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Imports Romeo Travis of Alaska and Marqus Blakely of Star Hotshots battle for the rebound. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Alaska Aces try to move a step closer to a finals berth as they aim for a 2-0 lead over the Star Hotshots in Game Two of their best-of-seven PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals duel on Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Alaska and Star tussle at 7 p.m. live on TV5.

The Aces displayed their never-quit attitude in Game One, climbing back from an 18-point deficit in the first half to take Game One from Star, 97-91, last Wednesday.

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Highly coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge will take a second meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers and will also have dinner with Pat Riley of the Miami Heat, according to sources.

Aldridge's meeting with the Lakers will focus on just talking basketball with general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Byron Scott.

The Lakers were the first to sit down with Aldridge, in a meeting that lasted nearly two hours and had seemed to the Lakers to go "really well," a source told Shelburne on Wednesday.

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Alaska's JV Casio attempts a three pointer against Star Hotshot's Mark Barroca. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces may have drawn first blood after a stunning come-from-behind victory over the Star Hotshots in Game 1 of their semi-finals series, but lead guard JV Casio was quick to warn that they cannot celebrate yet.

Down by as much as 18 points, the Aces put together one of their trademark comebacks and downed the Hotshots, 97-91, to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five series in the Governors' Cup semifinals.

"Important naman 'yung Game 1," said Casio to PBA.ph. "You always want to get ahead, but it's not over and done with."

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The Washington Wizards have agreed to a trade for the Milwaukee Bucks' Jared Dudley, a source told ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Wizards will absorb Dudley's contract into an existing trade exception, and the Bucks will get back a future second-round pick. The deal is on course to be completed July 9.

On the last day before free agency began, Dudley opted into the final year of his contract at $4.25 million for the 2015-16 season.

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Timofey Mozgov, who helped the Cavs reach the Finals after being acquired from Denver, underwent a knee operation that will keep him out for about six weeks, the team said. Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov has undergone successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, and the team says he'll be out about six weeks.

The Cavaliers say Mozgov had the procedure Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount Surgery Center.

Late last month, the team picked up the $5 million option on his contract for next season.

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Fajardo: Rain or Shine prepared its defense for me (July 03, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

As June Mar Fajardo stepped on the parquet floor of Smart Araneta Coliseum for game 1 of the semifinals, he was expecting the best out of Rain or Shine’s bruisers.

Then Beau Belga hit him, threw him off his game, and Fajardo later found himself sitting on the bench with two fouls in the first quarter.

Fajardo, the defending MVP from San Miguel, managed to put up six points in the first quarter but his team was down big, 43-19 early.

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The Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard have reached an agreement on extension that will keep the point guard in Portland for the next six years.

The deal is the maximum five-year extension worth $120 million, according to league sources. The extension kicks in with the 2016-17 season.

Lillard, 24, took to Twitter to announce the extension and thank the Blazers.

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MIAMI -- After 12 years with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade needed a reminder of how much the franchise valued him.

Once he found out, any chance of him leaving vanished.

Wade accepted a one-year, $20 million deal Thursday to stay with the Heat next season, ending his latest foray into free agency and wrapping up a weeks-long saga that had him seriously wondering about leaving Miami for the first time.

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Arizona Reid of San Miguel Beer. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Fans were anticipating plenty of drama in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series between Rain or Shine and San Miguel, especially where fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and his old import Arizona Reid were concerned.

But drama took a backseat in Game One with both teams focused on the important task of winning.

Guiao understands that his budding rivalry with former player is something that the audience is keeping an eye on but he has more than enough on his hands without having to think of that.

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Source: If no Jordan, Mavs would consider Hibbert trade (July 03, 2015)
Tim MacMahon [ Source: ESPN ]

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Acquiring Roy Hibbert in a salary-dump deal is among the Dallas Mavericks' backup plans to acquire a starting center if they aren’t able to persuade DeAndre Jordan to leave Los Angeles, according to a source.

The Mavs, however, remain hopeful that Jordan will choose the chance to be a franchise cornerstone in Dallas over staying in the shadow of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Mavs made a strong impression on Jordan during their Wednesday morning meeting, particularly coach Rick Carlisle, sources told ESPN.com. The Clippers’ meeting with Jordan is scheduled for Thursday evening.

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