Holiday blowout: Magnolia whips Ginebra on Christmas
MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia gave Barangay Ginebra a holiday beatdown, 117-94, to stay perfect in the 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Araneta Coliseum.
Mike Harris set the tone, scoring 13 of his game-high 29 points in the opening period. He had 17 at the half where the Hotshots blew the game wide open, 61-42.
Harris added 15 rebounds and five assists while Paul Lee backed him up with 20 points.
The game also saw the careers of beloved Magnolia legends Marc Pingris and PJ Simon celebrated with the franchise holding a jersey retirement ceremony for the two during halftime.
The Hotshots, who improved to 3-0, climbed to first place in the standings after the NLEX Road Warriors slipped to 4-1 following a loss to the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the other Christmas Day matchup.
Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar posted double-doubles for the Gin Kings, who dropped to 3-1.
Brownlee finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Aguilar tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds.
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