Russell Westbrook picked up the 100th triple-double of his career and the Oklahoma City Thunder used a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Atlanta Hawks for a 119-107 victory Tuesday night.
Westbrook scored 32 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds to become the third-fastest player to reach the milestone. Only Oscar Robertson (277 games) and Magic Johnson (656) got to No. 100 quicker than Westbrook, who accomplished the feat in his 736th contest.
Westbrook trails only Robertson (181), Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107) on the career triple-double list.
Taurean Prince knocked down a 3-pointer to tie it at 103 with 5:15 remaining. Led by Westbrook and Jerami Grant, the Thunder dominated the rest of the way.
Westbrook scored seven points, while Grant knocked down a 3 and converted a three-point play — both off assists by Westbrook. Carmelo Anthony capped the game-deciding run with his sixth 3-pointer of the game.
Prince led the Hawks with 25 points.
Thunder: Paul George went down hard on a foul in the third quarter, landing on his hip, and didn’t play at all in the final period. He finished with 12 points. … Center Steven Adams sat out the game with a left hip contusion. Dakari Johnson started in his place but played only seven minutes, scoring three points with two rebounds.
Hawks: Coach Mike Budenholzer received a technical foul for complaining about a no-call late in the first quarter. He took several steps onto the court, continuing to gripe, until referee Nick Buchert finally cut him off: “Mike, you’ve made your point.” … The Hawks outrebounded the Thunder 47-28. … Damion Lee had 13 points in his NBA debut after signing a 10-day contract earlier in the day.
Thunder: Return home to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
Hawks: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday before beginning a West Coast road trip.
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The Mostly Bad History Of Nba All-stars As College Coaches
Memphis is turning to Penny Hardaway — the former NBA All-Star and Tigers legend who does not have any Division I experience as a head coach or as an assistant — to replace fired coach Tubby Smith. The school is expected to announce Hardaway as its next head coach on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.
Hardaway is a prominent high school and grassroots coach in Memphis with connections to the area’s top players. He has been the head coach of the Team Penny grassroots program and East High School in Memphis.
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Both James Wiseman and Chandler Lawson — the Nos. 1 and 26 prospects in the 2019 class, respectively, per ESPN.com — attend East High School.
The school said it had terminated Smith without cause due to financial challenges within the program. Attendance had dropped nearly 10,000 per game in recent years, and donations had suffered, too. Smith, who won a national title in 1998, struggled to build a regional talent pipeline.
But don’t make any assumptions about Hardaway. The history of former NBA stars stepping in to save collegiate programs is grim, and few have matched the hype attached to their arrivals. Even hometown heroes like Hardaway, a two-time Great Midwest Conference Player of the Year and four-time NBA All-Star, often struggle.
Here’s a complete rundown.
Active college coaches who had notable careers
Patrick Ewing, Georgetown Hoyas | Record: 15-15 It’s too early to judge Ewing, who finished .500 in his first season at his alma mater, which had dismissed John Thompson III last summer. The Hoyas finished 2-9 in their final 11 games of 2017-18. But Ewing has an intriguing class, led by four-star prospect Josh LeBlanc.
Chris Mullin, St. John’s Red Storm | Record 38-60 In his second season at his alma mater, Mullin won 16 games, doubling his win total from Year 1. He can hang his hat on a couple of victories over Duke and Villanova. But the Red Storm are far from the glory days Mullin was hired to reproduce.
Danny Manning, Wake Forest Demon Deacons | Record 92-102 — combines current record at Wake Forest with his stint at Tulsa He won 38 games at Tulsa. He’s reached the NCAA tournament once in four years, however, at Wake Forest (2017). But his incoming class is led by five-star forward Jaylen Hoard (No. 20 prospect in the 2017 class per ESPN.com).
Avery Johnson, Alabama Crimson Tide | Record: 56-45 Johnson reached the NCAA tournament in his third season thanks to Collin Sexton’s epic performance in the SEC tournament. Once Sexton turns pro after the season, Alabama could tumble in the SEC standings and reach Selection Sunday in 2018-19 without a guaranteed berth.
Terry Porter, Portland Pilots | Record: 21-44 The University of Portland hired the former Trail Blazers star in 2016. His team won 10 games this season — one less than last year’s final tally — and lost seven in a row to end the year for the WCC team.
Damon Stoudamire, Pacific Tigers | Record: 25-40 The former NBA All-Star worked as a coveted assistant at both Memphis and Arizona before he accepted Pacific’s offer in 2016. He’s had his challenges while also making clear strides. This season, Pacific beat BYU and jumped nearly 100 spots in KenPom.com’s rankings.
Donyell Marshall, Central Connecticut Blue Devils | Record: 20-41 He won six games in his first season (2016-17). He won 14 games this year. This is still a team in the 300s on KenPom.com.
Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon Antelopes | Record: 103-57 Majerle is one of the great NBA-to-college-coaching success stories. He helped Grand Canyon make the lengthy transition to Division I sports. This year, a Grand Canyon team that had played elite defense all season lost to New Mexico State in the WAC tournament title game.
Mike Dunleavy Sr., Tulane Green Wave | Record: 20-42 Dunleavy’s squad won 14 games this year after securing just six victories in his first season. Melvin Frazier, a 6-foot-6 forward at Tulane, is an NBA prospect.
Former college coaches who had notable NBA careers
Isiah Thomas, FIU Panthers | Record:? 26-65 You think the Knicks are the only team Isiah Thomas ruined? Nah. In three years at Florida International, Thomas won just 26 games in a disastrous stint.
Clyde Drexler, Houston Cougars | Record: 19-39 The Cougars thought they’d found their savior after Drexler retired from the NBA to lead his alma mater. He never won more than 10 games in two seasons.
Reggie Theus, Cal State Northridge Matadors | Record: 85-128 — combines record at CSUN with his stint at New Mexico State Cal State-Northridge fired Theus after this year’s 6-24 finish. In five seasons with the program, Theus — who led New Mexico State to the NCAA tournament in 2007 — never earned an at-large or automatic berth.
Mark Price, Charlotte 49ers | Record: 30-42 Price was fired in December, only a handful of games into his third season at Charlotte.
Tunisia Vs Iran: Tv Channel, Live Stream, Team News And Kick-off Time For International Friendly At Stade 7 Novembre De Rades
BOTH Iran and Tunisia will be hopeful of making a splash and causing an upset or two at this summer’s World Cup.
The Tunisians topped Group A in Africa and were unbeaten, seeing off the DR Congo by one point to make a return to the finals for the first time in 12 years.
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Iran were similarly as impressive, topping Group A in the AFC and winning six of their ten games – whilst conceding just twice.
These two have only faced each other once before, a 2-2 draw back in 2012.
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FORMER France youth trio Seifeddine Khaoui, Ellyes Skhiri and Mouez Hassen are in line to make their debuts for Tunisia.
Experienced Aymen Abdennour has been overlooked due to lack of playing time at Marseille.
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Chelsea Vs Southampton Fa Cup Semi-final Draw Questioned By Fans Who Claim Gianfranco Zola And Petr Cech Helped Blues Avoid Man United And Tottenham
CHELSEA avoided the big guns of Man United and Man City in the FA Cup semi-final draw – and fans are convinced it was a conspiracy.
There were even claims that former Blues’ favourites Petr Cech and Gianfranco Zola played some part in drawing them against Premier League strugglers Southampton.
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The Blues were the last team to make the final four after edging out Leicester 2-1.
Meanwhile in Sunday’s other semi-final, Southampton, under the guidance of new gaffer, creaked to a 2-0 win against League One outfit Wigan.
Chelsea legends Cech and Zola were on hand to produce the magic balls for the draw in the live BBC show.
The pot contained Southampton as well as giants Manchester United and Tottenham.
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But Chelsea managed to avoid their two rivals to cement a tie with the Saints, who are currently in the Premier League relegation zone.
However, some people raised their suspicions on Twitter that having two former Chelsea men resulted in Antonio Conte getting the “easiest” pick of the bunch.
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One said: “Cech and Zola, former Chelsea legends, doing the draw and Chelsea get Southampton in the semis. Convenient.”
Another wrote: “Nice one Agents Zola & Cech – Chelsea v Southampton.”
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