Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 23rd 2016 Contents A50
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 23, 2016
DUBAI---Playing his first
match since winning the Aus-
tralian Open, Novak Djokovic
beat Tommy Robredo of Spain
6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the
Dubai Tennis Championships
yesterday. Djokovic s victory
brought him one match away
from his 700th career singles
"Every milestone is very spe-
cial, of course," Djokovic said. "I
wish that I make the 700th win
in this tournament, obviously."
Djokovic, a four-time cham-
pion in Dubai, took three weeks
off after beating Andy Murray in
the Australian Open final for his
11th Grand Slam title. Against
Robredo, he didn't face a break
point. "I didn't know how I'm
going to start, whether or not
I'm going to execute the game
plan as I prepared," Djokovic said.
"But everything went well."
His next opponent will be
Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri,
who won his first match of the
year, beating Russian qualifier
Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-1.
Sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez
of Spain won his 400th career
match, beating Guillermo Gar-
cia-Lopez 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Lopez is playing in Dubai for
the 10th time. He reached the
final in 2004 and 2008.
"I'm very happy, first of all,
because 400 wins is a good
number," Lopez said. "It's been
a long time since I started playing
tennis, and I'm very happy I have
been able to achieve this number.
It means that I was also very
lucky in terms of I didn't have
injuries during my career."
Also, fifth-seeded Viktor
Troicki of Serbia was the first
seed to fall in losing to Marcos
Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-6 (2), 6-
2. Baghdatis holds a 4-1 career
edge over Troicki. (AP)
AUBURN HILLS---Anthony Davis scored a team-
record 59 points and added 20 rebounds as the
New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons
111-106 in NBA action on Sunday.
The previous club record was 50 points by Jamal
Mashburn, set exactly 13 years earlier against the
Grizzlies. Davis went 24 of 34 from the floor and
made his only two 3-pointers. He added nine free
throws in 10 tries.
Davis also broke the scoring record at the Palace
of Auburn Hills, set by LeBron James with 48
points in an Eastern Conference finals game on
June 1, 2007. The star center joined Shaquille
O'Neal and Chris Webber as the only NBA players
with 50 points and 20 rebounds in a game since
"That was a lot of fun because the rim looked
so big that it felt like everything I shot was going
to go in," Davis said. "I wasn't keeping track of
my point total, but the guys were telling me at
the timeouts. They wanted me to get 60."
Jrue Holiday added 20 points for the Pelicans.
He was the only other player to score in double
figures for New Orleans.
Elsewhere, Cleveland topped Oklahoma City
115-92 on the road for its fifth straight victory,
San Antonio pulled away late for a 118-111 win
over Phoenix, and surging Portland earned its fifth
straight win, beating Utah 115-111.
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Love scored 29 points
on 9-of-18 shooting from the field to match his
second-best scoring performance of the season.
LeBron James added 25 points, 11 assists and
seven rebounds, while Tristan Thompson had 14
points and 14 rebounds.
Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Russell West-
brook had 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds
for Oklahoma City, which lost its second straight
at home coming out of the All-Star break. It was
the Thunder's most lopsided defeat of the sea-
San Antonio's Patty Mills had 21 points, matching
his career high with six three-pointers, and Tony
Parker added 22, including a spinning drive that
made it a seven-point game with 1:03 to play.
LaMarcus Aldridge also had 19 points and 10
rebounds for the Spurs, who were without injured
All-Star Kawhi Leonard. He was sidelined by tight-
ness in his left calf.
The Spurs improved to 47-9, a franchise-best
through 56 games. The Suns lost their 11th in a
row and 26th in the last 28 games.
CJ McCollum scored 31 points, including two
clinching free throws with 2.7 seconds left, and
Damian Lillard had 30 points and five assists for
Portland, which has won 14 of 17 overall.
Lillard made a tiebreaking layup with 23.4 sec-
onds left and McCollum hit two foul shots to give
Portland a 113-109 lead. After Derrick Favors scored
for Utah, McCollum made two more free throws
to clinch the win for the Trail Blazers.
In other games, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points
and Kyle Lowry added 18 as Toronto beat Memphis
98-85 for its eighth consecutive home win.
Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 12 rebounds
for his 13th double-double of the season and Cory
Joseph scored 14 off the bench to help the Raptors
rebound from consecutive losses.
In Chicago, Derrick Rose and E'Twaun Moore
had 24 points apiece to lead the Bulls to a 126-
115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Kobe
Bryant's final game at the United Center.
Bryant finished with 22 points on 8-for-20
shooting in 27 minutes.
In New York, Kemba Walker scored 28 points
and Al Jefferson added 18 in his second game back
from right knee surgery as Charlotte extended its
winning streak to a season-high five games with
a 104-96 win over the Nets. Also, Dallas topped
Philadelphia 129-103, Boston beat Denver 121-101
and Indiana outlasted Orlando 105-102. (AP)
Djokovic cruises in first match in three weeks
Pistons fail to fire
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