Trae Young’s last-second basket lifts Hawks past 76ers

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Huerter’s steal from Embiid and jam gave Atlanta a 122-121 lead. Another turnover by Embiid, this time on a pass, set up an Atlanta fast-break opportunity which Young couldn’t convert. Young fouled Butler, who made two free throws.Young’s long 3-pointer gave Atlanta a 125-123 lead, but Butler tied the game with a basket. Then, with 39.9 seconds remaining, Butler sank two free throws to give Philadelphia a 127-125 lead. Prince answered with a tying layup.The Hawks were left with 3.5 seconds after the 76ers’ 24-second violation, with Butler’s miss waved off as coming too late.After snapping Utah’s five-game winning streak by beating the Jazz 117-114 on Thursday night, the Hawks dropped another streaking playoff-bound team.Atlanta led 74-68 at halftime and stretched the lead to 12 points, at 97-85, on Alex Len’s three-point play. The 76ers closed the gap with 10 straight points and pulled even at 100-all on JJ Redick’s 3-pointer to end the third period.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments With Steph Curry out, Luka Doncic and Dirk Nowitzki lift Mavs over Warriors Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Butler missed a long attempt as the final buzzer sounded.Taurean Prince had 23 points for Atlanta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Butler had 25 points for Philadelphia.The 76ers began the night with a solid hold on third place in the Eastern Conference, 3½ games ahead of Indiana and four games ahead of Boston. Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak included a win over Boston on Wednesday night. Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Trae Young scored 32 points, including a last-second, go-ahead floater, to give the Atlanta Hawks a 129-127 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night, ending the 76ers’ six-game winning streak.With 3.5 seconds remaining, Young took the inbound pass from Kevin Huerter and dribbled past Jimmy Butler before sinking the short, soft jumper for the lead with 0.1 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Embiid posted his 16th straight double-double and 54th overall this season. He had 37 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in the win over the Celtics on Wednesday night.TIP-INS76ers: C Boban Marjanovic, left unguarded in the corner, sank his first career 3-pointer in the first quarter. It was only the fourth career 3-point attempt in six seasons for the 7-foot-3 native of Serbia. … The 76ers made 13 of 20 shots (60 percent) from the field in the first quarter. … T.J. McConnell left the game with a bloody nose late in the third period. Coach Brett Brown was upset there was no foul called, even after a video review, on contact which caused the bloody nose. McConnell returned midway through the fourth.Hawks: Young had 11 assists. … Atlanta matched its season high for most points in a first half. The Hawks also scored 74 points in the first half against Miami in a 123-118 win on Nov. 3. The 74 points were the most allowed in a first half by the 76ers this season.UP NEXT76ers: At Orlando on Monday night.Hawks: At New Orleans on Tuesday night. LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Cubs Beat Pirates for Wild Card, 4-0

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Maybe it’s time to stop treating the Chicago Cubs like they’re too young to be here.The stage they seemingly weren’t ready for now seems hardly big enough to contain them. Not with Jake Arrieta dealing. Not with a group of 20-somethings in the field that play with swagger and confidence. Not with a manager adept at keeping the minds of his rapidly maturing team decidedly clutter-free.Watch out baseball, the Cubs — yes, the Cubs — are ahead of schedule. And the timetable only seems to be picking up speed for Joe Maddon’s bunch.Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and Chicago rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Oct. 7. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted himself off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Oct. 9.“I’m exhausted. I haven’t felt this way all year,” said Arrieta, who led the majors with 22 wins. “This atmosphere, the energy was unbelievable. Tried to use it to the best of my ability. They were loud, they were really loud.”Dexter Fowler homered and scored three times for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber, a rookie who began his season in Double-A, added a towering two-run shot off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole as Chicago raced to an early lead and let Arrieta do the rest.“Jake told me when we talked last night, he said, ‘You give me a few runs, I’m good,’” Fowler said. “And I said, ‘All right, bro, we’ll see what we can do.’”The largest crowd ever at PNC Park failed to rattle Arrieta or one of baseball’s youngest teams, one that looked right at home while snapping a nine-game playoff losing streak that dated to the 2003 NL Championship Series.“You don’t think that these guys are 21, 23 years old, because they don’t play like it,” Arrieta said. “They have elevated their play to a level that’s beyond their years, and it’s one of the big reasons we’re here.”Sounds a lot like the Houston Astros, by the way. They opened this year’s postseason Oct. 6 by winning the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.Pittsburgh was knocked out after finishing second in the majors with 98 victories this year. Last season, the Pirates also were shut out on four hits at home in the wild-card game, losing to Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.“Two years in a row we’ve drawn a tough bull,” manager Clint Hurdle said.The bearded, 29-year-old Arrieta, still unbeaten since July 25, stretched his remarkable second half — in which he posted an 0.75 ERA — into the opening round of the playoffs. He threw the first complete-game shutout for the Cubs in the postseason since Claude Passeau tossed a one-hitter in the 1945 World Series against Detroit.Arrieta even laughed off a weird sequence in the seventh when Watson’s fastball hit him in his left side. The benches and bullpens cleared when Watson was issued a warning, leading to little more than a few heated exchanges along the first base line.Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez, who’d already been pulled, was ejected and proceeded to give an unsuspecting water cooler a series of one-two combinations, eventually sending it tumbling to the ground.“It’s two teams battling, grinding it out, supporting their own guys, and sometimes those things happen,” Arrieta said. “But we moved past it, and after that point it was just baseball as usual.”And Arrieta was basically unhittable, as usual.Hurdle shelved slugger Pedro Alvarez — whose 27 homers led the team but whose 23 errors made him a defensive liability — in favor of more sure-handed Rodriguez. Hurdle pointed to the athleticism Rodriguez brought as a major factor, figuring the Pirates would need to get creative to score against Arrieta rather than hope Alvarez runs into the kind of mistake Arrieta has avoided nearly all season.Maddon took the opposite approach, starting Kris Bryant in left and Schwarber in right and Tommy La Stella at third — positions each had played only sparingly during the regular season — because it was the lineup that presented the most firepower.Did it ever.Chicago took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Fowler led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single to left by Schwarber.The two hooked up again in the third. Fowler singled with one out and Schwarber turned an 88 mph slider from Cole into a massive two-run shot that appeared destined for the downtown Pittsburgh skyline before disappearing over the stands in right field.“I watched,” Schwarber admitted with a laugh.The blast drained whatever juice remained from a crowd that spent the buildup to the showdown between the teams with the second and third best record in the majors trying to get a rise out of Arrieta on Twitter. All it did was fire him up, tweeting “whatever helps keep your hope alive, just know, it doesn’t matter.”Pretty much.Maddon has preached a “keep it simple” approach since taking over last winter. When Arrieta is on the hill, Maddon’s job tends to get pretty easy.Arrieta retired 10 straight at one point, his only real wobbles coming in the sixth and seventh. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out behind a single, a hit batter and an error.Starling Marte’s sharp grounder, however, rolled right to Addison Russell at shortstop. A toss to second and a throw to first later to complete the double play, and Arrieta and the rest of his teammates were pumping their fist on the way back to the dugout.The team with the best road record in the majors this season hardly fazed by the stakes or the weight of 106 years of postseason futility.The Pirates, meanwhile, head into the offseason after a brief nine-inning stay. Last fall it was Bumgarner and the Giants who silenced the masses in an 8-0 whitewash on their way to winning the World Series.This time it was Arrieta’s turn, perhaps a more alarming development considering the Pirates will spend a large portion of the next decade trying to keep up with Schwarber, Bryant and Russell as well as the Cardinals in the hyper-competitive NL Central. St. Louis led the majors with 100 wins.“Well, sports is hard,” Hurdle said. “Life’s not fair. You go out and play. You get beat, you move on.”(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more