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Kevin Durant leads U.S. to 106-57 exhibition rout of China (July 25, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

The Americans haven't lost a game since the 2006 world championships. They're 47-1 in exhibitions since NBA stars took over the roster in 1992, going undefeated since 2004. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

LOS ANGELES -- Just two games into the U.S. basketball team's pre-Olympic tour, coach Mike Krzyzewski already sees the start of something big.

Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Klay Thompson added 17 and the Americans rolled to a second straight blowout exhibition victory, 106-57 over China on Sunday night.

DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points in his hometown, and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and seven rebounds in the second stop on the five-city tour leading the Americans to Rio de Janeiro.

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Kevin Durant, Draymond Green booed by crowd at U.S.-China game (July 25, 2016)
Ramona Shelburne [ Source: ESPN ]

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (right) didn't receive the warmest of welcomes by the LA crowd at the Staples Center during Team USA's 106-57 win over China. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were booed by the sellout crowd at Staples Center Sunday afternoon before Team USA's 106-57 win over China.

Good thing he didn't hear them.

"I didn't hear it," Durant said. "I did? Huh. I didn't hear it."

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Ginebra import Brownlee suffers cramps in loss to Alaska (July 25, 2016)
Marisse Panaligan [ Source: GMA Network ]

inebra import Justin Brownlee. PBA Media Bureau photo

Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee could not play during most of the overtime period as the team lost 109-100 against Alaska Sunday night.

The American reinforcement, who temporarily replaced the injured Paul Harris, suffered from severe cramping down the stretch of the Gin Kings' attempted comeback against the Aces.

He made the first basket in the extra period to put Ginebra up, 96-94, but he was switched out with still 3:41 to go as team trainers tended to his legs.

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Iran beaten by Japan (July 25, 2016)
[ Source: TehranTimes ]

International Basketball

The Iranian team, who had already defeated Indonesia (106-40) and Kazakhstan (90-59), lost to japan 81-77 in Group B.

Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport and head of National Team Support Committee Nasrollah Sajjadi attended the match in Tehran’s Azadi Hall.

The top four teams from each group will advance to the Quarter-Final.

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Calvin Abueva. PBA Media Bureau

The Alaska Aces needed a late run in overtime to hold off a gritty Barangay Ginebra San Miguel squad, 109-100, and post their first win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Import LaDontae Henton finished with 29 points and nine boards to spearhead the Aces who lost a 15-point lead against the hard-fighting Gin Kings but unleashed a 13-4 run in overtime to ice the win.

Chris Banchero chipped in 17 points and five steals, while RJ Jazul contributed 14 markers and four triples for Alaska which improved to 1-1.

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 RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo. Photos courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – A back-and-forth duel between former teammates RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo was the highlight of an entertaining battle waged by Star and GlobalPort in the 2016 PBA Governors Cup Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Romeo and Garcia traded buckets in the see-saw battle, with the GlobalPort guard coming up with more points, 27, to Garcia's 26. He also added six points and six rebounds in nearly 45 minutes of playing time.

However, Romeo made only nine of his 23 attempts, while Garcia shot a highly efficient 11-of-13 from the field. Moreover, it was Garcia and the Hotshots who won the war, claiming a 105-102 overtime victory with Garcia stepping up in crunch time.

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Lebanon v Korea, 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship (IRI), Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Group Phase, 23 July 2016

(2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship) – Lebanon surprised Korea to remain undefeated at the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship at 2-0 just like hosts Iran, reigning champions China and Chinese Taipei.

Lebanon, who only have one podium finish in FIBA Asia U18 history with 2006’s third place, led most of the game against the Koreans and ended up winning the Group B game 80-67 to move to 2-0. Ali Mansour collected 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals while Mark Alkhoury scored 13 points for Lebanon.

The Lebanese survived a 5:33 minute scoreless drought in the fourth quarter and used an 8-0 run in the final 1:20 minutes to secure the win. Korea – podium finishers in six of the last U18 tournaments – dropped to 1-1 despite 20 points and 9 rebounds from Yang Jae Min.

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Webb, Star hope win over GlobalPort is just the 1st of many (July 25, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Star head coach Jason Webb. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Not even a ripped pants can spoil the mood of Star coach Jason Webb as long as his team comes out on top.

“Us having a losing streak, I’m going to rip my pants again. Whatever it takes to win,” he said.

Webb inadvertently ripped his pants while pleading for a call in the third quarter. Though a number of fans kept on egging him to return to the dugout and change it, he wagered on and stayed with his team.

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Romeo points to deliberate foul on Pringle for loss (July 25, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo. Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – The deliberate foul called on Stanley Pringle with 8.4 seconds to go in overtime was the "turning point" in GlobalPort's heartbreaking loss to Star, according to Batang Pier guard Terrence Romeo.

The game was tied 102-all when Pringle was assessed with a deliberate foul after hitting RR Garcia on his right shoulder while trying to go for a steal with 8.4 seconds left in the overtime period.

Garcia was awarded with two free throws, making both, and the Hotshots got a bonus possession. Pringle was forced to foul Mark Barroca with 7.8 seconds left, and Barroca made one of two charities for a 105-102 lead with seven seconds to go.

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William Jones Cup

The Philippine-Mighty Sports teamed bannered by several former PBA imports opened their campaign in the 38th William Jones Cup with a bang after edging host team Chinese Taipei A, 89-81, in their first assignment at the Hsinchuang Gymnasium in Taipei.

Dewarick Spencer led Mighty Sports with 27 points, including 5-for-8 (62.5-percent) shooting from three-point range. He scored nine of those points in the crucial fourth quarter, where the hosts rallied back in a big way.

Troy Gillenwater added 19 markers while Hamady N’Diaye posted 13 points, nine rebounds and one block. Zach Graham also hit two three-pointers and finished with 12 markers.

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