Wizards Wipe Out Nets, 120-111

first_imgNEW YORK — The Washington Wizards had nine baskets and 20 points before the Nets had one of either, and Randy Wittman wished he could’ve enjoyed the show more.Problem is, he’s seen what happened next.“You relax, I think,” Washington’s coach said. “I hate it, I hate those leads. I mean I love them, but I hate them, especially at the start of the game. I mean you can look, it happens all the time, 18-2 and all of sudden end of the first quarter it’s a two-point game or something. So I just thought we relaxed a little bit.”The Wizards recovered after blowing their 20-0 lead, as Ramon Sessions had 21 points and 12 assists in a 120-111 victory over Brooklyn on April 11.Marcus Thornton scored 19 points as he and Sessions did just fine in replacing injured starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. J.J. Hickson had 15 points as Washington put seven players in double figures.The Wizards looked headed for a blowout victory playing at the quick tempo they prefer. Instead, they needed another big run in the fourth quarter to finally put it away.“We knew at the end of the game if we continued to play that pace we’d be fine,” Sessions said. “We just had to get some stops and we did in that second half.”The Wizards have won two straight since being eliminated from playoff contention and can finish .500 by beating Atlanta in their season finale.Shane Larkin scored a career-high 20 points and added seven assists and six rebounds for the Nets, who have lost nine in a row and have their first 60-loss season since a franchise-worst 12-70 record in 2009-10.A night after giving up 129 points in Indiana, the Nets were most defenseless again, allowing Washington to shoot 52 percent from the field.Marcin Gortat won the opening tip and then made the first basket 23 seconds in to start the early onslaught. Washington scored inside and out, with another basket by Gortat making it 20-0 before the Nets snapped their 0-for-8 start with Chris McCullough’s 3-pointer with 7 ½ minutes left in the quarter. Gortat had Washington’s first miss on the next trip, and the Nets steadied themselves and cut it to 34-28 after one.They took the lead late in the second before Kelly Oubre Jr. took a long pass and beat the buzzer from beyond 30 feet to give Washington a 70-69 edge.“I didn’t think our starters got into the game as quick as we wanted them to and the second group that got out there changed the whole intensity and pace of the game,” Nets interim coach Tony Brown said.It was close straight through the third and the Nets were down only three early in the fourth before a 13-4 run expanded Washington’s lead to 116-104.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Winners and losers in Mondays BC budget

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s fledgling New Democrat government released its interim budget after taking power in July.Here is a look at some of the winners and losers:Winners:Students and teachers: The government announced $681 million over three years for the education system, including hiring 3,500 teachers and ensuring smaller classrooms. The NDP government is also providing capital funding of $50 million to address space requirements.Renters and the homeless: An investment of $208 million over four years will support the construction of more than 1,700 new units of affordable rental housing in communities across B.C. Another $291 million will be spent building 2,000 modular supportive housing units for the homeless and $172 million over three years will go toward operating them and providing 24-7 staffing and supports.Parents: The budget increased provincial funding for early childhood development and child care to $330 million this fiscal year to support up to 4,100 new child care spaces. It did not mention $10-a-day child care, which was a key promise of the NDP campaign, but it said the government will work over the next few months to develop a long-term plan for universal child care.Small business owners: Sales tax on electricity purchases by businesses is being phased out and the small business corporate income tax rate is being lowered to 2 per cent from 2.5 per cent.Medical services premium payers: Premiums will be cut by 50 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2018, and the income threshold at which households are fully exempt is increased by $2,000.Losers:Corporate businesses: The general corporate income tax rate will rise to 12 per cent from 11 per cent. Jock Finlayson, B.C. Business Council vice president, said the business community expected the tax changes as they were part of the NDP’s election platform, but “this budget isn’t going to create a lot of new investment.”High-income earners: The government has increased the individual income tax rate to 16.8 per cent from 14.7 per cent on taxable income over $150,000.Fossil fuel-dependent businesses and individuals: Starting April 1, 2018, carbon tax rates will increase by $5 per tonne annually until rates are equal to $50 per tonne on April 1, 2021. The requirement that the tax be revenue-neutral will also be removed, allowing the government to spend revenues on measures that reduce emissions.BC Hydro ratepayers: The NDP promised during its election campaign to freeze BC Hydro rates, a pledge reiterated in the premier’s mandate letter to Energy Minister Michelle Mungall, but there was no mention of a freeze in the budget tabled Monday.Ferry users: The NDP’s election platform called for the freezing of fares on major routes, a 15 per cent reduction of fares on minor routes and promised that seniors would again travel free again during the week. The commitments were not included in the budget.last_img read more