NBA: LeBron outguns Zion as Lakers clip Pelicans

first_imgLeBron James outgunned Zion Williamson as the Los Angeles Lakers returned to action just 24 hours after the searing emotion of Kobe Bryant’s memorial service.Advertisement James, who earlier Tuesday said he was “emotionally a wreck” following Bryant’s death last month in a helicopter crash, scored a season-high 40 points in a 118-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans at the Staples Center.On Monday, the venue had hosted a star-studded memorial to Bryant as the Lakers and Los Angeles bade a wrenching farewell to one of the city’s most beloved sporting figures.However, James and the Lakers swiftly got back into the winning groove on Tuesday in a free-flowing contest against a Pelicans side led by number-one draft pick Williamson.The hulking 19-year-old New Orleans star once again served notice of his talents with a 29-point display as the Pelicans pushed the Lakers all the way.James admitted afterwards he had been impressed by Williamson’s performance after a Lakers win which extended their lead at the top of the Western Conference.“Every game is going to be an opportunity for him to get better and a learning experience for him,” James said of Williamson.“But the kid is special man. They got a good one in him,” added James, who also had eight rebounds, six assists and seven turnovers in his 34 minutes on court.Anthony Davis added 21 points for the Lakers with Danny Green (17 points) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (15) also reaching double figures.Former Lakers power forward Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans scoring with 34 points.The Denver Nuggets are five games behind the Lakers in second place in the Western standings after cruising past the Detroit Pistons 115-98 on Tuesday.– 50th win for Bucks –Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points as the Milwaukee Bucks bagged their 50th win of the season with a 108-97 defeat of the Toronto Raptors. Promoted Content9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThis Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest Women7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s DaughterThe 10 Best Female Drivers In Racing HistoryBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Read Also: NBA: Giannis on target as Bucks down Raptors for 50th winThe Raptors meanwhile fell to 42-16 but remain firmly on track for a postseason spot.Cameroonian international Pascal Siakam led the scoring for Toronto with 22 points while Fred VanVleet had 14 points.The Boston Celtics remain in third place in the Eastern Conference after a 118-106 defeat of the Portland Trail Blazers. Jayson Tatum scored 36 points for the Celtics in the win.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks against the Los Angeles LakersIn a potential preview of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bucks laid down a marker with a dominant second-half display to claim victory at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.Victory was sweet for the Bucks, who lost to the Raptors in last season’s Eastern Conference finals at the same venue despite being the top seeds heading into the playoffs.Antetokounmpo later admitted last season’s game-six defeat at the venue had preoccupied him.“You always remember the last time you play here, the problems you had,” Antetokounmpo said. “It was definitely on my mind.”The Raptors had led 52-50 at halftime, but Milwaukee took a grip on the contest with a superb third-quarter performance to open up a double-digit lead.The Bucks outscored the hosts 34-19 in the third, and although the Raptors closed to within seven points with two minutes remaining, a superb three-pointer from Antetokounmpo to make it 104-94 helped the visitors close out the win.“We just come out and try to do our job,” Antetokounmpo said. “We have a winning culture. It doesn’t matter if you are hurt, or tired – the next guy up is ready to go.“Everybody wants to play, everybody wants to win, and that’s why we win games.”Reigning NBA MVP Antetokounmpo finished with 19 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists with four turnovers.Khris Middleton led the scoring for the Bucks with 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists.Eric Bledsoe (17 points) and Brook Lopez (15) also cracked double figures for Milwaukee.The Bucks are already assured of their playoff berth after building the best record in the NBA at 50-8 to lead the Eastern Conference ahead of second-placed Toronto. Loading… last_img read more

GOtv to Air 176th El Clasico Tomorrow

first_imgG Otv subscribers will on Sunday have the opportunity of watching the world’s biggest club football rivalry when La Liga champions, Barcelona, host their rivals Real Madrid, in the famed El Clasico at the Camp Nou.The game, which is the 176th meeting between both teams, will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select 4 at 7.30pm to GOtv MAX subscribers. The game will also see arguably two of football’s biggest talents, Barca’s Lionel Messi and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, going head to head.  Barcelona legend and captain, Andres Iniesta, will also be aiming to bow out on a high in what would be his last El Clasico game, after announcing that he will quit the club at the end of the season.Following an 0-3 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu in the last El Clasico, Real Madrid would be gunning for revenge, having also recently qualified for the UEFA Champions League final by seeing off the threat from German giants, Bayern Munich.Barcelona, on the other hand, will be seeking more relief for their quarter-final exit in the UEFA Champions League by beating their rivals to complete an El Clasico double.Speaking on the game’s coverage, MartinMabutho, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “MultiChoice Nigeria is thrilled to bring football’s greatest club rivalry to Nigerians. The rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid goes back decades, with both clubs boasting some of the most passionate fans around the world. Nigeria is no different, as the country has one of the biggest representations of both clubs. The game is widely regarded as one of the biggest in league football globally, and our GOtv viewers can tune in to GOtv Max this weekend to catch all of the action.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Southland lawmakers react to speech along party lines

first_imgSouthland Democrats pilloried President George W. Bush’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, saying it was littered with already broken promises on health care, energy and education, while area Republicans praised the address as a show of strong leadership at home and abroad. Following are reactions to Bush’s speech from Southern California members of Congress. Republicans: Rep. DAVID DREIER, R-Glendora: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “President Bush laid out a strong vision tonight for a more prosperous, more productive America.” Dreier praised Bush’s domestic agenda and credited the president with staying “resolute” on Iraq and the war on terrorism. “We need to stay focused. We need to see this through,” Dreier said, referring to the war in Iraq. Rep. ELTON GALLEGLY, R-Thousand Oaks, said Bush’s speech had a “human touch.” “It was clear to me he was making every effort to say, I want to work in a bipartisan way.” On Bush’s call to develop alternative energy sources, he noted: “We didn’t even hear those things during the Clinton administration.” Gallegly said he thinks Bush balanced the proposed new spending initiatives with calls to eliminate some 140 programs. New programs for energy and education might cost money, Gallegly said, “but it’s also the future of your country.” Democrats reacted with deep skepticism. Many said they share Bush’s vision of improving health care, alleviating poverty, addressing the continued scourge of AIDS and seeking alternative sources of energy – but said they don’t believe the administration will put up the money to cover its promises. Rep. BRAD SHERMAN, D-Sherman Oaks, described Bush’s speech as full of style but lacking in substance. And he noted that in calling for a reduced dependence on foreign oil, Bush did not encourage energy or fuel conservation, nor urge higher mileage standards. “This is a speech that would sound good listening to the radio in a Hummer,” Sherman said. He also noted that Exxon’s staggering $36 billion profit this quarter so far outweighs the $10 billion Bush boasted America has spent over the past five years on energy research that “that says to me the president is not seriously committed to alternative energy.” Sherman said the high point of the speech for him was when Bush noted that Congress failed to privatize Social Security and “one bald member of Congress” – namely, Sherman – stood up to clap. Democrats, most of whom strongly oppose privatization, followed suit. “I created the standing ovation for the president’s failure to change Social Security,” Sherman said. Rep. HENRY WAXMAN, D-Los Angeles, also panned Bush’s health savings account plan as combining “the worst elements of the president’s failed Social Security privatization plan and his Medicare prescription drug fiasco.” Waxman argued that the accounts would increase health care costs for consumers and force others to ration care, “embroiling them in a confusing morass of accounts and bills when they should be focused on their health.” Reps. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, did not respond to requests for comment. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more