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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — No quarterback in the Cheap NFL Jerseys has been better in November and beyond during the past four seasons than Nick Foles.

That makes the timing of his return from a broken collarbone perfect for the Cheap Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys, who are still alive in the playoff race despite a 4-5 record. Their schedule eases up in the second half, so the addition of Mr. November could be just the spark the Jaguars need to make a run.

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This is the Nick Foles time of year. In the last 4 seasons, Foles is 10-2 as a starter in November or later (including playoffs). That’s the best winning percentage by a starting quarterback in that time.

QB PCT. W-L
Nick Foles .833 10-2
Tom Brady .794 27-7
Andrew Luck .765 13-4
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Per ESPN Stats & Information, Foles has the best winning percentage of any starting quarterback in November or later (including playoffs) since 2016. He’s 10-2 (.833), which is better than Tom Brady (27-7, .794) and Andrew Luck (13-4, .765). Granted, he has played in fewer games than Brady and Luck, but six of those games have come in the playoffs — including Super Bowl LII — and the four teams he’s beaten in the postseason have a combined record of 52-20.

Foles was playing for Philadelphia for all but one of those 12 games (the other came when he beat the Jaguars in his lone start with Kansas City in 2016), so he’s had the benefit of a good supporting cast on offense with, among others, Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor, Alshon Jeffery and LeGarrette Blount. He also had one of the NFL’s best defenses behind him in 2017 (No. 4 overall and in scoring).

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Blood boiling, Cheap Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys owner Dean Spanos strongly denied his team has any interest in relocating to London, addressing a report broaching the possibility Tuesday.

“It’s total f—ing bulls—,” Spanos said. “We’re not going to London. We’re not going anywhere. We’re playing in Los Angeles. This is our home, and this is where we are planning to be for a long f—ing time. Period.”

Spanos was responding to a story Monday by The Athletic, which reported the Chargers and the NFL could look at moving the team to London, partly because of concerns over the Los Angeles market.

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The NFL issued a statement later Tuesday, saying there was “no substance” to the report.

“No consideration has been given to the Chargers playing anywhere other than Los Angeles at the new stadium in Hollywood Park next season and beyond,” the league’s statement said. “There have been no discussions of any kind between the NFL and the Chargers regarding moving to London. Both our office and the Chargers are entirely focused on the success of the team in Los Angeles.”

Since the Chargers relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles three years ago, the team has experienced an uphill climb in building a fan base, with opposing fans regularly taking over the team’s temporary home at Dignity Health Sports Complex, a 27,000-seat soccer stadium that serves as the home of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy.

However, the Chargers believe they will have more success earning new fans in Los Angeles once the team moves into its new home of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, starting next year.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, when asked if he had talked with his players about the relocation story, said his focus is on Thursday’s game on the road against the Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys.

“I just found out about the story last night,” Lynn said. “I don’t think there’s anything to it — well, I know there’s not anything to it. We’re not going to let it be a distraction for us. We’ve got a job to do Thursday night, and that’s what we’re getting prepared for.”

Quarterback Philip Rivers, who has continued to commute from San Diego to Orange County since the team’s move to Los Angeles, declined to comment before practice.

“I don’t see any reason to comment on it, to be honest with you,” Rivers said.

Nick Foles is preparing to return as starter for the Jaguars after breaking his collarbone during the first game of the season. Frank Augstein/AP Photo
Foles doesn’t have the same level of playmakers with the Jaguars, but he does have some good pieces. Leonard Fournette is the league’s third-leading rusher (831 yards) and DJ Chark ranks ninth in the NFL and second in the AFC with 692 receiving yards. However, the Jaguars need to get better production out of the tight end position (35 catches), and rookie Josh Oliver has made no impact in his first three games.

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Foles’ biggest advantage is the Jaguars’ remaining schedule: It’s the easiest among the four AFC South teams. The combined record of the Jaguars’ upcoming opponents is 25-33 (.431), and only one of the six teams they play has a winning record (5-3 Indianapolis twice). It also includes games against Tampa Bay (2-6) and Atlanta (1-7).

The Texans have games remaining against Baltimore and New England. Tennessee has to play New Orleans and Kansas City. The Colts have the Saints on their schedule.

Foles’ first two games back are at Indianapolis and Tennessee, and they’re critical games if the Jaguars are going to be in playoff contention entering December.

“The good thing is there’s a lot of division games still left,” Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said. “We’re 1-2 in the division, but if we win out in our division, we’ll be in a position to go to the playoffs. There’s a lot of good Cheap Football Jerseys to be played.”

Looks like Foles is getting back in the nick of time.

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INDIANAPOLIS — His sixth Cheap NBA Jerseys season has been a slow transition in getting acclimated with a new team, so T.J. Warren admittedly was pressing too much.

On a Sunday night when the Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys had a makeshift lineup with three injured starters sidelined, Warren adjusted well to playing a more prominent role with a season-high 26 points in a 108-95 home win over Chicago.

“It’s definitely been a process,” said Warren, acquired in the offseason after five years with Phoenix. “I’m just trying to figure out how I can fit in and where I can be effective on this team. It’s a whole new system with guys who have been together for like a month and a half now. We’re still learning each other.”

Warren, a 14.4-point scorer with the Suns, was averaging 12.8 points for the Pacers (3-3) after a humbling 3-point effort on 1-of-8 shooting in a Friday home win over Cleveland. But this night the shots were falling from the outset as he scored 14 first-half points to help the Pacers take a 13-point lead at the break.

“It’s more just him trying to find his rhythm and get a feel for where his opportunities are coming,” said Pacers coach Nate McMillan. “We’re still early. It’s going to take some time with this group getting a feel for each other.”

A Pacers squad already missing its best player — All-Star guard Victor Oladipo has yet to make his season debut in his recovery from knee surgery — was also without forward/center Myles Turner (ankle) and center Domantas Sabonis (calf contusion).

That meant McMillan was tinkering with lineups he hadn’t even tried in practice, but they worked as the Pacers won their third straight game and sixth in a row against the Bulls (2-5).

“Guys have to be ready to step up and play when that opportunity presents itself,” McMillan said. “I thought tonight, as a group, we did.”

Point guard Malcom Brogdon had 22 points and seven of the Pacers’ team-high 28 assists.

“Having Victor out, you know the type of player he is as an All-Star, and still being able to win games and put it together, it’s been huge for us,” Brogdon said. “But to have Myles and Domas out and still get this win, it’s huge for our confidence.”

Reserve forward TJ Leaf took advantage of extra minutes as a backup center with his second career double-double, 13 points and 15 rebounds. The third-year pro had entered with seasonal averages of 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds.

The Bulls (2-5), winless in five road games, lamented a lost opportunity against an opponent missing key players.

“We’ve been the short-handed team that went out and scrapped it and junkyard-dogged it and beat teams that maybe we shouldn’t have beaten,” said Bulls coach Jim Boylen. “We haven’t been the team that’s favored very often. And maybe that’s the lesson we’ve got to learn, that whether you’re favored or not, or whether they’re hurt or not, you’ve got to bring it.”

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 21 points and Wendell Carter Jr. added 20.

“We’ve got to take advantage of opportunities like this,” said Bulls reserve forward Thaddeus Young, who had 12 points. “I told the team in the postgame meeting this is what we call a trap game. We just didn’t take advantage.”

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Bulls: LaVine joined select company on Friday in his 93rd game in bumping his career point total to 2,020. The only other Bulls to score more than 2,000 points in fewer games were Hall of Famer Michael Jordan (73 games) and Derrick Rose (86), according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Pacers: Rookie reserve center Goga Bitadze, drafted 18th overall, is making the most of his first extended playing time with nine points against the Bulls after scoring 10 against Cleveland on Friday. Prior to that, he had just two points in two games and did not play in two others.

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At one point in the first half, the Pacers’ lineup featured nothing but T.J.’s and Holidays with center TJ Leaf, forward T.J. Warren, forward T.J. McConnell, guard Justin Holiday and guard Aaron Holiday.

BOSTON — Jayson Tatum made a big play at a big moment for the Cheap Boston Celtics Jerseys.

Then he made it sound very routine.

Tatum hit a turnaround jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining, and the Celtics beat the Cheap New York Knicks Jerseys 104-102 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

“It feels great, but I don’t want to get too excited,” Tatum said. “The guys that I look up to in this league, they’ve do things like this all the time.”

Tatum finished with 24 points. Kemba Walker scored 23 of his 33 points in the second half, and Gordon Hayward had 13 points and nine boards.

Walker called Tatum’s basket “a huge, big-time shot.”

“I’m happy we went to him,” he said. “Hopefully that keeps him confident. That can really just get something going for us. That was an unbelievable play.”

Unlike a 118-95 rout at Madison Square Garden the previous Saturday, Boston was pushed by New York until the very end of a game that featured 24 lead changes and 10 ties.

Marcus Morris, who played the last two seasons with the Celtics before signing with New York as a free agent, led the Knicks with 29 points. Morris made four foul shots in the final minute, and then hit a tying 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left.

“We stayed locked in all game long,” said Knicks rookie RJ Barrett, who finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. “The whole fourth quarter we was fighting, and that’s the identity of our team. We did that tonight.”

After Morris’ late 3, the Celtics called timeout and Marcus Smart inbounded the ball to Tatum in the corner. He caught the pass, turned around and pulled up for a shot from the corner that was initially called a 3-pointer. It was quickly overturned during the timeout, but it didn’t matter. The Celtics broke up a long inbound pass and the Knicks didn’t get off another shot.

Morris congratulated his former teammate after the game.

“It was good to see him get his first one (game-winning shot),” Morris said. “I wish it could have been against somebody else, but hey — it’s the NBA.”

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It was the third straight game with 30-plus points by Walker, who scored 32 in the previous two and finished with his best game since signing with the Celtics as a free agent.

Walker also hit all 14 of his foul shots and added five assists and six rebounds.

“We stuck with the game,” Walker said. “It came down to a last-second shot, but (we’ll) take wins any way you can get them.”

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The Knicks led 50-49 at halftime and opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer by Frank Ntilikina, starting a period full of shots from beyond the arc. Both clubs hit five 3-pointers in the quarter before the Celtics carried a 75-74 lead into the fourth.

The back-and-forth continued in the final period. Boston regained the lead on a three-point play by Walker, putting the Celtics up 87-86 with 5:19 remaining.

Hayward followed with a 3-pointer and Tatum hit a pair of foul shots to stretch the lead to 92-86 with 4:14 left to play. The Knicks pulled within a point at 92-91, then again at 95-94 on a 3-pointer by Morris, but the Celtics answered with a pair of free throws by Walker and a 3-pointer by Tatum with 1:50 remaining, giving Boston a 99-94 lead.

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Knicks: Bobby Portis had 13 points and seven rebounds. … Ntilikina scored 10. He started at point guard, where the Knicks were without Elfrid Payton (hamstring), Dennis Smith Jr. (death in the family) and Kadeem Allen (knee).

Celtics: Rookie Grant Williams scored 10 points.

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Knicks: Host Cheap Sacramento Kings Jerseys on Sunday night.

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SAN DIEGO — The Cheap San Diego Padres Jerseys introduced their new manager and hinted about old uniform colors they’ll wear in 2020. It’s easy to predict which of those the team’s weary, patient fans are more excited about.

When Jayce Tingler was presented at a news conference on Thursday, he was wearing the club’s classic brown jersey, which is expected to return next season.

The 38-year-old is a first-time big league manager and takes over a team that last had a winning record in 2010. San Diego has not hired a manager with prior big league experience since Jack McKeon in 1988.

“I may not be perfect,” Tingler said of his lack of experience. “But I have managed a lot of games in my mind.”

Andy Green was fired Sept. 21 after going 274-366 in four seasons.

Padres general manager A.J. Preller’s relationship with Tingler dates to 2015 and their time together with the Cheap Texas Rangers Jerseys.

“I think the easy thing to do sometimes when you make a decision and it doesn’t get the result you’re looking for is going 180 degrees in a different direction,” Preller said. “But we understood what we were looking for and type of person we were looking for.”

Ron Fowler, one of the Padres’ owners, said he thought the Padres “sucked” and were an “embarrassment” in during the season’s second half. The team lost at least 90 games for the fourth straight year and finished 36 games behind the first-place Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys in the NL West despite agreeing to a $300 million, 10-year contract with star infielder Manny Machado.

“We’ve got to win now,” Fowler said.

Tingler became the career hits leader at the University of Missouri and was a minor league outfielder for four seasons, never rising above Double-A. He spent the past 14 years with the Rangers, managing in the Dominican Winter League, Dominican Summer League and Arizona Rookie League. He also served as Texas’ minor league coordinator, assistant general manager and interim bench coach.

“Look, I’m going to make mistakes, and my guess is the players are going to make mistakes, so we already have common ground,” Tingler said. “The National League is going to be new to me, and I’ll need to learn, need to grow.”

Tingler said not many managers in their initial job inherit a roster with talent such as Manny Machado, first baseman Eric Hosmer and closer Kirby Yates and an exciting young shortstop in Fernando Tatis Jr. Needs include starting pitching.

“It’s a players’ game, and if you don’t have the talent, it is very hard,” co-owner Peter Seidler said. “And this hiring is just one piece of the puzzle. But I’m completely confident we got the right guy.”

San Diego has never won a World Series.

“I’ve been around a lot of very good Cheap Baseball Jerseys men, and I’m maybe a little bit new school and a lot of bit old school,” Tingler said. “I’m just really interested in working with a staff that can build relationships with players, push players and get the best out of them. If we’re able to do that and double down on some of those fundamentals, we have a chance to be ultra-successful here. I cannot wait to be a part of a group that brings a championship to the city of San Diego.”

CLEVELAND — The Indians on Thursday exercised starter Corey Kluber’s $17.5 million contract option for next season.

Team president Chris Antonetti said last month that the Indians would pick up Kluber’s option. The club formally made the move Thursday while declining options on second baseman Jason Kipnis and reliever Dan Otero for 2020.

Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, didn’t pitch for the Indians after May 1, when the right-hander sustained a broken arm when he was hit by a comebacker. He was nearing a return in the minor leagues before an oblique injury ended his comeback.

The 33-year-old Kluber is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

The Indians have parted ways with Kipnis, a two-time All-Star. He had a $16.5 million option for next season. Antonetti hasn’t ruled out re-signing the 32-year-old, who has been with Cleveland his entire career.

Also, left-hander Oliver Perez will make $3 million next season. The reliever had a vesting option for 2020 that was triggered by games pitched, subject to a successful physical.

San Diego declined a $2.5 million option on RHP Adam Warren, who gets a $500,000 buyout, and a $2 million option on LHP Aaron Loup, who gets a $200,000 buyout. Both will become free agents.

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PITTSBURGH — Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys endured a brutal stretch in the opening days of the season in which high-profile players headed to injured reserve with alarming regularity.

Yet rather than panic, head coach Mike Sullivan used it as an opportunity to make sure the good habits he believes his team will need to win in one of the Cheap NHL Jerseys most competitive divisions become ingrained. Take fewer risks on defense. Make the simple pass on offense.

Do both well enough for long enough and Sullivan knows the scoring will take care of itself, kind of the way it did during a 7-1 demolition of the Cheap Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys on Tuesday night.

The Penguins poured in four goals during a 6:05 span of the first period — matching their first-period total on the season coming in — and Pittsburgh rarely let up in its biggest regular-season blowout over their cross-state rivals in 11 years.

“We’re playing the game the right way, the way we want to play it and when we all buy in the way the guys are buying in right now, I think we’re a very good hockey team,” Sullivan said. “Tonight we were able to finish on some of the chances we got early in the first period. I give our players credit. They had the right mindset from the drop of the puck.”

Sidney Crosby, wearing a facemask as extra protection after getting hit in the head by a shot over the weekend, had a goal and two assists to boost his career point total against the Flyers to 102. Dominik Simon and Dominik Kahun also had a goal and two assists apiece for Pittsburgh, which finished a busy October 8-5-0, not bad considering forwards Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust, Nick Bjugstad and Alex Galchenyuk were among the group that watched the majority of the action from the press box while sidelined with injuries.

Though Malkin remains out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, the others have made their way back, giving an already confident group a noticeable boost.

“I think you feel the energy,” Crosby said. “When guys come back in the lineup they’ve been sitting around for a while, they’re eager to get out there and I think that energy can help you. I think everyone for the first period there especially, everyone was involved and that really feeds the whole team when you can get everyone going like that.”

Jared McCann, Justin Schultz, Zach Aston-Reese and Jake Guentzel also scored for Pittsburgh. Matt Murray stopped 29 shots to win for the sixth time in his last seven starts.

Oskar Lindblom got his sixth goal for the Flyers, but Philadelphia was simply overwhelmed by the Penguins during a first-period onslaught in which Pittsburgh beat Brian Elliott four times in just more than six minutes. Elliott, given the start two days after Carter Hart was pulled in a 5-2 loss to the Cheap New York Islanders Jerseys, stuck around to finish with 30 saves but the Flyers were never in it over the final two periods.

“For sure, there’s some anger in here,” Elliott said. “We have to be controlled about it, too. You have to take what you can from this game and move on. We know we didn’t have what we needed to win out here. You could see that in pretty much every aspect of the game.”

Schultz’s first goal of the season came on an innocent flick from above the right circle 5:57 into the game on a shot that fluttered over Elliott’s right shoulder. While Rust and Kahun occupied three Philadelphia defenders at the side of the net just more than two minutes later, McCann skated into the slot and flipped the puck past Elliott to double Pittsburgh’s lead. The din from McCann’s goal had barely died down when Crosby’s drop pass to Simon gave him plenty of room to beat Elliott and give the Penguins their third goal in a span of 2:49.

Crosby’s assist gave him 100 points in 68 career games against the Flyers. By the end of the period, he pushed the total to 101 thanks to a pretty cross-ice pass from Simon that Crosby turned into his fifth goal of the season and 42nd all-time against Philadelphia. The score also capped Pittsburgh’s first four-goal first period since Dec. 17, 2011, against Buffalo.

Murray, given little to do while his teammates pounded Elliott early, made sure the cushion stood up. Only Lindblom’s goal 1:57 into the third prevented Murray from posting a second straight shutout.

“It was horrible,” Philadelphia center Sean Couturier said. “Embarrassing. We didn’t come out strong. They were ready. They gave it to us.”

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Philadelphia went 0 for 4 on the power play. The Penguins were 0 for 3. … The Flyers scratched D Samuel Morin. … Pittsburgh scratched D Chad Ruhwedel and Juuso Riikola and C Sam Lafferty. … Pittsburgh has allowed five even-strength goals in its last five games.

NEWARK, N.J. — This time, the Cheap Tampa Bay Lightning Jerseys eked out a victory.

Barely.

Tyler Johnson scored 1:16 into overtime and the Lightning rallied to beat the Cheap New Jersey Devils Jerseys 7-6 on Wednesday night, avoiding their first three-game losing streak since late March 2018.

“Did the game play out like we wanted in the end? Sure it did,” said Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper, who complained about his team taking too many penalties and losing momentum and rhythm time and again. “I was proud of the way the guys rallied to bail this out.”

Ondrej Palat scored twice for the banged-up Lightning, who surrendered a tying goal to Kyle Palmieri in the waning seconds. Alex Killorn, Brayden Point, Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph also scored, and Curtis McElhinney made 36 saves.

“Huge points but there’s still room for improvement,” said Palat, who had the primary assist on the game-winner. “We need to be better in our own zone, stop on pucks and win battles. There were too many chances we gave up, and we need to be better.”

Palmieri scored three goals and Jesper Bratt had two for the Devils. Sami Vatanen scored early in the third period for a 5-3 lead, and Cory Schneider had 16 saves.

“Look I mean I am probably not going to say a whole lot,” Schneider said. “My teammates played well enough to win. We deserved to win that game and scored six goals and should win going away. The difference tonight was in net so the game speaks for itself.”

Johnson’s fourth of the season came from the inside of the right circle after Ryan McDonagh had a chance in close.

“Mac and Palat made tremendous plays there,” Johnson said. “I kind of got lost in the slot and everyone was just kind of down and out and Ondrej made a great play to me and I was just able to put it in.”

It looked as if Tampa Bay was headed for a win in regulation when Palat broke a 5-all tie on a turnaround shot from the right circle with 3:57 left.

But Palmieri forced overtime by scoring on a rebound with 7.4 seconds to play. It was his first hat trick with New Jersey and the second of his career.

Palmieri, Bratt and Vatanen scored three straight goals to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead in the opening minute of the third period.

Playing their second game in as many nights, the Lightning found a way to tie the game at 5. Cirelli deflected a shot by defenseman Jan Rutta past Schneider at 2:45. Joseph tied it at 7:45 when his centering pass deflected into the net off the skate and stick of Devils forward Taylor Hall.

Hall was annoyed after the game with the Devils’ fans, saying he feels the team is battling its fans after a 2-5-3 start.

“We’re 1 for 3 on the power play and getting booed,” he said. “It’s a tied game and we are getting booed. That’s a tough environment to play in, especially when you are home. I know when we are playing somewhere and their fans start booing it’s a fun environment for the away team to play in. I understand the fans’ frustration. After the game if they are booing us losing that’s fine.”

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Lightning: Finish three-game New York-metropolitan area swing at Islanders on Friday.

Devils: Host Flyers on Friday, ending six-game homestand.
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Flyers: Visit New Jersey on Friday. Philadelphia drummed the Devils 4-0 on Oct. 9.

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LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard is only four games into his tenure back home in Los Angeles, and Paul George is still several games away from his Cheap Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys debut. Everybody is still getting to know each other on this reconfigured roster.

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Leonard had 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Lou Williams scored 23 points one day after his 33rd birthday in Los Angeles’ 111-96 victory over Charlotte on Monday night.

Montrezl Harrell scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Landry Shamet added 16 in the Clippers’ third win in four games to start a season with championship aspirations.

After following up their impressive season-opening victories over the Lakers and the Warriors with a shocking 130-122 loss to the Cheap Phoenix Suns Jerseys two days ago, the Clippers managed to play enough defense in the second half to secure a comfortable win over the young Hornets. Their last two performances have been nowhere near complete, but the Clippers are working through it.

“There’s so many things that we can get better in,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “And you just see them, like screening, timing, knowing where each other is at. There’s so many new parts on the floor, and I just feel like we’re nowhere near what we’re going to be. Not even close, and that’s a good thing. But during that time, you’ve still got to win games. You’re in the West. You’ve just still got to tick off wins.”

The Clippers pulled away with a 16-5 run spanning the final two quarters, stretching their lead to 96-79 with 7 1/2 minutes to play. Charlotte made an 11-2 surge, cutting the lead to single digits on Miles Bridges’ 3-pointer with 4:16 left, but Harrell and Williams made big shots down the stretch.

“We’ve got to come in every game with a defensive hat on first, and we did that tonight,” Leonard said. “It’s still early. We’ve got a long road ahead of us. We’re still building chemistry, getting to know each other on the floor. I wouldn’t say we’re there yet. We’ve got to keep going.”

Terry Rozier had 17 points to lead six Hornets scoring in double figures in the second game of a four-game trip. Devonte Graham had 14 points and 12 assists, while Cody Zeller added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, which has lost three straight after a season-opening win over Chicago.

“I like the way we competed against two of the better teams in the league,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. “We played even better tonight. Probably our best performance of the year defensively.”

Indeed, Charlotte appeared to have more favorable defensive matchups against these Staples Center co-tenants than they did against the Lakers. But one night after the Hornets managed only 39 points in the second half of a loss to the Lakers, they scored only 42 in the second half against the Clippers.

“I feel like we’re growing,” Graham said. “Even (against the Lakers), I feel like we took a step. We came out tonight to fight and be aggressive, but they did a good job on us in the second half.”

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The Clippers have won 10 straight over the Hornets at Staples Center since February 2009. Los Angeles has won 10 of its last 11 overall against Charlotte.

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Hornets: Zeller sported a bandage on the cut above his left eye from his mutual elbowing with Davis in their loss to the Lakers on Sunday night. … Malik Monk scored 15 points.

Clippers: Zubac had a career-high five blocked shots. … Shamet surpassed his season high with four 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the game. … George is out for at least six more games while he recovers from a shoulder injury, but Rivers said they consult frequently about potential offensive sets that will benefit George.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rookie Ja Morant had the best game of his young career and veteran Jae Crowder hit a game-winner to make the Cheap Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys first victory of the season memorable.

Crowder’s 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired in overtime lifted the Grizzlies to a 134-133 win over the Cheap Brooklyn Nets Jerseys on Sunday night.

“We’ve been playing well these first two games,” Crowder said of losses to Miami and Chicago. “We put five quarters together and came out with a win.”

The winning shot was possible after Spencer Dinwiddie split a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left, Grizzlies reserve Solomon Hill grabbing the rebound when the second shot was missed.

After a Nets foul in the backcourt, Memphis inbounded the ball with 3.7 seconds left. Morant, who led the Grizzlies with 30 points, dribbled behind his back as he crossed half court, then handed out his ninth assist, shuffling a pass to the trailing Crowder for the 28-foot game-winner.

“I believe in Jae the whole way, and he delivered for us,” Morant, the second pick in last summer’s Cheap NBA Jerseys Draft, said of the winning basket.

“Anytime you lose at the buzzer, it’s always a tough loss,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.

Dillon Brooks scored 21 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Morant also blocked Kyrie Irving’s 17-footer at the end of regulation to keep the score tied at 120-all.

Crowder’s winning 3-pointer was his second basket of the game, as he finished with six points. His previous 3-pointer came with 1:09 left as Memphis took its first lead of overtime at 131-128.

Irving finished with 37 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Nets. Caris LeVert added 27 points, Dinwiddie had 16 points on 3-for-13 shooting from the field.

“What a game, huh?” Grizzlies first-year coach Taylor Jenkins said. “. Obviously, to get our first win of the season it took a complete team effort.”

Morant led that “team effort,” helping Memphis reach overtime by scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter. Morant’s layup — his final points of the period — tied the score at 120 with 7 seconds left. He blocked Irving on the ensuing possession as time ran out in regulation.

“I head-faked,” Irving said. “I tried to shoot a fade. He’s got long arms. He got a good contest on it and blocked the shot.”

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Nets: DeAndre Jordan started for the first time this season, replacing Jarrett Allen, who opened the first two games at center. Allen entered midway through the first quarter. … LeVert started the game missing his first six shots, but finished 11 of 22. … Irving has scored at least 20 points in 11 of the 12 games he has played against the Grizzlies. … Brooklyn has lost eight straight road openers. The franchise’s last win in a road opener was in 2011 against Washington.

Grizzlies: Valanciunas knocked down a 3-pointer in the first quarter, the first of the season for the 7-footer. Then he hit another a minute later, matching his career-high for 3-pointers made in a game. … Rookie F Brandon Clarke, listed as questionable with back soreness, played. … Memphis has led at halftime in all three games this season. … Morant was 13 of 22 from the field for the game and 21 of his points came after halftime.

GAME BALL

After Crowder’s game-winning basket, the ball ended up on the opposite end of the court from the Grizzlies’ bench. Assistant coach Brad Jones sprinted down the court to grab it. In the Grizzlies locker room, the ball was presented to Jenkins in recognition of his first win as an NBA coach.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jamal Murray took the blame for another slow start by Denver’s offense and quickly pointed out how well the Nuggets have been playing defensively.

“Our defense has been our anchor,” Murray said. “It’s been what’s won us (games). Guys have to know we’re a defensive team first. We can all score. We can all shoot. But defense is clearly how to win games.”

Murray scored 14 points of his 18 points in the second half, including four in the final 31 seconds, Gary Harris added a pair of late free throws and the Nuggets held on after nearly blowing a big lead in the fourth quarter, beating the winless Cheap Sacramento Kings Jerseys 101-94 on Monday night.

The Nuggets (3-0) shook off a sluggish first half when they shot 17 of 52, took control in the third quarter with a stifling defense that repeatedly forced Sacramento into contested shots from the perimeter, then held off a late rally by the Kings to remain unbeaten.

“I challenged our guys to be a lot more physical and make them feel us,” Denver coach Mike Malone said. “We didn’t change our game plan. We just changed how hard and how physical we were playing. This was another night our offense struggled, but some guys stepped up and made big plays down the stretch.”

Harris scored 17 points as Denver won its fifth straight against Sacramento. Nikola Jokic had nine points on 4-for-15 shooting with 13 rebounds and Will Barton added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Denver led comfortably midway through the fourth quarter before Holmes scored five points as part of a 10-0 run that cut the Nuggets’ lead to 90-88.

Holmes later scored on a soaring one-handed dunk that made it 95-92, before Murray’s deep shot just inside the 3-point line. After Barnes scored on a putback, Harris and Murray each hit two free throws.

“I came out more aggressive,” said Murray, who missed five of his first six shots. “That’s something I have to change with myself from the jump. I can’t just kind of be a part of the offense. I have to be aggressive and create for guys. That’s what I did in the second half.”

Richaun Holmes had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings (0-4). De’Aaron Fox added 20 points and nine assists, and Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica each scored 12.

First-year Sacramento coach Luke Walton felt his team made progress despite the loss, particularly defensively.

“That’s what we have to be,” Walton said. “That’s why we stress, and there was a point made, becoming a team that comes on defense so that when we have off shooting nights we still have a chance to win. We really played a competitive game and we stuck together.”

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Nuggets: Denver outscored Sacramento 30-17 in the third quarter. … Murray and Barton were a combined 2 of 12 in the first half when Denver shot 32.7% from the floor.

Kings: The last time Sacramento started 0-4 was in 2008-09, when Reggie Theus was the coach. … Trevor Ariza made three 3s in the first quarter. He went into the night 1 of 7 from beyond the arc. … Holmes was called for a technical for taunting after dunking against Denver’s Mason Plumlee. … Marvin Bagley III missed his second consecutive game with a broken thumb. Harry Giles (left knee soreness) was also held out.

THIRD-QUARTER BLUES

The Kings have been outscored by 10 or more in the third quarter of every game so far this season. “I think it’s still a focus thing,” Holmes said. “We have to come in and just lock in, lock in to what we’re doing and lock in fast.”

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“This was a mature win. They were hungry, they played with a lot of energy. And we matched that energy and we finished the deal.” — Denver’s Mason Plumlee.
A physical drive, a drawn foul and a clutch free throw would have to do.

Mitchell scored 25 points, including the game-winning foul shot with 0.4 seconds left, and the Jazz rallied to beat the Cheap Phoenix Suns Jerseys 96-95 on Monday.

“It’s me just attacking, coming downhill,” Mitchell said. “(Jevon) Carter was a great defender all game, but I just made a move and tried to get to the free throw line. I didn’t do that much in the second half, but I did on the final play.”

Mitchell took the ball in the backcourt in the final seconds and then drove through the lane past Carter, getting fouled by Devin Booker as he tried to make a layup. Mitchell sank the first free throw before missing the second, and Frank Kaminsky III’s last-second heave was well short.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 29 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4 for 8 from 3-point range. Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 18 rebounds and made 11 of 12 free throws.

Utah won despite shooting just 38 percent from the field and committing 23 turnovers. The Jazz made up for it with good defense, especially in the final minutes.

“We didn’t put our heads down after those mistakes. Got back and really worked to get stops,” coach Quin Snyder said. “When you do that, you have a chance. We had some really big plays down the stretch.”

The teams were tied at 70 heading into the fourth quarter before the Suns pushed ahead with five straight points. The game was tied again when Bogdanovic scored on a fast-break layup and was fouled with 1:45 left. He made the free throw to give the Jazz a 95-92 lead.

Phoenix (2-2) was led by Booker’s 21 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 and Carter had 15, including a 3-pointer that tied it at 95 with less than a minute left.

Aron Baynes scored 12 for the Suns, including a career-high three 3-pointers. He made just 25 shots from beyond the arc in his first seven seasons, including 21 last year.

Ricky Rubio faced Utah (3-1) for the first time since signing a free-agent deal with the Suns in the offseason. He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

“I like how in the tough moments we get together and play with passion,” Rubio said. “The only difference not making the playoffs or making it is winning these kinds of games. I know we are young, we are learning, but we have to close out.”

Both teams struggled to make shots in the first half as the Jazz built a 46-39 lead. Bogdanovic led Utah with 14 points.

MORE THAN 0.4 SECONDS?

Phoenix coach Monty Williams thought Mitchell got fouled with 1.8 seconds left instead of 0.4, which made it nearly impossible to get a last-second shot toward the rim. The call was not reviewed.

Williams said that was frustrating, but it wasn’t his team’s biggest problem.

“That is a tough one to swallow but that wasn’t the reason we lost,” he said. “Our ball movement was stagnant tonight.”

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Jazz: Dante Exum was out with a right knee injury. … Utah outrebounded Phoenix 35-22 in the first half. … Mitchell was called for a flagrant 1 foul in the third quarter after trying to fight around a screen by Baynes.

Suns: Rubio returned after missing one game with a bruised left knee. … Ty Jerome is out with a sprained right ankle. … Phoenix had a moment of silence before the game for Al Bianchi, who was an assistant coach and scout for the Suns for 23 seasons, including during the team’s run to the Cheap NBA Jerseys Finals in 1976. The team said he died at age 87. … Booker got a flagrant 1 foul in the third quarter for hitting Gobert in the groin while fighting around a screen.

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Hader won the National League award, which is named for Trevor Hoffman, for the second straight season, and Chapman earned the American League award, named for Mariano Rivera. Both Hall of Famers were on the panel that voted for the awards, along with former relievers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Lee Smith, John Franco and Billy Wagner.

Both Chapman and Hader finished with 37 saves in the regular season, tied for third in the majors behind the 41 of San Diego’s Kirby Yates and the 38 of Houston’s Roberto Osuna.

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Terms were not available. The New York Post was first to report the Red Sox would hire the Rays’ senior vice president of baseball operations.

Bloom, 36, will succeed Dave Dombrowski, whom the Red Sox fired as president of baseball operations in September, less than a year after winning the 2018 World Series. Boston failed to make the playoffs this season, finishing 84-78, 19 games behind the American League East champion New York Yankees.

The Red Sox on Saturday announced they have scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon.

Bloom had spent 15 years with the Rays in capacities including minor league operations, player development, contract negotiations, salary arbitration and international scouting.

He has operated in a front office unlike Boston’s in that the Rays have a low budget and remain competitive. This season, they had the lowest payroll on Opening Day at $49.08 million, and the Red Sox had the highest at $187.23 million.

Late in September, Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner said at a news conference that they intended to make major cuts to the payroll to get under the luxury tax threshold next season. They said they fired Dombrowski because of differing opinions on how to build for the future.

It’s a crucial offseason for the Red Sox, who need to decide what to do about 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts, who will be a free agent after next season; slugger J.D. Martinez, who can opt out of his $23.75 million deal five days after the World Series; and other players on expiring contracts.

Bloom is a Philadelphia native and attended Yale University, graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in classics.

Hader helped the Brewers go 51-10 in games in which he pitched, finishing with 138 strikeouts — the most of any reliever — and a 2.62 ERA. He joins Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen as the only two-time winners since the awards debuted in 2014.

Chapman posted a 2.21 ERA while earning more than 25 saves for the seventh consecutive season.

Yates and Giants closer Will Smith were the runners-up in the NL; Oakland’s Liam Hendriks and Osuna came in after Chapman in the AL.

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WASHINGTON — Nationals manager Dave Martinez announced that starter Max Scherzer was scratched from his Game 5 start against the Astros because of spasms in his neck and upper right trapezius.

“Yesterday, he had a little bit of spasms in his right trap and neck,” Martinez said. “They treated it. He woke up today a lot worse.”

According to Scherzer, the symptoms were bad enough that he couldn’t do anything “menial” when he woke this morning.

“Moment I wake, I couldn’t get out of bed,” Scherzer said. “I basically just fell out of bed. Picked myself up with my left arm, and I was moving around, just couldn’t even move my [right] arm. I just knew at that point I was in a really bad spot.”

Cheap Houston Astros Jerseys owner Jim Crane wrote a letter to a Sports Illustrated reporter to apologize for a statement from the team last week that questioned her reporting.

Stephanie Apstein on Sunday tweeted the letter from Crane, saying she received it on Saturday.

On Monday, Apstein reported that during the celebration in the Astros’ clubhouse after clinching the American League Championship Series on Oct. 19, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of female reporters — including one wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet — and repeatedly yelled, “Thank God we got [Roberto] Osuna! I’m so f—ing glad we got Osuna!”

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The Astros initially denied Apstein’s report, calling the story “misleading and completely irresponsible” in a statement Monday.

In the letter, Crane wrote that he is apologizing to Apstein on behalf of the Astros and retracting that statement.

“We were wrong and I am sorry that we initially questioned your professionalism,” Crane wrote. “We retract that statement, and I assure you that the Houston Astros will learn from this experience.”

Taubman was fired by the Astros on Thursday. The team said in a statement that Taubman’s “inappropriate comments” were directed at the women. The team said it was “wrong” in its initial conclusions and apologized to “Apstein, Sports Illustrated and to all individuals who witnessed this incident or were offended by the inappropriate conduct.”

“The Astros in no way intended to minimize the issues related to domestic violence,” the team said in its statement.

Righty Joe Ross will take Scherzer’s place and will face Astros ace Gerrit Cole. The Cheap Washington Nationals Jerseys and Astros enter Sunday night’s game tied at two apiece.

“He’s really upset about this,” Martinez said, adding that the normally animated Scherzer was “very quiet” before the game.

Scherzer said he received a cortisone shot in the irritated region of his neck and back. Doctors said it should take about 48 hours for the shot to take effect, which means it’s still possible that he could pitch in a possible Game 7 on Wednesday in Houston.

“That’s what the doctors believe with this nerve irritation, with a cortisone shot in there, that the neck can take 48 hours [and] it really will help subside the pain that’s being alleviated,” Scherzer said. “I’m just hoping that doctors are right and that something can be possible for Game 7.”

Game 5 was set up to be a highly anticipated rematch between Scherzer and Cole, who both started Game 1, a 5-4 Nationals win. However, Martinez said Scherzer will continue to undergo treatment, and the club will keep him on the roster rather than petition for an injury replacement.

“We’re going to keep him on the roster,” Martinez said. “If this gets better in the next 24 to 48 hours, being that we have a day off tomorrow, hopefully he’ll be available to pitch one of those two games.”

Scherzer, 35, went 11-7 with a 2.92 ERA during the season but was limited to 27 starts because of back problems. He said the new injury appears to be unrelated to that issue, which was more a problem with the lower region of the back.

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner, said his condition shouldn’t result in any long-term problems and that avoiding that outcome was one reason he wouldn’t have pitched on Sunday. But it turned out that fighting through the injury wasn’t an option.

“That was one of the dangers of pitching tonight, was that something serious could go wrong,” Scherzer said. “But actually I can’t even pick up my arm right now.”

Ross, 26, was 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA this season in 27 appearances, including nine starts. He wasn’t on Washington’s roster during the early rounds of the postseason but was added for the World Series. He has made one appearance, throwing two scoreless innings in Game 3.

Scherzer said that once he realized he would not be able to pitch, he alerted Ross via a text message so he could begin preparations.

“[I will] just keep the belief that we can win,” Scherzer said. “Whoever is at the plate and whoever is on the mound has the ability to do that job and continue. That’s been our motto all season, that it’s just not one guy.”

This will be Ross’ second career postseason start. He allowed four runs over 2 2/3 innings against the Dodgers in the 2016 NLDS.

“He’s starting the game,” Martinez said. “We’re going to let him go as much as he can go.”

Astros manager AJ Hinch found out about Scherzer’s injury at roughly the same time that Martinez announced the news to the media. But one of his players found out a split second earlier.

“I found out from Alex Bregman, which is part of the story,” Hinch said. “He was just closest to his phone whenever it started hitting the social media part. He came in and asked if it was true. I did a little investigating, and turned out it was.”

Still, Hinch says his club takes no delight in avoiding the challenge of facing one of the game’s toughest pitchers.

“We’re not going to high-five,” Hinch said. “We’re not going to have that moment where we feel like we have some sort of advantage. We need to go find a way to beat Joe Ross now.”

During the early rounds of the playoffs, Martinez helped navigate the Nationals to the World Series by deploying his key arms — Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin — as both starters and relievers. When asked if that might have contributed to his problems, Scherzer dismissed the possibility.

“Absolutely not,” Scherzer said. “This [is] just another thing that was a little thing that turned into a big thing that turned into a giant thing.”

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CHICAGO — Kevin Hayes and the Cheap Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys were so good they didn’t even need those two goals that were waived off.

Hayes scored after he lost a goal because of an offsides challenge, and the Flyers beat the Cheap Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys 4-1 on Thursday night.

Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk and Oskar Lindblom also scored for Philadelphia, which beat Chicago 4-3 in Prague in the season opener on Oct. 4. Brian Elliott made 23 saves in the Flyers’ first win in their fourth road game.

“It’s nice it all came together on the road,” Hayes said. “We’ve been playing good Cheap Hockey Jerseys. Even in some of the games we lost, we outplayed the other team.”

It looked as if Hayes scored the first goal 6:09 into the first, but the Blackhawks challenged the play and the call was overturned because Hayes was offsides. Joel Farabee’s first career goal was thrown out in the third because of another offsides challenge.

“There’s not a lot of kids in the NHL who are lucky enough to get their first NHL goal twice, so I think he’s pretty lucky on that side,” Giroux cracked.

But there was no disputing Hayes’ breakaway 5:03 into the final period. He skated away from Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook and beat Robin Lehner for his third of the season and a 3-1 lead.

The Blackhawks closed out a disappointing 2-3-2 homestand with their third consecutive loss. They had just one shot on goal in the second, and the crowd of 21,315 booed during the final seconds of the period.

“Teams that have success, they work and they manage the puck,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said, “and those are two things that we didn’t do consistently enough tonight.”

Brandon Saad scored for Chicago early in the third, and Lehner finished with 19 stops in his second straight start.

“You don’t get rewarded if you don’t do the right things, so I think it was an honest, well-deserved result today,” Lehner said.

The Flyers grabbed a 2-0 lead when they scored on their last shot of the first period and their first shot of the second.

First, Lindblom finished a 2-on-1 with Travis Konecny 13:05 into the first. It was Lindblom’s team-high fifth goal.

Giroux got his first of the season 59 seconds into the second. With fellow captain Jonathan Toews on his back, Giroux redirected Travis Sanheim’s pass into the net.

“You want to try to help the team win. Sometimes when it’s not going in you’ve got to do the little things right,” Giroux said. “Tonight I thought we played a really good game, especially in the second period.”

Van Riemsdyk helped put it away when he got his first of the season 16:44 into the third.

“For everyone on our group, it was just a matter of time,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “If you stick with the process, do the right thing, sooner or later you’re going to get rewarded.”

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Flyers F Michael Raffl was helped off in the final minute after taking a shot off his right leg. There was no update on his injury after the victory. … Blackhawks F Kirby Dach got his first career assist in his third NHL game. Dach was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft. … Konecny has four points in two games against Chicago this season.

NEW YORK — The Cheap New York Rangers Jerseys were especially eager to earn a home victory against the high-flying Cheap Buffalo Sabres Jerseys to stem a series of subpar results. Three first-period goals and a thorough effort sparked the home team and a solid win ensued.

Ryan Strome scored his first two goals this season and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves as New York snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

“That was obviously a good game,” said Strome, who had 18 goals for the Rangers last season after joining them in a trade from Edmonton. “Regardless of who produced, we needed that one as a team. It feels good right now. We worked hard for that one.”

The Rangers have been struggling since opening the season with two wins, followed by five defeats — the most recent in overtime to the Cheap Arizona Coyotes Jerseys on Tuesday. Against the resurgent Sabres, who had eight wins in their first 10 games, the Rangers came out with pace and received goals from Artemi Panarin, Brett Howden and Strome in the opening period.

Panarin, who signed a seven-year $81.5 million free agent contract last July, started the scoring with an unassisted goal at 11:41. Panarin corralled a loose puck along the right boards before swooping in and beating Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton for his fifth goal of the season. Panarin has points in last three games and five of the team’s eight contests this season.

Howden made it 2-0 when he tapped the puck past Hutton at 14:32 for his second goal this season. Assists went to Brady Skjei and Jesper Fast.

Strome added to the lead with a tip-in at 19:22 with assists to Skjei and Tony DeAngelo. Strome’s goal represented the 200th point of his Cheap NHL Jerseys career.

“There was a lot of communication out there,” Howden said. “We were really helping each other.”

The Rangers held a 10-7 shots advantage after the first period but the Sabres had the better of play in the second, outshooting the home team 15-4.

Defenseman Marco Scandella put Buffalo on the board with an unassisted goal at 4:17 of the second before DeAngelo restored the three-goal lead with his third goal in two games at 13:20. Skjei and Pavel Buchnevich assisted on DeAngelo’s fourth goal of the season.

Buffalo’s Vladimir Sobotka narrowed the deficit to 4-2 when he scored at 19:11 of the second, beating Lundqvist for his first goal this season. Kyle Okposo and Marcus Johansson registered assists.

The teams traded chances in the third until Strome extended the lead to 5-2 with this second goal of the night, completing a two-on-one with Howden at 7:57 as the teams skated four-on-four.

“Most important is that guys know their identity and it worked out tonight,” added the 26-year-old Strome, who has points in five of the last six games. “It was a good statement game that we had it in us to beat a team that’s 8-1-1.”

Chris Kreider completed the scoring with his first of the season at 18:44 of the third. Rookie defenseman Adam Fox had an assist — his first NHL point — and Fast added his second assist of the contest.

“We didn’t show the Rangers enough respect and they punished us for it,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. “There were so many moments where we felt like we were getting back into it. We just couldn’t recover from the hole we dug ourselves into.”

Rangers coach David Quinn continued reshuffling lines in search of new combinations as the season evolves. Against the Sabres, Quinn had Panarin alongside Strome and Buchnevich while heralded rookie right wing Kaapo Kakko was on a line with center Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider.

“It was a good step in the right direction. I give our leaders a ton of credit,” Quinn said. “It wasn’t just the lines. A lot of guys came here with purpose tonight.”

The loss was the first for Hutton after six wins and starts this season as the Sabres fell to 1-5-2 in their last eight meetings with the Rangers.

With his 451st career win, Lundqvist moved to within three victories of Curtis Joseph for fifth place on the all-time list. The 37-year-old Swedish netminder also made his 862nd career appearance, passing Jean Ratelle for sixth-most appearances as a Ranger.

“We were patient. We played hard, waited for breakdowns and we took advantage,” Lundqvist said. “It was great to see. It’s important to understand how you win games in this league.”

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One of them was the path of least resistance. The one where a team that amassed 128 regular-season points and 325 goals believed its kung fu was still the strongest style, and viewed the upset as a glitch rather than a systemic failure.

Steven Stamkos, the team’s captain, said that path was closed. “I think the biggest mistake a player could make is saying, ‘Let’s just get back to the playoffs and do it different this time.’”

There was also the path of overreaction. It’s the path that another offensive juggernaut took back in 2010, after the Cheap Washington Capitals Jerseys were shocked in a No. 1 vs. No. 8 series by the Cheap Montreal Canadiens Jerseys. Until the Lightning were broomed by Columbus, that Capitals loss to the Habs was the most psychologically damaging one to a franchise that I had ever witnessed.

During the series, then-Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said, “I don’t think we have to blow everything up and change the world to be successful.” By December, during an eight-game losing streak, Boudreau would announce to the Capitals’ locker room that they’d start playing the neutral zone trap.

It was a crisis of confidence I witnessed play out over multiple years, as Boudreau was fired for a true trap-happy coach in Dale Hunter, who was replaced by an offensive coach in Adam Oates, who led the Capitals to their only non-playoff season in the past 11, and was fired along with GM George McPhee.

The Lightning haven’t gone down this path. At least not yet.

“In the regular season, we were pretty successful. What happened for us in the playoffs, this doesn’t have to be a big huge system change,” said coach Jon Cooper. “But are there tweaks? Do you have to adapt? There’s no question.”

The final path is the one the Lightning are currently strolling down, filled with tweaks and adjustments and calibrations and fine-tuning. The one where they identify some parts that need repairing, without scrapping the engine.

“Our group is known as a high-flying, high-octane offensive team,” said Stamkos. “It’s great. It’s entertaining hockey. But come playoff time, it’s a different animal. We realize that.”

The thing about this path? It’s a bumpy one. Wednesday night’s win over the Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys was their third in four games after a middling start, and following a 6-2 dismantling at the hands of the Cheap Colorado Avalanche Jerseys at home. They’re now 5-3-1. They’re seventh in offense (3.44 goals per game) and 17th in defense (3.22 goals against per game). They’re under 50% in shot attempts at 5-on-5, and they’re 12th in expected goals percentage at 5-on-5 (51.28).

This is not the team that jumped out to a 7-1-1 record last season. It could be. But that’s not what the Lightning are trying to be right now.

“We have a plan. That’s what we have. And we are slowly improving and executing our plan. It’s been really nice to watch what we’ve done,” said Cooper after the Penguins game. “We’ve won three of four. We’ve played some playoff teams in that run. When you get rewarded with the results, it stamps a little validity to it. But there’s so much time left.”

So what’s the plan? The Penguins game offered a glimpse:

1. Take fewer penalties

The Lightning took more minor penalties (640) than any other team in the NHL since 2017. They had more penalty minutes in three of the four losses against Columbus. And in their Game 7 conference final losses to the Capitals in 2018 and the Penguins in 2016. Against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, they had four to the Penguins’ 10 penalty minutes. That’s the plan.

2. Make smarter, simpler plays

Pardon the pun, but the Lightning were a force of nature when they were on last season. They won 30 games by a margin of three or more goals. It’s easy to let the fundamentals slip when you’re driving a steamroller. So the plan says that getting back to basics in the defensive end is essential. “We weren’t really inclined to make those easy plays at the end of last year,” Stamkos said.

3. Taste adversity

Cooper infamously said after last season that the Lightning didn’t play enough “meaningful games” during their breeze to the Presidents’ Trophy. It’s a notion that has been parroted by other Lightning players leading into this season: That it came too easily for them, compared to the mad sprint the Blue Jackets made to the playoffs.

So a little adversity could go a long way. Like having to rally with two third-period goals to defeat the Penguins. The Lightning trailed going into the third period just 21 times last season. It’s happened four times in nine games this season.

Cooper’s message in the locker room before the third against the Penguins? “There’s still a lot of time left in this game. We’re doing a lot of good things here. It does suck to be down 2-1, but we felt we shouldn’t be,” he said.

The best thing for the Lightning, honestly? To be a little worse. To put the work in to play the style of hockey they believe is necessary for playoff success. To toughen up so a punch to the mouth in the playoffs doesn’t stagger them. It’s not ideal to slip down into the 2-vs.-3 matchup in the first round. But it might bring out something in the Lightning that a series many felt was a de facto bye didn’t.

What’s wrong with the Lightning is that they’re trying to get it right.

“Do you ever really put [the upset] away? It’s going to be in some record book somewhere. It’s going to be details, forever,” said Cooper. “For sure it’s going to come up. But we’ve accepted it. It happened. We have to own what happened.”

This is a challenging one. Doug Glatt is the titular goon from the movie “Goon” and “Goon: Last of the Enforcers.” He never played for the Rangers, at least in canon. But as someone who respects the fan-fiction community … like, maybe in this person’s mind he did play for them? It’s an entirely new category — the FanFic Foul — but we’ll actually allow it, for the sake of art.

The enemy of my enemy is John Tortorella

John Tortorella is not a fan of the shootout. Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images
I don’t have much in common with Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. We’re both American. We have a mutual affection for the canine species. We’ve both yelled at Larry Brooks. That’s about it.

But it turns out, we have additional common ground. Torts hates the shootout.

As you know, the shootout is a plague that has infected hockey for the past 14 years. It’s illogical. A competitive team game should not end with the artificial removal of teammates from its definitive moment. There’s not a pass attempted nor a defenseman on the ice playing in position. And it’s worth the same number of points as a victory earned during 60 minutes of 5-on-5 hockey! That’s nuts!

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The shootout’s biggest sin? That a gimmick created to generate highlights and send the fans home satisfied has grown tedious. This is especially true after the NHL was administered a syringe of adrenaline to its heart in the form of the 3-on-3 overtime. Predictability has no home there. Compare that with the shootout, where you might not know who will score the game-winning goal, but you sure do know how it’ll be scored. (Hint: on an undefended breakaway.)

The irascible Tortorella says it’s time for the shootout to go. “That overtime’s dynamite. They should just … I don’t know what we’re waiting for to get rid of this shootout stuff. I know they’re worried about the time limit. [But] it’s not going to last long. If it goes past five minutes, it’s not going to be many more minutes after five. I think it’s just dynamite.”

Did we … just … become … BEST FRIENDS?

Seriously, the 3-on-3 is appointment viewing. No matter the game, if it’s going to OT, I’m firing up Center Ice and watching it. And then flipping back to the “Shark Tank” reruns if/when the shootout hits.

I understand the issues with regular-season fatigue and the concerns for injury. All the more reason to win quickly. I understand goalies hate 3-on-3. But who cares about them, for they’re paid to deprive joy.

Dump the shootout. Extend the 3-on-3. John Tortorella thinks it’s dynamite. And you don’t want to make him angry, do you?

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Fantastic podcast this week, as Emily Kaplan and I spoke with Cheap Boston Bruins Jerseys head coach Bruce Cassidy about the Perfection Line, what he learned last postseason and his most prized hockey card. Plus, good teams playing poorly, a debate about Cheap Hockey Jerseys gear and the usual whimsy! Listen to it here, and be sure to rate and review it.

Dreger: I am not Paul Marner
Back in June, we brought you news of an Cheap NHL Jerseys meme born out of the Mitch Marner free-agent contract drama with the Cheap Toronto Maple Leafs Jerseys. Darren Dreger, the venerable hockey insider with TSN, was a leading newsmaker on that beat. Many fans, in and out of Toronto, speculated that Dreger was a mouthpiece for the Marner camp, and in particular, the player’s father Paul Marner. This speculation eventually mutated into a bit where Dreger would tweet news and then legions of fans would reply, “Thanks, Paul.” It was all quite savage.

Dreger recently appeared on The Scrum Podcast, which covers Canadian sports media, and discussed his reaction to the accusation.

“I can say to you, with 100 percent sincerity and honesty, that until very recently I had never had a single conversation or communication with Paul Marner. Not a single one. I only spoke to him after the fact, and that was very recently and very brief,” said Dreger. “All it takes is some nimrod on social media to make this loose connection, someone finds it funny and then it takes on a plague-like sort of development. I didn’t get bogged down by it. I know I covered this story with integrity.”

BOSTON — After losing a goal to an offside call midway through the first period, David Pastrnak got it right back with a pass to himself between his own legs.

This one counted for Pastrnak, who scored his league-leading 10th of the season and added an assist for the Bruins in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

“I tried it a couple times in practice but it didn’t work. It worked today, so I was kind of lucky,” said Pastrnak, who reached 300 career points with the goal.

Brett Ritchie and Par Lindholm also scored for Boston, which was playing for the first time since a 4-3 loss in overtime at Toronto on Saturday night. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves in his 500th career game.

Pastrnak appeared to score on a rebound at 10:48 in the first, but the goal was waved off after Toronto challenged and replay showed the play was offside.

Pastrnak scored one that counted with 2:45 left in the first with some nifty stickhandling in front of the Toronto net. After taking a pass from Marchand, Pastrnak slipped the puck between his own legs, then redirected it past Michael Hutchinson to give the a 1-0 lead.

“There’s times through the year when pucks bounce against you and there’s times when they bounce for you. Right now pucks are bouncing his way,” Marchand said of Pastrnak. “He has that ability to make those high-end plays. He puts himself in really good positions to capitalize on opportunities.”

Pastrnak said the Bruins didn’t let up despite the disappointment from having their first goal waved off.

“I knew we were going to get another one. We were feeling good,” he said.

Kasperi Kapanen and Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and assist apiece for the Maple Leafs, who were coming off an overtime loss to Columbus at home on Monday night.

Coach Mike Babcock said the Leafs improved from the night before, when they led 3-2 after the second but couldn’t hold off the Blue Jackets in the third, then the OT.

“It was one of those games. It was a grind the whole thing. There wasn’t much room for either team,” Babcock said. “In the end, the game was right there in the third period. . We were unable to get it done.”

Michael Hutchinson stopped 35 shots.

The Maple Leafs tied after falling behind 1-0 and 2-1, but couldn’t get anything past Rask in the third period.

“I just don’t think we spent enough times in the offense zone and weren’t heavy enough on pucks. They kept on breaking out and applying pressure on our D,” Kapanen said. “We spent a lot of time in our own zone and eventually they’re going to score when the flow of the game goes like that.”

Ritchie’s unassisted goal 6:35 into the third put Boston back up 3-2 and Lindholm got his first of the season when he poked in a rebound with 2:03 left in the game.

Kapanen tied it on a one-timer off a crossing pass from Kerfoot with just under 4 1/2 minutes into the middle period. Marchand’s goal put Boston up 2-1 at 6:09, as Pastrnak got another point with an assist.

Kerfoot tied it 2-2 on a power-play goal with 7:06 to go in the period.

The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs for the 300th time, the most victories for Boston over any opponent. … Rask, the first Boston goalie to play in 500 games with the club, clapped and waved to the crowd when he was recognized for the milestone during a time out in the first period. … Bruce Cassidy coached his 200th game with the Bruins. … Marchand has points in eight straight games. … Toronto fell to 0-2-1 in the second of back-to-back games.

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Did Dreger see the “thank you, Paul” stuff that was directed toward him?

“Social media is what it is, right?” he said. “Everyone can create burner accounts and everyone can take their cheap shots and whatever. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the replies or mentions. I really, truly don’t. The only time I even acknowledged it is publicly is on the radio here in Toronto, when it started getting directed to the family.”

In the end, Marner signed his six-year contract extension before the start of the season, and everyone walked away from the bargaining table somewhat happy, even if it was a contentious process.

“What I didn’t understand,” said Dreger, “was how some of the so-called fan base of the Toronto Maple Leafs turned on a player who has been nothing but fantastic, on and off the ice.”

Thanks, Paul.

(Just kidding. Dregs put this issue to bed succinctly on this pod, which was also a good listen regarding his work as an insider.)

Winners and losers of the week
Winner: Colorado Avalanche

This might seem like an odd flex given that Mikko Rantanen is going to miss “weeks” with a lower-body injury. But anyone who watched his foot turn in a way that feet don’t turn has to be relieved that it isn’t “months.”

Losers: Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc

Wow, Couture dealing the truth: “It’s an inexcusable change. Two guys stayed out for long, looking for offense…It’s a selfish play.” pic.twitter.com/oilpnNYH41

— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) October 23, 2019
After the Sharks’ overtime loss in Buffalo, captain Logan Couture went rip city on two teammates who stayed out on the ice too long, which contributed to the game winner. “It’s an inexcusable change. Two guys stayed out too long, looking for offense. … It’s a selfish play,” he said. The players in question? Meier and Labanc, whose poor change led to Jack Eichel’s goal. Couture doubled down on the comments behind closed doors as well.

Winner: John Carlson

John Carlson (@JohnCarlson74) for the Norris Trophy?

Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) says let the campaigning begin. pic.twitter.com/78NGB35GqH

— NHL (@NHL) October 23, 2019
As of Thursday, the Capitals defenseman led the entire NHL in scoring with 20 points, three more than Connor McDavid. I’ve said for the past two years that Carlson’s been criminally overlooked in the Norris Trophy voting: Dude won a Stanley Cup, followed it with a 70-point season and still couldn’t crack the top three last June. What he needed was a hype man to get his name out there. Alex Ovechkin is that hype man.

Loser: Luca Sbisa

The Cheap Anaheim Ducks Jerseys signed the free-agent defenseman on Tuesday. He was all set to report to the AHL team in San Diego with, again, the chance to move up and live life in Anaheim. Except that when he hit waivers, the Cheap Winnipeg Jets Jerseys — a team whose qualifications to join their blue line at this point are apparently skates and a pulse — claimed him. So, in summary: Not San Diego. Not Anaheim. Instead, Manitoba, as winter nears.

Winner: Ralph Krueger

I wrote about the Sabres coach this week, but that’s not why he’s a winner. He’s a winner because a team from Buffalo has the best record in the NHL (8-1-1) and it’s entirely possible that it won’t be an aberration this time.

Loser: Alexander Gulyavtsev

The head coach of the KHL’s Amur Khabarovsk was fined 300,000 rubles (or $4,700) for threatening to set referee Viktor Gashilov’s car on fire. He later said he was joking, adding, “I just said car, it’s not as if I said apartment.” You know, call me a pacifist, but I prefer the NHL’s coach’s challenge system.

Puck Headlines
Ryan Lambert explains the Nico Hischier contract: “If nothing else, having a locked-in Hischier behind a potentially locked-in Hughes a few years from now is going to make the Devils formidable down the middle, which is where all great teams start.”

Don’t sleep on the Coyotes.

Kanye West vs. a Swedish hockey team?

Jayna Hefford on the “Dream Gap Tour” and other topics: “That was the first step: To get people to understand where the game was at. The need for something bigger and more sustainable. I think we’re down that road. We don’t expect this to be easy or short. But we do expect that we’re going to keep moving forward and we’re pretty happy with the progress that’s been made to date.”

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