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Chris Ross of San Miguel Beer. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The San Miguel Beermen seek to duplicate their dominant showing over the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in Game Two of their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Game is set at 5 p.m. with the Beermen aiming for a 2-0 lead over the Tropang Texters.

San Miguel Beer demolished Talk ‘N Text by 23 points, 109-86, last Friday in Game One in an intense affair between the two rivals.

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Bledsoe, Thomas carry Suns past Knicks, 99-90 (December 21, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe (2) drives past New York Knicks' Quincy Acy (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK -- Isaiah Thomas thrust both arms in the air and started back down the court, his 3-pointer having just essentially clinched a victory.

A lot of players are celebrating at Madison Square Garden these days, and none of them are Knicks.

Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas scored 22 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat New York 99-90 on Saturday.

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Paul Lee of Rain or Shine. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Rain or Shine star Paul Lee was having a quiet outing for most of the team’s clash with Alaska in Game Two of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.

He only had five points at the end of three quarters, although his Elasto Painters squad had not needed him too much, leading by 19 big points at the half and nine points heading into the fourth.

But when Alaska made its push, it was the ‘Lethat Weapon’ himself digging into his arsenal and making big shots for the team.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that the perception of tanking in the league is greater than the reality of it.

"I absolutely don't think any team is trying to lose," Silver said in an interview with ESPN's Andy Katz for "Outside the Lines."

"No player is going out there to lose," Silver continued. "In terms of management, I think there's an absolute legitimate rebuilding process that goes on. It's so hard to win in this league, and it's so complex.

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Head coaches Yeng Guiao of Rain or Shine and Alex Compton of Alaska. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

It’s not the first time Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao got stuck in the middle of traffic on his way to a PBA game.

So when he arrived late for Game Two of his team’s semifinal series against Alaska, the fiery coach was confident enough to allow deputy Caloy Garcia to finish the job and not disrupt the flow of his team’s game.

Garcia did a fine job, leading the Elasto Painters to a 102-95 triumph over the Aces to level the series at 1-1 apiece.

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Although he was pleased with the Wizards' latest comeback victory, Paul Pierce thinks his new team has some long-term work to do.

Pierce repeatedly cited Washington's defense following Friday's 105-103 victory over the Heat, saying that the Wizards need to "build better habits."

"We got to build ourselves on great habits," Pierce said, according to the Washington Post. "Tonight I wasn't happy with the defense, especially against a team struggling to score 100 points. We allowed them to shoot too high of a percentage. So them aren't the habits we want to have throughout the course [of the season]."

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Rain or Shine thwarts late rally, evens up against Alaska (December 21, 2014)
Renee Fopalan [ Source: GMA Network ]

 Jonathan Uyloan celebrates with Jeff Chan as the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters evened up against the Alaska Aces Photo by KC Cruz

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters leaned on a 36-point explosion in the second quarter, before thwarting a second half Alaska rally for a 102-95 victory on Saturday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

Jonathan Uyloan tied his career high with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists. Jervy Cruz also added 19 points and 12 rebounds.

"It was a total team effort. We're lucky to be able to get the win," said Rain or Shine assistant coach Caloy Garcia. "We put effort from the beginning to secure the lead.Garcia had to pinch hit for head coach Yeng Guiao, who failed to get to the venue on time after getting stuck in traffic.

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‘Skywalker’ Samboy Lim out of ICU (December 21, 2014)
Joel Locsin [ Source: GMA Network ]

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 Philippine basketball legend Avelino "Samboy" Lim Jr. was finally moved out of the intensive care unit of the Medical City on Saturday.

Lim was transferred to the hospital's intermediate care unit, sports columnist Joaquin Henson told GMA News' Mark Zambrano in a text message.

In the text message to GMA News' Zambrano, Henson said Lim is "now out of the ICU."

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Ranidel insists no malice (December 21, 2014)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]


Expect an even more physical confrontation when San Miguel Beer battles Talk ‘N’ Text in Game 2 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena this afternoon after a tumultuous opener the other day.

In Game 1, Ranidel de Ocampo, Danny Seigle and David Semerad were assessed a flagrant-1 foul apiece for rough play. Additionally, Seigle and Semerad were slapped a technical foul each for second motion late in the fourth quarter when the outcome was already a foregone conclusion.

De Ocampo, who hit 11 points in the first period as Talk ‘N’ Text surged to a seven-point lead, caused Arwind Santos to crash to the floor while the Spiderman descended from hanging on to the rim after a dunk. De Ocampo said he had no intention to submarine Santos. But the fact was Santos fell when his legs were clipped from under him. The video replay was inconclusive as to whether De Ocampo deliberately made dangerous contact or not. If there was obvious malice and Santos was severely prejudiced, De Ocampo would’ve been called for a flagrant-2 and ejected.

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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers guard Nick Young called Steven Adams a "sneaky, dirty player" after an on-court scuffle with the Oklahoma City center led to Young's ejection during the Thunder's 104-103 win Friday night.

The two players got tangled up early in the fourth quarter, and Young threw a forearm into Adams' throat, which led to a flagrant foul 2 and an ejection with 11:03 left.

"I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house, got back out," said Young, who finished with 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench.

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