Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers squandered most of a 25-point fourth-quarter lead before holding on to defeat the Washington Wizards 116-113 for their second straight win.
Washington cut the deficit to three points in the final minute and had a chance to tie when it inbounded with 10.8 seconds left but Cedi Osman knocked the ball away from Troy Brown, who was attempting a 3-pointer, and the Cavs held on despite missing nine fourth-quarter free throws.
Osman had 26 points for Cleveland and Ante Zizic had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Bradley Beal had 31 points for Washington but was on the bench during the fourth-quarter rally. Reserve Jordan McCrae had 15 points and Trevor Ariza added 13 for the Wizards, who have lost two straight.
Cleveland led by six at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter when it outscored the Wizards 35-22.
Matthew Dellavedova’s 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers an 82-61 lead late in the quarter.
Clarkson’s second straight 3-pointer made it 94-69 with 10:44 left to play and Cleveland still led by 25 with 6:58 to play before Washington rallied.
Gary Payton’s layup capped a 13-2 run that brought the Wizards within 109-99 and McCrae’s jumper made it 112-103 with 1:42 left to play.
Washington cut it to 115-108 on Brown’s layup with 35.1 seconds left. After Cleveland’s Collin Sexton missed two free throws, McCrae hit a 3-pointer with 30.7 seconds remaining.
Clarkson’s free throw extended the lead to 116-111, but McCrae’s two free throws pulled Washington within 116-113 with 18.5 seconds left.
Osman missed two free throws and Washington had the ball with 10.8 seconds remaining before Brown’s failed 3-point attempt.
The Cavaliers took their largest lead of the first half, 53-44, on Clarkson’s layup with 8.3 seconds remaining in the second quarter, but Ariza hit a 3-pointer with one second left.
UNTV Cup Season 7 defending champion AFP Cavaliers’ record remains unblemished this season as they overpowered SSS Kabalikat, 100-86.
This is the third straight win for Cavaliers while it’s the second loss for Team Social Security System.
Veterans Alvin Zuniga and Winston Sergio led the AFP with 18 points and 17 points respectively.
Airman Wilfred Casulla Jr. added 10 points and 11 rebounds while Ezer Rosopa produced 9 points and 12 rebounds.
SSS main man, Carlito Quiambao contributed 41 points and 17 rebounds but they were not enough to get near AFP in the end game even with the addition of 28 combined points from Francisco Sarmiento and John Paul Roman.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture basketball team, DENR Warriors, now ties Malacañang-PSC Kamao in ranking in Group B as the DENR registered its second win against PNP, 88-77.
In the first half, PNP was still ahead with 6 points, 38-44, but in the third quarter, DENR started to rally led by Ralph Lansang when they brought 31 points into the table and limited the PNP to only 10 points.
The police force tried to regroup in the last quarter led by 2-time MVP Ollan Omiping but it was not enough to stop the onslaught of rookie team DENR Warriors.
Both Melvin Bangal and Ralph Lansang put up 21 points each with 34 points support from Paul Erwen Parreno, Desederio Asyon Jr., and Ed Rivera for the Warriors.
While Ollan Omiping contributed 20 points and Anton Tolentino got 14 points for the Responders.
In the other game, the Department of Agriculture Food Masters handed out PITC Global Traders’ second loss of the season in a toe-to-toe match, 68-64.
This is the second win of the Food Masters at UNTV Cup Season 8 with no loss yet.
Game 1: DENR def. PNP, 88-77
DENR 88 – R. Lansang 21, M. Bangal 21, P. Parreño 13, E. Rivera 11, D. Ayson 10, A. Gamboa 8, A. Atablanco 2, R. Abanes 2
PNP 77 – O. Omiping 20, A. Tolentino 14, M. Flormata 13, R. Villanueva 10, R. Cabrera 8, C. Elopre 6, H. Decena 2, J. Misola 2, J. Nicolas 2
Quarter Scores: 21-18, 38-44, 69-54, 88-77
PLAYERS OF GAME:
Ralph Lansang – 21 PTS, 8 REB, 7 STL, 1 BLK
Ed Rivera – 11 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST, 5 STL
Game 2: AFP def. SSS, 100-86
AFP 100 – A. Zuñiga 18, W. Sergio 17, W. Casulla 10, E. Rosopa 9, R. Pascual 9 R. Almerol 8, R. Araneta 8, V. Evidor 7, B. Bautista 6, P. Fernandez 3, D. Cordero 3, J. Lumongsod 2
SSS 86 – C. Quiambao 41, J. Roman 16, F. Sarmiento 12, R. Guierrez 6, S. Paclibare 2, M. Rapadas 2, R. Zarraga 2, M. Hernandez 2, S. Trinidad 2, R. Puño 1
Quarter Scores: 28-19, 57-36, 81-53, 100-86
PLAYERS OF GAME:
Winston Sergio – 17 PTS, 2 REB, 1 STL, 1 AST
Alvin Zuniga – 18 PTS,2 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL
Game 3: Agriculture def. PITC, 68-64
Agriculture 68 – C. Dematera 16, E. Oreta 14, S. Silva 11, J. Casaysayan 10, B. Mastelero 8, M. Lim 6, M. Tayer 3
PITC 64 – R. Vasallo 13, M. Martin 13, A. Taplah 10, H. Porto 8, R. Regalado 6, R. Barbers 4, M. Gecale 4, L. Lopez 4, M. Juan 2
Dec 17, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with forward Kevin Love (0) against the Washington Wizards during the second half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
(Reuters) – LeBron James used a visit to Washington on Sunday to express his continued displeasure at Donald Trump, without once mentioning the United States president by name.
James took the court wearing one white and one black shoe for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Washington Wizards in an NBA game in the national capital.
Both shoes had the word “EQUALITY” stitched in capital letters on the back, and they got the attention he apparently was seeking.
“Obviously, we know where we are right now and we know who’s at the helm here,” the four-times NBA most valuable player told reporters after the game, played barely a mile from the White House.
“Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men, and as women, black or white or Hispanic.”
James, a frequent and outspoken critic of Trump, backed losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
He has continued his attacks on Trump in the 13 months since the election, saying that the president does not understand that many children look to their leader for guidance and encouragement.
James spoke on Sunday after compiling his third straight triple-double — 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists — as the Cavaliers beat the Wizards 106-99.
“No matter your race, this is a beautiful country and we’re never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are,” he said.
Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Amlan Chakraborty
Nov 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball out of traffic during the second quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Monday:
Cavaliers 104, Knicks 101
LeBron James had 23 points and came one rebound short of a triple-double as the Cleveland Cavaliers stormed back from a 24-point deficit to defeat the host New York Knicks 104-101 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
James hit a step-back, 27-foot 3-pointer to put the Cavs up by three with 1:23 left in the game, the final dagger in an 8-0 Cleveland run to complete a rousing comeback. James finished with 12 assists and nine rebounds, and Kyle Korver added 21 points for the Cavs.
New York led by as much as 24 in the third quarter before heading into the fourth up 15 and still led by double figures with 6:53 remaining. Cleveland put on the defensive clamps late, though, and the Cavs hit four 3-pointers in the last 4:35, including two by Korver, to upend the previously hot Knicks.
Warriors 110, Magic 100
Playing without superstar Stephen Curry, Golden State went on a trademark third-quarter surge to defeat Orlando for its seventh straight win.
Curry sat out with a right thigh contusion, and his replacement, Shaun Livingston, rose to the challenge with 16 points and six assists. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Draymond Green had 20 points.
76ers 109, Clippers 105
Joel Embiid scored 32 points, and Robert Covington added 31, including two key fourth-quarter 3-pointers, as Philadelphia beat Los Angeles to end a two-game losing streak.
Ben Simmons added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Embiid had a game-high 16 boards.
Timberwolves 109, Jazz 98
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points and collected 13 rebounds while Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 10 assists to help Minnesota overwhelm Utah.
Taj Gibson also finished with a double-double for Minnesota, adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Teague chipped in 22 points.
Wizards 110, Kings 92
John Wall scored 21 points and continued his torrid 3-point shooting against Sacramento as Washington won its third consecutive game.
Marcin Gortat had 18 and Otto Porter 15 for the Wizards, who matched their longest winning streak of the season and closed their four-game homestand at 3-1. Washington opened the season 3-0, but lost five of seven, including a loss to the one-win Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 7.
Bucks 110, Grizzlies 103
John Henson scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee rallied down the stretch for the win.
Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, but Memphis couldn’t hold off Milwaukee, which won its third straight.
Pelicans 106, Hawks 105
Darius Miller hit four 3-pointers in the final 5:45 and scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth-quarter run to lift New Orleans to the win.
Guard E‘Twaun Moore was the Pelicans’ leading scorer with 24 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 22 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.
Lakers 100, Suns 93
Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points in 25 minutes off the bench and Corey Brewer and Kyle Kuzma combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter to lift Los Angeles past Phoenix.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points and Brook Lopez added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who ended a three-game losing streak in a game where neither team had a double-digit lead until 2:30 remained.
Trail Blazers 101, Nuggets 97
Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum scored 17 points apiece and Damian Lillard chipped in 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals to lead Portland past Denver.
Portland shot a season-best 52.1 percent from the field and held Denver to a season-low 35.7 percent. It was the poorest shooting game by a Portland opponent all season.
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