Up­sets show NBA full of par­ity

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

GIAN­NIS An­te­tok­oun­mpo led a night of up­sets in the NBA on Novem­ber 29 with 34 points as the Mil­wau­kee Bucks stunned LeBron James and the Cleve­land Cavaliers.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo, 21, also grabbed 12 re­bounds and con­trib­uted five as­sists as a Cavs side fea­tur­ing both James and Kyrie Irv­ing failed to fire.

Greek in­ter­na­tional An­te­tok­oun­mpo was ably sup­ported by Jabari Parker (18 points) and Michael Beasley (17) as the Bucks scored a win which im­proves their sea­son to 8-8.

The Cavs loss saw the cham­pi­ons fall to 13-3 for the sea­son. James fin­ished with 22 points to lead the scor­ing for the Cavs, ahead of Irv­ing with 20 points at the BMO Har­ris Bradley Cen­ter.

But the star of the night was An­te­tok­oun­mpo, who be­came one of the high­est-paid play­ers in the NBA ear­lier this year when he inked a US$100 mil­lion four-year deal worth around $25 mil­lion a sea­son.

Last sea­son the gi­ant for­ward av­er­aged 16.9 points, 7.7 re­bounds. 4.3 as­sists and 1.4 blocks in 80 games. So far this sea­son An­te­tok­oun­mpo is av­er­ag­ing 22 points per game, sug­gest­ing the Bucks were wise to in­vest in the 6ft 11in son of Nige­rian im­mi­grants who was born in Athens in 1994.

“We were mov­ing the ball and we didn’t stop mov­ing the ball,” An­te­tok­oun­mpo said. “Our pace was great, we re­bounded the ball well and we moved the ball in the of­fen­sive end.”

James said the Cavs have been caught nap­ping.

“We let our guard down a lit­tle bit,” James said. “They pushed up the tempo and we didn’t get stops. I came out of the game when we were up 10 and we let them go on a quick run to end the quar­ter. From that point on they got into a rhythm and they’re a rhythm team.”

The Bucks’ up­set win was the big­gest shock of the day as var­i­ous in-form teams ended up los­ing to un­her­alded op­po­si­tion.

San An­to­nio’s nine-game win­ning streak came to an abrupt halt when the Western Con­fer­ence gi­ants crashed to a 95-83 de­feat against the Or­lando Magic.

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points while Nikola Vuce­vic added 12 points and 10 re­bounds as the Magic si­lenced the Spurs fans at the AT&T Cen­ter.

The vic­tory ended a four-game los­ing streak for Or­lando, who im­proved to 7-11 with the win. San An­to­nio slipped to 14-4 af­ter the loss.

The Spurs saw any chance of vic­tory slip away in the fourth quar­ter when they missed seven straight shots in a score­less four minute, 10 sec­ond spell in the fourth quar­ter.

It was Or­lando’s first win over San An­to­nio in 11 meet­ings dating back to 2010.

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard led the scor­ing for the home side with 21 points with LaMar­cus Aldridge adding 16 points and Manu Gi­no­bili chip­ping in with 13.

The Los An­ge­les Clip­pers fell to 14-5 against the Brook­lyn Nets in New York, with the un­der­dogs im­prov­ing their record to 5-12 af­ter a wild 127-122 win in dou­ble over­time.

Sean Kil­patrick was the hero for the Nets, fin­ish­ing with a ca­reer­high 38 points – 31 of them com­ing af­ter the third quar­ter – as Brook­lyn reeled in the Clip­pers who at one stage had led by 18 points.

A stormy con­test saw Clip­pers coach Doc Rivers ejected af­ter an an­gry out­burst at ref­eree crew chief Ken Mauer. Rivers needed to be re­strained by play­ers be­fore leav­ing the court in dis­gust.

In New Or­leans, An­thony Davis main­tained his pro­lific start to the sea­son with 41 points as the Pel­i­cans dis­man­tled the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 105-88.

Davis also plucked 16 re­bounds as the Pel­i­cans snapped a two-game los­ing streak with their fifth straight home vic­tory at the Smoothie King Cen­ter.

The win saw the Pel­i­cans im­prove to 7-12 while the Lak­ers fell to 9-10.

Davis’s tally marked the sev­enth time this sea­son he has fin­ished with at least 35 points and 10 re­bounds in a game.

The 23-year-old is now av­er­ag­ing just un­der 32 points per game for the sea­son, and leads the league’s scor­ing stand­ings from Rus­sell West­brook (30.9 points per game). –

Cook’s team has en­dured tough cou­ple of months af­ter los­ing a Test to Bangladesh for the first time and are now star­ing at a se­ries de­feat against top-ranked In­dia.

But Cook re­mem­bered that four years ago in In­dia Eng­land came back from 1-0 down to win the four-Test se­ries 2-1 and said that if they show greater con­sis­tency they can still save the se­ries.

“The chal­lenge is try and put in that per­for­mance in which con­sis­tently, over five days, we play well.

“We have done it in one game [the first Test in Ra­jkot], we haven’t done it in the other two,” said Cook.

Cook said it was dif­fi­cult to com­pare with the 2012 tour, be­cause the two teams have changed char­ac­ter since.

“The In­dia we played in 2012 was dif­fer­ent, prob­a­bly an age­ing team com­pared to now,” Cook said, adding that his cur­rent side were still learn­ing how to tackle un­fa­mil­iar sub-con­ti­nent con­di­tions with low, turn­ing pitches.

“In 2012 we were a lot more ex­pe­ri­enced and had played a lot more in the sub-con­ti­nent over the three years be­fore that.

“This side, only two in the top or­der [Joe Root and Cook him­self] have played more than one or two games in the sub-con­ti­nent be­fore we played in Bangladesh. That’s prob­a­bly the dif­fer­ence.” –

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