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Japeth Aguilar is known for his trademark rim-rattling dunks but the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel forward did the unthinkable during Sunday’s game against Talk N’ Text.
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay hit a rare three-point shot with less than a second left to propel the Kings to a thrilling 97-95 victory over the Tropang Texters that left fans inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum buzzing.
“It’s a make or break (shot). I just tried to stay calm as possible,” said Aguilar after Ginebra’s 97-95 victory against his former team, defending three-time champion Talk ’N Text Sunday night in their PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup game.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Corey Brewer has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping rules for the second time this season.
The punishment was levied on Monday.
The incident occurred late in the first quarter of Minnesota's 103-82 loss to Miami on Saturday. Brewer was jockeying for rebounding position with Heat star LeBron James. After James bumped Brewer off the block, Brewer flailed his arms and thrust his body toward the free-throw line to act like he'd been pushed hard.
The Los Angeles Clippers are closing in on the signing of former San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson, according to sources briefed on the talks.
Sources told ESPN.com that a deal with Jackson is on course to be finalized this week, potentially before the Clippers visit the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night in coach Doc Rivers' first game there since leaving the Celtics in June to take over in L.A.
ESPN.com reported earlier Monday that Jackson had emerged as a prime candidate for the Clippers to sign in the wake of several injuries that have decimated L.A.'s depth at the wing positions.
MILWAUKEE -- The hits keep coming to the Bucks' roster.
General manager John Hammond said Monday that center Zaza Pachulia will be sidelined with a right foot fracture suffered in last week's 105-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The 6-foot-11 center missed the next two games.
Pachulia will have to wear a walking boot until being re-examined in four weeks. He had been a solid contributor on a team beset by injuries, averaging 6.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17 games.
MANILA, Philippines - Sol Mercado never doubted the capabilities of Globalport though the team wasn’t even given a second look after a busy off-season for the Batang Pier that had the team undergoing a coaching change one week before the start of the new PBA season.
For even after a faltering 1-3 start, made worse by the franchise’s back-to-back defeats to Barangay Ginebra and three-time Philippine Cup champion Talk ‘N Text, Mercado took charge by steering the franchise back to life to with his big, fighting heart.
Mercado underscored his determination when he fired a personal conference-best 33 points to lead Globalport to a pulsating 93-89 win over Meralco.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets, who have been decimated by injury all season, are about to get some important players back.
Point guard Deron Williams said he will "definitely" play Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics, while small forward Paul Pierce thinks there's a "good chance" he'll return to the lineup to face his former team.
Williams has missed the last nine games -- and 11 overall this season -- due to a sprained left ankle, while Pierce has missed the last five games due to a fractured third metacarpal bone in his right hand. Both players practiced fully Monday.
Buoyed by the success of the Philippine youth team in international 3×3 competitions, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will focus on pursuing programs in the discipline with guidance from world governing body FIBA.
“It’s the in the Philippines where 3×3 basketball became popular, and in fact FIBA wants us to play a more active role in this and wants to use us as model, probably by hosting future international tournaments,” Barrios said in a telephone interview.
This year, the 3×3 team of Kobe Paras, Prince Rivero, Thirdy Ravena, and Arvin Tolentino won the Asian title to qualify for the world championship.
The Bakers went on a furious start before repulsing Zambales M-Builders, 98-64.
CaféFrance improved to 5-3 but still trails Blackwater Sports (4-2) in the race for sixth spot in the 14-team tournament.
The six best teams after the elimination round will advance to the playoffs.
Philippine national men’s basketball center Marcus Douthit’s pledge for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” is up to a total of P12,000 after the team’s win over Singapore in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament in Myanmar.
The naturalized big man promised to donate P500 for every point and rebound he registers in the competition.
Against Singapore, Douthit scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Philippines’ 88-75 victory.
MANILA, Philippines – The GlobalPort Batang Pier have won consecutive games for the first time in franchise history, and head coach Richie Ticzon said his players are now starting to jell together.
Last night, GlobalPort won its second consecutive contest after escaping the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 90-88. They had beaten the Meralco Bolts last week, which was a boost of confidence for the Batang Pier.
“It was really hard to keep the guys motivated, but coming into this game, the team was very positive,” GlobalPort coach Richie Ticzon said in a PBA.ph report.