Nets nix Nuggets, 76ers re­main per­fect at home

In­gles spoils Hay­ward’s re­turn as Jazz top Celtics

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PHILADEL­PHIA: Joel Em­biid had a sea­son-high 42 points to go along with 18 re­bounds and four blocked shots to lift the Philadel­phia 76ers past the vis­it­ing Char­lotte Hor­nets 133-132 in over­time Fri­day night. It was the eighth game for Em­biid this sea­son with at least 30 points and 10 re­bounds. Ben Sim­mons racked up 22 points, eight re­bounds and 13 as­sists, Dario Saric added 18 points and nine re­bounds while JJ Redick added 17 off the bench as the Six­ers im­proved to 7-0 at home for the first time since 2002-03. Kemba Walker scored 22 of his 30 points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time as Jeremy Lamb added 17. Dwayne Ba­con scored 15 for the Hor­nets, who had their two-game win­ning streak snapped.

JAZZ 123, CELTICS 115

Joe In­gles tied a ca­reer high with 27 points and Rudy Gobert added 17 points and 15 re­bounds as the Jazz spoiled the re­turn of Gor­don Hay­ward to Utah with an en­er­getic vic­tory over vis­it­ing Bos­ton in Salt Lake City. Jazz fans booed ev­ery move of Hay­ward, who left Utah for Bos­ton via free agency be­fore the start of last sea­son. Hay­ward then suf­fered a frac­tured an­kle in­jury in the Celtics’ sea­son opener last year and did not play the re­main­der of the sea­son. He scored 13 points on 3-for-9 shoot­ing from the field. Dono­van Mitchell had 21 points, for­mer Celtics for­ward Jae Crow­der scored 20 points and Ricky Ru­bio added 17, as the Jazz won con­sec­u­tive games af­ter los­ing four in a row. In­gles added five re­bounds and seven as­sists while go­ing 10-for-14 from the field, in­clud­ing 5-for-9 from 3-point range.

NETS 112, NUGGETS 110

Caris LeVert hit a jumper in the lane with less than a sec­ond left, and Brook­lyn ral­lied to beat host Den­ver. Left with 0.3 sec­onds, the Nuggets got a 3-point at­tempt at the buzzer from Ma­lik Beasley, who missed it. LeVert fin­ished with 17 points, D’An­gelo Rus­sell had 23 and Jar­rett Allen scored 18 for the Nets, who have won three in a row and four of five. Nikola Jo­kic broke out of a funk to score a sea­son-high 37 and tied a ca­reer-high with 21 re­bounds, but Den­ver lost its first home game of the sea­son af­ter win­ning the first six.

PIS­TONS 124, HAWKS 109

An­dre Drum­mond had 23 points and 11 re­bounds to lead the way as Detroit jumped to a 24-point lead late

imag­ine we are go­ing to play amaz­ingly for 90 min­utes against top teams.

“I would like to play the same game as last sea­son when we were on top for 75 min­utes but United showed us that they just need 10 or 15 min­utes to create chances. “When they have the ball, they can create some­thing be­cause they have in­cred­i­ble tal­ent.”

Both teams are in good form, with sev­en­th­placed United on a three-game win­ning streak and league lead­ers City hav­ing gone 11 games un­beaten in all com­pe­ti­tions. Guardi­ola is look­ing for­ward to the bat­tle but be­lieves the fix­ture has come too soon to have sig­nif­i­cant bear­ing on the ti­tle race.

“We are in Novem­ber so maybe the game at Old Traf­ford (in March) will be more de­ci­sive,” the Spaniard said. “Of course we are on a good run, United as well. It’s a good derby. All of them are spe­cial.”

The man­ager also re­it­er­ated his faith in the club in the wake of al­le­ga­tions that they had cir­cum­vented fi­nan­cial fair play rules. “If peo­ple want to un­der­mine what we have done, no prob­lem,” he said. “We live our lives. Opin­ions in the first quar­ter and coasted to a vic­tory over host At­lanta. The Pis­tons made a sea­son-high 20 of 47 at­tempts from be­hind the 3-point arc and rolled to their sec­ond straight win af­ter a five-game los­ing streak, de­spite just six points from Blake Grif­fin, their lead­ing scorer at 27.3 per game com­ing in. He missed eight of his 10 shots, but had nine re­bounds and nine as­sists. Stan­ley John­son had 22 points for the Pis­tons and Langston Gal­loway scored 16 as the two play­ers com­bined to hit nine 3-point­ers off the bench.

MAGIC 117, WIZARDS 108

Or­lando pre­vailed at home over Wash­ing­ton in a matchup of the worst of­fense in the league against the worst de­fense. Or­lando came in av­er­ag­ing only 101.3 points per game, but tied its sea­son high in points and shot a sea­son-high 51.2 per­cent from the floor-only the sec­ond time it had made more than 50 per­cent of its field goals this sea­son. Nikola Vuce­vic led the way for Or­lando with 21 points and 14 re­bounds, and Aaron Gor­don scored 20. Magic rookie Mo Bamba made 7 of 8 field goals, in­clud­ing a 3-pointer and three lon­grange jump shots. The 7-foot cen­ter had 15 points in only 17 min­utes.

are opin­ions. I have said I trust the club a lot.

“If there is some­thing wrong, we will be pun­ished. FIFA or UEFA have to say if we were wrong. If we were wrong, we will ac­cept it but I hear what my club said to me and I trust them.” The al­le­ga­tions against City stem from the re­lease of the “Foot­ball Leaks” doc­u­ments, which in­clude emails, con­tracts and pre­sen­ta­tions. The doc­u­ments were ob­tained by Ger­man pub­li­ca­tion Der Spiegel and re­viewed by Reuters in part­ner­ship with in­ter­na­tional me­dia con­sor­tium Euro­pean In­ves­tiga­tive Col­lab­o­ra­tions.

The City man­ager’s news con­fer­ence ended in up­roar­i­ous laugh­ter af­ter he re­sponded to his for­mer player, Brazil­ian Dani Alves’s com­ment that be­ing coached by Guardi­ola at Barcelona was “bet­ter than sex”.

Alves made the com­ment in a doc­u­men­tary about Guardi­ola’s all-con­quer­ing spell at Barcelona, where they won three La Liga ti­tles and the Cham­pi­ons League twice. “I pre­fer the sex,” a grin­ning Guardi­ola said in re­sponse to a ques­tion on Alves’s com­ment. “By far!” — Reuters

KINGS 121, TIM­BER­WOLVES 110

Wil­lie Cauley-Stein scored 25 points to help Sacra­mento to a vic­tory over vis­it­ing Min­nesota. Iman Shumpert scored 17 points, De’Aaron Fox had 16 points and 10 as­sists and Buddy Hield added 15 points and 10 re­bounds for the Kings. Ne­manja Bjel­ica tal­lied 14 points against his for­mer team. Karl-An­thony Towns es­tab­lished sea­son highs of 39 points and 19 re­bounds for the Tim­ber­wolves, who com­pleted an 05 road trip. Der­rick Rose added 21 points and Jimmy But­ler had 13 for Min­nesota, which has lost all eight of its road games.

PAC­ERS 110, HEAT 102

Bo­jan Bog­danovic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.5 sec­onds re­main­ing, send­ing In­di­ana to a vic­tory over host Mi­ami. Myles Turner and Vic­tor Oladipo also buried key shots, as the Pac­ers ral­lied from a 102-98 deficit by scor­ing the game’s fi­nal 12 points over a stretch of 1:26, snap­ping In­di­ana’s two-game los­ing streak in the process. Has­san White­side had 11 points and a game-high 20 re­bounds for the Heat, which saw a two-game win­ning streak come to an end. — Reuters

PORT­LAND: Mal­colm Brog­don #13 of the Mil­wau­kee Bucks shoots the ball dur­ing the game against the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers on Tues­day at the Moda Cen­ter in Port­land, Ore­gon. — AFP

Pep Guardi­ola

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