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San Miguel, Ginebra break tie (September 30, 2016)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

San Miguel import Elijah Millsap is triple-teamed by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Joe Devance (38), Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio during their PBA semifinal game last Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen won, 95-92, to tie their best-of-five series at 1-1. (Rio Deluvio/Manila Bulletin)

Another down the wire finish is expected between sibling rivals San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they dispute a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen avoided a dreadful 0-2 hole last Wednesday when they hacked out a thrilling 95-92 victory behind the heroics of import Elijah Millsap and a wounded reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.

Millsap scored 23 points, including a two-handed slam that sealed the final score while Fajardo finished with 18 points and 23 rebounds despite sustaining a cut in his right eyebrow.

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Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't want Kevin Garnett to retire after last season. But now that he has, Lue wants KG to join his coaching staff. Said Lue: "I'd definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach." David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- "The Kid" has an open post-retirement invitation to pursue coaching in The Land.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that Kevin Garnett, who retired from the Minnesota Timberwolves after 21 seasons last week, is welcome to join his coaching staff.

"I talked to him about it," Lue said after Cavs practice Thursday. "I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he's not ready yet. He goes back -- 'I might do it' -- but he's back and forth. We'll see. But I'd definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach."

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Jimmy Alapag. PBA Media Bureau

Meralco guard Jimmy Alapag is moving closer to becoming the PBA’s all-time leader in three-point shots made – now just six away from surpassing legendary shooter Allan Caidic.

On Thursday, Alapag made all four of his three-point attempts, scoring 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as his team tied their semis series with TNT, 1-all.

But the ‘Mighty Mouse’ not only provided the Bolts a lift on the floor, he also served notice after inching closer to the all-time record. With at least two more games – and possibly more, if they advance to the finals – left in his Meralco’s season, Alapag’s coach Norman Black believes that reaching Caidic’s mark is definitely a possibility for the veteran guard.

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TNT ‘outhustled’ in only 2nd loss this conference, says Castro (September 30, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

TNT KaTropa. PBA IMAGES

Benched for the entire fourth quarter, Jayson Castro explained that TNT opted to save his energy for Game 3 with Meralco already firing on all cylinders.

“Up by 20 na sila. Maganda ang laro ng Meralco eh. Coaches’ decision yun para na lang din mas fresh ako sa third game,” he said after TNT’s 106-91 Game 2 loss to Meralco.

Despite only playing three quarters, the frontrunner for the Best Player of the Conference still nabbed 24 points and four assists.

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Jeremy Lin: 'Charlotte was a breath of fresh air' (September 30, 2016)
Mike Mazzeo [ Source: ESPN ]

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin says he rediscovered his love of basketball last season while playing for the Charlotte Hornets.

"I think for a while I lost that joy for the game. For a while, it wasn't fun playing," Lin said during an interview the Nets conducted Thursday on Facebook Live.

"The low point was obviously my rookie year -- going to the D-League, getting cut, [and] those things -- but I had experienced New York and everything, and I was getting down to another really low point. And that was tough for me, especially my season in L.A."

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 Jimmy Alapag returned to his vintage self in Game 2 of the Meralco vs TNT semifinals series. PBA Media Bureau photo

After getting manhandled in Game 1, Meralco returned the favor to sister team TNT KaTropa and crushed the Texters, 106-91, on Thursday to level their best-of-five semis series in the PBA Governors' Cup.

Import Allen Durham threw his weight around and scored 31 markers to go with his 19 rebounds. He also got the backing from Meralco locals, with Chris Newsome firing 17 points and securing 10 rebounds.

“Mighty Mouse” Jimmy Alapag turned back the clock by going 4-out-of-4 from the three-point area to finish with 16 points and four assists.

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 LA Tenorio believes Ginebra is equipped to beat SMB. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA -- Barangay Ginebra has shown it can beat San Miguel.

But to do that, the Gin Kings must play consistently, according to LA Tenorio.

“We really have to play 48 minutes against this team. They’re very experienced. They know what to do, they know where to go in the crucial time of the game,” the Ginebra point guard told the PBA website.

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Thunder guard Cameron Payne has acute fracture in right foot (September 30, 2016)
Royce Young [ Source: ESPN ]

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cameron Payne has an acute fracture in his right foot, the team announced Thursday. There is no set timetable as of now for his return.

Payne suffered the injury Tuesday during an open scrimmage. The team later labeled it as an ankle tweak. Payne experienced soreness the next morning. Following tests, it was discovered he had a fracture.

Payne had surgery in late July on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture (on the same bone) and was cleared to return to play for training camp. The team said the two injuries are unrelated. His fracture in the summer was a stress fracture, while this one is an impact fracture. It's unknown as of now if Payne will undergo another surgery. He'll be re-evaluated in the next week, and a determination will be made.

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Cone admits Ginebra got 'kampante' after Game 1 win (September 30, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra goes up for a shot against the defense of San Miguel's Arwind Santos. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Ginebra head coach Tim Cone rued his players' lack of focus in their Game 2 loss to San Miguel, as they squandered a chance to put the defending champions on the ropes in their best-of-five semifinals series in the PBA Governors' Cup.

Ginebra rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to stun San Miguel in Game 1, 115-108, but could not pull off the come-from-behind win for a second straight game.

In Game 2, the Beermen also squandered a halftime lead, but proved to be steadier down the stretch and took a 95-92 win to tie the series at 1-1.

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Romeo inks P15.12M deal with GlobalPort (September 30, 2016)
[ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Terrence Romeo will be P15.12 million richer in three years' time. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

PBA superstar Terrence Romeo secured himself a hefty contract extension with GlobalPort which guaranteed him up to P15.12 million in the next three years.

The high-scoring shooting guard recently signed a deal with the Batang Pier management for a maximum monthly salary of P420,000, according to Gerard Ramos' report to Spin.

“The last time we talked, we’re just trying to finalize minor details in the contract, pero he (Romeo) already agreed in principle to a three-year, max deal,” said GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan.

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