first_img Philadelphia’s star guard Ben Simmons matched his career high with 34 points and added 12 rebounds and 12 assists in a triple-double that propelled the 76ers to a 117-111 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn. Simmons, named during the game as the NBA’s Eastern Conference player of the week, did it all in a dominant performance for a 76ers team trying to keep their playoff push on track despite the absence of injured big man Joel Embiid. The Aussie star connected on 12 of 14 from the field in his fifth straight game with 20 or more points, achieving his fourth triple-double – posting double figures in three key statistical categories – of the season. For good measure, he added five steals and two blocked shots. “Ben was ridiculously dominant tonight,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “He was just multi-skilled, used all over the place in multiple positions, ball-handler, screen setter, post target. He was incredible.” Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points for the Nets, who led by 10 in the third quarter but dropped their fourth straight. Boston’s Kemba Walker takes the ball down court in the Celtics’ 139-107 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone BaffledMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneBest Car Manufacturers In The World Toronto’s Terence Davis dunks against Atlanta’s Cam Reddish in the Raptors’ NBA victory over the HawksThe Heat, trailing the Bucks by eight games, remained a game in front of the reigning champion Toronto Raptors, who pushed their winning streak to four games with a 122-117 victory over the Hawks in Atlanta. Houston’s Russell Westbrook notched another iconic triple-double moment, but his 32-point, 11-rebound, 12-assist performance for the Rockets wasn’t enough in a 112-107 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. “Listen, it was just a good, old-fashioned butt-whipping, that’s all,” said James, who scored 15 points and handed out 18 assists for the Lakers – who had won 10 of their last 11. “They beat us in all facets of the game,” added James, who said 15 Lakers turnovers leading to 28 Celtics points and Boston’s 48-36 rebounding advantage were too much to overcome. The Celtics spoiled the return from injury of Anthony Davis, who missed five games with a bruised backside suffered during an in-game fall. For Walker, it was a first career win against James. He’d gone 0-28 in prior games against James-led teams. – Simmons fuels 76ers – Loading… center_img Philadelphia, holding down sixth place in the Eastern Conference, notched their fourth straight win. Eastern Conference leaders Milwaukee improved their league-leading record to 39-6 with a 111-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo posted a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the Bucks notched a seventh straight win. The Bucks were slowed by 23 turnovers – 15 in the first half – but held on to beat the Bulls for a 10th straight time. Khris Middleton added 24 points for the Bucks, who were headed Monday night to Paris where they take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday in the first NBA regular-season game in the French capital. “Obviously, a game like this is kind of a tricky game,” Antetokounmpo said, adding that preparations for the trip to France were a bit distracting. “I think we did a better job coming out in the second half, playing with some energy, being more aggressive and being more sharp.” The Miami Heat needed overtime to stay in second place in the East, rallying from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to triumph 118-113. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (R) and teammate Al Horford celebrate late in the 76ers’ 117-111 NBA victory over the Brooklyn Nets The Boston Celtics handed LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers their worst defeat of the NBA season on Monday, routing the Western Conference leaders 107-139. Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, and Kemba Walker returned from injury to add 20 for the Celtics, who snapped a three-game skid with the upset triumph. Los Angeles star LeBron James reacts during the Lakers’ blowout NBA loss to the Boston Celtics Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 18 points and pull down 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who had lost six of their past eight games. Read Also: 2021 Afrobasket: D’Tigers to start qualification race in November Westbrook played his first 11 seasons for Oklahoma City, and they were the only team he hadn’t recorded a triple-double against. He joined James as the only players in NBA history to notch a triple-double against every team in the league. But the Thunder, aided by 28 points from Chris Paul and 25 from Danilo Gallinari, erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to grab the win. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


first_imgCongestion in the camp of Ghana Paralympics team in Kumasi is raising fears of a potential spread of Covid-19 if any of the athletes contracts the disease.About 25 of them are crammed into a single wooden apartment in total disregard of the social distancing protocol at the risk of the athletes.The national para-athletics team had been camping in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which have now been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.A makeshift wooden structure has housed the country’s Paralympic team since 1996. The athletes appear not to have a choice having to endure such conditions in a bid to chalk successes at global competitions for Ghana.The poor accommodation of the team can no longer be ignored, at least, until Covid-19 is over.Multiple Olympic gold medalist, Yaw Oben, who is captain of the national team explains that “the wooden structure has been our abode, we are 25 in number all of us sleep together every night, this is where we all sleep both male and female so social distancing doesn’t exist in our world when it’s time for us to sleep.” Mr Oben lamented that the wooden makeshift poor ventilated 12×12 meter room has been the abode that has been housing at least 25 athletes of the national team.” In fact, this is where we have been camping in preparation of the 2020 Olympic games,” he added.The multiple gold medalist laments he has won more than 25 medals for Ghana but he and the efforts are not acknowledged because of overreliance on football at the expense of other sporting disciplines.A standard gym is another concern as their environment and facilities are not sport-friendly. The national team’s existing gym is made of old locomotive metals athletes have had to contend with over the years.Mr. Oben laments repeated complains to authorities have fallen on deaf ears.“We have been complaining to the sports authorities but it has yielded no results, we hope that this interview will make the difference because even if the sports minister comes to the stadium and we manage to get closer to him to tell him our problems we don’t get the chance. So I will say that we have been neglected for too long a time,” he bemoans. These physically challenged patriots have defied the odds to sacrifice for their country, and not chosen the easy way of begging on the streets.The major safety mantra against covid-19 is social distancing, hand washing and staying home.However, until help comes the way of these national athletes they are exposed to the danger of contracting the disease.last_img read more