Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Howard leads Hornets past Warriors Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Rockets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.Wizards: Host Chicago on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Though Paul was back, the Rockets were missing center Clint Capela with an orbital fracture for the second straight game.“Mentally we’re fine,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’ve got some tired legs and missing the big guy in the middle to give us a force to the rim. … We’ve got all kinds of excuses, but that doesn’t work. It doesn’t matter. We lost. They won. They’re the better team tonight.”TIP-INSRockets: Houston is 15-2 with Harden and Paul in the lineup. … D’Antoni said he hadn’t looked at the NBA’s report on the final two minutes of his team’s loss at Boston on Thursday night, when Harden was called for two offensive fouls in the final 7.3 seconds. “I don’t care. It’s over,” D’Antoni said. … F Ryan Anderson had a season-high 12 rebounds.Wizards: Tied a team record with 18 3-pointers. The last time they hit that many was Nov. 6, 2013 against Philadelphia. “As long as they’re wide-open, we should shoot them,” coach Scott Brooks said. … Porter matched a career high with seven 3-pointers. … F Mike Scott was away from the team for the birth of his daughter.ADVERTISEMENT HOLDING HARDEN AND PAUL DOWNHarden entered the game averaging 32.5 points but shot only 14 times, making seven.Paul missed eight of his 11 field goal attempts.“They’re human. We all have games like that,” Beal said. “I’m not going to sit here and be naïve to it because those are two really good players. James has had it rolling all year. We’re fortunate that he had an off night.”Brooks coached Harden for three seasons when both were with Oklahoma City.“James is as gifted as any player in this league,” Brooks said. “I thought our guys did a good job of guarding him. Those two guys aren’t easy to guard.”SUB-PAR AGAINST SUB-PARThe Wizards are 9-10 against teams that are under .500 this season. G John Wall said that it’s simple to turn that record around.We have to play the same exact way,” Wall said.UP NEXT NBA scoring leader James Harden matched his season low with 20 points for the Rockets. Chris Paul returned after missing three games with a strained groin and had eight points and six assists in 26 minutes.Houston had completed a 14-game winning streak before the alarming slide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We just haven’t had a rhythm in these last five games, quite frankly,” Harden said. “We had pretty good spurts, but just a consistent, four-quarter game, we haven’t had that. So hopefully we get back home and kind of buckle down a little bit.”A night after blowing a 26-point lead in Boston, the Rockets held their last lead midway through the first quarter en route to their worst defeat of the season. Houston has by far the most 3-pointers in the league this season but was held to 29.2 percent (14 for 48) from deep. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) goes for a dunk past Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 121-103. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — The Houston Rockets won 25 of their first 29 games to notch the NBA’s best record, then quickly entered their worst tailspin in nearly five years.Otto Porter Jr. scored 26 points, Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 21 each, and the Washington Wizards beat the Rockets 121-103 Friday night for Houston’s fifth straight loss. It’s the longest skid for the Rockets since dropping seven straight from Jan. 9-19, 2013.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaTop-seeded Lindsay Davenport will play Australian Casey Dellacqua in the first round in her tough quarter of the women’s draw that also features Venus Williams and 2004 champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, meaning either one could meet Davenport in the quarterfinals. Maria Sharapova, who won Wimbledon in 2004, takes on Germany’s Sandra Kloesel in the first round while defending champion Serena Williams, also in Sharapova’s quarter and Davenport’s half, has a tough opener against China’s Li Na. Martina Hingis, a three-time Australian Open singles champion trying to come back after a three-year retirement, has drawn Vera Zvonareva of Russia, while former champion Mary Pierce plays Nicole Pratt of Australia. Second-seeded Kim Clijsters of Belgium, bothered by a hip injury, will face Cho Yoon-jeong of South Korea. Also in Federer’s quarter of the draw is Tommy Haas of Germany, the former No. 2 who beat Federer in an exhibition tournament this week. Haas opens against the former world junior champion, Richard Gasquet of France. Second-seeded Andy Roddick and fourth-seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina, in the same half of the draw, have both drawn qualifiers for their first-round matches. MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt were placed in the same half of the Australian Open draw today, meaning two of the favorites for the season’s first major could meet in the semifinals. The top-seeded Federer will play a wild card entry, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, in the first round of the tournament beginning Monday. The third-seeded Hewitt, who lost in the second round and quarterfinals of two warmup tournaments, opens against Robin Vik of the Czech Republic.