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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, December 27, 2014
SAN ANTONIO---Russell West-
brook scored 34 points, and the
Oklahoma City Thunder beat the
San Antonio Spurs 114-106 on
Thursday in a rematch of last sea-
son s Western Conference Finals.
The Thunder earned their sixth
straight regular-season victory over
the defending NBA champions in
the first meeting between the teams
since San Antonio topped Okla-
homa City in six games on the way
to a fifth title.
The Thunder was without reign-
ing MVP Kevin Durant, and the
Spurs were missing Finals MVP
Kawhi Leonard, but there was still
plenty of firepower.
Serge Ibaka had 21 points, includ-
ing going 3 for 4 on 3-pointers for
Oklahoma City (14-16). Steven
Adams added 16 points and 15
rebounds to offset San Antonio
center Tiago Splitter matching his
season-high with 14 points.
Matt Bonner had 17 points to
lead seven players in double figures
for San Antonio (18-12), which has
lost five of six. Tim Duncan had
15 points, six rebounds and five
MIAMI---Dwyane Wade scored
24 of his 31 points in the first half,
Luol Deng finished with 25 points,
eight rebounds and eight assists,
and the Miami Heat beat the
Cleveland Cavaliers in LeBron
James first game back at his for-
Chris Andersen scored 12 for the
Heat, who led by as many as 17,
trailed for a moment in the fourth
quarter before gathering themselves
and pulling away again.
James scored 30 points for the
Cavaliers, hugging his former team-
mates before the game and after
the final buzzer. It was James first
time as an opponent in Miami since
he helped the Heat reach each of
the last four NBA Finals, winning
Kyrie Irving added 25 points, and
Kevin Love scored 14 for Cleve-
Miami was again without Chris
Bosh, still sidelined by a calf injury.
LOS ANGELES---Jamal Crawford
scored 12 of his 24 points in the
fourth quarter, Chris Paul added
22 points, and Los Angeles handed
NBA-leading Golden State its sec-
ond Staples Center loss in three
The Warriors held the Clippers
to 4-for-24 shooting in the first
quarter and 39.1 percent for the
game, two nights after the Lakers
shot 51.7 percent without Kobe
Bryant to beat them 115-105. That
loss ended a streak of 27 straight
games by the Warriors in which
they held opponents under 50 per-
The Clippers, beginning a nine-
game homestand after back-to-
back losses to San Antonio and
Atlanta, haven t dropped three in
a row since March 29-April 1, 2013.
Blake Griffin missed his first eight
shots and was 5 for 16 overall with
18 points and 15 rebounds. DeAndre
Jordan had 14 points and 12 boards.
Klay Thompson scored 15 points,
and Stephen Curry 14 for Golden
State, which has lost three of five
following a 23-3 start that included
a franchise-record 16-game win-
BULLS 113, LAKERS 93
CHICAGO---Pau Gasol had 23
points and 13 rebounds against
his former team and Chicago beat
Los Angeles with Lakers star Kobe
Bryant resting his sore body.
Jimmy Butler added 21 points,
and Derrick Rose had 20 points
and six assists to help the Bulls win
their season-high fifth straight.
With Bryant missing his second
straight game, the Lakers were
unable to pull off another upset.
They stunned Golden State on
Tuesday night but came up short
against the Central division lead-
ers.Gasol, a two-time champion in
six-plus seasons with the Lakers,
was 9 of 14 from the field in his
first game against Los Angeles since
joining the Bulls in the summer.
Wesley Johnson led Los Angeles
with 19 points.
NEW YORK---John Wall had 24
points and 11 assists, eluding the
Knicks all day until getting
knocked to the floor by a flagrant
foul that sparked an altercation,
and Washington beat New York.
Wall toyed with the Knicks for
3 1/2 quarters, highlighted by a
spinning, 360-degree layup, before
Quincy Acy knocked him down
with a forearm shove with 5:31 to
play. Wall got up and pushed Acy,
who responded with a punch that
appeared to hit Wall behind the
neck. Acy was ejected in the
Christmas dust-up, and Wall
received a technical foul.
Bradley Beal added 17 points for
the Wizards, who had their top five
of Wall, Beal, Paul Pierce, Nene
and Marcin Gortat in the starting
lineup for the first time this sea-
Carmelo Anthony scored 34
points for the Knicks, who fell to
5-26 and have the most losses in
the NBA. They have dropped six
straight and 16 of 17.
New York fell to 22-28 in a
league-high 50 Christmas appear-
SYDNEY---American super maxi
Comanche held the lead in the
Sydney to Hobart late on the first
day after an impressive start to
the annual ocean race to the
island state of Tasmania.
Nine hours into the race yes-
terday, the 100-foot Comanche
led seven-time and defending
champion Wild Oats XI by two
nautical miles. Two other super
maxis, Perpetual Loyal and Syd
Fischer s Ragamuffin, were third
and fourth, respectively.
Comanche was launched in Octo-
ber and is being tested for the first
time in tough ocean race condi-
"It s a little bumpy, but the boat
is handling the weather quite well,"
Comanche skipper and former
America s Cup yachtsman Ken Read
told The Associated Press in a tele-
phone interview from his yacht.
"We re at (winds of) 23 to 26 knots
and we re pushing hard, looking
Earlier, the hi-tech American
yacht reached the first turning mark
in only 4 minutes, 35 seconds, a 35-
second edge over Wild Oats while
still in Sydney Harbour.
Comanche s fast start stunned
veteran race observers and also
impressed Wild Oats XI skipper
Mark Richards, who was heard to
say on television "She s smoking.
Look at that thing go!"
When told of Richards com-
ments, Read credited his fellow
sailors on Comanche.
"The crew pulled the trigger just
right," said Read. "But you don t
get any awards for the start ..."
Wild Oats set the race record of
1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes, 12 sec-
onds in 2012.
Read said he and the crew hadn t
given any thought to breaking the
record---"our goal is to try to be the
first to finish, if the record comes,
Based on current conditions and
speed, Comanche was forecast to
cross the finish line at Constitution
Dock in Hobart early Sunday after-
noon in just over two days and
about six hours slower than the 2012
There were seven early retire-
ments among the 117 entries,
including former winner Brindabella
due to rudder damage.
The 87-year-old Fischer set a
record as the oldest skipper and
oldest sailor of any rank to compete
in the race which is being held for
the 70th time. Fischer is also making
his 46th appearance in the race.
Thunder gets the better of Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder guard
Russell Westbrook (0) shoots
against San Antonio Spurs guard
Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, as
Spurs' Cory Joseph and Thunder's
Steven Adams, left, look on, in the
first half of an NBA basketball
game, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, in
San Antonio. Oklahoma City won
114-106. AP PHOTO
Comanche leads late on first day of Sydney-Hobart
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