Long distance: Nuggets make 19 3s, roll past LeBron, Cavs

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Denver Nuggets’ Devin Harris (34) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) and Jordan Clarkson in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Cleveland. The Nuggets won 126-117. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Tucked inside his locker-room cubicle, LeBron James was getting dressed following another tough loss when a familiar voice grabbed his attention.Richard Jefferson came to visit.ADVERTISEMENT But the Nuggets answered as Paul Millsap drilled a 3 and Harris made two more to put it away. Jamal Murray and Wilson Chandler added 16 points apiece for the Nuggets, who are 9-3 since Feb. 1 with wins over Golden State, Oklahoma City, Cleveland and two over San Antonio.“For us to come in here on a back to back and beat that team, they were doing everything they could to get that win,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone said. “I couldn’t be prouder of our guys. Important win.”DUNK CITYLarry Nance Jr. gave the Cavs a needed lift and the crowd a jolt with a vicious second-quarter dunk.Catching a pass on the baseline, Nance, who recently participated in the dunk contest during All-Star weekend, took one dribble, cocked his arm and posterized Denver’s Mason Plumlee. The slam brought James and several other amazed Cavs onto the floor to celebrate.WELCOME BACKThe 37-year-old Jefferson returned to Cleveland for the first time since being traded in October, and felt strange entering the visitor’s locker room at Quicken Loans Arena. He was beloved by his Cavs teammates for his attitude and selflessness.Jefferson experienced plenty of drama during his time in Cleveland, part of playing with James.He’s close with the three-time champion, who can become a free agent this summer. There’s already speculation about where James will sign next.“I don’t know, no one knows, people can guess, everyone wants to now throw these shots in the dark,” Jefferson said. “‘Oh he’s going to go here, he’s going to do this. He played junior high hockey with this person so maybe he’ll go play in Minnesota.’ Shut up. No one knows.” James smiled at his former teammate, and in that moment, things were like they used to be for the Cavaliers.Right now, everything’s a struggle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGary Harris scored 32 points, Will Barton added 23 and the Denver Nuggets did most of their damage behind the 3-point arc in a 126-117 win over Cleveland on Saturday night.The Nuggets dropped 19 3-pointers, including three in the final 2:26, to hold off a second-half charge from the Cavs, who remain a work in progress as they try to blend four new players in on the fly. Bagley’s big 2nd half leads No. 5 Duke past No. 9 UNC Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img TIP-INSNuggets: Denver’s guards — Harris, Murray and Barton — combined for 71 points. … C Nikola Jokic had nine points, eight assists and seven rebounds. … Jefferson received a warm ovation when the former Cav, who was traded in October, was introduced during a timeout in the first quarter. … Malone fondly recalled “a great five-year” ride (2005-2010) as an assistant with the Cavs. Malone still marvels that James took the Cavs to the Finals in 2007 with a group of “castoffs,” and he’s equally impressed about the man he’s become. “Now you look at LeBron off the court and his maturity and his voice and everything that he stands for,” Malone said. “It’s really remarkable.” … Denver will play 11 of 15 games in March on road.Cavaliers: Dropped to 1-4 in last five home games. … F Jeff Green missed his second game this week with a sore lower back, and Lue said it’s possible the 32-year-old could be out even longer. Green underwent an MRI on Saturday that did not reveal any structural damage.UP NEXTNuggets: At Dallas on Tuesday.Cavaliers: Host Detroit on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’re all trying to get better,” said James, who played 42 minutes. “It’s not just the guys at the (trade) deadline, it’s all of us. We’re all trying to figure it out.”James finished with 25 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds — his 13th triple-double this season — but Cleveland’s lack of a dependable No. 2 scorer while Kevin Love is out with a broken left hand continues to be a major problem.More troublesome, though, is the Cavs’ defense or lack of it. Whenever Denver needed a big basket, the Nuggets got it by taking the extra pass and knocking down 3s.“They had it going tonight offensively, so we just tried to throw everything at them,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “We switched. We blitzed. We showed. We did a little of everything. They got hot.”J.R. Smith scored 19 points — all in the second half — in his return from a one-game suspension for throwing a bowl of soup on Cavs assistant coach Damon Jones. With Smith and James carrying the scoring load, the Cavs pulled within 115-114 with 2:40 left.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Flyers force fifth and final Savage Cup game

first_imgHowever, with the Flyers aware of just how important the next goal would be, the home team buckled down and upped their offensive pressure, which paid off in the dying minutes of the second.  With 2:14 left in the second, a battle in front of Mulholland between Lalonde and May resulted in an accidental high stick to the face of May, resulting in the Powell River defenseman to drop to the ice with blood leaking from his face. As the Regals defenseman lay on the ice, no whistle sounded but play seemed to slow down, something Flyers forward Tyler Brough recognized, and smartly threw the puck on net, beating Mulholland for the game tying goal.Following a brief conversation between the officials, the face-off was set for centre ice, as the scoreboard read 2-2 concluding the second.The tie game didn’t last long in the third, as the Flyers exploded offensively in the final frame, scoring four goals in a span of 8:39. Ryan Carter got the ball rolling, followed by goals from Gary Gladue, Tyler Brough’s second of the game, and capped off by Rod Stevens, for a 6-2 Flyers lead.Advertisement It was a bit of a different looking Flyers squad for game four, as Girard Dicaire was absent on the blue line due to injury, allowing affiliate player and Fort St. John Huskies defenseman Taylor Greatrex an opportunity to play in his first Savage Cup game, while also showcasing the skills of Clayton Pool in net.It didn’t take Greatrex much time to contribute to the Flyers success, firing a quick wrist shot on net 12:13 into the first, beating a screened Justin Mulholland to provide the Flyers a 1-0 lead.Following the game, head coach Darrel Leahy gave praise to the young defenseman playing in his first Savage Cup game.- Advertisement -“He (Greatrex) had a great game, he played well, skated well, didn’t hurt us, no one got around him, he didn’t cough up the puck and made great plays coming out of our end. Couldn’t have asked for anything more of him.”The one goal lead lasted until 1:39 into the second period, when Regals forward John Coyle scored for Powell River, tying the important game at 1-1.Coyle wasn’t finished there, as the speedy forward scored his second straight game at 17:07 of the second, providing the Regals a 2-1 lead, and silencing the crowd of the North Peace Arena.Advertisement Despite two more goals from the Regals, an empty net by Rick Cleaver sealed the game for the Flyers, 7-4, who with the win, avoided losing the 100th Savage Cup to Powell River for the second straight year, forcing a decisive, winner-take-all game five, which will be played Monday at the North Peace Arena.A big factor in the Flyers game four win was discipline, specifically not taking useless penalties that have proven costly in past games. Coach Leahy said it was something the team discussed entering Sunday’s elimination game.“For whatever reason, we did take less penalties, and there were no stupid penalties. We had four of them last night (Saturday) that were very stupid. So it was a big difference, we talked about it, focused on it and it worked.”After four intense, entertaining and emotional games, the 100th Savage Cup will be determined by one game, which will be played Monday evening at the North Peace Arena. The winner of tomorrow’s game will be crowned Savage Cup champions, and will have the privilege of representing BC at the upcoming Allan Cup.    Monday’s decisive game five begins at 8 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more