Bucks slip past Celtics in OT 99-94

Updated 23 December 2012
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Bucks slip past Celtics in OT 99-94

BOSTON: Monta Ellis scored five of his 27 points in overtime and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics in the teams’ final meeting this season 99-94 on Friday night despite blowing a seven-point lead late in regulation.
The Bucks won for the sixth time in eight games, taking three of four against the Celtics, who had a five-game home winning streak snapped despite 35 points by Paul Pierce.
Luc Mbah a Moute scored 20 points and Larry Sanders had 17 and 20 rebounds for Milwaukee.
Jeff Green scored 14 points, Kevin Garnett 12 and Courtney Lee 11 for the Celtics.
Pierce, who scored a season-high 40 points in Boston’s previous game, sent the game to OT by hitting a 3 with 2.5 seconds left.
76ERS 99, ATLANTA 80: At Philadelphia, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Evan Turner scored 21 points to help the 76ers snap a five-game losing streak. Jason Richardson added 17 for the Sixers.
The 76ers held the Hawks to 39 percent shooting and outrebounded them 45-37.
The Sixers learned before the game that injured center Andrew Bynum had been cleared to start a six-step rehabilitation process.
Josh Smith led the Hawks with 17 points and Lou Williams scored 13.
GRIZZLIES 92, MAVERICKS 82: At Memphis, Rudy Gay scored 26 points, and Zach Randolph had 17 points and 13 rebounds to help Memphis win its fourth straight game. Shawn Marion and Vince Carter led the Mavericks with 14 points apiece.
SPURS 99, HORNETS 94: At San Antonio, Tony Parker had 25 points and Tim Duncan added 15 points and 10 rebounds as San Antonio handed Charlotte its 10th straight loss. Anthony Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans.
RAPTORS 93, MAGIC 90: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points and Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists as Toronto won its fifth straight game.
Aaron Afflalo scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who lost for the first time in five games.
PACERS 99, CAVALIERS 89: At Cleveland, Roy Hibbert scored 18 points and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 16 to help Indiana deal Cleveland its sixth straight loss.
David West added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Gerald Green had 14 points — with a ferocious dunk — as the Pacers won for the fifth time in six games. Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on just 5-of-16 shooting for the Cavs.
PISTONS 100, WIZARDS 68: At Auburn Hills, Greg Monroe had 15 points and nine rebounds and rookie Andre Drummond added a double-double as Detroit ended a six-game losing streak with a rout.
The Pistons got 15 points from Brandon Knight and 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from Drummond.
Washington only dressed nine players and lost its sixth straight. Jordan Crawford led Washington with 20 points.


Juan Antonio Pizzi is still the right man to lead Saudi Arabia, says former Green Falcons boss

Updated 22 June 2018
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Juan Antonio Pizzi is still the right man to lead Saudi Arabia, says former Green Falcons boss

  • Saudi Arabia's 1996 Asian Cup-winning coach Nelo Vingada backs Pizzi to lead side into next year's Asian Cup.
  • Green Falcons face Egypt on Monday with both looking to land their first point in Russia.

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s 1996 Asian Cup-winning boss Nelo Vingada has called on the country’s football authorities to keep faith with head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi despite a disappointing showing in Russia.
The Green Falcons still have to face Egypt in the final match of Group A, but have already been eliminated following a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Russia in the opening game on June 14 in Moscow and a 1-0 loss to Uruguay five days later in Rostov.
 “I was expecting a little more from Saudi Arabia to be honest,” Vingada told Arab News.
“In the first game they were disappointing but a first game of the World Cup is always hard and especially when it is the first game and everyone is watching. Plenty of teams at the World Cup did not play well in the first game.
“But playing Russia in Russia and to lose is what you would normally expect from Saudi Arabia and while it was far from positive, people should not get carried away.
“The game with Uruguay was much improved in terms of organization and defense and it showed more of the character of the Saudi Arabia team.”
In the past, coaches have been axed following disappointing World Cup campaigns but with the 2019 Asian Cup just seven months away, the Portuguese tactician would prefer to see some stability rather than yet another new man in the dugout.
 “The Asian Cup is in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will be one of the contenders,” Vingada said. “It is better to stay with the same coach. He has a vision of how he wants the team to play and he now knows the players and the players know him.”
Constant changing has not helped Saudi Arabia in the past and Pizzi himself has been in the job just seven months.
“The problem is not the coach. He should not be changed, that has happened before but results did not improve, but the mentality has to change.”
Despite that Vingada, who has coached 
Egyptian club giants Zamalek and the country’s Under-23 team, believes that the Pharaohs, also eliminated, will prevail when the two regional rivals meet on Monday in Volgograd.
 “This is an important game for pride, the players and the countries. It is still the World Cup. Egypt have a little more quality I think and have Mohamed Salah too.” 
The Liverpool striker has been recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in late May and missed the opening game 1-0 loss to Uruguay. He played in the second game, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Russia, scoring from the spot late in the match to earn a consolation.
“Any coach would take Salah because he can win you games but overall Egypt have been a little disappointing and a little unlucky.”
The bad luck came when conceding a last-minute goal to Uruguay and a fluke own goal to get Russia off the mark. “Uruguay are a tough team and it is no shame to lose 3-1 to a Russia team at home who are playing to qualify for the next round. It showed that European and South American teams still have a little more quality.”
 “Egypt just made some mistakes at the wrong time but this is football and without mistakes there are no goals.”
Ahead of the clash against Egypt Pizzi confirmed his intention to stay as Saudi Arabia boss, looking to build on the seven months he has had to imprint his ideas on the team ahead of the Asian Cup.