Spurs rip Lak­ers; War­riors up

Top pros back Pradera bid in Ladies Chal­lenge

Manila Bulletin - - Sports - Dot­tie Ar­dina hopes to pro­vide some push for Team Pradera.

LOS AN­GE­LES (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard poured in 31 points in just three quar­ters as the San An­to­nio Spurs dom­i­nated in ev­ery facet of play Thurs­day with an em­phatic 134-94 blowout of the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

San An­to­nio's 134 points were a sea­son high, as were the 72 points scored by the Spurs in the first half and the overall mar­gin of vic­tory of 40 points.

Pau Ga­sol added 22 points for San An­to­nio, while La­Mar­cus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 13 each, all in just three quar­ters of the lop­sided game.

The Spurs also got 12 points from Jonathan Sim­mons and 10 from De­jounte Mur­ray and a game-high 12 re­bounds from De­wayne Ded­mon.

San An­to­nio was a bad mood head­ing into Thurs­day's home game af­ter los­ing by three points to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tues­day.

The Spurs took out their frus­tra­tions on a meek Laker team as four of San An­to­nio's starters fin­ished in dou­ble fig­ures at AT&T Cen­ter.

''I re­spect the way the Spurs played tonight -- granted we didn't put up a ton of fight -- but it's beau­ti­ful to see cham­pi­onship teams and the way they came out af­ter one loss,'' Lak­ers coach Luke Wal­ton said.

In New York, Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his sea­son-high 29 points in the fourth quar­ter and the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans over­came the ab­sence of An­thony Davis with a 104-95 vic­tory over the Brook­lyn Nets.

Evans made 10 of 15 shots in a sea­son­high 27 min­utes. He missed the first 26 games of the sea­son while re­cov­er­ing from knee surgery. Davis missed his sec­ond game of the sea­son be­cause of a left hip in­jury.

Else­where, Klay Thomp­son and An­dre Iguo­dala con­nected on a pair of three-point­ers apiece dur­ing a long-range shoot­ing ex­hi­bi­tion that pow­ered the Golden State War­riors to a 127-107 win over the Detroit Pis­tons.

Rid­ing dou­ble-fig­ure scor­ing from four starters, the Pis­tons were down 68-65 in the fourth minute of the third pe­riod be­fore the War­riors stepped up their play to earn a sea­son-series sweep.

Mean­while, the New York Knicks fined Der­rick Rose around $200,000 (188,350 eu­ros) for his mys­te­ri­ous no-show, the US me­dia re­ported on Thurs­day.

Rose cre­ated a sen­sa­tion on Mon­day when he failed to ap­pear for the Knicks' 110-96 de­feat to the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans.

LPGA Tour-bound Dot­tie Ar­dina and three other Filipino pros head to Pam­panga to­day to pro­vide sup­port to Team Pradera’s bid in its much-awaited show­down with Team South­east Asia in the first Pradera Ladies Chal­lenge at the Pradera Golf and Coun­try Club in Lubao.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing duel and we hope to help mo­ti­vate our play­ers against their coun­ter­parts from South­east Asia,” said Ar­dina, who with Cyna Ro­driguez,

The three-day events starts on to­mor­row.

Princess Su­peral and Chi­hiro Ikeda, will be play­ing a rare sup­port­ing role as Team Pradera’s crack mix of jun­golfers and am­a­teurs slug it out against their SEA coun­ter­parts in the Ry­der Cup­style duel.

The four pros are vet­er­ans of team com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing the SEA Games, the World Am­a­teurs and the Queen Sirikit Cup with Ar­dina win­ning the Sirikit in­di­vid­ual gold in 2011, and their in­puts or mere pres­ence are ex­pected to help boost the host squad’s con­fi­dence.

“Team SEA boasts of a mix of tal­ented play­ers some of whom we have played in the past. We hope our mere pres­ence will in­spire or prop up our team,” said Su­peral, many-time spear­head of the na­tional team in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

Both Team Pradera and Team SEA are ex­pected to come into the event in top form, hav­ing com­peted in the just-con­cluded Philip­pine Ladies Open but the hosts hope to cash in on what­ever edge they may have in terms of lo­cal knowl­edge and chem­istry.

“The four pros’ pres­ence is in­deed a big boost to the team’s cause and we hope our play­ers will draw in­spi­ra­tion from them and be mo­ti­vated to dish out their best against their equally tal­ented ri­vals,” said Archen Cayabyab, who with Lubao Mayor My­lyn PinedaCayabyab and Coach Norman Sto. Domingo, spear­headed the stag­ing of the event.

Golden State War­riors for­ward Kevin Du­rant drives to the bas­ket against Detroit Pis­tons’ An­dre Drum­mond dur­ing their NBA match which the War­riors won, 127-107. (AP)

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