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OAKLAND---Stephen Curry had
19 points and a season-high 11
assists, Klay Thompson scored
23 points, and the Golden State
Warriors beat the New Orleans
Pelicans 112-85 on Thursday night
for their 11th consecutive win.
Harrison Barnes added 17 points
and ten rebounds while Draymond
Green had 14 points and 14
rebounds for Golden State, which
improved to an NBA-best 16-2.
The winning streak matches the
longest in Warriors history. The
1971-72 team also won 11 straight.
Golden State needed a late burst
to hold off Orlando and keep the
streak going earlier this week. The
Warriors also got off a slow start
against New Orleans before pulling
away behind a 20-4 run in the
second quarter for their eighth
consecutive win over the Pelicans.
Anthony Davis had his 12th dou-
ble-double for New Orleans with
30 points and 15 rebounds.
Kyrie Irving scored a season-
high 37 points, including a layup
with 10 seconds left after a timeout
he didn t seem to want, and Cleve-
land got its season-high fifth
straight victory with a 90-87 win
over New York.
Irving carried the Cavs most of
the game before LeBron James had
five straight points late that helped
Cleveland pull it out. James fin-
ished with 19 points and 12 assists.
Carmelo Anthony ended a 4-
for-19 night by missing a three-
pointer in the final seconds as the
Knicks dropped their sixth straight
and fell to 4-16.
Tim Hardaway Jr added 20
points and Amare Stoudemire had
18 points and nine rebounds for
the Knicks, who were trying to
surprise the Cavs for the second
time this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points
and 13 rebounds for this fourth
straight double-double to help
Portland win its third straight and
12th in its last 13 by beating Indiana
Damian Lillard led all scorers
with 23 points for the Blazers.
Rodney Stuckey had 16 points
for the Pacers, who have lost three
straight to open a four-game road
The Pacers tied the score at 64
early in the fourth quarter but
Portland built a 75-66 lead after
Nicolas Batum s three-pointer and
Lillard s jumper. Stuckey hit a
jumper that pulled the Pacers
within 83-80 with 53 second left,
but they couldn t get any closer.
CHICAGO---Dallas DeMarco Murray
ran for a season-high 179 yards and
a touchdown while quarterback Tony
Romo threw for three scores as the
Cowboys beat Chicago 41-28 on
The Cowboys (9-4) made it look
easy for most of the night against a
struggling team that lost star receiver
Brandon Marshall to a rib injury. Dallas
ensured it will finish the regular season
with more wins than losses for the
first time since 2009 but is looking
for more, with an NFC East title and
first playoff appearance in five years
Led by Romo and Murray, Dallas
rebounded from a blowout loss to the
Eagles on Thanksgiving and pulled
within half a game of them in the
standings with another meeting in
Philadelphia next week.
The Cowboys took a 14-7 halftime
lead and scored 21 unanswered in the
third quarter before the Bears (5-8)
rallied in the fourth.
With that, the Cowboys improved
to a league-best 6-0 on the road this
Romo, who has been bothered by
a bad back, completed 21 of 26 passes
for 205 yards.
Murray, the league s leading rusher,
carried 32 times. He also had 49 yards
receiving. Dez Bryant had six receptions
for 82 yards and Cole Beasley caught
For the Bears, Marshall s injury was
another low in a disappointing season
that will likely end with them missing
the playoffs for the seventh time in
He was hurt taking a knee to the
right side from the Cowboys Barry
Church following a reception in the
second quarter. That happened
moments after he made a spectacular
42-yard catch, juggling the ball with
his right hand, to help set up a touch-
He stayed down for several minutes
and gingerly walked off the field. He
left Soldier Field in an ambulance, but
later posted on Twitter, "Thanks for
the Prayers... I m Good."
Jay Cutler was 32 of 46 for 341 yards
and two touchdowns, but the Bears
had trouble sustaining any drives or
stopping the Cowboys.
They also did not get much from
the run game, although they made a
little more of an effort after managing
just eight attempts in the loss at Detroit
a week earlier. Matt Forte had 13 carries
for 26 yards after tying a career low
with five rushes last week.
Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent
played for the first time this season
after serving a ten-game suspension
for his intoxication manslaughter con-
viction. He hadn t played since Decem-
ber 2, 2012, six days before the drunk-
en-driving crash that killed teammate
Jerry Brown. He was suspended the
first ten games and was inactive for
two more. (AP)
DUBAI---Sevens rugby world series leader Fiji and
defending champion New Zealand reached the Dubai
quarterfinals unbeaten yesterday.
South Africa and Australia also swept their pools
to go into the quarterfinals as favourites today.
It will be Fiji vs. Wales, Australia vs Scotland, South
Africa vs. Argentina, and New Zealand vs. England,
a rematch from the series opener at the Gold Coast
in October, when England thrashed the Kiwis.
Fiji, winner of the Gold Coast title, dispatched France
and Brazil, and was pressed by Argentina, which had
Fernando Luna exploited a Fiji error in front of its
posts, scoring a converted try for Argentina to lead
21-19 with four minutes to go. But that was plenty
of time, as Semi Kunatani made a big fend en route
to a try to regain the lead, and Fiji prevailed 33-21.
New Zealand didn t drop a point while also scoring
a combined 120 against Japan, Scotland and Samoa.
Samoa, the runner-up on the Gold Coast, needed
to beat New Zealand for a chance to advance on points
difference, but was already three tries down by halftime
and lost 41-0. Scotland, which lost to Samoa, advanced
South Africa defeated Portugal, Canada, and Wales,
the latter by 12-5.
Wales, upset by Canada 19-14 in its pool opener,
received a lifeline from Portugal, which beat Canada
That left Wales going into its pool finale knowing
it could advance with a loss to South Africa by fewer
than 21 points. Wales had beaten South Africa only
South Africa came from behind, but Wales threatened
at least a draw in the dying stages. South Africa s
defended superbly, especially a Cecil Afrika tackle on
Craig Price, who couldn t offload to a teammate outside
Australia conceded an early Dan Norton try, but
tied England by halftime, and won 12-5 with the only
try of the second half to win its pool and avoid a
resurgent New Zealand.
England, meanwhile, face the Kiwis with injury
worries, after Dan Bibby joined James Rodwell on the
sidelines with an apparent shoulder complaint. (AP)
Fiji, NZ, SA, Australia unbeaten in Dubai 7s
Warriors beat Pelicans
for 11th straight win
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) lays up a shot over New
Orleans Pelicans' Ryan Anderson, right, during the second half of an
NBA basketball game Thursday night in Oakland, California. Warriors
won 112-85. AP PHOTO
Murray, Romo lead
Cowboys over Bears
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