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      May 9, 2020 1:32 PM MDT
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  • Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork. Derrick Nnadi Jersey .com) - Two of the ACCs best collide in a marquee matchup on Saturday afternoon, as the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils come calling on the sixth-ranked Louisville Cardinals. After opening the season with 14 straight victories, Mike Krzyzewskis Blue Devils are in the midst of a rare losing streak, as the team has dropped back- to-back ACC games to NC State (87-75) and most recently, Miami-Florida (90-74). The loss to the Hurricanes dropped Duke to an even 2-2 in conference play and ended the nations longest homecourt winning streak at 41 games. It also marks the first time since 2009 that Duke has lost consecutive regular- season games. Rick Pitinos Cardinals have asserted themselves well in their first run through the ACC. The newcomers are sitting at 3-1 in conference play thus far and gained some distance from that one league loss (72-71 at North Carolina), with Tuesdays 78-63 blasting of Virginia Tech. With the win over the Hokies, Louisville moved to 15-2 overall and 11-1 at the KFC Yum! Center this year. This marks the 10th all-time meeting between these two powerhouses. The Blue Devils own a 5-4 series advantage, but it was Louisville that won the last meeting, an 85-63 rout in the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight, en route to the Cardinals third national title. These two teams also met in the 1986 NCAA Championship Game, garnering Louisville its second national title (72-69). Duke held the narrowest of margins at the break against Miami (35-34), but the Hurricanes came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, shooting a scorching 67 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes to blow past the Blue Devils, and end the nations longest homecourt winning streak in the process. Quinn Cook led four Blue Devils in double digits in terms of scoring with 18 points. Jahlil Okafor (15 pts, 15 rebs) and Amile Jefferson (14 pts, 12 rebs) both posted double-doubles, while Rasheed Sulaimon (14 pts) rounded out the top offensive performances for Duke. The poor performance against Miami doesnt reflect Dukes offensive abilities in the least. Despite the outing against the Hurricanes, the Blue Devils still lead the ACC in both scoring (83.2 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.502). A lot of that has to do with the play of Okafor. The 7-foot freshman has been as advertised, as he leads the nation in field-goal percentage (.668), the ACC in scoring (18.9 ppg) and the team in rebounding (9.4 rpg). Cook is the teams veteran presence, as the senior guard is netting 14.8 ppg. Other playmakers of note include freshmen Justise Winslow (11.9 ppg) and Tyus Jones (9.4 ppg, 4.9 apg) and the junior Jefferson (8.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg). The Cardinals may not have the offensive punch that Duke possesses, but the team plays the kind of stingy defense that can shut down even the most explosive teams. Louisville is giving up just 56.9 ppg this year, holding foes to a mere .365 shooting percentage (12th nationally), while forcing over 17 turnovers per game. The team does possess offensive depth as well, with four of the five starters currently averaging double figures. Louisville is paced by guard Terry Rozier and his 17.4 ppg. All-America candidate Montrezl Harrell is the perfect complement in the frontcourt, averaging 15.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Chris Jones (12.8 ppg) adds backcourt depth, while Wayne Blackshear (12.5 ppg) does the same up front. Louisville came out strong, shooting .545 from the floor in the first half, resulting in a 43-24 edge at the break. The Cardinals cruised to victory after that, as Virginia Tech was simply ill-equipped to play catch up. Rozier led four Cardinals in double figures with 16 points. Blackshear finished with 15 points, followed by Harrell and Mangok Mathiang with 11 points apiece. Chiefs Jerseys . The victory strengthened Liverpools position in the top four after Tottenham lost 1-0 at Norwich in the days late kickoff, cutting the north London club six points adrift of fourth place and the final Champions League slot for next season. Armani Watts Jersey . -- DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 16 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings snap a seven-game losing streak by defeating the Chicago Bulls 99-70 on Monday night.TORONTO - Torontos Kyle Lowry had spent big chunks of Sundays game on the bench, part of the coaching and medical staffs plan to manage the minutes of their battered and bruised team leader. Unleashed in the fourth quarter, Lowry scored seven of his 25 points in the games final minute to lift the Raptors to a 96-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. After three horrible quarters, the Raptors outscored the Hawks 36-15 in the final 12 minutes to seal the victory. "Weve got a group of guys who are resilient, we want to win games, weve got a goal in mind," Lowry said. "Its fun to win games and when youve found the recipe to win in the fourth, you have to stick with it." Lowry also had four assists and four steals in just 27 minutes. With the Raptors poised to make their first playoff appearance in six years, the team is being careful with his playing time. "Hes had a lot of minutes," said coach Dwane Casey. "Its hard believe me, as a coach and for him as a competitor, it looks like were going at each other but we both understand the situation. If its close I may close my eyes and forget time, but we have to watch his minutes." DeMar DeRozan added 21 points Sunday, while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Greivis Vasquez chipped in with 12 points for the Raptors (39-30). Lowry, who has struggled with a groin injury in the past, wouldnt say if anything specific is sore. "My full body has aches and pains right now," he said. "I dont think any player in the NBA right now feels 100 per cent. Its that time of year where everybody has knicks and knacks and bruises." DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap scored 17 points apiece to top the Hawks (31-37), while Jeff Teague added 16. Coming off a an energetic 119-118 loss in double overtime two nights earlier to Oklahoma City, the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors looked like a different team Sunday through three quarters of sloppy passes, horrible shooting and lackadaisical defence. One highlight on an afternoon that had almost none: the return of The Raptor mascot, who missed over five months after rupturing an Achilles tendon during training camp. Casey passed Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment boss Tim Leiweke in the hallway after the game, and told him it was like "pulling teeth, it was like going to the dentists office that first half." "Weve got to be pros like I told our players, whether its five oclock in the morning, midnight, two oclock, weve got to get ourselves going," Casey said. "With season ticket-holders paying big money to watch us play, we came out and gave them a bad performance in the first half." Casey gave his players an earful at halftime. "Aw man, he came in here yelling," DeRozan said. "Once Casey yells, youve got to do your job or youll hear him yelling after the game. We understood ... wwe were still in the game and we were playing terrible that first half. Dorian ODaniel Chiefs Jersey. quot; The Hawks, who are clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, led by as many as 14 points in the first half and were up by 71-60 heading into the fourth quarter. Finally showing some life, the Raptors chipped away at the difference and when Johnson tipped in his own miss with 5:18 left to play, it tied the game 79-79. Lowry scored on a hook shot with 44 seconds left to give the Raptors a five-point lead and some precious breathing room, then he stole the ball off an inbounds pass and scored again to help put the game away. There was a scary moment late in the game when workhorse Amir Johnson went down in a heap clutching his left knee after Shelvin Mack had fallen awkwardly on it. "You dont know if its a soccer move (embellishment) or what," Casey said. "He had my heart in my throat there for a little bit." Lowry called Johnson the teams "heart and soul." "So when that happened it kind of scared us a little bit," Lowry said. "Oh yeah, Im still scared when he falls. But hes a great player, he gives it all, and it makes everybody else give it their all too." Added DeRozan: "Ive seen Amir get hit by a Mack truck and get back up. One thing about Amir, hell play through anything and everything, but he kind of scared me tonight. When he grabbed at the knee, I kind of cussed at him a little to make sure he was alright." Johnson, who was limping in the locker-room after the game, said the initial pain was bad, but he was able to walk it off. The Raptors had lost to the Hawks earlier in the week, dropping a 118-113 decision in overtime in Atlanta on Tuesday. "We just lost focus," Millsap said on the Hawks inability to close out Sundays game. "Lost focus and they hit a few shots. We dropped our heads a little bit but we have to be more mentally tough." Toronto got off to a poor start Sunday, turning over the ball seven times in the opening quarter. The Raptors shot just 28 per cent while allowing the Hawks to shoot 56 per cent. Atlanta went up by 11 before leading 25-16 to end the quarter. A three-pointer by Millsap gave the Hawks a 14-point lead midway through the second. But the Raptors closed the quarter with a 16-9 run that included a monstrous dunk by Terrence Ross and went into the locker-room at halftime trailing 49-42. The Raptors carried that momentum into the third, cutting the Hawks lead to two points on a hook shot by Valanciunas, but abruptly went cold again. Atlanta took an 11-point advantage into the final 12 minutes. Notes: The Raptors are in Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Tuesday, then meet the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday before returning home to host Boston on Friday. ... New Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Hockey Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler were at the game. Cheap Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Discount NFL Jerseys ' ' '
      June 26, 2018 10:33 PM MDT
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