Houston Rockets crushed Golden State Warriors and matched the NBA Western Conference finals

It was from 127 to 105, the series, to the best of seven games, move now to Oakland, where on Sunday the third game will be played and on Tuesday, the fourth

James Harden and Eric Gordon, with 27 points apiece, propelled the Houston Rockets 127-105 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, leaving the final series of the NBA Western Conference tied 1-1.Five players of the Texan team scored in double figures, as PJ Turcke r (22), Trevor Ariza (19) and point guard Chris Paul (16), seconded Harden and Gordon, who came off the bench.

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The Warriors were very limited offensively since the star Kevin Durant was the only one that overflowed with 38 points and only another player, Stephen Curry, was able to overcome the barrier of 10, reaching 16.

Houston came out full to take the first quarter 26-21 and the second was even wider by 38-29, thanks to 15 points from Ariza, reaching the intermediate with 64-50 advantage.

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With four and a half minutes left to finish the third quarter, the Rockets were already 16 points ahead (82-66), thanks to a triple by Harden, who had 19 points at the time. The Warriors lost much more ground in the fourth quarter, which yielded by 32-26, to seal a forceful 167-105.

The series, the best of seven games, now moves to Oakland, where on Sunday the third game will be played and on Tuesday, the fourth.

“We were more aggressive, smarter than in the first match, that’s fine, but we’ll have to play better on Sunday because we know it’s never easy to face this team at home,” he warned after the victory Harden.

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The last trick of the analysts of the NBA playoffs astonished everyone and became viral

Former basketball player Kenny Smith was introduced virtually into the field to explain an attack

The spectacular and the show that the NBA proposes for its fans is not limited only to what happens within the game but also to what happens outside, in the debates that take place at the end of each game, in this case, the second encounter between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers.

Nobody could believe what was happening in the “NBA on TNT”, one of the most important basketball programs in the United States, when seeing the former Houston Rockets player, Kenny Smith, inside the screen and analyzing a play.

The ingenuity and virtual availability provided by the chain, allowed the American to enter the play he wanted to explain, almost next to LeBron James. The “magic” occurred when it disappeared from the floor by the back of a huge screen and appeared on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena.

Moving and interacting with the players, similar in size to him, ” The Jet” Smith analyzed one of the important plays of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 100-97 victory. Subsequently, he vanished from the screen and continued the attack.

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The video, published by the television network on their social networks, was shared more than two thousand times and received 7100 “likes”.

The program conducted by Ernie Johnson Jr., in addition to the presence of Smith, also has renowned panelists such as Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley among others.

LeBron James and company managed to match the series after losing the first game 98-80. Tonight they will face each other for the third game, this time in Indianapolis.

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97-86. Antetokounmpo keeps the Bucks alive and will play the seventh game

The Greek star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo claimed his status as leader and franchise player with a double-double of 31 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 recoveries of the ball with which he guided the Bucks of Milwaukee to the 97-86 victory against the Boston Celtics.

The win in the sixth game of the playoff elimination allows the Bucks to tie 3-3 the series and force the seventh game that will decide the winner to go to the semifinals, which will play with the Philadelphia Sixers, classified by the first time since 2012, after winning the tie 4-1 against the Miami Heat.

The seventh and decisive game will be played on Saturday at the TD Garden Center in Boston and will be the first to play the Bucks since 2010 when they lost in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.

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The forward Khris Middleton and the guard Malcolm Brogdon contributed 16 points each and completed the list of the six players of the Bucks who had double-digit numbers.

Brogdon, with a triple and 5:22 minutes to play, put the Bucks with a partial 84-78 that would be decisive because the Celtics could not react in the fight for the comeback.

The Celtics had no inspiration with the shots from outside the perimeter to score just 10 of 36 attempts to leave a 28 percent success that was not enough.

Neither of the paint had the best opportunities because the Bucks imposed their greatest power, while in the offensive Antetokounmpo punished without compassion to the defense of the Celtics.

After the base Eric Bledsoe stole a ball from rookie forward Jayson Tatum, who had tried to take out, Antetokounmpo converted an offensive rebound in the basket and the Bucks placed the partial score at 89-81 with 3:08 minutes remaining and consolidated an 11-3 run that gave them the opportunity to increase the advantage to 10 points.

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Given the possibility of having been eliminated, the Bucks played a more aggressive offensive basketball than in the fifth game, which they lost in Boston.

Especially Antetokounmpo, who this time claimed his status as a player twice named to the All-Star Game and saved the Bucks after scoring 20 of his 34 points in the second half when he hit 8 of 14 field goals.

Tatum emerged as the Celtics’ leading scorer with 22 points, three rebounds, three assists, recovered two balls and lost another three.

The base Terry Rozier reached 18 points as the second highest scorer of the Celtics, who after having dominated in the indoor game in previous games, this time they did not capture 39 rebounds for 48 of the Bucks.

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Along with Tatum and Rozier, three other Celtics players had double-digit numbers, such as guard Jaylen Brown and backup power forward Marcus Morris, who scored 14 points apiece.

While the center pivot Al Horford could not be a winning factor for the Celtics but contributed a double-double of 10 points after playing 33 minutes.

Horford scored 4 of 8 field goals, including 2 of 4 triples, and did not go to the personnel line.

The Dominican international captured eight defensive rebounds, gave four assists, put two blocks and lost two balls.

The game, which was played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, with a full in the stands, had a guest of honor to the former US President Bill Clinton, who gave the hand to the guard Marcus Smart of the Celtics.

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2-0. Morata and Giroud cite Chelsea with United in the FA Cup final

Chelsea qualified for their second consecutive FA Cup final after beating at Wembley Stadium in a hard-fought match at Southampton 2-0 thanks to goals from France’s Olivier Giroud and Spain’s Álvaro Morata

The men of Antonio Conte, fifth in the Premier League and eliminated months ago in the Champions League, will compete for the only title in play in England on May 19 on this same stage with Manchester United, executioner on Saturday of Tottenham Hotspur (2-1).

The second semifinal, a priori the most unbalanced of the two, measured a Chelsea who had recovered sensations in recent weeks and still dreamed of finishing the league between the first four with a needy Southampton, engaged in the battle to avoid the decline and that he did not win a game in the Premier since February 17.

The finalist of last year -came in the final against Arsenal- came out with surprises in his ‘eleven’. With Courtois ‘touched’ and Marcos Alonso sanctioned, Conte opted for the Argentine Willy Caballero in the goal and Emerson on the left side, in a 3-4-3 system with Giroud as the most advanced player instead of the usual Morata.

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In the ‘Saints’, Mark Hughes changed the scheme and bet start with a 3-5-2, with the Long and Austin rapids up, and the Lemina muscle in the ruffle line instead of the creation of Ward-Prowse.

The first half was balanced, with Hazard, named the best footballer of the game, taking the handle of the attack of the ‘Blues’ and Southampton folded back looking for the ‘contras’ with their two bullets up.

The best chance of the first 45 minutes was had, however, the Brazilian Willian -was replaced in the second half and left visibly angry- after a loss of Oriol Romeu in his field and a great counterattack led by Hazard that the ‘ 22 ‘did not finish. His good shot with the left side repelled the crossbar before a Gentleman who remained still.

Giroud was in charge of breaking the parity, which responded to Conte’s trust in the best way possible. A minute after the interval, the seasoned Frenchman picked up a pass from Hazard and, in a great move, was dribbling rivals until Lemina, Yoshida, Cedric, and Bednarek were seated, misled the goalkeeper McCarthy and defined a soft right.

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He moved the bench Hughes then looking for more depth and entered the ends Tadic and Redmond by Hojbjerg and Long, respectively. They improved those of the south of England, who was about to equal the collision with a Redmond shot that Caballero, from the ground, managed to clear a corner kick.

Chelsea reacted well and gave the lace to the ‘Saints’ in the absence of eight minutes to go. Morata, who had replaced Giroud three minutes earlier, received a millimetric center from his best partner, Azpilicueta, won the jump to Hoedt and poked with the head the ball out of the reach of a McCarthy who made the statue.

He did not touch the Wembley light again and Chelsea finished with a deserved win that puts them in their second consecutive Cup of England Cup final.

Conte will seek revenge for the disappointment of last year on May 19 against Manchester United, which will be a reissue of the 2007 FA Cup final, the first that played in the new Wembley and fell on the side of the Londoners 1-0 thanks to a goal from Didier Drogba in extra time.

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2 – Chelsea: Knight; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rüdiger; Moses, Kanté, Fàbregas (Pedro, m.75), Emerson; Willian (Bakayoko, m.63), Hazard and Giroud (Morata, m.79).

0 – Southampton: McCarthy; Soares, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bednarek (Gabbiadini, m.78), Bertrand; Romeu, Hojbjerg (Tadic, m.63), Lemina; Austin and Long (Redmond, m.63).

Goals: 1-0, m.46: Giroud. 2-0, m.82: Morata.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG). He admonished Yoshida (m.40), Romeu (m.50), Lemina (m.54) and Hoedt (m.65), from Southampton.

Incidents: the second semifinal of the FA Cup (Cup of England), disputed in the stadium of Wembley (London), before 73,416 spectators. Chelsea will face off on May 19 with Manchester United in the final.

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Rubio is ready for the playoffs; Willy takes advantage of the last minutes of the league

Base Ricky Rubio maintained his good form in the face of reaching the playoffs in full form and was again decisive in another victory that got his team from the Utah Jazz, as well as being the best Spanish player in the day of the NBA.

Rubio was commissioned to be part of the winning attack of the Jazz, who won by beating 119-79 to the Golden State Warriors after playing 20 minutes and contributing 13 points.

The player of El Masnou was present in the attack of the Jazz to score 5 of 10 field goals, although he failed four of the five triple attempts, and hit 2-2 from the personnel line.

Rubio also captured five rebounds, including three defensive ones, and distributed five assists, without losing any ball or pointing out personal fouls.

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Again he was decisive at the start of the game when the Jazz broke the score in his favor with a great team game that had the Spanish international base as the protagonist.

The Jazz dominated both sides of the field during the first quarter with an 18-3 run that left them with the advantage of 24-9 and Rubio returned to be the leader who stole a ball with a basket penetration, followed by the wing -pivot Derrick Favors, who got two more mates baskets that opened the way to victory.

Also enjoyed the triumph the center Willy Hernangómez, who played as a reserve with the Charlotte Hornets and won at home 93-119 against the Indiana Pacers in what was the last game of the regular season for his team.

Hernangómez played 21 minutes in which he contributed six points and returned to become the second best of the team in the paint to capture 10 rebounds, only surpassed by the 17 that got the owner Dwight Howard.

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The Madrid player scored 2 of 7 field goals and hit 2 of 3 from the personnel line, in addition to capturing seven defensive rebounds, while he recovered one ball, lost another two and committed a personal foul.

Despite the victory the Hornets (36-46) are already eliminated from the competition of the final phase and Hernangómez already began to enjoy the anticipated vacations at the end of what was his second season in the NBA, which began with the Knicks of New York to be transferred at the beginning of last February to the team of Charlotte, owned by the legendary Michael Jordan.

Hernangómez, 23, finished the season with averages of 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in the 48 games he played, 26 with the Knicks and 22 with the Hornets, where he had more minutes and came close to his game. the first rookie season when in 72 games he averaged 8.2 goals and 7.0 balls collected under the hoops.

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92-113. The Warriors’ display against the Spurs with Thompson as a leader

The Golden State Warriors won at the start of the NBA playoffs 92-113 to the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the best of seven.

Despite the absence of star point guard Stephen Curry – he will not play in the entire tie – the Warriors were always the best team on the track at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, where guard Klay Thompson emerged as the current attack leader. league champions getting 27 points, with 11 of 13 field goals scored, including 5 of 6 triples.

The forward Kevin Durant supported him with another 24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and two recoveries, which left him as the Warriors’ most complete player who, at halftime, had the match decided with a partial of 41-57.

Veteran pivot JaVale McGee, who came out of the starting line, in a great decision of Warriors coach Steve Kerr, contributed 15 points, with four rebounds and two blocks.

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The power forward Draymond Green was also decisive inside and outside the paint and proved it by staying at the doors of a triple-double after getting 12 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, recover two balls and put a stopper.

The best of the bench of the Warriors was the base Shaun Livingston, who achieved 11 points, five rebounds and two assists in just 19 minutes he was on the field.

As a team, the Warriors achieved a 54 (44-81) percent of accuracy in field goals, and 46 (10-22) triples, compared to 40 (32-80) and 41 (9-22), respectively. , of the Spurs, who were swept under the Golden State team hoop to capture just three offensive rebounds by 10 of their rivals.

The game ended with 51 rebounds for the Warriors and only 30 for the Spurs, a clear demonstration of the superiority of the current league champions in all facets of the game, with the exception of the control of the ball, which the Californian team committed 15 losses by 12 of the Texan team.

The reserve power forward Rudy Gay with 15 points was the leader of the Spurs attack that had only three players with two-digit numbers and missed the absence of franchise player the forward Kawhi Leonard.

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Another tall man and franchise player of the Spurs, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, did not have his best individual performance and the contribution of 14 points with just two rebounds did not give him the option to fight for the win.

Backup reserve Bryn Forbes, who contributed 14 points, with two rebounds and one assist, scored 4 of 8, including a three-pointer on four attempts.

Veteran Argentine guard Manu Ginobili, who came off reserve, became the fourth highest scorer of the Spurs to provide nine points in the 17 minutes he was on the track.

Ginobili, 40, scored 3 of 6 field goals, including the two triple attempts he made, and 1 of 2 from the personnel line, in addition to capturing three rebounds, he handed out an assist, recovered three balls and lost three more…

While the Spanish center Pau Gasol, who also left reserve, played 20 minutes and contributed six points.

The Sant Boi player scored 3 of 5 field goals, captured four rebounds-two defensive-and lost two balls.

The second match of the tie will be played next Monday at the same stage of the Oracle Arena.

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Johnson revalidates the title of champion in the Masters of Houston, after defeating Sandgren

The American Steve Johnson revalidated on Sunday the title of champion of the Tournament of Houston, Masters 250 of the ATP when winning in the final by 7-6 (2), 2-6 and 6-4 to his compatriot Tennys Sandgren.

Johnson, 28, 51 in the world, took a cash prize of $ 99,375 and 250 points for the ATP classification, while Sandgren, who played his first professional final, won $ 52,340 and 150 points.

The champion became the first American to repeat the title in Houston since Andy Roddick did it in 2001 and 2002, after also being the first player to repeat the final since his compatriot Jack Sock won it in 2015 and 2016.

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In addition, he became the first local tennis player to eliminate four compatriots to the final since the Peruvian Jaime Yzaga did it when the tournament, played on a clay surface, was played at the Charlotte headquarters in 1991.

The game that lasted two hours and 22 minutes, was decided thanks to the many decisions that Johnson got with his serve when he won the first heat in the “tie-break” to which they arrived without having lost their serve.

Despite having lost the set, Sandgren, who faced Johnson for the first time, played his best tennis in the second and broke the serve to the champion in the sixth game and in the eighth to win and force the third and decisive.

Again both players, with safe service, and hits from the back of the court kept the score 4-4 until in the ninth game Johnson made the “break” that was all he needed to then ensure with his serve the victory and revalidate the title.

Johnson, who won the ninth straight game at the clay court at River Oaks Country Club, played the fourth final in an ATP tournament and got his third professional title.

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Despite the defeat, Sandgren, 26, 56 in the world, will join the 50 best in the ATP classification. The furthest thing that had come before was the quarterfinals he reached this year at the Australian Open.

Sandgren, who was the executioner of the Argentines Nicolás Kicker and Guido Pella, became the sixth player in the tournament to play his first professional final in Houston.

The Houston Tournament, unique on a clay surface, distributed prizes worth 557,050 dollars and 250 points for the world ranking of the ATP.

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