Paul stars as Rockets top Thunder for 16th straight win

first_imgDeRozan leads Raptors past Hawks GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Oklahoma City had beaten several of the league’s top teams this season. The Thunder have two wins over Golden State, a victory over Toronto and a win over Cleveland this season. The Rockets avoided that fate by going 17 of 33 on 3-pointers and 29 of 34 on free throws.“We’re so good offensively that every single night, teams are going to throw different coverages at us,” Harden said. “We’ve just got to figure out ways to attack them. Tonight was no different. Once we found something that we could go to, we used it. Guys got open shots and we just ride that wave out the entire game.”The Rockets led 54-45 at halftime as Harden posted 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Anthony had 19 points for the Thunder and Westbrook had 14, but All-Star Paul George went 1 for 7 from the field before the break.The Thunder closed the gap to three in the opening minutes of the third quarter, but the Rockets dominated the rest of the way and led 87-74 at the end of the period. Houston made 7 of 10 3-pointers in the quarter.“You just have to keep playing,” Thunder guard Corey Brewer said. “They are going to make shots. You can’t get down. You can’t let their shot-making affect your game. I think tonight we got a little bit down when they made tough shots but that’s what they do.”ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: Host the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City The Rockets matched Boston for the longest win streak in the league this season and are on the second-longest win streak in franchise history. Harden was blunt when asked what those things meant to him.“Nothing,” he said. “Nothing at all. We just want to play well. We want to play well and have each other’s back, no matter what, on both ends of the floor. It doesn’t matter. Wins and losses will come.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTrevor Ariza scored 15 points and Eric Gordon added 14 for the Rockets.Russell Westbrook scored 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 23 for Oklahoma City, which is in a logjam of teams trying to fight their way into third place in the West. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — The Rockets are still rolling.Chris Paul scored 25 points, James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Houston beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-112 on Tuesday night for its 16th straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Houston extended its lead to 19 midway through the fourth quarter.“When a team like that is making 3s, it’s tough out there because you’re always in a scramble situation,” Anthony said. “But you know, those guys beat us tonight, and we have to accept that and move on and learn from it.”TIP-INSRockets: Forced eight turnovers in the first quarter. … Improved to 33-1 when Harden, Paul and Clint Capela all play in the same game. … Lost to the Thunder on Christmas Day while Paul sat out with a groin strain.Thunder: Anthony passed Jerry West to move into 20th in NBA history in scoring. … Anthony returned after resting during Saturday’s game at Portland.STAT LINESHouston hasn’t lost since Jan. 26 at New Orleans. The Rockets’ last home loss was Jan. 4 against Golden State.QUOTABLEAriza, on the Rockets getting open shots: “We know our roles. We know what we have to do. We know we need to keep the floor spaced. When the floor is spaced, it’s like reading a little A-B-C book.”FITTING INBrewer made his Thunder home debut. The former Rocket finished with 10 points in just over 23 minutes. The guard played his first game with the Oklahoma City last Saturday in Portland.“It’s only my second game and I’ve only had one practice, so you know it’s only going to get better,” he said.UP NEXTRockets: Play at the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.last_img read more

We can do better

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It is his first Asiad as head of the country’s Olympic federation and he feels that if there are any faults, they should fall on the shoulders of sports officials, adding that the country can do a lot better if troubled National Sports Associations (NSAs) can clean up their acts.Weightlifting and skateboarding contributed a gold each to the Philippine cause and golf two. And one thing did not escape Vargas: The common denominator among nonperforming NSAs, not only in these Games, but in other regional competitions as well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Volleyball, badminton, shooting, swimming, aquatics, athletics, and even boxing where he is the president, performed below expectations, Vargas said.“There is a thing that is common to them,” Vargas said in an exclusive interview with the Inquirer, two days before the curtains fall on Asia’s version of the Olympics. “And that is, once in their history, there was a squabble within their NSAs.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Vargas pointed out that athletics and swimming, being medal-rich sports, shouldn’t be shut out in events like this one. Volleyball, he said, despite its popularity, will come home very frustrated because the players realized that they are not ready for the Asian level yet.“I’m sure volleyball is feeling down because they are so popular [back home] and yet they can’t win here,” Vargas said as the women’s volleyball team, made up of the stars of two leagues back home, was waylaid by formidable teams here.“Their (NSAs) problem is that all of them are very exclusive,” Vargas said. “We have to talk to these NSAs to straighten things out within their organizations. Because I think we have better chances if they become more inclusive.“Being inclusive means they would widen their embrace and they can get more talent,” he went on. “We didn’t even come close to winning in most of their sports and our performances in these fronts certainly weren’t encouraging.”Women propped Filipino pride in the Asiad with golf’s LK Go, Bianca Pagdanganan and Yuka Saso, weightlifting’s Hidilyn Diaz and skateboarding’s Margielyn Didal bringing home golds.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Standhardinger suits up, powers Beermen From 22nd place in the 2014 Asiad, the Philippines improved by three notches to No. 19.Boxing, a gold hope, delivered one silver and two bronzes despite gutsy performances from its athletes—a theme that spread across all sports that the Philippines participated in.“Athletes have really been carrying us well in international meets,” Vargas said. “I think we should give every athlete all the support they need. They should be rewarded if they win because they get blamed when they lose. Our role as officials is to support the athletes. They are the most important part of the equation.”Athletes keep pouring their hearts out and somehow, politics gets in the way. Proof of what a cleaned-up NSA can do lies in the National Golf Association of the Philippines, which did away with politicking and favoritism to emerge with two golds and a bronze. (See related story on this page).And that’s the trend Vargas hopes will be the norm as the Philippines pushes toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew JAKARTA—Like the rest of his countrymen, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas is happy how the athletes performed in the 18th Asian Games—medal winners or not.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes? PLAY LIST 03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 View commentslast_img read more

Girls’ basketball: Where his Hart belongs

first_imgDave Munroe will remember moments like tonight. After 33 years pacing the sidelines in high school gyms across the Southland, the Hart High of Newhall girls’ basketball coach will remember how the faces of young athletes light up on the basketball court. It’s what Munroe will take with him in the coming months to suburban Denver, where the fiery 57-year-old will retire after becoming one of the most accomplished prep coaches in area history. “It’s something I’m going to miss dearly,” says Munroe, 57, who also teaches driver’s education and health at Hart. “Teaching is my life, and I look at the basketball court as an extension of the classroom. “I’ve been coaching for years, though, and at this stage it’s time for me to try other things in my life.” In his 18 seasons as girls’ basketball coach, Munroe’s record is 383-112. He has gone 86-5 in the Foothill League, winning 15 of 18 league titles. He was named the California Interscholastic Federation coach of the year in 2003, and his team added its second Southern Section title last season. The Indians (27-2) face Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the Southern Section Div. I-A semifinals at 7:30 tonight at West Ranch High in Stevenson Ranch. “Dave has had a fantastic tenure at Hart as a coach, but his time here has meant much more than that,” Hart football coach and athletic director Mike Herrington said. “His door has always been open to the girls. He has helped them quite a bit, and he has also kicked them in the butt.” Munroe developed a particularly close bond with former standout Taylor Lilley, who transferred from Saugus High to Hart as a sophomore following the sudden death of her father. Under Munroe’s tutelage, Lilley became one of the top 3-point shooters in area history while leading the Indians to the Southern Section title last year. “I have so much to thank Dave for,” said Lilley, now a freshman at Oregon. “He has helped me become the player and the person that I am today, and I really mean that. I always felt that he was willing to do anything for me and the rest of the girls on the team.” Lilley is one of many athletes Munroe has sent to NCAA Division I colleges. The list includes three-time Daily News Player of the Year Ashlee Trebilcock, who recently worked her way into the starting lineup as a sophomore at No. 5-ranked Ohio State. Trebilcock entered Hart as something of a basketball prodigy, having been considered a prize prospect as early as in middle school. Munroe’s passionate coaching style immediately appealed to the shooting guard, and they combined to win four consecutive Foothill League titles from 2002-05. “I always got the same treatment from Dave as everyone else,” Trebilcock said. “He was never afraid to get in my face and yell at me. But I listened to everything he had to say because I respected him. “Dave has better coaching skills than a lot of people coaching at the college level.” Munroe has been offered college coaching jobs at L.A. Valley College and Pasadena City City College. But he prefers the stability at the high school level, where his wife, Jan, has been the team scorekeeper for more than a decade. Munroe’s daughter, Jenny, was a nationally ranked tennis player at Hart, earning herself a college scholarship to the University of Colorado. “In high school, the players come to you,” Munroe said. “College is a whole separate animal. It definitely interested me at one time, but I’ve always been happy at Hart. I have taken a lot of pride in this program.” Valencia coach Jerry Mike considers himself an admirer of Munroe after spending the past eight years fighting to compete with the powerhouse Indians in the Foothill League. Mike admits being disappointed – partially, at least – to see his rival leave. “The selfish part of me will be glad to see him go because he’s such a talented coach,” Mike laughed. “But in reality, it’s saddening because his passion for the game and his attention to detail is something that has improved the level of play out here dramatically.” Munroe has ruled out the idea of being a head coach elsewhere – although the seed already seems to be planted. His daughter is a middle-school teacher in Colorado, and she has already asked if him to help coach the girls’ basketball team there. Munroe accepted, yet he insists his head-coaching days will end when this season ends. In the meantime, Munroe will finish out the playoffs at Hart. He could be around to coach at least one more game, should Hart qualify for next week’s CIF state tournament. Although Munroe would love to make a run at another title, he stopped defining success by wins and losses years ago. “I’ll be going out on top no matter what,” Munroe said. “I’ll always look back at my experience here as a complete success.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The wins have made it fun, he admits. So have the championship runs. But Munroe’s job became more than that many years ago, when he realized the type of impact a good coach could make on somebody’s life. It has made all of those long bus rides worth it. last_img read more