Spurs rout Jazz 118-81 in NBA

first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP):San Antonio built a giant 46-point lead, thanks to their smothering defence, before easing up to beat Utah 118-81 on Monday night and extend their stellar start to the NBA season.The Spurs improved to 21-5 – the second-best start in franchise history – and retained their 6-1/2 game lead in the Southwest Division.Kawhi Leonard had 22 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 18 points each for the Spurs, who are 13-0 at home.In other key games, Atlantic Division leaders Toronto had their four-game winning streak ended by Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Detroit with a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in overtime, and Miami took a share of the Southeast Division lead with a win over slumping Atlanta.Indiana’s Jordan Hill had season highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Pacers beat Toronto 106-90. Monta Ellis had 18 points for Indiana, which went on a 39-4 run in the first half to overturn a 21-point deficit.The Clippers edged Detroit 105-103 when Jamal Crawford hit a three-pointer with 12.4 seconds left in overtime. Blake Griffin, who finished with 34 points, made a pair of free throws with 38.8 seconds remaining to put the Clippers ahead 102-101, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tied it for the Pistons by going 1 for 2 from the foul line with 30.5 seconds left.Reggie Jackson finished with 34 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit.Miami led comfortably throughout in winning 100-88 at Atlanta. Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Gerald Green had 20 for the Heat, who moved 1-1/2 games above their Southeast rival.GAME-WINNING POINTSDallas’ Chandler Parsons scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to guide the Mavericks to a 104-94 win against Phoenix. Parsons has been on restricted duty, coming off the bench lately, following off-season knee surgery. He had eight points during a 20-4 run to finish the third quarter, when Dallas made 13 of their last 14 shots to take a 77-58 lead.Memphis shot 56 per cent and sank 10 of 15 three-point attempts in beating Washington 112-95. Denver’s Will Barton scored 23 points, including two game-sealing free throws with 13.5 seconds remaining, to give the Nuggets a 114-108 win against Houston.Orlando claimed their first win in Brooklyn, cruising past the Nets 105-82 behind 54 per cent shooting from the field.Portland extended their run of wins against New Orleans to seven by defeating the Pelicans 105-101, led by 30 points from Damian Lillard.Chicago rallied from a five-point half-time deficit to beat hapless Philadelphia 115-96 and keep the 76ers winless in 15 road games.last_img read more

Samantha Akkineni: Trolling made me question my sanity

first_imgThough Samantha Akkineni has an enviable fan following, she also has her share of haters. She is no stranger to trolling and often gets extremely nasty comments on her social media posts.In a recent interview, the actress revealed that when she was new in showbiz, she used to get really bothered by the negativity. “Trolling did affect me initially, to the extent that I was questioning whether I was going insane. I would wake up and the first thing I would do was check for trolls. It was really, really hurting my mental stability and making me rush to make the wrong decisions,” she said.Samantha added that it took her a while to come out of that phase. “I don’t think I have much advice for anyone or much of an explanation on how I got out of such a situation. It was just over time. Now, I am at a point where it’s just for fun. I do not respond to that for any sort of annoyance. I am just playing along,” she said.Having been the subject of trolling quite often, Samantha now knows what to expect even before she posts something. “I know there is going to be a troll even before I put a tweet or post a picture. I have gotten so used to what to expect from trolls, that I know exactly what is going to happen,” she said.On the work front, Samantha will be seen next in Nandini Reddy’s Oh! Baby, which is an official adaptation of the Korean film Miss Granny, in which a 70-something woman finds herself trapped in the body of her 20-year-old self. The film will release on July 5.advertisementALSO READ | Samantha Akkineni brutally trolled for posing in beachwear on Ibiza holidayALSO SEE | Samantha Akkineni nails fierce workout in sports bra and tights. Gym goals, anyone?ALSO READ | Did Samantha Akkineni charge Rs 35 lakh for a 5-minute role in Manmadhudu 2?ALSO WATCH | In Da Club’s special tribute to Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Chiranjeevilast_img read more