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Pistons
(29-46)
78
Hornets
(32-42)
102
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Spurs
(49-26)
103
Magic
(22-53)
91
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76ers
(18-58)
93
Wizards
(42-33)
106
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Pacers
(32-43)
87
Celtics
(34-41)
100
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Nets
(34-40)
100
Knicks
(14-61)
98
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Kings
(26-48)
111
Rockets
(51-24)
115
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Bulls
(45-30)
91
Bucks
(37-38)
95
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Raptors
(45-30)
113
Timberwolves
(16-59)
99
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Mavericks
(46-29)
135
Thunder
(42-33)
131
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Nuggets
(28-46)
59
Jazz
(33-41)
81
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Clippers
(49-26)
55
Trail Blazers
(48-25)
68
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Pelicans
(39-34)
29
Lakers
(20-53)
31
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United States Sloane Stephens 15
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Mark Barroca of Purefoods Star. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Despite Denzel Bowles' 49-point, 10-rebound performance on Wednesday night against Talk 'n Text, it was Mark Barroca who provided the highlight of the game for Purefoods.

With 47.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Bowles  hurriedly released a jumper with the shot clock winding down. The shot met nothing but air, but Barroca raced for the loose ball and launched a Hail Mary with his back facing the ring.

The ball hit the rim as the buzzer sounded and the ball dropped inside, drawing the loudest cheer of the night from the Araneta Coliseum crowd.

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Denzel Bowles of Purefoods Star. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Purefoods import Denzel Bowles had no idea what kind of night he was going to be in coming into Game 1 of their semifinals series against Talk ‘N Text on Wednesday.

That was until he made his first seven attempts from the field for an 18-point first quarter en route to a career-high 49 points in a 100-94 win.

“I just came out and was in rhythm early,” Bowles said after his special night. “I just got in that tunnel vision mode and my first couple of shots went in and I just took advantage of it.”

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Cavaliers coach David Blatt says it is not unusual for LeBron James to call plays during a game. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James says he has "freedom" to call plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the course of the game, and coach David Blatt claims that the superstar dictating the action is business as usual.

"I don't think that's peculiar," Blatt said after Cavs practice Wednesday. "When the game is going on and you are in the heat of the battle at times, you can't get a message through or you don't want to stop the flow, so a guy may [call the play on his own].

"We have sets that we know what we're going to use going in. You know, we have a package that we're going to use going in and at times, according to the flow of the game, somebody may call out a play. I don't think that's unusual."

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Pingris sprains ankle, vows to play in Game 2 (April 02, 2015)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Marc Pingris of Purefoods Star posting up Ranidel de Ocampo of Talk 'N Text. PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines—Purefoods head coach Tim Cone expressed his concern over the status of his star big man Marc Pingris for Game 2.

Pingris sprained his left ankle in the third quarter during the Hotshots’ 100-94 win over the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in their semifinals opener on Wednesday night but he immediately squashed that notion.

“Sinisigurado kong makakalaro ako (I am sure that I’ll be able to play),” Pingris, who was limping as he walked out of the dugout, guaranteed.

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Denzel Bowles. PBA Images

Defending champion Purefoods leaned on a career night by import Denzel Bowles to withstood a late comeback by No. 2 Talk ‘N Text, 100-94, to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinals series of the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Bowles unleashed 49 points, just a point shy of matching a season-high set by Rain or Shine’s Wayne Chism and NLEX’s Al Thornton. He went 23-of-36 from the field and also had 10 rebounds and two blocks in 42 minutes.

Interestingly, Bowles’ previous career-high in the PBA was when he scored 39 points in Game 7 of the Finals of the same conference three years ago against the same team in Talk ‘N Text in overtime.

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Sacramento Kings to add Sim Bhullar in historic move (April 02, 2015)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]

Sim Bhullar will become the first player of Indian descent to join an NBA team when he signs with the Kings. Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings are planning to sign Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract this week, according to league sources, which would establish the 7-foot-5 center as the first player of Indian descent in league history.

Bhullar has spent the entire season with the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento's affiliate in the NBA Development League, after going to training camp with the Kings.

Conditioning has been a question mark in terms of Bhullar establishing a legitimate NBA future. But he has a major supporter in Kings owner Vivek Ranadive -- one of India's most celebrated businessmen -- and Bhullar has shed more than 30 pounds over the course of his rookie campaign after weighing in at more than 400 pounds during summer league play with Sacramento last July.

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Rain or Shine's Wayne Chism goes to the basket against Meralco. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism could breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday night after he registered his first victory in a semi-final game in the PBA.

Chism failed to lead the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to a single win in the 2014 edition of the PBA Commissioner's Cup semis, but made a breakthrough in Game 1 of their best-of-five series against Meralco last night.

Chism scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 99-86 win over the Bolts, allowing the Elasto Painters to draw first blood.

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‘Best Player’ race down to Castro, Lee (April 02, 2015)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Paul Lee of Rain or Shine and Talk n Text's Jayson Castro. Philippine Star photo

MANILA, Philippines – The fight for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference has come down to a virtual one-on-one duel between crack guards Jason Castro of Talk n Text and Paul Lee of Rain or Shine.

San Miguel Beer’s Junemar Fajardo, Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter and Globalport’s Terrence Romeo may join Castro and Lee as the five official candidates for the coveted award at the end of the semifinals.

But Fajardo, Slaughter and Romeo aren’t likely to figure well in the balloting among the players, the media and the PBA Commissioner’s Office for failing to make the Final Four.

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Hapee a work in progress, says Magsanoc (April 02, 2015)
Theodore P. Jurado [ Source: Journal ]

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COACH Ronnie Magsanoc knows that Hapee, which parading with a different roster in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup, is still a work in progress.

Aside from losing the core of San Beda College players, the Fresh Fighters are dealing with injuries from Bobby Ray Parks and Garvo Lanete, key players in their last conference's title run.

“We lost nine key players but ang reality is wala akong magagawa. You just have to be ready,” said Magsanoc.

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Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The PBA has suspended yet another referee after a blunder late in Game 1 of the semifinals series between Rain or Shine and Meralco Tuesday night.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the league banned referee Art Herrera for five game days or one week with no pay “for an error in mechanics and judgement in changing a call.”

Herrera waved off a made 3-pointer by Gabe Norwood that would’ve put Rain or Shine ahead, 90-80, with 5:35 left in the game thinking Norwood failed to beat the shot clock, which is a non-reviewable play.

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