News ID: 272326
Published: 0235 GMT August 01, 2020

Harden, Rockets rally, top Mavs in OT

Harden, Rockets rally, top Mavs in OT
AFP

James Harden scored 49 points, Russell Westbrook added 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets erased a 14-point deficit and rallied for a 153-149 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks in NBA on Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

The Rockets claimed the season series with Dallas two games to one by finally mustering some defensive might down the stretch of the fourth quarter, Reuters reported.

Trailing 139-137, Houston got a tip-in of a Harden missed free throw from Robert Covington with 3.3 seconds left to force overtime. Covington, following an 0-for-8 start from behind the arc, added a three-pointer with 1:22 left in overtime to extend the Houston lead to 150-146.

Luka Doncic recorded his league-leading 15th triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists while Kristaps Porzingis paced the Mavericks with 39 points and 16 rebounds. Trey Burke added 31 points on 8-of-10 three-point shooting off the bench while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 24 points for Dallas.

 

Bucks 119 Celtics 112

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points and 15 rebounds to lift Milwaukee past Boston in the teams’ first game of the NBA restart.

Antetokounmpo’s double-double was his 19th straight, matching the longest streak in the NBA this season – set by the reigning league MVP himself from October 24 to November 29.

Khris Middleton had 18 points and Brook Lopez added 14 points and six blocks for the Bucks, who bolted out to a 17-2 lead before requiring a late push to seal the win. Marcus Smart scored 23 points off the bench and Jaylen Brown added 22 for the Celtics.

 

Stand alone

 

Orlando Magic player Jonathan Isaac stood for the US national anthem ahead of his team's clash with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, declining to join teammates and coaches who knelt for the pregame ritual.

In Thursday's opening games at the NBA restart in Orlando, all players and coaches, many wearing "Black Lives Matter" T-shirts, dropped to one knee in a silent demonstration during the anthem, AFP reported.

Magic and Nets players followed suit on Friday as the "Star-Spangled Banner" was played, but Isaac did not take part.

Instead, Isaac, who also did not join his teammates in wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, stood alone wearing his Magic jersey.

Speaking after Orlando scored a 128-118 victory, Isaac, an ordained minister, said he was "absolutely" supportive of Black Lives Matter.

"I believe that black lives matter. A lot went in my decision. I just felt that kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt don't go hand in hand with supporting black lives," he said.

"When you look around, racism isn't the only thing that plagues our society, plagues our nation, plagues our world. So I felt like coming together on that message, not only racism, but everything that plagues our society, I feel our answer to it is the Gospel."

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich also chose to stand while players and coaches on the Spurs and Sacramento Kings kneeled during the anthem on Friday.

Popovich, who has spoken out countless times against racism and human rights, said his reason for standing was personal and didn't want to disclose it.

"I prefer to keep that to myself," said Popovich, who wore a Black Lives Matter shirt. "Everybody has to make a personal decision. The league has been great about that. Everybody has the freedom to react any way that they want. For whatever reasons that I have, I reacted the way I wanted to."

 

 

 

 

   
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