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an intense battle
10-11-2018, 04:28 AM
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an intense battle
WASHINGTON - The leadership Paul Pierce was supposed to supply to the Wizards was wasted when he was tossed before halftime in his first home game with Washington on Saturday.The way Otto Porter played in the second half, it didnt matter.Starting the third quarter in place of Pierce, Porter — essentially a nonfactor last season as a rookie No. 3 overall draft pick — scored 19 of his career-high 21 points in the second half of the Wizards 108-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.Given the way matters transpired with Pierce and Porter, the Wizards players and coaches had trouble deciding who should get the game ball.We said Otto, guard Garrett Temple said. And then I looked and said it needs to be Paul. Because if it werent for Paul, Otto wouldnt be playing. He was laughing. He said, Yeah, I did it on purpose, man. I wanted yall to get hype.Porter played the entire second half and finished 7 for 11 from the field and 6 for 7 from the free-throw line. His previous career high was 13 points in this seasons opener, and he never reached double digits last season. Last year, fans chanted his name to urge the coaches to put him in the game. On Saturday, they chanted it to celebrate a breakout performance.(Pierce) took one for the team, arguing a call, Porter said. But at the same time, I knew, hey, its an opportunity to step up.Nene added 22 points, and Marcin Gortat had 20 points as Washingtons frontcourt size overwhelmed the speed of the youthful Bucks.But it was the 37-year-old Pierce who displayed immaturity when he complained and received back-to-back technical fouls for disputing a clear-path call with 7 seconds remaining in the first half.Pierce took his protest even further, taking a seat on the Wizards bench instead of heading for the locker room. One of the game officials, Jason Phillips, gestured for Pierce to leave, but Pierce stayed in his seat. Only after Washington coach Randy Wittman also gestured did Pierce get up and walk toward the tunnel, escorted by a team security official.Pierce left the locker room before reporters were allowed to enter after the game, and the team did not make him available for comment.Wittman said the clear-path foul on Pierce was a good call, but Pierce didnt realize it at the time because he didnt know there was a Bucks player further down court.He lost his composure a little bit, Wittman said. I didnt think he deserved the second (technical), I think that was too quick. He deserved the first one. I think he was trying to get one, to be honest with you, and the second one was uncalled for.John Wall had 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Wizards. Temple, starting while Bradley Beal recovers from broken wrist, also played the entire second half and finished with a career-high 18 points.Brandon Knight scored 24 points and Jerryd Bayless had 20 for the Bucks, who never led and committed 28 turnovers. Milwaukee had turnovers from 10 players in the first half alone.I think one part of the process is understanding that we deserve to win just like any other team in this league, Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. We have to believe that we can win. We cant just go out there and play with energy and effort.___REPLAY DELAYWittman blamed Pierces technicals in part on the lengthy video review of the clear-path foul.I thought this new replay system was supposed to be fast, Wittman said. That might have been the slowest replay for a breakaway foul that Ive ever seen. And, once you see it, it wouldnt take you but a second to say thats a breakaway.MORE TECHSWall and O.J. Mayo were among a scrum of players exchanging unpleasantries near the end of the third quarter, and were both assessed technicals. After the period ended, Kidd was whistled for a tech.TIP-INSBucks: The Bucks have lost 16 straight on the road.Wizards: Despite coming off one of their most successful seasons in decades, the Wizards were about 2,000 fans shy of a sellout for their home opener.UP NEXTBucks: at Indiana on Tuesday.Wizards: at New York on Tuesday.___Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP Albert Almora Jr Jersey . Felton was in court as the Manhattan district attorneys office outlined the agreement, which would resolve a gun case that arose amid the breakup of his marriage. Hes expected to admit June 30 to at least one charge, attempted criminal possession of a weapon -- he wont have to come to court to do so -- and get a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. Ron Santo Jersey . 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The announcement was made at the world mens curling championship at Capital Indoor Stadium in China.SAO PAULO - The duel for the Formula One title arrives in Brazil with Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fighting to get into good position ahead of the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi later this month.Rosberg needs to win in Brazil on Sunday to have a real shot at his first title. Hamilton just needs to stay close to his teammate to close in on his second drivers title.The championship cant be decided at Interlagos this weekend because the race in Abu Dhabi will be worth double points, but the result in Sao Paulo will determine how the title fight will be set up for the finale.Hamilton has a 24-point lead and would clinch the title with consecutive second-place finishes or by coming third in Brazil and a second in Abu Dhabi. Rosberg will need to be nearly perfect in both races to keep his hopes alive.Its clear that I need to rely on something happening, Rosberg said. For sure its not enough for me to win, unfortunately, but thats the way it is. In sports, so much can happen, so Im still very optimistic.Hamilton has been on a remarkable run in the final part of the season, winning five straight races to open up a big lead going into the decisive races. He started behind Rosberg in two of the last three races but was still able to overcome his teammate and finish with the victory.Its been quite a phenomenal season, Hamilton said. This year, for sure, has been the best year of my career. I feel like Ive grown as a driver.The 29-year-old Rosberg led the drivers standings early in the season but failed to keep up with Hamilton in the later part. He hasnt won since the German GP at home in July, eight races ago. He stayed within range of hiss teammate by finishing second in five of the last six races.ddddddddddddThe start of Rosbergs struggles began almost at the same time as his relationship with Hamilton deteriorated following contact between them at the Belgian GP. The 29-year-old British driver was angry about being taken out by his teammate and Rosberg was also criticized by team officials.I dont think anything has changed, Rosberg said. It was an intense battle before and it still is an intense battle now. I dont know his exact opinion on things, but for me nothing has changed since then.Lewis has done a little bit of a better job since then. Thats it, pretty simple, Rosberg added. But as I say, still two races (left).The title race remains undecided in great part because of the rule change that made the season-ending race worth double points, a move aimed at keeping fan interest alive throughout the season.Great news that for sure this year I have a chance to win the championship the way it is now, thats a good thing, Rosberg said. Im also happy because its good for the fans and that its going to be exciting until the very end. For sure it keeps me very, very optimistic.It will be the last race at Interlagos before an extensive renovation at the paddock and pit areas. There were some safety changes for this year, including the addition of runoff areas and a new pit entrance and pit exit.Its a lot safer now, Williams driver Felipe Massa said. I hope we will see less accidents than in the past.Rain is expected for the weekend, which could add even more unknowns to the title race. 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