Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 1st 2017 Contents BOSTON —Isaiah Thomas
scored 29 of his career-high
52 points in the fourth quar-
ter, setting a club record for
points in a period and lead-
ing Boston to a 117-114 victory
over the Miami Heat on Friday
Thomas hit six 3-pointers and
converted a three-point play in
the fourth quarter and broke the
franchise record of 24 points in
a quarter set by Larry Bird in
1983 and matched by Todd Day
in 1995. Thomas also topped his
career high of 44 points he scored
on Dec. 20 at Memphis.
He entered the fourth period
with 23 points and scored the
first 11 of the quarter for Boston.
Thomas left between the foul
shots and received a standing
ovation from Boston fans, who
chanted “M-V-P!” throughout
his run in the fourth quarter. He
was 9 for 13 from the field in the
fourth period and made all 13 of
his free throws in the game.
Thomas was 15 of 26 from the
field, 9 of 13 from 3-point range
and made all 13 of his free throws.
James Johnson scored 22 points
for Miami. The Heat have lost
four straight and seven of eight.
ROCKETS 140, CLIPPERS 116
HOUSTON (AP) — James Hard-
en had a triple-double with 30
points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists
and Houston routed Los Angeles.
Clippers guard Austin Rivers
and father/coach Doc Rivers
were both ejected in the second
quarter as Los Angeles dropped
its fifth straight.
It’s the seventh triple-double
this season for Harden and his
third straight 30-point game.
Montrezl Harrell added a ca-
reer-high 29 points to help Hou-
ston win its third in a row.
Raymond Felton had a sea-
son-high 26 points to lead the
OAKLAND, California (AP)—
Kevin Durant had his first tri-
ple-double for Golden State
with 19 points, 11 rebounds and
10 assists and first in more than
a year, leading the Warriors past
Durant’s eighth career tri-
ple-double was his first since De-
cember 10, 2015, against Atlanta.
Klay Thompson scored 17 of his
29 points in the third quarter and
finished with five 3-pointers.
Harrison Barnes, who spent
the past four seasons in a key
role with Golden State, scored
25 points for Dallas against his
Spurs 110, Trail Blazers 94
SAN ANTONIO (AP)—Danny
Green and Tony Parker each
had 18 points and the San An-
tonio Spurs overcame another
listless first half to beat Portland.
LaMarcus Aldridge was held to
eight points on 2-for-3 shooting,
but Jonathon Simmons added 19
points for the Spurs. San Antonio
has won four straight and 13 of 15.
CJ McCollum led Portland
with 29 points.
76ERS 124, NUGGETS 122
DENVER (AP)—Ersan Ilyasova
had a career-high 23 points and
13 rebounds and Philadelphia
survived a flurry in the final
seconds to beat Denver.
Joel Embiid returned after sit-
ting Thursday in Utah to score
23 points and hit key free throws
down the stretch. The Sixers
ended their four-game trip with
just their third win away from
Nikola Jokic had a game-high
25 points for the Nuggets.
The Nuggets had a chance to
tie it during a frantic ending.
After Embiid hit two free throws
to put the Sixers up four, Jokic
was fouled on a 3-point attempt.
Jokic made the first two free
throws and intentionally missed
the third. Denver’s Gary Harris
grabbed the rebound but missed
a short bank shot, and Kenneth
Faried’s tip-in try was off as time
PELICANS 104, KNICKS 92
NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Anthony
Davis had 23 points and 18 re-
bounds, and New Orleans beat
New York for its fourth straight
Carmelo Anthony had 26
points and 13 rebounds, but
couldn’t prevent the Knicks from
dropping their third straight.
Pelicans reserve guard Tyreke
Evans scored 16 points, his best
output in seven games since re-
turning from right knee surgery
last season. Jrue Holiday had 12
points and 11 assists.
Wiggins scored 31 points and
Karl-Anthony Towns had 18
points and 16 rebounds to help
Minnesota beat Milwaukee.
Zach LaVine added 24 points
and Shabazz Muhammad had
22 points in 18 minutes off the
bench for the Wolves. They shot
55.8 percent from the field and hit
13 of 25 3-pointers. LaVine hit 6
of 9 from deep and Giannis Ante-
tokounmpo had 25 points, seven
rebounds and five assists for the
Bucks, and Jabari Parker scored
20 points. They played the first
of at least two games without
starting point guard Matthew
Dellavedova because of a strained
WIZARDS 119, NETS 95
Burke scored a season-high 27
points, John Wall had another
double-double and Washing-
ton beat Brooklyn to win its third
straight game and reach .500 for
the first time this season.
With fellow guard Bradley
Beal out with a sprained ankle,
Wall took over with 19 points
and 14 assists for his eighth
double-double in nine games.
Burke was 10 of 12 from the floor,
making his first seven shots and
scoring 20 points in the first half.
Trevor Booker had 16 points
and seven rebounds for the Nets.
PACERS 111, BULLS 101
George scored 11 of his 32 points
in the final 4 1/2 minutes to help
Indiana beat Chicago to snap
four-game losing streak.
George broke a 97-97 tie by
making a jumper with 4:07 left,
then made three free throws on
Indiana’s next possession and a
layup with 2:52 left for a 102-99
lead. The Pacers sealed the win
with a 9-2 spurt.
Jimmy Butler scored 25 points,
and Dwyane Wade had 20 for the
HAWKS 105, PISTONS 98
ATLANTA (AP)—Paul Millsap
scored 26 points and Kyle Kor-
ver had a season-high 22 to lead
Atlanta past Detroit.
Dwight Howard added 10
points and 15 rebounds for the
Hawks. Jon Leuer led the Pistons
with a career-high 22 points.
Sunday, January 1, 2017 guardian.co.tt
Steph Curry sneakers
raise $45,201 for
OAKLAND, California—Golden State Warriors
star Stephen Curry has raised $45,201 for vic-
tims of the Oakland warehouse fire by auc-
tioning off two pairs of sneakers.
The Warriors said Friday that the shoes Curry
wore against the New York Knicks on December
15 were auctioned off to an anonymous bidder for
$30,101. The “Oakland Strong” shoes feature the
words “OAKLAND” down the side of the left shoe
and “STRONG” down the side of the right shoe in
Golden State’s yellow and blue colors.
The pregame “Ghost Ship” shoes that feature
the words “GHOST SHIP” in graffiti-style script
down the side of each shoe went to an anonymous
bidder for $15,100.
Both have the initials of all 36 victims printed
on them. Curry had posted on Twitter to advertise
the eBay auction. The fire broke out December 2
during a party at the Ghost Ship warehouse. (AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left,
shoots against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry
during the second half of an NBA basketball game
in Oakland, California, on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
52 on Miami Heat
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) passes the ball against the defense of Miami Heat forward
Luke Babbitt (5) and center Hassan Whiteside (21) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on
Friday in Boston. AP PHOTO
NBA, players complete
new labour deal
The votes are in, and labour peace in the NBA
is virtually assured for several years.
The National Basketball Players Association
has completed its process of voting to approve the
terms of the next collective bargaining agreement
between the league and its players, which was ten-
tatively agreed upon last week. All that’s left to do
now is for the sides to sign the deal, which will
happen once the writing of the actual document
Members of the NBA’s Board of Governors vot-
ed unanimously Wednesday to approve the deal,
and players got their vote done subsequently. The
approvals were announced in a simple, short state-
ment Friday night, essentially ending a process that
was blissful compared to the rancor-filled mess
that surrounded the last round of labour negotia-
tions—ones where a lockout wound up threatening
an entire season—five years ago.
“The parties voted based on a term sheet that
outline the key deal points,” the league and the
union said in that statement. “Once the NBA and
NBPA finish drafting and execute the complete
agreement, specific details will be released.”
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