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NBA Playoffs — Warriors stun Blazers with late surge to take 2-0 lead (PHOTOS)



OAKLAND — When Myers Leonard drilled a 30-foot 3 to put the Portland Trail Blazers ahead 108-100 with 4:28 to go in Game 2 of the 2019 Western Conference Finals, it appeared that they were about to pull off a giant road heist and knot the best-of-7 series at 1-1

But the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors had other ideas and altered the plot with a 14-3 flurry that allowed them to escape with a narrow 114-111 victory and grab a 2-0 lead over the stunned Blazers on Friday morning (Philippine time) at the jampacked Oracle Arena.

After a tepid start in which they surrendered 65 points at the half and trailed 67-50 early in the third quarter, the Warriors, who are gunning for a historic three consecutive championships, didn\’t panic and slowly chipped away at their deficit until finally catching up at 89-89 at the end of the third quarter.

\”Our experience really paid off for us tonight and having a bunch of guys who just won\’t quit,\” Draymond Green told reporters after the huge comeback win. Green barely missed a triple-double effort with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Like the Game 1 blowout, Steph Curry led the way, this time courtesy of an all-around masterpiece in which he carved 37 points, eight rebounds and eight dimes. Curry made just four out of 14 3-point attempts, but he shot 11-of-22 from the field overall and swished all 11 of his free throws, including three straight that put Golden State ahead for good, 110-108, with 2:01 to go.

Klay Thompson finished with 24, thanks to a 4-of-8 fare from long distance, while the bench came up strong once again as Kevin Looney got 14 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Bell added 11 for Golden State, which ended up making 42 of their 82 field goals (51.2 percent) and 9-of-29 triples (31 percent).

\”Got to find a way to win and that\’s what we did. Winning plays, everybody contributed. Very exciting way to win. We\’ve got to play better in the first half for sure,\” a relieved Curry told reporters at the post-game press conference.

Damian Lillard topscored for Portland with 23 points while his backcourt mate, fellow All-Star C.J. McCollum, added 22. They did, however, struggle from the field and combined to make just 15 of their 39 shots. Portland, as a unit, converted just 38 of 86 field goals, a modest 44.2 percent.

\”I thought we gave ourselves a chance. We missed some shots. We had some turnovers. Lost the game, but you know, their job was to take care of their home floor, and we\’ve got an opportunity to do the same thing,\” Lillard said.

Portland head coach Terry Stotts also rued about his team\’s \”lost opportunity\” but he also acknowledged the Warriors\’ poise under pressure. \”They played like a championship team would here at home. They made plays in the last three minutes and we didn\’t.\”

After a torrid 34-point second quarter, Portland entered the half with a 15-point cushion before solidifying it to 17. And while the Warriors made a terrific fourth quarter run, the Blazers still had that golden opportunity in the waning moments when Seth Curry\’s 3 put them on top, 111-110, with just 1:03 remaining.

It just wasn\’t meant to be.

Instead, they head home with a demoralizing 0-2 deficit. Teams down 0-2 in the history of the NBA playoffs have a slim nine percent chance (5-51) of coming back to win the series.

Game 3 is Sunday morning at the Moda Center in Portland.

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Tyson Fury’s Dad sets constraints on the AJ-Fury rematch.



Tyson Fury's Dad sets constraints on the AJ-Fury rematch

The “Gypsy King” Tyson Fury (33-0-1) is set to rematch with two-time former unified world heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua (26-3-0) next year but Fury’s dad pushes Joshua vs Wilder first.

Deontay Wilder, “The Bronze Bomber” (43-2-1), former WBC heavyweight champ, is the first American world heavyweight champ since 2007. He defended his title for 10 times.

But, Wilder lost to Fury twice after their trilogy last October 9, 2021 in an eleventh round KO.

John Fury blurted to The Daily Mail that many boxers are ducking Wilder because they are afraid of him. He added that only his son defeated Wilder twice yet he praised the latter’s power.

As of this writing, the said rematch is still unclear however, DAZN reported last September 23, 2023 that promoter Eddie Hearns got an venue offer to stage the fight next year.

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Nikola Jokic, Lebron James will kick off the NBA 2023-24 season.



Nikola Jokic, Lebron James will kick off the NBA 2023-24 season.

The unfinished business between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers will resume on October 24, 2023 in Ball Arena Denver, Colorado.

It can be recalled that the Nuggets swept the Lakers in the Western Conference. Shockingly, they advanced to their very first NBA Finals in franchise history with 4 – 0 in the Western Conference Finals.

“I know how great he is,” James said in the press conference last May 2023 about Jokic.

Jokic won MVP of the Western Conference Finals after he exploded with 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists.

On the other hand, Lebron James felt humiliated with a sweep loss though it is not his first time to be swept. James got swept also last 2018, when his Cavaliers clashed with the Golden State Warriors.

Meanwhile, Lebron is expected to erupt vs the Nuggets.

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Pacquiao’s alleged illegitimate son Eman Bacosa goes pro.



Pacquiao's alleged illegitimate son Eman Bacosa goes pro.

The 19 year old Emmanuel Joseph Bacosa, who is allegedly the son of Manny Pacquiao, fought Jommel Cudiamat in the “Blow by Blow” undercard event last September 23, 2023.

Cudiamat vs Bacosa resulted in a split draw however, as of today, boxing fans are getting hype with Eman’s physique as it resembles teenager Pacman.

Fans are comparing Eman to the legitimate sons of Manny who are having a comfortable life. They are expecting Jimuel Pacquiao “legit son” Pacquiao vs Eman “bastard son”.

Pacquaio promoted “blow by blow” which is coincidentally the start of his illegitimate son’s professional career.

MP Promotions produced Blow by Blow, a weekly sports television boxing program airing on One Sports channel.

As of this writing, Eman’s photos beside Pacquaio are spreading online.

Joanna Rose Bacosa is reportedly the mother of Eman.

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