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Kawhi Leonard unleashes career-best 45 as Raptors beat Jazz

first_imgToronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) puts his arm around forward Kawhi Leonard (2) after he drew a foul by the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO— Kawhi Leonard was so good Tuesday night, Raptors coach Nick Nurse just wanted to enjoy the show.Leonard scored a career-high 45 points, Pascal Siakam had a career-best 28 points with 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 122-116.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Prolific Harry Kane adds Cardiff to list of Premier League victims LOWRY LATESTLowry sat for the eighth time in nine games. Before the game, the Raptors said Lowry had travelled to New York last Friday to receive anti-inflammatory injections. Lowry’s condition continues to improve but there is no timetable for his return.QUARTER TO REMEMBERThe Raptors set a franchise record with 44 points in the third quarter.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Cleveland on Friday night.Raptors: Visit San Antonio on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Utah’s Rudy Gobert scored 16 points, and Ricky Rubio had 14.Leonard made all seven of his field-goal attempts in the third quarter and added five foul shots. His 19 points were the second most in any quarter by a Raptors player this season.“He scored in the post, he scored in isolations, he scored going to the rim over Rudy,” Snyder said. “Eventually we started hitting him when he walked across half court. The biggest thing was we put him on the line.”After making two 3-pointers in the first half, the Raptors connected on their first three long-range shots of the third quarter, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 12-point edge midway through the quarter.“Those nine quick points really changed the game,” Snyder said. “It gave them a big lift.”Siakam went 3 for 3 from 3-point range in the third and scored 13 points. Toronto outscored Utah 44-32 to take a 95-85 lead into the fourth.Rubio started after sitting out Saturday’s win over New York because of a sore left knee and sore lower back, while Crowder was back after missing the victory over the Knicks because of a sore left thumb.TIP-INSJazz: Utah has lost nine of 12 meetings against Toronto. … Utah outscored Toronto 22-5 in second-chance points. … Favors and Gobert each had nine rebounds. … Crowder went 5 for 7 from 3-point range. His career high is six made 3-pointers. … The Jazz have lost five of six on the road.Raptors: Toronto is 5-2 on New Year’s Day, including a 4-0 mark at home. … C Jonas Valanciunas had stitches removed from his surgically repaired left hand Saturday. Valanciunas still has a splint on his hand. … VanVleet scored seven points, failing to reach double figures for the first time in eight games. … Toronto matched a season-low with 20 3-point attempts. … Serge Ibaka scored 20 points in the first quarter of a Nov. 4 road win against the Los Angeles Lakers, the most by a Raptors player in a single quarter this season. 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I’ve kind of been waiting for one of these nights where he makes them all.”Norman Powell scored a season-high 14 points, and the Raptors won their fourth straight at home despite playing without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry (sore back) and center Jonas Valanciunas (dislocated left thumb).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The way he’s playing right now is really big for our team with a lot of guys out,” Powell said of Leonard.Leonard shot 16 for 22 overall, missing all three attempts from 3-point range, and went 13 for 17 at the free-throw line. He said he wasn’t aware of his scoring achievement until after the game. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Wednesday Is Decoration Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a proclamation declaring March 12, 2014, as National Decoration Day. It is to be observed as a national holiday throughout Liberia.According to a Foreign Ministry press release, the Proclamation is in consonance with an Act passed on October 24, 1916, by the National Legislature declaring the second Wednesday in March of each year to be known as Decoration Day; to be observed throughout Liberia as National Holiday.The release notes that the observance is in recognition of the nation’s past heroes and heroines who have lived and died in the interest of their country.The Proclamation stated: “It is befitting that a day be set aside to celebrate the memory of those blessed dead who have lived and died in the interest of their country, thereby keeping alive their deeds and invaluable contributions made to society and the state for the onward march to progress.”The proclamation further ordered that the National Ensign be flown at half –mast from all public buildings, military camps, and private residences from 12:01 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Introduced in the Republic of Liberia in 1916, Decoration Day was a national festival that enjoyed popular support among the people inhabiting the interior of Liberia, also known as the “country people,” who are never adverse to honoring their ancestors and to spending a day communing with their spirits.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more