Westbrook unleashes 45 as Thunder beat Jazz to avoid elimination

first_img“It was win or go home,” Westbrook said. “Regardless of what is going on in the game, you have to give yourself a chance to win, and I thought our guys did a good job of that tonight. They did an amazing job of sticking together.”Westbrook got sidetracked during Monday’s Game 4 by a one-on-one matchup with Ricky Rubio. He was in foul trouble for much of Oklahoma City’s loss and was later fined $10,000 and assessed a technical for an altercation late in that game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith Oklahoma City trailing 3-1 in the series, he focused up in Game 5 and helped keep the season alive. He made 5 of 16 shots in the first half, then 12 of 23 in the second.Westbrook also had 15 rebounds and seven assists. Paul George added 34 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who forced a Game 6 in Salt Lake City on Friday. LATEST STORIES “We stopped playing defense,” Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said. “We stopped getting back. Our offense got stagnant. They made adjustments and we didn’t make the right adjustments back. We will watch the film and figure out what went wrong, but from my analysis right after the game, we just stopped getting back in transition and they just fed off of that.”Jae Crowder scored a career playoff-high 27 points, Mitchell had 23 and Joe Ingles added 16 for the Jazz, who still have a 3-2 lead in the series.They realize it probably should already be over.“We need to do a better job,” Rubio said. “Of course, you have to give them credit. They made a lot of shots. They took their pride and forced a Game 6. But we are going home and we’ve got to be strong and be confident.”Oklahoma City took advantage after Utah’s post players, Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, got into foul trouble. Both finished with five fouls, and Oklahoma City was able to get to the basket consistently for the first time in the series.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LeBron blocks shot, hits winning 3-pointer at buzzer as Cavs take 3-2 lead Gobert’s absence, in particular, caused problems.“It’s a different feeling when you don’t have big fella back there,” Mitchell said. “It’s hard that we put all the pressure on him. We have had success but eventually it’s not going to work and we have to play better defense as guards ourselves.”Utah opened the second half on an 8-1 run to go up 64-42, and Crowder’s 3-pointer made it 71-46 with 8:34 left in the third quarter.Westbrook made back-to-back 3-pointers, then after a 3-point play by George, Westbrook made a jumper and a layup to cut Utah’s lead to 73-60 and bring energy back into the arena.Gobert picked up his fifth foul with 3:46 left in the third quarter. Westbrook’s 3-pointer tied the game at 78 heading into the fourth quarter. He scored 20 points in the third.Westbrook scored immediately at the start of the fourth to finally put the Thunder in front. Back-to-back 3s by Westbrook and Alex Abrines put Oklahoma City up 96-91, and a jumper by Westbrook with 1:24 left put Oklahoma City up 107-99.“We just never quit,” George said. “We never quit. I can’t pinpoint one thing we did wrong. We just never got down on ourselves, regardless of the lead they built and the shots they were making. We could surge back and we did.”TIP-INSJazz: Shot 57 percent in the first quarter to take a 34-29 lead. … Crowder scored 15 points in the first quarter. … Mitchell was fouled on a 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds left in the first half. Before Mitchell shot his free throws, Thunder coach Billy Donovan was called for a technical. Mitchell made all four free throws, and Utah led 56-41 at the break. … Rubio finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.Thunder: Former Thunder forward Enes Kanter, who was sent to New York in the deal that brought Anthony to Oklahoma City, attended the game. Kanter played for Utah before playing for the Thunder. … George made a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell defends during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook unleashed the same fury he had in Game 4, just a little more efficiently this time.Westbrook was controlled, and he was too much for Utah. Silent and serious, the reigning league MVP scored 33 of his 45 points in the second half, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 25 points down to fight off elimination and beat the Jazz 107-99 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ STAT LINESWestbrook had only scored 36 points in the second half of the first four games combined before unleashing 33 in Game 5.“Just staying aggressive,” Westbrook said. “Just trying to pick my spots, the same shots I’ve been getting. I’ve just got to concentrate on making them.”MISSING IN ACTIONCarmelo Anthony scored just seven points on 2-for-6 shooting and played just 26 minutes. When he subbed out in the third quarter, the Thunder trailed 71-53. By the time he subbed back in, Oklahoma City led 88-87.QUOTABLEGeorge on not resting in the second half: “What were we going to rest for? We wanted this game tonight. We needed this game tonight. We were just going to give it everything we had.”UP NEXTGame 6 is Friday in Salt Lake City. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

PPP slams bad faith, foot-dragging by President

first_imgAppointment of GECOM Chair…says still no word from President on next meeting with Opposition LeaderDespite the urgency of the matter, a week has passed and there has been no word from President David Granger on the next meeting to come up with nominees for the post of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman.This was revealed by former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Chief Whip Gail Texieira, who has played an integral part as an intermediary between Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and the President and his team while the two sides have been trying to choose a chairman in keeping with the consensual approach recommended by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Texieira in a statement on Wednesday said that it is unbelievable that one week has passed and no meeting has been scheduled for the continuation of discussions at the informal level, either between the Leader of the Opposition and the President or with their emissaries.“We, in the Parliamentary Opposition, thought that we were making progress in the informal engagement, albeit slow, with 4 names that are “not unacceptable” to the President,” she added. According to her, despite the CCJ’s ruling that the appointment of the chairman in accordance with the Constitution is of “utmost urgency”, and the President’s statement on July 12th that the appointment could be done in days, the Leader of the Opposition’s informal submission of an additional four names on July 18th for the President’s consideration regarding their acceptability to him remains unanswered.According to Texieira, this is the very definition of the “bad faith” that the CCJ cited when they handed down their June 18 ruling and July 12 consequential orders. Texieira noted that the President’s public statements of wanting to appoint a Chairman in days can no longer be taken at face value.She pointed out that “on several occasions, he has changed his mind and in other openly contradicted earlier public statements, such as those he made on July 12 and July 19, 2019— which are a complete reversal of the statements he made at his July 4 press conference following the meeting with the Leader of the Opposition with regards to the appointment of the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission”.Texieira also noted that President Granger has arrogated onto himself a role in submitting names to the Opposition Leader, which then have to be included on the final list. She made it clear that this was untrue.“In his July 12 and 18 statements, the President has inserted himself in the role of submitting and determining names on the list of six from which he will select, a role in contravention of art 161 (2) and the CCJ ruling of June 18th 2019”.The Leader of the Opposition, she stated, has on more than one occasion written to the President and declared publicly “his availability to meet at any time and daily” in order to conclude the informal process of finding six names “not unacceptable” to the President in keeping with article 161 (2).ListsJagdeo had submitted a list for GECOM Chairperson that included retired Major General Joe Singh, who served as GECOM Chairman years ago; Environmentalist Annette Arjoon-Martins, retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy, businessman Captain Gerry Gouveia, Attorney- at-Law Kashir Khan, former Magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud, Conflict Resolution Specialist Lawrence Latchmansingh, Retired Major General Norman McLean, Businessman Ramesh Dookhoo, Retired Puisne Judge William Ramlall and Onesi La Fleur.But in a turnaround, the President then submitted a list of nominees of his own that featured the return of former GECOM Chairman retired Justices James Patterson, in addition to retired Justice Claudett La Bennet, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Chairperson Kesaundra Alves, Stanley Moore, Economist Aubrey Armstrong, and former Solicitor General Kim Kyte. The President also proposed known PNC-affiliates and businessmen Stanley Ming (a former PNC Parliamentarian) and Kads Khan.While the Constitution does not allow the President to submit names, Jagdeo, in a compromise, had permitted the President to informally suggest names of persons he had no objection to. The fact that a formal list was presented by the President’s representatives has been criticised by political observers as a demonstration of bad faith.Government subsequently confirmed Alves and retired Justice La Bennet as nominees the President has no objection to. However, Jagdeo rejected these two names and had been poised to make more submissions. Subsequently, President Granger left the jurisdiction for Cuba to do a medical check-up.People’s Progressive Party (PPP) member Gail TexieiraPresident David Grangerlast_img read more