NBA Roundup: Bucks secure top seed; Lakers lose again; ultra rare Zion card worth P25M

Published August 7, 2020, 5:51 PM

by Agence-France-Presse

Bucks on to East playoffs as top seed

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against the Miami Heat on August 6, 2020 at The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. (Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Bucks secured the top seed in the Eastern Conference by scorching the Miami Heat 130-116 Thursday in Orlando.

The Heat started the game hot, erecting a 23-point lead in the first half.

However, the Heat failed to sustain their momentum, and the Bucks seized the opportunity to coast to victory.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton scored 33 points apiece while Duncan Robinson scored 21 for the Heat who were without Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic.


Rockets hand Lakers 2nd straight setback

James Harden of the Houston Rockets catches the ball around a screen against the Los Angeles Lakers on August 6, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports. (NBAE Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their second loss in a row in Orlando as they bowed to the Houston Rockets 113-97.

The Lakers played without LeBron James who is out with a groin injury.

James Harden topscored for the Rockets with 39 points while Kyle Kuzma had 21 and Anthony Davis had 17 for the Lakers.

The Rockets led by seven at the end of the first half and never looked back.

Houston was without Russell Westbrook but that did not matter.


Clippers keep stranglehold of No. 2 seed

Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Dallas Mavericks on August 6, 2020 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. (AFP)

The Los Angeles Clippers tightened their grip on the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference by thumping the Dallas Mavericks 126-111 in Orlando.

Kawhi Leonard had 29 points while Paul George and Ivica Zubac scored 24 and 21 respectively for the Clippers.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 and Luka Doncic added 29 for the Mavericks.


Damian Lillard driving force for Trailblazers

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets on August 6, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports. (AFP)

Damian Lillard scored 45 points – 33 on three pointers – to lead the Portland Trailblazers to a 125-115 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Lillard was 11-for-18 from three-point range and tied his career high.

He was complemented by Gary Trent Jr., Jusuf Nurkic, and CJ McCollum who all scored in double figures.

The win enabled the Trailblazers, ninth in the Western Conferrence, to narrow the gap between them and the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies in the standings heading into the playoffs which start Aug. 17.


Simmons dislocates kneecap, could sit out playoffs

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, left, and Joel Embiid take a break at sideline. (AFP)

The Philadelphia 76ers have sustained a major blow to their championship bid.

They lost Ben Simmons to injury – a partially dislocated left kneecap.

The Australian suffered the injury in their game against the Washington Wizards and was listed as day-to-day.

He is out indefinitely and the team is not optimistic that he would return in time for the playoffs.


Cool P25M for Zion Williamson rookie card

Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans goes up for a basket against Richaun Holmes of the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 6, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (AFP)

An ultra-rare Zion Williamson rookie card could make you an instant millionaire if you find it.

A reward of $500,000 or about P25 million has been offered to anyone who could find this “Logoman” version of Williamson’s Rookie Patch Autograph which is said to be hidden in a box of  trading cards that could be anywhere  in the world.

A report described that the Panini America National Treasures card has the 2019 No. 1 NBA draft pick’s autograph and also has an embedded NBA logo from a jersey. (Compiled by Tristan Lozano)