Harden drops triple-double as Rockets hold off Cavs

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I don’t know,” he said before letting out an awkward laugh and looking around before continuing. “Work. Try to study the game and get better. Listen to people around me that push me and motivate me and try to be the best I can be. It’s pretty simple.”Harden had a triple-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHarden also had five steals and a block as Houston extended its winning streak to four games.LeBron James had 33 points for the Cavaliers, and Jeff Green added 27. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award His shot earned some ribbing from Harden when Springer came into the locker room to meet him after thegame.“What was up with that shot,” Harden asked laughing.Springer answered: “I had zero touch.”NO SHOOTAROUND, NO PROBLEMThe Rockets didn’t have a shootaround Thursday morning as D’Antoni experiments with whether it’s better for his team to rest before games instead of coming into the arena in the mornings. Teams often don’t have shootaround on the second day of back-to-back games, but this different because Houston didn’t play on Wednesday. They’ve skipped shootaround two other times this season, once in New York because of traffic and a second time against Utah. Both times Houston went on to blowout wins.“Those were two of our better outings so it kind of leads to don’t do it again … if we don’t (play well) then we’ll go back and have shootaround,” D’Antoni said.UP NEXTCavaliers: At Dallas on Saturday night.Rockets: Host Memphis on Saturday night. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Houston led by seven after a layup by James with about 10 minutes left. The Rockets scored the next six points, capped by a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker to make it 111-98. The Cavaliers used a 13-1 run, with five points from James, to cut the lead to 112-111 with 90 seconds left.Harden missed a layup after that, but grabbed a rebound and threw an alley-oop to Clint Capela, who finished for Houston’s first basket since Tucker’s 3. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw to make it 115-11 with just over a minute remaining.James made a layup on the other end, but Capela made another basket after a grabbing the rebound on a missby Harden to put Houston back up by 4 with 10.7 seconds left.Capela, who finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, blocked a shot by James in the final seconds to secure the win.“We expect him to do that,” coach Mike D’Antoni said about Capela’s solid performance. “He’s 23 years old. There’s no reason why he can’t keep getting better.”ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Perez named NCAA MVP as Pirates banner awardees Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The Cavaliers have lost six of their last eight games, leaving James to answer question about why they’re struggling.“We played a pretty good game, but I’m not here for moral victories,” he said. “That’s not what I’m about.”Harden has scored 30 or more points in three of the last four games, highlighted by a 56-point performance in a win over the Jazz on Sunday. It’s the second triple-double of the season for Harden and the 33rd of his career.“I thought our guys really scrapped and competed,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. “But Harden was Harden. He made some tough, contested 3s off the dribble, which we wanted. We contested all of them, but he made some big shots.”The Rockets made the first seven points of the second half thanks to a three-pointer by Eric Gordon and a four-point play by Trevor Ariza to take a 72-67 lead.Cleveland got going soon after that and a layup by Iman Shumpert got the Cavaliers within 1 point soon after that. But Harden made two 3-pointers to power an 8-2 run that extended Houston’s lead to 81-74 lead with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.The Cavaliers scored five quick points, capped by a 3-pointer by Green, to tie it at 87-87 about three minutes later. A 3-point play by Gordon put Houston back on top and the Rockets had extended their lead to 100-93 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSCavaliers: G Derrick Rose sat out because of soreness in his left ankle. Rose missed four straight games after spraining his ankle on Oct. 20 before returning to play the last two. But the ankle was still bothering him, forcing him to sit out again on Thursday night. … Shumpert started in his place and finished with seven points. .. Love had 17 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.Rockets: F Luc Mbah a Moute missed because of a bruised left knee. … Gordon added 20 points. … Harden made 13 of 14 free throws.SPRINGER’S SHOTWorld Series MVP George Springer, who led the Houston Astros to their first championship last week, was at the Toyota Center Thursday to take part in the Rockets’ First Shot promotion. Before the tipoff of each game, a local celebrity shoots a free throw for charity. A made shot gets a $5,000 donation from new owner Tilman Fertitta and the Clutch City Foundation, while a miss earns the shooter’s charity $1,000. While Springer didn’t miss too many balls while hitting .379 with five homers and seven RBIs during the World Series, he wasn’t nearly as good on the basketball court as he missed Thursday’s shot. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — James Harden was quick to say yes when asked if he’s playing at as high of a level as he ever has.The follow up question of why wasn’t quite as easy for Houston’s bearded star.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Morata and Matic getting closer, but have Milan helped with another transfer?

first_img 10 10 The window might not have opened yet but we are well into the transfer season with a number of deals already being completed.This summer represents an important period for Manchester United as they look to improve their squad to challenge at the top end of the Premier League as well as coping with Champions League demands.The arrival of Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica has already been confirmed but a number of other players are likely to follow him through the door.In this round-up talkSPORT have gone through the Red Devils’ top transfer targets to see what the current situation is.Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at the latest United transfer stories. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) – Although he is satisfied with Luke Shaw’s progression, Mourinho could well be on the lookout for a new left-back. Apparently the United manager has targeted Barcelona man Alba as his preferred option but a deal looks difficult to complete. Though Alba faces competition at Barcelona in the form of Lucas Digne the ex-Valencia man is believed to want to stay and fight for his place. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – The striker has reportedly left his Ibiza honeymoon to hold discussions with his club Real Madrid about a move to United. The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to join Jose Mourinho, who managed him at Real, and it is thought his sudden departure from Ibiza means a transfer should be completed in the next 48 hours. Morata returned to Real Madrid last summer after spending two seasons with Italian giants Juventus but had to play second fiddle to first choice Karim Benzema. If he is to stake a claim as his country’s number one striker at the 2018 World Cup a move away might be what’s required. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) – The Serbian midfielder’s move from Chelsea to Old Trafford looks like it will be completed very soon. United will most likely fork out £35million to reunite Matic with Mourinho as the Blues are on the verge of signing Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko. Matic has won two titles at Chelsea, since he was bought back from Benfica for £22million in 2014, but was also one of the worst performers as the Blues suffered a slump in the season that saw Mourinho sacked. 10 Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – After rejecting a new contract at AC Milan it has been a funny old time for the young goalkeeper. Italy are now out of the Under-21 European Championship but, on the weekend, Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola activated his twitter account for the first time in a year to hit back at the goalkeeper’s ‘haters’. On Sunday night the 18-year-old posted on Instagram saying he intended to stay at San Siro but, shortly afterwards, it was deleted and the player claimed he had been hacked. Should David de Gea leave Old Trafford the young Italian would be a prime contender to replace him as number one. This strange story is sure to develop further in the coming weeks. 10 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Understandably, once it was reported that Ronaldo wanted to leave Madrid, United became automatic favourites to sign the 32-year-old courtesy of his previous ties with the club. However, the most recent news suggests Ronaldo will not be leaving the Bernabeu after Real President Florentino Perez admitted that while the player was ‘angry’ he expected him to stay put. Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan) – Inter are said to have offered the 28-year-old a pay rise to ward off any interest from United. However, the Croatian winger is thought to be sold on the idea of joining up with Mourinho and moving to Old Trafford. United have reportedly had a £35million bid for Perisic rejected by the Italian club who are supposedly want around £44million. This looks like another deal that should be completed relatively soon. 10 10 10 10 Fabinho (Monaco) – Even though the deal for Nemanja Matic looks to be almost completed it is believed United would still pursue Monaco-man Fabinho. The defensive midfielder, who can also play at right-back, is much admired and the club hierarchy would be very keen on getting a deal done if it was possible. While this transfer looks like it could happen Fabinho will only depart for a hefty price tag. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – Another Real Madrid man in demand is Rodriguez who has fallen down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane. The Colombian was a big money signing after his star performances at the 2014 World Cup but he hasn’t been able to deliver consistently for Los Blancos. Reports suggest that AC Milan have pulled out of the race to sign the attacking midfielder, which could pave the way for United to swoop along with Premier League rivals Chelsea. Rodriguez still possesses talent and playing regular football again would be a hugely attractive proposition for the Colombia international. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – The Bundesliga hotshot looks set to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer after leading the scoring charts in Germany. Manchester United were thought to be interested in the Gabon international at the start of June, as were rivals Liverpool, but if recent reports are to be believed Aubameyang looks set to complete a whopping £71million move to China. Tianjin Quanjian, managed by Italian defensive legend Fabio Cannavaro, look to be the club that have reached an agreement with the prolific front man. Don’t expect to see Aubameyang playing for the Red Devils any time soon. Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid) – The undoubted star of the Under-21 Euros is a wanted man – to no one’s surprise. Both Barcelona and Manchester United are said to be interested in the 22-year-old Atletico Madrid man but Saul has categorically said he isn’t going anywhere. With Atletico about to be hit by their transfer ban the young starlet doesn’t want to leave the club in the lurch by leaving. This might be a deal for the future but not in this upcoming window. 10 10last_img read more