Booker scores 32, Suns rally late to beat Nets 122-114

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Nets added another spurt to lead in the fourth quarter, but behind 32 points from Booker and a stellar final period by T.J. Warren, the Suns rallied to beat Brooklyn 122-114 on Tuesday night.“We called a timeout and we came together,” Booker said. “Our problem last year, when teams used to go on a run, it used to be a domino effect. We used to get down on each other, start arguing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMike James had 24 points, and Warren scored 14 of his 20 points during the fourth for the Suns, who were up 83-65 with 5:58 to go in the third quarter after Booker pulled up with a 19-foot jumper.Then Brooklyn rallied, and Phoenix seemed headed for a disappointing defeat after Ronda Hollis-Jefferson’s basket gave Brooklyn an eight-point lead with 6:35 left in the fourth. 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At the end of the day, I put the blame on us.”Warren and James combined on a 7-0 run that closed the lead to 106-101 with 6:15, forcing the Nets to call a timeout.“I thought Warren really hurt us,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “He had some big offensive rebounds at the end and we couldn’t keep off him. I think Devin Booker attracts a lot of attention.”After a miss by the Nets, Warren tipped in Booker’s failed layup to initiate a 9-0 run capped by Dragan Bender’s 3-pointer that gave the Suns a 116-108 lead with 2:03 left in the game.MEMORIAL MOMENTA moment of silence was held prior to the national anthem at Barclays Center after a man in a rented pickuptruck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11.LATE ARRIVALThe Suns’ bus to the arena was delayed by the terror incident, which happened two blocks away from their hotel.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix played for the fourth straight year on Halloween, improving to 8-9 on the holiday. … Tyson Chandler grabbed 13 rebounds.Nets: Brooklyn has lost five straight games played on Halloween, dropping to 6-8, including 5-5 at home. … Reserve forward Quincy Acy (left groin strain) missed his second straight game. … Brooklyn committed a season-low seven points and edged the Suns 22-13 in fastbreak points.UP NEXTSuns: Visit Washington on Wednesday night.Nets: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night for the start of a five-game road trip. Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) defends Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) who loses control of the ball while shooting for two points in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. The Suns defeated the Nets 122-114. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — When Brooklyn ran off 17 straight points to erase an 18-point deficit in the third quarter, Phoenix guard Devin Booker thought back to last season, when his teammates often bickered among themselves when they faced huge deficits.This time, the Suns remained steady.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Before that, Suns interim coach Jay Triano had gambled on Warren, who started the fourth with five fouls,as Brooklyn’s defense clogged Booker, who only managed two points in the last 12 minutes of the game.“We had to risk putting him back in the game just to get our offense going,” Triano said. “When they lean all over Devin Booker, it opens up space for T.J., and he got us going in the fourth quarter when we needed baskets.”The Suns, who lost a tough one at Portland on Saturday, quickly answered with a 24-8 run for their first win on their five-game road trip.Phoenix outrebounded Brooklyn 66-44, with Alex Len coming off the bench to lead the way with 15.D’Angelo Russell scored 33 points and Hollis-Jefferson had 21 for the Nets, who’ve lost three straight after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers last Wednesday at home.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Southgate ready to protect troubled Sterling

first_imgSterling had been forced to apologise to his England team-mates after turning up to their training camp a day late following a flight mix-up on his way back from a holiday.Adding to Sterling’s woes, the 23-year-old endured criticism for unveiling a new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his calf that he said was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead when the City star was a child.Southgate had considered dropping Sterling for the Nigeria clash, but after what the England manager perceived as unfair criticism of the tattoo, he decided it was right to stand by his man.Sterling partially repaid Southgate’s faith with a lively first-half display which included setting up Harry Kane for England’s second goal.But that was overshadowed when he was booked for an embarrassing dive in a failed attempt to win a second-half penalty.Southgate said he hadn’t clear seen the incident so he didn’t want to publicly reprimand Sterling.“I’ve not had a chance to see that back again, it looked a very tight call from where I was sitting. He was travelling at such speed,” he said.Asked whether he was relieved to see Sterling give a committed performance following his difficult week, Southgate said: “It wasn’t about getting a response, I knew with the form he was in he would play well.“I had a decision about whether to play him when he turned up late, but once he started coming under fire from all directions it wasn’t a difficult decision.“The most important job for me is to protect the players. The lateness was 10 days ago, how long do you go on with something?“The situation was one we didn’t want to happen and one we don’t want to see again.“But I think that was the best way to deal with it. You have to balance the message to the group.”A contrite Sterling insisted he had no complaints about Southgate’s handling of the incidents.“He is honest. I completely understand where he’s coming from. I have to go out there and show him what I’m capable of,” Sterling said.“People will see stuff in the wrong way. It’s a distraction you don’t need, but it’s one of those I’ve learned to deal with now.”– ‘Real competition’ –England have only one more friendly against Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday before they jet off to Russia and Southgate hinted the team that started so well against Nigeria — with Kane’s goal proceeded by a Gary Cahill header — could be the one that opens the World Cup.Southgate’s men face Tunisia in their first group match on June 18.“We were pretty clear for a fair while, but there is real competition for places in certain areas of the pitch. Everyone has to maintain their level,” he said.“My experience of these tournaments is these things will evolve as the matches progress.“It won’t necessarily be that the team that played today will play Tunisia but it won’t be far away.”Southgate was especially encouraged by the solid showings from Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Sterling.“We were really good with the ball. Dele and Jesse made some fantastic runs. That was as good a half as we have had,” Southgate said.“Second half, it took us seven or eight minutes to come to terms with their change of formation.“It was a really good test for us. It could have gone against us, but we got our composure back.“We have to learn from it, because in a tournament that spell could be enough to put you out.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England boss Gareth Southgate will protect troubled star Raheem Sterling © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 2 – Gareth Southgate claims Raheem Sterling justified his decision to protect the troubled England star despite his booking for diving against Nigeria.Southgate kept faith with Sterling after a troubled week for the Manchester City winger and he responded with a mixed performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win in the World Cup warm-up at Wembley.last_img read more

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