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Gilas 2023 halts FilOil losing streak with late-rally win over UE Warriors

May 22, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Tired of losing to late scoring runs for the last 3 games, Gilas launches one of their own and clamps down on defense while they were at it

SMOOTH FINISH. Juan Gomez de Liano scores a go-ahead bucket on the back of a 13-0 run. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

WATCH: LeBron James surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in playoff field goals made

May 22, 2018 - 3:23 PM

James has long surpassed the Skyhook master and his fellow Hall of Famer Michael Jordan in points

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT. LeBron James breaks barriers again as he has overtaken Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA playoff field goals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kevin Love unleashes quarterback skills in Cavs' Game 4 win

May 22, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers forward shows off his talents in front of 2018 NFL no. 1 pick Baker Mayfield

LOVE FOR NFL? Kevin Love tallies 9 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists which includes the famed full-court pass. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics to tie East Finals series

May 22, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The Boston Celtics fail to redeem themselves from their previous 30-point beatdown

THE KING. LeBron James carries the Cleveland Cavaliers with 44 points in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

After recruiting Ricci Rivero to UP, Juan GDL is pumped for Maroons’ future

May 21, 2018 - 3:36 PM

'I feel really excited that Ricci joined our program. He could spread the floor. He can play multiple positions. I enjoy playing with him a lot,' says teammate and friend Juan Gomez de Liaño

BACKCOURT DUO. From Gilas, Juan Gomez de Liaño and Ricci Rivero team up for the UP Fighting Maroons. Gomez de Liaño photo from his Facebook Page and Rivero photo from his Twitter account

Resurgent Warriors can't rest on record – Kerr

May 21, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Golden State surpasses the mark of straight home playoff wins set by the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s

NOT YET FINISHED. Steve Kerr is not in a celebratory mood despite his Golden State Warriors making history. File photo from Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Steph Curry goes perfect in 18-point 3rd quarter of Warriors' 41-point win

May 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

The two-time MVP scores more in a quarter than what he produced in the entirety of Golden State's Game 2 loss to Houston

OUTBURST. Steph Curry goes off for 35 points, the most points he has scored so far in this year's playoffs for the Golden State Warriors. File photo from Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Hard-luck Blackwater the latest to change import, taps Henry Walker

May 21, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Walker's agent and representative in the Philippines, Sheryl Reyes, announces his return on Twitter

TURN IT AROUND. Henry Walker's first order of business in his return is to help end Blackwater's 6-game dry spell. File photo from PBA Images

Ginebra brings back Justin Brownlee as import in Commissioner's Cup

May 21, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Brownlee seeks to provide the same winning tradition he has developed with the squad after steering the Gin Kings to back-to-back Governors' Cup titles

Curry catches fire as Warriors bury Rockets by 41 for 2-1 lead in West finals

May 21, 2018 - 10:35 AM

The two-time MVP gets the better of Chris Paul this time as he erupts for 35 points

HOT HANDS. Stephen Curry waxes hot for 18 points in the 3rd quarter alone as the Golden State Warriors give the Houston Rockets their worst postseason beating. Photo from Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America/AFP

Cone confident struggling Ginebra will turn conference around: 'We will rise'

May 20, 2018 - 11:55 PM

The Gin Kings absorb their 3rd loss in 4 games in the PBA Commissioner's Cup

BACK ON THE LOSING TRACK. Barangay Ginebra returned to its losing ways following a double overtime loss to the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo from PBA Images

Phoenix adds to Ginebra's woes with double OT win

May 20, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Eugene Phelps slots in for import James White and delivers 25 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists in the win

COMEBACK. Eugene Phelps returns to the PBA and steers the Phoenix Fuel Masters to victory. Photo by PBA Images

Araña shares playful act with ex-teammate Belga in temper-filled game

May 20, 2018 - 10:02 PM

The Batang Pier guard provides one of the few light moments in a game that sees two players ejected and 4 slapped with technical fouls

BROTHERLY BOND. Ryan Araña makes it a point to show former teammate Beau Belga some love. Photo from PBA Images

Tiu suffers busted lip from GlobalPort import: 'Parang na-Pacquiao ako'

May 20, 2018 - 9:06 PM

The veteran guard refuses to leave the game and delivers down the stretch to lift Rain or Shine past the Batang Pier

NO BACKING DOWN. Chris Tiu leads Rain or Shine to victory despite being left bloodied following a hit from GlobalPort import Malcolm White. Photos from PBA Images

Young Filipino ballers impress Sacramento Kings center, WNBA legend

May 20, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein and Sheryl Swoopes take charge in coaching and selecting the members of the 2018 Jr NBA Philippines All-Star squad

SHANGHAI-BOUND. The selected All-Star team are rewarded with a trip to Shanghai for the NBA China Games 2018. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Rain or Shine fends off GlobalPort in scuffle-marred game

May 20, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The Elasto Painters bag their 5th win in 6 games to gain the top spot in the PBA Commissioner's Cup

NUMBER ONE. Reggie Johnson and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters return to the winning column to claim the top spot in the Commissioner's Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Ruthless Cavs whip Celtics by 30, trim East finals deficit to 2-1

May 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Cavaliers take full control from the get-go to avoid a 0-3 death knell in the NBA Eastern Conference finals

TEAM EFFORT. LeBron James gets some help this time as the Cleveland Cavaliers deck the Boston Celtics in Game 3. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

NBA legend Bill Russell out of hospital after health scare

May 20, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The 5-time NBA Most Valuable Player dismisses talk of heart trouble, says he got treated for dehydration

CHAMPION. The 84-year-old Bill Russel, who boasts a storied career with the Boston Celtics, is also known as a civil rights activist. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

From Uber driver to NBA pioneer: Shaka Browne dazzles as 2K League star

May 19, 2018 - 9:53 PM

'I wasn't born to be 6'8 but everyone has an opportunity to be in the NBA 2K League,' says Browne, the Jazz Gaming point guard

DREAM COME TRUE. Shaka Brown, also known as Yeah I Compete, plays for Utah Jazz's NBA 2K League affiliate, Jazz Gaming. Photo from Alex Lowry/Utah Jazz

Manuel game-winner tows Alaska past San Miguel in Balkman's PBA return

May 19, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Aces notch their 4th straight win while the Beermen remain winless in 3 games

Cavs try to ease LeBron James' load and stop Celtics

May 19, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Cleveland guard JR Smith says the team has been forcing the 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player to play ‘hero ball’

NOT ENOUGH. LeBron James unleashes a 42-point triple-double in Game 2, but the Cavaliers still can’t pull off a win against the Celtics. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Macklin open to PBA return: 'This place always has a special place in my heart'

May 19, 2018 - 12:25 AM

After playing his last game with Magnolia, the import heads to China's National Basketball League where he secured a guaranteed contract

BROTHERS. Vernon Macklin says its tough to leave the Magnolia Hotshots after building a bond with his teammates despite playing just 4 games. File photo by PBA Images

Aldin Ayo welcomes Ricci Rivero move, says UP transfer good for the league

May 18, 2018 - 11:03 PM

The 6-foot-1 high-flying guard's former La Salle coach says the decision hardly surprised him

BEST WISHES. Coach Aldin Ayo wishes his former ward the best of luck. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Macklin leaves lasting mark with clutch FTs as Magnolia edges Meralco

May 18, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The Hotshots notch their 3rd straight win thanks to the 31-year-old import's go-ahead free throws

FAREWELL. Vernon Macklin did not disappoint in his last game for the Magnolia Hotshots with a double-double effort in the win over the Meralco Bolts. Photo by PBA Images

TNT shouldn't solely rely on import, Jayson Castro says

May 18, 2018 - 9:40 PM

New import Joshua Smith may be joining the KaTropa soon, but Castro says their success should start with the locals

WINNING CULTURE. Jayson Castro and the TNT KaTropa bag their 4th win in 5 games in the Commissioner's Cup even without an import. Photo by PBA Images

Adamson Falcons tear through hapless UST Tigers by 23 in FilOil Cup

May 18, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Point guard Jerom Lastimosa fuels the Falcons' scoring outburst in the second half

Import-less TNT strolls to 19-point romp, keeps Blackwater winless

May 18, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The KaTropa parades an all-Filipino lineup after parting ways with import Jeremy Tyler

FLEXING. Terrence Romeo and the TNT KaTropa bounce back from their previous loss with a dominant win over the Blackwater Elite. Photo by PBA Images

'Supportive UP community' seals deal for Ricci Rivero

May 18, 2018 - 6:14 PM

UP coach Bo Perasol says the former La Salle standout has the 'skill, work ethic, and character' the Maroons need

Ricci Rivero joins the UP Fighting Maroons

May 18, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The former La Salle standout averaged 14.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals in his final season with the Green Archers

THE DECISION. Leaving all controversies behind, Ricci Rivero makes the jump from La Salle to University of the Philippines. File photo

Antetokounmpo gives thumbs up to new Bucks coach Budenholzer

May 18, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer takes over a Milwaukee squad coming off a first-round stint in the NBA playoffs

APPROVAL. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo says he's excited to play for new coach Mike Budenholzer. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

'No panic' after Warriors' big loss to Rockets, says Curry

May 18, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Golden State coach Steve Kerr says Steph Curry and the defending champions will certainly find their groove again

NO WORRIES. Steph Curry thinks the Warriors remain in 'pretty good shape' even after the Rockets’ 22-point thrashing. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Local or Fil-Am? MPBL to check Ray Parks' documents

May 17, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The planned jump of ABL Most Valuable Player to the MPBL remains uncertain as the fledgling league strictly enforces new rule on Filipino-foreigners

HOMEGROWN. Ray Parks says it's the first time he's considered an American in his  home country. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Will perennial runner-up James Harden finally bag the NBA MVP?

May 17, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The Rockets star may be tipped to succeed Thunder's Russell Westbrook, but LeBron James and Anthony Davis stand in the way

BIG THREE. Houston star James Harden cooks up another incredible season, but Cleveland's LeBron James and New Orlean’s Anthony Davis pose to challenge his MVP bid. Photos by AFP

Rockets roll past Warriors, level West finals to 1-1

May 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) Houston overcomes another big performance from Golden State star Kevin Durant

BIG-TIME PERFORMERS. Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors drives against James Harden of the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

No Smith suspension as Celtics' Smart hits out at Cavs 'bully'

May 17, 2018 - 10:39 AM

JR Smith escapes punishment for Al Horford shove, but Celtics' Marcus Smart minces no words on the notorious Cleveland guard

NLEX lineup shakeup likely after 1-4 start, says Yeng Guiao

May 17, 2018 - 9:55 AM

The Road Warriors tactician says the fate of import Arnett Moultrie – and maybe even some locals – will be decided in the next few days

SLIDE. Following an outstanding performance in NLEX's lone win of the conference, Arnett Moultrie's numbers dip in a blowout loss to the GlobalPort Batang Pier. Photo by PBA Images

TNT parts ways with import Jeremy Tyler

May 17, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The KaTropa follow suit after the San Miguel Beermen replaced Troy Gillenwater with former import Renaldo Balkman

FAREWELL. TNT's Jeremy Tyler is the 5th import in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup that will be replaced. File photo by PBA Images

GlobalPort back to cruising, hands NLEX 4th loss

May 16, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Smarting from a sorry setback, the Batang Pier rebound with all starters finishing in double figures

ON BOTH ENDS. Stanley Pringle wreaks havoc for the Batang Pier with 19 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Photo by PBA Images

For family, Vernon Macklin leaves Magnolia to play in Chinese league

May 16, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The former NBA player will play his last game for the Hotshots before heading to China for the National Basketball League

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE. Vernon Macklin (right) is averaging 21.0 points and 12.6 rebounds in his 3 games with the Magnolia Hotshots. File photo by PBA Images

Magnolia bumps Columbian off winning track with 25-point romp

May 16, 2018 - 6:44 PM

The Hotshots bank on a balanced attack with 6 players breaching double figures to bag their second straight win

HOT HANDS. Paul Lee finishes with 17 points and 8 assists for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo by PBA Images

No abandoning ship: Disappointed Gilas Cadets stay focused on buildup

May 16, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Despite absorbing 5 losses in 6 outings, the young national pool vies to stay focused on their preparation for the 2023 FIBA World Cup

TEAM SPIRIT. The Gilas Cadets may be far from their ideal form, but a team official says it’s an exercise to build brotherhood. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Celtics 'gooning the game up,' says Cavs coach

May 16, 2018 - 1:52 PM

As Cleveland tries to climb out of a 0-2 hole, Tyronn Lue wants his Cavs to match the Celtics' physical game

TOO PHYSICAL. Boston's Marcus Smart and Cleveland's JR Smith get into an altercation in the second half of Game 2. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors need to be a ‘little greedy,’ says Steph Curry

May 16, 2018 - 1:08 PM

Golden State targets another big road win after seizing home-court edge from the Rockets in Game 1

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 14: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets in the second half in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Who wore his lucky undies in the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery?

May 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Check out the order and reactions during the lottery in Chicago

LUCKY CHARM. Phoenix rookie Josh Jackson, who represented the Suns in the NBA Draft Lottery, brings good fortune to the squad. Photo by

Celtics survive LeBron James' attack to take 2-0 series lead

May 16, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Boston completes Game 2 comeback despite LeBron James' huge 42-point outburst

LeBron James drops his usual numbers but still can't tow the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Boston Celtics. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets coach wants 'mentally sharper' team for Game 2

May 16, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Houston's Mike D'Antoni says his team's lapses combined with Kevin Durant's 37 points for Golden State did them in

UPHILL BATTLE. Another loss would leave Houston with a mountain to climb, says Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.  Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

NU Bulldogs unleash late rally in FilOil, eliminate Gilas from contention

May 15, 2018 - 9:27 PM

With its 5th loss of the season, the national team will not make it to the FilOil playoffs

PLAYER OF THE GAME. NU rookie John Lloyd Clemente's 23-point outing pushed the Sampaloc-based team to silence the Gilas Cadets. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jimmy Alapag credits Norman Black, NBA’s Stevens, Popovich for champion coaching mentality

May 15, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The ABL champion coach worked to prove everyone wrong as he led an initially last-placed team to a title

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. Jimmy Alapag's advice to aspiring coaches is to be prepared to watch countless videos until the wee hours in the morning.

Kings’ Cauley-Stein wishes for a Rockets-Celtics finals

May 15, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The Sacramento Kings center wants to see a 'change of culture' in the 2018 NBA finals

RISING STAR. Willie Cauley-Stein and WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes will be in charge of selecting the 2018 Jr NBA Philippines All-Star team. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

SMB's Gillenwater soaks in P20k fine for 'physically contacting' a referee

May 15, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The import was thrown out of the game in the second quarter of the Beermen's game against Rain or Shine

FAREWELL. Troy Gillenwater surrenders San Miguel Beermen import role to Renaldo Balkman. Photo by PBA Images