Andres Nocioni went absolutely crazy in the most entertaining Rio 2016 Olympics basketball game yet.
In a double overtime thriller, the former Chicago Bulls forward put up a game-high 37 points and 11 rebounds to lead Argentina to a 111-107 victory over Brazil.
The 36-year-old wreacked havoc from beyond the arc, scoring 24 of his 37 from deep, and activated his clutch gene at just the right times.
With three seconds left in the fourth quarter, Nocioni drilled a triple to tie the game up and force OT. He encored that with a three to pull Argentina within one in the first overtime.
The Noch eventually fouled out in double OT, but a strong finish from Manu Ginobili and Facundo Campazzo sealed the victory for Argentina. With the thrilling win, Argentina improved to 3-1 in group play.
Nocioni's performance brought back memories of dramatic shots he hit in Chicago.
In five seasons with the Bulls, the Argentinian averaged a solid 11.7 points per game and shot 50% from the field. But Nocioni never dropped 37 in Chicago. His NBA career-high was 31 in a Bulls win over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Dec. 1, 2006.
Saturday's dominant performance would have delighted United Center patrons, who often showered him with "No-see-o-nee" chants after he'd catch fire.
As for the current Chicago Bulls player in the game, Cristiano Felicio played limited minutes and scored two points.
Brazil dropped to 1-3 in group play and will finish their Olympics tournament against Nigeria on Monday.
Saturday's thriller serves as fair warning for a potential USA-Argentina final: The Noch is back.
Xfinity’s X1 Olympics Experience — progressing since London’s 2012 Olympics — features new software launching this season to give fans the comprehensive coverage they want.
For the first time, the Xfinity Stream App — a blending of traditional TV with power of the internet to give an at-home and on-the-go 24/7 experience — will be the Olympic fan’s primary resource for coverage on their favorite devices. This means video access for any event, both live and on-demand, no matter where you are.
Also, more than 50 Olympic channels will be offered by X1, including on-demand clips from epic wins, trending highlights and funniest moments of the games. Also, each sport will have its own individual homepage serving as a hub for the respective sport's comprehensive multi-platform content. No matter your preference, the customizable experience can be changed to reflect what each individual fan wants most.
Within the X1 Olympics Experience, there will be helpful, easy-to-use ways to get real-time information in the daily summary page, a one-stop cheat sheet for the biggest news, latest results, medal count and more. With 102 events offered, it’ll help viewers decide their plan of viewing action and stay up-to-date with the latest information.
For more, check out the interview above from Vito Forlenza, who serves as Executive Director, Business Product Management for Comcast Cable.
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Barbra Shimoda said she vividly remembers the first time her son starting skating at the age of 7. She never imagined it would lead to him attending the 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games.
"Not in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen," Barbra Shimoda said. "We know we have our State Games in Illinois but the World Games—it's just not something you can plan for."
Out of 6,800 Chicago Special Olympic athletes, Tommy Shimoda is the only Chicagoan attending the games. The 24-year-old is headed to Austria in March with six other athletes from Illinois that will be representing Team USA. He will be competing in two speed skating events; the 500-meter race and the 777-meter race.
Shimoda is diagnosed with autism and communicates to others using a voice box. He’s been skating for 17 years and said his biggest inspiration is his brother, Clarke.
"I like speed skating because I get to go fast," Shimoda said. "Since I started training more for the games, my brother said I now skate faster than him."
Shimoda has been preparing for the World Games ever since he found out he would be attending after the State Games last year.
"I have been practicing three times a week," Shimoda said.
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