Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 26th 2017 Contents Atlanta was without starting point
guard Dennis Schroder, suspended
one game after failing to return on
time from a visit to his native Ger-
many during the All-Star break.
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with
21 points. Ersan Ilyasova, acquired
from the 76ers on Wednesday, had
nine points in his Atlanta debut.
76ERS 120, WIZARDS 112
Covington had 25 points and 11
rebounds, Dario Saric added 20
points and 11 boards, and the de-
pleted Philadelphia 76ers beat
Bradley Beal had 40 points and
John Wall scored 29 for the South-
east Division-leading Wizards.
On a day the Sixers announced
No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons
will not play this season, their
other young players made up for
the absence of star centre Joel Em-
biid following the trades of centre
Nerlens Noel and forward Ersan
Noel and Ilyasova were dealt
before Thursday’s trade dead-
line, and Embiid missed his 12th
straight game with a bruised left
Richaun Holmes had 12 points,
10 rebounds and five blocks for
PACERS 102, GRIZZLIES 92
made five 3-pointers and scored
17 points, Paul George had nine
points and nine rebounds after
remaining with Indiana following
the trade deadline, and the Pacers
snapped a six-game losing streak
with a victory over Memphis.
Monta Ellis finished with 16
points and Myles Turner scored
12 for the Pacers.
George was one of the biggest
names involved in trade specu-
lation Thursday and Pacers fans
showed they were happy he wasn’t
dealt, giving the All-Star forward
perhaps the loudest ovation he’s
received all season during player
introductions. They hope a con-
tract extension will be worked
out before George becomes a free
agent after the 2017-18 season.
George shot just 3 for 12 but the
Pacers led by as many as 27 in the
second half. Troy Daniels had 13
points for the Grizzlies.
JAZZ 109, BUCKS 95
MILWAUKEE —Gordon Hay-
ward scored 29 points, Derrick Fa-
vors added 19 and Utah beat Mil-
waukee by dominating the paint
area in its first game back from the
Hayward finished 11 of 17 from
the field, breaking free for short,
open jumpers or dunks. The
6-foot-10 Favors shot 9 of 14,
often going strong to the hoop.
Rudy Gobert had 15 points and
16 rebounds for Utah, which held
a 52-34 edge in the paint.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had
33 points and 12 rebounds for the
Bucks, who had won three straight.
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-An-
thony Towns had 26 points and 18
rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins
scored 27 to help Minnesota de-
Ricky Rubio added 13 points and
14 assists a day after the Timber-
wolves declined an opportunity to
trade him to the New York Knicks
for Derrick Rose. The Wolves shot
52.6 percent to pull within 2 1/2
games of Denver for the eighth
seed in the Western Conference.
Towns had seven turnovers,
but scored 14 points in the fourth
quarter to turn back the Mavericks.
Seth Curry had a career-high
31 points and Harrison Barnes
added 20 points for Dallas. Dirk
Nowitzki was just 4 for 14 and Wes
Matthews was 2 for 9 as the Mavs
dropped three games behind the
BULLS 128, SUNS 121, OT
CHICAGO— Dwyane Wade
scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler
added 22 and Chicago rallied to
beat Phoenix in overtime.
Devin Booker scored 27 points
for Phoenix, but missed a chance
to win it in regulation after Wade
fouled him on a 3-pointer with 1.5
seconds left. Booker hit the first
two free throws to tie it, then
missed the third.
Wade and Butler led the Bulls
as they rallied from 11 down in the
fourth quarter to beat the Western
Conference’s last-place team.
Both players scored 14 points
after the third quarter to help
the Bulls win their third straight.
Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points
and hit four 3s for the Bulls, who
scored 20 points in overtime. Rob-
in Lopez added 19 points.
Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and
10 assists for the Suns, who lost for
the sixth time in eight games. (AP)
Sunday, February 26, 2017 guardian.co.tt
Westbrook sinks Lakers with 28th triple-double
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell
Westbrook scored 17 points in his
28th triple-double of the season,
and his new teammates fit in seam-
lessly as the Oklahoma City Thun-
der defeated the Los Angeles Lakers
110-93 on Friday.
Westbrook also had 18 rebounds and
17 assists for the 65th triple-double of
his career. It was the first game for new
Thunder players Taj Gibson and Doug
McDermott, acquired Thursday in a
trade with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson
scored 12 points and McDermott added
eight, even though they arrived Thurs-
day night and weren’t even available for
shootaround on Friday.
Alex Abrines and Andre Roberson
each set a career high with 19 points,
and Steven Adams added 15 points and
10 rebounds for the Thunder. D’Angelo
Russell scored 29 for the Lakers.
SPURS 105, CLIPPERS 97
LOS ANGELES— Kawhi Leonard
scored 21 points despite foul trouble,
and San Antonio shook off the rust from
a nine-day layoff to beat Los Angeles
for its third straight win.
Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11
rebounds off the bench in his return
from a 15-game absence because of a
fractured finger. LaMarcus Aldridge had
15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dewayne
Dedmon grabbed 12 rebounds.
Blake Griffin scored 29 points for the
Clippers, who have dropped consecu-
tive games to the NBA’s two winningest
teams since the All-Star break ended.
They lost by 10 at Golden State a night
earlier. The Spurs have the league’s sec-
ond-best record at 44-13.
Chris Paul added 17 points in his re-
turn after missing five weeks with a torn
ligament in his left thumb.
RAPTORS 107, CELTICS 97
TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan
scored a career-high 43 points and
Toronto rallied from 17 down to beat
Boston. DeRozan shot 15 of 28 from the
floor as he surpassed his 42-point ef-
fort against Houston on March 30, 2015.
That helped the Raptors overcome the
absence of fellow All-Star guard Kyle
Lowry, who sat out with a right wrist
Serge Ibaka, acquired from Orlando
last week, scored 15 points in his Raptors
debut. Fellow newcomer P.J. Tucker,
obtained from Phoenix on Thursday,
had a game-high 10 rebounds and nine
points in his first game for his new team.
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for Boston,
which also got 19 points apiece from Jae
Crowder and Marcus Smart.
Down 91-88 with 4:11 to play, the
Raptors went on a 9-1 run to lead by
five with 2:01 to go.
HEAT 108, HAWKS 90
ATLANTA— Tyler Johnson scored
23 points and resurgent Miami helped
its playoff hopes by beating Atlanta.
Miami (26-32) has won 15 of 17 to
move to within four games of .500.
The Heat were a season-low 19 games
under .500 at 11-30 following a loss to
Milwaukee on Jan. 13. Miami began the
night 10th in the East, 2? games behind
The Heat made 17 of 37 3-pointers
to dominate the short-handed Hawks.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac
(40) and guard D’Angelo Russell (1) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City
on Friday. Oklahoma City won 110-93. AP PHOTO
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