Ricky Rubio had 22 points, 11 assists and seven steals to lead the Phoenix Suns TO A 131-111 victory over the reeling Utah Jazz on Monday night.
In his first game back in Salt Lake City after playing for the Jazz for two seasons, Rubio led an offense that shot 56% and seemed a step ahead of the Jazz all night.
Devin Booker had 24 points and 10 assists while Deandre Ayton added 16 for the Suns.
Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 for Utah. The Jazz made a season-high 37 free throws — on 43 attempts — but looked disjointed while committing 19 turnovers.
The Suns made three 3-pointers in a row to get some breathing room, and then Jevon Carter made a layup and Kelly Oubre dunked to take a 99-88 lead into the fourth quarter.
Oubre dunked over Gobert early in the fourth quarter and let him know all about it, drawing a technical foul.
Rubio made an off-balance 3-pointer from the corner that brought audible gasps from the Utah crowd. The knock on Rubio in Utah was that he wasn't enough of a perimeter threat to keep defenses from sagging.
The Suns made their first five shots and set the tone early that if the Jazz weren't going to stop their drives, they were headed for a big night. The Suns outscored the Jazz in the paint 66-42.
Rubio, who also had six rebounds, had 13 points in the first half as the Suns shot 59.5 percent and matched the Jazz at 62-62 at the break.
Known for their defense over the past few years, the Jazz suddenly can't stop anyone as they dropped their third straight home game for the first time since early last season.
Suns: Ayton got a technical foul 8:00 before halftime. ... Phoenix shot 65 percent in the opening quarter and still trailed 35-27. ... The Suns had 33 assists.
Jazz: Former Jazz point guard Deron Williams sat courtside. ... Quin Snyder was hit with a technical with 7:11 left in second quarter. ... Mike Conley, Rubio's replacement at the point, had eights and one assist.
Suns: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night to open a six-game homestand.
Jazz: Host Boston on Wednesday night.
Sabrina Ionescu's strength inspired her Oregon coaches and teammates all day, from the way she courageously spoke at the memorial service for Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles earlier in the day, then flew back to the Bay Area and took the court shortly after vomiting in the locker room, all before leading the Ducks with yet another brilliant performance on both ends.
And doing something never done before in college basketball, by a man or a woman.
Ionescu became the first player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds and notched her record 26th career triple-double, too, leading No. 3 Oregon past fourth-ranked Stanford 74-66 on Monday night.
Ionescu wasn't made available to the media for a second straight game, speaking to ESPN on Monday.
"That one was for him. To do it on 2-24-20 was huge," she told the network. "We talked about it in the preseason. I can't put it into words. He's looking down and proud of me and happy for this moment with my team."
Ionescu hit the milestone on a defensive rebound with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter and finished with 21 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds in her first triple-double against a top-10 opponent and eighth overall this season to help Oregon (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) clinch at least a share of its third straight Pac-12 regular-season title.
"Incredible. I thought she was so poised and so heartfelt today," said coach Kelly Graves, whose wife Mary accompanied Ionescu. "At her age and relative limited experience and things like that, I just thought she nailed it. It was amazing, and she wrote that, and that was from her. She's pretty special in more ways that just what you're seeing on the court."
Ionescu also had a triple-double Friday night at California while playing near her East Bay hometown of Walnut Creek, then delivered her eighth career road triple-double for the Ducks on an emotional day just hours after attending the service for Bryant and daughter, Gianna, in Southern California.
"I don't know many people that could have done what she did today," Graves said. "... I knew this was the way it was going to end tonight for her. I'm glad that it ended in a victory but I knew that she was going to get that. It's so fitting that she did it tonight."
Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer wasn't surprised by Ionescu's toughness despite her difficult day.
"She's a player. I didn't expect anything different than what we saw," VanDerveer said.
She now has 2,467, 1,041 assists and 1,003 rebounds, helping Oregon secure Monday at least 15 conference wins for a third consecutive season. Ionescu shot 9 for 19, missing her three 3-point attempts. She had plenty of help from Satou Sabally, who scored 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting with four 3-pointers.
"When she came back, we were there for her. It wasn't the easiest day but she always has our backs so it was our turn to have her back," Sabally said. "We just lifted her up."
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sat on the baseline supporting Ionescu and women's basketball for the second straight game she played in Northern California after he was in Berkeley with his two daughters Friday night. He watched Oregon run its winning streak to 14 in a row and nine straight on the road.
"You kind of try and hide some of those emotions. To speak was such an honor for me," Ionescu said. "I tried to do everything I could to hold it together tonight and my team helped me do that."
The Ducks used a big second half to beat the Cardinal 87-55 on Jan. 16 in Eugene, then held off a late flurry by Stanford (24-4, 13-3) this time on a night Lexie Hull scored 27 points with six 3-pointers.
The Cardinal had their four-game winning streak snapped with just a second defeat at Maples Pavilion this season.
Oregon jumped out to a 25-10 lead then led 32-22 at halftime after four turnovers late in the second quarter allowed Stanford to stay close.
"I think they're the No. 1 team in the country. They have all the weapons," VanDerveer said. "They've got great experience. Kelly does a fantastic job with them in terms of they know what they're doing out there. They're a very well coached team, they're a very skilled team. I was disappointed that we honestly didn't give them a better game."
Ionescu's left sneaker featured "Mamba Mentality" written on it along with "Forever 24" as well as a "24" on the back.
Curry also attended the service for Bryant and daughter, Gianna.
"I can't imagine how emotional it was for everyone in that arena. To be at her age with all that she's got going on and her connection to Kobe and Gigi and to give a speech in front of 19,000 people all mourning was unbelievable," Curry told ESPN. "She spoke so well. Now she's out here representing them playing her heart out.
"That's sustained greatness. She came back her senior year for a reason to get the national championship. She's blazing a trail no one has stepped foot in."
Oregon: Oregon won its ninth game against a Top-25 opponent during the winning streak, sixth vs. a Top-10 teams and third when facing a top-five program. ... The Ducks are outscoring opponents by 24.8 points during the winning streak. They haven't lost since a road defeat at Arizona State in Tempe on Jan. 10. ... The Ducks are 11-1 on the road.
Stanford: Nadia Fingall had 12 rebounds as the Cardinal held a 36-34 advantage on the boards. ... Stanford dropped to 14-2 at home.
Dhaka Mohammedan SC and Bangladesh Police SC won their respective matches of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at two different venues across the country on Monday.
Dhaka Mohammedan SC advanced to the 2nd slot in the league table securing six points from three matches beating Sheikh Russel KC by 2-1 goals at Sylhet District Stadium in Sylhet on Monday while Saif Sporting Club topped the league table securing seven points from three league outings.
On the other hand, one of the big budgeted team Sheikh Russel bagged only two points from 3 matches.
Mohammedan SC took lead in the match in the very 6th minute. Souleymane Diabate of Mali found the net beating on rushing Russel’s custodian and defender, capitalizing on a long pass from his defense (1-0).
Sheikh Russel equalized the margin before half time. Abdullah took free kick from about 35 yards, Mohammedan defenders failed to clear the ball and Pedro Guis of Timur-Leste fired the net by a powerful shot (1-1).
In the day’s other match, Bangladesh Police FC tasted their first win in the league beating Uttar Baridhara Club also by 2-1 goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Police took lead in the 29th minute. American forward Rivera Sidney headed nicely from left side. He was the highest scorer of the recently concluded Federation Cup Football.
After six minutes, Laskov of Bulgaria extended the Police lead. He took a free kick almost from 30 yards (2-0).
Arif Hossian of Uttar Baridhara reduced the margin in the 47th minute by a diving header from the danger zone (2-1).
Police FC earned four points from three matches while Uttar Baridhara Club yet to open account yet.
Defending Champions Bashundhara Kings will take Brothers Union at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.
Despite of a good preparation camp right before the main event, Bangladesh National Women’s Cricket team made a frustrating start in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup losing to neighboring India by 18 runs in the Australian city of Perth on Monday.
Bangladesh failed to display a performance what they have done in the Asia Cup’2018 when they beat India in two consecutive games to clinch the title.
In their first group match, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bowl first. They restricted India in 142 for 6 in 20 overs.
In reply, Bangladesh were tumbled for 124 for 8 in 20 overs and lost the match by 18 runs.
Bangladesh faced an initial debacle when Indian Shikha Pandey removed Shamima Sultana for three. In the second wicket stand, Murshida Khatun and Sanjida Khatun added 39 runs on the board.
But Arundhati Reddy scalped the wicket of Murshida for 30 off 26 balls with four fours and the Tigress were never able to back to the race.
The wicketkeeper-batter Nigar Sultana scored 35 off 26 balls with five fours, but her effort went in vain as the other batters were not able to replicate the same effort in the wicket.
Fahima Khatun, Jahanra Alam and Rumana Ahmed posted 17, 10 and 13 respectively, but these efforts were not enough to chase the target.
Eventually, Bangladesh ended on 124 for eight in 20 overs and lost their first game of the event by 18 runs.
Poonam Yadav, the leg-spinner, bagged three wickets conceding 18 runs in four overs while Shikha and Arundhati scalped two wickets each.
Earlier, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues and Veda Krishnamurthy guided India to a challenging total of 142, scoring 39, 34 and 20 runs respectively. Shefali’s 19-ball 39 was the vital innings for India to seal the game.
Later Shafali Verma, who scored 39 off 17 balls featuring two fours and four sixes and was declared the player of the match.
Salma Khatun and Panna Ghosh bagged two wickets for Bangladesh conceding 25 runs each.
In the remaining group stage games, Bangladesh will face Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
The Clemon Cricket Academies hails Bangladeshi cricketers who clinched the ICC U-19 World Cup’2020 title for the first time beating their next door arch-rivals India in the final in South Africa recently.
In the 15-man U-19 World Cup Champions Bangladesh U-19 team, four players hailed from different Clemon Cricket Academies. Seven cricket academies, under the banner of Clemon in the country, cherish the success and expressed their pride for achieving the rare feat for the country.
Four star cricketers of the champions Bangladesh U-19 team hailing from the academy are: right-handed batsman Mahmudul Hasan Joy, all-rounder Shamim Hossain, left-arm pacer Shariful Islam and all-rounder Mehrab Hossain.
Born in Faridganj of Chandpur, Mahmudul Hasan’s father admitted him to Chandpur Clemon Cricket Academy with the help of his uncle while Shamim also took admission in the same academy.
Shariful Islam started his journey at Dinajpur Clemon Cricket Academy and later he continued his training at Rajshahi Clemon academy along with his fellow-mate Mehrab.
All the four youngsters played in different clubs and achieved their places in the U-19 cricket team, and later they proved them to be the pride son of the country. The U-19 team clinched their first-ever champion trophy this year and this success acted as an inspiration for the juniors.
The directors of the Clemon Cricket Academies feel pride in the glory of the team and think themselves as fortunate to be a part of the cricketers’ training process.
Coach Shamim Faruqi, Dhiman Ghosh and Alamgir Kabir of Chandpur, Dinajpur and Rajshahi Clemon academies expressed their best-wishes for the cricketers and wished their better future achievement.
Khaled Mashud Pilot, former captain of National Cricket Team and Chief Operating Officer of Clemon Sports, said, “The result of their endeavor is the world cup. I hope, they will go a long way and take lead of Bangladesh Cricket in future.”
Many talented players are coming out of the Clemon academies in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Chandpur, Sylhet, Jashore and Dinajpur. Currently, around 1200 students are taking training in these academies.