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Man United, Leicester jostle for Barcelona’s Coutinho

By on September 26, 2020

first_imgIt is said that the playmaker has little interest in returning to Inter or joining Paris Saint-Germain and instead is keen on a move to England.Tottenham are also said to be monitoring the player, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be attracted to the idea of him moving to Old Trafford while Leicester, who may be restricted in funding the deal, are also interested.Bayern Munich – where Coutinho is currently on loan – have an option to buy the Brazil international for €120m at the end of the campaign but multiple reports suggest this will not be exercised.Earlier this month, Diario Sport claimed Chelsea are favourites to land the former Liverpool playmaker and indeed have already made an approach.It is said that the most likely structure of the deal would be an upfront loan deal for one season, with a purchase option linked into the move.Read Also: Barcelona agree to offload Firpo in the summerA report in El Mundo Deportivo last month claimed the Catalan giants have lowered their asking price for the playmaker to €80m as they look to balance their books.Coutinho has netted eight goals and provided multiple assists in 15 league starts for the Bavarian club, while the recent report stresses the good relations between the two clubs which could help smooth a permanent move this year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushA Hit Song By Lil Nas X Is Beating A World Record As We Speak!What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Mouth-Watering MealPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?It Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana JonesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Manchester United and Leicester City are both attentive to the situation of Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona, say Diario Sport.Advertisement It follows a report in El Mundo Deportivo that the Brazilian wants to return to the Premier League should he not continue at the Camp Nou. Loading… last_img read more

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OptaJoe and the search for the perfect sports insight

By on August 30, 2020

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Ahead of his attendance at the Stats Perform booth (C3) at the SBC Digital Summit (today and Thursday), we sat down with Duncan Alexander from the Stats Perform sports data team.Alexander explained how he and his fellow statisticians support marketing and content teams, as well as more on his search for the perfect sports insight and the new Opta Graphics social media tool.In addition to supplying data-driven stories to the world’s sports broadcasters and media, Alexander is one of the founders of the hugely popular @OptaJoe Twitter account family, which have more than 2 million people following their daily facts, insights and teasers in multiple languages from English to Spanish and Arabic. In true OptaJoe style, it seems only right to start with a brain-teaser, so here goes: which player has had the most shots without scoring in the Premier League this season? SBC: Thanks for talking to us, Duncan. Can you start by telling me a bit about the data insights team at Stats Perform?DA: In 2019 we answered over 50,000 requests from media, broadcast and pro team partners, in over 20 countries, helping them uncover new stories and insights from sport. Perhaps surprisingly, but because quarantined fans are spending more time on social media and looking for distractions, we have actually seen an uptick in requests in the last month and are tracking to far exceed that number in 2020. This applies in every country we operate: sports fans are sports fans, and they always want to know more about their passion.Duncan Alexander, Stats PerformThe secret to our success is the largest database in world sport, which to our data insights team is more than a database: it’s an ever-evolving treasure map that keeps revealing new stories, new explanations and new angles to bring us all closer to sport. Playing amongst all that sports data is a literal dream come true for our guys and girls. Every time a client request comes in, there’s a fight to respond first because you get a real kick from seeing how happy clients are with the insights we supply, and how their customers interact with the content. All of this feeds our search for the perfect sports insight – one which turns on a lightbulb for fans such that they themselves are as keen to share it as we were.That’s the great thing about sport: it has infinite stories to tell, and new understandings to be examined, whether through new metrics such as expected goals and playing styles, new forms of betting entertainment like the Opta Player Betting Feed, or helping rights holders (and former players) shed new light on classic matches like we did with re-runs of MLS games recently. Data can also help us look into the future: our data science teams simulated the Premier League season 10,000 times to estimate the final season standings. For example, Betfair’s Dan Fitch combined our predictions with the betting markets to see where the value lies.SBC: How has your historical archive developed since the merger to create Stats Perform?DA: Merging STATS and Perform last year (to create Stats Perform, Opta’s parent) married a very detailed US sport database with very detailed football, cricket and rugby databases. Our historical archives now span all the way back to 1876, which for context is the year Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. In footballing terms, our archives go back to the 1966 World Cup and we have every player pass, shot and goal from every match in the Euro tournament all the way back to 1980. Our new brothers and sisters from the STATS side share our passion for providing enlightening narratives; they’ve been supporting some of the largest teams, broadcasters and commentators in the US for over 20 years, so they know what works, and we’ve already learnt a huge amount from each other. Between us we have data editorial staff across the globe, supporting sports teams, media and bookmakers in many languages, as well as competing to get the most engagement for their @OptaJoe/@OptaJavier/@OptaJoao accounts!SBC: How does the Stats Perform data editorial team help betting operators and affiliates?DA: Sportsbook and affiliate marketing teams want to engage sports audiences in similar ways to broadcasters and teams. They want to help fans enjoy sport more and be more informed – short insights are great for this. For example, we’ve recently started mining our database to find insights to help educate fans and bettors about leagues still playing in territories they may not closely follow, like Belarus.Quizzes are another example which are currently popular. During the last month we’ve been supplying more and more questions to broadcasters, sportsbooks and teams like Inter Milan: they’re a really simple and effective way to interact with and entertain social followers. We supply quiz questions in video formats too.Another example of how our analysts work in the betting content space is the long-running data-driven series which we produce for Unibet. The series was commissioned with the sole objective of providing bettors and sport fans new perspectives on the leagues, players and competitions they are passionate about: something that helps Unibet authentically add value to their fandom. That’s where we see our ability to help.SBC: And how else does Stats Perform help marketing teams?DA: Aside from our core products like Watch and Bet live streaming and the Opta Player Betting feed, which enables betting on player shots, passes and tackles, we’ve recently launched a graphics creation tool to quickly generate images powered by our data that work really well to engage bettors on social media, CRM or inside betting apps.The web-based Opta Graphics platform generated considerable interest at ICE. It works equally well to help operators supercharge their social marketing when the global sport machine is in full swing, as it does to provide a simple path into our extensive historical database, and bring it to life in a bespoke fashion with a few touches of a button.We’ve also recently deployed an automated betting-specific facts feed for football and US sports, covering key trends for key betting markets across thousands of games. This is also fully integrated into the Opta Graphics tool, and lets marketers quickly generate bite-sized insight images before and during games.SBC: To finish, the answer to the question at the start?DA: That would be Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He has been a big player for Hasenhuttl’s side but he has had the most shots without scoring by a player in Premier League this season (41). You can read a whole range of quirky facts powered by Opta for Sky Sports, here.Speak to Duncan Alexander on the Stats Perform stand (C3) today. Alternatively, follow @optajoe or get hold of his team via email [email protected]’s still time to register for the SBC Digital Summit runs from 27 April to 1 May 2020 and features seven conference tracks, a virtual exhibition and virtual networking lounges, attracting an estimated 10,000 delegates logging in from around the world. 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Lakers silence Jamal Murray, Nuggets with comeback win

By on August 17, 2020

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, posts up on Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, attempts a shot while Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Los Angeles defeated Denver 112-103. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Travis Wear, front, loses the ball as he is fouled by Denver Nuggets guard Devin Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, left, attempts a shot defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle battle for the rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, attempts a shot while Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, left, and forward Trey Lyles defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Referee Ron Garretson (10) and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton, right, attempts to steal the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, right, posts up on Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, attempts to move past Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, right, attempts a shot while Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, right, attempts a shot while Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, center, loses the ball while Lakers center Brook Lopez, right, and forward Julius Randle defend during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, top, is fouled by Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee while driving to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1)in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton is restrained by assistant coach Brian Shaw in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma , center, goes up for a shot while Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Travis Wear (21) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, right, loses the ball after a foul by Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, battle for the rebound as guard Jamal Murray looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Los Angeles defeated Denver 112-103. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, attempts to move past Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes up for a shot while Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, back, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game as forward Trey Lyles looks on in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Los Angeles defeated Denver 112-103. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, attempts to move past Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Los Angeles defeated Denver 112-103. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, right, attempts a shot while Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets dance team performs in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Denver Nuggets dance team performs in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Denver Nuggets dance team performs in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, goes up for a shot while Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Los Angeles defeated Denver 112-103. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, goes up for a shot while Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, handles the ball defended by Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, steals an inbound pass intended for Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas attempts a shot while Denver Nuggets guard Devin Harris defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas runs down the court after making a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, attempts to move past Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, attempts a shot ahead of Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, attempts to move past Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball attempts a three-point shot against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, reacts after making a 3-point shot as Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Los Angeles defeated Denver 112-103. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, left, attempts to move past Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 125-116.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball moves the ball up the court against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, attempts a shot in front of Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, attempts to move past Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, goes up for a shot in front of Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, holds onto his head after a foul while moving the ball between Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, and guard Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, left, goes up for a shot while Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, goes up for a shot ahead of Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, goes up for a shot while Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, left, attempts to move past Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, posts up on Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, handles the ball ahead of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone gestures to his team from the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, left, attempts a shot while Denver Nuggets guard Devin Harris defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, left, celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, right, celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, loses the ball while Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, right, attempts a shot while Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, attempts a shot while Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, posts up on Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, posts up on Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, attempts a shot while Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Los Angeles defeated Denver 112-103. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 73Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, attempts a shot while Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Los Angeles defeated Denver 112-103. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — In Hollywood, things rarely work out very well for the villain.On Tuesday night, as the Lakers tightened their grip on yet another win over a team in playoff position,  fans at Staples Center turned their attention to Jamal Murray, who had delighted perhaps a little too much in the Nuggets’ previous two wins over the Lakers.With Isaiah Thomas at the foul line, putting the final touches on a 112-103 victory over Denver, the 18,997 on hand chanted their disdain for Murray. All game, they booed whenever the second-year point guard touched the ball.“I definitely heard the crowd,” Lonzo Ball said, “especially when we were shooting free throws. Don’t know if I like them screaming when we’re shooting free throws but definitely liked the energy.” 🎥 Head coach Luke Walton talks about the team’s victory over the Denver Nuggets. pic.twitter.com/caagMQWRUV— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 14, 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error 🎥 Julius Randle credits the team’s effort down the stretch in the win over the Nuggets. pic.twitter.com/SEz2VZ9GsF— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 14, 2018 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMurray sunk to infamy in Lakers circles earlier this season when he dribbled around Ball in the waning moments of a Nuggets comeback win on Dec. 2 at Pepsi Center. Then on Friday, in another close loss for the Lakers, Murray gleefully talked trash, sending Lakers coach Luke Walton, who later called the 21-year-old “disrespectful,” into a frenzy on the sidelines.In the teams’ fourth matchup, the Lakers didn’t give Murray the chance to peacock around on the court. After falling behind by 13 points in the third quarter, they outscored the Nuggets 45-23 over the final 14 minutes.Kyle Kuzma scored 16 of his 26 points in the third quarter, and after spraining his right ankle at the end of the period, returned in the fourth to score eight more points as the Lakers pulled away late.Kuzma and Julius Randle finished with matching double-doubles – 26 points and 13 rebounds – while Isaiah Thomas added 23 points off the bench.Murray tallied 18 points for Denver, but after the game the Lakers responded to his night with something they had been unable to give him in previous matchups. “I just know in crunch time you’ve got to do what you can to help your team win,” Ball said, “so if I have the ball, I bet I can make it, I’m going to shoot it.”Wilson Chandler led Denver with 26 points and 10 rebounds but the Nuggets struggled to find consistent performers throughout their roster. Former All-Star Paul Millsap, who is still working his way back from injury, was limited to just five points and five rebounds in 26 minutes.The Lakers started hot, shooting 48.1 percent in the first quarter and building a 13-point lead entering the second period. But they started to slide, making just 3 of 18 shots in the second quarter and clinging to a 48-47 lead at halftime.At halftime, Walton went back to stressing defense.“I love the grit that we played with tonight,” Walton said, “especially in that fourth quarter, getting those stop that we hadn’t gotten in the two times they beat us this year.”🎥 Lakers with another strong performance on their home court, defeating the Nuggets, 112-103 #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/Z7LXtyf4QJ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 14, 2018 🎥 Lonzo Ball talks about the energy the crowd at STAPLES Center had Tuesday night. pic.twitter.com/9eWHyyCSEc— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 14, 2018 Indifference.“It wasn’t about him,” Randle said. “They  beat us on their home court and it was a tough game down the stretch that we felt like we should have won, so it was about us getting a win on our home court.”The Lakers have won 13 of their last 14 games at Staples Center, and on Tuesday certainly had the crowd on their side. In addition to booing Murray every time he touched the ball, the loudest cheer might have come when he missed a free throw in the second quarter.While Walton stressed earlier in the day that “it’s not like this is a huge rivalry” between the Lakers and Nuggets, the Lakers did discuss the proper way to approach Murray and his desire to get in the heads of the Lakers and, especially, Ball.“Before the game we just talked about just treating it as another game,” Thomas said, “knowing that guy does what he does, but we’re not too worried about him, we’re worried about ourselves and winning the game.”What would the season’s final game in this budding rivalry have been, however, without some late-game controversy? Randle became entangled with Denver’s All-Star center Nikola Jokic with 21.7 seconds remaining. After Jokic was sent sprawling, he charged at Randle and the pair had to be separated before receiving double technical fouls.“He was coming down flailing, flapping his arms and stuff,” Randle said. “That’s fine. That’s his game. But when you hook my arm and try to pull my shoulder out of place, I don’t like that.”Kuzma’s big night included back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to restore a seven-point lead after the Lakers had fallen behind by 13 in the third.Although the Lakers could not count on Ball for much offense on Tuesday, the rookie point guard knocked down his first 3-pointer with 7:40 left, giving the Lakers a 90-89 lead – their first since halftime. Before that, Ball missed eight of his first nine shots, including his first six 3-point attempts.Being the player that he is, Ball finished not far off from a triple-double. He tallied five points, eight assists and nine rebounds.Related Articles 🎥 Kyle Kuzma gives an update on his injured ankle and the focus it took to come through in the second half. pic.twitter.com/Ha2VrIF5Qq— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 14, 2018 Julius Randle, Lakers put on show for LeBron James in win over Cavaliers Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson motivates Lakers with stories of life experiences, overcoming disappointment last_img read more

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