Paul George steals show as Thunder escape 76ers

first_imgGeorge converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, sending Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-115 victory over Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.George’s clutch shot capped a wild finish that included another memorable moment in the rivalry between Westbrook and Embiid. Westbrook absorbed a hard foul from Embiid on a break with 1:46 left, landing out of bounds under the basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWestbrook then got up and rushed toward Embiid before he was restrained by his teammates.“I don’t think he just landed on me,” Westbrook said. “He had a little extra to it, you know what I’m saying? But it’s ok.” Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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It’s obviously good to get a win under our belt, just against this team, obviously they had a lot of really good sets.”BIG PICTUREThunder: George went 4 for 9 from 3-point range. He also went 11 for 11 at the free-throw line. … Adams had 16 points and nine rebounds. Terrance Ferguson added 11 points. … Oklahoma City had 20 assists and 10 turnovers, compared to 28 assists and 17 turnovers for Philadelphia.Sixers: Embiid has 20 games with at least 30 points. The last Sixer to accomplish that feat in the first 45 games of the season was Allen Iverson. … Redick has scored in double-digits in 54 consecutive games. … Injured guard Markelle Fultz (thoracic outlet syndrome) watched the game from the Sixers bench. There is no timetable for his return.UP NEXTThunder: Visit the New York Knicks on Monday.Sixers: Host the Houston Rockets on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Embiid had a different opinion of the play.“I think I was going for the block and I think he lost the ball, but I was already in the air,” Embiid said. “I don’t know what, why he was mad. I have no idea. But he’s always in his feelings, so I have no idea.”Westbrook and Embiid have had a couple chilly exchanges over the past couple years. Asked if he was “cool” with Embiid, Westbrook used an expletive before saying “No.”Westbrook fouled out with 14.9 seconds remaining after he got Embiid while shooting a 3-pointer. Embiid made all three foul shots, tying it at 113, and Jimmy Butler’s driving layup put Philadelphia in front with 6.9 seconds to go.But George drained a 3 while being fouled by Butler and made the foul shot.ADVERTISEMENT Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, left, celebrates with Russell Westbrook at the end of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Thunder won 117-115. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA— Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid tangled once again.Then Paul George stole the show.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “That’s PG,” Westbrook said. “You don’t get too excited anymore about those I mean they happen so many times. PG’s doing what PG does and we just got to see it and get a win.”Philadelphia had one last chance, but Butler missed a 3-point attempt in the final seconds.The 76ers have lost 19 in a row to the Thunder. That streak that was on Embiid’s mind when he decided to play after he was a game-time decision because of back tightness.“The Sixers haven’t won against them in like 10, 11 years,” Embiid said. “That’s just ridiculous.”George finished with 31 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Westbrook had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, and reserve Dennis Schroder also scored 21 points.The Thunder had dropped five of six, including a 138-128 overtime loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.Embiid had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. JJ Redick scored 22 points for Philadelphia, and Ben Simmons finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.Oklahoma City led by as many as 16 points in the first quarter, but Philadelphia rallied in the second and trailed 59-56 at the break.BOUNCE BACK GAMEThe Thunder were glad to leave Philadelphia with the win. View commentslast_img read more

Odds shorten on Fulham title win as club were 5,000-1 when they appointed Ranieri

first_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 tense 2 shining REVEALED whoops Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Claudio Ranieri lifts the Premier League trophy as Leicester City boss. huge blow gameday cracker no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REAL DEAL deals Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card New Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Fans are betting on Fulham to win the Premier League title after a strange twist of fate.The Cottagers sacked Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday morning, replacing him immediately with former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri. The Italian led the Foxes to their miracle title win in 2016, which was listed as a 5,000-1 shot before the season began.And as Ranieri was appointed Fulham boss most bookmakers had them at exactly the same price to do the same thing, in what would be even more miraculous circumstances given their league position.This has led to a flurry of bets on the outrageous outcome with 86 per cent of all bets on a title win placed on the Cottagers, leading some bookies to slash their odds. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star “Although, many were left regretting their decision not to back Leicester at the same odds, so we’re sure to see some speculative punting on Fulham this time round.” Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED That’s comfortably more than favourites Man City (4 per cent) and Liverpool (10 per cent), and money is set to continue to pouring in for Ranieri and his new side.Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson said: “Fulham are languishing at the bottom of the league and Ranieri has a mountain to climb to even drag his new team out of a relegation battle, let alone the insurmountable task of winning the title. Latest Premier League Storieslast_img read more