Durant’s triple-double lifts Warriors over Hornets

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant reacts to making a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Durant doesn’t often run the Warriors’ offense — certainly not with Stephen Curry on the floor.So when he got the opportunity on Wednesday night, he relished it.ADVERTISEMENT Kaminsky left the arena in a walking boot.“I don’t know,” Silas said of their status moving forward. “Hopefully those guys will be OK because we got some home games coming up and we’ll need them.”UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Pistons on Friday night.Hornets: Host Bulls on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Durant set the tone, scoring 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first quarter to help the Warriors build a 26-18 lead. The edge increased to 26 in the second quarter following back-to-back 3-pointers by Nick Young, who had 10 points.“Even without those other guys, they’re still pretty good,” said Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas, who is leading the team while Steve Clifford is dealing with a health issue. “Obviously with Kevin Durant and Klay it was hard to stop those guys tonight.”Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 24 points, while Nic Batum added 15 and Dwight Howard 14.Charlotte cut the lead to 11 at the end of the third quarter behind 10 points from Batum but didn’t make a serious run at the lead thanks to a strong fourth quarter from Thompson.TIP INSWarriors: Golden State (20-6) had 24 fast-break points against a team that had been allowing the second-fewest fast-break points in the league at 7.5 per game. … Patrick McCaw did not play because of a bruised nose.Hornets: Charlotte attempted one free throw in the first half after attempting 40 on Monday night against the Orlando Magic.WHAT’S COOKING: Quinn Cook started at point guard for the Warriors and had eight points, three assists and three rebounds.Kerr said his play was fantastic.“I knew Quinn would play well,” Kerr said. “He’s played a lot of minutes for New Orleans last year and we have watched him in practice in the G league. … We have a lot of synergy between the franchises and we run the same stuff, so Quinn knows all of the plays.”INJURED HORNETS: Just when the Hornets finally got everyone back healthy, they lost two big men off the bench. Frank Kaminsky left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and Cody Zeller left in the fourth with a strained left knee. Neither returned to the game. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene He said Durant simply took over.“It wasn’t so much a vocal leadership role, but more of an ‘I got this’ type of thing,” Kerr said. “It was the way he carried himself. He was clearly the best player on the floor and the dominant player on the floor. Without Steph, he almost had a different bounce to his step, like ‘This one is mine, I got it.’”Klay Thompson scored seven of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Warriors, who have won five straight overall and seven in a row against the Hornets.Curry will be sidelined for about two weeks with a sprained ankle, while Green is nursing a sore shoulder.It hardly mattered.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron hits big 3, scores 32 as Cavaliers win 13th straightcenter_img View comments Durant had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Golden State beat the Charlotte Hornets 101-87 without Curry and Draymond Green.It was Durant’s first triple-double of the season and his second since joining the Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“It’s fun when you get to create and just be creative out there, whether it’s passing to JaVale (McGee) for a lob or shooting a pull-up jump shot,” Durant said. “Tonight it felt like I could go in my bag of tools, my bag of tricks, to pull some stuff out. I don’t expect it to be like that every single game, but tonight I thought it called for it.”Coach Steve Kerr called it a luxury to turn from one MVP to another in a time of need. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Stakeholders Endorse New PFM Strategy

first_imgStakeholders who attended a two-day validation conference on Liberia’s new Public Financial Management (PFM) strategy have endorsed the new system that seeks to improve the country’s economic and budgetary performance and is expected to kick off in 2017 and end in 2020.The new strategy, which comes as a result of the current strategy that ended in June this year, will have an internal audit agency, unlike its predecessor.The conference was held from December 16-17, and was organized by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Tanneh Geraldine Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget at the Ministry of Finance, said improving budget credibility and comprehensiveness by strengthening the institutional capacities for preparing medium-term revenue and expenditure will bring all donor financing into the budget without hindrance.“Today, as we validate this new strategy that covers the next four years, it is very important that we re-emphasize these areas, some in which significant improvements have been made, but still needs to be addressed,” said Minister Brunson, who spoke on behalf of MFDP Minister Boima Kamara. According to her, there continues to be clear challenges to sustaining domestic resource generation in the country; however, she was quick to clarify that these challenges are not unique to Liberia. She named narrow tax base and a huge informal sector, lack of transparency which inhibits citizens’ willingness to comply with tax laws, as some of the challenges. Others are Illicit flows, tax havens, and transfer prices which circumvent the normal taxation process, as some of the obstacles in the sector.“We therefore need to build capacities of relevant stakeholder institutions, not only to mobilize domestic resources but also using them effectively and efficiently by enforcing tax payment compliance, reviewing tax relief policies, enhancing revenue collection through provision of proper tax information and education,” she suggested.Deputy Minister Brunson called on stakeholders to expand their tax base instead of raising tax rates.Minister Brunson also called for the enhancement of public investment management by integrating externally financed projects with the domestically financed public sector investment projects on a common platform. Emmanuel Togba, head of Public Financial Management Unit at MFDP, said the new law will also have county treasuries that would handle every financial matter in their respective localities.According to him, most of the PFM institutions collapsed, their systems failed, and human capacity deteriorated, culminating at a situation in which there was near complete absence of procedures in the application of public resources. “With assistance from our development partners,” he said, “the government enacted the PFM Act in 2009 to strengthen greater transparency and accountability around public resources.”The new strategy, he added, will guide the country for the next four years and, during the period, treasuries in the various counties, for example, will have their own procurement offices.Meanwhile, the conference was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Justice, General Auditing Commission, Governance Commission, Civil Service Agency, as well as development partners, namely the World Bank, IMF, USAID, EU, SIDA, and AFDB, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more