Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 28th 2015 Contents SAN ANTONIO---San Antonio immediately
bounced back from a rare loss and beat Denver
101-86 on Saturday to extend its franchise
record for consecutive home wins to 26.
Kawhi Leonard had 20 points for the Spurs,
who maintained their eight-game lead atop
the NBA s Southwest Division.
The day s other key contests were in the
Eastern Conference: Miami beat state and divi-
sion rival Orlando to move one-and-a-half
games above the Magic and stay within half
a game of leader Atlanta, which comfortably
beat New York; while Boston used a strong
team effort to earn a victory over Detroit.
San Antonio s LaMarcus Aldridge had 12
points and nine rebounds, and Boris Diaw had
16 points for the Spurs, who have won all 17
home games this season to add to the final
nine of the previous campaign.
Denver s Nikola Jokic scored 22 points on
Miami rallied in the fourth quarter to win
108-101 at Orlando, with Dwyane Wade and
Chris Bosh each scoring 24 points.
Orlando led 76-69 after three, but Wade
fueled Miami s rally with 12 points in the fourth.
The Heat outscored the Magic 39-25 in the
Nik Vucevic led Orlando with 22 points and
Atlanta overcame a slow start to win its sixth
straight game, beating New York 117-98.
Paul Millsap scored 22 points and Al Horford
added 19 for the Hawks, who trailed by 15 points
midway through the first quarter and were
down by 14 late in the third before completely
taking over the game, going up by 20 points
early in the fourth.
Carmelo Anthony, returning after missing
one game with a sprained right ankle, finished
with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks,
who have dropped three straight.
Boston had six players score in double figures
and the Celtics won 99-93 at Detroit.
Avery Bradley scored 18 points and Isaiah
Thomas had 17 points and nine assists for the
Celtics, who hung on in a tight finish.
The Pistons were within two points when
former Detroit player Jonas Jerebko hit a baseline
jumper with 10.7 seconds left to seal the result.
Pistons center Andre Drummond had 22
points and 22 rebounds for his fifth 20-20
game of the season.
Dallas JJ Barea made a career-high seven 3-
pointers and finished with 26 points, powering
the Mavericks to a 118-111 win against Chica-
go.Barea went 7-of-8 from beyond the arc and
continued the form that saw score a career-
high 30 in the previous game, while Zaza Pachu-
lia contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds for
Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 25 points,
including nine in the fourth quarter, but had
a key turnover before getting called for a 5-
second violation when Chicago had a chance
to tie in the final 11 seconds.
Charlotte s Kemba Walker scored 11 of his
22 points in the fourth quarter to steer the Hor-
nets to a 98-92 win against Memphis.
Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 11 rebounds
for the Hornets, who trailed 81-76 early in the
Mike Conley scored 19 points for Memphis.
Portland s Allen Crabbe scored a career-high
26 points and the Trail Blazers shut down
LeBron James to rout Cleveland 105-76.
Crabbe scored 21 in the first half, helping
Portland arrest a five-game losing streak. He
was four for six from 3-point range for the
CJ McCollum had 16 points for the Trail
James missed his first four shots, had six
points at halftime and didn t play in the fourth
quarter. His 12 points total matched his season
Toronto used some hot perimeter shooting
to win 111-90 at Milwaukee, rattling off eight
three-pointers to take the lead late in the third
quarter and then finishing the match with seven
The Los Angeles Clippers shook off some
bad pre-game injury news --- Blake Griffin will
be out at least two weeks with a torn tendon
in his quadriceps --- and won 109-104 at Utah.
Indiana belatedly found its 3-point range in
the fourth quarter, hitting six, to win 102-88
New Orleans hung on during a scoreless final
two minutes to edge Houston 110-108, with
Tyreke Evans stealing Trevor Ariza s inbounds
pass in the final seconds to seal the win.
Washington inflicted a sixth successive home
defeat on Brooklyn, beating the Nets 111-96 to
get back to an even 14-14 win-loss record.
Philadelphia notched only its second win of
the season by beating Phoenix 111-104, taking
its first road win after 23 successive defeats
dating back to last season.
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strongly denied a report set to air
on Al Jazeera that contends the
Denver Broncos quarterback
received human growth hormone
through his wife during his recov-
ery from neck fusion surgeries in
2011 in Indianapolis.
In a statement Saturday night,
Manning said: "The allegation that
I would do something like that is
complete garbage and is totally made
up. It never happened. Never."
He added, "I really can t believe
somebody would put something like
this on the air. Whoever said this is
making stuff up."
The allegations surfaced in an Al
Jazeera undercover probe into doping
in global sports that is set to air Sun-
day and was shared in advance with
the Huffington Post.
The report claims Manning
received HGH from an Indianapolis
anti-aging clinic in 2011 while he
was still with the Colts. It said the
drug, which was banned by the NFL
in the 2011 collective bargaining
agreement, was delivered to his wife,
Ashley, so that the quarterback s
name was never attached to the
Liam Collins, a British hurdler,
went undercover and spoke with
Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based
pharmacist who worked at the Guyer
Institute, the Indiana-based anti-
aging clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly
names Manning and other high pro-
file athletes as having received HGH
from the clinic.
However, Sly backtracks in a sub-
sequent statement to Al Jazeera, say-
ing Collins secretly recorded his con-
versations without his knowledge or
"The statements on any recordings
or communications that Al Jazeera
plans to air are absolutely false and
incorrect," Sly said. "To be clear, I
am recanting any such statements
and there is no truth to any state-
ment of mine that Al Jazeera plans
to air. Under no circumstances
should any of those recordings, state-
ments or communications be aired."
The NFL and players union added
human growth hormone testing to
the collective bargaining agreement
signed in 2011 but the side didn t
agree to testing terms until 2014.
Nobody has tested positive, which
would trigger a four-game suspen-
Manning, who joined the Broncos
in 2012, has been sidelined since
Nov. 15 by a left foot injury. Brock
Osweiler makes his sixth consecutive
start in Manning s place Monday
night when the Broncos (10-4) host
the Bengals (11-3).
stopped 29 shots, Jason Chimera
had a goal and an assist and the
Washington Capitals beat the
struggling Montreal Canadiens 3-1
Saturday night for their seventh
Off to the best start in franchise
history, Washington leads the
Eastern Conference with a 26-6-2
record and has won eight straight at
home. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jay
Beagle also scored for the Capitals.
Holtby allowed only a second-
period goal to Daniel Carr in earning
his NHL-leading 22nd victory. He's 8-
0-2 lifetime against Montreal with a
goals-against average well under 2.
Montreal has been outscored 22-6
while losing its last six games and
has dropped ten of 11 since
Montreal's collapse coincides with
the absence of top goaltender Carey
Price and star right wing Brendan
Gallagher. Price has been sidelined
since November 25 with a lower
body injury and Gallagher missed his
15th straight game with broken
Spurs extend home dominance
Manning denies report he used HGH
Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) chases the rebound against San Antonio Spurs forward
LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game, December 26, in San
Antonio. San Antonio won 101-86. AP PHOTO
Capitals clip Canadiens 3-1
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