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Rockets coach Kevin McHale

in Unser Forum 15.03.2019 04:26
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NEW ORLEANS -- Tyreke Evans sore right knee -- and long-term contract -- gave him every reason to sit out the final two games of a losing season with the Pelicans. Yet even as coaches and trainers encouraged him to rest, Evans was having none of it. Instead, he played some of his most relentless, productive and crowd-pleasing basketball of the season. He capped it off with 25 points and 10 assists on Wednesday night, and New Orleans closed out a difficult, injury riddled season with a 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets. "I just want to have fun, man," Evans said. "It was my last game this year. ... I was hurt. I could have easily sat out, taken the back seat, but coach talked to us about finishing strong and thats what I wanted to do." Two nights earlier, Evans scored a career-high 41 points in a stunning victory over Oklahoma City. Against Houston, he enlivened the crowd with end-to-end drives, high razzle-dazzle dribbles and an array of midair contortions in order to get off shots in traffic near the basket. "He drove me crazy with some of his uh-oh plays, but these last two games, I hope he gets player of the week," coach Monty Williams said. "We needed these two games to go into the summer. He stepped up big-time and carried the team." The Rockets, who had already locked up the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, rested James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin. Still, the game was competitive as a number of role players sought to make the most of extended action. Troy Daniels, a rookie guard out of VCU whod scored only 20 points in 31 minutes all season, hit 6 3s and finished with a career-high 22 points. "I was ready to get out there," Daniels said. "It shows the coach has a lot of faith in me. Obviously I have a lot of work to do and a lot of progress to make, but it was a good start for me to get my confidence up." Evans gave New Orleans the lead for good with a driving layup with 2:35 left, then sealed it with a powerful move in which he wedged his way between Jordan Hamilton and Josh Powell for a running, right-handed hook from the lane. "It wasnt just about, We aint making the playoffs; lets pack it up," said guard Anthony Morrow, nodding at Evans. "When a guy who signs a long-term deal still plays the last two games of the season the way he did, it says a lot about him." Austin Rivers added 18 points and Morrow 15 for the Pelicans, who shot 52.4 per cent. Neither team led by more than single digits. New Orleans had the largest lead at 90-81, but Houston responded with a late 11-4 run that included 3s by Hamilton and Daniels, then took a brief 100-99 lead when Hamilton stole the ball and converted a fast-break lay-in with 2:51 left. Regular Houston starters Terrence Jones, who had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Patrick Beverly, who had 14 points, also played as if it mattered. Hamilton hit four 3s on his way to 14 points and Donatas Motiejunas had 11 points and 10 rebounds. "We werent going to change in the standings, so we played a bunch of guys that we hadnt played before," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "Its time to get some guys comfortable." Dwight Howard was among a minority of players who looked like as if he was merely going through the motions. He was 1 of 5 shooting, including a missed 3 after which he allowed a smirk, and grabbed four rebounds while turning the ball over three times. But Howard had more important things to think about with the fourth-seeded Rockets, who won 54 games this season, starting a playoff series against Portland on Sunday. Notes: After missing the past two games with a left ankle injury, Pelicans guard Brian Roberts played 4 minutes, long enough to make three free throws. That got him to 125 made foul shots this season, qualifying him for the official NBA lead in free throw shooting percentage at 93.9 per cent. "To have that, thats something thats special and something Ill never forget," Roberts said. ... Pelicans rookie C Jeff Withey tied a career high with five blocks. ... The loss was Houstons first against the Pelicans in four meetings this season. Vapormax Shoes Cheap . On Tuesday, the star questioned whether that was still the case. Speaking to reporters at a charity event, Johnson said: "I just kind of wonder sometimes: Is this still the place for me?" Johnsons comments came after he was asked why he recently skipped a voluntary minicamp. Nike Vapormax Australia . Tokarski, a somewhat controversial choice -- with his 10 games of NHL experience and all -- to replace an injured Carey Price in Game Two had a night to remember, turning back a Rangers team that was dominating play from the get-go, outshooting the Canadiens 14-4 in the first period and 37-25 overall. http://www.australiavapormaxcheap.com/ .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Vapormax Shoes On Sale .Y. - Through three quarters, the Brooklyn Nets could not shake the NBAs worst team. Wholesale Nike Vapormax . Off-Season Game Plan looks at the Capitals possible summer plans, with the understanding that its tough to plot a direction without a general manager or head coach around which to set those expectations.Columbus, OH - Jalin Marshall returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown and added three receiving touchdowns in the fourth quarter, lifting the seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes over the Indiana Hoosiers, 42-27, on Saturday. With the win, Ohio State (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten) captured the Big Tens East Division crown and clinched a spot in the conference championship game for the second straight year. Marshall caught five passes for 95 yards for the Buckeyes, who have won a record 23 consecutive Big Ten bouts during the regular season. J.T. Barrett completed 25-of-35 passes for 302 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He set the school mark for touchdown passes (33) in a season. Tevin Coleman rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries for the Hoosiers (3-8, 0-7), who have lost six in a row. His 1,906 rushing yards are the most in a single season in school history. Zander Diamont connected on 11-of-27 passes for 114 yards and an interception for Indiana. Ohio State trailed 20-14 after Coleman raced 90 yards for a TD midway through the third quarter. The momentum shifted on Marshalls punt return for a touchdown with 2:20 left in the third. After forcing a three-and-out, the Buckeyes bridged the third and fourth frames with an 11-play, 76-yard drive. Devin Smith caught a 33-yard pass on 3rd-and-7 to move the chains. Following two more conversions on third down, Marshall caught a 6-yard TD pass to make it 28-20. Sean Nuernberger missed a 46-yard field goal on the next Ohio State possession. The Buckeyes defense came up big when Tyvis Powell picked off Diamont. Marshall followed with TD catches of 15 and 54 yards to put the game out oof reach.dddddddddddd. Coleman added a 52-yard score to account for the final margin. Ezekiel Elliott broke off a 65-yard TD run on the third play from scrimmage. After forcing a three-and-out, Ohio State scored another touchdown. Jeff Heuerman capped the nine-play drive with a pair of catches, including a 4-yard score on fourth down. But the Hoosiers quickly got back in the game. Diamont ripped off a 53-yard run and Coleman scored from two yards out. Michael Thomas fumbled on Ohio States ensuing possession. Indianas Zack Shaw recovered at the 31-yard line of the Buckeyes, leading to a 30-yard Griffin Oakes field goal. Barrett was picked off on consecutive possessions, but the Hoosiers could only capitalize on the second interception. Oakes 37-yard field goal got Indiana within 14-13 with 9:34 left in the second quarter. Colemans 90-yard TD run gave the Hoosiers a 20-14 lead with 7:17 left in the third quarter. Game Notes Ohio State has dominated the series with Indiana since its inception, going 70-12-5, which includes victories in each of the last 19 meetings ... Barrett has been responsible for a school record 42 touchdowns this year, matching Drew Brees Big Ten record for single season touchdown responsibility first set at Purdue in 1998 ... Elliott carried the ball 13 times for 107 yards and became the 30th Buckeye in program history to top 1,000 yards in one season ... Barrett rushed for 78 yards on 20 carries ... The Buckeyes have one scheduled game left on the docket, a Nov. 29 matchup with bitter rival Michigan at home ... Indiana will host intrastate rival Purdue on Nov. 29 to bring the curtain down on the 2014 campaign. ' ' '

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