Kawhi Leonard scores 31, Raptors rout Pelicans

first_imgLATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “We know they can run, but we like to run, too,” Lowry said. “We got some easy buckets out of it.”Holiday, the Pelicans’ second-leading scorer, was ruled out Thursday because of an abdomen strain that is expected to sideline him at least a week. On Friday, the Pelicans first announced that swing player E’Twaun Moore also would miss at least a week because he’d reinjured his left quadriceps, and then that Davis would sit out against the Raptors with back spasms. The Pelicans’ front court got even thinner when Jahlil Okafor went out with a left ankle sprain after halftime.Still, New Orleans kept the game competitive until late in the third quarter, when Danny Green hit consecutive 3s during a 9-0 run that widened Toronto’s lead to 88-75.“I still think that we competed and to me, that’s the most important thing. I don’t really care who we put out there,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We just ran into a situation in the middle of the third quarter where they had guys to go to and we missed a couple of layups, missed a couple of open 3s and that’s where they got the separation.”When Jeremy Lin and Lowry hit consecutive 3s in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Raptors’ lead had grown to 21 and fans started making their way toward the exits.TIP-INSRaptors: Lin scored 14 points and Green had 13, going 3 of 4 from 3-point range. … Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Toronto was 13 of 37 on 3-pointers (35.1 percent).Pelicans: Elfird Payton scored 13 points, Ian Clark scored 11 and Darius Miller 10. … F Solomon Hill played for the first time since Feb. 4 after not getting any playing time in New Orleans’ previous 13 games. Hill played 12 minutes, scoring his only points on a 3-pointer to go with two rebounds, an assist and a steal.BETTER BENCHWith Lin and Ibaka leading the way, Raptors reserves combined for 47 points, a sharp increase in production from their recent losses to Detroit and Houston. 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Julius Randle had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Cheick Diallo had 16 points and 12 boards for New Orleans.Leonard met little resistance in the paint. While he missed four of five 3-point attempts, he was 13 of 15 from closer range. He threw down a handful of dunks on drives or cuts and mixed in a finger roll and reverse layup.“He used his strength a lot tonight,” Lowry said. “He got to his spots really well.”Toronto shot 54.1 percent (53 for 98), scoring 66 points in the paint and a season-high 53 on fast breaks.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Heat stay hot, pull away late to beat Cavaliers “We take a lot of pride in being good with our unit and so we know that the second unit in the last two games has been far from that,” Lin said. “Tonight, we wanted to make sure we put a stamp on the game in a positive direction.”UP NEXTRaptors: Visit Miami on Sunday for the second of three straight road games.Pelicans: Visit Atlanta on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — Kawhi Leonard was bound to have a big night.New Orleans was without its best on-the-ball defender in Jrue Holiday and best rim protector in Anthony Davis. Those absences gave Leonard an opportunity to use the Pelicans’ up-tempo pace against them by going strong to the basket early and often.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

EU antitrust ruling a jolt for Microsoft

first_imgIn the past two months, EU regulators have charged Intel Corp. and Rambus Inc. with antitrust abuse. This week, it will hold closed hearings in which Apple Inc. will defend itself against allegations that it restricts customer choice with separate national iTunes stores. And Google Inc. will soon have to seek EU approval to take over DoubleClick Inc., a deal some rivals claim will give Google too much power over personal data and online ads. “The decision very clearly gives the commission quite broad power and discretion,” Microsoft lawyer Brad Smith said. “There are many companies in our industry that have a very large market share.” He added the 248-page ruling would actually affect “every other industry in the world.” In Washington, Assistant Attorney General Thomas O. Barnett said the ruling “may have the unfortunate consequence of harming consumers by chilling innovation and discouraging competition.” “In the United States, the antitrust laws are enforced to protect consumers by protecting competition, not competitors,” he said in a statement. “In the absence of demonstrable consumer harm, all companies, including dominant firms, are encouraged to compete vigorously.” EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes was dismissive of “scare stories” that the court decision would herald disaster for technology companies wanting to protect their innovations. “There is one company that will have to change its illegal behavior as a result of this ruling: Microsoft,” she said. She added that Monday’s victory was “bittersweet” because customers have no more choice than they did three years ago when Microsoft was originally fined. “The court has confirmed the commission’s view that consumers are suffering at the hands of Microsoft,” she said. Kroes refused to say what implications Monday’s decision would have on other legal fights between the EU and Microsoft, particularly one related to its recently released Windows Vista operating system. Microsoft’s rivals have raised issues with Vista’s bundled security software, its integrated Internet and desktop search, and digital-rights management tools used to protect copyrights. The Court of First Instance’s overwhelming endorsement of the commission’s monopoly-abuse case against Microsoft is a massive boost for the officials in Brussels who took on one of the world’s most powerful companies. “They will certainly gain significant confidence and continue to be very aggressive,” said Ted Henneberry, a former Irish regulator and lawyer with Heller Ehrman LLP. “You’ll see more, not less, complaints by other competitors about their rivals in the hopes of sparking some interest. That’s another danger the commission’s going to face, and I think they’re aware of it that they’re going to be used as a forum for disgruntled competitors.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union’s second-highest court affirmed the EU’s nine-year pursuit of Microsoft Corp., rejecting the software maker’s appeal and strengthening the bloc’s hand as it pushes ahead with cases against other major technology companies. The European Court of First Instance ruled Monday that the European Commission was correct in concluding that Microsoft used its dominance in desktop computers to muscle into server software and media players in the 1990s – and that Microsoft still poses similar threats. It also upheld the record 497million euro ($613million) fine imposed on the company in 2004 – the largest ever levied by EU regulators. The resounding victory for the EU – successful on all but one point – cements Europe’s role as the lead international regulator of market-dominant companies around the world. The EU persisted with its case against Microsoft even as the U.S. Justice Department settled in 2001 and many of the original plaintiffs dropped out. “In global markets, the antitrust policy that matters is the most restrictive one,” said M.J. Moltenbray, a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. last_img read more