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Arizona Reid had 29 points and 11 rebounds, while June Mar Fajardo tallied 21 points and 20 boards as the San Miguel Beermen leaned on a strong first half to defeat the Star Hotshots, 100-89, on Sunday.
"From the start we knew this will be a tough game for us coz both teams need to win," said SMB head coach Leo Austria. "We're lucky to pull up a win. I'm happy to see my players na ineexecute yung mga plays namin. We're on one direction."
Chris Ross was active on point, filling up the stat sheet with 14 points, six boards, three assists and three steals, while Arwind Santos posted 12 markers in 24 minutes. Alex Cabagnot also added 13 points, seven boards, three assists and two blocks off the bench.
FILIPINO-AMERICAN Jordan Clarkson easily made it to the 2015 NBA All-Rookie Team, but the Los Angeles Lakers guard thinks he still needs to work on his game.
And there’s one more he thinks who should do the same —Manny Pacquiao.
The 22-year-old Clarkson has yet to meet Pacquiao, but he knows the Filipino boxing superstar has made it to the professional basketball league here.
The Golden State Warriors are taking care of business on the court in the Western Conference finals, but the team is also focused on taking care of business in court.
The Warriors responded Friday to a lawsuit brought against the team and Ticketmaster by ticket resale site StubHub, accusing them of illegally rigging the resale market, by filing a motion to dismiss the case.
The case, should it proceed to trial, would be seen as a landmark development in the sports ticketing industry. A legal decision would set forth for the first time an established precedent as to whether the sports fan leases the right to a ticket or owns it and whether teams have the right to tell fans where they can sell the seats that they buy.
Moving on from a trade is nothing new for Barako Bull guard Joseph Yeo, who is now playing for his sixth team in 10 years in the PBA.
The veteran journeyman played for Coca-Cola Tigers and Sta. Lucia in his early seasons in the league, and then went on to wear the San Miguel Beer, Air21 Express, and Barangay Ginebra jerseys.
The 31-year-old guard, however, admitted that leaving the Gin Kings after getting traded to the Energy took some time to get used to.
Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger has often noted that he has been motivated by doubters his entire basketball career, and he is using those skeptics to fuel an offseason in which he has been challenged by team brass to improve his body shape and conditioning.
Sullinger missed most of the second half of the 2014-15 season due to a foot fracture before making a surprising late-season return. He struggled initially to find his form, but closed the season with a 21-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 4 of the first-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was a reminder of the impact Sullinger can have on the court, and he pledged to keep his foot on the transformation accelerator during the offseason.
The Los Angeles Lakers aren't "locked in" to selecting a big man with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and are "intrigued" by point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and D'Angelo Russell, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin.
If Los Angeles selects either Mudiay or Russell, it could change the draft landscape for the Knicks significantly.
The Timberwolves have the top selection and are likely to draft either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor.
The Barako Bull Energy recovered from a 33-18 first quarter deficit and defeated the Meralco Bolts, 105-99, on Sunday.
"First time that we started slow, we allowed Meralco to out-hustle us early on," admitted Barako coach Koy Banal. "Hodge and Anthony and Emmett really tried to outrun our men. Our guys didn't give up. We were able to hold them to 19 points in the second quarter."
Banal also praised Willie Wilson for shadowing Meralco's import in the second half:
AN UPBEAT Hapee squad goes for the quarterfinal bonus even as a beleaguered Cagayan Valley tries to achieve the same goal minus its head coach in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The surging Fresh Fighters, who rose from a dismal 2-3 start to get back in contention, vie for a sixth win versus the struggling MP Hotel at 1 p.m.
“It’s all about survival,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc as the Fresh Fighter try to extend their winning run to four.
CLEVELAND -- Hawks guard Kent Bazemore will start in place of the injured Kyle Korver in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He also stood by his comments that the Hawks were the better team despite the fact Atlanta trails the Cavaliers 2-0 in the best-of-seven series with the next two games at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Following the Hawks' loss Friday night, Bazemore told the media that he still believes the Hawks are the better team. He wasn't backing down on Sunday morning at the team's shootaround.
HOUSTON -- Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors made it look easy against Houston, beating the Rockets 115-80 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
The Warriors won the first two games by just five points combined. There would be no such drama in this one, with Curry leading them to a 26-point advantage in the second quarter.
Now the baby-faced MVP has Golden State just one victory away from its first trip to the NBA Finals since 1975. Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.