Ebene News – CA – Game Recap: Raptors 110, Bucks 96

Led by Pascal Siakams 27 points, six rebounds and five assists, the Raptors defeated the Bucks, 110-96, sweeping their two-straight streak.More for the Raptors, Norman Powell tallied 29 points in the win, while Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in the lost effort Raptors improve to 14-15 on season, Bucks drop to 16-13

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Mike Emrick has spent decades recounting hockey’s greatest moments live in front of him This is also how “Doc” wants to experience a documentary about his life and career NBC will air “Doc Emrick – The Voice of Hockey Sunday afternoon after a second NHL away game in Lake Tahoe The program will feature over a dozen current and former broadcasters sharing their thoughts on the now retired play-by-play broadcaster Emrick did interviews for the special but asked the network not to tell him anything in advance, so he could enjoy it as a gift. “It’s like a gift,” Emrick said Tuesday from his home in Michigan “They are doing a really good thing for me, and I prefer not to ask a lot of questions about, well, what are you bringing me for Christmas?” NBC Sports has Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Martin Brodeur, TJ Oshie and many more to weigh in on Emrick, who was the voice of sports in the United States before putting the helmet down last fall Crosby says Emrick was a legend when they first met in 2005 and that “it describes exactly how you feel right now as a player” Emrick doesn’t know what he will feel when he and his wife, Joyce, sit down to watch the Sunday Special He Only Knows What He saw on promos and what producer Vinny Costello showed him while interviewing him at the McMorran Place Theater in Port Huron Even this process was very important to Emrick, who watched the NBC Sports team spend an hour building a track to run a camera back and forth. He remembers a retired cruise player Dave Brown did many years ago and his feeling of watching a chef cook pancakes “He said,” Seems like a lot of trouble going for pancakes, “said Emrick” And it hit me. They were doing a lot, and it was very kind of them. I will appreciate anything they do. do because I implicitly trust them “Beyond what should come as a surprise – appearances from longtime broadcast partner Glenn” Chico “Resch and images of Emrick honoring mentor Bob Chase on his 90th birthday birthday – are things he knows Emrick pokes fun at analyst Bill Clement’s impressions and may also redo the biggest call of his career he’d like to get back: missing the puck at the net on Patrick Kane’s 2010 Stanley Cup overtime goal. “Chicago won its first championship since 1961!” Emrick says in his mulligan When asked why he wanted to stay in the dark about his story, Emrick naturally has a comparison of his career Speaking to George Armstrong many years ago in Toronto, Emrick asked the 1967 Cup-winning Maple Leafs captain if he had ever been in the Hockey Hall of Fame and was told no. because he wouldn’t want someone to come in and see him looking at each other “I would rather have other people take care of things like this than stand up and find out what they are doing,” said Emrick “It will be interesting to watch” ___ More AP NHL: https : // apnewscom / hub / NHL and https: // twittercom / AP_Sports Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

ATLANTA – The NBA had done a lot of good things during the pandemic Not this time For no justifiable reason other than to increase its results, the NBA is dubiously considering hosting an All-Star Game designed for television in Atlanta on March 7 Yes, the league is hosting an exhibition game – a totally unnecessary contest – as the country still grapples with a deadly virus The NBA is trying to sell this as some kind of altruistic pursuit, joining the players’ union in committing to donate more than $ 2.5 million to support historically black colleges and universities, and communities affected by COVID-19 “The All-Star Game will honor the vital role HBCUs play in our communities and focus attention and resources on helping COVID-19, especially for the most vulnerable, ”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement filled with such a twist that it left us a little dizzy. to mention that his league – which has 30 franchises with an average value of over $ 2 billion each – could have made this kind of donation from his spare pot The Pandemic All-Star Game is nothing more than a cash grab, the league’s attempt to mitigate its financial losses amid the coronavirus pandemic Led by the biggest star of all, the players have seen through the masquerade as soon as the idea was launched a few weeks ago LeBron James, who has played 16 All-Star Games and will be captain again for this one, called him a “slap” to the players. Reigning league two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has said he would prefer to far from having a few days off “If they tell us we’re going to show up, then we’ve got to do our job,” the Milwaukee Bucks megastar said when the topic was first brought up. “I will introduce myself and set a good example But at the end of the day I don’t want to do it” This is a major misstep from a league that has drawn well-deserved kudos l last summer for implementing a strict bubble inside Walt Disney World, allowing it to end the regular season and playoffs without a single positive test The NBA has also been successful in skillfully handling the social justice protests that rocked America, avoiding a possible boycott of players by listening to their concerns and embracing the cause. But this season has been a struggle Bubble-free, 30 games have already been postponed because COVID-19 protocols Teams play in largely empty arenas because it’s just not safe enough to allow large crowds to play. This year’s stars, which was scheduled to be held in Indianapolis, were initially canceled because the league recognized the insanity of trying to throw its biggest party – a city-wide weekend celebration – in the midst of a highly contagious virus that has caused so much heartache But that all changed as the league recorded its financial losses from the first two months of the season The All-Star Game was a way to mitigate the damage, giving beloved TV partner Turner Sports one of its flagship events – even if it goes without all the usual bells and whistles. No party planned.Only about 1,500 fans – representing local HBCUs and essential workers – will be allowed into the 17,000-seat State Farm Arena for the game, which will also include an advance skills competition and competition. Slam Dunk at half time It will be an All-Star Game exclusively for those who watch at home, an audience Silver estimates to be 130 million worldwide. But the players’ clear disdain for playing the game – not to mention all those empty seats – is no doubt going to suck up much of the joy from the antics we’ve grown to love. The Outrageous Shots The Dizzying Dunks The Good-natured Trash Speech “The ultimate weekend experience isn’t here,” said Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal “It’s mainly for the fans, for entertainment” Despite this, Silver insists that a watered down All-Star Game is better than no All-Star Game “All-Star is in our league, no different matches we play, “he said Thursday evening in an interview on TNT “It starts and ends with the fans It’s an event our fans love to see They love to see the players come together” But, “he added sadly,” nothing comes without controversy during a pandemic “Silver said that ‘he wasn’t too concerned that the league’s top players would contract the virus during their brief stint in Atlanta, as they’ll be confined to a bubble similar to the one that worked so well in Orlando He’s probably right about that one Greater risk is that reckless fans will converge in their thousands on Atlanta to participate in impromptu parties, the kind that locked the city in the last time it hosted the All-Star. Game in 2003 Clearly concerned about the threat of a widespread event, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has done her best to turn away people with a heavy dose of Southern inhospitality. “I shared my concerns about public health and safety with the NBA and the Atlanta Hawks,” she said. “We agree that this is an exclusively TV event and people shouldn’t travel to Atlanta to party.The mayor stressed that there will be “no NBA sanctioned event open to the public” and strongly encouraged local bars and nightclubs “not to organize events in the city related to this game” Considering how so many Americans have posted the COVID-19 guidelines, good luck with this request Meanwhile, NBA is continuing this ridiculous event Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, whose team played his home games in Tampa due to virus travel restrictions in Canada, spoke attentively when asked about the wisdom of playing the All-Star Game “It will obviously be different this year,” said Nurse “I have no doubts that our leaders know what they are doing and are leaving it at that” Money & Co having done a lot of things well This time, however, they have it all fake ___ Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for the Associated Press Write to him at pnewberry (at) aporg or at https: // twittercom / pnewberry196 His work can be found at https: // apnewscom / search / paulnewberry ___ The AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Milwaukee and Stephen Whyno in Washington contributed to this column ___ More AP NBA: https: // apnewscom / NBA and https: // twittercom / AP_Sports Paul Newberry, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – James Harden scored 23 points, Joe Harris added 21 with six 3-pointers and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 109-98 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win, best of the season Kyrie Irving had 16 points and seven rebounds as Brooklyn easily won this NBA title contenders game and improved to 4-0 on a five-game West Coast road trip even without Kevin Durant, who missed their third game in a row with a strained left hamstring Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 15 points and hit five of 18 3 points by the Nets, who retreated comfortably in the second half Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder sat down for Los Angeles, leaving the defending champions without two of their three top scorers LeBron James scored his 35,000th career point while getting 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers Kyle Kuzma added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, who lost only for the second time in 10 games Davis missed his second game in a row after aggravating his strained right calf and Achilles last weekend The Lakers also played without Schröder, a late scratch under NBA health and safety protocols. Their longest winning streak in two years, the Nets have won four straight road games for the first time since December 2008 They have also earned seven straight wins over opponents in the Western Conference for their longest streak since November 2006, and their three straight wins over the Lakers at Staples Center are the longest streak in franchise history. TIP-INS Nets: DeAndre Jordan tallied seven points and eight rebounds as the longtime Clippers’ last return to Staples Center Brooklyn improved to 10-1 against teams above 500 Lakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored nine points for his 28th birthday Wesley Matthews made it to the locker room in the second quarter after a collision with Landry Shamet LEBRON’S STORY James became the third player in NBA history with 35,000 points from a free kick in the last minute of the first half Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38387) and Karl Malone (36928) had crossed the threshold previously, and the two Hall of Famers were older at the time than James, who was also the most youngster in NBA history with 5,000 points, 10,000 points, 20,000 points and 30,000 points James also recorded his 30th consecutive game with at least 15 points, five rebounds and five assists, tying the NBA record shared by him -even in 2018 and Oscar Robertson in 1964 James received his 17th consecutive all-star invitation earlier today and was named captain of the game, with Durant UP NEXT Nets: Visit Clippers Sunday Lakers: Host Heat Saturday ___ More AP NBA: https: // apnewscom / hub / NBA and https: // twittercom / AP_Sports Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif .– Ryan Hartman and Kevin Fiala scored 38 seconds apart in the first period, Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 16 shots and the Minnesota Wild beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Thursday night Marcus Foligno added a power-play goal for the Wild, who broke a two-game losing streak Minnesota was playing its second game since his season was cut short for two weeks due to COVID-19 protocols Sam Steel scored for Anaheim, who has lost three of his last four John Gibson made 24 saves Hartman forced Anaheim’s Jacob Larsson to a roll near the blue line in the Anaheim area, skated in the left circle and buried a shot wrist in front of Gibson at 7:27 for his second of the season Fiala went on to score their fourth goal in the last six games, registering the rebound of a loose puck in front of the net at 8:05 Steel put Anaheim at 2-1, scoring in their second straight game Steel took a pass from Danton Heinen inside the lunge, then sent a backhand past Kahkonen’s glove side and into the upper right corner of the goal eight minutes from the end of the second period Foligno put Minnesota back two goals with 3:45 left in the game on a clock after a cross-centering pass from Zach Parise for his second of the season It was the fourth power-play goal for the Wild, who entered the game with the worst unit in the league at 67% BE HEALTHY Minnesota forwards Nick Bonino and Nico Sturm, as well as defensemen Ian Cole and Jared Spurgeon have played their first games since the removal of COVID-19 protocols Earlier today, Jonas Brodin, Victor Rask, Carson Soucy and Cam Talbot were removed from the COVID-19 roster. Goalkeeper Andrew Hammond was added, becoming the 15th Minnesota player to appear on the SALVO OPENING Four of Hartman’s 11 goals since joining the Wild last season were the first goals of the game TOUGH NIGHT Anaheim didn’t score a shot on goal until 3:36 left in the first period and was had only 16 in the game Les D ucks failed to do so despite a five-to-three advantage for 1:06 in the first UP NEXT Teams meet on Saturday ___ More AP NHL: https: // apnewscom / hub / NHL and https: // twittercom / AP_Sports Joe Reedy, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif .– Jimmy Butler had 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his third straight triple-double, and the Miami Heat beat the Sacramento Kings 118-110 Thursday night Bam Adebayo also had a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds to help Miami claim their first victory at Sacramento in nearly five years Tyler Herro scored 27 points and Kelly Olynyk added 22 points and seven rebounds, a season high Already the only player in franchise history to have tripled in consecutive games after doing so against the Clippers and the Warriors, Butler has made three in a row with season highs in assists and rebounds against the Kings A day after blowing a 15-point lead at halftime and losing to the Warriors in overtime, the Heat built another big lead early on and this time held against the shorthanded and sloppy Kings. Miami led by 23 points in the third before Sacramento made four straight 3s and finished the quarter on a 19-9 run to shoot 89-79 The Heat retired early in the fourth after Herro played a game in 3 points and three points on back-to-back possessions Marvin Bagley III had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento De’Aaron Fox added 11 points and 10 assists The Kings lost five straight games after a four-game winning streak Miami got a big first-half boost from Herro, who had 14 points in the first quarter after making seven of his first nine shots Andre Iguodala added a steal in the backcourt and dunk to put the Heat up to 57- 43 TIP-INS Heat: Miami’s last victory in Sacramento dates back to April 1, 2016… Duncan Robinson landed the first shot in the first, second and fourth quarters Kings: Starters Harrison Barnes (left foot strain) and Richaun H olmes (right knee pain) didn’t play Glenn Robinson III had nine rebounds in the first half, his most in a full game since November 6, 2019 Robinson hasn’t had another rebound UP NEXT Heat : play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Saturday night Kings: visit the bulls on Saturday night Sacramento has won its last three games at the United Center __ More AP NBA: https: // apnewscom / tag / NBA and https: // twittercom / AP_Sports Michael Wagaman , The Associated Press

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Ebene News – CA – Game Recap: Raptors 110, Bucks 96

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