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LA Tenorio and Terrence Romeo. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel target to extend their winning run as they tackle GlobalPort Batang Pier in what promises to be an explosive clash in the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Ginebra and GlobalPort lock horns at 7 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters and the Blackwater Elite at 4:15 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

Ginebra (3-3) is looking to extend a rare two-game winning streak, a feat they last achieved in February last season.

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Rick Carlisle: Refs' union made 'reckless verbal attacks' (November 25, 2015)
Tim MacMahon [ Source: ESPN ]

The NBA Coaches Association defended Mike Budenholzer of the Hawks on Tuesday. Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images

The NBA Coaches Association fired back at the referees' union Tuesday, one day after the latter group criticized the league for its decision not to suspend Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.

"The NBA Coaches Association greatly values our working relationship with the league office and our officials," NBA Coaches Association president Rick Carlisle, coach of the Dallas Mavericks, said in a statement. "For the record, our association would NEVER lobby for the suspension of an official for a situation like this one that has been thoroughly reviewed by the NBA and clearly determined to be incidental in nature. We view the unwarranted and reckless verbal attacks by Referee Union general counsel as grandstanding in nature, and beneath the dignity of the highly regarded group whose interests he claims to represent. The best interests of our great league lie far above what appears to be an obvious cheap and misguided attempt for a blast of short-term Twitter fame."

Budenholzer was fined $25,000 on Monday for what he determined was "incidental" contact with referee Ben Taylor during the second quarter of the Cavs' 109-97 victory this past weekend. It appeared Budenholzer was arguing a non-call on the previous possession. Taylor stopped the game and immediately ejected Budenholzer after Budenholzer took several steps onto the court to argue during live play.

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Moala Tautuaa. Sports5 photo

Talk ‘N Text also seeks to get back on the winning track in its match against Blackwater.

The Tropang Texters (3-2) are coming off a 107-101 loss to NLEX last Friday while the Elite (1-4) hopes to snap a two-game skid, the latest against Rain or Shine, 103-81, last Saturday.

At least a share of fourth spot beckons at TNT while Blackwater is trying to dodge a third straight loss that would send it to the bottom of the 12-team field.

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Jimmy Butler enters Tuesday's game averaging a team-leading 21.0 points per game this season. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Chicago Bulls are off to an 8-4 start under a new coach and have overcome another injury-plagued stretch for Derrick Rose.

But star guard Jimmy Butler wants to see more collective effort from the Bulls.

"I don't think we bring that fight every single night," Butler told reporters after Monday's practice. "I think we're starting to get back to that, but early on we weren't the hardest-playing team every night. We always need to and have to be the hardest-playing team."

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James Yap. Sports5 file/Paul Ryan Tan

Several times this season, two-time PBA MVP James Yap has flashed his old, deadly form for the Star Hotshots squad that has shown a different look under rookie coach Jason Webb.

But it hasn’t been all positive and the team has faltered in a few of their games, like in their latest setback, a 107-102 defeat to the Alaska Aces on Tuesday.

‘Big Game’ Jasmes wasn’t able to deliver for his team in this one, missing two crucial shots in a late-game possession and committing a crucial turnover in the dying seconds with his team still having a chance to potentially force an overtime period.

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Kristaps Porzingis continued to fill the stat sheet Monday, but the rookie was more concerned about missed shots than anything else. Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images

MIAMI -- On the surface, it appeared like New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis had a strong game on Monday night. Plenty of rookies would sign up for a night like he had against the Miami Heat: 20 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks and one turnover.

But Porzingis didn’t see it that way.

“I got numbers, but at important moments I missed a lot of shots,” he said.

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The Philadelphia 76ers have hit one similarity when compared to the 1972-73 76ers team that won an NBA-low nine games.

These 76ers have started 0-15, the same start as the 1972-73 squad.

But those 76ers didn’t just start 0-15. They were 2-24, 3-38 and 4-58 on the way to the worst record in NBA history (in an 82-game season). So what else does it take to get to 9-73 like those 1972-73 76ers?

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Vic Manuel attacks the basket PBA Media Bureau

The Alaska Aces got some big plays down the stretch as they hurdled the Star Hotshots, 107-102, to keep pace atop the SMART BRO PBA Philippine Cup standings on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

JVee Casio scored 24 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 clip from beyond the arc, to lead Alaska, which improved to 5-1, tying San Miguel for the No. 1 spot.

The Aces also got 17 points and nine rebounds from Vic Manuel while Cyrus Baguio added 14 markers. Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss added 13 and 12 points respectively.

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UAAP S78 Finals Preview: UST vs. FEU (November 25, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

UST vs. FEU. UAAP Season 78 Finals

MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in 36 years, UAAP powerhouses University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Far Eastern University (FEU) will contest the UAAP men's basketball championship.

The top-seeded Growling Tigers and the second-seeded Tamaraws both needed just one game to dispatch of their Final Four opponents and set up a best-of-three showdown for the Season 78 crown.

Game 1 is set for Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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UST, FEU kick off UAAP title duel (November 25, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

FEU and UST begin their title duel today. Tristan Tamayo/

As the two teams that came close to winning it all in the last two seasons, University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University aim to work on a better ending now that they’re back in the UAAP men’s basketball Finals series.

Both the Tigers and the Tamaraws think their players’ maturity and experience will come into play in a gruelling showdown pitting virtually even-matched players all keen on forgetting past years’ heartbreaks.

“Our players now have the instinct and pride to go all out,” said UST coach Bong dela Cruz. Game 1 of the best-of-three series tips off at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

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