Kuzma, Lakers overcome Harden’s 51 to end Rockets’ streak

first_imgKuzma was unstoppable in the first half, making all nine of his shots, including six 3-pointers. He cooled a bit after the break and finished 12 of 17 overall and 7 of 10 from deep.The Lakers led 100-92 after a 3-pointer by Josh Hart with about nine minutes to go, but the Rockets scored the next eight points. Trevor Ariza led the way in that span, making five points and blocking a shot by Brandon Ingram.The Rockets opened the third with a 6-1 run for their first lead of the game, 65-64, with about 9 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.Los Angeles had a five-point lead after a three-point play by Kuzma midway through the quarter. The Rockets then used a 10-2 run, with five points each from Gordon and Harden, to go up 78-75 with about five minutes left in the third.The Lakers got going again after that, using a 10-3 run highlighted by 3s from Kuzma and Ball to regain the lead, 85-81.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) reaches for a rebound between Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) and guard Chris Paul (3) in the first half of an NBA basketball game. APHOUSTON — Rookie Kyle Kuzma set career highs with 38 points and seven 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame 51 points from James Harden to end the Houston Rockets’ 14-game winning streak with a 122-116 victory Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).It was Houston’s first loss since Nov. 14 and snapped a three-game skid for the Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Paul tied it on a 3-pointer later in the third, but Brewer made the last five points of the period to put the Lakers up 94-89 entering the fourth.The Lakers led by 22 points during the first half, but Houston used a 12-2 run midway through the second to cut the deficit and a 7-2 spurt to end that quarter to get within 63-59 at halftime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The game was tied before Los Angeles scored 10 straight points — while Houston missed seven shots in a row — to go up 110-100 with about four minutes left.Houston ended an almost four-minute scoring drought when Harden made a free throw, and he added three more after being fouled on a 3-point attempt a few seconds later to cut it to 110-104. But former Rocket Corey Brewer made a 3-pointer before Lonzo Ball hit two free throws to make it 115-104.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHarden powered Houston on a night when Chris Paul had just eight points before leaving early in the fourth quarter with a sore left leg.The Rockets made seven free throws down the stretch but hit just four field goals in the last eight minutes — all in the final 1:05. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone The cold returns for Winter Games in mountainous Pyeongchang Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Aspiring chefs vie for scholarships

first_imgHunter’s chicken is fairly simple, but requires the students to demonstrate a variety of techniques, from good knife skills to how to deglaze a pan, said Robert Allen, executive chef for the Beverly Hills Hotel and a judge of the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program’s cooking competition. The students “frenched,” or removed, the wing meat from the chicken, then pan-roasted it, while preparing the sauteed potatoes and a sauce made from rich, concentrated veal stock, tomatoes, mushrooms and herbs. “If the sauce is too thin, it will be watery on the plate. If it’s too thick, it will be syrupy and gummy,” Allen said. “We strive for perfection on the plate. To create that, it’s a lot of little things done well. “Perfection in the kitchen is very elusive.” Judge Sherry Yard, an executive pastry chef for Spago, said the dessert crepes shouldn’t be “wimpy,” and should have a little color to them, “because color equals flavor.” The pastry cream filling, she said, “should be unctuous” – buttery – “not fatty or dense but fluffy, and the chocolate sauce should be velvety.” But Yard said she also was watching how the students worked, and how they recovered from a mistake. “I can teach anyone how to bake, but I can’t teach someone how to be passionate about what they do,” Yard said. Once both plates were presented for the judges, the students were able to relax – and wash their dishes – relieved to be done. Ramirez said she found it overwhelming to work under such scrutiny, but was thrilled to have the chance to compete. Her dream is to win a scholarship to Johnson & Wales University, and eventually become a pastry chef. “I think you can express yourself more – there’s more artistry in pastry,” Ramirez said. De Santiago’s father would prefer his son become a doctor, but de Santiago would rather debone a chicken than remove a gallbladder. His goal is to someday open an upscale restaurant in the eastern part of the San Fernando Valley, which currently has mostly mom-and-pop establishments. “This is where my passion is,” de Santiago said. “I have to prove myself every day.” lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clad in a white chef’s coat and toque, 18-year-old Louis Anthony de Santiago of San Fernando minced fresh herbs Friday with precision and speed. Around him, 25 other high school students swirled batter in crepe pans, “frenched” a chicken wing and carefully peeled potatoes into a distinctive barrel shape. Professional chefs, clipboards in hand, watched their every move. At stake: $375,000 in scholarships to prestigious culinary schools, whose winners will be announced Monday. But if de Santiago was nervous, the Sylmar High School student didn’t show it. His mind was on the ingredients at hand. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“This is fresh tarragon – it smells like licorice,” de Santiago said. “It adds an earthy flavor and aroma to the sauce.” During the competition held at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, the culinary students were charged with preparing – from memory – Poulet Chasseur avec Pommes de Terre Chateau (Hunter’s Chicken with Turned, Sauteed Potatoes) and Crepes Sucrees with Creme Patissier and Sauce au Chocolate (Dessert Crepes with Pastry Cream and Chocolate Sauce) in under two hours. Although they all prepared the same recipes, the students were allowed to be as creative as they wished with their final presentations. De Santiago, for instance, rolled his crepes into pillars and stood each vertically on a strawberry slice, then drew an elaborate vine design on the plate with chocolate sauce. Areli Ramirez, 18, of Van Nuys High rolled her crepes into cones, then hollowed out a strawberry and filled it with chocolate sauce before dotting it with pastry cream. last_img read more