Michael Porter Jr. career-high helps Nuggets turn back Pacers

first_imgDenver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. reacts during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Indianapolis. Denver won 124-116. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLI — Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. took command on his hometown stage Thursday night.He repeatedly beat Pacers defenders and even occasionally the shot clock with his nifty drives to the hoop. He knocked down 3-pointers. He even upstaged All-Star teammate Nikola Jokic.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LaMelo Ball, other athletes aid Australian wildfire victims SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View comments Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Pacers: “I felt like we had the feeling we were up more than we were. I felt like we were just cruising because we were making shots. But those are the times we have to improve as a team and go up by 20,” Sabonis said.UP NEXTNuggets: Will make their third stop on a five-game road trip Saturday at Washington.Pacers: Can pull off a second straight season sweep of the Hawks on Saturday in Atlanta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He couldn’t have written a more perfect script.Porter helped the Nuggets get back on track after they gave up 37 first-quarter points, helped them take control late in the third quarter and was still playing well enough to help them close it out — with some help from his teammates.He wound up 11 of 12 from the field, 2 of 3 on 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and had one big assist.And on a night Jokic struggled because of foul trouble, the Nuggets needed someone else to step forward.Yes, Jokic finished with 22 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, and seven rebounds. But it was Porter who drew the rave reviews.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ Porter scored a season-high 25 points, helping the Nuggets battle back from a double-digit deficit in the first half and leading them past Indiana, 124-116.“It was cool,” said Porter, whose first appearance on the Bankers Life Fieldhouse floor came as a fourth grader. “I was hitting some of my shots and doing some of my moves that I used to do, so I felt pretty good out there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4It probably looked familiar to some in the crowd, too.Porter spent Wednesday reminiscing with old grade-school buddies from an Indianapolis suburb and invited them to his first NBA appearance on the Pacers’ home court. “It’s another glimpse into a very bright future,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He just got his first postgame water celebration, the guys dumped him. Everybody on the bench was happy for him.”Jeremy Lamb had a season-high 30 points for the Pacers, who have lost four of six.Domantas Sabonis had 18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, falling just short of his first career triple-double for the second time this week.But it was a frustrating night for the Pacers, who led the entire first half and never trailed until another Indiana native, Gary Harris, knocked down a 3-pointer with 9:16 left in the third quarter to make it 73-72.Lamb answered with a 3, which turned the game into a back-and-forth contest until Monte Morris closed out the the third with a 3-pointer and an 18-foot jumper — off a rebound and pass from Porter — to give the Nuggets a 92-88 lead.Denver opened the fourth by outscoring Indiana 11-6 to make it 103-94 and the Pacers could only get as close as 107-104 with 6:31 to go. Jokic and Porter scored eight of Denver’s next 10 points to seal the victory.“You have to tip your cap to him,” Turner said, referring to Porter. “I’ve been following his career and I think he’s been through a lot. It’s cool and refreshing to see someone like that go off and have a good game. You hope, obviously, it’s against someone else.”TIP-INSNuggets: Will Barton III had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. … Jamal Murray also had 22 points. … Harris returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a bruised left shin and finished with 12 points. … Jokic picked up three quick fouls and played just eight minutes in the first half. … Denver had a 47-34 rebounding advantage and snapped a two-game losing streak in Indy … The Nuggets had 27 assists, improving to 17-4 when posting 25 or more this season.Pacers: Turner had 21 points and T.J. Warren added 20. … Aaron Holiday finished with 10 assists. … Lamb made all five of his 3-point attempts and also grabbed six rebounds. … Indiana’s first-quarer scoring total was a season high. … Malcolm Brogdon has missed four of Indiana’s last five games with injuries, this time with a sore back. … The Pacers had won six straight home games before Thursday.THEY SAID ITNuggets: “I think everybody’s getting more and more excited about what Michael’s going to bring, not just in the future, but right now,” Malone said. ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record highlast_img read more

Liverpool boss hoping for a rejuvenated Salah after break from Egypt duty

first_img REVEALED 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes the international break will have helped rejuvenate Mohamed Salah.The Reds star has gone seven games without a goal – his longest barren run since joining the club in 2017. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Mohamed Salah is in desperate need of a goal RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain has been out since April 2018 “The boys never had a day off, actually. They always trained, but individually and not at the highest intensity, so that helps of course. Not only for Mo, for the others as well. All good.”Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has not played a first-team game in almost a year due to a knee injury, is edging closer to a return.The 25-year-old suffered a minor setback with a hamstring injury in his first competitive game for the Under-23s earlier this month.And Klopp says he regrets hyping up Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness. REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice BEST OF But Salah was spared international duty with Egypt this month, giving him a fortnight without football.Salah will be looking to end his goal drought when Liverpool host Tottenham on Sunday. He found the net three times in two appearances against Spurs last season.Asked whether the forward had benefited from not having to travel for matches against Niger and Nigeria, Klopp said: “Oh, 100 per cent.“Of course if you can gain freshness in that time then that’s clear. He said: “How can I say this? I think one of the biggest mistakes I made was being so excited about having Ox back.“I’m pretty sure Ox felt a little bit after the last session with us, and then he played the game and felt a little bit more, and everybody was looking at him.“So now we keep him a little bit more in the shadows, he’s in a pretty good moment, he will train, and when he is back and ready to be properly involved again, then I will inform you. Until then I will not speak about him.”last_img read more