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Raptors Even Series, Beat Nets 87-79

first_imgNEW YORK — The most pressure-packed moments of playoff basketball, when the legs get heavy and the palms sweaty, seem to suit those young Toronto Raptors just fine.Instead, it’s the veteran Brooklyn Nets who are fizzling at the finish.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and the Raptors beat the Nets 87-79 April 27 to even their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece.When a fourth-quarter rally fell just short in Game 3, the Raptors just shook it off and handled the final period even better this time. “That’s just us, man,” DeRozan said. “We’re definitely resilient. We’re never going to give up until the game’s over.”Amir Johnson had 17 points for the Raptors, who started fast, gave up all of a 17-point lead, then shut the Nets down over the final 5 minutes to snap a 13-game road losing streak in the playoffs that went back 13 years.Game 5 is April 30 in Toronto, with the series now guaranteed a return to Brooklyn on May 2 for Game 6.Paul Pierce scored 22 points for the Nets, who were 3 for 17 in the fourth quarter and didn’t have a field goal after Pierce’s basket with 6:13 left gave them a 77-73 lead.It was baffling for a team that assembled a star-studded roster that will cost more than $180 million in salaries and taxes for a shot at a title, and now faces a huge fight just to get out of the first round.“You get in a playoff situation, one guy, or two or three guys, wants to do it on their own instead of just running our offense, executing. And I think we got caught up into that,” said Pierce, adding that the Nets were rushing and pressing.Kevin Garnett had 10 points for the Nets, but Joe Johnson and Deron Williams were mostly non-factors in getting outplayed by Toronto’s backcourt. Johnson had only seven points on seven shots after averaging 23.7 points in the first three games, and Williams was 4 of 12 for his 10.Pierce nearly carried the Nets without them, but Toronto put it together down the stretch to pull it out.Garnett gave the Nets their last lead with two free throws with 4:58 left, but DeRozan made two free throws before Greivis Vasquez made a 3-pointer for an 83-79 advantage.The Nets had a series of offensive fouls along with their missed shots, and Lowry made a high-arching basket over Garnett with 1:13 to go before closing it out with a pair of free throws.“This is where we should be at our best, those late-game situations,” Williams said. “We’ve been there before. They’re a younger team that doesn’t have as much proper experience, but they ain’t playing like it.”Lowry bounced back nicely after the Nets banged him around in their Game 3 victory. He was still sore Sunday and a couple other Raptors were hurting beforehand but probably feeling a lot less pain by the time they went home.“We’re really nicked up right now, so it was huge courage, really courageous by those guys,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said.Toronto nearly came from 15 down in the final 5 minutes to win Friday, and carried that momentum into a quick start.The Raptors scored a franchise playoff-record 35 points in the first quarter, then managed just 32 combined in the second and third as the Nets surged ahead with a 22-4 run.The Raptors were 4 for 21 in the third, but then turned to their defense down the stretch for their first road victory in the postseason since winning at Philadelphia in Game 1 of the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals.Now they won’t need to win on the road again, with home-court advantage back in their favor. “That’s our team,” Lowry said. “We’ve got a full team of guys who just want to win.”The Raptors scored the first six points during a 13-2 start, extended it to 33-18 after five straight points by Amir Johnson, and were ahead 35-22 after one.The lead grew to 47-30 after DeRozan scored eight straight Toronto points, but Lowry picked up his third foul and had to go to the bench with the Raptors leading 47-34, and Brooklyn cut it to 51-44 at the break.Pierce opened the second with a 3-pointer and a layup. After Shaun Livingston’s free throw, Garnett added another basket to make it 52-51, giving Brooklyn its first lead.The game was tied at 67 after three.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pjanic Juventus must be wary of Man Utd

first_imgJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic fears Manchester United’s reaction ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clashMassimiliano Allegri’s side claimed a 1-0 Group H win at Old Trafford last time out in October courtesy of a Paulo Dybala goal.Juventus will now host United at the Allianz Stadium for the return fixture.The unbeaten Serie A leaders can confirm their status as Group H winners with another three points this week.But Pjanic is wary of United with the likes of former Juventus star Paul Pogba leading the charge.“[Pogba is] a great footballer, just like [Nemanja] Matic or [Juan] Mata or Fred,” Pjanic told Sky Italia.“United is a team of great quality, there are players who can make the difference, so we will have to face them like we did in the first leg.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I think that we had a very good game at Old Trafford, we could have scored a few more goals.“We hope that in Turin we will manage to score more, but we must not forget that Manchester is a great team with a great coach.“It’s a game between two great clubs, nothing is taken for granted in the Champions League.“We are part of the group of teams that wants to go deep in the competition to win it, but it’s a long journey.”The Bosnia and Herzegovina international also brushed aside concerns over his slight muscle problem from Juventus’ 3-1 win over Cagliari on Saturday.The match between Juventus and United will begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

Winterburn talks about Unai Emerys philosophy

first_imgFor the former footballer, the Arsenal boss doesn’t care about who he benches as long as he believes is the best decisionFormer English footballer Nigel Winterburn has says he understand the philosophy of Arsenal boss Unai Emery.And for him, if the manager needs to bench anyone, he would do it to make his team win in the English Premier League.“There’s no doubt that his position is number 10 behind the striker, and Emery could fit him in the system he wants to play,” Winterburn told Goal.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“But last weekend [against Bournemouth] shows it doesn’t matter who you are, if you don’t fit the system to face the opposition, you’ll be on the bench or not in the squad.”“Anybody has got a chance of playing provided they’re in the right frame of mind and in good form. It keeps players focused and playing to the best of the ability every week,” he added.“I think he’ll be starting, as it’s at home. We’ll probably switch to a back four and Ozil will play behind the striker, it’s a straight choice between Ozil and Ramsey.”“Particularly with Aaron’s contract situation. I look forward to seeing the team sheet, as I can’t predict Emery’s team sheet or formation,” he concluded.last_img read more

Nip in the air mercury dips to 1790 Celsius

first_imgKolkata: The city witnessed the lowest temperature of the season on Friday with strong north-westerly winds beginning to enter the state.According to the Regional Meteorological Department in Kolkata, the minimum temperature in the city dropped to 17.9 degree Celsius on Friday while the maximum temperature recorded was 29.9 degree Celsius. It was 18.2 degree Celsius on Thursday. It may be stated that the north-westerly wind has begun to enter the state as the sky turned clear leading to the dip in temperature giving the city dwellers a feel of the winter in the third week of November itself. But, as per the prediction of the MeT department, Kolkatans have to wait at least until the second week of December for the cold weather. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe temperature in other parts of the state has also dropped. In Sriniketan, the maximum and minimum temperatures were 29.9 degree Celsius and 12.4 degree Celsius respectively. In Darjeeling, minimum temperature recorded was 5 degree Celsius. In Panagarh and Krishnagar, the minimum temperature was 12 degree Celsius and 14.8 degree Celsius respectively. It was 16.4 degree Celsius in Digha. Quite similar weather will continue for the next two to three days and with the change in season, doctors have cautioned people to take necessary precautions to avoid getting affected by diseases like common cough and cold and running nose. Doctors have advised not to avoid using woollens, especially during morning time and at night. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWith the dip in the minimum temperature to 17.9 degree Celsius in Kolkata, a large section of the city dwellers, mainly bikers, were found wearing jackets while riding their two-wheelers. Interestingly, with the drop in the mercury, sweet shops will do brisk business within a few days’ time with people coming to the shops to inquire about the state’s very own “nalen gurer sandesh,” a world-famous delicacy which becomes all the more tastier with the golden winter sun, which pours sweetness and light into the sweet.last_img read more

Canada Jetlines rolls out playfully provocative brand identity

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines has unveiled a cheeky new ‘brand promise’, one made in response to recent headlines about some of Canada’s airlines.“The recently announced intent to acquire Air Transat by Air Canada, as well as the sale of WestJet to Onex, will only reduce competition and increase prices further,” said Canada Jetlines in an official statement. “Consumers are rightfully frustrated and fed up.”So ahead of its commercial launch on Dec. 17, the ultra low-cost carrier announced a “playfully provocative” brand identity that includes the tagline, “Flying sucks less when you pay less.”A new logo incorporates a face with a knowing smirk created from an upside-down plane. It includes an additional suite of expressive faces to capture every emotion of travel.Working with Cossette, Jetlines says its new ‘identity system’ will cover every touchpoint of the brand experience, from the livery to uniforms, to signature luggage and humourous airsickness bags.“Jetlines is fighting for Canadians by creating competition and rebelling against Canadian ultra high airfares. Our new brand promise and design reflect our core philosophy of pushing back against the status quo and giving Canadian travellers a brand that empowers them to make their own decisions,” said Javier Suarez, CEO. “I would like to thank the entire Jetlines commercial team for building such a strong brand identity that reflects our passion and values, as well as extend my most sincere gratitude to our partner, Cossette, for all of their hard work and raw talent that has brought us here today.” Posted by Tuesday, June 18, 2019 center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Jetlines Canada Jetlines rolls out “playfully provocative” brand identitylast_img read more