Wizards hand Rockets 5th straight loss

first_imgBrian 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.center_img 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 commentslast_img read more

Can Chief Karwor Resolve Stalemate on Capitol Hill?

first_imgHouse Speaker J. Alex Tyler along with Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, presiding officer of the ‘renegade’ members, including top officials, are expected to face-up in the Traditional Palaver Hut in the headquarters of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL) on 24th Street Sinkor, this morning.The NTCL, under the leadership of Chief Zanzan Karwor, which statutorily promotes unity, good governance, peace, reconciliation and traditional healing, is expected to host members of the divided Lower House in an attempt to break the stalemate on Capitol Hill.Chief Karwor announced the convening of the meeting on Tuesday, August 16, after the Council met the two parties, during which a kola nut of peace and reconciliation was extended.Traditional CouncilLegislation has transformed the composition of the traditional council to provide to it elements of democracy, opened up an opportunity for such councils to achieve cooperative governance and have a strong voice in development matters, including entering into partnership and service-delivery agreements with the government.Many believe that while the country awaits the ruling of the Supreme Court this would be the final bid to break the deadlock in the Lower House.At the end of today’s meeting, many Liberians are hoping that either Speaker Tyler would recuse himself or the renegade lawmakers would be convinced to go in Chambers to use procedural voting to get Tyler to recuse himself.Either of the two means that a parallel session will definitely cease and work on the Expenditure Component of the 2016/2017 Fiscal Budget will resume as well as other normal business at the Legislature.Power of the LegislatureThe beginning of the parallel sessions in the Lower House on Thursday August 11 created a stalemate in the Legislature. According to Article 29 of the Constitution, ‘the Legislative power of the Republic shall be vested in the Legislature which shall consist of two separate Houses.’Parallel SessionsThe emergence of parallel sessions on August 11 saw one group led by Speaker Alex J. Tyler, with the Chief Clerk and the Sergeant-At-Arms in attendance, and the anti-Tyler bloc conducting its own session at the William R. Tolbert Joint Chambers.Physically, there have been an increasing number of lawmakers present at the Joint Chambers, while the Tyler side has seen a considerable defection of allies.Tyler is reported to have said that he will not recuse himself or resign as Speaker of the House of Representatives once the call for his recusal or removal is based on what he described as an inducement from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.At a news conference last Thursday evening after another occurrence of parallel sessions by members of the House of Representatives, the Speaker maintained that there is no law in the Liberian Constitution or standing rules of the House of Representatives that calls for recusal.“It is dangerous for our country. Those who claim to be standing on moral grounds are doing the same things they are accusing others of doing. Nobody is going to frighten anyone. We are trying to avoid conflict. All of you know what is obtaining. I know you have to do your job, but that needs to stop,” Speaker Tyler contended.Government BreakdownThe Daily Observer has observed that the Executive has resolved not to recognize either side owing to letters from the anti-Tyler bloc to the Executive as well as the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Central Bank of Liberia placing a freeze on ‘certain line-items’ on the bank account of the House of Representatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more