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WASHINGTON---Golden State s
Stephen Curry returned from an
injury absence to top score with
32 points and lead the Warriors to
a 114-107 win at Washington on
Tuesday, extending their overall
The Warriors extended their
Western Conference lead to 3-1/2
games over idle Memphis, and are
now one game ahead of East leader
In the day s other key game, Dal-
las surged at the start of the fourth
quarter to beat Toronto.
Curry missed Sunday s loss at
Indiana with a sore right foot but
showed little sign of discomfort at
Washington, playing nearly 34 min-
utes and hitting 11 of 18 field goal
attempts, including five of nine
from three-point range.
Klay Thompson added 17 more
for Golden State, which has won
five of its past six games.
Paul Pierce had 25 points, with
18 coming in the second half, for
the Wizards, who have lost four in
Dallas hit seven of its first ten
shots in the fourth quarter to set
up a 99-92 victory over Toronto.
Monta Ellis scored 20 points and
Dirk Nowitzki had 18 for the Mav-
ericks, whose third-straight win
moved them within half a game of
state rival Houston in the Western
Conference playoff race.
DeMar DeRozan had 18 points
for the Raptors.
Cleveland s Kevin Love tied a
career-best with eight three-point-
ers for 24 points, helping the Cav-
aliers win 102-93 at Detroit.
Love fell just one short of team-
mate JR Smith s record of nine
three-pointers against Detroit. Love
missed both his two-point
LeBron James added 19 points
and 11 assists, and nearly achieved
an odd triple-double, turning the
ball over nine times, one short of
his career worst. The Cavaliers have
game behind Chicago for the Cen-
tral Division lead.
Reggie Jackson had 22 points,
nine assists and eight rebounds in
his second game with Detroit.
Oklahoma City extended its win-
ning streak to seven with a 105-92
victory over Indiana, with Russell
Westbrook picking up his third
triple-double of the season with 20
points, 11 rebounds and ten assists.
AUBURN HILLS---LeBron James rarely likes to talk
about his individual achievements. He made an
exception on Tuesday.
James had 11 assists in Cleveland s 102-93 victory
over the Detroit Pistons. In the process, he moved
past Scottie Pippen for first place on the NBA career
list for forwards. James has 6,142 assists, seven more
"That means a tremendous amount to me," James
said. "It means a lot more than passing Allen Iverson
on the scoring list in the last game, because I have
always taken so much pride in my passing game. To
me, the greatest rush has always been helping my
teammates succeed, not succeeding myself."
James wears No 23 in Michael Jordan s honour, but
breaking Pippen s record was special in another sense.
"When I grew up, I loved Michael, but when you
are a kid, you don t think you can grow up and be
Michael Jordan," he said. "I patterned a lot of my
game after Scottie Pippen, because he was the kind
of star I thought I could be. So that s a great feeling
to break a record he owns."
Cavaliers coach David Blatt didn t know James
reached the milestone, but was excited to find out.
"That s a fabulous achievement, especially when
you considered that he just turned 30 years old," Blatt
said. "It not only proves his greatness as a player, it
shows the ability he has to make the players around
him equally great."
Many of James assists, including the record-breaker
in the second quarter, giving him 6,136 to pass Pippen,
found Kevin Love wide open behind the arc. Love
had 24 points on eight three-pointers, tying his career
"Kevin had it going tonight, so I was looking to
get him the ball," James said. "That s how we play.
Find the hot guy and keep him going."
RIO DE JANEIRO---IOC President
Thomas Bach was pressed yesterday
about the severe water shortages in
Brazil by a group of 100 university stu-
dents during a town hall meeting.
Bach was asked repeatedly to justify
building a golf course and a canoeing
venue for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
Southeastern Brazil, which includes
Rio, is going through the worst drought
in 80 years.
A new $20 million golf course is being
built for the games. The city is also
building an artificial canoeing venue,
which a student described as being the
equivalent to "ten swimming pools."
Student Beatriz Klimeck, 18, told Bach
"the poorer the neighbourhood, the
worse the situation." She made specific
reference to the frustration of people
living next to the golf course.
"The city of Sao Paulo and many
parts of Rio are going through a water
crisis that is quite severe," Klimeck told
Bach. "There are neighbourhoods that
have not had water for 12 days. They
have no food or water to cook, but the
golf course is being irrigated perma-
Bach said he d been told by Rio
Olympic officials that heavy rain in Feb-
ruary had resolved the problem, and he
seemed surprised to hear otherwise.
"This (water problem) seems to be a
major concern for all of you, and also
for us," Bach said. "My impression so
far was...that the water crisis is and will
not be a permanent crisis."
The IOC ended a three-day inspection
tour of Rio yesterday, with Bach being
briefed by the inspectors. He will remain
in Rio for more meetings until Satur-
He acknowledged that people being
deprived of water and linking it to the
Olympics was bad for the IOC.
"If we do not manage this---to convey
it to the people and make it tangible ---
then all the goodwill does not help very
much," Bach said.
Rio s new golf course has been tied
up in numerous controversies.
The developer faced a lawsuit over
breaking environmental rules to build
the course in a nature reserve on some
of Rio s most expensive real estate.
A public prosecutor is also looking
into a suit against Rio Mayor Eduardo
Paes for allegedly giving financial con-
cessions to the billionaire developer of
Rio has two other golf courses that
officials said were not suitable for golf,
which returns to the Olympics for the
first time in 112 years.
The developer is spending about $20
million to build the course. He also plans
to build 140 luxury apartments ranging
in price from $3 million to $8 million.
Paes said this week he "hated" having
to build a golf course in Rio de Janeiro
for the 2016 Olympics.
Paes told the newspaper O Globo: "I
would never have built this course,
Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio
organising committee, said the same
yesterday about the canoeing venue.
Rio is spending about $14 billion on
the Olympics, and Brazil spent about
$12 billion on last year s World Cup.
LeBron passes Pippen for most
NBA assists by a forward
Curry spices up Golden
State on return
Golden State Warriors
guard Stephen Curry
(30) gestures after he
hit a basket against the
during the second half of
an NBA basketball
game, Tuesday . The
Warriors won 112-107.
IOC head quizzed about water
shortages in Rio, golf course
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