Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic keeps piling up unprecedented honors. The 19-year-old point forward was named the December Western Conference Rookie of the Month, becoming the first Mavs player to earn the award in his first two months in the NBA. In December, Doncic scored 20 or more points in 10 of 15 games, including two 30-plus point games. He averaged 21.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists and a 1.1 steals a game during the month. He led all rookies in points, 3-pointers made and free throws made and was tied for the lead in assists. Digital Access For Only $0.99 For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. Yogi Ferrell was the last Mavericks rookie to win the award in February 2017. Dallas Maverick rookie of the month winners: Sports Highlights Up Next: GAME RECAP: Nets 126, Pelicans 121 Your video will play in: 5 seconds GAME RECAP: Nets 126, Pelicans 121 Anthony Davis drops 34 points and grabs 26 rebounds, but D'Angelo Russell scores 22 points with 13 assists to lead the Brooklyn Nets over the New Orleans Pelicans, 126-121. No compatible source was found for this media. Advertisement
Kansas was also only two of 12 from beyond the arc, but scored 15 points off turnovers before the break. Oklahoma narrowed the deficit to 67-61 with 1:17 remaining, and the Jayhawks struggled to hit free throws down the stretch. Kansas hit 14 of 22 attempts while the Sooners made just eight of their 14 free throws. Senior guard Christian James’ struggles were particularly notable. Forward Matt Freeman, a reliable shooter so far this season, missed all four of his three-point shots. He played just 12 minutes and registered zero points with three turnovers. OU will be a tough out in the Big 12 Nevertheless, Oklahoma fought hard in this game and proved that its tandem of senior guards will be a tough team to beat in the Big 12. Sophomore forward Brady Manek played perhaps his best game of the season in a tough environment. He scored 16 points on 13 shots while playing solid defense on Kansas forward Dedric Lawson. Even with rough nights from Freeman and James, the Sooners found a way to keep things close against the No.
The future will be on display next week at CES, a consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas that serves as a window into the year’s hottest tech trends. Most of these products will be powered by Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant, the two most popular artificially intelligent assistants, industry insiders said. Battle of the virtual assistants Last year, Amazon introduced a microwave powered by its Alexa virtual assistant. A year later, Google responded with Home, its smart speaker powered by Google’s own digital companion, called Assistant. Google is expected to be even more aggressive this year with its Assistant. But what about all the other devices that can be connected to the internet, like smart watches, phones, televisions and speakers? For a sense of what to expect, consider Eero Plus, a subscription service that Eero, a maker of Wi-Fi equipment, released last year. In addition to increasing smartphone speeds, 5G will be important for other types of devices, like robots, self-driving cars, drones and security cameras. “For the rest of us, big whoop.” Here’s what is still overhyped Virtual reality and self-driving cars have been talked about a lot in recent years, and they will still be talked about this year. “There’s going to be a lot of noise about automotive technology, but nothing distinct or specific,” Mr. Gillett said.
NBA Getty Images With nine games on the slate Thursday there was no shortage of action from around the league. If you missed any of the games, we've got you covered with all the biggest storylines and highlights from today's action: Oklahoma City Thunder 107 Los Angeles Lakers 100 With the Lakers fans booing Paul George, the OKC star responded witha dominant 37-point display to lead the Thunder to a big win on the road. George shot 15-of-29 from the field, while Russell Westbrook's shooting struggles re-emerged as he connected on just 3-of-20 from the field. Paul George (37 PTS) balled out to lead the @okcthunder to victory at Staples Center! The young backcourt of Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic each finished the night with 18 points apiece and the Mavericks held the Hornets to 35.6 percent shooting from the field and 18.8 percent shooting from deep on the night Miami Heat 117 Cleveland Cavaliers 92 Led by 24 points from Josh Richardson, the Heat advanced to 18-18 on the season with a 25-point road win over the Cavs. In his first game of the 2018-19 season, Heat guard Dion Waiters finished with seven points in 10 minutes against his former team. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/IggT7VObra — Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 3, 2019 Washington Wizards 114 Atlanta Hawks 98 Thanks to big scoring nights from Bradley Beal (24 points) and Jeff Green (22 points) and a monster double-double from Thomas Bryant (16 points, 15 rebounds), the Wizards (15-23) won their second straight game as they held the Hawks (11-26) to just 14 points in the fourth quarter. Atlanta's young big man duo of John Collins and Alex Len impressed, with Colins recording 21 points and eight rebounds, while Len exploded for 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks off the bench. D'Angelo Russell led Brooklyn with 22 points and 13 assists as he was one of seven Nets players to finish in double-figure scoring. Philadelphia 76ers 132 Phoenix Suns 127 Joel Embiid tied his season high with 42 points adding 18 rebounds, for his 33rd double-double of the season, while Aussie Ben Simmons, set a new season high of his own with 29 point, six assists and three rebounds, doing most of the damage at the free throw line, hitting 15-of-23.
The Sooners were overpowered early and fell short late in a 70-63 loss at No. 5 Kansas in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools. OU coach Lon Kruger pointed to a 19-2 first-half run by the Jayhawks that crushed the No. 23 Sooners’ dream of winning their first game in Allen Fieldhouse since 1993. “We dug ourselves a pretty good-sized hole in the first half,” Kruger said before unleashing a laundry list of problems. “I thought we didn’t handle the ball very well. I thought KU created some turnovers. We didn’t do very good in transition. Shortly after, things unraveled for the Sooners as KU used that 19-2 run to break away, going up 21-11 with 9:07 remaining before intermission. OU last win in Lawrence came in the 1992-93 season when Terry Evans hit a game-sealing 3-pointer in the final minute to fuel an 80-77 victory.
Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R-Utah) tried to stand up to President Donald Trump with a Washington Post op-ed decrying his “resentment and name-calling,” and he ended up getting trolled online. Following the editorial’s publication Tuesday night, Twitter had a field day with Romney’s remarks, one user reinventing the headline to read, “Mr. — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 2, 2019 That Romney op-ep lost me in the beginning when he listed Jeff Sessions as one of the early Trump appointees who gave him hope the presidency wouldn’t be a disaster. pic.twitter.com/S1zxSsQA1M — New Year Serota (@maggieserota) January 2, 2019 Trump should be happy w/Romney op-ed. Sure, it’s a condemnation of Trump’s leadership style, but it’s also an endorsement of POTUS’ agenda and an indication Romney plans to support it in the Senate. Romney’s only policy beef? deficits. But he praises tax cut that expanded them. — Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) January 2, 2019 Mitt Romney is 71, has two failed presidential campaigns, has a history of flip-flopping on a wide variety of issues, had an embarrassing episode of pandering to Trump only for it to backfire, and yet... no one in political media is saying he needs to be quiet. — Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 2, 2019 Despite the criticism, Romney got this shoutout from departing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.): But he also got this shoutout from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who was actually hoping he’d avoid becoming like Flake: Very pleased GOP Senator-elect Mitt Romney is speaking some truth about @realDonaldTrump.
The Dallas Cowboys have hundreds of celebrity fans. They are the team that football fans around the country grew up watching because they are always on TV. And, notably, Akron, Ohio. With the team slated to open the postseason on Saturday at AT&T Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks, one of their best players has started a campaign to bring James to the game to support his Cowboys. YO @KingJames how many Retweets to get you to our playoff game? Ironically, they will be in Dallas next Monday to play against the Mavericks, but that is a bit too late for James to attend Saturday's game. There is also the lingering tension over comments James made about NFL owners. It did not strike back at him publicly, but it also makes it unlikely they would be eager to welcome him as a guest at one of their marquee events. The Lakers are off on Super Bowl Sunday, though. It would not be inconceivable for James to take a detour in Atlanta to watch the Super Bowl, if the Cowboys are able to make it that far.
Kansas leads first Big 12 power poll, will a challenger emerge among Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Iowa State?
8 Michigan State for the conference's best win so far. Texas Tech (11-1, 0-0): The Red Raiders had a chance to prove they're among the nation's best, but let it slip away, losing 69-58 to No. 1 Duke at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Cyclones rank 18th, second in the Big 12 behind KU, in KenPom's offensive efficiency ratings and much of that was without Wigginton, a superb distributor and scorer. They've played one of the most difficult schedules in the country, second-toughest according to the NCAA's NET ratings, and tout wins over a variety of opponents. They play well defensively, and they're smart late in games. Kansas State (10-2, 0-0): Without forward Dean Wade, who is still injured, it's illogical to put the Wildcats any higher than this. This one is 6-7 and lost to Baylor. This team has some real issues offensively and could fall even lower if Wade, a preseason Big 12 Player of the Year candidate, doesn't return soon. Oklahoma State (6-6, 0-0): The Cowboys have faced a tough schedule, but they've haven't even really been competitive in their marquee games, losing by 10 to then-No.