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Denzel Bowles of Purefoods Star. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Purefoods import Denzel Bowles knows full well that expectations are sky high for him in his third tour of duty with the team.

He understands that nothing short of the championship will be an acceptable result for the club this conference.

“It’s a bust if we don’t win,” Bowles told in an exclusive interview.

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James Yap of Purefoods Star. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Purefoods Star coach Tim Cone was planning to limit James Yap’s minutes against San Miguel on Sunday as he had just returned to practice two days ago.

But when the game hung in the balance for the Hotshots, the multi-titled coach had little recourse but to turn to the man they call ‘Big Game’ for good reason.

Yap, who missed two games due to a sprained ACL, scored eight points in the overtime period as he helped Purefoods salvage a 113-105 victory.

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CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler left Sunday's 96-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers after hyperextending his left elbow. He did not return to the game and is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.

The Butler setback is the latest for a Chicago Bulls squad that has been bitten hard by the injury bug in recent days. Taj Gibson missed Sunday's game after spraining his left ankle in Friday night's win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Gibson left the United Center on Sunday wearing a walking boot and has already missed time this season because of the same injury.

Derrick Rose is expected to be out for four to six weeks after having a meniscectomy on his right knee on Friday. Rose appears to be in good spirits after starting his rehab on Saturday and was at the United Center early as his rehab process continues.

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Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beer played only 11 minutes vs. Purefoods Star. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

San Miguel forward Arwind Santos has become little more than a spectator as he continues to deal with a leg injury but he remains hopeful about his Beermen team’s chances to climb out of the bottom of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings.

Santos tried to gut it out and play against Purefoods on Sunday but was limited to 11 minutes of play, finishing with just three points.

“Mayroon pa rin akong injury as left leg ko akala ko OK na pero hindi pa,” Santos told sportswriters after the game. “Parang wala siyang power. Mga 50-percent lang ako tingin ko.”

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James Yap of Purefoods Star took over in overtime against San Miguel Beer. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines — James Yap nearly made the game-winning 3-pointer at the end of regulation. And that near make was enough to trigger Yap’s shooting in overtime.

Yap missed his first three attempts from the three-point area, but was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field in OT in a triumphant return after missing two games due to a right knee injury.

“Sarap nung feeling, ang sarap nung pakiramdam pag-release ko pero umalog. So doon ako nakakuha ng kumpiyansa going into overtime,” said Yap, whose triple from the right corner went in-and-out. “Tinry ko ulit nung overtime buti na lang nadala ko.”

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Denzel Bowles of Purefoods Star gets up a shot against San Miguel Beer's Jay-R Reyes. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Purefoods Star Hotshots needed extra time to defeat the struggling San Miguel Beermen, 113-105, on Sunday.

"Just when you thought you're gonna walk away, you struggle and head into OT," lamented Purefoods head coach Tim Cone.

"It's a desperation game, they were playing desperate. At a blink of an eye, they forced it into OT. Luckily, before the overtime got started, our guys got focused... It was a really good win for us but it was a little unsatisfactory, we need to be better than that."

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DeAndre Jordan grabs 26 rebounds as Clippers win in Chicago (March 02, 2015)
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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 1: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers prepares to shoot against the Chicago Bulls during the game on March 1, 2015 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO -- DeAndre Jordan had 26 rebounds and Chris Paul scored 28 points Sunday, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Los Angeles was behind 76-75 when Jamal Crawford made a 3-pointer with 8:02 left. The Clippers never trailed the rest of the way. After a scoreless first half, Crawford had 16 points in the final two quarters.

The Clippers extended their winning streak to five in a row in Chicago, the longest in franchise history. They haven't lost there since Dec. 17, 2008.

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Talk 'N Text guard Kevin Louie Alas runs into the defense of Globalport counterpart Stanley Pringle. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Last Wednesday, the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters suffered a shock loss to expansion team Kia.

On Sunday against GlobalPort, they made sure to pull out all the stops as they cemented their place atop the PBA Commissioner’s standings.

Several of Talk ‘N Text’s players admitted that the loss to the expansion team was a wake up call for the team, which now sits on solo first place with a 6-2 mark.

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Talk 'N Text forward Ranidel de Ocampo scored 25 points vs. Globalport, including 5 three-pointers. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines — Talk ‘N Text approached Sunday’s game differently than any of its other games this conference.

Tropang Texters head coach Jong Uichico said the players were “extra motivated” heading into their game but it was not because of their stunning loss to the Kia Carnival last Wednesday but rather due to their previous defeat a little over three months ago.

“They are extra motivated because of last conference when we lost that game [against Globalport].”

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Talk 'N Text import Ivan Johnson stretches for a slam. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson scored his team’s last 11 points as the Tropang Texters booked a 96-88 victory and moved to the top of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Johnson finished with 35 points and 20 rebounds as Talk ‘N Text improved to 6-2 for the current conference while knocking their opponents down to 4-4.

Ranidel De Ocampo added 25 points, including 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc.

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