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BOSTON---Stephen Curry scored 38
points and the Golden State Warriors
improved to 24-0 this season by outlast-
ing the Boston Celtics 124-119 in double
overtime Friday night.
Counting the wins in their final four
games last season, the defending NBA
champions have taken 28 in a row. They
broke a tie with the 2012-13 Miami Heat
for the second-longest winning streak in
league history, and now trail only the 33
straight by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-
72.Curry made only 9 of 27 shots from the
field. But he was 6 for 13 from 3-point
range and a perfect 14 of 14 from the free
throw line, sinking a pair of foul shots
with 13.4 seconds left to give the Warriors
a three-point lead.
The Warriors was scheduled to play Mil-
waukee Bucks, last night.
CAVALIERS 111, MAGIC 76
ORLANDO---LeBron James had 25 points
and eight assists as Cleveland rolled past
Orlando. Timofey Mozgov added 17 points
as the Cavaliers beat the Magic for the
12th straight time.
Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert made
his season debut. Out since injuring his
right wrist before training camp, he played
25 minutes and made 5 of 7 shots while
scoring 14 points.
PACERS 96, HEAT 83
INDIANAPOLIS---Monta Ellis had 24
points, six assists and six steals to help
Indiana beat Miami and end a three-game
Paul George, the NBA s third-leading
scorer, had 23 for the Pacers.
Chris Bosh had 23 points and ten
rebounds and Dwyane Wade had 20 points,
five rebounds and five assists in Miami s
third straight loss.
PISTONS 107, 76ERS 95
PHILADELPHIA---Andre Drummond had
18 points and 16 rebounds, and Marcus
Morris scored 21 points as Detroit downed
The Pistons opened the game on an 11-
0 run and built a 24-point lead in the first
half. The Sixers dropped to 1-23. Before
the game, the team announced that coach
Brett Brown had signed a multiyear con-
PELICANS 107, WIZARDS 105
NEW ORLEANS---Tyreke Evans scored 27
points and New Orleans rallied to end a
seven-game losing streak against Wash-
ington. The Wizards led 97-90 in the
fourth quarter before the Pelicans came
back to win. New Orleans hadn t beaten
Washington since February 2011.
John Wall led Washington with 26
RAPTORS 90, BUCKS 83
TORONTO---DeMar DeRozan had 27
points as Toronto held off late-charging
Milwaukee. The Raptors led by as many
as 19 points in the latter stages of the third
quarter before the Bucks cut it to four
when Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a jumper
with 5:11 to go.
Khris Middleton had 26 points for the
HORNETS 123, GRIZZLIES 99
MEMPHIS---Kemba Walker had 33 points
and six assists, and Nicolas Batum added
20 points as Charlotte beat Memphis for
its fourth straight win.
The Hornets hit 18 of 37 shots from 3-
point range, with Walker and Batum each
shooting 5 of 8 from beyond the arc.
Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 17
points and nine rebounds.
THUNDER 94, JAZZ 90
SALT LAKE CITY---Kevin Durant scored
21 points, including the last 11 for Okla-
homa City to beat Utah.
The Thunder matched a season high
with their fourth straight win.
Durant hit a tiebreaking 3 with 1:06 left,
then made two free throws with two sec-
onds left to seal it. He also got eight
Russell Westbrook had 24 points for the
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 19
points and eight rebounds.
NUGGETS 111, TIMBERWOLVES
DENVER---Danilo Gallinari hit a 3-pointer
to put Denver ahead late in overtime as
the Nuggets rallied from an 18-point deficit
in the second half to beat Minnesota.
Gallinari finished with a game-high 23
points, including nine in overtime. The
Nuggets ended a five-game home losing
streak. Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Martin
led Minnesota with 22 points apiece.
SPURS 109, LAKERS 87
SAN ANTONIO---LaMarcus Aldridge had
24 points, Kawhi Leonard had 16 points
and they each had 11 rebounds to lift San
Antonio over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rookie D Angelo Russell had a career-
high 24 points in the fifth straight loss for
Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant had 12 points
on 5-for-12 shooting in 29 minutes.
As time expired, Bryant ran over to give
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich a long hug,
and the longtime competitors spoke for a
couple of minutes. Bryant tapped his chest
and pointed to the crowd, acknowledging
the cheers and chants of "Kobe" as he
walked off the court.
TRAIL BLAZERS 106, SUNS 96
PHOENIX---CJ McCollum scored 26 points
and made five 3-pointers, and Damian Lil-
lard added 18 points as Portland held
Phoenix to 14 fourth-quarter points.
Portland went on a 13-0 run in the
fourth to take control after trailing by four
to start the quarter. McCollum and Lillard,
one of highest-scoring guard duos in the
NBA, hit 3-pointers during the stretch.
Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 31 points.
MUNICH---Finland, Israel, Romania and
Turkey will host the European basketball
championship in 2017.
World governing body FIBA says Turkey
will host group games as well as the final
knockout rounds in two venues in Istanbul.
Finland, which last hosted Eurobasket in
1967, will host one group in Helsinki, while
Israel and Romania will host group games
in Tel Aviv and Cluj, respectively.
This year s European basketball champi-
onship was the first to be hosted by multiple
countries and FIBA says it opted to follow
the same path for the 2017 edition due to its
Spain defeated Lithuania 80-63 to regain
the title in Lille, France in September. (AP)
CHONBURI---Clement Sordet of France
produced an unblemished 9-under-par
63 to steal the lead from Jamie Donaldson
of Wales by two strokes after the third
round of the Thailand Golf Championship
Sordet made seven birdies and eagled
the par-5 15th hole for the outright lead,
his first on the Asian Tour. Sordet turned
pro this year after graduating from uni-
versity in the United States, and usually
competes on the European Tour s second-
tier Challenge Tour.
"I just stayed patient, but honestly I had
no idea I was 9-under at the end," he said.
"So, 9-under, I m pretty happy about it."
Donaldson, leading since the opening
round, began the day with a two-shot lead
but fell two behind and clung on to second
He mixed in six birdies, three bogeys,
and a double bogey on the par-4 12th to
submit a 1-under 71 and a three-day total
of 14-under 202.
"I was cruising. Playing not great but
doing enough until 12, which was a killer,"
Donaldson said. "Tomorrow s (Sunday)
another day, and I just have to get off to
a quick start. I ve done enough to stay in
the tournament---I m still in it."
Defending champion Lee Westwood was
in contention for a third title at Amata
Spring Country Club after carding 64 to
be 13 under for the tournament, three off
the lead. He was alone in third place.
"I was confident and in control, and it
has got to do with being on a course which
I ve won twice before," Westwood said.
"I hit it close a lot, and I played with
a new putter. It feels a lot more stable,
and I m rolling the ball quite nicely with
it."Another stroke behind in fourth was
European Tour rookie of the year Byeong-
hun An of South Korea (68).
Tied for fifth, five shots off the pace,
were 2013 champion Sergio Garcia (70),
and last year s runner-up, Martin Kaymer
Curry, Warriors outlast
Boston 124-119 in 2OT
...improve to 24-0
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots as he is pressured by Boston Celtics
guard James Young (13) during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday. Curry had 38
points in the 124-119 double-overtime victory. AP PHOTO
Finland, Israel, Romania,
Turkey to host 2017 Eurobasket
Asian Tour rookie
from France leads in
Thailand by 2 shots
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