Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, left, looks at Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Timberwolves were flat, facing a double-digit deficit for long stretches of the game.This is why they traded for Jimmy Butler and signed Taj Gibson, for fourth-quarter lifts like these.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Japan’s Hanyu sets Olympic record in short program “It’s going to be really fun to have him out there pushing the basketball and him putting guys in different spots and giving confidence to other guys,” Ingram said.UP NEXTLakers: Host Dallas on Feb. 23 after the NBA All-Star break, their only home game in a 24-day span.Timberwolves: Visit Houston on Feb. 23 following the seven-day layoff, a rematch with the Rockets after the 18-point loss here on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments Gibson scored a season-high 28 points and Butler added 24, providing the Timberwolves with the production and energy for a 119-111 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.Butler and Gibson, the former Chicago teammates, muscled their way to the basket with a fierce determination down the stretch. Butler drove along the baseline and flicked a short pass to Gibson in the lane, where he dropped in a layup and converted a three-point play for a 110-104 lead with 3:59 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“What he and Jimmy have brought to the team has really changed things for us,” said Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who had them both with the Bulls. “Those guys, they weren’t going to let us lose.”Jeff Teague pitched in 20 points and Jamal Crawford added 15 for the Timberwolves, who rallied from a deficit as large as 15 points in the second quarter and 12 points late in the third to raise their home record to 24-7 on an emotional evening that started with a tribute to former coach and executive Flip Saunders. 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They moved within percentage points of San Antonio for third place in the Western Conference at 36-25. The Spurs are 35-24.The Lakers shot so sharply to start the game, going 17 for 27 from the floor in the first quarter, that the Wolves produced separate spurts of 23-8 and 21-6 in the first half yet still trailed 65-62 at halftime.Randle had 10 points in the third quarter as the Lakers again pushed ahead. He drove and scored on Karl-Anthony Towns for an 86-76 lead, and a frustrated Towns was called for an offensive foul on Brook Lopez to erase a spin-move layup on the next possession.But Crawford got the Wolves and the crowd going early in the fourth quarter, sandwiching a 31-foot swish by Tyus Jones with a pair of 3-pointers of his own. The second one came off a slick crossover dribble that deked Corey Brewer at the top of the key and brought the Wolves within 95-94.TIP-INSLakers: Zubac, who grabbed 11 rebounds, had only 23 points in 17 previous games. … The recently acquired Channing Frye was not with the team to tend to personal matters, according to Walton. Frye made his Lakers debut on Wednesday against the Pelicans, with three points in 11 minutes.Timberwolves: Towns narrowly notched his NBA-leading 51st double-double, with 10 points on 2-for-9 shooting to go with his game-high 19 rebounds. … After tying his season low with seven points on 2-for-14 shooting on Tuesday against the Rockets, Andrew Wiggins finished with a quiet eight points on 4-for-11 shooting, with four rebounds and no assists.FLIP, FONDLY REMEMBEREDThe Timberwolves unveiled a banner from the rafters of the arena to permanently recognize the impact that Saunders, who died in 2015 of complications from cancer, had on the franchise. Former players Chauncey Billups, Sam Cassell, Troy Hudson, Latrell Sprewell, John Thomas and Gary Trent were on hand, along with Mark Madsen, now a Lakers assistant. Kevin Harlan, the original Timberwolves television play-by-play announcer who later called the game for TNT, emceed the on-court ceremony. Timberwolves assistant coach Ryan Saunders and his three sisters flanked their mother, Debbie Saunders, as she addressed the crowd.“He would also want to tell you how fortunate he felt to have known you,” she said. “You all contributed things to his life. Keep up your kindness.”BALL, BACK SOONLakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball missed his 15th straight game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, but he’s nearing a return. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Except the Lakers had the mojo for much of the first three quarters. Julius Randle had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram each scored 17 points.“I know how good we can be when we decide to play hard,” Butler said. “But we think that we’re so good on paper that we can just go through the motions.”Ivica Zubac, who went 8 for 8 from the floor for a season-high 19 points, threw down a dunk for a 99-98 lead for the Lakers, but that was essentially their last momentum-creating play of the game.“They’ve got some big-time closers on that team, starting with Jimmy Butler,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He kind of set the tone in the fourth with the way he played.”Butler blocked shots by Randle and Isaiah Thomas on consecutive possessions in the closing minutes, putting his stamp on yet another winning performance.ADVERTISEMENT
Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko celebrates against Manchester City 1 Newcastle United conjured up an incredible shock as they dumped out Capital One Cup holders Manchester City with an impressive 2-0 win at the Etihad.Few would have given the Toon Army much of a chance, particularly as Alan Pardew continued to show his disregard for cup competitions by naming a second string XI.But the young charges repaid their manager’s faith handsomely with a blistering start that brought an early award as 18 year old Rolando Aarons put the visitors in front after just six minutes.The Magpies’ harrying was causing City problems and after Fernandinho poorly relinquished possession, Aarons seized on the ball and sent a fabulous strike through Willy Caballero’s legs.Newcastle had to put in a hell of a shift in defence to repel a strong Blues side and when the Toon’s backline was breached, reserve goalkeeper Rob Elliot came to his side’s rescue, denying Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure with fine saves.Pardew’s side were producing well on the counter-attack though, and Paul Dummett went desperately close to doubling the visitors’ tally with an excellent volley that Caballero turned away, while on the stroke of half-time it took a last ditch Martin Demichelis block to stop Adam Armstrong scoring.City looked bereft of ideas in attack and were left breathing a huge sigh of relief when referee Stuart Atwell failed to award a clear penalty after Gabriel Obertan was hacked down Aleksandar Kolarov when clean through on goal.Fortunately the controversy would have no bearing on the result as substitute Moussa Sissoko netted the decisive goal on 75 minutes, bursting through the Blues’ feeble defence and firing home to send the travelling supporters delirious.And Manchester City simply had no answer to Newcastle’s performance as the visitors held on for a famous victory against Manuel Pellegrini’s struggling side.Elsewhere, Graziano Pelle’s last gasp strike sent Southampton into the quarter-finals as they beat a ten-man Stoke 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium.The Saints appeared to be cruising with just 20 minutes gone after the Italian scored an early stunner to put Ronald Koeman’s side ahead and then Shane Long doubled their tally.But fresh from a Mark Hughes rollicking, Stoke emerged early from the half-time break and worked their way back into the game as Steven N’Zonzi clawed a goal back.In a game of two halves, the Potters continued to lay siege to Southampton’s goal and finally got their reward when Mame Biram Diouf stooped to head home from a fourth successive corner.However, there remained some late drama as Stoke substitute Peter Crouch’s appearance off the bench lasted just 14 minutes as the ex-England forward foolishly picked up two yellow cards.From the resulting free-kick Pelle took full advantage as the striker made it ten goals in 11 appearances, firing the ball home to send Stoke packing.Finally, Tottenham made it into the last-eight as they ended Brighton’s cup dream with a comprehensive 2-0 win at White Hart Lane.Spurs fans had to wait for almost an hour before they opened the scoring, but it was richly deserved when it came as Erik Lamela polished off a well worked move that involved Roberto Soldado.Championship outfit Brighton acquitted themselves well, but with 16 minutes remaining the game was up as Harry Kane continued to push his claims for a Premier League starting role by tapping home the easiest of goals.
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