NBA Wrap: LeBron wins it at the death for Cavs

LeBron James hit a jumper over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer in overtime, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 140-138 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Moments after James blocked Butler’s potential winning shot with 1.3 seconds left, he caught a long pass from Jeff Green, created some space from Butler near the foul line and sank his fade-away shot to end Cleveland’s eight-game losing streak on national television.

The crowd erupted and James was mobbed by his teammates as the Cavs got a much-needed win to ease tensions during a prolonged slump. Cleveland has won just seven of its last 20.

James finished with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes. He also passed Zydrunas Ilgauskas (5,904) on Cleveland’s rebounds list.

J.R. Smith added 20 points and Isaiah Thomas had 13 points and seven assists in one of his best games in weeks. Butler scored 35 points for Minnesota, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 30.

James Harden scored 41 points as Houston beat Miami 109-101 for its sixth straight victory and 10th in 11 games.

Chris Paul added 24 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds for the Rockets.

Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each had 30 points for Miami. The Heat have a five-game losing streak, their longest slide of the season.

Harden eclipsed the 40-point mark for the eighth time this season. He was 13 of 25 from the field, going 5 of 12 from 3-point, and hit 10 of 12 free frees. He also had six assists and rebounds.

Andre Drummond had 17 points and 27 rebounds as Detroit beat Brooklyn 115-106 for its fifth straight victory.

Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who have not lost since acquiring him in a trade last week. Griffin will face his old team Friday night when the Los Angeles Clippers are in town.

Allen Crabbe had 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets. They have lost four in a row and eight of nine.

Ricky Rubio had 29 points and eight rebounds, while Rodney Hood scored 18 points as Utah beat Memphis 92-88 for its seventh straight victory.

Andrew Harrison led the Grizzlies with a career-high 23 points, and Marc Gasol had 20.

All the scores from Wednesday’s NBA games:

Detroit Pistons 115-106 Brooklyn Nets
Miami Heat 101-109 Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans – Indiana Pacers (Postponed)
Memphis Grizzlies 88-92 Utah Jazz
Cleveland Cavaliers 140-138 Minnesota Timberwolves (OT)
Phoenix Suns 81-129 San Antonio Spurs

Michael Falkesgaard sees Sanrawat Dechmitr as key man for Bangkok

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Michael Falkesgaard cannot wait to make his Thai League debut with Bangkok United and rates Sanrawat Dechmitr as the key man for his team this season.

There will be a new man in goal for Bangkok United when they kick off the 2018 Thai League season with former Brøndby stopper Michael Falkesgaard ready for his debut.

The 26-year-old Falkesgaard was born in Denmark to a Danish father and a Filipino mother. Standing at 1.91m tall, Falkesgaard’s love for football was influenced by his father and elder brother who were huge football fans.

At the age of 5, he persuaded his father to take him to their local club (Kastrup Boldklub) and took a step closer to his dream of becoming the next Peter Schmeichel came true when he signed for Brøndby IF in 2010.

He said: “Many youngsters in Denmark during my time wanted to go into goal because of the great Peter Schmeichel and I was one of them. Playing football came to me at a young age and it just went on from there.

“I started as first choice in Odense Boldklub [in 2015] straight after my move from Brøndby IF. We started well and was top of the league after the first few games that season.

“But luck was not on my side when I suffered a serious ACL injury against AGF and went for an operation. That was a big setback for me after such a good start with the club.”

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Undeterred by the layoff, Falkesgaard came back stronger and joined league rivals FC Midtjylland but another obstacle appeared before Bangkok United came calling.

“I joined FC Midtjylland because the club wanted me and had a plan for me to play,” he explained.

“But then they sold the other keeper and bought an older goalkeeper for millions of danish kroners. Soon after that Bangkok United came in the picture and now I’m here.”

Despite Bangkok United’s previous efforts to sign him, Falkesgaard had to wait for his chance because of passport issues.

United will be Falkesgaard’s priority, as his long-term wish is to don the national jersey for the Azkals and only good displays for the club will help him achieve his goal.

“When Bangkok’s sports director first approached me, I didn’t have my Filipino passport and they wanted me to fill the new ASEAN quote,” he explained.

“I had to fly several times to Manila to have all my documents done and apply for it. Now, I’m a proud Filipino on paper.

“Bangkok United is my main focus as I need to adapt to the climate and style of football. It’s good to be back on the pitch again after a long winter break in Europe.

“I’m sure the Azkals won’t be interested in underperforming players and I need to deliver. It’ll be an honour for me to get a call-up and that will also make my family living in the Philippines proud which means the world to me.”

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Having spent the last couple of months training with his new club mates, Falkesgaard is already impressed with the standard of football in Thailand and is confident he has joined one of the best clubs in Southeast Asia.

He added: “A lot of our Thai players are very talented, a good example is Sanrawat Dechmitr who has great technique and great vision.

“Then there are the Brazilian players [Robson, Everton and Vander Luiz] and Argentine striker Carlos Salom who are all going to be big profiles in the season to come.

“I can see why Bangkok United played so well over the past seasons and in Mano Polking, we have a coach who gets the most out of the players and imposes his brand of football on the team.”

Bangkok United will be hoping to do better than their third-placed finish in the league last year. Their first game will be at home to Tawan Sripan’s Muangthong United before taking on BEC Tero Sasana seven days later at the Boonyachinda Stadium.

Malignaggi: McGregor should retire

Paulie Malignaggi has advised Conor McGregor to retire from fighting after he “got smashed around” by Floyd Mayweather.

Malignaggi had been in negotiations to take on the UFC star late last year but now, after those talks broke down, the American thinks McGregor should quit fighting for good.

The pair were famously embroiled in a row when Malignaggi left McGregor’s training camp early after pictures of the retired boxer hitting the canvas were released on social media.

“He got smashed around by Mayweather,” the former two-weight world champion told Sky Sports. “He won’t come near me now and, frankly, I don’t think he should fight at all.

“If he’s smart he should take a hike. He’s not a very good boxer and in MMA, he has to fight some tough contenders.

“Unless he vacates his UFC title and takes on a lesser contender, which I can see him doing, I wouldn’t fight at all if I was him.”

McGregor was convincingly stopped by Mayweather when he made his boxing debut in August and the former pound-for-pound No 1 has recently flirted with – via social media – the idea of switching codes himself to the octagon.

“Mayweather is just pulling everyone’s chains so to speak, especially McGregor fans who are so mad that their guy got beat up and smacked around.

“They want to see Conor get his own back but Mayweather is teasing, he’s not going in the cage.”

NBA Wrap: Paul fires Rockets to big win over Cavs

Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists, Ryan Anderson added 21 points and the Houston Rockets became the latest team to thump Cleveland on US TV, beating the disconnected Cavaliers 120-88 on Saturday night.

James Harden only scored 16 — 15 below his league-leading average — but Houston rolled to its fourth straight win and improved to 11-2 since Jan. 8.

Meanwhile, the Cavs’ downward spiral accelerated.

Since losing at Golden State on Christmas, LeBron James and his teammates are 0-8 in network broadcasts and have been embarrassed in several matchups against quality teams.

They lost by 28 at Minnesota, 34 in Toronto, 24 at home to Oklahoma City and 32 to the Rockets, who toyed with the defending Eastern Conference champs.

James finished with just 11 points and didn’t play in the fourth quarter as the Rockets were too far ahead. Isaiah Thomas scored 12 for Cleveland.

Jimmy Butler scored 30 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and 16 rebounds for his league-leading 47th double-double as Minnesota beat New Orleans 118-107.

In front of a capacity crowd dotted with celebrities in town for Sunday’s Super Bowl, the Wolves dominated from the start en route to their 12th straight home win and a four-game season sweep of the Pelicans.

Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 38 points and managed to keep the Pelicans from getting completely blown out in the first quarter, when the Wolves opened a 22-6 lead.

Davis scored 19 first-quarter points to help the Pelicans pull within single digits at times, but Minnesota had an answer for every run and shot 50.5 percent on the night to steadily maintain its lead.

Tyus Jones had 15 points off the bench for the Wolves. Andrew Wiggins had 15 points for Minnesota and Taj Gibson added 12.

Andre Drummond had 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Blake Griffin made a key 3-pointer in the final minute to lift Detroit to a 111-107 win over Miami.

Ish Smith added 25 points for the Pistons, including a late 3-pointer of his own.

Detroit has won three in a row, the last two with Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade.

Griffin’s 3-pointer with 44 seconds to play put the Pistons ahead 108-101, but Goran Dragic responded with a four-point play, making a 3-pointer while being fouled with 32 seconds left. Detroit ran the clock down on the next possession, and Smith sank his only 3-point attempt of the game, from the right corner with 14 seconds to play.

Dragic scored 33 points for the Heat, who have lost three in a row. Miami was without center Hassan Whiteside, who was out with an illness.

Victor Oladipo and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 19 points and Indiana beat Philadelphia 100-92.

Oladipo added nine rebounds and four assists. Domantis Sabonis scored 10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had six assists. Lance Stephenson finished with 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Indiana.

Joel Embiid finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds while playing on both nights of the back-to-back. Ben Simmons scored 10 points and added 11 rebounds for Philadelphia.

Otto Porter scored 20 points and Tomas Satoransky had a career-high 19 to lift Washington to a 115-98 win over Orlando.

Bradley Beal had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Wizards won their fourth straight without injured All-Star point guard John Wall. Washington shot 54 percent and had 35 assists, the fourth straight game with 30 or more.

Mario Hezonja and Johnathon Simmons led Orlando with 15 points apiece. The Magic had seven players in double figures, including 14 points from Elfrid Payton, but couldn’t keep up with Washington’s unselfish play.

Newcomer Tobias Harris combined well with holdover Danilo Gallinari to lead the Clippers to a 113-103 victory over the struggling Bulls.

Harris and Gallinari each scored 24 points in their first game together, and the Clippers stayed with a simple motion offense that led to a season-high 33 fast-break points.

Zach LaVine had 21 points and nine rebounds and led six Bulls players scoring in double figures.

All the scores from Saturday’s NBA action:

Los Angeles Clippers 113-103 Chicago Bulls
Detroit Pistons 111-107 Miami Heat
Indiana Pacers 100-92 Philadelphia 76ers
Orlando Magic 98-115 Washington Wizards
Cleveland Cavaliers 88-120 Houston Rockets
Denver Nuggets 115-108 Golden State Warriors
Minnesota Timberwolves 118-107 New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs 111-120 Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings 99-106 Dallas Mavericks