Incredible Ingles taken down by hot Curry
JOE Ingles backed up his big talk with an incredible career-best performance for the Utah Jazz, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the reigning champions.
The Australian star told Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News earlier this month he is the best shooter in the NBA and backed it up with seven three-pointers in a 27-point game.
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, one of the greatest shooters of all-time, responded in the only way he knows how — on the scoreboard as he helped orchestrate a last-gasp 124-123 comeback win.
The Warriors star scored 31 points with five three-pointers, following teammate Kevin Durant with 38 points, as the Warriors clinched the game late after taking a 12-point deficit into the halftime break.
Former Jazz star Jonas Jerebko crashed the basket and tipped in a shot against his former team with 0.3 seconds remaining on Friday night to deny Utah.
Aussie Joe Ingles backed up his big talk.Source:AFP
Jerebko, let go by Utah as a free agent after last season and who was just subbed in, charged in from the right for the game-winning put-back.
The Jazz had taken their last lead when Jae Crowder scored off his own miss with 51.4 seconds left in the game.
Speaking before the game, Curry responded to Ingles’ statement with great respect when he said he and Ingles share a lot of similarities that have helped them to become two of the game’s most respected long-range shooters.
The pair go back a long way to when Curry was first drafted and playing in the Warriors’ development team alongside Ingles, who was playing professional ball in Europe at the time.
Ingles created headlines in 2015 when he cheekily declared Curry was the “Joe Ingles of America”.
He’s still not backing down, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
When asked if he feels like he’s the best shooter in basketball right now, Ingles said: “Oh, I am. Yeah, why wouldn’t I?
The numbers I’ve shot, the percentages, they obviously are what they are and people are going to dissect everything, but I honestly feel like they’re all going to go in when I shoot the ball.”
Steph Curry had the right answer for Ingles’ barb.Source:Supplied
Ingles has scored more three-pointers against the Warriors than any other team in the NBA.
Curry responded to Ingles’ shade by giving the Aussie no further ammunition to use when they faced off in Salt Lake City.
He said they shared a lot in common.
“That just means in Las Vegas in the Summer League in 2009 we had two of the best shooters of all-time on the same time,” Curry joked.
“We got a lot in common. He’s proven that he’s a versatile player that can do a lot of different things on the floor … perseverance like that, it speaks a lot about a guy’s character and work ethic.”
— with AP
BUTLER TURNS JEERS TO CHEERS
Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler was booed by his home fans but it didn’t last long.
The star was already getting the MVP chants by the end of the first half.
Butler had asked for a trade away from the Timberwolves during the off-season, a move which didn’t sit too well with the Minnesota faithful.
But the star can turn jeers to cheers, scoring 33-points on 12 shots in his side’s 131-123 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jimmy Butler didn’t take long to turn fan scorn into MVP chants.Source:AFP
With some hustle steals and highlight-reel baskets, he quickly had the crowd at the home opener on his side.
“I knew as soon as I made an effort play, it was going to turn into cheers,” Butler said. “I like it, though. Like I told you, ‘It’s OK to boo me. I’m still going to play hard. I’m still going to try to my best to help win games. Boos, cheers, silence, I’ve got a job to do.”
Andrew Wiggins pitched in with 22 points and Anthony Tolliver hit three 3-pointers off the bench to bolster a vintage all around effort by the four-time All-Star Butler, who has told the team he won’t re-sign when his contract expires next summer.
Hence the boos, which began when he was introduced during the pregame pageantry.
“That’s the NBA. He loves it,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “The important thing is to get the win. With fans, there’s going to be an appreciation for a guy who puts forth that type of effort.”
Butler made 10 of 12 field goals and 12 of 12 free throws, with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists to help the Timberwolves (1-1) hold off a late charge by Kevin Love and the LeBron James-less Cavaliers.
The boos came during the first five possessions by the Wolves each time Butler touched the ball, until he stole a pass by Love in the back-court and fed Gibson for a dunk.
The crowd immediately roared, as if the fans forgot who they were upset with because the play happened so fast.
The four-time All-Star had plenty more highlight-reel dunks and steals from there.
Soon enough, some “MVP! MVP! MVP!” chants even broke out.
— with AP
DON’T CALL ME MVP: KAWHI LEONARD
Kawhi Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Boston Celtics 113-101 but the star said it’s too early for MVP calls.
In just the second game of the season, Leonard was dominant with a massive run in the third period where he scored 15 points in eight minutes.
He mixed the scores in through a dunk with a face-up jumper, then a turnaround jumper, a three, and then finally finishing with a layup. And it was during free throws he shot that quarter that the MVP chants first began.
“It’s a little early [for those chants],” he said, while explaining that he appreciates the sentiment.
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard dunks on his way to a 31-point game.Source:AP
Leonard, who was limited to nine games last season with San Antonio mostly because of a quadriceps injury, posted his second straight double-double and played 36 minutes, one fewer than he had Wednesday night a season-opening win over Cleveland.
“I’m not looking to get back to where I was before,” Leonard said.
“I’m worried about the now and the player I’m trying to become now and tomorrow.” Leonard made 10 of 25 attempts, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, and went 9 for 9 at the free throw line.
“No matter who Kawhi was against, Kawhi was doing well,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
— with AP
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