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ATLANTA -- Thabo Sefolosha loves it when the Atlanta Hawks get so many players contributing on offense. Samuel Morin Jersey .Eight of the Hawks 10 players scored in double figures Wednesday night, led by Sefolosha, whose primary role is a defensive specialist off the bench.Everybody can play on this team, he said. On different nights, a different guy steps up. Its a huge plus to have that.Sefolosha scored 20 points, Dwight Howard added 18 and Atlanta beat the Chicago Bulls 115-107 for its third consecutive victory.Paul Millsap had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, and Dennis Schroder scored 13. Howard grabbed 10 boards as Atlanta outrebounded Chicago 49-30.Jimmy Butler finished with 39 points and Dwyane Wade had 25 for the Bulls, who have lost four of five.The output was Butlers highest since he scored a career-high 53 points against Philadelphia on Jan. 14 last season.They got what they wanted, and then we decided to start playing -- once again, Butler said. Defense is all about effort, lets get that straight. Weve got to man up and guard, take it personal. Well be fine, but weve got to guard.Atlanta carried over some momentum from Tuesdays rare victory at Cleveland. The defending NBA champion Cavaliers had won 11 straight in the series, including two playoff sweeps.Sefolosha sparked the Hawks when he entered late in the first quarter, scoring 16 of their 21 points in a 3:44 stretch that spanned the first two periods to help Atlanta take a 45-31 lead.Sefolosha loved how Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer changed the defense to keep Butler and Wade in check.In the second half we switched it up a little bit, Sefolosha said. Theyre good players, so were not going to stop them every time, but we got just enough stops and we had good offense at the end to pull through.The Hawks led by 17 early in the second on Millsaps jumper, but Chicago pulled within three early in the third. Kent Bazemore was called for a technical foul after slamming into Butler near the rim on a fast break, and Butler hit three free throws.After Wades jumper put the Bulls up 74-73, Chicago took its biggest lead at five on Doug McDermotts fast-break dunk before Tim Hardaway Jr.s runner put Atlanta up 86-85 late in the third.The Hawks led the rest of the way, pushing the margin to 11 when Hardaway hit a straightaway 3-pointer. McDermotts short jumper made it 103-101 with 4:54 remaining, but the Bulls didnt get any closer.Our depth in the entirety of the roster is something we have a lot of faith and belief in, Budenholzer said. Tonight you kind of saw that.BACK IN TOWNWade will return to Miami on Thursday for the first time with an opposing team. The 12-time All-Star, who helped the Heat win three NBA titles in 13 seasons, had 23 points at the end of the third but went 1 for 4 from the field in the fourth.X-RAYS NEGATIVEBazemore jammed his right pinkie against the backboard on his hard foul. X-rays were negative, but he wore a protective sleeve on the finger. He said he got the technical for slamming his mouthpiece to the floor.STAYING CLOSEBulls G Michael Carter-Williams made the two-game road trip even though hes sidelined four to six weeks with a bruised left knee. Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said Carter-Williams is moving around well, but his timetable hasnt changed.UP NEXTBulls: Visit Miami on Thursday.Hawks: Host Philadelphia on Saturday. Shayne Gostisbehere Jersey .C. -- Al Jefferson joked that he feels he can score from anywhere on the court. Dustin Tokarski Jersey .J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week. http:///...raffl-flyers-jersey/ . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. It would be understandable if Abner Mares had at least a hint of doubt in his mind.Although Mares has won world titles in three weight divisions -- bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight -- and, for years, hes been one of boxings best smaller-weight fighters, its been a rough road for him recently.In his first featherweight title defense in 2013, Mares stunningly got knocked out in the first round by Jhonny Gonzalez in an upset. An 11-month layoff followed, and although Mares won his next three bouts in a row, none came against a top opponent -- and he had some lethargic performances.When he finally stepped back into the ring with a top foe, then-undefeated Leo Santa Cruz for a vacant featherweight title in August 2015, Mares lost again, albeit in a competitive and ferocious fight-of-the-year-contender.Mares has not fought since that loss because of fight postponements, and he now finds himself at another moment of truth -- a shot at secondary featherweight titlist Jesus Cuellar on Saturday night (Showtime, 10 ET) at the Galen Center on the campus of Southern California in Los Angeles, where Mares will enjoy hometown crowd support.People said I could have taken a tune-up fight (after the loss to Santa Cruz), but theres no point to that, Mares said at the final news conference Thursday. Jesus Cuellar is one of the hardest punchers in the weight class. Of course, Im aware of his power, but Im not scared. This is a contact sport. I can punch back.Im looking forward to this test. Every single fight is a test for me, he continued. Im going to make you guys believe. You will see a tremendous fighter in the ring on Saturday night.The fight headlines a strong doubleheader, which also includes junior middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs), 26, of Houston, making his third defense against mandatory challenger Julian J Rock Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs), 26, of Philadelphia, in a 50-50 fight.Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs), who has made multiple trainer changes in his career, will go into this bout with former Cuellar trainer Robert Garcia -- long considered one of boxings best cornermen -- at his side for the first time.Bringing in Robert Garcia has been a great thing for me, Mares said. Hes brought a lot of experience and hes one of the best coaches out there. I cant wait to show the fans what Ive learned from Robert.On the one hand, Mares 15-month layoff could be a problem because of rust and the potential for a slow start against a heavy hitter in Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs), 29, of Argentina, who will be making the third defense of his belt and fighting for the first time in a year.But there is also the fact that the layoff gave him ample time to adjust day in and day out in the gym to the lessons Garcia had for him. Mares, 31, views the layoff as a positive.Theres always a reason behind something bad that happens. In this case, me not being able to fight twice (due to postponements), it just gave me the opportunity to get to know Robert even better, Mares said. Ive had a whole year leading up to this fight. You will see a difference in me. Im very eager and excited to fight.Coach Robert Garcia brings the discipline and the demanding voice of a trainer, Mares continued. We have to do things his way and I like that. Its bringing the best out of me. Im really excited for this fight.Garcia has trained several top fighters, and he feels like Mares discipline and coachability is second to none.I think basically what Abner needed was just a new voice, Garcia said. He had been working hard and training in a nice gym that he liked. But he was calling his own shots. I think he was getting a little too comfortable. I just think he needed a new voice.Hes never questioned one thing Ive asked of him. Hes done everything Ive asked, Garcia continued. Abner is hungry now. Matt Read Jersey. . When he introduced himself to me, he might have lost some of that. He wasnt listening to trainers instructions. But the moment he came to me, hes been doing everything hes supposed to. Hes old enough to know that hes not a kid anymore.The fight against Cuellar, whos now trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, makes this bout a showdown between two of the best trainers in the business.The fight was initially scheduled to take place June 25 on the Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, but it was called off because Mares, who had successful surgery to repair a detached retina in his left eye in 2008, failed his prefight eye exam. The New York State Athletic Commission would not license him because his uncorrected vision did not meet the states minimum standard.Mares said his eye is fine, but he needs to wear glasses in his everyday life.Different rules for different states, he said. [The eye issue was from] something that happened in 2008. I have been fighting since. Ive been cleared in every state Ive fought in, other than New York. I fight in California, I fight in Texas, I fight in Vegas. I fight in Philly, too. I think there was a red flag for (New York) because, obviously, I had surgery done in 2008 and they just didnt want to take the risk. My surgery is done. Im good and like any other fighter I have the same risk.Mares later passed the California State Athletic Commission eye exam and the fight with Cuellar was rescheduled.It was difficult, Mares said of dealing with what happened in New York. Its not the first time something like this has happened to me -- not in the sense of me being injured or anything but a fight being cancelled. But I am a human being, I have feelings, obviously, and I just felt sad at the moment because I love to fight.I was supposed to fight in March. That got postponed because of an injury and then it got postponed for June and then that June fight got postponed so here we are. You know my family kept me strong and those long talks with my advisor [Al Haymon] kept me going and again, here we are and still healthy, and we will continue to give you guys good fights.The bout with Cuellar figures to produce fireworks given their styles.Cuellar is a very strong fighter both physically and mentally, Garcia said. Hes the hardest hitter in the featherweight division. Hes dangerous and dedicated.Cuellar is aware of Mares resume and knows he is the most significant opponent of his career.This is definitely the biggest fight of my pro career, Cuellar said. This is historic and I definitely think that it will be a memorable fight for fans. Because of who Im fighting and what were fighting for, it makes it crucial that I get the victory. Im a warrior. My style is to be aggressive and fight with my heart. If I have to let the warrior out, I am ready. But if I have to box, I am ready for that, too.Mares is a great fighter and has been a great champion. But I dont think hes ever faced anyone with my power or ability. Its not going to be an easy fight for either of us, but Im very confident that I will win and probably knock him out.Mares wasnt about to make a prediction. He is just happy to be getting back in the ring for another chance to win a title after a trying 15 months.Im really excited about this fight. Its been a long year of waiting, Mares said. Its been a process. Having this fight so close to happening makes me really happy.I dont pay attention to the fact that Im a three-division world champion. Thats in my past and its my history. Its always going to be part of me, but Im looking for that fourth world title.Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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