanking the cricketer for his support. Amarpreet also revealed in his tweet that India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave him a call and spoke with his son Arjan.advertisementAsia Cup, India vs Afghanistan: Match tied after Rashid’s last over heroics”Paaji he is happy now and looking forward to the final on Friday… Really kind of @BhuviOfficial as well to call and console him… We will surely bounce back and it will be our “Fateh” on Friday.. Go Team India,” Amarpreet Singh replied.@harbhajan_singh Paaji he is happy now and looking forward to the final on Friday… Really kind of @BhuviOfficial as well to call and console him… We will surely bounce back and it will be our “Fateh” on Friday Go Team India @BCCI pic.twitter.com/BPkBXO2hIvAmarpreet Singh (@itsamarpreet) September 25, 2018@BhuviOfficial ‘s call Special moment for Arjan… Thank you Team India pic.twitter.com/Z5S6GgrrRQAmarpreet Singh (@itsamarpreet) September 26, 2018Arjan’s day was made even more special by Afghanistan players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Shahzad, who clicked pictures with the kid after the game.These Pics making India – Afghanistan Cricket Friendship bond even Stronger #INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/x84r2z8ziZAbhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) September 26, 2018Expressing his emotions during the final tense overs of the match, Arjan said that he was really happy with the way the match was going on, but the moment Jadeja got out on the penultimate ball of the match, he could not hold himself back.”I liked the match. I liked that Dhoni was captain. I was happy, but at the last ball, when Jadeja was trying to hit a six, I noticed that fielder was exactly at the pitch of the boundary. Then the ball got caught by the fielder and I cried,” Singh said.Reflecting on his own playing skills, the little fan claimed that he is practising to be an all-rounder. The Dhoni fan also wished the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

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From Gord Downies wisdom to Shania Twains comeback your 20 favourite stories

first_img Facebook So which articles were most popular among CBC Music readers? Perhaps it’s no surprise that most were connected to Canadian music icons, and to the top Canadian songs, songwriters and bands past and present.READ MORE There’s no doubt that 2017 was a momentous year for music in Canada.We saw new albums by Arcade Fire, Land of Talk, Drake, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Alvvays, Daniel Caesar and more. We saw outspoken Colombian-Canadian artist Lido Pimienta take the Polaris Music Prize, while the Juno album of the year went posthumously to Canadian legend Leonard Cohen.Canadians also mourned the death of Gord Downie who, for three decades, helped create a soundtrack for the country. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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