Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) puts up a shot over New Orleans Pelicans forward E’Twaun Moore (55) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — It could have turned out so much worse for Oklahoma City.The Thunder won their fifth straight game by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 122-116 on Monday night, but they lost star point guard Russell Westbrook with a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Oklahoma City’s Dennis Schroder made two free throws with 20.5 seconds left and Paul George made a pair with 11.8 seconds to play to clinch the win for the Thunder.“When he went out, I thought our guys competed and played extremely hard,” Donovan said.Schroder scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder hold on.“When the fourth quarter started and we started to battle back, it’s too high of a mountain to climb — especially against a team that good, even without Westbrook,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “They got a capable guy. Schroder, I thought, played great. He’s been a starter in this league. It’s not a role he hasn’t been in.”George finished with 23 points, Schroder scored 22 and Steven Adams added 18. Westbrook finished with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT George on Westbrook’s injury: “Russ has a pretty high pain tolerance, so I knew was something that was serious. I’m glad it wasn’t his knee. I thought I saw him holding his knee. I’ll say it’s unfortunate, but I think we can all say this. As bad as it was, we’re happy that it wasn’t the knee and it was just an ankle sprain.”SCORING MACHINESThe Thunder are averaging 122.4 points during their win streak. They have shot better than 50 percent from the field in three of those games. They shot 48.4 percent against the Pelicans.PLUS-MINUS DISPARITYAdams was a team-best plus 22 while Davis was a team-worst minus 18.UP NEXTPelicans: Host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.Thunder: Play at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. After coming down hard on the side of his foot, Westbrook pounded the ground in frustration before limping off the court. The Thunder led 84-77 when he left the game with 4:25 left in the third quarter.There was limited information on Westbrook’s status after the game.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“We’ll see,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Generally, with those things, we’ll see how he does in the morning. But it’s a sprained ankle. Hopefully, he’ll be OK.”Oklahoma City went on a run without its star to close the third quarter and led 100-86 at the end of the period. Julius Randle scored 28 points and made all 10 of his shots and Jrue Holiday scored 22 points for the Pelicans. Anthony Davis scored 20 points but made just 7 of 20 shots.Donovan said Adams did a good job defending Davis. Adams wasn’t so sure.“I had a game plan, man, but honestly, he missed a lot of easy ones to be honest,” Adams said. “There was a lot of breakdowns. I got lucky on a few of them.”It was the sixth straight loss for New Orleans after opening the season with four wins.“We’re putting ourselves in position where we have to have a perfect storm to win,” Gentry said. “In other words, we dig in, make our run, we come back, but we’re never ahead. But we’re playing hard and competing at a real high level. We’re going to be fine.”___TIP-INSPelicans: Had 11 offensive rebounds and 11 second-chance points in the first half. … Made 25 of 30 free throws. … F Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and matched a career high with 16 rebounds.Thunder: Made nine of their first 10 shots. … Shot 71.4 percent in the first quarter. … Adams made his first seven shots.QUOTABLE LATEST STORIES
As law enforcement officers in Berbice map out a plan to put a halt to robberies in the county, two security guards at M Ali and Son Service Station at Strand were on Tuesday night tied up and robbed.Reports indicate that the perpetrators used a screwdriver to stick up the guards and then bound them. They were relieved of an undisclosed quantity of phone cards and ,000.Also on Tuesday night, two men armed with cutlasses robbed a Port Mourant businesswoman. Reports indicate that the masked men broke into the home of the businesswoman and took ,000 from her.Less than 24 hours before, two armed men, also masked, attacked a businessman two doors away, and relieved him of a quantity of cash and jewellery.Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam addressing the issue of crime on the Corentyne said there was a criminal group which operated out of Free Yard, Port Mourant.He said the group had been active in March but had gone dormant. His comments came as he addressed concerns of residents in Rose Hall Town, at a meeting on Wednesday evening. “There is no way you ought to accept what is happening in your community,” the Commander told residents.He explained that there was another gang which operated out of Rose Hall, “And they bring people into Rose Hall. They operate in twos or in threes to commit robberies.”Recently, a man known to the Police disarmed and shot a Police Officer hitting his bulletproof vest.One resident at Wednesday’s meeting who witnessed the incident said the act was puzzling. “The officer was begging his colleague for his firearm. The second Police refused to give the first one the gun and I believe that if he had actually handed over the gun to the other Police the criminal would have been shot, but for reasons unknown the gun was never handed over.”According to the Commander, the Police are not having an easy task even after placing persons before the courts. “Now the Magistrates are not inclined to remand prisoners based on what happened at Camp Street, so we put them in and they come back out to do the same things again. They don’t mind, the criminals would find money for a lawyer and money for bail. They go in and they come back out and we start the same cycle all over again. The community has to help Berbice,” he said.Meanwhile, Head of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Humanitarian Mission Skills Training Centre and Counselling Centre at Port Mourant, Pandit Surish Sugrim noted that the way Police Officers in Georgetown handle crime was different from the way officers in Berbice handle crime.He said there was need for more Police vehicles because of the long distance between police stations on the Corentyne. “Police alone cannot solve crime, as a community, we need to work together.” He suggested that there be more frequent Police patrols in the community.Sugrim, however, questioned why all Police Officers were not equipped with firearms and handcuffs as in some Caribbean states.Assistant Commissioner Amsterdam said if Police Officers used their guns in an indiscriminate way, there would be consequences they would have to face: “We are arming our ranks while they are on duty and there are some ranks – depending on where they are stationed – [who] have personal firearms,” he said.According to the Commander, more vehicles are expected to come to the Division shortly. However, he could not promise that the Rose Hall Police Outpost would be getting its own patrol vehicle.One resident, who is a budding social worker, questioned the reason for not having in place a programme to reform prisoners. “They need help and I believe that some of them can change their attitude if they get the right help that they need… When they do come out [from prison] is there a follow-up check to see what they are doing?” she questioned.Most of the armed robberies committed along the Lower and Central Corentyne over the past three weeks have targeted the business community.