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WASHINGTON---Washington s John Wall
outplayed Los Angeles Chris Paul in their
first meeting of the season, helping the
hosts win 104-96 on Friday night, keeping
the Wizards in a share of the Southeast
Division lead while ending the Clippers
nine-game winning streak.
The Wizards remained level with Atlanta,
which beat Orlando to push its own winning
streak to nine games, while other key results
saw Chicago notch an overdue win at Port-
land and New Orleans win an entertaining
contest against Cleveland.
Washington s Wall controlled the game
with 10 points and 11 assists while Paul
struggled with a season-high six turnovers.
Paul made some late baskets to finish with
19 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Bradley Beal scored a season-high 29
points for the Wizards.
Paul made some late baskets to finish
with 19 points, seven rebounds and six
PISTONS 105, SUNS 103
PHOENIX---The Detroit Pistons ended a
13-game losing streak as Andre Drummond
had 23 points and 14 rebounds in a 105-103
win over the Phoenix Suns.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a fadeaway
3-pointer with 1:13 to play to break a tie at
97, and the Pistons held on.
Goran Dragic had 18 points for the Suns,
who lost their fourth in a row.
KNICKS 101, CELTICS 95
BOSTON---Carmelo Anthony scored 22
points, Amare Stoudemire had 20 and the
New York Knicks snapped a 10-game losing
streak by beating the Boston Celtics.
Tim Hardaway Jr added 16 points and
Jason Smith 12 as New York ended its longest
losing streak since the 2005-06 team
dropped 10 straight from January 28-Feb-
It was just the Knicks second road win
of the season. They won their first, beating
LeBron James and the Cavaliers in his return
to Cleveland before losing the next 11.
Jeff Green had 28 points and Tyler Zeller
19 for the Celtics, who lost their third
PELCIANS 119, CAVALIERS 114
NEW ORLEANS---Tyreke Evans 31 points
and 10 assists, Ryan Anderson tied a career
high with eight 3-pointers on his way to
30 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans
overcame the loss of Anthony Davis to beat
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Davis left in the first quarter after taking
an elbow to chest while jostling for position
during a free throw by Kevin Love.
James, returning from a one-game
absence because of a sore knee, scored 41
points, while Love added 21 points. Kyrie
Irving played one night after hurting his
left knee in a collision with Oklahoma City
guard Russell Westbrook, but struggled early.
He missed his first nine shots and did not
score any of his 17 points until the fourth
quarter, when Cleveland trailed by as many
BULLS 115, TRAIL BLAZERS 106
CHICAGO---Derrick Rose scored a season-
high 31 points and the Chicago Bulls beat
the Portland Trail Blazers.
Rose, who tore the meniscus in his right
knee against the Blazers last season, scored
over 30 for the first time since March 12,
2012. He shot 14 of 24.
Chicago broke a seven-game losing streak
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 of his 35
points in the first quarter, his 10 field goals
in the period matching a Portland record
set by Darius Miles in 2005.
Damian Lillard also had 35 for the Trail
LAKERS 112, SPURS 110, OT
SAN ANTONIO---Nick Young scored 29
points, including a go-ahead three-pointer
with 7.4 seconds left in overtime, Kobe
Bryant had 22 points and the Los Angeles
Lakers overcame a shaky ending to beat San
Tim Duncan had 19 points and 18
rebounds for San Antonio, which had its
six-game home winning streak snapped.
HEAT 100, JAZZ 95
SALT LAKE CITY---Dwayne Wade scored
a season-high 29 points, including three
free throws in the final 9 seconds, to help
the Miami Heat beat the Utah Jazz.
Chris Bosh had 22 points and Luol Deng
added 14 for the Heat, who closed a five-
game road swing on a winning note after
losing five of their previous six.
Enes Kanter scored 25 points, Gordon
Hayward had 18 and Alec Burks 16 for Utah,
which has lost 10 of its last 11.
THUNDER 111, TIMBERWOLVES 92
MINNEAPOLIS---Russell Westbrook scored
20 of his 34 points in the first half and the
Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota
Timberwolves for their fifth straight vic-
Kevin Durant added 16 as he and West-
brook played the second night of back-to-
back games for the first time since returning
to the Thunder lineup.
Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muham-
mad each scored 18 points for Minnesota.
GRIZZLIES 113, HORNETS 107, 2OT
MEMPHIS---Mike Conley scored six of his
19 points in the second overtime, and the
Memphis Grizzlies beat the Charlotte Hor-
Zach Randolph had 20 points and Marc
Gasol also scored 19 for the Grizzlies, who
got a tying 3-pointer from Vince Carter
with 4.5 seconds left in the first overtime.
The Grizzlies won for the sixth time in
the past seven games against the Hornets,
who got 28 points from Kemba Walker and
25 from Gary Neal.
RIO DE JANEIRO---Ary Graca, the former head
of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation, says he
acted "in the best interests" of the body despite
allegations of corruption and malfeasance.
Graca is being investigated by a federal anti-cor-
ruption agency, which has cited financial "irreg-
ularities" in a 50-page document and alleges he
channeled millions to companies controlled by his
friends and relatives.
Graca stepped down from his role at the CBV
earlier this year but remains president of the Switzer-
land-based FIVB, the world governing body of the
sport. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
The brewing scandal is touching Rio de Janeiro s
The CBV, which has been threatened with legal
action from Graca, said Friday it would not hold
a FIBV-sponsored Olympic test event in Rio in July,
as scheduled. The test events are seen as crucial
to the efficient running of the Olympics, which will
open August 5, 2016.
Volleyball is probably the second-most popular
sport in Brazil, and ties to the Olympics run deep.
The head of Rio s Olympic organizing committee
is Carlos Nuzman, a former president of the CBV
who built the sport into a local powerhouse. An
International Olympic Committee member, he is
not accused of any wrongdoing in the report issued
by Brazil s Comptroller General s office, known as
In a statement Friday, the FIVB said it was aware
of the allegations against Graca.
The FIVB said, "it is important to point out that
Ary Graca, and others accused, have rigorously and
consistently denied any wrongdoing and have openly
explained how, at all times, they acted in the best
interests of Brazilian volleyball."
The statement said Brazilian volleyball had ben-
efited from about 350 million Brazilian reals ($140
million) in "commercial services" under Graca s
"As the president and others from the former
CBV management team have mounted legal pro-
ceedings against the organisations and individuals
for making false accusations, it is not appropriate
for the FIVB to comment further on these matters
until all investigations and legal action have been
completed," the FIVB said.
A top player on Brazil s men s national volleyball
team said players feel "betrayed" by Graca.
"Most of the players have the same feeling of
betrayal," player Murilo Endres said Friday. "We
have dedicated our time, our sweat, our knees, our
shoulders, our ankles to this person and, unfortu-
nately, we were betrayed by him. Indignation and
betrayal summarise our feelings. But we will go
after this, so it does not go unpunished."
It is not clear if Brazil s court system will act on
the findings of the anti-corruption body.
The CGU said the volleyball confederation under
Graca misappropriated about $11 million in spon-
sorship income, channeling it to companies con-
trolled by Graca s friends and relatives. State-run
Banco do Brasil said Thursday it was halting spon-
sorship payments to the confederation.
In a statement Thursday, the volleyball confed-
eration said it was under new management and
had put in place "responsible governance, and above
all, ethics." It said it had made its accounts available
to supervisory authorities and had set up a per-
manent internal audit.
"What we want, what the volleyball community
wants, is morality in the sport," coach Bernado
Rezende said. "The people on the courts are suffering
with this. I, myself, had health problems because
of all of this that is happening. We are on the courts,
playing, fighting, and we see things like this." (AP)
volleyball head in
Wizards win 104-96 to
end Clippers streak at 9
Hawks 87, Magic 81
Nets 88, 76ers 70
Raptors 106, Pacers 94.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) tries to shoot over Los Angeles Clippers center
DeAndre Jordan (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball match, Friday night in
Washington. Wizards won 104-96. AP PHOTO
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