June Mar Fajardo and San Miguel threw their weight around a seemingly overmatched Barangay Ginebra in Game 1 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals on Friday. Courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

On a night when San Miguel was running at full throttle, its opponent with the never-say-die reputation never stood a chance.

Chris Ross and June Mar Fajardo scored 17 points each, and San Miguel rode a strong 1st quarter on both ends of the floor to destroy Barangay Ginebra 109-82 in Game 1 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.

San Miguel was all aggression from the get-go where it raced to a 35-12 lead. The defending champs wouldn't let up on their intensity the rest of the way.

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Ben Simmons has been ruled out for the remainder of his rookie season after tests revealed that his broken right foot has not fully healed.

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo made the announcement Friday morning, saying that Simmons is "heartbroken" over the news and that the No. 1 overall draft pick "wants to play."

Colangelo told reporters that the Sixers, who have 26 games remaining this season, feel there is not enough time left for Simmons to condition himself for game action.

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Mavs waive Deron Williams, who wants to go to Cavs, sources say (February 25, 2017)
Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

The Mavs have offered Deron Williams the opportunity to become a free agent if he wishes, in a move to cut ties with their post-Nets-buyout signing from 2015, according to sources. Glenn James/Getty Images

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks have waived Deron Williams, and sources told ESPN that even though multiple teams are interested in his services, he has set his sights on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Williams has made it known he intends to sign with Cleveland once he clears waivers, league sources told ESPN.

The Mavericks will pay Williams the roughly $2.5 million left on his contract, sources told ESPN. Besides the Cavaliers, the Utah Jazz, among other teams, are expected to express interest. It's expected that it will take Williams around 48 hours to clear waivers.

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Import who beat TNT joins KaTropa (February 25, 2017)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Denzel Bowles

TNT Ka Tropa is bringing in a former PBA Best Import, one who played for a rival company.

TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio yesterday divulged that Denzel Bowles, who starred for the B-Meg Llamados and captured the Best Import award in 2012, has signed to play for the Ka Tropa in the Commissioner’s Cup.

“It’s a done deal,” said Villavicencio when contacted by Bulletin-Tempo.

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Why the Celtics stood pat, for now (February 25, 2017)
Zach Lowe [ Source: ESPN ]


Through luck and expert foresight, Boston earned the right to be choosy at the trade deadline Thursday. The Celtics are 37-20, second in the East, sitting on a pick with a 25 percent chance of ending up No. 1 in the entire stinking draft. They can have max cap space this summer to chase Gordon Hayward, who famously played for Brad Stevens, Boston's coach, in college.

Few teams have been set up so well to do nothing. The Celtics negotiated off and on with Chicago and Indiana in search of workable megadeals for Jimmy Butler and Paul George. They could not come to a common ground with either team.

There is not much evidence, at least not now, that Indiana got close with anyone. Denver made a solid offer for George, roping in assets from a third team, per league sources, but the Nuggets were hesitant to part with Jamal Murray, sources say. (Nikola Jokic is rightfully untouchable.) The Pacers may regret this outcome. George can opt out after next season, and he's probably not going to make an All-NBA team this time around -- precluding Indy from offering him a mega-extension that would blow away anything rivals could dangle.

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Isit, Tayongtong stay civil years after NCAA brawl (February 25, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Isit and Tayongtong. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Almost two and a half years since heir infamous incident in the NCAA, CJ Isit and John Tayongtong met again in the hard court on Tuesday, this time in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

The two were central figures in the bench-clearing brawl between Mapua and Emilio Aguinaldo College back in September 2014 which saw an agitated Tayongtong floor Isit with a right-hand punch late in the game.

And just like last time, they didn’t shy away from guarding each other when their respective teams needed them the most.

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Curry flurry: MVP's huge third quarter propels Warriors (February 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Stepehn Curry exploded for 35 points in the 3rd quarter against the Clippers.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Well-rested on fresh legs, Stephen Curry found his 3-point touch during one phenomenal flurry in one game-breaking quarter.

Draymond Green got hit with a technical while walking away and let his usual fire fly at coach Steve Kerr in the aftermath. They laughed about it later.

Kevin Durant brought some postgame comedy -- "I got a couple of jokey jokes." The Golden State Warriors returned to full strength and sure look poised to play for the long haul.

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Cauley-Stein scores 29, Kings beat Nuggets 116-100 (February 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Willy Cauley-Stein with a monster dunk, part of his career-high 29 points.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Playing behind All-Star DeMarcus Cousins the past two years, Willie Cauley-Stein has been patiently waiting for his chance with the Sacramento Kings.

When he got the opportunity for extended playing time, he came through in a big way.

Cauley-Stein had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds to help the Kings, playing for the first time since trading Cousins, beat the Denver Nuggets 116-100 Thursday night.

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Irving, James lead Cavaliers past Knicks 119-104 (February 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

LeBron James had a triple double against New York, 18 points 13 rebounds 15 assists, his sixth of the season.

CLEVELAND -- Carmelo Anthony was still a member of the New York Knicks when he awoke from his afternoon nap Thursday.

Once the game started, the Cleveland Cavaliers made sure the Knicks' nightmarish season continued.

LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the Knicks, who hung on to Anthony and Derrick Rose at the trade deadline.

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Rockets rout Pelicans, 129-99, in Cousins' New Orleans debut (February 24, 2017)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

In his first game since being traded to New Orleans, DeMarcus Cousins records 27 points and 14 rebounds but the Pelicans lose to the Rockets 129-99.

NEW ORLEANS -- What a bummer of a beginning to the Boogie-and-Brow era in the Big Easy.

The Pelicans' tandem of newly acquired All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis was no match for the surging Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Reserve Lou Williams hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his Rockets debut, and Houston crushed New Orleans, 129-99.

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