‘Biting mad’ NBA star loses the plot
NBA superstar Giannis Antetekounmpo has erupted on and off the court, breaking jerseys, signage and anything else in his path on Monday.
Unfortunately for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Milwaukee’s star’s path of destruction went right through them as he picked up 35 points and 16 rebounds to lead his Bucks to a come-from-behind 121-119 win on the road.
Antetokounmpo was in an angry mood as his team trailed during the first half.
In the final minute before the major break, Antetokounmpo was spotted ripping his own singlet in half as he walked off the court. His outburst came after he air-balled his second free throw.
Giannis ripped his jersey in frustration after air balling a free throw ? pic.twitter.com/U4FRIXWdc7
Biting mad. Giannis is going to need a new jersey after airballing this FT pic.twitter.com/euvfwXQLaF
Minutes later he is reported to have smashed a hole through some Thunder signage located in the tunnel between the court and the away team’s dressing room in Oklahoma.
Well…apparently Giannis was a little frustrated with how the first half went. He just kicked a hole in this thing in the hallway ?. pic.twitter.com/h35Vol7Fo3
He might have lost the plot at half time, but it was a focused and fiery Antetokounmpo that returned for the second half, dropping 24 points in the final two quarters to lift his team above the Thunder.
It was the fifth straight game where Antetokounmpo has had 30 or more points and 13 or more rebounds.
His heroics have got the Bucks back on track with five wins in their last six games.
Oklahoma City’s Danilo Gallinari hit a 3-pointer with 32.3 seconds left to tie the game at 114, but Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez made a 3-pointer at the other end with 24.5 seconds remaining.
Gallinari missed a clean look at a 3, then Milwaukee’s George Hill made two free throws with 10.5 seconds left to put the Bucks in control.
JO KIC DROPS BACK TO BACK BUZZER-BEATER WINNERS
Nikola Jokic nailed his second consecutive game-winning basket just before the final buzzer as the Denver Nuggets outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98 in overtime on Sunday.
Jokic drained a 15 foot fade away jump shot with three seconds left in overtime for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight game.
On Friday, Serbia’s Jokic hit a 20 footer with 1.2 seconds left to lift the Nuggets to a 100-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jokic finished with 20 points, Paul Millsap had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Will Barton scored six of his 13 points in overtime.Barton also had 12 rebounds.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 16 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins also scored 25 and Josh Okogie had 17 points for Minnesota.
The Timberwolves were missing two of their top guards in Jeff Teague and Shabazz Napier. Teague was out with an illness and Shabazz has a hamstring problem.
Nuggets guard Malik Beasley was also suffering from an illness which caused him to miss the second half on Sunday.
The Nuggets went just over eight minutes without a point before Barton hit a three-pointer with 3:40 left in overtime.
Barton drained another to put Denver ahead 98-94, but Minnesota came back to level it with 26 seconds left.
That set the stage for Jokic to hit his fade away jumper over Towns to cap the scoring.
EMBIID PULLS PHILLY OUT OF SLUMP
Philadelphia needed this one.Source:AP
Joel Embiid had 18 points and nine rebounds, Al Horford scored 15 points and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 114-106 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night. Furkan Korkmaz scored 17 points and keyed a Sixers’ run in the third quarter in their return home from a four-game road trip. Korkmaz hit a 3 with just 0.4seconds left to beat Portland for Philadelphia’s lone win on the trip. Against the Hornets, he hit a pair of 3s and a floater in the third that helped push the lead to double digits and sent the Sixers on their way to a needed victory. Korkmaz had the play of the game on his behind-the-back pass to Raul Neto for a 3-pointer in the first half. Neto got the start because All-Star guard Ben Simmons missed his second straight game because of a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. Simmons will be re-evaluated Monday.
Cody Zeller had 24 points for a Hornets team that had lost at home to New Orleans on Saturday. The Hornets hit three 3s in the final two minutes, making the rout look more like a close game.
Embiid returned from a bumpy road trip in which his maturity and fitness were questioned on a 1-3 trek that concluded with consecutive losses in Phoenix, Utah and Denver. Embiid missed two games on the road (including a win at Portland) as he served a suspension for an altercation with Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns in Philadelphia’s last home game on Oct. 30. Embiid then huffed and puffed his way through a lethargic defensive effort in a loss at Denver. Coach Brett Brown blamed Embiid’s ineffectiveness on the layoff and the altitude in Colorado. “It’s clear the time off for Joel didn’t help,” Brown said. “Joel didn’t have one of the Joel games that we need.” He seemed up for the challenge in Philly.
Embiid hustled from the opening tip and scored 15 points in the first half to set the pace. He blocked a Devonte Graham shot that led to a James Ennis III slam on the other end, and pump-faked his way into a basket and a foul whistled on Bismack Biyombo.Embiid, though, couldn’t do much when the Hornets ripped a 12-0 run late in the half to take a 58-53 lead into the break.He only played 26 minutes (shot 6 of 10 overall) and got a breather down the stretch once the 76ers blew this one open in the fourth.
STAR LOSES $1.2 MILLION OVER ALLEGED CANNABIS FLIGHT DRAMA
Dion Waiters hit some serious turbulence.Source:AFP
Dion Waiters has been handed a 10-game suspension, with Miami Heat citing conduct detrimental to the team as the reason for his second banishment of the season.
The suspension was announced Sunday. It comes three days after Waiters, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, was treated for a medical emergency that started on the Heat charter flight Thursday night from Phoenix to Los Angeles.
Waiters, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor the player has confirmed details publicly, ingested at least one cannabis-infused edible and had a reaction serious enough that medical attention was required when the plane landed in LA. “We are very disappointed in Dion’s actions this season that include the very scary situation on Thursday night, and grateful that the outcome wasn’t worse,” the Heat said in a statement.
“We expect all of our players, including Dion, to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards, and to show professionalism and respect for their teammates, the team, the fans and the NBA community.”
The 27-year-old guard was also suspended for Miami’s season opener after a series of incidents in the preseason and conflicts with coach Erik Spoelstra. He has not appeared in any of the nine Heat games so far this season. The 10-game suspension, which will likely cost Waiters around $US835,000 ($A1.2 million) in salary, began with Miami’s loss at the Lakers on Friday.
The suspension means Waiters will miss out on his $1.2 million bonus for appearing in at least 70 games, missing out for the third time in as many seasons since signing his four-year, $52 million Heat free-agent contract during the 2017 offseason. https://t.co/XBwXSxRBLN
The earliest he could return to Miami’s line-up would be December 1, when the Heat visit Brooklyn. But that would seem most unlikely, and Waiters’ future with the franchise is in serious doubt.
Waiters is in his fourth Heat season but has only played in 120 games, missing many because of ankle injuries and surgery on his ankle and foot. Waiters is a career 13.2-point scorer and has averaged 14 points per game while with the Heat.
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