Butler’s 3-pointer caps 76ers’ rally to beat Nets

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “Man, to tell you the truth it could have been anybody,” the Sixers’ recent addition said.“They do have a lot of confidence in me but I got so much more confidence in those guys. They really got us back in game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissButler’s shot from the right wing, similar to the one that beat Charlotte in overtime on Nov. 17, capped Philadelphia’s rally from 20 points down in a game the Nets led nearly all the way.Butler finished with 34 points and 12 rebounds, and Joel Embiid had 32 points and 12 boards for the 76ers, who have won five of their last six games. Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler (23) hits a game-winning three-point shot over Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in New York. The 76ers won 127-125. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK — Jimmy Butler’s new teammates saw him drift to one of his favorite spots on the court and already knew what to expect.Butler made a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining to give the Philadelphia 76ers a 127-125 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Vucevic, Magic hand Lakers another loss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next D’Angelo Russell had 38 points, his highest total with the Nets, and added eight assists and eight rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 31 points off the bench for Brooklyn, which is just 3-6 at home.“It’s tough, we played 45 minutes of that game and lost it to that one shot, but we gave ourselves a chance,” Russell said.The 76ers, who are a league-best 10-1 at home, improved to just 4-7 away from the Wells Fargo Center.Butler, whose first game-winner with the Sixers ruined Kemba Walker’s 60-point performance in Charlotte, led Philadelphia’s fourth-quarter charge after it looked sluggish throughout the first three quarters.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown was equally impressed with Butler’s effort when he recovered a loose ball after JJ Reddick had missed a potential go-ahead basket.Brown recalled how Butler made a similar play against the Hornets when he blocked a shot and saved the ball from going out of bounds to set up his game-winner.“The TVs are going to replay his shot,” Brown said. “I hope they go a few seconds earlier and see him dive on the floor and secure a jump ball.”Brooklyn led 118-105 after Dinwiddie’s basket with 4:57 left in the fourth quarter.Philadelphia then went on a 16-2 run and went ahead 121-120 on Redick’s 3-pointer with 1:03 remaining, its first lead since Embiid scored the game’s first two points.Joe Harris answered with a 3 of his own to put the Nets back ahead but Embiid came back on the other end, converting a three-point play after Harris fouled him to give Philadelphia a 124-123 lead. A game-time decision after spraining his ankle against Cleveland on Friday night, Butler looked fine after he spent Saturday at Villanova’s home gym.He hoisted up shots from about 20 different spots, including the same area from where he would go on to make the 76ers a winner.Embiid has grown accustomed to Butler’s flair for the dramatic, but knew his new teammate had to rush it a little after Philadelphia inbounded the ball with just 10.2 seconds remaining.“He kept taking his time and I am like, ’Are you going to freaking shoot the ball?” Embiid said. “You know, big-time play. He got to his spot and he made a big-time shot.”The Nets shot 57 percent from the field and hit 46 percent beyond the 3-point line to head into the half with a 68-54 lead before the 76ers rallied.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Dinwiddie briefly put Brooklyn back on top with a jumper over Redick, setting the stage for Butler’s big shot.The Nets have lost three straight.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid has 18 20-point games this season, second to Kevin Durant’s 19. . Philadelphia is 14-8 on the season but 5-2 since acquiring Butler on Nov. 12. . It was Butler’s first game in which he tallied at least 20 points and 10 rebounds since Nov. 19, 2017.Nets: Brooklyn’s 14-point lead at the half was its largest of the season. . Russell and Dinwiddie are the first Nets teammates to each score at least 30 points in a game since Brook Lopez and Deron Williams on April 3, 2015. . Brooklyn’s bench outscored its counterparts 48-23.FULTZ FORCEBrown said he expects Markelle Fultz to proceed with a doctor’s appointment Monday to have his right shoulder examined. Fultz has missed his last three games and has not played or practiced since Tuesday when his agent announced that the top pick in the 2017 NBA draft would be seeing a specialist in New York. The 20-year-old is averaging 8.2 points in 19 games this season.UP NEXT76ers: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday.Nets: Host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. 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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   “He’s explosive,” Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby said of Williams. “He’s very decisive in the way he wants to go with the ball. He’s a downhill runner. His ability to one cut and go fits in well with that offensive scheme.”It fits in well, largely because Mike Shula’s unit isn’t solely dependent on Williams’ production. In addition to the former Pro Bowler, the Panthers have a ground-and-pound bruiser in fullback Mike Tolbert (19 rushes for 53 yards and a touchdown), a veteran wide receiver, Steve Smith, who keeps corners and safeties honest (14 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown) and a 6-foot-5 quarterback, Cam Newton, who is as strong as he is fast (16 rushes for 98 yards and a touchdown, including a season-high seven carries for 45 yards in Week 3).“The biggest thing for them is their quarterback,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. “When you have a quarterback that’s big and strong, it’s like trying to bring down a tight end. When he fakes he makes everyone cautious. You can’t play good run defense cautious. That’s the thing a running quarterback like Cam Newton makes you do.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Although the Cardinals haven’t gone up against a three-pronged rushing attack like they’ll face Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, their ability to stop the run has been a strong point through the first four weeks of the season.Arizona is currently second in the league in rushing defense, allowing 75 yards per game, and has yet to allow a 100-yard performance to any one person in 2013.“We’re just challenging each other,” said Dansby. “We’re challenging each other here in the locker room to be solid and stout against the run, to be accountable, to stand up, do your job and do it well. If we continue to hold each other accountable, we can put performances like [the previous four games] together.”center_img TEMPE, Ariz. — The Carolina Panthers come to town Sunday afternoon with a rather one-dimensional offensive attack. It just so happens, though, that their one dimension — the run game — has been dominant so far this season.Through the first four weeks of 2013, the Panthers have the third-highest rushing average (151.0 yards/game) in the NFL, and running back DeAngelo Williams trails only LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson in the same individual category (97.0 rushing yards/game). The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said Thursday that when game planning against Newton and Co. it’s almost a matter of picking your poison.The only problem with that, however, is that Carolina often disguises its various poisons by running the read option.Last season, the Panthers ran a league-high 81 plays out of the read option, and according to STATS, they are on pace to shatter that total this season.So how do you limit a multifaceted ground game?“Any run game, the way to stop it is great penetration,” Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell said. “Really you have to make them stop and start their feet a bunch. If you get to a running back’s feet and make them change direction, it’s harder for them to continue to make plays.”What if one of those talented backs also moonlights as a 245-pound quarterback who can beat you with his arm (threw for over 400 yards during his last trip to Glendale) and his legs (23 rushing touchdowns in 35 career games) out of the read option?“It’s tough,” said Campbell. “Every team that does the read option is tough. You almost have to put eight men in the box, but that’s when they start using that read option pass to eat you up a little bit. The biggest thing is being disciplined, somebody has the back and somebody has the quarterback. As long as you know who has who, you should be fine.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more