James’ free throw gives Lakers win over Mav­er­icks

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

LEBRON James walked into Sta­ples Cen­ter on Hal­loween dressed as Ja­son from the “Fri­day the 13th” movies. Five hours later, he saved the Los An­ge­les Lakers from a hor­ri­fy­ing end­ing.

The four-time MVP scored 29 points and made the game-win­ning free throw with 2.1 sec­onds left Wed­nes­day night as the Lakers held on for a 114-113 win over the Dal­las Mav­er­icks.

“I don’t like the way we closed out the game, but for the ma­jor­ity of the game we played well,” James said.

Los An­ge­les led nearly through­out and was up 111-98 with 3:42 to go be­fore the Mav­er­icks went on a 15-2 run to pull even.

Luka Don­cic tied it at 113 with 7.2 sec­onds re­main­ing on a jumper from the cor­ner, but on the next trip down the floor James was fouled by Wes­ley Mathews while shoot­ing a jump shot.

James missed the first free throw but made the sec­ond. J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer for Dal­las as time ex­pired, and the Lakers (3-5) stopped a two-game skid.

“NBA games are never over and you have to play the game a cer­tain way,” Lakers coach Luke Wal­ton said. “If you mess with the game, the game will mess with you and I thought we did that a lit­tle bit. Hope­fully we can learn the same les­son even if it was a win.”

Javale Mcgee added 16 points and 15 re­bounds, Kyle Kuzma scored 18 and Bran­don In­gram had 17 for the Lakers.

Matthews led Dal­las with 21 points and Har­ri­son Barnes scored 19. The Mav­er­icks (2-6) have lost five straight.

“I love the fight. Our first quar­ter was very dis­ap­point­ing but we bat­tled back,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We were able to get stops in the fourth quar­ter and we were get­ting some mo­men­tum on of­fense.”

The Lakers scored the first eight points and led by 18 in the first quar­ter as they went 15 of 23 from the field and made six 3-point­ers.

Dal­las trimmed the mar­gin to 6659 by half­time.

Matthews’ driv­ing bank shot pulled the Mav­er­icks to 70-64 be­fore the Lakers went on a 17-4 run — which in­cluded 10 points by James — to open their largest lead at 87-68 with 4:40 re­main­ing in the third.

The clos­est the Mav­er­icks got in the first eight min­utes of the fourth was 98-90 with 8:12 left.

REAL Madrid be­gan life with­out Julen Lopetegui with a com­fort­able win in the Copa del Rey on Wed­nes­day, when it was Barcelona that strug­gled to de­feat a third-divi­sion op­po­nent.

Barcelona needed an in­jury-time goal to win 1-0 at Cul­tural Leonesa, while Madrid cruised to a 4-0 vic­tory over third-tier Melilla in a first-leg match in the round of 32.

In­terim coach San­ti­ago So­lari was on the bench as Madrid won with goals from Karim Ben­zema, Marco Asen­sio, Al­varo Odri­o­zola and Cristo Gon­za­lez in a match played in Spain’s small en­clave in Africa.

It was Madrid’s first game since Lopetegui was sacked on Mon­day, a day af­ter the team was crushed 5-1 by Barcelona at Camp Nou Sta­dium for its fifth loss in seven matches in all com­pe­ti­tions.

“I’m happy be­cause the team worked hard and showed char­ac­ter,” So­lari said. “The play­ers showed they are fully com­mit­ted.”

Ben­zema scored his sixth goal of the sea­son from close range af­ter a low pass by Odri­o­zola in the 28th minute, and Asen­sio added to the lead with a one-timer from near the penalty spot af­ter a nice set up by young­ster Vini­cius Ju­nior on the fi­nal play of a rainy first half.

Vini­cius Ju­nior helped set up Odri­o­zola’s 79th-minute goal, his first with the club. Odri­o­zola then made the cross for the in­jury-time goal by Gon­za­lez, also his first with the main squad.

Ben­zema was one of the few reg­u­lar starters on the team, along with cap­tain Ser­gio Ramos and goal­keeper Key­lor Navas. Ben­zema and Ramos played only the first half, be­ing re­placed by Fed­erico Valverde and Na­cho Fer­nan­dez, re­spec­tively.

So­lari, who hasn’t been ruled out as a per­ma­nent re­place­ment for Lopetegui, pleased fans in his de­but by in­clud­ing Vini­cius Ju­nior in the lineup. Lopetegui had sel­dom used the 18-year-old Brazil­ian for­ward who ar­rived amid high ex­pec­ta­tions in the sum­mer but had played mostly in the “B’’ squad.

One of the best play­ers in the match, Vini­cius Ju­nior nearly scored in the 72nd with a pow­er­ful shot that struck the cross­bar.

So­lari, who had been coach­ing Madrid’s B team, is a for­mer Ar­gentina mid­fielder who played for Madrid in the early 2000s. He helped the team win the 2002 Cham­pi­ons League, be­ing in­volved in the play that led to Zine­dine Zi­dane’s su­perb win­ner in the fi­nal.

“We are work­ing as if So­lari will be our coach for the rest of the sea­son,” Madrid de­fender Fer­nan­dez said. “He knows the club, has ex­pe­ri­ence. We are not the ones mak­ing these de­ci­sions, so let’s see how it goes. But he is a great coach.”

Among the other pos­si­ble can­di­dates to re­place Lopetegui are for­mer Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte and Bel­gium man­ager Roberto Martinez.

BARCELONA SUR­VIVES Ous­mane Dem­bele led Barcelona’s re­serves in a dif­fi­cult match in north­ern Spain, and it was his cross from a set piece that led to Cle­ment Len­glet’s win­ning header a minute into stop­page time.

Cul­tural Leonesa chal­lenged the four-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons through­out the match and had a few good chances to break the dead­lock.

“We made some mis­takes, but what was im­por­tant was to win,” Len­glet said. “It’s was a good away re­sult.”

The hosts had mid­fielder Ser­gio Mar­cos sent off with a sec­ond yel­low card af­ter Barcelona’s goal.

OTHER MATCHES Girona con­ceded in the 88th but equal­ized six min­utes into in­jury time to earn a 2-2 draw at Alaves in a match be­tween top-tier teams.

Val­ladolid, owned by for­mer Brazil striker Ron­aldo, cruised to a 2-1 win at sec­ond-divi­sion club Mal­lorca, while Getafe net­ted late to se­cure a 2-1 vic­tory at Cordoba, an­other sec­ond-tier club.

The re­turn matches in the round of 32 are sched­uled for De­cem­ber.

a series would fea­ture cy­clists tour­ing dif­fer­ent coun­tries for cri­terium races, which will el­e­vate the com­pet­i­tive level of road cy­cling in Asia.

“We are thrilled to be host­ing the first Cri­terium Bike Race in Myan­mar. This event will be an­other note­wor­thy mile­stone for MCF as we look to con­tinue en­hanc­ing the vi­brancy of the lo­cal cy­cling scene. Our goal is to cre­ate a high-level event that will in­tro­duce the cri­terium cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion for­mat, en­gage the com­mu­nity and ul­ti­mately pro­mote cy­cling to more peo­ple. It will also pro­vide up-and-com­ing cy­clists an op­por­tu­nity to gain rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a safe, closed-road course. We in­vite the Man­dalay com­mu­nity to come out on the morn­ing of 11 Novem­ber to ex­pe­ri­ence the event, as our venue will al­low easy view­ing of the races”, U Khin Maung Win was quoted as say­ing in the state­ment.

U Khin Maung Win is the Pres­i­dent of Myan­mar Cy­cling Fed­er­a­tion and Chair­man of Myan Shwe Pyi Group (MSP CAT), the lead­ing sup­porter of cy­cling de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try.

Be­ing a cy­cling en­thu­si­ast Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Chief Min­is­ter of Man­dalay Re­gion has en­dorsed the Cri­terium Bike Race.

He will par­tic­i­pate in a bike ride to in­au­gu­rate the event, to­gether with other of­fi­cials and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions. In ad­di­tion, 5,000 stu­dents will be in at­ten­dance at the event to cheer the par­tic­i­pants. A se­lec­tion of stu­dents will also par­tic­i­pate in a bike ride to share the pos­i­tive mes­sage of “Ride for Peace”, the state­ment fur­ther said.

Up to six each from Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, In­done­sia, In­dia and Myan­mar will par­tic­i­pate in the Men U-23 and Men Ju­nior (U-19) Cat­e­gories.

More than 100 lo­cal cy­clists are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the Open (aged un­der 40) and Masters Cat­e­gories (aged 40 and above).

Prize money will be awarded to the first three win­ners of each race cat­e­gory. – The Myan­mar Times

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