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Russell Westbrook had
32 points, 17 rebounds
and 11 assists for his
17th triple-double of
the season as the Okla-
homa City Thunder
beat the Denver Nug-
gets 121-106 in the NBA on Saturday night.
Westbrook made seven 3-pointers after hitting a
career-high eight Thursday night at Houston, and
matched his season high in rebounds in the 54th
triple-double of his career. The Thunder improved
to 32-3 the past two seasons when Westbrook gets
Steven Adams scored 16 points, and Victor Oladipo
added 15 to help the Thunder snap a three-game losing
streak. Wilson Chandler scored 24 points for Denver.
The Nuggets have lost five in a row.
BULLS 123, RAPTORS 118, OT
CHICAGO---Jimmy Butler scored 42 points as Chi-
cago overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Toronto.
Butler led a big run in the fourth quarter and hit a
3 with 17.3 seconds left in overtime for a five-point
lead. He also hit the 40-point mark for the third time
in six games.
Dwyane Wade added 20 points, and Doug McDer-
mott had 17 to help the Bulls win their 10th in a row
against Toronto. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with
36 points, and Kyle Lowry added 27 points, 12 assists
and nine rebounds. The Atlantic Division leaders lost
for the fourth time in six games.
CELTICS 117, PELICANS 108
BOSTON---Isaiah Thomas scored 38 points and
Marcus Smart added a season-high 22 to lift Boston
beat New Orleans.
It was the 21st consecutive 20-point game for
Thomas. Gerald Green added 15, and Kelly Olynyk
had 12 to help the Celtics win their fourth straight.
Anthony Davis had 36 points and 15 rebounds for
HAWKS 97, MAVERICKS 82
DALLAS---Tim Hardaway Jr and Dennis Schroder
assumed Atlanta's 3-point shooting role with Kyle
Korver traded, leading the Hawks past Dallas.
The Hawks dealt Korver, their leading long-range
shooter, to Cleveland earlier Saturday.
Hardaway finished with 22 points, going 5 of 8 on
3-pointers. Schroder scored 20 points and was 3 for 5
from 3-point range. Dwight Howard had 20 rebounds
and 15 points in Atlanta's sixth straight win.
Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 21 points. (AP)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook
celebrates in the third quarter of an NBA basketball
game against Denver Nuggets in Oklahoma City,
Saturday night. Oklahoma City won 121-106. AP PHOTO
...Bulls down Raptors in OT
Juventus records 26th straight home win
ROME---It's no coincidence
that Juventus has won Serie
A every season since the Ju-
ventus Stadium opened in
The Bianconeri have been vir-
tually unbeatable in the Italian
league's only major club-owned
stadium and improved on their
own Serie A record with a 26th
consecutive home win Sunday.
Gonzalo Higuain scored his
fourth brace of the season as Ju-
ventus beat Bologna 3-0.
Juventus held the previous re-
cord of 25 straight home wins, es-
tablished at the stadium between
2013 and 2015.
The current streak began against
Bologna on Oct. 24, 2015, and Bo-
logna never really had a chance to
prevent the latest record.
Higuain opened the scoring
with a volley from a lobbed pass
from Miralem Pjanic seven min-
utes in, Paulo Dybala added a
penalty before the break and then
Higuain headed in another early
in the second half.
Juventus, which still has a game
in hand, restored its four-point
lead over Roma, which beat Genoa
1-0 earlier. (AP)
Klopp's decision to field
youngest ever side backfires
Juergen Klopp's decision
to field Liverpool's young-
est ever team backfired yes-
terday as the Premier League
title contender was held 0-0
at home by fourth-tier Plym-
outh in the third round of the
Tottenham manager Mauricio
Pochettino also made sweeping
changes, and was made to sweat
as his side left it late to beat sec-
ond-tier Aston Villa 2-0.
Chelsea had an easier time,
sweeping aside third-tier Pe-
terborough 4-1, with Spanish
forward Pedro scoring twice.
With games coming thick and
fast during the festive season and
a midweek trip to Southampton
looming in the first leg of the
League Cup semifinals, Klopp
made 10 changes from the team
that drew 2-2 with Sunderland
But instead of keeping players
rested for other competitions,
the Liverpool manager now faces
an unwanted replay at Plymouth.
Liverpool is in second place
in the Premier League and well
positioned to challenge for the
title. Plymouth is second, too,
but in the far less glamorous
League Two. Despite this it still
seemed a risky move by Klopp to
select a team with an average age
of 21 years, 296 days.
The 17-year-old Ben Wood-
est-ever scorer---made his full
debut alongside 19-year-olds
Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo in a
three-man attacking midfield
supporting lone striker Divock
Origi. Trent Alexander-Arnold
made only his second Liverpool
Woodburn and Ojo went close
early on as Liverpool dominat-
ed. But for all of its possession,
Liverpool struggled to create
"We started well but then we
lost patience too early," Klopp
Klopp brought on Sturridge
shortly after the hour mark,
and he went close almost im-
mediately with a low shot past
the right post.
Sturridge then clipped anoth-
er shot narrowly wide as Liver-
pool continued to push forward.
But even with the introduction
of Lallana and Firmino late
on---and six minutes of injury
time---the winner never came.
Defender Ben Davies put Tot-
tenham ahead and South Korea
forward Son Heung-min scored
for Tottenham in the last 20
minutes, while Middlesbrough
eased past second-tier Sheffield
Also, 16-year-old Ryan Ses-
segnon scored Fulham's win-
ner in a 2-1 win at Cardiff---a
match pitting teams from the
Defending champion Man-
chester United crushed Cham-
pionship side Reading 4-0 on
Saturday, but Premier League
Bournemouth, West Brom-
wich Albion and Stoke lost to
lower-league opponents, while
Arsenal needed a late winner
against Preston to reach the
Striker Michy Batshuayi got a
rare start and welcome goal for
his club while Spanish forward
Pedro made it three in three
After Pedro put Chelsea ahead
in the 18th minute, Batshuayi
made it 2-0 shortly before
Midfielder Ruben Lof-
tus-Cheek expertly cushioned
a cross from the right into Bat-
shuayi's path, and he drilled in a
low shot into the bottom corner
for his fourth goal of the season.
Since joining from French club
Marseille for a reported fee of 33
million pounds (around $40 mil-
lion), Batshuayi has struggled to
get games and he had not scored
since netting twice in the League
Cup on Aug. 23.
Pedro set up Willian's goal
in the 53rd for 3-0 and---after
John Terry was shown a straight
red card for hauling back Lee
Angol---forward Tom Nichols
scored for the visitors.
With 15 minutes left, Pedro's
curling shot completed a com-
ASTON VILLA 0
Defender Ben Davies' first
goal for the club was a timely
one after second-tier Aston
Villa frustrated the home side.
Mauricio Pochettino made
nine changes from the Tot-
tenham side that beat Chelsea
2-0 in the Premier League on
Wednesday and fans at White
Hart Lane had to wait until
Davies headed home in the 71st
South Korea forward Son He-
ung-min turned in a cross from
France midfielder Moussa Sis-
soko with 10 minutes left.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0
Central midfielder Grant
Leadbitter put the Premier
League side ahead with a free
kick in the 58th minute, and
Spanish forward Alvaro Negredo
showed his alertness to make it
2-0 shortly after.
Negredo charged down goal-
keeper Joe Wildsmith's attempt-
ed clearance, and the ball went
off Negredo and into the net.
Dutch midfielder Marten de
Roon wrapped up the win against
the Championship side in injury
Aston Villa's Aaron Tshibola, centre, competes for the ball with Tottenham's Ben Davies, left, and
Tottenham's Harry Winks during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur
and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Jurgen Klopp: Frustrated by
Plymouth's defensive set-up
Spurs 102, Hornets 85
Pacers 123, Knicks 109
Jazz 94, Timberwolves
n Udinese 1 v 2 Inter
n Lazio 1 v 0 Crotone
n Sassuolo 0 v 0 Torino
n Chievo 1 v 4 Atalanta
n AC Milan 1 v 0 Cagliari
n Juventus 3 v 0Bologna
OTHER SERIE A SCORES
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