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LOS ANGELES---Houston s
James Harden passed the 40
points milestone for the second
straight game, accumulating 46
to lead the Rockets to a 109-105
win at the Los Angeles Clippers
Harden not only had a team vic-
tory but outperformed MVP rival
Stephen Curry, who had a mere
24 points but still led Golden State
to victory at Sacramento.
Elsewhere, Atlanta extended its
winning streak to seven games by
defeating Washington, and a hot-
shooting Trey Burke led Utah past
Harden made 13 of 14 free
throws and was 5 of 10 from 3-
point range, helping the Rockets
extend their winning streak to four.
Blake Griffin had 35 points and
11 rebounds for the Clippers, who
played without Chris Paul. The
star point guard sat out with a sore
right groin as Los Angeles lost at
home for the first time in four
Golden State s Curry scored 21
of his 24 points in the second half,
leading the undefeated Warriors
to a 103-94 win at Sacramento.
Klay Thompson scored 18 points
for Golden State, which is two wins
away from matching the best-ever
start to a season by the franchise.
The Warriors won their first nine
when based in Philadelphia in
1960-61. Marco Bellinelli and Rudy
Gay each scored 22 points for the
Kings, losers of five straight.
Atlanta s Kent Bazemore scored
a career-high 25 points to lead the
Hawks past Washington 114-99.
Paul Millsap had 21 points, seven
rebounds and six assists for
Atlanta, which scored 39 points in
the final quarter.
Otto Porter paced the Wizards
with a career-high 23 points.
Utah s Burke scored 24 points,
including a career-high six 3-
pointers, to lead the Jazz past
Gordon Hayward had his best
game of the season, finishing with
18 points, six rebounds and four
assists while shooting 6 for 10 from
the field for the Jazz.
Memphis had its worst shooting
night of the season against the No
1 defence in the NBA, going 30 for
91 from the field. Mike Conley had
20 points and five assists.
San Antonio pulled away from
Charlotte to win 114-94, with
Kawhi Leonard scoring 23 points.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 for
the Spurs, who made eight 3-
pointers in the second half of their
highest scoring game of the season.
LAS VEGAS---Timothy Bradley won
a fight he needed badly Saturday
night, stopping Brandon Rios in the
ninth round to stake his claim for a
title in a welterweight division that
is wide open following Floyd May-
weather Jr s retirement.
Bradley (33-1-1) dominated from the
opening bell against a sluggish Rios
(33-3-1), using his speed and superior
boxing skills to win round after round
before suddenly dropping Rios with a
left hook to the body in the ninth
round. Rios got up at the count of eight
but offered no resistance to Bradley
when the fight resumed and quickly
went down under another flurry of
punches at 2:49 of the round.
Bradley retained his piece of the 147-
pound title with an impressive per-
formance under new trainer Teddy
Atlas. He won every round on all three
ringside scorecards but hadn t seemed
to seriously hurt Rios before the fight
came to a sudden end.
Perhaps more importantly, Bradley
served notice that he s a name to be
reckoned with in the 147-pound divi-
sion. He might have even been impres-
sive enough to get a third fight against
Manny Pacquiao sometime next spring
in what would be Pacquiao s last fight.
Bradley set the pace for the fight
right away, landing a series of head
shots early in the first round. Rios, who
ballooned up in weight after Friday s
weigh-in, plodded forward trying to
land a big punch but was never able
to land more than one shot at a time.
Rios said he would probably retire
after the loss.
"The better man won. I have no
excuses," Rios said. "I think I m done."
Harden tops 40 again as
Rockets win at Clippers Bradley stops Rios in
9th round of title bout
Houston Rockets' James Harden
gestures after making a basket
during the first half of an NBA
basketball game against the Los
Angeles Clippers, on Saturday in
Los Angeles. AP PHOTO
Timothy Bradley, right, knocks down
Brandon Rios during a WBO
welterweight title bout Saturday, in
Las Vegas. AP PHOTO
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