MetLife game disappointing due to poor atmosphere

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It was almost like Syracuse had to force New York’s College Classic onto fans in the New York City area. They didn’t want it, and they proved that by barely filling half of MetLife Stadium.The official attendance was 39,507. It looked like there was a lot more red in the stands than orange. Sure, No. 2 Southern California wouldn’t have played Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, but the Orange could’ve played a more beatable team at home and attracted 40,000 of its own fans easily.Instead, SU scheduled a game against an elite program all in the name of more exposure that ultimately won’t matter.The Trojans struggled early on, but clicked like we all knew they would in the second half. Quarterback Matt Barkley threw for six touchdowns, and wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee burned SU’s secondary for five of them.USC head coach Lane Kiffin credited Syracuse for a good game, but he also said the atmosphere didn’t exactly make for a high-intensity game — a stark contrast to the packed stadiums the Trojans normally play in.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought they (USC) did a really good job for a game that is not real easy to play,” Kiffin said. “First off, the East Coast, the two days, NFL stadium, not much attendance, lower than I think people thought, so there wasn’t a whole lot of energy, and then the delay — so, a lot of reasons why they could’ve not performed well.”Lack of attendance. Lack of energy. Not exactly the type of environment SU was hoping for.And the weather delay of more than an hour while lightning storms and possible tornadoes passed through? Wouldn’t have happened at a true SU home game.This game wasn’t a part of non-student, season-ticket packages, so Syracuse fans had to buy separate tickets just to make the four-hour trip to MetLife Stadium. To make fans shell out more money to make the trip in a tough economic climate to see their own team seems unfair, to say the least.But Syracuse relied on some of those fans making the trip and hoped its alumni base in the New York City area would come out to MetLife to watch the Orange.That didn’t happen.Next season, SU will play Penn State at the Meadowlands. If fans didn’t come out to see Syracuse play the No. 2 team in the country, they won’t want to come out to see a Nittany Lions team that’s a shell of its former self.After the game Saturday, SU head coach Doug Marrone couldn’t discuss the benefit of the extra exposure. The loss stung and clouded any positives.“Now it’s hard for me to answer that question,” Marrone said. “And I think it’s a great question. During the week, we talked about the recruiting, the venue. Right now, it’s hard for me to answer that question the way I would have during the week because I’m hurt about the outcome.”That’s because, when all is said and done, it’s still a loss regardless of any increased exposure.But this game could’ve been a win against almost any other team.Syracuse remained competitive with USC for much of the game. But in the end, Southern California’s talent was simply too much to beat. The Trojans are ranked No. 2 and a national champion favorite for a reason.If Syracuse played any other out-of-conference team in the Carrier Dome, it’s reasonable to assume the Orange could be 1-1 right now, given the way it played Saturday.“We did win the moral victory; at the end of the day, everyone has wins and losses,” SU wide receiver Alec Lemon said. “We can play with the best out there and we feel confident going on the rest of the year.”The way Syracuse coaches and players spoke after the game, it was as if the goal was to stick with the Trojans. And if Syracuse fails to make a bowl game by one win again, this game will hover as a mistake for a second-straight year.Moral victories won’t earn bowl berths.Chris Iseman is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. You can contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @chris_iseman.  Comments Published on September 10, 2012 at 1:02 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers erase 19-point deficit, get defensive to beat Rockets

first_imgTwenty seconds after Paul’s final scoring contribution, both he and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni were called for technical fouls – sending Bullock to the line for a pair of free throws, which he converted to boost the lead to six with 33.3 seconds left. Ingram (who finished 11 for 14 from the line) followed with another pair of free throws to pad the lead.In his return from a 15-game absence because of thumb surgery, Clint Capela chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Houston (33-25).Entering the fourth quarter, the Rockets led 90-83 after the Lakers outscored them 23-11 from the 6:56 mark in the third.In the first half of their first game since the All-Star break, the Lakers fell behind by as many as 13 but trimmed the margin to 58-52 by halftime, helped by Kuzma’s playmaking, Ingram’s determined scoring and Bullock’s three early 3s.Before the game, the Lakers said they were focused on fixing their free-throw shooting and turnover woes. The Lakers finished 27 for 33 from the line, though their 18 turnovers led to 24 Rockets points.The Rockets, who made close to half their shots through the first 36 minutes, were just 7 for 19 from the field and 2 for 12 on 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter. They also didn’t shoot any free throws over the final 20 minutes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers asserted themselves defensively, especially late in the game, holding the high-powered Rockets to just 16 fourth-quarter points. They also outrebounded Houston 49-38, despite going with a small lineup and playing without a traditional center for the entire fourth quarter.“I loved that it looked like. We got our defensive mojo, our defensive confidence back as that game went along,” Walton said. “We kept scrapping and finding ways to give ourselves a chance. For playing as small as we did for a lot of the game, I thought we did a heck of a job rebounding the ball. Rebounding the ball and knocking down free throws kind of allowed us to win that game, even with the amount of turnovers (18) that we had.”All five Lakers starters scored in double figures, as Brandon Ingram had 27, Kyle Kuzma accounted for 18, Reggie Bullock had 14 and JaVale McGee posted 11.The Lakers seemingly pulled ahead before James’ free throws when he found a streaking Josh Hart for a layup that appeared to make it 96-95 with 6:52 left.But during a timeout, the official review of a pair of Lakers 3-pointers gave Houston back the lead at 95-92: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s second made 3-pointer came after the shot clock expired and James’ 3-pointer turned out to be a 2-pointer, the officials ruled. PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket and foul with Kyle Kuzma #0 during a 111-106 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, left, grabs a rebound next to teammate Lance Stephenson, center, and Houston Rockets’ Kenneth Faried during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) grabs a rebound next to Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets scores on a layup during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela (15) grabs a rebound next to teammate PJ Tucker, left, and Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets fakes JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers creating a foul during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles toward James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets makes a pass to Clint Capela #15 in front of Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) grabs a rebound next to Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts after he is fouled by Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers while shooting a three pointer during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Brandon Ingram #14 an Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers react to a dunk from Kenneth Faried #35 of the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his third foul between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 and Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a lead as he walks off the court after a timeout, in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James yells during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Kenneth Faried #35 of the Houston Rockets goes up for a dunk during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, front, drives to the basket as Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, passes the ball next to Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) vies for position under the basket next to Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) shoots over Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ Kenneth Faried (35) dunks over Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his three pointer during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his layup during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks past Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his offensive foul during a 111-106 Los Angeles Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores between Eric Gordon #10 and Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Chris Paul #3 and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets slap hands during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets is guarded by Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets gets trapped by Brandon Ingram #14 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his third foul during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts in front of Mike D’Antoni as he fouls out during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers falls as he is fouled by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets, fouling out of the game, during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts for a foul in front of Gerald Green #14 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to his fifth foul during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Reggie Bullock #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers dives for the ball with James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Kenneth Faried #35 of the Houston Rockets walks back on defense during a 111-106 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers backs in on James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers calls out of play during a 111-106 Laker win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, reaches for a loose ball next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) reacts to a foul called against him during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Houston Rockets’ PJ Tucker (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives to the basket over Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets argues with referee Michael Smith #38 after getting three fouls during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts on the bench with three fouls during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks past Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket in front of James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot in front of Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets as JaVale McGee #7 and PJ Tucker #17 look on during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after a fall during a 111-106 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits for the start of play during a 111-106 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets controls the ball during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup past Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores in front of Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets as JaVale McGee #7 and PJ Tucker #17 look on during a 111-106 Lakers win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets dribbles the ball in front of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 and Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 111-106 Laker win at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket and foul with Kyle Kuzma #0 during a 111-106 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, left, grabs a rebound next to teammate Lance Stephenson, center, and Houston Rockets’ Kenneth Faried during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 59Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, left, grabs a rebound next to teammate Lance Stephenson, center, and Houston Rockets’ Kenneth Faried during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Once upon a time, Luke Walton ran off a record 24 consecutive victories to start the 2015-16 season while filling in for Steve Kerr as coach of the Golden State Warriors. Walton’s not-so-bold prediction as Lakers coach before Thursday’s game: This team won’t finish the season 25-0.Probably not, but they earned a character-building win Thursday, 111-106 over James Harden and the Houston Rockets. It was the Lakers’ biggest comeback win of the season and their sixth when trailing by 15 or more at any point.“Obviously we haven’t played at home in a long time, so we wanted to give our fans something to cheer about,” said LeBron James, who led the Lakers with 29 points (16 in the second half). “We just showed that grit and that grind to be able to get some defensive stops, to be able to get out on the break, (to) be able to play good, Laker basketball.”Facing a full-strength Rockets team, the Lakers fell behind by 13 in the first half, fought back, fell behind by 19 in the third quarter, clawed back again, and eventually took a 99-97 lead with 4:15 left in the game on a pair of James free throws. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers (29-29) didn’t go away, though. A monster dunk by James – who spoke this week of turning up the volume and “activating” his crunchtime level of focus to try to lift his team into the postseason – cut the lead to 97-94.The following layup and free throw by Ingram, who also had a season-high 13 rebounds, tied the score at 97-all before James’ two free throws gave the Lakers the advantage.“He was special for our team,” James said. “B.I.’s very special. When he’s rebounding like that it just activates the rest of his game.”Kuzma drew a charge on Harden with 2:47 left – saddling last season’s MVP with his fifth offensive foul – before James (11 rebounds, six assists) spun in another bucket to extend the lead to 101-97.Ingram (who had missed his first two free-throw attempts) drained his ninth in a row before missing his second, and the Lakers led 102-97.But another drive by Harden (30 points, five rebounds, six assists) – extended his 30-point scoring streak to 32 games and cut the L.A. lead to 102-99.After Bullock answered with his fourth 3-pointer to boost the Lakers’ advantage to 105-99, Harden was called for another charge – his sixth foul (fourth offensive) – and disqualified. It’s just the second time in three seasons Harden has fouled out of a game.“It’s always a team job to stop someone,” said Walton, crediting the efforts of Bullock, Ingram and Caldwell-Pope on Harden. “He had 30 points, we didn’t stop him, but in my opinion, we did a very nice job of making it hard for him, not giving him too many free looks at the free-throw line and contesting the 3s without fouling.”In his first game visiting Staples Center to face the Lakers since the spat with Rajon Rondo in the Lakers’ home opener earlier this season, Chris Paul remained active until he fouled out with 21.3 seconds left. Before he left, he made a layup with 55 seconds to go that closed the gap to four points and gave him 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and nine assists.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

first_imgToday’s News* Crusaders of the Stage will meet tomorrow 7:15 a.m. Wednesday• Blood Drive in Small Gym.Thursday• Cross Country at El Dorado 4 p.m.• C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.Friday• 4A Regional Tennis at Pratt• Football at Collegiate 7 p.m.Saturday• 4A Regional Tennis at Pratt• JV Volleyball at Chaparral 9 p.m.Wednesday’s lunch:Chili, Corn chips, celery and cucumber, cinnamon roll, pears. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014: Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments *Crusaders, please remember to detach the lids of the empty bottles you recycle. Also, please do not put your trash in the recycle bins- put the paper in the paper bins and bottles in the bottle bins. Lastly, we’d like to say we only recycle plastic bottles and paper. Thank you- WHS Leadership Guidance Office News:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, October 21- KANSAS STATEThursday, October 23- Butler CCC Tuesday, November 11- Pittsburg StateThursday, November 13- Fort Hays CollegeFollow us on Twitter. * Don’t forget to participate in No make up Mondays for Operation Beautiful and wear pink to support breast cancer awareness month. *If you’re interested in learning about the Work Ethic Program, stop by Mrs. Hatfield’s office for a brochure.  Sign up by Oct. 20th! Thursday’s lunch:Macaroni & Cheese, meat balls, seasoned peas, baby carrots, bread/jelly, apple.last_img read more