NBA roundup: Doncic, Mavs pull level with Clippers

first_imgLUKA Doncic had 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Dallas Mavericks earned a 127-114 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday near Orlando to even their opening-round Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece.Kristaps Porzingis added 23 points and seven rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points, and Trey Burke finished with 16 points as the Mavericks leveled the best-of-seven series.Seth Curry chipped in 15 points and Boban Marjanovic, a former Clipper, hit 6 of 8 shots on his way to 13 points. Marjanovic added nine rebounds. Kawhi Leonard had 35 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers. Lou Williams contributed 23 points, while Paul George, who was limited by foul trouble, had 14 points and 10 boards. Marcus Morris Sr. had 14 points and eight rebounds.Toronto Raptors 104 – Brooklyn Nets 99 Norman Powell scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Fred VanVleet had 24 points and 10 assists and Toronto rallied to defeat Brooklyn to grab a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.The Raptors, who raced to a 33-point first-half lead in Monday’s win, fell behind by 14 in the first quarter of Game 2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference clash.The Nets still led by six entering the fourth quarter, but the defending NBA champion Raptors opened the period with a 19-5 run to lead 93-85 with 6:21 remaining.Utah Jazz 124 – Denver Nuggets 105 Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points and Jordan Clarkson added 26 to help Utah run away with a victory the Denver in Game 2 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.Mitchell also dished out eight assists to help the Jazz even the series at 1-1. Utah finished with 32 assists on 45 baskets and shot 20 of 44 (45.5 percent) from the 3-point arc. Royce O’Neale chipped in a career-high eight assists to help fuel the offense. The Jazz turned the ball over only eight times.Nikola Jokic scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Denver. Michael Porter Jr. added 28 points for the Nuggets, who trailed the entire second half.Boston Celtics 128 – Philadelphia 76ers 101 Boston recorded a second straight comfortable win to begin its playoff series against Philadelphia, getting 33 points from Jayson Tatum for a 2-0 series lead.Equaling the most 3-pointers in their heralded postseason history, the Eastern Conference’s third seed outscored the 76ers 57-15 from beyond the arc to successfully follow up on a 109-101 win in the opener.Kemba Walker added 22 points and Jaylen Brown 20 for the Celtics, who had lost three of four to the 76ers in the regular season. Joel Embiid led all scorers with 34 points for the 76ers. —Field Level Medialast_img read more

Wisconsin hits road to take on Nittany Lions

first_imgWisconsin captain Rae Lin D\’Alie looks to lead the Badgers to their second straight win.[/media-credit]Coming off a regular season sweep of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will hit the road beginning tonight at Penn State.The Badgers rebounded nicely from a heartbreaking loss at Indiana to complete their first season sweep of the Illini since 2003-04 with their 61-43 victory on Sunday. The Badgers were led by sophomore guard Alyssa Karel’s 15 points while juniors Teah Gant and Mariah Dunham chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.If the Badgers want to make it two in a row, they will have to defeat a much-improved Nittany Lions team that they swept last year. Though Penn State has improved greatly from last year, they are still struggling in the Big Ten. They come into the game against Wisconsin with a 2-5 conference record and a 7-10 record overall.Penn State is led by junior guard Tyra Grant and senior guard Brianne O’Rourke, who average 18.5 and 11.8 points per game, respectively. O’Rourke also averages 4.7 assists, good for third-best in the Big Ten. The Lions run a fast-moving offense that excels in transition moments, which means the Badgers’ Big Ten-best defense will have to play well to slow their attack.“They are very explosive,” Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone said. “Brianne O’Rourke is one of the best point guards around and is always pedal to the metal. Tyra Grant can put up big numbers. She is very good one-on-one, and she is going to try to get her shot.“Mashea Williams is their other good guard. Their post players have rotated, but they are transition-first. They are very high octane, are much improved from last season, and play well at home.”Karel knows that for Wisconsin to slow Penn State down, they will have to limit fast breaks and stick to their defensive strategy.“They are a really good transition team,” Karel said. “They really like to push the ball all the time. We definitely need to be at our best in transition defense. We also need to rebound well and that’s something we’re really focusing on.”Like Jenna Smith of Illinois, Tyra Grant is the key to any offensive success that the Lions have. Wisconsin was able to contain Smith on Sunday and will look to do the same against Grant on Thursday.Even though Grant will be one of the most explosive players the Badgers face all season, Stone insisted that the Badgers have to maintain the defense that has led to their success when defending her.“We won’t change anything on our defense for her; we’ll just always make sure we know where she is,” Stone said. “She is going to look for her shot, and we just always have to have the vision to see where she’s at.”Junior point guard Rae Lin D’Alie echoed that sentiment.“She’s very good with the ball, very good offensively,” D’Alie said. “We’re going to stay in the pack against her and make sure we have someone off the ball watching her. We just have to keep doing our thing.”Also important in the Badgers victory over Illinois was their ability to take care of the ball. Wisconsin had only five turnovers, tying a school record set last year against Penn State. So far this season, the Badgers have averaged only 15.4 turnovers, No. 28 in the nation. The Nittany Lions, however, counter with a Big Ten-best 9.41 steals per game.“We have to make sure that we have solid hand-to-hand passing and try to carry over the kind of game we had against Illinois,” Stone said. “If we are able to do that, we will always be in the game.”As point guard, D’Alie handles the ball more than anyone on the team and therefore knows the importance of ball security and the success that comes with it.“Taking care of the ball and taking good shots have always been our major focuses so if we can continue to do that, we’ll be looking pretty good.”last_img read more