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Quinn Cook has been a remarkably steady fill-in for the injured Stephen Curry Cheslor Cuthbert Jersey , and the Golden State Warriors rewarded the former two-way guard with a new contract Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Cook, who has impressed his coaches and teammates with his growth and poise on and off the court, had to sign an NBA contract before the playoffs begin this weekend to be eligible. He received a two-year deal.

Going into Tuesday’s regular-season finale at Utah, Cook had reached double figures in scoring in 14 straight games.

”I’m thankful for the opportunity. I’m just humbled, and it’s just more motivation for me to help this team out as much as possible,” Cook told beat reporters in Salt Lake City. ”I know they believe in me. It’s just more motivation to get better as a teammate Chargers Cheap Jerseys , as a player and just keep growing.”

He was averaging 17.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and nearly one steal per game in 35 minutes during that 14-game stretch while shooting 53 percent and 50.7 percent from 3-point range.

Earlier this season, he became the first G League player to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on 3s and 90 percent from the free throw line.

”I knew he had it in him. I knew he was an NBA player that was looking for an opportunity to validate that and take advantage of his talent and his skill and his confidence,” said Curry Andre Dawson Jersey , the two-time MVP nursing an injured left knee. ”I’ve learned a lot from him and about him since he’s been here. Nothing really wavers him. He’s comfortable in his own skin and his ability. He knows he can help us out there and so he’s been doing that. For somebody to take advantage of their opportunity like he has and understand there’s so much pressure on him to keep his foot in the door, it doesn’t seem like he’s playing like that. It’s just like he’s meant to be here.”

Cook’s good-natured approach off the court has been noticeable, too. He goes around Oracle Arena before games with a smile shaking hands with ushers, security and others to introduce himself.

”First thing it’s a reminder of is that everybody in this league can play,” coach Steve Kerr said. ”Sometimes it’s just opportunity. It doesn’t surprise me at all what Quinn’s doing. We’ve watched him in the G League all year lighting it up. We watched him in practice here. He’s one of our best shooters. And all of a sudden he’s playing 40 minutes, this is what he can do. It’s great to have this kind of depth.”

Congratulations for Cook came in via social media.

”Deserved!!!! He paid his dues Cheap JK Scott Jersey ,” Dwyane Wade posted on Twitter.

Cook continually appears more at ease running the offense and dishing out the ball to an All-Star roster – not to mention looking for his own shot and knocking it down with confidence.

”When I first got up here in December, I had no practice, I wasn’t in training camp, nothing,” Cook said recently. ”Obviously, just to get thrown in the starting lineup and game situations Robin Yount Jersey , it’s new at first, but I’ve been up two months now. Every game I get more comfortable. Obviously, playing now and getting more comfortable every possession. I think that the guys around me help me to get comfortable every day.”

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Opera Philadelphia took a break from its rehearsal for ”Carmen” to record an a capella version of the Philadelphia 76ers‘ catchy retro anthem  Cheap Mike Hughes Jersey , ”Here Come the Sixers.”

Philly can belt out the words .

”No. 1, Philadelphia. Here they come, team of the year. One, two three, four, five, Sixers.”

Keep counting – all the way to 16.

The Sixers roar into the postseason on a 16-game winning streak, both the longest for a franchise that boasts The Big Dipper, AI, Dr. J and The Boston Strangler on its all-time roster and also the longest in NBA history to end a season.

Perhaps it’s fitting an opera company saluted the Sixers’ first postseason berth since 2012 because it’s another masked man who has terrorized the NBA and whose status has the league buzzing – the self-proclaimed ”Phantom of the Process .”

Joel Embiid will not be lurking in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center when Game 1 opens Saturday against the Miami Heat (44-38). He’ll start the postseason just as he did during the infancy of the Process – injured and watching from the bench.

Maybe he’ll wear his gold sneakers or choose from his pastel palette of sports coats to root for the Sixers.

But the black mask he wears during light shooting drills to protect a broken orbital bone will stay in his locker. So will his jersey Cheap Johnny Townsend Jersey , at least for Game 1. Beyond that, who knows. But if the third-seeded Sixers want to beat the Heat, they’ll need their All-Star center/social media darling/leading scorer/court jester/leading rebounder in the lineup.

Coach Brett Brown said Friday he couldn’t even say that Embiid would return in the first round.

”I know that I can kind of, not my take my time, but be more calm about it and make sure that everything is right,” Embiid said. ”I can follow the doctor’s orders instead of wanting to go out and play thinking that my teammates actually really, really need me.”

Yes, the 76ers (52-30) won the final eight games without Embiid after he suffered a freak injury in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. And yes, 16 straight wins is splendid, but the asterisk is placed because only Denver Authentic Luke Falk Jersey , Cleveland and Milwaukee over that span finished with winning records.

But they led Cleveland and Milwaukee by 30 points, and rookie of the year contender Ben Simmons (15.8 points, 8.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds), JJ Redick, Dario Saric and Fultz, the No. 1 pick coming off his first career triple-double, are enough to make the Sixers 7-point favorites to win Game 1.

Philly is riding high these days in the wake of the Eagles’ Super Bowl title and Villanova’s national championship in college hoops earlier this month, feats that are about the only things that could dwarf a 16-game win streak.

Brown, who has a 10-win season and 26- and 28-game losing streaks on his resume thanks to the Process Authentic Tracy Walker Jersey , has kept the organization steady.

”The locker room’s been good in the darkest of times,” Brown said.

The goals keep changing in Philly – from a playoff berth to 50 wins to the No. 3 seed. Now comes the hard part.

There’s also this – in a postseason full of gamesmanship, would anyone truly be surprised if Embiid walked out to a rocking ovation when starting lineups are introduced?

Here’s what else to know for Heat-76ers, Game 1.

WHO’S IN

Amir Johnson should get the start for Embiid. Johnson averaged just 4.6 points in 74 games but bumped that up to 6.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in the last eight games filling in for Embiid. Johnson has made little impact and been the target of social media scorn from Sixers fans who would rather see Richaun Holmes get a crack at staring. ”The game is more then offense, there’s different ways I Impact games, that’s I been able to stick around this league.. Usually fans and bloggers won’t understand because all everybody does is look at numbers,” Johnson tweeted .

I’M MR. WHITESIDE

Hassan Whiteside, benched at times late in games when coach Erik Spoelstra goes small, has been embroiled in a social media feud with Embiid this season. Whiteside was whistled for three fouls in three minutes in a preseason game, prompting Embiid to laugh on the court and later called him a (hashtag)softy on Twitter. But with Embiid out Authentic Kyle Lauletta Jersey , Whiteside (14 points, 11.4 rebounds) could feast on Johnson and be a difference-maker in Game 1 and perhaps justify his confidence in the Heat’s title chances.

”I feel like we can go all the way. I think everybody feels that way,” Whiteside said.

WILD SERIES

Not only did the teams split four games, all of them being decided by single-digits, but the total scoring for the clubs – Heat 409, 76ers 407 – suggested the series was nip-and-tuck every step of the way. The reality was there were wild ebbs and flows. The 76ers led one game by 28 before hanging on in the final minutes, and the Heat lost a game where it led by 24 in the second half. Plus, both teams had runs of at least eight unanswered points at least once in all four matchups.

AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this story.

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Michael Jordan has his guy.

The Hornets owner has finalized a deal to hire San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego as Charlotte’s next head coach Authentic Josh Sweat Jersey , according to people familiar with the situation.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the Hornets haven’t officially announced the hiring.

A news conference is expected in the next few days.

The 40-year Borrego has spent 15 years an NBA assistant coach, 10 of those with San Antonio under Gregg Popovich. He has been a part of two NBA championship teams – in 2005 and 2007. He also was an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets, well before the team moved back to Charlotte.

This will be his first head coaching job.

However Authentic Keke Coutee Jersey , he did serve as an interim coach with the Orlando Magic late in 2015-16 season after Jacque Vaughn was fired.

The Hornets are in the midst of a major change in the organization.

Jordan fired general manager Rich Cho midway through last season and hired Mitch Kupchak to replace him in April. Kupchak fried Steve Clifford as head coach a few days later.

Under Clifford, the Hornets went to the playoffs just twice in five seasons and failed to win a playoff series.

Among the other NBA assistant coaches to interview for the position were Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, Raptors assistant Nick Nurse Authentic Dontae Johnson Jersey , Spurs assistants Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka, and Blazers assistant David Vanterpol. Former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale also interviewed, but was later hired by the New York Knicks.

Borrego Cheap Washington Redskins Hoodie , Larranaga and Nurse were considered the three finalists for the job.

Now the big question becomes whether the Hornets will shake up their roster this offseason.

If the Hornets chose to rebuild, two-time All-Star guard Kemba Walker is easily the most tradable option because of his salary and production. The team also includes Dwight Howard, Nic Batum Jordy Mercer Jersey , Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

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DENVER — Jacob deGrom will start for the New York Mets Authentic Derrick Nnadi Jersey , hoping the offensive life his teammates have shown will help him end his agonizing misfortune.

Colorado Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson (4-1 4.48 ERA) will oppose de Grom (4-2, 1.55) in the opener of a four-game series at Coors Field.

The Mets scored four runs in the ninth inning Sunday to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3, giving New York (30-38) consecutive victories for the first time since it won four straight games from May 18 to May 21. They scored on a two-strike double by Jose Bautista, a two-run homer by Brandon Nimmo and a solo homer by Asdrubal Cabrera.

“We’ve been waiting for a big hit to happen,” Nimmo said. “I don’t know what it means for the future, but for right now Cheap Braden Smith Jersey , to get two wins in a row against a good D-backs team, that’s awesome.”

Nimmo’s homer gave the Mets only their sixth win in 25 games since May 21.

Meanwhile, Rockies closer Wade Davis gave up four runs in the ninth inning Sunday and threw 38 pitches in one-third of an inning as the Rockies (34-37) fell 13-12 to the Texas Rangers. The meltdown finished a 2-4 road trip and the Rockies slipped three games below .500 for the first time this season.

The Rockies have lost 12 of their past 16 games, and Sunday’s defeat marked the 21st time — the most in the National League — the Rockies lost after having a lead. Their bullpen has a 5.49 ERA, the highest in the NL.

“It’s tough. There is no way around that,” Rockies shortstop Trevor Story said after the loss on Sunday. “You never want to lose games Don Larsen Jersey , obviously, late like that. It’s just one of those weird stretches right now. We are very confident in our guys, but it’s tough to put words to it.”

The Rockies have lost seven straight games at Coors Field where they play their next seven games against the Mets and the Miami Marlins. Their record there is 11-19.

The series against the Rockies will conclude a 10-game road trip for the Mets, who dropped the first four games before the back-to-back wins at Arizona.

The ace right-hander has the lowest ERA in the majors and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 straight starts. During that span, he has a 0.87 ERA (six earned runs, 62 1/3 innings) with 83 strikeouts and 17 walks Authentic Mason Rudolph Jersey , but the Mets are 2-8.

In his last start Wednesday at Atlanta, de Grom gave up one run in seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. It was his sixth straight start of at least seven innings in which he allowed two or fewer earned runs.

After the loss to the Braves, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier said, “For us not to put up any runs for him again, I told him I was sorry. I don’t know what else to tell him.”

DeGrom is the first pitcher since Randy Johnson of the 1999 Diamondbacks with five consecutive starts of seven innings or more with two or fewer runs allowed without his team coming away with a win.

De Grom is 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA in five starts against the Rockies and 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA in one start at Coors Field.

Anderson has thrown seven innings in each of his past two starts — both on the road, including a 7-2 win on Wednesday at Philadelphia Authentic Rick Leonard Jersey , where he gave up six hits and one run and broke a string of four straight no-decisions.

Anderson is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in one start against the Mets.

The Rockies are 7-7 in starts by Anderson, who is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in five starts at Coors Field this year and 9-6 with a 3.73 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) there.

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Carson Wentz was having an MVP-caliber season before a torn ACL forced him to the sideline Cheap Phillip Gaines Jersey , where he watched Nick Foles lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory.

Wentz has a mission to return for Week 1 and is already ahead of schedule after being cleared for 7-on-7 work last week. Still, he has a way to go before he is cleared for full activity.

”It’s just a process,” Wentz told The Associated Press. ”There’s the mental side of it, feeling comfortable with it, but also the physical limitations that the doctors put on you and you have to trust what they’re saying. If I could tell you I’d be ready Week 1, I would. I just don’t know. It’s a fluid process. That’s obviously the goal but so far things have been great.”

Wentz’s comeback comes with interesting circumstances: He has no pressure to return right away because the Eagles can lean on the Super Bowl MVP to start the season. And that’s not necessarily a threat to Wentz, whose friendship with Foles doesn’t have the strain seen in other famed NFL tandems like Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers or Joe Montana and Steve Young.

”We’ve become so close ever since he first got here,” Wentz said. ”Developed a real friendship Drew Smyly Jersey , a real relationship, more than just a working relationship, a true friendship.”

Wentz admits it was difficult to see someone else hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy on stage first. But the two quarterbacks are more like brothers than competitors for the starting job.

”It’s human nature to want to be on that podium and be the guy,” Wentz said. ”You grow up wanting to be there, but not being able to be up there, there’s nobody I’d rather have up there than Nick.”

Eagles coach Doug Pederson has made it clear there’s no quarterback controversy in Philadelphia since the minute Foles finished a sensational performance in the 41-33 win over the Patriots. When he’s healthy, Wentz is the guy. He’s the face of the franchise.

”I still believe this is Carson’s team,” Pederson said Tuesday. ”There are no egos involved. They’re in this thing together. Both support each other. Nick supported Carson during the season last year Cheap Natrell Jamerson Jersey , and then Carson turned around and supported Nick at the end of the year.

”Their relationship has carried over into this spring and summer, and it’s really good. I see them working in the classroom. I see them working on the field. They keep talking. They want to get better individually. They want to get our team better. And so it’s been a really good, really good dynamic between those two.”

Foles has maintained since he replaced Wentz last December that he understands his role is the backup. He wants to start again in the NFL, but was happy to stay in Philadelphia.

”I’ve shown what I can do,” Foles said. ”I love the team and I love the city. I’m excited for Carson to get back.”

While he was focused on rehabbing and returning to the field as quickly as possible, Wentz pursued other interests during the offseason. He went to Haiti for the second time in less than a year in April – teammates Zach Ertz, Nate Sudfeld and Rashard Davis joined him – and launched plans for his Audience of One Foundation to build a sports complex in that country.

”Being able to partner up with Mission of Hope in Haiti and to see how everything is so Christ-centered, they had a sports complex in thought so we were on board for that Authentic Arden Key Jersey ,” Wentz said. ”I know how sports changed my life, how so many doors have opened up and how my faith has grown through guys who have mentored me in sports. Just to know that can be given and provided to the people in Haiti, it’ll really change their perspective on so many things and restore some dignity and hope. It gets me fired up and I’m excited to go back and be hands-on and see the impact it’s making.”

Wentz then held the inaugural AO1 Foundation charity softball game at the home of the Philadelphia Phillies on June 1, drawing more than 25,000 fans who came out to see the Super Bowl champs compete in a home run derby – left guard Stefen Wisniewski was the winner with a fantastic power display – and a game that featured Foles and 23 other Eagles.

”The brotherhood we have on this team, we’re so close,” Wentz said. ”We genuinely care about each other. A lot of unselfish players. To see these guys come out (to support me) is so humbling.”

Before the game, Wentz also revealed a 25-foot food truck named ”Thy Kingdom Crumb” that will begin delivering free food to people in the Delaware Valley in August. The partnership between AO1 and The Connect Church aims to provide food not only to people in need but others in the community also.

”The goal is to provide something different Lonnie Chisenhall Jersey , to provide the atmosphere to just love on people,” Wentz said. ”I think things that are free these days are kind of confusing. There’s no strings attached with this. I think people will just see and experience something different with that.”

Make no mistake, despite all his outside interests, Wentz is determined to help the Eagles become the ninth team to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

”The biggest thing is the culture of excellence that we’ve created,” Wentz said. ”I don’t see why the sky can’t be the limit for us again. Our roster is rock-solid and our camaraderie and our culture is still rock-solid and growing. We have high expectations.”

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The Carolina Panthers have released running back Jonathan Stewart.

Stewart became the franchise’s career rushing leader in 2017 Cheap Thomas Rawls Jersey , finishing with 7,318 rushing yards. Stewart’s 1 Ryne Sandberg Jersey ,699 rushing attempts are also the most in franchise history, while his 58 touchdowns (51 rushing Antonio Senzatela Jersey , seven receiving) are second in franchise history.

”Jonathan played the game the way you want. He brought an element of toughness as a runner that set the tempo for our team,” coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. ”He is a great pro Cheap Sylvester Williams Jersey , and I appreciate who he is as a young man and thank him for the contribution he made.”

Stewart helped Carolina to five playoff appearances, and holds franchise records for career rushing yards (474) Matt Garza Jersey , rushing attempts (101) and rushing touchdowns (five) in the playoffs. His three rushing touchdowns in the 2015 postseason are the franchise high.

Stewart played all 10 seasons with the Panthers after being drafted by Carolina in the first round in 2008 out of Oregon.

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Max Fried was so good that he didn’t even need all the support Nick Markakis and the Braves provided for his first win of the season.

Markakis hit a grand slam Authentic Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , Fried took a shutout into the seventh inning and Atlanta beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4 on Saturday night.

”You’ve got to give all the credit to Max,” Markakis said. ”He went out and pitched one of the better games I’ve seen. For him, two runs early on was enough for him. It was nice to get some runs and give him a nice cushion there.”

The Braves have won the first two games of the three-game set. The Cardinals have dropped three in a row.

Fried (1-2) stymied the Cardinals on 101 pitches before being pulled with two outs in the seventh. Recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start the game, he struck out 11, allowed four singles and walked three.

”My curveball was definitely on tonight,” said Fried, who also recorded his first major league hit with a single in the fifth. ”I was able to throw it for strikes, put it in the dirt when I wanted to. The big thing for me was getting the fastball over. I felt like I was able to get strike one pretty good. That was my main goal.”

Luke Weaver (4-7) went 4 2/3 innings Colin Moran Jersey , giving up 10 runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five. He gave up homers to Markakis in his final inning and a two-run shot to Ronald Acuna Jr. in the second.

”At the end of the day, I was just done on a couple big swings,” Weaver said. ”I thought I threw some pitches in good spots, but it’s got to be executed a little bit better and you’ve just got to flush these types of days.”

The Braves sent 11 players to the plate in the six-run fifth. After Ozzie Albies doubled in Fried, the Cardinals intentionally walked Freddie Freeman to face Markakis. The right fielder hit his ninth homer of the season and fourth career grand slam off a 3-2 pitch.

”To be honest with you, I was just looking to hit something into the outfield and get a run in, and I ended up one of the better at-bats in the season Cheap Jessie Bates III Jersey ,” Markakis said. ”I looked back at the video and (the pitch) wasn’t exactly where he wanted it, but he threw it somewhere close to the zone and I put a good swing on it.”

He added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to bring in Albies, finishing with five RBI on the day.

Albies went 3 for 5 and has a 10-game hit streak, batting .467 (21 for 47) during that span.

The Cardinals scored all of their runs in the ninth off Matt Wisler, including a leadoff home run from Jose Martinez.

LONGEVITY

Cardinals C Yadier Molina played in his 1,800th game, joining Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Lou Brock Authentic D.J. Fluker Jersey , Ozzie Smith and Enos Slaughter as Cardinals to play in at least that many. Molina entered the majors in 2004 and has spent his entire career with St. Louis. He ranks 12th among active players in games played.

MOVES

To make room for Fried, the Braves designated OF Peter Bourjos for assignment. Bourjos, in his first year with the Braves, was batting .205 in 36 games. He also played for St. Louis in 2014 and 2015.

TRAINING ROOM

Braves: RHP Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder inflammation) is expected to come off the 10-day DL on Monday. The Braves closer threw a side session Saturday and is on target for his return to the team. … C Tyler Flowers, who left Friday’s game with a right hamstring cramp after flying out to end the sixth inning, didn’t start Saturday. The Braves said it was part of the regular rotation between Flowers and C Kurt Suzuki. The two have alternated starts for the past 16 games.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) is scheduled to begin a rehab stint at Triple A Memphis on Sunday. He has yet to appear with the minor league club since going on the 10-day DL on May 16.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.14) goes for his first win in a month. After tossing a 4-0 shutout against the Washington Nationals on June 1, he went 0-1 in his final three starts of the month. He failed to get past the fifth in any his final three June outings.

Cardinals: RHP John Gant (2-2 Cheap Ito Smith Jersey , 3.48) is coming off his best start of the season, giving up one hit over seven innings as St. Louis beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Monday. This is his first appearance against his former club since a 2016 trade that saw the Cardinals send starting pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Braves in exchange for three minor leaguers, including Gant.

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Tessa Worley had perfect timing to win her first World Cup race of the season Saturday in the final giant slalom before the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The world champion from France survived a tricky passage through the steep and twisting first three gates of her second run to hold off Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.07 seconds.

”This victory was built on the first run Jake Lamb Jersey ,” Worley said. ”In the second one there were some errors, but really happy to be able to attack until the end.”

Unheralded 19-year-old Meta Hrovat placed third, 1.45 behind Worley. Hrovat gave the Slovenia team a first-time podium finisher for the second straight day.

Mikaela Shiffrin, the World Cup overall leader Larry Doby Jersey , placed seventh, almost two seconds back. The American star’s winless streak is five races after a five-race winning streak to start the year.

On both runs, Shiffrin skied the top section cautiously, sliding into curves where it was risky to let the skis run fast.

Shiffrin stood fifth after the first run but Authentic Alex Cappa Jersey , having completed the race out of the podium places, skied directly out of the finish area.

Still, she extended her big lead in the overall standings in defense of her title. Shiffrin earned 36 World Cup points and now leads by 799 from Rebensburg, who rose to take second place from Wendy Holdener of Switzerland Jacoby Ellsbury Jersey , who placed 15th Saturday.

Holdener, who won the Alpine combined event Friday when Shiffrin rested, will resume their main rivalry in slalom on Sunday.

Worley’s 12th career World Cup win – all in giant slalom – followed three runner-up finishes this season. Her previous victory was taking her second Worlds gold medal, at St. Moritz last February Denard Span Jersey , when Shiffrin got silver.

Lenzerheide staged the last GS before the Olympic medal race on Feb. 12 – the first women’s event on the Alpine program in South Korea.

Though Worley will likely start favorite, Rebensburg is aiming for a GS medal at a third straight Olympics. The 28-year-old German got gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games and bronze four years later at the Sochi Games.

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Ettore Messina was screaming at the Spurs Cheap Sam Hubbard Jersey , and Manu Ginobili loved it.

Before Gregg Popovich, Ginobili played in Italy for Messina, and on Sunday he delivered a throwback performance for his old coach to save the Spurs’ season.

Experiencing a flashback to his days playing for Messina in the Euroleague in his early 20s, the 40-year-old Ginobili scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help San Antonio beat the Golden State Warriors 103-90. The Spurs avoided a series sweep as Popovich missed his second straight game following the death of his wife, Erin, on Wednesday.

In his 16th season in the NBA and perhaps the final home game of his career, Ginobili rebounded from a scoreless effort in Game 3 to help Messina capture his first playoff victory as a coach, albeit an unofficial one.

”For moments when he talks to the rest of the team, or when he gets upset and he yells at us Cheap DJ Moore Jersey , a lot of flashbacks,” Ginobili said, chuckling. ”He’s very strict and he wants the team to play his way, so whenever we stopped executing the way we should have, the old himself comes back. It was good to see him coaching on this stage. Good memories.”

Ginobili played for Messina while both were with Virtus Bologna in 2000-02.

Kevin Durant had 34 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who can wrap up the series in Game 5 at home Tuesday.

”You have got to give them a lot of credit,” Golden State forward Draymond Green said. ”They came out and they probably played with more intensity this game than they did the entire series.”

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs, but they were willed to the finish by Ginobili, who has said he will decide in the offseason if he will return for a 17th season.

Ginobili was 3 for 4 in the final quarter Authentic Josh Rosen Jersey , including making both of his 3-point attempts, and did not have a turnover in 6 1/2 minutes.

”I am so happy for him,” Messina said. ”I’m so happy. I think he deserves everything that is happening to him in his life and his career.”

Golden State outscored San Antonio 29-21 in the third quarter and went on a 13-5 run beginning two minutes into the fourth quarter to pull within 88-86 with 6 minutes remaining after trailing by as many as 17.

Aldridge banked in a 3-pointer with 4:22 remaining to stop the Warriors’ run.

”It was kind of frustrating,” Green said. ”We played great defense and he throws something up like that.”

Ginobili then took over with a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes.

”I smiled when he made that corner 3 right in front of us at the end of the game,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. ”It was just so typical Manu. Forty years old and 16 points and hits the clinching 3. He’s Manu. That’s what he does.”

The Spurs were 15 for 28 on 3-pointers on Sunday after shooting just 26 percent in the opening three games. The Warriors were 7 for 28.

”It was a do-or-die game, make it happen or go home, and I think every guy played with that mentality, that focus, and we ended up getting it done tonight Bobby Cox Jersey ,” Aldridge said.

Aside from Durant, only Klay Thompson (12) and Shaun Livingston (10) scored in double figures for the Warriors.

Rudy Gay scored 14 points for San Antonio, Dejounte Murray had 12 and Kyle Anderson added 10.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Livingston played despite spraining his left ankle late in the Warriors’ Game 3 victory. Livingston played 21 minutes. … Golden State PG Stephen Curry remained seated behind the team’s bench as he continues to rehabilitate a sprained left knee. Curry is expected to be available for the second round. … Andre Iguodala picked up his fourth foul with 7:56 remaining in the third quarter, but picked up just one more foul for the remainder of the game.

Spurs: Ginobili played in his 217th playoff game, breaking a tie with Shaquille O’Neal for sixth in league history. Ginobili also passed Reggie Miller for third in career 3-pointers in playoff history. Ray Allen holds the record with 385 3-pointers, followed by LeBron James (337), Ginobili (321) and Miller (320). … Murray was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers in the first half, the most 3s made in the playoffs without a miss by a Spurs player since Steve Kerr (2003) and Patty Mills (2014) were 4 for 4 in a half.

WE’RE OK

Durant was asked if the Warriors were downhearted following the loss because their locker room was so quiet following their first loss in the series.

”We were good,” Durant said. ”I guess everybody was just quiet in the locker room while you were in there Authentic Pernell McPhee Jersey , getting ready, putting on their clothes, getting ready to leave. What, you want us to be in there throwing champagne around?”

OUCH

Ginobili took a knee to the thigh in the fourth quarter, but remained in the game after dropping to the court in pain.

”Quad contusion, one of hundreds all career long,” Ginobili said. ”It hurts at the time, maybe tomorrow it’s going to hurt a little bit. We’ll see how bad or not bad it is for the next game.”

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William Karlsson and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights proved they can handle some adversity just as well as they can thrive as front-runners like they did most of their inaugural season.

The Golden Knights bounced back after allowing a late tying goal in regulation when Karlsson scored 8:17 into overtime to lead Vegas to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night and a 2-1 series lead.

”I think it’s good for the morale Andre Ethier Jersey ,” Karlsson said. ”We showed great attitude. Again, they came back. It was tough, too, but we gave someone a chance to be an overtime hero.”

Karlsson was that hero – just as he has been so much this season. He scored 43 goals in the regular season and has added three more this series, but none was bigger than the wrist shot in transition that beat Martin Jones high to the stick side, sending the Golden Knights into a wild celebration around the player knows as Wild Bill.

It was an impressive bounce back from their first loss of the playoffs in double overtime at home in Game 2 and wouldn’t have been possible without Marc-Andre Fleury Jhoulys Chacin Jersey , who made 39 saves to hold off an early push by the Sharks and then robbed Logan Couture with a glove save in overtime.

”I was looking at the guy with puck. I just tried to follow the pass and get out there a bit and I had a little time to react on it,” Fleury said. ”It was a good feeling.”

The Sharks rallied to tie the game and force a second straight overtime with two goals in the third period. Evander Kane scored just seconds after the end of a power play midway through the third to set the stage for Hertl.

Hertl drove to the net with a strong power move. With the Sharks swarming in front of Fleury, Hertl whacked at a loose puck and knocked it in for the equalizer with 1:57 to go, sending the towel-waving crowd into a frenzy.

”I believe our game’s there and I think everyone in here would tell you that,” captain Joe Pavelski said. ”We got caught on the wrong end of it tonight. We had a big one the other night.”

Colin Miller, Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith scored in a span of less than five minutes in the second period to put the Golden Knights in control Authentic Brian O'Neill Jersey , but they couldn’t hold onto the lead.

Timo Meier opened the scoring with a power-play goal for the Sharks, but undisciplined play in the second period helped erase that lead and put San Jose in a hole.

Brenden Dillon held David Perron to give Vegas a power play less than a minute after Meier’s one-timer off a perfect cross-ice pass from Chris Tierney gave the Sharks the lead.

San Jose had an 11-1 edge in shots on goal in the period at that point as the Sharks were controlling the play. But that quickly turned as James Neal held the puck below the goal line and fed Miller with a pass that Marc-Edouard Vlasic nearly broke up for a tap-in that tied the game.

About three minutes later, Hertl was called for roughing Neal well behind the play, giving the Golden Knights another chance with the man advantage.

They converted again when Marchessault one-timed a cross-ice pass from Alex Tuch past Jones to give Vegas the lead.

Smith then capped the three goals in 4:46 when Marchessault fed Karlsson, who was left alone at the side of the net. He deftly sent a blind, backhand pass through the crease to Smith Cheap Breeland Speaks Jersey , who tapped it in for the 3-1 lead.

”He’s got eyes in the back of his head sometimes,” Smith said. ”He’s a great player and he makes great plays.”

The Sharks came out energized by a raucous crowd and the presence of celebrity door opener and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in their first home game of the series.

San Jose got 16 shots on goal in the first period, but were unable to get anything past Fleury, who rebounded well from his first loss of the postseason.

”To come out of that first period 0-0, we need to find a way to get the lead,” coach Peter DeBoer said. ”We’re chasing the game the whole series here. Even when we have a quick start like tonight Cheap Sam Darnold Jersey , Fleury is shutting the door and finding the way to let them hang around until they can get something going, which is what happened.”

NOTES: Sharks F Joonas Donskoi (lower body) sat out. Chris Tierney took his place on the top line with Barclay Goodrow slotting in on the third line. … F Tomas Tatar returned after missing the past four games as a healthy scratch. He took the place of Ryan Carpenter.

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