Peter June Simon scored 18 points as the Purefoods Star Hotshots defeated the Meralco Bolts, 77-74, on Sunday.
James Yap added 11 points, but it was the solid play of Mark Barroca and Yousef Taha off the bench that helped Purefoods. Barroca had 16 points and five rebounds, while Taha added 14 markers, nine boards, three assists and two denials.
Purefoods won its third straight game in the 2015 Philippine Cup to improve to 4-3, while Meralco fell to 4-4.
Jumbo Plastic tries to sustain its winning run versus MP Hotel despite missing several key players today in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
The Giants, who recently lost a fourth player to injury, gun for a fourth victory in five outings versus the MP Warriors at 2 p.m.
“He’s a big loss in our rotation,” said coach Stevenson Tiu after big man Maclean Sabellina fractured his index finger in the dying seconds of the Giants’ 81-65 drubbing of Wangs last Thursday.
After impressive wins against unbeaten Alaska and lowly Kia, the Barako Bull Energy ended their winning streak with a loss against the Talk n' Text Tropang Texters, 122-106, on Sunday.
Jayson Castro led TNT with 26 points, going for 9 of 14 from the field for an impressive 64 percent fieldgoal shooting. The TNT bench was splendid as well, with Jimmy Alapag scoring 14.
Larry Fonacier and Ranidel De Ocampo had 13 each, while Aaron Aban added 10. All except two players scored for the Tropang Texters.
MANILA, Philippines – The PBA circle, to which Manny Pacquiao belongs as the Kia Sorento’s playing coach, was one with the nation in toasting the Filipino boxing idol in his conquest of Chris Algieri in their Macau fight.
“As his colleagues in the PBA, as his fans, as his countrymen, we cannot be happier,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud.
“Manny is victorious. Manny is safe. There is nothing more we can ask for. We can’t wait for him to come home to our country and to the PBA,” Salud added.
CLEVELAND -- With so much of the season still left to be played, it would be too early to say the Cleveland Cavaliers have hit a breaking point after a 110-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night dropped them to 5-7.
But LeBron James says the state of the Cavs is delicate at this early juncture.
"We're a very fragile team right now," James said after Cleveland saw an 18-point first-quarter lead turn into a 19-point fourth-quarter hole against the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors (11-2). "Well, we were a fragile team from the beginning. Any little adversity hits us, we just shell up. That's something that will come with experience."
SALT LAKE CITY -- Anthony Davis wanted to come out strong to help the New Orleans Pelicans end their road swing with a win. He got off to a fast start and kept it going.
Davis had a career-high 43 points and 14 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 19 points and eight assists, and the Pelicans beat the Utah Jazz 106-94 on Saturday night. Davis shot 16 for 23 from the field to help the Pelicans earn a split of their four-game western road trip.
"All of our guards did a great job of finding me and making sure I got the ball in my sweet spot," Davis said. "Then it was my job to knock them down. It was a testament to my team. They know I try to get going early, so they give me the ball -- knowing they're going to have a lot of shots during the course of the game."
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs sense they are finally beginning to execute with some of the fluidity and efficiency that led to their fifth NBA championship last season.
Tim Duncan has never stopped playing at that level.
Tony Parker had 22 points and Duncan nearly had a triple double in limited minutes and San Antonio never trailed in 99-87 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
MILWAUKEE -- Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman is watching his team grow up and become a contender.
One night after knocking off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Wizards rallied behind John Wall and Paul Pierce, after falling behind by 15 points in the first half, to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100.
Pierce led the Wizards with 25 points, hitting several key shots down the stretch, and Wall added 19 points and 9 assists.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Sacramento Kings were facing an opponent missing four starters and playing on the second night of a back-to-back -- a scenario that scared the daylights out of coach Mike Malone.
His young Kings are just getting the taste of success, and the coach worried about a let-down. DeMarcus Cousins wouldn't allow that to happen.
Cousins had 31 points and 18 rebounds to power the Sacramento Kings to a 113-101 victory over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
HOUSTON -- James Harden scored 32 points, including five down the stretch, to help the Houston Rockets rally for a 95-92 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
Houston, playing without Dwight Howard (knee injury), ended its two-game skid and snapped the Mavericks' six-game winning streak.
Dallas led by four with less than a minute remaining before Harden made two free throws. Monta Ellis missed on the other end and Harden put Houston on top 93-92 when he made a jump shot and the ensuing free throw with 28 seconds left.