Game Chat: Just Win the Series, Phils

Game Chat: Just Win the Series, Phils

Another heartbreaking loss for the Phillies last night, as Roy Halladay allowed two runs over seven strong innings and the bullpen pitched two scoreless frames, but the bats could not get it going when it mattered in a 2-1 loss to the Padres. Close games are killing this team, and it seems when one piece finally falls into place (pitching), the bottom drops out on another (offense).

The Fightins can still salvage a much-needed series victory this afternoon though. Cole Hamels and his swagger return to the hill today after a "five-game suspension" to take on journeyman Jeff Suppan, who is making a comeback with San Diego after spending 2011 in the minors.

Suppan has made two starts since returning to the big league diamond on May 2, picking up the win in both. He's allowed one run off of eight hits in 10 innings of work so far, striking out three and walking four. He last threw the Phillies in a short relief appearance for Milwaukee almost two years ago to the day, and his last start against Philly was in September '09.

For his 17-year career, the 37-year-old righthander is 140-143 with a 4.68 ERA, so this guy is very hittable. It's sort of amazing he's managed to build such a lengthy career with these kinds of numbers. Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence both see this guy well (5 home runs and 14 RBIs in 44 combined at bats), among others, so maybe the Phils get back on the scoreboard today.

Hamels (4-1, 2.45) had his start pushed back from Saturday after receiving the suspension for plunking Bryce Harper -- no harm, no foul there. He's been the club's best starter so far, holding opponents to two or fewer runs in each of his last five starts. Cole's strikeouts to walk ratio (7.3 to 1) is currently the best in the NL by a healthy margin, and he even hits Suppan pretty well too (2-for-3)!

It's a big game for the Phillies. They need wins against inferior ball clubs before the schedule heats up with powerhouses and rivals.

Best of NBA: Nets end 11-game skid by routing Pelicans

Best of NBA: Nets end 11-game skid by routing Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece and the Brooklyn Nets ended an 11-game losing streak, routing the New Orleans Pelicans 143-114 on Friday night.

Caris Levert added 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Nets, who had seven players in double figures while beating their season high for points by 16. Their 29-point victory was 11 more than their previous largest. They also set season highs for points in the second quarter (37) and points in any quarter with 43 in the third.

Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 22 points and nine rebounds despite leaving in the third quarter with a leg injury. The defeat was a huge comedown for him and the Pelicans a day after he was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans (see full story).

Warriors top Rockets to win 6th straight
HOUSTON -- Kevin Durant scored 32 points and the Golden State Warriors used a big third quarter to build a huge lead and coast to their sixth straight victory, 125-108 over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

In a matchup of two of the best teams in the Western Conference and All-Star starting guards Stephen Curry and James Harden, the Rockets fell short. Houston, which entered the game leading the NBA with 667 3-pointers, was just 7 of 35 behind the arc. Harden went 0 for 5 and Eric Gordon, who entered the game leading the NBA with 160 3s, missed all seven attempts.

Clint Capela had 22 points and Harden added 17 points with 11 assists for the Rockets, who are third in the West behind Golden State and San Antonio (see full story).

Kemba Walker scores 32 to lead Hornets past Raptors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 113-78 on Friday night.

Walker, who came in averaging 23 points and looking to earn his first All-Star selection, scored 16 points in the pivotal third quarter, including a four-point play as the Hornets outscored the Raptors 33-15 to build a 25-point lead.

Walker didn't play at all in the fourth quarter after the Hornets stretched their lead to 30. He finished with eight assists.

Frank Kaminsky had a solid night off the bench for the second straight game, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Kyle Lowry had 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 23 points for the Raptors, who have lost two straight (see full story). 

Magic pull away for convincing win over Milwaukee
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Elfrid Payton scored 20 points, Jeff Green added 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the Orlando Magic snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 112-96 on Friday night.

The Magic, returning home from a 1-5 road trip, played with a small lineup for much of the night and it provided the offense they needed with two of their top scorers out. Orlando had six players in double figures, including starters Aaron Gordon (17), Serge Ibaka (13) and Nikola Vucevic (13).

Orlando shot 46 percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to 41 percent.Jabari Parker led Milwaukee with 25 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Bucks dropped their fourth straight game (see full story). 

Social media reacts to Mo Williams' career as a Sixer

Social media reacts to Mo Williams' career as a Sixer

It has been a crazy week for former Sixer Mo Williams.
Williams retired after last season, but was kept on the Cleveland Cavilers' roster in case his salary would be needed as part of a trade, and he has now been moving all across the NBA.
Williams, and the $2.2 million in payroll, was involved in the trade with the Atlanta Hawks for Kyle Korver, then traded to Denver before being waived. The Sixers then joined in and picked up Williams and waived him after less than an hour as they re-signed Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract (see story)
Throughout all of this, social media chimed in on the career Williams had as a Sixer.

In 2015, before ultimately choosing the Indianapolis Colts, Frank Gore appeared headed to Philadelphia, so, fans settled the debate over who had a better career in Philly with this poll.