NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 Indiana vs. Houston Blow by Blow

10 10 2013

MOA Arena, Philippines -The game started with Houston Rockerts blitzing with a 12-0 in the first 3 minutes of the game.  Paul George got hot put Indiana within striking distance at 29-21. CJ Watson trimmed down the lead to 5 with a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left in the opening period. Houston had the final possession of the first quarter with James Harden drawing a foul with 1 second left. He made made 2 out of 2 to end the period at 31-24. Harden has been consistent in his ability to draw fouls and get to the line for his points.

2nd Period:

Solomon Hill misses the first attempt in the second period.

10:57 Jeremy Lin draws a foul from Luis Scola. He goes to the line for free throws. He makes both 33-24 Houston

10:31 Watson hits another three point shot. 33-27

10:12 Donatas Motiejunas then Luis Scola answers in the other end. 35-29

9:28 Danny Granger makes as shot off a Watson pass. 35-31

9:00 Aaron Brook makes a nice lay-up and Lin scores after an Indiana miss. 39-31

8:27 Luis Scola And 1 after an offensive rebound. 39-33  Time out. Completes the three[point play. 39-34

7:57 Defensive 3-seconds violation for the Rockets. Granger makes the bonus 39-35

7:45 Scola scores from Granger 39-37

7:33 Brooks scores of an amazing drive plus a foul. 42-37.

7:02 Motiejunas brings the lead back 7. Chris Copeland answers but Motiejunas scores again. 46-39. 11 Fastbreak points for Houston.

6:28 Watson on the line for the Pacers. He makes 2. 46-41 Houston

6:10 Lin another inside incursion. 48-41 Houston

5:57 Omri Casspi scores the free throw line 49-41

5:37 Lance Stevenson on the line after a foul. Both teams on penalty. 49-43.

5:04   David West scores from the inside but missed the bonus free throw. 49-45 Houston

4:16 Patrick Beverley makes 2 FTs 51-45 Houston

3:51 Chandler Parson makes a three. George misses a bonus FT for delay of game. 54-45

3:25 George and Parsons trade baskets. 56-47

Crowd enjoying the entertainment off the time out. The mascots are stealing the show. Delay in the game due to clock malfunction. Clutch and Boomer having fun.  Problem with the scorers table.

George scores 56-49 to cut the lead to 7.

1:47 Jeremy Lin fouled by Stevenson. He goes 2 of 2. 58-49

1:14 Granger scores off a Houston turnover. He makes the bonus. 58-52.

1:00 Harden cleverly draws another foul. He is in the FT line again. He hits 1 of 2. 59-52.

0:47 Stevensons muscles his way for a drive and a foul. He misses the free throw. 59-54.

0:32 Harden again at the line after drawing a foul from West. He makes both Fts. 61-54

0:20 Watson makes a FT. 61-55

0:00 Harden misses three pointer to end the half.

After starting slow, the Indiana Pacers bench somehow gained headway to make the game closer. Harden is showing why he lead the league in FT attempts as he continues to draw falls that lead free throws. Both teams have the potential to go deep in next year’s playoffs.  On paper the Pacers have a better talent than last year’s Eastern Conference finalists while Houston just got more dangerous with the addition of Dwight Howard.

3rd Period

10:42 Harden draws the 4th foul from Hill. He is on the line again. He just hit 1 of 2. 62-55 Houston.

10:20 Terrence Jones rewarded for his defensive effort with a dunk. 64-55.

10:00 Parsons  scores off another Indiana Pacers turnover. 66-55

9:10 West finally scores for Indiana 66-57.

8:46 George reduces the lead to 7. 66-59.

8:00 West scored again but Harden answer. 68-61 Houston.

7:30 West is waxing hot but Parsons answers as well. 70-63

7:00 Gerorge scores in the perimeter but Harden answers with a score in the paint. 72-65.

5:45 Jones draws a foul off a drive. Missed to FTs but awarded another because lane violation. He makes the third. 73-65.

4:35 Hibbert fouled by Parsons. He makes 2 Fts. 73-67

4:18 Beverley for 3! 76-67

4:04 George scores but misses Ft. 76-69.

3:28 Howard on the line. He goes 1 for 2. 77-69.

3:16 Harden travels again. Pacers ball!

2:38 Parsons scores. Hibbert answers 79-71

1:55 Howard scores against Hibbert and West answers for the PAcers. 81-73

0:48 Harden for three! 84-73

0:33 George scores 84-75

End of Third Quarter Rockets 84 Pacers 75

4th quarter

11:10 Orlando Johnson scores 84-77.

10:14 Johnson again 84-79.

9:40 Ronnie Brewer and 1 from a good Lin outlet. 86-79

8:45 Motiejunas scores 88-79.

8:30 Orlando Johnson draws a foul.

8:00 Scola scores 88-81

7:35 Lin scores off a drive! 90-81

7:12 Lin makes 2 FTs 92-81

6:55 Scola at the line makes 1 of 2 92-82

6:30 Houston gets creative. Casspi scores with a foul. Completes the 3 point play 95-82.

6:16 Granger at the line. He just played 5 games last year. He makes 1 of 2. 95-83

6:14 Scola loose ball foul. Lin at the line. 2 of 2 97-83

5:47 Granger on the line. He makes 2 of 2. 97-85

5:02 5-0 for Houston. 102-85. Biggest lead of the game.

4:40 Indiana answers with 2 FTs. 102-87

4:19 Orlando Johnson on the line. Misses both FTs. 21-31 for Pacers in FT line.

3:45 Motiejunas scores and Johnson answers with a trifecta. 104-90.

3:19  Casspi barrels through and gets rewarded with a 3-point play. 107-90

3:00 Motiejunas hook shot and Casspi burns the Pacers with a 3! 112-90!!

1:58  Hilton Armstrong makes 2 Fts 112-92.

o:56 Motiejunas on the line. 2 of 2. 114-92

0:44 Orlando Johnson scores but Casspi answers 116-94

0:16 Johnson on the line 2 of 2. 116-96

The first ever preseason game between 2 NBA teams in the Philippines ends at 116-96 for the Houston Rockets. Both teams will meet again on Sunday in Taipei.

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The 75th UAAP men’s seniors division basketball tournament started today with hosts National University Bulldogs (NU) winning the first ever UAAP game at their “home court”, the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena. The Bulldogs overwhelmed the University of the East (UE), 90-55, in the inaugural game of the season.

After a hot start by UE’s Roi Sumang who scored 10 points in the opening quarter capped by a buzzer beating triple to give the Warriors a 15-13 lead after the first period, it was all NU.  The Bulldog opened the 2nd quarter with a dizzying 23-4 run to turn the slim deficit into a wide lead at 36-19.  They continued the onslaught as the lead ballooned to 25 by the halftime break, 48-23.  They took a big half-time lead without big man Emmanuel Mbe who missed the entire first half due to a jersey mix-up.

It was no different in the 3rd period as NU continued to force turnovers and score on fast breaks. They outscored the hapless Warriors 24-17 in the third to push the lead to 32. In the 4th, the Bulldogs played like the score was tied as they still dominated the final period and eventually won with a 35 point margin.

Jeoffrey Javillonar had a big double-double for the hosts with 19 points and 11 boards. Season 74 MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. finished the game with fantasy numbers of 16 points, 6 dishes, 4 thefts and 3 blocks. Joshua Angelo Alolino and Spencer Rosario reached double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively.  Sumang led the losing cause of the Red Warriors with 21 points.

In their next assignments, NU (1-0) will face Ateneo in their next game next Sunday at the MOA Arena while UE (0-1) will battle DLSU on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The scores:

NU 90: Javillonar 19, Parks 18, Alolino 12, Rosario 10, De Guzman 8, Villamor 6, Mbe 4, Labing-isa 3, Ignacio 3, Betayene 3, Perez 2, Neypes 2, Celda 2, Singh 0, Rono 0, Khobuntin 0

UE 55: Sumang 21, Razon 8, Gallanza 8, Olayon 7, Santos 4, Belleze 2, Javier 2, Flores 2, Sumido 1, Alberto 0, Villarias 0, Valdez 0, Duran 0, Duncil 0

Quarter scoring: 13-15, 48-23, 72-40, 90-55

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Derby Ace beats Talk ‘N Text

10 07 2012

Blakely outplays Harris (image by Nuki Sabio)

In the first ever PB A game held at the newly built MOA Arena, the B-Meg Llamados bagged the historic win over the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 94-91.  The win upped Derby Ace’s record to 7-3 and they are just a game behind the pace-setting Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.  The victory also avenged the Llamados’ loss to the Tropang Texters in the elimination round of the conference.

B-Meg import Marcus Blakely had an explosive game finishing with 26 points, 20 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 blocks, and 3 assists. He was ably backed up by locals Josh Urbiztondo, Marc Pingris, Rafi Reavis, and Ranidel de Ocampo who all scored in double figures.  James Yap went scoreless and was limited to 14 minutes due to a back injury.  The Llamados were trailing by ten 39-49 at halftime but they made head way in the 3rd period to tie it at 67-all going to the final 12 minutes of play.  They were the steadier team at crunch time and their victory became official when Ranidel de Ocampo missed a three-pointer in TNT’s final attempt of the game.

Paul Harris led the Texters with 24 points and 13 rebounds. The loss was the Texter’s 5th in 10 games. They are now hard-pressed to sweep all their remaining games to have chance for a finals seat.

The scores:
B-MEG 94 – Blakely 26, Urbiztondo 14, Pingris 12, Reavis 12, De Ocampo 10, Simon 8, Barroca 7, Villanueva 5, Yap 0.

TALK N’ TEXT 91 – Harris 24, Alapag 17, Castro 15, Williams 13, Fonacier 9, Aguilar 8, De Ocampo 3, Reyes 2, Aban 0, Lao 0, Peek 0.

Quarter scoring: 19-27, 39-49, 67-67, 94-91