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Amari Cooper Ends Night With 200 Yards In A Win Against The Chiefs

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Oakland Raiders wideout Amari Cooper has had bit of a quiet season this year. The first 6 games of the season Cooper only had 18 receptions for 146 yards. After two consecutive NFL Pro Bowl seasons, Coop was did not look like himself on the field.  On TNF, Cooper put any talks of him being in a slump to rest.

Cooper caught 11 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders edged the Chiefs 31-30 by scoring a TD on the final snap of the game. Cooper scored Oakland’s first touchdown of the game on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Derek Carr with 8:11 left in the first quart

Cooper caught his second touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make it a 13-10 game in favor of the Raiders, which became 14-10 after the extra point. Carr found Cooper open on a crossing route over the middle.

Amari was the first Raider player with 200 receiving yards in 52 years.

Cooper broke his previous career high of 178 yards. “We have a lot of playmakers at the receiver position,” Cooper said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “And we went into this week saying that we wanted to take more shots, more explosive plays. It was huge for me, it was huge for the team. Anytime that anyone can create some explosive plays, get first downs, we’re going to have more plays on offense. And eventually we’ll keep scoring.”

While talking about Cooper after the game, quarterback Derek Carr said “nothing changed in his demeanor or his mentality” heading into Thursday night and Cooper said he “went out there like I do every game.” The approach may have changed, but the results were a major step up for a player the Raiders need if they are going to make Thursday’s win the start of a better run.

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Rumor: Anthony Davis Is Still The Lakers Top Target

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The Los Angeles Lakers are not giving up on signing a big star to play with Lebron James.

On Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (via Real GM) provided updates on both situations, starting with the Lakers’ desire to keep their future assets for possible talks with New Orleans.

“Here’s the line they have to walk: They’re not going to give away picks and their top young players in some deal that makes them incrementally better this season because they have to save all those assets for Anthony Davis, a big trade this summer either pre- or post-free agency,” he reported.

The Lakers are also interested in signing Kawhi Leonard in the summer of 2019.

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Trevor Ariza Is Traded To The Washington Wizards

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Trevor Ariza has found a new home Washington.

Ariza was traded to the Wizards on Saturday. The Wizards trade to acquire Ariza via a three-team trade that fell apart on Friday. Wojnarowski reported on Friday night the Wizards, Suns and Memphis Grizzlies initially agreed to a three-team deal. In that scenario, Ariza would go to Washington, Oubre would go to Memphis, and Rivers, Wayne Selden and a third player would go to Phoenix.

The Los Angeles Lakers were originally interested Ariza but the Suns were not interested in keeping Ariza in the same conference.

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Dwayne Wade And Lebron James Share The Court One Last Time

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Dwayne Wade and Lebron James played their final game against each other in the Staple Center on Monday night.

This is a bitter-sweet moment that both players have been dreading since Wade announced that this would be he would be retiring at the end of the year.

James spoke to ESPN about the impact that Wade had on his career. “Obviously, without D-Wade in my career, I wouldn’t be sitting here with this résumé that I have,” said James. “Individually, I think I would still be doing my thing individually, but as far as me accomplishing the team goals that truly mean most to me? Twenty-seven wins in a row. Four straight Finals. Two back-to-back championships. It goes without saying. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish it without him.”

Wade had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Lebron was able to force him into a bad shot from the arch.

“He knew my move at the end that stopped me from getting to my shot,” Wade said. “That’s how well we know each other, man. Just two competitors who enjoy the game of basketball, who love each other and love competing. So I’m glad that in my 16 years that we were on the court together, we was in this game, we’ve made a big impact on and off the court.”

It was clearly tough for both players and great moment to witness.

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