Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 30th 2016 Contents TORONTO---Oklahoma
City's Russell Westbrook
recorded his seventh triple-
double for March---the most in
a month since Michael Jordan
also had seven in April, 1989---
and led the Thunder to a 119-
100 NBA in at Toronto on Mon-
day, stretching the team's
winning streak to eight straight.
The Thunder has already
clinched the NBA's Northwest
Division, while the Southwest
has been secured by San Anto-
Among other key results in
the run toward the playoffs, the
Los Angeles Clippers cruised past
Boston and tightened their grip
on fourth in the Western Con-
ference, while Atlanta narrowly
held off a fast-finishing Chicago
and retained outright top spot
in the Southeast Division.
Westbrook had 26 points, 12
assists and 11 rebounds for the
Thunder and put himself up
alongside two of the all-time
Kevin Durant scored 34 points
for Oklahoma City, which is on
its longest streak since winning
ten straight in the 2013-14 sea-
DeMar DeRozan had 19 points
for the Raptors, who lost at home
for just the fourth time in 2016.
San Antonio was able to rest
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and
Manu Ginobili and still win 101-
87 at Memphis.
That defeat meant the Griz-
zlies were now 5-1/2 games
behind the Clippers --- with just
nine games left --- in the fight
for fourth in the West, after Los
Angeles beat Boston 114-90.
Atlanta's Jeff Teague scored
26 points, including two free
throws with just over six seconds
to play which secured a 102-100
win at Chicago.
Portland beat undermanned
Sacramento 105-93 to hold onto
sixth place in the West.
Miami's Dwyane Wade had
30 points to lead the Heat to a
110-99 win against Brooklyn,.
New Orleans beat New York
99-91, recording their first vic-
tory this season when scoring in
Utah handed the Los Angeles
Lakers their equal heaviest defeat
in history, winning 123-75.
Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins
scored 32 points as the Timber-
wolves hung on against a
Phoenix comeback and won 121-
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KEY BISCAYNE---Serena Williams had been out
of the tournament for less than 20 minutes when
she climbed into her white Mini Cooper with the
checkerboard top and pulled away from the players'
parking lot, fastening her seat belt as she drove.
A hasty departure, for sure.
Williams' 20-match winning streak at Key Biscayne
ended Monday with a 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 loss to Svetlana
Kuznetsova in the fourth round of the upset-filled
Williams was bidding for her ninth title in the
event and her fourth in a row. But after a grueling
first set that lasted nearly an hour, the 21-time Grand
Slam champion faded on a sweltering afternoon.
It was her earliest exit at Key Biscayne since 2000,
when she lost in the fourth round to Jennifer Capriati.
"I did the best I could," she said during a post-
match news conference that lasted less than three
minutes before she cut it off. "I can't win every match.
These players come out and play me like they've
never played before in their lives. I have to be 300
per cent every day."
Williams, 34, will retain the No. 1 ranking, but she
hasn't won a tournament since earning her 69th title
at Cincinnati in August.
A wave of upsets continued on the men's side,
too, with No. 2 Andy Murray dropping the final five
games against No. 26 Grigor Dimitrov to lose 6-7
(1), 6-4, 6-3.
Murray played in the late afternoon and declined
to blame the heat, but he committed 22 unforced
errors in the final set and 55 total. He was broken
six times, including in his final three service games.
Murray's elimination leaves the tournament without
four of the five top-seeded men. Among them only
No. 1 Novak Djokovic reached the round of 16.
The No. 15-seeded Kuznetsova beat Williams with
defence, repeatedly extending points until she forced
a mistake. The Russian finished with only 18 unforced
errors to 55 for Williams.
In addition, Williams' serve was uncharacteristically
unreliable. She hit 13 aces but also had nine double
faults and was broken six times.
Williams said the 91-degree temperature---a record
for the date---didn't faze her.
"Physically I'm fine," she said. "I don't know, I
guess I didn't move today. Maybe that was one of
the things that didn't work out for me."
Kuznetsova, 30, won Key Biscayne 10 years ago
and is into the quarterfinals for the first time since
Also sidelined were No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska
and No. 4 Garbine Muguruza. Two-time champion
Victoria Azarenka, seeded 13th, committed only 12
unforced errors and defeated Muguruza 7-6 (6), 7-
6 (4). No. 19 Timea Bacsinszky eliminated Radwanska
2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 Angelique Kerber played past midnight to
eliminate Timea Babos 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
In other men's play, No. 12 Milos Raonic held every
service game to beat the last American in the men's
draw, No. 22 Jack Sock, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Williams lives 90 minutes from Key Biscayne and
has long considered the event her home tournament.
But the stadium was two-thirds empty for her match,
partly because of weather so uncomfortable some
spectators draped towels over their heads seeking
refuge from the sweltering sun.
Williams played a flawless tiebreaker, hitting two
aces and three other winners. But after she lost serve
to fall behind 3-1 in the second set, her play became
more flat-footed. At least twice she failed to pursue
shots from Kuznetsova.
In the third set, Williams tried hitting balls as hard
as she could, and some went for winners. But she
double-faulted to fall behind 4-1, and Kuznetsova
held twice to close out the victory. (AP)
Thunder on roll as Westbrook strikes
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